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Monday, January 17, 2022

Winter Blues


 I'm going to open my post 

with a bright and sunny "Hello"

I went out to check the mail this morning

and this lovely handmade card 

from Marilyn of Pink Paper Cottage

https://pinkpapercottage.blogspot.com/ 

was waiting to greet my day 

and I was blessed by her thoughtfulness.

Thank you, sweet friend :)

 

 

Saturday morning I got up 

and got dressed, ready to attend

a funeral of an old friend . . .

well, I got in the car 

and just couldn't go.

There are things that I'm just 

not ready for . . .

I tell others to not rush themselves'

so I decided to take my own advice.

Actually it's advice that I've gotten

from attending Grief Share meetings.

 

Since I was already in the car

headed for town I decided to go

thrifting at Goodwill.

That's where I found the pretty

pink pickle dish and forks. 

 



 

I also found all these candle holders

and the wooden tray.

 

 

This is the tray after cleaning

and applying a couple coats of tung oil. 

 


 

Another candle.

 


 

 

And this battery candle/lantern.

 

Last but not least . . .

this pretty spring wreath.

 


 

It has been a very long time

since I just when roaming 

through Goodwill.

It was good . . .

it gave me some new things for the

house, without breaking the bank :)

 

It was good just to do something different

and get out of the house.

I don't know about you . . .

but I seem to hibernate.

I blame it on winter roads

and on Covid, but truely

I think it's a battle with loneliness.


 

I want to have people around,

but I don't get out and socialize.

It's hard to explain . . . because I

don't understand the feelings I have

and if I don't understand them, 

how can I explain them.  

I guess that's what they call

a catch 22, not even sure about that.

 


 

Well, now that you all know how 

mixed up I am, I'll say so long

and end my post.

 


 

If I didn't have the Lord 

I wouldn't have any hope at all.

Isn't it wonderful that even when 

we are at our weakest points

His strength holds us up 

and 

His Love and Light gives us hope.

 

~~~❄❅❄~~~ 

 

God bless you all.

Connie :) 

 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Sprucing Up The House

 

I've taken all my Christmas decorations

down and packed them away . . .

 

 

Pulled the old typewriter out of the 

guest room and into the dining room.

 


 

 Then I arranged the mantle

in a Farmhouse style. 

 

 

I also decided to make 

some new blocks to set 

around the house. 

So out in Steve's wood pile I

found some 2X4 scrapes,

cut them to size and painted them white.

 


 

Next I printed this out 

and because I have an ink jet printer

I sprayed it with acrylic clear,

that keeps the inks from running.
 

 Then I cut them out and 

Mod Podged them to the blocks.

 


 

After distressing the blocks

I scattered them around 

the house . . .

This one tells me how many 

teaspoons & tablespoons

there are in 1/4 cups, 1/2 cups etc.

It will keep me from looking this up

each time I reduce a recipe.

 


 

This one reminds me to not 

judge others . . .

we are all sinners and have come

short of the glory of God.

Hallelujah! For our Savior

and the price He paid on the cross.

 

 

This one I played around with . . .



 

Trying to find the perfect spot 

to display it :)

 

 

I did purchase this little

sprig of silk flowers at WalMart.



 

They remind me that even if there is

snow on the ground . . .

Spring is on the way :)

 


 

 I leave you with this.


Remember to put God first . . .

Have a lovely day.


Your blogging sister,

Connie :)

 

 

 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Snowy Day & Warm Quilt


 This is a quilt that I have been 

hand-quilting

off and on for the last year.

 

 

Before you get too impressed

I have to tell you that the 

hexies are printed on the fabric.



 

I didn't piece them, but I did

hand-quilt around each and every

little hexie shape.

It took forever! 

 





 

The back.

 


As you look at the photos 

you'll notice some basting thread

that I forgot to pull.

I'm doing that now :)



 

It's a cold snowy day

with more snow expected.

 

I plan on staying in except for

venturing over to the barn

to quilt and try and stitch 

a tea cozy for one of

my favorite pots.

 

The tea gets chilled before I've

finished the pot and that's no fun :)

 

I've been trying to substitute tea

for my evening ice cream and

hopefully take off my holiday

(Thanksgiving/Christmas)

weight gain.

 

Praying that you all have a 

warm home, a full belly

and a year fill with good health.

Remember to put God first,

He gave His all so that we 

could be saved.  

 

❆❅❆☃❆❅❆

 

Keep smiling!

Your blogging sister,

Connie :)