Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Song

My Country, 'Tis of Thee
Samuel F. Smith

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 mountain side Let freedom ring!

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.

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.

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!
Samuel Smith went to Andover Seminary where he translated hymns from German to English. He was struck by the words of "God Bless our Saxon Land" and immediately felt the need to write a patriotic hymn. He said he finished within half an hour. My Country, 'Tis of Thee was first sung by the Juvenile Choir at a Sunday School Rally on July 4, 1831.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I Love America

The past couple of years I have loved decorating for July 4th. I've been keeping my eye out at antique malls and flea markets but have not found much.
Every year I put flags in my front flower pots from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
This little soldier has been one of my favorite finds from TJMaxx.
I changed out my little green plate with a red one and added red, white and blue gumballs to my candy jar.

Cody hates that I hang something from every little knob but I love doing it! :)
I changed out the message on my little chalkboard to reflect the season.
My mom bought me this cute candle holder last year.
She also got me this cute pillow. It says, "Stars And Stripes Forever".

I had to use my flash on this one but this is where I change out fun seasonal signs. This one says, "America Land of the Free". This was a two dollar find at Oops several years back. I have loved seeing every one's Patriotic decorations and look forward to seeing more. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Song

There Is Power in the Blood
Lewis E. Jones

Would you be free From your burden of sin?
There's pow'r in the blood, Pow'r in the blood;
Would you o'er evil a victory win?
There's wonderful pow'r in the blood.

There is pow'r, pow'r, Wonder working pow'r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow'r, pow'r, Wonder working pow'r,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be free, From your passion and pride?
There's pow'r in the blood, Pow'r in the blood;
Come for a cleansing To Calvary's tide;
There's wonderful pow'r in the blood.

There is pow'r, pow'r, Wonder working pow'r,
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow'r, pow'r, Wonder working pow'r,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be whiter, Much whiter than snow?
There's pow'r in the blood, Pow'r in the blood;
Sin stains are lost In its life giving flow;
There's wonderful pow'r in the blood.

There is pow'r, pow'r, Wonder working pow'r,
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow'r, pow'r, Wonder working pow'r,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you do service For Jesus your King:
There's pow'r in the blood, Pow'r in the blood;
Would you live daily, His praises to sing?
There's wonderful pow'r in the blood.

There is pow'r, pow'r, Wonder working pow'r,
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow'r, pow'r, Wonder working pow'r,
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Lewis E. Jones graduated from Moody Bible Institute. He spent his time with the YMCA and on the side wrote hymns. This hymn was written at a camp meeting in Maryland in 1899. He also composed the tune. This is his most popular hymn.

*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

Friday, June 19, 2009

My Blogicon!


Have you ever heard of a Blogicon? I had never heard of them until Cara from RockSTARRMom emailed me. I had always wondered how bloggers got a cool little icon by their web address but figured it was beyond my understanding. Well, it turns out that it still is but that is where RockSTARRMom comes in! She sent me a code and told me step by step how to add it to my layout. It was so easy! She put the little birdie from my header by my web address! Do you see it on your computer? Most people just have an orange box with a B in for Blogger (boring!). I feel so professional now.

She can put anything you want by your web address. She tries to coordinate it with the blog of course. You can go to Your Blogicon and see a list of who she has made one for and see how to get one for yourself. You will love it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tray Transformations

You probably guessed what I would do with this tray:
Who doesn't need another chalkboard?! I love the size and shape of this one.

I wanted to do a little something different with the brass tray I bought.
I spray painted it Heirloom White and then printed off our monogram in a font that I liked. I cut them out and traced them on the tray.

I wanted a tone on tone look so I painted the monogram in a light beige color.
Obviously I was not going for perfection:
I still wanted more of an antique look so I watered down some dark brown paint and brushed it over the whole tray. Then I wiped most of it off with a paper towel. This was kind of a "make it up as you go" project which is how I like them. They rarely turn out like I pictured them in my head but I always end up liking them.
I'm glad I didn't walk away from this $3 tray. I didn't know what I was going to do with it when I bought it but I liked the shape and the detail. So if you see a good deal and you know it has potential, snatch it up! It might sit in your closet for awhile but something will eventually come to you.

Monday, June 15, 2009

More Flea Market Finds

We took an impromptu trip Thursday night to my parent's house. Cody worked in Little Rock on Friday and my Mom and I went to several antique malls. I know it seems like this blog has turned into a "flea market finds" blog but I have been in the mood to hunt! There just doesn't seem to be a lot going on in the way of projects over here.....we are just enjoying a lazy summer so my posts maybe sporadic.

This time I remembered to take pictures of my Mom's finds! She found some great things.
She got this silver tray for $1 and went ahead and bought the hanger for a $1 too. She is going to paint the center of it with chalkboard paint.
I love this basket she got for $3 and the glass measuring cup for $2.25. Look how cute that little jar is too. We have no idea what it was used for but it is just so unique. It was $1.25.
Her last find was this cute stool. It was $8. Once she decides where she is going to put it she is going to repaint it. She just stuck it by this chair but I think it looks great there!

Somehow I always come out the winner for most things bought, but that is okay. Prepare for picture overload.
I could not pass up this vase engraved with a "D". It was $3.50. When we got to Little Rock my Dad had these roses waiting for me. :) They look great in my new vase.
I found another wooden hanger to add to my collection. I cannot remember how much I paid but I think it was around $3.
I found four more juice cups (the ones in the back with the stars) and this wire rack to hold them in. Three of the juice cups were .75 each and one was .44. I cannot remember how much the wire rack was............I'm thinking it was around $5.
We hit the baby cup jackpot while we were shopping. We found this one for the most at $7.50.
I thought this one was pretty and feminine. It was $4.95.
I thought the teddy bears were so cute on this one. It came with a matching plate all for $2.95.
I have NO idea what I am going to do with this tray but I loved the shape and thought $4 was a great deal. I do not like the brass so I'm thinking spray paint and maybe a monogram......
I bet you can guess what I am going to do with this $4 silver tray!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Song

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
Edward Perronet

All hail the power of Jesus' name! Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all;
Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all.

