Doobie Dogs!

Yesterday we went to St. Augustine for the day with some friends. I took my digital camera and had planned to take some pictures of the oldest city in America to share with you! Those plans didn't work out to get the historical pictures. But, look what I did get!! These two little dogs (yes they are real!) were dressed up so cute and were so well behaved, everybody was stopping and taking pictures of them! They are Dala and Doogie Doobie! They visit the elderly in hospitals and entertain others just by being cute and sweet! They were so good and didn't mind being dressed up with clothes and glasses! Dobie even had on little shoes! Doogie is a terrier, Dala is a poodle.


Doll Curio

This is the curio cabinet where I display my Madame Alexander dolls. It is in our formal living room. Each of the glass panels are beveled, giving a sparkling effect.


Happy Birthday, Nikki!

Today's blog is dedicated to Nikki. Happy Birthday!

Nikki is an avid collector of Scarlett costumes, and she wears them well! Nikki's hobbies also includes restoring their Victorian home, she is a very creative designer, and she is the mother of a darling one-year-old boy! In honor of Nikki's birthday, I'm featuring some of my doll collection, the Scarlett dolls.

This is a Madame Alexander doll dressed in white with green accents to match her eyes!

Scarlett's Party Dress

Madame Alexander Scarlett in beautiful white ruffled dress with red accents.

Scarlett's Picnic Dress

Madame Alexander Scarlett in picnic dress.

Barbie Scarlett

Barbie dressed in Scarlett's picnic dress

Scarlett and Rhett Ornaments


What stage am I?

Roses are beautiful at all stages, from the simple bud to the fully opened blossom. I like to think of the Lord seeing us as these beautiful flowers, no matter what stage of growth we are in, He loves us!

Just as the blind, we have spiritual eyes that need to be opened.
"Lord, we want our eyes to be opened." Matthew 20:33

He holds me in the palm of His hand

Thou wilt make known to me the path of life;
In Thy presence is fulness of joy;
In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

Our Anniversary!

Today is our anniversary! Thank you sweetheart for making our marriage so special. Thank you for allowing the Lord to be the head of our marriage! We've shared so much through the years - the triumphs and the heartaches, the special days and the ordinary ones. You have made it a fun and enjoyable experience!

Thank you, Lord, for answering my prayer - for a Christian husband who worships You with me! Thank You that this promise came true:

"Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever." Ephesians 3:20,21. (NASB)


Special Pink Roses!

Today my sweet husband came home with these gorgeous pink roses! They are to commemorate a special answer to prayers!

Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers!

For I will restore you to health, and I will heal you of your wounds, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17

Fragrant roses

You can almost smell the fragrance of the beautiful pink roses!

Shout joyfull to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, How awesome are Thy works! Psalms 66:1-3

Roses and crystal

The roses are lovely in a plain crystal vase.

It will be healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3:8

Praise you Lord!

Birds and pansies

This little yellow bird felt left out of the bunny parade! Since he is so cute in his hat and bow tie I photographed him with some of my plants on the lanai. I love yellow birds, from Tweety-Pie, to Big Bird, but seldom see any real yellow birds here.

Little yellow bird in the mint

Little yellow bird in the fresh mint.

Orchids to you!

Little yellow bird with my blooming orchids on the lanai beside the lake.


Today's Tea Cups

My yellow depression glass tea cups are displayed together. I started collecting yellow depression glass about eight years ago. Yellow is one of the hardest to find of the depression glass colors.

Yellow glass

Some of my yellow glass collection. The candy jar is carnival glass.

Yellow depression glass

Yellow depression glass cups and saucers, parfait and sherbet dishes.

Depression glass collection

My yellow depression glass collection is displayed on my yellow tea cart in the dining room.

Bluebird Tea Pot

When I saw this little bluebird tea pot at Cracker Barrel I fell in love with it! Those red tennis shoes did the trick, I had to have it!

When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast. ~John Burroughs


Bunny Mini Tea Pot

This little bunny tea pot got lost, she's trying to find her way to the parade! She's too cute to leave her out!

A Special Easter Gift

I received this special Easter gift from a sweet internet friend. She and her mother have a tradition of making the panaramic eggs each Easter. Thanks Nikki!

Lilies in the desert

The desert vignette at our church was decorated with pretty lilies - from death to life with the living water!

He's Alive!

......Three women made their way quietly through abandoned narrow streets, clutching vials of sweet-smelling perfume. In the hazy light of early morning, they were headed for Joseph’s garden, where the remains of the man they pinned their hopes on as the Son of God laid without proper respect. There had been no time on Friday to anoint the funeral wrappings, and such activity was forbidden on the Sabbath. Nicodemus and Joseph had done a credible job with limited time and little preparation, but it fell to the women to complete the burial requirements – as much for their own sake as for the sake of the custom.

Just when they started to wonder who might help them move the huge stone over the face of the tomb, they found, lo and behold, that the stone had already been moved away. The soldiers guarding it shifted on the ground in a deep sleep; the wrappings that should have been around the body lay limply on the rocky shelf inside. And an angelic being, bright and glorious, asked a question that would change them and the world forever: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

May your Easter celebrations be filled with the same joy and wonder these women experienced on that first Easter morning!

