Thursday, February 14, 2019

Vintage Keepsakes...and MORE!!


Well, I've been up for hours, don't ask! Well, okay, it goes like this. 

He was up at 2:00 am and so that meant I heard him and I woke up. I also saw that little light that shines when you get out of bed! The under the bed lights that light up when you get up and even when you hang your leg off the bed! Anyhow, I went back to sleep and was sleeping soundly and dreaming of decorating the beach house. A good dream interrupted when he came back to bed at 4:00 am.  That meant I woke up again and could not go back to sleep. Tossed and turned. 
Do you all know what I mean, it' happens! 
He is not quiet as a mouse. 
Bull in china closet, you know? 
God love him, he really tries hard to be so quiet!
Anyhow, by this afternoon I'll be dragging myself around unless I get a nap in. That's not in the cards. I'm busy this morning with gathering tax stuff and then I do have a hair appointment at 11:00. Oh, that gray is coming in faster and faster. His looks like silver, mine drab. Anyway, I will have them add a few highlights too. Something that'll turn people's eyes away from my moon face! 

That #$*^%$% prednisone, grrrr! 
But, I must not complain, it's working! 
It's the little things I must be thankful for. 

So, since I got up so early this morning and I really needed a cup of coffee, that Keurig is fast. Love it. So, laptop in my lap and quiet, it's dark and outside, really nice. 
So I start reading blogs. 
You know, you bloggers, you are the best! You blog about wonderful things in your life and you join in on great parties, you take the best photographs ever, you soothe hurting hearts and you pray for healing. Oh my heavens, you are the sweetest group of people ever. I'm blessed to know each one of you. 


The other day I had fun taking some photographs of some of my favorite things. 
Ahem...you might know that I'm a big collector of many things! 
I collect little pitchers, little boxes, little figurines, china plates, little tea sets and crystal and silver! 
I'm a mess, I just keep collecting! 
Makes me smile and my heart happy~
 I think I'll just continue. 

One of my very favorite things to collect are little teacups and saucers. And if they are adorned with flowers, they are bought and out the door with me!

I will just share a few today. 









Don't you just love them? Aren't they the prettiest ever? 

OH my, it just hit me, it's a special day today!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
XOXOXO







Monday, February 11, 2019

Me, George and Martha~ An Historical Event!

When February comes around so do amazing, incredible 
and exciting memories come to my mind. 

 Years ago I was honored with an invitation to be presented by the Society of Martha Washington at their Colonial Pageant and Ball here in Texas. 
This event is held yearly to celebrate the birthday of President George Washington.  I was one of the young ladies along with our escorts to participate in an elaborate presentation that is 
both historical and awe-inspiring. 


Sitting on a float during the parade...it was freezing that day!



I get misty eyed when I see this picture, oh my!



I am standing right below and left of President George Washington!


The society chooses two prominent members of Laredo's society to portray President George and Martha Dandridge Washington
The debutantes that are presented every year as well as their escorts, either have family in the Society or are invited as guests. The participants portray contemporaries based on the story line, which changes every year, that come out to honor the President and his First Lady.[6]
My grandmother was one of the very first young ladies to be presented. 



Yes, the quality of the photographs are not great...
ahem, you know- think that means 
I'm vintage- 
Yikes!


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Some OH MY'S!!!!

Oh my, I'm so happy it's going to be warm day today! 

Oh my, I'm so happy we just put an offer in on a condo on the beach and it was accepted! Move in March 6th! 

Oh my, I'm thinking of the day 19 years ago when our youngest daughter, our baby got married! They are a match made in heaven! 

Oh my, I'm looking at just a few of my mom's hats....so fun to imagine where she was going when she was wearing these pretty hats! I'm looking for pictures. 











I just love this cute picture of my mom!

Need to scoot. 
You know, stuff is waiting to get done! 
Blogging is more fun though! 
Have a great day! 

XO


Here's a great read if you have some time! 

The Demise of Hat Wearing

Etiquette and formality have played their part in hat wearing.  At the turn of the 20th century in 1900, both men and women changed their hats dependent on their activity, but for many ladies of some social standing it would be several times a day. 
Etiquette articles suggest that it would be A disgraceful act to venture out of the house without a hat or even gloves.  One record tells of a young lady venturing out to post a letter without her hat and gloves and being severely reprimanded for not being appropriately dressed.  The post box was situated a few yards from her front garden gate.
In the Edwardian age it did not matter if you were poor or rich, old or a child, whatever the status a person wore a hat, only beggars went bareheaded.  Even militant suffragettes did not campaign without a hat.  The hat would be fairly functional in style and form, but a hat was still worn.

Hat Decline After WarsWomen - Military Influenced Hat 1918

Once the Great War of 1914-18 began, fashion was influenced by the new wartime employment activities women had to engage in and the need for more practical utilitarian dress could not help but filter into what there was of mainstream fashion.  Uniforms were everywhere as women did jobs once done Before the Great War being in service as servants was the usual employment for most women as housemaids, cooks or seamstresses.  Choice had opened up in the last two decades and slowly some had become shop workers at the new emerging department stores and the more technically minded had become stenographers or telephonists.  Women began to seriously participate in sports and needed clothes to move freely.  Fashion adapted to their needs providing outfits or golf, climbing, skating, dancing, keep-fit, swimming and cycling.

