Monday, January 28, 2013

A Simple Cozy Corner in the Kitchen

Hi friends!

How are you?  Me, I am great.

I spent most of my day today deep cleaning our house. 

The sun came out and showed me my dirt.  Yes, just being real. 

After I clean, I either want people to come for a visit or I take pictures.   Since no one was coming over, the camera came out.

Are you like that as well?

Let me show you our cozy and simple eating area in our kitchen.

No fuss…nothing fancy…just simple and easy for me to look at.

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A beautiful vintage bread board brought back from a trip to Texas.  The lady I bought it from said her German mother used to serve open faced sandwiches on one just like this.   Sounded great to me…

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Stacks of wooden bowls, ironstone, a little crock, and fresh flowers…all are good things.

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Shelves full of locker baskets are a really good thing.

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A cozy corner for our family dinners…

I pray you are having a wonderful week.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Carpenter

I have a precious friend, as close as a sister, who just recommended a new book to me.  She shared how much this book was speaking to her heart and I knew that I had to buy it for myself.

The book is called Mended and is written by Angie Smith. 

And my friend was right.  This is one powerful book  and is speaking much truth into my life.  It is also very timely in some areas of my life that  have been on my mind lately.

I feel led to share just a small portion of what I read today and I hope you will stay with me for just a moment as you read and look at a few photos of a favorite thing of mine….a beautiful old carpenter’s tote. 

Angie writes…“I don’t know who your “Moses” is, but I can think of several people in my life whom I have seen myself as such a pale shadow of-people I look up to and want to emulate in some sense.  At the heart of it, it isn’t even what I see as greatness in them, but rather the way it casts light on the weaknesses I perceive in myself.  How much time do I spend comparing, contrasting, evaluating, doubting, and allowing myself to feel like a disappointment when the Lord tells me over and over that He loves me!

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She continues…”There will be no measuring stick when we see our Savior face to face.  I have images of apologizing to Him, fumbling for words as I have tried to convince Him that I want to be as good as “so and so” or as brave as “so and so”.

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“I am realizing more and more that I am not in charge of how I compare to anyone else.  I need not look at my failing and others’ successes, imagining that I have failed the Lord or disappointed Him.  What a waste it is to watch each other and long for what other’s have, how they manage to do it all so well, and why in the world we can’t get our act together enough to be as good at having a quiet time or memorizing Scripture.  Did I think there was going to be a verse-off with another soul entering heaven when my name is called?  Maybe I would have to do a little Bible map-work, or prove I could put the books of both the Old and New Testament in order? 

“How wildly ridiculous, right?  Then why is it, sister, that we spend our days doing exactly this?”

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After a few more words, Angie goes on to say, “Thank God for you, just as you are.  God doesn’t want you to be Moses, friend.  He wants you to be you just loving Him.”

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“You aren’t Moses (or whomever you put in this place), and you wont’ be.  God wouldn’t have it any other way.  May the peace of that gentle reminder fall on you, and may it secure something in you that may have been rattling around, determined to find a satisfactory answer.”

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“Face what is before you with confidence and with a heart aligned with the One who knew your name before time began.  He sings songs over you and quiets you with His love.  (Zeph 3:17)  If you are brave enough to listen, you might hear the sound of your own name echoing back from the great I AM.”

Aren’t these powerful words written by this author?

Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others?    I know I do at certain times in my life, in many different areas and it’s something I need to ask God to forgive me for and help me with.

I have only just begun reading this book and can’t wait to continue on and see what else God has for me to learn.  Isn’t it exciting to find something that speaks to you?

Thanks, my friends, for letting me share these life giving words with you today from Mended.  Thanks, Becky, for letting me know about this book.

Let me leave you with one of the lines I shared above from her book…

“God wants you to be you loving Him”.  (I can do that)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The White Owl

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was from my oldest daughter.  Can I just give a shout out to my kids and how wonderful a job they do in shopping for me.  They are so very thoughtful and really try to get things they know I will love and use.  Most of what they get me is for our house.  They know I love white, wood, metal, and old, if possible.

This beautiful white owl isn’t old, but oh my goodness, I LOVE IT!

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Isn’t it great?

   She got it at TJ Maxx before Christmas. 

Of course a new gift like this makes me want to change up my chippy white shelves and give her a good home.

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White and mercury glass together are beautiful.

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Old books and vintage linens are wonderful.

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Is anything prettier than a bouquet of lavender?

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The more used and weathered the books are, the better.

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I love my owl’s new home. 

Hope you are all doing great!

Linking up at Timewashed

Monday, January 21, 2013

Brighter Days

Hi all!

How are you?

