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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Happy Fall Y'all

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year. Not too cold...not too hot......sweater leather shoes weather........the light takes on a life of it's own. Even if it's cloudy, the sunshine absorbed by the tree leaves blaze in a brilliant fire of warm color. Browns, Greens, Brugandys, Golds, Purples, Blues, Aquas. I have to admit is great.....pinks are fine........but colors of Fall are what I always gravitate to for decor and fashion. From my logo I guess you can surmise my first choice of colors are.......browns and greens.   What can I say, I am a child of the 60's.....Harvest Brown and Harvest Green appliances...yes,  my bedroom today, has walls of Harvest Gold. Historically the bold, muted tones of fall were used during American Victorian and Colonial times. I Love this site ...Color Wikia...that shows all the wonderful shades and hues of brown (and other colors too)  Here to see all the autumnul browns.......and it ain't just chocolate or dirt either.  LOL
Here are some of my fav Brown things...........
My brown gingham tablecloth I was surprized with this Summer by my Blogpal Cindy at Whimsicle Musings

My Farmhouse table we recieved as a wedding present....It's Cherry and Hunter Green

These are just some of the browns...and greens.....on my front porch

Log cabins with fireplaces

Tennessee Woods

Our BrownGingham Cabin

                                                                     Chestnut Appaloosas

My Rhineatone Brooch

                                                                     Chocolate Pearls
Amber Diamonds.....what can I say I love color diamonds more than the plain.
But, alas, can't afford either. Sworovski is just as pretty.

My canopy for craft shows

And, my vintage 60's sewing box in red and browns
the perfect color combo!

Here are some of the designs I created using Autumnal inspirations........................

A hand-painted vintage hankie with Sworvski Crystals.
Pillow design available

The Chocolate Angel
Angeloc Inspiration

Hand-embroidered hankie accenting a tote
Brown Bag

Grandma's Kitchen Apron

A tisket A tasket
Bolster pillow

Hand-painted design on a two-tier table
Flourishes and Broadstrokes

 Well, that's all for now. Hope you enjoyed browsing. Be sure to stop by Etsy Cottage Style Here for thier Cottage Color Party and all my weekly Links listed at the top of the page!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Where were you?

That's a question that is always asked when someone starts a conversation about 9/11. When beginning a conversation about JFK someone inevitable says...I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the news came to me. And, likewise when Pres. Roosevelt came on the radio with his Dec 7th Pearl Harbor speech My Grandpa could say the same. There are times etched in our collective memories that wil never be forgotten.
As we all watched in disblief we can all..even school children...answer that question in a heartbeat
I was at the Flower Shop processing fresh flowers to start deliveries. I had the tv on the Today Show and the segment was interrupted, I instantly called Jim at work......they had it on the auto dealer's tv's and radios..
worked had halted....and then I called my parents. They came in just after  the second tower was hit.

Dad, an ex-Marine and  Construction worker......sadly knew what was to follow....airplane fuel burns hotter.
As the buildings imploded', as a nation you could hear the collective screams in our heads.... we couldn't utter because we were holding our breaths.....and most of us weren't standing anymore we had somehow found ourselved sitting. The image that is etched in my memory of that day in New York was the faces, ghostly images emerging from the smoky cloud......the pictures of thousands walking/running away from the surreal scene. No cars....and, how strangers came to each others aid...I always remember how everyone says New Yorker's never know each other....If one thing came thru this day when we as a people need  help we are not strangers. As the day went on we heard of the Pentagon...................................
our hearts this a nightmare....terror attacks on American soil...unthinkable. Then another broadcast.......another jolt...

a flight from a Newark jet bound for San Francisco was down in a Pa. field ....folks began calling in to newscasts with stories of loved ones contacting them from the plane prior to the crash....they had fought back after learning of the other terror attacks....this time there was a collective cheer.
We were not going to take this sitting down, the Nation would rally,  Flight 93 was the example of what Americans do..we do not cringe and wring our hands. Those first responders of New York and everyday people were an example of what Americans do.....even tho terrified in the face of danger we 'Git Er Done'.
Those at the Pentagon inspired us with their calm and resolve to continue at thier posts.
I hope you can listen to the musical tribute I have along with the pictorial.When I heard of Flight 93 the first thought that came to my mind was the Charlie Daniels Band song.......In verse that came to me was.....'We may have done some fightin amongst ourselves, but you outside people best leave us alone. Cause we'll all stick together...Just lay your hands on a Pittsburg Steelers fan and I think you're gonna understand'....I have this song in the background on my Playlist. That's a shortened version, but I think those folk on 93 were chanelling the spirit. It was written back in the 70's, but I think so appropo. I of course have the Fanfare to the Common Man to remember the Towers and the American Soldier along with all the military theme songs. for the Pentagon. Couldn't do a playlist without God Bless the USA and Courtesy of the Red, Whtie, and Blue. The final songs.....I'm Already There and Amazing Grace goes with the final photo below and is dedicated to those who lost there lives on that fateful day and our Military, those fighting now and lost since 9/11. I usually add a lot more patriotic songs, but for this week I just wanted to add songs I thought commorated  9/11. 
This final photo reminded me of Pslam 35...............................
Psalm 35

 Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid.  Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me,
“I am your salvation.”  May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay. May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away; may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them. Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,  may ruin overtake them by surprise—
may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin. Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation.  My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.”  Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about. They repay me evil for good and leave me like one bereaved. Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered, I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.  But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; assailants gathered against me without my knowledge. They slandered me without ceasing. Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked; they gnashed their teeth at me.  How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions. I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you. Do not let those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye. They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land. They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we have seen it.”  LORD, you have seen this; do not be silent. Do not be far from me, Lord.
Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord. Vindicate me in your righteousness, LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me. Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!” or say, “We have swallowed him up.” May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace. May those who delight in my vindication
shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.”  My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.

We must never forget...we will always remember.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011