Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday Shopping - Vintage Sale

I've been so busy lately, I forgot to blog about my End of July sale in EllieLeesAttic!  I have items from $5 to $250 off. But today's the last day. So sorry that I forgot to, I will do a special discount coupon for my blogger friends.  Just visit my vintage shop anytime during the first week in August and if you purchase one of my vintage items I will give you a 20% discount...just type in AUGBLOG in the comments section at check out and wait to pay until I have adjusted the invoice...or you can go ahead and pay and I will refund your 20% discount in a separate transaction on Pay Pal.  Didn't mean to keep my graceful readers out of the loop!

Here is my latest vintage treasure that I added yesterday. It wasn't on sale but you can get it at 20% off next week!  Just remember to put AUGBLOG in the comments section at check out. This is a vintage Native American stamped silver bench bead necklace. You can read all about it  here.

Hope you have a great Saturday!
Be sure to stop by tomorrow for Silent Sunday!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Little Break

I'll be taking a little break from blogging for the next few days.  Hope to be back at it by Monday. Have a lot of things to add to my shops, a lot of things to photograph and some other things that need attention...
see you in a few days if not sooner.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday Leftovers - Yielding to God Sharing Our Testimony

SUNDAY LEFTOVERS:  This is not about food. Think of it as a doggie bag filled with the essence of  a Sunday Sermon. It might be something that stood out to me that I want to investigate further, something I might need to work on in my life, or maybe just an uplifting quote that is "Refrigerator Worthy" (RW)  as our pastor often says.  Whatever it is, I hope it will help you in your walk with God.

My pastor's sermon message yesterday was the final part of an ongoing sermon series based on the book Life's Healing Choices, by John Baker[1] of Saddleback Church. This is my synopsis of the final lesson in this sermon series, followed by some "refrigerator worthy" quotes and some supporting scriptures. 
To complete our healing process we must choose to "yield ourselves to God in order to bring the Good News to others, both by our examples and by our words."  It illustrates how we can use our own experiences - repentances, trials, pains, sorrows, and losses -- for the benefit of others. Sharing these experiences in honesty and with compassion, we grow while helping and comforting others.  This sharing of our mistakes, our trials and our victories achieved with help from God, will help others to heal and can bring them hope. 

"You don't help people with your strength, but with your weaknesses."

"How do you know when you are over your past hurts? You start helping others."

"We only change when we feel the heat."

"God never wastes a hurt."

"God only uses broken people because that's all he has to work with."

"We often don't know that God is all we need, until He is all we have."

"Your greatest ministry will grow out of your pain."

The following favorite scripture was one used to illustrate how we must be honest about our own frustrations when we are sharing our stories with others. I love The Message translation of  Romans 7:18 because it illustrates so clearly Paul's frustrations with his own sinful nature:
But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can't keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don't have what it takes. I can will it, but I can't do it. I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. Romans 7:18 The Message[2]

2 Corinthians 12:20 (MSG)

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 (NLT)

Psalm 119:71 NIV

Ecclesiates 4:9-10 NLT

Romans 8:28 (NLT)

Genesis 50:20(NIV)

1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

I am attending a Bible Study that is based on Max Lucado's book, FearlessLast night  our Women's Ministry Leader read an excerpt of Psalm 139 from The Message.  I wanted to share the whole of this Psalm with you from The Message because it is quite beautiful. It is a perfect place to go in times when you might be feeling alone, in a bad place in your journey, want to praise him but can't find the words. There are many reasons to turn to this beautiful Psalm. Remember that God made you so that he could connect with you. He always knows what's going on in your life. You can't fool God. He knows everything there is to know about you and he still loves you. What a steadfast and true friend he is. He never leaves us, it is always we who walk away and close the door. 

                           A David Psalm

1-6 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. 
   I'm an open book to you; 
      even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking. 
   You know when I leave and when I get back; 
      I'm never out of your sight. 
   You know everything I'm going to say 
      before I start the first sentence. 
   I look behind me and you're there, 
      then up ahead and you're there, too— 
      your reassuring presence, coming and going. 
   This is too much, too wonderful— 
      I can't take it all in! 

