Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dreaming of Tiffany (& Co.) and Friday Pretties

Have you ever wished for one of these little blue boxes from Tiffany? If you've actually received one, I'd love to hear all about it. Tiffany is famous for it's diamonds, among other beautiful items, but actually I'd love to receive one of these "Seastar" necklaces. 
Tiffany & Co., if you're reading this, I'll be happy to send you my address! 

 That brings me back to the reason for this post. I've been reading the sweetest summer book. It was the Tiffany blue color on it's cover that caught my eye at the bookstore, but the story has captured my heart. 
It's called "Summer at Tiffany" by Marjorie Hart. 
 It is set in New York City in 1945, and it's a memoir about the summer Marjorie and her friend Marty (both college students from Iowa) spent working at Tiffany & Co. After being turned down by various dept. stores, they landed jobs as pages at Tiffany, becoming the first women ever to work on the sales floor. 
 It was a summer before air conditioning, when fans and ice tea were all you had to keep cool, a summer of dates with midshipmen, rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, and all the while pinching pennies to get their bus fare, and hoping that the war would end soon. It even includes photos from their summer. It's a wonderful book, and although I'm nearly done, I'm dragging my feet on finishing it because I don't want this magical time to end. 
It's one of those "diamond" books :-)
See the diamond in the basket? 
If you're looking for some summer reading, this is a lovely place to escape to, even if you've never gotten one of those blue boxes.
 Do you remember the best summer of your life?
Maybe you're living it now.
  For "Friday's Pretties," hosted by Joyce at I Love Pretty Little Things, along with my dreamy "Summer at Tiffany" book and  Tiffany wishes, I'm including the photo of our beautiful sunset last night. God's gifts are priceless.
Enjoy your summer, my friends.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

White Wednesday Mirror, and Thanks Too!

 I'm joining Kathleen over at Faded Charm for my first White Wednesday post. I've loved visiting there each week, and today I wanted to jump in myself. 
 I had a dark mirror hanging here, but it didn't fit with my summer decor, so when I saw this mirror at a friend's yard sale, I thought it might work.
It was originally gold and I believe it was also hung the other way, but my friend had made some changes, so I just had to bring it home and hang it. No work involved!
It's a solid white, and I'm wondering if I should give it more of a vintage look, but I'm not experienced at that, so to all of you painting experts out there, I'd appreciate any advice you might offer. 
I'd also like to thank Michelle at Faith, Trust, & a Little Pixie Dust for the beautiful sweater flowers she sent me. I won them in a recent contest she had. It's a bit too hot for sweaters right now, but I wanted to display them, so I've hung them from my vintage spool holder. It really adds some color to this sweet old piece. I love them Michelle, thanks so much :-)
I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy 21st Birthday Randy!

 The summer is a busy time of celebrating in our family. Along with my parents anniversary, we have 5 birthdays in the next 6 weeks. Lots of cake and ice cream around here! Today is my son Randy's 21st birthday, and so again, I'm taking a trip down memory lane :-)
Randy was my easiest birth, he was in such a hurry to get into the world.
 He's been in a hurry ever since :-)

His sweet smile and pleasant disposition have always made him a joy to be around.
 A busy boy, and never one to sit still long,
 Unless he was recharging ;-)
 He was frequently recharging!
He loved to get dirty,
 He got dirty alot!
Always a help with his younger siblings,
Teaching them to recharge :-)...
And learning new things from his older brother too :-)
He was quick to obey...
(no skateboards in the house son!)
 If he was paying attention :-)
 He made a couple commercials,
 And went through a "surfer look" stage :-)
He has served God near and far... 
 Oh wait, recharging again :-)
He graduated from college at the age of 20...
And danced with his great aunt at the wedding last week.
 He is just an all around great guy.
 Can you tell I'm a proud mom?
Randy, we love you so much and we are very proud of you.
You are always climbing higher...
 We can't wait to see what you do next, but we know whatever it is, you'll do it well.
Happy Birthday my dear son!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July 23, 1948...62 Years of Wedded Bliss

July 23, parents said "I do". 
They were young and in love, and after 62 years of marriage,
They still are!

We are very blessed :-) They are wonderful parents and grandparents. ( Yes, I know that cake says 60th, but I just had to share that kiss!)

(Me, My brother Kevin, and my parents, Jay and Sara)
Happy Anniversary  and Congratulations, Mom and Dad. 
We all love you!
Your family

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Queen Mary Weekend

I promised photos from the weekend wedding we attended. The beautiful bride was my cousin's daughter. I was maid of honor in her parent's wedding :-) Although the wedding took  place at 6:00pm, it was still pretty warm. Southern California is in the midst of a heat wave, just like so much of the country. 
 The Russian Submarine
The Promenade Deck. There are signs all along here that say, Be Careful, Uneven Floor.
 The Veranda Deck, where the wedding took place, with a view of Long Beach. I told my kids that the round building at the right is where I saw Elvis Presley in concert. 
They weren't impressed either :-)
The new Mr. and Mrs.
Our Family
 Some former guests :-)
The hand beaded dress! My cousin made this dress. She's a very talented seamstress. Many friends worked on the beading.
Dancing with the man of my dreams :-)
Isn't he handsome?
 And another one of my favorite guys.
One of the old deck chairs. Wouldn't we all love to have one of these?
And one of the old signs. I decided to show it in black and white, because I think if there had been a photo back in the day, that's how it would've been.
One last photo of The Grand Lady at night.
Congratulations Nikki and Chris. We love you!