Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jar Mixes

Sorry about my absence from the blogging world. 
I've had some difficulties downloading pictures. 
I finally have opted for an alternative method. 
The picture you see here is from my church's 2009 Harvest Festival. 

We are currently busy getting ready for this year's event to be held Saturday, October 9th.  The picture above is a peanut butter criss-cross cookie mix.  We have made more of these for this year's festival. 
 It is a very busy time for me as I am the lucky chair of this event.  It is a lot of hard work, but I really enjoy it.

Monday, September 20, 2010

I Saw God Today

Well...it actually all started yesterday.
I was at a family reunion.  The one we have every year at a beautiful little white country church beside a creek. 
My mother's youngest brother...my uncle...who just celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary and is approaching the young age of 80 announced that he had something for his nieces and nephews in his car.  He preceded to pass out numbers...he had one number for each of us to match the gift he had in his car.
What he pulled from his car is still taking my breath away.
Fourteen pictures...
Fourteen beautifully painted pictures...
Yes...
No...
It was actually fourteen beautifully hand cross stitched pictures.  Tiny, tiny, tiny little crosses...thousands of crosses...each one made one at a time.   Hours and hours of tiny little crosses.  All put together to look like a beautiful picture when viewed from afar. 
We were amazed.
He tells us he began these around the year 2004.  He worked 6-7 hours a night for 3-4 months on each picture.  They were pictures transformed into patterns by a computer.  And then, he lovingly cross stitched.
(You can see the tiny crosses if you click on a picture.)
My sister told him, a million dollars would not have been more special.
I saw God in that church yesterday.
And when I look at my picture...in my house...made by my Uncle Jim...I will see God every day!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Silver and Glass Bowl

Tadah...

This is my official "favorite" purchase from the Dog Days Flea Market.  This is a very heavy bowl.  It looks old...I have no idea if it is old or not, I just liked the combination of glass and silver.



I brought the bowl home, polished it, and added it to the middle of my dining room table.  Isn't if just lovely???
And the best news is...I paid exactly $1.00 for it.



I just love a good bargain!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Embroidered Pillow Cases

This is another great bargain from the Dog Days Flea Market.  I found these hand embroidered cotton pillowcases for $4.00
This pair of pillowcases has the embroidery work on the front and the back...which is unusual.
They are also trimmed in a very pretty lace.
Both cases are in great condition.
I have washed them, ironed them, and placed them on my bed.  I really like the quality of the material in these older pillowcases. 
I'll be sharing my favorite purchase with you tomorrow.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dog Days Flea Market Continued

This is actually the piece I was wanting to purchase at the Dog Days Flea Market, when the lady offered me three pieces for $1.00.  So, I wound up with this little one inch pottery piece,
and...
This little three inch "butter" dish...
and...
the piece I showed you in yesterday's blog.
All three pieces for $1.00!!!
Remember, I spent $8.00 total.
So, I'll be showing you the rest of my bargains later.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Dog Days

There is a weekend flea market that is held in a field in Ardmore, Tennessee, that is called the Dog Days Flea Market.  I have been there several times, but this was my first year to go on Labor Day.  Wow!!!  The crowd was unbelievable.

My husband and I got there around 6:00 a.m.!  I did not understand why we had to go so early, until we got ready to leave and come home around 9:00 a.m.  The line of cars coming in was backed up forever...I am sure they had about an hour to wait just to get to the parking area.  I was really glad we had gotten up early.

This flea market is very unique.  There is a large variety of booths.  They even sell live animals...dogs, ducks, chickens, etc.  I focused on the antique booths, and I had a great time shopping and bargaining.

My purchases for the day totaled $8.00.  I am still amazed at what all I got for $8.00.  Over the next few days, I am going to share with you some pictures of my bargains.

This first item I was not even intending to buy.  I actually had asked the lady for a price on another very small pottery item.  (I'll show it to you next time.)  She told me there were three pieces that went together, and she would let me have them for $1.00.  You can't exactly beat that for a deal.
This little blue candle holder fits nicely on my dining room hutch.




I especially liked this purchase, because it just came along
with something else.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

God's Butterflies

These beautiful green moths come to our shed every year during the summertime.  When my daughter was a very little girl she would say, "Look Mom, God's butterflies are here."  To this day, we call these moths God's butterflies, and we wait every year for their arrival.  Sometimes there will be only one or two; sometimes there will be several.  This year there were several smaller brown moths sharing the space with them.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Spaghetti Towers

Several of our new Sixth Grade Science standards deal with the concept of Engineering.  This is a new topic for me to teach, and I have been searching for a way to reinforce this concept.
So, last Friday I decided to try a project that I had used years ago when teaching the Youth Group at my church.  I challenged groups of four students to build a tower using only gumdrops, mini marshmallows, and pieces of spaghetti.
 The goal was to design and engineer the tallest tower in the class.  They had 20 minutes to build this tower, and they had to communicate in some way other than talking.
Albert would have been proud.  The groups worked together so well, with no one getting upset or angry at mistakes that were made or towers that fell.  I do believe these kids learned a lot about the design process, as well as, the importance of working together. 
Oh,...and the winning tower was 26 inches tall.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Church

Do you go to church???

We do.  Right now, we have a new pastor.  He is doing a wonderful job.  I leave church on Sundays feeling refreshed and challenged to go through my week.  His sermons leave me thinking...which is a good thing.  I am inviting everyone I see to come and visit our church.  If you live close to us...I invite you, too.

Do you go to church???

I have always gone to church.  When I was a child, my Dad insisted we go to church every Sunday.  There was no excuse to miss.  I don't even remember missing because I was sick.  On Sunday morning, we got dressed and went to church.

Do you go to church???

As he got older, even my Dad began to miss church occasionally.  My husband and I will sometimes declare a family day, and venture away for a day.  Lots of folks miss church for sports events or family reunions that are scheduled on Sundays.  I think it is somehow sad that most of us no longer adhere to the idea of not missing church for any reason.

Do you go to church???

I do believe it is possible to be a Christian without attending "church".  But I do worry about children who are not raised in a church.  They are sent to the best schools, purchased the best clothes, signed up for baseball teams or cheer camp, but never taken to church to learn about Jesus.  Somehow this is a lot of time wasted on things that really don't matter at all.

Do you go to church???

I encourage you all to try it.  You don't have to attend my church, you don't have to attend a church of my denomination, but do at least try to find a place where you are comfortable and can become closer to God.  You might even find yourself committing to not miss a Sunday.

Do you go to church???

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