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Updated: 2017-12-27T08:27:09.456-06:00

 



I am still here...

2017-01-04T13:14:47.574-06:00

HelloI hope this finds you well and looking forward to 2017.  I am still in my house, which just went on the market recently. So I had the privilege of spending probably my last Christmas in this wonderful old house.  I celebrated again with a grateful heart that I could be with friends and family in this house. The holidays are over and now we have the dreaded job of taking down the tree we so fondly decorated and the house becomes darker as winter light sets in without all the twinkle lights, it can be a let down. I am just back from Christmas in Minnesota and New Years in Chicago so I haven't touched a thing yet. My tree still fills the family room with the scent of pine and so I am leaving it until this weekend... I am not tired of the decorations yet! Am I the only one?Slowly I will take them down in the next week.So much has taken place in just the last few months, it will be hard to catch up. My house is finally on the market, it has taken this long to go through everything. I still have a lot of stuff I need to sell but the two estate sales I had this summer were very successful.  Everyone worked so hard and I appreciated all who gave of themselves to help. My next decision will probably be an auction in the spring. My highlight of the year is I gained a lovely daughter in law. Yep, my son got married just before Thanksgiving... so much to be thankful for!My prayer for 2017"16And I pray that he (God) would pour out over you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.17Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life, providing you with a secure foundation that grows and grows.18-19Then, as your spiritual strength increases, you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitudej of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love!How enduring and inclusive it is!Endless love beyond measurement, beyond academic knowledge—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!20Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination!Ephesians-Happy New YearBlessingsRebecca[...]



Vintage Living Sale...

2016-05-09T18:32:15.762-05:00

HelloIt's been awhile again... winter is passed and there are tender leaves sprouting on the trees and new life surrounds us. An eternal promise of new beginnings which brings hope and expectations of Gods goodness and favor. He is always faithful to sprout that new seed and bring insight in a new season.This spring or season brings a complete shift and a new life to what I have known for 26 years. This past year I have experienced many changes and what was once very comfortable and routine is now a little strange and unsettling.  My comfort zone has been shaken and is about to be rocked even more but it is all ok because my foundation is on the Rock of Christ, this cannot be shaken.For the past 7 years I have been in change. I closed my shop, and spent the next 3 years selling its inventory at shows and flea markets. The next 2 years I worked in my studio creating art and selling it for the most part and then I took 2 years and just concentrated on painting with the Lord.Last year... my husband went home to be with the Lord and I have been in transition.  But before he died the Lord had been opening up missions work and I felt my calling.  My focus is just to love others as Christ has called us to do, without an agenda. We are called to carry the good news to others and share what Christ has done... to simply call home the Fathers loved ones. There's nothing to do, Christ did it all and now all you have to do is come home to a loving Daddy God.And so starts a new season of my life, I am moving on. Rebecca Ersfeld owner of Simply Posh in Geneva and Vintage Living in Glen Ellyn, is selling her home in Batavia and its contents. While owning her shops Rebecca has collected many beautiful antiques for 25 years in the French and cottage farmhouse style. Her home, shop and studiohave been featured in various popular publications such as Romantic Homes, Romantic Country, Where Women Create and more. For sale along with her home furnishings, also include shop display pieces and the contents of her studio which features Vintage Fr. fabrics, ephemera, buttons, ribbons and many more treasures. Primarily I want to say that this is going to be a celebration, this is not vultures picking my bones. I could stay here and continue to do what I've done for the past 26 years and be blessed in it but I have a bigger dream. This has been fun, I had a wonderful time creating a look that others enjoyed.  The shops, my home was all an extension  of who I was and my identity but only in part... I am much more. So all this fun I had collecting and putting together the look, someone else can pick it up and develop their style. All this can be replaced but not love, people and the experience of sharing yourself with others. So this is really what I've done all along... sharing myself with others... only this time is the last time for Vintage Living and Simply Posh.So let's have a party!I will be posting periodically different collections I have for sale and studio stuff... so keep visiting. Thank all of you for your kind support on fb www.facebook.com/rebecca.ersfeld, pinterest and instagram. I would also appreciate any shout out about the sale here on blogger. Thank you all and many blessingsRebecca[...]



Christmas Light 2015

2015-12-17T15:51:37.478-06:00

It's a week before Christmas and all is calm... all is bright... don't you love the sparkle at Christmas. Each reflected sparkle from the light source to the silver and glitter around the room and as a result each room is lit up in an array of dancing lit joy. Just as we are in Christ... reflected bits of glitter from His faceted light that spreads throughout our world.I love the sparkle... It seems to shine brighter at this time of year as we join in unity to celebrate the Saviors birth. This Christmas I wanted to let my light shine bright...Light shines brighter in darker places... when it seems the darkest in your life, that is when the light breaks through brighter then you could ever imagine. John 8:12  Then Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world, He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life."This Christmas I was tempted, to not celebrate... just get through the Holidays and move on. Stay in the dark and submit to feelings of sadness...And then I thought about the heavenly celebration that goes on continually for what Christ did for all mankind... and how we that walk in the Light are to bring heaven to earth. Our Father in heaven... Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come quickly, your will be done the same on earth as it is in heaven... let heaven come to earth, as it is in heaven... let heaven come.For Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the Power, Yours is the Glory forever...Let Heaven Come...As I brought out the boxes of decorations this year one by one I put my focus on the very reason why I do this.  I celebrate Christmas because God himself chose to give up all His omnipotence, all His omnipresence, all His Glory, all His God-ness... The Creator becoming the created, choosing to walk in my footsteps, being tempted in every way like us but denying himself over and over again laying down His natural desires for His Father's will, so that He could show me how to live...  Laying down His own life in place of mine, in place of yours, so that He could give it back to us... A gift.The greatest gift to all mankindA gift, you cannot earnA gift you can only take and say thank youA gift you celebrate with every breath you takeHow could I not celebrate... So with each decoration,  I celebrated the God who loved me that much.How could I not celebrate Christmas!So... warning there is great celebration here...you might want to take a coffee break!(I told you to get coffee...)Thank you for staying with me this long... I went overboard on the pictures this year... but I had fun. Leaving you with one of my favorite Christmas songs by DownhereHow many kings, stepped down from their thrones?How many lords have abandoned their homes?How many greats have become the least for me?How many Gods have poured out their hearts to romance a world that has torn all apart?How many fathers gave up their sons for me?Only one has done that... From my home to yours have a very blessed Christ celebration!BlessingsRebecca[...]



