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Five Things Thursday: Giving Hands

November 10, 2011

Each week Abbie over at Five Days, Five Ways hosts a “five things” link-party and this week’s theme is “Giving Hands”.

Such a timely post, as November 6th was Orphan Sunday, where Christians come together to support orphans around the world.  Did you know that there are over 140,000,00 orphans in the world?  Yes, that is millions.  Half the population of the United States.

What can you do to help orphans?


  • Engage important beginning questions with the Hope for Orphans’ Welcome Home” booklet

See if an Alliance member agency facilitates foster care in your area.
(If not, visit Adopt Us Kids)

Learn more about the Safe Families Program for churches as an alternative to the foster system

Learn from Alliance member Embrace how to create a foster ministry in your church

Visit the Alliance Resource Library for quality books and resources

Support and partner with Alliance member organizations that help the Church serve and mentor foster youth:


Support trustworthy Alliance member organizations serving orphans around the world

Use the Next Steps Booklet guide to identify organizations that can help you engage, from mission trips to church-to-church partnerships

Prepare for effective engagement with the Journeys of Faith Booklet and other reading

Visit the Alliance Resource Library for quality books and resources

Help student groups get involved through the Heartwork Campaign


Check out recent Alliance webinars (free) and Summit sessions (at cost) on key orphan ministry topics

Join church orphan ministries from across the U.S. and beyond for Summit VIII

Visit the Alliance Resource Library for quality books and resources

Read Hope for Orphans’ Launching an Orphan Ministry in Your Church and consider hosting an If You Were Mine Conference

Order Answer the Cry: Faces of Hope, a 30-minute DVD that challenges Christians to see orphans as God does and to be willing to do whatever He asks to serve them and to bring them hope. You can also view it LIVE online.

Learn from Alliance member churches with growing orphan ministries

Some great books on the Biblical foundation for orphan ministry:


Help student groups get involved through the Heartwork Campaign

Explore the Alliance Resource Library for good children’s books:

Check out Alliance Member Caleb Resources’ Red Card Kids

Order Answer the Cry: Faces of Hope, a 30-minute DVD that challenges Christians to see orphans as God does and to be willing to do whatever He asks to serve them and to bring them hope. You can also view it LIVE online.

Compelling movies to watch and discuss:

  • Emmanuel’s Gift, 2006 (Rated: G)
  • War Dance, 2008 (Rated: PG—13, some very intense scenes)
  • Beat the Drum, 2007 (Not Rated)
  • The Gladys Aylward Story, 2008 (Animated, Rated: G)
Won’t you find a way to help an orphaned child?  One sure way you could help is to donate to the month-long giveaway/fund-raiser that Abbie is hosting, to support Parental Care Ministries.  This ministry does so much for orphaned children in Uganda, and you can help by donating. . .there is even a donor who is going to match donations–so what you give will be worth even more.
Will you be His hands and feet?
PS. . .I want to say how proud I am of my sons for serving others:  Our teenager is a member of Invisible Children through his school, and we all go and “feed the Grandmas” (take a meal to the elderly) the first and third Fridays of the month with our church small group.

November Collectibles Party Now Open + Featured Blogger!

November 9, 2011

It’s the second Wednesday in November, which means it’s once again time to share your collections here at Vintage Velda.  Last month’s submissions included the fabulous Jenifir over at Thoroughly Modern Vintage, who shared not one, not two, but three of her collections.

Gorgeous Pyrex:

Vintage Aprons: (LOVE!)

And these sewing patterns, which remind me so much of my mom and grandmother, sitting at their machines making dresses and skirts:

You really should stop by Jenifir’s blog. . .I love the Christmas Pyrex she is blogging about today.  Lots of great information and vintage finds to check out!

