Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Moment of Stillness and Beauty

Sweet friends,
you are my cup of tea.

Sit back and take a moment to simply be. . .

Won't you enjoy this quiet time with me?

Put your feet up and relax. . .
have a nice cup of tea.

Let me pour you a cup of hot tea.

Our friendship is like a cup of tea. . .
a special blend of you and me.

Fresh and warm blueberry scones 
are waiting to be enjoyed.

Love divine, all loves excelling
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.
- Charles Wesley -

Tea with friends is like 
capturing happiness in a cup.

Love shared warms the heart and you, sweet friends,
warm my heart.

O to be like Thee!
Full of compassion,
loving, forgiving, tender, and kind.
O to be like Thee,
blessed Redeemer,
Pure as Thou art!
- Thomas O. Chisholm -

God willing,
may our tea be steeped in serenity,
sweetened by sharing,
and surrounded by the warmth of love.
- Irish Tea Time Blessing -

Friends and tea
make the world a more beautiful place.

A cup of tea shared with friends
is happiness tasted and time well spent.

May your heart be warmed and nourished
by all the love around you.

And thru eternal ages gratefully I sing,
"O how He loved!
Jesus, my Lord and my King."
- Oswald J. Smith -

A sweet friendship refreshes the soul,
and awakens the heart with joy. . .

Lovely friends,
thank you for taking a few moments out of your day 
to enjoy a time of stillness and beauty.

May you have a most beautiful and blessed Valentine's Day!

I am off on an adventure
and will return in time for Roses of Inspiration on Tuesday.
See you then!

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Dear friends,
there are lovely new items listed in my Etsy shop.
Here is a peek of what you will find. . .

Baby blankets and oh-so-soft burp cloths.

Patchwork throw pillows.

Reversible aprons.
Two styles - one on each side.

The "Tea Lover's" gift set.
The set includes a mug rug, tea cup coasters,
a tea bag wallet, and a poket card.

Large Flea Market tote bags.

Fabric storage baskets.

And more mug rugs :)

All this and more available at Rose Petal Blessings.
Use coupon code LOVE15 for 15% off your entire order.
Offer good until February 14th.

Love and hugs!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Roses of Inspiration #48

Happy day, sweet friends!

And welcome to another Roses of Inspiration.
You have my gratitude for taking the time to link up.
I hope you are richly blessed and inspired
by all that share their beauty and talent with us.

Now let's get the party started. . .

Let's start with some beautiful features.

Roses of Inspiration Features. . .
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Simply copy the HTML code and paste it onto your blog.

The Enchanting Rose

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Go to the original source and pin from there IF it is okay with the blog owner!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner
I thought it would be nice to feature some sweet Valentine's Day posts.

. . . { Valentine Inspiration } . . .

shared a tasty cookie recipe that is oh-so-sweet for Valentine's Day. . .
her cookie recipe is also extra special and if you read her post you'll find out why :)

showed us her lovely handmade heart garland.

shared this darling little bag.

showed us her beautiful Valentine porch.

shared this stunning heart doily.

shared this amazing heart cake.

shared these unique wooden tags made from pallets.

shared this precious embroidery.

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

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You can link up anything that your heart desires. . .
{please keep it family friendly}

crafting - recipes - encouragement
Scripture - devotionals - photography
healthy living - gardening - home living
sewing - crochet/knitting - fashion
beauty - tea time - home decor 
and even giveaways.

{ 2 }
You can link up 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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Below is a button available for your sidebar
to let others know about Roses of Inspiration.

The Enchanting Rose

Please take a few minutes to visit at least two blogs. . .
everyone loves a visit and comments.
I look forward to seeing what you share
and I will be around to visit throughout the week.
Have fun, sweet friends, and enjoy your day!

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Be Still My Soul

Sorrow forgot,
Love's purest joys restored. . .
- Katharina von Schlegel -

Be still, my soul - the Lord is on thy side!
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide-
In ev'ry change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul - thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul - thy God doth under-take
To guide the future as He has the past;
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake-
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul - the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul - the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointments, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul - when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
- Katharina von Schlegel -

Be still,
and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10 -

Have a blessed and joyous Lord's Day,
precious friends!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Always Watching - Book Review

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality
Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians to protect his son.
But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed,
agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap.

Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit 
as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door 
to threatening those closest to him - including Olivia.
But in her mind, even more dangerous than the threats to her life 
is the hold her handsome client has on her heart.

My Thoughts
Lynette Eason is an extremely talented author
and her latest novel once again shows why her books are worth reading.
Always Watching will have you on the edge of your seat or in my case, 
on the edge of my bed as I read into the wee hours of the morning.

Wade Savage is a man that has it all. . .
he's handsome, wealthy, and popular thanks to his radio talk show.
Unfortunately he also has a stalker.
Olivia and her team the Elite Guardians are called in to protect Wade,
but they quickly find out that Wade's stalker is only getting deadlier
and more dangerous as the hours go by.
The stalker will stop at nothing to get to Wade. . 

Wade may be the "perfect" man on the outside,
but he is also kind, loving, and humble.
I loved seeing his character shine through when he was around his daughter.
Amy, Wades daughter, suffers from panic attacks
and through her difficulties Wade is always there for her
even when his life is crumbling down around him.
I also enjoyed the chemistry between Wade and Olivia.
It was obvious they had a connection, but it was not overdone.
Their relationship went slow and there was just enough spark between them 
to keep the reader interested.

There were moments in Always Watching that I could not turn the page fast enough 
to find out what would happen next.
Lynette Eason weaves an incredible story about the terrifying experience
of having someone always watching and not knowing who it is. . .

Love a good suspense with a side of romance?
This book is for you, my friends.
A 4.5 star read!

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of
the Women of Justice, the Deadly Reunions, and the Hidden Identity series.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers
and Romance Writers of America.
She lives in South Carolina.
Learn more at

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A Key To The Past

Family. . .
where life begins and love never ends.

As many of you know I lost my precious grandfather in May of 2015.
It was quite unexpected and the absence of him in my life is still very real. . .
Shortly before grandpa passed away 
he and my grandmother were in the process of selling their home.
The very home that held all my memories with them since I was a baby.
I remember spending Christmas in their home, 
sleeping in the guest bedroom with my cousins,
and running down the stairs in the morning to see what was under the Christmas tree.
We enjoyed countless family gatherings in their home
and I spent hours upon hours of time organizing rooms with my grandma.

Indeed, memories were made in this home. . .
memories that will now remain in my heart for many, many years.

Their home sold and my mom kept the key to their front door.
A few months ago she blessed me with it
and I decided to use it in a special way. . .

I framed the key so that it's always out in the open where I can see it
and be reminded of the love and joy I found in my grandparents home.

This is how I made it, sweet friends. . .

I used an old frame and thick cardstock.

I covered the card stock with vintage eyelet fabric.

I tied some satin seam binding onto the key
and did the same thing with a watch embellishment.
I glued the ends of the seam binding onto the top edge of the card stock.

Then, I applied layers upon layers of lace near the top corner.

Pretty buttons were also added to the top corner.

A Grandparent is one 
who strengthens you with prayer,
blesses you with love, 
and encourages you with hope.

Love and time. . .
those are the only two things in all of life 
that cannot be bought,
but only spent.

A sweet little bow was added to the bottom corner of the frame.

Along with the bow I added pearls, shabby rose trim,
and delicate lace.

When someone you love becomes a memory
that memory becomes a treasure.

The key to the past can unlock so many precious memories. . .
I am truy thankful for the memories the Lord gives to us.

Blessings and sweet hugs to you, friends!

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