Sunday, May 20, 2018

My Wedding Dress

Hi Dear Folk,

All this talk of wedding dresses and it made me think of mine.  I got married in 1981 the same year as Diana and Charles.  That was the decade of a lot of flounce, lace, beads, puffy shoulders with pads.  I was not a fan of all that and had long admired the 1940's decade of dresses, and that is when my dress was from an original.

Cream satin, boat neckline, mine had sheer net up to the neck.  Beautiful paisley beading, just around the yoke, paisley being one of my very favorite designs.  Long sleeves, came into a point over the hand.  Covered buttons to close them.  Also covered buttons down the net part of the back, fitted waist, with a small invisible zip on the side and a train.  Lovely sheen on the satin.

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Megan's Dress, Royal Wedding and I've had Enough!

Hi Dear Folk,

Did you watch the Royal Wedding?  Well the Brits do know how to put on a good show, most diverse.

Her Givenchy dress by Claire Waight Keller, a British designer, in pure white silk, with the bateau neckline was lovely, a classic, and a simple posy.  I liked the long silk tulle veil going over the train of her dress embroidered in silk flowers, fifty three flowers representing the countries of the Commonwealth.

Lesotho was represented by a spiral aloe, Bangladesh was symbolized by a white-water lily and Granada had a bougainvillea.  Australia was represented by golden wattles, and Nigeria had a yellow trumpet.  England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland were respectively represented by a rose, a daffodil, a flax flower and a thistle.

Symmetrically placed at the very front of the veil, crops of wheat delicately embroidered, blending into the flora, to symbolize love and charity.  I also heard on BBC Radio there was a favourite flower from Kensington Gardens and a California Poppy a nod to home.

Topped by the Queen Mary bandeau tiara, wife of George V.  I'm sure there are a lot of tiaras down through the ages in the jewelry caskets to chose from.

1. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
2. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
3. Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of the groom
4. Prince Philip, grandfather of the groom
5. Doria Ragland, mother of the bride
6. Prince Charles, father of the groom
7. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stepmother of the groom
8. Prince William, elder brother of the groom
9. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, sister-in-law of the couple
10. Princess Charlotte, 3, daughter of William and Catherine
11. Prince George, 4, eldest son of William and Catherine
12. Page boy Jasper Dyer, 6, godson of the groom
13. Page boy Brian Mulroney, 7, son of the bride's best friend
14. Bridesmaid Ivy Mulroney, 4, daughter of the bride's best friend
15. Bridesmaid Florence van Cutsem, 3, goddaughter of the groom
16. Bridesmaid Rylan Litt, 7, goddaughter of the bride
17. Page boy John Mulroney, 7, son of the bride's best friend
18. Bridesmaid Zalie Warren, 2, goddaughter of the groom
19. Bridesmaid Remi Litt, 6, goddaughter of the bride

I do hope that the fashion for wedding dresses gets away from the strapless ones that have been in for a couple of decades now, and get back to having a lovely neckline and sleeves.  I have never been a fan of the strapless wedding dress.

I have had enough of dull skies and rain, with a few bad storms thrown in.  I only wish my garden was planted because it would be romping away.  Still it was a good excuse to be in, have a cup of tea and watch the pageantry.  The sun smiled on the Royal couple.  I have been watching the weather in England all week, hoping that it would be good for Rob and Tierney while they were there.  And they certainly had better weather there than we have had here this week.

I was looking at how things change over the years, even the amount of work put into packaging Chambord a raspberry liquor.  The older bottle is to the left with the crown lid, and even embossing in the glass and the bottom, compared with their newer bottle on the right.

Also just think if Wallace Simpson had met Edward VIII now she too could have had a church wedding and walked down the aisle in a white dress.  She was just eighty years ahead of the times.  Of course Camilla lived long enough to see those changes in her lifetime, and to benefit from them.

At last after sitting in the garage for several years we have actually restrung this chime.  It has a lovely sound being so long.  The wood had rotted out, so Mr. B.  came up with the idea of using this terra-cotta pot holder and drilling holes in this to thread the strings through.  I like it.

This is the patio I worked on last weekend, Saturday this weekend it rained all day.

