Saturday, September 13, 2008

Reclaimed Splasher

Still decluttering and cleaning these days. Warm Pie, Happy Home is my inspiration. If you've not visited Ruthann lately, do so for some wonderful tips. Course, you might want to take along a drool cloth. ;>

Thought I'd toss in my most recent rescue of an old splasher full of holes and badly stained. Now the nice embroidery has been sewed along the edge of a new K-mart Martha Stewart collection tea towel. I'm going to be doing more and more of these rescues. There's no sense in having wonderful treasures that can not be used.

Enjoy your Saturday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Waterside Cottages

For those of you who asked, the topic of "Followers" is discussed at Blogger right ---> here. I guess that I agree with Lovella's comment on yesterday's post. To me, it's redundant if one has a blogroll. I'll have to take a wait and see approach. If any of you are using this feature, please tell more about it that I may better decide. What do you like about it? What don't you like about it?

Recently, I learned that Barbara Jacksier, who has a beautiful blog and who is also a writer and editor, has been told that the publishing of her new book Waterside Cottages could be postponed because of the current economic climate. Barbara has asked for a vote at her blog and help in getting the word out. Please visit and offer your support. If you've never visited, you'll be charmed by her beautiful photographs.

I'm offering a photo of a "waterside cottage" today myself...just in way of support for Barbara. (Wonder if she includes any Maine cottages...hmmmm.)


If you follow the link, you'll find many other delights as well. Oh to live the way that the out-of-staters do on our coast... :D

Yesterday had to be spent off the computer most of the day because of thunderstorms. And just when I was getting caught up with all of your blogs so nicely! I hope to do far better today.

Enjoy your Wednesday, Dear Ones.

Edited to Add: Those connectivity issues of a few days ago reared up again. My modem is officially kaput. I will catch up, yet again, as soon as I am back online. Until then, behave yourselves! ;>

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Card Making with Pressed Flowers

Followers? I have three? And here I thought that I had hundreds, nay, thousands. Hahahahaha. I know, I know, Get a grip, Vee. You know, I have prided myself on knowing what's going on, but I have obviously missed something important. (Howdy, Followers! I'll check this out more carefully some fine day.)

Awhile ago, you may remember my receiving pressed flowers...oodles and oodles... from BumbleVee. My grandmother was fearful of trying this one and so was I, but it really went very well. I spent a very pleasant evening sitting at the dining room table creating a few cards using this wonderful glue:

The beautiful card with the delicate lavender colored flowers is BumbleVee's creation. I try not to compare design with hers for obvious reasons. Her creation is so artful and delicate. But I had a lot of fun and now she tells me that she's doing flower pounding. My interests are wide and varied and, as you can see, I'm giving the pounding some serious thought.

For more information on pressing flowers, check this site.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, September 8, 2008

My Thoughts on Sarah Palin

I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion — I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.
~Sarah Palin

When John McCain nominated Sarah Palin as his running mate, I had only barely heard of her and that basically via talk radio programs. Still I felt a level of excitement that I had not yet experienced in this campaign. Don't get me wrong, I'd have voted for McCain because I am a Conservative, dyed-in-the-wool Conservative, make-no-apology Conservative, but, as you know, McCain is a Moderate and he just doesn't agree with me on a lot of issues. Sarah Palin does.


For the life of me, I don't understand what all the bickering is about within the ranks. Here is a pro-life woman who has demonstrated her belief in that stance with her own recent pregnancy and now with a teen-aged daughter's. What is all the hoopla about? I tell you this for certain, a lot of us were teen mothers; a lot of our own mothers/grandmothers were teen mothers; and a lot of our daughters have had teen pregnancies. It's neither the end of the world nor an unforgivable sin. Five children? So? Nancy Pelosi has five children and I've not heard anyone take potshots at her for that.

I admire the spunk of a woman who sends the media her own little news flash..."I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion."

As for "the church" and "the churched" I'd like to add that it's time for us to show the love of Christ, to stop sniping, and to stop the name-calling. No wonder people call us hypocrites. What's that they say about us? "The Church" is the only army that kills its wounded...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Times Are Tough

Tough times. Seems as if so many are going through them right now. If it's not the weather — hurricanes or bitter early cold...the country (whichever one yours happens to be)...fears about a cold winter and the price of oil and gasoline...the high cost of food...sickness...concerns for parents...concerns for children...concerns for the mentally ill...concerns for the elderly...concern...concern...concern...

Who shall rescue us from these worries?

The Lord and only He. For, when we invite Him in to our lives and hearts (even though it's a big mess there), He will lead us through even when we can't see the path.

Let's be very honest here, we don't have the answers to any of the issues of life. We want to be in control, but we don't have enough information to be in control. We want to think of ourselves as being strong and able to do everything. I don't know about you, but I can not and I'm pretty sure that neither can you. We were never made to be "in control." We were created to lean. There is no scripture that says "God helps those who help themselves."

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NIV

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

Source (allowed to stand)

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