The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson take my breath away. For years I have used his quotations in my work, along with a few other faves like Joseph Campell, Anais Nin, and EInstein.
As an homage to ole Ralphie we gave Ryan the middle name Emerson. I suppose Ryan could have been Ralph but that name brings back memories of Happy Days and the Ralph and Potsy characters. There are some noble Ralphs out there like Ralph Lauren, but I am happy with our Emerson choice.
I just finished the tidy up after having about twenty friends for dinner. I served a simple pasta with pesto, bacon and fresh parmesan and corn on the cob. Smoked salmon, edamame and a chocolate fondue for desert. Friends brought salads, roast chickens, pakora and pie...it was a feast. We hosted the dinner in honor of a dear friend, Kelly, who recently moved to the city. She was a fine ornament in our home and is missed.
The night whizzed by and I failed to take a single picture. I did get great joy though from looking around and seeing friends eating, laughing and relaxing in our home. The last few months we've been rather anti-social. Hubie works way too much and the Birch Hill build has eaten up my extra energy. Tonight was a good reminder of what we were missing out on and to make welcoming friends in to eat with us a priority.
Besides the fine folks we had to decorate our abode this evening I wanted to share some little vignettes I threw together that feature a prize find...lily of the valley.
Yes, I found a patch and will be harvesting it often in the coming weeks. Wafts of the glorious scent drift through our rooms and it makes me smile everytime I catch a whiff.
The decoupage candle holder is one of my wee projects. You can find decoupage instructions here, under our make & take category. Pieces already made are also available in my Etsy shop at www.snickerdoodlelife.etsy.com .
I actually pulled this unusual vase out of my donations box and it makes the perfect holder for these tiny flowers...so glad we hadn't dropped off the box yet! My hoarding habits come in handy often when I am decorating.
Working at Patina Home Interiors these past few days inspired me to re-work some of my decor that was getting a bit stale. I have had the same green reeds in this peanut-shaped vase for over five years. On Saturday I found these branches at the florist for $10. They are smooth and bare like beach wood. I loved the light bleached look but it was lost in our space so I sprayed them a very dark mat green/brown. Now I need to add a bit more, I am thinking of trying some sheer fabric flowers I saw in Martha Stewart. Any make & takers out there for this project?
Let me know and I'll get the supplies and we can work together.