This is one of my favorite Vintage Style pieces and I hope it will be yours!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Check out my friend Leigh Anne's Blog: http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/ She's having a Mother's Day giveaway of one of my favorite Vintage Style Necklaces from my Etsy Shop.http://gardendiva.etsy.com/
Friday, April 23, 2010
When I found out that DH had a business trip in Atlanta, I knew that I had to see the Princess Diana Exhibit while we were there. The exhibit was only going to a handful of cities in North America. My Mom had seen an announcement in the paper of this touring exhibit, and called to tell me about it. When would I ever have the chance to see Diana's wedding dress, tiara, and glamorous gowns close up?
These images were taken off the tour website, since attendees can't take photos during the exhibit itself. When you first walk in, the first thing you see a magnificant tiara from the Spencer family collection. It was really breathtaking! There were several photos, movies, memorabilia, and jewels from Diana's family. There is also a portrait of Diana's grandmother, and it's amazing how much they looked alike. Diana's father was a amateur photographer, so there are lots of still images and movies of her as a child.
I left feeling renewed sadness that her life was cut so short. She was such a great humanitarian and connected with people from all walks of life. As a testiment to how admired she was, there was a whole wall of bound condolence books from around the world. You can't help but wonder what her life would have been like had she lived longer and found a more compatible mate.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I was editing some photos from our Titanic Dinner last weekend, and came across these images from a little coffee stand in Lostine, OR. Have you ever driven on a road, in the middle of No Where, and then suddenly something catches your eye and you burst out laughing?
Well, here's a little coffee stand with the tail end of an airplane, a back end of a VW, and a giant Blue Banana, did I mention that this was in the middle of No Where? Of course, we had to check it out. Oh Yeah, they make good coffee too.
Yours truly enjoying a cuppa....
Friend Mark, in the VW. A view from inside the VW, surrounded by skateboards...a cozy little nook.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Last summer, I went to a 'Knit Night' at the Oregon Coast and ran into an amazing group of fun loving women. They couldn't stop talking about a Titanic Dinner that they had attended in April, at the Foley Station Restaurant in La Grande, OR. They were so enthusiastic about the meal, dressing in period costumes, and the stories that were told about the passengers lives, that I knew we had to attend this event!
Dinnerware from the sister ship of the Titanic, the Olympic.
Below are tiles from the Titanic's sister ship the Olympic which was decommissioned in 1939; identical ones were also on the Titanic.
Below, a replica of the Titanic in all it's glory.
We received a commerative menu, along with a Bio card of 'our' passenger.
Our friends Mark and Barb, looked like they stepped out of the Era. Barb's sister-in-law, lent her this hat from her collection.
Below, Rick and I. I was excited to wear this hat that was purchased on a business trip in Minneapolis several years ago. Our wonderful neighbor from the Coast, 95 year old Gertie Smith, lent me a handbag that belonged her mother.
Bryan on his 24th birthday. Below, Scenes from the dinner
Soup was followed by Baked Haddock with Sharp Sauce.
Curried Chicken with Rice was next, paired with a Hinman Reisling
There were two main courses: Roast Turkey with Savory Cranberry Sauce, and Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce, Turnip Puree, Green Peas, and Roast Potatoes, paired with a Petit Bistro Pinot Noir . Everything was beautifully presented and deliciously prepared by chef/Owner, Merlyn Baker.
Wouldn't you know, Barb's Passenger was the only survivor in our group! (Although, we all went out to Brunch anyway)
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Doesn't this 'Vintage Living' shop loook like a fun place to return to? I did get a quick walk through before they closed and found it to be full of treasures.
Finally, I love the colors and lines in these city shots. Can't wait to sketch.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
We've been spending a fair amount of time on the Oregon Coast lately, trying to get the beach house in shape. There's been wood blinds to install, furniture to re-upolster, and some painting to do. These things take some planning to do from two hours away. However, on a beautiful spring day, it's hard to stay put and not take a drive north to Astoria to visit the thrift shops, and fun restaurants. On a recent trip, we found the coolest shop, Ambiance, chocked full of great decorating ideas and reasonably priced treasures! DH, a non-shopper enjoyed browsing and even found a cool clock for his downtown office. The owner said that they mail order tons of clocks for wedding gifts. Great idea, since everyone can use a clock!