Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Take Care

This quote from the bible has helped me many times when things start to get too busy, life can get too busy and too fast so quickly that we need to stop for a minute and reflect and center yourself. I hope it gives some comfort and direction to those in need whether it might be yourself or neighbors or family.

"Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep."

The second instruction by Jesus is to tend my sheep. The Greek word for tend is poima,nate poimanate. In 1887 Vincent wrote concerning this word, "the verb denotes all that is included in the office of a shepherd – guiding, guarding, folding...."

The Lord tells us we must tend the sheep. Who are the sheep? Certainly it refers to those believers who are under our care. Phillip Keller was actually a shepherd. This is what he wrote about the shepherd’s responsibility of tending to his sheep, "He will go to no end of trouble and labor to supply them with the finest grazing, the richest pasturage, ample winter feed and clean water. He will spare himself no pains to provide shelter from storms, protection from ruthless enemies and the diseases and parasites to which sheep are so susceptible. ... From early dawn until late at night this utterly self-less shepherd is alert to the welfare of His flock. For the diligent sheepman rises early and goes out first thing every morning without fail to look over his flock. It is the initial, intimate contact of the day. With a practiced, searching, sympathetic eye he examines the sheep to see that they are fit and content and able to be on their feet. In an instant he can tell if they have been molested during the night – whether any are ill or if there are some which require special attention. Repeatedly throughout the day he casts his eye over the flock to make sure that all is well. Nor even at night is he oblivious to their needs. He sleeps as it were ‘with one eye and both ears open’ ready at the least sign of trouble to leap up and protect his own."

So let us not neglect our responsibility in caring for the family of God. We must be willing to minister to hurts, to encourage the disheartened, to pray for those who are sick, to help the needy, and to reach out to those who are drifting away. Let us never neglect the job that the Lord has given us to tend the sheep. We must not only care about them, but we must also take care of them. Image courtesy of Wee Forest Folk Collectibles so sweet


Saturday, September 25, 2010

some new vintage


finds...now in the shop

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Sweet Audrina

My Sweet Audrina. The house in the wood was picturesque and charming. The family who lived there were happy and affluent. So what was the secret of the room -- empty of everything but the rocking chair? Audrina wanted to be as good as her sister. Audrina knew her parents could not love her as they loved her sister. Her sister was perfect, much loved -- and dead. But how did she die? Who was Audrina and who did she have to become? What was the secret that everyone knew? Everyone except sweet Audrina! The haunting story of love and deceit, innocence and betrayal, and terrible family secrets.

While I was creating my Gothic Doll Halloween wreath, the images from the book covers of the V. C Andrews series came to mind, very spooky books to read this time of year, share with us some of your faves.

Here are a few pictures to share from the movie
Practical Magic
to get you in the witchy decorating mood....
The house in this movie is one of my favs, here is a link to a sight just about the house and has many interior pictures in it.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tiny Woodland Terrarium Dove Necklace

Sealed in a tiny corked vial, a vintage paper Dove rests on a bed of twigs and moss so delicate and unique . Charm everyone you meet with this miniature, woodland scene. The glass vial measures 1/2" in width and 2" in length, and is strung on a delicate 30 inch lace ribbon. I will be adding this design to my shop along with a few other unique vintage necklaces, I will package each and every one in a gilded gift box with signature Dove Grey Studio signature gift packaging.

please visit my store for details.

Friday, September 10, 2010

As the season slowly change, well actually they have changed quite quickly where I am almost overnight! Now we start to burrow in for some hearth and home time, the garden is in its last stages of colour, Mums and bright coloured leaves and pumpkins dot the landscapes and dried wheats and grasses softly blow in the winds of Autumn.

I was downstairs looking through some of my stored fall decorations deciding what I will put up around the house for this short season, I saw a wonderful wreath that was just made of a twig base wrapped with black leaves and white cobwebs and sitting to one side of the wreath was a ghostly dressed doll, I thought it looked so well done and very original idea, might be fun for you to try one yourself, look for a plain grapevine wreath or and autumn neutral color will do, then pick up some dollar store cobwebs and black roses or flowers/leaves tie them on with black ribbons, find one of your smaller to mid size doll, drape her in some pieces of old remnant linens or doilies, I have seen them at the dollar store as well...

give her some spooky makeup use some black markers or even your own eyeshadow makeup will do the job...tangle some branches in her clothes and hair along with some cobwebs and spiders or bats and voilia and original wreath with your own added style....I will post a picture of mine wreath when I am finished, if any of my readers would like to participate please send me a picture of your completed wreath and I will post them her on my blog for others to see and comment on! I think I will make this into a little contest with a prize for the winner, I will have my daughter pick one of the wreaths and the winner shall receive a "Lantern Light Halloween Framed Print" from my shop. Have fun with it I will close the contest on Oct 21, 2010.

Some pretty decor ideas I thought I would share these photos are from some of my favorites on flickr.

love the different uses of sheet music, placemats, I have seen it used as wallpaper too.