This is another square for Becky’s January Squares challenge. She posted a teacup through her lens ball and it reminded me of a teacup I had in my archives.

Last year I’d attended a fund-raiser tea at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. The event was to raise money for the restoration of the Empress Josephine’s coronation garments. You can see the details here: FIDM Museum Blog: Empress Joséphine’s Coronation Ensemble

We had a tour of the gallery afterwards. The train worn by Empress Josephine is shown beneath the painting of the coronation. It gave all of us shivers to see the actual garment; it was so beautiful.

Here is what the garments look like that they were intending to restore; you can see what a huge project they were undertaking.

I understand it will be several years before the garments are fully restored. I hope there will be a full exhibit at the museum once they’re done.

Becky’s Upside Down in a Teacup

Time for Make-up

Participating in Becky’s January Squares has given me some nostalgic wanderings through my photos. It’s incredible how quickly time passes! Here’s an UP of my sister providing my niece’s make-up for a Cheer competition a few years ago.

My niece is now a Senior in college and these days are long gone. I can hardly wait to see them again and re-connect. With the vaccinations coming, hugs are around the corner!

Linked to Becky’s January Squares

What we see, what we remember

What we see, what we remember

I find that my memories are stored in my mind as snapshots–quick glimpses of a moment or event. When I reflect on that small window, I then experience more of what happened and re-live the experience. My photos are a way of enlarging those snapshots in my mind as well as reminding me of the wonderful life I’ve lived. I love to share these and I encourage others to remember and cherish their moments and life.

I had a wonderful tea yesterday at the T Room teahouse in Montrose, CA. Here are some of my snapshots and memories.


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Guitars & Wood Boxes

Each year the San Diego Fine Woodworkers put on an exhibit at the San Diego Fair and each year I am enthralled with work displayed. This year is no different. There are beautiful lamps, sculptures, furniture and vases but as I viewed the work I became especially intrigued with the guitars and the wooden boxes.

The craftsmanship and artistry employed to make these useful objects beautiful truly adds to the charm of life. Playing music on a lovely handmade guitar is a treat for the musician and adds to the enjoyment by the listener. Storing treasures in one of these beautiful boxes makes the treasure all the more special.

This year’s theme is A Fair to Remember—and I would add that I found the Design in Wood exhibit very much worth remembering.

Beautiful wood artistry

Beautiful wood artistry