Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!! .....Still Standing!

Happy New Year to each and every one of you! 2009 has come and gone. It held laughter, joy, tears, accomplishments and even sorrow. No matter what 2009 held for you. Take a look at yourself you are still standing! Just wish I could reach out and give each of you a big squeeze.:o) You my friends have been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement through out the year and for that I am truly grateful.

Before my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I bow humbly giving Him praise and adoration. What a mighty God we serve! He is indeed the strength of my life, my everything. There is simply not enough space and time to tell of all of His goodness. He is the reason I smile, He is the reason I encourage others to cast their cares on Him for He truly cares for them. There is nothing more I love to do than to speak on His word, it fills you to over running.

As I was reading so many of the Christmas blessings and wishes from all of you, one of them read... "Beverly this year has been a rough one for you but you took it in stride". As so many of you already know February 13th 2009 I underwent surgery to repair my lower left mandible. My complete lower left jaw bone was removed and a new one built using the fibula from my left leg. Vessels were also taken to be used for blood supply to my new jaw. I went into surgery on Tuesday morning 9 a.m. and I was not awaken till Thursday evening. My doctors' felt my body needed the rest after such a long ordeal. I awaken to pain, a ventilator, a trach, wired jaws and a twelve inch incision on my left leg. My stay in the hospital was a long one. I could not speak and communicated using a little writing board while there. But oh my it is so wonderful to know when speaking to Jesus we need no words. He knows what we need before we utter a single syllable.

Mending has been a very long process. Although I am still walking with a little limp, guess what my friends I am still standing!

So to you, let 2010 be your year of seeking God with all your might, with all your mind, with all that is within you and I will continue do the same. Again, Happy New Year my friends! The best is yet to come! I would like to leave you with the words of the great Apostle Paul.

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected;
but I press on, that I may lay hold of that
for which Christ Jesus has also laid
hold of me.

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended;
but one thing I do, forgetting those things
which are behind and reaching
forward to those things which are ahead,

I press toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in
Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)



Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you! May your Christmas be filled with joy as we celebrate with family and friends the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Our Saviour's birth was the greatest gift to mankind and our greatest gift to one another is love.

I will be away for a few days and returning January 1, 2010. Wow, I can hardly believe it! A brand new year, oh my goodness.:o) Merry Christmas my friends. May your Christmas be filled to the brim with nothing but blessings.

Therefore the Lord Himself will
give you a sign: Behold, the virgin
shall conceive and bear a Son, and
shall call His name

Isaiah 7:14 (NKJV)



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Time Is Near....

Hello dear friends. The time is near, and I am excited to say the least.:o) The past few days have been pretty easy going around our house only to pick up once again. :o) My little butterfly mobile came out beautifully and I have so enjoyed watching it blow gently beneath the breeze coming through the window.

Tonight Honey and I will go out tonight for a little shopping. I need a few more treats to complete my goodie bags which I am delivering Christmas Eve. We are running a little behind on wrapping gifts. Tonight and Wednesday will be spent wrapping gifts and finishing my little bags. Honey will be baking sugar cookies on Christmas Eve. He bakes some delicious sugar cookies that are pretty popular with our family at Christmas. It is one of those recipes with a pinch of this and a dash of that and sprinkle here and there. I have to admit, they are so good but getting a recipe out of him has not worked over the years.:o) I think half of the fun for him is his keeping it a secret.:o)

Well my friends much to do before Thursday. Wishing each and everyone of you the most beautiful Christmas ever. I will be back here Christmas Eve. Take care.



Thursday, December 17, 2009


Hello! Hope each of you are enjoying a most beautiful week. It has been quite busy around our house and sure yours has been quite the same.:o) But today will be somewhat different. I plan to take this day simply to relax. With a pretty butterfly punch in hand and some very pretty paper, the morning will be spent creating a mobile to hang in the window of my room. Nothing fancy, just a string of pretty butterflies all in a row:o) In the mist of the busy that this season brings, remember to relax and enjoy a few moments of quiet time. Take care my friends. Chat with you in a few days.



Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Cheer!

Hello to each and everyone of you! Only a few days left till Christmas! Honey and I have been doing a little decorating and I wanted to share a few photos with you. This is our first year having an artificial Christmas tree. I tell you these trees have most certainly changed over the years and for the better I must say.:o) This one is beautiful, look so very real and came with lights! I love the smell of pine and knew that would be lacking with this tree so I made sure I had plenty of candles in a beautiful Christmas fragrance called "Christmas Wreath". It smells sooooo good and just what I needed!:o) We have not wrapped gifts as of yet, but will start to do so this coming weekend hopefully.