(Excerpt from John Fischer’s daily Purpose Driven Life devotional.)

(Photo taken at our church this morning)

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! Thanks for reading my blog!


Breakfast Nook Centerpiece

This is the centerpiece on the table in the breakfast nook. I've had this "wheelbarrow" egg vase and the little bunnies with eggs salt and pepper shakers for a few years now. They always brighten the beginning of our days during the Easter season.

Easter Village

I bought this Easter Village last year at The Dollar Tree.

Bunnies on Parade

Today is a fun day for children everywhere as the Easter bunny hides eggs for them to hunt. I'm going to have a parade of my bunny collection for you today. I hope they leave you lots of Easter eggs! This first bunny is made from chenille. I think she's adorable in her pink ribbons and lace! She is also a big bunny!

Bunny and orchids

This little Bunny likes my blooming orchids.

Soft as a Bunny

This little bunny is made from embroidered vintage linen. She is displayed all year in our guest bathroom.

Pretty in Pink

This bunny looks pretty in this pink Longaberger basket!

How do you like your eggs?

These bunnies have floppy ears. I like the little 3-D butterflies on them too.

Jelly Bean Bunny

This cutie bunny holds jelly beans to tempt you!

Bunny and roses

A yellow flocked bunny among the yellow roses. Also on the shelf in the guest bathroom.

Praying bunny

I like to think of this little bunny as being in prayer!

Bunny Clean

This bunny is a liquid soap dispenser in the guest bathroom.

OCR Bunny shakers

Old Country Roses bunny salt and pepper shakers.

Pretty bunny

This bunny is pretty in a yellow velvet dress and matching head band.


Cute Bunnies

These two little bunnies are on a shelf in the guest bathroom. The butterflies are on a little spring and move.

Eastertime Tea Party

When my friend Laura came to visit I quickly put together this little tea party for two in the breakfast nook of our house. Please come again Laura!

Good Friday

Good Friday occurs between March 20 and April 23 on the Friday before Easter. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. There are few explanations as to why the holiday is known as "Good" Friday since it commemorates a sorrowful time in Christianity. Some scholars believe that "good" is a corruption of the word "God's" while others speculate that "good" was used to denote "holy". In Eastern Orthodox churches, the observance is known as Great Friday.
Good Friday has been observed since about 100 C. E. However, for many years it had no association with Jesus' death but was simply another day of fasting. Since the late fourth century, it has been associated with the crucifixion. Many churches now have mourning services from noon until 3:00 p.m. to symbolize Jesus' last hours on the cross. Some congregations also re-enact Jesus' procession to the cross in a ritual known as Stations of the Cross.


In the Desert

This vignette is at the altar in our church, it signifies Jesus going to the desert.

Maundy Thursday

Holy Thursday
Thursday of the Holy Week is also known as "Maundy Thursday." The word maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum (commandment). "I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34)
On Thursday, after washing the feet of the disciples, Jesus celebrated Passover, instituting the Sacrament of Holy Communion. He went to Gethsemane to pray, where he was arrested by the Temple guard and taken to an illegal night session of the Jewish court, the Sanhedrin.

Foot washing

During Christ's time, people wore sandals and had to walk many miles each day on dusty road. It was courtesy and respect for a servant to wash the feet of guests when they arrived. Jesus washed the feet of all his disciples the night before he was crucified. This gesture was to show his disciples that he was their servant and he respected them. It was also to show them that in order to be good leaders, they must show respect to their followers and be willing to serve.
Kings and Lords during medieval times followed Jesus' example. They did this by washing the feet of twelve of the poorest men in their kingdom on the Thursday before Easter. In England, it was custom for kings and queens to wash the feet of as many poor people as they were in years old. This custom is still practiced by Queen Elizabeth today.

The Washing of the disciples' feet: JOHN 13:1-11


New Bunny Tea Pot

I just received this Bunny Tea Pot last week. I held a Longaberger Basket party and earned this tea pot free! It is a good sized tea pot, I haven't measured the cup capacity yet. The rabbit is 10 inches tall. He is holding a basket of crocus flowers and the spout is formed with one of the flowers. A purple and yellow striped ribbon-look handle coordinates with the flowers. The tea cup is part of my yellow depression glass collection. The loose tea is Davidson's Mixed Berry Herbal Tea.

Easter Greetings

This card matches the other one.

Happy Easter to all my faithful blog readers! May this Easter bring special blessings to you and your families!

Bunny Bouquet

Stuffed bunnies were used for the centerpiece of the Easter Tea Party.


Invitation to Easter tea party

This is the Easter tea party invitation which was delivered in a plastic Easter egg. If the guests didn't wear a hat, they were provided bunny ears to wear!

Put on your Easter bonnet
and hop on over to
my hutch
for tea and nibbles
at 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 6th

Easter Basket Tea Party

The tea party food was served in an Easter basket, this included sandwiches tucked inside the folded bunny napkin; carrot cake cookies tucked inside the paper doily, fruit cups, Peeps marshmallows, chocolate bunny, jelly beans, and hat cookies.

The carrot cake cookies were made with Martha Stewart's recipe.