Friday, January 6, 2012

Vintage Inspiration Friday # 71 Winter is for the Birds

You know I'm such a softie for little critters, birds especially. I feed them pretty much year round, but this time of year I try to do a little more to make sure there's something available for these cuties to sustain them. I can't imagine how hard it is to find food in the winter. Right now it's still pretty mild for January, but within a week or two we will have snow and bitter cold. It takes a lot of calories for birds to survive the harsh weather, so I try to help.

Source: via Debra on Pinterest

There are some pretty creative and fun ways to feed the birds.
 How cute is this chandy with filled seed bowls!

And this is an out and out smorgasbord.

Getting creative with a Christmas wreath and pinecones covered in seed.

There are a lot of recipes for molded suet rings and shapes.

Also keeping fresh water is important.
I know I have to keep after the water containers, since they freeze up.
This is on my wish list; an electric bird bath.

I don't know what kind of birds these are but they are adorable!

(google images)

Some birds like feeders, others are ground eaters, like doves.
Mourning Doves mate for life, and it always gives me a twinge of grief
when I see one by themselves.

The Bluebird is Missouri's state bird,
I'm trying to give them boxes along the fence for nesting.

and of course, it's not fair to leave this fella out,
I try to keep seed he likes too.

This is a new little feeding station I set up with an old blue chippy feeder.
It's on our patio downstairs setting on the enamel top garden table.

a little garden statue of a boy reading gets a little seed, too.

and a bird house that Aly made with her grandpa many years ago.

Bird watching is their favorite entertainment, too!

If you haven't entered the Shabby Apple Earring Give Away,
then scroll down to the next post and join in.
They are beauties!!

So, what's been inspiring you this week?
"Anything vintage or vintage inspired..."

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Shabby Apple Earrings Give Away

I can't think of a better way to get the New Year started than to have a fun Give Away sponsored by the talented young company, Shabby AppleYou've probably heard of them before, they are the online vintage dress boutique that was started by women for women to bring dressing back to what it used to be – a one piece outfit! And because Shabby Apple is dedicated to the success of women, a percentage of all their proceeds go to charities that benefit women and children.

And guess what...
not only do they have some of the most beautiful dresses around,
they also have a new line of vintage inspired jewelry and accessories!

aren't these gorgeous? These wonderful 
Gold Fill Champagne Swarovski Earrings
are my Give Away pick for one of you out there.

Just take a look at some of the wonderful vintage dresses that
are online for you to shop.

To enter the Give Away:

1. Check out the Shabby Apple website 
and tell me what you would love in a comment.

2. Then Head over to Shabby Apple on Facebook and Like them, 
come back and leave me a comment letting me know that you have.

3. I'd love for you to be a follower of Common Ground
join on Google Friend  Connect or email subscription.

That's it, now go have fun shopping Shabby Apple  for all the great clothes
 and accessories with this code commonground10off

(sorry, this Give Away is only open to residents in the U.S.
Give Away ends Saturday January 14)


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Take a Step

This post was originally posted on my Spiritual Journey blog,
but I reposted here so I could link up with The Lettered Cottage for 
The Word of the Year
Please take a moment to read this, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

January 2012

I've read and enjoyed so many of your New Year's posts sharing your intentions and resolutions, plans and goals, and just plain old hopes and dreams. Especially you younger gals with big things happening in your lives. Blogging has given many of you some amazing opportunities this year;  from recognition in magazines, photography, television, and the book world, to actually "living your dreams". Honestly, I couldn't be happier for you...really...truly! 

I have to warn you though, as you get older the concept of making resolutions fades a bit and the turning of the calender page takes on a little less significance. Life experience and circumstances have a bad habit of wearing a person down a little. I know what it's like to have "resolutions" wind up in the ditch by the end of January, or to have something thrown in my path unexpectedly like a family crisis or health setback. "Life" has a way of derailing the best of intentions.  I guess the blessings of youth are optimism and the promise of the future. I'm not on a "downer" here, just contemplating life a little, I guess. And how we view what is ahead of us. 

Many of you have talked about how you have a "word" for the New Year. A word that some of you will use as a roadmap for the journey into 2012. To other's it's a definition of what you desire the atmosphere around you to be; a goal, an attitude, and a viewpoint. Hopefully our words are God given and spoken. I know that God likes using dates, times, and seasons to express Himself in our hearts. When we're prayerfully contemplating our lives and the prospect for change, He's is more than happy to speak to our open hearts and minds. He's an "encourager", and He desires to bring us into a place of possibilities and optimism. He's been working on me in that area...

