Monday, August 30, 2010

Favorites of the Week - Black, White and Red and A Bit of Autumn Too

Favorites of the Week:  Each Monday I feature a number of items on my Favorites of the Week page. It might be 8 favorites or it might be 28. All or a portion of those items will be featured on the Home page on Mondays. The favorites for each week will remain on my Favorites of the Week page until the following Monday. Hope you enjoy. I'm sure these shopkeepers would love for you to visit their stores and see their other great items! ♥

This week's favorites are once again from that online venue that I am most partial to--Etsy.com.

I chose 14 as favorites of my Ellie Lee Etsy shop and 14 as favorites of my Ellie Lee's Attic Etsy shop and you can see all 28 by going to my Favorites of the Week page.  Twenty-eight favorites are too many to feature on my Home page,  (I really do have other things calling for my attention)  so I made the tough decisions and chose 8 out of twenty-eight, which was ridiculously difficult.  I chose 4 from each set...just to be fair.  Hope you enjoy!

Classic Black and White with a Splash of Red

CUSTOM Cute Digital SLR HOBO camera bag..LARGE...Sofia black and offwhite w/red interior/SNUGGLENS
This camera bag will get you excited to go on a photo shoot! No
drab brown, beige or gray, this sweet bag makes a grand fashion
statement while keeping your digital SLR and all your accessories
safe and secure! I would be thrilled to find this under my Christmas
tree...hint,hint, hint!  Custom Digital SLR Hobo Bag
 $99.99 from Gypsy Rose Handbags


Halloween Ghost Miniatures Set of Three
Halloween is coming soon and while I'm not a huge fan of a spooky
holiday, I couldn't say, "boo!" to these adorable ghosties! The smiling faces
are my favorites but they are all too cute. This shop has many other Halloween treats
and many other adorable accessories for your home.
 Halloween Ghost Minatures-Set of Three
$10.00 from Lenny Mudd




Vintage Embroidered Silk Extra Long Scarf
This gorgeous silk scarf is so beautiful and timeless that I had no
idea it was a vintage piece!  This versatile scarf is extra long and
wide enough to use as a light wrap or shawl as well.
 Beautifuly finished with tassels on each end, this Vintage Silk Scarf
 will dress up any little black dress or how about a red one!
 $29.00 from Willow Creek Sparrow

STORM WATCHER  ( Buy any 2 and get 1 free)
I think this beautiful painting, entitled "Storm Watcher"speaks for itself...romantic
and hope are two of the words that come to my  mind.  Robert Foster's work is so amazing,
that I would like to do a feature of his work alone.  This  talented artist has an
unbelievable special going on  right now...buy 2 prints and get 1 free!
My 3 picks would be  Raven Tree and Wind Swept and Storm Watcher. What are yours?
$15.00 from Lew Foster

Autumn Daydreams -- Just Around the Corner


Italian farmhouse road original oil on canvas.  Ships for 20.00.  Prints available too.
I think my most difficult choice of all this week was which of the gorgeous
paintings to choose from this shop.I assure you it was a difficult decision to make...
check it out and you will see what I mean.  I kept coming back to this original
oil painting:  "Italian Farmhouse" so it was my final choice...
I wonder what yours will be!
$650.00 from Oui 2 Reveille
Pleated Hobo Messenger Bag with Adjustable Strap in Alexander Henry's Koto
Alexander Henry's beautiful Koto is the icing on the cake that is
this lovely Pleated Hobo Messenger Bag.  Practically designed with one large and two
  small pockets inside, an adjustable should strap and a key chain hook.
Beautiful styling, fabulous fabric, perfect practicality all from a shop known
for quality workmanship. What more could you want?
$46.00 from Sherri's Boutique
Shabby Architectural Aged Cast Iron Rabbit Garden Statue
Rabbits are not only for Easter! Not these anyway. Don't you love the rich
patina of these cast iron bunnies?  Made from the original Hubley cast iron mold and aged
using a special technique to make them look as if they were snatched right out of the
ruins of an English garden. Meant to go outside, they will continue to age beautifully
 if left as they are or you can paint them with a clear top finish to have them stay as they are.
 These Cast Iron Garden Statues would be great as a pair but the listing is for one.
$50.00 from Wiltsie Bridge Country Store
3 Piece Place Setting - Made to Order
I am a huge pottery fan. I have friends who collect  pottery by a specific potter,
color or style so that it makes a lovely display in their homes. That's great but I can't
 seem to stick to one potter or one type of item to collect. But that could change now that
I've seen the work of Keith Phillips. He has so many beautiful pieces, I could never
tire of his designs.  If you love pottery, you must visit his shop and see for yourself.
 Obviously I am not  his only fan--his work has been featured on about a gazillion blogs...
yes, that is a bit of hyperbole but only a tiny bit!
This is a 3 Piece Place Setting of Dinner Plate 9", Salad Plate 7" and Soup Bowl  4.5"
$90.00 from Mud Stuffing