7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? 
      to be out of your sight? 
   If I climb to the sky, you're there! 
      If I go underground, you're there! 
   If I flew on morning's wings 
      to the far western horizon, 
   You'd find me in a minute— 
      you're already there waiting! 
   Then I said to myself, "Oh, he even sees me in the dark! 
      At night I'm immersed in the light!" 
   It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you; 
      night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you. 

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; 
      you formed me in my mother's womb. 
   I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! 
      Body and soul, I am marvelously made! 
      I worship in adoration—what a creation! 
   You know me inside and out, 
      you know every bone in my body; 
   You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, 
      how I was sculpted from nothing into something. 
   Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; 
      all the stages of my life were spread out before you, 
   The days of my life all prepared 
      before I'd even lived one day. 

17-22 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! 
      God, I'll never comprehend them! 
   I couldn't even begin to count them— 
      any more than I could count the sand of the sea. 
   Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you! 
      And please, God, do away with wickedness for good! 
   And you murderers—out of here!— 
      all the men and women who belittle you, God, 
      infatuated with cheap god-imitations. 
   See how I hate those who hate you, God, 
      see how I loathe all this godless arrogance; 
   I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred. 
      Your enemies are my enemies! 

23-24 Investigate my life, O God, 
      find out everything about me; 
   Cross-examine and test me, 
      get a clear picture of what I'm about; 
   See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong— 
      then guide me on the road to eternal life.

[1] John Baker developed the Christ centered recovery program called Celebrate Recovery and his book, Life’s Healing Choices is based on that program. 
[2] Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Shopping - Postponed

Saturday Shopping has been postponed due to urgent need to help spouse do some much needed out basement.
Don't you wish you could have that much fun today?
To be completely honest, I love to do that sort of thing, as long as I don't have to do it alone.
So while I am down there among cobbies and who knows what...
Here are some photos I thought you might enjoy:

Have a blessed day.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fingerprint Friday - Rainbow God's Promise

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line..."when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God." To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that do, go to the Fingerprint Friday Post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions.

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Genesis 9:12-17NIV
Have a great Friday.
Stop by tomorrow to see what's new.
Until then....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Favorites of the Week - Sand and Sea Beach House Musings

I took a different approach with my Thursday Favorites of the Week today. I decided to use Kaboodle to pull together a styleboard of my Etsy favorites instead of using the Etsy favorites tag. These are still tagged as favorite items on Etsy and will appear on my Favorites of the Week page until next Thursday. I enjoy using Kaboodle and if you haven't kaboodled yet, I highly recommend it.  I only had time for one styleboard today but I do have a group of vintage favorites on my Favorites of the Week page and hope you will visit that page and check them out as well.

 (Note: These items can also be viewed indefinitely in my Treasury on Etsy)
Beautiful handmade items that are perfect for that beach house by the sea.  Cool, soothing and peaceful come to mind. Everything you need to start furnishing your own lovely cottage wherever it may be:
A bit of tatted lace to add to your own lovely craft project.
A delightful folk art owl that would look so great perched on a sofa table behind a Pottery Barn upholstered sofa.
This beautiful wreath made of vintage paper to greet the those lucky beach house guests. 
Feeling inspired by the sea coast scenes? Keep your pencils and paint brushes handy in this almost-too- beautiful-for-pencils, pottery pencil holder. 
Who wants to heat up the oven? All you'll need for those light meals of chilled soup, fresh fruit or salad are these gorgeous, sky blue bowls. 
This beautiful photograph of a seashell resting on a paper displaying its proper scientific name will be a perfect conversation piece.
While you're decorating the walls, don't forget this delightful set of four drawings of digitally painted sea creatures. A lovely, touch of whimsy.
Gorgeous fabrics and throw pillows help to complete your casual yet sophisticated decor. 
Last but not least....What is a beach house filled with beautiful treasures without some adornments for your sun kissed skin and hair? These jewelry selections will be perfect with a sun-dress or tank top and capris.
For the final touch, sling this roomy bag over your shoulder and your ready to stroll to town looking like the island beauty that you are!
I hope you like these favorites that I picked especially for you. The do make me think beach house but why not use them to bring that beach feel to your cozy nest wherever it may be?
To purchase or find out more about any of these items, simply go to my Favorites of the Week page and click on the item. It will take you to that item in its little shop on Etsy.

Please, please, please don't forget to check out the great vintage treasures on my Favorites of the Week page.  You can see a treasury of those Beach Ball Bright favorites here.

