Saturday, July 18, 2009

Unexpected Vignette...

Sometimes, vignettes are well thought out and executed to perfection. And sometimes, they just happen inadvertantly. This sweet little vignette occured when I made a couple of purchases from Our Cottage Garden and one from an Ebay auction. They arrived in the mail just before I had to leave for work and so I put the little dolls in the box that the findings and rose cards came in and figured I'd put them away later. The next day, I saw them sitting on the table and just smiled at how pretty (and pink) everything looked together. I still haven't gotten around to putting them away. I think I'll wait a little while longer and enjoy looking at them...while I wait, I'm going to pop on over to Bev's at How Sweet the Sound who hosts Pink Saturday and see what the other participants have to offer this week.

Until next time,
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Simple Things

My blogger friend Jermaine at French-Kissed is so inspiring. She's always talking about her beautiful silverplate flatware that she picks up at the flea markets, thrift stores, wherever. I have some of these pieces that I inherited from a great aunt. There were a few forks in the Vintage pattern by Rogers. I'd only used them once. I was out antiquing one day and found a box of flatware priced at $1 a piece. I pawed through them, thinking of how proud Jermaine would be of me when I came across 4 stunning forks that I thought might compliment the pieces I had at home from my great aunt. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I got them home and found out they weren't just complimentary, but an exact match. Not that they needed to be, but I was so excited that they were the same. I polished the new ones and the old ones and my sugar shell and have to tell you that I have been smiling ever since. I can't wait to dine in elegance over some curried chicken and rice salad on the porch. Pretty cheap thrill at $4, don't you think?

Along that same line, this little glass compote holds a few of my favorite seashells from our recent Sanibel Island vacation. The beautiful pink shell cameo is a fairly new purchase from an estate sale. The carving is so lovely and the pink color on the shell is gorgeous. I have this sitting on my dresser where I pass it several times a day and smile, remembering a fun family vacation at the beach and appreciating the beauty of the shells.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that even though there are some phenomenally beautiful (and expensive) antiques out there, it is often these little unexpected and inexpensive treasures that elevate our homes from the mundane to the sublime and are good for a big grin each time we look at them. Can't ask for much more than that, can you?

Until next time,

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

How do I tie Pink Saturday in with July the 4th????

Well, I invite you to come over for tea...and sit for a while...and we can chat about how lucky we are to live in this country and how many fun July the 4th memories we have. Personally, I LOVE sparklers. I think we should find a way to use sparklers every day. Wouldn't that make each day just that much more special???

I hope you and your family and friends have a great firecracker of a 4th of July! Eat lots of watermelon, drink lots of lemonade, watch lots of fireworks, and most of all, have FUN!

Alright, I admit the tie in was a little thin (okay, I've had Filo dough that was thicker!), but its the thought that counts, right? If you can break away from the fun, pop on over to Bev's at How Sweet the Sound to see how other folks do at the pink 4th of July post. I know I'm going to!

Until next time,

P.S. Is anyone else having trouble with scheduled posts not going off as scheduled? I've never had any trouble before but this is two Saturdays in a row.
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