Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My sweet flowering almond shrub and my wood hyacinths in bloom by the front porch.

No, my camera hasn't resurfaced, but fortunately for me I do, at least, have this little removable micro-disc thingy with some of my older photos on it. This photo, taken last May, is a faithful representation of what's blooming in my flowerbed right now. I really love my sweet flowering almond shrub--everyone who sees it exclaims over it--but it's deciduous and dies to the roots every year, and its bloom time is too short for my liking. Still, it's a lovely thing in its season, and especially with the pretty blue wood hyacinths proliferating beneath it. 

To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Well, I shan't be able to show you much of my own making until get a replacement camera but, fortunately, I have some photos of some projects Claudia has been creating. 

Myself and Claudia attempting to get a decent photo with the time-delay feature on my now missing digital camera. Needless to say, it was impossible to get both of us looking human at the same moment! I'm the one here taking the dive for the team.
Claudia (my sister-in-law/best friend for those of you who are new to the blog) has been experimenting with old linen calendar towels.


I particularly liked this little throw pillow she made. She also is doing a lot with lavender sachets, using both the old linen tea towels and other novelty print fabrics with larger graphics. These are my favorites:

It's a great idea--half doll, half sachet! Do check out her Etsy shops, SlapHappyGoose.etsy.com and LittleFallsVintage.etsy.com.

Today I received a package in the mail--always great fun! Remember the BNS I mentioned in yesterday's post? These items are from SoapArt.etsy.com, who is also in the BNS. They are such a kick! And the whole package smelled so wonderfully fragrant when I opened it. Here's what I bought:

Frog Soap with Froggy Squirt Toy
Shark Soap With Shark Squirt Toy Inside 
 Aren't these terrific? I think I bought the last ones, but the seller will probably restock them soon, and meantime she has other great stuff:

Rainbow Ball Soap Ball is a Ball of Rainbow Soapy Goodness

There's another fabulous seller I'd like to introduce you to, who is also part of the BNS. She has a shop full of truly special vintage items, and right now they're all on sale for 50% off. Her name is Cathy and her shop is JulianosCorner.etsy.com.

Here are some of her wares, all of which I admire and covet:
50% OFF Unique Decorative Brass Donkey Drawn Tray                   

Cathy's undergoing some fiery trials and your purchases and your prayers would mean a lot to her right now. Get a wonderful deal for yourself and be a blessing to a woman in need! Can't buy? Mark some of her items as "favorites" for others to follow, or pin some of them on Pinterest. Every little bit helps!

Again, if you're an Etsy shop owner yourself, please do check out the BNS link here:

The treasury has been updated and there are lovely new items on display. If you buy from one of the featured shops, your own shop will be featured in a future round, meaning extra exposure for you!

Bye for now! Have a special day.



  1. Thanks for mentioning my soaps and my shop! You got some great pictures of the Frog and Shark squirt toy soaps. Thanks again for your business, and thanks for the shout out!

  2. Thank you so much Victoria I truly appreciate all the help you are giving me! I really do! Your an angel!

  3. Thats one of my favorite songs
    Ive never been a relgious girl but I do however love that part of the Bible Ive read it abunch because it reads like poetry very beautiful :)

  4. I've also purchased before from SoapArt.etsy.com I got the shark for my grandson, he just turned 2 so he's working for the shark lol he loves it!

    I love that song too vanessayoung! Always have!