OK, back to the "word" idea for the New Year. So I asked God if there was a specific word for me to contemplate and keep in my spirit for this year. It didn't come immediately, but as I was doing a short post for New Year's Day, a scripture verse came to mind. It had nothing whatsoever to do with the adorable vintage postcard with kittens, but it had to be included. 

Proverbs 16:9 "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."

It seemed a little out of place and incongruous with that postcard post, but I've learned to go with it, if it's something from the Lord.  This verse has been rattling around in my head for a few days and the more I've thought about it the more I've realized God has been speaking to me concerning this thought for quite a while now.

Let me share just a little of what I think He may be trying to say. 

First of all for this verse to be truly accurate we need to be a child of God. Believers can have a firm faith that if we really love the Lord and seek Him that He will ultimately be in charge of our lives and destinations. If we never seek Him for help and guidance then it's easy to get off track in our thinking and plans. This in turn can send us down the wrong path. Staying in touch with the Father on a daily basis and letting the Holy Spirit lead us may not mean that our lives will be easy or perfect, but they will be "determined". The Oxford dictionary says this about the word "determine, -ed" fixed, precise, distinct, settled, persistent, unwavering.

Another word that stands out for me in this verse is "course". Here is the definition: onward movement or progression, path, way, route, or track, a lesson, a part of a meal, a series of hurdles, a horizontal layer of bricks" a length of water.

And then this word, which really means a lot to me at this time. "Step". a unit of movement, a manner of walking, a degree in the scale of promotion or advancement, making progress, pace, stride, taking action, being in agreement.

At this stage in my life I'm more "contemplative" about the future. I've learned the hard way not to run off on my own and in my own thinking to do a certain thing. I don't want to get into something that's just not part of God's plan for me. There have been a few things that I've been "measuring" in my mind and considering so I've turned them over to God for timing and specifics. He's determining them for me and I'm allowing Him to plot the course, not only of this New Year, but of my future. He can do all that for me, but if I don't lift up my foot one day at a time and exert some effort to take the "step" nothing will happen. 

I had a sprained ankle last week, and now that I think of it, it may have been a little teaching tool that the Lord allowed. The thought of not being able to walk for a few days had me reeling. The concept of taking a "step" has a little more significance than it did before.

Love you all, thanks for listening, and sharing my life. You're a huge blessing to me!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Can you guess where this is going...?

I love the use of the "double entrende"...

I found this great frenchy burlap runner this Fall at Robin's and knew that it would end up on my Dining Room table after Christmas. But I also knew that once it was there, you wouldn't be able to see the wonderful graphics, so here it is draped across one of my slipcovered chairs in the Living Room.

Very heavy linen-y hemp-y burlap-y goodness.
So here is where the fun "other meaning" comes in...
look in the lower right corner.

My little companion, the burlap addict. 

Her brain is being taken over by the desire for burlap indulgence.

"Hmmm....what's my  next move?
Hey mom, don't you have someplace else to be?"


So, once I removed the slobbering mess,
the burlap went to it's proper destination.
sans cat.

I'm trying to transition from Christmas to "Winter"
more later from the zoo...

joining in with A Stroll Thru Life

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My grandkid is a real dog...

sounds pretty pathetic, huh?
But hey, it's the truth...

You met Vinnie last Christmas, and this little man can steal your heart.

He's a riot, and a little better behaved than last Christmas.

He's in his buffalo check rain gear, but hates it.
He can hardly move, he thinks he's in a straight jacket!

(sorry the photos are fuzzy, this was before I realized
my new lens was set on auto while my camera was on manual)

Last Christmas my shin and his head had a little encounter, 
and my shin came out the loser.
He has a hard head and in one of his chasing games he plowed into me.
I won't go into details but I'm really glad his obedience school was a success.

This is Vinnie's mom and dad.
Our daughter Erin and her husband. 

and just so you'll be sure and know that the Living Room
actually does get lived in, these are a couple of photos
 of the kids unwrapping presents.

This is our younger daughter, Alyson and her husband.

do you feel sorry for me?

My grandkids are dogs and cats. 

(sorry no photos of the old ornery black cat
 that will slap the stuff out of you as you walk by
and the rotten, but oh so cute Himalayan )

OK, just wanted to share some real life with you.

Hope you all are having a great weekend. 
I had to do a booth check and supply at Relics today,
and put away some of the outdoor Christmas decor
Yikes, I still have Christmas stuff to box and put away.
someone, please tell me that you still have putz houses out!!


From Me to You on New Year's Day

I'm looking forward to what the New Year will bring, and looking back on all that I have walked through this last year. You have been with me everyday, whether you realize it or not. Thank you for being there.

"In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps".
Proverbs 16:9

May your New Year be filled with a multitude of blessings from above.
Sending love and gratitude for your sweet friendship,

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