Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Warm Memories…and Play Date Cafe’ Anniversary!

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Good evening, dear friends!

The middle of another week…where does the time go?! 

I was asked by the beautiful and talented Julie Marie of Julie’s Open Window and The Play Date Cafe’ to join in the celebration of the PDCC’s 1st anniversary party this week…and I was oh, so happy to do so!

Here’s the “color story”, as it’s called,  for this week…beautiful shades of soft pink, soft orange, soft yellow, and white…soothing and lovely…

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…and here’s my take on the challenge:

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The very first  stamp I ever purchased from Unity Stamp Co. when it was a brand new company…even though I’m not a tea or coffee drinker, I fell in love with this beautiful vintage style cup and saucer stamp—it’s quite large, which I also really liked…

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The cup and saucer stamped on cream cardstock in “Tattered Rose” Distress Ink twice…then I cut them apart and popped up the cup (of course!)

Lots of soft, sugary glitter on the pretty set thanks to some Dazzling Diamonds, and all outlined with my favorite platinum Stickles…

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…a trio of ribbon roses colored in the desired shades of soft yellow with orange accents thanks to “Lemon Zest” and “Pumpkin Pie” Glimmer Mist…then covered with some “Iridescent Gold” Glimmer Mist…

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…a little tag added with gold cording…”Please come for Tea"…is the invitation…

…which of course reminded me of something old and cherished…

Two beautiful hot chocolate sets from the turn of the century were in possession of my grandmother Velda.  At the time of her death in 2001, they were divided…one was given to my cousin and his wife, and the other was given to me.

The first set was a wedding gift given to my great-grandparents, Anna and Hjaldermar Ostlund on November 16, 1901…

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…since the set is not in my possession, this is the only photo I have of the set, sweetly shared by my cousin’s wife, Tracey…

This is the beautiful Anna, not too many years after her marriage…

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…and her very handsome husband, Hjaldermar…a young Canadian barrister…

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Here is the beautiful set I inherited…

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…this set was also a wedding gift…to my other great-grandparents, Estella and Glenn Stapley, married July 7, 1914…

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Here they are in their younger married days…what a loving, beautiful couple…

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…gorgeously fat cabbage roses, and  such a lustrous finish…a treasure…

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…isn’t that pretty?

Here’s the maker’s stamp on the bottom…a beauty all it’s own…

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I hope you have a wonderful night…sip some hot chocolate and enjoy…

Sweet Dreams!

Julie