Monthly Archives: February 2010

Second Sunday Of Lent – Getting Ready For The Glory…

A continuation for this season of Lent –  my effort to review, in advance, the message from this week’s gospel.  From Sadlier’s We Believe  –

Second Week of Lent – Gospel Luke 9:28b-36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.


The disciples are awed when the voice of God confirms Jesus’ identity: “This is my Son, my Chosen One.” How will you honor Jesus as the Chosen One of God during Lent?

Getting Ready for Glory

Today’s readings speak of the “glory days”, both for Jesus and for us. Jesus was praying with his friends when he suddenly appeared in all his heavenly glory, dazzling like the sun. A spiritual writer once said that all of us are “walking around shining like the sun” even though we do not know it. Lent is the perfect time to get ready for our own final glory days in heaven. Complete these statements on ways you will prepare:

  • I will give more time to prayer by___________________________________________________.
    (suggestion: setting aside a special time each day)
  • I will become more familiar with the Scriptures by___________________________________________________.
    (suggestion: listening more closely to the readings at Mass)
  • I will show that I value myself as a “citizen of heaven” by___________________________________________________.
    (suggestion: living as Jesus asks me to live)
  • I will make a greater effort to listen to Jesus by___________________________________________________.
    (being more aware of his presence in other people, events, etc.)

God, I will use my eyes to see you in everyone I meet.
I will use my mouth to say kind things to others.
I will use my hands to help others.
I will use my mind to think only good thoughts.
I will use my heart to share your love.


The Silver Brady Bunch Phone…

I was fiddling around last night at the  Gilding Accessories Workshop…    While the attendees were busy practicing on china plates, photo frames, and chatchki balls, I wanted to show that the Caromal Colours products bond to anything – including an old 1970’s phone –

Julia is already eyeballing it.  Too bad she doesn’t realize that old analog phone won’t work in our house anymore – we have a digital line!

Getting Ready For The Glittery Gold, Silver And Copper

Tonight I’m preparing for a Simple Guilding Accessories workshop.  The workshop is 6:30pm tomorrow evening,  at West Middle School in Rochester, Michigan.

Tomorrow is Thursday…..

Have I mentioned that I started kickboxing?   Yup,  every Tuesday and Thursday evening.

I am really liking this kickboxing….. it is kicking my butt , and my butt needs to get into shape.  Summer is coming, after all.

And, I REALLY need the kickboxing because Easter season is here, and I did NOT give this up for Lent – (recent Target run)

Looks  like no kickboxing for me tomorrow.   I really need to throw that candy out…

If you live in the area and have an interest in learning how to do Simple Guilding,  and have no plans tomorrow evening, come out and join us!  We will be gilding these decorative balls –

like this-

and turning these china plates into glistening chargers-

like one of these finishes-

We’ll gild some fruit-

like this –

and change picture frames, from this –

to something like this –

Sound like fun?    Call 248-726-3165 to register.   I think the workshop may even offer complimentary Easter candy!

Are You Noticing Blue?

It seems I am seeing blue everywhere  – looks like I wasn’t paying attention when they were forecasting color trends –

From Pantone Color Institute

Spring and summer naturally evoke feelings of
calm ocean waters and tranquil beach vacations
in cool, vibrant, tropical Turquoise. This soothing
hue from the blue-green family conjures feelings
of escape, especially when paired with Amparo
. With more warmth than the typical spring
navy, this particular shade of blue is extremely
appealing because of its brighter, more energetic

Sherwin Williams STIR edition Talks Turquoise

… Now the color turquoise is a mainstay of both interior decorating and fashion, even when it’s not a blazing-hot trend, as it is at the moment. Turquoise can enhance traditional Southwestern themes, or lend youthful, funky, soothing or refreshing details to a room, depending on the tint and companion colors used with it. The versatile blue-green hue pairs surprisingly well with many colors, with delightful results: Recently, designs are popping up using turquoise in combination with lime green, purple and chocolate brown, to name just a few.

I noticed it last time I was over at House Beautiful

Miles Redd lacquered walls in Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue

Benjamin Moore Blue Skies

Balanced Living Room using blue, coral and white

Youthful Blue

Seaside Living Room

Aren’t these hand painted doors beautiful?

Designed by Babs Watkins, Julie Watkins Baker, and Eleanor Cummings

Julie Watkins Baker explains,

We like the way you can imagine all the different lives a piece has led by seeing the different coats of color. That was the appeal of reusing antique doors with layers of patina…

Designed by Babs Watkins, Julie Watkins Baker, and Eleanor Cummings

Designed by Babs Watkins, Julie Watkins Baker, and Eleanor Cummings

Designed by Babs Watkins, Julie Watkins Baker, and Eleanor Cummings

Shades of blue seemed to appear everywhere – linens, accessories, furniture, walls – in the last Horchow catalog –

Love this bedding –

More shades of blue-

Better Homes and Gardens

Traditional Home

The blue wall on the left?  A mural scene –

Traditional Home

Burnham Design

When it comes to blue, I favor aqua/turquoise like this glass bead sample I created –

or this softer steel blue grey master bedroom focal wall I plastered and beeswax’d –

Are you a blue fan?