Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It's My Party and I'll....Have A Giveaway If I Want To


Happy, happy day to you, friends!




In honor of my upcoming birthday along with my son's
{yes, we share the same birthday}
I am hosting a giveaway.
I love birthdays and I love giving gifts
so what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway!
You, dear readers and friends, are ever so special to me
and I greatly appreciate the time you take to visit
and comment on the posts I share.
You bless and encourage me with your love and kindness
and now I want to do the same for you.



This lovely little giveaway consists of a few of my favorite things
that I hope one of you blessed winners will enjoy.
Let's take a peek at the goodies up for grabs, shall we. . .




As you know, I love tea cups
so I am giving away this pretty Royal Albert tea cup
that is just perfect for the spring with its soft colors.
The matching bracelet is also part of the giveaway.




You will find three tea towels included
along with matching napkins
and a cute spoon holder.




Of course tea is a must to go along with the tea cup
Here we have organic Raspberry Earl, Egyptian Mint, 
Ambrosia Plum, and Italian Chamomile.




This darling little box is part of the givaway 
and it can be used for holding your tea
or whatever your heart desires.
And speaking of hearts,
the soft blue heart is also included.




Next up are these incredibly sweet tea cup molds with matching saucers.
You can make cupcakes, brownies, and other tasty treats in these molds.
And of course you'll need a wooden spoon 
for mixing up whatever you put into the molds.




And last, but certainly not least. . .
a fabric zippered pouch made with lots of love.




All of this loveliness could be yours!
To enter the giveaway all you have to do is:


(1)
Please be a follower of 
The Enchanting Rose blog


(2)
Leave a comment
sharing a special birthday memory.


That's it!
And yes, this giveaway is open to everyone around the world.


And since you will be sharing birthday memories 
I will share a special one as well. . .
as I mentioned my son was born on my birthday and oh, what a sweet gift!
Believe it or not my mom and I shared the same due date
which was March 27th and we were both 6 days late.
We also had the same doctor.
Dr. Petrie was my doctor when I was born 
and he was also there for my son's birth.
And come to find out while I was in labor the nurse 
was also the same nurse that I had when I was born - what are the odds!
And finally, my son was born in the very same hospital that I was born in.
I find it rather unique and only of the Lord.
The night before my birthday my parents took my husband and I out for supper.
It was a joyous occasion as we sat around the table and enjoyed our time together.
The very next morning, April 2, 2008 
{my 22nd birthday}
I awoke to contractions.
I smiled to myself. . .it was time.
I walked out to the living room to tell my husband the contractions were closer together
and he smiled along with me.
He was incredibly calm through it all.
I told him I wanted to shower before leaving so I did
and then we headed to the hospital.
We stopped at Wendy's on the way and grabbed breakfast.
Yes, I ate too - HA!
Everything went smoothly, no problems at all,
and  about 7 hours later my son was born
and placed on my chest.
Oh, it was love at first sight!
He was a precious baby and one that didn't fuss much,
but rather smiled constantly.
He slept a lot and began sleeping through the night at 6 weeks old.
What a miracle. . .what a gift!





I am going to take a teeny tiny blogging break so for the next two weeks 
I will be around, but I won't be posting any new content.

I will announce the winner on Wednesday, April 5th.
So in two weeks time I shall be back with the name of the lovely recipient.


will remain open so feel free to stop by any time.
I try to add new items weekly. . .
key word is try!
And since my birthday is just around the corner
how about I offer a coupon for 15% off your order.
Simply enter
when you checkout.
Free shipping is included for all USA residents.
This offer is good until Wednesday, April 5th.


Love and hugs to you, friends!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Long Time Gone - Book Review

The Boden clan thought their problems had ended 
with the death of a dangerous enemy, 
but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? 
Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. 
He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, 
but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, 
even a tough man faces doubts. 
And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, 
is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, 
and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. 
It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot 
that could date back to a decades-old secret. 
Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, 
or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?