Please visit my Favorites of the Week page to see all of the wonderful favorites I have chosen just for you... okay, okay, I admit it...I did pick them for me too!

PLEASE NOTE: Opinions, reviews and ideas presented in this blog are mine unless otherwise attributed. I may from time to time be furnished with a product for a Giveaway or for a Review. If I do not like the product, I will not review it or include it in a giveaway.  I do not receive compensation for my opinions, reviews or thoughts about products that appear on my blog. Favorites of the Week are chosen by me and I receive no compensation in any form for their review and appearance on my blog.

The Favorites of the Week page is a revolving selection of favorites and will change each week. It is often directly generated by an Etsy application that uses my current favorite selections on Etsy.com. Because of this, the links to the Favorites of the Week page in past and future posts will take you to the latest selection of my favorites which might be different from the ones specified in the particular blog post you are reading. Is that confusing? I'm sorry, it sort of confused me to write it too but it's the best I can do. ♥



Friday, August 27, 2010

Fingerprint Friday - Butterflies?

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.

Butterflies were going to be my Fingerprint of God today.  
But God had other plans.

Dr. Alveda King stands up for the unborn, the innocents, those whose voices cannot be heard.

Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for the Priests for Life,  is traveling to Washington, D.C. for the Restoring Honor Rally, organized by Glenn Beck. 
The rally will be held tomorrow, August 28th, at the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I've Got a Dream" speech.  The purpose of the rally is not to promote any political party as Rev. Al Sharpton and other "Civil Rights" leaders would have you believe, but to honor those who have humbled themselves to serve us by defending our freedom.  Dr. Alveda King will be standing up with other African American leaders to speak on the subjects of faith, hope and love and honoring God, our families and our neighbors.  Specifically, she will be speaking for those who are not given the opportunity to speak for themselves: the unborn.

Rev. Al Sharpton will also be in Washington, D.C. tomorrow for a March for Jobs and Justice. 
A worthy cause, I am sure.  
However, what is not a worthy cause is the way that Rev. Sharpton and other "civil rights" leaders are maligning the Restoring Honor Rally in general and Dr. Alveda King specifically, and saying that she has hijacked Dr. Martin Luther King's dream and legacy. 
How dare they!  
Dr. Alveda King is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King and the daughter of his brother. 
Dr. Alveda cannot hijack what is hers by birthright and blood. 

Dr. Alveda King was asked to join the Restoring Honor Rally long before Rev. Sharpton planned his march. Rev. Sharpton did not invite Dr. King to attend or speak at this march. 
So who is hijacking what here?
One can only wonder at his motives. 
Those hijacking his legacy are those who would use Dr. King's name for their own personal glory.
Those hijacking his legacy are those who would use Dr. King's name to further their own personal agenda.

One does not need to wonder at Dr. Alveda King's motives.
She does all that she does for the glory of God. 
Dr. Alveda King is standing up for mercy and compassion, her uncle did that.
Dr. Alveda King is standing up for honor and justice, her uncle did that.
Dr. Alveda King is standing up for the innocents and the forgotten her uncle did that.
Dr. Alveda King is standing up for those who cannot speak for themselves, her uncle did that.
Dr. Alveda King is standing up for freedom, her uncle did that. 
Dr. Alveda King is standing up for life and the sanctity of life, her uncle did that.

