Thursday, August 29, 2013

Compote Dishes

The word 'compote' means 'mixture' in French. The 17th Century Europeans believed the the combination of fruit cooked in a sugary syrup helped balance the effects of humidity on the body. The term came to mean a fruit dessert and was typically served in a long stemmed small dish.

I have long loved these elegant dishes and have collected many over the years. They are so handy for serving candies, nuts and of course the occasional fruity dessert. Most of my antique ones are sterling (another one of my passions) but I also frequently use the few with glass or porcelain bowls.

My friend's daughter termed these and all stemmed plates, 'high heel dishes'. What a great way to describe them! 

We have created some of these compotes from small vintage plates. They work well as jewelry holders on your dresser as well as soap dishes for the guest bath.

Check them out in our online store.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lace Collars are Fabulous

A beautiful lace collar like this merino wool sweater boasts is a great way to draw attention upward to your beautiful face! The silhouette of this top with the blouson is a great choice for the fuller waist, narrower hip figure. The tapestry pencil skirt is a smart choice to complete the look. I'll be posting more tips on figure types and ways to maximize your shape with good silhouette choices soon. 
Sweater and skirt available in the boutique.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Embroidered Bird Pillows

I found this beautiful bird's egg blue linen while shopping in Boston. The embroidery is fantastic.
       I made these little pillows out of it and love the way the birds are 'framed' perching on their branches.
 Let them bring a bit of spring year round to any corner of your home.
 These friends are available on our etsy site.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Felted Santa Pillow

Santa here wants to remind you that his Yuletide visit is closer than you want to think.
He and other charming wool felted Kris Kringles will be available in September in the boutique. 
They are all original, handmade and unique. No two are alike.
 Each one is made from recycled sweaters and felted to create his personality. 
Look for a post soon on the technique of wool felting.