Monday, February 29, 2016

An Extra Day....To Use For Shopping!

Hello, lovelies!
I just wanted to pop in and show you a few sweet items
that are a new in my Etsy shop

Spring is just around the corner
and with it comes the joy of Easter
and the lovely pastel colors that shout happiness :)

Charming little bunnies in a basket
are waiting for a home that will show them sweet love.




Every bunny
needs a hug.




Whimsical fabric Easter eggs
tucked inside a fabric basket.




May your Easter be as colorful
as the eggs you find in your basket.




Oh-so-fresh and pretty
hand towels that look lovely in the kitchen or bathroom.




The kitchen is the heart
of the home!




Soft and romantic journal
for keeping track of the delights and joys 
that take place this Spring and Summer.




Happy tea time items.




Take a little time for tea.
- Kathy Hatch -



Colorful tote bags
that are sure to make shopping even more fun and enjoyable :)




Treat yourself
to a little retail therapy.




Those who wish to sing
always find a song.
- Swedish Proverb -




Tote bags that are perfect for Easter.




Easter is the only time of year
when it's safe to put all of your eggs 
in one basket :)




And because you, sweet friends, mean the world to me
here is a coupon code that is good until this Wednesday, March 2.




Receive 20% off your order just because. . .

Enjoy this beautiful day!
Love and hugs!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Complete In Thee


Therefore being justified by faith, 
we have peace with God 
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Romans 5:1 -




Complete in Thee!
No work of mine may take, dear Lord, the place of Thine;
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
and I am now complete in Thee.

Complete in Thee!
No more shall sin, Thy grace hath conquered, reign within;
Thy voice hall bid the tempter flee,
and I shall stand complete in Thee.

Complete in Thee -
each want supplied, and no good thing to me denied;
Since Thou my portion Lord, will be,
I ask no more, complete in Thee.

Dear Savior!
When before Thy bar all tribes and tongues assembled are,
Among Thy chosen will I be,
at Thy right hand, complete in Thee.





Yea, justified!
O blessed thought!
And sanctified!
Salvation wrought!
Thy blood hath pardoned bought for me,
and glorified, I, too, shall be!
- Aaron R. Wolfe, alt, Refrain, James M. Gray -




That being justified by his grace, 
we should be made heirs 
according to the hope of eternal life.
- Titus 3:7 -


And such were some of you: 
but ye are washed, 
but ye are sanctified, 
but ye are justified 
in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
and by the Spirit of our God.
- 1 Corinthians 6:11 -




Have a blessed and joyous Lord's Day, sweet friends!
{{ hugs }}



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Saturday, February 27, 2016

If I Run - Book Review

Casey knows the truth.
But it won't set her free.

Casey Cox's DNA is all over the crime scene.
There's no use talking to police;
they've failed her abysmally before.
She has to flee before she's arrested. . .or worse.
The truth doesn't matter anymore.

But what is the truth?
That's the question haunting Dylan Roberts,
the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey.
PTSD has marked him damaged goods,
but bringing Casey back can redeem him.
Though the rime scene seems to tell the whole story,
details of the murder aren't adding up.
Casey Cox doesn't fit the profile of a killer.
But are Dylan's skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective?
If she isn't guilt, why did she run?

Unraveling her past
and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has,
but as Dylan's damaged soul intersects with hers,
he is faced with two choices:
the girl who occupies his every though is a psychopathic killer. . .
or a selfless hero
And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.




My Thoughts
Believe it or not this is my first book by Terri Blackstock.
I have had this talented author on my "To Read" list for ages
and when I finally received this book I was giddy with excitement.
The minute the book arrived on my doorstep I ripped open the package
and began reading. . .while cooking :)
Yes, I was that excited!
Just don't ask how supper was that night. . .
it may have been a little undercooked due to some "distractions."
Anyway, moving on to the review. . .

If I Run is definitely a page-turner
and with each chapter you get just enough to make you want to keep turning the pages.
Don't you love/hate when a chapter ends with you asking more questions?
Questions that you want answered so you HAVE to keep reading.
Well, Terri Blackstock does just that with this book
which makes for wonderful reading material.

Casey Cox is a lovable, heart-warming character from the beginning
which makes the reader wonder why she would be pursued for murder.
How could someone with such delightful characteristics just "snap" one day.
And if she isn't guilty why in the world would she run from a crime scene
and do everything she can to disappear.
These are the questions Dylan keeps asking himself
and the more he learns about Casey and her gentle ways
the more he has to talk himself into pursuing her as the suspect.

