Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Autumn Giveaway

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

It's been a while since I've had a giveaway so I think it's time I remedy that, don't you?
I don't say this enough, but I am very thankful for each one of you
and in honor of you, my friends, I am giving away some Fall items that have been made with love.


The Rules:

1. Be or become a follower of The Enchanting Rose blog

2.  Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite thing about Fall is.
(If you are a follower through email and can't leave a comment on the blog
than email me at kekepania525@gmail.com 
to let me know that you want to be entered into the giveaway).

3. Optional - like my FACEBOOK PAGE for an EXTRA entry :)
Like I said, this is optional and you don't have to do it....
but if you do than let me know and I will put your name into the drawing twice.
Want a third entry?
Join me on Pinterest.

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The winner will receive a hanging towel, potholder, and felt flower pin.

As well as three handmade Thanksgiving note cards.

And knowing me, the winner will more than likely get something extra with their win :)

I will announce the winner in 5 days on Monday, November 4th.
Have a fun and lovely day, friends.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Vicky's Ornament Exchange

Good afternoon, friends of mine.
I trust your Tuesday is going well :)
It's been very windy and cold here which means a storm is moving in.
The forecast is calling for snow for the rest of the week - yay!

I just wanted to drop in and share something with you.....
My friend,Vicky, over at Life On Willie Mae Lane is hosting an ornament exchange.
Vicky is a complete sweetheart and she would love for you to join in on the fun
and I, too, would love for you to join :)
Vicky will be a lovely hostess for this fun exchange.

Stop by her delightful blog to read more about the details and to sign up.

Have a spectacular afternoon!


Also, remember the book Born of Persuasion?
You can read my review here.
Well, it's being offered for Kindle's at a special price on Amazon.
Right now it's only $1.99!
Click on the link below to check it out :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

October's Party

The days are getting shorter and the nights are cooling down.
Soon the Autumn days will be over so lets make the most of each beautiful moment.
Listen as the leaves crunch beneath our steps 
and smell the sweet scent of the mountain air.
Join me, friends, on this lovely October day for a delightful tea party outside.... 


October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.



The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners;
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.



Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."
~ George Cooper ~



It's always a joy and pleasure to have you join me for tea :)
Thank you for visiting and may you be richly blessed today, tomorrow, and always!
~ Love and hugs ~


Linking up with:
Sandi at Tea Time Tuesday
and

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Praying To God

As I prepared for today's Sunday school lesson on prayer 
I was reminded of the importance of praying from the heart
and not being a hypocrite when lifting up prayers to the Lord.


"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets,
that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
~ Matthew 6:5 ~

A hypocrite will say many "flowery" things about God,
but he never intends for God to hear him; only those who are standing around to hear.
The hypocrite desires the praise of people, but what is the lasting value of a person's praise?

None.

If we pray so people will think we are spiritual, then we need to adjust our attitude.
We need to make sure our focus is on God and God alone when we pray.

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
~ Matthew 6:6 ~

Jesus told people to pray in secret so they would focus their prayers on Him.
Whether we pray in secret or in public is not as important
as whether or not we pray from our hearts.
God knows our hearts, including our motives for praying.
He sees our hearts like an open book and knows how genuine our prayers are.
When we pray from our hearts, God will answer our prayers.
His precious blessings will be evident in our lives as will our genuine spirituality.


Have a blessed Lord's Day, dearest friends!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fun Children's Gift Wrap

Hello blogging friends!
You have probably noticed that I have been somewhat absent from blog land for the last week.
My apologies for the absence, but as all of you know life is sometimes busy.
I have missed all of you and I have greatly missed reading your blogs.
I am looking forward to making my rounds and seeing what you have been up to :)

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A friend of mine had her second child the other week and for her baby shower
I decided to wrap the gift in a fun, unique way that I saw on Pinterest.


I know a baby won't be playing with a car anytime soon, 
but eventually he will :)


This is a fun idea for any child or even adult.
I used white paper and drew lines on it to make it look like a road.
I used glue dots to hold the car onto the box.


