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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Easter Wreath

 The other day I showed you how I made some crosses from parts of an old chair. I put two of them in the shop, but kept one for myself to use on my Easter wreath.

I put it together with my old grapevine wreath and a few soft embellishments. 

I'm anxious to pretty up the rest of my tiny porch, but the weather isn't on board yet : )

I pray this Good Friday finds you with hearts full of gratitude, my friends!


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Snippets: Easter, Spring, Daily Life

No exciting project to share, just some random photos of an ordinary day, and a bit about our Easter tree. 

Some Spring decor possibilities. In a big messy pile. Yikes!


Deer grazing peacefully on the lawn : )

Herman the gerbil cruising around in his ball.

Another pot of grass seeds started. 

Trying out some different Spring decor in the dining room.  
It's a sickness : )

Cheerios with "Elton Egg", while my 5 year old pretends to fiddle a song from Fiddler on the Roof using his drumsticks. 

Messy, but cheerful collection of baby quilts and tablecloths. 

9 year old Amelia, becoming the world's best pancake maker!

 We've been doing an Easter tree for years, which always involves me dragging a branch home from one of our outings. 

We use ornaments that represent different sections of scripture.

This year I did something a little different and used some branches I already had to form an Easter tree cross. I used a galvanized bucket full of rocks to stand it up. 

Sometimes 'ordinary' is the best kind of beautiful, don't you think?



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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Salvaged Wood Crosses

A couple of months ago my daughter was moving, and asked if I wanted an old chair that had been out on her deck. I'm pretty sure it was already falling apart when it came into her possession. It had been outside for quite some time, and it was wobbly, chippy and weather beaten. Did I want it? Well, yeah! : )

This is the real deal. I've done nothing to the finish at all.

It really wasn't worth the work it would take to save it as a chair 
(I wish I had taken a photo) so I decided to just take it apart and see what inspiration came to me. It was pretty easy, it mostly fell apart.

Last week I saw some of Linda's awesome handmade crosses over at Coastal Charm, and the wheels started turning...

I decided to try my hand at making some crosses too, using the chair parts.

Kind of funky and rustic, which I love.

The holes on the back of the larger ones, where the pieces once joined together, make a perfect built-in hanger. I'll add a hanger to the smaller one, but it looks good just sitting on a shelf, etc. you think the more rustic side with the holes should be the front of the crosses? Hmm...

The cross is a very important symbol of my family's faith. For us it represents the astounding love that God pours out to each of us. 

 "God made him who had no sin (Jesus) to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" 
2 Corinthians 5:21

All that needed to be accomplished for us to have an eternal relationship with our loving creator, Jesus accomplished by willingly dying a brutal death on the cross. It's not always an easy thing to wrap our minds around, is it? That's a crazy kind of love.

 If I can tweak these a bit to make sure they're really sturdy, I might make them available at The Penny and the Pearl tomorrow. We'll see...

"..Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
John 19:30

What's going on in my dining room?? I'll try to show you soon, ok?  :o)

It's not feeling too "Springy" here in Colorado today! Very chilly with snow showers off and on all day.

I've only managed to start one container of wheat grass, but it's doing really well. It looks pretty cheerful on a gloomy day!
 See ya soon!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Another Vintage Easter Postcard {Printable}

One more sweet vintage Easter card to share with you today. Feel free to save and/or print from here. 

It would be really cute framed, used for it's intended purpose 
(a card) or printed in a small size for your Easter table place cards. I know you'll think of something! 


Going Somewhere?

There's just something about a vintage suitcase that conjures up romantic images of travel and adventure.

Like many of you, I have a "thing" for vintage suitcases. I'm pretty sure my collecting started with the one with the black handle in the above photo. It belonged to my grandma, and I've had it since she passed away over 20 years ago. 

It's always great storage, (currently holding my Valentine decor) and it even makes an awesome photo prop : )

Who knows where these vintage beauties have been in their lifetime? I love the idea of having pieces that have a real history as part of any room.

These two are full of craft supplies, vintage sheet music and scrapbook paper.

But I can use my imagination and pretend I'm all packed for a fun adventure somewhere ; )

 This one?


Packed with everything we'll need to build that cabin in the woods!

This little cutie also holds craft supplies, but I'm sure some time, long ago, she was really going places.

 Goin' my way? (wink wink)

I know these two gents must have some travel stories to tell!

Right now they have the very mundane (but quite useful) duty of holding seasonal clothing and table linens. 
I just thought I'd throw these old gloves in (my grandma had the coolest stuff) for dramatic effect. Remember when ladies always wore gloves? A time long gone by....

Hey there, big fella!

This steamer trunk certainly has a history! I really wish that the passenger's info hadn't been torn from the steamer line tags! I can't assume the owner's family would want some kookie lady in Colorado tracking them down to ask about a trunk, but it would have been fun for me! : )
The original paper lining has had water damage, but I'm working on papering over the inside with old sheet music and decorative papers. 


It's either going to be put to use as toy storage in my son's room, or I'm going to sell it. I haven't decided just yet. 

My son is 5, and has a room to himself for the first time recently. I am really excited to get to do a real boy room for the first time! (he has three older sisters) He really likes maps and geography and I have alot of things I could use for a vintage travel theme. Wouldn't that be fun? He asked me recently if we could paint every wall AND the ceiling camouflage? : )
Yeah, I could be going somewhere (dreaming..)

Five months ago today (the 21st) I shared my first blog post!
I know this blogging thing is "going somewhere", and I have some ideas about how I want that to look. But today in acknowledging this short, five month journey, I mostly want to say thanks to YOU who have visited me, encouraged me, cracked me up, taught me, and have given me new hope in people's ability to be KIND to one another! Bloggers and blog readers are just awesome! 

Wherever this trip leads, I look forward to traveling along with you, I thank you for coming along with me and making the ride so sweet! 

Blessings to you, my friends-


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