Be Thou My Vision Eye Chart

Thursday, April 24, 2014




The words to this hymn dates back to 8th century Ireland.  It was translated from ancient Irish to English by Mary E. Byrne in 1905.  The music is of Irish folk origin.  If you have never heard this beautiful hymn, I'll provide a link at the end of this post.  


Here are the words - 

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision,  O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me,   save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought,  by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping,  Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom,  and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father,   I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling,  and I with Thee one.

Be thou my battle Shield,  Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity,  Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul's Shelter,  Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward,  O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not,  nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance,  now and always:
Thou and Thou only,  first in my heart,
High King of Heaven,  my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven,  my victory won,
May I reach Heaven's joys,  O bright Heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart,  whatever befall,
Still be my Vision,  O Ruler of all.



This print is now available for sale in my Etsy Shop.  The print will fit perfectly in an  8 x 10 inch mat or frame.    I picked up the simple black frame at AC Moore and used a 50% off coupon and it was about $8 and included the white mat.  The print has been professionally printed on archival, low lustre cardstock.  The print sells for $15.  I think it would be a perfect gift for a graduate! 

I'm working on some original chalkboard prints that will be hand drawn and then replicated as prints for purchase in my Etsy Shop.  Stay tuned!

As promised, you can listen to this beautiful hymn below.  I found this version by Eden's Bridge on YouTube.  Just click the arrow to listen.



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Spring Bird House Tablescape

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I'm  so excited  to be part  of The  Scoop on  Spring  Tablescapes!   Three days of fabulous spring  tablescape  ideas from  some  of  your  favorite  blogging  friends!     You'll  find  the complete schedule with easy-to-follow links at the end of this post.


I had the hardest time with the title for today's post.  My spring tablescape has an overall bird theme, but "Spring Bird-Themed Tablescape" sounds weird -  so I went with "Spring Bird House Tablescape". 


I saw this blue and white birdhouse at Home Goods a few weeks ago and picked it up to hang outside.   I actually liked it so much that it became the inspiration for my spring tablescape!   My favorite part of the birdhouse is the blue tin roof!


For each place setting I started with a simple Dollar Tree grapevine wreath - (this is a trick I learned a while back from Courtney at French Country Cottage).  It gives the look of a much more expensive nest charger for just $1.  The dishes are a mix of vintage patterns in white and the blue salad plates are from Home Goods.  I tied my silverware with twine to fit the natural theme.   The napkins are placed inside a small dessert dish like a bird's nest (I made my own napkins and I'll be sharing the tutorial in a few days).  Inside my napkin nest is a sprig of flowers from the flowering pear that just started to bloom today, a natural colored paper mache egg and a smaller faux robin egg.


The drinking glasses are from TJ Maxx.  I got them about a month ago - again because I loved the pale blue color and the embossed stamp on each glass.   I thought they would be perfect for spring and summer.  Instead of a tablecloth, I used two burlap runners horizontally across the table.


Here's a closer look at the center display.  The bird house is in the center of my basket tray.  There is a blue tin bucket with white flowers and a bird's nest to the right.  On the left are two vintage blue Ball jars - the larger holds some branches from the flowering pear tree (I had my 18 year old  son climb on top of my car with trimmers to get me these branches!).  I'm sure my neighbors think I'm crazy!  


I've had this frame for a while - I actually had it displayed in my corner cabinet and pulled it down from there as I was trying different things in my arrangement.  I just needed to find the perfect picture to put in the frame to go with the tablescape.  I knew I had an old book on North American birds from my great aunt (she was an avid birdwatcher).  The book proved to be just what I needed!  I found this image of a sweet House Wren building her nest.   I scanned the page, printed it out and cut it to fit my frame.


This was such a fun tablescape to put together!  I know it's been a long time coming, but spring is finally here!  I feel this tablescape is a celebration of the season!  Thanks for stopping by today!  Here is the complete list for The Scoop's Spring Tablescape Tour with links to each post.  I hope you'll take time throughout the week to visit each one and be sure to stop back later this week for an easy tutorial to make your own cloth napkins and bird's nest napkin fold!


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Pussy-Willow Cage Spring Planter

Saturday, April 19, 2014


So, back as promised with an easy spring planter that could be used as a centerpiece for your Easter table or elsewhere.   This is a project I've been wanting to do since I first laid eyes on it many years ago in a Martha Stewart Magazine.  Here is my inspiration - 

Source:  Martha Stewart
I didn't take the time to grow the wheat grass and I wanted to use this wicker basket planter, so I changed it up a bit.  I found these pretty blue grape hyacinths at a local greenhouse, so I used them  along with some alyssum.  I covered the remaining potting soil with moss, added a bird's nest and a few tiny eggs and the planter part is done!  See - so quick and easy.  If you don't have a basket that is lined, you can always line one yourself using the plastic from a heavy duty trash bag cut to size.  


Now, for the part that I love - the pussy-willow branches.  I picked up a bunch of these from a local grocery store and cut them all to the size that I wanted (keep in mind how deep you are placing the branches into the dirt when you make your cuts).  Whatever container you choose, I think the deeper, the better - the deeper soil gives the branches more stability.  Once your branches are cut - stick them into the dirt around the perimeter of your planter.  Now, find a pretty ribbon and tie it around the top of the branches.  Taaa - daa!    Easy, but interesting!  What do you think?  


Blessings to you this Easter weekend!


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