Creekside Cottage Friends

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

"Our cheer goes back to them, the valiant dead! Laurels and roses on their graves to-day, lilies and laurels over them we lay, and violets o'er each unforgotten head." -- Richard Hovey

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.  -- William Havard

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Garden: What's Blooming In May

The flower garden inside the picket fence is growing well!  Tim and  I trimmed the two boxwoods and my Goldmound Spirea two weeks ago and they are looking good.  Amazing how it made the garden look more tidy right away!

 In between Tim's work with his new business and his regular job, he managed to repaint the lamppost, and the light fixtures on the outside of the house.  They had been up for 14 years in all sorts of weather and it was time to either repaint them or replace them.  Repainting was the best choice as we still liked the look of them.  Having a fresh coat of paint has made a huge improvement!

 The Iris are looking good with the lamppost and the gold mound spirea.

 The spirea got a good trim this year too, and I love it's chartreuse leaves.  It'll be blooming soon as well.

 I have these lovely, tiny white iris in my garden but it looks as if I am only getting one bloom this year.  Sad.

 The Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose is blooming with more blooms to come!  I love to look out my front window and see it trailing on the picket fence!

 It's such a pretty, little rose!

 Kay gave me bleeding heart from her garden and it is growing well!  I love bleeding heart!

 These are my peonies in the front garden.  The best smell ever.  I have pale pink peonies in the back of the house that are gorgeous too!

This isn't the best photo but I wanted to show you my new french lavender!  It has taken to its new home and has two blooms on it right now.  This is growing behind the spirea and the purple blooms look beautiful against the chartreuse leaves of the spirea.

There is more to come in the next few months.  Feverfew, Black-eyed Susans, Echinacea, poppies, daylilies.  

I love this beautiful time of year in the garden.  Always something to enjoy and also to cut and bring in to the house!

What's growing in your flower gardens?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sight And Sound Theatres - Joseph!

Photo from after the show.  The employees can give tours to their guests.  Here are many people on the stage.  This is how the set pieces are stored before, during and after the shows.

Last night the kids and I had the privilege again, of going to an employee premier of a show at Sight and Sound.  I have no photos of the show, of course, but I wish you each could have been with me to see it.

It is amazing.  Joseph first premiered in 2010 and ran for two seasons here in Lancaster, and then ran two seasons in Branson.  It is my favorite show, and having kids who work there, I was so blessed to see it several times.

They did dress rehearsals this week.  Six run throughs of the whole show.  Lindsay would text me things like, "The actor playing Joseph has a great voice" or "The actor playing Potiphar reminds me of Ben Kingsley."  She was there working animals in the show though, she will soon be leaving her job there.

She was right.  The actor playing Joseph is amazing.  He is a great singer and a wonderful actor.  We were sitting on the floor level and close to the stage and you could see every facial expression and interaction.  His character goes from a 17 year old boy to the time Joseph was in leadership in Egypt, no one more powerful than he, except Pharaoh.  

There are amazing songs in this show.  There is the bitterness of brothers who know that their father loves his sons from wife Rachel more than he loves them, sons whose hearts are not after God's heart.  There is jealousy, and then hatred and a desire to be rid of Joseph.  There is a young man who faithfully serves God, in spite of his hard circumstances.  Who struggles with coming face to face with the brothers who sold him into slavery, and yet who was able to forgive them and see God's hand in putting him into these circumstances.  

One of my favorite songs is when, the brothers are headed back to Egypt with Benjamin, and they sing of "making what was wrong now right."  They want to go forward as honorable men.

The show has been updated a bit, there is new choreography and a new song, but the message of walking upright before the Lord, and of forgiveness are powerful!

Here is a song from the original cast recording of Joseph.  He has just had one of his dreams - the one of the stars, sun and moon bowing down to him.

If you are coming to Lancaster before Christmas, I hope you'll make this show a MUST on your things to see and do!  It will touch your heart.  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tea Time: New Tea Cups

Rachel gifted me with two new tea cups for Mother's Day.  We found them at our favorite local store, Fresh Vintage by Amy, in Strasburg.

 There are so many things to love about this tea cup.

The colors, that ruffled edge

 The faint mark says, "Prussia" on it.

I love the unique handle.