May you enjoy your weekend, sweet friends!


Hugs and blessings to you!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Autumn Leaf Bouquet

"Autumn is a second spring
when every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus ~

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The changing colors of the leaves is always the highlight for me during the Fall season.
The Lord brings forth such beauty that you cannot help but smile at the loveliness of Autumn.

The leaves have been falling from the trees here in the mountains 
and I wasn't quite ready to let them go so I made a simple leaf flower bouquet
 using real leaves and poppy flower pods that have dried out.


Why don't you gather some leaves and flower pods to create your own Fall bouquet :)
It makes a charming addition to any room in the house.


Once you have gathered the needed items just hot glue the leaves onto the flower pods.


Fill a glass jar with moss or shredded paper
and add some burlap and ribbon to the outside of the jar.


Easy peasy!
Charm your friends and family with your new leaf bouquet :)



"Listen! the wind is rising
and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves."
~ Humbert Wolfe ~


Thank you for stopping by, lovely friends!
Have a joy-filled day :)

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Last year during the Autumn time I made Fall Apple Jars
using apples and poppy pods.
Click here to check it out :)

Linking up with:
Herbal Link-up

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Whiter Than Snow

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
Break down every idol, cast out every foe -
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.


Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies
And help me to make a complete sacrifice.
I give up my self and whatever I know -
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.



Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat;
I wait, blessed Lord, at Thy crucified feet.
By faith, for my cleansing I see Thy blood flow -
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.


Lord Jesus, Thou seest I patiently wait;
Come now and within me a new heart create.
To those who have sought Thee Thou never saidst "No" -
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.


Chorus
Whiter than snow, yes whiter than snow -
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
~ James Nicholson ~


"Come now, let us reason together, saith the LORD:
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
~ Isaiah 1:18 ~

We have already enjoyed two snowfalls during this Autumn season.
The snow always looks so pretty on the colorful leaves
and it reminds my of this hymn that I shared with you today.

Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Tea Cup & Mug Exchange Linkup

Good morning and happy weekend to you, friends.
I hope each one of you has a lovely weekend planned.

The day has finally arrived for those that participated in the tea cup and mug exchange
to share your newest treasures - 
I am eagerly looking forward to seeing what each lady received.
I hope each one of you were not only blessed by your items, 
but especially by the lady that sent you something.
I know it's always a delight to get something in the mail, 
but I also find great joy and pleasure in making a new friend...I hope you do too :)

I had the blessed opportunity to send Marcia at In Stillness and Simplicity a tea cup
and Sandra at Ravenhill Cottage a mug.

So to begin with I am very excited to share the tea cup I was given from Linda
who blogs over at My Sew What Blog.
Linda is such a sweetheart and thoroughly spoiled me!
I am thankful she joined the exchange
because it allowed us to meet and become friends.

Everything was wrapped so prettily - I hated to open it since it looked so nice.

Linda didn't just send a tea cup and saucer, 
she blessed me with a yummy biscuit mix, honey, Chamomile, honey, and vanilla tea, 
and two beautiful linens.
The tea cup is bone china and she is a beauty!

Thank you, dearest Linda, for the many special gifts.
I will certainly cherish them :)

I also participated in the mug exchange and Lauren, who I also just met through the exchange,
sent me the cutest mug!
Dear Lauren also showered me with kindness and sweet gifts.
I was truly overwhelmed by these ladies generosity!

I can write delightful messages on my new mug and plan on using it for my sweet husband :)
It's perfect to leave by the coffee pot in the mornings with a love note written on it.

Lauren also gave me a beautiful silk handkerchief, yummy cookies, and wonderful tea :)
Oh, and she also gave me a lovely lei which I have hanging up in my craft room.

A very big, heartfelt thank you to you, kind Lauren!