Ye chosen seed of Israel's race, Ye ransomed from the fall,
Hail Him who saves you by His grace, And crown Him Lord of all;
Hail Him who saves you by His grace, And crown Him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every tribe, On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all;
To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all.

O that with yonder sacred throng, We at His feet may fall!
We'll join the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all;
We'll join the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all.

Rev. Edward Perronet followed in his father's footsteps and became a vicar in the Anglican Church in England. He was closely associated with John Wesley for awhile but soon started his own small independent church in Canterbury. He died in 1792. His hymn has a special place in missionary history besides being a popular traditional hymn. Rev. E. P. Scott ignored his family and friends and went deep into India trying to reach a savage tribe. He found himself surrounded by warriors with spears pointed directly at him. With nothing else to do, he pulled out his violin and started singing, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name!" When he came to the verse, "Let every kindred, every tribe," he opened his eyes to see every spear lowered and tears in the warrior's eyes. He spent the next two years ministering to the savage tribe.

*Hymn history taken from "Then Sings My Soul" by Robert J. Morgan.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vacation Finds

What is a vacation without some shopping?! Cute little 'ole Zach hindered our shopping a tiny bit but we were still able to go to a few stores. Besides the clothes that I bought, here are some things I found. My mom and I were able to go in an antique store while Zach and my dad waited in the car. This was a nice shop. Not the hunt and dig type stores I am used to so I didn't find any spectacular deals but I did buy this bottle.
I have no idea what it is for and I really do not even think it is old but I loved the writing on it and the top. My first thought was to put some long stems in it but I could also use it at a party for ice water or lemonade. What would you do with it?

My other find was this silver gravy boat. I loved the curves and scroll-y handle.

I put it in the guest bathroom with q-tips in it.

While Zach was napping we got to run to Old Time Pottery. I love this store! You are so lucky if you live near one. I can always find something there.

My mom and I both got one of these jam jars. It is so much prettier than setting out the jelly jar from the grocery store. It was only $1.99.

We also got one of these cute little plates for a dollar. I haven't decided if I am going to hang mine somewhere or use it as a little tray.
My mom spotted this bird mug for a dollar. I don't drink coffee or use mugs so I will probably use it for holding pens or a small bouquet of flowers. It was too cute to pass up.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Back From Vacation

We had a wonderful time in Destin but it is always good to be home! For posterity's sake, here are just 13 of the 500 pictures I took. This year was ALL about Zach! He was so fun to have for a week. He loved the water, especially the pool.

This was the view from the balcony. Gran and Zach checking out the ocean.
G-Daddy and Zach playing in the ocean.
I'm not sure he could be any cuter!
He wasn't too sure about the sand. He definitely preferred the water.
Playing at the pool.
About to go to dinner and Goofy Golf.
He would not wear any of his hats, only G-Daddy's.
Pool side.
We went with yellow, white and khaki. I think a couple of you guessed yellow! :) Almost everyone said blue so we will have to do that next year.
The guys. I think Zach is eating a Wheat Thin in every picture.
My parents. It is not fair that my dad can get so tan.
The group shot. We were not able to get a family pic on the beach because it started raining and there was no one in sight to take it. So we had to get one by the pool with the self timer.

We had such a good time as always but really missed Katie and Jason. It was so fun to think that next year everyone will be going and Zach will have a little sister who will be almost one! Katie has posted her viewpoint of her illness on her blog if you want to check it out. We are so glad she is getting better day by day!

My mom and I got to go to one antique store and Old Time Pottery so I will show you what I got on Wednesday!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday Song

At Calvary
William R. Newell

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.

Mercy there was great and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

By God's Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I'd spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.

Mercy there was great and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

Now I've giv'n to Jesus ev'rything;
Now I gladly own Him as my King;
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary.

Mercy there was great and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

O the love that drew salvation's plan!
O the grace that brought it down to man!
O the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!

Mercy there was great and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty,
At Calvary.

William (Bill) Newell wrote this hymn as his testimony. His father had begged the president of Moody Bible Institute to let his prodigal son attend Moody. After several letters, the president, Dr. R. A. Torrey relented and let Bill come only if he obeyed the rules and met with him on a daily basis. After talking with Torrey for several years Bill later became a professor at Moody Bible Institute. Wanting to write his testimony in verse form, these words came to him on his way to class one day. Bill went on to become a well-known Bible teacher and he is the author of a series of Bible commentaries.

*Hymn history is from Then Sings My Sould by Robert J. Morgan.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Show Us Where You Live



I'm joining another party today! This is the office edition of Kelly's Show Us Where You Live Friday. I recently added the drapes so some of the pictures are old and some are newer.

This is the view walking in from the hallway. I tried to stay with a black, tan and white color scheme.

The decorations on top of the hutch have since changed but everything else is the same. I painted the inside of a white platter with chalkboard paint. You can click on the pic to see it more clearly.

This black cabinet is one of my favorite flea market finds. Cody got it for me on my birthday last year. I picked it out of course. He is good, but not that good. :)

Here is a little bathroom that is off the office. I got the mirror at Oops a long time ago. It might be my favorite Oops find. It think it was either $15 or $20. There was a boring builder grade mirror glued to the wall but Cody and his dad took it off and hung this one instead. Thanks for coming in for a look. I'm off to see your office!