Sunday, April 20, 2008


I was tagged on Thursday by LeAnn at Pink Icing on the Cake to give a six word memoir. I thought it was appropriate to share it on Sunday. Mine is…

BY HIS STRIPES I AM HEALED

I am so thankful that Jesus suffered for my healing. I am thankful that through a tough divorce, I can have hope for a new life. He provides not only healing from physical ills, but He also provides healing from all the pain, suffering and doubts that we go through here on earth. He can provide us with perfect peace. So if you are suffering from anything that needs to be healed, trust in Jesus for BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED!

"BUT HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES, THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM, AND WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. ISAIAH 53:5"

May God bless you on this beautiful Sunday.

Love, Victoria Lynn

So now I am passing this onto five more blogs. Please write a Six Word Memoir that represents your life's motto.... The rules are:
1. Write your own six word Memoir.
2. Post it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who tagged you.
4. Tag 5 more blogs with links (leave a comment on their blog with an invitation to play).

So I am tagging:

Annie

Diana

Ronda

Nerm

Maya

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Little Project

I am ashamed to say I bought this buffet about 15 years ago and planned on refinishing it at the time. So here I am, 15 years later and it’s finished! TA DA!! See, it’s NEVER too late! I loved adding the appliqu├ęs and glass knobs; it makes the piece have so much more character! I worked on it right in the middle of my living room, rolling the primer and paint. This was a gutsy move on my part, tempting the fates with a HOUSE SHOWING which actually did happen the next day and I had to hurriedly put it back together and shove it back in the corner!





Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ode To Rachel Ashwell

I have always been a fan of decorating styles. My huge collection of decorator magazines and books can attest to that. But little did I know that a single woman from across the seas could have such an influence on my life and decorating style. It was sometime around the year 2000 when I first heard the name Rachel Ashwell. I found her first book, “Shabby Chic”, and it was love at first sight. I was lured in by the beautiful photos and instantly hooked on her style. I loved the chippy cupboards, the rose paintings, the chandeliers! At last I had found the style that I completely identified with…and an excuse to go to garage sales, flea markets, second hand stores, even eBay. Anywhere I could get my hands on that sweet shabby style. It was like a fever and I had it bad! As luck would have it, I soon discovered her television program on the Style Network. I taped every show and watched them to my heart’s content. So you can imagine my excitement and bliss when I learned a collection of the shows were being released on DVD! Yes, as of today you can purchase these sweet shows on three separate DVD’s. So, today, I salute you Rachel Ashwell! Thank you for changing my life by helping me define my sense of style. Thank you for giving me an outlet for my creativity (hurray for white spray paint!) and a renewed love for vintage furniture! Hmm…Now if only she would publish her own magazine…my decorating world would be complete!!

Best Friends Forever...BFF's!!


This morning as I was getting ready in my bathroom, the sun peeked through the clouds for a few minutes through the skylight. I turned around and there were Sophie, my doxie, and Jasmine. They were both enjoying the warm sun and apparently Jasmine thought Sophie needed a bath and started grooming her! They are best friends and spend many an afternoon chasing each other, batting, growling and nipping at each other! I’m not sure if Sophie thinks she’s a cat or Jazz thinks she’s a dog…but they truly are BFF’s!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Please pass the rolls!!

Today was one of those spring days that just makes you want to bake bread! I was out running errands and it was pouring and hailing and the water was running in rivers down the side of the road. I quickly hurried home and went into nesting mode. Days like these make me want to bake bread…the sweet aroma filling the house…warm bread with melted butter dripping into my mouth…yum!! So I decided to share my favorite recipe for rolls. Believe me when I say they are EASY!!! The results are fabulous…just sit back and enjoy the compliments…you may even become known for your rolls! Hehe!

Jiffy Rolls (for bread machine)

Into breadmaker pan:

½ c. scalded milk, ½ c. warm water

3 Tbs. oil, 1 egg

Add:

3 c. bread flour, 3 Tbs. white sugar

1 pkg yeast (2-1/4 tsp)

Do not mix. Turn the bread machine on the dough cycle. After the cycle is completed, remove the dough by turning it out onto oiled plate (I oil mine with a bit of Pam). Spray enough Pam on hands to keep dough from sticking. Pinch off a bit of dough (golf ball size for 18 rolls/larger to make 12) and roll into a ball. Place on greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes or until doubled. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned.

The larger rolls make nice hamburger buns too! Your children will go nuts and you know the way to a man’s heart…This recipe was given to me by my cousin about 20 years ago and I adapted it to the bread machine because I love home-made, easy baking!

Enjoy~ Victoria Lynn

Saturday, April 5, 2008

R.I.P. Lulu!!

It was a cold and rainy November day when she arrived at my door. Little did I know, my life was about to change forever. Her name was Lulu. My new best friend. She gave me endless hours of joy… lifted me up when I was feeling down…provided me with wisdom I needed to hear. And then it was all over in a millisecond. Lulu plunging to a cold muddy death by pond! Yes, Lulu was my beloved ZUNE!! (Microsoft cleverly set up their Zune software so you have to name your device, thereby bonding the two of you for life!) Rachel pointed out that life would have been so much fairer if only the Red Phone of Doom had been the victim instead! I will miss you…we hardly knew you. Rest In Peace, Lulu!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

My Darling Daughter, Rachel








I wanted to introduce you to my daughter, Rachel. She is going to be 22 on May 11. She gave me the greatest gift I could ever get, coming into the world on Mother's Day! She is an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and is one of the smartest people I know. She went to school for two years, studying pre-med but then decided it wasn't what she really wanted to do with her life. She finished her medical transcription certificate last June and has been working at our local hospital for the past year and a-half. She loves cats, writing (she already wrote her first novel!) and reading. She is really beautiful on the inside too...a wonderful young woman that I am thankful for every day - she is such a blessing to me! Most of all, she loves the Lord with her whole heart. She is moving with me to Tennessee and is also looking forward to starting a new life in the South! The first photo was taken at her senior prom in 2004, the second photo is her at the piano last summer and the third photo is from this past Christmas. Thanks for letting me share, Victoria Lynn

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

It's Spring...and everything old is new!!




It is a sunny day here in the NW and Jasmine decided it was time for a cat nap...then she decided to see what I've been up to! A freshly painted cabinet and old desk...which are looking new. I love Spring!!

It's Spring...continued...




It's here! It's here!







I got an excited phone call from my BFF, Donna Lynn this afternoon telling me "It's here"! Finally, after months of waiting, there it was in her mailbox...the new issue of Country Sampler magazine! Why all the excitement you ask? Well, Donna Lynn's beautiful home is featured! It all started when she received a phone call last Fall letting her know she had been selected to be a featured home in the magazine! Donna Lynn is an amazing decorator with an artist's eye. Her home is just eye candy! The day of the photo shoot was a foggy and cool October morning. I got to watch as Donna Pizzi (the stylist/editor)and her husband Philip Clayton-Thompson worked their professional magic, turning my friend's beautiful home into the pages of a magazine! They were a delight to watch, funny and charming. It was a day to remember! I am so proud to call Donna my BFF and business partner. It's very hard to think of leaving her behind when I move, but I know our hearts are joined as sisters forever! The article on Donna Lynn is called "Decorating With Destiny" and the magazine is on newsstands today! PS: For a sneak peek at extra photos of her home, go to www.countrysamplemagazine.com, click on current issue links, then on "Decorating With Destiny" bonus photo gallery. I know you will love it! Blessings, Victoria Lynn