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My heartfelt thanks for stopping by for a visit to my blog. HFTS is all about friendship, feathering one's nest, and sharing a creative spirit. Thank you to all of you who take the time to leave a comment. I read and appreciate each and every one. Your notes are the only way I know who has stopped in for a visit.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February ~ 2016

Iconic Fork Sculpture at Local Austin Restaurant

F e b r u a r y

Original by Patience Brewster, Patience Brewster Inc.
Used With Permission

How can it be that we've 

turned the calendar to a new month?

February 2 ~ Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil and other famous groundhogs

around did not see their shadows this morning.

According to legend, 

"There is no shadow to be cast; an early spring is forecast!"

Detail of Vintage Ball Gown of San Antonio, TX Fiesta Queen

February 8 ~ Chinese New Year 2016

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is one of the

most important celebrations for the Chinese.

2016 ~ Year of the Monkey

Contemporary Mask

February 9, 2016 ~ Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.

Wearing a mask and costume is common for celebrating

Mardi Gras along with parades and lots of merry making!

Victorian Valentine ~ Private Collection

February 14, 2016 ~ Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine's Day has evolved through the years

to be associated with romantic love and gifts of

valentine cards, chocolate, flowers, or some romantic item.

Alice's Key, 2011 by Beth Fisher, Gypsy Fish Studio

The "chef" holds the key to my heart

and surprises me with gifts in his own time.

He is a romantic who doesn't believe in contrived holidays.

Star Quilt, c1880 ~ Uncle Sam Doll by Saundra Slagle

February 15, 2016 ~ Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day is a US federal holiday 

held on the third Monday of February

to honor the Presidents of the United States.

Porcelain Heart Boxes ~ Gifts From The Chef

That about sums it 

up for the month ahead.

Red Geraniums ~  Nice, France

I'd like to give a shoutout to my blogging friend,

Jenna @ The Painted Apron.

She commented on my January post that she had enjoyed 

my Alphabet Series and asked if I 

planned to do a monthly themed series.

Antique Cooper Pudding Moulds and Mary Engelbreit Tin, c1983

Great idea, Genna!

Look for future monthly posts dedicated to each specific month.

Also a special thank you to Patience Brewster for allowing 

me to use the photo of her wonderful painting for Groundhog Day.

Visit Patience Brewster, Inc HERE for gifts for your valentine.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January ~ 2016


It's a cold 

and dreary day here.

Caps and wooly scarves

help keep the chill off.

A perfect excuse to 

 wrap up in my favorite tartan.

To gather with friends

and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

My posting of late has been as sparse as

the stick arms on a snowman.

I apologize to you, my readers!

Partly, I just haven't had that spark of inspiration

to come up with something of interest.

Mostly,  it's that the new year has me busy with some

projects and the desire to get back into stitching

and reading more rather than yielding my

leisure time to the dark hole of the internet. 

I do have more to share,

and I fully expect to be back to

posting weekly once February arrives.

I felt I needed some time to reflect

on the priorities of how I wish to spend my time

and simply take a break from posting on the blog.

Thank you to all my blogging friends who have

written to check in to see that all is OK.

The blogging community is an amazing network

of caring friends for which I'm truly grateful.

Sadie and I appreciate your friendship and 

that you take the time to stop by Hyacinths to visit.  

2016 is off to a good start.

We hope you will continue to visit   

and follow along as we share 

this and that in the months ahead.

Blogger and Google have been changing things again.

Many of my "Followers" have disappeared from the sidebar.

I hope you will continue to visit and hopefully 

attach a comment when you visit.  

I read every comment and try to respond

to all who let me know that they visit here.

If you wish to follow by email,

you will find a link at the top of my sidebar.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Night Before Christmas and All Through the House

It's the night before Christmas

and the twinkle of the tiny white lights on our tree

set the mood for quiet, simple times

here at Hyacinths for the Soul

The stockings are hung with care,

but no chestnuts roasting on our cozy fire.

Though Chickadees scamper about the mantel among 

the pine cones and golden pears.

Each dressed for this special 

night in their finest attire.

Waiting patiently for our jolly

St. Nick to appear!

Bunnies in red tartan bows

know something special is on its way.

This sassy lady in her verdigris coat

is from the Bunny Williams Collection 

based on a copper antique from Williams' own garden

and a treasured Christmas present from a friend last year.

The German nutcracker was given to me

many years ago by my mother,

and the plump tartan velvet pumpkin 

was a recent gift from a friend.

Vignettes in the kitchen welcome

more Santa figures.

To give our home a gentle touch of holiday scent,

I filled a MacKenzie-Chids vase with

fresh Christmas greens and red berries.

The gift packages under our tree

have all been delivered to friends and family.

Our tree is small and not fancy, 

 but it is decorated with lots of love.

Ornaments that have been added through the years,

many special gifts from dear friends, hang from red satin, 

tartan, or ribbons of black and white check.

There is definitely a MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check 

theme woven through the branches.  

A few new ornaments were 

added this year.

A crowing rooster amongst curls of 

burlap ribbon roosts on the top.

The shelves of our bamboo bookcase next to our tree

are filled with special holiday touches.

Bottom shelves hold Christmas books ready

to enjoy with an evening cup of tea,

 or  to share with little ones who may stop by to visit.

More Christmas books are on the lower shelf of a

green wicker table at the side door entry.

As an elementary teacher, children's literature

is a passion not easily abandoned.

 One of Nancy Thomas' New York Santa figures

helps hold up favorite Christmas books.

Rudolph is snuggled into 

greens and pinecones near by.

I added something new to the tabletop this year.

It's been a long time since I've used

this metal tree in my Christmas decorations,

but when I spotted these cute black and white color block

gift toppers at Target, I knew just what I'd use them on.

They are by Sugar Paper and were sold in packages of four.

These darling ceramic balls are 

much like the Kate Spade color block ornaments

I've seen this year, but for a fraction of the price.

They add a little contemporary vibe to our sun porch

and are a great compliment to our Courtly Check inspired

Christmas tree.  Preserved boxwood balls by were also a

Target purchase.  They came three to a package.

This jolly man has a big open sack 

perfect for holding candy treats

or possibly some pretty flowers for the right occasion.

More Santa figures and tartan

touches await on the pine table nearby.

The bronze rooster was a souvenir from

my trip to Paris in 2014.  

I gave him a festive touch for Christmas,

and added a petite Barbara Olsen framed

watercolor to his tray.

Another Barbara Olsen petite Christmas

painting sits below the lamp on top of the same chest.

I've enjoyed the two little Olsen painting since the 1990s.

Joyuex Noel, to all!

Thank you for joining me this Christmas Eve.

I'd like to thank all my readers and blogging friends

who visit and leave thoughtful comments.

I appreciate each of you, and am grateful that many

of you have become dear friends through the years.

Merry Christmas to all,
and to all a good night!


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