Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Shane Confectionery ~ A Nostalgic Candy Shop In Philadelphia

Philadelphia's landmark Shane Confectionery is considered the oldest continuously run candy shop in the United States.  Established is 1863 by candy making dynasty Herring and Daniel S. Dengler. It remains a beloved fixture of the historic downtown district of Philadelphia.  Today it is owned by brothers Ryan and Eric Berley.

The Berley Brothers have lovingly restored the shop to its original beauty and charm.  Cabinetry has been restored and painted in the same color scheme as Independence Hall .  The marble counters have all been buffed and polished.  Tin ceilings have been pressed.  Antique brass scales and cash registers have been taken apart and shined.  Everything just gleams...

A peek into the curved-glass windows is a glimpse into the past.  Original hand-carved wooden display cases and Chippendale -style cabinetry, old fashioned brass cash registers equipment take you back to 1893...  Step into the shop and the decadent aromas of heavenly chocolate, caramel and sweets captivate all your senses.  But wait, there are also the numerous trays of tempting sweets all over the counters and behind the display cases that catch your eyes..  Lollipops, jellybeans, candy canes and freshly dipped bonbons decorate all the shelves and counters too.  What is one to do??? You truly feel like a kid in a candy store all over again.

And I confess, I over did it.  I bought way too much candy.  Truth is, all the cookies, candy and chocolates were incredible.  So fresh and tasty.  I am hooked.  I even bought a few goody bags of chocolates to give to my family for Christmas and they all fell in love too.  And if that was not enough, the staff was just as sweet and the candy.  What a wonderful group...

I am definitely going back.  Not only for the delicious sweets but to support this lovely shop that is a true testament of love, dedication and old world traditions.  So if your travels ever bring you to Philadelphia, be sure to pay Shane Confectionery a visit. 

The Berley Brothers

Here is a short video of the shop.  Follow the link below.

Thank you for visiting today.  May you have a lovely and beautiful week.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Restful Days

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, cuddle with your loved ones, eats lots of your favorite foods and watch plenty of fun movies!!  

I must confess that I have been in a bit of a funk lately.  Feeling a bit down and uninspired.  Perhaps it could be a combination of things.  I am under a lot of stress at work and my husband was in a small car accident.  And to make things worse, our main water line to the house had a leak and the entire line had to be replaced.  Thankfully, my husband is fine but the water line was a major repair.  All just too much for me to handle right now.  And when I start to feel anxious and overwhelmed, I tend to shut down.  I know that there are far more troubles in the world but it all all really got to me for some reason.   This is very unusual for me.  I am always the one with a positive attitude and the one that looks to make lemonade out of lemons.  

I know full well that I have to pull myself out of this funk and creative paralysis so I decided to put my energy into resting and doing the things that I help me relax.  Resting was at the top of my list however.  I think I am mentally and physically exhausted.  Sleeping a few extra hours has helped. And yesterday, my dear hubby even took me to New York for tea and to see the pretty Rockefeller tree.  It was just the two of us and it was such a fun and special day.  New York is truly magical during the holidays.

Feeling the need to create again, I decided to put this sweet vignette together.  My inspiration came from the gorgeous old-fashioned cookies that I bought from the cutest old world candy shop in Philadelphia called Shane Confectionery.  (I will post photos of this adorable shop in a future shop) 

Enjoy the photos...

Thanks for your visits and interactions on my blog.  Your readership makes this blog worth keeping up and I can't express my gratitude warmly enough.  Your blogging friendship means the world to me.



Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Little Holiday Cheer In The Garden

Hello to you all.  I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend.  And for those living in the Northeast, I can only imagine that you are taking advantage of the extremely warm weather here.  I cannot believe that Christmas is only two weeks away and we are still having temperatures in the 60's around here. The sky has been sunny, bright and perfect for spending the afternoon in the garden. This is unheard of in December but I am not going to complain.  Busy days are ahead so a few minutes of relaxing in our garden are warmly welcomed.  A perfect time to  gather my thoughts.

Love sitting here.  Enjoying nature and planning for the days ahead.  Thinking about what cookies and desserts I will bake What side dishes to make.  And oh yes, which china will be used this year.  

