I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day!

  • By Brenda Buckingham
  • 23 Jan, 2013
Goodness . . . it has been forever since I blogged!  My last blog post was two days before Christmas.  I had determined to have a great Christmas . . . despite the fact that my husband was working through all of it.  And I had really gotten the right mind set and was feeling […]
This last week I was still not really up to running around much physically, so I spent some time designing some original signs for Past Blessings.  Below is one I just finished.  These signs are original designs I create (finally using my graphic design degree again after all these years!)  I then mount them on wood boards and treat them with my own unique antiquing and distressing treatment I have developed.  This one was fun for me to do as it is kind of sentimental . . . I used to sing this song to my boys when they were little.  And, after showing it on facebook, I realized that this song has sentimental meaning to so many people . . . I have been getting messages and emails from so many people wanting the sign and telling me of their own memories of that song.

This sign measures 16″ tall by 10 1/2″ wide and is 1/2″ thick.  It is available for $25, plus $10 shipping (unless you happen to live in the Spokane area and want to pay us a visit here at the farm . . .)  If you are interested in ordering, you can contact me at PastBlessings@gmail.com .  I will also be adding a page to our blog that I will post all of our signs that are available.  I will let you know once that is up and running.  Also, if you would like to keep up on our sales, our Pickin’ on the Prairie Antique Show and our new signs and products, you might want to follow us on facebook. Click here to find our facebook page: Past Blessings Farm .

 So enough with the commercials!  This year I am really focusing on being a blessing to others.  I have always thought it was important . . . in fact, so much so that I named my business Past Blessings 9 years ago . . . before all the “craze” came about with the word “blessings” . . . I named it that because I thought it was important to remember and try to carry on the blessings of the past . . . when serving God, loving your family and valuing life mattered.  I still hold fast to that today.  But I am really trying to personalize the word blessings . . . how I will bless my family, my friends, the cashier at the store or whoever I may come in contact with.

On Monday, I flew down to Arizona to spend 10 days visiting my big sister.  Before I left, however, I wanted to make sure I blessed my family . . . blessed them with a clean and orderly house, blessed them with  food in the frig and simple instructions for keeping themselves well fed, the laundry caught up and all the details of life taken care of so that while I am gone, their lives could still run smoothly.  I am not sure that I left without any loose ends, but I did my best to make my trip not be a burden for them.  I did my best instead to bless them before I left.  

So how are you doing this week . . . are you focusing on blessing your family?  Is your home a mess or a haven?  Is the laundry done?  Are meals planned?  I am not asking you all this because I have it all together . . . quite the opposite in fact . . .  My desire is to always be a blessing . . . but that being said I am not always a blessing.  I fail a lot . . . my house gets messy . . . I get bored cooking . . . the laundry stacks up.  But God knows my heart and I simply need to keep giving Him my heart . . . and He will continue to feed my desires and help me to be the woman He has created me to be. I am choosing to be a blessing and through God’s help I will be.

So put on your apron . . . get cleaning . . . but above all else . . . keep giving your heart to God . . . so He can keep filling it up with His love and blessings and help you to be the woman you were meant to be!


By Brenda 07 Jun, 2017
I am so happy to finally be able to blog again!  As many of you may remember I kept hiring website designers that for reasons unknown, kept dropping off the face of the earth.  Finally, in frustration I got the world's thickest Wordpress book and taught myself enough to get my site up and going.  But things kept changing and some plug ins would simply stop working.  My blog wasn't letting me add the fonts I wanted.  More and more issues kept creeping up.   In January, when we ran an ad for one of our shows, a digital code was added to our website to drive traffic.  Not realizing the power of Spambots . . . I hadn't even known what they were before this . . . this code now opened the world to these robots to place spam on my page.  Before we finally switched over to this new site I had . . . get this (almost worthy of a drum roll!)  30,000 spam comments waiting to get on my blog posts!!  It was so incredibly frustrating.  Finally, we went to our team of amazing experts (Katie, Kelly, Melissa and Casey) and had them recreate things.  There were certain things I wanted to remain.  I am abnormally attached to my turquoise barnwood.  I needed my pig logo.  I wanted a similar look and feel to my old page . . . but cleaner and easier to use.  They listened.  They made changes that I wanted.   And they created "captchas" . . . which is where you have to click a button declaring that you are not a robot . . . see apparently Spambots don't have fingers . . . or at least not coordinated fingers . . . so they can't click buttons.  So today I am finally able to blog.  So many changes and exciting things happening here . . . but for today I just want to say "I am back and I am glad you are here, visiting my page."  And I want to say I am grateful.  For something so simple as being able to blog again.  The evil Spambots have been conquered!  Life is good!
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Tonight I just got home after setting up for our latest show, “Pickin’ Christmas”, which will take place at the Greyhound Event Center in Post Falls Idaho this coming weekend, December 3 and 4.  We have the spots all marked off, the placement figured out for everything from decor to ticket booths . . . and my booth is done.  I am pleased with how simple it came together and how nice I think it will display.  But still tonight finds me anxious and stressed.

By Brenda 28 Nov, 2016
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