Jan 16, 2018

{Winter White and Copper Delight and Questions}


Since it seems that Florida is actually having a little winter weather I thought I would do a little tablescape to celebrate. YES, I said celebrate because I can already see the heat coming and with that in Florida comes those dang mosquitoes! 


It seems that everywhere I turn, something I read whether it's in devotional book or someone posting on Facebook, or through an email I keep seeing "Keeping it Real" type of posts or readings. So for this post we are going to "Keep it Real" with answers to our questions. While we have some REAL talk I want to share with you my Winter White and Copper Delight tablescape. 


1: The New year is a time for New Beginnings. What New Beginnings do you see or hope for for 2018?


The phrase "New Beginnings" can mean; letting go of the past and moving forward; turning over a new leaf; embracing something new; the act of starting something new. 

There’s something in the human spirit that naturally draws us toward new beginnings, new things, new quests and well, for each one this can mean something different. For me this year my new beginning is reading through the Bible.  Our pastor is doing this with the church and has made it to where we all have access to the daily readings along with a short devotional. Now let me go ahead and say, I have had to go back and catch up. But, I am making an effort and I truly want to do this.

 2: Do you have a list for things you would like to accomplish in 2018?  If so, what is something from that list that you would like to share.


I always have things I want to do and hope to accomplish and I have several things on my list but I will share one thing. Redoing some things in my kitchen in on my list. We have put in new counter tops, bought a few things that I wanted for the kitchen but I am ready for a fresh paint job and a makeover so to speak. We shall see.....


3: What is something that you have made a change in over the past year that you have been happy about? This can cover a wide spectrum for all of us.
For me, there are several things I could share that I made a change in last year but I will share one thing. Before I share this I need to tell you that this change is STILL a WORK in progress for me. BEING A PEOPLE PLEASER. I could write a book on this. I could share the reasoning's that sparked this change for me and I could talk about everything from history of my personal life, to church activities, family, friends and well, my list could be quite lengthy. But, this has been a change that I desperately needed in my life and though I struggle at times I can say that the DIFFERENCE has been for my best. 
4: Speaking of the New Year, New Beginnings, New Goals and well, everything new. Finish the sentence: 
I hope that in this brand new year that I can
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 I hope that in this brand new year that I can purposely with intent, listen to others, hear them and not merely be listening just for the sake of listening. (if this makes any sense at all) 


Well I can't end my time with you without sharing the latest sonogram of my grandgirl that is on the way. Isn't she just adorable? 

Hope you have enjoyed my Winter White and Copper Delight tablescape as you have pondered some of the questions for yourself as well. The thing is y'all, we don't know what 2018 holds for us. Probably a good thing we don't. But we can dream, we can hope, we can challenge ourselves, we can be the change for new beginnings. I don't know what tomorrow holds but praise the Lord I know who holds tomorrow. 


 Hugs and blessings, Cindy

52 comments:

  1. In this new year I hope to be less of a worry wart and have more fun! This applies to my husband and I both. :)

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    1. Fun is always good. I think everyone worries about things . Some more than others . Happy new year Stacey .

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  2. Trust is my word for 2018! :) I know excactly what you mean about listening. I noted in one of my daybooks that I would LISTEN and not just hear. I have found myself doing that a lot lately.
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your tablescape! :)

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    1. Trust is a good word and a challenging one . Yes sometimes i think I’m listening and catch myself really not . That bothered me recently in a situation that i felt the person i was talking to truly wasn’t hearing a word i said . She was so distracted by her texts that she was getting and responding too while talking that i felt she never heard a word i said . I dint want to do that to people . Anyway , that’s my main reasoning but in all honesty , people truly want to know that you’re not only speaking but you are listening .

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  3. Hi Cindy, I love your cooper things. I love that cooper doesn't have to be polishes as often as silver. :) Love that you are getting a new grandgirl. One thing I dearly hope I can accomplice this year is finding a primary doctor. We just can't seem to keep drs. in our little town. I need to keep my bible handier too. I wish you great success in your desires to get everything in order like you want. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thanks Susie . I love copper too . But then i like everything dishes . Lol . Oh i pray you find a doctor . And what makes it worse is finding one that you like these days . Happy new year .

