Saturday, November 27, 2010

Decorating for Christmastide....





Dearest Readers,

Holly, pine boughs and tinsel decorate even the most remote corners of my cozy home. The lovely scent of orange and cinnamon permeate the house as I merrily go about decorating with abandon. Nothing is safe from my decorating frenzy...not even Dearest!

This post is just a reminder about my Victorian Holiday Home Tour which begins on December 1st! I hope you will join me at this festive time of year.

Yours so kindredly,


Shan

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Blessings This Thanksgiving....




Dearest Readers,


I dearly hope that you have a peaceful Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones, a table laden with the bounty of the season and a heart full of joy! Giving thanks to Our Father who has bestowed the mercy of Grace upon each of us.


Thank you for blessing me each day with your kind and gentle words of encouragement. It has been such a delight to share my everyday journey as I endeavor to lead a simple and gentle life.


Yours thankfully and kindredly,
Shan

P.S. I will begin my Victorian Holiday Home Tour on December 1st...I hope that you will stop in for a cup of cheer!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Home Again.....


Dearest Readers,

We are home again....while I just love to travel, there is nothing like the comfort I feel when I return home!


Amish country was beautiful and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We had the pleasure of delightful conversation with a number of Amish folks...and wouldn't you know it...they are just like the rest of us....happy, humorous and friendly. We bought a sweet little dresser for the upstairs bedroom from the nicest Amish couple in Walnut Creek.

Lehman's was a dream come true....I think they may have had some re-stocking to do after we left! So many useful and downright pretty things to choose from...I bought a little from each category: cabbage slicer, butter mold, parts for my kerosene lamp, a little knob of the wood stove, etc., from the practical category...a spectacular parlour lamp and smaller kerosene lamp with reflector, along with a miniature cook stove from the pretty category.


I won't even talk about the food....just suffice to say....yummy, yummy! I LOVE mashed potatoes and gravy and you could get them everywhere all the time. I sincerely had to go on a little diet when we returned home, lest I not have anything in my closet that fit.


We went to historic villages, markets, cheese factories, flea markets, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, fabric stores, not to mention craft & quilt shops, all the while enjoying the magnificent countryside around us. We even managed to head up North to take a peek at Lake Erie before heading West on I-80...it was a full-to-overflowing trip.


We took our time on the return trip and managed to stop at a few antique stores in Iowa and Nebraska. We were rewarded with another dresser (for the downstairs bedroom) and a golden oak Victorian high-chair. I have been searching for a Victorian high-chair for at least half a dozen years...it is too precious.


We were gone about 10 days and it seemed to take awhile to return to our normal routine. Finally, the laundry is tucked away, cookies are once again the jar and our days flow gently as before. Bliss.


And yes, you are seeing holly and gingerbread making an appearance in the above photograph.... I have begun to decorate my home for Christmas. Now normally, I wait until the turkey is at least carried away from the table, but this year I wanted to take my time and re-do a few of my vignettes, so the carols are playing and I am humming along as I decorate with abandon!


Thanks, once again, to all the lovely folks who gave us good advice with regard to our travels...you made our trip a splendid one!


Yours kindredly,
Shan


P.S. I am making my way over to all of your fine blogs one at a time...I have missed all of you.