If I Run is the first book in a new series
and it ends with the reader asking more questions
because the mystery is not yet solved.
I will be on pins and needles until the next book comes out
because the first one is that good.

My only complaint. . .
a simple one that has nothing to do with the way I will rate this book.
I did not care for the first-person writing style.
I do not read many fiction books that are written in first-person
so I think it's just something I'm not used to.
Other than that If I Run is an excellent suspense
and a great first book to a new series.
There is no language or inappropriate scenes
for which I am thankful.
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. **

About the Author
Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide
and is a New York Times bestselling author.
She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall,
as well as the Moonlighters, Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911,
Suncoast Chronicles, and Restoration series.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Testimonials From Past Tea Cup and Mug Exchanges

My dear friends,
I asked a few of the sweet ladies that have participated 
in past tea cup and mug exchanges to give a testimony
of their experience with the exchange.
I thought it would give you an idea of the joy and blessings that take place
when you join in on the fun.
These are their own thoughts 
and from their own heart. . .
happy reading!

Sign-up for the 8th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange 
begins on Wednesday, March 2nd!


Sprinkle seeds of Love 
wherever you go. . .
that they may blossom to beauty,
long after you have gone
upon your way.
- Joan Walsh Anglund -




A tea party in a box? 
That's what you get when you join Stephanie's tea cup exchange! 
I have participated in each one and I am always excited for the next event. 
Tea cups make me smile and when I look at my lovelies that I have received, 
I am filled with happiness. 
The tea cups are wonderful, but there is much more to participating. 
My tea cup exchange partners have become new friends and I treasure that! 
It's fun to exchange information to find out more 
about your exchange partner's likes and life. 
That all just seems to continue long after the event is over. 
So have some fun and sign up...joy and blessings are waiting for you in that box! 
- Linda from Lady Linda -




Dear Friends,
It’s that time again for The Tea cup and Mug Exchange.
This season marks the 8th exchange.
Each year two exchanges take place hosted by the talented Stephanie
from The Enchanting Rose.
We have so much fun meeting up with wonderful ladies from around the world.
Each participant is paired with another
and the giving and receiving brings two new friendships.
We share a special treasure to each, but the true gift, I believe,
is the gift of friendship formed through this wonderful event.
Nothing happens by chance.
God has a hand in everything.
For me this fun time has been such a joy.
Not only do I love preparing a gift for someone special,
I am deeply blessed by the exchange of friendship we form along the way.
Visits to blogs and emails to those without blogs,
might not have happened if not for a sweet tea cup or mug.
Getting to know one another and forming a friendship that inspires and encourages.
Blessings that only God above can direct
and bring together with another kindred spirit.
HE has done this for me with the sweet friends I have made along the way
and I am very thankful.
Stephanie has been called through the world of blogging
to work in God’s ministry of sharing with others through a tea cup or mug gift.
What fun we all have sharing the goodies we send and receive.
Stephanie had a vision for this event and answered that call.
Now as we look forward to another exchange,
may God bless you with friendships that enrich your heart
the way they have brought joy to mine.
 Let’s pray for Stephanie as she puts together another exchange
of love and caring that reaches around the world.
Have fun!!
Love and Joy Be Yours Always,
- Celestina Marie from  Southern DayDreams -




I Love the Tea Cup Exchange!
I first saw the information Stephanie posted on Pinterest 
and thought this sounds like fun. 
I have participated for at least 3 years 
and it is so much fun to connect with other ladies (of all ages) 
who love the “tea party” experience from across the USA and other countries. 
I discovered we are kindred spirits,  
interested in many of the same things. 
For me, the giving is the most fun, 
putting together a few items you hope someone else will think is sweet, 
and an encouragement on days when you need a “hug.”  
I still remember each special package 
and love the care and imagination that went into it.
Last year my new friend wrapped each small gift 
in pattern tissue paper and tied it with ribbons. 
I would encourage you to sign up for spreading kindness around the world.
What the world needs now is Love Sweet Love.  
- Patti -





