Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

....long time passing.....   
  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass
the grass witherth, and the flower thereof falleth away; But the word of the Lord endureth for ever
                                                                                                                           I Peter 1:24 25...  

..Young girls picked them every one..........



I no believe that unto thee
Truth, honor, plain sincerity
are jewels far before
all that the others think are dear
and yet far more than they I fear
Because I love thee more.

And yet I hope, because I love
With thoughts that set thee far above
Vain Fortune's glittering store;
Others may deem thou canst be won
By things that sparkle in the sun;
But oh! I love thee more!

                                        G.P.R. James

If you save flowers and leaves during the Summer months.....

Daylilies are edible !     

Tansy is used  for Dye
All Pictures by Linnie Nolan of the Bleat'n Hum Baa Farn'n Fiber

                 You can enjoy them throughout the Winter time and beyond

  Gathering buds up early in the day,
          when the buds are at their peek
                 helps them to be preserved the best

One way to use certain flowers
 like Marigolds is for Natural Dye

Some plants are good for Teas or Medicinal Herbs for the "Apothecary"

There are so many beautiful books available to inspire great ideas
for the home or for gifts

There are many ways to preserve the outdoor living works of the Hands of the Lord
Hanging  them to air dry is one way

Using a colander or sifter  placed in a warm dry place...

for a while to air dry.....

creates  a beautiful fragrant 
masterpiece to enjoy during the winter 
months and beyond

 There are many lovely ways
 to make Handmade Gifts 

My Aunt Karin made these 
three Cherished Hand Crocheted
Potpourris using pretty shaped canning jars

                 check out
Pressing Fresh Flowers and Leaves 
is one of  my very favorite things to do


It is very easy to do. It is nice if you have Special Tools, but pressing flowers between or under heavy Books will accomplish the same effect! (be sure to use absorbent paper towels between the pages to protect your book)

Pressed Flowers create
 long lasting cherished gifts!

 a great learning site:

The largest picture is from
 a late friend who took up 
Flower and Leaf Pressing 
as an Art in her NINETIES!

Pixie says:

"Never stop creating" !!


Ah Sunflower! weary of time
Who countest the steps of the Sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller's journey is done;

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow
Arise from their graves and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go.

                                                  William Blake 

Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2
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             Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet"

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~the book of Romans




(always a delight)!

Visit Ruth Goodman's
"Victorian Pharmacy"


Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-Flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day,
To-morrow will be dying.
                                  Robert Herrick  1591-1674

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;
but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
     Isaiah 40:8

Thursday, November 18, 2010

WRITE A LETTER or in a JOURNAL with an Old Fashiond DIP PEN

 How long has it been since any of us has sat down
 to write a real letter? 
 Many do not even send out Christmas cards anymore!
 To receive a hand written letter in the Post is pure JOY!

                                  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth  sure,  
                                 having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His   II                                                                                                                                                           Timothy: 2:19..    


                           It's quite enjoyable to own family heirlooms or collect 
                             unique old pieces from treasure hunts               
 Wax sealing goes back to ancient times
  It adds a very old fashioned lovely touch


It is a very pleasurable experience writing with a Dip Pen. Just imagine
Jane Austen wrote ALL her books with one (or perhaps a Feather Quill)!

Learn about FEATHER QUILLS here:

Please don't tell BUTTERCUP that we took some of her FEATHERS!

Learn more here:


here is a great site:

(Please take the time to check out their illustrations page)

  Also Jonathan David's Uncle was a counsellor,
 a wise man, and a scribe: I Chronicles 27:32..

      Here is a nice example of dip pen writing from days gone by  from a                                        cherished inherited "Autograph Book"
        Belonging to J. Fredrick Smith 1880 
(my HubbyBear's Grandfather)

    This is an extraordinary autograph written by a good friend of  J. Fredrick
       (little would he imagine that his lovely poem would be posted for many to see on day)!

                                                     We may write our names in albums 
                                                     We may trace them in the sand
                                                     We may chisel them in marble
                                                     With a firm and skillful hand
                                                     But the pages soon are sullied
                                                     Soon each name will fade away
                                                     Every moment will crumble
                                                     Like all earthly hopes decay
                                                     But dear friend there is an album
                                                     Full of leaves of snowy white
                                                     Where no name is ever tarnished
                                                     But forever pure and bright
                                                     In that book of life God's album
                                                     May your name be penned with care
                                                     And may all who here have written
                                                     Have their names forever there

My Great Grandmother Mary Hawkins kept a Prayerful Journal
How Honored I am to have it

The smudges on the pages are from tears wept over the loss of her only (child) son
from Tuberculosis at  the age of  42

For this is a covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after
those days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their mind,
and write them their hearts;
Hebrews 8:10...

Here are some wonderful examples of penmanship some famous illustrators

Some nice sites about the history of paperweights:

 Pictures by Linnie Nolan of the Bleat'n Hum Baa Farm'n Fiber

an interesting site about the demise
of handwriting

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There are some wonderful examples of
"Dip Pen" Handwriting by Beatrix Potter


Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
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