Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Vintage Bible

I just wanted share this beautiful old bible that my nephew gave me.  It's tattered and worn, but that's the way bibles should be right?  See the printing year?  1865.  It's romantic to think where this bible has been and what it's gone though.   If bibles could talk I wonder what it would say?  There is a portion of a sermon from D.L. Moody glued in the front.   Did this old bible go to tent meetings?  I wonder.  Did it travel with someone on a wagon train?  Who knows.    How many souls were saved and lives changed because of it? 
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Getting with it!

I am sure I'm not the only one who has projects that have been started and for some reason or another have not finished them.  It bugs me.  I complain that I just don't have time then just looking at the unfinished project makes me feel guilty.   I've found that if I just take the time to work on the project even for just 20 - 30 minutes, I can get it done.  And I feel good about it.  Even if I don't finish in that time at least I've made progress.  I can find the time, I might do it in front of the TV, or using a little self-discipline, don't allow myself computer time until I've worked on it.  So with that, today I am starting a weekly post about something that I've put off and have now put on again.   Join me if you like and tell me about it.  I can share your link with others so they can see you getting with it too.  Please leave a link to this blog on your post.

Here is my first "getting with it" project.   I had started recovering my dining room chairs last June and got side tracked, some good reasons, some not.  Doesn't matter. They were wearing thin, I few years ago I fell in love with some tablecloths I found at Walmart and recovered my chairs with them!   I really liked how it looked with the wood.   But, tablecloths are not meant to stand up to the wear and tear that my dining room chairs receive.  So I had 5 of eight chairs recovered with new material 

and  I got busy and finished those 3 chairs in less than 1 hour.   Now I am  not a professional but I think they turned out beautiful.  Just don't look underneath!    This upholstery fabric I picked up at a yard sale for I think $10.00.   What a deal! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sometimes I just want chocolate

 I felt like I was cheating, using my favorite tea cup for hot chocolate!   It was cold and blowing snow outside and chocolate was calling me.  The only chocolate I had here was the Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate mix and it was good. It warmed me up while I poored over the pages of the latest issue of Romantic Homes Magazine.  I love when this one comes in the mail (along with my two other favorites Tea Time and Victoria.) I fix myself a cup of tea (usually) and have a nice break looking through my favorite magazines.   Good thing for me, and my family, that they don't all come on the same day or dinner would be very late!  My tea cup survived and is now washed and ready for tomorrow afternoon's ritual of tea.  Maybe I'll have to pick up some chocolate on the way home from work? 

Monday, January 11, 2010

Black Beauty

I found this beautiful black cup in a little antique store at the market in Seattle. I was there for a short visit and loved it. The trip was topped off with this find. I had never seen a black teacup before.   If anyone is looking at my blog and knows anything about this pattern, please let me know.  I would love to find more. 

I went to Bernideen's today during my lunch to spend a gift certificate that my dh gave to me for Christmas.  It took 3 visits for me to decide.  There are soooo many things to ohhh and ahhh over that I had a hard time choosing.  Anyway, I finally decided on some tea accessories (see the tea sponge on the left?)  The bird almost matches the pot perfectly.   The tea set was purchased at Bernideen's last year, and come to think of it, so was the miniature in front, a couple of years ago.   I also purchased a book, "A little book of manners", a tea strainer and a spoon with a teacup on it.  It is such a fun store.  

I've finally put the last of the Christmas decorations away and have begun the valentine transformation.  These beautiful pink cups from the Czech Republic were given to me several years ago by a very dear friend who went to preach a revival in our church there.  These I've not actually used.  I'm a little afraid to chip them.  I think I'd better get over that and go ahead and use them, just once, at least.  Hmmm, I could have strawberry tea in one of these.