Sunday, November 29, 2009

Deck the Halls

Hello, Dear Ones! I truly hope you all had the most wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did at our house. We ate and ate and then ate a little more! :) But we were ever so thankful!

I know you all are getting out your decorations for Christmas to make your home look so pretty and festive. Well, I have started two trees up and Mr. Precious has put some tiny lights outside. But that's all I've been able to do.

I've got a couple of really busy days coming up and won't be able to start on my serious Christmas decorating until the end of the week so I thought I would show you a couple of pictures from my church. Last Sunday afternoon a group of us met and decked the halls! We put up the tree and I think it's so pretty!

This is a large Nativity of mine that I always bring to church each year. I like to share! :) We all enjoy it until our Christmas Eve service then I take it home and put it under our tree. Can you see it is sitting upon the piano? This is where I sit each Sunday and play my note songs for church and to God. I love to play the piano and I feel this is my gift each week to give back to God for all He does for me.

Well, I'll be back in a few days and maybe then I can show you some Christmas around my house.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Tablescape

Hello, Dear Ones! I am joining our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and all the other Dishaholics in The Land of Blog.

I want to wish you all a very happy happy Thanksgiving. I'm sharing my Thanksgiving table with you today. I've been cooking all day and wasn't able to take any pictures until tonight so there's rather a golden hue on all my photos. But hey, golden is Fallen, don't you think? Golden is the color of Thanksgiving! :)

I'm using a mixture of dishes from Johnson Brothers that so many of you have - Autumn Monarch and His Majesty.

Don't you just love this tray? Can you love turkey trays? You bet your giblet gravy you can! :)

It seems I always have to have a little cutie on my tables. Will he do? :)

Here you're looking at my Little Richard (olden buffet) with Fallen all over it and I'm showing you this photo because I have these two little new pictures with the spoons and forks I wanted you to see.
Have a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends and may we all be filled with praise for our God who loves us so much that He died for us.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Life of Praise

I will love You, Lord always
Not just for the things You've done for me
And I will praise You all my days
Not just for the change You've made in me
But I'll praise You for You are holy, Lord
And I'll lift my hands, but You are worthy of so much more

For You are awesome, God of the Nations,
Lion of Judah, Rock of the Ages, Alpha, Omega
You're worthy of all praise
More than these hands I'll raise
I'll live a life of praise
I'll live a life of praise

I will serve You, Lord always, for You are my strength
When I am weak
I will never be afraid for You are my rock and You protect me
But I'll praise You for You are holy, Lord
And I'll lift my hands, but You are worthy of so much more
~sung by Casting Crowns

Monday, November 23, 2009

It's My Birthday and My Wish For You...

My Dear Ones, you may see this post and say - she's lost it, she posted this Saturday. Well, I did, but I just wanted to share and tell you - It's My Birthday today! Yes, yes, I'm olden today - 58! I will not be posting again until after Thanksgiving but I will be popping in to see you all when I can.

Again, I want to wish you all the most wonderful Thanksgiving and I know I'm so very blessed!

My Dearest Ones! I am just so blessed right now in my life and just wanted to share with you! God has been so good to my family and me and I am just shouting His praises!

I have so much to be thankful for, as so many of you do too! I have a wonderful family who loves me and I love them with all my tiny heart! My daughter and son-in-law are going to make us grand parents for the first time in March! What a longed-for blessing coming to pass! My son and his wife are happy and blessed along with my grand dogs! My Dear Mother has almost recovered from her fall last Christmas and is living in a wonderful retirement home about five minutes away from me! Blessed again! We have a home, and the sun room that doesn't leak anymore! :) Hallelujah! I have clothes on my back that are a tad be looser! Hallelujah!

We are blessed to have food to eat and I eat a lot more than I should! :) I have a wonderful little church to attend and I am blessed to be able to play my Note Songs for God and the congregation each Sunday.
I am so blessed to have found Blogland and all of you, my Dear Ones, to share my daily life with. You are so precious to me and I truly consider you my friends. You allow me to come into your homes, share your family and pets with me, cook me food, show me all your new found treasures, share how you did this and that, share your joys and your sadnesses, join with you in prayer for so many things. You're there for me when I need you and I just love you all for that.

I am blessed with health! Praise the Lord. A little over a month ago I started having some pain and went to the doctor and was told I had Shingles! Oh, my goodness, I thought only the oldest ones had shingles, but no, that's what I had. Let me tell you it was very painful. But I took the medicine and rested, slept and blogged for many many days. Dear Ones, yesterday was my best day yet! My energy has just been zapped. I can't do much for any length of time or I get so tired. But yesterday I actually went to visit my mother, the grocery store and even decorated a tiny Christmas Tree! I'm shouting to the rooftops!

