Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
so easy to make - click on it to see it full size. It might inspire you to make one for yourself. The pretty piece of lace in the front and the bow etc are an attractive added touch.
You might even find some vintage lace at garage sales or second hand shops ...
or even use up some of those old tablecloths or doilies you might have ......
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Monday, November 26, 2007
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Sunday, November 25, 2007
I shared this WhimsMist tube ... in my group recently... so if you aren't a member and would like to have it ... drop me a note and I'll send it to you .... you can see it full size by clicking on the image itself. It is very pretty.... and I have already used it to make a desktop wallpaper.
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Saturday, November 24, 2007
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
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Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
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Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
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Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Can you remember these boxes..
My grandmother had a few she'd made. Containers for all sorts of things .. and were created from pretty cards or papers, and matching threads....
I remember having a couple when I was a child... a place to put my little treasures. *(s)
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Monday, November 5, 2007
The first formal Christmas card was designed by J.C. Horsley in 1843 as a commercial endeavor. It was lithographed on stiff, dark cardboard and depicted in color, a wealthy family enjoying a Christmas feast as they all toast the festive season with glasses of wine raised over the words "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you." The scene was set within a woody, rustic border hung with ivy, grapes and vine leaves.
One thousand copies were printed sold in London, and soon others followed suit. An English artist, William Egley, produced a popular card in 1849. Louis Prang, a German born printer, working from his shop in Roxbury, Massachusetts, printed his first American cards in 1875. Even more important than his printing was the fact that he did more than anyone else to popularize the cards by instituting nationwide contests for the best Christmas designs, which were awarded cash prizes.
From the beginning the themes have been as varied as the Christmas customs worldwide. Many cards were extremely elaborate with gilded, embossed, shaped, pop-up and pierced forms. Very few of these early Victorian Christmas cards illustrate the religious meaning of the Christmas holiday, and they rarely show landscapes blanketed in snow or warmly clad skaters on ponds or even reindeers pulling Santa's sleigh over the countryside which are all so common today on our cards Traditionally, Christmas cards showed religious pictures - Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, or other parts of the Christmas story. Today, cards often portray humor, winter pictures, Santa Claus, or romantic scenes of life in past times.
Americans typically exchange in excess of 2 billion cards each year. According to Hallmark Cards, the all-time favorite sentiment on a Christmas card is "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You!"
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Sunday, November 4, 2007
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Friday, November 2, 2007
Lovely image of pretty Marilyn Monroe. Click on it to see it full size.
I have never seen a bad photo of her...
She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Baker. As the identity of her father is undetermined, she was later baptized Norma Jeane Baker. Gladys had been a film cutter at RKO studios, but psychological problems prevented her from keeping the job and she was eventually committed to a mental institution.
Norma Jeane spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages until 1937, when she moved in with family friend Grace McKee Goddard. Unfortunately, when Grace's husband was transferred to the East Coast in 1942, the couple couldn't afford to take 16-year-old Norma Jeane with them. Norma Jeane had two options: return to the orphanage or get married. On June 19, 1942 she wed her 21-year-old neighbor Jimmy Dougherty, whom she had been dating for six months. "She was a sweet, generous and religious girl," Jimmy said. "She liked to be cuddled." By all accounts Norma Jeane loved Jimmy, and they were happy together until he joined the Merchant Marines and was sent to the South Pacific in 1944.
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Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tea with Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
Henry James wrote, "There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as an afternoon tea." Afternoon tea was invented by Anna Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857), one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting. During this time, the noble classes ate large breakfasts, small lunches and late suppers. Every afternoon, Anna experienced what she referred to as a "sinking feeling," so she requested that her servants bring her tea and petite-sized cakes to her boudoir. Many followed the Duchess' lead, and thus the ritual of afternoon tea was birthed. In fact, a culture of sorts emerged around the tradition of drinking tea. Fine hotels began to offer tea rooms, while tea shops opened for the general public. Tea dances also became popular social events at which Victorian ladies met potential husbands.
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