Having participated in every one of Stephanie's teacup/mug exchanges 
since the inception, I would love to share with you, all that it has meant to me. 
First of all, I so appreciate that Stephanie has fulfilled this special calling  
(I like to think of it as her mission) 
by bringing friends from all around the world 
to participate in this gentle, loving exchange. 
From the very first exchange, I was hooked!  
It's so exciting when the package arrives at your doorstep, 
but what's even as much or more fun, 
is picking out a teacup and gifts for the recipient of your box. 
Every time I drink my tea from a tea cup from one of the ladies that sent to me, 
I think of them and their generous spirit of kindness and thoughtfulness. 
I have even met one of my tea cup givers, 
and next month I hope to meet one that I gave a teacup to. 
Somehow it makes the world a little kinder and a little brighter, 
that we can be connected all through the exchange of a tea cup. 
Thank you, Stephanie, for all your efforts in coordinating this exchange for us!  
- Kitty from Kitty's Kozy Kitchen -




This will be my fourth time to participate in the Teacup Exchange.  
I am excited to learn where my package will go 
and see who I receive a parcel from!  
In the past exchanges I have sent to ladies scattered all across the US,
and have been privileged to receive beautiful boxes from both Canada and England!  
Before participating in these exchanges, I had never done such a thing 
and I was not sure what to expect.  
I am pleased to say that they are most enjoyable, 
and it is a unique and safe way to connect with ladies from far and wide.  
Stephanie does a marvelous job at organizing, coaching, and running this event.  
She stays in touch with each participant,
and with much sweet love goes to great lengths to make sure no one is left out or left behind.  
I hope you can join in the fun this time,
and see for yourself how delightful this event can be! 
- Sarah from Prairie Rose Sewing -




True confession time: 
I didn’t join The Enchanting Rose’s tea cup exchange to make friends. 
I already have friends, thank you very much! 
All I wanted was a pretty tea cup! 
I made my first foray in the tea cup exchange fun in March 2014 
(pre-blogging days) and was humbled and touched by the wonderful package 
that a complete stranger put together just for me! 
The subsequent tea cup exchanges were equally rewarding experiences 
that provided me the opportunity to bond with great women 
that I would never have met on my own. 
I will always be grateful to Stephanie, 
our dear hostess with outstanding organizational and matchmaking skills, 
for connecting me with such lovely ladies from my own country (Ontario, Alberta), 
the U.S. (Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio) and all the way to South Africa! 
My swap partners and I maintain contact 
and it's been a joy getting to know each other better via letters (happy mail!) or blogging. 
So the exchanges gave me the pretty tea cups that I wanted. 
But they also lead to friendships which have transcended generations and borders 
and enriched my life in ways that I could never have imagined!
- Margaret from Tea in the Valley -





The Tea Cup Exchange... 
who could have thought that the idea of exchanging one tea cup 
I would end up being blessed with meeting TWO special ladies.  
Stephanie, this lady is priceless!  
She has such a talent for matching you up with your special pen pal.  
I say that because I am still in constant touch with the ladies she has matched me with. 
One lady is in California, one in Canada, one winters here in FL where I am.
The important thing is to give as much information about you 
so that your lady will have a variety of ideas of what you like or don't...
I am allergic to smells so I am certain to put that down.
Ladies, if you are not going to follow through, 
PLEASE do not sign up and make it a disappointing experience for a new person.
That happened to my friend.  
She told me about this great Tea Cup Exchange, 
but ended up not continuing on, even though Stephanie made it right, 
but I, on the other hand, have had all wonderful experiences.
Wishing everyone Blessing and Hugs
- Sam -




As an unknown beginner blogger a few years ago, 
I was a bit hesitant to join Stephanie's tea cup swap, 
so I watched "from a distance" as the other ladies swapped their cups 
and told their stories of newly formed friendships. 
The pure joy in their posts as they shared both the giving and receiving aspects 
of this tea cup swap was heartwarming and contagious.
I eventually caught the bug and joined in to experience the fun for myself.  
I am so glad that I did. 
It has provided me a very unique opportunity to meet some lovely ladies 
from all over the country and I so very much enjoyed shopping for each new friend. 
It has been a very rewarding experience and I look forward to each new swap.
My beautiful tea cup collection is growing 
and each time I drink tea from a tea cup that I received in the swap, 
I am reminded of the lovely person who gave me my sweet gift that is really twofold: 
the gift of a new tea cup and the gift of new friendship. 
I feel truly blessed by my "tea cup friendships" and I look forward to making many more.
Speaking of gifts, Stephanie puts her heart and soul into this swap
and is so kind and welcoming to all. 
I am amazed and inspired by her continued desire to reach out 
and provide this wonderful opportunity for us to make connections all over the world. 
She is a gift that just keeps giving!
- Linda from My Sew What Blog -




