Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Here Come the Brides

I confess. I was only in it for the fashion.

The groom  and his tuxedo were hastily cut out and set aside.

It was all about the Bride.

My best friend Fanny and I spent  long summer days perfecting our fine motor skills with paper and blunt tipped scissors. We honed our  organizational skills  planning elaborate receptions, honeymoons,and households. Our insatiable appetite for bridal glamor led us to discarded catalogs and magazines from which we culled our elaborate trousseau.

For some reason we believed our lives would require wardrobes so fantastic they bordered on costuming .

 We grew up on Katy Keene and Brenda Starr little realizing life would more closely resemble Cathy. Aack!!

One day we put away our paper doll brides and for years I  looked back on that childish obsession with disdain. In fact, when I married it was on the beach, in jeans and matching sweaters, the antithesis of all my childhood day dreams.

Lately I look back on my childhood self with more acceptance. I've come to embrace my love of  frilly, sparkly girly things.

Did you like Bride Paper Dolls?

Thanks for visiting. Have a blessed week


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tea in the Library #50

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white

Noritake  Snowflake
Neither need you do anything but be yourself. - Tao Tzu

Snowflakes, china and sparkling rhinestones. Oh! They are made for each other.
This is a favorite set in honor of Tea Time Tuesday.
 Happy Anniversary Sandi! 

The wind is cold, the trees are bare

 and all lies in stillness beneath a blanket of snow. - Zukav

I hope Winter is treating you kindly. 
Have a Blessed week!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tea in the Library #49

 Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless. ~Terri Guillemets

Carrot cake and thick ceramic mugs of steaming tea. 
Miss Reid for company.
Miss Reid's Christmas:Village Christmas and The Christmas Mouse
recommended by Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tea in the Library # 47


 Oh for the gentleness of old Romance - Keats

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Winter Romance in the Dining Room

Romance is the glamour  that turns the dust of everyday into a golden haze
- Amanda Cross

The snow is snowing and the wind is blowing
But I will weather the storm

What do I care how much it may storm?
 I've got my love to keep me warm...

Just you watch those icicles fall
What do I care if those icicles fall?
I've got my love to keep me warm.

 Oh for the gentleness of old Romance... Keats

Spring romance is puppy love. Summer, white hot and gone too quick. Autumn romance is a Sinatra song.  Winter Romance has more to recommend itself  than one ever thinks. Old stories are new and there is much share. That's the real allure of Winter Romance. Someone else who holds our memories. The shared bark of laughter, the quick meeting of the eyes. The Where Were Yous. The yes, I remember it too... Winter Romance is the rereading of a loved but half forgotten book, one whose details have dimmed so that the story is both familiar and new. 

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'Fireside' dining for an at home Date Night or special breakfast. No bustling wait staff, no TVs!

Long conversations and a second glass of wine? Sambuca with our coffee?
No problem!

I used a card table and 'shopped what I got' to create an intimate dining setting to add some  Romance to Winter. The magazine spread below served as my inspirational jumping off point. Looking at the picture I made a list of elements.

A pair of old skates, red plaid, some weathered wicker, clear fairy lights, sheers, black and white. Linen and lace. Greens. Then I walked around the house gathering items that tied into the list or had a similar feel. However, I'd been using fruit as decoration and was ready for a change. I bought a lovely bunch of white roses at the grocers. Love them with baby's breath and Blue Spruce. Definitely kicks up the romantic appeal.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out Winter Romance in the Dining Room.
Hope your winter is full of romance too!

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Have a blessed week.

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