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Monday, April 28, 2008

I am So Blessed...

Which is why, I asked the beautiful and talented Madai, of Wren Cottage, to make me one of her fabulous glitter banners. I knew that it would be the perfect finishing touch for my mantel display across my grandmother's mirror. And it absolutely was! But...before I go showing you it...I want you to experience what it is like to receive a package from Madai...for those of you who have not yet had the joy...and it is joy I tell you! Pure joy!

First of all...look at how beautiful the package itself was! I love Alice in Wonderland (go figure;-), so I was thrilled to find her on the outside as well as in...
From Wren Cottage
And this sweet note...
From Wren Cottage


From Wren Cottage
Look at all the beautiful gifts Madai included in my order! I adore all the tea stained papers!
From Wren Cottage

More Alice...and a glitter heart!
From Wren Cottage
Blueberry Tea...
From Wren Cottage
A tea stained page from The Secret Garden...one of my favorites!
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And now for the big finale...the beautiful "Blessed" banner...
Blessed Banner

Blessed Banner
These photos unfortunately do not do it justice...it is so beautiful to see in person...
Blessed Banner

I also ordered one that says, "Dream" but have yet to hang it...still deciding where it should go...perhaps on that window on top of my hutch (see in the mirror above)...or above my bed...we shall see...

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Well, since I was photographing the banner, I decided to photograph some other new finds from the flea market yesterday that I have added to my mantel display. I purchased three old pocketwatches and a little Baby Ben...I have been wanting one for sometime to compliment my Big Ben. I purchased lots more...but thought I wouldn't overload you will all the photos at one time...lol! But thought you might enjoy getting "up close and personal" with the things on my mantel shelf...

Shrine to the Past

Collection of Old Things

Big Ben & Baby Ben

Baby Ben

Baby Ben
Large Mother-of Pearl buttons...
Large Mother-of-Pearl Buttons
Another pair of old baby shoes...
Old Baby Shoes
Broken pocketwatches...
Old Pocketwatches

Old Pocketwatches
This one works...so Josh has the idea in his head that he should be able to carry it around and use it...but I told him...I bought it for display...lol! We are still arguing about this one...
Old Pocketwatch

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While I was photographing today, I decided to try out the video feature on my camera...and thought I would start with a subject that is so cute...you might just overlook the poor quality and my lack of skills...lol! If you want to hear my annoying "puppy voice" that I use with Renoir, scroll to the bottom of the screen and turn off the music playing...hope you enjoy "meeting" Renoir...

video

video
Have a beautiful week!
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Trapsing Through the Cemetery...

Renoir by the Water
Since the weather has been quite beautiful around here lately, we have been spending a lot of time outdoors. Last weekend Josh's parents came up from Virginia, so we were able to do some outdoor things with them, including a church picnic at a local park. Renoir usually does not enjoy the water, but I think he saw some fish that he thought he might like...
Curious Renoir
Later that day we were also able to visit Mt. Hope Cemetery here in Rochester. If you have ever seen any of Josh's photos on Etsy or our website...you will notice that most of them are taken from there. We both enjoy the quiet beauty and history that this cemetery holds.
Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary
There are so many architectural elements around every corner...filled with age and character.
Mount Hope Cemetary
I love the green color of this stone wall with the ivy overflowing all around...
Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary
Renoir was so excited to be on such an adventure...this is not your run of the mill cemetery...there are LOTS of hills and stairs to climb...so many levels to travel through. It really is quite a large place. As stated on its website, "Formed by glaciers, this cemetery has high hills and deep valleys, winding eskers and almost bottomless kettles. The whole place is a forest of trees, many of them rare and specimen. Since 1838, a third of a million people have taken permanent residence in the cemetery's 197 acres."
Thirsty Renoir
Joshua and I particularly enjoy the statues you will find throughout...
Mount Hope Cemetary

Cemetery Statue

Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary
As well as the detail of some of the headstones...and the aged patina they have...
Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary

Mount Hope Cemetary

Wreath Detail

Until the Day Break...

