Sunday, June 28, 2009

So Powerful!

I encourage you to stop by and visit all of the participants of Spiritual Sundays. Such an uplifting way to spend a Sunday! Read a variety of wonderful devotions, Bible passages and listen to edifying music while praising the Lord on His special day of rest for your soul. A special thank you to Charlotte and Ginger for organizing this awesome event for us each week!

While catching up on reading past posts written by an awesome blogger, She posted a wonderful video that was so powerful I knew I wanted to share it with you this Sunday morning. Watch closely - and grab your tissues~
Thank you Bren for showing this on your blog!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

To All of The Wonderful Fathers Out There....

Happy Father's Day! We are so grateful for the love that you give to our children!

Cherish the time you have with your children - it is so fleeting!

Blessings on your day,

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

W.I.P.(Work In Progress) Wednesday Color Dilemma

I love color! Why I can't seem to pull color together for my home is the big question of the day. I am in a rut and am looking for advise and direction from all of you wonderful decorators out there!

I have now lived in this beautiful home for one year. I still can't believe it has been a whole year already! Time flies - doesn't it? We still have some rooms in our home that we haven't put pictures up in yet. I have been in a state of indecision and because I tend to be a perfectionist - it has been easier to just put it off. Enough is enough - I NEED to get my house finished and I need your expert advise.

When we moved here, our dining room walls were painted a lovely hunter green color. They look so nice against the white wainscoting that I haven't been able to paint it another color. I tend to love the color blue. I have it in almost every room of my house so I really have been fighting the urge to use it once again in THIS room.

Heres my dilemma:
I have this beautiful wall quilt that means so much to me - I finally decided to have my husband put it up on the wall in our dining room.

Those of you who have read my blog for awhile, know how sentimental I am! I purchased this quilt a few years ago after we had a memorial service for my mom on a beautiful beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. During our family gathering - when we were putting Lei's out in the water, a giant sea turtle swam through right at that moment. It was such a special moment to me that when we saw this beautiful quilt in one of the stores in Hawaii, I knew I had to have it! As you can see - there are
sea turtles everywhere on this quilt!

Here is a different angle so you can get an idea of the wall space I have to work with. I am thinking about adding some white plates/platters on the two sides to try to balance it all out. What do you think?

We were going to use reds in this room - we purchased a table and chair set from a wonderful store here in Atlanta called the Classy Flea. I have written about this wonderful store in several of my past posts and if you are familiar with Susan - she has written some great posts that she calls "Flea Fridays" about terrific finds that you can get at this store. She is the reason that I stopped in one day - I am now officially hooked and you will find many beautiful things in my house that I have purchased from The Classy Flea.

Here is another picture of the hutch that I purchased from there and as you can see sitting on the top - is a NEW item - my cute little bird cage that I just found during a visit last weekend!

Look at those bare walls! ~oops!~ I am digressing again ...

We purchased this table and plan to refinish it - (don't look too closely at the dust) my hubby likes the look of the striped red in the seat covers so I have been on the look out at the fabric store for something that will work to recover them with. I can't seem to settle on this color though - because in MY mind - everything will clash. We bought this rug at a garage sale. It will have to do until I can find something better. It clashes with the red and now my quilt does too! Should I just give up and go with blues in here again?

I have this fabric bolt that I was going to make curtains out of at my old house and now my hubby isn't too keen on using it in this home. I love toile - but I already have alot of it in my kitchen - do I want to use it in yet another room?

Should I use it to recover these ugly chairs?

I can also use it for curtains.....
UGH! I wish this came easier for me - I marvel at how you talented ladies are able to effortlessly add color to your homes and they just seem to flow!

This is why I have such a hard time deciding on colors for a quilt that I want to make - my color choices never seem to look right to me so I get stuck in indecision.
I love the rich colors of the blues and the green in this room - just don't know how to tie it all together with other colors. HELP!
On a DIFFERENT note...
Not too much happening on my WIP crafts....

Finished up this block - finally! Beginning to cut out fabric for the February block - (slightly behind- but who cares?)

Working on my Grandmothers Flower Garden hexagons in the evenings...

