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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

I have just a few pictures to celebrate this special holiday!

The idea for these cans came from Sherry at Creations From My Heart. She has a tutorial for really cute cans here! Please stop by and check out her blog, you won't be disappointed!

Chargers: Hobby Lobby
Blue dishes: IKEA
Salad plates: Bed, Bath, and Beyond "Westerly Basket"
Cloth napkins: basic linen napkins from somewhere a long time ago....
Napkin rings: homemade
Flatware: mix~match antique finds
Centerpiece: Dollar Store/Hobby Lobby
Blue glasses: Garden Ridge Pottery
Jar glasses: given to me by a friend

I'm linking to Susan's Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday. It's a great place to visit and to be inspired!


             Thanks for visiting...enjoy your day!

Nature and classic...

I'd like to share a wonderful blog with you, Creations From My Heart. Sherry is so very talented, you just have to drop by for a visit. She also has the cutest things in her Etsy store...everything is just dreamy!

Sherry inspired me to be creative and combine two of my favorite things, nature and classic items. I've been looking for a sugar and creamer for a while and a few weeks ago while thrifting, my mother and I and found a set. They were very tarnished, but would be perfect for my project.

Can you tell what they are? Pin cushions. Sherry uses buttons, but I've been on a seashell kick. These are on display in my dinning room on a silver tray. I just love them...they are such a conversation piece!

Thanks again Sherry for all your inspiration!

I'm joining Leigh in her Thrifty Thursday. Be sure to stop by her blog, Tales from Bloggeritaville for great thrifty tales!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kitchen ideas...

If you could have a dream kitchen built, what would you design?
Here are a few pictures I found on the Better Homes and Gardens site:

 I like the colors, island, and stove area. The pot rack is neat too.

I also like windows over the sink and chairs that you can pull up to the bar.

Since the kitchen is usually "the place" to be, I like having the family room close by.

I also think having a sink on the island would be very useful.
By the way, just look at that storage!

Hm...just dreaming...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Do You Need a Miracle?

We had a wonderful message today, one that I thought I'd share through Charlotte and Ginger's Spiritual Sundays. Be sure to drop by for a visit!

I'm taking this straight from our service today.

Do you need a miracle? Then ask and trust.

Two reminders:
Prayer is a mystery, not magic. We are invited into the mystery of God working out His redemptive will in the midst of a fallen world.
        Matthew 6:10, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."

Prayer is a mystery, not logic.
        Isaiah 55:8, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways."
        Job 42:3, "You asked, 'Who is this that obscures My counsel without knowledge:?' Surely I spoke
        of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know."

Do you need a miracle?

On one hand, ask.
        Luke 11: 9-13, "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are eveil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

{Look at the verb tenses of those words...they are in the present tense, that means we need to keep asking! Prayer needs to be first response rather than a last resort.}

        2 Corinthians 12: 8-9, "Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me, But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

On the other hand, trust.
        Psalm 139: 5-6, "You hem me in ~ behind and before: You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain."

        2 Corinthians 4:6-18, "For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all~surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jeasus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you."

        Luke 23: 39-43, "One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other criminal rebuked him, "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence?" We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But his man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

God grants what we are asking OR give us something even better...

Do you need a miracle?

For the actual sermon, you can log on to the website, and follow the link for sermon archives. 


I hope you are enjoying your day. Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mark Your Calendars!

I'm am so excited! This next Sunday, July 4th, we are having a special service at church. Col. Jeff Williams, a Gloria Dei member, will be our guest speaker. He's an astronaut that has spent two missions on the International Space Station. He's such a great guy, really "down to earth"...ha...We have an amazing service lined up: traditional patriotic music plus a musical salute to the armed forces led by the Festival Choir and concert band. And I've heard that there will even be streamers expoding! After the services there will be home~made apple strudel and ice cream.
 If you happen to be in the area, be sure to stop by, our services are at 9:30am and 11:00am.
We'd LOVE to have you!

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
18220 Upper Bay Rd.
Houston, Texas 77078

If you're interested in a copy of his book, The Work of His Hands, click here. There are a ton of pictures that he took while orbiting the earth. His shots are amazing!


Friday, June 25, 2010

Combining two things I really like...

I'm joining Laura for her Saturday is Crafty Day over at Along For the Ride. Be sure to drop by to be inspired!

I combined two things I really like:  shells and books. I took three strands of jute and tied a knot at one end. I then braided it and knotted the other end. I frayed each end and added shells to one of the ends. It was simple and kind of project!

These would be great gifts for all those that love the sea!
Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day!

A June Wedding...

This is one of my favorite wedding pictures...'s of my Mom and Dad.
June 25, 1954

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tropical Table

I'm joining Susan for her Tablescape Thursday. It's over at her blog, Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to visit for amazing tables!

It's a bright and sunny day here in Texas. The temps are pretty high...I thought I'd try to cool things down a bit with a relaxing tropical table.
If you've been following for a while, you've seen this dinning room set before. It's been loved by was my husband's grandmother's set.

These two pieces were purchased from a small gift shop in Kemah, Texas. The artist worked for Fitz and Floyd. At first glance, I thought they were made by the company...they have similar features.

The coral placemats were a gift from one of my students, the tablerunner and napkins were made from fabric I had purchased from a local fabric shop. They always have great sales and put a variety of selections on discount tables. A true treasure hunt!

The dishes were purchased from Bed Bath and Beyond, the pattern is Westerly Basket. The flatware was purchased from Marshall's and a gift from my mother and sister. The napkin rings were an eBay purchase.  And the little glasses? They were a thrift find!

This piece was purchased from Cancun, Mexico about 30 years ago. I was on a family vacation and decided to buy one nice piece. Little did I know that it would be used as an inspiration piece for future tablescaping!

Do you see the nautilus salt and pepper shakers? They were a gift from my sister. She was on her way to a hunting lease with her husband....they stopped at a thrift shop, saw these and pick them up for me!
You never know when you'll find a treasure!

These little nautilus vases were an antique find...I suppose they could be used for bowls or candle holders as well.

Thanks so much for visiting...enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mexico Vacation

Today I'm joing Susan for her Outdoor Wednesday. Be sure to stop by for gorgeous shots!

I wanted to share a few pictures from our vacation to Mexico. These were taken in Progreso and Cozumel.

I live near Galveston and our water is not like this! Our water is a bit green and murky due to sediment.  Here the water was so blue...clear...gorgeous!

This cactus was sure happy in this container!

This mimosa tree was the brightest shade of coral I had ever seen!

The tropical plants all looked so healthy...

...and happy.

Palm trees just say "paradise" to me!

The beaches were so relaxing...the water cool...the shade welcoming!

The "sand" wasn't really sand at all, it was broken pieces of coral. It wasn't sharp though... you could walk through it barefooted...

...or just sit and have a little between your toes!

And this guy was quite at home on the beach...just chillin'.

Thanks so much for visiting...enjoy your day!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Save the Gulf Coast!

Linda over at Coastal Charm just left a comment that she has great news! There's a free Jimmy Buffet concert in Alabama July 1! If you're in the the area, this promises to be one terrific show!

 Linda's also giving away a GREAT treat...a subscription to the magazine, Coastal Living for an entire year! If you haven't seen it before, you'll love it. It's packed with great ideas and pictures for all things sea related.

She also trying to get out the news that the beaches in Alabama are open an oil free! Stop by her post today and see the pictures of the gorgeous beaches! They look like the perfect place for a quick trip or family vacation!


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