Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Just a Little Something



I found a little treasure in my post-holiday shopping: this silver, bejewelled ornament just waiting to be filled with something special. Of course, it could be hung on the Christmas tree, but I think I will keep it out through the winter filled with beads and baubles.




With a little floral foam tucked inside, won't it be pretty for posies?



Pink roses give a romantic look for Valentine's Day, while a lit votive gives a warm glow to a cold winter's day.



What could be better than finding such a special treasure with so many possibilities for adding a touch of beauty to a neglected corner of the house? 



Finding two -- one to keep and one to share with a friend.


Your visits, kind words and prayers have meant so much to me this year. You bring sunshine to my days, so it seems only fitting that I offer you a little loveliness in return. Leave a comment below to enter this silver ornament giveaway, and I will announce the winner in the New Year. Blessings to you, sweet friends!

"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." -- George MacDonald

63 comments:

Lisa said...

Melissa,
What a beautiful treasure to find! I pray that you and your family will have abundant blessings in 2011.

Lisa
thetollivertimes.blogspot.com

Becky Welch said...

How lovely!!!

Your sweet family has been on my heart so much these last few months! I, too, pray for all of your cups to overflow in 2011!

Blessings,
Becky

Laura Wilkerson said...

Melissa,
I hope you all have a wonderful new year and many blessings in 2011!

Laura

craftmom said...

What a beautiful trasure, and I want to thank you for your blog! So many days it is uplifting to me when I need it most. Your posts and the quote at the end really provides me with some inspiration when I tend to need it most. So it is us readers that should be thanking you. Sincerest thanks to you, and may blessings, good health and happiness be plentiful in 2011 to you and your family!

Sylvia said...

Lovely ornament! Lovely blog! The story you wrote about your sister was beautiful and thought provoking. I try to have patience with stangers when I am out because we don't know how big their "bag of rocks" they are carrying may be. Thanks for all your posts this year!
Sylvia

Rach said...

Oh boy, what a generous and beautiful gift!! I love your blog, can't wait to see what you have in store for 2011.

Glenda said...

What a beautiful ornament! You've brightened my days with your photographs and I look forward to each new post. May you have a blessed New Year!

Tracy said...

Lovely! Wishing you a New Year filled with beauty, joy, abundance and goodness! :)

Tara said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love peeking at your blog to see what beauty you create from day to day. Thank you for sharing those special moments with us.

Kristen said...

How beautiful! And how sweet for you to share with us. =) I do hope that this new year holds a little more peace for your family.

Shannon said...

I am a new follower to your beautiful blog. What a great find and a generous gift for one of us. It looks so pretty filled with pink roses.
Happy New Year!
Shannon

9405018--Pat said...

What a lovely ornament! But I to thank you for your lovely blog. My mother passed away this year also Sept 13, 2010. When i found your blog you gave me so much hope and faith thank you! Your mother was a very lucky lady to have a daughter like you!...thanks for sharing your lovely blog ...Pat H
pattygary@kc.rr.com

Laura said...

Thank you for the chance to win, Melissa! Happy New Year!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

SOOOO GORGEOUS!! you are Too Kind my Dear!

Edytheanne said...

I was also touched by the story of your sister's shopping trip. We are the hands and feet of God to others as you so eloquuently said.

Also, the ornament is lovely and I would like to throw my name in the pot in the hopes of winning it.

This is my first visit to your blog, and I will be back.

Brenda said...

What a beautiful treasure. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Laura said...

That is so gorgeous. You don't know me, but I love that I found your blog about a year ago. It has inspired me more than you know. Thank you for sharing your family and experiences. Blessings to you and your family. :o)

Sue said...

So beautiful Melissa. Happy New Year and may God richly bless you and your family in 2011.
Sue

Hillcrest Acres said...

Such a beautiful ornament. Have a wonderful New Year!!!

pizzamom said...

Melissa, your blog is a gift you give to your readers. May the Lord comfort you in this season. You have a lovely family. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Susan said...

Oh, Melissa, that is so very kind of you. Your pink roses are absolutely gorgeous, too. Sign me up! Susan

The Martys said...

What a pretty treasure, Melissa. Blessings to you and your family in 2011. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Amy

Anonymous said...

