Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sheer Beauty

Hello everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed 'The Heart of the Home' party over at Note Songs yesterday. I always enjoy a peek into other peoples kitchens so it was a great evening for me. Thank you to all who visited and left kind words on my kitchen too.

Today, I have some sheer beauty for you that was inspired by a hatbox I received that had several hats but also some old gloves and sheer scarfs from my husbands 92 year old aunt.

I especially love the white sheer gloves.

I try to imagine a time when ladies dressed up in there 'Sunday Best' and donned a hat and gloves to go out to visit. I can see where these dainty gloves could come in handy to cover these gardener's hands oh,

and I already know the benefit of a hat for my many bad hair days!

The gloves made me think of little beaded purses , cameo's and pearls.

and a little beaded case for eye glasses.

I love the delicate beauty of this geranium.

The sheer scarf and gloves are so pretty.

A collage of sheer beauty for you.

It is a beautiful sunny day today but we had ice in the birdbaths the last couple of nights so we know the garden will soon be put to bed for it's winter sleep while we rest and plan for the new garden season in the spring. We have a tour of 29 people from Japan coming tomorrow and then we will do some serious fall cleanup. I need to plant some new tulips etc. to enjoy next spring and then we gardeners can rest.

I hope you find some sheer beauty in your day!

Take care,



Heather said...


How very beautiful!! I love the gloves and the beaded purse and the cameo. So very beautiful and feminine. Your home and garden are so beautiful too!

Enjoy your lovely cool temps. We are still having hot days here in Southern Arizona!

Love, Heather

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Carolyn...

Ohhh...what a lovely post, my friend! Sheer Beauty describes it perfectly! Your husband's aunt certainly had exquisite taste. I love the sheer scarf and gloves...they really are fabulous! Ohhh...and all the beautiful pieces...the beaded purse and eye glass cases...the pearls...and the beautiful cameos! They all look as though they belong together...that's for sure! Carolyn, your photos are magnificent!!! Such an inspiring post, my friend! Thank you for sharing it with us today!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Maddy said...

Ciao dolcissima Carolyn,
quanta raffinatezza nei tuoi post...
...è splendido anche quello di oggi!
Grazie !


Cindy said...

Ahhh, your husbands aunt's gloves are truly gorgeous, I would have loved to have lived back there in that time. Ladies were truly ladies, oh they worked very hard, but when it came time to dress up, they really did it beautifully.
It has really cooled down here, too.
Hugs, Cindy

Connie said...

A simply exquisite collection. Be still my heart.

Pamela said...

A very elegant post Carolyn. I enjoyed this very much!
I mean't to comment on your last post about all your beautiful china. I have to say you have me beat on the amount of your china collection!
It's so nice to see I'm not the only girl crazy for china!
Pamela xo

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Oh Carolyn what treasures of times gone by. Lucky you.

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

That purse with the handles, made entirely out of tiny beads is incredible! That must have been a very elegant lady, your husband's aunt! Love the longer gloves, they were so pretty when we wore them in the 60s. Long time ago, half a century ago... Oh my, how time is pushing us towards the finish-line. But let's not yet give up. Like your garden, we put ourselves on remote control for winter and plan for a new spring, for fresh beauty that will revive us another time!

Enjoy your Japanese group and soon you can really rest and relax.

Sunny greetings still for the time being, from Georgia,


Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Carolyn....LOVE the sheer gloves and scarve...especially with the delicate designs. I've always that it would be beautiful to get dressed up for everyday things....even shopping :) :) :) I should try that and see what happens :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon.

p.s...the soft pink geranium was nice too....:) :)

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Carolyn, Perfect post name for the treasures you were given. They are so elegant and girly. Beautiful photos. Take care and have a wonderful garden tour.

Lavender Cottage said...

I think we should start a trend to start wearing gloves and feminine things again Carolyn.
With a busy week, I didn't get to see all of the kitchens so will be going to view yours now.

Susan said...

Hello Carolyn...Ohhhhh, that post was a "sheer" delight. Those gloves and scarves are in pristine condition and the cameo is lovely, too. Susan

Robin's Nesting Place said...

So very beautiful! I have a collection of cameos from my mother-in-law. I love them and wear them often!

Pétales de fées said...

C'est tellement pur et beau le blanc, surtout sur ces accessoires de dame que sont les gants, l'écharpe aérienne... magnifique !

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn, That is sheer beauty! I love the beaded purse.Gorgeous....Kathy

Bonjade said...

Such great treatment here......
A lovely gift for my eyes.
Fine weekend

Tina Eudora said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures Carolyn, what a lovely post!
Tina xo

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Anonymous said...

What lovely and inspiring post. Yes, in the old days, ladies knew how to dress up to emphasize their feminity.
It is a pity that nowadays, all is stereotyped but we have all those oldfashioned beautiful clothes and gloves to dream...

♥ Hélène Glehen - a French artist, fond of roses and romantic stuff ♥

Janny said...

Dear Carolyn,

Thanks for joining my blog of the roses. What a beautiful picures and so smartly. Your aunt must have been a real lady.
And the pictures of your garden with the flowers are amazing.Which kind of climat do you have?

Regards Janny.

Carol said...

What exquisite lovelies! Love every picture.



cathleen said...

Pure loveliness, Carolyn. I love how your blog conjures up all things quaint and old-fashioned with quite a big of elegance thrown in. And your kitchen is quite comfy and cozy and so CLEAN!

Rita said...

what treasures you have got there my dear Carolyn. each and everyone of them is so precious and you displayed them so beautifully my dear.
have a fab weekend

Annette said...

What a beautiful post. Love all the photos and your displays. That geranium flower is gorgeous, wish I had it in my pretty.

Bambi said...

An absolute pleasure to visit such an exquisite site! Terryx

Bambi said...

An absolute pleasure to visit such an exquisite site! Terryx

Linda said...

I am so glad that I discovered this post, albeit near to a year later!!!

Indeed, sheer beauty! How fortunate you are, Carolyn, to have been gifted by your husband's auntie such an elegant inheritance and in such pristine condition - they look to be as perfect as the day they were made. And, the translucent, filmy quality of your photos of her prized things take my breath away -they reflect the true qualities of her items, a beautifully touching way in which to pay tribute to her.

What a glamorous 'new' touch of lightness to your wardrobe...The scarf would be as beautiful with an intricately embroidered velvet gown, as with a simple, buttoned cotton dress - magnifique! And, those gloves are most worthy of a bride's hands on her most special day of days...All eyes would be on her hands as she walked down the aisle - she wouldn't even need to carry a flowery bouquet!

Will you wear these gifts? Oftentimes, our prized possessions are secreted away (we think protected) in a dresser drawer or dishware cupboard. I believe in fearlessly bring them out and back into into the world to experience a new life, for everyone to enjoy. I like to call them "TIME TRAVELLERS". You seem to be doing just that!

I have a feeling that your husband's aunt gifted you her precious things, knowing that you would be just the one to love, honour, and appreciate them to the utmost! Congratulations on being the keeper of something so treasured, so beautiful.

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Linda at Beautiful Ideas