A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were invited to spend several days in the mountains of North Carolina. Friends of ours, who had just built a home there, decided to celebrate the New Year by inviting about 50 people to join them! We all stayed in cabins at the Iron Horse Lodge in Stecoah, which is […]
Do you remember those beaded Christmas ornament kits from back in the 60s and 70s? A while ago I happened upon this ad in a December 1969 Family Circle magazine and I’ve been wanting to make one ever since. I love the blingy Victorian flair and the kitschy-ness of these decorations. Plus they looked somewhat easy to make!
Now that the holidays are upon us, many people go into a frenzy trying to find the perfect something for friends and family. Shopping the big box stores, either in person or online, usually turns up uninspiring choices of the same old stuff. Being a small business owner, I prefer to support “mom and pop” stores when I can, and encourage […]
My winter outfit choices are limited as I have lived in Florida for many years. But now that I spend several months in New England, including the late fall, I had to come up with creative ways to stretch what I do have. Now that I’ve opened my mind to it, I found that mixing patterns can be a great way to […]
Most people nowadays are not familiar with Lady Duff Gordon, aka Lucile, the British based dressmaker and designer who revolutionized fashion in the Edwardian age. I just finished the autobiography of her fascinating life which prompted this post about her . Written in 1932 it details her childhood, her disastrous first marriage to James Stuart Wallace, her second to Scottish […]