Saturday, February 28, 2009

Hope Now.............

I heard this song for the first time this week on the
radio and I instantly loved it.
Give it a listen and see if you agree.

It's called Hope Now by Addison Road.




If everything comes down to love
Then just what am I afraid of
When I call out Your name
Something inside awakes in my soul
How quickly I forget I'm Yours

I'm not my own
I've been carried by You
All my life

Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free

When my life is like a storm
Rising waters all I want is the shore
You say I'll be ok and
Make it through the rain
You are my shelter from the storm

Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free

I am not my own
I've been carried by you all my life

Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free
(Repeat 2x)

You've become my hearts desire
I will sing Your praises higher
Cause Your love sets me free
Your love sets me free
Your love sets me free


Today is Praise and Worship Sunday

at my daughter-in-law's blog, Sweet Nothings,

please go over to her blog if you would like to participate!
I hope that you have a beautiful Sunday!


"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,

so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Romans 15:13


Love, Sharon

Friday, February 27, 2009

Naughty dog.......

What is that thing in Bailey's mouth?
Give that to me Bailey!
Oh my gosh........it's one of my vintage sock monkeys!!!!
Oh, Bailey, you are so naughty!
What am I going to do with you???!!!!!???
Poor monkey!
He got the stuffing knocked out of him!
Naughty Bailey! But you know what........it's okay, really, I have three other sock monkeys and I only have one Bailey dog!

Hope you have a great, restful weekend!

"This is the day that the Lord hath made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!" Psalm 118:24

Love, Sharon

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Necessity is the mother of invention........

The other day my youngest son, Hayden, was looking all around the house for plastic bottles. I asked him why and he told me that he wanted to recreate an experiment that they did in his science class at school. He wanted to make a rocket. He came in the house and said, "Mom, come out and watch this." I grabbed my camera and went out to watch. I kept taking pictures throughout the weekend and it is really funny to look at the pictures and see how this thing evolves!
He took a plastic bottle, filled it with water and turned it upside down. He put tape around the mouth of the bottle to seal it. Then he used a little plastic bike tire pump and pumped air into it. It is supposed to force the bottle into the air like a rocket.
It worked a few times, but then he realized he needed a stand to make it work better. All the sudden I heard the skill saw going and found out he cut this little piece of wood to use as a stand.
Now he has moved onto a bigger sized bottle.
This project kept him busy all day long! He had so much fun!
Now look at the fancy wooden stand, it looks like he made a few more improvements! Also, check out the bottle.....now it has wings and a nose!
Hey.....look at her fly!!!!
The next day was a no school day. I could not get the day off from work, so the boys were home alone. I was happy when I got home from work and drove up to the house to see this. Grayson is now involved in the project and it has evolved even further.
The rocket itself has really improved! But then they realized that just the plain bottle works better.
They gave up on the idea of needing the bottle filled with water too. But look at the other improvements they've made.
They gave up on the bicycle pump and hooked up the air compressor. They connected surgical tubing to the air compressor and then connected it to the bottle.
They just crack me up! Just look at this.... the base is an old golf club that they cut down and stuck into the ground. There's lots of duct tape, electrical tape and a hose clamp to seal it. By the looks of things laying in the background, they must have tried it with pop cans as well.
They kept trying it over and over, and then would get ideas to make it work better. I love it when they hang out like this doing something constructive.
Wow! Look how high this one got!
Then they got the idea to make a parachute.
My boys have always done this kind of thing. When they were little I got an old suitcase and filled it with fabric. I wrote on the outside of the suitcase "Boy's Fabric" and they were allowed to get in it anytime they wanted. They also had their own tools and I had a craft closet full of art and craft supplies. I think by giving them the supplies they needed it really helped with these type of creative, spontaneous activities.
Ooops.....the parachute didn't work too well, but that's okay, they got several hours of entertainment out of this little project!
The thing I really love the most is the neat brother time that they had!