It is something so special about pulling out those ornaments each year and adding them to the tree. Each holds so many wonderful memories. This pretty ornament is new to the tree this year.:o) It is so pretty and the price was so right, only $2.00 for all this sparkle. I decided five was in order at this price.:o)

The beautiful poinsettia was my dear sweet Mother's favorite flower. Each Christmas my Dad would filled the house for Mom with beautiful poinsettias. Did they fool you, these are not real live poinsettias but they too are beautiful! I think Mother would have certainly approved of these.:o)

You may remember this chubby little snowman who has joined us for Christmas for many years now and Christmas just would not be complete without him. You cannot see it in this photo but he has on big black snow boots and big feet too.:o)

The new ornament came in two styles, this one has little jewels all around it. It is sitting right next to chubby snowman.

The camera did not pick up just how beautiful these fruit ornaments really are. They are some of my favorites for sure. Well my friends I will most certainly be back to share more with you in the coming days as we continue to prepare for Christmas. Enjoy as you prepare your home and your heart for Christmas.



Monday, December 7, 2009

Rain Rain Beautiful Rain...

Wanted to take a few moments to wish each of you a beautiful week. It is rainy, chilly and the winds are blowing. I pulled out my throw, lit candles and listen to the pitter patter of rain throughout the day while going about my work, quite wonderful I must say.:o) I love this time of year as so many of you do.

Thank you for such sweet comments about the jewelry designs. I am having a wonderful time with beads I tell you.:o) Each and everyone of you make it a beautiful week. I will chat with you in a few days.:o)



Friday, December 4, 2009

So What Do You Think!

Oh my are we busy or what.:o) Hello to each and everyone of you! I just had to take a moment to share my latest designs with you. So here we go!

If you would like to see more new pretties visit my Etsy shop. I will also be adding new pieces to 1000markets in a few days. Thanks all! Enjoy a most beautiful weekend and wonderful coming week.



Monday, November 30, 2009

Looking A Lot Like Christmas!

Oh my that time has finally come! Like so many of you I so enjoy Christmas! A time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I am so excited about our Saviour! He has so beautified my life.... As my Dear Sweet Mother would often say "If I had ten thousand tongues it still would not be enough to tell of His goodness". Oh how I miss my sweet Mother so. She also loved Christmas and looked forward to driving the city looking for the prettiest lighted house.:o) What must it be like to be in His presence as my sweet Mother is. Joy unspeakable joy and full of glory!!:o)

The coming weeks will be quite busy in the studio with knitting, cardmaking and more. By the way, I have some new jewelry designs to share with you I think you will love!:o) I will post them in a few days. For those of you who love to shop handmade don't wait too long to make your purchases. Christmas is not far away and certainly has a way of slipping upon you kinda quickly:o) Each of you enjoy a most beautiful week. Chat with soon.



Friday, November 27, 2009

A Wonderful Day....

Hope each of you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving day! Oh my goodness, our dear daughter and sweet son-in-law were indeed the chefs this turkey season!:o) The food was absolutely delicious! Everything was beautiful. Our little grandson who is now old enough to enjoy table food discovered he really loves cranberry sauce, I mean really loves it!:o) Our granddaughter Jasmine had her fill of her favorite pumpkin pie. I tell you my friends we enjoyed a beautiful day filled with thanksgiving, gratitude, love and laughter.

Honey and I plan to take a long drive up the coast today. I am so looking forward to it, and judging from the beauty of this morning the drive should be a lovely one. Enjoy a beautiful weekend each and everyone of you.



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving....

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May your day be filled with bountiful blessings as you share with family and friends. We have so much to be thankful for, our Heavenly Father has been so good to each and everyone of us. As we go about our day let us not forget those who are less fortunate than we. Enjoy a most beautiful Thanksgiving my friends.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
we bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You've done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family.
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow
You all of our days.

Mary Fairchild



Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Little Something For Me!

Hello all! Hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend. Honey and I spent most of our weekend with cleaning, laundry and other little chores. We also visited my Father with a big dish of lasagna and his favorite garlic bread, he loved it! I tell you, my sweet Daddy is indeed something special and a little spoiled too.:o)

As you know I have been doing a little knitting and made these cuddly soft and warm scarves just for me. Like many knitters, you so enjoy knitting for others but sometimes you just need to knit a little something for yourself. I knitted at least a dozen of these pretty scarves last holiday season. A simple stitch knit on big needles with a luscious yarn, now that's a good thing:o)

I think this will be one busy week for so many of us. Thanksgiving is only a few days away!:o) I am so looking forward to visiting all of you and enjoying all your wonderful holiday recipes. Take care.

