Monday, February 27, 2012

Tangerine Tango

Last summer the zinnias had a festive little party in our flower garden. Dancing around in vibrant luminescent colors from an ethereal palette, they put on a show stopping performance and we couldn’t resist snapping a photo for color inspiration.

The tangerine zinnia right in the middle, sizzled with creative color and we began to dream of ways to include this shade in our future art collections. Wow, what inspiration one color can bring! Imagine our surprise, in January, when we read that tangerine had been selected as the new color of the year for 2012! Great minds think alike!!! Pantone named the 2012 color pick, Tangerine Tango, and we think it describes our zinnia shade quite well. For a little more color inspiration visit:

With tangerine tango smiles,

The Velvet Lime Girls

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Treasures are in the eye of the beholder. This was never truer than the day our son rescued my mother’s brooch, pictured above, from certain peril. Our carpets were being cleaned that day and with respect for the vocation of carpet cleaning, I explained that we would have strangers in our home for the day and advised our young son not to leave any valuables out in his room. He took the precaution quite seriously and began to roam the house, “securing valuables”. Later, he whispered for me to come and look at what I had left out! Carefully, he led me down the hallway to the very last room and revealed the treasure I had left unguarded. Looking both ways with slow, protective eyes and then sliding his hand smoothly into his pocket, he slowly drew out, with Faberge flair and a Tiffany touch, the rescued valuable… my mother’s old, dusty rhinestone brooch.

The brooch was never measured in terms of money, but simply by the special place given in our home and memories. It actually had very little monetary value and with it’s two missing rhinestone “gems”, a clasp that went to sleep years ago and dusty crevices from passing decades, it certainly would have been passed over by many as invaluable. But, in the eyes of our son, the glittery rhinestones were priceless facets and the sparkling turquoise and pink “carats” beckoned a rescue. It had value beyond measure in his little eyes.

It had value because of the worth that it had been given.

It’s a value not unlike ours. Regardless of how others perceive us, how we perceive ourselves, or how dusty the crevices of life have been, God sees us as having great value, great worth and being absolutely irreplaceable. He runs after us and gathers us up with tenacity far greater than our son did when he secured the family “treasure”. And a quiet heart can almost hear the sigh of relief that comes when He rescues us or when we draw close to Him. You are so valuable.

Even His descriptions of you are made with jewel-toned words, faceted with love. This one glimmers in my mind whenever I look at my mother’s brooch.

“Oh afflicted one, storm –tossed and not comforted. I'm about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise, foundations with sapphires, towers with rubies, gates with jewels, and all your walls with precious stones.” Isaiah 54:11

So, let the re-building begin. A foundation of sapphires? Towers of rubies? Gates of jewels? That’s a description of you. Why, I think you’re beginning to “catch the light” quite beautifully.


P.S. A special thank-you to my mother, Rose Skinner, for the priceless heirloom…a glittery pink & blue brooch and our son, Caleb, for the “rescue”.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Daphne Life

It’s the dead of winter. Flower beds are forlorn and forgotten, trees are stripped to skeleton sticks and the landscape is zipped up in a winter coat of frost. The garden has a cold shiver to it that seems to have snatched away all movement and stilled any life among things green.

Is anything even alive out there? Can this garden live again?

At first glance, it seems impossible that anything could grow, and yet, in my father’s garden, a burst of flowers has appeared. A wintery bouquet has come to life, sporting a creamy pink blush and a fragrance that envelopes, surrounds and chases you down in the garden. There’s no escape from its permeating presence. It wraps itself around everything in the garden and seems to shout out loud, “I’m flourishing! I’m alive!”

New life has come into what appeared to be dead.

If you inhale the heady aroma of a daphne odora in full bloom in the cold depths of February, it will take your breath away and make you believe in miracles again. You’ll realize that new life can come out of things that look as if they’re all dried up.

Perhaps you’re walking through a dead of winter season with only dry bones on the landscape of your life. If so, let this daphne bush, that flowers and flourishes in winter, encourage you to remember that new life can be breathed into the most barren of landscapes. It’s a truth echoed in a story found in Ezekiel 37. Take a moment to read it and you’ll find new life being breathed into your circumstances. It will make you want to jump up and shout to the “dry bones” in your life to “Live again!”

“I’ll breathe new life into you and you’ll live” Ezekiel 37:14

P.S. A special thanks to my father, Clarence Skinner, for his photograph of the fragrant daphne blooming in his garden February.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to our "Platinum Advisor" (aka James Rhodes) from the Velvet Lime Girls. Your inspiration, support and art direction are so appreciated and we celebrate you today on your 60th birthday. We have to admit, you have the creative energy of a 30 year old and your funny, sharp-witted humor with a trace of witty sarcasm, brings joy into our studio and each of our lives.
Marybeth was inspired to create this original artwork with an assortment of varied fonts and descriptions of James. It's a fun design that may serve as a springboard for future artwork.
Happy Birthday James!!!

The Velvet Lime Girls