Thursday, December 8, 2016

Past Thursday Post!

Kramer Chronicles-Christmas Decor Overload!
And my SAGA continues!
Mom and dad both spent days putting up Christmas decorations while the dogs and I looked on.

It all started with lots of junk, junk, junk!
I mean, come on, who keeps a giant egg?
Well before I knew it mom had the egg all decorated and sitting in an antique silver cup.
(she seemed really proud of herself so who was I to burst her bubble?)
I keep hearing her talk about being on a budget which I hope doesn't apply to my Christmas catnip!
She was very determined to use what she had around the house.
Then she took a little Christmas tree, hung antique keys and vintage crystals from it, and stuck it in a silver sugar bowl.
All of this she used to decorate the mantel that she just finished undecorating!
To be perfectly honest I was getting kind of bored (not to mention I was beginning to wonder about my mom's sanity with all this undecorating and redecorating).

So I went to my window seat and did a little bird-watching...
some surfing...
and some napping.
And what to my wondering eyes did appear when I awoke a few hours later?
 Christmas decor galor!
I thought this vignette needed a little Kramer:).
Even the coasters were decorated!

Only my mom would buy a vintage red peacock at thrift store.
By nightfall everything looked pretty cozy.
Total cost for this room, $3.50.
So I sat back and enjoyed all the splendor.
All of this coziness is making me sleepy.
I think it's time for a nap!
Come back tomorrow to see the next room!
Blessings from The Parlor!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tea is for Tuesday!

Christmas to a tea!
Tea is always a good idea but never more so than Christmastime as temperatures drop and friends visit with cookies and other confections.
Do not fret if you are without Christmas themed china, red or green patterned porcelains will lend a holiday feel.
Even if you haven't much spare time for decorating, you can add a few small touches to make your home more festive such as silk flower arrangements,
poinsettias on the porch,
or using the red transferware tea service just for you:).
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of tea with friends or with a good book in the quietude of your Holiday home.
Blessings from The Parlor!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday Meanderings

Let's start a movement to improve the world in which we live!
As humans we are apt to complain about  things we do not like or with which we disagree.
Complaining gets us nowhere.
Instead, let's work together to spread love.
Begin by doing something kind for a stranger; hold a door open, help an elderly person up the stairs, compliment the grumpy person behind the counter on her hair or her eyes, do something positive.
These are simple things that can transform a person's day.
However, there are more pressing matters at hand that require sacrifice and commitment like cooking dinners for the homeless, tutoring children in after school programs, standing beside the unwanted or misunderstood in an effort to shield them from hate.
It is time we stop grumbling about our politicians and start writing letters to congressmen and women demanding they make decisions that represent the people and benefit our nation.
Give thanks that brave men and women have sacrificed their lives for us to vote, to speak freely, and for the opportunity to enact change.
But we have to start somewhere.
Show a small act of kindness today and task yourself to do a bit more tomorrow and then the next day. Challenge your friends to do the same.
We must stand together to battle hate!
We have much to be thankful for in this country. Perhaps we should be grateful for the opportunity to help others and improve the world in which we live.
Anyone up for the challenge?

Blessings from The Parlor!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Wisdom

"It is to a man's honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel."
Proverbs 20: 3, NIV

Saturday, November 19, 2016

More Hairwork

Yesterday I posted some basic guidelines about determining whether a piece of 19th century hair work was sentimental or mourning. In this post I am sharing some photos from ebay to clarify further.
Mourning brooch with black stones in bezel and woven hair under glass.

Fashionable brooch with woven hair insert on charm.

Sepia work with mourning scene.

Fashionable bracelet.

Fashionable hair chain worn on the bodice with hair brooches affixed at the end loops. See photo below-right shoulder. (photo private collection) 

Mourning brooch with hair insert.

Mourning brooch with 'Prince of Wales curls' design under glass.

Blessings from The Parlor!