Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Great Post on What We Need to Remember When We're Discouraged

You know how it goes:  You go to one of your favorite sites, you click here, you click there, and before you know it, you're reading something that but for the benevolence of God, you would have never stumbled upon in the natural in a million years.  (For example, I don't read too many blogs about raising young children because that's all a done deal for me.)  Below is a link to a post I just came upon, and it's wonderful and a great reminder:


Be sure to watch the video for the full effect, and I hope many of you will visit Kat's site again: Inspired to Action.

Chins up, Everyone ... God is good!
Bess

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Adams Demitasse Coffee Set

(Click on photos two times for a closer look.)

We traveled to Canada several times when I was growing up.  On a trip to Fort Frances, Ontario in the 1960s, my mother purchased this demitasse coffee set from the gift shop at the Rainy Lake Hotel (which had great pancakes as I recall).  She had service for eight, but I sent half to the estate auction.  I remember her saying the cups were especially for Irish coffee, but I suspect only non-alcoholic coffee saw the inside of those cups.


The lower right photo shows the back of the cup.

The doily/placemat used to be on the little blue table I've shown
in previous posts and was in my grandmother's bathroom.


The dolly was a gift from my mother.

Below is the painting done by my grandfather (on my mother's side) that hangs above the little buffet.  The subject isn't anyone we knew.  It was probably for a class or advertisement proposal.  (I previously posted a watercolor he did here.)

This shelf in an old cupboard in my living room is
where most of the dollies stay.

Just a short post today so that I'm not in front of the computer all weekend! :o)

This is the day the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your holiday!
Bess

I may be linking this post to the following wonderful posts. Please go visit them, you'll be glad you did!

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Lisa at The Army Chaplain's Wife for Simply Saturday
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Pam at A Breath of Fresh Air for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee at Silken Purse for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Mary at Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Thank you, Gracious Ladies!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Say The Word



Jesus:  "You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life.
But the Scriptures point to me!"
John 5:39  NLT

 In the beginning the Word already existed.  The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He existed in the beginning with God.  So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.  And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
John 1:1,2,14  NLT

All Scripture is inspired by God
and is useful to teach us what is true
and to make us realize what is wrong
in our lives. It corrects us when we
are wrong and teaches us to
do what is right.
2 Timothy 3:16  NLT

Just loving Jesus on this beautiful evening,
Bess

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book: Home Economics

This is a smallish book and the second with a vintage theme purchased with my Mother's Day GC.  It is a compilation of information gleaned from home economics textbooks and information from the 1900s to the 1940s.  If you're desiring/expecting information from today's perspective and vernacular, this book doesn't do that.  But if you want to read how keeping a home, etc. used to be done, in words from that time, this fits the bill.  It doesn't linger very long on any subject ... rather like the old Reader's Digest condensed books ... so there are basically "snippets" of info on a variety of topics. 

I really enjoyed most of it (except I glossed over the cooking section because I'm currently not doing much of that).  It provides material for my "someday I'll be able to be at home" fantasy.  It's just so interesting to me to view homemaking from that early perspective.  For example, a weekly routine might be to spend one day washing "eight" windows at ten minutes each.  I wonder what the criteria was for coming up with the number eight.  The number of windows in two rooms? Four rooms?  And once a week?  I'd feel downright saintly if I did that!

The book touches on a wide variety of homemaking topics:  place settings, setting up a buffet, how to mend, basic embroidery stitches, budgets, cleaning schedules, homemade recipes for cleaning, recipes for a cake (with variations), bread recipes, harmonious color schemes, how to decorate a small apartment, etc.  But be advised that since the information is from older books from a different era, you may have questions the answers to which might have been common knowledge back in the day.

This book is a nice slice of history, not to mention a handy little reference book.  And who knows, maybe I'll try something from the cooking section yet!

Thoughts and prayers going out to the people of Joplin,
Bess

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book: As Grandma Says by Judith Robl



I've just finished reading this gem of a book and wanted to tell my readers about it in time for graduation season.  Of course, we "mature" women will really get a kick out of reading the wisdom of author Judith Robl's grandmother, and that of Judith herself. 

But I think this book would be a priceless gift for the graduate (female, but maybe brother will read it, too!) ... college, high school, and perhaps even junior high.  It is filled with gentle lessons from two women (grandmother and granddaughter) who have "been there, done that" and "lived and learned." 

Many of the sayings I had heard myself growing up, but there were many I had not.  I chuckled over "If I Had Meant Baste, I'd Have Said Baste" used initially in reference to Judith learning to make neat, small quilting stitches (but there's more).  What about "Cutting a Wide Peel from a Small Potato"?  You'll be nodding your head as you relate to the wise experience so graciously shared.  The artwork also makes this little treasure a pretty book to give to a blessed recipient or to own and savor as a keepsake for yourself.