This one is striking with the green color.

It has a delicate embossed detail at the bottom of the cup.

I love the beautiful pattern on this one.

 I love Johnson Brothers patterns.

Pretty handle too, even if it is out of focus.

I haven't posted any tea related things lately.  One of my Royal Albert teapots got a crack in it near the handle and now is only on display, instead of usable.  

I'm linking with other Tea minded ladies

Share Your Cup
Rose Chintz Cottage - Tea Time Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Friends Sharing Tea

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Latest Chalk Paint Project

I'm learning new things about using chalk paint, every time I paint. I am a fan of Annie Sloan chalk paint and love the many colors that are available.  I was able to purchase two new colors with some money that was gifted to me for Mother's Day.  I chose Old White and French Linen.

We have lots of wood furniture - oak mostly - that we have had for many years.  They are in really good shape but need a bit of freshening up, and you all know by now how I love to change things up around here!

I decided to do one of my end tables in French Linen.  It is a grey tone, and it is not a color I have used in my home before, but I have seen many project painted in this color and new I would like it.  It has a vintage feel.

 I lightly distressed just the edges of the table top.

I bought 300 grit sandpaper and after I waxed the table I used the sandpaper and got a very soft to the touch finish!

I took these photos in the afternoon with the sun streaming through the windows.  At night with just the ambient lighting the color is much darker.

I will be doing more projects with this color in the future.  Have you used chalk paint before?  I know that Dotsie has.  She did a wonderful buffet for her dining room recently.  

Now to figure out what to use the Old White on.....

For more information on chalk paint check out my Pinterest board Chalk Paint.

Home Education: What The Evaluator Said

So many of you expressed interest in the kids evaluations and the hope that the evaluator would find that they had done well.

Our evaluator has been evaluating for us since Nate was doing high school.  She has known these three students of mine since BEFORE they had to be evaluated.  This is a blessing to us, since the evaluators job is to determine if an appropriate education is being given and if the students are making sustained progress.

She looks at a sampling of their work and talks with them.  She'll ask what their favorite subject was this year, she asks their least favorite.   She asks them to things like, "What was your favorite thing you learned in math this year?"  She knows how to get them talking about their learning and can tell how they've done.  

She gets to know each one over the years, and knows Sarah's love for literature, she gets to hear about their favorite books, what they read, read any reports they've written, listen to their Bible memory. (This year they memorized Hebrews 11:1-16.)

Her is what she wrote about each kid.

Rachel - "Rachel continues to be an accomplished student.  Her cello playing is beautiful!  Rachel is on track to meet the requirements of the PA Homeschool Law.  She is self-motivated, well read and well rounded.  Rachel is ready for 11th grade."

Sarah - "Sarah continues to thrive!  She is presented with a challenging and thorough curriculum.  She continued to be an avid reader and has an impressive book list!  Sarah is very creative and her love for learning is contagious.  Sarah is ready for 8th grade!"

Kyle - "Kyle is a good student.  He is working above grade level in Math.  He is improving steadily and doing very well.  Kyle is excited about his learning, is well spoken and polite.  It is a true pleasure to evaluate him."

Again, we are thankful for her encouragement, and we are thankful for the privilege of home education our children.  We will never get these years, these moments back.  Once they are gone, their gone.  

I am very mindful of this as my older children are thriving adults and living their lives.  I'm so grateful for the years we spent forging relationships and learning together.  It's bearing fruit as I see the friendships and relationships my kids have with each other, Tim and I, my parents, and others in our community.

Home education is hard work, but it is worth it.

Thank you so much for your prayers, and well wishes.  If you have any questions about home education please feel free to ask!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Home Keeping: Changing The Bed Linens

I love a nicely made bed, and if it is pretty, so much the better!

I love adding white on my bed when the weather turns warmer.  The comforter goes to storage until Autumn, and I bring out lighter bedding.    I have an older matelass√©, that I now use as a cover on the couch in my bedrooms' sitting area.  I was in need of something new, and I found this beautiful quilted coverlet at Christmas Tree Shops.  It was $29.95, can you believe it?!

Do you make changes to your rooms seasonally?  

In other news....

Emma is on her way back to South Carolina today.  Prayers for a safe journey are appreciated.