Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Dearest Readers....

Dearest Readers,

I write this missive in the quiet of  Eventide.....what a blessed few days here at Honey Hill Farm. All the children have been home, which was very unexpected but pleasantly welcomed.  Gifts have been exchanged...such sweet thoughtful treasures sought out over these last months. Savory meals have been shared...with one more gathering of family brought together here tomorrow.  Beauty of the Spirit abounds this Christmastide.

I so had hoped to share a few more posts of my dear old Victorian home, but between our Darling Boy's graduation and all the attendant festivities, not to mention the preparations for Christmastide, I had to set posting aside in order to keep life here at Honey Hill as gentle and peaceful as possible.  I do hope you understand.

I just wanted to wish all of you a Blessed Christmastide...His Mercy and Grace are with us always but they shine ever more this time of year. You are loved...don't ever forget that...

Yours so kindredly,
Shan  


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Victorian Holiday Home Tour 2010.....The Back Parlour

Dearest Readers,

Welcome once again to Honey Hill Farm!  Today I invite you to step into the back parlour...the fire is lit and the tree is glowing.....

It is a Tasha day....I am going to sit and work on some hand sewing while watching Take Peace...

Christmastide makes for such a lovely time...evergreens tucked in here....

And there...

Twinkling lights.....

Chickens and tea....

Each little corner.....

Wishes to be included in the celebration....

The frippery multiplying the spirit of the season...

A Christmastide Soda Fountain....

Old-Fashioned treats....

Sweet tidings of joy....

Visiting "Littles" make sure to stop....

For a piece of penny candy before heading home....


And that my Dear Readers is a look into the Back Parlour...

I think it is time for me to nestle down in my easiest of easy chairs and spend the afternoon  peacefully stitching, watching Tasha...a gentle life, even at Christmastide.

May you have a gentle day too...my dear friends...

Yours kindredly,
Shan

Monday, December 6, 2010

Victorian Holiday Home Tour 2010....My Kitchen

Dearest Readers,

I arrived back at my beloved Honey Hill Farm, arms laden with the last bits and bobs of Christmastide shopping, wondering if a post about my little kitchen would be a possibility today.  The gathering clouds and lateness of the day were already casting shadows....a challenge to my limited photography skills.

I lit my lamps (both electric and kerosene) put my packages away and then made myself a cup of tea....

The coziness of my kitchen in this gentle light begged capturing...so here is my (feeble) attempt to share with you the tender light and sweet comfort of my kitchen in the late afternoon...

There is still a hint of light shining through my window....


The loveliest glow at Eventide.....


A quiet vignette basks in the lamplight of my old red lamp...


Even everyday objects celebrate the season....


A vintage soap dish sports a bough of holly....


My pantry....


The quiet before a storm of Christmastide baking....


Delights of the season abound.....


Even the china cupboard casts its charms upon the scene....


And to add to our delight, Mrs. Tottingham has asked us to stay for tea....

Isn't her new kitchen in the china cupboard lovely?


The table is set and everything looks delicious....


Why, there is even a wee tree and a very festive looking present for Mr. Tottingham...

I hope that you have enjoyed your time here in my kitchen Dear Reader, I so wish that each of you could join me in person...but alas, we will have to be satisfied with our long distance visit.

Please join me later this week as I continue the tour (I hope I am not boring you my dear friends) of my old, yet charming Honey Hill.

Yours so kindredly this Eventide,
Shan






Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bosch or Kitchen Aid....Please advise

Dearest Readers,

I would like your opinion with regards to bread dough mixing using either a Bosch mixer or a Kitchen Aid mixer.  My old mixer is on its last legs and I want to be pro-active with a replacement.  Any thoughts?

I have decided to sell my Snoopy PE embroidery machine as a means of paying for this upgraded mixer. It is like new and includes two additional embroidery cards as well as the built-in stitches/designs and all the accessories. If you are interested you can e-mail me at: princod(AT)gmail(DOT)com and I will give you the particulars. It might make a nice Christmas gift for someone....

I will resume my Victorian Home Tour on Monday and I hope you will stop by for a visit.

Yours kindredly
Shan

Friday, December 3, 2010

Victorian Holiday Home Tour 2010.....The Parlour


Dearest Readers,

A beautiful sunny day has blessed us here at Honey Hill Farm. What a perfect time to invite you in to visit my parlour......(The photograph above depicts our parlour looking inward from the entryway.)


The first vignette you will notice will be my Currier & Ives village resting upon the buffet.  This charming village was collected long ago over several years (it was carried by JoAnn's, however, it has been discontinued). I originally displayed this village on a ledge above the stairs leading down to the fruit cellar, but I was having difficulty reaching to the farthest ends of the display...hence, the move to the parlour.

Here are just a few of the sweet little inhabitants going about their daily lives...







If you will follow me across the room you will find this view to be waiting....

Holiday frippery abounds whilst a cozy sofa offers a quiet place to rest....


 An old phonograph awaits jolly visitors to request a Christmas tune....
(The parlour lamp is the one I brought home from Lehman's...so pretty.)


A much loved golden oak Victorian high chair has pride of place and a festive attitude....


Even the blue and white dishes are proud of their Christmas spirit....


This view affords guests a look towards the front window of the parlour...isn't the sunshine cheerful?


Lastly, we are around to the piano sporting a few more houses in my collection....


A wee offering of roasted chestnuts...
(This is my latest addition...I don't add to my village much anymore, but this scene just spoke to my heart.)

Well, Dear Reader....the clock is chiming, announcing the time has come for us to part company.  You have been a most enjoyable guest, so I do hope you will only say farewell and not goodbye.

Please join me on Monday when we shall visit the Kitchen here at Honey Hill.

Yours so kindredly,
Shan

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Victorian Holiday Home Tour 2010....The Entryway

Dearest Readers,

It is my pleasure to invite you over the threshold and into my old, yet cozy home here at Honey Hill Farm....


May the spirit of the season refresh you, and make your heart glad....

Evergreens abound as the symbol of Christmastide....... (I re-purposed my evergreen boughs elsewhere and my heartstrings called me to create this wreath ensemble...yeah or nay?)

Even lowly corners are treated to creative frippery.......


Christmastide brings greetings from far and near......


Garments are at the ready for any impromptu sledding or shopping excursions.......


Gingerbread is always delightful for nibbling....


A gift from Dearest long ago, this teddy sports his Christmastide finery.....


Ephemera, old and new, is a sentimental reminder of days gone by.....


A little ribbon and a single evergreen bough......simple loveliness.....



May your day be filled with the spirit of Christmastide!

Please join me tomorrow as we visit the Parlour and Dining Room....I look forward to chatting with you!

Yours so kindredly,
Shan

P.S.  Please note that the candle on my banister is an LED (real wax on the outside) with a timer.  It is a wonderful and SAFE way to have the glow of the season without any danger.  I must say that these candles look especially real in the glow of the evening! I am sure the "Victorians" would have loved them.....