Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Monday, Tuesday, & White Wednesday!

It feels like an age since we were winding up for Easter, doesn't it? Or maybe it's just me. We were away for the long weekend, and I always like to get in a bit of digging around into new places. It makes me feel like I've been gone longer than I actually have. 

I thought I would bring you out onto the spring patio where the light is best and show off a few new thrilling finds.

The "herbes" painted box is a local find from a great dealer who does a terrific job of dolling things up, but still manages to keep prices low. And the new ironstone pitcher was a find from my trip before last in Lubbock, TX.

I discovered a wonderful newish shop in my daughter's town with a dealer that loves linens like I do. Finding this old cotton dress just made my day!

Plain and simple, and no-frills beautiful. I just love the look of old garments hanging in a room.

Nearly worn to shreds, but with plenty of nobility still left in its folds. In the loosest and most general way possible it reminds me of the gown that Keira Knightley wears in Pride and Prejudice when she first visits Mr. Darcy accidently at Pemberley. Love that scene. (Her dress is long, with long sleeves, and crosses in front. She wears it with boots. . . . But I digress. . . )

A different booth had this wonderful ruffled apron. The body and ties are a crisp organdy, but the waistband and ruffle are of a luscious soft handkerchief linen.

The ticking stripe pillow underneath was another Lubbock find, and fits perfectly on my old French rush seat stool. Love the farmhouse vibe!  

The ruffled white Victorian parasol is the big star of the weekend (from the same shop). How can something so ragtag make you so happy!? But there truly is nothing quite like finding wonderful pieces of old.

All silky, delicate, and water stained. . . .

Just look at those feminine curves!

And now time for a wardrobe change!

The last thing I'm showing is a perfect and delightful antique lady's blouse like something Mrs. Selfridge would wear. (If you don't already know about the PBS series Mr. Selfridge, you need to find out asap! OMG! The clothes!)

I don't know what the wonderful light woven checked fabric is called, do you?

Hand-worked buttonholes.

The back is even prettier than the front!

The sailor collar of handkerchief linen comes to a gentle peak at the center.

Cotton tape ties and tucks. (I just bought some of this at LaurieAnna's in Canton, Tx.

The cuffs are meant to be folded up and fastened with pretty cuff links.

Now that my grandgirls are getting older, I'm passing on some of the smaller vintage things and stockpiling for the future. It's such a pleasure finding fine old things for them to dress up in. I hope you enjoyed having a look!

Wishing you a wonderful White Wednesday!


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Parade

When I was a girl we often had an Easter picnic if the weather allowed. And sometimes even if it didn't! It's not unusual to have our last snowfall of the season at Easter in NM. But not this year! The weather promises to be perfect for some of our most beloved traditions.

From bonnets and baskets, to bunnies and bird's nests, here is a parade of some of our favorite ways to celebrate the season. (Come to think of it, I've never actually been to an Easter Parade. Have you?)

I hope it's a lovely Easter weekend for you too!


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