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  4. Cindy, love the winter white and copper . Those salt shakers caught my eye . Last year I challenged myself to once a month to o something for me . Whether it was a shopping trip or window shopping . Whether it was a Saturday to stay in pj’s all day or grab a friend and go to a movie . I was pretty successful and it made such a difference in my personal life . This year i hope to do a makeover in my bedroom and my goal is to eat healthier . Enjoyed this Cindy . Connie Royals

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    1. Connie, i love the salt and pepper shakers too . The shape of them sold me . Of course you know i found them at thrift store . Lol . I love how you done something for yourself like that last year . That was a great goal we all need to do I’m sure . Makeovers are time consuming but we have to start somewhere . And eating healthier is wonderful . I fail miserably at that sometimes but that too was something last year i said i was going to do better and fir the most part i felt i did . It’s a constant challenge though as with most things in life . But try is all we can do .

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  5. Two of my favorite things--winter white and copper! The tablescape looks beautiful.Great questions to ponder. The new sonogram photo is adorable!

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    1. Thanks Heather . Yes i do like the copper and white too . It goes so nice together .

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  6. Love the table setting...that is beautiful. My weight loss is a change I made in 2017 that I have been really happy with. I know that you are getting excited about that new baby coming....yay.

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    1. Pam , you look awesome as well . That’s a change that is hard and it takes work and determination . We are excited about the new Baby and since the holidays are over it seems our focus on sweet new girl is ever increasing ❤️

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  7. Oh, Cindy, what a great, thought provoking post. I am always blessed when I read your posts and they are such a blessing to me. I make lists for everything but have never made a list on things I want to accomplish but just may have to do this. And, I love this tablescape, the copper mugs are great! Happy rest of the week!

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    1. Thank you Lea . From one list maker to another, my list can be lengthy . 😂 However, I’m truly aspiring to tackle one thing at a time . I love the copper mugs too . And have always liked white . Well, as long as it’s nit my carpet . Afraid that might be a disaster for me .😂

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  8. What a pretty table setting. I love the copper mugs.

    I also have a tendency to be a people pleaser so I can relate to your struggle. I also need to work on my active listening skills this year.

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    1. Thank you Margie . I’m enjoying it too but already thinking about valentine’s .😂 well you and i will Just pray for one another with our struggles . By the way , I love your teapot necklace .

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  9. I just played that song "I don't Know About Tomorrow" when I was playing in he foyer in the church between services a couple Sundays ago. I would like to make each of our grandchildren a cuddle or lap quilt for their birthdays next year and try to be healthier. Nancy

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    1. I love that song Nancy. Oh and I do love the idea of a cuddle or lap quilt. One year I made the grands one of those rag tie blankets. I hope that you have a wonderful new year and be sure to share the blankets when you get them made with us.

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  10. Cindy,what a beautiful Tablescape. Anyone would be excited to place their feet under your table! My hubby and I completed our third time to read the Bible through together! We often had to catch up some days, but it is such a joy to do it together! Hugs~

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    1. Pam, I think that is awesome that you and your husband do "read" through the Bible and three times?

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  11. Oh, how pretty! I just love how you have it all arranged and decorated. You have that precious, homey touch. :) I also loved reading your answers to the questions, and I LOVE that song. It is a great comfort. I am trying to look forward to the new year and hoping for better days, to be honest. Last year left my family and me reeling and hurting so deeply, so we are trusting Jesus that this new year will bring peace and a lot of healing. I trust it will be a wonderful year for you and your family, too. And, people pleasing? You and I have a lot in common, my friend. I love the quote that says, "The Master's approval is the servant's best wages." If only we could be content with HIS approval, we wouldn't feel the need to please anyone else. So wonderful to visit with you, as always, dear Cindy! Sending love and hugs your way!

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    1. Absolutely love that quote, "The Master's approval is the servant's best wages". WOW! Thanks for sharing that Cheryl. I pray 2018 will find great favor and blessings Cheryl for you and your sweet family.

