April 4, 2015

Fixer Upper -Personal Testimony of Joanna Gaines

 I love the HGTV Fixer Upper!  I can watch crazy Chip Gaines and gorgeous Joanna Gaines for hours! I have seen every episode that has aired and I still want more!
It is so refreshing to see a couple who clearly love and respect each other - and their combined talents are amazing! 
 Please watch this amazing video of
Joanna Gaines sharing her testimony.

Chip & Joanna Jones at Magnolia Farm
Gotta love this couple!

Some of the amazing designs
I love the first one so much!

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April 3, 2015

Good Friday

 Isaiah 53:5 

  But he was wounded for our transgressions, 
he was bruised for our iniquities:
 the chastisement of our peace was upon him; 
and with his stripes we are healed.

 I painfully made some wreaths this Easter using briars that I gathered
 from the woods next to our house. It makes me cringe to imagine
 the pain that Jesus endured from wearing a crown of thorns.
And, oh my,
so much more suffering and agony was to come that day.

 This sweet little bible arrived this week.
It has a hard cover that resembles mother of pearl
and is full of lovely verses and pictures.

 Copyrighted in 1936

I made plenty of room for the cross on our Easter table today

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son,
that whosoever believe this in Him, should not perish, 
but have everlasting life

 Please have a blessed Good Friday and let's pause and think 
of the pain and suffering that Jesus suffered for you and me 
so that we could have everlasting life. Amen?


March 29, 2015

Easter Vignettes

I have been MIA for a while - so much has happened.  

We lost sister #1, Mary Marcelle Redden, in January. I know she is in a much better place but I miss her so much. She had a massive brain aneurysm in the middle of the night and it did so much damage that she was never a candidate for surgery.  The family got to be by her side all day while a ventilator kept her breathing and we waited for her daughter to arrive in AL from FL. I am thankful that I got to hold her hand and touch her face. Soon after her daughter arrived, she was taken off like support.  Her service was amazing - beautiful music by our niece, Amanda Bynum Singer, and beautiful memories shared by different family members. So, my heart is heavy because I miss her here on Earth, but I rejoice because we will be together again. I will always love you beautiful Mar.

The next thing that has me distracted is planning a wedding! Our oldest daughter, Alexandra, is getting married on August 29th, 2015.  We are busy making plans and I am thinking I will be able to do the whole thing - DIY style!!!  I  know, I know - doing it all will not be possible so we are getting prices on everything as well.  We will see how much I end up doing.

...Easter Fun...
  I don't do as much holiday decorating as I did when the girls were at home.  Little grandson is here 3 days a week and he needs something magical so I usually create a few fun vignettes.

This table and bench are in our den
Instead of spreading out the decorations,
I decided to use all of the new things together.

I still love the old white platters
inside the washstand mirror frame

I found this huge white lamb on a trading site in Birmingham 
and was lucky enough to get it.  I didn't even have to travel 
the 1 1/2 hour drive to B'ham - turns out the woman's daughter 
is a student at Auburn and was passing within 15
 minutes of my house on her way back to campus.  
We were able to meet up-it was even bigger than I thought!

I also had the opportunity to go to a local gift boutique/florist that will be closing in May. The lovely owner had purchased many pieces of my painted furniture to use in her store when she opened. She asked me to come over and help her price the pieces to sale and I ended up shopping for hours!!!  Things were already reduced so I took advantage of it.  I got the dressed rabbit couple, the three green birds, and the little birds nests from her. 

Cute Mr. and Mrs. Bunny

Green birds and twig bird nests

I adore their little burlap clothes

  I got the floral arrangement with Easter eggs for
 half price from another local store after Easter last year. 
The pastel colored lights are from Candylights. 

  I have my two amazing Luminara candles in the white candle holders.
 I love these candles!!!  I want more and more! Lots more!

Thanks for joining me! 
Have a great week.

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November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving @ Blue Creek Home Part II

It is a rainy Monday morning here and it's the Thanksgiving season - so I am thankful!  I have nowhere to be so I am having coffee and listening to Christmas Carols as I share more of the Thanksgiving decorations in our breakfast room.  I posted part 1 earlier this week - here it is if you missed it.

 This is the traffic entrance from our foyer 

I made the pumpkins from vintage chenille
 and old crochet pieces

On the tabletop is an old set of
 corncob girls and their canoe 
and also an Indian couple
-Love my new artwork of the birds-
The breakfast room table is ready for the 
Thanksgiving meal with family and
a special neighbor

The base of the centerpiece is a little twig chair 
with a pheasant hide tucked underneath

  I've had this table topper for years 
I love the embroidered pumpkins,
leaves, and turkeys
I love this old set of china
 Little mini pumpkins fill in around a muslin, 
burlap, and twine pumpkin I made last year

Al made this sweet pottery pumpkin 
that takes center stage on the breakfront
Thanksgiving is only ten days away. Let's count our blessings as we await her arrival.

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November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving at Blue Creek Home Part One

Hi and happy Monday!
It was easy for me to segue from Fall decorations into Halloween decorations and then into Thanksgiving decorations on November  1st. The fall garlands and pumpkins were all there - just had to change out ghosts and goblins for turkeys, Pilgrims and Indians.
Al loves Thanksgiving so I try to make it special around here.  My heart wants to start hanging Christmas wreaths and pulling out nativities, nutcrackers, and Santa Claus but, I will wait and give Thanksgiving it's due.  After all, I have an awfully lot to be thankful for.
We will put the tree(s) up the week before Thanksgiving so there will be sharing of the two holidays for a while. Also, I must put up the vintage silver tree in our bedroom soon. I adore it and I enjoy hanging the old mercury glass ornaments on it. 
Today is dedicated to Thanksgiving.  I am doing it in two parts - today is the den.  I will share the breakfast room in a couple of days. 

 I am very thankful for Blue Creek Home
I adore my Thanksgiving carolers
I think they are singing 'thanks' to our
 Father who is the giver of all good things!

 I used a straw pumpkin in 
the large cloche in the center

He is hiding, but the turkey on the left 
is very old - love him!

 Burlap and Fall leaves are draped 
across the top of this book case
 I got the huge lantern for Christmas last year.

 I would love to make a pilgrims
bonnet for my pretty girl
 For now she is still a princess!

 I just got the spiral topiary  a
couple of weeks ago when
 we were in Orange Beach

 I think old leather books and
 vintage tins add beauty anywhere

On the coffee table, I stacked pumpkins.
 Don't you love the white ones?

 These came from Wal-Mart for $4.99

  I removed the cloches from their bases
on each end of the mantle and
added these tall wheat bundles 

 I brought in the wonderfully rusted
wrought iron planter and set it on the hearth
I will fill it with live magnolia leaves 
a little closer to Christmas

 I got the set of blue mercury glass 
candle holders from Wisteria - 
I like the pop of non traditional color
I painted the little pumpkins with
Annie Sloan's duck egg and off white paint

Sneak Peak of Breakfast Room

I will be back soon with more pictures of
 Thanksgiving @ BCH

Have a great week!

Parties at:
Coastal Charm                        Show and Share
A Stroll Thru Life                    Tabletop Tuesday 
Confessions of a Plate Addict  The Scoop
Savvy Southern Style               WOW us Wednesday
From My Front Porch 2 Yours   Treasure Hunt Thursday
French Country Cottage          Feathered Nest Friday