Right - 1918 Military Influenced Hat
Before the Great War being in service as servants was the usual employment for most women as housemaids, cooks or seamstresses.  Choice had opened up in the last two decades and slowly some had become shop workers at the new emerging department stores and the more technically minded had become stenographers or telephonists.  Women began to seriously participate in sports and needed clothes to move freely.  Fashion adapted to their needs providing outfits for golf, climbing, skating, dancing, keep-fit, swimming and cycling. You can read about hat fashion of the 1900-1920 era here.
Then when the Second World War 1939-45 started, hats became less practical as people had to rush to air raid shelters and they would literally drop everything.  Barriers of etiquette became broken down and although hats were not rationed in order to boost morale their wearing decreased. 
Hats that were worn were generally practical and often homemade knitted warm hats, berets and hoods.  Fast hats were formed as women tied headscarves into an instant hat such as a turban.  Designers produced various new styles, but many only became universally popular after the war finished. You can read about hat fashion of the 1930s here.
Then when the Second World War 1939-45 started, hats became less practical as people had to rush to air raid shelters and they would literally drop everything.  Barriers of etiquette became broken down and although hats were not rationed in order to boost morale their wearing decreased. 
Hats that were worn were generally practical and often homemade knitted warm hats, berets and hoods.  Fast hats were formed as women tied headscarves into an instant hat such as a turban.  Designers produced various new styles, but many only became universally popular after the war finished. You can read about hat fashion of the 1930s here.Hats for Occasions
As the years have passed hats have slowly lost favor, even for weddings and worship with only a proportion of the congregations donning them.  They have never been worn universally since the 1920,s.  They were popular again in the 1980,s for weddings and special occasions after the Princess of Wales, Diana used them to add a sense of sophistication to her persona in the early days of her marriage.  Once she found her confidence she abandoned hats for most occasions. 
Hats when worn today are either worn for a special dressy occasion such as a wedding or conversely as casual statement attire in the way that caps might be worn the wrong way around.  Functional hats are still used by uniformed workers for corporate identity or protection as well as by many individuals in inclement weather.  Individuals wear fur hats or simple fleece beanie hats in very cold weather and use sunhats in very sunny weather.  Those who cannot bear a hat unwittingly adopt a hat form built into a garment, as in a hoodie casual zip top.
It is unlikely that the hat will ever die as an accessory as it offers far too much potential for drawing attention to the face.  Fashion designers are aware of this and every so often exploit this fact in the hope that fashion followers will adopt the hat. In the world of logos, branding and status symbols the hat is an easy and usually less costly item to purchase from a design house and can make them a great deal of money if a particular item catches the imagination of the public.  Often it advertises the company name.
Unfortunately the fact that a hat being relatively small is more easily affordable by the masses, means that every so often an item like the Burberry cap found itself eventually banned from certain social venues as it became associated with poor street and pub and club behaviour.  Recently Burberry withdrew this hat in order to disassociate itself from those who wore it as a uniform that gave the message bad boys!

Friday, February 1, 2019

My Favorite Super Bowl Party Snack! What's yours?

Hello Hello!

It's still freezing cold in many places, oh my heavens! Please stay safe and warm. 


We are having a family Super Bowl Party and I am just am getting my list together of things we will have. 

The one thing I'll serve without a doubt is Artichoke dip. I know, old dip!  
I could eat this all the time! Such an old recipe, easy and quick and yummy. 

 Of course, we will have so much more, but this is first on my list.













If I want to be fancy and take the time... 
Just top sliced baguettes each with a dollop of the dip and broil. 
Artichoke bruschetta!
Oh my heavens, they are scrumptious this way!




Oh, I think I'll serve as a heavy hors d'oeuvre -
Brisket sliders! And more, of course.
(Briskit is so easy, I'll buy it cooked and ready to serve)


I'm ready!

What is your all time favorite dip or appetizer? 

I'm so excited~
I love new ideas and recipes!

XO

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

From Mother to Daughter...A cherished Book and Blog~

Good morning! 

I am pretty sure that it could possibly be a very cold, freezing cold morning where you are, yes...
Cold as ice! And cold as in snow! 

Well, if so, I hope you are indoors keeping warm by a fire, sitting in a cozy chair reading blog posts! 

Since this is what I've been doing, I decided to also blog about  
this little book that I just think is the best! 
A happy read~


"This cherished book is a gift of advice to be given and received- a treasury  of simple powerful ideas that have transmitted the experiences of generations."
By Author
Sherry Conway Appel 





Do you have something you remember that your mother taught you or told you? This book is full of just that, great things from a mother to daughter. 

My mother taught me the importance of family. 
Always look your best.
Mind your manners.
If you find a pair of shoes you like, get in black and brown. 
Don't believe everything you read.
I could go on and on.....

Okay, I'm changing the subject from a great book to a great blog. 

Okay, if you have not been to my dearest friend's blog

You must! 

Her blog posts about her talking to her three daughters are 
funny and heartwarming! 
All of her posts are unique. 
She is such a gifted writer,
 I know you'll love her blog~

Actually, I am almost certain you already know her! 
Tell her I said hello!

Well, need to scoot!
xo