Monday, January 26, 2009


A friend of my daughter's likes pictures of paths. I found this lovely old postcard today and thought of her. It says, "Thou wilt shew me the path of life" (Psalm 16:11).

I also came across another quote on paths by John Schaar, "The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created -- created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination."

What path are you creating?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Look what I found!

I'm always surprised at what I find when I clean out a closet. Today I found a box labeled "new stuffed animals." Among the contents were three stuffed animals, one made from a piece of needlepoint linen and two from antique quilts.  They look great in the Rose Garden room of Sweetbrier.

A trip to Antiques in Old Town

"Antiques in Old Town," an antique store in Lilburn, GA, has the most fabulous antiques and vintage pieces. Two antiques came home with me, a victorian antique iron clock case and a stained glass window.

The clock case will probably find a home with my daughter, maybe a birthday present, but shhh, don't tell her;) And yes, those are dragons on each side of the clock face.  

The stained glass will be hung on Sweetbrier's porch. The panes have varying degrees of greens, blues and golds - very striking when the sun shines through.


I made a New Year's resolution, if you can call it that, and I have only faltered once, well, maybe twice. It's all in one's interpretation. What is my resolution you ask? I am attempting to "make" or "repurpose" what I need for Sweetbrier instead of buying it. Actually it's been kind of fun. 

For example, I needed a new wreath for the front door. I can't use traditional flower wreaths because birds like to nest in them. I tried to find a wreath foam form so I could just wrap it with some pretty linens and lace, but stores are sold out due to Christmas. So, I decided to make a banner. I took a vintage towel, folded it in half and added some doilies, lace, ribbon and buttons to make a "shabby chic" styled banner. 

Happy New Year!!!

The quote for the new year is by Douglas Pagels, "Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can." 

Words to live by...