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My Dirty Secret

Those who know me – know that I have addiction, that addiction would be “Silver” or “Silver Plated Ware” (working with tarnish remover is dirty, hence – “Dirty Secret”).  You would think I would find contentment in my collection of over sixty pieces. I mean really, how many sugar and creamer sets can one person use? I have ten sets, so go ahead laugh with me! You would think this would deter me from buying more…probably not.


Imagine With Me  For A Moment


I am taking some time for myself and I am going shopping. This may be what one of my typical shopping events would look like:


My first stop is the local coffee shop where my best meant plans always fail. I always abandon my original plan of purchasing only coffee, to a revised plan of adding a ‘sweet roll’ with my order. After treating myself to coffee and usually a hot cinnamon roll with butter, I continue on to my next planned stop. That would be the antique shop—which is so conveniently located next to the coffee shop.


I Love Antiques


Upon entering the door I find myself racing past all the wonderful finds that the store offers.  I quickly walk straight past all these beautiful antiques to the very place where I might find that “Silver” item that has been on the shelf just waiting for my arrival.

As I turn the corner I spot the piece. I can barely make out what it may be made of due to the tarnishing over the years. Even though it is difficult to read the markings, I must have it. I quickly put it in hand as I can now back track to see all that the store has to offer.

I love buying a tarnished piece, taking it home, and polishing it up in hopes that I have found a jewel. (Unfortunately, it does not always turn out that way, but that does not seem to slow me down in my search).

There is something about bringing back a once-treasured item to another era of glory.

No reason to own it if I am not going to use it.

(Above picture shows one of my  favorite items:  A tray presented “As A Silver Token of Esteem and Appreciation” to the Governor of Windsor, Ontario in 1933).

 It sits on my coffee table where my husband and I enjoy a game of “Mexican Train” in the evenings.

Years ago Silver was a way  to show prestige, Plated Silver was offered to the common household to allow people to join the ranks of the upper class.

(I am sure that one of my jobs in heaven will be caring for the gold formal ware)

I might act like  I am rich and that is because  I am, I am a Daughter of the King.

Join me on my Facebook page “The King’s Daughter

The Bible says we are the glory of our father. I can imagine when He looks at me with all my tarnish, He too gets that thrill of what I can become when he begins to polish me. He sees in me what I can not see in myself.

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord- who is the Spirit – makes us more like Him as we are changed (tarnish removed) into His glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

If you believe that you are tarnished beyond repair or use – my friend you are sadly mistaken.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly and despised things of the world, and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast in His presence..” 1 Corinthians 1: 27-29

I would love to hear how He is polishing you; we are all in this together!

My Prayer for You

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people” Ephesians 1:18

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Welcome to the place that I refer to as my "Secret Garden". That place is my heart, where I share who I am. Gardener, Landscaper, Card Maker, Nature Lover - are just a few of my loves. My new adventure that I am about to embark on is "Homesteading". I see chickens in my future. But my ultimate love is Encouraging Others with the Love of Christ and I do that by sharing my experiences in hopes that you know you are not alone. The Areas I have had the privilege of serving in: President of Okinawa, Japan International Women's Club, Speaker, Author, Bible Teacher, Personal Mentor.

Welcome to the place I refer to as my 'Secret Garden' that place where the real me is revealed. What you will discover is that I love God, almost everything I do is centered around that relationship. I love helping others to find that relationship as well. I also love Vintage everything, landscaping, gardening, paper crafting and urban homesteading. -Valerie
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