Every new day is a gift..
that is why we call it
"the present".

C. Winterle Olson



Friday, November 20, 2009


Hello all! My goodness was this a quick week or what.:o) The old saying...time waits on no one most certainly rang true this past week.:o) I sure hope each of you enjoyed a most wonderful week. I wanted to take a few moments to wish you a lovely weekend and share with you a little shop news.

As some of you already know, I now have a web site for Cri Designs!:o) A sweet and simple little site that I plan to add a shopping cart to the beginning of the year. I had a little trouble with my home page photo this morning and hope it is there when you visit. Also there are pretty blooms in Tea Time and Roses The Shoppe. If I must say so myself these little earrings are the sweetest ever. Be sure and drop by and take a look and tell me what you think.:o) My poor thumb slowed production this week, and will be adding some new pieces to both Etsy and 1000markets shops in the next few days. I also have some really pretty necklace ideas I think you will love! Thanks for taking these few moments with me my friends. You and your family enjoy a most beautiful weekend. By the way, I cannot wait to eat some turkey what about you.:o) Take care.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sweet Little Angels....

As I sit here in my little studio eyes still heavy with sleep, I am in complete awe at how beautiful a morning it is. I mean we have had many beautiful mornings as of late, autumn seems to do that just perfectly. But this one is amazingly beautiful. The air is cool and the morning sky is clear with the prettiest blue ever. The leaves gentle sway beneath the breezes as if applauding the beauty of the morning. Autumn mornings are like none other it seems. You know my friends each morning that is given to us is a gift. I often remind those close to me how important it is to consider each and every day as a gift. Not everyone gets it and far too many take advantage of it. So I constantly remind myself to cherish the gift of another day, hold it close to my heart and do something wonderful with it.

Are these the sweetest little angels ever, I just had to share them with you. They are the work of Susan Lordi and oh so precious. I gasp when I saw them and knew I had to take a few of these sweeties home with me.:o) The collection is called Willow Tree. The figurines are so peaceful and were designed to convey a feeling or emotion with sweet little gestures. The heart indeed does remind me of friendship. The sweet little one with the flowers, understanding and kindness. Out stretched arms, lover of all things and the sweetie holding the flowers behind her back, simplicity and charm. Visit Willow Tree, and read all about this lovely artist.

I sure hope your week has been a beautiful one thus far. I am taking it pretty easy this week and enjoying a little knitting and some reading. My left thumb has been giving me some pain. I think I made a wrong move while making a piece of jewelry, so I am going to rest it for a few days. Each of you have a lovely rest of the week. Chat with you soon.:o)



Friday, November 13, 2009

A Comfortable and Cozy One!

Wishing each of you a comfortable and cozy weekend and week to follow! I will be posting early next week, see you then and make it a beautiful one!

Hello again friends! Here is my previous post on this lovely laced sofa and beautiful roses... New post on Wednesday!



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Leaves Of Gold....

Beautiful Work of Josephine Wall

Hello! Hope each of you are enjoying a most lovely week. Mine is pretty wonderful thus far.:o) I took a short little break from the studio and doing some reading, so relaxing. I wanted to share a beautiful reading with you from Leaves Of Gold. A beautiful book filled with the most beautiful prayers, inspirational verse and prose from some of the best authors both Ancient and Modern. My Dear Sweet Mother bought me my first copy of Leaves Of Gold many years ago and I have so enjoyed it. It is old with beautiful patina on its pages, I keep it tucked safely away and read from my new copy. If you are familiar with the book you know how wonderful it is, if not and enjoy beautiful writings it surely would make a beautiful addition to your library. Enjoy the writing.


Did it ever strike you
that goodness is not merely a beautiful
thing, but by far the most beautiful thing
in the whole world? So that nothing is to
be compared for value with goodness; that
riches, honor, power, pleasure, learning,
the whole world and all in it, are not
worth having in comparison with being
good; and the utterly best thing for a man
is to be good, even though he were never
to be rewarded for it.

Charles Kingsley



Monday, November 2, 2009

The Winners Are!

Hello to each of you! Hope you enjoyed a most fabulous weekend and a wonderful Halloween. We had a few sweet little trick or treaters in our neighborhood, but not as many as last year. I cannot believe just how quickly this year has flown by, it is almost Christmas once again.:o)

Now to announce the winners. First let me say thanks to each and everyone of you for your kind and encouraging words, you sure know how to make a girl feel good!:o) I still choose winners the old fashion way.:o) I filled a bag with all your names, gave the bag a good and very long mixing and Honey turned his head reached in and picked two names! The first name was Chris of Refining life and second was Mrs. YaYa Orchid of Chronicles of YaYa Orchid! A Big Congratulations to the winners! I will get your gift off to you in a few days!

