Blue and White Brooch

blue white brooch

I think I’d love blue a lot more if I didn’t already love red. But, blue and white can look so crisp and perfect together. Just like those floral patterns white blue and white roses – one of my many favourite things. The colours in this brooch also make me think of blue jays. I grew up in an area with a lot of blue jays and I feel happy when I’m lucky enough to see one still.

Brooch via Overstock

Candy Cane Vase with Roses

Materials Required:
Cylindrical vase or clean empty can
Two sided tape (found at most hardware or scrapbooking stores)
Rubber band
Candy canes
Wide ribbon (must be wider than rubber band)
Roses

Instructions:
Wrap the two sided tape around the vase/can once approximately halfway down the vase/can. (The two sided tape will help keep the candy canes from sliding out from under the rubber band.)
Slide rubber band around the vase/can.
Begin inserting the candy cans behind the rubber band.
Tie the ribbon around the vase/can taking care to cover the rubber band with the ribbon.
Fill with water and arrange roses.
Another “Bride Idea”: Use mini candy canes and baby food jars or small fruit cup cans to create small individual vases which can serve as place cards. Just attach a label with your guests’ names to the ribbon.

Floral Posey Bone China Bowls

Floral Posey Bone China Bowls

Have you ever seen something which was the epitome of romance? Something so perfectly special like an English tea with ladies wearing fancy summer gowns and drinking out of bone china cups with elegant rose patterns. Something you could treasure all your life, perfectly preserving forever that one romantic moment when it all came together… I’m thinking of china posy bowls.

I inherited the first one from my Aunt Sally, my Dad’s Mother’s sister. It’s a pale green urn shaped bowl with three pastel coloured roses in it. Two petals are nicked but I’ve treasured it for over 20 years. The next one came from an old lady’s house. Her son had retired her to a nursing home and was looking to make a buck. I brought home another bowl of flowers, slightly nicked too. I have a third but I forget where it came from.

Anyway, if you turn over my flowers you see ‘Royal Adderley’ and then a flower graphic and then ‘floral bone china’. The roses and flowers are beautiful, carefully made to look real, detailed. Each has it’s own nicks, before I ever got them. But I love them. I think they are the most romantic thing I own. Flowers that will live forever, as long as you continue to dust them and wash them every few years. No watering required and they will never wilt. They are my perfect romantic treasures.

Bone china needs to be washed now and then. Just fill the sink with warm soapy water and let them soak awhile. The water will help them from becoming dried out and prevent cracking and chipping. Nothing will completely prevent chipping but it does help. Store them where they won’t be knocked around. Full sun will bleach them over time. If you have to move, pack them individually and carefully and send them to me.

I thought I would find a website for Royal Adderley, no luck. Don’t even try typing in bone china during a search. You will be swamped with sugar bowls, tea sets and other such things. I tried figurines and had a bit more luck, still not what I was looking for. On Ebay they seem to call them china posy bowls. I found quite a few and have saved the photos of each. Most of all I was surprised at how cheap they are offered for. I expected they would cost a mint, but they are all around the $10 range. I’m not keen on ordering bone china to be shipped in the mail, but it does give me hope for the next flea market, antique shop or garage sale. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure!

Article by Laura

via Kitschy-Kitschy-Coo – Floral Posey Bone China Bowls.

26: Maybe too Relaxed?

Date Girl and her sister took the Personality Type quiz and both had 52. I tried it and had 26, maybe a bit too laid back.

You seem to be far from having a Type A personality. Your attitude to life is more of the “smell the roses” kind. You know how and when to relax. The hostile, aggressive and competitive part of you surfaces rarely. You are easy to be around, and people tend to feel relaxed and comfortable in your presence. It’s a very healthy attitude towards life. Just make sure you don’t miss important opportunities because of being too cool and relaxed. Picking up a challenge and competing a little bit for your place in the sun can add some spice to your life.

My Dad was a type A most of the time. He drove us all to be really happy when he was not home. Once he walked in the door a cloud would settle over the house. I never want that to be my life so I have always made an effort not to be a type A asshole. Possibly I have gone too far the other way. But, I see my sister who is a type A in business and pushes her kids to excel quite a bit, all with good intentions. Maybe after so many years I have grown into being how I am but I can’t see myself having that drive to push anything so hard. It isn’t lack of ambition just lack of wanting to give up so much to get so little results. I think it is true that you can get more with honey than vinegar. I do push people but not in that same type A, demanding way. I’m subtle and nice and I do tend to get people to do what I think they should. Kind of interesting really.

Try it for yourself.