Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Curio Cabinet for Curious Things

The hydrangea arrangement that I recently made has dried and now sits atop the cabinet.
This old curio cabinet belonged to my sweet, sweet Granny.  It was in her living room for as long as I can remember.  It belonged to her mother, so I assume that it was made in the late 1800's.  It was in relatively good shape.  I love the bead board in the back.
Because I have so many dark pieces of furniture in my house, I decided to fill the cabinet with some white bowls and platters and other curious objects.  The huge shell holds a nest that we found while building a tree house.  It was abandoned, so we made some felt eggs for it. 

We used 4 tablespoons of natural dish liquid with 6 cups of hot water.  My daughter dipped a small section of wool roving into the water and formed a ball.  It takes about eight minutes for the fibers to bond tightly, while rolling it around in your hand.  We were making balls for a felt Christmas garland, when we realized that we could use the blue wool to make some pretty eggs.  We then set the balls or eggs aside to dry and harden. 
This cabinet sat in a shed for about five years, so it was very dusty.  I cleaned it and rubbed on some oil for antiques, wiped it with a dry cloth, cleaned the glass, and added a small support bracket to the back of the cabinet.  It now has its home in our foyer.  I will have fond memories of my Granny and of childhood every time I pass it! 

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Celebrations at Home Feature

One of my first post at Three Pixie Lane was the 'Busy as a Bee' party for my daughter.  Chris at Celebrations at Home featured it recently on her site and what an honor!  She is so talented and has some amazing party ideas!  Click on her button and check out all of her incredible parties!  My favorite is the

Thank you so much, Chris for the feature!
"Finally, doesn't this Busy as a Bee party from Christie of Three Pixie Lane make you want to have a sunny yellow backyard picnic? This is just so inviting with it's checked table cloth, pretty daisies in a jar, paper flower brownie toppers, and bee topped cupcakes. Perfect for a relaxing day on the lawn. "

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Raising Soldiers for Battle

He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You give me your shield of victory;
And your right hand sustains me;
You broaden the path beneath me,
so that my ankles do not turn...
You armed me with strength for battle.
Psalm 18:34-36,39
David was referring to a physical battle, but ours is so much more of a spiritual battle. As much as I would like, I can't 'circumvent difficulties' for my children.  Rob and I are convicted that we have to prepare our children for battle with the 'Shield and the Sword.' What a challenge, but one that we cannot afford to take lightly.   For so many of us in blog land, we love to see the beauty in this world.  It is my greatest joy to show it to my children.  But, the reality is that life offers hardships, sadness, pain and disapointments, too.  My prayer is that with the Word in their hearts, they will be prepared as soldiers for battle.
Jesus Calling  by Sarah Young

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Still Life and a Hoot

The colors of the Hydrangeas are so beautiful this time of year.  Last year, my husband cut them to the ground before I could stop him!
I picked this pretty berry lookin' thing from near the school house.  I think it is a weed, but it has the most beautiful color.  Last year, I used it in an arrangement once it turned a deep red.
 After walking the kids to school, my youngest daughter and  I went on a nature hunt to gather some treasures for different arrangements.
This flower arrangement needed a little something fun, so I added the owl.  I picked up several little owls from Michael's for different fall projects.
The silver needs polishing, but I would never use it if I had to polish!  I used this big white bowl (from Homegoods) because of the size, and because it is still summer.
Initally, I put the arrangement in my dining room, but moved it...
to the dresser in my foyer.
Then, I remembered that I had some muscadines and other grapes from my dad's farm, so I put those in the arrangement.  The colors are great to make it feel like fall...at least inside!
This shot looks like a 'still life.'  I wish I could paint!
The wooden box was my grandmother's.
He is still there...peaking around the side..the little hoot.
The marble top dresser in our foyer was my grandparent's. 
Welcome to our home!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

'Life in the Slow Lane'

Island living...At least for a while, life is unhurried and quiet.
The bike is the favorite mode of transportation.

I stopped in to peak at Mike's Bikes...'looking' was all I could afford!
This flower bike had a price tag of $500!  I guess my dream of having one of these with a large basket riding on the beach looking for shells will remain just that...a dream!  Seems like it would have included a motor!
My kids take their bikes on the beach in the late afternoon for a spin in the tidal pools.

Kayaking in Shem Creek is a beautiful site.
These lovely old boats bring in the catch of the day to the docks at Shem Creek.
We are headed to picnic...island style...
maybe under a big oak tree dripping with Spanish moss...

or on the beach watching the sun set.
My daugther enjoys the late afternoon sun.
Doesn't this picture speak volumes?  It is the last week before school starts.  I guess it has seen better days.
All the beach chairs are stacked so neatly and ready for another season.

Well, well someone had lots of fun last night!  No, it wasn't me, but I think this picture tells a story of its own!
These flip flops were left on the beach probably by a young child still digging his toes in the sand and water.  It tells of someone who went shell hunting and found some beautiful treasures!

A path leads to sun, sand and water...and a quiet spot to sit in the shade.

This little guy seemed to be soaking in the afternoon sun and enjoying the breeze from the ocean, when I sneaked up on him...
a little closer.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran

The beautiful Grand Pavilion offers a restaurant and swimming with dancing and karaoke at night.
The row houses are so pretty.  I observed the family to the left all dressed in white getting there pictures taken by a professional photographer. 
We rented a boat with friends and toured the barrier islands.
This picture convey's 'serenity.'  I just love it!
I painted an old shutter to direct people down some steps to a changing area.  I hung my children's 'too small' flipflops just below it.  This area, full of pictures is a walk through 'memory lane' for me. 

 We explored the "Bone-yard" beach at  Capers Island. 
The kids look for treasures on Dewees Island...
and meet a strange friend.
Now, here is a beautiful treasure.
A different adventure has been found by my son, so this boat sits lonely on the sand.

Such freedom...
Who isn't crazy about an outdoor shower?  This is the best feeling in the world after rolling around in the sand!

Finally, a place to rest for the evening...

Thanks for joining me for my one week of 'Life in the Slow Lane!'  Now, it is back to school!

The kids are on their bikes waiting to ride to school!  I have edited this post to link up to The Trendy Treehouse's Shutter Love Tuesday for the 'First Day of School!"

I have also edited this post for Southern In My Heart's Inspiration Friday, because my family is my inspiration for almost every thing I do and finding adventures with them is my greatest joy!

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