Hello to all you lovely ladies reading this!
My name is Lynn and I've been privileged by Stephanie from the Enchanting Rose
to tell you about my experiences participating in her teacup and mug exchanges.
I have truly enjoyed it so much, always waiting for the next one to arrive.
I've even become friends and post mates with several of the gals
that I've received from or exchanged with.
This experience is not only an event of exchanging,
but an event of developing friendships.
It is so much fun matching your cups/mugs and gifts to the names you receive
and to hear their heartfelt replies.
It's your choice to keep them as continuing friends,
but I truly feel the Lord has brought the two of you together
not only for the exchange but for a reason.
So if you are new to this or have done it before
you will only see wonderful results by keeping in touch
with the relationships you've made from this special event.
Love & blessings to you all.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
- Lynn -





Is it possible to make a lasting friendship over a tea cup? 
It most certainly is.
As Stephanie's mother, I have had the joy and opportunity 
of participating in every one of her exchanges, 
and through each one I have met some of the loveliest women.
I have received overflowing blessings in the sweetest packages 
that arrived in my mail box. 
Each tea cup graces a special place in my home with fond memories of their recipient, 
not to mention all the other special gifts each dear lady sent with the tea cup. 
I stand amazed at the generosity and love that is shared through these exchanges.
The first tea cup I sent was to Kitty, at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen
and through the exchange our friendship has continued to grow in a very special way. 
I believe the hand of God, through Stephanie, brought us together.
I have loved, enjoyed and appreciated every lady and tea cup that I have been gifted with, 
but there was one in particular that touched my heart strings.
Alice, who is from Italy sent me the most thoughtful package filled 
with beautifully hand written family recipes, 
and a gorgeous pink tea cup that is ever so lady like. 
I believe it struck my heart in a special way because I, too, am Italian on my mother's side.
Stephanie is a dear heart, and she pours her love into every exchange 
allowing the hand of God to direct her ways as she places each lady together.
- Debbie from She Graces Her Home -





A teacup exchange…
what a wonderful, delightful way to meet lovely ladies 
across the world and form special friendships!  
When I signed up for my first ever tea cup exchange in February last year, 
I had no idea that I would be blessed in such incredible ways…
not just with beautiful tea cups and sweet gifts, 
but in my exchange partners themselves, 
many of whom have become dear friends to me…
I have always believed it is more blessed to give than to receive, 
and time and again I have seen this proven to be true…   
Once finding out who you will be sending a package of tea cup happiness to, 
there is something so gratifying in selecting the perfect tea cup, 
wrapping it up in pretty paper and some ribbons and adding a few little gifts 
such as tea and handmade goodies…  
I smile just thinking of the recipient’s surprise on opening the box…
I love imagining the many teacup parcels being sent and received all over the world!
- Kelly-Anne from Beautiful Girlhood -





I've participated in two of Stephanie's Tea Cup and Mug Exchanges 
and I must say that I absolutely love participating in this delightful and fun-filled event!  
The most important fact in participating in the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange 
is the wonderful friendships that are made.  
I'm looking forward to the next exchange!
- Kelly from Dreaming of Vintage -





Once upon a time, ok, it was January, 2015; 
I decided to join the world of blogging.  
It was an overwhelming process, 
but I googled tons of advice, and managed to muddle through.  
Not too much later, I discovered an “enchanting” lady 
by the name of Stephanie who shares my love of Christ 
and enjoys bringing ladies together through teacup/mug exchanges.  
I decided to take a leap, and join.
However, I did ask her if I could be the one to send to her…
please, pretty please, oh please?!  
And do you know what? She agreed!  
Yay, whoop-whoop, happy dance!  
This began a wonderful friendship that has truly blessed me.  
We have many things in common, such as faith, homeschooling, 
creativity, the love of blessing others, etc.  
We now communicate pretty regularly through email, 
and snail mail, sharing hopes and dreams and prayer requests, 
and other goodies along the way.  
I hope to one day meet her in person.  
Stephanie paired me with Sam in FL.  
A spunky older lady who does not have a blog, but enjoys this type of fellowship.  
We have written a few emails back and forth, and found we also share some fun things.  
We even exchanged birthday cards and goodies.  
You can read all about that experience here:  
http://bluejeansandteacups.blogspot.com/2015/03/tea-cup-and-mug-exchange-link-up.html
For Stephanie’s Autumn swap, 
I chose to swap mugs this time around and I was paired with 2 lovely ladies.  
Erika from Alabama sent to me.  
She really took the time to explore my blog and get to know me and my likes.  
Her box of blessings was amazing!   
She and I have exchanged surprise snail mail and Christmas cards since.  
We also connect regularly on Instagram.  
She is such a sweetheart.  
Lynn, from Quaker Hill Farm blog was who I sent to.  
She and I tend to connect through each other’s blogs, commenting from time to time.  
You can read about my mug swaps here: 
http://bluejeansandteacups.blogspot.com/2015/10/tea-cup-mug-exchange-ers7.html
It’s a fun thing to do, but you definitely need to commit 
since you don’t want to make some lovely lady sad if you don’t follow through 
(and that does always happen).  
Hugs and a cup of tea!
- Heather from Blue Jeans and Tea Cups -