Taking time for me... in Alaska

2015-11-20T14:42:15.212-06:00

Hello,I want to thank all of you that left such encouraging words and thoughts on my husbands passing. Even though I might not have written all of you, I want you to know how much I appreciate you.Thank you...I am settling into somewhat of a routine and the house is starting to feel comfortable. I have been blessed with beautiful, thoughtful, and loving family and friends that have shown me so much love.My family, celebrating my mother's 90th birthday this fall.They have not only been here for me but have worked hard to help me get the house ready to sell in the spring. We've been painting and repairing, you know those projects that keep getting put to the back burner. A larger project was a new roof and repairs, cleaning the basement which filled a 20 yd. dumpster and cleaning the attic. Painting and ceiling repairI like the end result, I think the warm grey was perfect for this light filled room.I still have a lot of work ahead of me as you may know if you have followed this blog... I have a lot of stuff!  It hasn't been that many years since I had the shop and I still have a garage full, but I am slowly sifting and will be selling everything. My plan is to go into something very small that is easy upkeep, as I want to go into ministry full time. I have a call to the mission field on my life and I want to follow my dream that I feel is my destiny in my Kingdom walk.Haiti With all that, I got the opportunity to travel with some very dear friends to Alaska, a little girl time is good for the soul. I had not been there before but my friend Nancy has been there many times, her daughter went to school there. So we were blessed to see Alaska through her eyes. Such a beautiful place. Just a sample of Alaska through my lens...Over the Mountains...Over the Sea...Here you come running, my lover to me.When I feel the cold of winter and this cloak of sadness, I need you.All the evil things that shake me, all the words that break me, I need you.Over the Mountains... Over the Sea... Here you come running, my lover to me.Do not hide me from your presence, pull me from these shadows,I need you.Beauty, wrap your arms around me, sing your song of kindness,I need you.Over the Mountains,Over the Sea,Here you come running, my lover to me.All through the valleys, through the dark of night, here you come running to hold me 'til its light. Hold me 'til its light... I'll come running, come running, come running, come running back to you...(Song of Solomon by Jesus Culture)Blessings,Rebecca[...]



Labor of Love

2015-09-07T15:39:34.893-05:00

Labor Day 2015Hello... and happy labor day, today we celebrate rest. Most of us need it. I hope you are taking this day to eat, play and refresh yourselves with family and friends.I have taken a long rest from this blog, much longer than I intended, like so many Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc, has lured us away from our once beloved blog. I applaud those who have stayed faithful. Labor day marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new season. I forge forward into this new season with expectations of a better one. The summer winds brought about much change and sadness for our family. My loving husband went to be with his savior unexpectedly and quickly in June.  I praise God he did not suffer and the Lord honored Keith by taking him sweetly just as the man he was. He died of a heart attack, as we sat on our patio talking over the days events... one of his last words were, "this is a perfect day".Keith was a man of integrity and grace, he honored me with praise and encouragement. He was always my launching pad, whatever hair brained scheme I hatched he was always there to encourage and finance... even though many times it was at a loss for him. We were married in 1990 and he loved me and embraced my 6 children as though they were his. He was a gift from God and he restored our family. Never being married before and coming from a family of 3 boys he forged new territory with 5 daughters and a son. He handled those early days with much laughter and amusement by shaking his head and saying, "girls are just so weird".  Eventually he got the hang of it and became Grandpa to eight loving grandchildren and they became the light of his life. He lived life well and I hope never to forget the ring of his laughter in the air. I did not intend this post to be a eulogy for my husband but I did want to tell you how I was so blessed and continue to be. I am working past the grief and now I am trying to carve out a new life and routine with myself. It is strange how everything seems different, the house is larger, the street is lonelier, my sitting chair no longer makes sense and the kitchen table has ceased to serve up food. The familiar is gone, what I once did depended on another from what I ate, to where I sat, to when I came home. For the very first time in my life I have no one else to consider. And yet...It is well with my soul. I lean on my first love, my kinsman redeemer, my friend, my husband, my savior, my king. This labor day I reminded of the verse in Hebrews... There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest, He also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest...There is sometimes a struggle or labor to rest in God, these days I chose to trust and rest in His peace that passes all understanding. I trust Him... and as I do He shows Himself strong. There is in me a  strong hope and expectation of a new day, a new adventure that God has for me...Wishing you a most blessed labor day.BlessingsRebecca[...]



Community

2014-05-20T13:24:13.700-05:00

Hello!Good to be here... it's been too long.Thank you for allowing me to pop in and out of your world at times. I wish it could be more consistent but that isn't my life right now. Thank you for allowing me this indulgence. I am so happy to be doing what I love to do and that is creating.I am so happy to be able to get up each morning and walk down the path to my studio and work with my hands. I am thankful for the gift that God has given me. A gift that still needs to be honed, developed, molded, shaped and nurtured. I am not always happy with the result of the hand that holds the brush but it gives me opportunity to grow... it gives me opportunity to fail, it gives me freedom. It allows my weakness for God's strength to grow.The source of my creativity is the overflow of my heart. It is my relationship with God, for He has my heart. The language of art speaks to the imagination, it speaks to that bridge inside us between the heart and mind. Imagination is what enables us to think with the heart and feel with the mind. God speaks to us in pictures, Jesus spoke in parabolic language... He speaks to the imagination. Brennan Manning said, "If God is speaking, then nothing else matters but to listen!"A community of artists is needed to create a safe place, a Christ centered community. The definition of community is: cum with; moenia, (fortifications)a place with protective walls.The Renaissance period was the greatest period of creativity which was a result of community. Community forms respect and trust... learning from one another in a safe place. It encourages and builds up. Art should not and cannot happen in a void. Apprenticeship reminds us that creativity does not occur in a vacuum, it requires a community. Passing on experience there by art grows and develops.Windows in this area need to be opened and let the fresh air sweep away the stale dusty attitudes of ownership and originality. The sweet air of nurturing and sharing. The author of Scribbling in the Sand Micheal Card, said what has been on my heart for so long now.Remember that only God can imagine and make something out of nothing. In this sense, he is the only one who deserves the title Creator. We are merely creative. That is we can only imagine and make something out of something else... something that has already been imagined and made, whether in the creation itself or from the work of creative people.Not one person... I don't care how talented they are has an original thought or piece of art. Somewhere along the way you were influenced by someone! This means, I do not consider my work as much original as individual...Your work will always be out of what you have somehow come across and into what others will eventually come across. The best artists begin by being influenced and end up influencing. Yes, I am saying borrow art...and grow from the borrowing. If you find an idea here... borrow it!  It is not mine to clutch and hold tightly to anyway...I am challenging us to embrace "Community" the school of thought, to be a limitless person to others.Community calls creativity forth. The need for kindness, beauty, and truth all cry out for the creative fingerprints in each of us with various creative gifts... To edify, instead of tear down, to influence instead of accuse, to nurture instead of exclude... and just maybe we will stretch others more than our art...Blessings,Rebecca [...]



