Marie Antoinette crochet doll new this year she sits by MA tree with her dog Mops
English National Ballet tree from Facebook
Versailles gift shop purchase I only bought one ...why? Hmmm
Paper Nosh image trimmed with Dresden trim I made this.
Collection of vintage tree toppers pinks n silver ones
Pinkmas still dancing in my head. Listening to holiday music and loving Classical Baroque music. My sweet mother coming to visit next week so I'm glad all the decorations will be up. I take them down after Epiphany ( Jan 6) .
If you read this blog or look back on older holiday posts I like to change things around a bit every year keeps me occupied and from being bored with the outcome.
Already having ideas for next year adding a flocked tree a skinny one i n formal living room would be nice doing it all white would be fun too we shall see.
Armand under the tree all my cats love the tulle and the twinkie lights
My big swan now has two babies this year one under the tree and one in the sleigh
Barry Belcher swan topper
So sorry blog friends for being absent so long.
We had a death in our family and that took the pop out of me for awhile.
Decorating for the holiday and making some decorating changes helped perk me up a bit.
The main change was we bought a flip tree from Balsam Hill ( I do not get paid to endorse them) which is wonderful, very natural looking and easy to set up prelit and all that too. ANd I added a new swan topper to the large tree ( tree covered in swans, EIffel Towers, peonies , pearls all the things I love) mde by Barry Belcher he is on You Tube and has an Etsy shop. It is wonderful!
I also added ribbon and pearl strands this year and had a local calligrapher write Merry Pinkmas on one of the ribbons.
Love to change things up a bit.
We have much to be joyful about and wonderful memories of people who have left us far too early.
My sweet quiet girl Souffle-Marie loves to hide in the pillows on the bed.
She somehow get right in the middle without knocking any over and sits there so pleased with herself but not moving. After a few minutes she somehow pops out, again not messing up any pillows. We call her the perfect girl,she is so quiet does nothing wrong, likes to look at stuff and sleep near me.She even sneezes quietly.
She makes us smile and makes us slow down and take the time to talk to her and sit still with her. Join in the fun over at Pink Saturday: http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/
I find it is made well and many times one of a kind.
This is a portrait ring I found on an antiques web site called Ruby Lane. I was actually looking for a miniature portrait and this ring popped up among the other offerings.
I have never seen a portrait ring before. It is actually painted and behind glass. It is a ring that I will wear only when I am not going to get my hands wet. I believe it is from 1960's or a bit earlier.
Have you seen one before I am curious let me know.
My dear friend is going to move to assisted living and she had this antique lavabo in her bathroom and she gave it to me. It is pink and red and white and has chinoiserie scenes so pretty.
Lavabos were originally used in churches for ecclesiastical purposes and then some were made for gardens. Now they are largely decorative. This one is missing the bowl at the bottom where water for hand washing would spill into. But I think it is gorgeous and best of all when I look at it I will be reminded or my friend.
Sharing with friends is so important. Sharing our time with others helping out or just listening is important too.
Snow scene I love it. How I would love to glide on the snow in a swan shaped sleigh!
More typical courting scene on this fan from early 1900s
Another favorite MA book by Boyer. Lovely and informative.
Trinkets a la Marie Antoinette a monocular for bird watching and a seal for her monogram for sealing letters.The monogram is on the book.
She had her monogram on some of her furniture as well.
It is also on the wrought iron balcony at Petit Trianon.
Please humor me and my on-going fantasy of living in France in 18th Century.
I try and find things that would be around at that time. My latest find is a monocular for bird watching(something that I do) painted with blue birds. I got it on Ruby Lane from a shop called World Rarities.
She has a lot of lovely French antiques and small items. Very rococo selection in her shop.
The two books are not new but I just bought them. One is about what she would have eaten called A la Table and the large one was published in 2012 Marie-Antoinette la vie a Versailles
Both are in French but I can muddle through and the photos are so lovely they are worth it as "looking at books". I have many books on MA and 18th Century and Madam de Pompadour also.
The two fans are new and addition to my small collection. I will have them framed at some point.The one even had original case.
Do you pretend to be in another time or place? It is great free fun!
I'm just a girl from the South with an eye for pink and for pretty homes and gardens. I love to travel and I love France. I have lots of hobbies and love meeting new people. I love art,pastry making, ballet, reading, gardening,dancing and being with friends and with my dogs, cat and pink parakeets.