Friday, October 28, 2011

I am building my nest again!

   I didn't mention it, waiting until I could speak of it with more grace, but I had a difficult move this past summer and am only now getting comfortably settled in.  I'm adjusting to a very modest home, but I am grateful that God has provided it and I am  determined to make it a love-filled, comfortable, cozy place, a warm and inviting haven.
 I am building my nest again!
 All the materials I'm using are: Love, joy, peace,  patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians5:22-23) *
  Also,  I must have flowers, music, books, and old things!
These are two huge, gorgeous Crepe Myrtle  trees
 next to my screen porch!
 Next summer,my transplanted hostas, coral bells,
 and other shade plants will be growing  along the side also.
 It has a really nice kitchen!  I love being able to cook for those I love.   I  have big plans to bake for and with my family, especially with the holidays coming up!  
I love my vintage brown transferware dishes for fall.
 It's Windsor Fruit, and it blends beautifully
 into my red and white kitchen color scheme. 

Isn't it fun to use pretty old china and glassware? I don't have this whole set, just a few pieces. But I like to use different table settings all the time.
  Just placed some pears and apples in an old amber Depression Glass bowl.

  Love baking those pumpkin muffins, pies, breads, and apple pies and crisps!
 So many great fall foods to make with the bountiful fall fruits!
  Ah, it makes it feel like home, the baking scents, the cooking aromas.

At least I found some of my cookbooks!
I still can't find lots of things!

Just draped a fall gourd garland around my chippy, shabby-chic mirror

A collection of old mirrors, an old chair, and bookcase, still evolving.
The wall was dark brown paneling, until I primed it
 and painted 2 coats of creamy white paint.
My old bookcase, made by Gunn Furniture Co.  in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1890-1920
This bookcase has lift glass doors, some are missing but I don't care!   I love to change up the collection displays, and  vignettes to go with the seasons.  I stuck some pumpkins and gourds on my green pottery collection.

This small plaque, from my daughter, Julie, says it all!

Not my Dream House!
This is not a lovely seaside cottage,  or a big old farmhouse where I could raise  some chickens and alpacas.  It's not  a character-rich Victorian where I could showcase antiques, and use my wicker furniture on the porch, nor is it a brand-spanking new house with the most modern, state-of-the-art fixtures and features.   But it's a good, sound home, that I could afford in a safe community, with good neighbors, and pretty yards. It's close to my kid's and grandchildren's  homes! 
 I will love decorating it and making it my home and I am so very thankful for it.  God is good.

 I wish you love, peace, and joy in your home!

Love, Linda

 and read 2 books that helped me during my difficult move. 
  After The Boxes Are Unpacked, by Susan Miller and The Bible

He is happiest, be he king or peasant,
who finds peace in his home. ---Goethe

I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage,
with my books, my family and a few old friends...
letting the world roll on as it likes, than to occupy
the most splendid post which any human power
can give.                           ---Thomas Jefferson


Jessa Irene said...

Love this post! Home is what you make, not where you live, and yours is beautiful.

Bella said...

Hi Linda,
Home is where the heart is and your heart shows in yours... It is beautiful:-) and those crype myrtle trees, wow I never knew they could be so huge!! I have tried to grow them here in the Northwest, they fill with buds the buds swell.. ready to burst, it freezes, they fall off having never bloomed :-( I think they are an amazing shrub (or tree for you!!!) Lucky You!!
I am your newest follower :-)
Have a Boo-T-Full Halloween :-)

Sarah said...

Hello, Linda!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog tonight. I'm following you back! I enjoyed reading about how you got started in your business/ministry...what a great way to use your heart and talents for God's glory. I bet you are a blessing to just about everyone who knows you! :) Hope you have a great week!


Robin said...

Thanks for visiting our blog. Your screened porch looks like it will provide much enjoyment!

Kathy said...

Hello Linda,
Your daughter's card says it all - you are blessed and you can rebuild your nest to welcome that family you love!
God is good,

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Oh Linda, I haven't visited your blog in awhile and I just read this post that you have moved. I have lived in a very humble place before, but was safe, secure, warm, and loved. I also have lived in a humble home where I was not safe,secure, warm and loved. So I truly appreciate God's gifts to me all the more.

For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11

It sounds like you are content and happy in your new humble home. Thank you for mentioning that my blog encouraged you. So happy that God is at work in all of our lives. ~ Abby

Little Birdie Blessings said...

I meant to add in my previous comment, love the pictures of your decorating, you've done a great job making it your own. It looks cozy and inviting. ~ Abby

Cindy said...

Hi Linda,
It's nice to meet you! Thanks for following my blog ~ I'm your newest follower! I think your new home looks very cozy and nice. Home is in our hearts, right? I actually like moving ~ a fresh start and all that. I will most likely be making a move within the next year, too, so I'll be doing what you're doing! Thanks for visiting my blog tonight.

Cindy said...

Hello again Linda,
I'm happy you enjoyed my "I Believe in Pink" post! Yes, love her - so elegant. It's a great quote! Have a wonderful Wednesday!