Monday, June 14, 2021

Cache Pots

 Nothing sets off a plant or a basket of flowers better than a nice cache pot.  You don't see these much anymore but I have a collection that I pull out to use when necessary. And they make great gifts - graduation, birthday, anniversary, holiday.

Here are a few to consider:

1) Scully and Scully

2) Brass Vintage on Etsy (I would paint this with chalk paint)

3) Classic Blue Wedgewood

4) Italian Asparagus Vintage

5) Vintage Cream Asparagus

6) Vintage Yellow Lattice - Pair

7) Navy Patterned Cache Pot

8) Green Patterned Cache Pot



Saturday, June 12, 2021

Saturday Musings

This summer is remarkably different from last year where we were all hunkering down and staying in no matter what. While we are still being very cautious (no restaurants for us yet), it is nice that our world in the US at least is returning to a new normal.  People are dressing again (good news) but I still have not bought much (where to go to wear it?).  But I love this Tyler Boe dress.

The stitching craze has certainly slowed down (now maybe some of my stuff will get finished) but my stash continues to explode no matter what. There is a small trunk show going on now at Needlepoint.com and I picked up one similar to this Melissa Shirley Design. I've had my eye on one of these for a while.  Where to put it? Who cares.  Love this look but mine has a black background and what fun this will be to stitch.

 

Love these placemats.  Use them all summer long with white dishes.

Love these vintage Hazel Atlas mugs. I've never seen these before in mug style.Very mid-century.

Fantastic Etsy deal on a luggage strap set, perfect for a beach house.


I'm to start a collection of vases to force bulbs in the spring indoors.  Colored glass. Prefer vintage.  Not too expensive.  Check.check.check.

The vintage Lilly skirt fetish has not waned.  Poshmark is the very best source for these vintage finds.  Love this one!


And if you happened to watch the epic match yesterday at Roland Garros where Rafa was beat only for the third time.....well, it was epic.  There are no other words. Of course my power went out so I listened to it on the radio.  The women's final is this morning and the men's final will take place on Sunday.  If you can read this article, in today's New York Times, it's a great read about the history and transformation at Roland Garros, home of the French Open.  I am planning a trip for 2023. It's a bucket list item for sure.

You can purchase Roland Garros items online and they will ship to the US via DHL for a reasonable cost.  Love the 2021 Final Towel. This makes a great great for the tennis player in your life.



Friday, June 11, 2021

Baby Sleeping Signs to Stitch for a New Baby

My sister asked me to find some cute baby projects to stitch so here's a gallery of possible projects from which to choose.  They are all so cute I am thinking this baby is going to have more than one of these.

1) Shh Baby Sleeping Flowers

2) Catch a Falling Star

3) No Wake Zone


4) Counting Sheep

5) Wake It Take It

6) No Wake Zone #2

7) Baby Sleeping

8) Shhh Baby Sleeping

9) Baby Sleeping Train

10) Baby Sleeping in Boat

11) Baby Sleeping Gingham Pink (also comes in blue)

12) Baby Sleeping Pink Roses



Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Athletic Chic

As a lifelong runner and athlete, I've always been drawn to the "look" - tennis whites, ski chic, running clothes, riding clothes - but when I wear Nike running tights and a pullover, it's usually because I am going running. I am not into the "look" without the sport so to speak. But I know it has become very popular, but it baffles me as most people I know who dress like this are not athletes at all. But in the vein of the French Open (now in progress and there has been some fantastic tennis this week) and Wimbledon in a only a few more weeks, let's relish athletic chic.  And don't just look it, go do it!

There are few brands that I love - Peter Millar, Nike, Tory Burch Sport, Lacoste - and others for certain products like shoes, socks, undergarments.

Love this Peter Millar top.  Golf clothes make great general athletic wear for all kinds of sports like riding, running, rowing, and tennis.

Also love this Peter Millar top at TJ Maxx, a really good deal.


I prefer Nike tights for running but these North Face tights are a super deal.  Perfect for running in spring and fall.


While we are long way from cold weather, I still hoard winter clothes like this turtleneck, which I would live in all winter.

Lacoste is a brand I have worn literally my entire life.  I love their classic French style and the quality of their shirts.

Love the slim fit polo shirts!

Love this look!  So classic.  


Enjoy your day and just go do it!


Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Belmont

It's not been a great year for horse racing but that should not deflect from the third leg of the Triple Crown being run today in New York.  While it won't be normal there will be between 10,000 and 11,000 spectators today, divided into vaccinated and un-vaccinated sections.  It will be televised on NBCSN from 3 to 5 pm and then on NBC Sports from 5 to 7 pm.  Post time is 6:49 pm EDT.

My favorite part is when the horses go out on the track and New York New York is played with Frank.  It still gives me goosebumps every time I watch that part of this historic race.