Okay, bye now...Hope you will drop by again tomorrow for Fingerprint Friday!
Sand and Sea...
Sand and Sea... by viclee

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Whatever! Wednesday - Promotion Georg Jensen Ring

Today I am using my blog for what it was originally shamelessly plug my own shops.  Actually, I only want to plug one item today. It is this gorgeous Georg Jensen antique ring.  It is one of the very early art nouveau designs of Georg Jensen and carries the design mark 11,  Prior to 1925, Georg Jensen used the .830 silver standard used by many countries at the time. Sometime in 1925 he changed to the .925 standard that was being used by most European countries.  The use of .830 silver, certainly does not diminish the beauty of this ring. The Georg Jensen raised letter mark was used between 1915 and 1927. When combined, the two marks tell us that the ring was probably made between 1915 and 1925.  Here is a bit of history of Georg Jensen, the man and the company.
Acquired in the mid-1980's, I have kept it polished because it is part of my personal collection and I have worn it as a pinky ring many times over the years. I rarely wear it anymore and have decided it should be in the possession of someone who will wear it, enjoy it  and  who will appreciate its timeless beauty. 

The Georg Jensen company is known for its outstanding quality and the beauty and elegance of its designs. Priced at $725, it is actually priced at the very low end of the value range for a Georg Jensen ring of this age and in this condition. Compare it to these other Georg Jensen rings: design #46e, design 11a, design 10

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Timeless Tuesday - A Few Songs

TIMELESS TUESDAY: Featuring something that is timeless, with classic lines or features that will assure   it will never go out of style...could be a car,  a dress, jewelry, architecture...something new that is going to be a sure winner in the "timeless" category, could be just about anything that is or is likely to be a "classic." I'm thinking there will be a lot of black and white items in this category.

Today's Timeless Treasures come from the world of music. That wonderful music of the 30's that has transcended time and has been renewed and refreshed  over and over again with new artists through the years. The arrangements may change a bit as the years go by and the style of the singers vary but the heart of the music's melody and the wonderful  lyrics will never die.

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" was written by E. Y. Harburg (Lyrics) and Harold Arlen (Music) for the 1938 movie,The Wizard of Oz, starring  Judy Garland.  This song has been sung by some of the most famous and beautiful voices in the world...some more recent artists have been: Eva Cassidy, Celine Dion, Celtic Women, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Jason Castro, Josh Groban, Susan Boyle, Charlotte Church to name only a few. I wanted to use the video from the movie but embedding has been disabled, so if you want to hear that wonderful original you will have to go here.  Instead,  I've chosen Eva Cassidy's version.

Next up is "Putting on the Ritz" which was written by Irving Berlin in 1929 and first sung by Harry Richmond in the 1930 musical film Putting on the Ritz.  It is probably best known for Fred Astaire's version  in the 1946 movie Blue Skies. Marty Feldman and Peter Boyle did a sing and dance version in the 1977 movie Young Frankenstein. Michael Jackson and his sister, LaToya, did a dance number to Michael's vocal accompaniment in the Jacksons Variety Show in 1977. Taco did a video, pop version that had everyone tapping out the rhythm and humming the tune in 1983.  Clark Gable did a version way back when. There's even a video on YouTube that uses the song as accompaniment for various scenes from the Harry Potter movies. Sounds like a classic to me. It's always been one of my favorites because I'm a sucker for tap dancing and I love Fred Astaire.

Hope you enjoyed these two timeless songs that have endured for over 80 years and will most likely be around for 80 more.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sunday Leftovers

SUNDAY LEFTOVERS:  This is not about food. Think of it as a doggie bag filled with the essence of  a Sunday Sermon. It might be something that stood out to me that I want to investigate further, something I might need to work on in my life, or maybe just an uplifting quote that is "Refrigerator Worthy" (RW)  as our pastor often says.  Whatever it is, I hope it will help you in your walk with God.

