Sunday, May 31, 2015

Flag Day - Patriotic Dining Room Part 1

 The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors red, white, and blue.

 However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

 According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country.

However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.

This vintage school desk sits in a corner of the dining room.

Woofer and Raggedy Ann wish you a
Blessed week!

Partying at

Partying at these great places

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Some 4th of July Freebie Images

Backyard update. It's still a mess! But, it's a mess in progress. 

 Today I'm sharing some fun Patriotic 4th of July images that I've been working on. Eventually I may get some decent pictures and show you how I'm using them, but for now  there is work to be down in the backyard.

Buster Brown and his dog Tige.1910 calendar. Frankly, I think Tige looks like the brains of the outfit.

 Vintage firecracker labels

I tinted the edges of some of the fan folded medallions with food coloring.
 Uncle Sam image printed out from Pinterest.
Vintage images for medallions, crackers, or cornucopias. (Or whatever you like!)

mini flashcards

 Have a Blessed week!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial Day. Lest We Forget

 Wishing everyone a safe and healthy Memorial Day Weekend.

It is a fine thing to create a tradition for honoring our fallen soldiers.
 One of my little traditions is a themed movie night.

Here is a list to get you thinking.
Sergent York  (WW1)
To Hell and Back  (WW11)
And some war time recipe ideas .  
Boston Brown Bread

1 1/2 cups corn meal                                   1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rye meal                                      3/4 cup molasses
4 teaspoons Royal Baking Powder            2 cups milk

Mix and sift dry ingredients, add the molasses and milk. Beat thoroughly and put into greased moulds 2/3 full. Steam 3 1/2 hours, remove the covers and bake in oven long enough to dry the top.
'Watch over our soldiers, Lord, I pray. Give our politicians hearts to serve and a strong moral compass to do what is right.'


(My Country, 'Tis of Thee)

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 697
Text: Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895
Music: Thesaurus Musicus
Tune: AMERICA, Meter: 664.6664

1. My country,' tis of thee,
sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
land where my fathers died,
land of the pilgrims' pride,
from every mountainside let freedom ring!

2. My native country, thee,
land of the noble free, thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
thy woods and templed hills;
my heart with rapture thrills, like that above.

3. Let music swell the breeze,
and ring from all the trees sweet freedom's song;
let mortal tongues awake;
let all that breathe partake;
let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.

4. Our fathers' God, to thee,
author of liberty, to thee we sing;
long may our land be bright
with freedom's holy light;
protect us by thy might, great God, our King. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Down the Garden Path

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. 
The revery alone will do, If bees are few.
-Emily Dickinson

Royal Winton Beehive
Royal Winton, a lovely cottage gardeny hive honeypot. I've never seen this one.


Aren't these lovely? I have never seen Royal Winton Beehive in 'person'. I am afraid it would be very costly judging by the going prices on eBay.
For a proper English garden one must have some foxglove or hollyhocks, and an old bee skep. There must be daisies too, and a worn bench.

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
  Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Here is a little image I made and am printing out wallet size for card making. Below is the version I made to use for book marks and tags. I included the images I used cleaned up and ready for use at the bottom of this post.

My only flowers right now are the violets blooming in the lawn! We let the grass grow long and go to seed before the 1st cutting of the season and do not mind how untended it looks.  This gives the roots plenty of time to grow deep and the birds love the seed. My book rests on my lap and I sip my tea and watch a fussy and industrious bird bend the stalk over and work it's way to the tip like a human with an ear of corn.

Consider the birds of the field .... the same everlasting Father who cares for them, cares for you...

 Jann at
 Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
 inspired my search for bee hive related china and bee skeps, and hence this post. 
Check it out.

For lovely photographs and information on skeps and bees visit  Lord Cowell

And here are some images cleaned up and ready to use. Enjoy!

Have a Blessed Week!


I'll be joining these great parties.
 Come join the fun and 
Bernideens Friends Sharing Tea
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
Martha's Favorites - Teacup Tuesday 
 Bella Rosa- Let's Talk Vintage
Whatsit Wednesday @ Ivy & Elephants
Share Your Cup @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday 
Home Matter at Life with Lorelai
Pink Saturday@ How Sweet the Sound
Please check out my picks of the week.

My Sentimental Life

Watering Can Collection  

Be uplifted by Bernideen's
Sunday Celebration 

Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
Road Trip! A lovely visit to Harrods