20+ Comforting scents that I like

Remember when I wrote the post 12 Comforting Sounds ? So what if we continued the idea, and I shared some comforting scents? 

  1. The smell of a brand new book or printed paper
  2. The smell of bread out of the oven
  3. The smell of freshly washed laundry
  4. The smell of freshly cut grass
  5. The smell of the earth after a rainy day
  6. The smell of firewood smoke
  7. The smell of honeysuckle
  8. The smell of ocean breezes
  9. The smell of coffee in the morning, or freshly ground coffee
  10. The smell of pancakes (or bacon) frying
  11. The smell of a snuffed out candle
  12. The smell of cinnamon (or even cinnamon rolls baking)
  13. The smell of eucalyptus trees
  14. The smell of field flowers and grass on a warm spring or summer afternoon
  15. The smell of beeswax or bee pollen
  16. The smell of wood and sawdust
  17. The smell of Home Depot, the home renovation store (only in America :D)
  18. The smell of sunscreen
  19. The smell of barbeque or grilling on a summer day
  20. The smell of lilacs, freesias and lily of the valley (and basically any flower) 

These are some of my favorite scents that give me a cozy, happy feeling inside. I might have forgotten some, but I would love to hear what are some of your favorite scents! It’s such a blessing to have this simple yet highly important sense of smell. My grandfather did not have his sense of smell and it really takes away from the joys of life…he didn’t enjoy meat for example, because it felt like dry cardboard or rubber to him. The sense of smell really plays a role in taste as you all know. 

So what do you like smelling? 


Midweek Music: Two Brothers, One Song

My sister discovered these virtuoso brothers on youtube- and I we’ve been listening to them for weeks on end. Vladimir and Anton come from a musical family of 6 children and obviously everyone in the family plays an instrument. Their mother is Slovakian and their father is Russian. 

The brothers moved to Ireland because of course, it’s the land of fiddlers and violin players! Vladimir found a wife there and has three children. Now the brothers are gaining popularity, and have even played at the BBC Proms concerts. 

Their talent and skill is enviable and they bring out the beauty in each song they play. As you will see, the songs Vladimir and Anton play, prove that there is beautiful and dynamic music out there, and it doesn’t have to be rock or contemporary pop music for it to be dynamic. 

I couldn’t decide which song to add to our Midweek Music, so I decided to let you listen to two of their songs! Let me know which one you like most. 



Midweek Music: Cello Ensemble

Happy December 1st, or to those on the other side of the world, happy December 2nd! Christmas will be here before you know it! 

These talented Asian cellists play a rendition of the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth”. I have just discovered them on youtube and have enjoyed re-playing the song multiple times throughout the day.

Turn on the music and play it in the background as you do your homework, clean the home, or just do your daily activities (if you’re not at work). 

The lyrics of this hymn are lovely. It is like a Thanksgiving prayer. 

Share with me what you are thankful for today in the comments below!

My Reasons of Gratitude 
As I am writing this post, I am thankful that I received a free copy of the book “Rebel With A Cause” autobiography of Franklin Graham in the mail. Despite the fact that it was published a long time ago (1995), I never read it, can you believe it!?! So now it’s mine to read whenever I want. I also was able to bake some eclaires for my cousin’s birthday today, so it was a wonderful day. 



For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

2. For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

3. For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony,
linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

4. For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

5. For thy church, that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
offering up on every shore
her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

6. For thyself, best Gift Divine,
to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

20-something Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Budget!

NOTE: The list has been updated (11.29.16) 

I thought it would be neat to share some gift ideas for Christmas because there’s always that difficult person in everyone’s life that you can’t seem to find the perfect gift for! In my family it is usually my mom, and my sister. It’s not that they are picky or anything. I just need that perfect present. 

You will find a gift idea for everyone: husband, wife, mom, dad, aunt, grandma, co-workers, friends- anyone you can imagine. 

I tried to focus on things that can be meaningful or practical- not actual junk that people accumulate at Christmas. I am not associated or affiliated with any of the organizations/companies listed here, and I did not receive anything in return for posting about them, fyi. 


Funny and Sweet Gifts from Miss Pencilette Studio

I had to start with my little shop of course! 🙂 When you shop small you are supporting a dream, like the saying goes.  So I would be honored and thrilled if you decide to include something from my shop in your stocking stuffers or even as an actual gift!

Free Shipping in the United States for all orders of $15 or more, with the Code: FREESHIP15

My shop carries photo frames, mini rolling pins, bamboo spoons, decor signs of different sizes, magnets and more. I can ship directly to the address of your loved one, and I ship internationally too. And my prices fit small budgets!

Click on the photo to go to Miss Pencilette Shop!


Home-made Nutella

You can make nutella from actual hazelnuts at home. This is a super unique gift and very delicious too! I tried it and it was better than the actual nutella. People will love you for this. See the recipe here

Answers in Genesis Magazine Subscription

This is a great investment for people of all ages! They even have a magazine geared toward Kids. Definitely something better than toys! You can subscribe for print or digital versions of the magazine. 


Tickets to the Ark Encounter by Ken Ham!

This is better than Disneyland! And again, you’re not adding junk in their home! You will help them learn more about the Flood and God’s Creation, and build lasting memories! 