Dr. Alveda King is not hijacking Martin Luther King's legacy, she is continuing his legacy for the glory of God.

She is going to Washington to speak for the honor of the unborn.
She will be speaking for all the women who are choosing to be silent no more.
We are the women who made the choice that was given to us by our government.
We are the women who now realize that we should not have made a choice.
We are the women who regret the choice that we made daily.
We are the women who choose to bring to light the lies of those who say that a fetus is a just a mass of tissue and not a human life.
We are women who chose abortion and we are the women who now choose to be Silent No More.

How interesting that I was planning to use a butterfly as my fingerprint today and in a way I still am...the butterfly of Silent No More:
Make a Choice - Choose Life
Silent No More

Thank you Dr. King for all you do to protect the lives of the unborn.
I know that you do not like to be thanked for what you do and ask that we thank God instead.
I do thank God but I also thank you for helping me to see that I can be silent no more.
Take heart Dr. King and remember the words of the One you love:
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, 
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."  Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:10-12

Today, Dr. Alveda King is my fingerprint of God. 

To find out more about the Restoring Honor Rally and about Stopping Abortion:
Restoring Honor Rally - Black Leaders to Join Glenn Beck in D.C.
Alveda Needs Your Help
Black Conservative Supports Glenn Beck Rally
The Glenn Beck Program
Silent No More
Priests for Life
Handmade for Life
Abortion Recovery International

To my friends who are shocked, I hope you will forgive me. I made a bad choice but God can make good out of the bad for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. His purpose for me now is to stand against abortion and stand with those who will be silent no more.  If I lose a friend for my past or my stance, then I will gain another for my future. I hope you will all be in my future.

Have a good weekend.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Worshipful Wednesday - Psalm 66

WORSHIPFUL WEDNESDAY:  A song, a poem, a Bible verse, a quote, a photo...something for a mid-week worship moment!


This is a beautifully made video. I love this song and I love the Lord of heaven and earth.
Hallelujah, let us all sing a song of  praise to him! 





Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday's Favorites of The Week

Thursday's Favorites of the Week is now Monday's Favorites of the Week. 
Each week I will feature a number of items on my Favorites of the Week page. It might be 8 favorites or it might be 28. All or a portion of those items will be featured on the Home page on Mondays. The favorites for each week will remain on my Favorites of the Week page until the following Monday. Saturday, I posted some of my favorite pillows and you can see them here. Those favorites plus more and the favorites you see here can be seen on my Favorites of the Week Page until next Monday. Hope you enjoy. I'm sure these shopkeepers would love for you to visit their stores and see their other great items! ♥


Secret Solitary Bird in a landscape with water and emotive sky free usa shipping
I would love to step into this beautiful original painting and be swallowed up in the
serenity of this wonderful scene. "Secret Solitary Bird" by Robin Maria Pedrero.
Perfect anywhere that you want a calming and peaceful painting.
 Ready to hang 8x8 gallery wrapped acyrlic painting.
 $ 80.00 from Robin Maria Pedrero.

DREAM mixed media collage painting INSPIRATIONAL ART
 This is a wonderful original art piece entitled "Dream"
Wherever you hang this it is sure to bring a smile to your face
and inspiration to your heart!  Perfect for a sewing room, studio or craft
room.  Of course it would be an inspiring piece for a young girl's room as well.



