Saturday, September 25, 2010

Vintage Charm....

 Today is the Official launch of Vintage Charm magazine...to celebrate we are to tell how or what inspires us. While I get inspiration all around me, my main motivation are my memories.

Since my daddys job had us moving a lot thoughts of home have always been important.  Memories of my aunties, both singular and plural.  We had five beautiful, fabulous aunties.  One we called simply  "Auntie", she was the supreme, diva auntie.  Auntie's house was our home base.  We lived with Auntie and Uncle when we couldn't go with daddy, when we came back to the States and whenever we needed a safe place.  All of my aunties had beautiful homes where we had great family celebrations and meals.  Those are the places and times that keep me going.
One auntie always had a filled candy dish on her coffee table..tutorial for making this faux candy in a post below..
One of my auntie's would always say "Be Sweet Now" as we were leaving.  I named my soap and linen mist line  "Bee Sweet"  after that sweet parting comment.
Three of my aunties owned flower/gift shops and were very creative.
One auntie made the best sweet tea.

Two aunties made the BEST cakes ever.

Paper doll created for Savannah event.
All of my aunties were sweet, strong Southern Belles.
All of these things represent "vintage charm" to me. Memories of days gone by but held so dear.
   THANK YOU to the ladies of Vintage Charm, congratulations and continued success !!!  Please visit here to get your copy :  Creating Vintage Charm

28 comments:

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Hi Francie,

sounds like you have some amazing and inspiring aunties, loving thoses cakes.

xxx
Kirstie.

Debbie said...

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed how you were inspired by your aunties. It made a perfect post!

I always love the things that you make. You are so creative!! I'm still planning to dig out some apples from the attic for some caramel ones like you made.

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

thx Francie for visiting FHC !
hoping you clicked 'follow' and picked up a teacup on me !
blessings ..

mya said...

Your memories and items are all lovely. The items look like those you find in a quaint tea room.

These bring lovely memories to my mind also. My mom used to live in Florida and when I visited her she would always treat me to lunch in a tea room called Tea With Lee. Afterwards we would stroll through the shop and look at all the lovely things.

Elyse said...

what a sweet post and tribute to these ladies in your life.

xo
elyse

Sonia said...

Hello Francie,
I love your post and your Aunties are special and very inspireing.
Thank you so much for celebration my new magazine with me.
Hugs!!
Sonia

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Very sweet memories of your Aunties! Love how you picked the name for your business.
Nice ATC cards too.
Warmly,
deb :)

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Sweet "vintage charm"! Nothing like aunties!

Hugs,
Maryjane

The Shanty Girl said...

I love your story and I love your little goodies. I have to say it has been a long time since I heard this Chris Christopherson song, My father had this album when it came out, brought back some good memories!! Enjoyed your post.
Sherry

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Francie!
Such wonderful goodies and stories to go with them. Beautiful, my friend. Good luck in the drawings.
xoxo
Donna

Rose Brier Studio said...

Francie ~
I love your tribute to your aunties. I know how important these special female relatives can be to a young girl. Everyday I walk into my shop and think of my grandma & nana. Their taste, their era, the colors they loved, the florals. They are gone now, but stay alive in my heart and I am so grateful for the long time they were in my life!
Thanks so much for visiting!
~Marilee

Mary Ellen said...

How blessed Francie, that you were close to your aunts!! We always lived away from any relatives so I never got to really know my aunts.

I always love looking at your pretty creations!!

bee blessed
mary

Janet Bernasconi said...

Hi Francie!

Love it all! OMG..you have the cutest things. And of course that paper doll is my favorite. I just finished making Halloween paper dolls. I will post them next week. Hope you are enjoying the fall and this fabulouse party that Sonia had for her new mag. I can't wait to see it. I should be getting a copy any day now.
Take care and come on over for a visit.
xxoo
Janet
Janets Creative Pillows

Couture de Papier said...

Lovely post thank you for sharing your vintage charm treasures..
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Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

You are lucky Francie to have such sweet memories of your Aunties. I had an uncle that always called me SugarFoot and that I will never forget. Maybe that's why I call my grandgirl Punkie Pie. She asked me one day why her Papa and I always call her food names...LOL.

Heidi Meyer said...

Thank you for sharing such sweet stories about your Auntie. I love how your memories of her inspire you to create such pretty things like the Bee Sweet soap line!! xoxoxo H

Janet Fursdon said...

Hi Francie!

I LOVE the faux candies you made for your candy jars! My grandmother had candy jars just like these and at Christmas she always put ribbon hard candy in them! How I miss her! But....now I know what I can make for those candy jars I've inherited. Most importantly, I won't be tempted to eat them! Great job! Jan

Patti said...

Lovely memories and lovely items.
You have brought back memories of my Aunties :)
Thanks for sharing

Scrapping With Sherry said...

Congratulations! What a sweet post about your family I just loved it. Thanks for coming by for a visit. I would love to help you clean if I could ever actually finish mine. It looked so nice at the end of last week and now... Well, lets just say I have been busy! lol!

Hope to see you visiting again soon- Sherry http://scrappingwithsherry1.blogspot.com/

Gail McCormack said...

Beautiful Post,
One which I can totally relate too.
My Aunties were a huge influence on me!

thanks also for visiting me
Gail

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Yeah boy....we're heading to the beach tomorrow....woohoo...then I come back and wait for you! Can't wait!

Something Special said...

Francie, you are so sweet. I recieved a nice little surprize in the mail today. It was a wonderful little bonus. I am finishing up my box to send out for the swap. I have been crafting away, for so many different swaps and such. I am looking forward to getting done, but it is all too much fun!

Something Special said...

oops, I typed the lengthy comment and forgot to say Thankyou, so much you are so sweet! I love fall stuff and especially smelly stuff in the fall.

Creative Wings Boutique said...

Hi francie,
I love the box with the hidden egg. i might have to use ur idea some day.
xxxxxx's
tabitha

agypsyangel said...

You make such lovely things. Thanks for coming by and visiting me. I always want you to know I appreciate your comments. You dont see to come up on my dashboard...
Have a happy friday.
Hugs,
Kim

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Francie. This is such a sweet post about you loving Aunties. It sounds like you have wonderful memories of some very special ladies. I love how you have paid tribute to them with you beautiful creations. What a testament to there goodness in life and towards others. Thanks for coming by to visit this morning and for keeping me in your prayers.

Hugs...Tracy :)

P.S. I just posted an emergency prayer for Teresa of Grammy Girlfriend. Her husband has just been lifeflighted to hospital because of a stoke while out of town. Please remember them in your prayers too.

ooxx's

debi said...

Pretty post Francie! I love your beautiful creations!!

Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

Lovely memories & photos! The cakes are adorable!