Saturday, January 30, 2010

Paper Roses

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Hello! How are you? I can hardly believe the month of January has come and gone… what about you?

I’ve been busy living life in the real world and enjoying a little extra time away from my work. It’s amazing how a job can consume so much of a persons time leaving little left for the funner things in life...like creating! Oh yes, I know, “funner” isn’t actually a real word, but I like to use it anyway.

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There is one part of my job that I dearly love and that’s our annual Tea Party. This year it will be held at the end of February so my friend Nancy and I decided we better start early on our “Tea Treats”… before the month slipped away. We both decided to make cookies and package them up with pretty ribbons and bows…or paper roses.

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This is what we came up with for Nancy’s guests. We started with a plain paper mache` box, then cut strips of pattern tissue 5” wide, folded it in half, and began to roll it into paper flowers. Tie it off with pretty ribbon, hot glue it to the lid, and “Viola,” you have yourself the cutest little cookie boxes ever!

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I found this idea on Heather Bullard’s blog about a year ago and thought the idea was so sweet and perfect for a tea.

Oh, do you see the darling plate in the second picture? Nancy made them from tissue paper and glass plates…too cute, don’t you think? Me too!

Well, I’ll be spending my day working on my “Tea Treats” and when I’m done you’ll be the first to see what I came up with.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend…any fun plans?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Do not be anxious. My Spirit shall direct your steps. You need have no fear. There is never a place where you walk that I have not preceded you. There are many times when your faith waivers. Take no account of it. I am keeping you even when you do not feel strong. You must rely on My faithfulness~not on your feelings. Your strength will vary from day to day, but My power is always available to you as you yield to the Holy Spirit.

You are kept through the power of God through faith.
1 Peter 1:5

Taken from: One minute meditations
by: Frances J. Roberts

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Found Inspiration

For years I’ve dreamt of remodeling my kitchen, in this little ol’ cottage of mine, and I’ve finally found my inspiration.

I had seen this article years ago in a magazine but lost track of it until hubby and I were at the book store yesterday.

So hubby and I have decided that this will be one of our projects for the year and I can’t wait to get started!

Pictures: Cottages and Bungalows Magazine

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Most Excellent Order!

Have you ever dreamed of being royalty and living in a grand manor house in the heart of the English country side? I know I have! And while I'll most likely never be able to live that dream, I can live it here as an "Honorary Noble of the Most Excellent Order of the Blog Empire." My lovely friend, The Duchess of Rose Tree Cottage, has bestowed this most excellent award on me and several other wonderful bloggers, and I am ever so honored to accept...Thank you, Duchess! You are such a Dear Noble Woman!!!

If you haven't been over to visit the Duchess please stop by her blog... she always serves tea at half past Four. Hurry along now and don't be late!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Time

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This week the sign said:

Time Heals all Wounds

Give Time Time!

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cupcake anyone?

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Last week hubby and I took the pups for a walk around Old Towne Orange and while there we discovered a new sweet shoppe that had opened. Alas, there was a sign in the window saying they were closed until the following morning. So I vowed to squeeze it into my schedule this past Saturday…which I did.

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Doesn’t this look delicious… oh, sorry…it’s just a prop.

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They have the cutest little Audrey Hepburn theme with Tiffany Blue walls, a collection of black and white photos of Audrey, marble top tables, and black bentwood cafe chairs.

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Even the over-stuffed chairs were wearing little black dresses.

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There was a nice variety of cupcakes including a Red Velvet cupcake and one called The King of Chocolate…

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but this was the one I chose to sample. I was expecting the frosting to be vanilla, but when I bit into it I was pleasantly surprised to find a super thick rich creamy cream cheese with a band of Turbinado sugar. It tasted just like home made.

It was so delicious that I brought one home for hubby who loved it.

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This was my first experience at a shoppe dedicated to nothing but the cupcake and I really enjoyed the ambiance as well as the sweets. The cupcakes sold for $3. a piece which I thought was a very reasonable price. Far less expensive then a pot of tea with a scone. So I’ve decided I’m going to make it one of my local hang outs. Hmm, I wonder if they have Wi-Fi.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Keeping Watch


I have been missing from Bloglandia, but I believe I'm back. I hope I'm back.

There have been so many times during the past year that I've wanted to hit the delete button on this little ol` blog o mine, but then I'm reminded of the wonderful friends I've made and how each of you has touched my heart in such a special way. Some of you have even become the dearest of friends and I can't imagine my life without you.


