Some Dainties from my House

Kelli over at "There's No Place Like Home" hosts a show and tell every Friday. Hop on over and see her special treasures along with links from others who participate in this fun little activity!

I am so glad you stopped in this Friday. I would love to show you around to a few new things I have around the house. Some I acquired as gifts during the recent holidays - others I picked up here and there while I was out.

So, pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea - and let me share a few "dainties" with you.

First, I thought I would share these pillow cases I found at Goodwill for $1.99 each. I thought they were beautiful. They do not "match" my bedspread - but I think they will "add" to the garden feel of my bedroom. I was able to pick up three of them - and plan on using them this weekend when I change the sheets on the bed.
Next, I thought I would show you a candle holder I picked up at another thrift store. I just *love* it. It is shaped like a tea pot / tea cup set - - but inside you can place a candle and it makes it looks so warm and homey inside the little tea cup house. The kids think it is fun to blow out the candle and watch smoke come out of the chimney. It just was too adorable to leave on the shelf - so for $2.99 I brought it home to cozy up our place here.

Now, I thought I would share a few gifts I received for Christmas. This is an old hymnbook that a dear lady in our church gave me. I actually gasped when I opened it - for I am a lover of old hymn books! This one is unique in the fact that it is a "Sabbath School" hymn book. Way back in the late 1800's they did not call Sunday School by the name we use today; but rather "Sabbath School".

Here is a date on the inside cover of the book marking it at 1862 - 1864.

Here are the pages of the hymns in this book.

I wanted to make sure I included the tea cups that my son gave me for Christmas. I think the candy cane handles are adorable. He found them at a thrift store of $.49! He was so excited to give me my snowman cups. I made sure for the first few days after Christmas I drank EVERYTHING out of one of these two cups. I am thinking that I will have to keep these out for everyday use - all throughout the year. Every time I use them I think of how greatly I am loved by my family. I am blessed.

Along with the tea cups my daughter bought me a snowman ornament. They seem to know I like snowmen. I like snowmen because the are fat and fluffy and everyone thinks they are cute. (I just wish it worked that way in real life. :)

Lastly, I though I would share a "biscuit holder" that I received for Christmas. It is now sitting on my husband's dresser where I plan on putting change I find around the house - and in my purse. We are preparing to be on the road full time in our new ministry this fall. I am thinking that we will need all the spare change we can get for this new venture in faith. (I would have some change in there now - but I used it this morning to get a cup of coffee - shame on me! lol

I think it is the little things that make our house a home. Warm inviting things that say - I love living here and making life beautiful for my family. Momentous things that reminded us that we are loved and that others think of us and pray for us. I want my home to be a blessing to all who walk in - a respite from the hurry of life - a still place where reflection can take place on the things that really matter in life. God - our families - and others.

I am so glad that you stopped in for a visit today. Thanks for dropping in. I am so glad you did!




Barbara H. said...

Your last paragraph is my same desire for my home.

I love the pillowcases! And they match your blog so well! :-)

That teapot candle holder is so cute -- I can just picture it with smoke coming out!

What a wonderful hymn book! And I love those sweet teacups and the little snowman and biscuit holder (I would not have know that's what that was).

You're inspiring me to head out to the thrift store soon!

Dalyn (AKA The Queen of Quite Alot) said...

Pretty little nest you have there!
I'm the lady with the mamma hen and chicks- well, not now, but again in the spring no doubt! Although one year a particular hen hid and hatched out a dozen or so chicks in the middle of a snow storm in the month of January! They all survived and ly eggs for me now. *U*

Hootin' Anni said...

Some great things you shared with us for Show N Tell this week!!! I love the Goodwill special...those pillow cases are so pretty! What a find. Wow

[and I really like the tea cups your son gave you too!]

nannykim said...

yup--it is the little things that make a home! That hymnal was awesome--what a treasure!

Jessica said...

It was a pleasure to see all your treasures. I really like your blog and enjoy my visit every time.

Thanks for sharing.

Judy said...

Very nice, I especially like the hymn book

Gattina said...

You are very right ! little things here and there give a cosy touch to a house and makes it personal.

Penless Thoughts said...

All perfectly lovely items and so special in their own way.

Bless you as you following God's leading you out!!!!

ellen b. said...

