Saturday, July 23, 2016

...And They Lived Happily Ever After.

Dennis and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on June 21 of this year.  We were in paradise on that day...
more on that later!  For now, I want to tell you what we did 25 years ago after our wedding:  we made a Time Capsule!  And, when we arrived home from our anniversary trip last month, we opened it!
The only thing that I remembered for sure that was in the time capsule was the TIME magazine from the week we were married in 1991.  But, upon opening the container I saw that we'd also saved the San Francisco Chronicle -- our local newspaper -- from our wedding day.

It was so interesting to read it; back then, it seems, we were mostly concerned about the environment.  Our main news stories weren't about terrorism, but about technology and all the scientific advances that were becoming a part of daily life.
Other things I re-discovered were: the receipt from our wedding cake, a wine label from our pre-wedding trip to the wine country with my soon-to-be-in-laws, a banner that decorated a part of our reception, a "Just Married" windsock that traveled from Nevada to California as a decoration on the rented Cadillac we drove to our wedding, two of the place cards from our reception, and a few leftover wedding favors!
That's right: 25 year old sugared almonds!
A honeycombed paper centerpiece, our wedding guest book, some portraits...
and -- this is precious to me -- the excess satin that was cut from my wedding gown when it was altered!  I didn't remember this at all, but can't wait to think up a use for it!  Also, all the candid photos that family and friends sent me from the wedding!  I hadn't seen these photos in 25 years!
Plus these photos from my wedding shower, showing me with Margaret, my dear friend who I recently lost.
These are all of the leftover wedding invitations and announcements -- engagement and wedding -- as well as the map I created to get people to the reception.  But most wonderful of all: the response cards from everyone who was in attendance.  To see the handwritten notes from people who are no longer with us was a joy.
I designed all the invitations myself, and did everything else related to the wedding as well.  I remember I enjoyed every moment of the planning!  Of course, if I had it all to do over again, the style and decor would be so different, but I have no regrets!
And more ephemera -- which will be put to good use someday when I create a scrapbook of it all!  I was especially happy to see the handwritten note from a hotel employee with advice on the best place to go for dinner as newlyweds - Captain Jon's.
But my favorite thing of all was re-reading all of the wedding cards we'd received!  So many well-wishes for a long life together, a happy marriage, and wonderful things to come.  I was struck over and over again how those wishes really had come true for us.  And I think that would make everyone who sent those cards happy if they knew.  I was surprised that even Dennis sat and read each and every one of the cards, too!  It was a real walk down memory lane for both of us.
Next, besides showing and telling you all about our anniversary trip to the Caribbean, in upcoming blog posts I get to introduce you to my new love!  I know I've been away for a while, but I hope to make up for it.  Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I am still alive!

I feel awful for not blogging more these last few weeks.  I'm fine, still alive, just a bit uninspired.  And worn out.  And sad about how things are in our world.  I hope that will all change after our vacation.  I crave refreshment, for my heart.

Here's a little bit of what I've been up to (besides the ever-present WORK):
Ben turned 19 and we had a nice dinner out at The Broadmoor; here we are by the lake.  It was an incredibly gorgeous night!  Summer sure took a long time to get here, but now that it's here, it was worth the wait.
On a different night, I took this selfie on my way back from my boss's "best wishes" (going away) party at work.
They really do throw the best parties -- here's a sampling of the wonderful cheese and savory snacks we got to munch on.  It was lovely to be there to wish him well and to celebrate his legacy after 20 years at the company.  That's something I'll never have, and I feel a bit of regret when I think of it.
And, this is the only creative thing I've done at all lately: a special tag for a gift for an expectant mother!
 I loved using some of my old greeting card images, and occasional stickers in the baby boy theme!
Here's the back of the tag -- a page from a booklet ca. 1935 called, Sewing With Cotton Bags.  The gift itself was a little book that I adored when I was pregnant with Ben all those years ago: The Wish, The Wait, The Wonder.  It was a perfect little book of anecdotes and quotes to read during all those tired, dreamy moments while waiting for baby.  I'm so excited for her!

What have you been up to lately?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Jewel toned Vera Scarf

I don't know anything about this Vera scarf, except that I saw it on Etsy, loved it, put it on my wish list...
and was surprised with it for Mother's Day!
I loved the jewel tones of purple and blue against the black black background!  There is a shiny kind of paint to make some of the pieces sparkle.
Just looking at it makes me sigh!  I wonder if I'll ever get over my love of Vera, or of vintage fabric design in general?
There is, sadly, nothing very creative going on in my life these days.  I seem to have lost my muse -- either that, or she is as busy and tired as I am.  Either way -- she's not making an appearance!
I'm hoping to find it again, next month at the beach.  For now, I hope you will forgive me for being the Most Boring Blogger!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday thoughts

