Podcast Episode 12: Vintage Christmas Holly

I'm so blessed to share my Christmas podcast with you this month! It's simultaneously in print in RUBY MAGAZINE with a host of other Christmas themed articles, by many talented Christian women writers, to fill your home and heart with the joy of the season. [Tweet "My podcast features a special guest--from over 100 years ago!"] Earlier this … [Read more...]

Vintage Hats: The Fashions of a Woman’s Heart

May and June come each year with a whirl of activity - not the least of which being the season for Mother/Daughter Banquets. That means speaking engagements for me where I'm invited to share memorable thoughts about beauty and womanhood.  So, I had to "bring out the girls." That's what I call my vintage hat collection.  My parade of lovely … [Read more...]

Podcast #4: Holy Moments in No Man’s Land

"And suddenly in two tongues one song filled the night sky." Christmas in the Trenches, by John McCutcheon At Christmastime, my husband Ed grows out his whiskers, and you might find us in bookstores or eldercare facilities as Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It is pure joy to hold court with little ones, like this cutie at Barnes & Noble @ Rowan … [Read more...]

Guest Posting: The Ministry of Vintage Christmas Toys and Joys

It's always a Very Vintage Christmas in my home! I’m not ashamed to admit that I remain connected to the wonder and delight of my youth. Especially at Christmas we should strive to do so—entering the blessed season as a little child. To own tangible elements of days long gone captivates my present heart with pause. And, in pausing . . . the power … [Read more...]

Cookie Jar Heaven

It's a snapshot of my childhood. Yes, that's cute little me way back when. It's the first of some great vintage photos to share--but you have to read The Story first. Okay? You can see that I'm grinning. I think mommy made some chocolate chip cookies and I can smell them baking in the oven. I shall have to wait til they cool to taste them. … [Read more...]

A Vintage Valentine Story

My dear elder friend treated me to a glimpse of her childhood when she shared her vintage Valentines with me. At age 92, she is spry and spirited with a million tales to tell--all well documented via scrapbooks and journals and photo albums and letters. On this particular day, it was her Valentine scrapbook filled with wonders that had me … [Read more...]

All Things Bright & Beautiful Link-up #7

Thanksgiving Week Blessings! I'm sure we're all busy planning menus and ministry details to make our traditional Thankgiving celebration a joyful occasion for family, friends, and the community at large. We do have so very much to be thankful to God for--He who has blessed us with such bounty through the love of Jesus Christ! At this time of … [Read more...]

Eulogy for a Friend – Farewell David

I lost a dear friend this week. His untimely departure will be a great void in our lives, for though he never grasped the full import of his influence, he was a doorway to so many good things and beauty in so very many lives during his short 26 years.  David Lord was a bright young man whom I had the pleasure of working with through many years … [Read more...]

Pink in the Parable

[Tweet "The outdoor stage was set!"] Glorious Autumn mums in shades of pink and gold peppered the harvest motif, surrounded by white hydrangeas, deep pink crape myrtle and magnolias. Bales of straw became a staging area for orange and white pumpkins, while the rustic farm-stand towered over all announcing that one had entered the idyllic world … [Read more...]

Memorial Stones: Pathways to Peace

Welcome to September 2014 "In Word & Image" at The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with a visual and 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 … [Read more...]

Memorial Stones: Looking Back to Hope

Welcome to September 2014 "In Word & Image" at The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with a visual and 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 … [Read more...]

Memorial Stones: Trustworthy Rocks

Welcome to September 2014 "In Word & Image" at The Writer's Reverie! Each week I explore monthly themes using Scripture combined with a visual and 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 … [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...]

Celebrating the Historic 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July 2014! I never tire of the historical record on this topic - so many amazing documented words left to posterity for us to KNOW the minds and purposes of our Founding Fathers.  It always amazes me to see how contemporary spin doctors want to twist their words to match the seemingly prevailing departure from the bold efforts … [Read more...]

Decoration Day

Blessings on Decoration Day to you! What we call Memorial Day originated immediately after the Civil War when local communities decorated the the graves of their war dead. In 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of a Northern Civil War veteran's organization presided over the first official national Decoration Day at Arlington National Cemetery. … [Read more...]

Festivities and Frills: It Must Be May!

May is always such a busy month for me! I have a number of posts begun - yet left undone because of my many activities this month! So, I'm buzzing by  to post a couple images with promises of the full stories behind them all to come later! I serve on the Board of Directors for a local history preservation and education group, The Friends of … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Meme

It's been ten years since I was able to wish my mom a Happy Mother's Day. I think of her with every Floral Frill I create - since she was my first teacher in all things creative and crafty. She loved making art projects. I remember she joined a Craft-of-the-Month Club and took great joy in the popular Paint-by-Number kits of the '60's and … [Read more...]

Breakfast with Beatrix

Springtime and gardens green, vibrant with azaleas and lilacs in bloom, means it's time to break out my few cherished Beatrix Potter Wedgewood children's china that I have had since my children were small. Though my son and daughter have both grown and flown some twenty plus years later - I kept the china. They are annual reminders of 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...]

A Retro Winter Day

The sun's out and hopefully the temps will climb with some much desired melting of the snow dumped last night - another six inches in our region. Brrrrrr . . . It's an ETSY afternoon today at Cameo Impressions! While the snow and ice do their wintry thing out my window, I'm making the most of a bitterly cold day with this cheery fellow! He's … [Read more...]

On the Subject of Heirlooms

Dearest Brenda - blogging at Coffee, Tea, Books and Me - blessed my socks off this week with one of her posts! She spoke earlier this month about this year's "WORD" - like many of us have been sharing. For instance: In the midst of a career transition with my future looking fuzzy, at best - I'm stepping out in faith finally pursuing some long … [Read more...]

The Tea Widows Society Meeting

The snows did not impede. Tea water was boiling and Apple Blossom was about to call the meeting to order. Teatime on a snowy day was never in danger of cancellation due to inclement weather. In fact, it was most eagerly anticipated as not only a pleasurable diversion, but a necessity to combat a winter chill - especially when ice and snow were … [Read more...]

Holiday Tea and Peppermint Dreams

Happy New Year Teatime! Yes, I missed all the fun in December when everyone was sharing their teatime posts.  I was busy cleaning out my daughter's new house that came with all the former owner's circa 1950's-1970's vintage goodies . . . See more on this epic tale and some great visuals in my New Year Blessings story. I hope you'll forgive … [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...]

Cup of Christmas Tea

Mmmmm! Cozy this week at The Writer's Reverie. We've had snow the past couple of days and the gray skies pouring forth their snowflake petals to carpet a deadened landscape with white fluff was a welcome seasonal sight.  Especially since I did not have to be traveling in it.  It was a writing day for me - and floral frill making day to … [Read more...]