The Gift

2014-03-17T21:22:55.324-05:00

Hello,March is such a special month in our family because we celebrate a number of birthdays. But there is one birthday in March that is very special to me, this week I celebrate the 43rd birthday of my only son, James. Forty three years ago, I was a very young mother of a rambunctious three year old and a nursing three month old. My husband and I had a cute little house in the suburbs of Mpls. and he worked the night shift. I was a busy stay at home mom, raising our family and active in my fathers church. At my 6 week check up after the birth of my second daughter Kerri, the doctor told me about a new birth control he thought I should try called an IUD. He said nothing else about this device other then, "I would be a good candidate for it because birth control pills didn't agree with me". At the time I did not know it sloughed off the fertilized egg, at the time I did not know what questions to ask, at the time one did not question the advice of your doctor, it was a different time and I was a naive twenty year old. And so with much pain he inserted the IUD, it took me almost a week to be able to function normally and at the time I did not know that this was not normal. As I mentioned, I was nursing Kerri and by her third month I was having trouble keeping my milk up and I was feeling tired and nauseated.  I remembered the doctor telling me if the IUD slipped out of place I could have pregnancy like symptoms, so I made an appointment while dreading the pain I might have to go through again.As I lay on the table waiting for the doctor to return, I wasn't prepared for what he was about to tell me, "everything looks good, the IUD is in place but... you are pregnant". I started to cry. "We cannot remove the IUD or the baby will abort, but don't worry the IUD will just float along side the baby and it will come out with the afterbirth". As I got into the car where my mother was waiting to pick me up, I burst into another flood of tears and told her the news. She looked at me and without a blink she said, "Well, the way I see it you have two choices... you can cry and feel sorry for yourself and make this pregnancy hard on you and the baby or you can accept this baby as a gift and start thanking the Lord for it now. There in the car, at that moment I chose to thank God for my new gift.Me pregnant in my eighth month holding Kerri. I am not going to tell you the next few months were easy, I was tired and had morning sickness while trying to keep up with a three year old and a new baby. During that time my husband got laid off his job, we sold our house and moved to a farm farther north, which is another story in itself. The house was later condemned because of rats and we moved again before the end of my pregnancy... but I am getting off my story. Around my sixth month, I was having what I thought were Braxton Hicks pains, it was slight and I ignored it thinking nothing of it. During this time we were having a series of meetings at our church with a visiting speaker, who was well known for his prophetic gift. We were a Charismatic church believing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. During one of the services the speaker called me up to the front of the church and told me the Lord had a word for me, to this day I wished I could have recorded the prophecy. What I do  remember is vivid, he said that I carried a son and the Lord has His hand on him, he will be blessed. That the Lord has set him apart for His glory and He will be used by the Lord. The Lord has a work for him.I carried my baby full term without anymore problems. I gave birth to a healthy seven pound, 19" boy named James after his father, the Hebrew name means, One who follows.After James was taken away by the nurses, the doctor was having trouble finding the IUD. I was aware that there was [...]



Winter Windows

2014-02-13T18:06:16.719-06:00

HelloAs I sit here by the fireplace warm and relaxed as I've done many nights this winter listening to the wind and snow outside my window, I think of those that are not so blessed.I have just returned from South Dakota, where winds sweep the prairie and leave frosted images in the windows of my mind.Driving from Chicago to the Black Hills of South Dakota gives me time to settle in with my thoughts and tune them to the same frequency of the Holy Spirit... to listen and hear that still small voice inside... to see with the eyes of my heart to what God is revealing to my spirit.To see the stark beauty that the miles reveal. I know my mission... to love, support, encourage and bring warmth to those that God blesses me with.This cold extreme winter has brought more hardship to the Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation, they run low on basic needs... and warmth is a luxury. Wood and propane have been exhausted and there is still a long winter ahead. I bring so little...But my God is a God that multiplies and He blesses the effort. He is my increase and my portion. In Him I trust.He loves the Lakota and has sent such beautiful people to love them through Him. They are there to bring His love to a forgotten people... forgotten in many minds but not in the mind of God. Jehovah-Shammah, The Lord is There... Ever Present.KC Willis is faithful and dedicated to the Lakota people and follows the heart of God. Please follow her journey and help when you can.Beauty through winter windows...If you love me, feed my sheep... John 21:17Blessings,Rebecca[...]



May Your New Year be filled with...

2013-12-31T19:49:28.294-06:00

GRACEWith the beginning of each new year we all tend to look back at the year ending and evaluate the sum of it. Focusing on what we didn't accomplish and making a resolution to change, with our new list posted on the refrigerator we again set ourselves up for failure. Not that lists are bad but when we turn it into the law or the ten commandments of 2014 we are doomed to fail. Now there are individuals out there that are naturally disciplined and do very well with lists, I however am not one of them. Those of us who are not so inclined tend to beat ourselves up and try to do better... and those that are naturally organized with lists tend to look at those that aren't and shake their heads, wondering how we get anything done. Not understanding that the list is there, it is just in our head, and the priorities on the list change from moment to moment.No matter if you are a list maker or a list avoid-er, I would like to challenge you and myself for the new year with a one word list, GRACE... an unmerited gift or favour, goodwill, forgiveness that is not deserved.The law only brings condemnation, whenever we put ourselves under the should's and should not's we eventually will fall short of our expectations. GRACE never looks back, it always goes forward.Phil. 3:13     No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus has called us.GRACE forgives.This year I am going to practice GRACE on me. If I practice grace for myself with encouraging self talk instead of criticizing myself, maybe I then can pass it on to others. Practice makes perfect. What I practice I become. I first have to give myself slack before I can give it to others. When I am hard on myself, I am hard on others.To start the day with grace means to start with the word. I start my day with a cup of coffee with the Lord and my bible. It sets my day.I also have my alarm set throughout the day to stop and pray. Not that I don't usually have an ongoing conversation with my Lord but the alarm reminds me to stop, sit and be still.Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain strength; they will mount up with wing like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.The result of GRACE is a thankful heart.Along with grace comes thankfulness. To live in a grateful attitude brings joy. In order to live in a grateful attitude you need to see the small things in life. I started a gratitude journal last year to help me notice the everyday things we tend to skip over. In order to notice the moment to moment things around me, I had to slow down. By keeping a journal it taught me not only to see things in the moment but to become more aware of my surroundings. I don't know how many times I walk to the car with my head down and head swimming with what I need to get done. Stop. Look up, breathe in the air and see the bird singing or the snowflakes floating down... In that moment be thankful.  Search for God. You have to be looking to see a "Glory Moment".Know who you are because of God's GRACE.Decree and Declare each day who you really are if you are In Christ:I am complete in Christ.  Colo. 2:9I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 4:14I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances. Romans 8:28I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.  Romans 8:31I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me[...]



