Give Thanks to the Lord

by Lynn on November 24, 2016

ThanksgivingYou are my God, and I will praise you;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever. Psalm 118:28-29, NIV

Blessings to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving!
On the journey toward Home,


Victorian Pink Vintage Style

by Lynn on October 22, 2016

Victorian vintage styleA few years back I had a bit of trouble with a leaky roof. When the roofer decided to save himself some effort by nailing down only every other tile, the Santa Ana winds unfortunately unseated and broke a few of them, leaving the paper exposed to the sun which quickly disintegrated it. And since I don’t spend much time on the roof—okay I’ve never even been on the roof—I had no idea of the problem until we had some significant rain fall. A few water spots on the ceiling of the living room quickly turned to steady streams of water I had to collect in buckets by the gallon full. It was a huge mess, requiring significant repair of the room—carpet, wallpaper, drywall, and paint, not to mention a new roof! Oh the joys of being a home owner… But after all the trauma and drama of having everything ripped out, and then having to endure the constant parade of insurance adjustors and construction people traipsing through the house, I actually enjoyed the opportunity to redesign.

I picked out new carpet, wall covering and border, and then upgraded with a new chandelier, dining set, hutch, and side board. Recently I completed a pink drape over the lace sheers, which have long been in need of an appropriate swag. With this addition, the room is now complete and decidedly pink, pink, pink! While it is technically the living/dining room, I like to call it the drawing room or the front parlor as these seem to be more appropriate titles considering the Victorian and vintage style décor. So I invite you to pour yourself a cup of tea and take a pictorial turn around my drawing room!

pink-victorian2aAbove the sofa hangs my favorite painting, “The Commission” by Tom Dubois. Filled with vibrant color, the scene depicts Noah and his family building the ark. The piece is full of symbolism, like the offering of water in the center of the painting which points to Christ as the water of life, and the shadow of an angel at Noah’s side representing God’s presence and direction.

pink-victorian3aThe seating area features a floral sofa and a rose colored chair. Both are antique reproductions I purchased in the 1980’s.

pink-victorian4aThe antique drum table and vintage telephone were purchased at antique stores. The Victorian-style lamp shade is one of my own designs.

David Tutera chiffon ombre rose fabricThe new window drape is made from a chiffon ombre ribbon rose fabric made by David Tutera, and available at Joann’s. The lace sheers were purchased at JC Penney.

pink-victorian6aNothing says Victorian like floral carpets! This pattern is Clarissa Opal, made by Milliken. All of the carpets throughout the house are made by Milliken and I love them! The French-style mirror was purchased from Home Decorators, and the pattern name is Garin II.

Theodore Haviland paisley Carol ThorpeI just love these vintage china pieces! The paisley bullion cup/saucer and tea plate were made by Theodore Haviland, Limoges, France. The pink and gold chintz dinner plate was made by Dorothy C. Thorpe, California.

pink-victorian8aThe painting on the far wall is “Beyond Spring Gate” by Thomas Kinkade. The print on the opposite wall is “In the Woods” by Elizabeth Gardner. The Portfolio chandelier was purchased at Lowes, and features mottled gold glass, Greek style stenciling, and hanging pineapples. It is especially lovely at night.

pink-victorian9aThe wall tapestry was made from a print called “French Door” by Susan Mink Cololough.

pink-victorian10aI love this wall covering and border combination! The wallpaper is called Chateau and it was purchased from American Blinds. The border is Silk Elegance made by Rasch in Germany, and it has an interesting story! After finding and ordering it online, the vendor canceled my order when they found they could no longer stock it. After having my heart set on this design, I could not find a suitable replacement. I contacted another company in Canada who told me it was not available anywhere in North America. However after much internet sleuthing, I eventually found a design studio in Ireland who was able to order it from Germany and ship it to me in the US! I think the pink French swag design complements the wall covering very nicely, and it also matches the design of the mirror.

pink-victorian11aThis vintage style reproduction dining set was made by Orleans International and is part of the La Seine Collection. The chairs have a taupe tapestry design.

pink-victorian12aThe hutch was made by Universal, and is part of the Grand Mansion Collection. When the freight haulers moved it off the truck and into my living room, one commented, “It should be illegal to make furniture this heavy!”

pink-victorian13aThis hutch holds about half of my vintage china collection. A second built-in kitchen hutch holds the rest, aside from the several pieces scattered around the house. I use vintage pieces as décor in every room, mostly because I have so many of them! It’s my cousin’s fault—she introduced me to eBay way back when, and the rest, as they say, is history! However, I am a bit more discriminating now, and try to keep the buying threshold at “exquisite” rather than just “pretty.”

silk embroidery piano shawlThis is another of my favorite vintage finds! It is a taupe silk hand-embroidered piano shawl that I purchased at an antique store. The craftsmanship is just amazing.

pink-victorian15Thanks for joining me on this little tour. I hope these pictures provide great ideas for you to use for your own vintage room makeover! I’m linking up today for Pink Saturday!

