Patriots, Petticoats, and Providential History

PROVIDEN'TIAL, adjective Effected by the providence of God; referable to divine providence; proceeding from divine direction or superintendence; as the providential contrivance of things; a providential escape from danger. How much are we indebted to God's unceasing providential care! Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the English Language I … [Read more...]

Christmas Caprese Tea

I was up early this morning preparing teatime. Haley would arrive by 9:00am and I had much to do before opening the door and welcoming her to our annual Christmas teatime. Haley and I have met on Tuesday mornings for the past few years. She's home-schooled to allow plenty of room to groom her for a world-class music career as an Irish musician. … [Read more...]

Cozy Comforts Across the Miles

Mid-October in New Jersey today--and the first frost of the season, waking to 29 degrees outside.  Turn the tea water on. It's time for my morning cuppa and some cozy thoughts and reading at the start of the day, and another busy workweek with deadlines looming once again. So, after a few hours of online training and manuscript writing, it is … [Read more...]

Are You a Literacy Cat?

I love to read. I love to write. I love cats. Put all three together and you pretty much have the lifestyle elements of my day--topped off by a cuppa tea, of course. Reading in the morning in my "secret place" corner involves my Bible (I'm rediscovering the riches of the Amplified with all those meaty definitions tucked right into the text … [Read more...]

Tea and Adventures

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you. ~William Ewart Gladstone With the media abuzz, babbling about the "Blizzard of 2015" about cut a swath from where we live in New Jersey up to Boston, I think the next couple of days will … [Read more...]

Spinning Fear & Pain into Gold

Welcome to October 2014 "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and live … [Read more...]

Patience in the Paint

Welcome to October 2014 "In Word & Image" @ The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with visuals & a devotional thought! Ruminate with me. Be inspired in your heart. Be captivated by His beauty. Be enriched in the timeless treasury of His gifts. Be challenged to go forth with purpose and … [Read more...]

Five Minute Friday: Fill

I came into the Five Minute Friday realms towards the end of founder, Lisa Jo Baker's reign. She's passed the torch to Kate Motaung at Heading Home and the party is still on! The writing prompt is given Thursday evenings at 10:00pm and participant bloggers free write on the topic for five minutes - then post. Gah! Without editing?? That's a … [Read more...]

Patriotic Banner for the 4th!

Strike up the band! We're celebrating 238 years since the historic signing of our nation's Declaration of Independence! I am ever reminded of the providential hand of God in the establishment of our nation and love to re-read some of the stirring and inspiring primary source documentations of what was in the mind and heart of this historic … [Read more...]

Five Minute Fridays: Making Beautiful Things

Blessings of the Easter season and the coming Resurrection Sunday to all - and welcome to Five Minute Fridays - where I am challenged to write for FIVE MINUTES on an assigned word from blog party hostess, Lisa Jo Baker.  Today is Good Friday - and as I ponder the Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this afternoon - I am also tasked with … [Read more...]

Peeps, Posies & Pretty Eggs

Delighted to share a little bit of blue with everyone this week - fresh from my Cameo Impressions workbench! I see "some-bunny" is getting a "sneak peep" at my Floral Frills - ready for Easter and Mother's Day. I took them to a vendor show this weekend and co-hosted Lithuanian Egg Decorating with a gal whose family tradition in this craft goes … [Read more...]

Spring Peep & Pink

What a whirlwind week I've spent creating my long anticipated Spring Collection of Cameo Impressions Floral Frills to embellish hair, hats and Easter Baskets this season! And, who's that little "some-bunny" peeping about in my basket full of beauties? Yep - the Peeps are out as Easter is just around the corner  - next week, in fact! I daresay … [Read more...]

Bright and Beautiful Give-Away Winner!

Glorious greetings on this eve of April! My daffodil buds are about to bloom, followed shortly thereafter by my pink tulips, I expect! A great way to bid farewell to a winter that has decidedly overstayed its welcome in most of the country. Closing out the month of March, I enjoyed a lovely time this past week hosting my first link-up party … [Read more...]

St. Paddy’s Day Pinks

You better believe I'm thinking PINK - and GREEN - this weekend in anticipation of two events taking place next week: Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy 1st Day of Spring! I don't think there's ever been a springtime more anticipated than this year after such a harsh winter! I've been steeped in green and orange getting my Irish on by making … [Read more...]

Snow Time Like March for February Pinks

Happy Belated Pink Saturday to one and all! I had every intention of posting yesterday morning - but my day did not move along quite as I'd hoped. My photos were ready but my text copy was waiting in the wings when the landscape of my day shifted and my computer was not a part of my activities for the remainder of it. Don't you just love those … [Read more...]

Vintage Beauty and Art

What a great time I've been having in my studio adding mixed media collage tags in vintage loveliness to my works! I'm showing them this weekend, so I want to share a quick few photos with you to lift your spirits with joy and gladness in the light of beautiful things!     Back to the studio!! Sharing Vintage Beauty and Art … [Read more...]

Counting New Year Blessings

Glorious greetings to you this new year as we welcome 2014 and all the grand plans the Lord has prepared for us! You may have noticed I've been somewhat absent from Blogland for the final days of December.  Been a bit busy with a few things that are about to make me wildly busy this year.  So, since I was not able to post over the past three … [Read more...]

The Crafter’s Journal: Inspiration Station

All Aboard for Inspiration Station!! Train departing for all stops featuring creative sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures!  This would, of course, include the Landis Marketplace on my hometown's historic "main street" Landis Avenue, just a block and a half from where the market's namesake, founder Charles K. Landis, once lived. The … [Read more...]

Blog Shop & Boutique: Frill the Tree!

I know!  I KNOW! We haven't hit Thanksgiving yet and here I am, another crafter jumping on the Christmas bandwagon. But, really . . . it's a necessity when now is the time people are making decisions about gifts - and decorating - for Christmas and the holidays. I'll have my tree up in my shows this season with plenty of jollity tucked … [Read more...]

Blog Shop: Floral Blooms on Snowy Days

Well, as predicted, the first snows of the season are blowing about outside my window this morning.  The temperatures have dropped significantly and the "brrrr" in the air has invited me to add an extra pair of cozy socks to warm my chilly toes!  I think I need some time among the flowers and sunshine. That's where Cameo Impressions comes in … [Read more...]

The Crafter’s Journal: Seasonal Shows

Oh!  I just love the Autumn colors and that crisp feel in the air when the "cozy" season swirls into town with promises of warm sweaters, fingerless gloves, pull up boots and a nice mug of hot tea!  I've switched out the spring and summer linens in the bedroom for my down comforter and log cabin lodge quilt look and am ready for my favorite … [Read more...]

DIY: Eggscellent Beauty!

Well - this may be a first for me in Blogland - and hopefully not a last!  My first DIY Tutorial about an old tradition I had the pleasure of sharing in this week! In celebration of Resurrection Week, I was invited to tea and egg decorating by a lovely young lady named Melody . . . Her brother is my daughter's "young man".  Their mother's … [Read more...]