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Yesterday after spending the afternoon shopping at the shi-shi mall, we stopped at this darling place for cake. Oh such delight! The owner let us taste whichever cakes we liked, and after all our testing and oohing, ahhhing &c., we resolved to get the Lemon Custard Pie, and the Southern Caramel Buttercream Cake. We just about floated out on a sugar cloud when we left. Mmm MMmm!

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My dear sisters are here on holiday! We’ll be posting pics & quotes from our adventures. TJs & silk flowers may make an appearance in the next pages! Who can resist mango, while snipping chiffon?

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As promised here are the shoes I’ve renovated. They all had lovely potential before, but just needed some true appreciation and zazz. So, they have each been given zazz and a bit of love. I’m off to find more shoes tomorrow to further invigorate.

These little Valentine’s Day set have such a sweet Victorian, I think they are the prettiest little things ever. Who doesn’t like a little cream grosgrain bow draping over the side of their red pump??

This camel pair, are quite delicate. Only fitting to use a simple chiffon ribbon to accentuate the petite nature of the shoe. Besides, I’m convinced every basic shoe needs just a bit of zip.

& then of course, there are the little Black Beauties which I’ve been crowing about for two months. Finally decided to go with the black silk instead of an accent of another broach. Just love these.

The detail of the bow, in case you were just dying to look a bit closer.

Today will be sewing more on another little romantic lawn skirt, making pasta (with my new pasta maker, thanks Mum!), and some shopping. Busy bee. Perhaps I’ll have something to report tomorrow if I don’t get too excited along the way (and fail to document appropriately).

Ps. 25 days or so till Valentine’s Day!! I can’t wait 🙂 Got this darling image from the Graphics Fairy. Ohhhh my! Just LOVE all the images she’s shared, for us all to enjoy!

The Graphics Fairy

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Happy brand new baby year. The old man of 2010 seems quite glad to have passed on to better things.

So. Mrs. T did manage to complete her TY-notes in time to celebrate the new year with Mr. T.

New Year’s Eve. We had a delightful afternoon, watching the first Lord of the Rings (MEMORIES!). Then enjoyed a country Cajun dinner of pork chops, collard greens, cucumber salad and roasted potato sliders (another post will detail my recipes).

New Year’s Day. We woke up early, and with coffee in hand, I attacked the kitchen. I absolutely HAD TO domain the bakers rack. It had started having a mind of its own — and I needed to go through and reorganize (make a bit of room for some new treats Mr. T got me for Christmas). That afternoon we headed over to a dear friends New Year’s Day Fete. I just couldn’t go empty handed, so I scurried up to the Green Room and created these little darling wreaths out of simple materials.

1. Steal 3 little wreaths from Christmas Tree (by little I mean, 3″ in diameter)
2. Plug in [NEW] Mini Hot Glue Gun
3. Snip felt into flowers & bows
4. Glue bow and attach with feathers to wreath 1
5. Glue flowers and attach to wreath 2
6. Glue flowers and mini-gems to wreath 3
7. Admire and adore 🙂

Wreaths tucked on a little bit of paperboard with pink striped wrap beneath.

Close ups of each (just for fun). My favorite was the feather one. SO. Presh 🙂

So. I brought these along, wrapped in brown paper looking oh so cute. As I take down the tree today, I intend to transform each of the little wreaths into sweet winter cheery creations. So excited for what feathers, gems and a bit of glue will do for them!

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Such a delightful weekend — how sweet to have family from every corner perched under our roof for our first Christmas. I think our little row-house was quite bursting with love and good cheer (along with a continual flow of good coffee, spinach dip and uncrackable nuts).

On Christmas eve day, after popping out to see The Tourist with Mr. T’s family, both my new sister in law and I were presented with the most beautiful handmade stockings. My dear mother in law had stitched each sequin on by hand. Oh this picture does not do justice to the expert craftsmanship!

Of course it had birds on it, which just warmed my little heart to no end. On Christmas morning, I woke up to my husband saying that Santa had come! The stockings all had been taken down by the fireplace and were sitting full of little presents (the girls, got beautiful pens, fabulous little leaf journals — 4″X4″, so cute!!!, and then a lovely SBUX giftcard).

This Christmas morning, was full of new traditions for all of us — showers and coffee a must, watching White Christmas, then a pleasant brunch of quiche, bacon and fruit. THEN Christmas gifts! Without doing a complete inventory (although the VS PJs and Real Simple Mag made me coo with delight), the highlights were from my sweet husband: A Russian SBUX Travel Mug (I have no idea how he found this, I didn’t think it was possible to find these anymore), and a beautiful brown and teal Vera bag.

I must say, that it was the thought that counted for all these dear gifts. Such love was shown and given on our little Christmas as Elle Street Inn, I surely was thanking the Lord for his goodness and faithfulness to us all.

Although I didn’t take pictures of the food (too busy hostessing and enjoying family). Here is what the Christmas menu turned out to be:
1. Christmas hickory smoked Smithfield Ham
2. Mashed potatoes and gravy
3. Stuffing (half cornbread, half regular)
4. Texas toast
5. Collard greens
6. Creamed corn
7. Mama B’s homemade applesauce
8. Cranberry sauce
9. French cut green beans
10. Baby dills and pickled okra
11. Selection of blush and red wines

Dessert: Apple crumb pie, pecan pie, cherry pie & pound cake

Appetizers throughout the day included the usual, but my particular fav is the Knorr Spinach Dip (with water chestnuts), and mixed nuts (not for the faint of heart, I can tell YOU!).

And that my friends was the menu & all the goings on at the Elle Street Inn.

Today is a normal Monday for the T’s. I intend to use my fabulous Gap coupon (BOGO!), merely out of principle and then settle down for a quiet evening of sewing (and re-made ham and sauerkraut).

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