Sunday, July 12, 2015

From Here to There


http://annepayne.blogspot.com/

Many of my friends suggested that I switch my URL from 'duhpaynes' over to my name, so I did. Nothing will change as far as content on the blog.  Everything is the same only the URL has changed. But that means that I lost all of you faithful followers in my GFC Follower widget. If you would like to keep up with the book posts, giveaways, interviews and rural living posts, please feel free to sign back up to follow thru GFC in the right hand sidebar @ http://annepayne.blogspot.com/ or you can sign up to follow through email or bloglovin. You can also follow me on Pinterest and Instagram but those aren't blog posts, just random fun stuff. :)


Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

Have a blessed day,



Saturday, July 11, 2015

{Sunday} Morning Worship & Praise

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

And can it be that I should gain
An int'rest in the Savior's blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?



'Tis mystery all! Th'Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine!
'Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.


He left His Father's throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race;
'Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.  


Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quick'ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee.


No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th'eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.  

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!

Charles Wesley, 1738 


~Joy in the Sabbath~


Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Bit of Summer Reading

With so many wonderful books to choose from this summer, here are three in my 
TBR (To Be Read) stack.




Melanie Dobson has quickly become one of my favorite writers. Her works are poignant, mysterious and faith-driven.


In Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor...
When Heather Toulson returns to her parents cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder....




Bethany House Publishers, June 2015


Jen Turano's writing style knocks my socks off! She is witty to the point of eliciting spontaneous out loud laughter. Her books are stand alone titles yet interrelated, so don't cheat yourself out of a full experience...read them in order.

  
In Good Company...
After growing up as an orphan, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her playfulness and enthusiasm aren't always well received and she finds herself dismissed from yet another position.

Everett Mulberry has quite unexpectedly become guardian to three children that scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, he’s desperate for competent childcare...







Thomas Nelson, July 2015
Susan May Warren's talent is undeniable and her stories irresistible.

Be swept away in book five, The Wonder of You...
Mortified after her semester abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness...







I love both historical and contemporary stories. Melanie Dobson's book is a contemporary/historical hybrid, so I get the best of both!

All links take you to Goodreads where you can read more about the books and their authors. It's a great place to connect with other bibliophiles, too.


What's in your TBR?

~Happy Reading~

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!



The Land of The Free
Happy 4th of July!
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Vintage graphics courtesy of Abby @ Little Birdie Blessings

Friday, July 3, 2015

Review ~ Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth Vogt, with an Official Release Giveaway



 About the Book

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

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My Review

Once in a while I find myself so infinitely entrenched in the pages of a book, I lose track of time and maybe a little sleep. Such was the case with Vogt’s latest release, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Plus, I was so caught up in the storyline between Vanessa and Logan, I found myself in tears on more than one occasion.  

This line jumped out at me and I knew I had to put it on this photo of the beach. It's where I always feel God's vast and all-encompassing power the most–standing at the ocean's edge–and I know He is capable of rescue in any situation.

On the surface it appears to be a story about two people who are being reunited after divorce almost a decade earlier but it goes much deeper than that. Much. Deeper. I was completely blown away by the author’s writing. Seriously, Vogt just gets better and better. The plot is well-developed with characters who have real struggles and doubts and fears. I like how the whole story plays out on the page in a balanced manor; plenty of compelling dialogue to go with some pretty intense introspection from both characters. It flows along effortlessly and then picks up some serious emotional speed toward the end. 

The wedding scene…oh. my. goodness. Talk about romantic. Logan Hollister has got to be Christian fiction’s ultimate bridegroom ever!

Anyone who enjoys Contemporary fiction with a strong faith theme will fall in love with Crazy Little Thing Called Love. I know it has everything this reader wanted and more. 

My deepest gratitude to the author and Howard Books for providing a copy for review purposes. This is my honest opinion of the book. No monetary compensation has been received.

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~Happy Reading~





Wednesday, July 1, 2015

'Vintage' Baby Girl Mini Album

It's been a while since I posted any craft projects. This is a mini album I made for my first granddaughter,
who is getting ready to turn 3!


Yes, I know. 

But I really did make the album almost two years ago so I'm only behind in posting the photos. :)

And speaking of photos, my daughter took these as I didn't have a very good camera at the time. I totally forgot about them and found them on a shared drive the other day. That's what really prompted me to post them. Otherwise, I would have happily gone through life thinking I didn't have any pictures of it to share. *snort*


I purchased a canvas mini album from the craft store. I don't remember which one as it has been so long but if I find another one I am buying it too. I really enjoyed working with the canvas!

The pearls are Prima, and most of the flower embellishments are probably Prima, but I handmade a few flowers from the scrapbook paper, too.

I'm famous for finding odd craft supplies for a discount and then trying to piece them all together.
 Another great place to buy supplies is Mighty Dollar.

Seriously.

They are cheap but name brands!


I made plenty of little pockets to slip things into, along with tags.

I love tags!

Okay, this picture looks a little green. I don't remember using green ink. 
My go-to ink is Soft Suede by Stampin'Up!
Embroidery floss is magic. Really. It makes such a pretty addition to any page!



There's that nasty green tint again. Hmmm...could have been my editing but I'm not claiming it. :)
There's a homemade flower up there^^^. Those are fun to make. Just cut out a circle (doesn't have to be perfect), dampen it with water and wad it up, let dry, unfold and layer with another one, adding a pearl or button. Voilà, you are done!