Thank you again for entering my little giveaway and have something quite special in mind for you this coming Christmas Holiday! Again thank you and congratulations to the winners Chris, and Mrs. YaYa Orchid! Each of you enjoy a beautiful day!



Monday, October 26, 2009

It's A Giveaway!

Hello to each and everyone of you! I hope each of you enjoyed a most beautiful weekend! Mine was restful and quite nice. Well my friends the secret is out. I have been busy working in the studio to open two new shops in time for the holidays. Oh my I tell you I have been one busy little bee these past weeks but I made it.:o)

I have been planning this little giveaway for quite sometime now, but was waiting on that special something that said you and these little pearls are it. Each of you are a rare and precious pearl. I cannot begin to tell you just what each of my blogging friends mean to me. You are indeed special. You have helped see me through some rough times and rejoiced with me in the good times and for that I thank you.

I love to share in the way of giveaways but only wish that I could give to each and everyone of you. But in this case I am sharing two pair of pretty pearl earrings. There will be two names drawn. The first name drawn will receive the pair of earrings with the pretty green and lavender Czech fire polished beads and the other name drawn will receive the earrings with the pretty topaz beads.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, it is as simple as that.:o) The giveaway will remain open till Sunday November 1, 11 p.m. PST. The winners will be announced Monday, November 2nd.

Let me tell you a little something about the earrings. They are fully handmade by me. Measure about 1 1/4" from the bottom of their antiqued brass lever back ear wires with 8mm glass pearls and sweet little 6mm Czech fire polished glass beads, beautiful! Even if you do not wear jewelry they would make a lovely gift for someone special.

I am still in the process of filling the shops but I am so anxious for you to take a look!:o) Cri Designs Etsy Shop, and a fairly new but wonderful market place Cri Designs 1000 Markets. For you artist and crafters....1000 Markets is a wonderful marketplace for your handcrafted work. I am enjoying being there:o)

I will be placing links to both shops on my side bar and placing new items in Tea Time and Roses The Shoppe as well!:o) Thank you so much my friends. Lots of bead play coming your way!:o) Enjoy a lovely week my friends.



Friday, October 16, 2009

Good Things....

Hello everyone! Hope your week was a beautiful one.:o) It has been quite busy around our house as of late. I know it has been a few days since I last visited all of you, and can hardly wait to see just what you are up to!

I wanted so to be ready to share just what I have been working on with you this post, but I am afraid I need a few more days.:o) Also a few of you have ask just how my writing was going. It is going quite well I must say. Sharing writing time with all my other projects seems to slow things a little, but I am pleased with my progress. My writing occurs as moments of inspiration which quite often occur in the middle of the night resulting in my quickly jumping out of bed to journal my thoughts.:o) Now there has been times when I refuse to get out of bed and tried to convince myself I would surely remember in the morning. But when morning comes I only recall it in bits and pieces, never do I remember it fully. So I now jump up click on my little light and write.:o) One day soon that little book I have so wanted will come to complete and full fruition.:o)

Oh the beautiful shades of autumn. I had to share these beautiful autumn leaves with you. I find myself several times a day going to the window just to admire the beauty of this old tree and its magnificent display of sheer beauty. Another of those simple but good things.:o) Well my friends another busy day for me today so I guess I better get going. You and your family enjoy a beautiful weekend. By the way, I hope each of you know just how much I appreciate you. My blogging buddies are the very best!:o)



Friday, October 9, 2009

In Search Of Little Elves.....

Hello to each of you! Boy, it has been a busy time in the studio! It is times like these I wish I had a dozen little elves to help me out.:o) I have to admit I am having a wonderful time in my little space, my happy place and a busy little place I must say. I had to take a moment to wish each and everyone of you a beautiful weekend and a fabulous up coming week.

I have some wonderful news to share with you. I am excited and think you will be too! I hope to be ready to share with you upon my next post!

It is indeed a beautiful morning, still, quiet, gentle. The kind of morning you read about in story books. As you know I love this beautiful season, and to my delight it has only just begun.:o)

Take care my friends! Chat with you in a few days.



Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Simple Things....

Hello to each and every one of you! Hope you are enjoying a most beautiful week! Just a few days ago our sweet and wonderful neighbor Jim brought over these breathtaking hydrangeas:o) Many of you remember me telling you about Jim. He loves flowers and has an incredible green thumb. Honey and I look forward to the weekly gentle knock of Jim standing holding yet another sweet gift of his flowers. It is moments like these that warm the heart.:o) He knows he does not have to, but judging from his smile it brings him great joy to share with others.

