Friday, September 10, 2010

Thoughts of Beauty

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:

Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness; but still will keep

A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

—  John Keats

"Life is but a day:

A fragile dewdrop on its perilous way

From a trees summit"

— John Keats

"I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain."

— John Keats (Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne)

Today I am off to discover beauty in a new state as I visit Michigan for the first time. I will be speaking at the Waterford Church of Christ's ladies enrichment day tomorrow. Please join us if you live nearby!

Be sure to visit next week for a week full of romantic images and ideas from our friends Haley and Neil's wedding.


Rach said...

Lovely pics! I CAN NOT wait for next week. I love weddings!

I remember seeing your trip from Savannah last year and I was so excited to go visit. I just returned from my trip over labor day weekend. It was beautiful!

Susan said...

Beautiful photos and lines from John Keats. Great job! Susan

magdalena said...

beauty is hidden everywhere!!we just have to look for it!!lovely poet John Keats!!

Country girl said...

I have always enjoyed your blogs. Hope you are feeling better. I know you always do great parties. My daughter in law is expecting a baby boy. Her family is doing the shower. I just want to do something... I wanted some ideas to add in arthopathy jars. I thought of everything in light blue.. but was stuck of ideas. So here I am asking for some ideas. Thanks in advance

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful photos and quotes. Just wanted to stop by to say hello. I am finally able to catch up on some of my favorite blog reading...

Prayers for your trip to Michigan and for your time at the ladies' enrichment day.

Blessings & Aloha!

Pamela Kirk said...

You really take nice photos. I'm also going to a wedding next week. Enjoy.


Rebecca said...

I found your blog while searching for Fancy Nancy party ideas for my almost 6 year old. Wow...I found so much more. I love your blog! It would make an amazing book.

I have spent hours pouring over many sections. Do you have a FAQ section, if you do, I have not found it. I have some questions that I bet others have asked.

1. The white tierd tray with ribbons...LOVE LOVE LOVE! Where did you get it?
2. Your girl's lovely dresses, do you make them or buy them?
3. What kind of embroidery machine do you use?
4. Any tips on storing all the party trays, vases etc.?
5. Are most of your flowers in the photos fresh or silk?

Thank you again, you are so talented and you are raising up a blessed family. I love the play house! The tip about the wrapping paper on the table, genius! The Spring teacher gifts, wow, inspired. I could go on forever.

Thank you!

Melissa Lester said...

Rebecca, thanks! Let me see if I can answer your questions.

1. I have a white wooden tray that I sometimes thread with ribbon that I received as a gift. I also have white tiered servers that I thread with ribbon. The bottom two are from Harry and David from a few years back (the smaller third one broke); and the top one is a milk glass piece I found in an antique store.

2. I make some of my girls dresses, like the flower girl dresses posted today, the pink heirloom dresses and their pillowcase dresses and rompers. But I also love to buy for them!

3. I use a Babylock Ellure. I get a lot of questions about this, so I will try to do a post on my sewing machine soon.

4. Most of my teapots and servers I display all the time because I love to see them. Others are tucked in cabinets and on shelves. I could definitely use more storage, though!

5. Most of the flowers pictured are real, although I do use silk for my front door and around my home.

Thanks for stopping by!

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