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  12. Love the copper! You do the prettiest table settings! So happy about your new baby girl! I hope this year I can truly let go and let God... stop questioning why and let Him be God! 💜

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    1. Thanks friend. I love the copper with the white. I got some Pioneer woman dishes for Christmas and was thinking about using them instead but then they are so spring and summer looking, (I love them) that I decided to wait. But, I may wind up using them for everyday dishes. Girl, I use my stuff! LOL! Deb, "let go and let God" is tough for us all if we would be honest. Hugs!

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  13. Nice combination of white and copper. Love the pics of your table! I love new beginnings and a fresh New Year. I'm believing our God who heals will get me through this coming year and I will be new and more whole. Work in progress, yes! Happy New Year, dear friend.

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    1. Praying for you Mary and asking the Lord to find an extra dose of favor upon you this brand new year.

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  14. Beautiful table! I love the winter white and copper combination, so pretty!! Well, I guess I’m going to have to work on organizing my time better this year. Since retiring, I have joined several groups - some fun, some service. As you can imagine, if I join something, I like to be involved! Each takes time and I find I’m spending all of my free time doing this work. I love it but would like to be able to spend a little time on me (again). Figuring out a realistic schedule for all the things important in my life will be one of my goals this year. Happy week, Cindy!

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  15. Thank you. I love the table too. Girl, I have to pray for the Lord to help me be a better management of my time. Busyness of life really can put a damper on organization. But I often do it to myself by allowing so many little things to build up on my plate. Yes, I know what you mean about if I am going to be a part of something then I want to be involved. I have had to learn the hard way, that I can't do it all. But, I can do a little and therefore I pick and choose. Not everything I do is the FUN stuff but it's needed. However, I have also learned that if that THING brings me more burden than joy...that might be my sign to quit it. LOL! Hoping you will get your schedule figured out dear friend and simply work on it. It takes time sometimes to find what works and doesn't. So glad you stopped by today Zenda. I think of you often.

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  16. Love your table scapes as always. Yes, this is a brand new year and, for some reason, the newness has escaped me. No word for the year, no resolutions. I feel like I'm in limbo here! I'm working on it though.

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    1. Thanks Melanie. Girl, I've been in lots of limbo's! LOL! It will all come together for you. Hugs to you.

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  17. Your tablescape is so pretty!! I loved your 'keeping it real' answers...most things we strive for is a work in progress. I think it's a good thing that good things take time to achieve. We appreciate the end product so much more.

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    1. Thanks Miss Mary. Yep you are right about appreciating the end product and that is true with most all that we do.

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  18. So much to ponder about. Change is always good. Your copper table is lovely Cindy. Your grandbaby girl is adorable. it must be so exciting. Happy Wednesday Cindy. Blessings

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    1. Thanks Linda. Hope you are doing well. I know things was tough for you over the holidays with the loss of your daddy.

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  19. Such a pretty table you have created! I have always loved copper but don't own any. At one time I was thinking about painting my dining room copper but I never did. Oh, lots of questions with I don't know answers for me! I do know that I want to purge my house of so much stuff that I do not use that others can benefit from. I just found out that in my little town there is a group called The Green Angels that gather stuff and GIVE it to those that need it. I hesitate to give to Goodwill because they SELL it. Don't get me wrong....in the winter Goodwill is my go to place for thrifting, but for those that can't afford things, I'd rather give it to them.

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  20. Thanks Ann Marie. Yes, I agree with you about giving to others to sell. Unless I just flat out want to get rid of it. I donate clothes and shoes to a church who has a giveaway once a month. What a neat group, the Green angels. Have a good rest of the week Ann Marie.

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  21. Hi Cindy, Congrats on your beautiful grand girl on the way. How exciting and a wonderful event to look forward to in the new year. I love your copper and white winter styling. It really is so peaceful and calm tablescape. Always have lots going on here with projects and my first of the year has been my studio. Repainting, cleaning out, organizing and more. It seems I'll move on to more as the months going along. Your post ends with my all time favorite Bible verse. This is one I think of each day and have to turn to often. Best wishes on your bible reading through the year. It will be a great accomplishment and one I need to start too.
    Sending hugs your way xo

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    1. Thanks so much. We are very excited about the new baby on the way. New breath of life always breathes life into our souls. I like the tablescape too. Love he copper with the white. That Bible verse became very dear to my heart as I served on our Pastor Search team. I was our theme verse we all held onto and God answered in ways we could have never imagined. Happy New Year.