"How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!" Psalm 133:1

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Valentine's Day Decor.........

I know Valentine's day is over, but I wanted to share with you some of my decorations from the holiday of love! As you know, we had our Victorian tea this past weekend, so I purposely left up all my Valentine's decorations for the tea. Here is the fireplace mantle in the living room. I think it turned out so pretty!
I have the candelabra up year round, so I simply added a garland of ivy, twinkle lights and tucked in a few red and white silk roses. I also had ropes of white pearls and red and white beads (old Christmas garland) that I laid casually over the whole thing. I also combined some heart shaped lights, which I think added the perfect touch. I think it turned out very romantic looking!
Here's the entryway table. I have a few heart-shaped things sitting here.
I found these adorable card shaped chocolate squares at the grocery store and couldn't resist them! You can see my new reproduction heart-shaped candy box sitting in the background. I found that at Goodwill a few weeks ago.
In the living room I just had a few heart-shaped pillows laying here and there on the couch and chairs and I simply set these really cool heavy heart-shaped reproduction mercury Christmas ornaments on the coffee table along with a very heavy ruby glass votive holder.
On the buffet in the dining room I put a red and white wire card holder in the center and loaded it down with vintage children's valentine cards. I also have a couple of heart-shaped glass candy dishes with Valentine candies in them.
This is my windowsill display this year. I have several vintage things mixed with reproduction things. It just cheers me up every time I am at my kitchen sink to look up and see these delightful decorations!
Here's my little bookshelf in the kitchen. I have more vintage and reproduction Valentine's decorations all grouped together. I love to tuck in candles with my displays, it seems to add life to them when they are lit, especially at night.
Here's a close up of some of my decorations. One trick I use is you do not have to strictly use items from the holiday you are decorating for. If it is the right color and has the same feel you are trying to portray, just tuck it in there!
Do you see the little cupcake on the end? That is an old Avon perfume bottle that Hayden picked out when he was about 4 years old at one of our many Goodwill shopping trips. When the boys were little they used to collect the interesting Avon perfume bottles (cars, trucks, guns, boats, etc.) and this was one that he had picked for his collection. For a long time it was on his shelf in his room and when he grew tired of it, I just couldn't part with it, so I add it to my Valentine's display. I also added the cute little Miss Doggy in her cute pink dress and the little nest with the cardinals snuggling together.
To me they fit perfectly in my display not only because they are red, but because they look like they are in love! :0)
I like to have dishes that represent the holiday/season laying around with seasonal candy in them. It just perks things up and makes it fun. The candy doesn't last too long around here though with all these boys!!!
I like to have little touches of red, white and hearts tucked into the little corners of my home.
This little display is on the left side of my kitchen sink. I just purchased the heart-shaped vase with the cherub on the front last week. I found it at a thrift store for $1.99. It was love at first sight! The framed picture was something I threw together using a faux ruby encrusted picture frame from the Dollar Tree and printing a vintage postcard off the internet to put inside.
More little touches. More little heart-shaped dishes with candy. Mmmmm......want some???
Here's a simple idea, just place two wooden hearts next to each other and tuck in a vintage valentine, voila, you're done!
On the computer desk I put my Valentine shadow box that I made a few years ago next to a vintage Valentine collage that I made. I still need to find the perfect place for my collage, but for now it will sit here. Both of these projects were so much fun and very easy!
Last buy not least is the Valentine rag swag that I made years ago. It is a piece of jute string with torn fabric in aproximately 1" x 7" strips tied on. They you add all kinds of fun Valentine related items. I have old perfume bottles, heart shapped things made from fabric, metal, glass, plastic, etc. I also have a few reproduction post cards. It is a very fun project. I made one for 4th of July, Fall and a kitchen swag with antique kitchen gagets hanging on it.

