Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Dazzling 2014



I know we're all looking forward to a bright and shiny 2014. In honor of that hope, I'm sharing my grandmother's paste, aka rhinestone, costume jewelry. 

Earrings:


A few brooches and a belt buckle (the buckle was my mother's):


Necklaces:















Not rhinestone per se, but I can tell it's old by its clasp.

















Hmmm. What do we suppose the box (dirty with age) holds? The year 2013 is old and worn as well, making it all the more fun to anticipate the sparkle of 2014.

This set belonged to my  mother. I don't know its story.

What wonderful things will you do in 2014? I found a quote or two relating to goals and dreams:

From the Kitty Calendar:

There are those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened!

You can't change where you came from, but you can change the direction you're going.

"Know what you want to do-- then do it. Make straight for your goal and go undefeated in spirit to the end." (Ernestine Schumann-Heink)

Tony Gaskins via Liene's My Colouring Book photo blog (link on my sidebar):

"If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to build theirs."

One more helpful quote from the book Only Nuns Change Habits Overnight by Karen Scalf Linamen:

"If it's in your head, you have an idea. Put that idea on paper and you have a goal. Make it measurable and you have a strategy. Put a deadline to it and you have a decision."

With apologies to any male readers, as the saying goes, "You go, Girl." And while we're going, it might be fun to wear the occasional rhinestone!


May the God of hope fill you
with joy and peace in your faith,
that by the power of the Holy Spirit,
your whole life and outlook
may be radiant with hope.
Romans 15:13 Phillips

Many thanks to all who visited in 2013. My prayer is that you'll have a positively
radiant 2014!

Colorful paste jewelry that belonged to my grandmother.

May God richly bless you and yours,
Bess

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Snow on the Great Plains



I'm fairly certain we'll be having a White Christmas here! Hurray!

Not quite as bad as it looks, but almost.
Lots of cars snowed in.

Enjoy your time with family and friends, and if you will be on your own, determine to have a happy Christmas anyway!


A Christmas in solitude, but celebrated in the heart, can be wonderful if one makes up her mind ahead of time that it will be.



Yet to all who did receive him,
to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become
children of God--
John 1:12

Set your minds and keep them set
on what is above ...
Colossians 3:2  Amplified

Said so often, but so true and a must to remember: He is the Reason for the Season.


I should be back around the 1st! Blessings to All,
Bess

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Saving Mrs. Thrupp


From The Heart of Christmas book by Victoria

Brrrrr! Some hot soup sounds just the thing for supper tonight. It's frigid out there!












































Just sharing a few images from the only Victoria Christmas book I have. (Hope I haven't shown these before.)

A week or two ago, I was watching As Time Goes By on PBS. It was the episode where Jean recruits Lionel, Judy, Sandy, Rocky, Madge, and Alistair to help with a tea party for the local senior citizens. They've been warned to "watch out for Mrs. Thrupp."

Finally Jean gets to visit with Mrs. Thrupp, and, I think, asks her if she's having a good time:

"Nah, I've given up enjoying myself," says Mrs. Thrupp.

"That wasn't a conscious decision, was it?" asks Jean.

"I found I just stopped doing it."

Let's be on guard lest we stop enjoying ourselves (and life). Don't just give it up like the grouchy Mrs. Thrupp. Make an effort this Christmas to cultivate your joy! It's up to you!


Oh dear, Santa looks a bit down himself. My family used to make these to sell many years ago. If I had it to do again, I'd paint a smile under his nose! (All the supplies are long gone. Maybe someday.)

May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.
Psalm 104:34

Off to cultivate my own joy by knitting a couple rows on a hat, having soup, watching a little television, playing some new piano music, reading, and keeping Jesus in my heart.

Have a warm week!
Bess

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Basket of Happiness for the Season



"You've got the knack of happy living," commented Anna. "I think you must be like my mother who says that you aren't just given happiness. She says you have to pick it up here and there all through the day. And she does, too. She smells a rose, or she marvels at a bird hanging upside down on a spray, she makes a perfect dinner. She really savours life, you know, and from it she builds up a stock of happiness." (from Fresh from the Country by Miss Read)


Hello Friends! I hope your weekend has been a pleasant one. Some Christmas past I received a gift in this wire basket, so for my photos today I filled it with seasonal magazines, books, a movie, piano music, CDs, ornaments to hang ... and goodies to eat that aren't the least bit healthy! Just lots of enjoyable (to me anyway) things to do so that I don't ponder my future overly much as my current, longtime-held job comes to an end later this month.

Coincidentally, my older brother is in the same boat. This is what he said in a recent email: "Thanks for the wonderful note!  Tomorrow (the 29th) is my last day at work ...  All the way along, the Lord has been telling me, 'I got this, wait for it ... '  and I think that goes for you too!"

Awesome! Thanks, Big Brother! In fact, I told him I'd been getting the same message. But it's still hard sometimes to do the waiting. Figuratively or literally, a "basket full of happiness" could help!

Ornament from Hallmark.
(I ate the Little Debbie cake while writing this post!)

Perhaps you can create a special basket full of happiness just for you, just for this holiday season. Actually, mine (if it were larger) would include some knitting and embroidery I've been doing as well. 

As the above quote says, we aren't just given happiness. We have to take responsibility for it ourselves, gathering it as we go, and even stockpiling it into the future. And remember to think or sing happy thoughts! Everyone sing all together now:


Wishing you happiness wherever you'll be!

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord ... 
and extol him with music and song.
Psalm 95 1,2

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those
whose hearts are fully committed to him.
2 Chronicles 16:9

If you like piano music you might enjoy The Magic of Christmas by Phyllis Hoffman.
(No connection to her whatsoever.)

May you drink up every drop of happiness this glorious season brings!
Bess