Friday, December 6, 2013

Making Things Bright

A recycled bow with greenery from the yard and I didn't spend a dime.
Nadina berries and their foliage is a quick and free decoration too.

 Glasses bought in 1971! I still LOVE THEM!

 A little bokeh!

 I think the paperwhites will be timed well this Christmas.

These little mugs make me smile! They have so much personality.

My husband loves to drink out of them.

Our little fire pit is such a pleasure to sit down most evenings  before dinner relax and catch  up on our days. A stemming mug of hot chocolate sounds good about now!

Sometimes there is plenty of brightness around us and we are not seeing it. This season I am aspiring to fill my mind and mediate on things, true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Phillippians 4:8 The Message

Linking to: Be Inspired Fridays, Feathered Nest Friday, Open House Thursdays, Seasonal Sundays, and  Inspire Me Tuesday.


  1. Well said, Bonnie! You are so right that we should focus on the good things, especially during this wonderful season of the year.

    Your photography in this post is beautiful, Bonnie -- great job with the bokeh effect!! I love the lantern in the first photo; it looks so classic with the pretty bow and ivy trailing down. You have a real knack for that kind of thing. We have Nandina bushes too, and I love to decorate with the berries at Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas images, Bonnie! I'm SO sorry I'm behind in visiting you, and I really appreciate your kind comments on my recent posts. I haven't had a chance to visit anyone. I'm just about to finish the biggest part of my de-cluttering project, and we're bringing our trees into the house later today. :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Warm hugs to you,


  2. Lovely! I sure miss nandina. Our winters are too cold for it to survive. It and magnolia leaves were our primary Christmas decor in Charleston. Our decorating was early this year as we have a lot of company coming for our daughter-in-law's mid-December graduation. She's getting her PhD from Purdue on December 15th!!


  3. Oh Bonnie, how beautiful everything is! I love the glasses and the Santa mugas. you have photographed them beautifuly! Yes, we have to focus on love and pretty things this short season, as before we know it, it's over. Thank you for visiting me, you sure made my day!
    Happy Holiday season.

  4. Love your message..something we should all aspire to…your photos are amazing…and have to say I love the glasses, as 1971 is a very special year for me…Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. I love your recycled bow, Nadina berries and your sweet mugs and groovy glasses! Adore the name of your blog and the message. So happy to have found you and am following along now...thank you for the visit.

  7. Looking for the brightness can be a challenge, but I try real hard to find it each day. You are one of the bright spots!

  8. You bought those glasses way back in the 70s??!?!?!! They look so great!!! You've done a great job of maintaining them over the last 40+ years!!! I love all the natural touches to your outdoor decorating, especially that profusion of nandina berries! What I wouldn't give for a few of those bushes from which to clip, clip, clip!!!

  9. Bonnie,
    I love your whole post..that's some seriously good bokeh..and those glasses..well I tried not to covet them.. :-) they are spendid!! and your little mugs remind me to go find mine and get them for the firepit, it is raining and raining here.. The best of all is that verse at the end...thanks for the reminder....
    Love, Mona

  10. Your Christmas decor is really lovely. Your darling tree glasses are just what we all need for Christmas and you have take great care of them. Your scripture is so thought provoking and I need need to praise more. Sty warm by the fire!


  11. Beautiful Bokeh Bonnie, and alliteration too! :) Love your festive tree glasses! There is nothing better than fresh cut greenery from the yard and a roaring fire! It's been raining here so we haven't had the chance to enjoy our fire pit.

  12. I love the lanterns, how gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  13. I love your lanterns Bonnie....and to be able to sit outside and enjoy a fire before dinner sounds absolutely wonderful.
    Thanks for sharing the verse from Philippians....what a great verse to live by.


  14. Beautiful photos, Bonnie! I like your Christmas greenery and Santa Mugs!


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