Saturday, January 31, 2009's that time of year....

I honestly forget until this time of year how much I love Camelias. I think they are my favorite flower. My friends brought these to me today....I love them. Thank you!!! In the Language of Flowers, Camelias represent Perfection. These definitely do say PERFECTION.

Thank you friends...I do not take for granted that you are out there for me!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Valentine Apron

Christi made me the cutest apron last has cherries on it. Then, for my birthday she made me one with Santa on it - since it was Christmastime. Then I sprung my rather selfish request on her - an apron for ALL SEASONS...and she complied. She dropped my new Valentine one off yesterday. I feel the need to make her some sugar cookies or something...brownies maybe....YOU choose Christi (maybe a dessert for all seasons)!! Thank you!!! I love it!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

First things first...

Today, before I mix my blueberry, banana, orange and grape juice concoction that some wize old Dr. somewhere says is "good for my brain" - i'm heading into the bead room to add a new treasure created for me, by my dear friend Caleen. She's an amazing artist.

She takes scraps of vintage wallpapers, pieces of old tinsel, old vintage jewelry, lace, and whips them together into brand new works of visual art with new life. Oh! and let's not forget the glitter and the crystals! She's good at adding the sparkles to each piece...but she's best at adding sparkle to my life and to the lives of others.

I know how she's touched the lives of those around her. She's a kind and good hearted person who is truly filled with love, and is an example of Jesus Christ to everyone around her. We all love her so much. I truly do. I am blessed to have called her my friend these many years and will strive to be deserving of her friendship for ever more.

She's a treasure on the inside and out. And Caleen...THANK YOU for this. This is hanging here right in the middle of my inspiration board!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A lovely Snow Fairy....

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Always a treasure hiding under the ice...

I told you in my previous post about Royce and his love for the snow. I don't love it. I love the look of it, and I love to watch it from a window - preferably from inside a warm car or room - but I don't like the after-effects of it...never good...always wet, always cold to the bone.
I love this picture by Mary Engelbreit. The moment is warm and dry and for me captures that perfect moment after a particularly long storm when one finds that there are rewards still waiting. That's how I feel after this long month - waiting on the tests from the doctor.
I've felt cold and I've felt worried and sometimes chilled to the bone, but I've also felt warm beyond all description. No matter will all be okay. Thank you to my friends and family who make me feel it will be alright. I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength. And He has given me the greatest friends so already, I'm ahead of the game. Thank you all for your constant care and encouragement.
It's all good!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I've Been Tagged - Things about my Husband

This is the youngest photo I could find of Royce at the moment and of course, it means it's "young" of me too! Accentuated by the fact that I'm wearing pigtails (this was a Halloween Party - I didn't always dress like this!!!) - I look completely like a child! I'm amazed that I was ever so young and thin! Anyway...this post isn't about is about the nicest man I know!

here goes:
5 of Royce's Favorite Things:
1. Football games on t.v. - I'm sure he has a favorite team...I should know that, but I don't right now.
2. Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve
3. Snow
4. Spending time with me and his family.
5. Working in the yard....he has a gift of gardening.

5 things on his TO DO list:
1. travel to Washington D.C.
2. travel the church history sites
3. travel to England with me - and Italy
4. build Sean a treehouse
5. build a river rock fountain in our backyard

5 Favorite Snacks:
1. sunflower seeds
2. potato chips
3. Raisinettes
4. Hershey's with Almonds bars
5. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

5 Facts you might not know about him:
1. every time he's gone somewhere on a business trip he meets someone famous - Rudy Guiliani,
Ken Starr, Chuck Norris (not kidding) - we have pictures to prove it.
2. he saved a lady from a burning house once (again, not kidding)
3. he would sit through any chick flick just for me.
4. he'd sit through Twilight just for me - twice.
5. he is so nice - he sees the good in everyone. I can't say I've met a nicer person...ever.

5 Quirky Things:
1. he hates touching money because of the germs.
2. he wears socks around the house in summer because he still gets cold when it's an oven outside!
3. he HAS TO work on the yard - it's compulsive - like how some women have to clean house, he has to have a clean yard.
4. he will only use an edger on the lawn not a weed wacker to trim the edges
5. he used to drive up to get a load of fresh snow from the mountains on Christmas morning every year so the kids could have snow to play in after opening their Christmas presents. I know he'd still do it if I let him.

five people I tag: Caleen, Christi, Lori, Britten, Stella

Ah yes, Nothing like a little Neal A. Maxwell to bring us back to what we really need to focus on.....He is wonderful...

