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It was a little too chilly to soak in it.

A surprise excursion to Nassau for two nights was the perfect weekend getaway to celebrate a birthday. The weather defied the cloudy forecast to give us clear skies, temperatures in the 70’s and a pampering breeze during the day. The Calgon colored water was tempting but a tad too cold for our comfort so we soaked it in from the comfort of our lounge chairs via sight, smell and sound.

I actually brought the DSLR but never took it out of the bag so it was the Hipstamatic to the rescue!

Nassau

We stayed in downtown Nassau at the British Colonial Hilton, which was built on the site of the old Fort Nassau.

Nassau

Graffiti along the Western Esplanade, on West Bay street. There was more art but I couldn’t get a decent shot from the street.

Nassau
Nassau
Nassau

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Bon Weekend!

I’m off for an extended weekend celebrating dear Aileen’s birthday, which is today! We’re constantly saying that when we grow up, we want to look as fabulous as these two ladies, Aileen being on the left and me on the right. In reality, we’re not far from our goal.


{ I’ll be completely honest and say that I cannot remember where I found this image but I believe the AP is the one to credit. If you know any different, please let me know! }

Happy Birthday Husky, I love ya!

Happy New Year!

We just got back from having breakfast at our friends Lilla and Foster’s house and we’re resting up before heading over to our cousins house this afternoon. We’ve had a serving of Hoppin’ John and collards with more to go!

Party hat
{ Photo by Aliceblueblazes on Flickr. Click image to enlarge. }

Here’s to wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!

Bon Weekend – Happy New Years Eve!

Time to close the first decade of the new century. I mentioned in a post a couple weeks back that it has been both a heartwarming and heartbreaking year, but I believe we’re firmly planted in the right direction. I’m looking forward to the future!


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I’m just about to soak the black-eyed peas for Hoppin’ John tomorrow, and I hope you have a wonderful, fun and safe new years celebration!

Happy Belated Birthday to My Beloved!

I treated Michael to a night at the wonderful Inn at Middleton Place just down the road from us. The modern design beautifully counters the 18th-century buildings and landscaping of Middleton Place next door. Last weekend also played host the the Grand Illumination – Christmas 1782 Tour. It was perfect timing as I found the tour information while booking our room!


Loving the brrrrrr chilly December weather in the courtyard in front of our room!

I picked up Michael’s cake from Normandy Farms and drove it, along with some of our absinthiana, out to the Inn on Friday. I requested to have the fountain, glasses, absinthe, ice and water set up in the room upon our arrival and the cake to be delivered to the room while we were out on the tour. We woke up Saturday morning to the sound of pouring rain and my heart sank. I had no idea if the events of the evening were rain or shine. I decided to follow the flow of the day/evening without panic. I gleefully learned at check-in that the event was going on as scheduled. We brought our umbrellas and learned that the rooms are supplied with those AND flashlights for walking the grounds at night.

We had a fantastic time during the tour. We actually ended up on the tail end of an earlier group when we got to the house. It wasn’t until we finished our supper {the food was delicious} that we learned that we’d missed half the tour! Silly us, we thought that maybe the gardens portion was cut short because of the weather. We all had a good laugh and Michael and I joined a small group heading toward the gardens. We had several good laughs at ourselves for the rest of the evening.


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Blessed Yule!

I’m in a very silly mood today. We needed at little bit of this to get our butts out of bed to watch the eclipse this morning. Instead, we fell back asleep.

Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre >>

I’m working on a write-up of Michael’s birthday.

Deck the halls…

We were completely stumped with how to finish our dining room tablescape. I wanted to go for a whimsical outdoor winter scene, and I started by pulling out my favorite vintage mirror and our little green trees. We picked up more on sale last week along with a bag of the crystal pellets and the white glass balls. I was determined to use the snow we made, but we needed a way to keep it contained. No solution was making itself know to us until we worked on the snow scene in the jar for Duncan. That’s when I had the ‘Aha!’ moment to use the glass cylinder vases from the Food Bank Benefit.

I also made new place mats using leftover fabric from a corset I was commissioned to make for a wedding about 5 years ago, and my remaining white coutil. I figured that if I was going to make them, then why not make them to last?

The silver & white plates were purchased at Target two years ago.
The crystal is vintage Boda, from my mother’s wedding registry.
The clear trees on the plates were purchased four years ago.
The mercury glass votive holders were purchased at Home Goods for our wedding.
I think we all know the story of those green acorns! 😉

tablescape

Remember that snow tutorial? Well here are more of the results!

The blue sleigh one of my favorite ornaments and my parents bought it for their first Christmas after they were married, in 1955. The body is flocked paper and it’s missing a few things but I always insist that it and a few of the other battered treasures have their place every year.

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Snowflake Garland DIY

We originally bought the snowflake punch to make placemats similar to the ones I made for Halloween, but I discovered that they didn’t quite work the same as the cats in the mats. They’re not solid shapes, they’re shapes within shapes. I could salvage this, I thought. So my next attempt was to glue the snowflakes on red poster board, only…I haven’t been able to find poster board in a shade of red or green that doesn’t make my eyes bleed. Needless to say, that was scrapped in favor of sewn placemats. I still had a pile of snowflakes begging to be used. I was reading some of my favorite blogs this weekend and saw photos of various dainty looking garlands, and thought to myself that these might look just as good.

Materials needed:
Poster board
Thread & needle
Snowflake Punch (we bought ours at Michaels)

Cut out snowflakes. I averaged around 50 per garland. Tie a snowflake at one end. Thread a large needle with the thread and work it through one hole, and then back through another. Slide the snowflake down a bit and continue. Once you’ve reached the desired length, tie off another snowflake that the end. I finished off the knot with fabric glue. It’s not necessary, just force of habit. Hang the garland and space the snowflakes.

I’m very pleased with them!



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We kept the little punched out bits and used them for paper snow, sprinkling them around one of our candle displays.

Happy Monday!

We finished our holiday decorating this past weekend and I took some photos. I’ll share those in another post shortly, along with a simple garland DIY. I just wanted to get something up today and say, “Hi.”.

Happy Hanukkah!

Apartment Therapy recently featured their pick of modern menorahs for 2010, featuring an olive branch menorah from one of my favorite artists, Michael Aram. I decided to look at his other menorahs, I found this stunning pomegranate menorah.

May the light and blessings of Hanukkah shine on through eternity.

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