ICR books on the Solar System and Human Body

The Institute for Creation Research has awesome resources for the whole family. Books should always be on your gift list- and these are some of the best! Their new releases are about our Solar System and the Human Body! Pssst- they also have a monthly science magazine with a FREE subscription!












Bible Commentary

It’s necessary for all Christians to know their doctrine well. It’s never too early (or too late) to begin. The most well written commentary (which my dad, who is a pastor, church planter and missionary recommends), is The Bible Knowledge Commentary Old & New Testament by Dallas Seminary John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck.  The older 1985-1986 version is better but you can also get the new version on Amazon. They can be a bit pricey- but totally worth the investment for your spiritual life! 

Another valuable and excellent resource is the Nelson’s Compact Bible Handbook. It gives you the theme and purpose, outline of all the books of the Bible.


American Heritage Chocolate

For my friends here in America, do you want something for the history buff? Well, here it is! Chocolate made from a 1750 recipe using only ingredients found in the 18th Century! They have chocolate bars and chocolate drinks. Now that’s a special gift.



Honey is always a good idea! Find a specialty honey like Orange Blossom or Grapefruit Blossom Honey or Avocado or Wild Blossom Honey. I guarantee you they will be impressed! 


Blanket or Quilt 

A blanket or quilt is a very practical gift! To make it even more special (if you have the budget for it), get a sheep wool blanket or alpalca or llama wool blanket. A handmade quilt is also a treasure. And if you want to make it really, really special, consider getting a sheepskin rug. If you live in the United States you’ll find a convenient price at Costco.  


Jar of Bread Mix, or Brownies Mix, or Pancake Mix, or Cocoa Mix, etc! 

We all know the endless ways you can give a jar gift! So if you have a great recipe for bread or brownies, or pancakes or you name it- then you can make it a gift! Prepare all the dry ingredients in a jar as a gift. Then all they have to do is add some egg, milk or water, and they can have a delicious dessert! 


Tool Pouch for Kids and Mom!

I don’t know about you but a tool pouch is a useful thing to have in the home! You never know when you need a measuring tape or some pliers. This is an awesome gift to give to a lady, a mother or even a teenager. 


Roller Blades or Badminton, Tennis, or Adult Scooters 

Help them exercise! Get your family or friends some sports equipment. This gift idea is for a larger budget. A Badminton set is a great idea because it’s easy to learn and lightweight to carry, and inexpensive. Roller blades are great too, but for the more ambitious. They will need to learn to use them. More ideas are adult scooters, kids scooters, a tennis set- you name it.


Awesome Flashlight 

A powerful and bright flashlight is a great idea to use as security. It can be used at home to prevent animals or people from trespassing your property, or if electricity goes out. There are several great flashlights out there. The Olight X7 has 9000 Lumens and illuminates a whole yard. Other ones like the TruNite are similar. 


Souvenir from places you’ve been

Souvenirs are a great idea for Christmas presents, especially if you were able to go overseas. Even something as simple as a magnet, a keychain, a note book, or scarf. Anything that represents the place you visited.


Camera lenses for cell phones 

Camera lenses to add to your cell phone are a great gift idea! Your loved one can take better photos! They look expensive but they are not! They can be $6-$10 on ebay! Plus they do a good job. I know because my sister received some as a gift for her birthday and we tried them out, and they’re awesome. 


Street Sign or Socks

If they are a geek, musician, artist, book lover, or if you know something that represents them, you can find cute “street” signs on Amazon for a really great price. They are plastic, but sturdy and they can be put in an office or bedroom. There are signs like “Physics Place” and “Car Mechanic Ct” and “Book Lover Blvd” and “Musician St”.

Or you can get socks with musical notes on them or calculus. It will keep them more comfy!


Adventures in Odessey CDs

Adventures in Odessey are a wonderful resource for the family. Most people already know about them, but it’s always a good idea to get a new released CD, DVD or audio CD. 



Fashion scarves are a great accessory and can be used for many purposes. They are a great gift for any young lady, woman, mother or lady in your life! I wear them very often at church to add some flair to my outfit. 


Wissmann CD, Colonial Hymns CD 

A good music CD is a fabulous gift that can be enjoyed for years! Some of the ones I really like are the Wissmann Family and the Colonial Hymns CD. 


Postage Stamps 

Anyone would be grateful for a set of postage stamps they can use for bills and other snail mail! At least I know I would! It’s a nice thing for a stocking stuffer! You can get more personalized stamps with personal pictures too! 



We’re always losing pens and markers. If you find a quality set of pens or markers, you can be sure it will be a very practical gift! You can get calligraphy and graphic pens for the artists or calligraphers too! 


Mini finger puppets 

These are great for little kids. I know because I got some for my siblings and they love them and have been playing with them for about 1 year since we got them! You can find them on ebay. 

So what gift ideas do you have? What would you recommend? 

Midweek Music: Willows Waltz

I very much enjoy listening to folksy, Irish-y and fiddle music. Lately I’ve been listening to this song and other Irish-y inspired songs while I am working on homework and it helps soothe my mind, ease stress, and sometimes even work faster.  🙂 

What kind of music do you listen to when you work? 

I like this quote I found on Pinterest one day: 

Art is how we decorate space. Music is how we decorate silence.