Archive for May, 2011


And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights a soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. ~ Joseph Drake

I’ve driven past Marietta National Cemetery many times, but have never stopped to actually go within the high stone walls. With this weekend being Memorial Day, I decided to take a little detour for a visit.
As I stepped out of the car, I stared at the rolling hills peppered with graves. It was so peaceful. I watched the warm breeze lift the little flags ever so gently. It was quite humbling to think that all of these people had loved and served our country. The battles they must have seen. The pain they must have witnessed.

I must admit, I get caught up thinking of the fun, the sun, the cookouts, the swimming and all other nostalgic memories of Memorial Day. I was so glad to have passed this cemetery this weekend and to have finally made the decision to visit. Just a few quiet moments. Reflecting. Remembering. Thanking.
We happened to have some fresh flowers in the car with us, so littlest sister and I decided to place a one on a grave. 
Number 3243 – Unknown. 
Today we’re remembering you, soldier.

Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

Posted 5/31/11, Topic: Blog

Happy Weekend

“Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Makes you wanna move your dancing feet.” – Bob Marley

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Hope you guys have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend. Soak up some sun, spend time with the family, kick back and welcome summer! We’ll see you back here, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Tuesday.

Posted 5/27/11, Topic: Blog

Today’s the day

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Today I have an appointment to cut off my locks. I always get a little sentimental before getting a major hair cut. You start wondering if you are making the right decision. You wonder if you will regret it. 
I always have a good hair day right before a major cut. It kind of makes you want to put it off a little more. You just get so use to it. I even get a little sad about not have a super long pony.
I know I’ll be sad that I can’t wear my hair on top of head while I’m cleaning house (or blogging)…

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I know I’ll miss those easy messy up-do’s when I’m out and about.

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As I stood and stared in the mirror having “one last night” with my hair (dramatic, I know), my littlest sister looked up at me and said…
“Just think about the person with cancer that will be so happy to have your hair.”
Oh. My. Goodness. What great wisdom! I suddenly felt quite silly for getting so emotional over hair. She’s right, someone is going to be thrilled to have my hair. When I think about it that way, I am more than happy to whack it off. I’m so thankful for her special reminder.
She’ll be with me tomorrow for the cut. She’ll actually be doing the cutting! So happy to share this memory together. Wish us luck!

Posted 5/26/11, Topic: Blog

Blushing Bride Hydrangea

I was flipping through some photos from last May and stumbled upon this one: a pretty little bloom from one of our Blushing Bride Hydrangeas.

We planted three bushes in 2008 and have enjoyed their gorgeous blooms for the last three years. Sadly, two of the hydrangea plants mysteriously died. We kept waiting and waiting for them to bud this spring, but finally realized they didn’t make it through the winter. In the past they’ve always seemed like pretty hardy plants, I am not sure what happened.

So now we have just one lone bush. It has lots of bright green leaves, but no blooms yet. I’d really love to know why the other two died. If anyone has a green thumb, I’d love your advice and opinions.

Posted 5/25/11, Topic: Home

french bubbly + a lesson in patience

I’ve been in love with French seltzer bottles long before I fell head over heels in love with France. I have been eyeing them in several antique stores for quite some time. The muted, thick green glass combined with the metal siphon is just beautiful to me.

The first time I spotted similar bottles, they were priced at $20 a piece. I felt they were worth the $20, but knowing that I wanted at least three to group together, I shied away. 

A couple of months later I found some more seltzer bottles and they were priced at $32 each. Ugh! As you can imagine I was kicking myself wondering if I had missed a good buy when I saw them for $20. I made a mental note to go back to the first store and see if they by any chance still had the bottles.
A few weeks later, I stopped back by to check and they still had them! I took a quick glance at the price and did a double take. They had jacked the price up to $30 a bottle! At this point I was just frustrated and decided to pass. Who knows, a little patience may pay off.

This weekend while Dad and I were browsing the flea market my eyes locked in on something glimmering in a crate under a table. Could it be? A crate full of gorgeous French seltzer bottles? I scanned the bottles for a price, but found no tag. I was almost afraid to ask. That’s when I noticed a small hand-written sign on a tiny easel:
“French Seltzer Bottles – $15 each”
Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit! I grabbed up three of those suckers in a hurry and came home the proud Momma of three shiny bottles. I’ve usually found in the antique world, “if you like it, you better snatch it up”, but this in one case were a little dose of patience paid off.
Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

I’m so thrilled about these bottles. While the price was by no means a “steal”, I think they are worth every penny. I guess when you wait long enough for something, it just makes the find that much more exciting. Now for the hard part – deciding where to display them. They look beautiful almost anywhere I put them!

Posted 5/24/11, Topic: Vintage Finds

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