2009 was a difficult year, spiritually speaking, and while I wasn't keeping watch over my heart I allowed bitterness to take up residence and plant her ugly roots... my heart became hard. I found myself having the same conversation every morning with the Lord on my way to work and by the time I pulled into the parking lot I was either in tears or very very angry. Bitterness is one of the ugliest companions a girl can have and as much as I tried to shake her and toss her aside, like the ugly weed she is, it seemed she dug her roots in deeper and deeper.


And so I learned to live with her, as uncomfortable as her presence was. And she continued to tear at my heart until I thought there would be nothing redeemable left. I was becoming my former self. The person that I was before I met the Lord. Sad...alone...destitute...on the brink of total despair.


And I decided that things in my life needed to change. Mainly my work schedule. So I asked hubby several times if I could cut back my hours and he didn't give me the answer I was looking for until I told him what the answer should be..."yes Dear, you can cut back." And so I have and like a thick morning fog that lies over the land, then dissipates in the warmth of the noon day sun, I feel as if the heaviness has been lifted from my heart. Bitterness has been ripped from my heart and I am free to pursue different desires...follow after other yearnings.

And with each mornings sunrise I'm reminded of a day, years ago, when I found myself wandering through the High Sierra's with tears streaming down my cheeks, all the while wondering where was God in the midst of my chaos. Several minutes later I was in the general store face to face with the kindliest looking old man wearing a plaid hunting jacket and cap. I was searching for something and could feel him staring at me from behind so I turned to see who was there. He smiled with the gentlest smile. "It's a beautiful day today, wouldn't you agree?" Not knowing what to do I replied with a simple "yes." At that moment I felt as if he had looked deep within my heart and seen the sadness there. He again smiled and softly whispered, "I ordered it especially for you!" I turned away not knowing what to say and when I looked back he was gone.
My heart began to soften that day and each morning that I rise I feel it softening still. I think twenty-ten is starting out to be a good year.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bitter or Better...



Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Matthew 4:1

If God is calling you to do something for Him, expect to be tested. Temptation is a test of your true character. Literally, it is a proving of the heart -- a demonstration of your inner motives. It challenges your convictions and exposes your weaknesses. But it serves an important purpose.

Jesus, here in Matthew 4, is being led up into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. No doubt He was dreading such a trip -- He hadn't eaten in 40 days, the weather was likely hot, and the mountainous terrain would be rugged. But it wasn't the devil who led Him up into the wilderness, it was the Spirit of God.

Yes, the Holy Spirit led Jesus. Notice that word "led." The transliterated Greek word is "anago," which means "to lead up into a higher place." You see, the Holy Spirit was leading Jesus into a higher place. And today, it's so important for you to understand that a testing from God will lead you into a higher place. So often we think that when negative things happen, they bring us down. But God's plan is to take you to a higher place. He wants to broaden your perspective, to deepen your understanding. And when you overcome, you will see that the real purpose of the test was not merely for you to succeed in a challenge, but for the Holy Spirit to empower you like never before.

Maybe you are in the middle of temptations right now. Maybe you are experiencing challenging testings. Realize that God is leading you with a purpose. Life's trials and setbacks will make you either bitter or better. They will leave you empowered by God -- strengthened in spirit and grateful in heart -- or bitter and defeated. It all depends on whether you place your focus on yourself, or on the Lord. After all, the only difference between being bitter and better is the letter "I".

The above was taken from:"Today's Devotion by Mike MacIntosh"

My Thoughts:

Every morning I wake to find a new devotion in my email box from my very first pastor: Mike MacIntosh. I always look forward to reading his thoughts on the scripture he's chosen, for the day, and this mornings devotion especially hit home. "The only difference between being bitter and better is the letter "I"." How many times does that one word trip me up in my walk with the Lord? "But Lord, I deserve better...I shouldn't be treated this way"...and the I, I, I's go on and on. When we get our eye's off the Lord and onto our selves we become discontent, disgruntled, and dislikable. I have to confess that this is where my heart has been lately and I don't like it very much, so today I have decided that my eyes need to be refocused where they should have been to begin with!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Bright New Year…

I like to think that… paris with each new year we’re given a fresh clean canvas to begin anew…new dreams to dream...new ideas to discover...new inspiration yet to be revealed…and new paths to travel.

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With each new year it’s good to glance back and see the road from wence we came… the victories we’ve shared as well as the struggles we’ve endured and yet overcame.

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With each new year it’s good to remember when our hearts sang with joy for the beauty around us…if only for a moment.

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With each new year it’s good to reflect and remember Who has blessed us beyond measure or anything we could ever imagine.

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With each new year it’s good to have friends like you to dream with… to share with…and be inspired by.

Thank you for sharing this last year with me and I look forward to our time spent together in this new year.

Much love to all of you!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010