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Friday, July 8, 2011

Saying Goodbye to True Eye Candy

Next April my dear Grandma “Jingles” will turn 90. Given that I don’t like to be rushed when planning a big event I called her and mentioned that I was interested in hosting a celebration to mark this milestone. To my surprise she didn’t fight me. On the contrary she became as giddy as a girl celebrating her Sweet 16. In the past few weeks we have phoned back and forth with various ideas. One thing she really wanted? A coral pink themed party.  Longtime readers know that I get my love for the old and shabby sweet from her. In the cobwebbed corners of my mind I recalled an image that I thought might speak to her.

Now trying to remember where such an image originally came from was a bit of a challenge. Like so many other people, inspiration comes to me in many different forms: blogs, design shows, books, and magazines~both printed and online. But I had a hunch that the above image was from Nonpareil. It was always easy to find the cream of the crop of beautiful place settings inside the pages of this online gem. 

A special tip: anytime you see words highlighted on my blog in a different color from the usual font it means that you can click on the words and be transferred to the site. Example~ Nonpareil

Sadly, computer hackers attacked their web site and they have had to close up shop. Issue number 8 went down in history as being their last. Pardon me for a moment while I drag out a soapbox.

For shame! Boo and hiss to computer hackers. Even if you don’t get caught here…Jesus is watching you.

Ok. done. Breathe in the beauty.

You can still view all eight issues of this stunning magazine at ISSUU. For how long, I don’t know. Sadly, the downloads no longer work. But perhaps you could contact the event planners associated with the events. 

The Nonpareil girls still have their Facebook page up and I imagine they would so appreciate a “LIKE” or kind word. Can you imagine working so long and hard on something only to see it go poof?

I will leave you with two of my favorite events. The first makes me think of my own girl. I could someday see her dreaming of a wedding reception along the lines of this “Amélie” inspired event.

Saving the best for last is the event that made me say “Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!” It is “Happily Ever Austen”  inspired by one of my Jane favorites, “Pride and Prejudice”.

Maybe, just maybe, granny might like a sweet soiree of literary loveliness.

Happy sighs, happy weekend.



April said...

Beautiful photos--what a shame on those hackers!

I am SURE that whatever you come up with for the celebration, it will be stunning and special. You exercise your gifting WELL.

Thanks for the eye candy this morning!

AshTreeCottage said...

The inspirational images you have chosen are terrific!

Susan and Bentley

Debra @ Common Ground said...

What gorgeous images! The Austen inspired wedding reception is just wonderful!! xoxo Debra

Loui♥ said...

G'morning Laura!
and what a delightful wake-up!!
the images are stunning!!
I'm sure Granmer' is enjoying the conversations as much as the actual event planning!!
so sad for the ladies to have been hacked! what a shame to see not only their hard work destroyed, but future publications of the beautiful images no more!!
thanks again for the beautiful inspirational wake up!!
warmest hugs..

Fay said...

oooohh how lovely Laura , frank is my constant companion !

Im sure you will puton a wonderful spread for her taking her back to herc child hood seems a lovely thng to do enjoy the planning fay xxx

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Yes yes and yes. Wonderful and quite inspiraitonal images. I did a similar candy bar at my daughter's college graduation party, a big hit. Can we talk about that beautiful bride's purse? Serious love!

Linda said...

Your event for Grandma "Jingles" will be lovely for sure, because everything you do turns out that way. :)

I love the photos and links - what a fantastic magazine filled with such beauty. BOOOOOO to the hackers indeed.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Linda :)

cityfarmer said...

I think granny's gonna go for it ...
does the cute guy come with the caboodle?

makes the thoughts of or Fox River Cottage themed wedding swirl in my head. said...

Good Morning, Sweet Friend.

What lovely inspirational images. It's a shame that it is always a few that ruin things for everyone. I know Grandma Jingles will be thrilled at whatever theme you decide upon. My mother is still talking about the party I hosted for her three weeks ago!

Your Friend,

Karena said...

Laura, first it is amazing, knowing you and not realizing you are so organized to plan out to next spring!!

I know your Grammy Jingles will be ecstatic with the kind of party you choose for her! Lovely, romantic, floral inspired! Perfect!

Art by Karena

Mildred said...

How fun and what a blessing to plan this party for your Grandma! I know she will enjoy every minute of the phone calls/planning! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

dreamday said...

such beauty. i could stare at this post for hours! happiness is having a grandma, xo! i know your party for her will be lovely.

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

What a nice thing to do - a 90th birthday party! I can't wait to see how ideas develop for this grand event.

Happy planning, Katie from

Red Rose Alley said...

Ahhh, sweet 16. I remmeber well when Nel and Jess turned 16. The party colors are so feminine, and I love the red rose. Have a nice weekend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Blondie's Journal said...

I hope I am excited when I hit 90 {and I say "When"!} You are really doing a lovely thing and I know it is going to look fabulous!


Privet and Holly said...

Laura, you are
so lucky that your
grammy is still with
you, mentally....what
an exciting event to
plan, together!! Is she
in MN?? I'd love to
meet you the next time
you are flying in : )
xx Suzanne
PS: Is it too wierd to
start a wedding folder
on Pinterest for a 16
year old who doesn't want
to get married until she
is 30?! So many gorgeous
images on line!

The Boston Lady said...

I would like to vote for Jane Austen please! Whatever you choose it will be a wonderful celebration. Boo to the horrible hackers - may their cookies be disabled in their next lifetime... Ann

Fishtail Cottage said...

curious if you are still doing "decor to adore" blog party? xoox tracie

Queen of the Click said...

I can't wait to see what you put together for your grandmother!! I love your celebration pics.

Kit said...

That is so wonderful you making a party for your granny and I know with you arranging it, it will be lovely. Take lots of pics for us! Kit

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Your beautiful post has brightened my day dear Laura - thank you!

Hackers - so bad. I've just visited another blogger friend and she has had her identity stolen.
She found someone else on Facebook was using her photo (of herself) with their name attached to it - sad and sick..

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and how special to have your dear Gran turning 90!!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I know with you in charge, it will be a most beautiful and magical party! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hines-Sight said...

It will be a lovely party.

Laura, I have a giveaway that may interest you. Hand-painted frames from the Dahl House.

I'm sure you can paint your own though. :)

ImagiMeri said...

Hey Sweetie,

Lovely images.......makes me want to get married......oh wait, I've already done that! The last set of images are my feminine (totally opposite of me) and so soft and pretty. Hopefully after I get my mom back home (fingers crossed it's this week) we can hook up and do something fun and crazy.

Love ya'

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what an exciting thing to celebrate and how blessed you are to have her

Debbie said...

Oh! All of your shared images are definitely eye candy.

And about the hackers, I'm totally disgusted right along with you. Whether caught or not, I declare them guilty.

Brandi said...

gorgeous pictures! That is so nice that you are hosting a party for your grandmother.