November 20, 2009

Five for Friday {November 20, 2009}

...A week buzzing with excitement both on the blog front (highlights included the announcement of a terrific giveaway for a beautiful set of Jessie Willcox Smith vintage art prints, and the creation of Chronically Vintage’s first ever homemade blog award) and in my everyday life filled these past few days. As Saturday and Sunday approach I’m eager to run a few errands (chiefly grocery shopping) and also slip into “tranquility mode”, play catch-up with my inbox, watch a few favourite television shows, finalize my Christmas card list, and wonder if the pea soup thick blanket of fog outside at the moment is going to lead to snow before the weekend is out...

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{To help keep you on time, right down the precise minute, in charming vintage style, all through the holiday season}

{Sleek, beautiful retro styling pulsates through this sea form, almost winter mint, green hued wall clock (which runs on one single AA battery). Whether for your own pad, or to give as a gift, this time piece is sure to garner scores of compliments. “Atomic Age” clock, $37.99 (US), from ModCloth.}

{To add a elegant, yet playfully whimsical, splash of colour and beauty to your vintage hat collection}

{Wrap your head up as prettily as a Christmas present in this pale green pill box hat adorned with a luscious, delightfully red organza rose. This ladylike chapeau would work as wonderfully through the winter holiday season as it would at any spring garden party, summer picnic, or autumn fĂȘte. “Original Chartreuse 1950s pillbox topper”, measuring 21 inches around, $28.00 (US) from etsy seller Rage of the Age.}

{To bestow the most gorgeous dose of antique French elegance to the powder room – or any spot in your home}

{One look at this sublimely pretty set of enamel bowls, pale pink roses and a dove gracing their exteriors, and it’s all you can do not suddenly wish that you were back in nineteenth century France. Set of two bowls (a ten inch “Fine Lotions” and a six inch “Fines Soaps”), $18.00 (US) for the pair from Painted White.}

{To make for inner child smile from one of life’s simple, and entirely fun, pleasures – doodling with chalk}

{Whether you hurry outside before the sidewalk becomes plastered in snow or opt to work on an indoor chalkboard, for a mere £0.95 (UK cents) this adorably illustrated box of twelve sticks of chalk, available from DotComGiftShop, is sure brighten any day.}

{To savour the heady, sensual, soothing flavours of Christmas all year long}

{Warm spirits and bodies alike with this enchantingly beautiful, decidedly art deco inspired, tin of Damman Christmas tea. Available in two blends: White (an elegant and lively grouping of white tea with blueberry petals, almonds, cherries, and a dash of spices and ginger), and Green (green tea paired with orange peel, apple, vanilla-orange, spices, and almond). Each tin of Damman tea (which has been produced in France since 1925) is $16.99 (US) from Touch of Europe.}

As a special sixth entry of sorts for this edition of Five for Friday, I wanted to bring another stellar giveaway to your attention that’s going right this very moment over at marvelous blog Lagelle, the Art of accessorizing.

A fellow vintage fashion enthusiast as well as a skilled artisan, Lagelle creates adorable hats and scarves for ladies and girls, in a wide variety of delicious hues and endearingly sweet, often very old fashioned feeling, designs. If you’d like to have a go at your chance to win one of Lagelle’s beautiful hats, be sure to swing by this post, and follow the instructions there to be entered in this lovely giveaway.

Wishing you each a resplendent weekend (and for my American friends, a great countdown to Thanksgiving) that’s ripe with happiness, serenity, and oodles of fun!


  1. You have such a beautiful way with words Jessica. That hat is darling!

  2. Those enamel bowls are so pretty! It makes me want to redecorate my entire bathroom to accomodate them :-)

    have a lovely weekend!

  3. So very sweet, i'd totally forgotten you could buy packs of chalk - they use to be a delight of my childhood along with my very own little black board. Happy times!

    Have a sweet and wonderful [and hopefully not too cold] weekend!

  4. Lovely pics (as always)!! I'm very interested in that Christmas tea, what a stunning tin ...... thanks :-)
    Have a great weekend - hope you do everything on your 'to do' list and have some lovely enjoyment too!!

  5. Hello Sweet Friend,

    Thank you for the lovely weekend inspiration and the enamel bowls made my heart skip a beat! Absolutely stunning!

    Dear friend, I have been so busy and I apologize for not visiting more frequently.

    I just saw your previous post and your homemade blog award is amazing...I think I saw my name there! What an honor and many thanks to you! It would be my honor to proudly display it on my blog with a link back to you!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Love and hugs,

  6. Oh I love everything! So cute!

  7. Gorgeous Friday five. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Best Wishes,

  8. Oh my gosh, I'd love the Christmas Tea, it would look stunning in my kitchen :)


  9. Lovely finds! I just love to read your writing. You have such a talent for creating a mental image.


  10. Hey Jessica honey, I have yet another award for you over at my blog! Kori xoxo

  11. Those enamel bowls are to die for!!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend

  12. Good morning, my darlings, many thanks to each of your for your beautiful comments. I always love putting together my Five for Friday posts (I'm forever finding so many great items to share with you that by the time the next Friday rolls around, I've usually got to wade through tons of links to whittle my selection down to just five!), and really appreciate your wonderful feedback.

    Huge hugs & joyful weekend wishes to you all!
    ♥ Jessica

  13. Hi Rose, thank you for your comment. I agree it does sound heavenly, and the fact that it comes is such a marvelously pretty tin just sweetens the deal further! :)

    Wishing you a splendid Sunday!
    ♥ Jessica