Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays. I so enjoy the whole day leading up to dinner - listening to music, setting the table, arranging flowers (Peonies in November!), and all those hours spend talking and chopping and mixing. My little sister is in town and I am looking forward to spending a relaxing day cooking and baking with her. She is the pie expert and I am on stuffing duty. :-)
I want to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a most wonderful day!
Some of my favorite childhood memories involve a simple bottle of Elmer's glue and a tube of sparkly glitter.
Few things were more satisfying than the pure delight in squirting out those scrolly lines of white glue, dusting them with glitter, and then shaking off the excess to reveal an instant work of art. Even as an adult, I still like to glitter things. :-) No doubt you can find a myriad of different glitters at your local craft store, but have you ever considered vintage glitter?
I adore vintage craft supplies and vintage glitter is even prettier than the modern variety!
Ebay, Etsy, and tag sales are great places to find it at bargain prices - often in unsealed, unopened tubes.
Multi-colored varieties are my personal favorite, as I love how no two mixes are exactly the same.
In honor of the upcoming holiday season (and my love of all things that glitter), I will be beginning a new series after Thanksgiving that will feature a month's worth of glittery finds and sparkly projects - from the prettiest polishes and handbags to glittery cookies and crafts! Stay tuned...
Truth be told, Mini-me is a bit of a party-pooper these days. This was the second year in a row that she outright refused to dress up for Halloween. This came as a great disappointment to her mother (moi), who LOVES to come up with pretty costumes each year. I suppose it was inevitable, but nonetheless, a bit disappointing. It would actually have been completely devastating if not for the fact that I still have my Mini-mini-me - through whom I can continue to live out all my tulle-festooned fantasies. Ballerinas, brides, and princesses - we've done them all over the years. This year Mini-mini decided that she would like to dress up as Audrey Hepburn. I had contemplated making a costume for her and then I found a gorgeous vintage prom dress on Etsy.
It was a stunning shade of Tiffany Blue, tea length, and sized in something like a double zero. It was perfect...and with a few alterations, fit her beautifully!
We accessorized with some large Tiffany Blue pearls and some sparkly earrings...
Then we piled her long hair high up on her head and, as a finishing touch, added a rhinestone tiara.
I am so happy that Mini-mini-me loved her costume and that I had one more year to indulge in frothy layers of tulle. It all goes by way too quickly, but I remain hopeful that Mini-me will once again someday rediscover her inner princess.
Like millions of others, we've spent the last few days anticipating, and then waiting out, Hurricane Sandy. We stocked up on batteries, ice, and bottled water and settled in for the long wait. I always find storms very anxiety-producing and the anticipation almost as bad, so I decided to get a few things to pass the time more pleasantly. Pale pink roses to counteract the dark and rainy skies.
My favorite French candles at the ready.
Bowls of fresh fruit.
And s'mores. Gotta have s'mores.
We told the girls to put away the iphones and ipads and instead broke out the board games and playing cards.
We decided to all sleep downstairs in the family room last night - piles of pillows and blankets everywhere. It was scary when the high winds swayed our huge trees and sheets of rain pelted the windows, but it was also so nice to all be together. All cozy and snuggled in. We awoke this morning to find that we had somehow managed to come out of this monster of a storm largely unscathed. I know from many, many hours of following the news just how lucky we are. I cannot believe the devastation seen all along the East Coast and in my beloved hometown, New York City.
I hope that wherever you are, that you are safe and warm today.
Hello! Yes, I am alive (and thank you to all of you concerned readers who wrote to check up on me!). I didn't intend to take a month-long blog break. I truly didn't, I swear. But it somehow just crept up on me. :-) The Autumn is super busy in my household and it seems like we've been going non-stop ever since September. But I am back and have lots to share. In between carpools, dance classes, volleyball games, and homework, I have somehow managed to start thinking about (and shopping for) the upcoming holidays. I love to plan out my tables and color schemes way in advance and I am always on the lookout for pretty china or little treasures that will add just the right detail to my table setting. In the Fall, I like to incorporate my favorite pastels with the golds and coppery browns of the season. Case in point, here I've combined some of my pale aqua and gold china with brown toile prints.
Here are just a few simple ideas that I am considering using for Thanksgiving this year. The first one uses these lovely vintage walnut composition ornaments that I found on Etsy. They are quite old and I just love their patina. Paired with some vintage velvet ribbon, they make an elegant presentation.
You could use real walnuts or acorns as well - just paint them an antique gold color. I am also thinking about using mini-pumpkins. I bought these sweet little white ones...
...and sprayed them with some edible gold food coloring. Them I sprinkled on some edible gold glitter. We won't be eating these, but I like to use food-safe ingredients on fresh veggies and fruit.
My third option is to use these lovely vintage forget-me-not millinery flowers.
I was fortunate to find an old stash of these while antiquing recently and I thought that their faded pastel colors were true perfection.
I have several pretty and thrifty finds to share with you this week. First up, these two pastel confections from Forever 21. I just love the beautiful colors of this bracelet ($10.80)...
And this necklace ($8.80) is so lovely...
I have always been a huge fan of J.R. Watkins' cleaning products, but I just recently discovered their line of beauty items. The Raspberry Framboise Lip Balm smells so delicious and it is a major bargain at only $2.99!
And finally, I just adore little flowery clips for your hair, don't you? These pretty pink and cream ones from H & M were only $4.95 for a set of three!