More handmade flowers!












Of course it's vintage themed because that's what I like best!


Lots of tags for journaling! Prima pearls and stamping, oh yeah!


See, it really is Soft Suede around the edges. Looks way better than green. :)


I love the side view!!!

Mini albums are my favorite craft to make. I now have several more that need putting together, so I think part of my summer will be busy. 

Oh, not for my daughter! Only one more for her baby who just turned one. 

But I have a new grand nephew, and two new grand nieces!


Have you been creating anything fun lately? Do share!

~Happy Crafting~



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Friday, June 26, 2015

A Sunflower and a Flower Fly


Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
 
hee-lee-AN-thus an-gus-tih-FOE-lee-us
 
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Usually these sunflowers bloom later in the summer, but I have a few that have popped up early this year. 
With temperatures hovering near 100*F every day, I think they think it is August!
 
The Flower Fly is happily sunning himself, too. He's actually a teensy tiny bee with 
yellow and black stripes.
 
We call them sweat bees around these parts because they like to sting you when you're 
working out in the garden and sweating. 
 
If you're not sweating, they don't sting you. 
 
Needless to say, I don't get stung. 


What's in your flower garden right now? 
 
Flowers? 
 
Sweat bees?
 
 Anything Interesting?


~Happy Gardening~



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You...

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth Vogt
Releases JUNE 30th!!!


Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

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~Happy Reading~


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Nearly Perfect Plant


I've been a bit absent from blogging as I took a trip to FL last weekend to spend some time celebrating the upcoming arrival of a new 'great' niece. There was lots of food, fun and fellowship accompanied by much laughter, and a wee bit of stepping in the big Atlantic Ocean at sunset.


When I came home, my husband and son had put this beautiful fountain in the front yard.


 One of the plants I will be transplanting into the garden area around the fountain is Sedum, so I thought I would share a picture of some I took a photo of last year.


Sedum
Sedum

Light:
Part Sun, Sun

Type:
Perennial
 
Height:
Under 6 inches to 3 feet

Width:
6 inches or several feet wide, depending on variety

Flower Color:
Orange, Pink, Red, White
 
Foliage Color:
Blue/Green, Chartreuse/Gold, Gray/Silver, Purple/Burgundy
 
Seasonal Features:
Colorful Fall Foliage, Fall Bloom, Summer Bloom, Winter Interest
 
Problem Solvers:
Drought Tolerant, Ground cover, Slope/Erosion Control
 
Special Features:
Attracts Birds, Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
 
Zones:
3-10

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My Sedums are numerous and grow both in direct sun and partial sun. They reach at least 2' tall or higher and have white flowers when they bloom. 

Sedum are truly one of the easiest and most prolific perennials in my yard. 

This type of plant makes me happy. :)

What type of plant in your yard is one of your favorites?


Happy Gardening, Y'all!   


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WINNER


Elizabethd won a Kindle copy of The Lumberjacks' Ball by Carrie Fancett Pagels!

Thanks to each of you who came by and entered the giveaway.

~Happy Reading~


Review ~ Capture the Moment by Sarah Wilkerson

About the Book
The premier online community for female photographers, Clickin Moms presents a photography guide featuring big, bold images coupled with short, focused, prescriptive tips for translating everyday life into stunning works of art.

Clickin Moms is the photography industry's largest social network of female photographers, boasting a booming members-only community of more than 16,000 professional photographers, aspiring professionals, and women passionate about capturing their families' everyday lives. This guide captures the spirit of the community by featuring a compilation of stunning member-contributed images paired with photography tips progressing from elementary to advanced, leaving no skill level unserved. By letting the images dominate and keeping the teaching points short and direct, the book builds on the highly visual appeal that has made the online community so popular. Covering all the bases, including equipment, composition, posing, low light, natural light, black and white, still life, and lifestyle photography, the example shots feature plenty of inspiration for photographing children as well as other beautiful everyday moments. Assignments for experimenting with lighting and shooting locations round out the chapters, providing every photographer with both the inspiration and skills she needs to capture life's beautiful moments as frame-worthy photographic art.


My Thoughts

As a photography enthusiast, I was hoping to get my hands on something that would be simple yet technical, and help me along in my photography journey. Capture the Moment has done that. It’s filled with beautiful and inspiring images. From a purely artistic stand point ─ and as a lover of all things scrapbooking ─ I thoroughly enjoyed turning the pages and discovering precious moments in a child’s life captured in time. 




Although the book is easy to read, I took my time absorbing each section and planned on which technique I was going to try and emulate. I ended up choosing a few favorite images and then took my camera outside to see what I could capture.




I’m more interested in rural photography than in people, but I do have four pretty adorable grand children that I tried a few techniques on. My daughter even asked me to take pictures of my granddaughter’s first birthday two weeks ago. She and I both are pretty pleased with some of the images.


Aside from the hand movement on the right, I love this one!


Overall, this is a lovely coffee table book but not an in-depth instruction manual on how to photograph subjects. It gave me some ideas that stirred my creative juices, helping me to step out of my ‘rural’ comfort zone and into the people zone. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.    


About the Author



SARAH WILKERSON is CEO of Clickin Moms, which was founded by professional photographer Kendra Okolita in March 2008 and has grown to become the photography industry’s largest female-photographer social network. Wilkerson, a graduate of Duke University and the University of Texas School of Law, lives with her husband, three sons, and a daughter. Wilkerson teaches advanced courses on photography composition and creativity.