Shine's Thyme

Daily ramblings of a ridiculously happy housewife and mother. Come in and see how sweet life can be!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Indulgance goes. While trying to post this, these pictures are very funky. I'm hoping they turn out when it actually goes to publish. Here are some of my favorite Christmas moments. This is my mother...the matriarch of our family. She has created an awesome heritage for her family.
All of my beautiful children.
Preparing the Christmas table, but someone wants dessert first!
A Christmas angel.
Surprise music quilts for everyone!!! (That's why I've been too busy to post much!)
Christmas violin it:)
The joy of gingerbread....and lastly, just more
look at all the coziness.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Experimenting...and sharing

Bucket of snow candles.
Pretty as can be....and not just for Christmas!
Simple and lovely, this is what you do.
Since Santa was so good to bring me a shiny new
Nikon, I thought I should experiment and take
a few shots. This is a super cool idea I found on
The Inspired Room's blog. Super easy and super
cute. The first thing you need is an old metal
vessel. Pot, pan, whatever.
Four pint size canning jars and a bag of Epsom
Fill your glasses about 1/4 of the way with the
salt, then add a votive candle.
Light the candles and put them all in the pot
together. Snow Candles!!! I'll leave them by
my front door all winter. How sweet and simple
is that?!?!

Still Learning

Even after over a year of blogging, I am still having trouble figuring things out...BUT!!!! I am learning!!!! For instance.....I've learned how to change's pretty good for me! my header, how in the world can I move my blog title around? Then also, I can't seem to get my pictures and captions just right. Sometimes they turn out fine, then sometimes they are really funky. Oh well....I've learned alot and I guess I'll continue to plug away at it till I figure it out! In the meantime....Santa brought me a shiny new Nikon. (Yipee yipee!)So.....when I learn how to use that, I will be in business!!! Happy Holidays everybody!!! Hope Santa was good to all of you!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

No More Blurry Turkeys

Too busy these days to do much blogging. Quilts
to finish, socks to finish knitting.....labels to sew
on...cookies to bake. And such is the life in my home.
My husband and I have a custom picture framing
business and art gallery/gift shop. Click on my
Artworks link on the left to get a glimpse. Last
week was our Christmas open house and it was
great! This week, we've been recouperating......
and of course finishing last minute details!!! My
life, like so many others, is far too busy. But the
place I draw the line is with the blurry turkey
post. I really did not intend to have those crazy
birds on so long, but.......just got preoccupied. Oh
well.....hope they didn't offend anyone too much!
Five minutes to get them off the screen is time
well spent!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Turkey Time

First of all, I have to apologize for the poor quality of these photos. Hopefully....St. Nick will put a nice shiny new Sony in my stocking for Christmas...but...for now...this is all I have. I could not resist posting about these large, large animals.
I never realized that turkeys traveled in herds, but these fellows sure did! At one point we counted over 20 of them!! And to think.....I just committed to paying high dollars for an all natural turkey! These guys wouldn't have missed just a small cousin....:) oh well......I'll remember this next year!!! (Yeah right!!)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Birthday Season

With so many birthdays comin round, sadness
is somewhat easier to deal with. Three of my
four children have birthdays in a two and a half
week span, beginning late Oct., and the last one
will be tomorrow. First, my third son turned 14!
Whew!!! I'm holding on tight.....been through
this twice already:) Next, our youngest child,
our only daughter turned 11:( Then, tomorrow
our second son will be 20! Thank you Zeb for
giving us a break till March! (He will be 25!)
Five days before our first birthday, my father
in-law passed away at the young age of 74. We
miss him so much! He was always the clown of
the family, and I'm always wondering when
Billy is gonna get here? It still doesn't seem real.
Our two oldest sons and their girlfriends are
truly the best! They would NEVER miss their
little sister's party.

Son #3's birthday is so close to little girl's, he
gets a gift at her party too!!
Childhood happiness is such a treasure.
She didn't expect a true magician's kit!
She loved it! Every day I'm thankful
for all my blessings. Children bless
us in so many different ways.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Just some pictures of my bedroom.
I'm CRAZY about my bed!!! I LOVE it's fluffiness
Check out this cute bed caddy I bought from
Made from antique linens....I always keep it full.
I DO love a big feather bed. Just one question....
how Do you clean them????? They are large.
VERY large!! Dry cleaners won't take them :(
Any suggestions?

Friday, October 23, 2009


Decided I'd share a few photos of our home and what's going on inside. My husband carved the PEACE pumpkin.....he's always been a little different. Table decorations.....Tom, my fancy turkey.....and my pumpkin friends:)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Corn Hole

There really is an art to this game. It's similar to horse shoes, but different. Of course, the "corn bags" are lighter than the horse shoes, which is nice. But that is just the beginning. The whole scoring thing is different too.
My mother and my sisters are pretty good at this game, but it's my baby brother and his wife who are the pros. They go to actual "corn hole tournaments!" Imagine that! They even have special corn hole boards, bags...even t-shirts! No wonder they're good. They also have something else that's pretty special....
I thoroughly enjoy having this little guy around.
Nothing like a new of God's "most
special" blessings. Even though I may not be any
good at corn hole...I am very good at smootchin
on sweet smelling babies. Corn hole is also good
for family gatherings....just because...I LOVE
family gatherings. So.....bring on the corn hole
competition! I'm up for the playin!!