My Thoughts
Ah, the lovely and talented Mary Connealy!
She combines action, romance, humor, and a touch of suspense
to produce a book that will have you jumping up and down in excitement,
sighing with hearts in your eyes, laughing out loud and quite possibly snorting a time or two,
and sitting on the edge of your seat with your toes curled 
and your fingers tightly clutched around the pages.
Mary Connealy is a unique and talented author
who always writes a riveting and irresistible story.

Long Time Gone is the second book in The Cimarron Legacy series
and I would highly recommend reading the first one No Way Up
before reading Long Time Gone.
You can read my review for the first book by clicking here.
The second book picks up right where the first book left off
with the Boden clan doing all they can to save their beloved ranch and their lives.

While Angie and Justin are the two main characters
the reader will also get to catch up with Sadie and Heath
{the main characters from the first book}
as well as Chance and Veronica Boden
{the parents of Sadie, Justin, and Cole}.
As you open the book and turn the pages of Long Time Gone
it's like meeting up with longtime friends and family.

Angie was introduced in the first book No Way Up
where she practically fell from the train in exhaustion and near starvation
into the arms of Justin Boden.
My, what an introduction!
Angie is originally from the city 
and is considered "too fragile" for life in a ranching community.
But her life in the city was not easy with a controlling mother and husband.
As Angie regains her physical strength
she also regains her spiritual strength.
Through her darkest hours and days she leans on the Heavenly Father 
and finds the courage she needs to live her life for Him no matter what she's faced with.

Now I must add that while this book was simply delightful
and I would read it again in a heartbeat
I thought the romance between Angie and Justin was. . .okay.
There is a lot going on concerning the Bodens ranch
and throwing Angie and Justin's love story into the middle of it just didn't fit.
I felt like there wasn't enough connection or spark between the two characters.
The romance wasn't necessarily bad. . .
I just felt it was rushed and maybe a tad forced.

A four star read, my friends.
 I am looking forward to the third book in the series
as I have a "feeling" it will be a dandy!

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" 
and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. 
She has over half a million books sold. 
She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, 
Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. 
Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. 
Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

Stop by the blog tomorrow 
for a sweet little surprise :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

I Know I'll See Jesus Some Day




Sweet is the hope that is thrilling my soul—
I know I’ll see Jesus some day!
Then what if the dark clouds of sin o’er me roll,
I know I’ll see Jesus some day!

Though I must travel by faith, not by sight,
I know I’ll see Jesus some day!
No evil can harm me, no foe can affright—
I know I’ll see Jesus some day!

Darkness is gath’ring, but hope shines within,
I know I’ll see Jesus some day!
What joy when He comes to wipe out ev’ry sin;
I know I’ll see Jesus some day!

Chorus
I know I’ll see Jesus some day!
I know I’ll see Jesus some day!
What a joy it will be
When His face I shall see,
I know I’ll see Jesus some day!
- Avis B. Christiansen -




Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, 
whilst we are at home in the body, 
we are absent from the Lord:
For we walk by faith, not by sight:
We are confident, I say, 
and willing rather to be absent from the body, 
and to be present with the Lord.
- 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 -


 For our conversation is in heaven; 
from whence also we look for the Saviour, 
the Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall change our vile body, 
that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, 
according to the working whereby he is able 
even to subdue all things unto himself.
- Philippians 3:20,21 -


And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, 
clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, 
was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, 
and yielded her fruit every month: 
and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse: 
but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; 
and his servants shall serve him:
And they shall see his face; 
and his name shall be in their foreheads.
And there shall be no night there; 
and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; 
for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
- Revelation 22:1-5 -




Heaven is not an invention of the human imagination.
It is as sure as the promise of Christ in the Scriptures:
In my Father's house are many mansions: 
if it were not so, I would have told you. 
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, 
I will come again, and receive you unto myself; 
that where I am, there ye may be also.
- John 14:2,3 -

Let your soul come alive with the thrill of expectation-
the glories of heaven and the prospect of personally seeing Jesus.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -




Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends!