Merry Christmas...

2013-12-24T10:31:30.516-06:00

This Christmas I have been studying the many names of Jesus, there are many and each one shows us a little more of who he is. In order to love God we need to know Him. Just as we need get to know each other before we can love each other, so it is with our Heavenly Father.  I bought some wonderful ornaments online at http://www.familylife.com/ and with it came a beautiful little booklet by Barbra Rainey. Parts are taken from her booklet. I hope you enjoy this Christmas post, along with our Christmas decorations at our home.Name above all names...JESUSEach of us is known by our name and identified with it, Jesus has many names, scholars say as many as 300. Getting to know the names of Jesus and their meanings lets us know Him better. JESUS... means God saves. It is a form of the name Joshua. Joshua led the people of Israel and inspired them to keep believing God would deliver them. Jesus is our protector, our leader and our saviour and is the name above all names and one day "every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father" Phil.2:10And the angel said, "You shall call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins." Matt 1:21SAVIORFor unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 Told first to shepherds many years ago this name speaks to the task prepared for Jesus. He would come to save all mankind from sin and death. 1 John 4:14 -- “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”CHRIST THE LORDThis name declares that He is from God and that He belongs to God and that He is God.A Lord is someone who has great authority over others or is your Master or teacher. For Jesus to be your Lord means He rules over your life.For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11The first announcement was to shepherds tending their flocks that would be sacrificial lambs during the Passover. This was symbolic, the lambs blood shed was meant to atone for the peoples sin once a year. But Jesus blood would be shed once and for all because His sacrifice was perfect and forever, planned before time began.EMMANUELthe meaning is: God with UsBehold a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son and they shall call his name Emmanuel Matt.1:23This miraculous birth was not conceived between a man and woman but in a woman alone and not a married woman but a young girl. Foretold centuries ahead in Isaiah which was His birth announcement. God became flesh to dwell with us. He laid down His former glory and became a man with all it's frailties, emotions and temptations to walk in our footsteps as an example to us. To show us the way to salvation. A God not up in heaven somewhere but here present living with you and me.PRINCE OF PEACEAnd His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor , Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end Isaiah 9:6-7Every human heart longs for peace without end. But it cannot be found in this world, no king in this realm ever ruled under perfect peace, we are all flawed and prone to error. Only one who is Divine who is sinless can rule with perfection, His name is Jesus. While we wait for His government on earth to rule without conflict at the end of this age we can still experience the peace Jesus has to offer. "Peace I leave with you my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid" John 14:27Jesus knew He was leaving when He spoke to His followers and they would feel abandoned and afraid so He promised them assurance of much needed peace. That peace comes from the Holy Spirit who dwells in [...]



Christmas at the FleaMarket

2013-12-13T11:24:48.281-06:00

HelloI hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving... we certainly did. I loved having my brood home, all 23 of them. My home was brimming with ruckus and laughter, it is good for this old house to be shaken now and then. It was turned upside down in every nook and cranny with Barbie dolls, star war figures, pop cans, plates, wine glasses, dog bones... everything out of place and every dish in the house dirty. (Well, maybe not all of them) . The sound of kids running up and down the stairs, laughter ringing from every room and the smell of coffee brewing with a mix of pumpkin pie... yes, I am blessed.I didn't really take pictures this yearNow that the cold weather has hit I am glad I put my lights outside ahead of time. I think the whole nation has been cold...Studio in the backPotting ShedFront yard with fresh snowNothing like walking in a light snowfall at night...The weekend after Thanksgiving I did the December Fleamarket with my kids, Jody and James. Jody brought some of her things and James has been making  industrial lighting out of vintage finds.Here is our booth...Here is some of James' lighting, it will be available in my etsy shop as well...I am just about done with my decorating, we've had the tree up since Thanksgiving weekend...I hope you are enjoying this holiday season as much as I am.Many blessingsRebecca[...]



Happy Thanksgiving

2013-11-22T21:54:18.825-06:00

HelloI want to thank Karen at Valentine Designs for setting up my new blog look, she is patient, kind, talented and fast. If you are looking to redo your blog or just want a lift, I know you will be well pleased with Karen's work.Is everyone working on Christmas projects? I am in the studio much of the time now, don't you just love this time of year? I have the Christmas music on, the sewing machine is whirling and all my white wool is everywhere! No flat surface is exposed this time of year.  I have my etsy shop open and I will be adding new things after Thanksgiving because I am doing a show Thanksgiving weekend. My new buttons at the top can take you to my etsy shop or to my other blog or to my art... cool huh?I need to do some work still on the buttons.I am excited to have all my children and their families home for Thanksgiving. It is a good time even though I have to cook. I am not real fond of that dinner... so many side dishes to juggle and trying to keep everything hot from kitchen to dining room table. We have two vegetarians/gluten free, so we need to cater to them also.We have the traditional 22# bird with dressing and yes, I put it inside the bird... it keeps the bird moist and adds flavor. I also have it on the side because our crew numbers around 25 and everyone loves dressing. When I take it out of the bird I mix it with the other dressing and that way it adds flavor. I also brown the giblets and put them in the side dressing for flavor but take them out when done and put them to the side for who ever wants them. (not me!)There are so many good recipes out there for dressing  but I am afraid if I deviated from my mothers recipe I would have a mutiny on my hands. Once 10 years ago I took corn out of the menu and I still hear about it. The dressing is pretty easy and basic. I brown a couple of pounds of ground beef with onion, celery and seasoning. I use the whole sage, it isn't as potent as ground so I throw in the whole bottle. After the mixture is done I melt in a stick or more of butter and mix it with a large package of unseasoned bread cubes. If it doesn't seem moist enough I add a little water to the pan and then pour it into the dressing. I then stuff the bird after I wash it and remove any pin feathers, rub it with salt and then butter. I use a cooking bag, it really cuts down on the cooking time.Thanksgiving menu is turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, fruit salad, red cabbage and corn souffle... Not to mention the cranberries and cranberry orange relish and pie for dessert.Is that close to your menu?I am so thankful that we will all be together this year, every year we are together I feel more blessed then the year before. I have so much to be thankful for I can't begin to make a list but number one would be my Lord who loves and cares for my family whether we are together or a part. There is a peace in life when you trust that all things come together for good, it is then that you can give thanks in all things.Blessings to your house from ours this Thanksgiving,Rebecca[...]



