Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mix & Match

My friend Amy spent most of this summer on Cape Cod.  I loved having her here!  Years ago, when we both worked at the BPL, she invited me to her folks' place on the Cape and that was that.  I have loved it here ever since!

This summer, once a week, she would arrive at the shop, play with the displays, help me with pricing,and either bring lunch or make it.

She has returned to Florida and I'm gonna miss her.
This display is my tribute to her.

Inspired by Amy's love of mix & match I set to work.

 I started with 4 hand-painted plates, each in a different pastel and fruit motif.

I found tea cups & saucers in similar colors, placed some pretty faux fruit in a center glass bowl, added stemmed crystal, crisp linens and . . . 

Wouldn't the crystal goblets look wonderful with a thick, icy fruit concoction?  It calls for beautiful silver flatware, a teapot, milk jugs and sugar bowls (and probably a larger table!)  If this was in your home, probably the centerpiece would be real fruit.

I love giving customers an idea of what to do with some of their pretties.  If this inspired you, I'd love to see your mix & match tables.
I'll be sure to share them with Amy.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Day in Boston

August 3, 2010
I visited the Public Garden with my friends Kathleen & Maria.
My new banner photo is from this visit.

Kathleen & I meet & became friends in junior high school. We stayed friends in high school, lost track after graduation, then found each of each other again at our 20th high school reunion.

Kathleen & Maria include me when they visit Boston.
We have visited places new to me and
I love taking them to my old haunts!

We wandered all around the Boston Public Library:
The Rare Books Room, John Singer Sargent Gallery, Chavannes Gallery, the old card catalog room -- where I used to work, etc.
Click Here for a brief walking tour of America's first public library.

We then wandered over to The Christian Science Church Center.

Amazing architectural details.

We toured the church buildings.

We went to the Mapparium.
It's a globe of the world circa 1935. Made of glass, and back-lit,
you walk in as if you are inside the world. It is sooo cool.
If you're ever in Boston, it is such a fun thing to see.
The acoustics are so unique, students at
Berklee College of Music (just down the street)
visit it as part of their Physics of Sound course!
Sorry, you can't take photos inside.