Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Breath of Spring. . .

Ah~h~h. . .a breath of Spring!

I've been fortunate to have a few days
where I could shut the furnace thermostat off
and open the Bedroom and Living Room windows!

Ah~h~h. . .a breath of Spring!

So~o~o. . .
I swept the front porch,
cleaned the front door glass,
and hung this new Spring Wreath!

Ah~h~h. . . a breath of Spring!

On Crooked Creek, I designed this years Spring Wreath
by adding embellishments to a simple Hobby Lobby Wreath.

To the simple green eucalyptus wreath with white hydrangea,
I added soft buttery yellow tulips,
some purple lavender sprigs and some red~violet ranunculus.
Then, I finished it off with a yellow and white checked bow.

Ah~h~h. . .a breath of Spring!

The morning sun warms my face
while the dewy grass washes my feet.

I am renewed,
and for the first time in a long time,
I breathe fresh air deep into my body

and my noisy being quiets.

Suddenly, my ears awaken
and I hear your clear voice.

Love overwhelms me

and the trees and rocks
and mountains celebrate.

Touch me dear Lord,
give me peace beyond understanding,
joy unspeakable and unwaving faith for the journey.

Author Unknown
taken from  life:beautiful Summer 2008

Ah~h~h. . .a breath of Spring!

Until next time. . .

Sunday, March 3, 2019

My Favorite Things. . .2019 March, Vol. 3

I love Silver!

I even love polishing silver!


I get a thrill out of seeing the amazing transformation
that takes place when a tarnished, blackened piece of silver
turns to a shiny, bright piece of Silver!

By keeping and using those pieces that I adore,
the third in my post of My Favorite Things , 
is my collection of heirloom and vintage silver pieces.

These unique pieces of art work,
placed above the sink in On Crooked Creek's Galley Style Kitchen,
were made by "Mr. Ed" & I using mismatched Silver flatware serving pieces.

Using Silver candlestick holders and flatware
adds a touch of elegance to On Crooked Creek's daily dining.

Many of my selective Silver collections have come from Flea Market
and Garage $ale purchases, such as my Salt and Pepper Shaker Collection.

I adore the harmoniously blending
that both my Silver flatware and my Silver Salt and Pepper Shakers
bring to this luxurious Crystal and Silver Tablescape
within On Crooked Creek's Dining Room.

My most photographed, of My Favorite Things
has to be my heirloom Silver Coffee Service gifted to me by my Dad.

This Silver Coffee Service originally belonged to my MoMa.
I replaced the small round tray with a more regal footed Silver Tray.


One of my least expensive Silver purchases

was this Silver Tea Service reminiscent of my Grandmother's. 

Last, in My Favorite Things,
are the many Silver Trays I have collected through the  years.

These are one of the most utilitarian decor pieces
within On Crooked Creek's creative designs.

The finale to My Favorite Things,
is the beautiful Silver Wine Carafe gifted to me by a dear friend
as she moved from Kansas to Michigan a few years ago.

Shiny, brightly polished silver 
will sometimes grace On Crooked Creek's Dining Room table. 

One thing is a given,
you will find My Favorite Things, Silver, used throughout my home.

My love of Silver comes from my childhood.

My MoMa had an open, solid maple, Early American style hutch.
The shelves were lined with her many pieces of Silver.

Many a Saturday, my Sister and I cleaned and polished that Silver.

The same Silver I now polish for my own home On Crooked Creek.

I love Silver!

Until next time. . .