Monday, June 9, 2008


I love words. I love to read wonderful descriptive passages in a book. I like the sound of certain words, like whisper and bubble and slippery. I love the look of words written in beautiful calligraphy. All over our house I have words.
I have antique samplers in frames.
Old plaques reminding me of eternal truths and causing me to remember my Grandma's house where a plaque like this hung on the wall. I like fun sayings in colorful posters. I like to incorporate words into my quilts. A wonderful old marriage blessing hangs in our bedroom. I like to group pictures with words.
I did this crosstitch of Proverbs 31. My sister painted this one. This is what I want our home to be. I like original artwork with scripture . Another vintage print. There is a little story to go with this one. I got it at a garage sale years ago and on the back there is an inscription saying that it was 1st prize given to "Somers Peat for repetition of scripture." I showed it to my 75 year old aunt because I knew she loved things like that and I showed her the back because I thought it was interesting. She said in surprise, "I knew Somers Peat". So I figure this picture must be almost a 100 years old.

Words on my kitchen window sill.

Words above the sink. I painted these words above the kitchen window. I love this one. Someone wrote on the back that it was quoted by King George VI at the end of his annual Christmas radio message. It's from a poem by Marcus Tilley. This my last one is perhaps my favorite. When I was very young, maybe 9 or 10 I remember a book of quotes my dad had and I recall loving this little poem in it. So when I found it one day when I was out thrifting, I was thrilled.
It sums up my philosophy of life.
So my dear blogging friends, know that I am thinking about you today and sending a smile your way. Hope some of these words may encourage you today.
Rhondi xo


  1. Your words ARE very encouraging. Thank you. It was a pleasure to read through them all.

    Please stop by to pick up an award that is waiting for you :)

  2. Rhondi,
    Thanks for the words this morning!I saw a cute one last weekend and again this weekend while I was out shopping.Me being a shoe-aholic loved it!"Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes, can change your life"! I thought it was cute and funny for those of us who LOVE pretty shoes!

  3. Ok, I have always said I would never stitch a sampler. I stand corrected. I would do your Virtous Woman. I love that. I love the sheep, the spinning wheel, the canning jars. What a great design. All of them are so nice.

  4. Oh my goodness, Rhondi. This is such a wonderful collection of words that you have.

    Each one is so beautiful and meaningful. I especially love The Virtuous Woman.

    Thank you for your sending a smile. I've send one back to you.

  5. Thank you for sharing these wonderful words. Encouraging and just right for today. My favorite is the Marriage Blessing. It is wonderful! ~Adrienne~

  6. Hi Rhondi,
    Your words of inspiration gives so much faith and acknowledgment to the one we should be thankful to for each day. Thank you for sharing. I have always said I was going to do a sampler, makes me want to start one.
    Have a Blessed Day,

  7. Hi Rhondi, I love all of your words of wisdom! They are all unique and so pretty! I missed sending a post to your garden porch party. The last few weeks have been hectic around here! But I am off to enjoy those that were posted! What a wonderful idea you had! Your Hydrangea bush is beautiful! It was 100-102 degrees here this weekend, and 98 today! My little plants are holding their own so far, but I am babying them like crazy! LOL!

    Take Care! ~Rhonda ;)

  8. Hi Rhondi,
    Thanks for coming to visit me at my new blog. I am already beginning to see how blogging can be addictive.
    For some reason I have a large gap between my 2 posts. Do you have any ideas on why that might have happened?
    I enjoyed reading your signs today. My Mom was always a lover of the written word and had several signs and sayings around her house. She would sometimes be disappointed whan she thought her guests didn't take the time to read them, but I always told her if she enjoyed them that's all that matters.

    Keep cool. I hear we will be back in the 80s later this week. Hip hip hooray!!

  9. Oh, Rhondi, meant to add, your own porch is absolutely charming! You have executed the blue and white theme beautifully! I love your Shelley dinnerware and your flowers are beautiful!
    ~Rhonda ;)

  10. I too love words. I majored in journalism in college and have my degree in professional writing. So I've always loved words and what they bring to our lives.

  11. Rhondi,
    You have inspired me once again. I think I have one of the same cross stitches...unfinished of course. Maybe I'll dig it out and get it done. Love your collection of words. Your home looks just as pretty inside as out!