My Walk

2013-11-05T14:46:59.147-06:00

My Walk with God...this morning.This song comes to mind...Summer and winter, and spring-time and harvest,Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,Join with all nature in manifold witnessTo Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!Morning by morning new mercies I see;All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!Praying and walking is synonymous for me.   As I walked in the rain and tried to take in as much beauty as I could, thinking this was a good time to bring my needs before the Lord...I could only be thankful...IAll my needs seemed to melt away in His beauty...Which brought me only to praise.I found myself praising God along with everything around me...all the earth now shouts in color of the magnificence of His beauty and honor and power. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16)This also brings to mind the chapter of Ecclesiastes 3, it's hard to read this chapter without singing it...For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;a time to week, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain; a time to seek and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak;a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.If you read on in Eccl. it says:What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what god has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil, this is God's gift to man.I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it.I take pleasure in knowing today, that I cannot add nor take away the glory of the Lord.It is my time for praise...This week I have been working with Karen at My Desert Cottage and Valentine Design on a new look for my blog. She has designed my blog in the past and is always a joy to work with.I am excited to see what you think, it will be a more simple format, one that I think will compliment my style while featuring more of the content of my blog... artwork, photos and such. I hope you will like it as much as I do. BlessingsRebecca[...]



Nesting...

2013-10-23T09:41:04.623-05:00

HelloI woke up this morning with frost on the pumpkin... and on all my urns, morning glories and tomatoes not to mention ice in the fountain. Cold weather has come early to the Midwest. I hate saying goodbye to all my flowers. I am still hoping for an Indian Summer...With the colder temps my nesting tendencies kick in and I turn towards the home. Projects I have put aside to be outside in the sunshine. I started painting the family room and got as far as all the woodwork and put it on hold to work in the yard. I spent most of the summer playing catch up in the yard, years of neglect will keep me busy for a few summers. I so enjoy it.See all that ground cover, it has taken over my entire yard!Hard on the back, cutting and hacking away. I even found an old cement statue that got tipped over and swallowed up in the Euonymus!Forgot I even had it...One of my highlights this summer was seeing Fifi Oneil and Mark Lohman again. They were here shooting for her new book coming out soon Prairie Style Weddings.I loved having some girl time with Fifi, chatting and getting to know her... such a lovely lady. Thank you Fifi for this wonderful post...Back to the family room...I still haven't come to a decision on the shade of gray/brown I want, but with Thanksgiving fast approaching (although it is late this year) I will need to finish it. My family comes here for Thanksgiving and we fill this old house to the brim.Since we are not here for Christmas, I like it festive for them.I am not fond of either of these, I think the middle shade with a little more brown in it. I like warm colors and this room gets a lot of light.Right now I have another project in this room and that's a large painting. I was hoping to bring it to Tn but time got away from me. It turned out for the best as I wouldn't have had room anyway.It is a 6 foot canvas... in acrylic and oil.(there is blue tape around the outside to protect the wood)It is a large wing sculpted in artist clay. It is based on Psalm 91.These verses are near and dear to my heart and has become very real to me in times past. I did a post on it inmy other blog hereHe that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be they shield and buckler.The painting is in its early stages and still evolving. I will keep you posted on its progress.Nesting always involves baking for me...With fall and now feeling a bit of winter in the air, I even feel like cooking... or at least baking. Last night I decided to make my grandmother's apple cake, a must for fall baking. It is wonderful...I threw in a few more apples because I chopped more than needed so baking time was longer.What makes this cake so delicious is the caramel topping. My grandmother poked holes in the cake and poured the caramel over the cake. I prefer to pour it warm over each piece.Topped with whipped cream or ice cream will do in a pinch.Leaving you with my grandmothers recipe topped with love and whipped cream... for me they are one of the same.BlessingsRebeccaPS... I decided there was enough white in this post to link up to TimeWashedThank you... [...]



Vintage Living in Tennessee

2013-10-16T09:57:12.004-05:00

HelloI am home. It has been a fast and furious week, traveling first to Indiana and then down to Tennessee for theCity Farmhouse Barn Show.Thank you to David and Kim for putting this all together and producing such a beautiful event.My dear friend Donna, of Homecoming and I decided to travel and set up next to each other at the show. I loaded the trailer and headed to IN to meet Donna, she loaded her stuff and then we headed to TN. Her daughter April and son in law Russell helped us all week end. A big shout out to them for all the hard work that they did... Thank you!It was a lovely show, held on the grounds of the Idyll by the River Farm. The vendors were all spectacular and I enjoyed seeing all the great displays and wonderful antiques.Donna and I wanted to do a herbarium/greenhouse theme in our booths. Donna built a structure that looked like a greenhouse and her inspiration for it was the movie Practical Magic, her post is here. I have always loved the set design of that movie and since I sold to them for that movie years ago when I had my shop, it sounded fun.The lovely DonnaAnd the beautiful Ms. April, who by the way is expecting a baby girl!Donna has such a great eye for display!My booth was not so ambitious...My theme was more nature study/apothecary/herbarium look...I had some technical problems with my walls because the ground was so uneven, I couldn't do what I had originally planned. My son made all the industrial lighting out of found vintage.I made the stag out of felted white wool and a taxidermy formWe called him Charlie...French linen pillows The bust was a store display from 1930 JournalsSalesmen lace samples from the turn of the century under glassand old books with watercolor paintings on the front page.I painted "Leah" the cow in oil... Hebrew meaning for Leah is wild cow. The fern paintings are on burlap and made to look like fossils. Bottle BlessingsNature studies on old book covers and herbariums on old album pages.Watercolor on old book pages on slate clipboardPressed fern from my garden under glass with soldered frameBlessings in a bottle and angel bottleLeather cuffs embellished with old hardwareWatercolor on old book and ledger pagesI really enjoyed getting ready for this show the last few weeks. Sitting in my studio watching the birds drink from the fountain outside my studio and enjoying the beautiful weather.The very best thing about shows is meeting up with wonderful old friends, meeting new ones and seeing women you have known through blogging or fb and giving them a big old hug around the neck!This alone makes all the work worth while...I want to thank all of you that came out to the show and especially the gals that stopped by and said hello and told me how much they appreciate my blog... Thank you. I will try to post more often :)And a special thank you to Donna for all her hard work.BlessingsRebecca[...]



