Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Witnesses - Book Review

Young lawyer Parker House is on the rise -
until his grandfather’s mysterious past puts both of their lives in danger.

Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. 
The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather’s uncanny ability 
to see future events in his mind’s eye -
a gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank House
through decades of trying to erase a murderous wartime past.

While Parker navigates the intrigue and politics of small-town courtroom law, 
Frank is forced to face his darkest regrets. 
Then, a big career break for Parker collides with a new love he longs to nurture 
and the nightmares his grandfather can no longer escape. 
Sudden peril threatens to shatter not only Parker’s legal prospects 
but also his life and the lives of those dearest to him.

Two witnesses, two paths, an uncertain future.

My Thoughts
The Witnesses was the first book that I've read by Robert Whitlow and
I must say that I was very excited to dive into the story 
since Robert is quite the well-known author.
I am very sad to that I did not care for The Witnesses.
It was with great anticipation that I started reading this book,
but by the middle I was struggling to make it through 
and by the end I was rejoicing it was over 
so that I could move onto something more my style.

You may be wondering why I didn't care for this book. . .
well, let my try to explain.
Parker and his grandfather have a special "ability" to see things before they happen,
kind of like seeing into the future.
Because of this ability Parker seems like he has a sixth sense when dealing with court cases.
The same goes for his grandfather when he served in the war.
The German military used Parker's grandfather 
to "see" into the future to help them fight the war.
I am going to be honest and say that this kind of storytelling is not my style.

The writing was clean and without vulgarity
which I greatly appreciated.
The faith part of the story was more of a "feel good" aspect
with Scripture sprinkled here and there.
In one chapter Frank House comes to know the Lord,
but it was through some odd "experience" with lots of light.
The author never mentions placing your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation,
but rather plays off of feelings and emotions.

I will say that I seem to be the minority since the book has received great reviews.
I would encourage you to read other reviews 
because while I did not enjoy it you might.

I am giving this book 2 stars.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from
the Fiction Guild Team for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About The Author
Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South 
and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. 
He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law 
where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sugar Dish Pin Cushion and Button Holder

Happy day to you, dear ones!
And since tomorrow is the first day of autumn
may I just say Happy Fall!

Since I have tea on the brain due to the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange
I thought I would show you a lovely little pin cushion I made
out of a vintage sugar dish.

So here I have the sugar dish. . .

I cut a round piece of fabric larger than the lid.

Then I sewed a gathering stitch around the edge of the fabric.

I filled the circle with some batting,
pulled the thread tight, and knotted to close.

I glued on some sweet daisies to cover the batting.

I added a little glue to the bottom side of the cushion
and pressed the little cushion into the lid of the sugar dish.

Then I flipped the lid upside down
and tucked it into the dish.

You can take the lid off and store buttons, thread, needles, etc
inside the dish.

Then you can place the lid properly on the sugar dish
as the cushion should fit inside.

Or simply leave the lid upside down 
for easy access to your pins.

I also made a pin cushion out of the matching creamer dish.

I made a larger cushion
and added a pretty rosette to the bottom.

Before tucking it into the creamer
I applied some pink trim to the inside edge of the creamer.

And voila!
Two delightful pin cushions.

I must tell you that I found the inspiration to make the sugar dish pin cushion
from a lovely blog {Sadie Seasongoods} 
where a tea pot was made into a pin cushion.
You can check out the beautiful talent of Sarah
by clicking here.

Once again,
today is the last day to sign up for the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
Click here for details.
{{{Registration is now closed}}}

And like I said,
I have tea on my mind so I made several tea related items for my Etsy shop.
Here is a little peek at what's new. . .

Mug rugs with a pocket
for holding a linen napkin and a tea bag.

Mug rug sets which include a mug rug,
two tea cup coasters, and a tea bag wallet.

Tea cup coasters
and tea bag wallet sets.

Stop by for a visit, sweet friends.

Have a beautiful and blessed day!
{{ hugs }}

I will be sharing with this post with these lovely parties.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

How Great Thou Art

 I will extol thee, my God, O king; 
and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee;
 and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, 
and greatly to be praised; 
and his greatness is unsearchable.
- Psalm 145: 1-3 -

Here is a beautiful version of How Great Thou Art.
Enjoy the music while you ponder the precious words of this hymn.

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, "My God, how great thou art!"

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
 - Carl G. Boberg

The original text was written by a Swedish pastor,
Carl Boberg, in 1886.
While visiting a beautiful country estate, 
Boberg was caught in a sudden thunder storm.
The awesome and violent lightning and thunder quickly ended,
leaving clear brilliant sunshine
and the calm, sweet singing of the birds in the trees.
Falling on his knees in awe and adoration of Almighty God,
the pastor wrote nine stanzas of praise.
Swedish congregations began to sing his lines
to one of their old folk tunes.
The text was later translated into German and Russian
and ultimately into English by Stuart K. Hine and his wife.

How Great Thou Art reminds us of God's unlimited power
and love in creation and redemption.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace -

O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, 
and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, 
that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?
- Deuteronomy 3:24 -

Great is the Lord, 
and greatly to be praised in the city of our God,
in the mountain of his holiness.
- Psalm 48:1 -

Great is our Lord, and of great power: 
his understanding is infinite.
- Psalm 147:5 -

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, 
that bringeth out their host by number: 
he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, 
for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest,
 O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord, 
and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, 
that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, 
fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
- Isaiah 40:26-28 -

O Lord, how great are thy works! 
and thy thoughts are very deep.
- Psalm 92:5 -

He hath made the earth by his power, 
he hath established the world by his wisdom, 
and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
- Jeremiah 10:12 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day,
precious friends!

