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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.

Beautiful Cobalt Blues

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cobalt blue Zara skirt

People everywhere are getting the blues, as evident by the rich monaco and cobalt blues popping up everywhere from fashion and accessories, to home and entertaining. A few of my recent favorites, such as this gorgeous cobalt blue Zara skirt from the Chic Chef blog, are featured below.

DIY blue garland

DIY garland – get the tutorial from Oh Happy Day!

Texas map giclee print

Texas giclée print of vintage-inspired Texas state map, available on Fab.com. (And it’s geographically correct… awesome!!)

Lemon poppyseed pancakes

I am definitely giving these a try this weekend! Lemon poppyseed pancakes – get the easy recipe from Handle The Heart!

lace cobalt blue necklace

So unique and dainty – beautiful handmade monaco blue lace necklace from White Owl.

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Honey, Bee Happy

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bumble-bee-party-dessert-table

Bumble bee themed birthday party ideas from Hostess With The Mostess.

beeswax pillar candle and tennesee honey

Beeswax pillar candle from TheBeesWaxyKnees; and Raw Wildflower Tennessee Honey in an antique-style jar from .

bruchetta with gorganzola and honey and beeive cookies - recipes with honey

Mouth-watering recipe gorgonzola and honey bruschetta from Giada de Laurentiis on CookingChannelTV.com – looks delish! And healthy beehive cookies honey from Grit, a really cool rural American know-how site.

bee hive napkin ring and bee hive cookie cutters

Honey comb napkin rings from Back Bay Pottery and cute bee and honey comb cookie cutters from SweetEstelle.

oats and honey soap bar and citron honey coriander hand therapy lotion from crabtree and evelyn

Oats and honey soap from RockyTopSoapShop; and Citron Honey & Coriander hand therapy lotion from Crabtree & Evelyn.

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