Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pretty in Pink

Well, I am a day late for Beverly's 
PINK SATURDAY linky party,
 but golly, late is better than not, aye?


If you haven't visited there,
 is a pleasant one to read.

It's been a while since I've had the chance to post,
sorry about that!

I have missed you all very much!

But I assure you that life is going well
 in every way - so no worrying about me, ok?

I am purging, organizing, crafting and keeping quite busy
 with Lenten choir music practice. 

♫ ♪

Oh, and we also have had (and will be having)
all sorts of birthdays in our family lately,
so there's that keeping me busy, too!

I have saved the best pink pic for last!

Here is my sweet girl posing
in her Mrs. Potato Head Pink Glasses!

Yes, those silly "glasses" are totally upside down!

Yes, she has such sweet glowing pink cheeks
and a pink tongue and pink lips, too.

And that smile - oh, be still my heart. 

As always, thank you for your visit!

Hugs, prayers and smiles


ps: anyone notice my new blog header?

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Random Beautiful Winter Musings...

Oh, it is so cold! It's down into the 20s today.  Brrr......

Christmas may be long over, but winter sure isn't!

I am sincerely glad to live in a true four-season state.
I would really miss not having a snowy winter.

Though should it still be snowing in April, ask me again.
I daresay I may have an entirely different opinion by then!

And even though most everyone is dreaming of spring,
the truth of the matter is
 we will have winter here in Ohio for a long while longer.

On days like these there's nothing like setting up
a pretty teatime in front of a fire and just enjoying the season.

And why not just make it pretty for oneself?

I've had a good neighbor friend over a few times for tea
as well, winter is a nice time to catch up after all the
busyness of the holidays.

We've been attacking the basement
with a purging vengeance!

We've already donated 15 boxes/bags to charity -
and still have more to go! 

Things are finally beginning to take shape down there.

(And NO, it will never be a blog-worth before and after post.)

Okay, back to my winter musings......

It appears as though our sweet wee grand likes winter as well.
She's getting all bundled up to go out and play!

Here below she's wearing her Auntie's warm

 knitted hat on Christmas Day.

Note those adorable Santa Claus slippers
and poinsettias on her wool knit dress! 

 It's just simply too cute to not share,
 even though it's more than a bit behind. 

She's growing so fast. She's 1.5 years old already!

Not a great pic, but here's such a happy one-
showing her in her pajamas happily playing
 my mother's piano
 (which now resides at my sister's
until my daughter has the room to have it.)

She seems to really love music.

And that really makes my heart sing!
♫ ♪ ♫

I have kept most of my frosty winter-y white and sparkling
 and silver decor up around our nest.

Why not just keep it out- when it still looks just like it outdoors?

I have so much winter decor - 
I may have to just share it in another post,
as this one is getting much too long.

But please forgive me if I don't get around to it.

I mean well. 

: - )

Here's a little and very short video of the backyard 
after a recent snow storm.

It is so peacefully quiet and beautiful.

I hope you enjoy it. 

(Especially if you are without snow where you live.)

This is especially for you. ♥

As always, thanks for your visit.

xxoo  Hugs  xxoo.



Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

From our door to yours, 
we wish you a very 
Merry Christmas.

May your holiday sparkle and shine.

May you be filled with joy
 at the significance of "Oh, Holy Night."

And find peace 
wherever or however you worship.

May your Friendship Angel always be near.

May your heart be filled
 with love and gratitude.

May jolly old St. Nicholas
 bring you a pleasant delight or two...

And fond memories of Christmas long ago.

Cousin Kathie, Dad, Mom, bro Danny, sis Mary
and little me circa 1963.

And may the hope and wonder and 
make you feel just like a child again.

Vivi - first Christmas tree 2017.

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Comment-free to give you more time
to be with your loved ones. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

A Pretty Christmas Tablescape

This year we have 13 family members attending
 Christmas Day dinner here.

I set up our formal dining room tablescape  in green and gold
 with a touch of deep crimson red to pull it all together.