We’re getting pretty cold weather here in Tennessee right now, but thankfully the sun has still been shining.  For that, I am grateful.  I really don’t mind wintertime because Tennessee winters are so mild.  A little snow would actually be sort of nice.

What about you right now.  How is your weather?

This time of year, I really am wanting my house to be brighter and lighter.  I love bringing in fresh flowers and sprinkling them here and there.  I try to use as much white as possible.

A brighter home seems to make all of our moods brighter.

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Little clay pots holding small bouquets of flowers.

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A simple stack of books wrapped with a dainty clay heart.

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My old seltzer bottle sits ready and waiting to give these flowers a little drink.

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Brighter, sunnier days to come…

I hope your days are filled with joyous sunshine no matter how cold it is outside.

Blessings to you!

Linking up at Knick of Time

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Antiques..Buy Sell Trade

Hey friends. 

It’s a cold day here in middle Tennessee.  We might even get a little snow tomorrow.  (the kids and I hope so)

During Christmas I showed a small glimpse of a wonderful old sign my mom gave me as a gift.  I didn’t really get to give it justice though so I wanted to show you guys again.

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No idea who Dave is but I sure do like his sign.

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This farm table that was especially built for me by Mr. Buckets of Burlap is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.  It is always changing because it’s so fun to change.

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The vintage cheese boxes were a Christmas gift also.   They were a gift from me to me.

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I am really loving the industrial feel with the fan on the table and the metal cart against the wall.

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I’m also really enjoying the fresh look with the green cabinet in my living room.  Love the pop of color it brings to the corner.

What colors are you incorporating in anticipation for spring? 

I am not rushing winter at all, but I do love the thoughts of some brighter days?  It has rained here for what seems like weeks. Really it’s been days, but a lot of days.  Sunshine would be welcome.

Take care my friends.

Linking up at French Country Cottage

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Smelly Green Cabinet

Hey friends.  Hope all is well with each one of you.

I have been changing and rearranging furniture and odds and ends.

Yes, it’s been fun and for whatever reason it just relaxes me.  I know you can relate.

I moved my secretary from my living room into our bedroom recently and love the change.  Take a look HERE to see what it looks like in there.

I took my little green cabinet that was in the bedroom and moved it into the living room. 

A quick note about this green cabinet…it must have been in a garage filled with oil or something because it has a yukky smell.  I have cleaned and cleaned and it is still a little bit smelly when the door is open.  I have actually made it my candle storage cabinet so that the smell of the candles helps neutralize the odor. 

The things we do for love…

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Every chip, every nick, every stain…I love it all. 

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Big baskets are a favorite thing of mine.  And I love this old ticking that I picked up at the flea market.

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The burlap heart was made for me a couple of years ago by my youngest daughter.  I truly love it and the thoughtfulness behind it.  She knows her mama loves burlap and she loves me.

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This industrial cart was another favorite find over the summer.  It previously held my quilts, but now holds my vintage feed sacks.

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I am always on the hunt for more sacks…burlap or otherwise.

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This is just a very simple corner in our living room.  Just like I like it..simple.

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I know my little green cabinet looks dirty but it’s really not.  It has been scrubbed and scrubbed.  

Is there any reasoning to why I like what I like?

I think it’s because I love seeing beyond the surface to what is underneath.  I love thinking about what beauty it once held.  I like to think about the people who used it before me.

It reminds me of how God sees what is on the inside.

  It reminds me of how God loves me despite of my dirt.

Blessings all!!!

Linking up over at Coastal Charm and Creative Cain Cabin

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My Simple After Christmas Mantel

My mantel is always one of my favorite things to change up because it is one of the main focal points in our living room.

Of course the fireplace also sits next to our massive 60” television set so really the tv is probably the focal point.   I just try and pretend it’s not.

For my after Christmas look in our house, I have focused on whites, woods, metals, and my favorite blue green again.  This is by far my favorite combination of colors and elements.  These things also get me in the mood for spring.

I really wanted a simple mantel for awhile since my Christmas one was so full.

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I just picked up this wonderful memo board from Hobby Lobby a few days ago.  It can be used in so many ways and so many places.  Right now it will be artwork.

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This is the entire fireplace area.

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Dried hydrangeas are a staple in my home.

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Ladders are a wonderful thing.  I have probably way too many but they are such great wall fillers and display linens and such so beautifully.

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Pillows and grain sacks are another favorite thing of mine.

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I love these French grainsack pillows. 

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I do everything I can do to soften the fireplace and the big huge entertainment center there on the right.

Painting either of these things is not an option so I use fabrics and such to try to lighten and brighten.

I have been having such fun getting my house back in order after the holidays.  I’ll be back soon to show you more of my wintertime changes.

Hope you are all doing wonderfully. 

Blessings to you.

Partying over at my friend's place at Common Ground