Sunday, May 21

Sunday


  
Recently I can't get enough of the color pink and was so happy to spot these gorgeous hydrangeas at the market on Saturday night.  It is so nice to see them on our table along with our white tablecloth.  This Thursday is the feast of Ascension and I'm glad that there is still some Pascal beauty to enjoy.

We collected seashells on the beach today with Sugar Plum's godfather, who was visiting from the great state of Texas.  One of the best things we found was a Mermaid's Purse (a shark's egg case)!  I washed them all with gentle soap and lots of hot water and once they were dry, we packed them up, and sent them back with Uncle Mark for his children.

This coming week is filling up with lots of different activities and tasks, but I'm determined to try to make it to pick strawberries once more.  The ones that we picked on Saturday were so delicious!


Saturday, May 20

Strawberries and Geraniums


 We went to the park to play with friends this afternoon and ended up stopping to pick strawberries and buy lots of geraniums on the way home.  It was the best sort of Saturday outing!

Queen Anne's Lace Pillowcases




 Out little girl made me the most beautiful and thoughtful Mother's Day gift:  pillowcases embroidered with Queen Anne's Lace.  The pattern is one of Alicia Paulson's and a great one for our daughter to figure out.

Friday, May 19

All Yours to Enjoy


In those days, women made whatever was good and never minded how tedious the process, but now we live in a short-cut age.  But house-keeping is fun, and I think that women hate it lack imagination.  It is one job where you enjoy the results right along as you work.  You may work all day washing and ironing, but at night you have the delicious feeling of sunny clean sheets and airy pillows to lie on.  If you clean, you sit down at nightfall with the house shining and smelling faintly of wax, all yours to enjoy right then and there.  And if you cook - ah, if you cook - that creation you lift from the oven goes right to the table.  One way to look at it, of course, is that the women's work is never ended, and I have heard housekeepers say they hate to make cakes because they are eaten right up anyway.  You can make it drudgery f you want to, but it isn't.  And it isn't monotonus either, for no day is ever really the same.  Lucky the women who has a home and can live in what she is creating!"

Gladys Taber

Thank you to dear Kyrie for sending me this quote!

Polishing Silver the Easy Way


We inherited these gorgeous silver tea glass holders recently, but when we got them, they were black with tarnish.  For several days, I tried polishing and polishing them with silver cleaner, but they never got completely clean.  After checking out the internet, I found a great quick trick! First, boil four cups of water.  Add one tablespoon of baking soda and a piece of tin foil.  Put in your silver and in 10-20 seconds, the tarnish is gone!  I still have to polish these holders to shine them up, but I am so pleased with the results and will be using this method to keep our other silver looking its best!

Wedding Favors




The wedding favors at Anna and Justin's reception were amazing.  There were little pots of local honey, beeswax candles in the shape of bee skeps, and each place card was attached to a packet of wildflower seeds.  I love how Anna displayed the seed packets.  Her new sister-in-law lent her a gorgeous reclaimed door without glass that she strung twine across and clipped the packets to (along with tiny bags of lupine seeds scattered between the packets).  Anna did such a great job styling her reception.  I am so impressed!

Thursday, May 18

The Bridesmaid Bouquets



The bouquets that Anna and Justin bought for Kate, Juliana, and me were so gorgeous!  I've been enjoying them all week and thinking of the newlyweds each time they catch my eye.

Tuesday, May 16

Anna and Justin's Wedding


My wonderful husband filmed and edited my sister and brother-in-law's wedding video and it is terrific!

Monday, May 15

A Moveable Feast






We stopped at Whole Foods on the way home from the wedding weekend.  We don't have one near us, so it's always a treat to wander the aisles.  Each of us got to purchase something special and I chose novelty tulips that remind me of lilies of the valley.

Our little girl was eager to begin another embroidery project and is making us pillowcases with Queen Anne's Lace along the edge as my Mother's Day gift.  I cannot wait to see her beautiful work gracing our bed.  Queen Anne's Lace was included in our wedding flowers, so they are a favorite here.

My husband was the videographer for the wedding ceremony yesterday and has spent the whole day going through footage.  I cannot wait to see the final video (hopefully tomorrow!).  I hope that Anna and Justin will be happy with it! 

 I spent a little time in the kitchen baking a carrot cake tonight.  I have wanted to make one since my namesday last Monday and finally gave into the temptation.  It will be a nice treat this week!





Saturday, May 13

Their New Life


I was at the antique store in my parent's little town today, buying a vintage cloth that my sister and her new husband will stand on after their betrothal tomorrow.  The priest will lead the couple to the center of the church to come stand on this cloth, which symbolizes their entry into their new life.  Fortunately, Anna likes the one I picked out enough to plan to use it with her Pascha basket in future years!

Friday, May 12

Roses in the Rain



These roses are planted in front of my father's church and looked so lovely in the rain. 

Tuesday, May 9

Stripes Forever


We spotted this sweet little top at Target a few weeks ago and snapped it up as soon as we found our little girl's size.  Stripes are one of my favorite patterns and I'm so glad that the Trio likes them, too!

Monday, May 8

Rejuvenated

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It is no secret that I enjoy going to museums (especially art ones!).  On our recent trip to my sister-in-law's baby shower, we had a little time to stop for lunch between Liturgy and the party.  The children and I popped in to quickly gaze at our favorite Pre-Raphaelite paintings and shared sandwiches in the museum cafe...  it only took a little time amid this glorious beauty to feel rejuvenated! 

The above painting is one of my favorites:  Water Willow by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sunday, May 7

Sunday Liturgy

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We very rarely get to attend a Sunday Liturgy someplace other than our own parish, but my sister-in-law's baby shower was held on Sunday afternoon.  In order to make it there on time, the children and I had to attend church on the way up to the party.  We decided to visit a Greek church a few hours away.  Isn't it lovely?

Saturday, May 6

Joyful Anticipation


She bought a cheap cushion at one of Liberty's sales, and some bits of twopenny-halfpenny art china for her narrow mantelpiece.  A lacquered tea-tray and a tea-set of a single cup and saucer, a plate, and a teapot, made her feel herself almost sumptuous.  After a day spent in trudging about in the wet or sold of the streets, doing other people's shopping, or searching for dressmakers' or servants' characters for her patrons, she used to think of her bed-sitting-room with joyful anticipation.  Mrs. Cupp always had a bright fire glowing in her tiny grate when she came in , and when the lamp was lighted under its home-made shade of crimson Japanese paper, its cheerful air, combining itself with the singing of her little fat black kettle on the hob seemed absolute luxury to a tired damp woman."

The Making of a Marchioness
Frances Hodgson Burnett

Thursday, May 4

Baby Dish

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Chicken stew leftovers in the baby dish my parents carted home from their honeymoon/junior year abroad at Oxford (along with their three-month-old baby, Emily).

Wednesday, May 3

A Regular Wednesday

 

 
 

Today was a gorgeous spring day and perfect to do a little gardening around the church.  My husband planted all of the Easter lilies and a French pussy willow that a parishioner bought for future Palm Sundays.  As the afternoon wore on, it got a little chillier, so I made the Trio mugs of cocoa while they took turns taking hot showers.  

Sugar Plum has started the second pillowcase for her latest embroidery project and I can already see a big improvement in the quality of her stitches.  It's exciting to see her blossom in her handwork!

Tuesday, May 2

Grateful Hearts


Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts, and no one to thank."  

Christina Rosetti

Monday, May 1

Knockout


There was one bloomed rose on these bushes just a few days ago. 
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