Friday, April 30, 2010

Rose Tutorials

Just a quick post today to share a couple blogs I found that have great tutorials on making roses!  One is using fabric, and the other is with stained or dyed used fabric softner sheets!  And yet another using crepe paper!  I haven't had the chance to try any of them yet but plan to in the near future!

Isn't this gorgeous!  Found this at Lori Katies Rose Cottage!

She also provided the link for these beauties
over at Everyday Chaos here!

And just look at these paper roses made by Terri of Artful Affirmations
Her blog has a video tutorial on how to make these pretty little things!

Donna at Brynwood Needleworks also shared her tutorial for roses!  Check it out ~ they're so elegant!  Thanks Donna!

This weekend I hope to be finished with painting my stairwell  inside of our back door.  Will be taking before and after pictures to share.  I really don't like to paint, and this project has been looming over my head for quite some time now.  It will be nice to be done with it so we can enjoy it!  Here's hoping I can get it finished!!!

I hope you all have a wonderfully relaxing weekend!
Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

White Wednesday

I will be making more of these...

in pretty pinks and light blues...

maybe as a necklace, or earrings...definitely more pendants!

I had some scraps laying around on my table, so I made this tag,

tied it to this "Garden in a Bag,"

and embellished with my nest pendant
to give to a dear friend for her birthday.

See more White Wednesday beauties at Faded Charm!

Have a blessed day!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lots of Lovely Lace!

I've been waiting for this day to come around for awhile now (I guess it's only been 2 weeks but when you're waiting it seems like forever!) so I could share something with you that I made for Easter.

Last month I went thrifting with my daughter and found this:

Do you remember these?

When I was growing up, all the lucky girls had these beautiful bedspreads, flowing with the most delicate lace.

When we spotted this beauty, we knew it had to come home with us!  
But we have no twin beds in our house,
and probably won't.

So, what do you do with a bunch of gorgeous, romantic lace ruffles????

Well, you could make this!
An Easter skirt!

There is a lot left over, so I think I will make some pillows with what's left.
I'll be sure to let you know how those turn out!

 I am participating in Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch!  Take some time and see what beautiful before and after transformations have taken place by some talented and inspiring ladies!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

White Wednesday

Since I haven't had a whole lot of time to create lately,
I don't really have a whole lot to post.
So I will share more pics of my favorite tea set that I received from my husband for our anniversary many years ago.  It's stamped "Mud Pie" on the bottom of all the pieces so I tried to do a little research on the internet to find out what or who this was.  About all I came up with is that it's a type of pottery that you finish yourself.  So I'm assuming that someone bought this set, painted it and fired it, perhaps in a classroom or shop type setting.

If anyone out there has any information on Mud Pie, I'd sure be interested!

You can just barely make out the Mud Pie stamp on the bottom.
Here it is displayed on my bookcase.

I also have a picture of this beautifully soft pillow my daughter made to post on our Esty shop:
She just started knitting this year and is already knitting circles around me!
She is doing a fantastic job!  And I'm not so sure I want to give this one up!

I look forward to every Wednesday to see all the beautiful posts from all the creatively inspiring ladies that participate in White Wednesday!  
So grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea, get nice and comfy, and enjoy the journey at Faded Charm!

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you have a Wonderfully White Wednesday!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Teacup Tuesday

I have long admired Terri's beautiful displays of teacups on her Teacup Tuesday posts at Artful Affirmations!  She has many beautiful treasures in her collection!  Being a collector of teapots, you would think that I'd have more teacups to go along with these teapots, but I really don't....and shamefully do not have any idea of the background on the companies that produced the lovelies that I do have!  

But I've always wanted to participate ~ so here goes!

Just a couple pictures of one of my favorites that I received from my husband's aunt.
I love the Mother of Pearl finish...
The cut-work on the saucer...
and the gilded feet!

Didn't get a picture of the stamp on the bottom, 
but it just says "Made in Japan".

I apologize for the unattractive, quick shots today...
no beautiful vignettes here...
But we'll work on that for the next time!

To see more Teacup Tuesday treasures,
check out Artful Affirmations!

