Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Featured Friends and Vintage Wedding Pics!

I had prepared the following post quite some time ago and didn't realize that I never hit "publish".....
another one of my duh moments!
I would like to introduce you to one of the sweetest young gals in all of blogland ~
My dear friend Olivia of Olivia's Romantic Home.
She is a lover of all things shabby and chic and romantic and pink and such a caring and genuinely kind person.
I never visit her blog without being in awe of her creativity and lovely home.
And she is always one of the first to visit me and leave comments whenever I post, too!
I just love her and know you will, too!

She had a giveaway recently and drew my name for one of her
beautiful decorated bottles! I love it, Olivia, and wanted you to see that I have placed it on
 my antique washstand in our family room for all to see and admire. It is frilly perfection,
and I love it and I love you!!
Everyone needs to go visit sweet Olivia here ~ you will love her blog!

She also gifted me with a beautiful cherub notecard and some sweet tiny paper wedding cake
decorations......and we all know how I am about weddings......

She also included this sweet lil vintage style book

Next, I would like for you to meet a newer friend of mine, Lorene of The Gilded Cherub.
She is a realtor and an interior decorator and it shows! Her attention to detail is amazing. She started blogging in mid November of 2010, so she hasn't been "at it" quite as long as some of us,
but wow, has she got it going on!
She has such beautiful inspirational posts, you really must go take a look!

She had a recent giveaway (actually 3 surprise giveaways) and I was fortunate enough to have
won one of them. She gifted me with this amazing lace and crocheted pillow, and believe me when I say that my pics do not do it justice. It is large and over the top pretty!

She also sent this adorable cream metal napkin holder with the yummiest of
rose printed napkins!

And a pretty satin gift pouch.....

of the best smelling soap ever!

But what really REALLY surprised me......

and touched my heart the most was this......

She knew I am an avid collector of Gone With the Wind memorabilia......
and decided to share one of her dear mother's GWTW Scarlett dolls with me!!
I will forever treasure it Lorene, because it is from you and was once your dear mother's.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I'm going to try to post a bit more frequently between now and the time for my linky
 Wedding party on June 10th,
so here are a few of my favorite old photos to end my post today.....

~ Hope you can come to the party ~

Click HERE to read all about it!

Big Hugs,

Linking with:
Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesdays
All Things Heart and Home All Things Inspired
Kathleen Faded Charm White Wednesday
Free Pretty Things for you Whatever You Want Wednesday
Sherry No Minimalist Here Open House Party Thursday
Rhonda Blue Creek Home Treasure Hunt Thursdays
Liz Brambleberry Cottage Time Travel Thursday

Friday, May 27, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake (PINK!) 5-28-2011

Happy 3rd Birthday, PINK SATURDAY!!!

Thanks so much, Karen of A Scrapbook of Inspiration
for creating this fitting tribute button above for
and for our lovely

Beverly,  through your beautiful insight as to what makes soooo many of us tick,
you've created a close-knit group of PINKETTES that all love you dearly.
I, for one, am eternally grateful for the special friendship that you and I have.
You work each week to bring us a great PINK party!

Visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound and thank her for giving birth to this
monsterously popular weekly Saturday event ~ she'll have a list of all of today's participants!

Let's get this party started.....

and Let Them (US) Eat  P-I-N-K  Cake!!!!

Since I've got weddings on the brain lately......

Filigree Hearts Cake

 festooned with macaroons

Cherry Blossom Cake

Victorian Themed Frills and bows and hand-piped lace

pale pink peonies

swags, dots and the tradition bride and groom topper

Look at that tufted tier in the middle. LOOK AT IT. Now, tell me: how the heck do they DO that? Not to mention the perfect corset lacing, the bows, the ruffles, the porcelain-perfect gumpaste roses.

Pink Coral Quilted Cake

Wedding Cake with Molded Medallions

Fabric pleating and draping, pinwheels, embroidered borders...all sugar!

Glitter and Edible Sugar Peonies

gorgeous damask design

fondant and pearls

Perfect for PINKIES

jewel studded

pale pink spray roses, pink hydrangeas, and green hypericum berries

I would also like to invite all my friends and followers

Click HERE to read all about it.

And please feel free to grab my sidebar button about the party!

Big Hugs,

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Vintage Wedding Gowns

Sharing my Wedding Gown Vignette in our bedroom

I also had fun creating this vintage looking book on photofunia!
Yep, that's hubby and me on our wedding day.

Now onto sharing some beautiful WHITE
Vintage Wedding Gowns
of Yesteryear

in preparation for my
I'm hostessing on
June 10th!

Cotton Wedding Gown
circa 1864

Wedding Dress
                                                                 by L.P. Hollander & Co.
                                                                     (Mint Museum)
                              Victorian wedding dress - it was in the Victorian era that white wedding dresses became the norm rather than an oddity, thanks to Queen Victoria

                                                  Formal Wedding Gown circa 1910


French inspired Bridal Cap and Veil
made of dot and alencon lace
Retails $350.00

1920s handmade drop waist dress

Breathtaking 1920's Silk Dresses


Wedding Hat / Cloche
French, 1932
made of linen, wax, and metal

Vintage Roaring 20's Gown
Vintage 1920's Gown

Vintage 1920's Flapper's Gown


Vintage 1930's Gown

Vintage 1930's Gown

Antique handmade Belgian lace

Handmade bobbin & Pt de Gaz needle lace c. 1860-1870, possibly a veil remade into wedding gown c. 1940

1931 Bride and Groom

Bridal Bandeau

Vintage 1900's Dress

And a bit of the TORTURE brides were wearing

                                                                                    Wedding Corset
                                                                                       circa 1887

Wedding Corset
Early 1900's
Met Museum

                                                                     And oh, those garters!

Circa 1920's Beaded Drawstring Purse

This is my very favorite vintage image.
I could sooo see me wearing that gorgeous choker!

I would like to invite all my friends and followers to my party and giveaway!

Click HERE to read all about it!

                                                   Grab my button and help spread the word!
                                                              Everyone loves a wedding!


Linking with:
Kathleen ~ Faded Charm White Wednesday
All Things Heart and Home ~ All Things Inspired
Very Merry Vintage Style ~ Share the Love Wednesdays
Kim ~ Savvy Southern Style WoW us Wednesdays
Handy Man, Crafty Woman ~ Wicked Awesome Wednesdays
Sherry ~ No Minimalist Here Open House Thursday
Rhonda at Blue Creek Home Treasure Hunt Thursday

Brambleberry Cottage ~ Time Travel Thursday
Suzanne ~ Colorado Lady Vintage Thingie Thursday
Debra ~ Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday
Cindy ~ My Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday
The Charm of Home Home Sweet Home
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday
Stuff and Nonsense Fridays Unfolded
At the Picket Fence Inspiration Fridays