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
Waterford
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.
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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 white...love 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 ~ http://www.pinterest.com/georgiapeachybe/
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. 
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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. 
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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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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Back in the Saddle....Again!

Hello Dear Friends,
It has been ages since I've blogged and I've missed it so much!  Could it really have been four years since my last blog post when I wrote about making some delicious cookies?  Apparently, a lot of things have changed (I'm talking about Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!).  Many of my dear old past blog friends have found some of those social media sites and, like me, have taken to enjoying the instant beauty and new friendships they provide.  In updating and reviewing some of the blogs I used to follow, I found many of them had been abandoned, also.   

But, for me, the call of my old blog home has been too great!  In the coming weeks, I hope to get back into the swing of things and add some new blog posts!  In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying the first beginnings of Spring!

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

~ Martha Stewart's Banana Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies ~

Ingredients
Makes about 3 dozen.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped into 1/4-inch chunks
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (about 2 ounces), toasted


Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add egg and vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chunks, and walnuts.
Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 12 to 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days.
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I have to give credit to Miss Martha for coming up with these yummy, yummy cookies! They are great for an Autumn snack (good for a kid's lunchbox, too). I made a batch of these the other night and I had to control myself from eating the whole thing! The wonderful taste of banana bread meets a good, old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie. You'll like them, too, so bake up a few! :)
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Monday, September 6, 2010

~ Say Goodbye To Summer ~

Happy Labor Day!

Hope everyone is having a restful and relaxing holiday weekend! For some interesting Labor Day facts (it originated in Canada?) read these bits from Huffington Post here.
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

~ Breakfast With Elizabeth From A Unique Perspective ~

Perhaps you are wondering who might have painted this picture? It looks like an ordinary young woman having her breakfast and reading the morning paper, doesn't it? But, take a closer look ~ doesn't the young woman look slightly familiar? How about the room ~ perhaps it is a bit grand for an ordinary person? The paintings and antiques look somewhat expensive. The gold-embellishments along the walls and over the fireplace mantel seem pretty posh, too.


Maybe you are guessing about the artist? Well, I'll give you some more hints ~ the artist is married to a very famous person. He is the father of five children; four boys and one girl. And, he's known to love horses and competition carriage-racing. Give up?


The painting was done by none other than Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II! Done in 1965 and titled "The Queen at Breakfast, Windsor Castle", Prince Philip shows a remarkable talent for capturing his wife in this private moment. We see the lovely crisp white tablecloth, the tiny little jam pot with the spoon, white china cups and plates, and a freshly-baked loaf of bread ready for Her Majesty to slice a piece for toast. Obviously engrossed in the newspaper, she seems relaxed and poised, ready to begin the day. A nod to the Royals love of horses and horse-racing are evident in the paintings on the walls. What appears to be an older radio sits on the table ~ perhaps the Queen is listening to the morning news or catching the horse-racing stats? It is a delightful glimpse into an intimate time of day in Royal life.Most people, like myself, were probably unaware that Prince Philip is an artist. He signs his works with a Greek "P" or "Phi", in a nod to his Greek ancestry. A new book titled "The Royal Portrait Image and Impact" will be published by the Royal Collections next week, and will include this and perhaps other paintings by members of the Royal family. I can't wait to see it!


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Monday, August 30, 2010

~ Won't You Be My Friend? ~

Hi Friends!


It's been such a long time since I've done any blogging and I've missed it so much! With Fall coming on my thoughts turn to quiet times indoors where I can think and write. I hope all of you have been well and had a nice Summer season!

My little store on eCRATER has been doing so well! I want to thank everyone who's purchased something from me ~ it is so much appreciated! I've been clearing out several storage areas for the past couple of weeks and my living room is brimming to capacity (I literally cannot see the window!). There's so much stuff still to go through....boxes stuffed with all sorts of goodies....pottery, glassware, linens, advertising tins, plates, lamps, you name it, it's here! ****If you are looking for anything in particular, please let me know!!!**** I'm feverishly listing things every day, so take a peek if you have a moment (link below).

Also, I'm a newbie to Facebook. You can come over and be my friend! :) Click the little box on my sidebar to come for a visit. For so long, everyone kept asking me, "When are you going to get on Facebook?". Well, now I'm there! I haven't figured everything out yet, but I'm working on it!

Hope everyone has a good week!
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