Sunday, April 20, 2014

~ Happy Easter 2014 ~

  Dear Friends,
I love Easter for a lot of reasons, but one in particular...all the bunny love!  Here are some cuties to enjoy on this special weekend!  :)
Can you tell I really love rabbits?  Hope Everyone is having a nice weekend!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

~ Lá Fhéile Pádraig ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~

Dear Friends,
Are you wearing green?  Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!  Cabbage and corned beef, green beer, and potatoes...lots of potatoes for me! :) May you find your pot o'gold today!
Wearin' of the Green
Memories of Old Ireland
St. Patrick's Day souvenir
Girl and doggie
A nod back to Thomas Moore

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

~ Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind ~ Fiesty Irish Lass~

Dear Friends,
Gone With The Wind is one of my favorite movies. From all the beautiful dresses to Rhett Butler's charming ways, it captured my imagination at a very young age and I've loved it ever since. It also helped that the fictional Tara was set in Georgia, my home state, and that Scarlett O'Hara was the daughter of an Irish immigrant.
Did you know it has been 75 years since the movie premiered in Atlanta? The characters and story are as fresh today as when Margaret Mitchell first wrote them. Here are other interesting facts about GWTW:
  • Over 1,400 actresses were auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara.  Vivien Leigh, who won the part, was from England.
  • Gary Cooper was first offered the role of Rhett Butler, but he turned it down because he thought the movie would bomb at the box office.
  • Barbara O'Neil, the actress portraying Scarlett's mother in the film, was only 28 years old at the time.  Vivien Leigh was 25!
  • Did you recognize the horse ridden by Gerald O'Hara (Thomas Mitchell) throughout the movie?  It's really the Lone Ranger's horse, Silver!
  • Margaret Mitchell originally titled her book "Tomorrow is Another Day" and the female lead character was to be called Pansy O'Hara.
  • A movie ticket to see the film in 1939 would have cost only 75 cents.

Here are just a few of the lovely outfits I loved in the movie ~ the costume department really did a wonderful job!
Rhett was always handsome and Scarlett looked beautiful in this green and gold house jacket
Green antebellum dress
Red dressing gown
White with red belt
Blue and the hat and jacket
The BBQ dress
Rhett Butler...charming and tailored
First Meeting
Scarlett needs a kiss
She will get him back!
P.S.  I'm on Pinterest now ~
and I'm looking at everything, including Gone With The Wind!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

~ The Beauty of Sea Glass ~ Lovely Colors Along the Shore ~

Dear Friends,
I adore sea glass, don't you?  When I walk along the beach, I am always amazed by the variety of colors and textures I find.  The once vibrant colors~ cobalt, green, brown, and even clear~ have become muted and soft, washed and tumbled by the waves and sand over time.  You don't often see things sold in colorful glass containers anymore, maybe a wine bottle or an occasional soft drink. You know what glass shards you find have been out to sea for a long time.
Sea glass and "beach glass" are technically different terms, although both are found in bodies of water. The muted, frosted matte finish of sea glass is a result of the salty content of an ocean or sea. This is true sea glass.  Beach glass can be found in lakes or rivers, a.k.a. freshwater and doesn't have as much of a scratchy, weathered appearance. It doesn't get as much wear as the sea glass, typically winding up embedded in the bottom of a river where only one side may be exposed to more gentle erosion.

The most common colors I've found are the clear, brown and the light green glass.  There are rare colors like purple, cornflower blue, orange, black, yellow, and red.  It just depends on what was thrown out into the sea.  If a set of depression-era pink dishes were lost at sea, you might find a piece of pink sea glass; the same is true of a old car's red glass tail-light!
I like to display my sea glass in open glass dishes because it reminds me of my walks along the beach, but there are other things you can do with it.  Some people have it made into jewelry or incorporate it into art works or craft projects.
Gorgeous necklace
Sterling pendant
Fish Picture (you have to have a lot of sea glass!)
  • To find out more about sea glass ~ the North American Sea Glass Association (click "resources" to learn more about real vs. artificial sea glass with good comparison pictures)
  • Odyssey Sea Glass ~ good site about how to find sea glass, rare colors and grading, color chart, and lots more!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

~A Bit of Ireland ~ Thomas Moore and His Endearing Young Charms~

Dear Friends,
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day this month, I hope to do several posts about Irish things.  Besides shamrocks, leprechauns and green beer, so many other wonderful things, ideas and people have come out of Ireland.   Intrepid people made the journey from the beautiful Emerald Isle to America and their descendant now writes this blog (but that is a story for another day!).
Today, I want to introduce you to Thomas Moore, widely considered to be the National Poet or Bard of Ireland. Born in 1779 in Dublin, young Thomas showed early promise as a singer, poet, and songwriter, often doing childhood plays and skits with his friends.  His mother wanted him to become a lawyer, but his love of writing sustained him through some turbulent years as a student at Trinity College. By the early 1800's, he found fame in London's society, often writing plays and ballads which would become some of the best-loved of Ireland.  One of those, Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms, reveals much of his romantic soul.
"Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,
Were to change by to-morrow and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy gifts fading away,
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will;
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still.
It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear.
No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close
As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose."
But, there is more to this story. In 1811, Thomas fell in love with and married an actress named Elizabeth Dyke.  Their marriage was considered a happy one and "Bessie" was devoted to her husband and their home-keeping.  Thomas was frequently called away to promote a new play or ballad, and Bessie yearned ardently for his return.  During one such parting, Bessie fell ill with smallpox and became terribly disfigured from the scars.  Fearing her husband would turn away from her now that she wasn't the pretty lass he had married, she tearfully left their little home.  Upon his return, Thomas found his home abandoned and searched for his wife. 
The story goes that a sympathetic neighbor told Thomas of his wife's sickness and how, in her grief over her lost beauty, had banished herself away from him.  Thomas could not have loved his wife more than at that moment, and he began to compose the words to the above poem to give her when they reunited. 
There is a happy ending...Thomas, indeed, found his wife and read her the poem.  He did not see the scars on his beloved Bessie ~ he only saw the selflessness and beauty within her heart. :) 
Read about Thomas Moore ~ Wikipedia, Library Ireland
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Friday, February 28, 2014

~Some Friday Fancifuls~

Dear Friends,
It is Friday and the weather prediction on the Georgia coast is for a beautiful Spring weekend! I'm hoping to get outside and do some more work in my garden. What are your plans? These are just some lovely pictures I've found that made me happy today and I wanted to share them with you! Enjoy!

Beautiful butterfly and flowers
A Victorian Wedding ~ love those costumes
Old Jane Austen books
Lovely cameo brooch
Sweet little westie
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Antique Irish lace
There really is a place!  

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