In an effort to try to post more frequently, even if I am making shorter posts, I am putting up these pictures my mom, (Eileen) took from her front door. It is absolutely beautiful where she lives in Northern Pennsylvania and these photos are examples of Mother Nature’s handiwork on Saturday!!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Sometimes we are all alone on a holiday. Sometimes it is Christmas or New Years Eve or even Easter.
The thrill of decorating for family and seeing little faces light up with joy and surprise doesn’t happen for everyone. Some of us by design and others by chance, have holidays for one. There are people that just skip observing the holiday and others that donate their time on those days.
I try to celebrate holidays alone with the same fervor I have when I am surrounded by those I love.
Christ was born and ascended into heaven for each of us. It is when times are the darkest that we realize He is here for us. His comforting hand caresses our cheek and draws us close to Him always and most especially when we are alone.
It is sad sometimes and bed with a box of chocolates looks really inviting, but, let’s not reserve our love and cheer only for times with others. Instead, lavish yourself with all the tender loving care that you know Christ wants you to enjoy.
Surrounding ourselves with the fruit of our creative endeavors brings God close to heart. When I think of being made in His image I always think of creativity. There can be no one more creative than God, can there?
Keeping this in mind we have set a simple table for breakfast.
The lacy wrought iron of the garden table and chairs looks so beautiful with the addition of a handmade crocheted lace tablecloth.
The white china plate with it’s floral embossed detail, is placed over a monogrammed linen napkin. The lovely brown eggs are set out in a white porcelain bowl with the simple entrée held aloft by a shabby silver candleholder.
As we peek over the whitewashed roof of the birdhouse we can see the Bakelite napkin ring encircling the handmade linen napkins.
Coming back around front we find a Ukrainian Pysanky egg leaning on the porch post!
Whatever you do and however you celebrate I know Christ will be there with you.
We are joining the lovely party at Between Naps on the Porch
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Mom, Laur, and I went to Williamsburg VA for a week to celebrate Mom’s birthday. It is the first time we have ever done anything like that! Thanks to the generosity of my friend Bill who loaned us his condo, we were able to have a worry free, low cost vacay!! Here is some of what we did and saw…
The Capitol Building in Colonial Williamsburg is opposite William and Mary College, the oldest learning institution in America. Pictured below is Christiana Campbell's Tavern, which I believe is the first property ever legally held by a woman. After her husbands' death Christiana made herself valuable as a spy and George Washington gave her the deed to her building. Go Christiana!! This is a lovely shot of the Raleigh Tavern, named after Sir Walter Raleigh. The symmetry and simplicity of this building is so beautiful to me. In 1587 after many trials and tribulations Sir Walter established a colony on Roanoke Island, VA. John White became Governor and after a while went back to England for supplies. His return trip was delayed because England required all her ships in harbor to prepare for war. Finally, in 1588, John sailed for Roanoke Island. Unfortunately, his crews were determined to find the riches of some Spanish merchant ships in Cuba.
Governor White was unable to return until 1590 and was stunned to find the entire colony gone. The only sign of them was the word croatoan carved into a tree. The colonists were never seen again and they are now known as the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.
That wraps up todays’ history lesson! My parents, sister and brother in law are really into antiquing. I love it too, but, these guys have stamina!! The Williamsburg area is beautiful and although the weather was a little rainy and chilly for our taste we went out and had fun everyday!
I guess our favorite place was the Williamsburg Antique Mall. It is 45,000 sq.ft. with 400 dealers shops in it! There was a sweet little tea shop too. Which I will save for another post!
This was actually a two day excursion. I found some Nescafé mugs that I had broken over the years and wished to replace. Six of them for 7.50!! I also found a green depression glass tea cup to replace a broken one in my set. In the Goodwill I found 4 tops for 11.00, yay!
Mom picked up a few decorative pieces we will be seeing in some tablescapes soon…
If any of you see that blue bunny plate on the bottom right, Moms’ set came without it! I have looked everywhere I can think of and cannot find it to buy singly.
We really had a great time and laughed until tears rolled down our faces! Now that we have done this once we are going to do it more often.
Gone to look for friends that live in exotic locations!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
My Aunt Gail and her daughter, Jamie are designing beautiful jewelry! I couldn’t wait to blog about it! Here are some pictures of a few of their designs…all one of a kind pieces…
Every piece is thoughtfully handmade with a certain aesthetic in mind.
The popular tree of life pendent is pictured here in carnelian and my personal favorite, jade!!!. Copper wire is used not only because it is beautiful and long lasting, it is also easier on the wallet! Even the silver wires are copper inside! The silver doesn’t wear or scratch off…which is really cool!This stunning choker is from the Princess Quinn collection. Three silver strands are joined together with Swarovski crystals in jet and emerald. Suspended from the necklace are briolette's and of course the crowning jewel is a baroque emerald crystal!