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Stolen Heart - Book Review and St. Patricks Day Special at Rose Petal Blessings

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town 
tucked in the Texas Hill Country. 
But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, 
she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. 
Lydia won't let that get her down, though. 
All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancĂ©. 
But when she discovers he has disappeared
--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--
Lydia is at a loss about what to do next.
 The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, 
but can she trust anyone in this town 
where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?




My Thoughts
A Stolen Heart is sweet, but a tad blah.
It's confession time, my friends. . .
I made it through 2/3 of the book before jumping to the end.
I know, I know, shame on me!
I truly hate skipping pages in a book 
and I can count on just one hand the times I have done it.
Sadly, this was one of those times.
A Stolen Heart if not necessarily a "bad" book,
it simply did not hold my interest.
The story itself is the perfect story for a "newbie" reader,
someone who is just getting into fiction stories -
does that make sense?
It's a book that I would have loved back when I was 17-years-old.

I enjoyed the setting of the book
and the whole idea of the candy shop.
If you do read this book than I recommend having a box of chocolates on hand
because you will crave sugary goodness when reading about the fudge,
peanut brittle, penuche, mints, and so on.

There is a little bit of mystery and suspense
and a touch of romance throughout the pages.
We all have different tastes and while this book just wasn't my cup of tea
it may be yours, dear friends.
The author is certainly talented,
but I simply found the book to be lacking.
It was somewhat enjoyable, but not very memorable.

All-in-all I am giving A Stolen Heart 3 stars.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, 
In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, 
the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses.
Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards 
and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. 
Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

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Dear friends,
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

May your BLESSINGS outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go. 
-Irish Blessing -




In honor of St. Patrick's Day
I am offering 15% off your order at
This offer is good until Sunday, March 19th.
Simply enter coupon code:
SHAMROCK15
when you check out.
And don't forget that all USA orders ship for free.

You'll find a selection of new handmade goodies available.

Have a beautiful and blessed weekend!
Love and hugs!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Lovely Antique Find

Good morning, friends!
How are you on this beautiful Wednesday?
I trust you are well.

Believe it or not I don't have a craft or sewing tutorial
and I haven't baked anything in the last week
which means no recipe.
With the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange going on right now
I have been rather preoccupied.
212 beautiful ladies from around the world joined this delightful event
and oh, what a wonderful time we're having!

So today I thought I would show you these precious little butterflies
my husband bought me on Monday.




We were just about to walk out of one of my favorite antique stores
when I looked down and saw these sweet little butterflies sitting on a table.
I had never seen anything like them before
and I must say that it was love at first sight!
Okay, maybe not "love,"
but I did fall for them.




My wonderful husband said right away,
"Get them, honey!"
But instead I put them back and started to walk away.
Then I paused. . . .
and I said to my husband,
"Do you think these butterflies will be one of those items
I regret not bringing home with me?"

He replied with,
"Yes, honey.
Why don't you just bring them over here
so that I can buy them for you"

Oh, what a kind man I married!
He is not into "frou frou" things
{as he calls them}
but he knows I enjoy them.
Something has to really catch my eye before I will give in
and I must confess that these butterflies won my heart.




Have you ever seen something that captured your interest right away?
Did you walk away from it and regret it later on?

I think my husband was right 
when he said I would regret not getting these butterfly dishes.
I just love them!




Four things, I think make life worth while,
to love - to hope - to help - to smile!

Friendship is a chain of gold,
Shaped in God's all perfect mold.
Each link - a smile - a laugh - a tear -
A grip of the hands - a word of cheer,
As steadfast as the ages roll,
Binding closer soul to soul -
No matter how far, how heavy the load,
Friendship sweetens the long long road!
- Unknown - 




And before I end this post I thought I would share last night's events with you.
Our very sweet neighbors blessed us with an evening on Vail Mountain.
We arrived at the base of the mountain at 8:00 pm
and enjoyed a Gondola ride up.
I grew up skiing and snowboarding on Vail mountain,
but my husband and son have never been skiing there
so it was a delight to be with them for their first Gondola ride.




When we reached the top of the mountain
there was a snowcat waiting for us.
We had the cat all to ourselves
as it took us to the Game Creek Club restaurant.