Handwork that I do while sitting with my honey watching television in the evenings! It is so relaxing to me and even though the process is slow - every little bit counts and brings me closer to finishing this quilt! I keep the paper pieces in to help stabilize it until I am ready to put it all together.

Blessings on your creative day,

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I Will Rise When You Call My Name

I encourage you to stop by and visit all of the participants of Spiritual Sundays. Such an uplifting way to spend a Sunday! Reading a variety of wonderful devotions, Bible passages and listening to edifying music while praising the Lord on His special day of rest for your soul. A special thanks to Charlotte and Ginger for organizing this awesome event for us each week!

Today I wanted to share a favorite song and Bible passage with you. I hope that they give you comfort and speak to your heart!
Come let us worship the Lord together!
Blessings to you,

21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

23 He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.

24 No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

25 "To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?" says the Holy One.

26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and complain, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the LORD;
my cause is disregarded by my God"?

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:21-31

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kudzu - Oh Kudzu, How do I Get Rid of Thee?

It's time for Outdoor Wednesday! A special thanks to Susan of A Southern Daydreamer for inviting us to join in this fun weekly event. Click on over to her site to visit the other participants for this week!
I have a problem... It has reared it's ugly head in my very own back yard! It is called Kudzu. I am new to the South and a year ago was very ignorant of the damage this lovely vine can do to an area in a relatively short amount of time. Those of you who know what it is, are probably shaking your head in laughter right now - glad that it is me with this problem, and not you.
For those of you who don't know what Kudzu is, let me show you a few pictures of what we in the South see on a daily basis as we drive down the road. It is everywhere here!!

I found this great website put out by Jack Anthony. He has some amazing pictures to share on his site and tells of the history of this plant. During the Great Depression, kudzu was promoted for erosion control here in Georgia. Little did they know that it would soon become uncontrollable. It can be quite lovely, but very destructive if left to it's own devices. During the winter months when the vegetation dies off - you can really see the damaged areas as it seems to kill all other growth in it's path.
This is an old abandoned cabin - completely covered by this vine!

This picture is small, but it shows two large tractors - completely engulfed!

This picture is of a huge crane - left in the path of this creeping vine. For more great images - go visit John Anthony's site.

As we sit on our back deck - looking out at our beautiful trees in the back yard, slowly but surely we started to notice what we thought was just ivy, but know now it is something much worse. Kudzu has come to pay us a visit!!

This picture was taken last Fall - I loved the colors of the vine as it trailed up this tree! It is the red vine that you see trailing up a dead tree. It was relatively small and harmless then. Little did I know what I was up against!

This is what it looks like today! The same tree - and this seemed to grow overnight! If left to it's own devices, I am sure it will overtake all of my poor trees by summer's end.

Pretty, but no - I don't want it! Go away little vine!

This is hard to photograph, but here is another tree that it has attached itself to. There are about five trees that have been overtaken by this vine - I asked the neighbors innocently if they had to do something about it early in the season - and they laughingly said "yes"! Oops - who knew! I guess I am showing my Washingtonian roots again. I need to get into the swing of living in a whole different "Jungle" climate - I guess.
We are afraid that we will need to cut these trees down. It is hard to tell - but our property drops down into a steep ravine which is what these trees come out of. To try to cut the vines at the root now - when everything is thick with vegetation, is daunting.
I welcome any ideas from those who have had to deal with this "lovely" plant! Oh - and pick yourselves up off of the floor and stop laughing! ~Big Grin~
I am off to look at all of your beautifully landscaped backyards.
One day - my backyard will get there.....~Big Sigh~

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cry Out To Jesus

"Lord, keep me still,
Though stormy waves may blow
And waves my little bark may overflow,
Or even if in darkness I must go;
Lord, keep me still.

The waves are in Thy hand,
The roughest seas subside at Thy command.
Steer Thou my bark in safety to the land
And keep me still,
Keep me still."
Author Unknown, quoted in Al Bryant, Sourcebook of Poetry

"Prayer is surrender - surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boat hook from a boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God."
E. Stanley Jones, A Song of Ascents

When the waves of life crash down - do not be afraid to Cry out to Jesus - He will always be there to calm the storms inside of you!

8 The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Deuteronomy 31:8

Blessings to you,