Posted in autumn 2020, blog, life, photography, Rain, Travel

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Today was perfect. It was chilly but not too chilly, rainy but not too rainy, and just grey enough to make inside seem super warm and cosy. I got just a few photos from the delightful cup of of coffee my best friend, my sister and I had before tonight’s performance (which went SO well, by the way!).

My sister Ruth (left), and my best friend Bekah (right). They look so cute! 😍
They had the coolest chandelier.
The gorgeous vintage coffee bar.β˜•
A rather weird selfie…πŸ˜ΆπŸ˜‹
A cool light fixture thingy.
More wonderful vintage-ness. 😍
My awesome “Bach Bach Bach” bag!
My sister, daydreaming.

Hope you all enjoyed these photos! How are you all doing?


God bless!

Magaidh

Posted in autumn 2020, Holidays, life, photography

π“π‘πšπ§π€π¬π π’π―π’π§π  𝐏𝐑𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐬 Β· Part Two


I’m back with more photos from Thanksgiving! I took so many photos that I decided to put them in two separate posts. Hope you enjoy them! Sorry if I accidentally put some of these in twice…I can’t remember all of the ones I put in part one…πŸ˜‚

The dining room chandelier.
Our dog Sacha, chilling under the table.
Pitchers in the window.
Wee velvet pumpkins.
Looking into the den.
The entryway.
The entryway light.
A painting
Me, finally getting ready.
The table, all set and ready!
Me, still getting ready…
Cute pilgrim hand towels.
A blurry picture of me with my brand new headwrap from http://www.garlandsofgrace.com WHICH I LOVE! Go check them out!
Seriously, these Garlands of Grace headwrap are so beautiful and well made. Love them!!
Centerpiece, butter, salt + pepper.
The cosy den.

I hope you enjoyed all of these! Thank you for all of the sweet comments you sent me in part one– I really appreciate every one of them! β™₯️


God bless!

Magaidh

Posted in blog, comment, creativity, handmade envelopes, Letter Writing, life, photography, The Nightingale Shop, The Nightingale Stationery Co., Travel

Antique Scotland Map Stationery Set is here!! πŸ₯³


Read original post on The Nightingale Stationery Co.’s blog here.

For the lovers of Scotland and the lovers of maps, The Nightingale Stationery Co. brings you it’s newest stationery set design! These beautiful envelopes are made from brown paper bags, and printed with antique maps of Scotland, highlighting a few large Scottish cities– Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Inverness. Each envelope includes it’s own matching sheet of stationery paper, also made from a brown paper bag. This one-of-a-kind stationery set it repurposing at it’s very best!

β†’ Envelope’s measurements are 4 x 5 1/2 inches.

β†’ This set includes four envelopes and four sheets of stationery paper.

View the full listing in Mercari!

Want a custom set made with the location of your choice? Email me at magaidh@nightingalestationery.com! I can’t wait to make your set!

I can’t wait to hear what you think! Let’s chat in the comments below!

Happy snail mailing!

Magaidh

P.S. You’re awesome.πŸ˜‰

Posted in life

I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award // My answers to award questions // Announcing my nominees!


Hi everyone!

Can you believe it? I just got nominated for a blogger award for the third time in my blog history! (wowsers!) It’s called the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’, and here are the rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Thanks Zainab!)
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Created by Okoto Enigmas.)
  • Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Okay. So first I’ll answer Zainab’s questions:

Who do you aspire to be like?

The Proverbs 31 woman.

What productive things have you been doing in quarantine?

Writing letters, learning more music, and working on a big surprise (don’t worry– it’ll be revealed soon!)

How did you get into blogging?

I said to my mom five years ago– “Hey can I start a blog?” No joke! lol.

What’s your favourite book?

The hardest question ever! So here’s my faves: Jane Eyre, The Lord of the Rings, Our Mutual Friend, The Phantom of the Opera.

What’s one goal you would like to have for your blog?

I want to have a lot of people reading it and enjoying it, and I’d like to be able to maybe sell some stuff on it.

Okie dokie! Now I have to put 3 things about myself. Hmmm….

  1. I speak some Scottish Gaelic.
  2. I sing in the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Chorus.
  3. I’m gonna be twenty in five days!!!