Red, green and gold is just so Christmas-y and traditional.

And for those who know me, I seldom use color.

My Christmas decor is all white - but the table is a nice
bit of color in my very neutral universe. ♥

I have six here and will host another six plus high chair in kitchen.

I thank God every day for the blessing of family,
 and for providing our home and space so that we may share it
 with our beloved family and friends whenever we are able to do so.

I only bought a couple of new or new-to-me things this year,
 as I am trying to lighten the "stuff" load we have for the holidays.

However, I recently bought this opaque glass centerpiece
candle holder base at my favorite local thrift store.

I placed it in a vintage silver plated bowl from my stash,
cut some arborbitae from out back and placed a few
smaller glass ornament bulbs around it, making 
a simple, traditional and inexpensive centerpiece.

And this is how it looks when lit with a candle,
casting its peaceful warm glow on the setting.

The two faux boxwood tree things I had in the basement
haven't seen the light of day in a long time.

I thought they completed the look,
 along with a metal reindeer.

I think post-Christmas by using white plates and 
different napkins,  and putting away the ornament bulbs
this tablescape could be used most of the winter.

That is until we get lots and lots of snow,
then I may have to go all out using my glittering snowflake stuff.

Earlier in the Advent season I had been playing with my holiday table
and had set it up in a much more red and bold style.

I thought I'd show you how the table looked then.

It's fun to compare how different with just a few simple
changes it can make. 

I used the gifts I had then later taken and given to my tea sisters
 when we exchanged gifts as part of the tablescape decor.

If you missed the extraordinary Christmas Afternoon Tea party
 I went to there's a link to it at the end of this post
 you won't want to miss. *

Tying ornaments on is a nice way to embellish any packaging.

This was what I used in the centerpiece
 before I found that new-to-me candle vase.

It's much larger than it looks in this pic.

I ended just flipping over the table runner
 when I finally decided to lose all the bright red
 in my final decision on the table this year.

*Here is the tea party link in case you missed it earlier.
It is a two-parter, and part 2 is at the bottom of this
post in a clicky link, too. 

As always, thank you for your visit.




Friday, December 15, 2017

An Christmas Afternoon Tea Part 2

OK- as promised, here is Part 2 of one of the very nicest
 Christmas teas I have ever been blessed to attend.

This time I am sharing later in the evening.
 I mentioned in the previous post, our teas are marathons.

Auntie Pam changed out the china
 and then hosted a hearty delicious dinner for us as well.

(I will forever be in awe of this amazing woman!)

She placed a beautiful candle at every setting. 
It was so pretty once the lights were dimmed a bit.

The yummy menu was buffet style,
 and everything was made from scratch.

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie
Spinach Salad w/ homemade strawberry dressing
Sticky Toffee Pudding
~and assorted sweets left from tea earlier~

This was the very first time I've ever tasted Sticky Toffee Pudding.

It is beyond description. 

It is rich and decadent and truly beyond compare.


Next time I visit Auntie Pam's
 gorgeous new custom-built home
 I hope to just showcase it for you.
 It's so awesome.

It's the perfect size and so sparkly new, oh it's pretty!

However this post is all about Christmas and the tea,
 dinner and her over-the-top beautiful decor......
I will just let the pictures do the talking.

Some whimsy in her kitchen:

I'm disappointed in my pics - I didn't seem to capture much,
 as EVERY square inch  of her home from porch to bathrooms
 and every room in between was so tastefully  decorated.

 I can't even imagine how she does it!!!!

(Or where she keeps it all stored!)

And she had all sorts of bling!

The candle light, the shimmers and sparkles
 created such a gorgeous mood
as the evening wore on.

And, of course, she had THE brightest bling in all the universe
 displayed in fine and full Glory: Baby Jesus

I hope you've enjoyed Pam's parties
 and home as much as I have sharing it with you.

As always, thanks for your visit.

Hugs and prayers to each of you!