I Thirst Featured Item on Front Page Copper Turquoise
I'm not the only one who chose this as a favorite. Featured on the front
page of Etsy, this beautiful rosary was inspired by Mother Theresa and is
not only a useful prayer accessory but  is a stunning work of art.
$50.00 from Ferd and Bird



Kyanite briolette on oxidized copper - Earrings
I love the rustic, rich look of these earrings.  These kyanite briolette earrings are wire wrapped
and hanging on a handcrafted, hammered copper ear-wire. Stunning and at a
stunningly affordable $19.00 at Shoogi Spark


Rusty Trunk - 8x8 Fine Art Photograph
I often see the beauty in an old piece of "junk." The trunk and tail light of
this old, rusty car trunk is no exception. I love this
8x8 fine art photograph by Anna Dykema.
$27.00 from Daydream Studios.
Mermaid Beach Angel Original Painting
Campbell Jane may be my favorite folk artist painter on Etsy.  I love the amazing colors in her work
and the way she layers them over the black background.  Her fantasy angels are my favorites and it's hard
 to pick just one. This original acrylic painting that includes real beach sand is entitled  Mermaid Beach Angel .
 $200.00 from Campbell Jane


He Said She Said Teapot in Copper Blue
This  beautifully detailed, copper blue teapot is  7 inches tall and
holds 26 ounces and it's microwave safe!  Hand built with wheel thrown
 elements it is sure to put a smile on the face of any tea lover!
$70.00 from Miss Pottery.

These are only a few of my favorites so please visit  my Favorites of the Week Page to see all of  the other beautiful Etsy items favorites of the week! 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday Shopping - Pillows

I didn't get my Thursday's Favorites post done on Thursday, so decided I would pick out some favorites for my Saturday Shopping post. As I mentioned last Wednesday, seven days of blogging is a bit too much, so I am tweaking and trying to figure out my favorite topics and will probably settle on three of four posts a week. That will give me three days to either not blog or post on some random topic.

I have been looking at pillows on Etsy all week. I know, I know, I was supposed to be getting my new shop ready and posting vintage things and I did work on it but...oh, well, I just don't have a good excuse for being bad. So, I won't try to make up any, I'll just say it, I am addicted to pillows. I love them! When my rooms start to get boring, the first thing I replace or recover are the pillows. Changing out the pillows is a quick and easy way to get a fresh look at little cost. My husband occasionally has enough of it and says, "no more pillows!"  The last time he said that there were eight pillows on our queen sized bed. I like sleeping with pillows, he does not. It has been quite a while since I've heard any complaints from him so, I thought it would be safe to at least take a peek and see what kinds of great pillows I might find at Etsy.  I have to tell you, there are some fabulous pillows out there and I have only scratched the surface with what I've listed here.

I don't know why I started looking at black and white pillows. Black and white simply won't work in a single room in my house. But I love black and white...so sophisticated, classic. Now that I have been looking at them, I am getting all kinds of ideas for how I might design a room around these beauties, using a lot of red and some black and white photographs with a splash of turquoise here and there. Probably sounds strange but it looks good in my mind's eye. 
Two Black on White, Decorative Pillows, Dandelions, Handmade, 16 inch, aka throw pillows, toss pillow, pillow cover, pillow sham
Dandelions Anyone?  I love the whimsical, yet sophisticated and
 contemporary look of these pillow covers...two for a
fabulous price of $25.00...from Lynne's This and That


Tree of Life Pillow
What is more beautiful than a tree? A silhouette of one on a lovely cream
fabric perhaps? This
Tree of Life pillow is sure to 
draw attention wherever it is planted. $29.99 from Word Garden

Queen Bee Pillow
I might feel like a Queen Bee with this lovely pillow on my bed
or placed just so on a chair! I can think of a hundred ways
to use this jewel.  $26.99 also from Word Garden 

Black and White Graphic Floral Pillow
The pretty, large, fun, floral design on makes this pillow at home in 
most any design style...traditional to contemporary. 
$35.00 from Ecarlate Boutique

Marimekko Pillow Cover - Heila Grey

Black and white and gray...perfect combo for a gorgeous pillow
I have loved Marimekko's graphic designs since the...well,
let's just say, a long, long time. This fabric, Heila, was designed
by Erja Hirvi and is one more example of why the name Marimekko
remains synonymous with bold, fun, fresh,beautiful and timeless!
$24. 95 from Mod Diva.

