Thursday, December 29, 2011

Angels All Around Us

I am smitten with this statue.

The desert is so wide!

The desert is so bare!

What springs to quench my thirst are there?

Where will I from the tempest hide?

I heard the flow of hidden springs;

Before me palms rose green and fair;

The birds were singing,

All the air  was filled and stirred with Angels' wings.
                                                                                                                          Streams in the Desert

When you are feeling low and uncertain take heart that you are not alone. 
Your Guardian Angels are watching over you.

Last week I was given many gifts from dear friends, 

not gifts wrapped in pretty paper and tied with ribbon
although those are so fun to open

They were the kind of gifts that money can't buy; 

prayers, kind words, and emails of encouragement. 

To all of you my cherished friends, I Thank You for being you and letting me be me.

And a special thank you to Cindy Adkins whose book
"Angels At My Door" is a top seller on  Amazon.

p.s. This post was up for a few days and I didn't even realize it said "dessert" at the beginning of the poem. Guess that tells you where my mind is!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Road Home

Photo: Cathy Scalise
But you will not mind the roughness, nor the steepness of the way,
Nor the cold, unrested morning, nor the heat of the noonday;
 And you will not take a turning to the left or the right,
But go straight ahead, nor tremble at the coming of the night,

 For the road leads HOME.
                                          Author Unknown

 I read this poem this morning and pondered it quite some time. 



Our thoughts of home are so powerful. 

The place where we belong. 

Where we are molded into who we are. 

Where we learn the earliest lessons in life.

The smell of your favorite soap, the sounds of your family.

The pet that greets you faithfully.

Where we are safe to just be.

Have you ever broken down in an unfamiliar place and 
all you could think is how you want to go home?

When I mop the sticky mess from the kid's cooking experiment gone wrong
I will not complain but rejoice with a heart full of gratitude that I am in this place.

May your day be blessed with all the riches in your home.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas to all!

I hope all of you had a wonderful, joyful Christmas!
Here are a few pictures of my trees.
 I always put the white tree decorated with red bulbs in my dining room 
to go along with my red, white and black decor.
I love birds so aside from the ones that stay up all year I add them to the holiday decor.

A vignette in the dining room
 This has got to be the easiest last minute centerpiece to pull together. 
Any plate or bowl filled with bulbs looks so pretty. I added a candelabra to the center.
 My gold & green pencil tree.
With more birds of course!
 A sweet angel
My snowman clown from Bethany Lowe. Love this piece!
 On Christmas Eve we attended a party in Long Beach then took a drive down to the marina. It was 70* out and absolutely beautiful I wanted to show you a Christmas Eve sunset California style!

Wishing you and yours the season's best!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Apron Winner!

 Thank you for entering the give away
 The names were placed in a bowl
 And watched over by royal guards
 Congratulations K. Graves!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Giveaways, Blessings and Congratulations!

photo: Good Life Zen
 First off I would like to thank Melissa Bolton of DesignHer Brands and Catherine Hoagland of Avalon Rose for putting together "The Ultimate No Excuses New Year, New You Giveaway". This truly was a life changer for one lucky winner, Jessie Lowery who one $4500 in prizes. Its a great blessing to me to be able to sponsor the event that helped to support another woman with her dream of starting & building her business.

Whimsical Musings
If you are looking for great business blogging tips be sure to visit Cindy Adkins' Whimsical Musings blog: women-blogging-for-busines-seminar.html

Cindy is a very talented author, artist and motivator. 
She was featured on Launch Your Creativity here

How about another giveaway?
Hurray! I think so too!

Leave a comment here and I will enter your name in the drawing. Entry closes Friday, December 16th at midnight pacific time.The winner will be announced on Saturday morning. Shipping to the U.S. only please.

Good Luck!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

"The Ultimate New Year, New You Giveaway"

Whether you're starting a new business or revamping and expanding an existing business - you don't want to miss out on this UNBELIEVABLE opportunity! 

We're hoping it'll be a life-changer for some lucky dreamer.

 One lucky winner will receive:

~Over $4,500 worth of prizes~

This amazing opportunity starts TODAY, Thursday, December 1st, 2011 and ends on Sunday, December 
11th, 2011 at midnight EST. The winner will be chosen via and announced on this blog on Monday December 12th, 2011. 

Items donated will be provided to the winner directly through individual sponsors.
To see a list of donors & to enter go here~Good Luck!

Pansy Cottage & Garden is proud to be a sponsor!