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Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Frost is on the Pumpkin!!!

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!!

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Twins Still Standing!

In remembrance of the chilling events that took place on that autumn day ten years ago, I wanted to create a post filled with hope.  The twin towers are symbols of American greatness, success and entrepreneurism.  I present you with twins that represent the same things to all of us.

Captains Aleksandr and Dmitry Baron, Army dentists, are augmenting the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment at two different bases in southern Iraq. The identical twins are military dental officers.  Aleksandr has served as a triage doctor, making priority of care decisions based on the severity of combat wounds. “I never thought I would do something like that. I thought, if you send me to a deployed environment, I’ll take care of soldiers, I’ll comfort them, listen to them, care for their teeth, but I did not think I would be doing triage
They provide what is called “expeditionary care,” responding to emergencies, filling cavities, even performing cleanings to ensure that soldiers remain healthy and mission ready in a combat theater, said the Army public affairs officer who offered an account of these “Army dentists’ paths to southern Iraq.”
That they are in Iraq together, both assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment albeit at different bases, is “mere coincidence,” said Maj. Jason Billington. Aleksandr volunteered from their Fort Stewart, Ga., home base and deployed to Contingency Operating Site Kalsu with the Regimental Support Squadron in October 2010. Dmitry, who volunteered later without knowing his assignment, joined the regiment’s 3rd Squadron at Contingency Operating Site Echo in April 2011. 
Their story of U.S. military service begins when their parents, Vitaly and Emma Baron of Aberdeen, N.J., moved from Russia to America. The boys were six years old. “He just wanted a better life for his children,” Aleksandr said of his father’s moving them from what is now the Ukraine to Brooklyn, N.Y.  Assimilation came with difficulties of street and language for boys together in a strange new world. 
Dmitry: “We did everything together. We got in trouble together. We’d be in a corner together. With a twin, that can be a lot of fun.”
Aleksandr: “Being in a country that is as far as the United States is from Russia, to have him next to me was the best thing God could give me. He was a best friend. Trying to get cultured to America is hard. With him by my side, we were partners all the way.”
Both attended Rutgers University for undergraduate degrees and received dental degrees from New York University College of Dentistry in 2009.

Olmsted Falls twins serve together, but apart, in the United States Navy.
Army Reserve Lt. Col. Dominic Rinaldi, center, of Olmsted Falls, was able to swear in his sons Alex, right, and Dominic when they were commissioned as officers in the Navy after graduating from Ohio State University.
Olmsted Falls brothers Alex and Dominic Rinaldi, 24, spent most of their lives as close as twins could be -- same schools, sports, college degrees and now, same branch of the service. Alex is currently assigned to the USS Montpelier, a fast-attack submarine based in Norfolk, Va.  While Dominic serves aboard the USS La Jolla, another fast-attack sub, based in Pearl Harbor. Both are lieutenants (junior grade), both qualified in the engineering department.
After graduating from Olmsted Falls High School in 2004, the twins attended Ohio State University where they earned finance degrees and attended the Naval ROTC program.
Their military interest could have resulted from their father's 36 years in the Army Reserve where he is currently a lieutenant colonel.
As a military officer, the senior Rinaldi  (tour of duty in Iraq 2005-2006) was able to swear-in his two sons when they were commissioned in the Navy after graduating from OSU, and he recalled, "To be with them, when you see your sons and they've accomplished something, to be a part of that is just phenomenal."