So, wanna join the fun?  What do you collect?  What would you like to collect?  Do you have collecting tips or knowledge you would like to share?  Blog about it and return here, and link up!  Don’t forget to track back to this blog by grabbing the button or displaying a link within your blog entry.  Be sure to check out what others are posting as well, and comment to tell them what you love about their special collection.  This link-up will be held the second Wednesday of each month, so you have the whole month to post your link. And if don’t worry if you don’t have that many collections, you can share a new find that you have added to a current collection, or even something you want to collect in the future.  

I can’t wait to see your collections!

Today’s Collectibles Party Featured Blogger

November 8, 2011

The second collection to be featured from this month’s collecting party is from the blog Just a Little Southern Hospitality (love that blog name, too!).  Check out her lovely (and so useful) collection of Corningware, which is also very special, as pieces came from her mom.



love the lid storage rack

Check back for another featured blogger’s collections. . .and if you missed this month’s party, you can join tomorrow for the November link-up!



Collecting and Collectibles Featured Blogger

November 7, 2011

Collecting is so fun–whether it’s vintage scarves or tin toys, mid-mod furniture or rusty old farm tools.  The thrill of the hunt, the finding, the displaying, the finding more. . .it’s a collector’s lifeblood.  I wanted to share a place where we could show off some of the things we collect, and thus the monthly Collecting and Collectibles party was born. (it’s not to late to join up!)

I was so excited when Ann from Protector of Vintage (love that name!) shared her collection of sweater clips.   Aren’t they lovely?


My favorite of them all is the third one from the bottom in the above picture. . .love the flower with the blue stone.



Thank you, Ann, for sharing your collection!  You really must check out her blog, as well. . .lots of great vintage finds.

Come back tomorrow for another featured blogger’s collection. . .who knows, it may inspire you to look for something new.  I know I am keeping my eye out for pretty sweater clips!

My favorite GW find–2011

November 7, 2011

Sophie over at Her Library Adventures hosts a weekly link party where folks share their flea market finds.  This week everyone is showing off their favorite find of the year.

A few months ago, I went to a Goodwill that is a little further from my home.   This one is near a more affluent area of St. Louis, and although it was small and very crowded, my little helper and I decided to give it a go.

Of course, I headed straight back to the dishes and glassware, where I found zilch.  Then I noticed there were quite a few folks “dumpster diving” in the big  blue rolling bins, so we joined the fun.  Apparently because the store is so small they keep inventory in these bins.

I pulled out a few nicer purses and some home goods but nothing was that special.  And then I found this:


Yes, that is a real Balenciaga bag.  It was in great condition on the inside, but had a quarter-sized ink mark on the front.  When I got it home and tried to remove the stain, I made a hole in the leather and left most of the stain.  (Why would the leather on a $1,500.oo purse be so fragile? just sayin’).  So I took the leather padding piece from the handle and attached it to the front, covering the stain and feeling quite proud of my mending work.

Guess how much I paid? Yep, the usual GW purse price of three whole dollars.  Now, I know with my “repairs’ it’s not worth anything, really, but boy do I feel fancy schlepping around my coupons and baby wipes in a expensive designer purse!

But that’s not even my favorite find of the year.


That same trip, while excavating haute couture, I also spied a baseball in a protective cube way down in the bottom of a bin.  Seeing the St. Louis cardinal emblem, I grabbed it thinking my boys would like it.  For $2.00, they could play with it in the backyard, even.  I noticed it was signed all over, but didn’t really pay attention, too excited about my purse.

When I started looking at it in the car, though, I noticed right away that it was signed by Tony La Russa.

We moved to St. Louis in 2006, and I have really gotten into Cardinals baseball, but I am not that familiar with older teams or players.  (Unlike my husband, who could tell you who was the New York Yankees bat boy in 1979).  I did see another name I recognized, Jim Edmonds.

Okay, so I am getting excited now.  I show the hubs when we get home, and he tells me to try to match up the team roster to the names to determine what year it is from.  I discover by matching players that it can only be from the 2000 season, and guess who else signed it?

Oh, just Mark McGuire, still beloved in St. Louis (and their current hitting coach).

