Bridal Lily

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Botanical, Bridal, Floral

Bridal Lily

One of my absolute all-time favorite flowers is the Lily of the Valley.  Resembling tiny bells or baby bonnets dangling from a slender stalk, the lilies arrive every spring to disperse their heavenly fragrance.  According to the book The Language of Flowers, Lily of the Valley symbolizes a Return to Happiness.  The author opines “It is the sweetest flower imaginable.  With its dainty white bells and unmistakable green scent, it is said to lure the Nightingale from his nest and lead him to his mate.”  Personally, I found it romantic that Kate Middleton chose Lily of the Valley interspersed...

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Valentine’s Day

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Holidays and Celebrations, Romance

Valentine’s Day

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:  That word is love. Sophocles Searching for just the right Valentine can be like searching for the perfect white shirt, neighborhood that feels like home, or special pet to love.    Each offers something special and unique, but only one will speak to your heart.  Valentines come in every shape, size and color, with far too many styles to showcase in a single blog.  I’ve chosen a small sampling to illustrate the variety of ways hankies can convey “I love you.” Certainly there’s the ubiquitous Key to My Heart message.  Sometimes the message...

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Botanical Beauty

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Botanical

Botanical Beauty

The season of growth and reawakening has arrived. A time when the sun warms both the earth and our spirits, and drops us at the doorstep of restoration. Gardens have for centuries nourished and sustained, inspired and enriched our spirit. They provide both playground and classroom for endless learning. From Buitchart to Boboli to Shalimar Bagan, from Versailles to Villa D’Este, from Giverny to Exbury and beyond. We’ll focus less on the manicured masterpieces of world renown, and instead spotlight the simple pleasures we can all enjoy.   As far back as 450 B.C. the book of Ecclesiastes...

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Lady Luck & Superstition

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 in All Blog Posts

Lady Luck & Superstition

“Luck is a strong horse; it can carry a man to very distant places!” Mehmet Murat Ildan Is luck in the cards for you this year? In handkerchief’s heyday, a favorite Christmas stocking stuffer was a calendar hankie proffering best wishes and good luck. The Swiss German handkerchief above abounds with four leaf clovers and ladybugs. The comely miss needn’t fear having a black cat draped across her shoulders as the cards  she’s holding are all Aces! Note how the months cleverly mimic playing cards. Note fashion hankies were still popular in 1968. Fanciful hankies were a go-to wingman for...

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Princess Nyabongo

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Travel

Princess Nyabongo

If you’ve read Parisian Romance you’ve already encountered at least one of these handkerchiefs.  They have such an interesting provenance, however, I decided to give them their own mini-blog.  Often when I present to audiences, I explain I feel as though I’m on a Search and Rescue Mission to save these small harbingers of history.  Needless to say, there are thousands of us Search and Rescue folks around the world, and I recently met two more, a couple from Tennessee from whom I purchased these hankies.   When I spied this bold and brilliant admonition “It’s Never Too Late” (what a great...

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