I have been spending quite a few hours in the studio as of late, a wonderful thing for I am getting things done. I will be ready for the coming holidays on time this year.:o) Going about my work gives me quiet time for reflection, prayer and giving thanks. I thought of many of the simple things that make me smile and had to share a few of those things with you. This is not a complete list nor is it in any order as such. As you read my list, think of those things that make you smile and share them with us.

gentle breezes
good conversation
beautiful flowers
cream in my coffee
a sweet cup of tea
summer fruit
candle light
a beautifully fragrant home

lovely old linens
long drives along the coast
bubbles in my tub
smiling faces
when honey says "i love you"
the smiles of my grandchildren
the wisdom of my daughter
the love of my family
a true friend

walking barefoot
strawberry jam
cotton candy
a new book
an old book
God's word
the perfect shade of green

seeing others happy
a happy ending
twinkling stars
big puffy white clouds
tea for two
autumn leaves
beautiful music
a newborn baby
my blogging friends

quiet moments
my home
teddy bears
a brilliant idea
a warm blanket
a gentle touch

I will share more of the simple things throughout the season. Take care my friends! By the way, there is a brand new post on A Lilac In My Path drop by.:o)



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy First Day Of Autumn!

It is officially here! Happy first day of Autumn to each and everyone of you! Like so many of you, I am so ready for this beautiful season.

Well I can now upload photos again thanks to my wonderful and dear son-in-law who fix me right up.:o) When it comes to computers, I tell you he is one of the very best!

Hope your week is going well. Take care my friends. Do you add little touches of the fall season inside your home, if so what do you do?



Sunday, September 20, 2009

Oh Blogger!!

Hello all! I sure hope your weekend was a beautiful one and you are rested and refreshed ready to take on the week! Mine has been a beautiful weekend with still yet a few hours left to a lovely Sunday. It was a lazy weekend, the kind without hurry or worry.:o) Just wonderful!

Oh my what is Blogger up to now!:o) I cannot upload photos, not a single photo! Now I have heard of others with this problem but it is a first for me. I guess I will have to wait it out and hope the problem goes away pretty quickly. I really do have some beautiful photos to share with you. I guess I will just have to be patient. Is there anything I can do? In the meantime I have a pretty busy week ahead of me. Reading, writing, creating, special order and oh yes cleaning just to name a few.:o) Does your home get as dusty as mine.:o) I simply do not understand where all the dust comes from.:o) I am one dusting woman around this place I tell you. I dust on Monday and by Wednesday it is back in full force, simply amazing.:o) But I tell you, I really do love my little home and do not mine so much the dust that comes with it.:o)

Wishing each of you a beautiful week filled with nothing but the very best. Chat with you in a few days.

Life is hard by the yard;
But by the inch, life's a cinch!

Jo Petty



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Gentle Breezes.....

Hello my friends! Hope you are enjoying a beautiful week. Summer is saying its last good bye's and gentle Autumn breezes are saying hello. I have so enjoyed the cool breezes that have filled my studio these past couple of days. I find myself simply sitting with eyes closed taking it all in, wonderful and welcomed.

Just a few days ago a sweet blogging friend ask just how my mending was going, and I thought it has been a while since I updated just how things were going. I feel wonderful! I tell you it has been a journey that has lasted many years and I can now say it is a journey ending. When I think just how far I have come it brings tears to my eyes. God has walked with me each and every step of the way and when I could no longer walk He carried me. I rejoice in His amazing goodness each day. My leg is so much stronger even without a fibula, and my new jaw, well it is doing amazingly well! I even have my implants in place and will be receiving brand new pretty teeth just in time for Christmas! What a Christmas present that will be for I have not had teeth on the bottom left side for five years! :o)

I believe in the power of a smile and not having those teeth in place never stopped me from smiling, no not even once.:o) Just shopping the other day a very sweet woman ask me just what happened that I am in the wheelchair. I chatted with her for at least a half an hour about my journey and God's goodness. His love and kindness is simply amazing! Don't you love letting others know just how wonderful our God is! He is my everything, simply my everything.

Bead play is still happening in the studio! I have placed a few pieces in The Shoppe, and I am so anxious for you to stop by and take a look.:o) I have had such a positive response and that is a good thing! I am not sure if I will continue designing after the holidays, but you never know.:o) Each of you take care and enjoy a most beautiful week filled with nothing but the very best. Chat with you soon.



Monday, September 7, 2009

The Garden At The Prado.....

As the early morning dew lay gentle on their petals, Honey went about silently photographing them as though careful not to wake them. It is simple little moments like these that make life beautiful.

Wishing each of you a fabulous week filled with nothing but goodness!