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Oct 11, 2008

Today's Bouquets


When it comes to doing good things for others,
some people will stop at nothing.

-Dale E. Turner

Oct 10, 2008

Goodbye, Antoinette...

This domed display, by Matthew Mead, is a collage of vintage items, a touch of fall, and what appears to be a glass doorknob converted into a memory clip. What a lovely marriage of items! [Click on photo to enlarge.]

This week, the creative inspiration of Matthew Mead has been highly celebrated through posts and a generous giveaway. I also wanted to bring attention to another of his sparks of genius as I tie it into a tribute...

I received news this morning that a dear mentor and anchor of the Faith, Antoinette Puglia, passed away. A full blooded Italian, Antoinette was passionate, gracious, giving, wise, and an awesome cook! She loved the Lord with her whole being and she exampled that love throughout her amazing life.

This photo reminded me of Antoinette. She relished beautiful things, as the many collectibles in her home will confirm. Like this collage, her well measured life wrote love letters on the hearts of those who knew her. I'd like to think that the "S" stands for SAVIOR and that she is dancing with Him now on the streets of GLORY!

Click HERE to visit Matthew Mead's site.
Matthew's books are featured in the widget at the top right.

Oct 9, 2008

Inspiration


NOTE: Don't forget Miss Crow's generous, FREE digital scrapbooking downloads for the entire month of October! Details HERE.

Oct 8, 2008

"Entertaining Simple" - Matthew Mead

I'm with Linda of Restyled Home. Matthew Mead gets it! I am a huge fan and a subscriber to Matthew's website. His sense of style closely resembles the way I create and think. He takes basic, everyday items and *poofs* them into extraordinary!

This book, as well as 2 of his previous tomes, may be purchased at bookstores across the U.S. and Canada. Or, you may access it immediately through my BOOK WIDGET near the top of my right sidebar.


Oct 7, 2008

Tea for Tuesday

Good Housekeeping - October 1909

I have gazed at the above magazine cover, somewhat in awe of what was considered "good housekeeping" in 1909. My, how times have changed. Nowadays, that fluffy white fox would have so much protection that it really would be licking her tea saucer. Can you imagine having a pillow like that?

On the wings of my summer tea series, I've made some new discoveries that should interest tea enthusiasts! One item is an online tea magazine simply titled, The Leaf. Each issue is subdivided into categories that can be downloaded in pdf format. The content is classy, informative, and dissimilar to the frou-frou newsletter styles of other tea sites.

There is a distinct Asian thread piecing all of the earthy elements together. Be advised that some articles include Eastern folklore and mysticism. The evolution of tea did not stem from a Christian culture, so one can sift accordingly. Nevertheless, you are bound to gain deeper insights. Click HERE to view. I'm interested to know what you think.

Lisa Wynn wrote a very funny article at Tea Digest called, "Boring Luncheons are Out to Lunch." She expresses what many of us feel when faced with another bridal or baby shower that is a repeat of everything we have already attended. Let's face it, we know why we're there, but wouldn't it be nice to enjoy something fresh?

Lastly, have you ever considered cooking with tea? Rice is transformed when it is prepared with brewed tea instead of plain water. Check out, "Cooking with Tea and Teatime Treats."

Oct 5, 2008

Spiritual Sundays - FEAR


My husband and I have checking accounts with 4 banking institutions and 2 of these banks received name changes last week due to failures. One of these crumbling empires was a highly rated East Coast institution that I recently selected because of it's stability.

Many years ago, I learned an acrostic for fear:
False Evidence Appearing Real

I've given this acrostic a great deal of thought. Certainly, there are perils and alarms in life that are by no means false. When facing an oncoming vehicle, a predator, a natural disaster, or a gloomy diagnosis, the rush of adrenaline or emotion we feel is hardly based on illusion. However, most of our fear is either derived from our own insecurities or should be wholeheartedly stamped, "Return to Sender."

1 John 4:18 tells us:
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (NKJ)
The Message Bible states it this way:
17-18 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we're free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ's. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.
Allow me to take this acrostic one step further. Even when fear is not based on a mirage, I believe our limited perspective is still somewhat false. Encased in these earthen shells, we will never see the whole picture or the backstage operations of a wise and loving God. We see in part. To base our entire understanding on a piece of the puzzle will inhibit or cripple our ability to lean on, trust in, and rely on our all knowing Heavenly Father.

In July of this year, Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, lost his 33-year old son to a traffic accident. This happened just days before the annual Southern California Harvest Crusade, an event that Greg heads up. After hearing this news, I joined my prayer with the thousands of petitions being raised up, asking God to reach those Harvest Crusade attendees whose future had not yet been secured in Heaven. Consequently, this crusade produced some of the greatest fruit in this ministry's history! Had Greg limited his understanding to just the heartbreaking evidence of loss, the larger picture may have never been realized.