  12. There's a woman in my church who is now in her 90s and once was a missionary in Brazil - Miss Helen. Invariably when you meet her she says, "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!" I love that you have that verse over your kitchen sink - I've thought often of painting it above the mirror in my bathroom so I would be reminded each morning. Unfortunately, I do not have your talent! Blessings, marlene

  13. I am a "word lover", too. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your wonderful collection. I have always been a Mary E. fan, so I loved the one of hers you featured as well as the lovely vintage Somers Peat print. I am crazy about checking out what other folks collect--it is so enlightening and inspiring.

  14. The words on your kitchen window sill are my favorites; what an awesome reminder on an everyday basis...

    Hope you are more rested now from all your front porch hard work...


  15. Hi Rhondi..thank you for the smile and I'm sending one right back to you. I so enjoyed reading all your words. I love cross stitching and samplers are among my favorite piece to stitch.
    Your blog has brought me such joy and inspiration these past few days. I have been reading it like a book....a little now and then. I've included you in the blogs I visit...and this will be often. Hugs, Linda

  16. Hi Rhondi,
    I tried your suggestion for eliminating the large space on my blog and it worked. Thanks!!
    I can see I will be learning as I go, but I am determined to keep going.


  17. Oh, such lovely and inspiring words in such pretty settings. That Virtuous Woman needlework is amazing! Thanks for sharing these.

  18. Oh, Rhondi, I love all of your wonderful words ~ so inspiring and uplifting.
    I too like to put words around the house in different forms.
    What a great post!

  19. All of your "words" are so beautiful, Rhondi! Happy, inspirational, comforting, meaningful -- what a wonderful collection!

    Hugs, Pat

  20. Dear Rhondi, this is the most beautiful post. Even though its 10:04 pm...and dark outside, I feel like the sun has just shined on me. smile. thankyou for sharing these, your special words.

  21. What a nice collection of "words!" I enjoyed seeing and reading all of them!

    Sorry I missed posting a porch photo last week. We just returned from vacation (and will leave again Friday! Whew!)


  22. These words are very inspiring... Rondhi, I know the party is over but I have posted about my mom's front porch. There are actually 2 posts because only yesterday I could get some pictures of it. Please, come visit me! Hugs, Vanessa

  23. Rhondi, Your collection of 'words' are so terrific. Being a retired antique dealer, (a short career after I retired from a banking job) I love the vintage ones. Here is one I love,
    Hang your troubles on the line, and you would take yours and I would take mine. So true.

    Take care and thanks for sharing your lovely collection.


  24. Hi Rhondi,
    Your words were very uplifting today...I loved the story about Somers...what a wonderful coinsidence...

  25. Hi Rhondi! Beautiful pictures, beautiful words!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Angelic Accents

  26. Love your words Rhondi. I am a collector of words too and I really loved seeing your collection here today. Thanks so much for sharing them with us!!

  27. Rhondi, that was just beautiful to read and to gaze at. What wonderful words you have on your stitching.
    It is right that King George said those superb words, never should be forgotten.

  28. Rhondi,
    I love words too, and your collection is wonderful. I am particularly fond of the words written over your kitchen window. Karen

  29. Hi Rhondi, love all your uplifting words. Thanks for sharing them!
    Love, Ann

  30. Rhondi, I understand if you don't want to accept the award, but I think you misunderstood. This is not on the post where you list six things about yourself; this is an award that was given to you for excellence in artwork and blogging. It's called the Arte y Pico Award. The post following it was a tag game. Go here:
    No hurt feelings if you decide not to show it on your blog :)

  31. Lovely pictures and plaques and samplers! I think I like the hand painted one best too. I am so delighted by your kitchen window with the saying over the sink! You have awesome blue glass too. Just love it!


  32. Hello Rhondi,

    What a nice entry about all these words. The last were the best!

    About my blue coathooks: I didn't paint them myself, we got it as a present when the children were still very young. I like it very much, also because each hook has its own flower on it.

    Have a nice day & hugs, Carolien

  33. Hi Rhondi, I love all your words, especially the crossed stitched virtous women sampler. I love to stitch and collect samplers. That's where I get to use words in my decorating.
    Beautiful post! Would you believe I am still looking at porches? I don't get alot of time on the computer but will work my way down list determined to look at everyone's porch! Oh BTW I love the yellow!
    Blessings, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage


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