Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My Easter Bonnet

For the first time in a few years I put up my Easter Tree!  I went out in the back and cut some pussy willows and forsythia. The buds were very tight, but after a few days in my warm dining room I had flowers. Also on the table are dishes leftover from another return to my former life - a tea party!

I left my job about 3 years ago. My long time neighbor has retired and she made friends with some new neighbors who are young, stay-at-home housewives. They began to meet on Friday mornings for coffee and invited me! When it was my turn, I invited them to a tea party. It was the first time they were ever served "real" tea and tea sandwiches and they were quite impressed. 

But what I really wanted to share was a recent purchase. I had won a gift certificate to a local "antique" mall and kept misplacing it. I found it a week ago and decided to spend it. I wandered through the store for an hour or two planning my purchases. 

I found a small vintage suitcase for a little more than I wanted to pay, but with the booth offering a 20% discount and my gift certificate (still overpriced after that) I purchased it to hold clothes for my Christmas present. My hubby bought me an American Girl Doll who is my namesake! And I have been busy outfitting her with vintage Pleasant Company clothes. 


 When I posted my bonnet on Facebook, a number of people who use their phones as computers thought it was a cake! Perhaps they need more sugar in their lives.
I am totally in love! I do have a small collection of vintage hats. I usually buy them at country auctions out of people's attics.  I try not to pay more than 2-3 dollars. But this one just called my name! It was around $15, which is so much more than I usually pay!
And you know what that led to . . . I had to order a new dress to match! I am pretty excited about showing it off on Easter Sunday!

I have been crazy busy the last few weeks. I hosted a baby shower for 45 ladies (young and old) for my youngest daughter, as well as a "diaper party" for her husband's friends and family. It was my first time using a caterer and honestly, it is less stressful for me to just do it myself. I am also teaching our church's confirmation class and somehow was put in charge (at the last minute) of a retreat for 20 teenagers the day before the shower. I wasn't really sure if I was coming or going. 

Needless to say, Easter is going to be a casual affair at my house this year (except for the bonnet). Confirmation is the week after and then I am looking forward to hosting my neighbor ladies for another tea. 

Happy Easter!

7 comments:

  1. My Goodness, Merry Girl!

    You've got so many bees in that charming bonnet, it's a wonder you know where the table is! And such a delightful one at that---all the flowers (we call those Yellow Bells like Mammaw always did, and they certainly do make a lovely arrangement with the glorious array of eggs and baskets.

    Talk about BUSY!---I can't imagine having so many good goings-on all at once. I'm just wandering the 'Net for a bit this morning---we've been in a long-time clean-up and throw-out, and the light at the end of that tunnel is brighter and brighter. We got to where we could see the tops of every table and counter in the house :-) and had some new Cleaners to come in yesterday and "do up" the major two big rooms---living room/sitting room upstairs where we'll set up two tables for Easter Lunch, and the big gathering room down, plus a major scrub and shine of Caro's kitchen up there in the sunshine. Her new stove just gleams "like new money," as the old folks used to say.

    It's so freeing to absolve yourself of STUFF (bet that word feels weird to itself used in that context) and to get things swept and dusted fore and aft and all beneath. Smells wonderful in here with the doors and windows open to this good morning air and a Pink Vanilla Biscotti candle glowing.

    Hope all is well with you, and DO SIT DOWN and enjoy that lovely home---I'd just sip tea and stare at that bonnet, and it would be better than a trip to a spa. (which I've never done, but the DDIL's all just LOVE that sort of thing as a gift card).

    Happy PINK Bonnet day to you---yours certainly brightened my day.

    rachel

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  2. Did My heart good dropping by and seeing all Your Easter preparations. Your pretty pink Easter bonnet just gave Me a big smile,glad You told Me about it. May You enjoy all the events coming up and May Our Lord give You energy and strength through them all-Hugs and blessings- Denise

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  3. Did My heart good dropping by and seeing all Your Easter preparations. Your pretty pink Easter bonnet just gave Me a big smile,glad You told Me about it. May You enjoy all the events coming up and May Our Lord give You energy and strength through them all-Hugs and blessings- Denise

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  4. That is one scrumptious table (and I think I'd eat that hat, too...) It is so sweet! I remember having to have new Easter bonnets for Church every year, and white shoes and white gloves. Ah... those were the days, weren't they? I love the little Easter tree, and it makes your table sing with happiness. Pink Vanilla Biscotti candle in that first comment! Wow... Sounds yummy, Racheld.

    I really enjoyed the glimpse of your holiday. Have a lot of fun and enjoy every moment. Happy Easter!

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  5. I absolutely love the table setting with the ceramic easter baskets! That hat is beautiful! When will you post a photo of you in the hat and your new Easter clothes?! I'm glad you left a comment on my blog so I could find yours!

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  6. Thank You for such sweet words about My paintings on Your last visit.I'm so sorry I'm slow at responding.Baby sitting the little one and at times Her two Brothers is truly taking up all My energy and I'm not exaggerating either....Oh Lord help Me. Hugs Denise

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  7. Thank You for such sweet words about My paintings on Your last visit.I'm so sorry I'm slow at responding.Baby sitting the little one and at times Her two Brothers is truly taking up all My energy and I'm not exaggerating either....Oh Lord help Me. Hugs Denise

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Miss Merry