Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Can Of Berries

Good day, dear ones!
It's raining. . .
and snowing. . . 
so I thought I would share some happy, sweet color to brighten the day :)
This fun Spring project was inspired by two precious women.

The first is a blogging friend and her name is Celeste -
she blogs over at Southern DayDreams and is quite the talented artist.
A while ago Celeste shared on her blog a repurposed cappuccino container
that she had painted and added lace to - it was stunning!
She inspired me to make something similar 
so I used a coffee can for my project.

The second lady that inspired me was my aunt-in-law :)
My husband's aunt sent us a thank you card in the mail
and the second I saw it I knew I had to keep it for a project.
With spring here it's the official time to begin planting
so I thought the card would look lovely on the coffee can filled with berries.
This coffee can makeover adds some happy spring and beauty to the home,
don't you think so, friends?

Supplies needed for the can. . .

coffee can
paint brush
vintage image
hot glue gun and glue

Apply two coats of paint to the coffee can.

Once the can has dried
wrap lace around it and apply hot glue to hold.

Add the vintage image to the can with hot glue
and decorate it as you so desire.

I added some yellow rose trim that my husband's aunt gave me.
She said she used some of it years ago on a dress she made - 
she is an extremely talented seamstress.

The vintage safety pin holds a ribbon and key.

And a vintage button adds a pop of cuteness on the bottom.

Supplies needed for the strawberries. . .

small strawberries - 3.5-inch circles
large strawberries - 6-inch circles
green paper flowers or felt for top
pearls, optional

Cut the circles in half.

Fold the half circle. 
Sew along the straight fold.
With needle and thread sew a gathering stitch along the top edge.
Fill the berry with batting.
Pull the thread tightly and knot

Hot glue some paper green flowers to the top of the berries
or cut out a green top from felt.

Apply some pearls to the strawberries
for an extra sweet look.

I filled the can with some tissue paper
and added Spanish moss to the top part.

Happy crafting, sweet friends :)
Take an old coffee can and make it new
with some Spring inspiration.

Love, hugs, and blessings!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Roses Of Inspiration Linkup #12

Happy day, sweet friends!
It's time for another Roses of Inspiration.
If you are new to the party than may I warmly welcome you!
And for those returning may I say thank you for faithfully linking up-
you bless my heart and you make this party a success :)

Let's begin with a few features from last week.
There are so many delightful posts
that you make it very hard to choose only a few.

Roses of Inspiration Features. . .
If you were featured than please feel free to take the "I was featured" button.
Simply copy the HTML code and paste it onto your blog.

The Enchanting Rose

Please do not pin from my site!
Go to the original post and pin from there IF it is okay with the blog owner!

The most viewed link was Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth
and her house cleaning inspiration.

. . . { Poetry Inspiration } . . .

shared a lovely poem that she herself wrote - the words are beautiful and touching.

. . . { Photography Inspiration } . . .

shared her beautiful images of Spring.

. . . { Craft Inspiration } . . .

shared this sweet Spring bauble tutorial.

. . . { Lace and Linen Inspiration } . . .

shared a stunning heart that she created with linens and lace.
It took my breath away with its loveliness!

. . . { Home Inspiation } . . .

gave us a peek into her home where we were greeted with beauty and charm.

. . . { Baking Inspiration } . . .

shared a gluten-free and sugar-free recipe that looks delicious.

. . . { Spiritual Inspiration } . . .

shared a wonderful post about the plans God has for each one of us.
God is faithful and He does not change.

If you are new to our party than here are the basics. . .

{ 1 }
You can link up anything that your heart desires. . .
crafting - recipes - encouragement
Scripture - devotionals - photography
healthy living - gardening - home living
sewing - crochet/knitting - fashion
beauty - tea time - home decor - etc

{ 2 }
You can linkup as many posts as you want
and they can be posts you have written today, last week, last month, or last year.

{ 3 }
There will be fun giveaways throughout the year.
I will simply add up the amount of people who participated in one of the link-ups,
write the numbers down on paper and draw the number of the winner.
So if you link-up more than one post you will have a greater chance of winning.
These giveaways will be random

so you never know which link-up I will choose for a giveaway.

* * * * *

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to let others know about Roses of Inspiration.

The Enchanting Rose

If you are new to linkup parties than please click here
to see how to share your blog post.

Please have fun, my friends!
I am always excited to see what you share 
and will be around to visit each one of your blogs throughout the week.
And speaking of visiting,
please take a few moments to visit at least two of the posts shared-

everyone loves visits and comments.
Have a lovely day!

Don't miss out on my Birthday Giveaway!
Click on the link or photo for details.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Birthday Giveaway

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a gift and not giving it.
- William Arthur Ward -

My dear friends, have I told you lately how much I appreciate you?
Have I told you that I am grateful for your faithfulness in following my blog?
Have I told you how much your thoughtful comments bless my heart?
Please know that I am very thankful for all of the things I just listed.
Each one of you is so special and precious. . .thank you for being YOU!
In honor of you I have made some gifts that I would like to give away. . .

My birthday is coming up next week {the first part of April} 
and if you have followed my blog for more than a year than you know I love birthdays :)
Every year I like to have a giveaway around my birthday 
so that I can give something to a special someone.
There is sweet joy in blessing someone with a handmade gift.
Let me show you what you could win. . .

The blessed winner will receive a handmade apron.

I have applied vintage lace and doilies to the apron.
There are a couple of vintage buttons sewn onto the pocket
and a metal key and miniature book hangs from a rustic safety pin.

I have made a potholder with matching fabric and lace
and a matching flower magnet for your refrigerator.

I created 8 tags with matching lace 
plus pearls and other pretties :)

And finally. . . 4 tea cup coasters.
These coasters have been a big hit so I just had to make some to give away.

The tea cups are adorned in lace 
and each one has a pretty rose bead applied to the corner. 

To enter the giveaway you must:

{ 1 }
Please be a follower of The Enchanting Rose.
You can follow via GFC, Bloglovin', Email, etc.

{ 2 } 
Leave me a comment and share a fond birthday memory :)
{ The comment format is open for everyone, including email followers }

{ 3 }
Extra entries. . .
if you would like {this is not necessary} you can do the following 
and be entered two more times for the giveaway - that means 3 chances at winning.

Like The Enchanting Rose on Facebook

Follow The Enchanting Rose on Pinterest.

If you already follow along on Facebook and/or Pinterest
or have just signed up please let me know in your comment.

The winner will be announced on March 31st.

Because of you. . . 
I laugh a little harder,
cry a little less,
and smile a lot more.

I am so thankful for you. . .thanks for making my life extra beautiful
Love and hugs!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Lily Of The Valley

A lily is a sweet and fragrant flower. . .

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us,
and hath given himself for us an offering
and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
- Ephesians 5:2 -

I have found a friend in Jesus - He's everything to me,
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley - in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully free.
In sorrow He's my comfort, in trouble He's my stay,
He tells me every care on Him to roll - Hallelujah!
He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He all my griefs has taken and all my sorrows borne,
In temptation He's my strong and mighty tower;
I have all for Him forsaken and all my idols torn
From my heart, and now He keeps me by His power.
Tho all the world forsake me and Satan tempt me sore,
thru Jesus I shall safely reach the goal; Hallelujah!
He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He will never, never leave me nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
A wall of fire about me, I've nothing now to fear -
With His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory I'll see His blessed face,
Where rivers of delight shall ever roll; Hallelujah!
He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
Charles W. Fry, 1837 - 1882

Have a beautiful and blessed Lord's Day, friends!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Remember The Lilies - Book Review

How will two very different people find love -
and survive the impossible circumstances of war?

In 1941 Rand Sterling was a wealthy, womanizing club owner
and an American of note among ex-pats and locals alike.
Now two years later, Rand is just another civilian prisoner of war -
one whose planned escape from the Santo Tomas Internment Camp
could put him and others in grave danger.

Irene Reynolds grew up as a missionary kid in the Philippine jungle.
Now she works for the paranoid Japanese authorities,
delivering censored messages to the other American prisoners in Santo Tomas.

When Irene's negligence leads to Rand's failed escape attempt,
Rand is sent to the torture chambers of Fort Santiago -
and Irene suffers under the weight of her guilt.
Yet when she crosses paths with Rand again after his unexpected return to the camp,
something more than mere survival draws the unlikely pair together.

As life in Manila becomes more and more desperate,
and another threatening letter finds its way from Irene's hands to Rand's,
the reluctant couple struggles to find a way to stay alive. . .
and to keep their growing feelings for each other from compromising the safety
of everyone around them.

My Thoughts
This was my first novel from the talented Liz Tolsma
and it certainly won't be the last!
The pages of Remember the Lilies 
are filled with history, romance, suspense, and forgiveness. . .
everything you need for an intriguing read.

Rand is selfish. . .
he is a man caught up in himself, his pleasures, and his money.
All he wants in life is to make more money and have more fun.
But then he becomes a prisoner of war and everything changes. . .
He experiences pain, suffering, and loneliness.
When he meets Irene he is charmed and slightly taken back by her purity.
He is in awe of her love and dedication to the Lord.
As he gets to know Irene he begins to question the value of his life and his actions
and wonders if there is more than simply climbing the social ladder-
could there possibly be a higher Being that has a purpose for him. . .

Irene loves Jesus Christ and desires to tell others of His goodness and grace.
She has a heart that is willing to serve and help others, 
but after being a prisoner of war for so long she struggles to not allow 
bitterness and resentment to take root in her heart.
Day after day she begins to face attacks and trials and is ready to give up.
Irene's sweet aunt often reminds her of God's faithfulness. . .

"The sun is shining.
The Lord gave us life today.
We have a shanty where we can spend our afternoons resting.
Irene held up her hands.
"Okay, I see now.
You're right.
I should count my blessings."
{ page 156 }

When Irene meets Rand the two of them connect 
and begin helping one another get through the suffering and ever-present tribulation.
But instead of fully trusting one another they hold back. . .
and their secrets could possibly lead to their destruction.

Liz Tolsma does a magnificent job of sharing true history in a way 
that will leave your mouth hanging open in wonder and horror.
She weaves an incredible tale that feels more real than fiction
and writes in a way that touches the reader deeply and emotionally.
Remember the Lilies is a beautiful story - 
this is a book you will be thinking about long after you have finished the last page.
I will gladly give this book 4.5 stars.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers
for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **
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