Friday, November 14, 2008

"These are a few of my favorite things..."

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My favorite movie of all time is The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. Before VCRs, DVD players, and satellite TV were common in every household, movies on television (the kind with dials instead of remotes) were a special event. Every year, The Sound of Music would be on and it was truly a special event for me. As I go through life, I remember the lessons I learned from that musical. One of those lessons comes from a song called, "My Favorite Things." Hit the play button on the YouTube video above to see the entire movie scene. Part of the lyrics went like this...
"When the dog bites, 
when the bee stings, 
when I'm feeling sad, 
I simply remember my favorite things, 
and then I don't feel so bad."
Well, you don't necessarily have to feel bad to appreciate your favorite things. Often, my favorite things are not just things. They connect me to special people in my life. In the spirit of our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, here are a few of my favorite autumnal things that remind me how thankful I am for my family and friends.

LEAF-THEMED WELCOME SIGN AND SWAG FROM MY MOTHER


 LEAF-IMPRINTED POTTERY COASTER HAND-CRAFTED BY MY SISTER-IN-LAW


HAND-BLOWN VASE, TWO MEDICINAL BOTTLES, AND A WREATH FROM MY PARENTS
You can also see a corner of a photo of my grandfather and his crew who served in WWII...


A SCALE I PICKED UP AT A GARAGE SALE WITH MY FRIEND
It holds information about local attractions that our guests might enjoy...


A VAN BRIGGLE LEAF 
Hubs and I picked this up at at garage sale just after we were married. It was one of the first antique pieces we bought together.




POTTERY PIECES BY A SOUTHERN WISCONSIN POTTER FROM MY PARENTS

 

LEAVES FROM THE FALL OF 2001 FROM MY MOTHER-IN-LAW 
Hubs and I had moved to Texas the previous spring. I was missing the fall colors, so she sent a shoebox full of leaves from their yard. They ended up in a frame hand-crafted by my father-in-law out of the most beautiful wood.


PILLOW COVERS THAT MY MOM HELPED ME MAKE
Mom and I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby. She instructed, helped, and guided me through the process of making these beautiful pillow covers...




A WREATH HAND-CRAFTED BY MY SISTER-IN-LAW


THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON
This sign was not from anyone. It was a simple TJMaxx find that inspires me day in and day out. It reminds me to trust in the goodness of all things...



9 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post!! Loved it!!

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  2. Your post LEAVES me with a warm feeling of family.

    The Texas Woman

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  3. This was a fabulous post! I don't know what to talk about first-loved the photo of your granddad. I buy those military prints hoping I'll find one with my daddy in it. I love them. I love all the things made with your mother with the love stitched right in. The TJ Maxx sign is so right. Here in Texas we don't get pretty leaves so I understand your missing them and how sweet to have some sent. I could go on and on. It was just the greatest post for this time of the year. Debbie

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  4. Oh, my! I swear I almost posted My Favorite Things today! Coming soon....Love yours! The framed leaves are great. I'm convinced that just about anything shared with family is a good thing. Thanks for sharing. ~Mindy

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  5. Ahhh, I sing that to Eli as I rock him to sleep. My favorite verse is "Wild Geese that fly w/ the moon on their wings. . ." I think it is beautiful.

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  6. Those are some wonderful things! I love the pillows especially! :)
    Carrie

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  7. Love it all and especially that pillow.
    Margo

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  8. I have a good friend who also loves the "Sound of Music". She watches it all the time and even has a large poster from the Movie. Great post!

    Lanette

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  9. I remember when I was five years old, I was so excited that the Sound of Music was on, I lined up all my babies and stuffed animals on the couch, so they could "watch," too! It was a wonderful "event," and still holds magic for me even today. Thank you for the reminder.

    And thank you for your comment to my blog in January (I am still learning how to retrieve comments, even now...!) ha!

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