Sunday, September 30, 2007

Simple Fall Project

Here is a simple fall project I made this week, but you can do it for any season. I just love the old vintage artwork cut outs for classrooms and homes to decorate walls and windows. You will find them usually dumped in with all the other holiday decor at the thrift stores. I think I have some for every season. I used to put them in our front windows during the appropriate holiday, but when the kids got older I quit doing that, but still wanted to display my favorites.
All I did was simply hot glue a ribbon in a coordinating color to the back and then I hang them either on my china hutch or on one of our interior doors.
I have a beautiful old turkey that I will show when I decorate for Thanksgiving. I found this neat old pheasant last week at a thrift store for 25 cents!
I love the colors in him! I think he looks good hanging on my china hutch in the dining room. Some of you scrapbookers out there might embellish them even further with buttons, feathers and fringe, I would love to see them if any of you do it!

I'll be showing all my fall decor in the next few days!


~ Sharon

We have an Awesome God!


"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.' Surely He will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and protection." Psalm 91:1-4

I am so thankful for my Father in Heaven. I am so thankful that I can go to Him any time, any place. I am so thankful that He is just, true and fair. I am so thankful that he gave His only son to die on the cross for my sins that I may have eternal life through Him. I am so thankful that He cares when I am going through hard times and He comforts me and strengthens me. I am so thankful that He will cover me with His feathers under His wings and I find refuge there.

I have a couple of friends going through some hard times right now and the picture above is such a good image of how Christ cares for us when we feel lost, scared and all alone. I am so thankful that God teaches us to lift each other up in prayer and calls us to encourage one another and comfort each other. It is such a neat cycle in that because I have gone through painful times and leaned on the Lord, that I can turn around and help a friend in need and use my experience to comfort them. I could not imagine going through hard times with out Jesus.

The two women I am talking about are two of my friends that helped me and encouraged me last spring when I was going through hard times. I pray for them and know that God has a grand plan for them and it will all work out for good because He says so in His word.

I am so thankful that we have a loving God.


~ Sharon

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Pumpkin Muffins










I baked some pumpkin muffins to take to my neighbors. I found the recipe on the internet and they turned our really good.


Here is the recipe (I doubled it today):


PUMPKIN SPICE MUFFINS

1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c. pumpkin
1/4 c. oil
3/4 c. raisins

Sift dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Stir together until mixed. Fold in raisins. Bake in greased muffin pans (or muffin paper liners) at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes. After they have cooled dip in melted butter and a mixture of 1/2 cup of sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Makes 18 muffins.

These muffins are especially good for fall!

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" I John 3:1


~ Sharon

Do you ever wake up to this????





This morning when I got up this is what my kitchen looked like! Yes, I did sleep in, so all of the men-folk already had their breakfast and this is what was left! I don't understand what it is with men that they can't seem to put anything away or even shut a cabinet door! Oh well, I am so happy they are all here and healthy and it cleaned up pretty quickly. Actually, after I made a bit of a fuss, they cleaned up their portion of the mess. Cameron spent the night with us last night because he got up early with Eric and they went hunting (they did not get anything though) and he hung out at our house all day long. It was fun. Later I looked up and there was Mackenzie! He still works in our little town, so he stopped by after work. I have not seen him in a week, so it was really good to see him. I think if the older boys stop by and I can see them at least once if not twice a week, I can do this empty nest thing!

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." I Corinthians 2:9

~ Sharon

Five and 0!


The Dawgs won again last night! This is so exciting! Our town is PUMPED! We have not been 5-0 for many, many years! Last night my son got an interception and ran 30 yards for a touchdown! Eric and I are so proud! I teared up a little because that has been Grayson's goal since he started football - he wanted to score a touchdown - so my heart was just beaming that he achieved his personal goal!


"The Lord your God is with you, He is might to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

~Sharon

Friday, September 28, 2007

Show and Tell - Mother of Pearl Bible





Today is Kelli's show and tell. She has a lovely blog called There is No place Like Home and she does show and tell every Friday!


Today I would like to show you a very special treasure that I found several years ago at Goodwill; I don't remember how much I paid for it, but probably no more than $1.99. It is a Bible that is inlaid with mother of pearl. It is actually just the New Testament and states - Translated out of the Original Greek: and with the former Translations diligently Compared and Revised, by His Majesty's Special Command. It is not that old, the copy right is 1950, but I think it is so pretty. Someone etched on the front "Bethlehem". There is a little damage to the mother of pearl, but thankfully it's on the back! I have it sitting in a miniature easel in my living room.


"Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105


~ Sharon

Thursday, September 27, 2007

More Living Room Pictures - Secretary










Here is a close up picture of the secretary cabinet in my living room that I inherited from my Grandmother Margaret. It is really junky and full, just how I like it. The beauty of glass front cabinets is that you can fill them to the brim and pile up your collections , but then just close the door so it doesn't junk up your house too much and you still get to see all your cool treasures! I call this controlled clutter!


This cabinet is full of vintage baby items. I just love baby things, especially old things, so I finally just grouped them all together in this cabinet. I have a lot of the old hard plastic from the 50s, which has become really collectible and I love it. I have a few pieces of celluloid too, which are very collectible as well. The brass shoes are actually the shoes all four of my sons wore as babies and I sent them through the mail to be brassed; it is so hard to believe that my sweet boys were all that tiny! They mean so much to me and now are a true heirloom, although there is only one pair, so they will have to draw straws on who gets them!


Over the next few days I will show more close up pictures of my shelves in the living room so you can see more of my pack-rat-iness!

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." I Corinthians 2:9

~ Sharon

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hayden's Game



We went to Hayden's game tonight and the lost (big time 0 to 25 - ouch!). We have a new coach and it is definitely a learning year! Hayden had a great game though and got a touch down, but it was called back because of a double forward pass - Bummer! You can't win em all though! We were really proud of Hayden.


~ Sharon

Cameron's New Apartment






Last night Cameron invited me to swing by his apartment after work for a visit and I was pleasantly surprised that he had made dinner! Here are some pictures of his apartment. It is decorated very bachelor like, but also very cozy and in good taste! He purchased the end tables, coffee table, dinner table and chairs at a garage sale for $25.00 all together and he painted them. The lazy boy and couch are hand-me-downs from us and he purchased the TV and TV stand. Eric made the desk, dresser and bookshelf in Cameron's bedroom for Cameron several years ago. I found the old big Sunday school map of the holy land at a church bazaar for only .50 cents! He seems really happy and adjusting really great. I am so proud of him. We had a wonderful dinner and visit. He needs a part-time job for the school year and we are praying he finds one soon! His roommate has not moved in yet, so Cameron is really getting a taste of the single life! He has a pet kitty named Wheeler and a bunch of big fish in his fish tank so he is not too lonely!


I miss him and Mackenzie terribly, but I have not cried or gotten really blue about them moving out! I am thankful to God for helping me through this transition. So far the thing that gets me a little sad is when I come home and their vehicles are not parked in front of the house, somehow it just feels wrong! But in my heart I know this is all good and in God's plan.


~ Sharon

Monday Memories - except it is Wednesday!


Revee at Country Roads has a cute weekly post called Monday Memories, you should go check it out and then participate!

I have a short and funny memory. I remember visiting my great grandmother on my mother's side, her name was Gramma Bessie. I was probably around 7 years old and Gramma Bessie was probably in her 90s. I noticed that her hands were really different than mine or my mother's, they had big blue veins running through them and they were very wrinkled and had brown spots. I remember thinking they looked really neat and I actually thought they were pretty! I was so young and innocent that I did not attribute that to age or in anyway think they were ugly.

Well, I decided to ask why her hands were different so I simply said "Gramma, how come your hands have blue lines on them?" My mother seemed mortified and quickly hushed me up. I don't remember what Gramma said, but it was probably something sweet like it's because she worked hard for many years. Anyway, I still love old people's hands and admire them!


"She seeketh wool and flax, And worketh willingly with her hands." Proverbs 31:13

~ Sharon

Hayden's Band Performance



Monday night I went to the middle school open house for Hayden (Eric was fishing at the coast and didn't make it home in time). They had a BBQ dinner and then had a casual band and choir performance. Hayden plays the drums and he did a great job, I was so proud of him! He is the curly blond boy with the orange and white striped shirt in the pictures. I am excited that he is showing interest in the drums, like his older brother Mackenzie and his Dad. I don't play an instrument, but wish that I did, I guess it is never too late, maybe one day I will decide to take lessons in piano! Hayden has not had any formal training, just what he has learned from the band class and what Eric and Mackenzie have taught him. He also has an electronic set in his room which he practices on all the time, and when we do the big room switch for him (he is moving upstairs and going into Mackenzie's old room) he will inherit the family drum set, so he can play all the time.