The Moss Brothers
Reaching so ideally high, adhering so adamantly to the principles of selflessness and patriotism, Vincent LaVaughn Moss and Vance JoShaun Moss offer more than a decade of accomplished-laden experience in service to their community and nation. Most recently, Vince and Vance were challenged with organizing an amazing act of patriotism and courage.
They coordinated the efforts of the U.S. military, U.S. State Department and Northwest Medical Team for the arrival of an 8 year old boy and his father to New York City for completing the surgery they started while serving on a special mission to Afghanistan. This is just one of many examples that would exemplify the true meaning of being a true American. Vince and Vance’s entire life is a reflection achieving beyond the limits, building bonds between different ethnic and religious groups while inspiring others to do the same.
The Moss’s journey began a special one indeed when they were born twins on April 25, 1971.  It was with each other that they developed a sense of team work early on. It was quite evident when they earned Eagle Scout, the highest honor in Boy Scouts at the tender age of 14, and the Amelia Earhart Award in the Civil Air Patrol at Age 15. They went on to graduate from Oxon Hill High School Science and Technology Center in 1989 where they excelled in school to be nominated by Congressman Honorable Steny Hoyer to the United States Military Academy.  The young men opted to attend the Pennsylvania State University where they majored in Science and were accepted into 7 medical schools.
While at Temple University Medical School, they dedicated themselves to developing a science mentorship program which still exist at Temple today. The principles and ideals of this program have extended to other medical schools across the country.
Their involvement in the Army Reserve Medical Corps distinguished them among their peers.  They earned the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement medal while challenged by the rigors of medical school and earning a prestigious residency position in General Surgery at SUNY Brooklyn and Urology at New York Medical College. Vince completed his fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at SUNY Brooklyn as well. Vance completed a fellowship in Renal Transplantation after finishing his urology residency.twins
While in residency they volunteered to serve in the Army Reserve Medical Corps, even when it was authorized to defer service until after completing residency. They  were promoted to the rank of Major at the earliest possible chance and were activated and served in Operation Enduring Freedom.       twins2It was during this phase of their lives that they had an unprecedented opportunity, never done before in the history of military medicine, to treat civilians outside of Kabul.  This special act of courage caught the attention of the world, earning them many medals of achievement, including the Global War on Terror Achievement Medal.   They have received some of the highest civilian awards given in the United States, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Trumpet Award.  The Moss’s completed a tour in Iraq in May 2008, serving with the First Marine Expeditionary Force in the Al Anbar Province where they treated many soldiers and marines. Vince and Vance are currently in private practice in New Jersey as well as attending's in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplant Surgery at Crozer Chester Medical Center. Vance actually spearheaded the development of the transplant program in a partnership with Temple University
Twins? yeah we
still got ‘em. 
Watch your back.

Thankful for our freedom, 
Scarlet,Eileen and Laura

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Au Naturel

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!



I hope you are able to celebrate Easter in just the way you likeblog_026

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

Williamsburg, VA

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.capitol 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!!Christiana_Campbell's_view_2  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!raleightavern 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!!nescafe I also found a green depression glass tea cup to replace a broken one in my set.teacup  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

The Family Jewels

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.

coraltreeThe 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!jadetreeThis 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!choker

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.jamiesjewels

This stunning lapis statement piece is showcased by intricately wrapped copper wire, the scrolls and bale complement the oval shape perfectly!

Yeah! This is my fave!lapispendent

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 ShellyPerfect 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:

Lady Bug Blessings,

 Sugar Bee Crafts

Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday

I Love Pretty Little Things

Stop by and see all the other bloggers and their imaginative ideas!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Emeralds are a Colleen’s Best Friend

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

Mr. and Mrs. O. Roy Chalk.


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

Between Naps on the Porch

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

Eibhlin of Cork.

DSCN2796cpyJoin me for a lovely breakfast of blueberry scones and tea at my house!  The creamy ivory shamrock dishes are a yard sale find.  Five dollars for the set.  Ooh…Ahh!  As soon as I saw them I knew they would look great with my Cloverleaf depression glass, I don’t remember where I bought those, but I know they are from the 30’s.  platesquared
Every year we head to the town wide yard sale in Bloomsbury, NJ.  The white ivy teapot and pedestal plate are both finds from there, total purchase, a whopping $1.50.  Bloomsbury is a charming little town located in scenic Hunterdon County.   Another event this town hosts is ArtsFest.
My Grandmother gave me the sugar spoon and my Mother, Frances Thomas crocheted the table topper, which I think is just beautiful!
The Irish lass is on loan from my good friend Maureen (Moe) Seaberg, a first generation American of Irish descent.  Dressed in her traditional Cork plaid wool skirt and Irish linen blouse and apron, our lass looks like she might be going shopping for the ingredients for her famous Blueberry Scones!
Eibhlin is the Irish version of my name, Eileen and amazingly enough it means Hazelnut!  My “favoritist” nut and flavor!!  I have surrounded Eibhlin with green votive holders, gold coins and of course a Blarney Stone.  Did you know the Blarney Stone is Bluestone?  Here in Pennsylvania we are well known for our Bluestone too! Isn’t that a coincidence?
The napkins are Quaker lace and every other item on the table is from a yard sale!  I just love looking at the snowy white tablecloth with the pretty green. 
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Come to breakfast again!  Until then…
May God give you...
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.
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