Sunday, March 27, 2011

A question and Scripture in PIctures Sunday

Before I get to today's Scripture in Picture, I have a question. I visited an Anglican Church on Ash Wednesday and they had Psalm 51 printed in the bulletin. I really liked the wording but when I decided to use Psalm 51 for my Lent passage, I could not find this exact wording in any of the versions I researched at Bible Gateway online. I'm hoping that one of you who are much more knowledgeable about the Bible can help me identify this translation because I really like the way it is worded. 

Here is Psalm 51:1-2 according to The New International Version:
 1 Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
   blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
   and cleanse me from my sin. 

and here is how it was worded in the Church bulletin:
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your loving-kindness;
in your great compassion 
blot out my offenses.
2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness
and cleanse me from my sin.
Does this version look familiar to anyone?

And now the last part of Psalm 51:
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Please stop by Spiritual Sunday and visit with Charlotte and Ginger, our hosts each week. Have a blessed Sunday, Nan

Friday, March 25, 2011

Springy Pinkness!

Happy PINK Saturday everyone!
   I know that some of you are still under the influence of cold, dank weather but here in Charleston, Spring is busting out all over! We've had several sunny days in the 80's already. My oldest "Tiny Bubble" is home for Spring break so today we took a stroll downtown and did some shopping, had a yummy lunch then went for a walk along the harbor. It was a perfect day!
   I thought I would share some of the Springy PINKness happening around our house. First, this was my Easter decoration splurge for the year.
I saw it at Pier One and I just had to have it, I couldn't resist. Every time I looked at it, it made me smile and then it got to the point where I couldn't take my eyes off of it!
It is fairly tall, right at 2 feet and I haven't decided yet where I am going to display it. It's a toss up between the Sunroom and my kitchen garden window. 

I love all the little characters and how they are all balancing on each other. 

Next up, the large pots on our front porch.
I usually choose soft pinks and lavenders but this year I decided to change it up and go with hot PINK, Orange and Yellow. I'm loving this color combo!

Each pot contains a Topiary Hot PINK Hibiscus,

 a hot PINK Geranium, and an Orange Geranium, 

Yellow Marigolds, Swiss Chard, and Yellow Nemesia.

Please stop by How Sweet the Sound and say hi to Beverly, our host each week for PINK Saturday!
Have a great weekend, xxoo Nan

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Scripture in Pictures Sunday

Continuing this week with Psalm 51. If you missed the first part, just look for last week's post!

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Scripture in Pictures Sunday

During the next few weeks of Lent, my focus will be on Psalm 51.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

W is or Window, My St. Patty's Day Window!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone!
I am having so much fun decorating my kitchen window for the Holidays, I can't believe I never thought of doing it before. Here are some pics of my latest Holiday installment, 
Saint Patrick's Day. 

I wanted to create a somewhat "Earthy" feel this time around, so first I laid down a thick layer of Spanish Moss that was dyed green. It almost gives it the feel of a forest floor. 

The little ceramic Leprechaun and 'Pot of Gold" are vintage from the late 70's. My Mom painted the Leprechaun and I "think" she painted the pot of gold too. I used my Sizzix to cut the Shamrocks out of felt that are hanging on the tree. 

The little mice are new Annalees that I bought at Marshalls for a fraction of what they normally cost. 

And do you see that sweet little lass sitting on the spigot of the birdhouse? She was made by the uber talented Elizabeth at Bluebird Papercrafts and I won her in a giveaway! But, I must say, I think E sent me the orneriest one of the clan because that little lass would not stay put and every time I came in the kitchen, she had jumped down and was playing in the green with the mice!

Here's a shot of the window at night.

I also threw together a little centerpiece for the kitchen table.

The Irish Santa was a gift from Mr. Bubbles and my Tiny Bubbles (giggle) a few years ago. The sparkly lantern also came from Marshalls. 

I just put some more moss on a glass plate and added the little garland and coins for accents. Now please stop by 
How Sweet the Sound for more PINK (or GREEN) inspiration! 
I'm also linking this to:
Someday Crafts St. Patricks Day Party
Vintage Thingie Thursday at Coloradolady
and Alphabe Thursday for the letter W at Jenny Matlocks

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

V is for Veggies and Violet!

We had a wonderful garden at our old house but when we moved, we just never seemed to find the time to start a new one. Then two years we decided to take the plunge and get down and dirty, lol.

We had several requirements:
1) The garden would have to be raised because we have such terrible soil.
2) The entire garden would have to be fenced in because the deer eat everything.
3) The garden would need to be large enough to grow the things we wanted but small enough to take care of without a lot of trouble.
We decided on a garden that was basically 8'x10' and a "C" shape.

Last week I decided to get a jump start and prep the soil but when I went to Lowes, I discovered they already had their veggie plants out so I decided I might as well and get started with the planting too. I planted Romaine Lettuce, Nappa Cabbage, Radishes, onions, four kinds of Tomatoes, 2 bell peppers, Cucumbers, purple potatoes and Birdhouse Gourds.

The Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers and Gourds will go on though to the Fall but the rest will be done by the time the Summer heat arrives.

And here's a picture of my new red-Violet hose and nozzle. I love the color!

Having your own garden is very rewarding and with grocery prices rising every day, it's a good way to save a little cash too.
I mentioned prepping the soil and I can't stress how important this step is! Unless you are blessed with rich, loamy soil, you will want to amend it. Here is the "recipe" I use:
1- 3 cubic foot bag peat moss
2 - 2 cubic foot bags Jungle Growth Garden Soil or other rich garden soil
2 - 2 cubic foot bags Mushroom Compost.
Depending on the size of your garden, you may need larger quantities of each ingredient. 
Mix together thoroughly, if you are planting right into the ground, mix well with your existing soil. I'll try and post pictures as my little garden begins to grow. I'm linking this post to Alphabe Thursday for the letter V at Jenny Matlocks.


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