I'm still waiting for Spring; even though we've had a couple of nice days, this is what it looked like in my neighborhood on Tuesday night:
It's hail, not snow.  Several inches of it.
 So when I walked into JoAnns Fabrics and Crafts yesterday and saw their beach-y theme, I had to sigh in anticipation of warmer days ahead.
This sign made me really happy.
Dennis and I have a special anniversary coming up: 25 years.
And we've planned a trip to the Caribbean that I'm really looking forward to.
I've never been to that part of the world before!
I'm counting the days until I can put my toes in this sand!
We haven't take a trip like this in a long, long time.
I've been shopping for swim wear and clothing for a tropical climate, and day dreaming about the trip.
I really want to bring along some art to do, since we'll have so much time at leisure.
I was thinking of buying, or creating, a special, beach-themed travel journal (blank) to fill.
(Something like this one that I found on Etsy.)
And also a little sewing kit with some basics and some fabric projects -- maybe even beach-themed ones (but my vintage style.)
Oh, and some good beach reads.  I love literary fiction.  I don't want to read anything sad.
If you have any ideas, send me a link or a pin: IndulgeYourShelf

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

We are being tricked and teased by Mother Nature this "Spring"...once again indicative of this time of the year in the Rocky Mountains.  When I was in California two weeks ago I had a taste of the season: roses in bloom, hydrangea bushes bursting with flowers, and all kinds of color.  I came home to my own tender bulb flowers frozen in the ice and sleet.
Then, on Cinco de Mayo, we had a beautiful weather day -- highs in the 70's and sunshine!  I sat on the lawn chair in the backyard for the first time since last fall and planned dinner out of doors.  By dinner time, though, we were huddled in blankets, trying to brave the chill that had floated in with the clouds!
The same thing happened yesterday: Rebecca and I went to A Paris Street Market for the kick-off to the summer outdoor market season; it was sunny in Falcon and I wore a sundress.  But as we headed North to the market, the sun disappeared and the cold wind picked up; after about an hour of shopping and we had to run away to the car in a downpour!
The only thing I'd had time to buy at the market was this cute little collection of cocktail tags!

As soon as I saw them, I imagined how fun they'd be to use in paper art -- especially with 1950s era ads for liquor!
Today, the sun is out again, but I'm not getting fooled: I'm sure it will be chilly and maybe even rainy, especially since Dennis and Benjamin have planned to cook dinner outdoors for me tonight.
Ben made it home on Friday night, which really makes it feel as though summer is here!  I'm looking forward to having him around all through warm days and nights (I hope!) ahead!
Happy Mother'd Day to all my friends who are mothers; enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Yesterday we drove north in the sleet and rain, on icy roads, to help Ben bring some of his stuff home from college.  It wasn't all going to fit into his small car.  He will follow next weekend; we can hardly believe his freshman year is almost over already!  I'm looking forward to having him home for the summer.

On the drive up, we stopped in at an antique market.  I enjoyed myself immensely, while my husband paced around and tried to be patient, and I tried to ignore that he was so I could continue to enjoy myself.  I'm sorry there are no photos to show you, but the market had a "no camera" policy -- which is a shame, because there was so much fun stuff to see there, all beautifully displayed.

I have a real love of antique and vintage sewing notions, and I saw a lot of that at this market.  I especially loved a pincushion I saw: a tiny round pillow with a metal bird on top of it.  The bird opened on top to reveal that it was a thimble holder; there were two pearlized egg-topped pins in the pincushion.  It was enchanting, but at $139, I had to leave it behind!
Instead, I bought this little cube of glass head, steel pins from a different dealer.  It has four sides of pinholes/pins, and I loved the blue label.  I'm adding it to my display of vintage sewing notions.  I noticed that many of the same items in my display were on sale at this market, and I estimated that my own little collection was worth about $600 at those prices!
But, some of the items in my collection are truly priceless, like this little pincushion, above.  Made in Japan, it sat on my father's bureau for my entire life.  Curiously, I don't remember my mother ever using pins to sew anything; I think all of these pins are from corsages and dress shirts!  I brought the pin cushion home after the loss of my mother, and I cherish it.  Today, in fact, I took out all the pins, cleaned it, and re-inserted the pins.
The only other item I bought at the market was this vintage valentine.  I couldn't resist the bird motif, and I hadn't ever seen one like it before.  I sure miss all the treasure hunting and antique shopping I used to do -- but, outdoor market season is coming, so I hope to indulge my passion more this summer!
A few weeks ago, in fact, I went to an estate sale and found a bag of Vera scarves (mistakenly marked "Vera Wang"!)
 The bag contained five Vera scarves in pristine condition; three were Vera Sheers...
and then there was this one, which I'd never seen before:
I think it will be a favorite find; according to this Vera website, it dates back to the 1960s (like me!)
I love the vivid blue/purple/lavender.  I could look at Vera's designs all day, and I'm happy that they are still being sold new -- and excited whenever I find something new!
I'm excited it's May; I hope for a peaceful month of re-grouping, healing, and, hopefully, creativity.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I left my heart...

in San Francisco.  This time, for real. 
 Margaret's final resting place is lovely, and quite close to my parents.
The priest said all the right things, and I was comforted by his words, and by her family and friends.
 My friend Judy took great care of me.  The night of the funeral, we went to dinner and, at the request of Margaret's ex husband...
set a place for Margaret, with her favorite drink at it.
We toured around SF the next day, quietly remembering times with Margaret.
We also remembered Jane, who was a friend of Margaret, Judy and mine, and who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge when she was 20.
I'm back home now, and had hoped to feel some peace after the funeral, but it's not working out that way.  I should know by now that grief is unpredictable, and takes its own time.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who wrote words of comfort on my last post.
I appreciate all of you.