Today's Sunday Leftovers is not taken from my pastor's fine sermon yesterday. Instead it was taken from the first in a four week Bible Study that our Women's Ministry Leader is conducting based on four chapters of Max Lucado's book, Fearless, Imagine Your Life Without Fear.  Max Lucado is unquestionably a gifted writer and I am a great fan of his books. This one might turn out to be my favorite because of its relevance in my life at this particular time. But, I dare say that it will be relevant in yours as well.  Who is not fearful at times?  We all are, of course!  Fear is the early warning system in our bodies that tells us there is danger ahead and in that context fear is a very good thing.  It is also the paralyzing, irrational, depressing, debilitating fear that Max Lucado addresses in this book.  It is the fear that overwhelms us and interferes with our lives to the point that it steals our joy and our happiness and turns us into quivering and pathetic heaps curled up in the corner of the room, babbling hysterically. Okay, that last part might be somewhat melodramatic and a tad extreme, but still, the world at large has become a scary place with all of the fears of the failing economy, terrorism, drug wars, weather patterns, diseases, WMD's, etc.  It is also the fear that keeps us from stepping out and fulfilling God's purpose for our lives. So, the question is, "What do we do about it?"  That's what this book is designed to answer for us.  I can't answer the question because I am not far enough along in the reading of the book or in the Bible study to have the answer but I would like to share a few short points from last night's study. 

There's a reason that God, Jesus and the angels said, "Do not be afraid" or its equivalent, approximately 1,000 times in the Bible. It is because he does not want us living in fear. He wants us to trust Him.

Read Matthew 8:23-27.  Note that Jesus was not afraid of the storm. He was sleeping. The disciples' shouts were what awakened him. The first thing Jesus did was to calm the disciples by asking them, "Why are you afraid?" and adding, "You of little faith."  Then he calmed the winds and the lake and the disciples were amazed. 

We will most certainly have storms in our lives. As our pastor frequently says, "if you are not having a crisis/storm/problem right now, just wait because one is coming." In John 16:33, Jesus tells the disciples, " I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will  have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."  

So how should we handle the storms that come? 
1. Call out to Jesus for help. He wants you to call on him. In fact, if you don't call on him, he won't help you. I don't remember where I heard it but this statement is so true: "God is a gentleman, he doesn't go where he's not invited." Invite him into your life and ask him for help.
2. Let him have control. God can't start his work until the crisis comes.  The disciples didn't awaken Jesus in fear and then tell him how to calm the storm. No, they stood back and let him do his work. They did their part by calling on him. Now, that doesn't mean that you don't have a role to play in calming your storms, but your role is to follow God's instructions and let Him have control.  
3. Keep your faith during the storm.  Jesus told the disciples, "you of little faith."  He was letting them know that all they needed was to trust him and the storm would not bring harm to them. He had told them they were going to cross to the other side of the lake. (Mark 4:35.) That should have been enough for them. When storms come and we call out to God and ask for help and ask him what we should do, have faith that he will be with you throughout the storm.  A storm is an opportunity for God to be glorified through your faith in him.
4. Whatever storm you are in, Jesus experienced the same feelings and will walk with you through the storm. Jesus came to earth as a man.  He was persecuted and abandoned and alone at the end but he knew he was not truly alone. He had faith in his Father to deliver him. He had faith in his Father to keep his promises to him.  That is how he went through the storms of life...having faith in the Father. We need to trust in God to walk with us and guide us through the storms of life. 
5. Storms always change us. The type of change depends on how we behave during the storm. We will grow in faith and trust in God, if we allow him to guide us through the storm. Not everyone will be healed, not every situation will turn out the way that we asked for it to. But, it will turn out in a way that can glorify God, if we trust him. We often look back on past storms and are able to see that God's hand was at work the entire time. We have to maintain our calm and trust in him and trust that he is always working on our behalf, no matter how it may seem at the time. He is working to assure our growth, trust and reliance in Him. 

Now try to answer these questions: What would I do if I weren't afraid?  How is fear keeping me from fulfilling God's purpose for my life? If I were fearless, how would my life be different? 

I composed this from my notes in a bit of a hurry but hopefully it makes sense. I hope that these few highlights iwill bless you today and help you a bit in weathering whatever storm you might be in now or those that are  coming your way. I highly recommend that you pick up Max Lucado's book and let it help you imagine your life without fear. 

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear." 2 Timothy 1:7

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fingerprint Friday

Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line..."when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God." To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that do, go to the Fingerprint Friday Post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions.

I love the sky when there are gray clouds  and the sun is peeking out and the rays are streaming down through the clouds. It gives me goose bumps. Those rays are so majestic, so regal. I think of God when I see those rays. I know that his brilliance is infinitely greater than the sun.  Awesome, almighty, sovereign God.

