Jun 7, 2010

tea time giveaway and Monday's encouragement...

Happy Monday...The weekend is behind us and we have a fresh new start to a fresh new week. 

I mentioned a few posts ago that I would be having a giveaway to thank you all for stopping by and listening to my ramblings and for being so sweet with your encouraging words.  I really wanted to offer something that was from the heart so I went through my fabric stash, my handmade cards and my thrift store treasures...Hope you like what I've come up with...


I made this cute apron out of some Debbie Mumm teapot fabric I bought a couple of years ago...


It has two deep pockets and I made the tie long enough so that you can wrap it around and tie it off in the front...


I saw some cute ric rac napkins at Pier 1 and knew I could make some for a fraction of the cost.  I call these "everyday come to supper" napkins because they are made out of inexpensive tea towels and are not standard size. 


I found a pair of these teacups at a thrift store for $5.00.  I thought I'd share one of them with you...


They are numbered and have a mark on them...I know nothing about china, I just buy what I think is pretty.


And finally a couple of cards for you to share with a friend...


As for Monday's encouragement...
This thought, (in one form or another) has really been on my heart...
How can I best use what I have been blessed with to bless others?  Am I using my God given gifts and abilities in a way that is pleasing to God?

So, here's what I've come up with...

Every Monday I will be posting a card or two or a small handmade creation and inviting you to leave me a comment saying that you know someone in your life that could use an encouraging word...no details required, just a comment.  I will draw a name and contact you by email and get the address and whatever details you care to share and I will add them to my prayer list for the week and I will send out the card with whatever scripture or encouragement you want me to include.  That's it...nothing terribly original or earth shattering...just a small way that I can share a smidgen of what God has blessed me with.

Since this is a new concept for me, please allow for some tweaking along the way...

Here is this weeks card for Monday's encouragement...


I know there's a lot going on in this post and I hope you stayed with me up to this point...

Okay class, let's review, there will be a quiz...

For the anniversary giveaway...
Just leave a comment and I'll enter you once...
Be a follower (and let me know you are) and I'll enter you again...
Mention this post on your blog (and let me know you did) and I'll enter you a third time...

Now, for Monday's encouragement...
Just leave a comment saying "I know someone who needs to be encouraged"...

The contest and Monday's encouragement will close Sunday - 6/13/2010, 12:00 a.m. Pacific time.

Let me leave you with this thought from Oswald Chambers, "Am I allowing my spiritual life to be frittered away, or am I bringing it all to one center-the Atonement of my Lord?  Is Jesus Christ more and more dominating every interest in my life?  If one central point, the great exerting influence in my life is the Atonement of the Lord, then every phase of my life will bear fruit for Him."

Blessings sweet blogging friends,
Patty

I'm linked up to Southern Hospitality for Thrifty Treasures...
Making the World Cuter...

37 comments:

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

cool idea/the card thingy. I am a follower and you can put me down for the drawing. And I do know someone who could use some encouraging!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Patty,
What a sweet thing to do! I know of someone special right now who could use an encouraging word. I am a follower and I will post your sweet giveaway on my sidebar. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! Have a wonderful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Van said...

GORGEOUS mix of fabrics in your new apron- love it! My favorite detail is the pink fabric- is that Sakura flowers?

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

That is the cutest apron! My, you are quite talented. Along with being the kindest lady!

Heather Jensen said...

What a fab giveaway you are having girl! Love your apron and tea cup. :) I am already a follower. I will go add a line on my post from today about your giveaway. :)

Jayne said...

What a lovely giveaway, Patty. The apron is so cute and the napkins are a great idea. I love the cup and saucer too, being a ex-pat Brit :-)

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

You are just the sweetest, most kind-hearted gal! Happy Monday!

Tennis Girl said...

Patty,
What a sweet giveaway and yes, I know of someone who could use some encouragement in her life.
I love the Debbie Mumm fabric!
xo
Robin

Sherry said...

What a sweet wonderful post. Very inspiring. love your apron. So nice of you to visit. Have a great week.
Sherry

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Patty, such a sweet apron. I adore ric rac...just makes me smile. Your giveaway is lovely and I am a follower of your darling blog.

Thank you for the encouragement. It was wonderful and so soothing to my spirit.

I did have a great rest; thank you for your thoughtful comment. Have a blessed day.

Barb ♥

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Patty,
Since this is a tea post, I was wondering if you would like me to add your link to my Tea Time post? I could also add a note that you're having a Giveaway. Let me know if you would like me to do this, ok? Hope you're having a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Beth said...