"To be cheerful when others are in despair, to keep the faith when others falter, to be true even when we feel forsaken—all of these are deeply desired outcomes during the deliberate, divine tutorials which God gives to us—because He loves us. These learning experiences must not be misread as divine indifference. Instead, such tutorials are a part of the divine unfolding."
-Neal A. Maxwell

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Woodland Faerie

Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,Where Faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Good Night.
~Elizabeth T. Dillingham, "A Faery Song"

This one is a little hard to tell what is going on...but there are 3 separate stretch bracelets each with a chain and charm portion at the bottom. Lots of semi precious stones, crystals and faceted briolettes. There's even a silver faerie charm and some tinkling faerie chimes.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
-- Jack London

Monday, January 19, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Into the Twilight...heehee...

SOLD - Thank You!!!

Victorian Romance

SOLD - Thank You!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

If George Washington could TRUST...then so can I!!!

George Washington advised, "We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times."

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On Safari

SOLD - Thank You!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Aye...a little Irish blessing to go along with my word for 2009..."Trust"

"May the friendships you make be those which endure and all of your gray clouds be small ones for sure. And trusting in Him to Whom we all pray, may a song fill your heart every step of the way.” (Thanks to all my sweetpea friends who help chase away all those gray clouds!)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

My Playlist had a bad song on it!!!

I just want to apologize if anyone heard an offensive song on my playlist! I saw the song and thought, "what is that?" so i listened to it and I'd never heard it in my life. Sadly, it was filled with horrible language. I don't know how this happened. It makes me wonder who hacked in and added it to my list. Now I feel like you're all thinking, "yeah right..." haha.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Thank you to Royce for my newest bead room addition....

Pegboard!!! and hooks!!!! and so many of my favorite things!

In the final analysis there is no solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decisions, the day's generous utterances and the day's good deed.
- Clare Booth Luce

Thursday, January 08, 2009

"Though we cannot understand “the meaning of all things,” we do “know that God loveth his children” because He has said, “Behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. Heavenly Father is able to accomplish these two great goals—the immortality and eternal life of man—because He is a God of creation and compassion. Creating and being compassionate are two objectives that contribute to our Heavenly Father’s perfect happiness. Creating and being compassionate are two activities that we as His spirit children can and should emulate."
--Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The best portion of a good man's life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
- William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English poet

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

My Word for 2009 - TRUST

After reading and being inspired by Caleen's post of a few days ago, I've decided that my word for this coming year will be TRUST. One of my most favorite scriptures has always been: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Monday, January 05, 2009

The bag that started it all...

I have had, for the past 20 years a strong attraction to handbags....mostly vintage Victorian and also mesh bags from the 1920's. This very intense and very unexplainable addiction led to the creation of my own beaded bag about 8 years ago. I crocheted the bag and then handstitched hundreds (more like thousands) of little beads into flowers and leaves....little did I know at the time that there were already beads shaped like flowers and leaves out there in bead stores across the land. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome led me to the end of my beaded bag career and hence the premade flower and leaf beads became my favorite obsession instead. Long live beads!!! It's crazy, but i love the little things!!! Can't get enough of them! This comes as no new shock to those that know already KNOW I love beads.

My new Bead Room...

I finally have a little bead's in a tiny room in our garage that we've tried to use as kids bedrooms in the past, but mainly it has been an exercise and junk room. Well, it's a bead room now and I've been having a good time pulling out some of my most favorite and inspiring things and placing them in my new space. Hopefully all of this will spur some creativity on my part as I have been in a slump for a couple of months now. What you don't see in the picture is the elliptical machine off to the side of the room that keeps calling my name. I am trying to become reacquainted with it...but something else usually distracts me, like hanging paper lanterns or searching down the old raggedy ann doll that my mom made for me long ago.
As you can see, the room is well stocked and I've even got a pretend oven for cooking my pretend snacks....and a pretend sink to do my pretend dish washing. I'm counting on this little space to help me in many different ways - jump start some creativity, inspire physical exercise and provide me with an every now and then needed escape from this house where I'm now the only female. (it's obvious, huh? i miss my girls!)

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Snowball Fight!

Whispers of the Sea

Friday, January 02, 2009

In a Royal Garden

12 Rules to Live By - Robert Louis Stevenson

Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
Make the best of circumstances. No one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow.
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Don’t let criticism worry you. You can’t please everybody.
Don’t let your neighbors set your standards; be yourself.
Do things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
Don’t borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than actual ones.
Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities and grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about places.
Don’t hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows and mistakes.
Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
Keep busy at something. A very busy person never has time to be unhappy.