Since you asked:

"Therefore, to be possess'd with double pomp, to guard a title that was rich before, to gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
to seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, is wasteful and ridiculous excess."

~William Shakespeare,
ca. 1595

Yup, that's us.

December 16, 2008

A Little Truth and Beauty...

I didn't get too fancy this year, but just brought a few of my favorite things, one of which is this lovely garland I purchased a few years ago from John Reed at Le Potager. It has beautiful luminous berries in it, and combinations of foliage that really push it over the top. I stopped in to see him the other day, and although he wasn't in, I spied some beautiful swags designed in the same way, with lots of different things that were gorgeous. His store, as always, is a feast for the eyes and senses, and I always look forward to putting out the things I have bought from him over the years.

Another favorite thing, a little book printed in Germany in the late 1800s, with the poem we now know as "The Night Before Christmas," and wonderful pen and ink illustrations. I always tuck it back into the little old hankie box it was in when I purchased it, and pack it away with care each year.

Saved the best for collection of mercury glass on a huge silver tray is one thing I cannot start the season without. There's a big kugel, little birds, pine cones, lots of different shapes, and some wrapped up in the old silver bouillon wire from Germany. I didn't have time to do any poking at the flea markets this year for ornaments, but perhaps next year I can add a few more to the tray...

Happy Holidays!


bekaboo said...

I agree that Le Potager truly is a delight for all the senses. Your decorations make it feel so much like Christmas. Those mercury glass ornaments are a real treasure.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Le Potager is such a beautiful shop, one of my favorites. Your tray with silver ornaments is all I would need to get in the spirit. Gorgeous!!
xo Lidy

Kathy2eggs said...

Oh your tray is so sparkly!!! I just love all the mercury glass ornaments. I just started getting a few so I am drooling over yours.

Charlene said...

Beautiful! I love the book & can sure see why you do too. And the ornaments looks wonderful on the tray. Thank you for sharing.