On the journey toward Home,


Chicken Cranberry Spread

by Lynn on September 21, 2016

chicken cranberry spread recipe

As we here in California anxiously await cooler weather (daily temperatures are still in the 90’s), some of us are already planning holiday menus! One of my favorite appetizers is a simple-to-make chicken cranberry spread.

I’ve brought this spread to many pot-luck functions over the years, and it continues to get rave reviews and recipe requests. The unique blend of sweetness and saltiness in a cream cheese base is what makes this appetizer so popular.


1 cup chopped toasted almonds
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped fine or about 14 oz. of canned white chicken
16 oz. cream cheese, softened (whipped works best)
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Crackers for serving

In a medium bowl, thoroughly combine almonds, chicken, mayonnaise, salt, and garlic powder. Spoon in the cream cheese and mix well. Add cranberries and mix again until they appear to be evenly distributed. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. Serve at room temperature with crackers.

The chicken cranberry spread will make a delicious addition to your holiday table! Bon appétit!

chicken cranberry spread recipe

Special thanks to my friend Gerri, for creating this wonderful spread and sharing the original recipe.

On the journey toward Home,


God Sings over Us

by Lynn on August 7, 2016

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17, NIV

This verse is part of a passage illustrating God’s promise to Israel about the future reign of her Messiah. It describes a literal time and place in history when Jesus Christ will return to establish his rule over the earth.

And while the literal reading certainly applies to this future event, much of Scripture can also have multiple applications. The imagery of God singing makes the verse a favorite with Christians, and they often apply it personally as a promise to all of those who are or will be part of God’s family.

Most of the time, it is we humans who sing to God, but in this verse it is God who sings to us. That can be a little hard for us to envision. From other verses where we read about shouting and trumpet blasting, we can readily imagine him bellowing out a loud sound, but the prospect of God singing? That is harder for us to picture.

The Hebrew word here is rinna, which can be translated as shout for joy, a creaking or shrill sound, cry, gladness, proclamation, shouting, singing, and triumph. Yes, this word can mean a shout or cry, but it can also literally mean singing, which I think is a good reason to believe that the verse actually does mean singing. So if that is true the next question would be, when God sings over us, what does he sing?

When my siblings and I were young, my Dad used to wake us up on Saturday mornings by coming into our rooms singing silly songs he made up. Now this was certainty not unique to our family. Parents often sing to their little ones, and those without children have been known to sing to their pets! It seems to be an inherent impulse we humans have, to serenade those we love with songs of endearment. These are silly songs, where the words and the tune are made up as we go along. They are also personal, often incorporating the child’s name in a happy melodious tune, full of words that don’t rhyme. These songs are sung within the family unit, as a private bonding activity that speaks of love and affection between parents and children.

As image-bearers of God, it seems natural that we’d imitate him. And if we do imitate him, does that mean he also sings over us in the same manner? It’s one thing to think about him shouting for joy over us, but what if he sings over his children the way we sing over ours? What if that verse means that the God of the universe sings silly happy unrhymed worded songs over us, because he is a father who is crazy in love with his kids?

Is that how God sings over us? I don’t know. But since our image is modeled after his, I wouldn’t doubt if he was making up silly songs long before we were!

On the journey toward Home,


Fourth of July Sale

July 2, 2016

Happy Fourth of July! My Etsy shop, the Drawing Room at Pemberley (listed as lizzieanddarcy) is having a sale! Get 20% off all items now through Monday. Just use coupon code JULY4 during checkout. The shop has a great assortment of vintage china, tiered servers, tea cup sets, floral baskets, and vintage jewelry frames. […]

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Trusting God’s Will When Life is Hard

June 18, 2016

We humans love to get our own way. Ever since Adam and Eve decided that their plan was better than God’s plan, it has been our nature to pursue our own desires first. From early childhood, we begin to exert our own will, and learn how to manipulate others into conforming to it. When my […]

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Pink and Blue Spring Tea

May 4, 2016

Collecting vintage porcelain is a passion of mine and two of my favorite colors are raspberry and aquamarine. I’m especially fond of the vibrant pink rose and the turquoise blue found on eighteenth century French porcelain made by Sevres. These pieces are exquisite but also very expensive, so the only Sevres porcelain I’ve seen in […]

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Finding Purpose in the Everyday

April 17, 2016

Do you ever wonder if your life matters? Do you sometimes feel that your presence on this planet doesn’t mean much? Do you ever get discouraged that you can’t seem to identify a clear impact you are having on this world? In a society that absolutely worships fame, it can be difficult for many of […]

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Harvest America—What Thousands of Answered Prayers Look Like

March 19, 2016

Many rejoice as they see years of prayer come to fruition. The Holy Spirit has moved their loved ones to finally respond to the Gospel. This scene never gets old. There is not a sight more beautiful than thousands streaming down those steps to the field where they will make the most important decision of […]

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Boldness Under Fire

February 25, 2016

The Apostle Paul is probably one of the most prolific speakers in the New Testament. Having authored a good portion of it by way of the Holy Spirit, Paul writes passionately about his devotion to Jesus Christ. A legalistic Pharisee originally known as Saul of Tarsus, he made a name for himself by persecuting first […]

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