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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Story of My Kneeler


Hello everyone,
Easter is only a couple of days away. I will be busy this weekend, since I'm on the Altar Guild.  If some of you are not familiar with the duties of the Altar Guild this is our purpose.

It is the ministry of the Altar Guild to care for the altar and the sanctuary of the church and to prepare the altar and sanctuary for any services that are to take place. In addition to preparing for weekly services, our responsibilities include caring for the altar linens and vestments, caring for the vessels, candles, offering plates, etc., ordering and maintaining supplies, preparing sanctuary for church related services, holidays and events. Our work as the Altar Guild is a quiet, behind-the-scenes way to serve the church; no previous Altar Guild experience in necessary.

While visiting England in 2011, we visited  St.Peter's, Monkwearmouth built in 674 AD by Benedict Biscop. St. Peter's is one of the oldest churches in Britain, where Christians have gathered for more than 1300 years.This is a place of worship and prayer, pilgrimage and mission. To see complete post:   Go Here
I was so captivated by the beauty of the church kneelers I wanted to make one myself. Now a few years later I'm making  a kneeler  in memory of my Mom and Dad. 
My kneeler will be one of 20 used at the altar rail.  
My favorite kneelers in this photo are the poppies and St. Peter's Church
My middle name is Cecilia and I love St. Cecilia the patron saint of Music. 
The kneeler is cross-stitch in wool yarn. This is a pre-made kit ordered from England. 
Wool, needle, foam pad and backing are included.
The stitches go in one direction to the left and turn the corner and cross over the stitch going to the right. There are five stitches to an inch. The piece is started with the darkest color and worked to the lightest color.
As you can see I haven't gotten very far...Two rows. Being out in the yard is very tiring and I need good daylight to see the dark yarn. I will be busy after the Garden Tour finishing my kneeler.
When I finish the kneeler I will do a post on the conplete project.
This is the inside of St. Peter's Church. You can see the kneelers hanging the back of the pews. 
One more look at the amazing work of the women of the church.
I was so enamored by the beauty of the beautiful kneelers.
I just had to make one.
Thank you for visiting and please come back soon.
I'm linking to:
 Craftberry Bush for Inspiration Gallery Thursday
  The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday
Posed Perfection for All Things Thursday Hop
 Katherines Corner for Favorite Things, 
 A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden,
Love of Family & Home for Inspire Me Please  
  From My Front Porch To Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
 The 36th Avenue for 36th Avenue Party
 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Fri
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
  Common Ground for Be Inspired Fri
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home ,
 Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Fri
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Fri,
Rooted In Thyme for Simple & Sweet Fri.
 Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
 Redoux Interiors for Friday Party,
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
Joyously,
Betty 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Garden Journal


Good Morning all, 
I'm sitting here this fine Sunday morning watching the Master's Golf final round and writing this post. My body is in GREAT (LOL) Pain from all the yard work I've been doing these past few weeks. The reward is worth every weed pulled. 
This is a combination of photos from late March and early April.
To see the difference since posting February Garden Journal 
Go HERE
Joseph's Coat and Iris
The roses are growing a foot a minute.
Daffodils are amazing
I love Iris mixed with daffodils.
I have a little artichoke on my plant and the day lilies and lambs ear are filling in nicely...
Poppies, Don Juan and Grape vines all growing fast.
Hopefully something will be blooming for my 
Garden Tour. 
Inside the patio, I've brought the tender plants out and added some annuals to the pots. The boxwood are new this year and the little violets are added for interest and filler.
Jade plants are a wonderful addition to the patio. 
I bought these Jade plants at the grocery store HERE
Fuschia, Coleus and Alyssum
Queen Elizabeth Climbing Rose
Just Joey
Ingrid Bergman
Lupins
Sally Holmes Climbing Rose


Just a little fun planter with some purple petunias and pansies the most fragrant alyssum.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you've enjoyed your tour.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch  
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Angel~Tea Cups~Cloche


Happy Thursday to all of you wonderful bloggers and friends.
Yes, I'm very happy today. The sun is warming the ground and the temps are amazing. We are in the low 80's and perfect weather for gardening. I've been planting outside for the past few days.
Our garden tour is only 23 days away. 
I visited my favorite thrift store last week and found another cupid. Or (baby angel) and two new tea cups. Our Camellia tree is blooming and I couldn't resist to set a table with my new little friends.
While it was raining a few weeks ago, I was ironing some of my tea towels and some small table cloths and hung them on the clothes rack.  
I love  my cloches and I've always wanted a bell shaped one. While in Michaels Craft store I bought this beauty. Exactly what I've been looking for to showoff my tea cups. 

The three together. *Oh so pretty*
I love my dining room. The windows look out into my garden, but I love my lace curtains for my romantic tablescape. The camellia is an old garden favorite called 'Pink Perfection' and is a wonderful addition to my garden.
Tea Cup under Glass♥

Stanley English Bone China
Paragon Victoriana Rose English Bone China


I'm so happy you came for a visit. I love company.
Hope you enjoyed yourself and please come again. 
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Show and Tell at  My Romantic Home
Show and Tell Saturday at Cheerios and Lattes
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper
Inspired Sunday at Sunday View
Mosaic Monday at Little Red House  
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Your Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E   
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
Tea In The Garden at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Centerpiece Wednesday - Spring Ideas at The Style Sisters 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Drought in Northern California


Hello everyone, 
I thought you would like to see what a drought looks like... Sweetheart and I took a ride to Shasta Dam a week ago and I took some photos of Shasta Dam and the dam deer at the Shasta Dam Visitors Center. 
They just stood there looking at us as we stopped to take a photo.
As you can see it was a rainy afternoon.  We passed the deer and drove to the launch ramp. Wow that is a long way to back down backwards.  Most experienced boaters drive down to the bottom of the ramp and then turn around and back their boat into the water.  Smart idea.
Some statistics:
Depth at dam: 418.51'
Depth at dam a year ago: 489.19'
Distance from crest: 98.49'
Before 9-11 we could drive across the bridge on top of dam and 4-wheel drive up the mountains along the back side of the dam. After 9-11 the bridge on the top of the dam was closed to automobiles.
The remains of the main 465-foot (142m)tower used to support the cableway system at the cam site
The metal is only seen when the lake is very, very low.
We drove over to another look out point and I captured this panoramic view of the front of the dam.
Totally amazing. 
Fishermen love to fish right up close to the face of the dam. Great bass fishing.
During the summer we enjoy all the beauty of Shasta Lake. Water skiing, boating and house boating. 
Picnics and floating on a raft in a cove are my favorite things to do on this fabulous lake.
I love to travel to far-away places, but I do have a wonderful vacation spot, right in my own back yard.
14.4 miles and 22 minutes from my house to Shasta Dam. Sweet♥
Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden
The Tablescaper for Oh, the PLACES I've been!

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.

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