Thursday, June 19, 2008

Floral Delights.

I had been in a quandary as to whether to delete my previous post. It is rare that I make such a personal announcement and I didn't want it to sound like a 'woe-is-me', self indulgent exercise. But I have been so touched by all of the kind, supportive and constructive comments that you have all sent our way and I am truly grateful. I know that my daughter will appreciate them too. Thank you. (Her medication is making her feel a little sick, but I'm sure things will settle down very soon)
A friend of mine took me out for a couple of hours yesterday and we treated ourselves to a light lunch in Tetbury. We visited the newly opened 'Highgrove' shop, where all of the profits generated from sales are paid to The Prince's Charities Foundation. The interior displays are beautifully presented and are created from vintage gardenalia, reclaimed features from old buildings and rustic country furniture with shabby paintwork. It made for a delightful shopping experience, where the customer is made to feel special.
There are several antique shops in Tetbury (although a couple had closed down since my last visit - a sign of the times?) and I did buy myself a little pressie from one of them!

The c1950's 'Dickins and Jones' box contained two little bridesmaids hats, smothered in pretty pink anemone flowers on a satin base.
A metal hat stand was also included to complete the set. I love the fact that they are completely hand stitched, so were probably one-of-a-kind creations, for a special wedding. Why things such as these don't stay within a family, I have no idea, but I appreciate having the opportunity to own and treasure them.
Enjoy the rest of your week,
Niki x


  1. Hello sweetie! Don't delete the post! You deserve loads of support in return for the ray of light you give us all with your gorgeous pictures! How do you find such exquisite things?! What beautiful hats! To think some lovely person treasured them for years only for them to end up in a house-clearance or auction. Thank goodness they found their way to you!

  2. You do find the sweetest things - the little hats are adorable.

  3. I'm happy to hear that everything goes better than last time. You are right to treat yourself a little present. These hats are gorgeous. One just cannot imagine that there are people who just don't like these kind of things. My mother had a friend who didn't like this kind of 'junk' as she used to call it, but we were happy; she gave the junk to us!! Mmmm this inspires me; I have to make a post about this one day, thanks for inspiration, take care and give my best wishes to your daughter too!

  4. Niki those hats are just beautiful, oh how lovely it must have been to have worn hats like that! And of course a wonderful suit or dress to go with it (she said typing away in her baggy slouch jeans and t shirt!). I'm pleased to hear that your daughter is on the mend, take care of yourself

  5. Hello, my little sweetpea!! That rose is stunning! My favorites are yellow with pink tips. Just love them. Come over and visit to see my roses down on the posts a week or so ago. I actually got a fantastic picture finally!!!!!!! Hah,

  6. Anonymous2:43 pm

    Your hats are adorable I agree!!
    I always wondered that myself why on earth would you get rid of something so treasured.When I hear the words oh that was my mother's at a yard sale it just breaks my heart.But good for you to treasure them and enjoy them

  7. Sounds as though everyone's spirits are lifting at the Stone House! =) And what a nice outing you had (and deserved)! Those bridal hats are so sweet!

  8. Hi Niki, I am droooooling over those hats divine!! I'm glad you didnt delete your last post as I think a good blog should share the ups and downs and there are so many supportive people in blogland too. Those up up up blogs just seem so very contrite to me.
    Glad you are feeling better and hugs to your daughter too.

  9. Hello Niki,
    I am so glad to hear everything is getting a little more on an even keel for you. I know exactly how you feel. Life can throw us some curves. Just give your girls those extra hugs...and hope you get to spend some
    fun time together. I love your hats that you found. They are truly special finds. I have been fighting with my computer lately, but am back on line now and starting to work on my studio. You take care and relax Pinkie Denise

  10. I think it's time I visited Tetbury again! Those hats are gorgeous.

    Sue x

  11. Glad to hear you are all feeling a little better. Love the hats!

  12. Hi Niki...I am bowing my head in shame...I have been so busy wrapped up in my troubles that i havnt had time to visit any blogs and missed your post about your daughters... it looks so bad of me - I am so sorry - Glad that they are doing well now...I'll catch up with you re email...I have been meaning to write to you for a while now - see you there - thinking of you - luv happy x

  13. I am green with envy.
    Nothing so wonderful here, but glad you find pretty things to show us,
    aloha Lilla

  14. Anonymous8:34 pm

    Hey Niki!~~~Adore the hats! Such fab pictures! Eye candy to die for!~~~XXOO, Beth

  15. Niki, so glad your friend took you out for a nice little lunch. I adore those sweet bridesmaid hats!

    Hoping you and your family are enjoying your weekend. xoxo Heather

  16. Hi Niki, just getting about on a rare visit out in blogland.

    Life is a roller coaster and sometimes it helps to share the load to a certain degree on blog, this must be my worst year for me yet:(

    I am so sorry that your daughter has had this happen to her. Well thank god it has been taken care of and that you are aware of the problem now.
    I hope she is up and about soon.

    I love to see what you buy on your trips, the hats are gorgeous, oh no what shops have closed - not Sharland and lewis?

    speak soon but for now best wishes Ginny x

  17. Anonymous6:28 am

    Hi Niki, so sorry to hear you and your family have been having a rough time, best wishes to you all.
    I love the hats, beautiful. x


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