Thursday, December 24, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 26

Bless you this final day of Advent. Thank you everyone for patronizing and enjoying this inaugural Advent Calendar. Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tea for Tuesday #21 - Christmas Tea

Teapots can even fit the holiday season. Here are some teapots and such for Christmas/Yule.

Santa Clause teapot

A holly teapot

A Cardinal Christmas tea set

Have some sweets with your tea

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 24

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with their children around their Christmas tree.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 18

The Julbock or Yule Goat is Scandinavian and Northern European Yule/Christmas symbol that is made of straw. Its origins may predate Christianity. In the pre-Christian days, and in modern Pagan time, goats are associated with Thor, the Norse god of thunder, who rode a  chariot that was drawn by his two goats Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 16

A beautiful Gypsy wagon or a Gypsy carriage readied for the season. No I do not know where this is or who took it.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 15

From Russia comes Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) and his companion and helper his granddaughter Snegurochka or Snegurka, who may be better known in the Western countries as the Snow Maiden.

Ruth Anderson work

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 12

The German Christmas Pyramid ( Weihachtspyramide) fascinated me as grew up and I am still fascinated by them. Therefor for this Advent Day I would like to share two Christmas Pyramids with you.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Pearl Harbor Day

  Blessed are those that faced this day west of Honolulu, Hawaii at the U.A. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Army Wheeler Field and Hickam Field (both now USAF - United States Air Force) . As Hawaii was being attacked there was almost simultaneous attacks on the American Territories of Guam, the Philippines, and Wake Island as well as the British Empire in Singapore, Malaya and Hong Kong. The attacks - from the landing of troops in Malaya to the attack at Pearl Harbor - took place in only a seven hour time frame. This was seen by the Imperial Japanese as  preemptive strikes to keep the American Pacific Fleet from interfering in the Empire of Japan's planned actions in southeast Asia against the territories of Britain, the United states and the Netherlands.

  So as we remember the Americans that died this day at Pearl Harbor let us not forget the lives that were killed from Guam to Malaya. Bless them and keep them all, no matter their religion.

Burning barracks at Hickam Field - December 7,1941

Japanese aerial photo of Pearl Harbor's Battleship Row - December 7, 1941

USS West Virginia
Destroyed F4F Wildcats on Wake Island, December 1941

Wheeler Field - December 7, 1941

Japanese Army in Kuala Lumpur during their advancement through Malaya

USS Arizona Memorial - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 9

Santa and a couple of his reindeer are enjoying some quiet time before the big day comes.

McQueen Monday #11

 This is from McQueen's Fall/Winter 2007 collection. I love the back. It has bit of maybe late Renaissance or maybe early Victorian. I am not really certain but I do wish I knew what the front looks like. I am still searching for a photo of the front of this dress.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 8

Red Ornaments in Trees - Salzburg, Austria

Good Morning

The lighthouse in Bioxi...or is it Gulfport? Anyway, it is on the Mississippi Gulf coast and it was one of my favorite place to go when I was little. The last time I was there was about two months before Hurricane Katrina attending a family reunion. I can still smell the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 7

Have some fun
Enjoy yourself
and try not to stress.
For truly the little things
should mean the most
this time of year.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 5

Rudolph the Red Nosed Squirrel watches with high interest at the other squirrels playing squirrel games and hopes to join them in playing games.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 4

Gifts in boxes to pretty to open
unless you carefully lift the top
to reveal the token of love
that is felt for you

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 3

  On this day let us relax by the fire and enjoy reading books and looking at the Christmas tree.

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

Tea for Tuesday #19 - Meryl Ruth Part 2 - Teabags

  Meryl Ruth's Teabags are as cute as her teapots that I posted about in March. Some are actually downright precious. Now the term Teabag is used to describe ceramic teapots in the shape of handbags.

Hot-Dig-It-Tea- Dog

Frenchie's Tea Tote

Hand Bag

Royal-Tea Tote

Good 'N' Plenty

Tea Shells By The Tea Shore (stoneware clay)

Daisy Duke Hot Tea Jeans

Finally, the Dragon Pearl Tea, Ceramic Teapot

I hope you enjoyed this second part of Meryl Ruth Teapots and Teabags. I also hope you enjoyed the first one too.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015 - Day 2

The Nutcracker bear wants to dance for us. Showing hi great leap in the air as if to say " I can dance and leap as well as any human." So with leaps of love let us dance with the Dancing Bear from The Nutcracker.

Boston Ballet's Dancing Bear

McQueen Monday #10

  Alright I am going to get right to it and dive in with the first picture. It  is in my favorite color...red. I like the dress and the waist cincher/corset that is with it but something needs to be done with the model's hair. I mean her hair is just BLAH. A store mannequin would have better hair that is if it had a head. I know she is young and has no say so on how she should look but whoever idea it was for this hair style needs to be slapped.

From Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2015

  Second outfit and let me see if I can be a little less critical. No I can't be less critical. I call her Mrs. Edward Scissorhands.

 Lovely dress, if you don't mind the pink pampas grass at the bottom and I don't, for Spring 2016. No qualms about the model.