Roses like a good drink.

I went out to retrieve something I had put out in the trash, which was the top of my circular com poster, which comes apart, off course I came up with an idea to use it, fortunately it was still out there, some things I put out had gone, which is good.  And then something was left behind my garage from someone else, this pot with plastic flowers in.

Looking worse for wear, I salvaged what I could, added some old silk flowers I had lying around in the garage and thought why not put it here by the garage door for a splurge of colour.  Now I am not a one for fake flowers, this may or may not stay, we'll see.  I don't think it looks too bad though.

Must get the paint brush out.  Lot's of painting to do.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

My Last Hurrah! At the NSH Yard Sale - Wheel It Out

Hi Dear Folk,

A couple of Saturdays ago was my last hurrah at the NSH Yard Sale.  The yard sale is housed in an old building at the Norristown State Hospital which is soon to be demolished.  The funds raised are used for the patients.

I only started going in the last few years and then as they changed to just a Friday instead of Friday and Saturday I did not always get to go.  One more is scheduled for this year in August the final one, but sadly I will not be able to attend, as happily I will be in the UK.

My friend Maria and I had a long standing appointment as this year they changed it to a Saturday.  It is fun to go with a friend, it was a marathon.  We got there just before it opened at 9:00 am.  Each room is dedicated to certain items, we always head first to the jewelry room which is right inside the door.

Then we headed over to shoes and bags, linens, from there to clothes, back to china, craft items, books and looking at what is in the central room area.  Last of all we hit appliances because the wonderful ninety year old lady who is lovely to talk with keeps us for so long that we would miss all the bargains if we went there first.  So of course we never get a bargain in appliances because they are all gone by the time we get there.

She is ninety and looks a spry seventies.  She has traveled all over the world with her photographer husband and still flies out to see family in California, Colorado and Mexico.  She gave us a travel trip always ask for a wheel chair at the airport it is complimentary and they will wheel you through customs, over to baggage and out.  I may very well do this, she positively told me I should.

Her daughter is Jill Bond who produced this film for PBS We Served Too - The Story of Women Airforce Pilots in WWII.  She is now in Mexico making another movie for PBS about vineyards in Mexico.  The oldest wine-growing region in the Americas.

There is also a coffee, soda, baked goods and hot dog section to take a break, which we needed.

So what was my haul:

Shannon crystal vase, old china biscuit barrel, which I love $1.00, old sugar bowl, I would think from Austro-Hungary era.  Victorian crystal and silver cruet set.

Isn't the design delightful?

I walked past the cruet set and then saw someone else taking a look at it and I thought that is so nice if she doesn't get it I will, and I did.  I have tried cleaning it, but think I need some silver dip so will have to go out and get some.  A Victorian cruet set would be about $80.00 to go out and buy.

I walked by this jug, but by the afternoon they were marking down what ever had not sold, and my friend Maria bought this for me.

Eight glasses for martinis?  I'm not good on knowing what glass is meant for what drink.  $0.25 each, how can you pass that by.

Cottage eggcup.

Hand made handkerchief holder?  I'm not sure but the work is lovely.

Glass necklace.

24 carrot gold plated necklace and matching bracelet $3.00

Amethyst broach and I can't remember the name of the green stones.

Brighton necklace and matching bracelet.

Bracelet watch brand new in it's box, I just bought a new battery and it works perfectly.

Zebra broach it looks like a Cinar, but can't see a mark, so maybe not, still I like it.

Butterfly broach, hard to get an in focus photo on this.  Cleaned up nice and sparkly.

Coldwater Creek Jewelry Necklace.

Should have put this in with my Australian post, maybe from the same person.  I would call this a Happy Hankie.

A stash of hankies, can never have too many.  Look at the work on this one.

Evening top, may take this along on my cruise.

Summer hat.

Oval table cloth for BB.

Serviettes/Napkins I especially could not pass by the daisy ones, very 60s/70s.

Brand new set of linen placements and serviettes, hand printed.

Little clay rounds to keep your sugar from getting rock hard.

