Monthly Archives: September 2013

Calm Before the Storm

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It’s the calm before the storm as we’re just a little under a week away from the wedding and just about every detail is wrapped up… we are so ready!  But with our wedding at the end of September, also comes the end of summer, so I’ve been thinking up some ideas for sprucing up the house in preparation for a new season.  Here are some of my finds!

rustic fall finds

Clockwise from top left: Felted olive oil soap from MikeandDianeSoap; Rustic wine bag from Yanettine; Bunch of tallow berries from gildinglilies; Primative metal sap bucket from 2bitsstudio

french country kitchen linens

French country kitchen linen set from ikabags

antique metal pigs

c1930 metal pigs from John Hill & Co. at APureVintage

calm fall findsespresso cups, branch voltive candle holders, agate slice cocktail ring, knit pillow cover

Clockwise from top left: Darling painted espresso cup set from imkadesign; Tree branch candle holders from WorleysLighting; Pretty agate slice cocktail ring from skyejuice in Poland; Plush knit pillow covers from jennilyons81 Continue reading

Tea is for Tradition

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vintage tea cup

After we got engaged on the farm in Nebraska, our dear friend, and now maid of honor for our upcoming wedding, came over and presented us with this vintage tea cup, which she explained was a tradition in her family – passing along a tea cup to the bride-to-be.

She’d done her research, and shared that a dowry was the offering a bride’s father gave to the husband-to-be for his daughter’s hand in marriage back in the day. And back then, when a bride’s father didn’t approve of the future groom, he wouldn’t offer a dowry. So, the bride’s friends would come to the rescue and therefor “shower” her with the gifts so she’d have the proper dowry and thus be able to marry her man of choice.  Hence, today’s bridal shower  :)

Our maid of honor’s grandparents didn’t practice the dowry custom, but they did practice the traditional trousseaux. (The trousseau is the bride-to-be’s clothes and linens, along with nightgowns and sleepwear, sheets and blankets.) These represented the same concept as the dowry – the bride’s collection that she would take with her to her husband’s home. Here’s where the tea cup comes in to play: since the bride was assumed to have lived with her parents prior to marriage, she would only have these trousseau bedroom items to call her own.  So the bride’s friends would give teacups upon engagement to help her start her own collection for entertaining guests. The rest, including the flatware and place settings would come from the bride’s registry, as they do now.

vintage tea cup as traditional engagement gift

So, this beautiful, single tea cup sits safely at the top of one of our kitchen cabinets, waiting for the day we have the room to properly display it.  This tea cup holds is even more special to us, having come directly from our maid of honor’s mother’s collection – and we’re honored to have been included in her family’s charming tradition.

Blessings from Around the World

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Ralph Waldo Emerson_Prayer

Although I don’t pray nearly as often as I should, I remember my grandfather’s prayer before meals. I think these words will always be with me.

Dear heavenly father, 
We thank you for our lives, for this food,
And for our many blessings.
Be with us during this meal, 
And be with all of our loved ones.

family prayers

I found these prayers on canvas, that I think are a nice touch in a home like ours where the prayers are in our hearts, but not always said aloud. (Okay, and I admit the Jesus and germs one is not a prayer, but it’s cute and I want it in our bathroom.)

Clockwise from top left:
Irish blessing, from the Sew Loved Shop; Bless the food before us, from Little Life Designs; Wash your hands, from LaceyFields; Children’s prayer, from KinderType.

Bless this Food - ancient blessings and contemporary graces from around the world

I received this book the other day, Bless This Food: Ancient & Contemporary Graces from Around the World, which is filled with just that – beautiful family prayers and blessings rich in tradition from various cultures.

And while I’m not even going to think about Thanksgiving yet, fall is just around the corner and it’s a season that has a way of bringing families closer together and around the table for the comforts of a home cooked meal. So, although it’s 110 degrees here in Arizona and it’s hard to see the end of summer in sight, I’ll say one of these prayers tonight to wish the speedy return of nice weather when we can sleep with our windows open and go for long walks without being drenched in sweat in the first quarter mile.

“The occasional gathering for prayer, no matter how brief, keeps the heart and mind in touch with the most fundamental of joys: belonging,” says Bless This Food author, Adrian Butash. He selected prayers and blessings from all over the world, and from various religions and traditions, along with the work of great poets, thinkers and activists: Shakespeare, Milton, Gandhi and Mother Teresa, to name a few.  Below is a sampling of some of these works:

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