Mount Hope Cemetary
I have always enjoyed this beautiful and unique gazebo...
Mount Hope Cemetary
The most fascinating thing about Mt. Hope Cemetery, is that several famous people are buried here. One of the most recognized is Susan B. Anthony....another is Frederick Douglass, but we have yet to come across his grave...next time perhaps!
Susan B. Anthony
Her entire family plot is in this area...
Anthony Family Plot

Susan B. Anthony
If you want to learn more about the history of the cemetery or see more photos, you can visit the website here. And if you are ever in the Rochester area...it really is an amazing spot to visit.
Sleepy Renoir
But be prepared to need a nap after all that walking!!!
Sleepy Renoir
Till next time...
Alice W.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Spring Sales and a Surprise Gift

Spring has finally started to bloom here in Western, NY...for which I am ever so thankful. Josh, Renoir and I have been enjoying spending time outdoors lately and seeing everything come back to life...we've even planted our own flower garden (photos to come if anything actually survives...lol!).
This time of year all the sales start up again around here...so we have been doing quite a bit of shopping as well. We went to a huge indoor fleamarket/garage sale last weekend and picked up some of the most amazing finds, that I couldn't help but show off...
My favorite find...this vintage wallpaper covered divider screen...only $30! I am so in love with this screen and how it fits in perfect with the decorating scheme I have going in the dining/living room areas. This yellow, white and gold side is my absolute favorite!
The other side is pretty too and also coordinates well with the decor...now the only question...where to put it?
While I was at the sale, I noticed a woman holding an antique French gold mirror and started to peek at the price...she had already purchased it...I could feel my heart sinking and butterflies in my stomach...I HAD TO HAVE THAT MIRROR! Thankfully, it only took me about three more seconds, to realize it was my own mother (LOL!) and she was buying the mirror for me (only $3.00...can you believe it? One part is broken off...but the rest is perfect!). It is so funny to me how distracted I get by the "things I have to have"...that I neglect to notice something so obvious! Ah well...I got the mirror ;)
This gorgeous framed print was only $5.00...
I love to buy old brooches, when I come across them for the right price. And for $1.25...all of these were quite a steal...
Missing gems...tarnished...and some broken...but they are still so beautiful to me...
The first thing I purchased when I got to the sale, was a box loaded with old silver and silverplate flatware. It was tucked way under a table in a large plastic bin...thankfully I am a digger! These were some of the silver pieces...
Sorting through it all...there were so many pieces that my hands needed a good cleaning after! Only $10.00 for the box...
I have wanted one of these for some time, and was delighted to acquire this one for only $5.00...
Purchased this little set at the same time as the flatware... In a box near the jewelry, were these adorable gloves and my first ever porcelain doll! She was only $1.00.
Pretty aqua and pink rose saucers...
I went to a couple more sales this morning and acquired quite a bit more that I, of course, photographed for hours (lol!) and can't wait to show off too! Will do so within the next day or so...
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Another thing I wanted to show off...was an amazing surprise package that came in the mail last week. When Josh said there was a package for me...I was trying desperately to remember what I had ordered. Nothing came to mind...so when I opened it, I was quite curious as to what it would be! There was an adorable notecard on top...and it was from Christine Annette. We recently started working on some web design projects together, and she wanted to send me a little something to "thank me for being me." How sweet is that?!!!

A pretty embroidered linen...
Engergizing hand soap...
Pretty tags...
Love this New York Coffee jar!

A green and white planter box...(since has made its way to our garden)...
And so much more!!! How blessed am I?!!! And this all coming the day after I recieved my swap package from Dawn! I was on "gift getting" overload...it was like Christmas in April around here!
I really do want to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to Christine for doing this for me. Some of you who read my posts know that I have been struggling with "life" stuff lately...and this really picked me. Thank you so much Christine for restoring my faith in the kindness of others...it means the world to me...
Merci to you too ;-)