And last but not least my piece de la resistance, brand new, The Capri Bag from the Capri Watch Company.  this design is called Majolica Sun.  It is made from Neoprene, they sell a whole line of these bags in different designs and it originally sold for 109 Euros.  It is very lightweight, may use it on my travels, only thing is does not zip up, only a snap.  Still could pack it and use when there.

Maybe someone bought this while on vacation.  You must watch their Capri Watch Commercial, selling a life style. Here.  The scenery is beautiful and of course so are the people.

Well that's it, ah! I forgot to say that nothing was more than $5.00, and most was much less.  You can see why we love to go to this sale.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

Hi Dear Folk,

It is dull and overcast today with some rain.  Yesterday they had serious thunder storm warnings and as I rode home on the train, the clouds looked ominous and then let lose.  By the time I got to my stop  it was just spitting, I was most thankful for that, I think the storm was heading to Philly and had already poured in my home town.

Everything is sopping wet, the roses love it though.  I cut my first bloom of the year.

I think it's a Queen Elizabeth rose, but not positive.

Mr. B. didn't work today, so went out and bought a new lawn mover which we needed.  The other one is old and he put in a new carburetor a while ago and repaired the front wheel, now the other wheel and the metal has gone, hence a new lawn mover.

As I couldn't work outside, I decided to get something done that has been on my mind, and that is changing my china in my hutch from top shelf to bottom and bottom to top.  For what ever reason I landed up with all the heavy china on the top shelf and all the bone fragile china on the bottom shelf and I could just see it being a recipe for disaster, so took the time and swapped them.  Needless to say I couldn't get everything back.

I did rearrange the top of my oak dresser in the dining room, with my new goodies from the NSH yard sale.  I'm happy with it.

Last Monday I took a PTO day and was able to pack away all my winter jumpers/sweaters, no mean feet in a house with few clothes closets.  Plastic zip bags under the bed is where they go.  I uncovered my Salwar Kameez that I bought at a thrift, the tunic top along with a matching scarf, in turquoise and burgundy red, a paisley pattern and beading.  The tunic does not fit me, but I un picked the side seams, now I must go and buy some fabric to insert a gusset down each side.  I'm going to buy some leggings to go with it, I think it will be nice for the summer.  Gudrun Sjoden has some bright colored leggings, in fact her whole collections are always most colorful.

BB my sister phoned early this morning, asking for the dates of my arrival in August and I couldn't remember whether I arrived on the 5th August or left on the 5th.  In any case the paperwork is in a folder where I always keep my passport and I saw my passport was not there.  I had forgotten to replace it after I had taken it out to verify my citizenship, it was need to go on ACA healthcare.  Panic stations because I could not remember where I had left it.  As it turns out it was in one of the pockets of my leather messenger bag and has been traveling backwards and forwards to work for a couple of weeks.  Now it is back where it should be, thank goodness.  I don't deal well with stress as I get older.

Well hope your day is good.  Take care.


40 Years Ago This Month

Hi Dear Folk,

I ran across some old photos, forty years ago to the month May 1978.  Here we are the three musketeers, Joni, Me in the center and Nancy to the right.  We are at Kennedy Airport waiting to board our flight to the UK.  Just Joni and I, Nancy couldn't come.

I remember that in the late seventies jump suits were very popular, this was a winter green tartan one, which I wore with a red polo neck.  I quite liked that. I also made three from a Simplicity pattern that featured Marlo Thomas wearing it.  Two were shorts all in one outfits and the other jumpsuit had the long legs.

Here I am May 1978 at St James's Park, London.  You can tell it's May all the tulips.  That was the trip we, Joni, my sister BB and I travelled all over England and met my mum and dad at Clovelly.

This is two years later September 1980, now I can't remember where this was taken, I think New York State.  That was my grandmothers cameo; which in itself has a story.  It was lost for two years, and then one summer I'm digging in our family garden at home and find it, minus the filigree surround, just the cameo.  It always was a little lose in the surround.  I looked for it but never found it.  A year or so later in the USA I took it to a silversmith near to where I live now and he made a new setting for it and I still have it.  I matched the setting up with a silver cameo ring that I had, I actually bought it while on that trip, in Devon.

At this very moment the Boy and Tierney are on a dinner cruise going down the Thames.  The cycle of life.

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