Now I have to announce my nominees.

(Note: I’m technically breaking the rules here… I’m supposed to have 10-20 nominees, but I just don’t have that many people to nominate, sorry!)

My Life of Faith

a blog about faith

In His Service and Loving It

My Life, Recipes, Biblical Encouragement

Laura Marie Blogs

My Life Lately

Seton Girls’ Hairstyles

Easy diy braids, updos, half-ups, no-heat curls, sport hairstyles, short hairstyles, haircare advice, and more!

Photography Phun

A blog for displaying beautiful photography & my life in His hands.

Alrighty lovely nominees! Here are my questions for you:

If you could visit anywhere in the world for two months, where would you go?

What is the most boring book you’ve ever read?

Would you rather have a ton of pretty paper or a ton of pretty fabric?

Did you know that there is a toad that literally freezes in the winter time, and its heart stops beating, and then in thaws and comes to life in the springtime?

What is your favourite Psalm?

Okay, only one more thing to go! (This award is a little hefty…!) Now I’m supposed to share links to the best posts on my blog. I guess this means the posts that I personally think are best…? I refuse to go through the past five years of my posts! So I’ll just do a couple of recent ones. πŸ™‚

Spring = Dogwood Flowers In My Hair

With Me All The Way

And I’m done! Whew… that took a long time. I’d love to hear what you think of anything and everything about this post! I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day. ❀

In Christ,

Magaidh

Posted in God's Holy Word, Guest Post, life

{Guest Post} Quiet Times 101–A Guide // From Christian Blogger Savannah H.


Hi Friends! My name is Savannah, and I am so blessed to be writing on The Nightingale! (Thank you Magaidh!)  Quick little tidbits about me: I am one of the bloggers on Joyfully You and write about anything and everything that the Lord lays on my heart, from hairstyles and fashion to homemade pizza. I LOVE our Savior and strive to encourage and share the love of Jesus with other girls who are walking this walk with me. I dearly hope that you all enjoy this blog and it draws you closer to the Lord! Here we go!

I recently wrote a post on Joyfully You that gave tips on how to develop the habit of daily meeting with God …(You can view it here on Joyfully You)… So now,  I wanted to expound on what that ‘daily meeting’ looks like for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not saying that my method will work for you! In fact, this probably won’t be you. Everyone has something different that they do and that works for them. But I just wanted to give a guideline or an idea that you can expound on yourself. πŸ™‚

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*My Pre-Quiet Time Routine:

  • wash my face
  • fix my hair
  • fix some raspberry hibiscus green tea (yummy!)
  • sit on my futon in a quiet room (sitting on my bed never did work… *ZZZzzz😴) 
  • grab my fav fuzzy blanket

My Quiet Time! -5 Simple Steps

  1. PRAY    I pray that the Lord would give me wisdom and understanding and I praise him for the morning. I started a while ago to tell the Lord one thing I am thankful for every morning and I really like doing that! You should try it!
  2. READ     My parents have always encouraged me to read in the old testament somewhere and in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Right now I am reading in Ruth, John, and Hebrews. However, if this isn’t your thing, enjoy that one book and delve deep into it! I also have never had a reading plan, but I just read a chapter in each place where I am. It seems to work great for me –though I have an older sister who always does a reading plan for more structure… πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ˜ (I also found that I like to read the actual bible over devotionals. Though devotionals are great and helpful, I would encourage you to try and read a bit of the bible everyday… It is just very different.)
  3. JOURNAL      I sometimes journal as I am reading and sometimes I journal after I read.  It just depends on my mood. πŸ™‚  I only pick one (out of the three books) to journal about, though if I really enjoyed all of the places that I read in, I will journal about them all! It helps me remember what I read and thought.  Though format isn’t super important, my parents told me to try writing about what I read, then what it means, then the application of that passage in my life. My journal entries look something like this…

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This was yesterday’s journal entree on Ruth… Today’s was too messy for you to read! LOL  I realized I spelled several words wrong… but you get the just.
  • MEMORY VERSE      I like to stick my memory verse (which is Luke 9:23-25 right now) into my bible where I am reading so that I remember to work on memorizing it each morning. We like to quiz together as a family at breakfast time…. so this keeps me prepared!
  • FINISH WITH A PRAYER    I pray again after I completely finish everything else.  This time I normally pray for family, extended family, friends, or the different people on my prayer list.  -Don’t forget to thank God for your time with him!
  • -There you have it!-

