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Thursday, May 27, 2010


I hope you will all forgive me for repeating the Memorial Day post I wrote in 2009.
It is still fitting and I love sharing the photo of my favorite veteran, my Dad, with all of you, again!

Make this weekend a special one for your families and please stop for a moment to remember those who cannot be with their loved ones because they have paid the ultimate price for freedom and those who are now serving far away. May the Lord bless and keep them all!!

While we enjoy this holiday weekend with friends and family, firing up the barbeque to eat our burgers and hot dogs, please remember why we celebrate this day. We celebrate our many freedoms fought for and won by brave men and women who today cannot be at home with their families and for those who have given the greatest sacrifice and laid down their lives to guarantee us the joy of this day!

Remember and honor them all!

I will remember this brave WWII soldier, my Dad who served when called.....and thankfully came home to enjoy the freedom he fought for....I miss you Dad!

Giving thanks to all who gave their tomorrows so I can
have mine!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I love to surround myself with treasures from the past. They remind me of my favorite people and some of my favorite moments in time...memories I hope to pass down to my own children and grandchildren one day.

Like so many others, I've kept a family album of old photographs, yellowed with age. Some of the faces I remember from long ago. There are weddings and births, laughing voices and forever romances recorded in these images. They are moments that live on because I remember.

One of my favorite things is Dad's old pocket watch. The hands of time are still moving, although a little slower than before. I remember him pulling the watch from his pocket so many times. Then there is Grandma's unfinished needlepoint. It’s wrapped in tissue and sitting at the bottom of an old wooden chest. Her fingers now lie still, but I remember the long chats we had while I watched as she stitched her beautiful designs. Having these treasures nearby makes me feel as if they are still near.

Even the heirlooms and antiques I find at the flea market have special meaning for me. The old French perfume bottles that line my bedroom shelf were perhaps a gift to an elegant lady from a doting admirer or loving husband. A collection of antique silver spoons that I use on special occasions, were perhaps a gift to a young bride. A cozy quilt stitched from well-loved clothing inspires me to imagine the garments the squares of fabric came from, and the people who once wore them.

When my daughters and children come to dinner, I set the table with my mother's favorite tablecloth and china, and always tell them my favorite childhood anecdotes and stories that were once told to me. It seems fitting to share my cherished memories while creating new ones of our own. Memories that will mingle together, both old and new, and continue to be passed down for generations to come
Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Please join Grandma G's and the boutiques at Make Mine Pink for shopping with a twist on Friday, May 14th 2010, as we present "Cherished Memories"

Photo Contribution 1: Forget Me Not Dreams | Photo Contribution 2: Grandma G's | Photo Contribution 3: The Antique Boutique

Happy shopping!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Please join Grandma G's for "Color Me Pink" shopping with a twist on Friday May 7th 2010 then check out the other MMP boutiques for more pink shopping!!

I’ve been a huge fan of pink for a very long time now. But all of a sudden, it seems that everywhere I look, I see more and more pink. I remember when pink was a color that was pretty much reserved for little girls' dresses and women's boudoirs. But now, one of my very favorite colors is being used in home d├ęcor and accessories of all kinds. I have to say, I am really enjoying the fact that pink is a color that will no longer be ignored.

In some homes, pink is finding its way into every little nook. You'll see a pink slipcover on the living room sofa, pink drapes on the windows, pink knick-knacks on the shelves. For me, my love of pink is satisfied with just a touch here and there. A vase of pale pink flowers on the table, a pink framed mirror hanging in the powder room or an antique pink teapot brought out for tea parties with the girls.

Mixing the various shades of pink can create a feminine and warm feeling in any room. But a single pink piece in an all white room can capture just as much attention. Even when it's used subtly, like pink tatting on white towels, a pink cushion on a favorite chair, pink always catches the eye.

What is it about pink that makes us love it so? Perhaps pink is so attractive to us because it can be used in any theme, from feminine to chic, from romantic to modern. Or perhaps we're drawn to pink because it's the color of play and delight.

Whatever reason that pink catches your fancy, you’ll be delighted with what you’ll find at Make Mine Pink. While Make Mine Pink is about so much more than just the color pink, you will find plenty of pink here!

Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Photo Contribution 1: Shabby Shan's Cottage| Photo Contribution 2: Caroline Alexander|

Enjoy PINK shopping!