Podcast Episode 12: Vintage Christmas Holly

I'm so blessed to share my Christmas podcast with you this month! It's simultaneously in print in RUBY MAGAZINE with a host of other Christmas themed articles, by many talented Christian women writers, to fill your home and heart with the joy of the season. [Tweet "My podcast features a special guest--from over 100 years ago!"] Earlier this … [Read more...]

Vintage Hats: The Fashions of a Woman’s Heart

May and June come each year with a whirl of activity - not the least of which being the season for Mother/Daughter Banquets. That means speaking engagements for me where I'm invited to share memorable thoughts about beauty and womanhood.  So, I had to "bring out the girls." That's what I call my vintage hat collection.  My parade of lovely … [Read more...]

Christmas Caprese Tea

I was up early this morning preparing teatime. Haley would arrive by 9:00am and I had much to do before opening the door and welcoming her to our annual Christmas teatime. Haley and I have met on Tuesday mornings for the past few years. She's home-schooled to allow plenty of room to groom her for a world-class music career as an Irish musician. … [Read more...]

Teacup Exchange Reveal: A Welcome Respite

I overbooked October. Entirely my own fault. Perhaps I confused October with octopus--thinking I had eight arms enough to accomplish all I've set for myself to do this month. Writing and project deadlines are looming--but I am welcoming a couple of happy respites this week: Tea and vintage breaks for a weary writer. This past Saturday, Ed and I … [Read more...]

Rustic Teatime Family Retreat

Every year my aunt and cousin host an afternoon tea for all the ladies in our family. There aren't too many of us, so it makes for a cozy afternoon retreat around the table with delectable goodies. This summer, my cousin Debbie hosted it at her rustic sea captain's house built in 1821. The plaque on the front of the house makes it official as … [Read more...]

Cookie Jar Heaven

It's a snapshot of my childhood. Yes, that's cute little me way back when. It's the first of some great vintage photos to share--but you have to read The Story first. Okay? You can see that I'm grinning. I think mommy made some chocolate chip cookies and I can smell them baking in the oven. I shall have to wait til they cool to taste them. … [Read more...]

A Vintage Valentine Story

My dear elder friend treated me to a glimpse of her childhood when she shared her vintage Valentines with me. At age 92, she is spry and spirited with a million tales to tell--all well documented via scrapbooks and journals and photo albums and letters. On this particular day, it was her Valentine scrapbook filled with wonders that had me … [Read more...]

Tea and Adventures

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you. ~William Ewart Gladstone With the media abuzz, babbling about the "Blizzard of 2015" about cut a swath from where we live in New Jersey up to Boston, I think the next couple of days will … [Read more...]

V is for Vintage Violin

I have resolved this new year to not feel guilt pangs when I take joy in simple pleasures. I admit, 2014 was a year of monumental change in my career direction requiring an inordinate amount of mental and emotional fortitude to focus on new tasks with a sharp learning curve. In so doing, I forced myself to shun those things that have … [Read more...]

A Very Vintage Christmas

Sing hey! Sing hey! For Christmas Day; Twine mistletoe and holly. For a friendship glows In winter snows, And so let's all be jolly! Author Unknown A Merry Christmas to one and all this most anticipated week of the year! I've not had the time to post as regularly as I used to with so many new adventures on my plate since summer. I have … [Read more...]