Annie Sloan... one more time

2013-09-08T07:52:43.910-05:00

HelloSummer is fading fast even though we still have warm temps here in the Midwest. The nights are cool and the days are getting shorter, autumn is fast approaching... my favorite time of year. I am always reluctant to say good bye to summer though, knowing fall passes by oh so quickly. I am trying to hold on to summer but it is hard when you have a great big old tree that insists on shedding its leaves in September. As I walk to the studio, leaves crunch beneath my flip flops and I can hear the chipmunks rustling in the leaves and with every wisp of breeze a new wave of leaves descend. Not to mention it is 6 pm and I need to turn the lights on in the house... These days you will find me in the studio or the garage depending on the time of day. Mornings are garage time before the sun comes around and heats up the driveway. I head to the studio when it gets too hot, it faces east and stays pretty cool, besides I have air in there. I am fervently trying to get ready for theCity Farmhouse Show in TN. It is in the beginning of October and I have many projects going.I am so excited to be a part of this great event and looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting new friends. I am having so much fun with the theme for my space and the color pallet. I am doing a Nature/Herbarium theme with a twist of apothecary. I have been drawing and using water colors for the first time and love it. Lots of birds, butterflies and shells! I've been putting nature studies together and using old books... lots of old books and journals. That's what I have been doing in the studio but the garage is a different story...Hard work in the garage, fixing, painting, sorting...My latest project has been an old chair that has lots of character but needed some work... ok, a lot of work.So I drug out my Annie Sloan chalk paint. If you remember I had used Annie Sloan paint and did a post on it here. It still continues to be one of my most popular posts. I started thinking about how it claims to adhere to any surface (even plastic) and thought I would give it a shot on fabric. The fabric on this old chair had a great texture and it was in good condition but the color was off and it had some spots. Even more spots after I got through stripping the arm... should have covered that... So I thought what do I have to lose. I had to rebuild one of the arms and I stripped the wood. I taped off everything I didn't want Old White and I mixed Annie Sloan paint with water. I used about half and half ratio, maybe a little more paint. I used a small roller for the large area and a brush around the wood area. I put one coat on and let it dry overnight.This is one coat.After 24 hours I put the second coat on and let dry for 24 hours. I had planned on a third coat but honestly it didn't need it. I did touch up where needed and let dry...I used Annie Sloan clear wax on the wood. And here it is...It does not feel like paint, it feels like a stiff canvas. This chair had a heavy texture so it feels like the chair looks.I have to say I am well pleased. In my initial post about the paint I wasn't all that impressed because I had been doing my own painting technique on furniture for years and I thought it was too expensive for what it did. But when you consider painting on fabric and cutting the paint in half, I have to say it was well worth my buck.I will be bringing this chair to Tennessee, so if you have a mind come down and see me... I would love to see you!Many BlessingsRebecca[...]



Where Bloggers Create... number 5

2013-07-12T08:13:47.474-05:00

HelloAnd welcome to my part of the world, which happens to be about an hour west of Chicago. We live in a small town that rests on the banks of the Fox River called Batavia. Our home was built in the 1860's by E.S. Smith, who was appointed Post Master General to Batavia by President Lincoln. This celebrates the fifth year of Where Bloggers Create... A great big thank you to Karen Valentine, she has done such an incredible job every year.Please enjoy all the other studios on this tourMy studio sits facing the back yard which we built in 1992. Originally I had wanted a two story but because I was in the antique business then, my husband did not want to haul my projects up stairs, he had a point... now I am glad because the studio is a part of my garden.The studio has seen quite a few changes throughout the years, just as my interests and artwork have. It has gone from workshop-craft room to storage to art studio. I was privileged to have Jo Packham visit and shoot both my studio's and shop for the magazine Where Women Create a few years ago. Posted here.The past two years is the first time that it has been my primary studio. I have always had two studios, I had one in the back of my shop and when I closed the shop, I had one in an art gallery.  But now I am just at home and to fit two studio's into one was like a huge puzzle, so the result is FULL... and it took me a full year to redo it.  They have all been posted in past Where Bloggers Create.My creative work has changed and morphed throughout the years, mostly formed by the "shop". At first I did mostly textile work, in the early 90's I did many pillows out of vintage fabric and rode the Shabby Chic trend. I even made pillows for Norman Lear. Most of my work was for resale for my shop, I painted many a rose on old doors, furniture and murals. I made everything from junk jewelry to fabric collage to hand dyed clothing but all with resale in mind which was great fun... And I am still having fun with it and selling my whims in my etsy store.RebeccaVintageLivingbut today I am challenging myself. I am doing what I started out doing before... all the trends and all the shops, before... I started working for others. Today I am doing art for myself that comes from within. I am painting again.Not with acrylic so it drys fast like I did for resale but with oils... where the paint has to set up and be layered. It is good for me, I have to reach into myself and find the artist. It comes from my spiritual being.  It is a new day.I am trying different subjects to paint, just to see if I can, if it speaks to me I paint it.I love sheep...I am still selling my artwork but the mindset is different.  All my artwork whether it is collage, jewelry, journals or painting comes from a spiritual sense of who I am in Christ. Each piece that I sold had a blessing behind it.Spiritual artwork does not have to be angels and a cross but rather the story behind the art is what is reflected in the art. The story behind my art is the fruit of the Holy Spirit... love, joy, peace, kindness. Spirit filled work. If the work encourages and edifies with its message and beauty, this is Spirit filled work. We can step into art and beyond it into a place where our back story plays a part in keeping hope and love alive.Not only is my art a reflection of God's goodness and love to me but it changes me as I make the art. The creative process is fashioned after the author of all creation... God is a creative God and we are made in His [...]



This Little Light of Mine...