I've had a lot of time to think and decide what is important in my life! I'm just so thankful for my life and how my God loves me and is healing me. I'm so thankful my Shingles are almost over and I can go be with my dear daughter without danger to my grand baby to be! I'm so thankful I'm going to feel like cooking Thanksgiving dinner for us. I'm so thankful I'm going to feel like decorating our home for Christmas. I'm so thankful for my Mr. Precious being so sweet to me.

And Dear Ones, I'm so thankful for you! You all are so special to me and what a blessing you've been to me. I want to wish each and every one of you a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving! We all do have so much to be thankful for, not just during this season, but always.

I love you all!
You are a bunch of sweetie,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"
And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"
~sung by me!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tablescape Thursday ~ A Little November Romance

Hello, Dear Ones and welcome again to Tablescape Thursday! This is a wonderful day for all us dishaholics and is hosted by our Most Marvelous Diva of Dishes, Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. I send my thanks to you, Susan, for this lovely day. Now make sure you pop in to see her so you can visit others who love to play with their dishes.

Now so many of you are showing your Fallen tables and your Thanksgiving tables, but if you know me I seem to dance to the beat of a different drum sometimes and that is what I'm doing today! I'm showing a little November romantic table.

My little romantic table is all based around this beautiful napkin ring. I love this napkin ring~actually there are four of these little lovelies. You may ask...can you love little musical instruments napkins rings? Well, you bet your flats and sharps you can!

Just look at the beautiful violin, trumpet and harp! Oh, I must tell you...I was gifted! My friend Dear Sweet Gloria from Happy To Be sent me these napkin rings! She said she saw them and thought of me. How kind, how generous, how precious is this!

So a little package came and inside were these beautiful napkin rings! I love them, Gloria! Thank you so very much. Now there was a little card and on the envelope was written 'Picklepoo'. Well, I know you thought I was so elegant and all, but that was my name from Rate My Space. Gloria still calls me that! :) Now don't laugh...but you can smile a little! :)

Okay, now on with the November romance. I always come into the breakfast room when I want a more intimate little setting. So here we are.

I'm using my Blue Garland china by Haviland. I have many more serving pieces to this set but most will just stay in the china cabinet. I have set the dinner plate and soup bowl upon a creamy white charger and then all of these dishes are sitting upon a white tablecloth covered with a thin lace tablecloth.

I'm using some crystal glasses and wine glasses I've had for many many years.

I just love crystal, don't you? Can you love...yes! Yes, you can!

Here are the little butter pats, bread plates or coasters. You can use this little piece the way your tiny heart desires. Don't you just love this? I'm using some little butter knives I found a while back from a thrift store. There are no markings on them, but I love them just the same!

Since we're being so elegant and all, I wanted to use my tiny little salt cellars with the tiny spoons!
Of course I haven't put the salt in yet. :)

I'm using my recently polished silver plate! Oh, I just love this set! Can you love olden recently polished silver plate? Why, you bet your achey little tiny fingers you can! This pattern is called "Treasure" by Wm Rogers from the 1940s.

Now to the centerpiece. No pumpkins, Fallen leaves or orangeness for my little table today but sweet white roses ~ faux ones, or course. I love my faux roses and my faux roses love me!

This sweet napkin ring is the center of my November romantic table. Pretty soft white with roses, crystal and silver plate. Can you hear the music? Oh, I can and it's so sweet to my tiny ears!

Again I want to thank my Dear Sweet Gloria for sending romance my way! Hope you've enjoyed my table today! I'll be popping in to see yours really soon!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Color My World

As time goes on
I realize
Just what you mean
To me
And now
Now that you're near
Promise your love
That I've waited to share
And dreams
Of our moments together
Color my world with hope of loving you
~ sung by Chicago

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Autmun on the Island and a Makeover

Dear Ones, I want to thank Justine at Stupid is as Sister Does and Connie at Living Beautifully for all of their help to make my new blog button work. These gals know everything - I know nothing! Justine finally just did it all for me. Thank you, Dear One! Pop in for a visit and tell them I sent you!
Now if you would like to take my little new button with you ~ please do! :)

Hello, Dear Ones! So many of you are sharing all of the orangey colors of Fall in the areas where you live. Well, that is what I'm doing today!

I got out early to catch the sunrise just for you!

I wanted to share some Fall colors too! This is the color of Fall in the Gulf of Mexico! Blue! Isn't it lovely?

We have lots of little visitors to our island - the pelicans. I just love these awkward looking birds. I played with the background for this mosaic.

So I hope you've enjoyed seeing a little island Fallness today!