"At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens."  Mark 13:26-27 NIV

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday's Favorites of the Week

This week's favorites from Etsy. You can also see these favorites on Etsy in this Treasury and this Treasury. Click on each item for more information.
Love,Love,Love Lime

Isn't It Romantic

Please come back tomorrow for Fingerprint Friday!

Please note, these collections are not static, they are revolving displays based on my current 16 favorites on Etsy. This means that past Favorites of the Week posts will display the same items that are in this current post.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Whatever! Wednesday - Along the Crooked Road Part 2

More photos from our little trip along the crooked road today...

An old barn that would be a great place to tell ghost stories in the fall...looks a little like an upside down jack-o-lantern to me...

Just over the hill from the barn was this idyllic scene with horses grazing by the lake with mountains in the background

Another white farm house...

with a tree limb from a recent storm...

Next door is this old abandoned house...probably a beauty in its day...

An interesting road name...

A few cows resting in the shade on this hot and humid day....

I love Ms. Cow's face...

Here's curly, the bull with sort of rheumy eyes... not showing the love as much as Ms. Cow.

Dry Creek Baptist Church had a good message on their sign...

A lovely little, country church with a lovely, little sign ...

And the presumed source of the church and road name....a dry creek...

Big sky and green fields...

A cute little country store...

Another windy road sign...

An accurate sign....

This strange building has rocks between the logs. I don't think I've ever seen this on it to see the detail.

Almost home...these are the giraffes...that's what I always think of when I see these trees covered in've heard of kudzu, haven't you...

It was a fun little trip and a nice way to spend an hour on a sunny, summer day.

Now, if you read the part one of Along the Crooked Road, you may remember Barnsley Gardens, the golf course and the sign. Did anyone notice that the road sign was spelled wrong? Well, it was. It had an extra "e" in it..see.

Thanks for dropping by...let me know what you think of our little trip.

Whatever! Wednesday - Along the Crooked Road

Today, the husband and I decided to see if a little crooked road that appeared to be a short cut to a town we often visit for doctor's appointments and shopping would be a true short cut or because of its crookedness would be a longer route.  It is a beautiful day in NW Georgia and it seemed like a fun summer day drive. I grabbed my camera and a couple of bottles of water and off we went. About 50 miles, 159 photos and one hour later, we are back home. We learned that mileage wise it is a short cut but because of the twisting and turning road, it will take a bit longer, which is what we suspected but it was a good excuse to take a beautiful drive along a long and winding road with some fun photo ops.
The beginning of the winding road...

An interesting barn...obviously someone obsessed with road signs lives here...

Famous Barnsley can read part of the story and see some other photos at BNOTP. Susan recently did a nice photo tour and recounted much of the history of this lovely resort, mansion ruins and restored gardens.If you check out her post, please leave a comment and let her know I sent you.

Part of the Barnsley world class golf course...

This is the country though and zoning is done a little differently here. Not too far from this beautiful resort is a very interesting junk yard...there was quite a variety but I only managed a shot of this as we passed by:

Along our little crooked roads (it turned out to actually be more than one) we found this enormous new house being built. It must be at least 10-11,000 square feet. It's difficult to tell from the photos, but try to imagine the size based on the huge construction dumpster that is in front of the house.

And there's more in the back...A breezeway connects the main house to the smaller house in the back...a guest cottage, a pool house or the servants' quarters perhaps?

A little further down the crooked road, we find these older and more charming, in my opinion, older homes ...
there is something about old white houses with black shutters that make me drool...these are truly classics:

I do a good bit of jelly and jam making in the late summer so I am quite familiar with the trademark on this mail box. I had no idea that the Ball Corporation had a plant nearby...
They don't make the jars here though. This is their metal beverage container plant...who knew Ball made metal beverage containers? I didn't.  I do know this, they have created a park like environment on the grounds. It is a lovely and peaceful atmosphere, complete with purple martin bird houses and park like fields.

This is not nearly all of the interesting things we saw, but this post is becoming huge and I have to think about what we will have for supper and feed some dogs. I'll post the rest of the photos later this evening, if I get the chance. The best part is yet to come.

Thanks for coming by...I hope you'll check back later. ♥