Friday, June 29, 2012

Decorating With Vintage Bicycles...A Fun Story

On the first day of my son Zach's spring break from school, I decided it would be fun for us to go for a bike ride. Now mind you, I had not been on a bike in 15 years. I had recently purchased an old bicycle at a yard sale and was anxious to "get some exercise".  

After telling Zach, "you never forget how to ride a bicycle", I took off  with dogged determination.

At the end of the street is a path you can take to get to a lovely park. As you leave the street, you have to maneuver up a higher than normal curb and onto a dirt path. Well here is where the story takes a tragic turn. Forgetting the aforementioned rule of balance, I rolled up onto the curb.......and stopped . Gravity said "Lisa Farmer, come on down" and as Zach described it, in slow motion, I complied. And then Gravity said......"gottcha"! Within 5 minutes from the house, I had shattered my right (of course it HAD to be that one) elbow and lay there a crumpled mess with elbow and dignity destroyed.

I knew I was not going to be riding anymore so started thinking of how I would teach my bike a lesson. I would either put it up never to be ridden again.....

or use it in some sort of  demeaning way. Bicycles are meant to be free after all.

Maybe I would make a gate out of it.  That would teach it a lesson!!

Or donate it to be melted down and used to create the worlds largest bicycle.

But after months of healing, I began to see the beauty ....

and usefulness of  bicycles again.

And remembered how much fun it was to ride double with a friend.

I remembered that bicycles can be so romantic.

 A great way to go on a picnic!

And how much fun you can have just riding along with the wind in your hair.

So I decided to forgive my bicycle and maybe give it an honored place in my garden,

 lean it up somewhere for all to admire,

or make it a part of my interior design.

I could even bake it a cookie to show just how sorry I was for the neglect.

After all it could have been worse.
Sadly, before I had the chance to make amends, someone stole it from my porch. I can only hope they saw it's vintage beauty and gave it a place of prominence in THEIR flower garden. If not ..... I hope Gravity  decides to come calling again!

I hope you had a good time!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Mad Hatter Tea Party

Play the music and enjoy the party.

The time is always right for High Tea!!

When the table is set and and scrumptious morsels abound, a tea party is ready that all you guests will be MAD about!


Alice's tea party etiquette.

A tea party is a great way to lift your spirits if you are feeling small and insignificant!

What is a tea party without gorgeous goodies. I love this pretty pink and white tea pot filled with china inspired cake pops.


Nothing can beat biscuits and jam! 

I love to set a table with mismatched tea cups and saucers. As long as they are well coordinated it works wonderfully and makes the table a bit more interesting.


Well, she is off to paint the roses red !

And he is always forgetting his hat!!!

One lump or two my dear.

What a great setting for a tea party.


Oh the burden of hosting the perfect tea party!!

Tea tastes so much better served in beautiful cups and saucers.


This reminds me of a scene from a Jean-Honor'e Fragonard painting

Who doesn't enjoy a sip of tea?


Another lovely spot for tea!


And maybe a little innocent gossip...nothing malicious of course!!

Perennial favorite...the silver tea pot!


Wouldn't you  love to have been a guest for High Tea at this table?

I do wish all my new friends could join me for tea. For now I hope you enjoy the post and please visit again!


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