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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Inspired by... yarn


Yarn seems to be my Fall theme this year, although it has been too hot here in Texas to actually wear any yet (as in sweaters).  Last week I shared with you my yarn votives and now I'm back again with my Fall Yarn Wreath.




Those of you who have been following for awhile might recognize the, ah, form. Yes, this is the third go 'round for this poor, slightly mis-shapen wreath form. You may view the other two wreaths here and here. In the latter post I may have mentioned that it would be the last recycle, but a girl has a right to change her mind, right?? Right?!

I've seen so many beautiful yarn wreaths around blog land and I knew I wanted to make one. Fall seemed like the perfect season for a wreath made with yarn! I've been working on these tedious beautiful Kusudama flowers, making them for a Kusudama Ball and decided, after completing six, that I really wanted to do one for Christmas, using different paper.




When it came time to decide what to use to decorate the wreath, I thought these would be perfect!




Somehow my Fall wreath didn't seem complete without some dried flowers, so I added those too.




I am pleased with the blending of the colors and think they work well against our warm, honey-colored front door.




What do you think?



Have you made a Fall wreath for your door yet?

Whether you have or not, I encourage you to click on over to Rhoda's place at Southern Hospitality to check out all the inspiration at her Door Decor Autumn Link Party!


Happy Fall Y'all~!







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Inspired by... tomatoes


Since much of the country is experiencing the bounty of the land right now, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite lunches.

Mom and dad called it an Open Face Sandwich and I can distinctly remember the smell of the oregano and melting cheddar cheese (Vermont cheddar, mind you) wafting through our old country kitchen. I love me some oregano!



Granted there are many versions of the classic Open Face, and back on the farm mom and dad sure didn't put avocado on theirs!  But I love me some avocado! So here's my version and how I make it:


June's T.A.C.O. Sandwich


2 slices of bread, your choice, I use Oatnut (usually)

tomato slices, enough to cover the bread

1/2 avocado, sliced

4-6 slices of white cheddar cheese (preferably Vermont Cheddar)

fresh oregano, chopped (dried will work too)


Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle (or a no-salt alternative)

Directions: Lightly toast your bread. While the bread is toasting you can prepare your other ingredients. Remove bread from toaster and lightly cover with mayo. Lightly sprinkle with Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle. Add tomato slices, then avocado, then cheese. Sprinkle a good dose of oregano on top of the cheese.

Ready for the broiler!



Watch carefully!!! (as you clean up the kitchen)  I broil until the cheese melts and starts to bubble. Sometimes I let it start to brown... depends upon how hungry I am!



Remove from broiler and enjoy!! 


Do you have a favorite Open Face Sandwich?

or a childhood "food" memory you'd like share?

I'd love to hear from you!





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Monday, September 26, 2011

Inspired by... topiaries


Topiaries are so fun! Most of us are used to the traditional, round ball-shaped topiaries, but did you know that a topiary is a plant shaped by topiary art, which just means it has been pruned (cut) into a shape. If you were to do a Google image search on the word topiary you would find all sorts of fun things! 

Here are a few of my favorites:

lion elephanttopiary12




Like I said, FUN!! I've been wanting to make a moss ball topiary for my home all summer long and just never got around to it. When it came time to think about my Fall mantle display, topiaries came to mind again. I found the cutest container at Joann's the other week and just knew it would be perfect for three little round topiaries! But not of moss... I used leaves instead!



I've had these leaves stored with my silk and dried flowers for sometime. I believe they are real leaves that have been treated somehow. It was a bit like working with leather! I just hot glued them to a Styrofoam ball.

Here they are in their cute container, which was on sale for $4 – score!



And here they are in my Fall mantle display!!




Along with some other items you might recognize...



My Fabric Pumpkins! and real, mini, pumpkins, too. So cute!



I'm sure some of my readers are just cringing at how off balance this display is, but I fell in love with the color of this flower when I was looking through the silks at Joann's the other week and had to buy it. Thankfully it was on sale!