Patty, Your apron is darling! Love the teacup too. Have a great day!
Beth

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Patty! Love your apron, and your very pretty teacup! This is my first time here, what I see we have in common is I'm a bit of a homebody, and I love making things too! I crochet mostly, and sew, but I love to dabble in all kinds of crafts really! Nice to meet you. I am now a follower! I will post your anniversary giveaway on my right side bar. As for Monday's encouragement, I DO have a friend who needs encouraging, as her health leaves her body feeling older than her heart and mind.. She is like a mother to me. ~tina

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Patty,

Thank you for coming for a visit! I have spent some time here on your blog! You are very talented and should open a Etsy shop! Love your garden to! Sweet giveaway!!!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Melissa Miller said...

It is just adorable! I adore the cheerful colors.

Thank you for your recent visit. You are always welcome anytime sweet friend. ~Melissa :)

kim said...

Patty,
I love that apron you made. I do actually use aprons. Love the towels and cup and saucer, too. What a sweet giveaway.

kim said...

I am a follower already.

Diane said...

Well, thought I left a comment...maybe put it in the wrong post...not sure....I LOVE aprons...I have a few vintage ones that I use as curtains across my slider in my kitchen for the summer months...also have a few cherry ones I use when I have my lttle luncheons....I know several that could use encouragement...love your blog...always fun...take care!!

Erin said...

How cute. Please enter me.

Erin said...

I am a follower. YAY

Linda Robinson said...

That apron is adorable, You are so talented.. and I love your cards.. I am already following your Wonderful Blog!

marie said...

I saw your comment on another blog (Shelley's Vintage Variety) and decided to pay you a visit.
What a wonderful blog you have. I love the idea of "Encouraging Monday".
I have a dear friend who is searching for joy and peace...I know she would appreciate a bit of encouragement.

I'll be back to visit...I'm off to add you to my blog roll.

Have a joy-filled day!

Gypsy Heart said...

I know that apron has my name on it! :-) The tea cup is adorable...and I could add that to my collection. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

I think that sharing your cards with those in need is an incredibly wonderful idea! I will be back to share.

I'm now a follower too!

Pat

~~Carol~~ said...

What a sweet little apron! I love that card too. Boy do I ever know someone who needs to be encouraged! I have a friend who is going through a very ugly divorce, with barely any support from her family. Her mother has basically disowned her. So I am trying to be there for her as much as I can!

Mica said...

hello. I found ya via Rednesday and would love to enter your lovely Anniversary giveaway! You are sweet to offer such sweet goodies. i love the apron you made...so cute, I have always loved Debbie Mumm. So nice to meet you. I am also joining your followers to read along. Have a great Anniversary week! Mica/The Child's Paper

thesimpledaze said...

Wow what a great idea for your cards.I know there are so many people who could use alittle encouragement.So I will be watching for that.Love your apron and the teacup I am wanting to start a collection of teacups if I should win this teacup would start my collection.Thanks for sharing with us today and a big thanks for the giveaway.Oh and Happy Anniversary too.

Jo said...

Patty,
You know we all need encouragement, but I do know someone special that needs a lot during this time. I'm a follower and I love your blog. Keep up the good work.

T.J. said...

I'd love to be entered into the anniversary giveaway.
thevanandthecart AT gmail D0T com

T.J. said...

I'm a follower. PS I love your words of encouragement idea. What a beautiful way to share.
thevanandthecart AT gmail D0T com

My Cottage Charm said...

Enter me please. :)
Love all your goodies!
Love ya
Missy

My Cottage Charm said...

I am definitely a follower of this lovely blog and it's sweet, sweet writer. :)
Missy

Junebug said...

Oh, do I know someone that needs encouragement - ME!!! But I truly like to pass encouragement on! That is the best way for it always come back. I have so enjoyed following your blog and thanks for stopping by my blog also. I am such a red and green fan so that apron was made for me!

bee'nme said...

Hi Patty!

I was so glad to see that I hadn't missed your giveaway yet!! It is all so fabulous...you are so sweet and generous! I'm a proud follower as well...I always look forward to your posts... LOVE the red/pink shabby house tour...what a great balancing act they've done!

Thanks for the opportunity to participate! Have a glorious weekend!

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky

Willow said...

You have a beautiful blog here. I have just become a follower and would you please enter my name in your giveaway.

Willow

Dolly said...

I am so excited to have found your blog!
Love your cherry header! Come see my blog and you will know why! :-)
I would love to be entered in your sweet giveaway! I am admiring that cute apron! I love wearing aprons! and sipping tea from pretty tea cups!

Come visit,
Hugz, Dolly

P.S. I love your idea....its always just as rewarding to brighten someones day!

Dolly said...

I am a follower! See that cherry heart up there?
thats meeeeee!!! :-)

Smiles, Dolly

Manuela@TPOH said...

I think that's such a sweet idea! What a nice way to brighten someone's day that needs it (and don't we all). The apron is cute, cute, cute!

Manuela