Decorative Designer Pillow Cover-18 inch-Black and Creme Fret Work
Beautiful fret work fabric in black and creme makes
 this pillow cover fit well with many design styles.
I could look at this geometric masterpiece for hours.
Interesting and sophisticated! 
Love it!  $35.00 from Nena Von

NEW Arrival - FREE SHIPPING One 16x16 inch Pillow Cover - Barber - Black, White and Lipstick Red. Pillow Cover, Pillow Case, Cushion Cover.
I was thinking how great all of these black and white pillows would look
on a bright red sofa, when this beauty caught my eye and confirmed it.
Black, white and red-- always a striking combination and this pillow cover
is no exception! Only $13.00 from This Little Home. I say that's a steal!
.
Set of 2 French Le Papillon and Vintage Bird Pillow Covers on White Cotton
This set of popular pillows  from Jolie Marche Inspired Vintage are being offered
as a set and I can sure see why. Aren't they great together?  They're big too at 20x20.
These are also available in burlap but I really love the way these patterns and colors 
pop on the crisp, white cotton. $70.00 for the set.

Peacock Pillow-Minty Sage Green and Buttery Ivory Yellow-Retro Hand Silkscreened Pillow-FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING
Out of the black and white zone and take a dip into some luscious color. Like this
minty green jewel. The hand silkscreened peacock  makes this luxurious silk pillow a
  lovely and original work of art.  $30.00 from Sew Lucky Girl 

Hope you enjoyed my pillow shopping...I have many, many more that I love. Check out my Favorites of the Week page tomorrow and you will find my other favorite pillows and a few other lovely accessories...all from fabulous shops on Etsy.com.

Have a good weekend and pop in tomorrow for Silent Sunday!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fingerprint Friday - Oh Deer!

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.


We often see deer passing through our pastures on their way to water. It is usually just a flash of brown and white leaping over the fence and then gone from sight.  This morning, I was looking out the kitchen window and saw a large deer walking towards the house. She turned and started down one of the driveways. Of course, I ran to get my camera and I snagged a few shots of her from the house. Then she disappeared and I went outside and saw her under the pear trees and took a couple of shots. I was afraid I would spook her so I went back to the house and into the fence around the pool, thinking I could get some photos of her from there...but she was no where to be found. After looking at the photos, I realized she had seen me take the last shot of her and I am sure she took off while I was on my way into the fence. Oh, well. It was fun to watch her for that tiny little while.
Coming over the hill--I wonder if anyone's home down there?
Yes, I am beautiful and so graceful! 


Being Cautious--Is Anybody Looking?

Munching on a Pears


Can you see her face behind the leaves?  She spotted me and that was it!
Next time, if there is one, I will let her eat the pears in peace.

"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." Psalm 42:1

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Whatever! Wednesday - Just Stuff

This morning the dogs let me sleep until 7:30! That was nice. The sun is shining this morning and I have a date with our swimming pool this afternoon. I think I've been in our pool about 5 times this summer. Mostly for cooling off dips. But this afternoon, after working in my studio, I am taking a mini "staycation."  We haven't had a vacation in ages. So today I am having a pool afternoon and pretending that I'm in some exotic place. Hopefully, I won't get rained on...it's beginning to cloud up.

I wish that J. had been here to record Ellie trying to find the birds in our computer. I was at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website and decided to listen to some bird calls. Ellie jumped up and down for me to pick her up and so I did. She sat there looking at the computer screen tilting her head from one side to the other, trying to figure out where the sounds were coming from. The owl calls sounded like there were dogs in the background which made her bark, but the high pitched bird calls had her sniffing the keyboard, trying to crawl into the screen and going slightly nuts trying to figure out where they were.  She was so cute tilting that head back and forth.. I finally turned it off and put her out of her misery.  Probably should go walk her so she can chase some real birds.

Today I have promised myself to get my banner and avatar made for my Graceful Moments Etsy shop. I also need to get some vintage items loaded into EllieLeesAttic.  I have two boxes of  vintage books and a small box of vintage jewelry that I need to take photos of and write descriptions for.  I would rather be painting but some of this needs to get done today.

