Category Archives: HOME: studio living (I number these.)

38 Roots and wings and then SOAR!

IMG_20151228_072602132Stockings are an abundantly fun occurrence for our family at Christmas–filled to the brim with cool stuff. My stepdad enjoys finding the perfectly suited magazine for each of us and this year was no exception.  I ended up with Small Room Decorating.

When I finally opened it up, I couldn’t have been more pleased (and encouraged) with the title of the Editor’s letter, “make tiny spaces soar.” What a great inspiration to take into the New Year!

(Photo: Also featured and right in line with Bird’s-eye View by Karin–a hummingbird cookie cutter from my mom and a small cutting board and knife from one of my sisters.)

I guess this post fits two of my three main blog categories– “HOME:studio living” and “DEVOTION: Jesus speaking.”

The last couple of years I’ve really anticipated and then camped out on the personal Psalm reading I end up with on December 31 and January 1, as I always align the calendar date with the Psalm number (so I don’t loose track). I guess this reading is significant because (a.) I have it two days in a row and usually repetition with the Lord carries some weight and (b.) it’s the Psalm that ends a year and begins another. And sometimes, my personal Psalm reading aligns with my 1-year Bible reading, which happened this year, and as of 12/31/15 and 1/1/16, I have…(drumroll please…) Psalm 1.

“I will delight in the law of the LORD, I will meditate day and night,
then like a tree firmly planted I’ll be, grounded in the Word.
Blessed is the one, who follows the way of the Lord, blessed is the one.”
(Worship song version)

Sally Lloyd-Jones says, “home is the place you set out from.”  So in 2016, I believe the Lord wants to make sure the Bible (His very voice!!) is my home base, and that it will be from this rooted and grounded place, where He would then love to see me soar into the wild blue yonder……….

Now doesn’t that seem like a good and faith-filled flight plan?

PSALM 1:1-6

 

 

#37 Core Christmas décor

studio xmas decor book helen steiner rice

Each year, certain items remain a part of my core Christmas décor and the merriment of my heart.

Some of those  items I have put out for more years than the others. For instance, my friend Linda gave me the book Christmas Blessings, by Helen Steiner Rice, over 10 years ago (the sweetest collection of rhyming poetry ever). Whereas the plaid bear I only purchased a couple of years ago at the Oasis Senior Center Gift Shop (I just fell in love with his little plaid self and blue button eyes). Manger Scene from Israel

When I traveled to Israel for the first time back in 1998, I knew one souvenir purchase I was going to make for sure and that was a hand-carved, Olive Wood Nativity. As you can see, I was victorious!

Consequently, since that time, there have been some casualties, key players have been broken and gone missing–like Baby Jesus (what?!?! Yes, I know, it’s horrible.) I confessed it publicly, right away actually, on Facebook, sharing how I had dropped Him and His arm broke off (I know–how could the story get any worse, but I repented, and I’m forgiven, so don’t hold it against me.) 🙂

Then, (and I won’t name any names), but a very kind, creative, and generous soul said she would fix Him for me, but she lost Baby Jesus in her garage, and He has yet to resurface (it’s been two years). manger scene with candle

So…because Jesus is “the Light of the world”,  (John 8:12) a candle now burns in front of the manger as a memorial to the Baby born King, the Living God (Yes, He’s alive, and all-powerful and all-knowing and all-present, just missing from my manger scene. So don’t hold this against Him.) 🙂

Ok, well, that’s probably all you can handle about my core Christmas décor at this time.

How about, by way of encouragement, I leave you with a heart warming sentiment from Helen Steiner Rice entitled, “The Presence of Jesus.”

In all seriousness, her writings about Christmas, and the celebration of Jesus’ birth are the merriment of my heart and I pray yours too. Enjoy.

“Jesus came into the world
one glorious Christmas Eve.
He came to live right here on earth
to help us to believe.
For God up in His heaven
Knew His children all would feel
That if Jesus lived among them
they would know that He was real
And not a far-off stranger
who dwelt up in the sky
And knew neither joys nor sorrow
that make us laugh and cry.
And so He walked among us
and taught us how to love
And promised us that someday we
would dwell with Him above.
And while we cannot see Him
as they did, face to face,
We know that He is everywhere,
not in some far-off place.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#36b So, about my neighbors…

studio living-rabbits 
First there were two, and then the Intimidation Bunny came along.

Here’s how it all went down.

Miss Brown Rabbit broke through the grass and was found digging to China as it were.

So Mr. Grey Rabbit was strategically placed in front of the rock, covering the hole, leading to the other side of the world.

It was quite the scene around these parts, and the tighter security had “The Shire” a bit on edge for a time. However, it would seem that all is well again now that our grassy knolls are further fortified.

If you ask me, one question still remains—how did Miss White Rabbit stay so clean through this whole ordeal? Let’s just say she’s under close scrutiny.

 

P.S. Please note, this photo makes it look like these two rabbits are still in trouble and behind bunny bars. Rest assured, the  fenced off grass area outside their hutch got cropped out of this shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#35 When I seem stuck

studio-sink full of dishes

Sometimes, “doing the next thing” is as simple (or laborious) as tackling a sink full of dishes (hence the location of the signage) or as profound as taking a bold step of faith. Both need ongoing encouragement (and prayer)!

studio-encouragement at the sink

 

 

 

 

(I bought these lovely handcrafted signs through Hope and Stay. Check out her creations on Etsy. There are so many to choose from!!)

 

P.S. It’s kind of hard to see in the photo, but I stuck an antique “K” typewriter key inside the “O” in “GO!” Kind of personalizes the call to action, don’t ya think?

 

 

#32 Spring has sprung, or has it?

studio living- planter-spring 2015studio living- hydrangea

As you can imagine, “The Shire” is so much more magical in the springtime! Even thestudio-peach tree spring 2015 Hydrangea are blooming already! Well, actually, truth be told (and a little tip given), those are fake Hydrangea my landlord uses until the real deal arrives–pretty good, right? I will say, and understandably so, I was a little disappointed (you could say a bit thrown off) the first time I went to gather a bouquet for Studio K…

 

Note: The photo with all the blue sky includes blossoms from the neighbor’s peach tree. HOME: studio living post  “#19–A breach of the best kind” addresses these little flowers of promise.

 

 

#31 Square footage all around

As I mentioned in “And then there was a second post…” (HOME: studio living, post #2), I’m limited in the ways I can move furniture around to change things up, so this time I looked up and to home accessories to keep things fresh. These lanterns, which I bought for outdoor breakfast/dinner parties (not too late to get on guest list), will probably be staying indoors for the duration of the summer (loving them!) and I will be needing to purchase duplicate ambiance for my festive gatherings on the grassy knolls of “The Shire.”

studio-lanters

 

 

Beginning

 

Video footnotes:

1a.  “I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.”  Psalm 119:162 (NKJV)

1b. “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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

2. Tip: Looking to create some ambiance in your home? A candle lit fireplace (as seen in the video)  can be accomplished inexpensively by purchasing candles from the 99 Cents Only Store.

3. Check out HOME: Studio living–time to clean.

#28 Unmistakable

(Just my thoughts and no photo for this post.) Alright. I think it’s okay to open the windows now. Studio K was on major lock down when the dog next door chased an apparent skunk(!) into my backyard. I think pillow talk tonight with the Lord will be along the lines of, “so…about skunks…how did that go over on the ark?” God really is a wonderful creator, who doesn’t make mistakes, and I believe has the best sense of humor.