Well, the tour is over. I hope you enjoyed it! I am taking all of these decorations down today. I will wait to put up Easter decorations until the end of March as Easter is on April 12th this year. I do have a few little decorations for St. Patrick's day that I will probably just put up a few days before. So for now it will just be my regular decor.

Hope you have an awesome day!

"May the Lord be loyal to you in return and reward you with His unfailing love." II Samuel 2:6

Love & Hugs, Sharon

P.S. Yesterday I forgot to mention that my sister, Kathi, took most of the pictures at the tea for Brittany and I as we were so busy with everything. I would like to give Kathi a very special thankyou! I really, really appreciate you documenting this day with such beautiful photos as well as being so prompt to email them to me that night! You're a doll!

P.S.S. Lady Jane, I have been leaving you messages on my blog, but I don't think you have seen them. I cannot get into your blog. I have tried several times. Please let me know what I need to do to get in! :0)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Victorian Valentine Tea!

Here are the pictures of our Victorian Valentine tea. We had such an amazing time! Brittany and I worked hard, but it was so worth it to just be able to provide a lovely afternoon for these beautiful women in our lives. We wanted them to walk in and feel waited on and feel like this was a very special treat.

Brittany made a delicious raspberry iced tea that we put in this gorgeous urn decanter. I found this at a garage sale! I think I paid $8.00 for it. It's funny because I bought it last summer and never used it and wasn't even thinking about it for the tea. Then Brittany asked if she could put her tea in it. Well, of course.....why didn't I think of that! Didn't it turn out pretty!
We had cucumber sandwiches, pineapple cream cheese sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches.
We also served shrimp, had a veggie tray with dip, a fruit tray, raspberry fluffy salad, sliced cheese, crackers, nuts, olives and pickles. We had cheesecake for dessert as well as special chocolate dipped cookies and chocolate candies placed strategically all over the house.
These are my two aunts and my cousin. From left to right, Aunt Maudie (she married my Dad's brother, Lester), Aunt Josephine (she is my Dad's sister) and Pam (she is Maudie's daughter).
My sister Kathi and her two girls, Victoria and Jessica.
My cute DIL enjoying herself!
Here's Maudie, Pam and Josephine eating and visiting with my friend, Brenda (from my Bag Lady group) and her daughter, Rebeka.
My husband's cousin's wife, Rebeka, her daughter, Sami, Eric's sister, Stacey and my friend, Virginia (another Bag Lady) enjoying their food and visiting.
My mother, Shirley, Eric's mother, Alice, Sami and Jill. Jill is one of my Tacky friends and Sami is her daughter.

My friend, Shannon, who also is in my Tacky group. We have been friends since high school!
We started the event by praying and then each lady made up her plate, had some tea and visited. Then we all gathered in the living room to talk. We went around the circle and each woman told a little about themselves and because it was a love themed party, we had them tell us what they love about their husband. For the girls that weren't married, they talked about either their father or the type of man they are hoping to marry. This was very special. It was so neat to hear all the different women glow when talking about their hubbies!
Then Brittany and her friend Alicia sang us a really cute song called "Your love is like ice cream". It was really good. They are so talented! They sing at our church quite often.
Me and my sister, Kathi.
Our friends, Desi and Lisa helping clean up the kitchen.
Here's Brittany and Kathi cleaning up the kitchen. What a blessing it was to have the girls help in the kitchen! They all have servant's hearts!
I am so thankful to have this beautiful day with my daughter-in-love! We had so much fun planning it and working hard all morning on it. I prayed that when my boys got married, their wives would be like daughter's to me and God answered my prayer with Brittany! I thought, I am going to treat her like a daughter and plan events like this and it was so rewarding in so many ways! After everyone left we just kept talking about it and how special it was. And the good news is, both of us really want to do it again! We sat down and actually critiqued it so next time we will do better! I am so thankful to God for all these lovely women that are in my life! I am truly blessed!

"A sweet friendship refreshes the soul." Proverbs 27:9

Love, Sharon
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