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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Birthday!

I am so thankful to have my Mother in my life! Our family spent a weekend at the beach on the Oregon Pacific Coast honoring Mom's special day. There were 51 of us who attended...the youngest was three weeks old!

My Mom has had such a godly influence in my life. She was dedicated to instilling the things of God in all her children's lives. I am so very grateful to have been blessed with my Mother's love for God!

Her Love for Family
Her Love for Christian Values
Her Love for God's Word
Her Love of Laughter
Her Love for the Ocean
Her Love of Hymns
Her Love of Reading
Her Love of History
Her Love of Oregon
Her Love for Her Country
Her Love of Flowers
Her love of the Color Pink

Not a day passes that I don't thank God for my Mom!

Carolynn xoxo

"But from everlasting to everlasting...
  the Lord's love is with those who fear Him,
  and His righteousness with their...
  children's children...
  With those who keep His covenant...
  and remember to obey His precepts."
                      (Psalm 103:17-18)    NIV

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tea Party

Do you remember the quaint little tune......"Tea for Two.....and Two for Tea"?  This past weekend the Woman's Ministry where I worship hosted a Mother's Day Tea.  But, instead of having two for tea...we had over 50 lovely ladies attend!

Several talented ladies hosted individual tables. Each table was beautifully decorated according to each woman's taste. There were so many lovely arrangements and color schemes.

Many ladies brought teapots so that everyone's teacups were kept full to the brim with piping hot tea!

But, before you sweet blogging friends!


Hold onto your Hats.....and, your waistlines!!!

My darling friend, Trish, artfully made this incredibly cute turtle just bursting with colorful fruit!

Fresh Fruit...So healthy!
Carrot Cake..Ooo..LaLa!

Shortbread artfully dipped in chocolate...

Beautiful, luscious Berries and Kiwi...

Cucumber Sandwiches...

Cream Cheese and Chives on Cucumbers!

Fruit & Nut Balls...100% Healthy with dried cranberries, pistachios, almonds, coconut & agave

Whole Wheat Tortilla Rollups made with jalapenos, black olives and cream cheese

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs...

Creamy Chicken Salad Tarts...

Fresh Fruits and Veggies...Jicama, Pomegranate seeds, Cucumbers, Mouth watering Watermelon....

Glazed Pastries...

Vanilla Scones and Brownies...

Cream Cheese Stuffed Strawberries with Sliced Almonds
Plenty more Iced Carrot Cake...

Savory beef, olives on cream cheese topped crouettes...


There was something for everyone!

I hope each one of you had a wonderful Mother's day! I wish you could have been my guest this past you can see, there was enough food for a small country!

Blessings and hugs,
Carolynn xoxo

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mom-Daughter Aprons

"Thou shalt sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam...And feed upon strawberries, sugar and cream."   Mary Engelbreit 

I had so much fun stitching up these Mother-Daughter aprons. I was able to donate them to the silent auction fundraiser at my church the day of our Mother's Day Tea.

The finished aprons...for Momma and Daughter

I love adding Rick Rack. It adds such a touch of vintage sweetness!

Thank you, my dear friends, for popping in for a visit! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Carolynn   xoxo

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mom's Day

      Wishing you all a wonderful "Momma's Day", my sweet friends!

I am so very grateful to have two Mother's in my life. My Mom is just a few days shy of 90 and such a blessing to me! My husband's Mom is the most precious Mom-in-Love to me! I don't take either of them for granted! I pray and thank God for them both daily!

I wish each one of my darling blogging friends a special Mother's Day...One filled with love and family.

Carolynn xoxo

"A woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised." Proverbs 30:31 TLB

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

An Award

I am honored to be nominated for a "Sunshine Award" by "Emma/TheLogCabin"! I have seen this colorful daisy on some of my very favorite blogs and am deeply humbled!

Thank you, sweet Emma!

I've been asked to answer these ten questions...Here goes!

***My favorite color...I love RED, RED, RED! It's such a cheery, bright color!

***My favorite number..."316" (John 3:16...) "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son..That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (My favorite scripture verse).

