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Monday, August 14, 2017

Farmhouse Wedding

Rustic "Farmhouse" style weddings is a trend that doesn't seem to be fading. My good friend Leslie was asked to help with the wedding reception of a dear friend of hers and I got called to pitch in too. Leslie had a vision - it started with pallets. Lots and lots of pallets...


We stacked the pallets to make an entrance in an old car body shop turned reception venue. 

This stack of pallets and galvanized bucket will feature the wedding cake.



Of course we added in chalkboard signs and mason jar votives. Plus lots of fragrant roses and hydrangeas.












Rustic ladders added some height and showcased photos, flowers and votives.



We (and by "we" I mean our husbands) hung large gilt frames and bouquets of baby's breath from the ceiling. 

We created a greeting area for the bride and groom under a long garland with a rustic bench for them to rest on.


The dinner was a simple buffet of main dish salads, rustic breads and homemade jams, fresh fruit and a pie buffet with 7 different kinds of pie! 












Long eucalyptus garlands adorned the farmhouse style tables which we arranged in chevrons.  





I adore this old feeding trough used to hold gifts! 





The guests were sent home with praline candies.


It was a fun celebration to put together!

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Published!

Just showing off a little here :)
I was contacted by Woman's World magazine recently. You know, you see it at the grocery store every week. You probably buy it too!  One of the editors asked if I'd like to be their featured blogger in August. Um...yes!

They wanted to highlight my vintage handkerchief sachets which is my all time most popular post. The magazine came out this week and you have to look hard to see my name but it's there! 



It's a pretty spread with ways to add country charm to your home. I'm so thrilled to be included!

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

What the Dickens!



My parents are collectors.  My siblings and I joke that when they are gone someday, we will just open an antique store right in their house! I think my dad's favorite collection is his assortment of Charles Dickens memorabilia.

You see, my dad is an actor and  his favorite role is 
Ebenezer Scrooge. He has been performing a one man show of A Christmas Carol for over 40 years. So naturally he started collecting Charles Dickens memorabilia too. Many English companies make figurines, plates, mugs, prints, and plaques of all of the wonderful characters Charles Dickens created. Plus of course, there are hundreds and hundreds of  beautifully bound vintage  books to be found.

Here is a photo of my dad as Ebenezer Scrooge.

These tiny figurines are made by Sebastian Miniatures. According to their website,  Sebastian Miniatures have been in production continuously since 1938 and are still being designed and made today making them the longest continuous running American made collectible. They made over 20 figurines in the Dickens series including a cottage.


The older pieces have a hexagonal base and are marked patent pending. You can learn more about these charming collectibles Here.


 The Royal Doulton company also made 25 charming figurines from 1922-1983 featuring Dickens characters. You can learn more about them on the Royal Doulton website. 
Here are Tiny Tim and Scrooge.

 The Doulton pieces are all marked on the bottom. The marks vary depending on what year they were made.

My dad also played the role of Fagin from Oliver Twist.





Another popular Dickens collectible are the Royal Doulton character or Toby Jugs. They were first introduced in 1934 in the Burslem Pottery at Stoke-on Trent. The jugs were made in several different sizes from miniature to large.  


Charles Dickens is one of the most beloved authors in the world which is reflected in the extensive variety of collectibles out there!  

 
This portrait is of Dad as Charles Dickens.

And to repeat one of the most quoted phrases of Dickens, 
"God bless us , every one!"

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