My handsome son and lovely daughter-in-law gifted me with an Amazon GC for Mother's Day, and I guess I was in a sentimental mood, because my whole order had a vintage theme.  These nuggets of wisdom and truth in As Grandma Says are vintage, yes, but timeless and totally apropos for today.  I'll review the other books in the near future.

Happy reading,
Bess

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Needlepoint Anyone?


I don't know a lot about needlepoint, but I  know a little, and I know I like it!  My grandmother did, too.  Sometime during the 1960s she bought a new dining room set (which I inherited) and proceeded to needlepoint cushion covers for the four chairs, filling in the background only.  The covers have been placed over horsehair, which sometimes works its way out through the needlepoint!  There were two different designs:

The tea pot is Old Rose by John Maddock & Sons.
It is from a tea set that belonged to my mother.

Ms. S had to get in the photos.  (With five cats,
you're bound to see a lot of cat hair in my photos!
I do keep the cushions covered, though.)

When Grandma needlepointed the chair cushions, she lived in a large city, where competent upholsterers were readily available.  Later, when she moved back to her little hometown, she had to take what she could get.  Thus the poorly blocked and misaligned footstools below (I still love them, though):

She made this for me years ago.  It wasn't blocked properly and she
offered to ask the fellow to do it over.  I didn't want to risk
parting with it, however, so I declined.  The demitasse cup
was made in Occupied Japan.  The towel I keep over the footstool
has tatted edging.  The rhinestone pins were my grandmother's.

This footstool cover was blocked better, but placed off-center!

If one wants to needlepoint the entire design and background, there are kits, pattern books, or cross-stitch pattern charts can be used on needlepoint canvas with needlepoint yarn:



Below are five needlepoint books that were my mother's.  First is Fruits of the Earth by Hugh Ehrman, copyright 1991:


English Countryside Needlepoint by Stafford Whiteaker, copyright 1988:


The Beatrix Potter Needlepoint Book by Pat Menchini, copyright 1990:


The Glorafilia Needlepoint Collection by Jennifer Berman and Carole Lazarus, copyright 1989:


and Glorious Needlepoint by Kaffe Fassett, copyright 1987:


Sometimes my mother needlepointed her own designs, two of which I have:

She put gold-leaf on the frame.  Hope you can tell the
flower is a tennis racket cover!


Below are some UFOs (unfinished objects).  One is a piano bench cover that my grandmother was making for me when she passed away.  Cushions are done in the continental stitch for padding and durability (see the back).  I'm not sure whether my mother or grandmother was making the other chair cushion:

Maybe I'll finish these someday!

These dainty jewelry boxes my sister-in-law gave my mother have machine needlepoint, done with embroidery floss.  The pink basket is Mikasa:

Even though I'm not Catholic, I have these sweet rosaries.

Hope you've enjoyed this needlepoint tour!


In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Hebrews 1:1-3

To which of the angels did God ever say,
“Sit at my right hand
   until I make your enemies
   a footstool for your feet”?
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
Hebrews 1:13,14

Our God is an awesome God!
Bess

I plan on linking this post to:

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Lisa at The Army Chaplain's Wife for Simply Saturday
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Martha at Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday
Terri at Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday
Pam at A Breath of Fresh Air for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee at Silken Purse for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Mary at Very Merry Vintage Style for Share the Love Wednesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Thank you, Gracious Ladies!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Book: How to Have a Fabulous Life

First of all, just a warning:  According to a comment on Amazon, this is the exact same book as Due to Rising Energy Costs, the Light at the End of the Tunnel Has Been Turned Off.  So if you already own or have read one, you may have the other as well.

I've read three of Karen Scalf Linamen's books and enjoy her lighthearted, often humorous voice in her writing.  In How to Have a Fabulous Life, she gives examples of poor thinking traps and then better ways to think about situations.  I'm always on the lookout for reinforcement in this area, in addition to reading my Bible.

And Linamen admits she's working on all the things she suggests, herself.  One thing she does when negativity has her in its grip, and nothing else is working to break free, is to think of how others (family, friends, etc.) are being blessed and to begin to thank God for each of those blessings bestowed upon her loved ones. 

Of course, my "go to" knock-negative-thoughts-out-of-my-mind method is singing hymns and worship songs silently to myself.  But I'm going to add her idea(s) to my arsenal, too (like employing the "inner grandmother" technique: talking to oneself with sweet, soothing, encouraging words).

This book is a pleasant, easy read and priced right.

Hope you are enjoying a pleasant spring day in
your neck of the woods,
Bess

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Perfect Day


This would be Hyacinth's idea of a "country cottage"!
  
I was planning a special post for Mother's Day, but it looks like that won't be happening (this year, anyway), so I'll just take this moment to wish all of you a very Happy Mother's Day.

May you have a perfectly beautiful day ... one that is, as Hyacinth Bucket would say, "completely conducive to contemplating cozy charismatic country cottages!"

You know the kind of day I mean, so go have yourself one!
Bess

Photo courtesy of Simon Howden:  http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=404