2013-06-09T09:42:03.961-05:00

HelloThis is a continued post on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. It is far from Chicago but not far from my heart, I feel a connection through my past and through my dear friend KC Willis.KC has a calling on her life to dedicate herself to the forgotten people of the Lakota Sioux. A little over a year ago God showed KC the need on the Pine Ridge Reservation and White Clay Nebraska and she responded immediately. She has organized truck loads of needed supplies going to the Rez and back again to her home in CO.KC and Meghan, her niece, work together at Light ShineKC, a published collage artist featuring a Western emphasis on turn of the century women, gave her studio and workshops up to dedicate herself full time to her new calling.Renting a building in White Clay, Nebraska, just a few yards from the Reservation, she opened a resale shop, Light Shine. Light Shine is a place where not only the Lakota can come in and find a warm coat but also a warm hug and someone to listen and pray with.I got to spend an afternoon with Cassidy, we made art together... I was there a year ago bringing supplies to her and as I observe the changes over the past year, I see she has grown in understanding and in the hearts of the people there. KC has a beautiful voice and once used it in a singing career but now uses it for praise and worship at Light Shine.Lovely missionaries from India... we had our first praise and worship service in Light Shine with them. Loved hearing praises in the different dialects. God is using her in a most brilliant way and the name Light Shine is exactly what it is, a light shining in a dark place. Just as we are called to be, a light shining in the world.The need is great.When I first came to the reservation, I was overwhelmed with so many needs. It seemed insurmountable. Whatever I was doing wasn't a drop in the proverbial bucket, at times I felt as though I was being shredded in a hundred different directions. It is a snare for those working there on a daily basis... there is always a crisis situation that needs attention and that alone will keep you from your goal, let alone all the individual needs that are required. Not only will it drain you emotionally and physically but spiritually also.  On the second day there, one verse kept running through my mind as though it were a looped tape. "Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord".Zech. 4:6While I was walking and praying one evening with camera in hand, the sun had painted the horizon a spectacular blend of cerise over the waves of prairie grass. It was a "all is good in my world" moment as I noticed a patch of color in the far grass where the cattle were feeding, I thought how beautiful to top this scene off with a patch of wild flowers. It was a Kodak moment for sure and as I started snapping pictures the Lord spoke to me and prompted me to put the longer lens on the camera. He impressed upon me that the long lens was my spiritual eyes and to look through them. The beautiful wild flowers I saw with my natural eye turned into a length of ragged plastic snow fencing through "my spiritual lens". A snare for the poor cattle feeding. The Lord showed me that evening, through my camera, that while the thing we are busy with looks good and seems to be a beautiful work, it just may be a snare to keep you from what the Spirit of God really has for you. The work may be in another place and just trying to meet the needs of all you are missing what G[...]



Leaving My Heart on the Prairie

2013-05-28T20:16:10.157-05:00

HelloIt's good to be home.I have been traveling for the past two weeks and it was good but it is always nice to sleep in ones own bed, something we take for granted here in the U.S. at least most of us.   But there is a land in the U.S. that most do not have a bed or even a mattress, it is a land in the middle of rich farm land and prairie as far as the eye can see but the people there go to sleep hungry. This land is in South Dakota... but this is not the South Dakota I knew as a child, spending summer days chasing sheep through plush pastures and watching the wind making waves over golden wheat fields on my grandmothers farm.  The smell of apple pie drifting through the house and the call of the mourning dove waking me in a bed soft with down.This is the South Dakota I have always held dear to my heart, but now there is another South Dakota that is in stark contrast... it tugs at my heart and brings me to my knees. It is one of endless prairie and beauty but no food grows here, there are no fields ripe, the earth is hard and rocky, it is ruthless, harsh and the wind sweeps poverty . This land once bowed it's head to the  Oglala Lakota Sioux and they lived in harmony with it but we the United States broke that union and stole the best from them and changed their way of life forever... We told them how to dress, took the nomadic lifestyle from them and in the name of God and Christianity cut their hair and punished them when they spoke their native tongue. We tried to wipe them from the face of the earth and those that survived were stripped of all they once knew. Wounded Knee CemeteryWe took the land that was most sacred to them and gave them land no one wanted... Ah, you say but that was so long ago... So, I thought when I first visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I thought I had stepped back in time... or was in another country, this cannot be the United States. If you visit here... and talk to the Lakota people you will find them still in mourning. They are still trying to climb out of the hole we put them in a hundred years ago, "they are a forgotten people in a forgotten place".They have no voice... Today they do not have adequate housing, the government built cluster houses but way too few, it also sent up FEMA trailers with black mold problems. It is common to find trailers sleeping 15 people because those with homes take in whoever needs a roof over their heads. Many homes are without running water or sewer. The water they do have is tainted with Uranium from the Black Hills mining and has been declared not safe for drinking by the epa.There are children suffering from drinking water...And then there is the alcohol problem even though the reservation is dry the 85% alcoholism rate is paralyzing. Just outside the reservation, in the bordering town of White Clay, Neb. alcohol is legal. Though only fourteen people live in this neighboring town, each year 4 million cans of beer are sold. They have a best seller called Joose, one can contains a whole bottle of wine, fruit flavored and is up to 12% alcohol. They thrive off the sickness the Lakota people have with alcohol. There are on the average 65 homeless living on the streets of White Clay...And yet in the midst of so much heartache there are the faces that walk through my dreams... the bright faces of survivors, the faces that hold a warriors heart[...]



Wild Weekend

2013-04-22T12:29:02.885-05:00

HelloToday promises to be spring like with sunshine streaming through my windows this morning... don't you just love the sun? I get so much more done when the sun is shining, it is so energizing but I know too much of a good thing can do the opposite, like anything in life. As my mother would say, everything in moderation... I am not really a moderation kind of gal, I am the one that will eat the whole candy bar in two bites, I think more is better and I love things layered. So bring on the sunshine, I am ready for summer!This last weekend was the Vintage Market at the home of the lovely Ms Polly Hood of Counting Your Blessings fame. Her historical house has been published in several beautiful magazines and it is a treat to see. The work, she and her wonderful husband Steve put into this event is amazing and I would like to say how much I appreciate the beautiful attitude they both convey. They are a true team that work together in love for the good of anyone that has the pleasure of knowing them. Thank you...The weather really did not cooperate very well, it was just plain cold on opening day Friday... in fact we had flurries in the air. I felt so bad for the gals outside working the checkout tent. But they stayed out there all day in the cold and did such a great job!Their were approximately 20 vendors all intermingled in the house,  in tents and around the yard, it made a very festive atmosphere.I will just let you look at the pictures I took of this years...Vintage MarketI hope you enjoyed the work of so many beautiful and talented woman at this market.I am now off and running to get ready to go to South Dakota for a very special event that is close to my heart. The sales from the Vintage Market will help fund my trip.KC Willis the renowned collage artist is hosting an art retreat on a beautiful wild horse sanctuary. She has so graciously invited me to tag along and I will be teaching one evening.If you are new to my blog, KC has an amazing ministry on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to help those in need. The Pine Ridge Reservation has the poorest zip code in the US. This Art Retreat which she will be teaching her talented techniques in fabric collage will be funding her ministry.May 17 - 19I will be teaching Champaint... an evening with champagne and art. You will be painting a work of art that you can proudly display!If you are interested please check outKC's blog for Light Shine Pine RidgeI will be posting on the Pine Ridge trip again, if you have any questions please email me.BlessingsRebecca Linking withCoastal Charm Nifty Tuesday[...]