That completes my Fall mantle display!

What are you doing for yours?




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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Inspired by... sheep


The Word of the Lord stands forever. The Bible is not some antiquated book, irrelevant in today's world. And yet, understanding the culture and the people of the Bible can further illuminate the Truth.

Countless people have been comforted by the words of the 23rd Psalm since David, the young shepherd boy who would be King, inspired by God, penned the words so many years ago.



David called the Lord his Shepherd. Jesus Himself said, "I am the good Shepherd." And there are many references to us as sheep in the New Testament. 

But what do most of us know about sheep and Shepherds?

Growing up on a small family farm, I understood a little about sheep. But my father was a farmer, not a Shepherd, and there is a vast difference.

I remember the first time I read, A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm, by Phillip Keller.


I was astounded by the imagery. Humbled and amazed by the depth of God's care for us. And comforted and encouraged by what He offers us... that we have only to accept by faith.

Here is just one example of the profound imagery in this book:

In chapter nine, Thou Preparest a Table Before Me, Keller explains that the shepherd would always go to the summer ranges, the tablelands or mesas (mesa means table, as you in the southwest know), ahead of the sheep to "prepare" it for their arrival. There were often noxious weeds or other dangers the shepherd had to remove before bringing his flock up to join him. In the same way, our Good Shepherd goes ahead of us in every situation, anticipating the danger and praying for us that in it we might not succumb. As Keller says, "At all times we would be wise to walk a little closer to Christ, the one sure place of safety."

How comforting and illuminating it is to have these images that Keller puts forth in my mind when I go back to my bible and read again the psalms and the very words of Jesus.

I'm sure there are other biblical scholars who have tackled this subject of the Lord as our Shepherd. (Leave me a comment if you've read any that you would recommend!) It is important to note that Keller spent the majority of his life as a shepherd and had intimate, first-hand knowledge of sheep and what it takes to care for them. He was also a child of God and as such had been enlightened to spiritual things.

In my opinion, when it comes to helping us better understand Jesus in the role of our good Shepherd, Keller has all the right credentials! And having read his work, I can highly recommend it.


Has gaining an understanding of bible culture or something in the physical (like sheep!) enlightened you to a profound spiritual truth?

Please share!





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Inspired by... serendipity


Welcome to another...


...where I share the week's unexpected and wonderful happenings!




It's amazing how quickly things green up after just a little bit of rain. We've spent the entire summer looking at a bleak "winter" landscape. Now it looks and feels like summer!


I can actually see my cat! Before the green started, his reddish-brown coat blended perfectly with the dead grasses.


Choosing Life

SONOGRAM law Source


I attended the annual fund raising Gala for the Hill Country Pregnancy Center with my mother earlier this week.

Did you know that between 80-90% of the woman who see their sonogram choose life? I hadn't expected the percentage to be so high. That is wonderful indeed!




A BIG thank you to everyone who commented on my "rotting flesh" post this week! And to everyone who was inspired to follow! Wow! Y'all were so encouraging!


What serendipitous finds did you have this week?




Thursday, September 22, 2011

Inspired by... harvest time {freebie}


In celebration of the first day of Fall I'm sharing with you this beautiful kit by Designs by Krista.



Even more exciting, you can download it here for FREE!!

I just love the rich red and brown tones in this kit! And so did a lot of other people which is why Krista brought it back this year. Good for us!

Here is a layout I whipped up to highlight some of the beautiful papers included in this kit:



I found this photo of my Nana when I was looking through some old photos at my mom's place one day. What a riot! This is so totally something she would do! 

Here is another layout I made using Krista's newest kit, Season Change


I made this one for my mom. She moved from VT to TX a little over a year ago and is missing the beautiful fall foliage! These were some particularly meaningful pictures she asked me to "scrap" for her. I hope you like it, mom!

What do you enjoy (or maybe miss) most about Fall?


Happy Fall y'all!




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