The world is kinder and more beautiful for having you in it.
Thank you for sharing of yourself and interpreting beauty in everyday life.

God bless you in 2011 and always!

Jen
cupoftea@charter.net

odomfamilyfun said...

Once again I am amazed at how creative you are! Have a wonderful new year~many blessings.

Anita Hann said...

Thank you for a chance to win and for sharing a little loveliness with us!

Blessings!

Anonymous said...

I always look forward to your posts and wonderful ideas! Your positive attitude is an inspiration to me. I look forward to 2011 and wish you health and happiness in this new year. Best wishes from Bethany in Nashville

Mary Beth said...

Your blog is so uplifting and inspirational.
I love all of your beautiful pictures and stories, but most of all I love the love that you have for everything and everyone and that you share with us all. This little spot (well, not-so-little spot really) that you have created is a true blessing in so many lives. It puts a smile on so many faces and opens so many hearts. You truly are an inspiration.
Thank you for it all and I look forward to another year of "A Little Loveliness"
~Mary Beth

Saralee said...

Absolutely love your blog! It is my breath of sunshine with my morning coffee!
Love your give away! This is just about the most gorgeous ornament ever!
Wishing you a very happy New Year!
Hugs~ Saralee

Luv2stitch2 said...

Discovered your blog by accident this year and have silently laughed, smiled, sighed and cried watching your gentle and uplifting strength.

You've touched so many more lives than you are aware of and I feel so blessed by a total stranger.

As 2010 closes may your kindness shown to others return to you in 2011. ~BJ

Deborah said...

It is so pretty. I like the roses in it.

I came across your blog this year and I really admire it and your thoughtful words. (Love the party ideas).

Blessings in the New Year.
Deborah

kykathy said...

How lovely! Just like your beautiful blog! Wishing you and your family much happiness in 2011!
Kathy
kykathy@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog... I really enjoy reading about all the love you share with your family. Very inspirational.
Meg
MegRoss at aol dot com

Julie Owen said...

Many blessings to you and your family in 2011! Thank you for continuing to share rays of sunshine into my day! God bless! Julie

mary beth said...

Don't you love finding a treasure like that? It is exquisite! Thanks for sharing with us! I love visiting your beautiful blog and pray for a sweet new year for you and your family.

Barbara Ann said...

What a beautiful ornament, and how thoughtful to share. God bless you and your family.
mrsdarling61@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Melissa, I look forward first thing in the AM to visiting your blog. I think you are so kind to your family and friends.

I have read every book that you and your book club have read and I have enjoyed them all.

I wish you and your's a happy, healthy 2011. Thanks for the chance to win that precious treasure. I would love it if I won. Debbi

faustx2@yahoo,com

Vonda said...

I can't tell you how many times you have crossed my mind these past few weeks. Love you friend!

Anonymous said...

Oh Melissa,
What a beautiful gift you possess for what you see as lovely. This ornament really is! How nice of you to share what you've found. I have thought of you so often over Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. I was especially touched by your comment the day after Thanksgiving when you said how difficult the holidays would be for you, now that a seat at your table was empty, but also realizing that grief can help us scoot our chairs closer. Thank you for that. It was a visual reminder for me to treasure the days we do have with those we love and hold so dear...everyday. Blessings to you and your loved ones in the New Year!
Fondly,
Kim

Hilary said...

What a beautiful find! Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Lovely ornament, lovely blog, lovely family. Thank you for taking the time to give us a glimpse into your life and family. You have been in my thoughts and prayers over the months. Out of all the blogs I read, yours is the one that I turn to for peace and beauty. Thank you.
Amy James

JStacie said...

That is a lovely ornament. I found myself wondering WHERE did she get it. Thank you for the generous giveaway. Thank you for sharing your journey this year. May your New Year be blessed and lovely.

Grand Occasions said...