Monday, September 12, 2016

9th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Sign-Up

{{{Registration Closed}}}
If you missed this exchange than you can participate in the next one
which will likely be in March.

Life is like a cup of tea. . .
to be filled to the brim
and enjoyed with friends.

Sweet friends,
it's time for the 9th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange!
If this is your first time participating in the exchange 
than let me warmly welcome you - I am so glad you are going to join the fun.
If you are a returning participant than let me say "Welcome back!"

The past Tea Cup and Mug Exchanges have brought many women together
from all over the world and lasting friendships have been made.
The idea of this exchange formed one day while I was looking at my collection of tea cups
and I thought to myself that it would be a joy to bring ladies together over a cup of tea.
The first exchange was a success and soon mugs were included
since everyone has different tastes and styles.
At the end of this post you can visit the links to previous exchanges
and see what others have been blessed with.

Now, lets go over a few details 
and hopefully I will answer all of your questions concerning this exchange.

Please read this entire post for the complete details.

It's very easy to participate. . .

The exchange is open to everyone 
whether you're from America, England, Canada, Sweden, Australia, etc.
The more the merrier. . . 
and who doesn't love making friends from another country?

Also, you DO NOT need to have a blog in order to participate.

Let's go over a few rules . . .

{ 1 }
You will need to purchase a tea cup with a saucer or a mug 
or you can send one from your own collection;
it's completely up to you.
If you send one from your own collection 
please make sure it's in good condition with no stains or chips.
Tea cups or mugs from antique or thrifts stores are also fine,
but again, please make sure they are in good condition.

{ 2 }
Please add tea or coffee 
and at least one extra item to your tea cup or mug package.
It can be handmade treasures, doilies, linens, etc.

You will send a tea cup/mug package to a special someone 
and you will receive a tea cup/mug package from a special someone else
so you will be making two friends in the process.

{ 3 }
Fill out the sign-up form.

All you have to do is click on the link below
and answer the questions.

Registration Closed

{ 4 }
PLEASE do not join the exchange only to receive something
and not send anything out - this is terrible etiquette!
If you sign up than you are committed to sending a tea cup/mug parcel.
I understand that life happens
and if you sign up, but then realize you cannot participate
please let me know before September 21st.

*** Whatever you sign up to exchange is what you will send and receive. ***
You can also sign up to exchange both a tea cup and mug.

Sign up for the tea cup exchange will start today, September 12th
and will go until Wednesday, September 21st so we have 9 days to sign up and spread the word.
I will email each one of you on either Friday the 23rd or Saturday the 24th
with the information you need to send your special someone her tea cup or mug.

We have until Wednesday, October 5th {11 days} 
to get a tea cup/mug package together and shipped out.

I would advise those of you who choose to ship overseas to send your packages out
immediately after receiving the information of the person you are sending to
because shipping takes at least 2 - 4 weeks longer.

And finally. . . 
I will have a linky party on my blog around the first part of November
so that we can share our treasures with everyone.
The reason for having the link up later 
is because we want to make sure everyone has their tea cup or mug in hand.

If you do not have a blog you can send me pictures of your new tea cup or mug
and I will put them on my blog for all to see.

Does everything make sense, sweet friends?
You can email me with any questions that you might have:

For those of you that sign up I will be in touch periodically via email
with updates and reminders.

One more thing, I will also be giving your email address to the lady that is sending to you
so that if there are any issues with shipping you and the sender can work things out.
If you do not wish for me to give your email address out than please let me know.

The Tea Cup and Mug Exchanges in the past have been a tremendous blessing
and I know this one will be as well so please join us for some sweet fun.
You can see what others received from the last exchange by clicking on this link:

You can also read a few testimonials 
from ladies that joined the past exchanges by clicking on the link below:

If you would like to spread the word about this exchange
than you can share this button on your blog
by simply copying the code and pasting it on your sidebar.

The Enchanting Rose

. . . Remember . . . 
Please fill out the form by clicking on the link below: 

Registration Closed

You must fill out the form in order to participate! 
If you have any issues with the form please email me at: 

 Love and hugs to you, dear friends! 
I hope you join the fun! 

Tea or coffee with a friend
is like capturing happiness
in a cup.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Fresh Blueberry Muffins

Hello, my lovely friends!
I trust you are well. . .

Today I want to share a tasty muffin recipe with you
that comes from a very dear blogging friend.

These delightful little muffins are made with fresh blueberries
and oh, are they ever delicious!
I remember enjoying homemade blueberry muffins when I was a little girl
and I must confess that it's been years since I've tasted one.
Thanks to my dear friend Elizabeth from The Daisy Fields
I was able to walk down memory lane. . .
When I bit into the blueberry muffn 
it took me back to the days when my mom made muffins from scratch.

The recipe for these muffins is special to Elizabeth for several reasons. . .
and you'll have to visit her blog to find out those reasons {{smiles}}
I would encourage you to do so because her post is truly precious.

Simply click here, sweet friends,
to visit Elizabeth and get her blueberry muffin recipe.

I wanted to let you know that I will be taking a break from my blog
for the next several days, but I'll be back on Monday with..............
the sign-up for the 9th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
Yes, it's that time already!
If you would like more information on the exchange
please click here.

Have a lovely week, sweet friends!
I will "see" you on Monday :)

Much love!
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