Thursday, January 29, 2009

This is my day OFF?????

More often than not, after I hug & kiss my sons and wave goodbye to them from the front porch as they drive off to school, when I walk back into the kitchen this is what I see! There are messes everywhere!
Pretty much every inch of counter space is covered with something!
It is like a bomb went off from the frantic making of breakfasts and lunches and taking medicine!
There's evidence of an orange that someone ate.
As well as a sink full of dirty dishes.
There's the remains of a healthy egg and toast breakfast!
The incredible, edible egg!
Evidence of a ham sandwich quickly made for a packed lunch!
Almost every cabinet door has been left open!
It's not just the men of the house that leave the messes! There's my gloves, keys, coffee cup, Bible, purse, cheater glasses and a note to myself!
This is how I usually start my day off after the family all leaves. They do know how to clean up after themselves, but on busy mornings if they are running late, this is what remains! I am so used to this and get it cleaned up pretty quickly. It's just hard to understand why it gets so messy when we usually go to bed with a clean kitchen! I guess we are always in such a big hurry that it just gets this way.
So, I dig in and start cleaning and in no time it is so much better!
I always feel so much better when my house is clean, but I know it will just get messy again tomorrow! That's okay, it means my house is full of people that I love! Do any of you have similar issues that you face every morning?

Have an awesome day!

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands." I Thessalonians 4:11

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My needlework collection

Today I decided to share with all of you my collection of framed needlework. I love old stitch work; I like most hand stitched items, but my favorite is needlepoint. I am not an expert, so if I am incorrect on these, please correct me, as I want to learn. I believe the above Home Sweet Home sign is cross stitch or it is embroidery. I found it at a garage sale unframed in a crumpled mess. I have always wanted a Home Sweet Home sign and am thrilled to have such a vintage looking one!! I have it hanging above a shelf that is filled with old medicine bottles on the wall in the main floor powder room. It was on bright white fabric, but I tea stained it to have a more aged look.
This is a very large, approximately 18x18, needlepoint. I love it. It's in the powder room as well. I found this at the Salvation Army and I think I paid around $10.00 for it. It was already in this beautiful frame. Someone went to a lot of work to make this.
This is one of my favorites. It is a needlepoint that I have in our family room. I love the burgundy background.
This black needlepoint is in the family room too.
Here's a cross stitch sampler. I love this one! It's also in our family room. I love what it says!
These two match. I found them together at Goodwill. Most of my framed stitchings were found at second hand shops or at garage sales and with only a few exceptions, I paid between $.99 cents and $3.99 for them. I prefer to have them framed in glass, but many times they are framed without glass like the two above.
Here's a cute little round needlepoint of fruit. It is so bright and cheery. This one does have glass.
I really, really like this one. I am not sure the type of stitch it is, it's not needlepoint or cross stitch. Do any of you out there know what type of stitching this is? Is it embroidery?
It is so vintage looking. I just love the little house with the red roof and the beautiful flowers in the front. This is hanging in our laundry room on a wall that faces the kitchen and I see it every day, many times a day.
Here's a little embroidered tea towel that I framed. I love the three little pigs dancing! This picture is also on our laundry room.
Here's a pretty rose needlepoint that is hanging in our dining room. I believe it is from a kit, actually many of pieces in my needlework collection are from kits.
This picture and the one below were purchased as a set. They are both framed in glass.
I have them hanging on the wall on both sides of the window in our dining room.
This is another one of my favorite pieces. I found it hanging on the wall at Salvation Army. I literally ran to it and grabbed it off the wall.
It was in this pretty frame and it cost $4.99. What a steal!
I have two miniature needlework pieces hanging under this shelf in the living room.
I am not certain, but I think this one is called petit point. It is like needlepoint, but a smaller stitch.
I think this one could be too.
I also have several needlepoint pillows, which I adore as well. Here's a beauty that I found at Goodwill. I only paid $1.99 for this pillow! A lot of times pillows have velvet on the flip side, which is another thing that thrills me!
Here are two others; they sit on the couch in the living room. I absolutely love the floral pillow on the left, I believe it is very, very old. The colors are so beautiful. The little girl with her dog is a new pillow that I recently found at Goodwill and am thrilled with it!
It is needle point with some petit point stitching on certain parts of it like the little girls face and arms and the little dogs face. I love her sweet face.
The dog is pretty cute too! I only paid $2.99 for it! I like it because it looks like an antique!
Here are a few more pillows. This cute heart pillow is another thrift store find. I love the saying! It sits on a chair in the dining room.
Here's another favorite pillow (how many favorites am I allowed to have?). This one sits on a chair in the dining room too. The colors are perfect for my house! I am always so delighted when the whole piece has been done in needlepoint including the background, and that's how this one is, all that burgundy in the background has been hand stitched. It is not only beautiful, but it represents so many hours of work that some sweet lady did long ago. I love it!
Here's another very special one to me. This beautiful pillow is a gift from my son, Cameron. I absolutely love it! This pillow is not handmade, but it sure is gorgeous! He totally surprised me for Christmas a few years ago and he picked it out himself. I will always treasure it.

I am not quite sure why I am so attracted to needlework. I think it is because generally they are homemade and give a cozy feel to my home as well as they just represent a different time period from long ago and remind me of grandma's house. I have many more that I will share on another day.

Have a beautiful day!

"She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands." Proverbs 31:13

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

He watcheth over us.......

A few weeks ago I told you that my son, Grayson, had a wreck with his little truck. Click here to read the whole story. In a nutshell, he slid 0n the ice, crashed into a sign, ran over a fence and ended up in a field. The following day after church my husband, Eric, took Grayson out to the site and repaired the fence. I drove out there too because I wanted to see where my son got in his wreck. This view is the way that he actually was driving, he was heading west into this sharp corner when he hit a patch of ice. It scares me to see how sharp of a turn it is. I took this picture after they were done fixing the fence.
These pictures were taken when they were in the process of repairing the fence. They had to replace a few of the big fence poles. They both worked really hard.
Look at this tangled mess.
I love it that my husband is such a hard worker and he is teaching our boys how to work hard. He's so capable and strong and he's teaching the boys these qualities. I also like it that when it comes to crunch time he helps our sons without complaining, showing them that families come together.
While I was there observing them work, I spotted this telephone pole. This was just a few feet away from where Grayson plowed through the fence. I am soooo thankful to the Lord that he did not hit this pole! It would have done so much more damage to his truck and he could have gotten seriously injured.
I really feel like God was watching over him that night.
We saw all kinds of fragments of his bumper strewn around the site.
It took them three hours to completely fix the fence.
See the tan house in the background? That is where Grayson ran to to use their phone. I am so thankful that the house was so close and that Grayson knew who lived there! Also, I was so thankful that the people were so kind and let him use their phone and wait there until Eric got there.
It frightens me to see all this torn and twisted wire.
As Christians God doesn't promise us that we will not have trials in our lives, but He does promise that He will be with us through our trials. I could sit here and be angry that this even happened to my son, but I realize that these things are part of our imperfect world. I chose to be thankful for all the good things in this story and to be thankful it wasn't worse.

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Here's the fence afterwords. They did an excellent job on it. I can guarantee that it is way stronger than the how it was prior to the accident. See the yellow and black arrow sign? He also ran that over and thankfully it didn't damage it and they were able to just set it back in the ground.
I really feel that the Lord had my little boy, Grayson, in his hands that night and I am very, very grateful.

“Nevertheless I am continually with thee.” Psalm 73:23

Love, Sharon
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