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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reason for the Season

What's It Wednesday #50
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Hugs & Happy Holidays!
Patti
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Time to Shine @ A Diamond in the Stuff 
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Giving Thanks!

What's It Wednesday # 49

Blessings by John Holyfield

We are Giving Thanks!
Once again Thanksgiving finds us with plenty of reasons to give thanks. This week we are taking time to reflect and show our gratitude for our wonderful Blogland family. A special thanks goes out to the 700 plus followers. We are especially thankful for all the new friends Ivy and Elephants has brought us. We are also thankful for our families' support of Ivy & Elephants. Our Thanksgiving wish is for each and everyone of you to have a safe and memorable holiday with a harvest of blessings!

So, what are you thankful for this year?

Love Always,
Patti and Paula

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

One Good Turn

What's It Wednesday #48
Hi everyone and welcome to another What's It Wednesday. I'm sorry for being MIA but I've been dealing with some major computer issues. But with that behind me, I'm excited for the holiday season. Today I'm sharing one of my latest finds, a seven piece cruet set. One look and I was in love with the frilly ornateness of it.
 
Cruet sets were a Victorian invention that held the condiment of the day. The silver topped ones held salt and pepper, and the center is a mustard pot.
 
The crystal stoppered bottles held oils and vinegars.
 
My favorite is the ornate detailing and draping of the silver.
 
But there's another secret, it turns like a Lazy Susan! I'd never seen one like that before. For sixty bucks, I think I got a steal!
 
Thanks for stopping by and happy shopping!
Hugs,
Patti
 
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Musical Gift


What's It Wednesday #47


Growing up, music has always been an important part of our daily lives, which includes listening to a variety of genres of music from Classical to Calypso. It was also very important that we played musical instruments. I played the piano and the alto and bass clarinets. Playing an instrument goes back generations. Just the other day, my mother surprises me with a musical gift. 


Every once in while my mother will pull out an item I had no idea was in the family. So she hands me this very small blue box that she said was given to her by her grandmother, my great-grandmother, when she was a little girl. She went on to explain that she played with it for hours. I was instantly intrigued.

During Abraham Lincoln's presidency, he wrote a letter to the head of the German company Hohner Harmonica that stated, "Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe and playing my Hohner harmonica."  Mom said she loved playing this little harmonica on her front porch.

The Hohner Musikinstrumente Company specialized in manufacturing a variety of musical instruments. This company was founded by Mathias Hohner in 1857 and he was instrumental (pun intended) in the invention and production of harmonicas and accordions. 

On one side of the harmonica it says "Little Lady" and the other side says "Hohner". The harmonica that my mother played is the "Hohner No. 39", Little Lady Harmonica. This was the first known mass-produced harmonica and began being produced in 1924. On December 16th of 1965, American astronaut Wally Schirra smuggled one of these little ladies into space to play on Christmas day. 

This Little Lady has 4 holes and is equipped with eight reeds. She produces quite a big sound in the key of C for something so little. If you look closely on the right side of the harmonica you will see a little catch where you can put her on a chain or a key chain. 


The little blue case is just over 2 1/2 inches long and 1/2 wide. The harmonica is about 1 1/2 inches long, a 1/2 inch wide, and 1/4 inch deep. In fact this Little Lady is so little and cute she is smaller than my five year old son's thumb. Thanks Mom for my musical gift!


Who are the musicians in your family?


xoxoxo
Paula 


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Brave Penny painted her piano at Penny's Vintage Home

Sylvia of Sylvia's Simple Life prepared these beautiful and delicious pumpkin

Janet of Rosemary and Thyme share her beautiful Spode collection

Anne  of Vintage Goods does an amazing job transforming a beautiful old dresser that she found while on vacation.
Magali of the Little White House transforms a beautiful garden

The Lace Christmas Napkins are so beautiful at Porta Guardanapos

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