Friday, June 19, 2015

 When I'm outside with my geese, I let them roam around with me in the yard. They are especially fond of working their way into tall flower beds and hiding in the foliage. I see waving flowers, so I know where the geese are! Hostas are fun to walk under!

A beautiful grass...

Friday, June 12, 2015

First bones of the guest room

 I was running through a mental list of my decorating style. It's something like this: I love 'Fixer Upper,' 'Junk Gypsy,' eclectic, rustic, country, modern, clean, repurposed-junk, Rusty, shabby chic, faded and to put all that in one room is a challenge!
I mentioned 'Fixer Upper'-if you've never seen the show on HGTV-it's hosted by the most talented couple Chip and Jo Gaines. It's not only fun to watch-but her style is wonderful. Of course Aimee and Jolee Sikes are awesome too-from Junk Gypsy. Those shows give me lots of ideas, but so do the magazines available about home decorating.
I made the whale pillow. The chairs were almost in our camp fire pile-they are just too nice to burn up! The lavender is fake, but it's in a vintage metal fishing pail, on top of a new galvanized metal tub-found at Lowe's. There are quite a few accent pieces made of galvanized metal in this room because I just love it. This photo and the next one most clearly show the correct blue of the paint.

 This house is over 100 years old, so there are no closets. I bought this closet organizer at Walmart-where I found it for the lowest price-almost 30 bucks cheaper than Target for the exact thing!!! The metal tubs came from Walmart too-they're supposed to be for picnics but they spruce up this thing. I got 20 wooden hangers at Walmart for 10 bucks-would have been 10 bucks for only ten hangers at Target. So look around when you're buying new things...
I'll decorate this THING to try to make it look less yikkie and plastic.

 Fake hydrangea in an old plaster frame. I love the colors...
 More old things to decorate with...
I am far from being done with this room-like I said in the post title-this is just the bones of the room. I have a little dresser waiting to go in, and way more things to hang on the walls. I'm not wild about curtains-I like light in my house, but I may buy a drop cloth and rip it and sew lace on part of it and hang it on one side of the larger window. I'll photograph the room when I'm done. Thank you for visiting with me!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Foggy morning seeing

 In the fog, little pearl necklaces of spider webs hung on every flower and branch.
 Even rocky ground made a good place for webs...

 Little creature, busy, doing what it knows to do to survive,
made a work of art.

 I saw the webs everywhere, made visible by water droplets and light. It became a treasure hunt, to find the next web and photograph it.
In the morning fog, sounds hushed by the weight of dew and clouds,
 this beauty was a gift
from God.
 These webs were here, and I was just not seeing them until now. Because I can't see something, doesn't mean it is not real.
And I thought how I was seeing just a tiny part of a beautiful God who made it all.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It should be a photograph of wings, because I am under them.
I am protected
held close
when I feel like I have no strength to hang on.
When I have no answers
only questions
 I still turn to my Heavenly Father God.
Under his wings
in the shadow of His wings
I am treasured
God gave His Son for my sin
there is no shame to hold
because He took it on the cross.
Holy God could not bear to look at His only treasure hanging there
for me
for all.
It does not end there, at the cross
or at the tomb.
That's where it begins.
God's power raised Christ from the dead
so He could live inside me.
I have this Treasure
I bear it not only in my heart
but in my being.
I carry Him with me
in little snippets of His Word
which is also who He Is.
He covers me with His feathers...

Friday, May 22, 2015

News from Sparrowgrass....

The room is done. Onward to another one after a little rest. I am excited about decorating this room. A new hanging lamp will be installed soon.

Mrs. Oriole is saying, "I know someone is watching me-I can feel it!"

Mr. Oriole takes charge of the orange...

I haven't seen my baby doves in a week. They're so well camo-ed in this photo. I miss seeing them in my gardens.

It's about time to plant seeds and some tomato plants. I haven't done too much here because I've been painting. I just love the month of May. I love June too-spring seems so new, and I want it to go on always and forever...

Monday, May 4, 2015

Restorer of loose plaster

 Loose old paper on old plaster walls-I've got to take it off and fix it. My fix won't be professional, but I'll try to make it look as good as I can. Even though I can push on that part of the wall, and feel it move a little...The correct fix would be to take it all off and put up sheet rock.
 Including the ceiling...
Amazingly, that plaster (on the ceiling) is quite tight-it's just the paper and outer spackling layer that's peeling off here and there. I think I can fix that the right way. It won't be professional, and it will take me a long time to make it look good.
 As I was doing all this work this morning, I couldn't help but be drawn into thinking of it as a spiritual exercise as well as just fixing an old wall in a bedroom in our old house.
There's layers of stuff-and I emphasize the word 'layers' because we all have them. You know, those selves that we put on for different people and different occasions. It's natural and normal, and even proper to do that. I don't happen to believe you should go to Walmart in your pj's, but I've seen it. With slippers.
But there's also layers of us that do need to be removed at times, and it's hard work and some of it has been buried for years and years. The little cracks reveal it's time for a change. Oh, I don't know....maybe this is ridiculous for most of you reading it. All I know is that God wants to do more with me, and I keep coming up with lists of why I can't do what He wants. All those layers...all that dust. So much to pick up, to sort out. And it's so hard to do all that work. It takes time. It takes some real commitment to get the job done too.
The thing is, God can do the work in me when and if I let Him.
He has all the resources in the universe available to Him to accomplish His plan for me. It is an individual plan, different from anyone else's on the planet.
I take heart in that.
He's an individual God, He's my friend, my love, my Savior, my Restorer.