Sunday, December 14, 2014

Do You Hear What I Hear?


  




  Said the night wind to the little lamb,
  "Do you see what I see
  Way up in the sky, little lamb,
  Do you see what I see?
  A star, a star, dancing in the night
  With a tail as big as a kite!"







  Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
  "Do you hear what I hear
  Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
  Do you hear what I hear?
  A song, a song, high above the trees
  With a voice as big as the sea!"








  Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
  "Do you know what I know
  In your palace warm, mighty king,
  Do you know what I know?
  A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
  Let us bring Him silver and gold!"




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  Said the king to the people everywhere,
  "Listen to what I say
  Pray for peace, people everywhere!
  Listen to what I say
  The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
   He will bring us goodness and light!"




As always, thank you for your visit!


~Michele

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Amazing Christmas Tea Party



Oh, my word, how does one even explain how awesome
 my friend Sharyn and her Aunt Pat's
afternoon Christmas Tea Party was to attend?










It all started with an invite that came in the mail.
What a joy to have that among the catalogs and bills!

Warning: very heavy pic post









These two are just so danged cute -
 always dress in period maid servers costumes.

This time there was some festive "bling"
 added to their apron fronts!









For starters we were all given a Kir Royal.


Then we were given time for some fellowship,
then a nice bit of history/trivia about
England's Yuletime traditions that Pat read to us.

There was a test afterwards for a prize, and I actually
WON!!  : - )

I won a large Wood Wick (WW) evergreen scented candle with
one of those wood crackle wicks.
If you haven't tried one, you must - such a neat gift!










Sharyn has the most beautiful home -
everywhere one looked was something festive and beautiful!

She is so warm and welcoming.

Being invited to her house is truly special.

I just realized I didn't take a picture of her huge 
red and gold gigantic Christmas tree. Ugh, dang.























This is the gorgeous decorated chandy over the dining table.










They had two tables.

I took these before the food came out because
I was afraid I would forget once the food came.

And I mean to say my poor  pics with the low lights
don't do anything I am sharing justice - it all was
SO pretty!















The to-die-for exquisite menu:









Halfway through my soup I remembered
 I hadn't taken a picture yet, so see?

 I really DO forget!  Often!










The smoked turkey salad tarts
were topped with pomegranate seeds!
















There were two kinds of scones -
plain and chocolate chip!















Everything was sooooooooooooo delicious
and beautifully presented!










But the absolute end-all-be-all surprise of the day
 was this incredibly awesome idea for a specialty dessert!

SNOW GLOBE DELIGHT!








It was a caramel and chocolate cake
 with white frosting that had shimmery dust on it
to make it look like snow,
 and a little "Santa" gnome, trees and a little gingerbread man!

The gloBe had edible snow speckles on it to look like sleet!

ISN'T THIS JUST THE CUTEST THING YOU'VE EVER SEEN?










Then to finish off the meal they provided gorgeous and 
perfectly British party "crackers" for us to break open.








They each had trivia questions, a little prize and a paper crown.







But wait - there's still even  more!

Each guest received a huge party gift bag
 with a theme to "get us started!"

It contained pretty little gift bags, magnetic Shopping List, 
tape, gift tags, ribbons, candy -
 all nice things to help us prepare for Christmas!


As always, thank you for your visit!


~Michele



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Sunday, December 7, 2014



The Greatest of These is Love...
One of the most well-known verses from 1 Corinthians,  Paul tells us about the greatest things in life:
"So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 
                                                                                                                   -1 Corinthians 13:13                                                                                                                                                   NAB
When looking at this verse, it is also great to hear other translations of it.  The Douay-Rheims, for instance, goes like this:
"And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity."
                                                                                                               -1 Corinthians 13:13, D-R

Notice the subtle, but huge difference between these two.  The word charity is used interchangeably with love.  Why are these two interchangeable?  Because charity has its roots in love, and love has its roots in charity.  
When we give of ourselves, whether it be to the poor, the sick, or to anyone else, we are giving out of love.  Charity is the ultimate expression of our love for our fellow man.  For our charity to truly have an impact, it must draw its power from the love in our hearts.  If we simply give and support to charities without love in our hearts, then we are not truly giving anything.  While the time and money we give to charity will still support it, it will not have the lasting impact that it would if we were sharing our love, just as Christ did, with the world.
Likewise, love finds its true power in charity.  Charity is the act of giving of one's self without any expectation of anything in return.  When we love, this same principle applies.  Our love should be freely given without anything expected in return.  Our relationships, whether they be husband-wife, mother-daughter, father-son, or between friends, depend on the love that we share. 
Many of these relationships fail because we spend more time thinking about what we are getting out of the relationship, and not enough time on what we are putting into it.





Faith is our belief in an almighty God, and His Son, Jesus Christ.  Hope is our belief in the saving power of grace that comes from Our Lord.  While these are essential parts of our lives, love should be at the center of our lives.  Love is the foundation of our faith in Christ and the hope we find in His sacrifice.  We must share that love He has for us with the rest of the world, whether it be through our charitable giving to those in need or our charitable love to our friends and family. [source]



Remember, charity isn't limited to just giving monetarily -
it is the giving of your time and talents, too.
 It means going out of your way to be extra kind and thoughtful.
 It means swallowing pride to keep peace more often than not,
 remembering those who are hurting, lonely, poor or weak 
 those who may need a smile, need an extra bit of help. 

