Sunday, April 26, 2015

Beautiful Early Spring Blooms


Oh, isn't it wonderful to have spring "sprung" at long last!

We've had a nice weather combination recently that has given us
 sunny warmer days followed by rain -
the perfect combination
 to bring life back to our once sleeping earth!

The below photo isn't color enhanced whatsoever -
everything is that intense!

Our grass is so lush and green that
 it's had to be mowed three times already! 

You will note that I didn't say I mowed it, though, right?
Heh. I'm dependable like that.









My hubs surprised me on Easter
 with these amazingly colorful healthy pansies!



















It's such a blessing to see the world come alive again.












Everything smells so fresh and fragrant......












And to find little garden statuary regaling us once again............












I wish the blooms could stay just a little bit  longer, but they never do.


Some are already waning and others are just getting ready to open.
























And the garden stores are chock full of vibrant color -
 what an absolute delight to one's senses!

(I am so so glad I don't suffer from allergies!)










I always feel so close to God when I take special notice of all his gifts.

Beautiful flowers are certainly that!

I especially give thanks to mericiful Him
 for the miracle of our kitty's recovery.

Seriously, we had fairly much said goodbye to our furry friend
only just a few days ago.

And now - after so many prayers
 from so many caring friends and family- he is OK!

He is going to be fine! 
At least for now, and joy to my heart!

Praise be to God in the Highest, indeed!


So I am so sorry I've been missing in action. 
Had a very sick kitty who had my attentions!

I have missed you and have SO much to share soon!









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Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Beautiful Confirmation Day



Please allow me to share our beautiful niece
 (and also my God daughter)
on her very special Confirmation Day.

She asked me to be her sponsor. 
Of course I was touched and honored to accept!











This is beautiful Delaney on her special day.


Her Confirmation name is Cecelia.
















Here is our red-head getting ready to go up to the altar
 for her turn to be Confirmed.

I hope this is a reflective Delaney and not a bored one, lol.













There were 187 candidates in this class!
We couldn't even fit them all in the pic!












This is about as happy as I can be- 
I love our faith and our oneness together.












Here's my dear sister and her beautiful family.
You can see such a strong family resemblance.

Tony on the left goes to college in August!












This is our sweet cheerleader - both in school
for football, and in competitive cheer.

I shared some of her cheer action shots here.
They're older pics - now she is travelling all over the country 
to competitions but I haven't been going.

Here is a recent INCREDIBLE solo stunt mini vid
showing her flying through the air as though it is easy!
(You won't be disappointed if you see it, I promise!)

We're proud of her on so many levels.












In the past couple weeks in our family we've had several birthdays,
an emergency birth, an out-of-town baby shower, a sad miscarriage, two Confirmations,
even double stress leg fractures, 
and of course wedding shower planning....




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Delaney's sister Darien with double stress fractures
plays Varisty Lacross as a freshman-
or I should say DID before this happened.









I apologize for not being around much lately.

I REALLY want to be - and hopefully things will be settling down 
again very soon, as I love and miss Blogland!








I ask that you keep our family in your prayers.
We need them right now, and we believe in the 
POWER OF PRAYER!

As always, thank you for your visit.

God's Light shine upon each of you today and always.


~Michele



Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easy Easter Dining Tablescape/s


I know so many of you are busy as bees
 preparing for your joyful Easter feasts!

I am among you who is fervently working her To Do list!

I didn't want this pretty holiday to pass by
 without sharing my dining room
and kitchen tablescapes with you, however!














This is the main dining room for 8.
it can hold 10 in a pinch but is crowded.

































I love my new metal zinc cake plate from Decor Steals-
it is holding up an egg wreath with a nest inside a rusty
crown to display it nicely as a simple centerpiece.

It's fun to mix things up occasionally.












You will find bits of Easter-themed decor
 on our painted buffet table.

Ceramic. Paper. Metal. Twine.











These cuties are tucked up high on a stone shelf
 in the foyer area to welcome our guests.

Paper mache. Willow. Stone. Silk.










Here is the kitchen tablescape this year.

Two sets of parents to sit with their two little toddlers -
with room on both ends of the table for the high chairs!

(And tile floor for the inevitable mess, right?)  : - )











I ended up changing things a bit on this table and
moved the centerpiece into the dining room.

It kinda overwhelmed this smaller table.

It was raining when I took this shot so it is very dark.

I have a large white ironstone pitcher with cut yellow daffodils
on it now but no pics and no time to add it now. Sorry.










I wanted everything casual versus formal this year - 
it's been such a busy and a long week!
I wanted to only use things that can easily 
go into a dishwasher this time:

No silverplate, no china, no crystal.