Tonight I hope to do my favorites for tomorrow's Favorites of the Week, but something tells me that might not happen. I think I have been too ambitious with having seven blog days. I think I have to rethink it and cut it down to a manageable size. I don't have advertising (yet) so this is simply a labor of love. Unfortunately, I am neglecting my business and that has to stop. I did take time to widen my blog posting area so that I can post larger photos without them hanging over the border...that really drives this slightly OCD person crazy crazier.
You may have noticed that my Timeless Tuesday was a word cloud of  classical Arts. Okay, I know that was a cop-out but I wanted to put something up and came up with nothing else...everything I thought of would have taken too much time. I might switch Timeless Tuesday to a once a month post, because it takes more time than I can devote on a weekly basis.

So, I am off to get busy...it's already 10 a.m. and no, I have not been on here the entire morning. I have stopped to wash a load of clothes; answer 10 phone calls; play bird calls for Ellie; fuss at Ellie for barking at  our quietly sleeping, blind, deaf and toothless poodle (Ellie likes to play growl and run), walk Ellie and Bebe; sort out some old vintage books in our basement, water outdoor and indoor plants; oh, and I ate breakfast and had some coffee.

I need to make a to-do list but don't have time...so, I'll just wing it.  Hope you have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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.




Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday Leftovers - Salt and Light

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. It might be me putting a sermon into my own words to help me remember it and internalize it.  Whatever it is, I hope it will help both you and me in our walk with God.


Yesterday our sermon was about Upside Down, Inside Out Living. It was about being different from the world. Too often we are caught up in the world and the values that the world has and forget about the values that God has taught us.  When we do that, we are worse than the world, because we profess to be Christians and when others see us living as the world lives, it sends the wrong message about who and what Christians are supposed to be. 


Jesus said, in the Sermon on the Mount, "You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again?  It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world--like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.  Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:13-16 NLT


Salt was used in the time before refrigeration to preserve fish and meat and keep them from decaying. Too much salt would ruin the food and make it inedible and it had to be thrown out.   Salt does no good if it is not applied. We must apply what we learn from God to the way we live so that others can sense that there is something different about us. If we set ourselves out to be better or higher than others,  it is the same as adding too much salt and our message becomes impossible to take. 


Light reveals what is hidden in the darkness. We should be transformed beings. Being the light of the world means that people should be able to look at us and see Christ in us--not only by our words but by how we live our lives. 


Consider these two statements:
1) People aren't afraid of Jesus, they are afraid of Christians. 
2) Bumper Sticker: Jesus, please protect me from your followers.  
You might laugh but they speak volumes about what happens when we become judgmental, self-righteous, sanctimonious Christians, following our own agenda instead of God's.  Jesus told us to tell everyone of the Good News. He did not tell us to hit people over the head with it, use it to glorify ourselves or be judgmental.


To be salt and light, we have to do two things:
1) We must desire to be something different from the world.
2) We must make a decision to give up our own agenda and to follow God's.
When you put these two things together, you will begin devoting your life to radical upside down living. 


For more information from Jesus about  upside down living, read: Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 6:33 and Matthew 7:24-27.


++++++++++++++++
Okay, this IS about food....
Tomatoes I received yesterday from a friend who is the salt and light.
She works tirelessly and mostly behind the scenes for our church. She
 does much more than anyone I know of who works for money. You see, she
works out of devotion to God. She  never  rarely complains (don't want 
you to think she's a cyborg or something,) she never boasts, she never says,
 "I can't do that."She had a tomato garden this summer. It was a beautiful, artistic
 garden filled with heirloom tomato varieties of which most of us have never
 heard. She had to fight battles with beetles, blossom end rot, 95-100 degree humid
 but rainless days,and countless other maladies but she triumphed and her
garden has produced a bounty of beautiful and exotic looking tomatoes. 
 I was thrilled to be one of the many recipients of the harvest and I must tell you that 
they taste as good as they look. I wish I knew all the names to share with you but 
I don't...I think there's a Black Brandywine and well...that's all I remember.
I've been waiting all summer to taste a good tomato and now I have tasted
many! Thank you Laura, for all you do and for graciously sharing the result 
of your hard labor with us! 