{ Image courtesy of Southern DayDreams }


The beautiful words from these precious ladies gives you but a taste
of what you will enjoy if you join the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
As the hostess of this event I have had the joy and privilege
of being apart of each exchange.
Along the way I have made so many sweet friends from around the world.
My lovely friend Belle in Australia is very near and dear to my heart
and had it not been for this exchange we likely would not have "met."
I keep in touch with ladies from England, Italy, Canada, and beyond
all because of a tea cup or mug.

This exchange is beautiful and special because of the lovely ladies that participate.
I observe from a distance the love, detail, and care that goes into each package
and it's truly a sweet blessing to see women of all ages from all around the world
coming together over a cup of tea of mug or coffee.
Won't you join the fun?


Let me always see
with the eyes of Love,
Let me always remember
to be kind.
- Joan Walsh Anglund -


The 8th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange will take place on
Wednesday, March 2nd.
Sign-up is open to everyone whether you are a blogger or not
and the exchange is open to all countries.
Sign-up will end on Thursday, March 10th.

Come back on Wednesday, March 2nd to officially sign up.
We would love to have you join the fun!

Love, hugs, and blessings to all!

You can read abut the last Tea Cup and Mug Exchange
and see what others received by clicking on the link below:

If you would like to start spreading the word 
than you can share this button on your blog
by simply copying the code and pasting it on your sidebar.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Roses of Inspiration #50



Happy Tuesday, sweet friends!

May I warmly welcome you to another Roses of Inspiration.
It is YOU that makes this party a success,
it is YOU that brings joy to the party,
and it is YOU that inspires myself and the other participants.

So THANK YOU for sharing your time and beauty with all of us.




Last week I featured AnnMarie's New Jersey crumb cake.
Well. . .my mom whipped some up last week
and dropped by my house with a few pieces for my family and I to enjoy.
Oh my. . .
there are no words to decribe how delicious this cake is!
My mom is currently away right now visiting my grandma
and my husband said to me the other day,
"Please tell your mom to hurry home 
so she can make us some more of that delicious crumb cake."
If you are looking for a sweet treat than this is the cake for you-
you won't be sorry you made it :)
When my mom brought some of the cake over
I just had to take a photo of it. . .




Many thanks to AnnMarie for sharing her recipe.
Click on the link below to visit her blog and get the recipe.
AnnMarie's New Jersey Crumb Cake.

Time to 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.

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


. . . { Just Plain Creative Inspiration } . . .

Tuula from Thrifty Rebel Vintage share two delightful posts
and I simply couldn't choose between the two
so I decided to feature both of them {{smiles}}

showed us how to make this stunning flower tree.
You really should go see what she made the flowers from. . .
such creativity!



also showed us how she is storing her vintage necklaces. . .
she is using them as curtains :)



. . . { Carefree Inspiration } . . .

encouraged us to simply enjoy life.
Like she said, wear something fun. . .we don't live forever.



. . . { Fairy Garden Inspiration } . . .

showed us how make these whimsical fairy garden doors.



. . . { Tea Party Inspiration } . . .

shared her lovely impomptu tea party.



. . . { Baking Inspiration } . . .

shared her husband's prize-winning peanut butter dessert.



. . . { Friendship Inspiration } . . .

shared a beautiful post on friendship.



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


{ 1 }
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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to let others know about Roses of Inspiration.

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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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