Back to Some State of Normal

It's been awhile, hasn't it!  

This last week has been a rough one.  We received a phone call early Wednesday morning (4/7) that my husbands dad had completed his battle with colon cancer and had gone Home to be with 
his Heavenly Father.
Dan was a wonderful man and loved by many!  He was always there with a smile and a hug, always willing to help anyone in need.  He was a devoted man of God, a faithful husband of 44 years, and a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  He went out of his way to make sure that people knew that he cared for and loved them, and was always quick to lovingly share his faith in Jesus Christ.  He was truly a remarkable man and will never be forgotten as he has left a permanent mark on so many lives!

Dad will be sorely missed!

But we take comfort in the fact that our parting is only temporary!
And we rejoice in the fact that Dad is now complete,
worshiping his Saviour and God,
along with all the Saints!

May Dan's Memory be Eternal! get back to some state of normal
by the grace of God...

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Blessed Pascha!

Come, let us worship the Word of God
begotten of the Father before all ages,
and incarnate of the Virgin Mary!
Having endured the Cross, He was buried 
as He himself desired.
And having risen from the dead, He saved me, 
the erring one.
Christ our Savior nailed to the Cross the bond against us,
He voided it and destroyed the dominion of death.
We fall down before His Resurrection on the third day.
With the Archangels let us praise the 
Resurrection of Christ!
He is our Savior, our Redeemer.
He is coming with awesome glory and mighty power
to judge the world which He made.
The Angel proclaimed You as the crucified 
and buried Master.
He told the women:  “Come, see the place where He lay!
He is risen as He said, for He is almighty.”
We worship You, only immortal One.
O Christ, the Giver of life, have mercy on us!
By Your Cross, You destroyed the curse of the tree.
By Your burial You destroyed the dominion of death.
By Your rising, You enlightened the human race.
O Benefactor, Christ our God, glory to You!

Christ is risen from the dead,
trampling down death 
by death,
and upon those in the tombs 
bestowing life!

The following is a portion of what I posted last year for Pascha (Passover) - the Glorious Resurrection of Christ:

It is Orthodox tradition to exchange red eggs at Pascha. The egg is a universal symbol of life, and the color red serves to remind us of the precious blood of Christ that was shed on the cross for the salvation of all.

I found this information on a 
blog regarding the origination of the red eggs: "There exists a tradition which makes Mary Magdalene to be the originator of the custom of using red eggs on Easter day. After the ascension of our Saviour, Mary Magdalene went to Rome to preach the Gospel and, appearing before the Emporer Tiberius, she offered him a red egg, saying: 'CHRIST IS RISEN....' Learning about this offering...the early Christians imitated her, presenting each other with eggs. Hence, eggs began to be used by Christians in the earliest centuries as a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ and of the regeneration of Christians for a new and a better life."

And tonight after the celebration of The Divine Liturgy of Pascha, we will join our church family in the breaking of the lenten fast with the eating of the blessed eggs, and proclaiming with all of heaven and earth....


May you and your family have a Blessed Easter!


Friday, April 2, 2010

Holy Friday

Today the Master of creation stands before Pilate.
Today the Creator of all is condemned to die on the Cross.
Of His own will, He is led as a Lamb to the slaughter.
He Who fed His people with manna in the desert is transfixed with nails.
His side is pierced, and a sponge of vinegar touches His lips.
The Redeemer of the world is slapped on the face.
The Maker of all is mocked by His own servants.
How great is the Master’s love for mankind!
For those who crucified Him, He prayed to His Father, saying:
“Forgive them this sin, for they know not what they do!”

We see a strange and fearful mystery accomplished today:
He Whom none may touch is seized.
He Who looses Adam from the curse is bound.
He Who tries the hearts of men is unjustly brought to trial.
He Who closed the abyss is shut in prison.
He before Whom the Hosts of Heaven stand with trembling stands before Pilate.
The Creator is struck by the hand of His creature.
He Who comes to judge the living and the dead is condemned to the Cross.
The Conqueror of Hell is enclosed in a tomb.
You, Who have endured all these things in Your tender love,
have saved all mankind from the curse.
O long-suffering Lord, glory to You!