Embellishment: To make beautiful by adding an ornament or decoration.
The bejeweled tassel adds a certain elegance to the sheer white drapes and the silk roses soften the starkness of the milk glass bowl.
But I think my first love is acoustic music. – Graham Nash
My favorite ( mostly mellow) acoustic songs:
1. James Taylor – Sweet Baby James (Fire & Rain, You’ve Got a Friend, Copperline, etc.)
2. Glen Hansard – Falling Softly
3. Patti Griffin – Long Ride Home
4. Emmylou Harris – Red Dirt Girl
5. Joni Mitchell – Carey (with mandolin, too)
6. Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
7. Harry Chapin – Cats in the Cradle
8. Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman
9. Ricky Martin – Tu Recuerdo (with guitar and mandolin)
10. Simon and Garfunkel – Sound of Silence
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Clothes are about much more than just cloth. It’s giving the wearer something more than a garment. It’s transferring emotion. – Jessica Ogden
In the spirit of green crafting, I have taken to transforming my daughters’ old jeans into cushions, seat covers, handbags, change purses, and bowls (below).
Model – Lauren DiMarco
...wishing we could make every woman a queen, for every single day!
Jack Bailey – host
This photograph taken of a mock wedding ceremony in Morocco, reminded me of one of my mother’s favorite television shows that aired on NBC from 1956 – 1964 called Queen for a Day.
In the show, four contestants each revealed a need for a wheelchair, diaper service, vacation or the like. The most deserving winner was determined by the intensity of audience clapping (akin to voting) and reflected in the highest score on the applause meter.
The highlight of the show was the crowning of Queen for a Day. Accompanied by the music Pomp and Circumstance, the queen was wrapped in a red velvet cape edged in white sable, a glittery crown was placed on her well-coiffed head, and she was presented with a bouquet of red roses. Seated on a gilded throne, the monarch wept while the host rattled off a long list of prizes that included major appliances, cooking or sewing essentials, and lunch at a chic Hollywood restaurant. It was the true forerunner of shows like The Newlywed Game, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and even American Idol.
Model – Caren Currie
Scarf – an article of dress of a light and decorative character.
I have a penchant for beautiful scarves! My favorite silk patterned ones were purchased at flea markets in Lisbon, Santa Fe, and San Francisco. I drape them around my shoulders mostly but have never had the panache to wear them in the dramatic way shown above.
I did, however, buy a crimson suede-fringed scarf on vacation in Morocco that seemed very chic, but once I got home it looked more like Davy Crockett meets Little Red Riding Hood and I never wore it.
Models – Lauren DiMarco and Khrystyana Kazakova
Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. – Tien Yiheng
I have a collection of well-used teapots given to me by various relatives because the pouring spouts were cracked or broken at the tip. I still enjoy them for their interesting shapes, floral designs, and the memories of all the tea parties we had together.
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