Just keep your eyes open to opportunities
 to spread good cheer, kindness, and goodwill this holy
 Advent Season.
 Because if you do, you will find that it is
 the greatest gift you may give yourself this year.





Hope is indeed always linked to faith, since one cannot have the faith (at least a living faith) without also having both love and hope. Infused with hope, human beings can endure even the worst of circumstances. Even though hope primarily focuses on the perfect happiness of heaven attained through the help of God, we also have earthly hopes that are related to our great hope of salvation. [source]






As we continue our journey towards the celebration
 of the birth of Jesus on our Advent calenders,
 I pray for peace, love, joy, hope and charity
 to fill your hearts this Christmas Season. 

As always, thank you for your visit!


~Michele


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Friday, December 5, 2014

In A Drear-Nighted December....










In a Drear-Nighted December

Written by John Keats
(1795–1821)



In a drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne’er remember
Their green felicity:
The north cannot undo them,        
With a sleety whistle through them;
Nor frozen thawings glue them
From budding at the prime.
 
In a drear-nighted December,
Too happy, happy brook,        
Thy bubblings ne’er remember
Apollo’s summer look;
But with a sweet forgetting,
They stay their crystal fretting,
Never, never petting        
About the frozen time.
 
Ah! would ’t were so with many
A gentle girl and boy!
But were there ever any
Writhed not at passed joy?        
To know the change and feel it,
When there is none to heal it,
Nor numbed sense to steal it,
Was never said in rhyme.


* Apollo: Greek mythology god, son of Zeus.
God of music, light, healing and truth.



As always, thank you for your visit!


~Michele












Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Season - Have a Friend for Tea!




There are just so many days in a month
 and we all try so hard to fill those social demands.

Let's face it - there is a LOT to do
 and we are turned every which way!

We also know stress is a silent killer.

We need to slow down between the dashing about
 and just breathe!








And today is a dashing about kind of day
 with many appointments and whatnot -
 so I thought I'd share
a Christmas tea moment I had last year....


....when I had a neighbor friend, Dee, over
 and we slowly sipped tea
and visited and enjoyed one another's company.










I hope to do that again very soon.
I am inspired for the holidays to experience more peaceful moments, with worrying less about "stuff."

I hoope you are able to as well.

Friendships need nurturing to survive.


The gals of old knew how to do that;
savoring precious tea time. 

It was an expected part of each day.

Granted all they had to do is pour tea
the tea was made for them, the snacks were
brought to them - and none of them were expected
to work a full time job, or (gasp) do their own laundry....

[but still]

We can do what we can to try and bring back a little
bit of the lovely "Downton Abbey" lifestyle, can't we?

Tea time.

Not just for To Go styrofoam cups in your car anymore.












So I do hope you'll open your door to a friend soon
and slow down and savor the moment,
the calm before the proverbial storm called Life.









And as we get into the spirit of the Advent Season
I wish you quiet moments, joy, and good health.


As always, thank you for your visit!


~Michele

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Monday, December 1, 2014

CYBER MONDAY at Finch Rest Emporium!


HELLO FRIENDS!


Whew - have I ever been busy
 working hard to get seasonal things listed in my little shop
THE FINCH REST EMPORIUM.


Whether you are looking to add a few cute lighter green
 holiday pieces to your decor this year....















Or the perfect touch of holiday whimsy....











Or you are looking for the perfect little touch -
just a few things to put here and there,
or to possibly to give as gifts.....if you can let them go.....


You have come to the right shop!









Are you looking for a perfect wintertime hostess gift?

How about this sweet Pfaltzgraff Winterberry planter?
Simply fill it with a holiday plant or mini evergreen
(Or nuts or a bunch of cookies or candies!?)

Then wrap it in cellophane with a bow 
Boom! Another gift checked off your list!






The Emporium is here to help make
 decorating and gift-giving
 easier on you this year!


Save money, time, gas, wear-n-tear
on your car, self and NERVES
and do you shopping online.

Love it, click, pay and boom-
comes right to you.

Then you have more time to go get 
a massage and your hair done.
Or clean. But that's not fun.

It's the modern, efficient and groovy way to shop-
everybody's doing it!










Looking for a nice gift for yourself,
 or as a cute gift for a tea friend....











Perhaps you are going all outdoorsy this year,
 and this cute rusty metal deer pillar holder is
exactly right for your country woodland decor....











This set of 2 burlap stockings with their splash of color
are just too cute....










Perhaps you are more traditional, and looking for rare European
 artisan carved wooden collector's ornaments...











Or some new things to freshen up tired 
Christmas tablescapes to bring them 
 just a little bit of new pizazz....









I just wanted to share just a random sprinkling of things
 currently available in my ebay store for you.

There's new, there's vintage, there's collectible-
stop in and take a look and then keep looking!
I am listing as fast as the clock allows!

 Things are priced to sell, and are going fast!

So I choose to not have sidebar ads or pop-up box ads on my blog,
 but I do occasionally need like to share my own pics of things
available for purchase in my little store.

(Doing my own advertising one might say.)


I sure hope y'all don't mind....it's my job, and 
I am just trying to help earn my keep around here.


(:-)








I'm SOOOO looking forward to sharing our holiday decor
 and parties and and all good things with you all very soon!

Until then.....happy decorating
(and happy shopping!)




 A Blessed Advent Season! 
TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!



Linking:

Mosaic Monday   *   You're Gonna Love It (Anything Goes)