I enjoyed my visit with you this morning looking at some of your goodies! Blessings on you in your new ministry.

Daughter of the King said...

I LOVE it all...I would have bought those Thrift shop finds...the Pillowcases...all of it..we must thave similiar taste..they would work in what my husband calls my LOVELY ROOM....
your children did great shopping for you....
thanks for sharing..
btw...think you needed the's cold out there, right?

Daughter of the King said...

oh....LOVE the Hymn book...what a TREASURE...forgot to mention that.

MammyT said...

You sure did 'good' with your thrift shopping and you gifts. I am in love with the hymnal. I used to collect them and had only half a dozen or so, but they were very old. I left them in Alaska. (You just can't bring everything.) thank you for sharing in S&T today.

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I love, love, love the hymnbook! I collect old hymnbooks, too. I love the landscape format and that it's so incredibly old! How fun! I guess I should share mine sometime.

Mrs.T said...

Everything is so nice, Martie! I agree completely about it being the little things that make our houses homes... and help to make them places of blessing to our families and places of ministry to others.

Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

You have a family of bargain hunters. Good for you.
I love the hymn book. I love reading the old hymns. Enjoy your new pillow cases this weekend.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Wow! Each one of those items would have made a great Show and Tell individually! I feel you gave us a real bonus showing all of them. I like everything, I bet the pillow cases look great on your bed! I have several "tea for one" teapot sets, but haven't seen one like yours, it's neat! The snowman cups are beautiful, tell him we all are admiring them! Cute little snowman too!

The Sabbath School hymnal is a real treasure.

Hmmm, what am I forgetting? Oh, the biscuit jar, so pretty! I saw one today in Ross, almost bought it, now I wish I had!

Thanks for sharing!


Sharon said...


I love all your treasures! Everything is so cute and special. You really scored on the pillow cases! I love the Christmas mugs your son gave you too.

The hymn book is fabulous!

Hugs, Sharon

Simply Stork said...

oh...the old hymn book...what a neat find! so cool:o)

~simply stork~

Mommy said...

What lovely things. I love your snowmen mugs, and what a great bargin. I bet your son felt so proud to be able to get his mama a gift that she would truly love. :)

Betty said...

Hi Martie,

Thank you for stopping by my site today and leaving a nice comment.
I hope you will visit often.

I enjoyed looking at the different displays in your home, but I especially like the candle holder. It is so pretty and yet unusual looking. I am going to have to start going to thrift stores more often.

Anita said...

Dear Martie!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful dainties with us! I especially LOVE these very special pillow cases and not to forget that precious hymn book!

Have a wonderful week-end and best wishes from Germany,

Becky K. said...

I so love what you love...every one of those things was special.

Will you be posting more about the changes coming up? I'm interested.

Becky K.

Sondra said...

Love all your pretty things. I really love that book too. Just wondering what ministry on the road you will be doing? My parents are full time on the road with thier ministry too.

Martie said...

Hi Becky K and Sondra,

My family and I will be heading out on the road ministering in churches and focusing on family issues. (Similiar to evangelism - - but our focus will be families and family issues). We are in the process of getting a website and a blog page about the ministry. As soon as we get that up - I will post about it. Thanks for your interest in the ministry - we are VERY excited.


Stephanie said...

I think I need to go 'Goodwilling' with you ! Our Goodwill's are so picked over all the time. I have spent some time reading your blog and I am taken back by so much. You are quite a trooper and always have risen above. Your an inspiration.

Mimi said...

I love all your treasure finds... my sisters and I love to go bargain hunting in the good will... and thrift stores... we call them the "goody" stores....
I would be very interested in reading about your ministry....
you are in my prayers...

Jendi said...

What nice things! I think my kids would love the smoking chimney also. I agree with you about the cups. Go ahead, use them all year.

Charity Grace said...

I love the old songbook! I have a small collection of old books and it's always fun to see the treasures others find.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

TJ said...

That hymnbook is amazing! I imagine you'll find some verses that have been cut from modern books.

Sharon said...

What sweet treasures to fill your home!

Kelli said...

What lovely and thoughtful gifts you received, Martie! The pillowcases are beautiful and what a *wonderful* hymn book, a true treasure!