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  22. Hi Cindy, I love your tablescape. It's beautiful. There are so many things I want to accomplish and that is always part of the problem. Coming up with too many things and accomplishing few. "Just do it!" was my motto last year and it worked well at times. I hope to continue this into the new year to motivate myself. When there is something to be accomplished and it starts to nag at you, it can drain your energy. It takes less energy to "just do it". We'll see what the new year brings LOL.

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    1. Kelly, I love that, "Just Do It". Yep that is the mind set I need to have a lot of times! LOL! I have got to that stage of life that I am learning to do one project at a time and to try and finish it before starting on something new. With type A personality I tend to become impatient but learning that patience pays off. Happy New Year Kelly.

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  23. Your tablescape is BEAUTIFUL! Love combinations of the winter whites and copper! Well, you already know that more than likely 2018 will most likely hold many changes and challenges for me and my family! Just thinking about it is a bit overwhelming! Through it all, I just want to be in the will of my Father. Fun post! HUGS to you, sweet friend!

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    1. Debby, I know the Lord has great and mighty things planned for your family. And yes, I can imagine the feelings of being overwhelmed as I would be too. We wouldn't be normal if we didn't feel overwhelmed at times. The most awesome part to me is what you said, You want the Will of the Father. Often, I am sad to say, I want my will and hope that His will lines up with my will. Hugs to you dear lady.

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  24. Good Morning Cindy!
    Where do I begin? This is such a delicious post for the mind, soul, and eyes. You have blessed me this morning with your gentle words and sincerity. I am focusing on a deeper connection to my Heavenly Father and striving to let go of all of things that I cannot change and not allowing disappointments to steal away the blessings that have been given to me.
    Blessing to you dear friend!
    Jemma

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    1. Yes, yes, yes....learning to let go of the things we cannot change. I have learned and still am that the things that I cannot change no matter what that I give to God first instead of struggle with it. WOW, why don't we do that at first? Love what you said Jemma about not allowing disappointments to steal away our blessings. I am going to remember that. Happy Day to you.

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  25. I love the table scape, Cindy...hope you have a beautiful Friday, friend. smiles

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    1. Thank you . I hope you are feeling well and totally on the mends from surgery .

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  26. Your Winter White and Copper Delight tablescape is just beautiful! I don't think I've ever seen this combination before, and I've been doing/seeing tablescapes a very long time! I've been redecorating our house for a few months now and will continue as long as it takes, I'm slow. I'm using a lot of white throughout too! I have also started helping a friend redecorate her home, it's my gift to her for her special birthday coming up in April, I plan to be finished with her house by April! I will start posting the before and afters on my blog soon.

    I enjoyed your post very much!

    Katherine

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    1. Thank you . What a sweet gift to your friend . Your time is the greatest gift . I can’t wait to see what all you do . I love to use white on my table . It goes with so much . Have a good weekend .

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  27. I love your copper. I've thought of adding some to my decor but that doesn't fit with my hope for this new year! In 2018 I hope to - and plan to - declutter closets and cupboards, the garage and attic and anything that has things that aren't loved and used often. And I want to hear God's voice for this new season in our lives.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. Thsnks . I’ve got to start on my she shed and I’d rather take a whipping 😂

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  28. Hi Cindy! I love your tablescapes, I swear you could work for Good Housekeeping magazine. Just beautiful and inviting too!
    What a great questions you ask about the new year too. This year, I'd love to join you in listening to others. I'm not as good at it as I should be. I remember reading that some people listen to learn, and some listen and constantly prepare their reaction to it. Then there's me. I listen and then tend to forget what I heard. Ugh. Needs improvement!
    This year, I'd also like to read more. That's my word for the year. I see reading as a luxury, something that comes in last in the day. I'd really like that to change.
    Blessings to you!
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you Ceil. For me, sometimes i think I’m listening and then minutes later i find myself wondering what i heard .😂 i blame it on the fact that i hear so much throughout the day that i Just can’t keep up with it all . But o truly want to get better at merely listening to someone when they speak . Now see here Ceil , there’s some i really tune out !😂

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Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. Have a blessed day!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy