Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Just a Touch of Whimsy.

I love shopping at the Goodwill store! Sometimes I find the most interesting things. I recently found some items that I hope to be decorating with for Springtime around my house. Both items add a touch of "Whimsy" to my decor. I started looking around and saw that there were several other items I already had that have a touch of whimsy in them. Here are the items I got at Goodwill.
Here they are next to my Easter Egg tree....I'm still working on that.
Here are some other "whimsical"  items I had sitting around...
This is a little ceramic teacup with roses that my hubby got me a few years ago.
I'm from Canadian decent. Several years ago I visited my relatives in Canada and bought these letters that spelled "hello" in French. The suitcase and makeup table teapots were another gift from my hubby.

I would really love to find a few "whimsical" tea cups to go with my teapots!(For some reason, they are hard to find here in my little part of the world.) Here are some I found online that I really liked,

Source: amazon.com via Ann on Pinterest

....plus I found these cute whimsical things:

When I think of whimsy, I think of the story of the Mad Hatter Tea Party
 in Alice in Wonderland, don't you?

And the spinning teacup ride....

Wouldn't it be fun to have a Mad Hatter Tea Party, with all the whimsy we can conjur up? I may have to try to plan one sometime. (The idea has me jumping with excitement!! I'm just a kid at heart!)
 Here are some awesome things to start planning a mad-hatter tea party...

Cute Invitations

Adorable Decorations

Gotta have some cake with your tea!

I also love shopping at our local consignment and antique shop, called "Home Sweet Home". Today, I purchased a couple little birdies for the whimsical cage I got. I'll share them in another post.
O.k., I'm all "whimsied" out, for now. Hope your day is full of "whimsy and cheer" (Had one more whimsy left in me....hehehe.)

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Are you Living an Ordinary or Extraordinary Life?

"We are all enamored by those who accomplish extraordinary feats… Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and Batman and the ticket stubs prove it. Of the 25 top grossing films of all time, 17 fall into this category.
We must ask why? Because we were meant for more, and we know it."

 "Does your faith reflect the same audacity and power found in these stories? God loves to do the impossible, and He wants to use ordinary people willing to focus their prayers and attention on Him and His promises, not their circumstances. Don't settle for ordinary. Give up on complacency. Begin living the life of audacious faith God has created and saved you for. When you do, dreams are realized. Lives are transformed. The world is changed. And the impossible happens."

"All of us were meant for more, extraordinarily created and intended for a life that is anything but ordinary. Here is a book that that I found online, called "Extraordinary".  I haven't read it(yet), but this book looks like it is worth reading.

This song touched my heart, too, So many people are settling for an "ordinary" life. But we know deep down, we do want more. We were made for more, through Christ!!!

As you begin another week, consider if you are living each day, each activity in your life, as a possible way to show God to others, either through words or actions. Are you ready to live every day like it is not just ordinary? We were made for the extraordinary!!!

As I write down the many blessings (Joy Dare) that God has shown me, may you be encouraged to do the same in your  own life!!!!

3 gifts that were “Plan B’s”
480.  Going to the library, instead of the coffee shop for wifi.
481. Reading a new book, instead of writing today.
482. Instead of chicken, we had shrimp with our stir-fry for dinner.

A gift at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
483. Honey Nut Cheerios :)
484. Strawberry banana yogurt- double :)
485. Family together

3 gifts white
486. Freshly cleaned sheets
487. Easter Lily
488. Freshly fallen snow

 3 gifts that changed today
489. The weather-from overcast and windy to pure sun!
490. Our driveway - an in ground basketball pole and hoop that fell down!(It was old and rusty)
491. My blog header - changed from winter to spring look.

A gift of tin, of glass, of wood.
492. Tin: An old cross

493. Glass: Statue of Jesus, taken up to heaven

494. Wood: My Easter Egg Tree

3 gifts before 11 a.m.
495. A text message from a friend
496. Waking up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee
497. Time in prayer and reading of the Word.

3 gifts seen as reflections
498. Reflecting on how the celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas leads us now through His life, and to the upcoming time of His death and resurrection(Easter).
499. My garden pond...reflecting on what is looked like last year...looking forward to spring and seeing it again reflecting it's beauty.

500. On a cold winter afternoon, seeing the sun's reflection on my camera, as my hubby and I take a walk.

I'm halfway to 1,000 gifts!!!!! :)

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Discovering Polyvore-Top Ten Favorite Ensembles

I've recently discovered a website called Polyvore. This site is described as the best place to discover or start fashion and decorating trends. Browse and shop looks created by a global community of independent trendsetters and stylists. If you like putting together favorite outfits and accessories and sharing them with others, you really need to check this site out. I think I'm hooked on it!! Here are my  top ten favorite ensembles(for now). I put together some myself, as well and pinned some great ensembles from other 'designers' to my Pinterest page.

Blue and Brown Swirls Sundress

Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Vintage Summer Dress
Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Pink Paisley Dress
Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Navy and White Summer Ensemble
Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Here are some others I really liked from other Pinterest pins from Polyvore creators:
 Fuchsia Pullover
Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Merino Cool
Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Cozy up with Purple polyvore laur-girl
Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Side-Zip Chunky Knit Cardi
Source: polyvore.com via Ann on Pinterest

Can you tell that I'm SO ready for Spring/Summer to get here?
Have a great weekend!

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