This geometric delight is silver/copper wire strung with glass seed beads. The double strand necklace is accented with silver Swarovski elements. The actual pendant is copper enameled with a gorgeous turquoise.
This stunning lapis statement piece is showcased by intricately wrapped copper wire, the scrolls and bale complement the oval shape perfectly!
Ever the creative duo, Gail and Jamie have created several collections to enhance the appeal of each individual piece. Naming the stuff is always my favorite part!!
The Anntastic collection is named after Jamie's daughter and represents the trendy girl who likes a statement piece.
FAR inspired by Jamie’s Favorite Aunt Rita. Luscious jewel tones abound in this Orient influenced collection.
Frances, Gail’s mom has influenced the Franciful designs. Ideal for everyday at work, school or church. Subtle, but never boring.
Metal and natural stones converge in the elemental collection, which brings to mind earth, air, water and fire.
For the sophisticated woman who favors the classic designs, Black Tie is the perfect fit.
Weddings, holidays and other special occasions are represented in the festive celebrations line.
The Katie Bug group presents a bevy of youthful whimsy featuring angel wings and animals, all the sparkle a little girl could want!
A sobriquet for Jamie's charming granddaughter, Princess Quinn, is a medley of sparkly crystals and of course crown jewels!
A mélange of beach glass, enamels, and freshwater pearls. From neutral and soft beach tones to brilliant tropical colors. You will want Shelly. Perfect for a cruise or visit to the islands!
Morgan Thomas designs will have their first trunk show at Beads and More in Montgomery TX on May 14th.
If any bloggerettes are in the area, I hope you’ll stop by and say hi to them from me!
note: I have used different colors and fonts on the collection’s names. In case they don’t read perfectly on your computer, I apologize.
I guess this post sounds like a commercial, but, I am so proud of them and the fabulous job they are doing. I just had to tell the world! At least my corner of the Blogging World!!
Gone to place my order for something shiny!!!!
p.s. you can find more of their designs online at…To Be Pretty
We are joining the parties at:
Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday
Stop by and see all the other bloggers and their imaginative ideas!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Did you know that emeralds can be more precious than diamonds? The components and pressure needed to create an emerald are rarer than those with which diamonds are created. (Yeah, I look up info like that!)
I was wondering how Ireland received it’s nickname of the Emerald Isle. Turns out if you want a gorgeous emerald you go to Columbia, but, if you want to see beautiful, lush, green countryside you go to Ireland! I found a picture from NASA taken on a rare cloudless day that shows just how ‘emerald’ Ireland really is!
Okay, that’s great, but I still need me some jewels! One of the most famous emeralds is on display at the The National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian
It is the Chalk Emerald, donated in 1972 by
Now, that is a sparkler! Which brings us to my St Patrick’s Day tablescape…are you serious? This is how you start a tablescape description?? Hey, I like to educate! Besides, how am I going to work in my ‘Chalk Emerald’?
I know!! Pretty good looking! This is a replica I purchased from the Smithsonian Collection. It’s just so ‘emeraldy’! Now a tablescape to complement my ring!…
Dressed for an elegant evening the table is draped in a sparkling gold mesh, layered with a cutwork topper I purchased in St Kitts, thank you Captain Butler! Ivory plates sit on gold chargers. Both from Target. The dinnerware has a simple beaded and gold banded rim.
Each place card is framed with a golden wreath/Christmas ornament, I have written the names of my Irish guests on cardstock and added a Celtic accent.
The flatware is from ShopNBC many years ago and my beautiful green Depression glass dishes are gifts from my mother, Eileen. The pattern is Georgian Lovebirds.
A better look at the detail.
Miniature Depression glass pitcher and glasses.
The creamer and sugar are gold with an embossed floral pattern, marked Pickard, from my mom along with the candy dish.
Some Irish coffee and soda bread of course!
The cherry cordials are displayed on a hand painted porcelain plate inherited from my Mother in law.
Leafy green napkin rings from Goodwill, and marked Shafford, Japan. They will be beautiful in a variety of settings.
At the end of the day, champagne and emeralds aren’t bad dinner companions!
Please join me and other like minded individuals at the party hosted by Susan at
Gone to match dishes to the Hope Diamond!
The flutes, coffee glasses, place card holders, column salt and pepper shakers and candles were given to me by my friend, Amy. Without whom my home wouldn’t be half as decorated!!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
Between Naps on the Porch