And look, there’s Rick Ankiel, one of the greatest comeback stories in all of baseball (and my favorite, ’cause he looks just like my first real boyfriend).  He fell apart in great fashion as a pitcher that year, then came back as an outfielder and slugger for the Cards in 2007 and still plays for the Washington Nationals.

That "p" is for pitcher

The Cardinals led their division that year, and won the National League Division Series.  And since then Tony La Russa has led the Cards to two World Series Championships:  2006 (when we first moved here) and of course this year.  My husband and I even deemed this ball the “rally ball” because when I sat it on our mantle during Game 6, the Cards miraculously came back and won, forcing a game 7 and, well, you know the rest.

We haven’t had it authenticated yet, but the signatures are definitely not stamped.  There is even a thumbprint smudge in Tony’s name.  You can tell the pen stops and starts in many of the signatures as well.   Real or not, it means so much to us, coming from the city that adopted us small-town folk.  It will stay a Byrd family treasure.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all my vintage finds (and I love looking at your treasures, as well).  But this baseball is my favorite this year, without a doubt.  And what is more vintage and American and fun than baseball?

Check back later today for the first of the Collecting and Collectibles posts, featuring Ann from Protector of Vintage.

Time is almost up to add your collection to the party!  Go here to check it out.

And while you’re at it, won’t you go and help out this worthy cause.  You could win some great prizes while helping children in need.

Linking up to these fabulous parties this week!

Her Library Adventures

Apron Thrift Girl

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays

Magpie Mondays

Club Goodwill 

What I Love About the Thrift Store

What rhymes with orange?

November 3, 2011

I’m linking up with Abbie over at Five Days, Five Ways this week for the Five Things Thursday link party.  This week’s theme is “My Favorite Color”.  If you didn’t guess by the title, mine is:


My husband is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee.  He actually attended at the same time as Peyton Manning, and he has an ultra-funny story about meeting him in a class and being very starstruck.  This year hasn’t been so great for the VOLS, but we wear our orange proudly still.

Let's Go, Vols!

Florida navel oranges.   One of the things I miss most about our short tenure there.  Way, way better than California oranges, but hard to get in the Midwest.  I could eat 3 a day.

I love orange in home decorating, and have a few splashes of it throughout the house.  It goes well with the teal blue and brown theme in our living room, especially.  I think the way orange is used in this room is fantastic:

From Better Homes and Gardens

One of our favorite movies here at the Byrd house is Finding Nemo.  We *heart* that little orange clownfish and his dad.  (Although everyone knows the real star is Dorie).  I am actually quite proficient in whale, as well.  To the top of Mount Wanna Hock-a-loogie!

Sweet potatoes.  Boil ’em, mash ’em, put them in a stew.  We eat them regularly around here, and our favorite way is either mashed with butter and salt, or sweet potato “fries”.

Sprinkle with seasoning and bake

What is your favorite color?

Time is almost up to join the Vintage Velda Collecting and Collectibles Link Party!

Blog about something you collect and come back and link it up here:

This party goes on until November 8th, and everyone who links up will be featured in a future blog post!

We’ve already got sozme great collections linked up. . .go here to check them out!

Through a glass, sparkly

October 31, 2011

A few finds from the past week:

Pretty mid-mod tumblers, Dorothy Thorpe?

Six total in the set

French glass jar

Signed "R. Carman"

You can never have too many blue mason jars

Pyrex (with lids!)

Thank you so much to everyone who dashed my hopes helped me solve my vase mystery of last week.  It may not be a Picasso, but it still looks good to me!

Linking up this week to these thrifty show-off parties:

Her Library Adventures

Apron Thrift Girl

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays

Magpie Mondays

Club Goodwill 

What I Love About the Thrift Store

Don’t miss the Vintage Velda Collecting party! 

Blog about something you collect and come back and link it up here:

This party goes on until November 8th, and everyone who links up will be featured in a future blog post!

We’ve already got some great collections linked up. . .go here to check them out!

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