Okey dokey, now onto a few of the ladies that participated but don't have blogs.
DeeAnn received a super cute mug from Carol who lives in New York.
By the way, DeeAnn loves New York so this mug is perfect for her :)

Debbie was given many lovely treasures from Kitty.
Don't you just love the colors on the tea cup?!

Patricia also got some sweet items from DeeAnn.

And Lauren got such an adorable mug from DeeAnn.
What a cute owl!

Gabriele was the receiver of these lovely items and the giver was Linda.
The blue tea cup is so pretty and feminine!

Now it's time for you, wonderful friends, to link up and share with us your new goodies.
Thank you, ladies, for joining the exchange.
You make it so much fun and I am honored to host an exchange for all of you!
Also, ladies will be linking up their tea cups and mugs throughout the weekend
so don't forget to check back to see everything.

Blessings and hugs!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Acorn Bookmark

I love to read and am always looking for something to use to mark my place in a book.
I usually end up using something that is nearby like a bobby pin that's been in my hair,
a rubber band, or a tissue (unused of course).
I really do have bookmarks.....somewhere :)


So I whipped up a fun acorn bookmark and hopefully it will take the place of bobby pins.

This is what you need to make your own:

felt
embroidery floss
needle
scissors
hot glue gun and glue
ribbon
thin cardboard
hole punch


Cut 2 pieces of felt to 1.5 inches wide and 7 inches long.
Use a hole punch to make a hole at the top  
(I had to push hard in order to make a hole in the felt).

Cut out 4 acorns and the top
then hot glue the top to the bottom.

Cut one piece of cardboard that is smaller than the felt
(I used a fruit snack box for the cardboard)
and hot glue onto one piece of felt.

Sew the acorns onto the felt

and then hot glue the tops down
(You could skip the hand sewing and just hot glue the acorns on).


Put both pieces of felt together and sew along the edges.

Tie some ribbon through the hole and voila! You're done :)
Now put your delightful new bookmark into the book that you're reading and enjoy!


Have a splendid day, sweet friends!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Miner's Lady - Book Review

When Chantel Panetta arrives home after being in Italy for a year
she finds her younger sister, Isabella, in love with Orlando Calarco, the "enemy."
The Panetta's and Calarco's have been feuding for decades,
but will love between Isabella and Orlando heal the wounds
or only make them bigger?
When Chantel agree's to help her sister and Orlando meet in secret
she finds herself in the path of Dante, Orlando's older brother.
She cannot deny the attraction that flairs between them,
but will the hatred and hurt feelings between the family keep them apart?

Dante has a sense of duty towards his father 
and has a hard time grasping at the idea of forgiveness towards the Panetta family,
but when his grandmother becomes very ill and the Panetta family cares for her
he begins to see that maybe the feud between the two families is pointless after all these years.
But Dante's father refuses to see any good 
and becomes enraged with his sons involvement with the Panetta family.
Can any good come from Oralndo and Dante's love for the Panetta girls
or will only anger, hurt feelings, and dangerous threats be the end result?


My Thoughts
The Miner's Lady is an enjoyable read 
with a beautiful Christian testimony and message of Jesus Christ.
The fact that Tracie Peterson always applies the Word of God to her books 
is one of the reasons I love her writing.
I appreciate Tracie keeping her writing pure, clean, and honoring to the Lord.

The feud between the Panetta's and Calarco's kept me on my toes 
wondering if  forgiveness will ever come to the hearts of those involved.
The message of forgiveness played a very important and convicting role in the book
and I was reminded of how important forgiveness is in our lives.
After all, Christ forgave us when He chose to hang on the cross for our sins.

The attraction that sparked between Chantel and Dante was good, but it wasn't great.
I thought the love could have grown more between the two of them;
I was slightly convinced, but not completely convinced about their relationship.
Towards the end of the book is when things picked up between the families
and I found myself drawn in until the very last page.

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

About the Author
Tracie Peterson's love for history and research fuel the bestselling stories she writes.
She is the author of more than ninety novels
and the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tracie and her family live in Montana.
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