Monday, April 13, 2015

Pinterest Anonymous!

You can confide in me, friends...Does you heart skip a beat, when you see this emblem? Do you want to drop everything and fling yourself into the vortex of the Pinterest "other world"?? Well, I for one am here to confess:  Hello, my name is Diane and I am a Pinterest addict!

When I first signed-up for Pinterest, I truly did not understand how wonderful it was and created only a few boards with a few pins on them.

These were my first three boards and I did not have this many pins on them, but I thought this was pretty great.  I discovered how to follow other people - the first two were my friend, Mona, from Hidden Art of Homemaking and my friend, Emily, whose daughter is an up and coming New York designer, Lindsey Coral Harper.  I wrote about Lindsey in a previous post that you can read Here.  I started following Lindsey a little later, but all three of these women have incredible taste and I knew that I would find creative ideas on their boards.

Now, I am following 80 people and have 42 boards - I have holiday boards and color boards and recipe boards and obsession boards...and I cannot stop pinning!!!! I do need help, but I decided getting my addiction out in the open might be good for me. So, I hope you do not mind, if I confess  my obsession and share a few of my favorite pins with you.

This is probably my favorite pin.  It is on my "Mad for Plaid" board and it is a photo of a WW1 era Scottish Officer's doublet jacket.  The wrap is the Cameron of Erracht Highlanders tartan.  Since I have Cameron ancestry, it is beautiful to me! I bought a blanket exactly like this in Scotland and love it.

Another of my absolute favorite pins is this one from Japan.  Most of you know that Cherry Blossoms are near and dear to my heart and this photo shows how our Cherry Blossoms look, when they are falling.  My city looks like pink snow is coming down!  This pin in on my "Pink" board.

In case you think I have forgotten about tableware, fear not! This tablesetting from a house in Provence can be found on my "Green" board.  I have visited Provence, but dining at this table with that view, even once, would make me want to move there!

How do you like this very swanky china that is pinned to my "China Obsessions" board?  I have no idea of the origin of this photo.  It was posted on the internet by someone who stated they did not "own" the pictures she posted.  I found it on Pinterest and pinned away! I am not sure that I would have an occasion to use this, but it is fun to see! If you love "bling", you will adore this!

With Mother's Day coming up fast, you might like this "Mother's Day" bouquet that I pinned onto my "Other Holidays" board.  It would be such a fun family project (without Mother, of course - it should be a surprise!) to use as a centerpiece on a Mother's Day dining table.  What fun! 

I have a board for pantries and butlers' pantries and this is one of the pins that I wish I could build in my house.  It is part of Celine Dion's Montreal home.  Can you imagine???  Look at all of the small drawers that could hold flatware and napkin rings.  I want this!!!! Pinterest, how could you make me want to kill for desire this so much????

The last pin that I will share is this iconic photo of Audrey Hepburn, when she played Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffiny's". This pin is on my "Black and/or White" board.  I long for the days, when clothes were meant to enhance a woman's look - the woman was supposed to "shine".  People might say, "You look wonderful", instead of "What a beautiful dress!". Almost every piece of clothing that I see these days screams something (not sure what!), instead of being classy and elegant.  Oh, well!  I am sure that I am part of a older, lost generation.  However, I do miss elegant, well made items.  One thing regarding Pinterest, though, is that by looking at all of the photos on the site, it is easy to get a sense of one's own taste. That is a real plus, if you think you love everything, like I do.  When I look at my boards, I am amazed how almost everything is goes together like a jigsaw puzzle.

If you are having a severe problem staying away from Pinterest, please contact me - the first meeting of Pinterest Anonymous will be next Wednesday at 10:00 A.M - hahahaha!!

Happy Pinning!!


The Louvre, Paris - from my Favorite Places and Spaces Board

Monday, April 6, 2015

Greatest Show on Earth?

Oh, to be in Georgia now that it is Spring!! The dogwoods and azaleas are blooming and all eyes are looking toward Augusta this week.  Yep, it is Masters time and all of us are excited to say the least...

It, definitely, looks like Spring in my garden back yard! As beautiful as our Yoshino Cherry trees are,  when they are blooming, there is nothing like the show that the dogwoods and azaleas present each Spring.

Every year, I try to set a table worthy of the glory of the golf course at Augusta National, but I have  never achieved anything close.  My husband and I, fortunately, have been to the golf tournament many times, but we no longer have access to badges to attend - one of the few downsides of retirement (sniff!)! I am not terribly interested in golf, but I would not take anything for the times that I have witnessed the Masters course in full bloom.

Of course, I always must mention that my husband, also, was fortunate enough to play the course a few years, ago, with a friend from Augusta.  In Georgia, that is almost as good, as finding the Holy Grail! It was a very happy day for him.

I started collecting Masters tableware on my visits to Augusta and my collection has grown quite a bit from the early days, when the only things that I brought home from the tournament were plastic cups! This year on my table, I am using salad plates that came in a set of four - two white with green geometric shapes and two green with white geometric shapes.  They all include the Masters logo and have gold trim.

The first plate that I ever found was this one made by Shenango.  It is thought to have been part of a tableware collection that was used in the dining room at Augusta National, probably in the 1940s.  I found it on eBay and I have never seen another like it.  It is slightly worn and looks like restaurant ware. In this photo, you can see a few other pieces in our collection of Masters memorabilia.  One of my previous posts showed many more pieces. If you would like to see them, you can view that post here.

I wish that I had photos of the flowers and trees on the golf course, but I do not.  We never attended the tournament on practice round days, when photos are allowed.  However, I am trying to show the next best thing - azaleas from my yard.  Can you imagine a hole on the course covered with azalea bushes all blooming at the same time with these gorgeous flowers?? It might just be the "Greatest Show on Earth". Since the land where the golf course was designed previously was a plant nursery, each hole is named for a different plant or tree. "Azalea" is one of the prettiest!

We always liked to collect these glasses.  The Masters logo is on the front and the list of the previous tournament winners is printed on the back.  They are the perfect size for juice, a small glass of milk, or a cocktail. We, also, have a couple of the wine glasses.  I wish that I had bought more of those, but perhaps they were sold out on the day I arrived at the gift shop.  We usually attended the Masters toward the end of the week and the gift shops were always madhouses with many of the newer items  already gone. If you have ever been, you will understand what I mean!

Each year, there is a newly designed mug that everyone tries to buy.  I think this green one was the newest model the last year our family attended. I have a few others from different years.

I know that Spring is beautiful everywhere, but I must write that Spring at the Masters is something to behold. I am wishing all of the golfers competing this week good luck and I am sure that the suspense will be terrible, until we see who will be awarded the newest "Green Jacket" on Sunday!!


P.S. Oh, a very special "shout out" for good luck is directed at golfer, Russell Henley, at the Masters.  He is our "home town" favorite...

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