Personal Metamorphosis: 50th Birthday

I did it.  Last week, I reached the half century mark.  Overnight I went from being "forty-something" to being a 50-year-old woman ... and it didn't hurt one bit!  Quite honestly, the transformation began to take place a few years ago when I was shopping in a cute little boutique store and saw a plaque.  I am usually not at all attracted to resin plaques, but this one got me.  It was The ABCs of Ageing Gracefully.  Since that day, I've seen it many places, but at that moment, the words were brand new to me.  As I read them, I made a commitment to do just that -- age gracefully!   I bought the plaque and hung it just inside the entrance to our master bathroom.  I wanted to be sure I would see it every day ... so I would be ... Keep Reading...

Early Halloween Tablescape

I'm going to tell you something I've told very few people...   I'm not crazy about Halloween. (There, I've said it!) There's no particular reason.   I love decorating for Fall, but Halloween... I just never got into it that much.   I have fond memories of Halloween from my own childhood -- especially the year I was Casper the Friendly Ghost! -- and when my daughters were young, I made a big deal of dressing them up and trick-or-treating at friends' houses.   I put festive Halloween window clings on the windows and mirrors so they could enjoy them.   We carved Jack-O-Lanterns.  Beyond that -- not much.   ... Well, that's not quite true. There was one other thing I did -- faithfully... ... Keep Reading...

I Need a Metamorphosis! … Fairy Tale Ball Gown

Once upon a time, there was a couture wedding dress designer who made the most beautiful ball gown-style dress with a fabulous 7 1/2 foot-long cathedral train.   That dress was ME!  Um, it still is ...     Hundreds of dollars were spent to purchase my yards and yards of champagne-colored silk. Then my lovely drop-waist style bodice and long lace sleeves were embellished with a stunning flower design made up of thousands of pearls.         To show off my lovely designer's talent, I was worn in a few fashion shows. Quite honestly, those events had me whirling and twirling so much that I just don't remember how many ...  As you can imagine, the fashion runway is a fast-paced ... Keep Reading...