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    ~~How long did all of that take? 40 minutes. But YOU DON”T HAVE TO SPEND THAT MUCH TIME IN GOD’S WORD. If you can only do 5 minutes everyday, that is a perfect amount of time!! (It also takes me a long time to do anything tbh:)

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    I have recently been trying to read a chapter in Psalms and a section in Proverbs (Usually about 5 verses) every night before bed.  I love doing this! It is so relaxing and encouraging. However, it is not easy for me to do since I am soooo busy and always get to bed too late. I can’t seem to make it happen every night… but I am trying!

    How important is the Bible to you?

    The bible is God’s own personal thoughts and secrets revealed to you …because of his love!  My dad has said many a time that the bible is the food for the soul. If you only read the bible once a week (like at church) you are starving! …can you imagine only eating once a week?! You can survive …(maybe)… but can you flourish and grow? We need to feed our souls and strengthen ourselves spiritually at least everyday! You probably eat three times a day (like most people) and possibly snack a bit too. That is what we should strive to give ourselves.

    Good: Reading the bible once a day (Not going to lie… often this is me!)

    Better: Read the bible twice a day (which is my goal right now)

    Best: Reading the bible 3+ times a day!

    Are you good, better, or best?

    -Matthew 4:4                                                                                                                                                    “But Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”🌹

    WHY DO ALL THIS? WHY READ THE BIBLE?

    • It leads all people to salvation
      • Yes, God uses people to bring others to himself, but we all are saved by believing the words of God. Whether that faith came about by you reading the bible yourself or whether it is taught to you by someone else.
        • (Romans 10:17) β€œSo faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
        • (Hebrews 4:12) β€œFor the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
    • It guides us on our paths and gives us Wisdom
      • It tells us what to say, where to go, how to make decisions, and how to live our lives. This might sound restricting, but it is not! It is freeing! It lifts burdens and gives clarity. The bible also shows us where we are wrong and how to get back on track. It also tells you how to answer other people’s questions and know what to say pertaining to hard topics you may encounter and have to address.
      • (Psalm 119:9-11) “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
      • (1 Peter 3:15) “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
    • It gives us joy and peace
      • When we face trials,Β  hardships, and discouragement the bible gives us joy and restore our hope.Β  The scriptures turns sorrow into joy. My personal testimony is a lot about how I had to just keep on reading the bible and it has given me an overflowing love for the Lord.
      • Everyone is searching for a peace; however, most people are looking for peace in the wrong place. The bible is the only place where we can go and find true peace: a “peace that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7).

    Have you ever been curious about God? Have you ever wondered about the God who made you and this beautiful universe we live in? The bible holds all the answers. It allows us to have a relationship with our Creater. The amazing thing is that the more I read about God, the more I want to know and keep reading!

    Having your quiet time everyday is not easy! I fail over and over and over again. Developing the habit is hard and persevering is trying at times. But it is so worth it and God will bless your efforts richly.πŸ€—

    Again, this has been such a joy to write for you all! Thank you!!!

    Many blessings to ALL of you,                                                                                                                         ~SavannahπŸ¦‹

    Posted in Guest Post, photography

    {guest post} 5 Tips for Photography // by Blogger + Photographer Hadassah S.


    Hello! My name is Hadassah, and I am very honored to be writing here on Magaidh’s blog! I am extremely blessed to know Magaidh (just over our blogs, but it’s been fun!), and was more than willing to do this post on her blog! Some background on me is that I’m a Christian, young teenaged girl with a big family, I love photography, writing- and more writing-, and I adore nature… okay, that wasn’t the simplest bio about me, πŸ˜‰  but here we go…! As some of you may or may not know, I write over at Photography Phun  on my own personal blog (just a small corner of the internet), and I also am the founder of the blog, Joyfully You, which is run by a bunch Christian girls who are incredible friends of mine.