Simple. Easy. Done.

By doing so it has given me more time
 for prayer and reflection.

 It's made a very big difference to me.

And then, inevitably, for my family in the long run.



Have a blessed and joyful Easter, everyone! 



~Michele


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tea at Easter Time


Today I am taking a little tea time respite
 from the busy days of preparing for company
this weekend for our Easter Sunday feast.

We're having 15 people dine together this year.
(But two of them will only be in high chairs.)









I've had this sweet little painted & glazed Easter tea set
for years - and my lacy Spode ivory teacups match up well.

I love the little butterflies and rosette embellishments
on this set - just screams "Spring" to me!












I also love that everything on the set is all egg shaped-
the tray, the teapot and the sugar and creamer.

So, naturally the painted wooden yellow egg
 had to join in the fun, too!

And since I don't put milk in my tea he
thought the creamer was an eggscellent place to perch!

And frankly, I simply don't argue with eggs.










I'm enjoying some Earl Grey and freshly made lemon bread.

I *HIGHLY* recommend hopping on over to visit
our fellow tea blogger friend Angela
 from Tea With Friends for her lemon bread recipe!

It is without a doubt the best I have ever made.

Next time I make it I won't be deep in the basement working
without taking my baking timer WITH me, though.
Just saying.

If you all aren't reading Angela's Saturday posts 
tea-themed short stories
 every single week you are really missing out!
 Trust me!











THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING THE RECIPE, ANGELA!

You can find her post with recipe here.

She is such good "peeps."










The very first clear little teapot I ever owned 
I literally cracked five minutes after unwrapping it.

I was rinsing it out because I really wanted to
see one of my flower bud-opening teas I had recently been given.

I didn't quite break it through and through though-
so I kept it and use it for silk flower arrangements, 
and various seasonal items.

THIS year I used to house my wee Cadbury chocolate eggs!
Next to a Resee Cup Egg, they're the best Easter candy EVER!











These little clear teapots make excellent candy dishes!

Ok if you haven't  yet seen my living room's natural
spring and Easter decorating, that post was just before this.

I hope to share the rest of the house's Easter decor soon
so watch for it, and be as surprised as I will be
if I can work it in this crazy busy life! Ha!



As always, thank you so much for your visit!



~Michele


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Natural Elements Easter - Spring Decor


I have never been one to decor with much whimsy or color.

All my life I have enjoyed using natural elements in my decor;
be in wood, metal, stone, wicker, paper, leather, etc.

(I know this was totally inherited this from my mother.)

And, as like most of you - I, too, like to mix new
 with vintage- they all mix so wonderfully together.












Pottery lamp....old pane....heavy iron decorative 
ceiling tray-turned-wall-art...old French bottles,
 antique wooden wardrobe, vintage wicker jug, burlap runner....
family heirloom cedar chest, painted wood & glass end table....


My basic anchor pieces stay put,
 but the seasonal items are always changing!














Leaves, twigs, feathers,......a frame with vintage nest print....













Rusty metal basket , moss, zinc tray
pussy-willow branches wrapped in twine....














Linen, grape vines, satin and silk....












Hand-turned vintage wooden compote
 holding a real storm-fallen bird's nest....













And to keep it safe from Kitty Romeo
and protect it from dust
I top it with a tall heavy glass cloche....
with my glass beaded crocheted doily
 on a tall painted wooden plant stand table.

I believe these doilies are actually made
to place over top bowls of food to keep the flies out.
Do any of you know for certain?

I just love the way the beads dangle here.
And flies don't stand a chance in our house, haha.

Plus it snowed the other day so
 we're basically fly-less anyway right now!













In a quiet reading corner next to the fireplace 
you will find an antique round table
with a stack of old books on a metal tray, metal lamp.....
stone bunny and raffia carrots.....burlap lamp shade...













Here's a little closer look....











"Behold the Lamb of God,
 Who takes away the sings of the world."

                                                ~John 1:29



Twigs, felted wool, rusty metal bells, wooden legs......
a little reminder of the Reason for the Season,
cute little lambs...













Stoneware Majolica cabbage platter.....old wicker
 covered bottle, felted wool...











So that's bits of our living room right as is right now.


Thank you for visiting me today.

This is a *very* busy week for many of us, 
so your visit today is especially delightful.

Time is our most precious commodity,
 and when given to me is very much appreciated.

God bless you.







Sunday, March 29, 2015

Palm Sunday Blessings



As we begin the most Holy Week of the year,
I pray for all of you.

Glory be to God in the Highest!







May our spirits be renewed and our
 songs of praise to Jesus
 unending!


Love and Peace and Blessings to you all!


~Michele