Friday, June 26, 2009

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals?
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Today I was thinking of the beach.
I would love to be there right now but that's just not going to happen.
So, I did the next best thing and started browsing through my photos from last year's trip to Jekyll Island

We were there during a tropical depression.
It was a bit depressing to us at first but then we realized how absolutely beautiful a tropical depression can be...especially if it's not a really bad one that produces hurricanes and all that. There were so many gorgeous photo ops, it was difficult to pick a Fingerprint photo from all that I had.

I chose this one because

1) it has the ocean in it and the ocean is so big and the sky is so huge and it always puts me into the right perspective...God is God and I am not, that sort of thing. The ocean makes me think of Psalm 8:3-4 (you'll have to look it up, the link wouldn't work.)

2) the clouds are a bit stormy looking which represents how life often can be and

3) there's blue sky peaking through, reminding me that if you trust in Him, you know that the dark times will pass and the light will come shining through.
Plus, He will be there with you through the dark times, which makes them seem not so dark after all!

Don't forget to visit PamperingBeki's.

From there you can visit all the other Fingerprint Friday posts...which is where I'm headed right now!

Hope you have a blessed Friday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dixie Highway Yard Sale

Living close to US Highway 41 in Northwest Georgia makes it very convenient to take advantage of the fabulous 90 mile yard sale that is known as the Dixie Highway Yard Sale

This event started in 2006 and runs from Ringgold, Georgia to Marietta, Georgia, along much of what used to be the original Dixie Highway.

During the 1950's (I was only a baby) and 1960's we often travelled a portion of the Dixie Highway to visit relatives. I have great memories of passing fruit and vegetable stands with peaches, tomatoes and boiled peanuts and the colorful chenille bedspreads displayed on clotheslines near the old highway to attract buyers. The area not too far north of where I now live was known as Peacock Alley and was the home of the handmade chenille cottage industry from the late 1800's to to mid-century and later to machine made chenille products.

During this year's 90 mile yard sale (always the first weekend in June) we enjoyed making new memories while much of what we saw invoked memories of those simpler times. We have "done" the sale each of the three years it has been in existence and we always find a treasure or two along the way. Sometimes those treasures come in the form of vintage goodies and sometimes in the form of new friends we meet and the old ones we bump into along the way! All in all, a great way to spend a weekend in early summer!

Among the treasures I found this year was a vintage Pentax K1000 SLR film camera. It has the same lens mount as my old and broken Pentax ME and was a bargain to me at $10.00! The only other thing I bought this year were some old wallpaper books...3 for $5.00. Hopefully, I will get off this computer soon and use them to create some art or something!

Lots of old country to glassware...not many bargains here...the sellers knew what they had and it was priced accordingly!

This would make a nice project. Beautiful old wooden door with original hardware.

Advertising signs...from days when gas prices were more like 50 cents a gallon!

Lots of bargains on clothes and baby items everywhere we went!

This is Cass Grocery and Hardware. In addition to groceries, hardware and feed, this is a great place to find hand dipped ice cream and great deli sandwiches while traveling the Dixie Highway.

A beautiful friend I met along the way with gorgeous ice blue eyes.

In the Bible belt and proud of it!

Beautiful pastures abound.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

One Lovely Blog Award! How Sweet!

What a nice surprise! My very first blog award! Thank you so much, Crochethoughts. for choosing me for the One Lovely Blog Award! Please visit her lovely blog.

Everyone likes to be noticed...
To receive applause...
To get a "you go girl" every once in awhile!
Well, I do anyway, and now it is my pleasure to pass this on to the 15 lovely blogs listed below. Each is lovely for its own unique reason...content or appearance or both! Hope you will take the time to visit them.

Wordz of Life
The Coffeehouse
The Rose Journal
Cherry's Creations
Random Rambling
Like I Have Time For This
The B-Line
The Life Journey of a Crafting Freak
The Good Old Days
Jeanne Winters Inspiring Ideas
Kara Annis Jewelry
Cloud9 Design
Clay In The Hands

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Better Dog Harness and Other "Must Haves"

....all from Annie's Sweatshop.