    Anyways, I got into the photography business almost four years ago, in late summer of 2016. My dad is a photographer and so when I got interested in the sport, he let me “borrow” his camera, a Canon Rebel T2i. (No longer made by Canon.)

    My first picture looked simple. Some flowers, in front of some woods. Not much too it. But I was hooked. πŸ™‚ I spent the whole rest of that Sunday afternoon snapping away. Birds, my sister, anything I could get my little hands on for a subject. That camera- I still use it to this day- is my best friend. The lenses that my dad already had were a simple small zoom lens, and a long telephoto lens. I liked both, but I needed something better. Enter… the 50mm lens. I found that kit on Amazon, (though it was a wee bit cheaper at the time) and was hooked- my first few photos with that lens were amazzzzzzzing. 50mm lenses are like the beginning photographer’s best friends. Depending on what you like. If you like fixed lenses, 50mm is pretty much the greatest. (I may be a little biased though…) If you like some zooming out and in (which is really great for beginners as well) you should totally get a simple camera body and a simple zoom lens. Not much too it. πŸ™‚

    Okay, I was totally about to write, “Over the years, I’ve learned…”  but actually… it hasn’t been too long. And that makes me sound ancient… I just laughed out loud. XD But nearly four years! How about crazy?? But really. I’ve learned A LOT. That’s why I want to share 5 great tips with you guys on photography. 

    My five main tips are… (though they might change from time to time, haha) :

    1. Always make sure your subject is in focus: some cameras have auto focus, some have manual. Start with auto first- that’s the red dot when you’re looking into the viewer- and then later move to manual- the ring around the end of your lens.
    2. Shoot at different points of the day: play with the light & shadows inside and outside! I loveee evening golden hour- avoid noon because the sun is at its harshest. 
    3. Try different angles: you won’t get any depth or fun photos if you’re not shooting from above, down below, or any different angles! Have fun playing around!
    4. Edit your photos: Uh. Yeah. Almost none of my photos are perfect without just a slight edit- even one flick of brightness! Have fun with simple editing, then move on to more complex stuff.
    5. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE: You’ll never like your photos if you don’t practice! Don’t worry about your bad ones- you can delete them later. πŸ™‚
    6. BONUS TIP: HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!  (Because if you aren’t having fun, you’re not going to like your photos!)

    Thank you so so so so much Magaidh for letting me guest post! It’s been fun getting to know you!

    Comment below if you have any questions for me! 

    Hadassah ❀


    Be sure to head on over to Joyfully You, and check out Hadassah’s other amazing posts!

    Posted in life

    Poetry Spotlight: With Me All the Way {my favourite poem so far…}


    Posted in Guest Post, life

    From my author friend: 'Please Remember…'


    Moriah Snell is a lovely friend of mine who is a year old than me. We met in our homeschool choir A LONG TIME AGO (lol), and she taught me how to do some of the first cool hairstyles I ever learned. The entire time I’ve known her, she’s been writing various things, and I think she’s had her blog just as long as I have. Just recently, she finished her first book, and I’m so proud of her, because I’ve watched her journey of writing it, and I know how difficult it was, and how many setbacks she’s had. I’ve done some “co-author” writing with her also, and that was a blast.

    So, the day before yesterday she posted this BEAUTIFUL poem up on her blog. I read it, and I almost cried right then and there, because that was exactly what I needed to hear just then, and it meant so much. I helped me a lot. I’m hoping that whatever you’re going through right now, it will help you too. I pray it will.

    Please comment and let Moriah know if you love it as much as I do! And be sure to check out her blog, too! You’ll be so glad you did. Oh, and check out her Pinterest too! It’s also amazing. You can click over to it below her poem.

    Yours truly,

    Maggie


    Please Remember…

    Please remember that it's okay to cry.
    
    
    Please remember that strength can mean talking too.
    
    
    Please remember that tomorrow brings another sunrise.
    
    
    Please remember that your laugh is a magical thing.
    
    
    Please remember that now will change.
    
    
    Please remember that you are alive for a reason.
    
    
    Please remember that all of this mess will work out.
    
    
    Please remember that hope changes everything.
    
    
    Please remember that dreaming renews your hopes.
    
    ~Moriah Snell

    You can read more at:

    Moriah Snell Writes