I am sad to say that I did not take pictures of our meal which consisted of four courses,
but I did take a picture of the last course which was dessert
{the best part, right}.
I enjoyed the chocolate dessert which was a combination of chocolate mousse,
chocolate brownies, and Earl Grey ice cream.
This tasty dessert along with the tall cup of coffee that you see behind my dessert plate
was absolute perfection.




The whole experience was truly amazing
and one we shall not soon forget.
I wish I had more photos to share with you,
but since it was at night the pictures didn't turn out well.




Your visits always bless my heart, sweet friends!
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and hugs!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Precious Word of God




Holy Bible, Book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine;
Mine to tell me whence I came;
Mine to teach me what I am.

Mine to chide me when I rove;
Mine to show a Savior’s love;
Mine thou art to guide and guard;
Mine to punish or reward.

Mine to comfort in distress;
Suffering in this wilderness;
Mine to show, by living faith,
Man can triumph over death.

Mine to tell of joys to come,
And the rebel sinner’s doom;
O thou holy Book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine.
- John Burton Sr. -




Thy word have I hid in mine heart, 
that I might not sin against thee.
- Psalm 119:11 -


O how love I thy law! 
it is my meditation all the day.
- Psalm 119:97 -


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, 
and a light unto my path.
- Psalm 119:105 -


Heaven and earth shall pass away, 
but my words shall not pass away.
- Matthew 24:35 -




 The Spirit breathes upon the Word,
And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford
A sanctifying light.

A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic, like the sun:
It gives a light to every age;
It gives, but borrows none.

The Hand that gave it still supplies
The gracious light and heat:
His truths upon the nations rise;
They rise, but never set.

Let everlasting thanks be thine
For such a bright display
As makes a world of darkness shine
With beams of heav'nly day.

My soul rejoices to pursue
The steps of him I love.
Till glory break upon my view
In brighter worlds above.
- William Cowper -




My dear friends,
I wanted to let you peek inside this wonderful 
KJV Word Study Bible from Thomas Nelson.
Before I share my thoughts about this Bible
here is what has been written about it . . .


The KJV Word Study Bible includes in-text subheadings 
and 1,700 easy-to-use word studies with select Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words 
explained in every chapter from Genesis to Revelation, 
helping you dig deeper into your Bible study. 
By looking into these ancient texts 
we are able to read scripture as it was originally written 
and passed on from generation to generation, bringing these words to life 
and allowing you to almost hear Jesus teaching on the hillside or crying out to God on the cross. 
As you study you will discover the richness and significance 
of the original languages of the Word of God and experience scripture in a whole new way.
Gain a clearer understanding of Scripture 
as you dig deeper into your Bible study with the KJV Word Study Bible. 

* * * Features * * *

In-depth word studies of key words and phrases in Scripture
Book introductions
Words of Jesus in red
In-text subheadings
Indexes by Strong's number, by English word, and book by book
Concordance
Eight pages of full-color maps
Presentation page
Gold page edges
Ribbon marker
9.5-point text size
9.50" x 6.50" x 1.75"




First of all, the appearance of this Bible is quite lovely with its simplistic design.
The Bible itself is soft to the touch and very well made.

When I first opened this precious Book I turned to Genesis 
and was immediately inspired to read and dig deeper into God's Word.
I was given the meaning of the greek word for Genesis 
which is "source," "generation," or "beginning."
And then I read the Hebrew title Bereshith which means "in the Beginning."
 Before I even started reading the verses I was given a basic understanding of Genesis 
which would help me as I continued on in my study of the book. 
Foundation is key and understanding the meaning of words 
will go a long way in our understanding of God's Word.




This Bible is not a reference Bible but rather a Word Study Bible.
Obviously the content of God's Word has not changed 
{{smiles}}
but the word definitions and other study helps were very informative
when studying the Scriptures.
Understanding the meaning of certain words in the Bible 
will not only increase your knowledge,
but also help you grow closer to the Lord.


Kenneth W. Osbeck says,
"The same Spirit of God who authored the Bible is the One who enilightens it 
for our understanding and guidance."