To be honest, I am planning to keep things simple.  I find myself decorating with lighter tones and more natural elements this year.  Especially natural greens and fresh fruits.  I guess I have been inspired by Pinterest and all my fellow bloggers who have been taking this direction lately.  

I also could not help myself.  The ideas just kept on flowing and I quickly found myself carrying stuff outside to create something pretty for you.  A simple and sweet vignette developed using fresh greenery and apples.  A bit of red and white seems fresh and easy on the eyes.  So lovely and sublime.

I hope December brings beauty and blessings to your days...

Warm season's greetings,


Friday, December 11, 2015

The Shabbilicious Christmas Issue 2015

Hello to you all.  I am happy to share some fun and exciting news with you today! 

My sweet friend Kerryanne English Shabby Art Boutique has published her annual "Free" online magazine The Simply Shabbilicious Magazine - 2015 Christmas edition which is now live and I've been featured in it!  To say that I am honored and humbled to be included with this group of incredible women is an understatement. 

It is a must see guys.  Kerryanne has really put together some of the most amazing and gorgeous homes I have seen this year.  You will love all the ideas and inspiration that she has pulled together. And her blog is gorgeous too.  I have been following and admiring Kerryanne's work for years and to now be included in our her amazing magazines feels incredibly rewarding.  I cannot stop smiling.

So please enjoy special Christmas issue of Simply Shabbilicious's  Magazine.  It is filled with home decor ideas, recipes, DIY projects and of course, Christmas inspiration.

Read it FREE online HERE

Here is a little sample of what you will find inside.

Here is a gorgeous holiday photo shared by So Much Better With Age from her Holiday Housewalk tour.

Now who wouldn't love this gorgeous tree dress and crown from Edith and Evelyn.  This is so much my style.

And check out Vibeke Design's beautiful home all the way from Norway.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Have a great weekend.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

2015 Christmas Home Tour - Part 1

Hello again friends.  Have you all been enjoying all the incredibly stunning Christmas home tours on blogland?  It is just amazing.  The inspiration and beauty coming from all the blogs is endless.

I am happy to be joining our friend Debra of "Common Ground" and Brenda of "Cozy Little House" for their "Christmas Open House" linky party on December 9-10 so hop on over to join all the fun and to be inspired.

I would like to begin by saying Thank you for being here at Rosemary & Thyme today and through out the year.  I am participating on this Christmas Home Tour only to inspire you and perhaps give you ideas which I hope you can use in your own homes.  And while I love decorating for the holidays, I must admit, it is a lot of work.  So do as much as you want or not.  Just don't get stressed out about decorating.  After all, the holidays are about spending time together. Enjoying family, friends and favorite foods.  Making our homes warm, welcoming and a little dressed up for all the festive days ahead.

Our Christmas Home Tour begins in our dining room.  The inspiration for this room came from the gorgeous Flocked Tree which we purchased from Walmart this year.  It has quickly become a favorite.  It is really full and does not make a mess at all.  And it was very reasonably priced.  My theme for the room came easily.  Winter Wonderland of course.

I found these pretty linens at Home Goods.  They work perfectly with the theme.  Simple and not very busy.

The gorgeous white china is Antique White from Mikasa.  I use them so much.  Simple lines with lots of elegance.

I made all the floral arrangements in this room.  All the faux sprays, berries and containers came from Michael's.  All purchased at 50% and 60 % off of course.

Flocked sprays on each floral arrangement help the room come together.

Always use pieces from your own collection to put a table together.  These lovely mercury candle holders have been in my collection for a few years now and they give my table a little touch of shimmer and elegance.

One of the things that I love about our home is that the rooms are separated.  I mean I like some of those gorgeous new homes that have an open concept, but I prefer to have a bit of privacy and separation in each room. A view of our foyer.

I love this vignette on our buffet table.  It is so pretty to look at in the evenings.  The room does feel very cozy and warm.  Simple ornaments, soup tureen, soft lighting, and accessories create a festive and cheery table.

Our show piece is this stunning tree.  I did not want to over accessorize since the tree is pretty on its own.  A few well selected ornaments dress the sweet tree.  Did you notice the R & T letters on the tree?  

Isn't this little horse adorable?? I had to dress him up to.

Well, this completes this first part of our Christmas Tour.  I will continue with a small tour of our foyer.

Thanks so much for visiting!!!  Blessings sweet friends.  I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.