Sunday, January 6, 2019

Hello 2019

HELLO 2019!

We rang in the New Year 
quietly here at home.

A bottle of our favorite champagne was chilled, and
we popped the cork as the clock struck midnight.

How did you welcome in the New Year?

Have you given thought to 
what will be in 2019?

Later, on our morning walk, Sadie reminded me, 
"It's the first of January and time to turn over a new leaf!"

She thinks more walks around 
the neighborhood is a good goal.

~ 2019 ~
I've given lots of thought this past week as to
what's on the horizon for me this year.

 I intend to turn over a new leaf with my needlepoint habit.
There are many WIP in my stitching basket that need my attention.
Each of these Christmas pieces are so close to being completed.
2019 is the year!!!

I picked up these three petite hearts at a local thrift. 
They were too cute and too inexpensive to pass up.
Hopefully they will be stitched in time for Valentine 2020.

An avid stitcher friend suggests I thread up three needles 
and at least stitch that every day.  I'm currently at work on these.
So far I've stitched everyday this year and fully intend to
have these darling eggs finished for my Easter basket come April.

Reading more is another focus for the year ahead.
I've become too lax about spending time reading on
line instead of reaching for good literature.
That is about to change, starting with Kate Williams'
A fan of historical fiction, I'm enchanted!
What is on your reading list?

That brings me to Hyacinths for the Soul.
I began HFTS in 2009 as a creative outlet in my retirement.
HFTS has brought me much joy these past nine years, mostly
because of the amazing friendships formed along the way.
I hope to continue this creative process, but like many,
I find myself blogging less and sharing more often on IG.
In between blog posts, you can find me on Instagram as SJPA48.
Hope to see you there as well.

❤️ ~ ❤️ ~ ❤️ ~ ❤️ ~ ❤️

Let's all count the bubbles and let 2019 sparkle!

Thank you to Nancy Thomas Gallery for allowing 
me to share this clever annimation.
You can find more of Nancy Thomas' creative art here.
You can also find her on IG as nancythomasgallery.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tales of the Traveling Tote #17

Rabbit, Rabbit!
It's December 1st. 
Welcome to 2018's latest edition of 
Tales of the Traveling Tote.

I'm thrilled to introduce our newest member,
Cherry Kay @ Entertaining Women
and her Courtly Check tote
Miss Carrie Ann Hall
(Carry and Haul)
How clever is that name?

Cherry Kay and I have been blogging friends for many years.
We are both proclaimed "disaholics" and share a love for
MacKenzie-Childs as well as for setting a pretty table.

 You might recall from previous adventures 
that the first Sunday of the month is
Burgers, Shakes, and Bubbles 
at a favorite local restaurant,
The Peached Tortilla.

Not to let a good opportunity pass us by, 
I grabbed Miz Checkers, and the Chef and I, 
along with our  neighbors and longtime friends, 
headed to The Peached Tortilla September 2nd for a 
Monster Cookie Mega Shake and one of their delicious burgers.
Miz Checkers proclaimed this is a great way to start the month!

Waco, Texas, home to the famous couple Chip and Joanna Gains,
is an easy drive north of Austin, so one September day, 
Miz Checkers and I decided to see what all the 
chatter is about Magnolia enterprise.

We started the morning off with a stop at Magnolia Table where
Breakfast is served daily and 
"where everyone has a seat at the table."
I ordered the French Toast Breakfast and admittedly took more than half of it to go. Delicious there and warmed up back in Austin!
Guess it's obvious that Miz Checkers fit right in!
Magnolia Table, Silos Bakery, The Market, The Warehouse, 
and the several "Magnolia Stay" properties have literly put Waco on the map. Thousands of visitor come from far and wide to experience the magic.This group of twelve ladies had come all the way from Illionois.  They were guests at one of the Magnolia properties, and were in town to experience the Texas hospitality that Waco, Texas has to offer.

After our delicious breakfast, we headed over to The Silos.
The Gains purchased the two city blocks marked by two 1950s silos that were once part of the Brazos Valley Cotton Oil Company.
Here they created a shopping complex that features a little something for everyone: a large green lawn popular with families for fun and games, a beautiful Market for all things for the home, a garden and garden shop, food trucks, and Silos Baking Co

We found it impossible to leave 
without something to take home.

Miz Checkers and I highly recommend a visit to 
Waco, City with a Soul.
For more details on this excursion, click here.

The QCI Annual Meeting was is held in Quimper, France this     September and marked the 20th Anniversary for this club.
The dates also correlated with my favorite French Antique Market, 
Foire de Chatou.
As they say, "Paris is Always a Good Idea!"

