…thoughts from my heart on my love for God, family and the care and decorating of our home

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Renniger’s Extravaganza and Blue/Brown Guest Room Makeover

My DH and I went to Renniger’s Antique Market today to take in the last Extravaganza until next November.  What a beautiful day to enjoy an outdoor market!  I was looking for small items to use, to tweak some displays around our home, and found some great deals.  I found two rolling pins, a masher with a black handle, and a few old wooden spoons and paddles; some rag balls, a quilted bunny, and several hearts made from old quilt scraps; an oil lamp, two brown crocks, a pewter pitcher, and a few small molds;  and a small blue granite pail, a blue bowl and a blue bottle.


I added the rolling pins to a crock with a few others I had.


I added the masher to my rolling pin/bowl cubby (on shelf beside bowl).


I put the molds in a wooden bowl on my kitchen dry sink, for now.


I have had my oil lamps displayed on top of the pie safe in my Dining Room for quite a while and like the way it looks.  I wanted to use the one with the pewter base (right front, top photo) in the Living Room, so I needed one lamp to replace it.  The one on the right front (bottom photo) is today’s find.


The taller brown crock found a home on a shelf in the Living Room.  Haven’t placed the other crock yet.


I added the pewter pitcher (middle) to some pewter pieces I already had on this shelf.



AN EXCERPT FROM A PREVIOUS POST - I had a lot of blue in our previous home and when we moved to this house (almost eight years ago) I thought I was tired of blue and did not use it at all in this home.  This fall I took some quilts to sell at a Street Fair that I participated in – and as the day progressed I kept looking at one of the quilts and thinking I don’t want to let that one go.  So I brought it home, spread it on the bed in one of the guest rooms, and fell in love with it.  The problem was that it didn’t go with anything else in the room.  Since then I have slowly been collecting blue and brown items for a room makeover. 

This is the quilt that started the makeover.


The room is still a work in progress, but I thought I would share what I have done so far.  After deciding to keep the quilt, I began to go through some things I had in storage and found that I had kept a few blue things.

A blue and brown crocheted rug and a quilt I had in storage.


I found this blue wooden caddy in the garage.  I added the blue bottle, granite pail, and rags balls that I bought today.


This blue cupboard was also in the garage.  I displayed a blue book and a few blue hankies in an old basket.  I added a lamp with a brown crock base, and the blue bowl with the quilt hearts that I bought today.


Close up of display.


This is how the room looks so far.


I have some fabric to make a brown dust ruffle – I just need the time to get it done.  I would like to repaint the room – maybe kacki – I haven’t talked to hubby about this yet.  And I haven’t decided on window treatments – I would like tobacco cloth curtains, but I don’t know if they are in the budget.  Does anyone know of a source for buying tobacco cloth?  I can make my own curtains if I can find the fabric at a reasonable price.

I hope you have enjoyed this little peak into my day of antiquing and my room makeover in progress.  And I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday’s Display Chain ~ LOVE

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:4-8   
I couldn’t begin to talk about love without first acknowledging the love of my Heavenly Father – because He is love!  He gave us the example of how we should love.  As I seek to follow Him, my desire is to show His love to the people in my life.  

Pictured above is my husband’s grandmother’s Bible.  When she died a note was found inside that said she wanted him to have her bible – I’m sure that she saw in him even as a little boy the godly man he was to become.

The second greatest love in my life is my husband, Adolph, who truly is my best friend.  In 1969 my family moved to Eastman, Georgia, and I went to work in one of the local factories.  I was planning to attend a Design Institute in the fall to study Interior Design and needed to work to help with expenses.  But my plans soon changed.  One day at work a good looking guy kept driving by on a forklift and I began to flirt with him.  I said to the girl I was working with, “This is the man I am going to marry.”  And she said, “He is my brother-in-law, would you like for me to introduce you?”  Well of course!!!  We went out that weekend and were inseparable from then on.  Three months later we were married – at the young ages of 18 and 19.  Did we know what loves was at that age?  Certainly not – but we grew up together and grew into love.  This year we will celebrate our 42nd anniversary. 

Here I am with the love of my life just before we ran/walked a 5K last month.  Not only does he support me in what I do – he often joins me.

The next greatest love in my life is my family.  We were blessed with three children – two daughters and a son – and then, as they married my heart expanded to embrace three more loves.  We are so proud of all of our children and the wonderful adults they have become.  In 1991 our daughter blessed us with our first granddaughter.  My heart overflowed with love  and this little girl stole my heart.  As each additional grandchild came along I fell in love all over again.   They truly are a delight!

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Here are all nine of our grandchildren with me on my birthday in September.

Lest anyone thinks we have the perfect marriage or the perfect family, let me assure you we do not.  There have been ups and downs and trials and triumphs, but love covers it all!

Well, that is it for me.  When I think of love my heart always goes to God, my precious husband, and my family.  I do have many other joys and delights in my life but none can compare with these.  

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
I Corinthians 13:13  

(This week's Display theme was "LOVE".  Be sure to visit 1890 Gable House Musings and check out all of this week's participants.)

May you be blessed with love,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


The theme for this week’s Display Chain hosted by Misi at 1890 Gable House Musings is “Displayed Sentiments”.  One thing that tugs at my sentimental heart is family.  We have a large family and I could write a book about memories and “heart tugs” related to each member – but I have chosen just a few to share today.

The first sentiment I would like to share is something special our SIL did for our family.  While he was serving our country in the Air Force he had this flag flown on a combat mission over Afghanistan in honor of our family.  The authenticating certificate reads, “In honor of the Beck Family from the Men and Women of the 71st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron”.  I am so grateful to the men and women who serve our country and my heart is touched each time I pass by this display.  Our SIL is pictured in the photo on the left and our son, who served in the Marines, is pictured on the right.


Another sentiment that touches my heart is a poem that our granddaughter wrote for a school assignment and then printed (in red, which is my favorite color) and had framed for my 60th birthday.  Hannah and I share the same birthday and this was written days before she turned 13.  The poem is entitled “Where I Am From”.  She begins the poem with “I am from” and then lists many family memories/sentiments – like family celebrations, favorite foods at these gatherings, the tradition of the red plate, and then she closes the poem with these words:

I am from a family of encouragement and where everything remotely good is an achievement.

I am from the family that made me who I am.


The last sentiment I would like to share is the gift my precious husband bought me for our anniversary this past June.  It is a dry sink from the 1800’s and was in a price range that is beyond our budget.  We visited the shop a few times over several weeks and DH talked down the price (still too much I thought) but he bought it anyway.  I stood there in the store and cried – I was overwhelmed that he did this for me.  I think he was proud of himself that he had pleased me so.  We use it as a storage island in our kitchen and I fall in love with my husband all over again every time I look at it.


Be sure and visit
Misi’s blog and check out the other Display Chains.


I wanted something special to display on my wire tree and I found just what I was looking for at
Kattywhompus Primitives.  Be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog too for some delightful eye candy.  Here is my tree with the beeswax hearts I ordered from Rhonda – I topped it with a vintage Valentine postcard.  Thanks again Rhonda – I love the hearts!


A few years ago I wanted to express to my husband how much I love him and I came up with the idea to show him love for 14 days (February 1-14).  Each day I did something to express my love to him – a card, a small gift (very inexpensive), a note in his lunch box – many of these items were homemade.  Then on Valentine’s Day I made a special dinner for him and made the whole evening all about him.  One of the gifts I gave him, which we still use, is this heart shaped pocket pillow.  The pillow stays on our bed year round and we use the pocket for leaving love notes and special treats for each other.


Thank you all for stopping by and don’t forget to express your love to those who are special to you.