Monday, August 15, 2016

Hoosier Cabinet

For a while now I have been on the lookout for a Hoosier Cabinet for our kitchen.  I wanted one that was in good shape so I could actually use it for a baking center.  So many of them have peeling paint or doors missing so I was very pleased to find this one on craigslist recently!  The enamel table top pulls out so I can roll out pizza crusts or cinnamon rolls easily. 

 My mixer stores in the large cupboard on the bottom and although it does have a flour storage bin inside I am not using it because it's a little rusty inside.  I haven't decided if I will buy a new one or not yet.

Of course it's fun to decorate the top, I used some of my Grandma's vintage kitchen utensils and an Albert Anker print and nesting chickens.

Here are a few interesting ads for Hoosier cabinets from about 100 years ago.  I think it's funny how they claimed to save steps for women, to give them health, youth, good looks, strength and time, and nowadays the trend is to wear a step counter to try and take as many steps as possible!

I guess my life should just be one big holiday now that I have a Hoosier too!  Haha! (:

I'm joining No Place Like Home

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Peaches and Cream Tea

Life is crazy and busy and full and complicated, at least, at my stage of life it is.  School starts next week and two boys will be in football on separate teams, and I will be homeschooling two boys and nobody's very excited about it (school, that is, not football!).  So, it was time for a little tea with my Miss E! 

We had peach cobbler with ice cream and it was delicious on this hot day.  Miss E helped me pick the flowers and which tea tray to use.  Tea is always more fun with a little girl helping out!

I love vintage snack sets and collected a set of 8 this last year.  If you would like the recipe for our peach cobbler you can find it here.

Lately I have been re-reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp.  I first read it about five years ago and started my own list of things I am thankful for.  Being in an attitude of thankfulness has definitely helped me get through rough times in the last five years, and as I read Ann's book again it convicted me in new ways that I hadn't thought of before.  I really liked this part, that I read today--

"When the laundry is for the dozen arms of children or the dozen legs, it's true, I think I'm due some appreciation.  So comes a storm of trouble and lightning strikes joy.  But when Christ is at the center, when dishes, laundry, work, is my song of thanks to Him, joy rains."  ~Ann Voskamp

Jesus has blessed us with so many good things, and if I look at my work as a gift of service back to him, how great is that?  It really changes everything when your perspective changes.  Like Jesus said in John 9:4~

As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. 
Night is coming, when no one can work.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The August Garden

We have had a lot of beautiful rains this summer .  Everything is greener than usual for the beginning of August-- including my gardens.  Green with weeds that is.  But cameras can crop out the weeds a whole lot easier than going out there and pulling them in the heat and humidity!  So here you go- what's blooming these days---

Knock out roses just bloom and bloom, I love them.

Next year I am going to devote this flower bed to zinnias and marigolds and that's it.  They do so well every year.

My little bit of lavender.

I heard that marigolds are good for tomatoes, but this year the marigolds took over the tomatoes... oh well!

The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild rose smells amazing!

"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory."
Isaiah 6:3

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Loose Park Rose Garden

This year is our 19th wedding anniversary!  So to celebrate Andy and I took a little weekend trip to Kansas City.  One of the places we visited was the Loose Park rose garden.  It was really beautiful and so fun for me to see all the different types of roses.  The rose garden was started in the 1930s, and it's in the shape of a circle with these stone arbors going all around the outside edge, and with a pretty fountain in the middle.  We had a big heat wave last week and so the roses were suffering a little, I'm sure it would be even nicer in May or June.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Wreathe then the roses, wreathe,
The beautiful still is ours;
While the stream shall flow,
and the sky shall glow
The beautiful still is ours.

~Lord Lytton~

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

There's a Happy Ending

Listening to the news these days, it sure seems like the world's falling apart.
All this terrorism, the racial strife, the political conflict- it's crazy.
We have to keep the bigger picture in mind, or else we will go crazy with worry.

I have been reading the book of Daniel in the Bible lately, and there's a lot of prophecy in that book.  There's the statue and the beasts that show the future kingdoms of the world, and how they will rise and fall.  But at the end, there is always this good news---

In my vision at night I looked,
and there before me was one like a son of man,
coming with the clouds of heaven.
He approached the Ancient of Days
and was led into his presence.
He was given authority, glory, and sovereign power;
all peoples, nations and men of every language
worshiped him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that will not pass away,
and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
Daniel 7:13-14

Can you imagine what it will be like to have Jesus as King?
How wonderful it will be to have every law be just.
Truth will be truth, and we will be able to completely trust our leader.
We will not have to worry about hidden agendas, or desire
for personal profit, or the corruption of power in our ruler.
It will be so nice!
So, what do we do while we wait?

Be Strong in the Lord

Be strong in the Lord, and be of good courage;
Your mighty Defender is always the same.
Mount up with wings, as the eagle ascending;
Victory is sure when you call on His name.

So put on the armor the Lord has provided,
And place your defense in His unfailing care.
Trust Him for He will be with you in battle,
Lighting your path to avoid every snare.

Be strong in the Lord, and be of good courage;
Your mighty Commander will vanquish the foe.
Fear not the battle for the victory is always His;
He will protect you wherever you go.

Be strong, be strong, be strong in the Lord;
And be of good courage, for He is your guide.
Be strong, be strong, be strong in the Lord;
And rejoice for the victory is yours.

~Linda Lee Johnson~

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Flea Marketing

At the beginning of June my sister, Megan, and I had our first flea market booth.  We had a lot of fun and plan to do it again next year!  Megan makes jewelry out of silver plate spoons and forks, and she sold a lot of necklaces.

I didn't sell as much as Megan, but it was still a lot of fun and very interesting to see what items were popular and what didn't sell at all.  I was thankful that this chalkboard coffee table I had made sold!  We found it on the side of the road several years ago and all the glass squares were missing or broken.  So I cut some thin plywood to fit, and painted each square with chalkboard paint.

Megan still has a few of her necklaces left, and she recently listed them in her new Etsy shop.  So, if you would like one, you still have the opportunity!  They are really pretty and unique.

Here is the link to her shop if you're interested!

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