Saturday, January 31, 2015

Inspire Your Heart With Art

~ Inspire Your Heart With Art ~ 

January 31, 2015

Celebrating the positive impact art has on us and

exploring ways to further incorporate art into our daily lives.

Art by Patience Brewster ~

Those who follow along here at Hyacinths know

 my heart has needed some inspiration of late.

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Do you know this pretty lady?

Meet Patience Brewster

a creative, talented soul who is the artist

behind the whimsical, delightful designs 

for Patience Brewster, Inc.

Dash Away Donna ~ Austin Four Seasons Hotel ~ 2010

As an elementary teacher, 

I first knew Patience Brewster as an author 

and illustrator of children's books.  

She is also the artist behind the charming  

ornaments and figures many of us know as Krinkles.

My own Dash Away Donna hangs on our

Christmas tree along with other Krinkles each season.

I was delighted to read the story behind the

 Dash Away Reindeer on Patience's Blog here.

Queen of Hearts by Patience Brewster

Patience Brewster, on a personal mission 

to inspire others with her work, 

has indeed inspired my heart today.

Patience's enchanting figure was the "arrow" that inspired 

my Queen of Hearts tray for Valentine's Day.

Now my heart is telling me I just may

need to add another Queen of Hearts.

Queen of Hearts  by artists
~ Mary Engelbreit ~ Debra Schoch ~ 
~ Allen W. Cunningham ~ Lib Cummings Meade ~ 

A bit of royalty to reign over  

the festivities for the month of February.

My heart is inspired!

Thank you, Patience Brewster.

You were my valentine muse this year!

Pillows ~ Hand-Stitched by Me!

Patience Brewster Queen of Hearts ~ available here

All 270 Patience Brewster ornaments here.

Patience Brewster Valentines here.

Come back next week 

to see more.

I'll be joining

Laurie's Annual Valentine Party.

You can read more about Patience Brewster here.

I'm truly inspired by Patience's story 

and think you will be too.

Tell me ~

What inspires your heart?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Winter Weekend

The Musée d'Orsay is

without doubt one of my favorite 

destinations in all of Paris.

Can one ever see these incredible 

works too many times?

I think not,

so I made a recent trip to see

Faces of Impressionism

before it leaves Texas the end of the month.

You can read about the exhibit here.

It will be at the Kimbell in 

Ft. Worth though January 25th.

The weekend in Dallas was wet and cold,

but it was warm and cozy 

inside my friend Susan's beautiful home.

She had her table set with adorable 

snowmen and snowy glass trees   .   .   .

Along with white 

candles and red berries.

Charming metal branches with rosy red berries 

were scattered down the center of the table.

The oversized stems, often referred to as

buttermilk goblets, are family pieces from 

Susan's paternal grandmother and added more 

sparkle to the wintery tabletop vignette.

Place settings of 

Wedgwood Queen's Ware and Strasbourg sterling

were accented with woven rattan chargers

and festive Ralph Lauren winter napkins featuring

greens, pine cones, and red berries.

I've long admired Wedgwood's pattern

with its delicate shell edge and beautifully 

embossed design of leaves and grapes.

The simplicity of the exquisite 

white creamware against the woven rattan 

and the design on the napkins

works perfectly for a January tablescape.

Allie at the Table

The weekend and Susan's lovely table inspired me to 

do a little "painting" of my own.

I'm very accomplished 

when using the Waterlogue App!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Time for Tea @ Downton Abbey

Sunday, January 4th

It's Time!

Time for Tea 

                  And .   .   .

Time for 

Season Five

An early birthday present arrived just in time

for the first episode of Season Five.

~ Tea ~ Scones ~ Jam ~ Clotted Cream ~ 

A very thoughtful friend ventured

out early on Black Friday to be one of the 

first 100 shoppers for 

World Market's exclusive offer.

~  Downton Abbey Teacups and Tote Bag  ~

What a sweet gift!


what excitement!

 Another season 

of delicious entertainment!

Tell me, 

did you watch the premiere

of Season Five?

Are you a DA fan?