Now to a tiny bear with me, I said tiny! :)

See this olden tray? I'll bet most of you would have just passed it by. Well no no Nannette, not me! I fell in love with this big olden wooden nasty looking tray! Yes, I did!

When I got this olden tray home I flipped it over and found these words on the back. Hmm...
I was all ready to paint. See, I can spray paint too! But decided I would tape over the writing and I would get down to finding out about my olden tray later after a good ole paint job.

Look, my olden tray painted Ivory to look, well, olden. I decided to distress my tray. This was my first time at doing this and it was fun. Now don't laugh at me, so many of you take huge furniture pieces and go to town distressing. But, Dear Ones, I have to start small! I liked the way it looked and decided to spray a sealer on it.

I must tell you I went right to the internet and found out about my olden tray. This is an ad about my olden tray from the 40s 0r 50s. Now my Dearest Tiny Ones, sit down and I will tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell you little stories! :)

Once upon a time, in the olden year of 1926, the first pop-up toaster was born! The "Toastmaster" brand toaster was sold for $12.50 and its ad promised "perfect toast every time - without watching, without turning, without burning". I'm so glad someone thought of all these functions we all take for granted today, aren't you? :)

From 1933 to the 1950s times were a lot different than today. These earlier times were full of stay at home moms who were busy with their families, participating in clubs, parties and ladies groups therefore the need for this accessory. Well, we still have stay at home moms doing the same thing today, but I'm talking about more on the lines of June Cleaver and Donna Reed. You More Olden Like Me Ones know what I'm talking about. So the "Toastmaster Hospitality Set and the Toastmaster Hospitality Deluxe Set" was born! Doesn't this just make you all tingly inside? ;) Making life easier for us ladies was their motto!

A typical Toastmaster set would include a wooden hospitality tray along with a Franciscan jam jar set or waffle set. The waffle set consisted of a batter bowl, a syrup pitcher and chromium ladle that would measure exactly enough batter in one scoop. The jam set would have one or two jars with lids and a small plate in which toast could be held. Of course sitting in the middle of the tray would be either the toaster or the waffle maker. Some of the models included a toast cutting board and little relish trays. Oh, wouldn't it have been marvelous if my olden tray had had all these things intact?

Don't you just know every bride to be would have this Hospitality Hostess Set on her gift list? This would make such an impression on her guests as she entertained. I'm sure she was just a dreamin' of the day she would have her Hospitality Hostess Set. :)

Now fast forward to today...

I had to add a touch of oldeness to my tray with a little doily my grandmother embroidered and crocheted around the edges. Isn't this sweet? She would be so pleased to know I just cherish her work and use it in my home.

Ta Dah!! Here's my olden recently painted to look olden Toastmaster Hospitality Set, minus the toaster.

I thought I would set my tray for tea time using a pretty white tea set and lovely little tea cup and saucer.

I think it gives me a little feel of olden elegance to use these tiny little sugar cube tongs!

Does this spout on my tea pot remind you of a beautiful bird? I think it does! :) Do you think this was on purpose?

I added two little crystal serving trays filled with little tasties for my tea time. Well, I know you're seeing lots of lemons but hey, I had a couple ripen on my tree early and I wanted to share them with you. Aren't these slices so juicy looking? I just had to have a bit of cheese! We love cheese!

Since we've had a little bit of cooler weather, my tiny knock out roses are beginning to bloom. I just had to cut one and show you. So tiny and sweet and pink!

After my tea time, I reset my olden recently newly painted to look olden tray with another little tea set just to look at! Those red roses were given to me by my most precious Mr. Precious! I had to share!

I've had so much fun today joining in with Blue Monday hosted by our Dear Sally at Smiling Sally, Mosaic Monday hosted by our Dear Mary at Little Red House and Met Monday hosted by our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Please go visit them today and see all the wonderfulness a Monday can bring into your tiny life.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Somewhere That's Green

A matchbox of our own
A fence of real chain link
A grill out on the patio
Disposal in the sink
A washer and a dryer and
an ironing machine
In a tract house that we share
Somewhere that's green

He rakes and trims the grass
He loves to mow and weed
I cook like Betty Crocker
And I look like Donna Reed
There's plastic on the furniture
To keep it neat and clean
In the Pine-Sol scented air,
Somewhere that's green

Between our frozen dinner
And our bed-time: nine-fifteen
We snuggle watching Lucy
On our big, enormous
Twelve-inch screen

I'm his December Bride
He's father, he knows best
Our kids watch Howdy Doody
As the sun sets in the west
A picture out of Better Homes
and Gardens Magazine
Far from Skid Row
I dream we'll go
somewhere that's... green
~ sung by Audrey from the musical 'Little Shop of Horrors'