Friday, August 13, 2010

Fingerprint Friday - Let There Be Light

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 way that the light is shining through the clouds in this photo. Not only the rays but the sun...it looks like a giant eye surrounded with gold looking through the clouds. What glorious beauty the Lord provides for us each day, if we only take a moment to see it. Can the sunset have the same power of awe and wonder for one who believes that it happened by accident, as it does for those who know that the mighty voice of God spoke it all into being? I wonder.


For God who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts, so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ."  - 2 Corinthians 4:6 NLT


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday's Favorites - Vintage Birds and Bees

Today's featured favorites are Vintage items depicting birds and bees. While looking for my favorites among the hundreds of choices that came up on Etsy's search screens, I found so many great book plates, honey pots, pieces of jewelry but narrowed it down to these as my top favorites of the day. Be sure to check out my Favorites of the Week page. I will be updating it with these and other great favorites from Etsy this evening and tomorrow, so stop by and visit sometime between today and next Thursday. If you should purchase any of the items that are in my Thursday Favorites or Favorites of the Week, I would really love it if you would let the seller know that you saw the item on my blog. Thanks!


OLD 1937 JOHN JAMES AUDUBON THE BIRDS OF AMERICA BOOK PLATE
1937 John James Audubon book plate $3.00 InkPainter
I think this book plate is so beautiful with its deep reds and sage greens and grays.  This is a large book plate at approximately 10 3/4 x 8 1/2.  I love it so much that it might be gone before I publish this post. This Etsy shop has a massive selection of book plates, bottle caps, prints, etc. He also has a large selection of beautiful 3x6 flash cards from the 60's, but if you are interested in the flash cards, I must warn you that they are intermingled with old playing cards, a good many of which depict nude females. You can ignore them as I did--I just didn't want you to be surprised as I was. 
1843 Honey Drainer, Fumigating Pipe, Feeding Trough . Antique Entomology Bee Print - original hand coloured old art engraving
1843 Honey Drainer Fumigating Pipe Book Plate $24.95 Slinky Malinky Cat's 
Know any beekeepers? I do, and I bet they would love this or any of the other great
beekeeping 19th Century book plates which can be found in this shop.
Add a simple but beautiful frame and you will have a wonderful gift! 



Vintage Belleek of Ireland Swan Creamer
,Vintage Belleek of Ireland Swan Creamer $38.00 Indie City Vintage
This graceful creamer measues 4.5" x 3.5."  I  like the creamy yellow
of the wings and the lovely flowing lines of the neck and eye of
this small piece. The mark on this piece dates it to  1965-1981

Bee Skep Honey Pot - Vintage Ceramic Table Honey Server
Vintage Bee Skep Honey Pot $24.00 Studio StebbyLee
What a honey of a pot! How cute is this? A sweet little 5 inch high honey pot.
Dates from the 1930's and is in good vintage condition with no cracks or chips
according to the seller. There is some crazing and mild discoloration
 but I personally find that appealing, especially on a piece of this age. 
1930s Color Plate of the Green Heron and the Black-Crowned Night Heron.
1930's Color Plate  only $7.95 From Lanie's Loft
I think this would be so beautiful, framed with a ivory mat in a silver finished bamboo frame
and maybe paired with  one of the other beautiful book plates that you
will find in this great shop.
Vintage Bee Brooch with Swarovski Crystals
Vintage Bee Brooch  $40.00 From MyShiningLights
I have never seen a more beautiful bee, at least in silver plate with
 beautiful turquoise and Aurora Borealis blue Swarovski Crystals. I'm not usually
a huge fan of "insect" or "bug" jewelry, but I am making an exception for this lovely piece.

I hope you enjoyed these favorites. Stop in tomorrow for Fingerprint Friday.










Note: All opinions expressed here are my own, based on the photographs and descriptions of the items provided by the shopkeepers. I use the seller's descriptions for information and cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of that information. These items were chosen by me because I like them and I have not and will not receive any financial gain from displaying them and featuring them in my blog. For additional disclosures, see my About page.