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Vacation all I ever wanted....

Remember that GoGo's song from the 80's? Vacation all I ever wanted, vacation had to get away. Well, I sure would like to take a little time off and drop out of the rat race for at least a week.

If I had a sudden windfall, I might consider a trip to China to play with some baby pandas.
A train trip on the Royal Scotsman might be just the ticket. They would cater to my every whim.

Or a dining car on the Venice Simplon Orient Express would be just my speed.

This chateau getaway from French General offers,...oh darn it's sold out! Well it did offer the traveler a stay in a French country house, coffee on the terrace, crafting workshops, trips to French flea markets, wine in the evenings.

A photographic workshop by Alison Shaw on Martha's Vineyard. This one is a possibility. Rise each morning to photograph the sunrise. Ew, get up early on my vacation? I guess I would do it for the sake of my art. Breakfast at an inn, photographic instruction, shoot the evening suns…

Pink Saturday- Easter Decorations

I was kind of stumped for this week's Pink Saturday post. I really don't have a lot of pink in my home. But then, ah yes! Easter is coming soon. So I pulled out some old stuff and added some new decorations and voila! Instant pink post!

I got this kitchen towel from Williams Sonoma after Easter last year. I loved the sweet bunnies in their canoe.

And this is the flip side of the towel. Another darling image.

I got this pink fan at my new favorite store, Nesting. See the previous post for other photos of the store.

Does this look strangely familiar? Very similar to the towel image. This one is from Home Goods. I tried it on my door but liked it better on the cart in the kitchen.

Last weekend, I bought some pussywillows at Wilson Farms. They are so soft and they re like a cat's toes.

I put the fan in a vase with the pussywillows. Giving a little color to all that gray.

Assorted pinks from my collection of vintage Easter postcards. I love the images on these old cards. I got th…

Nesting on Main

Most of you who read my blog regularly know that I recently purchased a condo. So I am going through a nesting phase. Still settling in to the new space, I am on the lookout for items to show my true personality. My tastes have evolved over the years.

While in Concord this weekend, I saw a shop called Nesting on Main. I thought I might find something of interest there so I climbed the stairs and I entered into a dream world. Antiques, home decor, natural themes, my heart raced!

I so wanted this birdcage! Don't you love the fleur-de-lis on the top?

The displays reminded me of a walk through a museum of natural history.

I am looking for a mantel like this. This would look great in my living room, but, I resisted. How would I get it down the stairs?

Isn't this the cutest bistro chair? I love it as a plant stand. Nope, can't have it. My cats would eat the plant then make themselves at home on the chair.

Yes, this little birdie and birdcage came home with me. It can s…

Spring Finery for the First Day of Spring

Spring is finally here! Actually it still feels winter like in these parts.

I am turning my attention to Spring Fashions specifically the Easter Bonnet. So have you thought about your hat for Easter 2009?

Some things to consider. Do you want to go with a straw hat? Should you go with a neutral or a color?

So many choices. What'a a girl to do?

Will you embellish your hat? Can it withstand the rigors of sport?

Feathers and pearls can be lovely.

Just the right tilt makes all the difference too.

Don't forget the shape of the hat. Some shapes are more flattering than others. And do consider other accessories to complete your Spring outfit. And remember, go ahead and eat those chocolate eggs. Your hat will still fit! Happy Spring!

10 Things you didn't know about Ireland

I actually had to work the evening of St Patrick's Day so I think I can celebrate St Patrick's Day all week to make up for it!
Today I give you some interesting tidbits about Ireland that I found at

10 things you didn't know about Ireland
Conn Corrigan, Staff Writer
Published Monday, March 16, 2009, 10:54 PM
Updated Monday, March 16, 2009, 6:19 PM

Check out our photo gallery of these surprising facts

1. Technically, it is an offense to be drunk in public in Ireland
Technically, it is an offense to be drunk in public in Ireland. Regulations introduced last year allow the police to issue on-the-spot fines for anyone caught being drunk in a public place in Ireland.
2. An Irishman founded the Argentinean Navy Irishman William Brown (known in Spanish as “Guillermo Brown”) is one of Argentina’s national heroes. He is commonly known as the “father of the Argentine navy” and was an important leader in the Argentinean struggle for independence…

Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day!

I thought I'd share a wee bit of Irish music and dance with my favorite scene from the movie Titanic. Don't forget to shut off my playlist at the bottom of this page then turn up your speakers and enjoy!!

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Pink Saturday at Essex Street Antiques

It's Pink Saturday again. Today's post features some items I purchased yesterday at Essex Street Antiques. Where is it located? That's right Essex Street in Melrose, Massachusetts. This mantel was so springy I just had to take a photo. Don't worry there's a hint of pink there.

Don't you love this egg tree? Faux chocolate eggs, totally non-caloric.
I wanted this plate and egg to go home with me but I went in with a budget and I stuck to it.

Here's my new pink teacup. I put it on top of the tea chest I have in my dining room. It's calling out for some Harrod's No 42 Earl Grey.

Here's a view of the saucer. Isn't it perfect for an Easter tea or brunch?

I couldn't resist snapping a photo of the pink cup in the sunlight. It is almost illuminated. My new pink dish from France is also on the table. The tea chest covering is just a piece of lace I picked up a while ago.

A better view of the candy dish. It might become a potpourri dish or a guest soa…

The weekend's activities

This past Saturday, my friend Amanda was visiting from Maryland and our afternoon tea group got together. Amanda was the tea hostess (the person in charge of the event) and she made all the arrangements from long distance. She selected the Hallowed Herb Tea House in Quincy, Massachusetts for our group outing.

The owner of the tea house, Lisa, lives upstairs. Downstairs, there's a tea room and gift shop.
Lisa had a lovely collection of tea cups. This beauty was mine for the afternoon.

Here's a photo of Amanda and Lisa, another member of the tea group. Amanda is from England and when we met her she was living in Massachusetts. She's lived many places including Dubai!

Our meal included soup, tea sandwiches, a scone, and a variety of desserts. My soup preference was broccoli and cheddar. Yum!!

I wanted to take this cute little lustreware sugar and creamer home with me but it was not for sale.

I am thinking of doing a treatment like this in my new kitchen. Isn't it lovely…