*** My favorite animal...Hand's down! I am a cat lover...My three kitties bring so much joy and comfort to my life...I can't imagine life without them!

***Favorite non-alcoholic beverage...Hazelnut Coffee...a cup a day, keeps the doctor away!

***Do I prefer Facebook or Twitter? I am a confirmed Flickr and blog fan...Not a minute extra for FB or Twitter!

***What is my passion? My first one is my love for God and living a life that honors Him. My second is my marriage to the sweetest man on earth. My third is my great big family...I am one of six children and am blessed with a huge extended family. Fourth is my love for nesting, home, sewing, creating and blessings others with the work of my hands.

***Do I prefer giving or receiving?..I love to give to others! It truly is a passion for me. I receive so much pleasure by sewing for my family and friends! I always want to be an encourager in everything I do.

***My Favorite pattern...Checks and Polka Dots...especially, RED ones!

***My favorite day of the week...Oh, I love Fridays! It's the beginning of my island in the week...Ahhh....A time of rest, worship, friendships, long drives in the country with my sweetie...Ahh!

***My favorite flower...Lilacs and Johnny-Jump-Ups. One smells so sweet and the other looks so sweet!

Now, to list five blogs I enjoy...Oh, this is a tuffy because I love visiting so many, many beautiful blogs!

"Sweet Vintage Rose Cottage" by Paula

"My Vintage Mending" by Renee

"Ribbonwood Cottage" by Debbie

"Vintage Grey" by Heather

"Sew A Little Love" by Tania

If any of you choose to decline...Please know that I will understand.

Blessings, my darling friends!
Carolynn   xoxo

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


For my wonderful friends who are popping in for the first time...
I have been blessed by the dearest young lady, Paula, of "Sweet Vintage Rose Cottage".

For the past few days, I have had the joy of sharing the darling gifts that she sent me for Mother's Day. Several of them are the work of her sweet hands.

Sugar and Spice...and, everything nice...
That's what little girls are made of!

My darling adopted daughter! You have filled my cup to overflowing! I am so touched and appreciative for all you have done for me! You have remembered me in a way that I have never known. You are such a gift...the best of all! I love you, angel girl!
Momma Hugs
Carolynn  xoxo

"This is the day that the Lord hath made...I will rejoice and be glad in it".
                                             Psalm 118:24    

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Loving Gifts

I am still pinching myself to make sure that I'm not dreaming...

Oh, my goodness...Just look at these adorable treasures. Precious Paula of "Sweet Vintage Rose Cottage" knows how much I love the color Red!
I spent a lovely afternoon just ooing and ahhing as I opened each charming gift!
I adore this chubby little elephant perched high upon a bright red tomato...This is the cutest pincushion! I love it and will enjoy displaying it in my sewing room!
Thank you, my darling adopted daughter! I do feel extremely loved and you have blessed me so abundantly!

"Every good and perfect gift comes from above". James 1:17

Blessings to you for sharing this moment with me...and, love to my darling adopted daughter, Paula!
Carolynn  xoxo

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Loving Gifts

My darling adopted daughter, Paula, of  "Sweet Vintage Rose Cottage"  sent me the most wonderful Mother's Day parcel!

I am deeply humbled by her beautiful workmanship, affection and generosity! As I opened each sweet gift, my heart was warmed by her love and abiding friendship!

Isn't this the most adorable portrait of darling Paula! She artistically sketched and appliqued her lovely image onto this cute little quilt. Look at the petite beribboned polka dot yoyo.
I will treasure this always, my darling daughter!

"Kitty Kisses"
What could be sweeter? Dear Paula created this adorable little kitten...Her stitching is so perfect! Oh, so adorable...and, how I love kitties with tiny red bow ties!

Just look at this plush little kitten!  Paula, lovingly, stitched each tiny detail. Her  handiwork is purrrrrfection!

I'm so happy to be able to share these priceless blessings with you!

Please visit tomorrow to see more "Pretties from Paula"...She gifted me with so many darling treasures...I thought it would be meaningful to share them on my next post, too!

Blessings and gratitude,
Carolynn  xoxo