"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music." Psalm 57:7

~ Sharon

Beautiful Fall Grapes



I just wanted to show these beautiful grapes that my neighbor sent down to us. Aren't they gorgeous? They taste good too! I think I will take her some muffins today to reciprocate.


"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5

~ Sharon

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Our Living Room







Here are some pictures of our living room. Just about everything is from a thrift store, flea market or garage sale. I think only the couch, some of the pillows and the stereo cabinet were purchased brand new! The secretary was from my grandmother's house and is full of vintage baby items. It also holds a vintage typewriter given to me from my father and an antique phone I found at a garage sale.

I have painted all the shelves and tables cream and did a little sanding on some of them to give the shabby chic look. I have way too many little figurines and collectibles, but I just love them and they talk to me! My husband made the mantle and hung it for me, I think it turned out beautiful. He is very talented and a very good craftsman, and he is really sweet to me when I say, "honey, do you think you could make me such and such and hang it for me?". He will then will work real hard at whatever it is and get it done for me. He is a good man and I am so thankful for him! I am thankful that he is very supportive of the way I decorate too!

People used to say how can you have a house like this with four sons, don't they ever get to play? My answer to that is, I just trained them not to touch the pretty things, they could look, but not touch. I also had plenty of "secret" storage (like baskets and vintage boxes that were part of the decor) where we hid all their toys for easy access and quick clean up, plus they had all their favorite toys in their rooms. And as far as playing goes, you should have seen the neat forts, big hot wheel set ups, big Lego creations, huge GI Joe wars and even a maze made out of old VHS tapes for Grayson's pet rat to race through that we had set up over the years in that living room. My only rule was be careful and it all gets picked up by dinnertime or bedtime. We have had a tent set up in there and had many slumber parties with about 10 little boys sleeping in there!

I also figure that if something does get broken, we can just replace it, I probably only paid 50 cents for it anyway :0). My kids are much more valuable to me than my antiques and they have always known that, but they learned how to respect the things in our home. Having them trained like this also made it so nice when we would visit people, my kids respected other peoples homes as well.

Tomorrow I will show more pictures of the living room with some close up shots of my shelves.

"Home is not where you live but where they understand you." - Christian Morgenstern

~Sharon

Monday, September 24, 2007

Under the Weather



Yesterday I was feeling under the weather and didn't do much at all. I do not like days like that! Because I wasn't feeling well we didn't go to church. I stayed in my bathrobe and didn't take a shower until almost noon. I did manage to clean the kitchen, vacuum, do some laundry and cook dinner, but not much else. I had tomato soup for lunch and watched an old Hitchcock movie, Suspicion with Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine (I love Joan Fontaine!) during which I fell asleep on the couch. I had a headache and just felt really tired. I had big plans to get out all my fall decorations and decorate the house top to bottom, but alas, I was laying on the couch! Eric was around and helpful and I didn't worry about the boys because Hayden spent the night at Cameron's last night (that was a new one for us!) and Grayson was moving into his new bedroom.....Cameron's old one, so I was able to lay on the couch and not worry about them.

I guess our bodies need to rest once in awhile when we are ill, but it is hard to do when you have plans! I am going to work today and feel a little better, but still kind of tired. I don't have to cook tonight because we are going to Hayden's open house at the school and they are having a BBQ for all the parents - yea!

It makes me really appreciate my good health when I have a sick day and it makes me very thankful that I did get good news last week at the doctor.

"'But I will restore your health and heal your wounds,' declares the Lord." Jeremiah 30:17a


~ Sharon

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hayden's Birthday Celebration!






Last night we celebrated Hayden's 14th birthday! I put his birthday survey on the fridge (see my post under Ideas dated Sept 5, 2007 called "Neat Idea" to see the survey) and he requested a fondue dinner and chocolate birthday cake with chocolate frosting! His order was filled and we had a wonderful dinner! Everyone was there except Grayson, he had to work at the gas station because he forgot to ask for it off :0(.


I had a pot of oil for deep frying shrimp, steak, vegetables and cheese. I also had a pot with a beer cheese sauce for dipping bread and vegetables. Brittany brought her fondue pot and we put chocolate in there for strawberries and bananas. It is a lot of prep time, and a messy dinner, but really good and really fun! We all were amazed at how quickly we got full too! I found my two pots at the thrift store. The first one I purchased I threw out because it had no temperature control and it just got hotter and hotter - very dangerous with the oil! The two that I have now both have temperature controls and we have no problem.


We are so thankful for Hayden! He has been such an amazing blessing!


~ Sharon
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