Monthly Archives: November 2009

Ash Showroom Offers Christmas Holiday Installation

Ash Furniture and Showroom,  in Bloomfield Hills,  is offering Christmas and holiday installations again this year.  Let them decorate your home for the holidays.  Matthew Finan explains,

“With everything going on during this time of year, sometimes it’s nice to eliminate something off your list–and this is a big thing to check off. Save time and money and have your home professionally done this holiday season.  And of course, we can always incorporate your holiday decorations.”

They will install fully decorated trees as well as decorate mantels and banisters-

You can see more of their installations here:

Call Ash Showroom for details   248 858 7010.


The Country Dreamer Gets Caromal Coloured…

Bob and Joanna own The Country Dreamer, Hand Built Reproduction Furniture, Country Accessories & Antiques, about an hour east of  New York City.   They offer a popular collection of styles  –  Modern Country, Shabby Chic, Cottage, Country French, Eclectic and are most passionate about recreating Primitive and Early American Furniture.

Joanna explains,

I can get excited from talking about a scent of a simple candle to discussing a wonderful piece of furniture. I am thrilled when a customer says “we just bought a summer house, can you help me decorate it” or “we just built an extension, what would you do”  or ”I have a blank wall that needs something, what do you suggest”. One time a customer asked Bob to build a wonderful Stepback Cupboard and then asked if I would bring over a bunch of accessories to fill it. It is flattering to have someone walk into my home and hear them say “it feels as if I just stepped back in time,  I would love this, can I get this same look”?   I love filling other people’s homes with things I love and sometimes really no longer have room for. There are times, no matter what I move around, a new piece of furniture just won’t fit, but if I can’t have it, then someone else who will appreciate it should. It is truly rewarding knowing a customer is happy with what they’ve purchased or what we’ve done.

Bob also builds custom furniture. He contacted me because he is really enjoying the Caromal Colour Textured Basecoat Paints and wanted to be able to offer his customers an authentic color chart – not just images on a computer screen.  I set Bob up with a full set of wood trim color samples, as well as some of the Barnworn finish samples.   When you can’t find the right size piece that you are looking for or you see a true antique or something in a magazine, book or in someone’s home that is not for sale, as one customer puts it, Bob will do his “MAGIC”.    And each piece will be uniquely created – no two ever alike, each with its own distinct changes and character .

Bob recently created, and sold, this  1800 New England Plantation Desk, that he finished using some of the Caromal Colour Peppercorn –

and a few more-

I love that!

If you are interested in what Bob and Joanna have to offer, please visit their website,  The Country Dreamer –  there you will find more information, photos, and even Featured Items, Antiques for Sale and Current Items  for Sale.  Like this-

A newly painted mustard over red hanging cupboard with two drawers made from antique barn wood. 18 ½ “wide, 22 “ high and 6 ½ “ deep. Can be hung or even placed on table, counter or shelf. A real nice look and adds to a vignette. $85 #S023

You Know, It’s Sunday – A Christmas Letter From Jesus…

My dad sent me this viral email-

Letter from Jesus about Christmas — It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you’ve forgotten that I wasn’t actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.
How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn
If all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town. Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 – 8.
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.
4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
5 Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?  Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families
8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary– especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.
9. Here’s a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.
Don’t forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

Happy Thanksgiving!

My day is winding down.   I am lounging  by the fire in a recliner, blanket on my lap,  laptop on the blanket – and snuggled next to me  is Bruno and Sebastian –

We started early.  I woke to start the coffee. Mom got her notes out and the day began.  This is a play by play for my sister,  who’s still stuck in Shanghai and couldn’t be here in body, but WAS with us in spirit –

Mom makes the BEST stuffing-

brown the onions

add the liver (yuk)


Mom says this is how it should look –

in goes the bread and the egg, the salt and the pepper-

and the secret ingredient – Bells Seasoning.  I made mom purge her boxes – she had FOUR, in various open states!    She tossed the three oldest –

Mom reminds me that when we use these on the bird, we need to take the rubber tips off.  (Seriously,  I think I’d have left them on LOL) –

Time to stuff the birds-

and to the left we have the Turkey Treat station –

End result-

On this Day of Thanksgiving, may God rest your heart and mind, may He bless and keep you and your family, and may He continue to extend His blessings upon our great nation, guiding us one and all by His Word. May He grant us patience and perseverance in the unexpected turns and tests of our age. May He impress upon us the spirit of our forefathers, their soul-deep craving for freedom, expressed with courage and wisdom, as we meet the particular challenges of our days.

And let us always approach our Heavenly Father with true thankfulness not just today, but every day not only in our triumphs, but also in our trials by acknowledging our utter dependence on Him to supply our wants and needs, for in Him we live and move and have our being. Even self-reliance is, at its root, reliance on Him.