Friday, November 11, 2011

The Preparations

One of my favorite times of the year is November. The crisp air seems to whisper that the festivities should begin. This is the time that you want to get out your china, linens, candles and all other necessities for entertaining to make sure that they are in order. Last year I was able to go visit my in-laws for Thanksgiving, so I did not need to dig deep to find my items. Instead, I helped to manage the Thanksgiving table decorations for my sister-in-law. 

 There were linens that needed to be ironed, silver that needed to be polished, and boxes of china and crystal to be hauled up from the basement and washed. Twenty people needed some real estate at the Thanksgiving table, so we made place setting cards so all could have a delightful time. 

 Decorations were tree branches hung with many crystals. Small candles floating in glasses with rocks weighting the bottom grounded the table. The room glowed once everything was lit. The crystals danced around the room beckoning the guests to get their food and sit down. It was a wonderful time, and I can hardly believe that a year has come and gone! Now I am home, and entertaining for Thanksgiving. Time to get my table set!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Anastasia's Attic

In the once uber-rural area of West Jordan, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City, is the cute shopping area of Gardner Village. Once the site of a family owned grist mill, this quaint village houses relocated historic cabins of the area. In one such cabin, I stumbled across Anastasia's Attic! What a gem it was. From the moment I opened the door, I did not know where to look first. It was a symphony to my senses. 

Cricket, the lovely lady behind the counter greeted my mother and me, and asked if we would like some "fairy dust". My immediate reaction was one of, "NO", but my wiser mother said, "YES". Cricket brought a sweet jar of sparkles from behind the counter, and with a cute metal star wand she planted the fairy dust impression of a star on my mother's cheek. Everyone of my guarded adult inhibitions flew out the window. I melted as I saw my mother's sparkle fairy star. I wanted one too!! So, Cricket adorned me with one of my own. "Twinkle twinkle little star...." I think it really was fairy dust in the jar. I seemed to feel different immediately and for days afterwards! 

I could not figure out what area of the store was the funnest part to browse. Was it the Gothic house decorations, the clothes, or the tea section? I think my favorite part of the store was the beautiful jewelry area. I could not help but by a few pieces. So, if you are ever passing by the Salt Lake City Area and need a special gift or just some eye candy stop by Anastasia's Attic. It won't disappoint.