Time for the Vintage Market

2013-04-17T12:06:03.477-05:00

Is it spring yet?Finally we are getting some spring weather, sunny today and in the 60s but I fear not for long... I keep telling myself this cold weather can't hold on for much longer. I am finally starting to see some signs of life outside.It's just good to see the sun shine!I have been busy in the studio working working working... I'm having fun getting ready for The Vintage Market. It is this weekend,  at the fabulous home of Polly of Counting Your Blessings.We had so much fun last year and I am looking forward to spending the weekend with all the gals. I posted pictures last year here.The weather last year was unusually warm and perfect... I don't think we are going to be that lucky this year.I've been at the sewing machine for most of the week. The view from my sewing machineCuffs Also been working on jewelryIf you are in the area this weekend come and see us, we would love to see you!BlessingsRebecca[...]



Happy Resurrection Day!

2013-03-31T15:21:55.630-05:00

Wishing all a Blessed Easter...



Romans 6:8-11
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Philippians 3:10-12 
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (NIV)
1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... (NIV)




Winter Break

2013-03-18T14:17:58.954-05:00

HelloI am home from visiting my sister in Arizona, we (my better half and I) had a wonderful trip. It was just nice to sit in the sun and visit while the guys golfed. I am not a golfer nor am I remotely athletic. Instead I painted the desert from my sister's patio every morning with a cup of coffee in hand. That is my idea of starting the day... that is my idea of fun.Easels set up and hubby content to sit and read. My sister and I painted together for the first time, she with her horse and I with the desert. I left my painting half finished and will finish it at another time. I can't wait to see Cindy's horse finished! The artist taking a break My lovely mom enjoying the sun and reading also... she travels by herself at age 87 from  Minnesota, not an easy journey. She is awesome! Such a treat to sit and chat with my sister and mom, we don't run and do a lot, we just catch up on life. Another main topic is the scriptures, we discuss, debate, examine and quote until we come to an understanding or not... it is my favorite thing to do. The more you pull and tug at the scriptures for understanding the more blessings you receive. And of course I brought my camera... I love the beauty of the desert... One of the things I miss most in the winter is the chirping of birds and the song of the mourning dove. I sat and just listened to the doves, they are my favorite of all birds, so soothing. It took me awhile to get a shot of this little fellow.Desert quail, comical little fellows.A beautiful day to go out for lunch!And I even managed to find a Vikings restaurant far away from home... ha ha this one is for my kids! Great barbecue btw...And so I am re-energized and re-grounded by family and sun with a better focus on my world. Thank you to my sister and her hubby, it was wonderful!My mom, husband and I are back to this...But... hopefully not much longer.Meanwhile I am back to reality...painting the family room and giving it a long needed new color. Still deciding which shade???Leaning towards the middle gray. It is a gray with a lot of brown in it. This room gets a lot of sun so the color saturation can be high.I am painting the trim close to the color that it was but it will be clean! The fireplace is on a lot in this room.The next project to tackle will be the floor... I do not like the color that the hardwood has aged to. I am thinking of sanding and color washing it in a cream color. What do you think?I hope your days are sunny and getting warmer...I will leave you with a little sunshine.BlessingsRebecca[...]



For the love of Painting

2013-02-12T14:07:27.184-06:00

HelloYes... I am still alive and have not forgotten you. I don't know about you but it is getting harder to blog these days. To be honest I feel my life changes are not what you want to hear about. I don't have a shop anymore and rarely do shows, so my antiquing days are few and far between. My traveling has been minimal and I am not in my studio this winter because of a heating problem... so what have I been doing? Well, I have picked up the brush again and I am trying my hand at oil painting. I have painted mostly with acrylics and that has been mostly small projects to sell or display backdrops.I have found a challenge in oil on canvas and only hope to get better at it with each project. I really haven't found my style yet but I am having fun experimenting.This oil is called OvershadowedDuring the whole process of painting her the song that my father used to sing kept running through my head... I'm overshadowed by His mighty love.Playing with the cameraThis next one just comes from my love of lambsIt was inspired from the 23rd Psalm and it is calledHe Restores My SoulTend My SheepThis also comes from loving sheep... it was inspired from Jn 21:16  He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love thee. He said to him, "Tend my sheep."This was a birthday present for my daughter, my grandsonJesseLion of JudahI am working on a landscape painting as a wedding gift for my dears April and Russell, who's wedding I was honored to officiate last month. April is my gal Donna's daughter of which, if you visit here often you know we are fast friends.So those are my projects that I have been working on this winter along with helping design Creator GalleryMy daughter and her husband along with partners just opened this fabulous art and photography galleryCreator Gallery is my daughters dream realized, it is her vision to have a gallery that focuses on a place to gather to feel inspired and encouraged. I have been thrilled to work with her on this project and I am so proud of her fortitude and accomplishment.  Opening NightOpening night events included a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of North Aurora IL cutting the ribbon. The evening included a demonstration in acrylic painting, fabulous works of art, acoustic guitar, food, drinks and plenty of laughter. It was well attended, the gallery was filled to capacity and you gotta love that!Kerri and Laura partners in Creator Gallery with Jody.Jody and James, my son and oldest daughter. All the kids came for the event and it was so good to spend time with them.My youngest daughter Jennifer... life imitates art!NicoleJames and Scott, my son in law owner of Creator Gallery.Fooling aroundJody, Nicole and Sarah... copsIt was a fun event and we will look forward to many more. If you are interested in upcoming events check outCreator Gallery on face book.There are workshops coming soon also.I will be doing workshops beginning in March, I will post on those later.I hope all of you are having a wonderful winter. The holidays have past and we have gotten through January, which is always the hardest part of winter for me. Here in Chicago it is mostly gray skies and I have a hard time with it. I finally broke down and bought a light box and it seems to be working some... either that or it is a good placebo. But there is nothin[...]



Joy to the World

2012-12-25T11:12:17.009-06:00


Wishing you all a most joyous Christmas