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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

An Egg For Easter

What's It Wednesday #159
It's that time of year, SPRING, a time of renewal and rebirth. The egg is a perfect symbol, for from its fragile shell springs life.

 In Russia during the 1800's it became the custom to give dyed eggs as gifts at Easter, their most holy time of the year. In the upper classes, the dyed eggs gave way to eggs made with precious stones.

 Some of the best known Easter eggs are those commissioned by Tsar Alexander III for his wife the Empress Maria Fedorovna and their son Nicholas II. Nicholas II continued the tradition after his father's death, commissioning eggs for his mother and wife, Empress Alexandra Fedorovna. These fabulous creations were the work of Peter Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to the Imperial Court.

Each egg took a year or more to make and contained lavish jewels and tiny surprises inside. In all 50 eggs were created from 1885-1916, with only 43 being found to date.

Now I wish I had one handcrafted by the great man himself, but I love the one I have just the same.

Besides the lovely panels painted on all sides,

The surprise inside is a pretty basket of white enameled flowers with diamond and ruby centers. The basket winds and plays a beautiful tune.

Mine was purchased through Bloomingdale's, about 15 years ago, and is still

an egg for Easter, whether dyed, painted or jeweled, is always a good idea.
Hugs,
Patti

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring is in the Forest

What's It Wednesday #158

Every year, at the start of Spring, I visit some dear friends who have the luxury of living in a National Park. This is where Spring begins for me.
Spring is when they pull out the Airboat and enjoy an early morning trek through the grasslands and mangroves.


Spring is when they find skulls of animals that may have perished in the winter or years before. They keep them and honor their precious neighbors. Some they may have  personally known

Spring is when they put out new antiques they acquired. Some, like this bear trap, to remind all who visit that these should not be set in the woods at all. 

Spring is when they gather more old bottles that people have discarded in the forest throughout the years, turning them into a great conversation piece in the yard. 

Spring is when the magnificent ferns start to unfurl for all to see.

Spring is when a discarded antique fire wheel, that use to house the fire hose, is found that once belonged to the local firehouse. 

Spring is when the grasshoppers come out to nibble on the fresh vegetation. 

Spring is when you find a place in your forest garden for an old jug.



Spring in the forest means you don't need any fertilizer and you don't use pesticides. Everything grows and blooms beautifully, naturally.




Spring is a perfect time to find the perfect place to put your antique plow and hook up your beautiful red water pump. 




Spring is when your neighbors join you on the porch for a morning snack. In the afternoon you call to the  hawks, deer, and owls, just to name a few, to join you for their daily snack as well.

Spring is when you take all the finds of the forests that should not be there and add them to your piece of paradise. 

Spring is when I take my yearly hour and half drive to visit my dear friends of the forest. This long drive requires an immediate stop to the Loo where a 5 Cent deposit is required. Just kidding! These two well known environmentalists have an amazing sense of humor. They inspire me to do all that I can to take care of our ever changing environment and to pass on this legacy to my children. I am so blessed to have these amazing people in my life.

Enjoy this fabulous Spring!

xoxoxo
Paula

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Still Puzzled

What's It Wednesday #157

What a hectic week, and it's only Tuesday!! I'm swamped with school, night class, and a sick little grandson so forgive me for not getting a new post together for you. But never fear, the party must go on! I'll re-share with you one of my favorite collections.

Hope you enjoy it!
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Patti

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