Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sweet As Pie ~ Valentine's 2018

"Friendship gives wings to the heart 
as there is no distance that can set them apart."
When friends wing their way to your home 
from across the miles, it is indeed a sweet treat.

 It's an occasion to pull out some 
pretty china and set a welcoming table.

Red checks and tassels!
❤️   ❤️   ❤️   ❤️
What could be more fun for
 celebrating good friends?

Old French mustard crocks hold stems of anemones 
in joyful anticipation of our friends' arrival. 

 The vintage crocks, little souvenirs from
 a long ago vacation in France, 
are a nod to our shared love of all things French.

Marcella Hazan's Pasta Bolognese over a bed of spinach
provided a perfect one dish meal upon arrival.

Love Letter hand pies ~ 
the perfect little endulgance to end the evening! 
Thank you, Tiny Pies of Austin!

  Happy Valentine's Day 2018
to each of you across the miles!

Don't miss the chance to enter the 
MacKenzie-Childs Giveaway over at Pandora's Box.
Leave a comment on her post and you could win
this wonderful tote, perfect for the beach or around town.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Again, I Ask, What do you like to do on a Snowy Day?

A winter storm moved into central Texas early morning
with frigid temperatures, sleet, and snow.
Schools are closed, as are many businesses,
because of icy conditions, and I don't plan to leave the house.

The post below was first publised in January 2014.
Considering today's weather, I decided to share and ask again:

What do you like 
to do on a snowy day?

Ski down 
powdery slopes?

Hop on a sled 
to race down a hillside?

Skate with friends on
a frozen pond?

Build a snowman with  
a carrot nose and eyes of coal?

Here in Texas none of these winter
day activities are something we get to enjoy.
Though that doesn't stop me from dreaming about
a day with snowy hills and frozen ponds.

Makes me wonder if artist Betsy Hybicki
lived this scene or only
 dreamed of such fun in the snow.
I wish I knew more about her work.

I bought this piece in early December from 
She found it in a thrift store and decided  
to sell it in her antique booth.
Thanks, Dawn!

I knew it would be a perfect 
companion for these happy faces.

We have to make our own
snowy day fun here in Texas.

Won't be long till the snow people
are put away to make room for 
Valentine's Day vignettes.

What do you like to do on a snowy day?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fresh New Beginnings

January is a month of fresh beginnings.
I enjoy the sparseness of things after the tree is
down and other Christmas decorations 
are packed away till next December.

To start off the new year, I gave the buffet a simple 
vignette with a small painting, a touch of greens, and a
favorite MacKenzie-Childs vase filled with peonies. 

The vase is the Cheltenham Thistle Vase.
 It features sculptured thistle petals, hand-painted 
Courtly Checks and Stripes, and a base of faux marble.  
All of the work is done by talented artistans at 
MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, New York.  
To create the faux marble, the artists paint with 
natural sea sponges and use a bird 
feather to create the veining.

Blush and pink peonies are the perfect mix
to give a nod to a fresh beginning.

Fluffy and full of fragrance, I was surprised to find
a bouquet of peonies available at the market.

Light and delicate, much like the
fresh feeling of a clean slate of the new year.

Here's to fresh beginnings!