If I ever get to see the race in person, I'm going to stay at the Garden City Hotel.  Please read this story about this historic property from a few years ago in the Times. The history here is great and I will go to the hotel bar and order a Tapwrit.

This is a small field this year and my money is on the favorite, Essential Quality who I thought would win the Derby. He had a very wide trip and finished fourth. I think he could have won with a better trip quite easily.  He is bred for distance and his sire Tapit is known for producing Belmont winners. He is in the number two post.  

Love these mugs from Etsy depicted the turn at Belmont.  Big Sandy is indeed big. This is the largest dirt track in North America and the race is 1 1/2 miles long, quite a long distance for any race horse.  This is likely the longest race any of these horses will ever enter.

Other Belmont facts:

The flowers for the Belmont are Carnations. We have roses for the Derby and Black-eyed Susans for the Preakness. 

The Belmont is the oldest of the three Triple Crown races.

I mentioned New York New York earlier  Up until 1996 the song was The Sidewalks of New York.  But in 2010 they changed the song from New York to New York to Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind but then wisely changed the song back to Frank. (Glad I wasn't there that year).

The official drink was The Belmont Breeze.  Previously until 1997, the drink was the White Carnation.  Supposedly the drink was undrinkable.  Not sure why.  In 2011 the Breeze was changed to the Belmont Jewel.  Who knew?

The fastest 1 1/2 mile Belmont - Secretariat of course. And if you, by chance, have never watched him win the race in 1973 by an astounding 31 lengths while still setting the record, then shame on you. That was one of the greatest moments of all time in sport.  Stunning.  We will never see that again and it gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. With that tidbit, I think I'll watch it again.




Friday, June 4, 2021

What I am Loving for June

It's finally summer, well, almost, but it sure feels like it. Ready for al fresco dining and wearing clothes I never pulled out of the closest last year. Here's what I am loving right now.....

Is this not the cutest throw you've ever seen?  Perfect for curling up on the chaise while reading a good book after sunset with a glass of wine....

Love this new candle collection from Nest, a favorite candle brand - with Gray Malin. Three fragrances, how do you choose?

I am astounded by the prices of clothes today.  The sticker shock has sent me back to Zara (sigh) and even Zara's great low prices are creeping up but better to pay $70 than $300 for a dress?  Love this one:

Love this one too for a great basic dress. I'd add a pair of patterned Tory Burch Miller Sandals to make this extra chic.

Love this look into the NY Townhouse of the J McLaughlin founders.  See the video here.  I could move in and love the colors.


We all love a good deal on a classic, right?  Longchamps bag at TJ Maxx?


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Tiffin Satin Glass

I've collected elegant glass made mostly in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia made in the 1920's to the 1940's for over 20 years.  This passion never gets old and I love to learn about the colors, the patterns, the etchings and the various ways you can identify a piece of glass. Tiffin is one of my favorite makers, which operated in one form or another between 1889 and 1940 in Tiffin, Ohio which is in the northern part of the state, almost to Lake Erie.  I have an entire library of glass books. This is a very good one on Tiffin:

You need a good set of books to help you date the glass, look at patterns you'll never see in person and identify the colors.  Colors are unique to each company - each blue or green is different depending on the company and the stems of the glasses will also help identify a company or a pattern. Etchings were not always made by the company so an etching can be a less reliable way to identify glass.

My glass collection in general is mostly stemware. I have some decanters, a few bowls and candlesticks too.  But Tiffn makes these lovely bulb boxes that were created to force flower bulbs. I have only seen them in satin glass.  These are very art deco and lovely to use for bulbs or to just look at. Life was so refined way back when.  We have fallen so far from the tree in that regard.  These boxes are very hard to find. I have a black satin one, a sky blue one (my favorite) and I recently found an emerald green and a light green one.  I have never seen all of the colors - it comes also in crystal satin, a rose pink satin, an amber satin and a reflex green satin. Below are the blackm sky blue and the emerald green ones.

This is the nymph pattern on the side of the bulb box:


I also love the satin twisted candlesticks which come in many colors. This is the emerald green.


You can find these on Ebay and Etsy often for reasonable prices.  These really show off the colors.  This is the light green in a sugar bowl currently on Etsy.  I would use this for nuts or candy on a table. It is lovely.

This is a vase also on Etsy.  So art deco.

Vases are more collectable and hard to find and are often quite expensive. 


I love this bud vase too:

Many of these old glass companies have museums in the cities they were founded and Tiffin is no different. I have not been to the Tiffin Museum but would love to see it. Many collectors give their glass to the museums and this is a great way to see pieces you'll never see otherwise - the really rare stuff.  But I love the thrill of the hunt, the discovery of something you've never seen before, the beauty of the colors of the glass, and the fact that this stuff is so elegant and so old.  We don't live in a world today where we embrace this in our culture but I do at my house!


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