December 31, 2018

Optimism in the New Year

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, 
whispering, 'It will be happier.'"
-Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ready or not, here comes a new year!
No list of unattainable resolutions for me;
I'm keeping it plain and simple as outlined in this "Ultimate List"~

"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution 
long after the excitement of the moment has passed." 
-Cavett Robert

I choose to be optimistic with a can-do attitude!
Care to join me?

Happy New Year from My Paisley World!

December 28, 2018

I'm In a (Vintage) Pickle

Be they sweet, dill, or my favorite bread and butter, you gotta love pickles!
Can't say what overcame me, but I was inspired to gather these
vintage pictures of pickles and their cucumber relatives.
Ads, recipe books, poems, seed packets, sheet music,
and even the bags you use for those big pickles in barrels.

Enjoy this perky peck of pickle pics from the past!

Check out this link:, home of Pickle Packers International!

For you, Marisa. 😉

December 24, 2018

Celebrating the GIFT of Christmas!

"For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, 
Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, 
Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

Celebrating the GIFT of Christmas!
Blessings to you and yours~

December 17, 2018

Yuval Zommer's Charming Children's Book Illustrations

I've been following Yuval Zommer on Twitter and continue to be delighted by his work.
He's an illustrator hailing from London who has found his passion in children's books.
These Christmas pieces are full of friendly animals and birds
that evoke a cozy feeling of all things good.

The Big Book of Bugs has been published in 17 different languages!
It's part of a 3-book series which includes 
The Big Book of Beasts and The Big Book of Blue.

In this illustration, Yuval, a keen environmentalist,
discourages use of single-use plastics by 
showing their dangers to oceans and sea life. 

Other fun and intriguing books~ 

A few more of his illustrations~

Follow Yuval Zommer on Twitter.

December 11, 2018

Gorgeous Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreaths

Beyond my love for antique Christmas tree ornaments,
is a wreath handcrafted from a collection of them!
Gather ornaments handed down to you from past generations,
or keep an eye out for thrift store treasures,
then combine them for a fun DIY project.
Be inspired by this bevy of beauties!
Vintage decor at its holiday best!

You'll enjoy this post, too~

December 8, 2018

Wreath-bedecked Red Christmas Barns

What can be better than a winter drive through the countryside
and spotting a red barn with a Christmas wreath!
So festive and cheery! Even romantic.
If there happens to be snow on the ground,
then it becomes picture-perfect!
Christmas dreams are made of stuff like this.

Moo-ry Christmas!