Sunday, April 13, 2014

Afternoon In The Garden

Happy Sunday to you all.  It's been a lazy kind of day around here.  Weather is perfect.  Sun is shining, temperatures are in the high 60's and there is even a nice soft breeze that makes walking a pleasure.  We spent the morning planting in the backyard and passed the afternoon antiquing in Lambertville, New Jersey. This is such a pretty area.  Lots of walking trails by the river, great family parks and extremely close to New Hope, Pennsylvania.  

It sounds like a lot, but actually it is all very close to our home and not far from one another.  And since they are all my favorite things to do, time just seems to stand still.  Our Sunday afternoon was finished in our garden.  Relaxing and grilling.  

I cut a few Ranunculus from my garden and created this sweet vignette to share with you today.  Aren't these blooms exquisite?  They have such an elegance about them.  Layers of soft delicate petals makes this a perfect flower for bouquets or a simple arrangement.  

It is going to be another busy week for me.  Besides having the Easter holiday, we will spending a few days at the Jersey Shore and going to New York to see our niece Carolyn perform in a play.  We are so excited and proud.  

I hope you all have a wonderful week and a Happy Easter.  Thank you for your support and your lovely and kind comments.  They all make my heart sing.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Costumes of Downton Abbey

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Winterthur Museum in Wilmington Delaware for the exhibit of the spectacular and original designs from the award-winning television series Downton Abbey.  And what a special treat it was.  The museum displays forty historically inspired costumes worn by the beloved characters of the show.

The costumes are designed by Susannah Buxton and Caroline McCall.  And seeing these costumes up close lets one appreciate the love and true craftsmanship that these designers put into each piece.  The quality and attention to every little detail is impressive.  They even create a color palette for each actress to ensure that the clothes not only suit the character but that they have a graceful sense of place.  The costumes are a combination of new fabrics and remains of old dresses and costumes.  

An iconic image of our lovely Crawley sisters.  Always fashionable and graceful.

Downstairs Costumes worn by Mrs. Hughes, Thomas and Daisy.

Pretty vignettes and photographs depict life during the same era at the Winterthur Estate
 (former home of Henry Francis Du Pont).   

Splendid housemaid design and stylish summer dresses worn by Lady Sybil and Lady Mary.

What a fancy and striking housemaid dress.  

Lady Sybil's dress.

Dress worn by Mary was made with new fabric and accented vintage trimmings. 

The Crawley men are also very stylish.  Suit above made for handsome Matthew.
So sad that he is no longer on the show.

And who can forget Lady Cora's maid Ms. O'Brien.  Always conspiring and very unkind to others.

Could you see yourself wearing this walking suit??  No doubt Mary belongs in Highclere Castle.

Sport wear worn by Matthew for a game of cricket. 

Fancy attire for a day of hunting.

Coat and hat designed for Lady Cora's mother, Martha.

Lady Edith's wedding gown.   

Take a look at the beading on this dress. Truly a work of art.

Dress worn by Lady Mary for Edith's wedding.  So light and airy.

Costumes made for Mrs. Patmore and our sweet Daisy.

Above was designed for the cook of Downtown Abbey, Mrs. Patmore

And this costume was worn by assistant cook Daisy

Here we see get to Lady Sybil's famous Turkish Trousers upclose.  What a fashionista.  The top of this jumpsuit was made with found vintage dresses.  The silk bottom is all new fabrics.

A true exquisite gown.  So much hand work.

And we cannot forget our handsome Mr. Carson.

The famous engagement dress.  Be still my heart.  

And the outspoken and matriarch of the Crawley family, Violet.  I just love her.  
She is witty, head-strong and very opinionated. 

Gown designed for Isobel Crawley.  

Me and my sweet friend Lilly.

I hope you enjoyed this spectacular showcase of Downton Abbey Costumes.  Which one was your favorite. Mine was Lady Edith's wedding gown.  

If your travels bring you near Wilmington, Delaware, please take the time to include this one of a kind exhibit on your must do list.  It is a must see for fans of the series.  The exhibit runs until January 4, 2015.  The admission to the exhibit also includes the gorgeous Winterthur gardens and mansion.  I have included the link for the exhibit below.

Thank you for visiting.  I looking forward to reading your lovely comments.



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pink Splendor

Happy Sunday to you all.  I hope your weekend was as fun and lovely as mine.  I have been a very busy bee the last few weekends.  Lots of small projects around the house and refreshing some of the rooms on our first floor.  We also went to Winterthur Mansion in Delaware to view the exhibition of the exquisite costumes of Downton Abbey.  What an amazing experience.  I will definitely share a few pictures on my next post.

It was a perfect sunny day here in the Northeast.  A bit windy in the morning but warm enough to enjoy the afternoon in my garden.  Not much color yet.  But the various shades of green provide enough beauty to make the garden a peaceful and relaxing spot.

Wanting to add a bit of color in the garden, I created a sweet and spring inspired table with various shades of pink and green.  

An old gold plate charger has been given new life with pink spray paint.  What a terrific transformation. Wooden bird houses were painted a cream color and covered with fabric that matches the table topper.

Dinner napkins made to match.  Love this dainty and feminine fabric.
It have used it for a few little projects already.

A bit of moss and a few roses complete the look.

A pretty place setting for a lovely afternoon in the garden.

Thank you for your visit sweet friends.  Your comments are such a joy to read and they truly make my heart happy.

Have a great week.



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