Southern Inspiration

Submitted by Christi

Sometimes, life just doesn’t go the way you want it to. It is so easy to be happy and optimistic when things are going well, but, when things get tough . . . well, that is another story. Those are the times you have to have strength! Sometimes, I have to remind myself where my strength lies. I did this little project to help me remember!

I took this very old frame that I love:


Cut a piece of cream colored card stock and cut it to size:


Drew my guidelines lightly in pencil:


Then used my favorite calligraphy pens to write out my message. It has been awhile since I’ve done any calligraphy so I’m a little rusty. Doesn’t matter, I just want to be able to see the message!


Even Princess Grace Calli-cat (also known as Calli) wanted to get in on the act:


She is as bad as Bailey the wonder dog!

I was looking through some old books this week and came across this gem:


First copyrighted in 1937 and then again in 1950 in its revised edition. Although some of its content is out of date, this is a very interesting book to sit and enjoy. I especially like this line from the Foreword explaining why the authors included chapters on etiquette and grooming:

Certain of these, it will be at once observed are ordinarily absent from manuals of homemaking. The reason they are included in this volume is the conviction of the Household that the American family does not live by bread alone; that beauty, dignity, emotional adjustment within the family, and wholesome interest in community affairs are integral ingredients of a satisfying home life.


Get your week off to a great start by checking out Blue Monday at Smiling Sally’s and Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

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Today’s Lagniappe: Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Something delicious for the grill!

* 12 large portobello mushrooms
* 3 tablespoons butter
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
* black pepper

Wash mushrooms; remove stems and set mushrooms aside. Melt the butter, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic & pepper together in a small pot or on the grill. Halve largest mushrooms or cut in strips. Brush the mushrooms generously with the melted butter and olive oil mixture. On a covered grill over medium coals, grill the portobello mushrooms stem-side down for about 8 minutes. Turn and grill the tops of the portobello mushrooms for 6 to 8 minutes longer. The grilled portobello mushrooms should be tender and nicely browned.

22 Responses to “Southern Inspiration”

  1. Tina @ Enchanted Rose Studio Says:

    Christi, love the scripture, the frame was perfect for it! Great recipe, I’ll have to give that a ago.



  2. kristen Says:

    I love the idea of framing your inspiration. What a wonderful way to get a boost when you need it

  3. Glenda/MidSouth Says:

    What a nice redo. Looks great.

  4. KBeau Says:

    Some things like etiquette and good grooming should never go out of style. I would also add good grammar to that list.

  5. Marty Says:

    What a wonderful idea. It looks fabulous, and I LOVE the message. Hugs, Marty

  6. Ann Messick Says:

    Love it!

    Also we had a calico cat named Calli and we called her Calli-Cat.

  7. Terry Kearns Says:

    I’m in awe of even rusty calligraphy. Nice work.

  8. Marianne Says:

    Calligraphy is so beautiful, I wish I could master that, my handwriting is terrible. Yours looks great!

  9. susan Says:

    Your framed verse is wonderful–I have something similar in my bathroom to remind me as I dress for the day! I loved reading part of the foreward to the book–what was true then is still true today!

  10. Kitty Scraps Says:

    I’ve been wanting to frame my favorite verse for quite some time and I really need to just get it done but I don’t write as pretty as you do! Perhaps the pencil guidelines would do the trick for me ~ thanks for sharing how you did it! It looks wonderful!

  11. Sally Says:

    You do a beautiful job for someone who claims to be rusty. I like the idea of a book to instruct in the area of homemaking. Happy Blue Monday.

  12. Sandi Says:

    I always loved Calligraphy! I used to do some myself once upon a time before the Muscular Dystrophy. I still admire anyone who can. Love the scripture verse you used; looks great in the frame. Happy Blue Monday.


  13. Becky K. Says:

    It is good to remember this…always!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  14. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage Says:

    How beautiful!

  15. Mary Says:

    I think the work you’ve done is terrific and I loved the quotation. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  16. Coloradolady Says:

    Great idea in transforming the frame. Love the little book….I so love to read through those types of homemaking books. Have a great Blue Monday.

  17. Mary Says:

    You did a beautiful job on a much loved scripture that we all need to remember, whether in good times or bad. Love your vintage frame…it’s just right to hold a verse written by your own hand! Mary

  18. Sarah @ Hyacinth Says:

    Stopped by to say: Happy Blue Monday!
    Thanks for sharing your frame and scripture.

  19. Jenna @ Newlyweds Says:

    What a great inspiration!

  20. Terry Says:

    Hapy Monday to you .
    That is one of my favorite verses.
    Sometimes it seems like I quote it everyday at least once if not a dozen or more times.
    Blessings to you .
    Thank you for sharing all the great photos with us today.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Big Texas hugs
    Happy Trails

  21. Cheri Peoples Says:

    Love the scripture and we all need that reminder. Many people are going through very tough times.
    Come for a visit.
    Its So Very Cheri

  22. Happily Retired Gal Says:

    Wonderful reminders for each of us ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

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