Sunday, December 04, 2016

In The Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, 
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; 
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, 
in the bleak midwinter, long ago. 




Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain; 
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign. 
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed 
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ. 




Angels and archangels may have gathered there, 
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air; 
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss, 
worshiped the beloved with a kiss. 




What can I give him, poor as I am? 
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; 
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; 
yet what I can I give him: give my heart. 
- Christina G. Rossetti -




Sweet friends,
this post was shared on my blog three years ago.
Normally I don't reshare what I write since I like new and fresh content,
but this last week has been incredibly busy
and I did not get a Sunday post written - forgive me.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed this song 
and the pictures of the glorious snow
{even if it's one you saw and read years ago}.




Have a blessed Lord's Day!
Love and hugs to you!


Monday, November 28, 2016

A Scrappy Little Wreath

It's the most WONDERFUL
time of the year.




HELLO, sweet friends!
How are you on this delightful Monday?

Today I have a sweet scrappy wreath to show you.
With the cooler days that November brings this is the perfect project to do
while sitting in front of the fire.
And don't forget to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee :)
We enjoyed some lovely snowfall yesterday
and today we are supposed to get some more.
Ah, how I love the snow!

Before I get into this darling and fun project
I wanted to let you know that Rose Petal Blessings
has a Cyber Monday deal.
Today only you can save 25% on your order of $20.00 or more
Plus, free shipping in the USA.




Now onto the scrappy wreaths. . .


To make this wreath you will need:
fabric
tulle
flat wood wreath
glittery snowflake
pearls and gems
hot glue gun and glue

Here is the wreath before. . .
it's about 14-inches in size.




Cut strips of fabric that are 2-inches wide
and wrap them around the wreath.
Secure the ends with hot glue.






Cut strips of fabric that are 2-inches wide
and 8 1/2-inches long.
Fold in half and keep the fold facing down every time
so that every strip matches.




Tie the strip of fabric in a knot.
Do this with the tulle as well.




I did a strip of white and cream fabric
then a strip of white and cream tulle.




Once your wreath is all tied up
you get to decorate it to your liking.

For the focal point I applied a glittery snowflake 
with a ribbon rosette in the center.




Then I added tulle pom poms.
I simply used tulle trim and rolled it up to create a pom pom.




In the center of my pom poms I added pretty gems.




I also included pearls here and there
to give it the perfect shabby look.




And the beauty of this wreath
is that you can hang it anyway you like.


You can have the embellishments on the left. . . 




On the bottom. . .




On the right. . . 




Or on the top :)




Of course I couldn't make just one wreath {{smiles}}

I made another one with silver and white tones. . .
perfect to hang in your home during the winter season.




This wreath also has tulle pom poms,
pearls, and gems.





And for the focal point 
I used a stunning 3D glitter snowflake.




The possibilities for this wreath are endless
and you can even make one for every season.




I also made some smaller versions
{with a 4-inch wood curtain ring}
meant for hanging on the Christmas tree, using as gift toppers,
or hanging around the home as charming Christmas decor.








You know I love your visits
and I appreciate your sweet comments!

Have a beautiful week!

. . .Love and Hugs. . .

* * * * * * * *

These lovely little wreaths are available in my Etsy shop

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thank You, Lord


Thanks be unto God 
for his unspeakable gift.
- 2 Corinthians 9:15 -




Some thank the Lord for friends and home,
For mercies sure and sweet;
But I would praise Him for His grace -
In prayer I would repeat

Some thank Him for the flow'rs that grow,
Some for the stars that shine;
My heart is filled with joy and praise
Because I know He's mine.

I trust in Him from day to day,
I prove His saving grace;
I'll sing this song of praise to Him
Until I see His face.

Chorus:
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul,
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole;
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free.
- Seth and Bessie Sykes -




In every thing give thanks: 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 -




My dear friends, the Thanksgiving season has come and gone,
but may our gratitude live on each and every day.
Thanksgiving is not merely a day to be observed once a year. . .
for the Christian is must be a way of daily living.


Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, 
make known his deeds among the people.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, 
talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Glory ye in his holy name: 
let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord and his strength, 
seek his face continually.
Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, 
his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth
 Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; 
shew forth from day to day his salvation.
Declare his glory among the heathen; 
his marvellous works among all nations.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: 
he also is to be feared above all gods.
 O give thanks unto the Lord; 
for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
- 1 Chronicles 16:8-12, 23-25, 34 -




This lovely little lady is Miss Evangeline.
Since I was sharing a post on thankfulness 
I thought it was the perfect time to share how I received her.

Kim, a sweet blogging friend whom I've known for only a short time,
celebrated her 60th birthday back in March.
As a way to celebrate her special year 
she decided to send out 60 random acts of kindness during this year.
I was surprised and thrilled to find Miss Evangeline waiting for me at the Post Office
and when I found out that I was one of her random acts of kindness
well, I was honored and amazed.
Miss Evangeline is simply the sweetest little thing
and yes, that's a tiny teddy bear that she's holding.
Darling, isn't it!

and she has a page where she documented every random act of kindness
that she sent out during 2016
You can view the page by clicking here.

I am very thankful the Lord allowed Kim and I to meet through blogging
not because I received a gift {though I do love Evangeline},
but because I found a  sweet Sister in the Lord.
Kim is a blessing to many people 
and it's a privilege to say that I have been blessed by her.

As many of you know,
blogging friends are very special and truly amazing.
Please know that I am incredibly thankful for all of you.




Have a blessed Lord's Day, sweet friends.
Hugs and joy to you!

Friday, November 25, 2016

FREE GOODIES At Rose Petal Blessings

Happy Friday, sweet friends!
I hope my American blogging friends had a beautiful Thanksgiving.
My husband and I hosted Thanksgiving at our home for the first time
and oh, what a delight it was!
We enjoyed good food, fellowship, and sweet laughter.

I wanted to drop by the blog to let you know 
that I am offering 15% off your order at Rose Petal Blessings.
There is no minimum required 
and you can use this coupon offer as many times as you like :)
Simply enter TISTHESEASON15 when you checkout.

And for TODAY and TOMORROW ONLY {November 25-26, 2016}
I have all kinds of goodies up my sleeve.
Listed below are treasures you could receive for FREE with your purchase.
Let me explain. . .

If you spend $30.00 you will receive two tea cup coasters.

If you spend $40.00 you will receive a fabric storage basket.

If you spend $50.00 you will receive a mug rug with a linen napkin.

If you spend $80.00 or more you will receive a tote bag
AND a pocket coaster.

You will receive a free gift when you use the coupon code,
but please keep in mind that the final total 
must be $30.00 or greater after using the discount.

There are lots of new handmade goodies in the shop, dear friends.
Here is a little peek. . .

Christmas ornaments to adorn your tree. . .or packages.







Hair clips or brooches. . .however you want to wear them.




Fabric storage bins




Festive tote bags




Mug rug sets. . .the perfect gift for the tea lover




Little pocket coasters filled to the brim with goodies.






Reversible aprons




Shabby stockings




Fabric card and gift card holders






And oh, so much more!
Stop by Rose Petal Blessings and take a look around.
And don't forget 15% off your entire purchase - no minimum required.


Enter TISTHESEASON15 when you checkout.

Thanks for visiting, lovely friends!
I hope your weekend is extra wonderful!

Love and hugs to you!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

All Creatures Of Our God And King

The Lord is good to all: 
and his tender mercies are over all his works.
All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; 
and thy saints shall bless thee.
They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, 
and talk of thy power.
- Psalm 145:10 - 11 -




All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!




Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!




Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light.

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!




Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!




And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!




And thou most kind and gentle Death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!




Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
- Francis of Assisi -




All the magnificent wonders of nature
reveal the majesty of God and glorify Him.
As a great lover of nature, 
Saint Francis of Assissi saw the hand of God in all creation, 
and he urged men to respond with
expressions of praise and alleluia.




Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon,
There there is discord, unity.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is error, truth.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Where there is darkness, light.
For it is in giving, that we receive.
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.
It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
- Saint Francis of Assisi -




I will extol thee, my God, O king; 
and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee; 
and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; 
and his greatness is unsearchable.
- Psalm 145:1-3-




My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: 
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
- Psalm 145: 21 -




Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth 
by thy great power and stretched out arm, 
and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, 
and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers 
into the bosom of their children after them: 
the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name,
Great in counsel, and mighty in work: 
for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: 
to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, 
and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day.
- Jeremiah 32:17-20 -




 For of him, and through him, and to him, 
are all things: to whom be glory for ever. 
Amen.
- Romans 11:36 -




Saying with a loud voice, 
Fear God, and give glory to him; 
for the hour of his judgment is come: 
and worship him that made heaven, and earth, 
and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
- Revelation 14:7 -




 Let the heaven and earth praise him, 
the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
- Psalm 69:34 -




All Thy works with joy surround Thee, 
earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, 
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, 
flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain 
call us to rejoice in Thee.
- Henry Van Dyke -




This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.
- Maltbie D. Babcock -




My dear friends,
would it be possible for you to offer your praise to God
for His matchless love in some creative way--
original poetry, music, painting. . . ?

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving season
let us not forget to look around and see all that the Lord has blessed us with.
Let us join all of creation in worship and praise of the great Creator.

 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; 
and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
- Psalm 71:23 -




Praise God continually 
for His many blessings
and for His wonders of creation.




Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
- Don Moen -




Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: 
make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
- Psalm 98: 4 -




May you have a most blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving, dear friends.
I am thankful for YOU!

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
- Thomas Ken -

Love and hugs!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...