Miss Merri Mac is the perfect travel companion! 
 I've perfected my packing, getting all I need within a roll aboard.
I learned from a flight attendant to roll clothes to save space,
and learned from experience I just need the basics.

The flight was not without its challenges.  
Delayed two hours in Dallas, another 45 minute delay once landed
in Paris, missed my train connection to Quimper by 4 minutes,
waited in station 3+ hours for next train, arrived Quimper 10PM.
Travel is not always easy!

 Quimper known as the "cultural heart" of Brittany, 
is 350 miles northwest of Paris.  All things considered 
it is an easy 3.5 hour trip on the TGV.
Located at the confluence of three rivers, 
the Steir, the Odet, and the Jet,
the name Quimper comes from the Breton word kemper, which means "confluence".

The Cathedral of Saint Corentin of Quimper, Gothic in style,
was begun in1239 and features soaring twin spires.  

 The town of Quimper is full of charm!   
Footbridges lined with blooming flowers span the rivers, 
and the picturesque old town has wide cobbled pedestrian 
streets, half-timbered buildings with flower boxes, 
delightful shops, and an array of creperies. 

 The town of Quimper is also known for the 
quaint and beautiful pottery that is dear to my heart.  
First produced in the 1600s, pieces of Quimper faience are still being made and handpainted in Quimper today.

After a delightful few days in Quimper, Miss Merri Mac
 and I boarded the TGV for our return trip to Paris.

Oh, Paris!  
My all time favorite destination! 

 My time in Paris was limited, and I chose to spend it 
at a favorite antique market, Foire de Chatou.  
Held twice a year on the impressionists' island of Chatou along the banks of the Seine, this large outdoor market dates back to mediaeval times.  In addition to hundreds of exceptional antique and art dealers, Foire de Chatou offers a gastronome delight.

One entire alley is dedicated to dining.  
Oysters from Brittany and Normandy, fois gras and confits from the Gers, and hams and sausages from Corsica; the choice is yours.
Of course there is wine and champagne as well.  
As in typical French fashion, dining is indeed celebrated!

Dealers with beautiful wares, such as this booth of amazing copper offerings, are organized as alley ways within tents.  

 It truly is an antique shoppers paradise.

There is something for everyone!
I have shopped Chatou many times over the years, 
and it never disappoints.  This trip I was most restrained;
only a few small treasures that I could easily fit in Miss Merri Mac.

My treasures ~ five sterling and ivory baby teething rings 
that I purchased to repurpose as napkin rings.
The one above on the left is my own sterling teething ring.
You can read more about them on my post here.

Once back home, 
the fall was full of daily routines.

Miz Checkers and I voted.  

And on the first Sunday in November we went for 
Burgers, Shakes, and Bubbles!
This has been my favorite so far.
Gingerbread milkshake with vanilla frosting, sprinkles, 
ginger caramel, and a Fluff Meringue topper.

Be certain to visit all the other 
Traveling Totes at the links below.
We all love it when you leave a comment. 
Remember to be entered in the above giveaway, 
you must comment at Purple Chocolat Home.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Creating A Cozy Christmas

Welcome To
~ Creating a Cozy Christmas ~

If you hopped over from my friend, Cecelia @
My Thrift Store Addiction, I know you are feeling inspired.
Cecilia always has fun vintage or thrifty finds to share, and her holiday projects using upcycled thrifty finds is a perfect example.  

This is the 3rd year of the 
Cozy At Christmas Blog Hop
Thank you to Katie @ Let's Add Sprinkles 
for organizing this hop each year.

  You can read my previous Cozy At Christmas 
posts here and here.

Cozy, the adjective
enjoying or affording warmth and ease
marked by or providing contentment or comfort

Each Christmas our tree is decorated with lots of
Courtly Check and Tartan.

A look around our home this time of year, 
yields a touch of tartan scattered about.

~ A Parade of Cozy Christmas Tartan ~
No words needed. 
 Let the piping begin!

It's almost December and time to start thinking about Christmas. 
Have you begun your holiday decorating?  How do you create a feeling of coziness during the holidays?
I'd love to hear your ideas.

Sadie and I hope you enjoyed our little parade of
Cozy Christmas Tartan
Perhaps a photo or two has inspired you to add a touch of
tartan to your own cozy holiday home?

Next up is Amber @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home.  
Amber has a natural flair for designing cozy spaces 
with vintage style on a budget. Hop on over to see 
Amber's Cozy At Christmas vignettes.

A complete list of links for the hop is below.

Hyacinths for the Soul  (You are here)