Friday, December 26, 2014

Perfect Happiness



 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Proverbs 3:13-18

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Tables




Thank you for your visit To my Homemaking web-log with a Titus 2 theme.  I hope you find something that edifies you, either from my posts or the comments left by readers.

Today I am sharing some of the early gifts which was given to me two days ago so that I could use it on a couple of tables today.





This unusual candle is battery-operated and has a flickering flame that is produced by a little fan within. It also has a timer. The flame looks real and it is impossible to take a true picture of it. 

These cups came with the tea set.

I was especially happy with the box it came in, since it is shaped for the teapot and covered in satin. This is perfect for using away from home because the packaging is conformed to the shapes.  The tea set came from a discount store, similar to he reject stores in Australia .  It looks very rich, but the boxed set was only$11.00 and each cup and saucer set was $3.50 and is dishwasher safe, unlike some of the antique teacups. You can find things like this at a Ross or a TJ Maxx/Homegoods store in your area. They may have slight flaws but work well for a home like mine, where They get a lot of use.










From Dollar Tree, I am sharing an idea for nice gifts. There was a variety of gold and silver boxes in different shapes, which give the dollar store selections an elegant look. Above. A cylinder box holds a bottle of brown-sugar scented body splash, wrapped in scented tissue (I sprayed some of the cologne on it), all from Dollar Tree.



This little square gift box is probably intended for a gift card but a pair of men's socks, also from Dollar Tree, made in France,  fit perfectly. My aren't we posh today.  These gifts go to our guests who are bringing a Waldorf salad for dinner.



The prize goes to this teapot that my DH picked out by himself and gave to me.  It is food safe and I will be using it a lot.






Cast All Your Cares on Him


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  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
I Peter 5:7




How much effort would it be for some of us to take all our concerns, all our fears and all our cares on the Lord for one entire day?  Before we take our burdens to anyone else or any place else, how about taking it directly to Christ. Prayer is the way we communicate with God, and it is the world's greatest and fasted wireless connection.



This is a day that is extremely special to many people around the world. It would be even more important to spend time casting all our burdens on Him. The verse I placed at the top says "all" your cares. Does that leave anything out?  While we have a lot of social media at our fingertips, a prayer on our lips can bring the added advantage of peace of mind. Prayer is not just requesting things, but confiding and talking. Why not choose today to confide in Him only?
I will place another post later when I get my tables set. I was not able to get out all my decor this year, as it rained so much and was so cold, I was too timid to go out to the shed and retrieve it, but I did my best to make it festive, and hopefully you will see another post today.

If you are spending Christmas alone, please visit the blogs on my left sidebar, and click them on and go see what people are sharing in their homes. It is like a progressive dinner or a tour of homes without getting your feet wet.









Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Guest House Christmas Tour, (continued)


                            
                                      Painting by Susan Rios from SusanRios.com

I would like to thank Wendy for allowing me to take photos of her antique shop, guest house and tea room.  I have been sharing this visit in my previous posts.  A lot of things were for sale there, but I was so intent on taking photos that I forgot to shop, and I did not bring home anything. However, I might be able to order something as a memento of the trip.  Also I would like to thank Janet and her husband for inviting us and treating us to such a splendid afternoon tea.  

From her blue room, one of the tea rooms.


Antiques for sale.

Closets of dresses, hats and shoes were available for dressing up for tea time.


More pretties in the shopping area.


Dress-up clothes.

Those kitchen cannisters underneath the tea cart look interesting. I did not see them until I noticed them in the photo.

Part of the white room area of the tea room, with more goodies for sale.



The table where we sat, in the red room.




The yard and porches.


Twig deer. That is the kind to have. We have an awful problem with deer eating all the flowers.

Love that bowl of pale pink cabbage roses on the table.


The front door.




I hope to get my table set and put another post up with photos of the festive preparations. Yesterday my DH spent the morning helping me by doing the driving in the awful traffic so I could go back to the grocery store and a few other places.  He is great at maneuvering and getting quickly through stores and back home.  As happens in many families, grown children often spend holidays with the other side of the family (like we did, back in the day) and one set of parents gets to sleep-in and have the day off (smile).  



Album of the historic house in earlier days.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Bed and Breakfast Inn



Dear Ladies,

Welcome to my Homemaking Blog where I share things about home and family, with a Biblical view.  I would like to introduce the book, above, called Storybook Cottages, which is available on Amazon. There will be more on that, later.

Today I am putting up the remainder of the photos from our meeting at the antique tea room and guest house, where we visited friends and one of the local preachers and his wife, who owns the tea room. She took me to the upper storey where I got a detailed, private tour about the restoration of the house and her furnishings, so I will try to relate what she told me.



You can read the previous posts to see the other pictures I posted.  The three guest rooms share a kitchen and dining room, where the owner has placed "the kind of dishes I would like to use if I were a guest."  As she was explaining the house to me, I thought what good pointers this would all be for the homemaker on how to make a guest room that your guests would love.

She has these in the shelves in the kitchen,


And these,


And these.  I told her how special it feels to be able to use real china when you are away from home, especially a tea cup.


Here is the dining table.


A dollhouse on the fridge.



I liked this tin tray she had set in a corner.

A broader view of the kitchen and dining area.




For brief moments on the trip home, the weather was clear enough for me to take pictures of the countryside.


When I see cattle I think of the Psalm that says God owns the cattle on a thousand hills.

The darkness came quickly and a rainstorm accompanied us all the way home, making the visibility poor.  We Listened to mellow jazz and music from the 1940s and it all seemed to go with the theme of our trip.  It sure made the driving time shorter. We had left our own residence  at 10: a.m. and we arrived home in the dark at 9 p.m. 

I hope you enjoyed the trip, too.

Lydia












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