In the back of the Bible you will find indexes for:

English Words, 
Scripture Passages, 
Hebrew Numbers,
Greek Numbers.

If you are new to word studies than I would highly recommend this Word Study Bible.
Even if you are a seasoned believer with years of wisdom under your belt
I think this would be a wonderful Bible to have on hand.
There have been several times during a sermon that I've used my new Bible
to learn more from the passage that's being presented.

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




The Bible is the only book
whose Author is always present
when one reads it.
- Unknown -


Read your Bible.
Pray every day.
And you’ll grow, grow, grow.




For the word of God is quick, and powerful, 
and sharper than any twoedged sword, 
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, 
and of the joints and marrow, 
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- Hebrews 4:12 -


All scripture is given by inspiration of God, 
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, 
for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, 
thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3: 16, 17 -




Have a blessed Lord's Day
and a most beautiful week!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Tea Cozy Tutorial and Last Chance To Sign Up For The Tea Cup and Mug Exchange

A very cheery hello to you, my lovelies!
Today I have an oh-so-fun tea cozy tutorial
that you can whip up in less than an hour.

Now, shall we do a little sewing. . .




Here is what you will need:

two fat quarters
batting

Yep, that's it!
Of course you'll need a sewing machine, scissors, thread, measuring tools and so on,
but you already knew that :)

Let's get started, my friends.
Choose your two contrasting fat quarters.




Fold the fabric in half and use a large plate to trace the top part.
The plate gives a nice round top.
Then you will simply draw straight lines down the side.




This is what my handmade template looks like :)
It is 12-inches wide and 9 1/2-inches long
which is perfect for a 4-6 cup tea pot.
You can adjust your measurements to the size of your tea pot.




Cut out two pieces for the outer fabric
and when you cut out the two pieces for the lining
you want to make it 1/2-inch longer!
 This is so you can have a bit of the lining peeking out at the bottom.
In the picture below you will see my lining is 1/2-inch longer.




Pin the two lining pieces right sides together.




Sew along the sides and top with a 1/4-inch seam allowance
Do not sew the bottom and
make sure you leave a small opening on the side.




Cut out two pieces of batting that are the same size as the outer fabric.
Place the outer fabric pieces right sides together
and place the batting on the back sides of the fabric.
Pin into place and sew along the sides and top
just like you did for the lining
only you do not need to leave an opening.




Oh, I forgot to mention,
before you sew the outer pieces together 
you can tuck a small folded piece of lace in between the pieces 
with the fold facing inward.
This is for a little tab at the top.
You can also make a tab out of fabric.




Okey dokey, back to the cozy. . .
turn the lining right side out
and place inside the cozy like so.




Pin into place.




Head over to your sewing machine 
and stitch all around the bottom edge.




Pull the lining out and this is what you should have.
Remember that opening?
Well, use it to pull the cozy right side out.




Use a blunt but pointy object to push everything out.




Sew up the closing
and push the lining inside.
You should have just a teeny tiny bit of lining peeking out.
Simply iron into place.




For the flowers
I cut out matching strips of fabric 
that were 2-inches wide x 12-14-inches long.
I folded them in half. . .




And sewed a gathering stitch along the raw edge.
I then attached the two ends together to create a flower.




And that's it!




When your day is topsy turvy
and as busy as can be,
there's nothing quite as calming
as a nice pot of tea.




Keep your pot of tea nice and warm, my friends,
with your very own handmade tea cozy.




Have a most splendid day, dear friends!
If you're not into sewing or simply don't have time
than head on over to my shop
where this sweet little cozy is available along with a few others.




Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for the
Won't you join the fun, sweet friends?
To read more about this delightful event click here.




And before I say adieu
I wanted to show you some of my latest creations listed at


Tote and Scripture Bags



Fabric Storage Baskets and Reversible Aprons



Lavender Sachets, Cozies, Coaster, Shabby Flowers



Zippered Pouches, Fabric Grocery Bags, and Little Fabric Wallets



All this and more can be found at


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Love and hugs to you!
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