Monthly Archives: May 2009

A Walk In The Clouds


A beauty of a dress with muted print of clouds as only designer Stella McCartney can create. Perfect for the bride who is looking for something special.

Me And My Bike #5


French actress Barbara Laage with her bike in Paris, 1946.

(Photo by Nina Leen for Life Magazine)

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Me And My Bike #4

Liberty & J.Crew


J.Crew has jumped on board the good ship ‘Liberty of London‘ with several pieces made up in the British company’s popular printed fabrics including this pretty floral dress.

Garden Note #56: They’re Back…

…for one week only!  My Mock Orange is now in full bloom. This has to be one of my absolute favorite flowers.


(Photo- Martha B.)

Wearing Laura Now


Would you believe this is a vintage 1970′s Laura Ashley dress?

Bidding on ebay ends May 28.

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Summer Movie


Can you guess what movie my son wants to see this summer?

If you need help, here’s the answer.

(Drawing by our son Curtis B.)

mARTha’s photography #11


Part 2 of 3

While George Washington and his fellow officers stayed at the Ford mansion, his troops camped on the farm property owned by the Hicks family. Their wood home was quite a departure from what we saw in the mansion- here there were just three rooms. The most surprising fact was that everyone slept together in the kitchen. Mom and Dad Hicks got the only bed (more like a bench!) with the children on the floor.


The front facade of the Hicks’ home (top photo) had cedar shakes yet the back and sides of the house (above) were clapboards painted red.


There were several outer buildings on the farm including the smoke house which was used in preparing meats for the winter months.


A split log fence was a standard colonial design that helped contain livestock or designated the farm’s borders. Most of the trees that you see in the photo are ‘new growth.’ Hundreds of acres of trees were cut down by Washington’s men to build their own primitive log structures and to provide heat during the long, cold winter of 1779.

(Photos-Martha B.)

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mARTha’s photography #8- part 1

Book- ‘Born Again Vintage’


Authors, Bridgett Artose and Jen Karetnick, of the book ‘Born-Again Vintage‘ have taken the art of thrifting to a whole new level. They disassemble shirts, skirts, dresses- anything that comes their way- and make an entirely new article of clothing. They also invite viewers on their webpage to send in vintage pieces to be reworked. This could be a great idea for those brides who have Mom or Grandma’s old wedding dress and want something unique.

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Clothing Re-created

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Memorial Day


Much to the relief of my grandparents, my dad was too young to serve during World War II. But he enlisted in the armed forces anyways and was later stationed on Adak, one of the Aleutian islands off the coast of mainland Alaska. Although the war was over, there were still lots of reminders on the island- broken plane parts, bullet shells and of course, the talk of those G.I.s who had actually seen combat in Europe. These men spoke of the battles fought and the many friends who, sadly, didn’t make it home.

My dad is in the front row, fifth man from the left.


Over forty years later, our son Curtis (at age 8) tried on my dad’s uniform jacket and hat.

The Bride Wore…Yellow?

We all have a favorite color so why not wear it on your wedding day. For those who love yellow…


…try this one!

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