Wishing you many wonderful memories to warm your heart and keep your loved ones near as you begin a brand new year full of hidden treasures. What a gorgeous ornament, it looks very 1950's. The little jewels hanging from the bottom are almost identical to a pair of earrings that belonged to my mother. She loved costume jewelry and when I saw these ornaments they reminded me of her. I lost my mother 44 years ago when I was only 10 year old. You never stop loving or missing them, but in time it does get better. The Lord has given us a wonderful gift called memories that keeps them near us and I know you have many to reflect upon. It's never easy to say goodbye to a loved one no matter how long you've been blessed to have them, but thankfully it's only a temporary separation.

Julie A. Cox said...

Melissa, I've prayed for you at random times during this holiday season when I knew you would be missing your mother. Thank you for your beautiful blog. Do you always have pink roses in your house?

grand pam said...

Dearest Melissa,
May 2011 bring your family health and happiness.It has been said that we are composed of the bits and pieces of everyone who has ever crossed our paths and I'm so glad my daughter-in-love shared your blog with me. " The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee."Numbers 6:25

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! You have been such a blessing with your message Many blessings to you this year. -Mimi

Ashley said...

Dear Melissa,

Your words and heart are beautiful. I related much to the loss of your precious mama as my own mama when home to Him 4/06. I pray healing and comfort for your heart.
Blessings,
Ashley in Texas (but I lived in Lagrange for five years and have dear friends there.)

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

What a beautiful ornament. Thank you for the chance to win

Dawn Colette said...

I have so enjoyed "a little loveliness" this year! You have a gift for sharing everyday life and the joys of motherhood...thank you. I love the silver ornament...just gorgeous and what a generous give-away. Happy New Year!

sharon terrill said...

i have so enjoyed your lovely posts and your inspiration. i wish a happy and healthy new year to you and your family...enjoy - and thank you so much.

Betsy said...

That is beautiful. I so enjoy your blog (and I hope I win!)

Pat said...

Melissa, what a thoughtful thing to do. Your posts are always uplifting for me and usually just when I need a little something extra you manage to post just what I need.
Thank you
Pat H

Miki said...

I enjoy reading your posts so much - they infuse loveliness into my everyday and are like dessert for my soul! Have a blessed New Year! Miki

Smelling Coffee said...

Hi Melissa~ I just came by to visit from Becky Welch's blog, and am so glad I did. I look forward to gleaning from what you have to share.

Jennifer

pam said...

What a beautiful ornament! I love your blog. It always inspires me. Blessings to you and your family in 2011.

faithful love said...

Wherever did you find these? Can they be bought somewhere? They are gorgeous, and how clever of you to find other ways then a candle-house to use them...

I love all the flowers and garden scenes you depict on your site...you are very talented in the photography area...

I recently shared your post about your sister's experience in the store following your mother's passing with my niece that lost her twins...she experiences those moments often, and it's good for her to know there are "angels of mercy" still around who unknowingly touch the lives of those who need it most...I think we seldom realize that we are surrounded by "walking wounded" people everyday....

Best Wishes for the new year...thank you for providing my days with such grace and a little loveliness....

Take care of yourself...it's been a stressful time for you these last 3 mths....

Spiritual hugs to you!

Sophia said...

I just recently found your blog and find it uplifting. Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Melissa,
I have been so blessed to have discovered your blog over a year ago. It is one I look forward to visiting every day!
There are many spiritual as well as physical blessings you have shared through your blog. Thank you for making all the small things seem so special. God bless you and your sweet family all through this new year.
Deana Brannan

LeeAnne said...

Am I too late? :) I haven't been as good about my personal blogging ... or about checking friends' blogs, but my new year's resolution is to do better at this! Love the cute ornament!

Mommy2CVC said...

Oh I hope I'm not too late! That is so beautiful! I haven't posted in the new year either, but I'm hoping to post more this year and maybe find a reader or two to my blog. LOL!

Anonymous said...

I have never commented, but I love your blog! I found you while looking for a pillowcase dress pattern, and having been stalking you ever since! :o) I love how you always go the extra step to make celebrations extra special. Blessings to you.

Promotional Pens said...

Lovely Blog! I really enjoy the photos too!

Sonja said...

as always... I view your pages with wonder... you capture the beautiful things in life with such gifted words and pictures! Love this ornament, love it with the roses in it.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh, so beautiful! I'm sorry that I missed your thoughtful and beautiful ornament giveaway.

Blessings & Aloha!

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