Saturday, October 31, 2009


Say farewell to Fancy Vintage and welcome to Pitter Patter.  After a lot of thought and desire for color, I have decided to switch blogs :) The new address is {}  Everything from Fancy Vintage has been nicely moved over, so ALL of the old posts will appear in Pitter Patter.

The new name:
While Fancy Vintage was fine... only 1% had to do with Fancy or Vintage so I felt this would be more appropriate considering my usual post topics.
I want this to be a place where you can find encouragement and inspiration.

When life flies by, we will try our best to find joy in the good and not so good: whether the rain is a light pitter-patter or a torrential downpour - when your heartbeat is a rapid pit-pat over a highlighted scripture, 
handsome husband, or a fresh decor magazine in your mailbox - as little paws pitter-patter down the hall - no toddler feet for awhile :)  - and as I patter on and on about random decorations, crafts, and recipes... I pray you will find joy with me in the Lord.

Now the only thing I need you to do...: *Unfortunately my lovely followers were not transferred over so if you want to be a follower please join again! *if you have my blog linked somewhere... please save the new spot! *please share with your friends the address change and tell me what you think of this new change...  you can be honest :) 

 Come on in and stay awhile...


Friday, October 30, 2009


Happy Friday!

Hope your weekend is fabulous.

Please stay tuned for a special surprise here on Fancy Vintage.
I can't tell you anything else... hehe

Now, I'm off to tea with all the Stone girls.
It's weird- I'll be the only girl with a different last name :)

flickr images {here} and {here}

lets go back

Remember {here} when we went on our fall getaway with friends...
well I finally uploaded pictures :)

This precious pup is Vali's new best friend Gunner...
sweetest well-behaved cuddly puppy

Vali decided the water was not enough for her feisty self,
so she sprinted full speed through the forest...
maybe we should have Gunner train her a little more 

Her dad was a little nicer to her than her mother was :)

The boys worked on lots of projects:
golf cart renovation, digging a firepit, finding dry firewood, grilling

We ate a LOT!  The girls played with random recipes 
the guys grilled wonderful dinners and Adam made his famous apple pie :) 


Thursday, October 29, 2009

tasty treats

On the side of the funfetti icing container there is a
yummy recipe for icing dipped apples 
(just like candy coated apples)
We (the girls at the lake trip!) thought it would 
be easier to cut up bite size apple pieces...
slide onto a skewer, and drizzle with icing and sprinkles
so tasty
This next one is nothing new just fun for Halloween:

Just make the jello as usual, but pour into fun glasses
for it to set... then top with whip cream for a little snack.
(I wish I had Halloween sprinkles!) 

Patrick and I love making homemade waffles :)
This is the best waffle maker... so easy to clean!

Here is the recipe we used:
2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup milk
6 tbsp vegetable oil

 2 large eggs
1/2 cup pureed fruit (applesauce)
(makes 8- pour 1/2 cup for each waffle)

and then we added a few drops of food coloring for this festive treat:

Do you have any tasty treats for Halloween?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

why I love mariemont

These first few pictures are from the Mariemont Fall festival... 
scavenger hunts, tasty fall treats, magician, pumpkins, crafts= a 20 yr old's child's dream!

 Dear Mariemont, you are beautiful in every season,
but can you allow autumn to stay a little longer please
 I am obsessed with this window box:  :)

 Our favorite place is at the end of the street... 
A beautiful lookout over the valley and river.
Please come visit and we will show you around*


October by Robert Frost

 "O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away."

-   Robert Frost, October

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

aubergine please be mine

 cocoon cardigan from {urban outfitters}

 wool turtleneck sweater dress {target}

forever cardigan from {jcrew}

I actually use this {Mary Kay eyeshadow} as eyeliner and LOVE it:
sweet plum is the shade

oh anthro why do you do it to me?  {here}

a lesson learned today

Do you feel depressed?
      worn out
      ready to quit
      tired of criticism
Today in one of my classes, we discussed criticism and how to handle it, because anyone that leads (in any way) will be criticized at some point.  My professor shared a wonderful devotion.  It was a devotion someone shared with him during a hard time of his ministry.  I found his words to be so inspiring.  I wanted to write this down so when I go through a time when I am weary and tired, I will be reminded of this devotion, but also to encourage you blogfriends :) I know many of you answered "yes" to one of the questions above and I hope my professor's words will be an encouragement.

2 Corinthians 2:14
"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. "

Paul shares with us the amazing promise from Jesus.  He will always lead us in triumph.  Now for some of the tired and weary, this appears ridiculous.  Lord, are you really being triumphant with this battle in my life?  It sure doesn't feel like it's getting any better?  How can you lead me to triumph?
Well, Paul continues on in his writing and shares that this confidence of triumph is only achieved through Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3:4-5
"Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God.  Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God."

If we are doing ministry (or life in general) for our own competence we will fail.  So many of us are drowning in our own misery because we tried to find competence through our talents, looks, charisma... but Paul makes it clear that we are only truly triumphant through God.  We need to look outside for strength from Him. 
It takes the power from God, not from our own self, to be a better minister. (wife, mother, friend, leader...)

2 Corinthians 4:7-9
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."

For those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, we have a treasure inside of us, the Holy Spirit.  The job of the Holy Spirit is to be with us when we are perplexed, but keep us from despair.  Those things will be thrown at you, but we must realize we can't go at it alone.  If we find the treasure in us, we will not be abandoned, destroyed, crushed, or in despair.  But how can we get this to happen?

2 Corinthians 4:10-12
"We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.  For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.  So then, death is at work in us, but LIFE is at work in you."

Well how does that work?  Carrying Jesus' death in me?  What?   It is the power of the Spirit, through the death of Christ and his salvation, that we won't be destroyed!  
There are 2 ways to do ministry.  You either life the ministry of death (sorrow, anger, burnt out, doubt) or life (excitement, passion, fulfillment, joy, peace) and the life of your ministry depends on your emotions.  When you feel the death emotions keeping you up at night you are living the ministry of death.  

In the diagram above, you see there are the two choices of life (ministry of death/life)  On the left, Christ is still a part of your life and ministry, but your ego is on the throne (yes I drew a sad looking throne *).  You try too hard to look pretty, act talented, etc. that Christ is no longer the focus.  On the right, you still have your ego as a part of your  life because unfortunately that is something we as humans will always battle, but instead of the other picture, Christ is on your throne.  You have to choose who do you want on the throne of your life and ministry?  If you choose life, Jesus can help you get through any circumstance even if now it seems like your darkest hour.  

But how do you go from a deep despair/hardship to joy, just like that?!  You may know you are in a dark time, but just can't get out of it!  Well the way to shift over is simple, but will always start with getting your emotions on the right track.  The power comes from God alone, like we read earlier in Corinthians.  The answer is PRAYER.  Pray to the one who holds the power, ask for the Holy Spirit to alter your outlook on life.  The Lord is waiting and ready for you to experience life with Him, full of passion, joy and confidence.  Simply tell Him, "I'm dying here!  My ego is on the throne and I need to give it over to you.  My ministry, my life is yours."  It is amazing what prayer can do.  Prayer connects you with the all powerful God that wants you to get out of despair from criticism and bring life into your weary heart.      

Old McDonald had a farm

but did he have a farmhouse sink?
cast iron, stone, copper or metal
each one shines with vintage elegance.
Here are some of my favorites from {here} and {here}:

and to brighten your day 
here is a little Frank Sinatra: