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It's been a while! Hope all survived whatever holiday you celebrate and hope you have gone into hibernation for the duration of this very strange winter, where, in Virginia, one day you need to bundle up and the next day you can go barefoot.
The Thistle had a very successful first year as an on-line store. I have been living at the warehouse since the middle of November, and even had to corral some of my children to help immediately after Christmas. Then we were busy with inventory in anticipation of the winter Atlanta market. This is the best market...everything and everybody is there...three HUGE buildings with everything imaginable. This is also the time of the Christmas market, where we buy goods for next Christmas. Seems weird, while putting away decorations at home to be thinking of what decorations to buy for the next Holiday season!
One really cool thing about this big market are the Temporaries. These are temporary booths where vendors come with new merchandise that they've designed. It's always fun to make a new find, and I had luck this year.
One of my favorite finds are these swing tops that fit and flatter any figure type. They basically fit through the shoulders and "swing" from there, so no need for a lot of sizing. These come in two sizes, Medium, which would fit misses size 8 -16, and X Large, which would fit most women's sizes (Ix - 3x). The fabrics I selected were patterned polyester and poly raw silk shantung. These are great for travel...machine wash and wear!
I bought the black on white and a reverse white on black x pattern in size medium; the shantung silk swing I bought in x large in fuscia, royal blue, gold, and chartreuse. At $90, these are a great bargain! If you're interested you can check them out on the Women's Accessories page. If you need a different size, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned...more goodies to come!
I believe that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Lately we have been going to my married daughter's house in Georgia, and the Thanksgiving meal is the centerpiece around which we gather with other family members. The setting of the table with beautiful china, gleaming silver carefully polished for the occasion, a delicious meal lovingly planned and prepared by everyone leaves us with full tummys but hearts even fuller with gratitude for our many blessings.
This cloth with matching napkins would be a wonderful start to a Thanksgiving table.
You really want that silver to shine! Easy as pie with silver cleaner from Hagerty. And this silver brush is the best invention yet for getting to those hard to reach places.
Now, don't forget a centerpiece of loosely arranged flowers in this fabulous ice/bucket/vase and you're ready to move on to the main event...the cooking, the tasting, the smelling, the eating of the best meal ever prepared... Happy Thanksgiving!
As we eagerly anticipate the peak of fall color here in Virginia this week-end, I realize that with autumn upon us, it's time to concentrate on the upcoming holidays. The house must be put in order, gifts bought, trees decorated, wardrobe replenished as the cold dark days descend upon us. Since it's getting to be sweater weather, here are a few of my favorite necklaces to wear with sweaters
Or if you're hot-natured like some of my friends, a sweater is too heavy and a cashmere topper is all you need. Another wonderful use for these toppers is as a cover-up for nursing mothers! They're so soft against baby's skin!
But for you who are already feeling the cold in your bones, there's nothing like this luxurious wrap to warm you up!
Now on to getting the house shined up!
We're just back from a wonderful trip to Scandanavia where the weather was lovely and the sights unbelievable and unforgettable. We cruised down fjords in Norway, traveled overland in buses between impressive waterfalls stemming from the still melting snow that topped the mountains, down narrow hairpin roads that sloped at such an angle as to leave one breathless. What a memory! As was our day hike to a glacier. I will not soon forget the stunning countryside...so green and dotted with houses and barns painted red, white or yellow. Nor will I forget the people...beautiful and fit and happy. I had fun buying wonderful handknit Nordic sweaters for my grandchildren, and couldn't resist this beautiful knit Christening Gown for a newborn. Almost one yard long and with such detailing. I had to buy it to offer to someone who was in search of such an heirloom for their family to cherish as I cherish the gown in which all my children, and now grandchildren were christened.
And we came back to reality which, in these dog days of summer in the USA, is mainly about politics. I have been thinking about this historic Presidential election of 2016 and am not here to offer any advice or opinion (although I have plenty of both!) but want rather to offer up a little levity in the face of a lot of uncertainty. Surely this is an election to be remembered, and one easy way to do it is with an ornament symbolizing your favorite party. The Republican Elephant or the Democratic Donkey will serve as a reminder of the candidate you supported, or, in the case of our split household, both candidates that have been the topic of much conversation around my house! These ornaments would also make wonderful gifts for like minded friends...an unusual and affordable gift for political junkies!
As summer begins to wind down, we are off to the lake for one last fling with grandchildren, who will be coming in from all over the country. Our lives will be filled with swimming and fishing and tubing and potty training for the next several weeks...we are blessed (I think)!