Most vets suggest using harnesses instead of collars for all dog breeds but urge their use for toy breeds. Harnesses can help prevent neck injuries and pressure on the esophagus that can worsen certain conditions in these little breeds such as collapsing trachea.

I have tried several harness styles. None of them made me happy for one reason or another. I finally settled on one of those harnesses made of woven nylon straps that you can find at your local discount store. Ellie, my Yorkie, and I both hated it because it was difficult and time consuming to get on. Half the time, I would get it on backwards or wrong side out or both and have to take it off and start over. My vet suggested I leave it on all the time to make life easier but it was too uncomfortable and irritated her. Did I mention she's a Yorkie? If she's not happy, we're not happy.

I had almost given up hope for a better harness when I happened upon Annie's Sweatshop. Oh, happy day! Not only did she have a much superior design for a dog harness, they were beautiful too! Ellie can now be safe and beautiful at the same time. Joy!

Ellie modeling herAnnie's Sweatshop Harness

The design of this harness is great because it takes all of the pressure off of the neck and esophagus and distributes it around the chest. It's also great for me because it's a snap to put on her. It slips over her head and wraps around her tummy, quickly closes with Velcro and she's set to go. It's so soft and comfortable that I can leave it on her all day and she doesn't mind a bit! One of my vet's said that this was the best design for a harness that she had ever seen!

According to her Etsy profile: "The mission of Annie's Sweatshop is simple: to provide smart and sustainable handcrafted fashions. Owned and operated out of her home sewing room in Waterloo, ON the "sweatshop" is the cultivation of Annie's DIY (Do It Yourself) passion, environmental ethic, and sewing skills. Although she does work long hours and for seemingly low wages, do not be alarmed by the "sweatshop" moniker. It is a term of endearment that captures Annie's current predicament with her two mini-dachshunds, Porter and Stout. "

Annie's Sweatshop is a fabulous place to shop, not only for harnesses but for all of your best friend's needs. Her products are well designed, extremely well made and attractive! Plus, she is happy to do custom orders and her service is excellent.

Annie, is also committed to being a responsible guardian of the environment! For example, you won't find a newly printed business card in your package. Instead you'll find a piece of cardboard recycled from packaging with her shop information stamped on the back. It serves the purpose perfectly and saves the trees at the same time!
Here are a couple of the practical and uniquely designed products available at Annie's Sweatshop

This fabulous and reversible Hooded Coat will keep your dog friend toasty warm and dry in cold weather!

This Eco Friendly Dog Bed is great for those dogs that like to snuggle under the blankies. It's definitely on my wish list for the girls:

Check out this great Etsy best friend will love you for it!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

PamperingBeki's 1000th Blog Post Giveaway!

I cannot imagine 1000 posts. It takes me a couple of days to get my Fingerprint Friday post ready. I think this is because I have not yet learned the art of pithiness (brief, direct and full of expression!) I seem to be in love with words and tend to use many, where only a few would do.

I've decided that a few of the reasons that I like to read PamperingBeki's blog are that her posts are usually pithy. She's not afraid of showing the good, the bad and the ugly side of her day to day life in very brief and quite often, humorous, posts and she has lots of photos! And we all love looking at the pictures, now don't we? The other thing I absolutely love about it, is that she's random...and being a bit on the A.D.D side, I absolutely adore totally fits with the way my mind works!

In honor of PamperingBeki's 1000th post, I thought I would try my hand at pithiness in my post about her giveaway. So here goes:

Yea! Congratulations PamperingBeki on 1000 posts! WOW!

This is a fabulous giveaway, people!

To see the lovely prize, click here.
To enter, click here.
Easy to enter, plus ways to earn extra chances to win!

There. Pithiness. I like it!