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Happy Mother’s Day from Sincerely, Doris Jane …

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A mother is a delicate balance. She is strong enough to be the cornerstone of the household and the matriarch of her little family, yet gentle enough to offer her shoulder to tiny crying faces. She is confident in her maternal wisdom, both inherited and instinctual, yet humble enough to remain in the shadows to let her children take the spotlight. She is beautiful, sometimes in ways only a mother can be, whether it’s the light in her eyes when she plays with her children, or the beaming “glow” radiating beyond the round, firm belly of pregnancy, yet she lacks enough vanity to put her children and her family before herself. She is the first friend. The loudest cheerleader. The kisser of bumps and bruises. The steady hand when learning to walk. The phone call for reassurance. The first card on your birthday. The giver of hugs and kisses and rides to elementary school. She is both uniquely and wonderfully herself, yet a perfect combination of the mothers and grandmothers who have come before her.


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An Elegant Antique Easter


Our favorite holiday of the year came with lots of preparation, and plenty of opportunities to incorporate our favorite heirloom pieces and other antique accessories. Our Elegant Antique Easter post will provide a peek into our family’s Easter celebration, with a recipe for the best carrot cake you’ve ever tasted as an added treat.

Let’s start with one of our favorite accessories. Easter is a time for feminine frills and floral touches, a favorite, yet often forgotten Easter accessory of ours, are a pair of delicate white gloves. Here is a simple guideline to “getting caught glove-handed” and wearing your shorties with style and grace:

  1. Always remove your gloves when they are at risk of being stained. In general gloves should be removed before eating and may be put back on after you are finished. After dinner cocktail? You may keep your gloves on, unless there is a high chance that you may spill your beverage onto your gloves.
  2. Need to powder your nose or reapply your favorite lip gloss? This should be done in the privacy of the Ladies room with gloves removed. At these parties there will be a lot of meeting and greeting, in this situation you should not remove your glove unless it is someone of high religious authority.
  3. Speaking of religion, going to church Easter morning? Don’t get caught with your gloves on if you plan to take the Eucharist by hand. If receiving by mouth gloves may remain on.
  4. Have fun with your gloves, we enjoy searching through antique shops who often have them for as cheap as 3$! But, be careful how you handle your new found accessory as there used to be secret meanings in the Victorian Era!
Shown here, a favorite pair of gauntlet-length white gloves, just $6 at an antique store in Lebanon, OH. 

Our dinner table this year held an extra special gift from our Poppy. Our Great-Great Aunt Clara’s rose floral china was the focal point for a beautiful Easter table. Though we had to bend the table setting rules a bit (rearranging the utensils for example) to fit everyone we could, it still turned out exactly the way we planned, and the “bunny-fold” napkin tutorial we found here was the perfect touch.


Now for dessert. A staple at our Easter table each year is carrot cake. We’ve found this sweet and dense, but not too rich recipe to be absolute Easter perfection. The recipe is also relatively simple. Display on a glass or delicate cake pedestal for added elegance. Serve with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of cold milk to ensure every crumb will be gone by the time your guests leave. Our favorite recipe from Taste of Home can be found here.

This glass cake stand came with a beautiful cut-glass dome, a great find at an antique show for only $40! 

We hope your Easter celebration was as delightful as ours was and that you were able to enjoy the day surrounded by your family and friends. A blessed (and belated) Easter and happy fun-filled spring to all of our readers!

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To my friends …

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Very often we’re able to depend on the wisdom and advice of our family. Whether that advice be for raising well-behaved children, keeping a clean and tidy home, or perfecting a well-protected family recipe, we tend to hold the words of our late relatives very dear to our hearts. Our guess is there is something your Mother, Grandmother or maybe your Great-Uncle taught you how to do, or used to say that you’ve passed on to your own children.

Lizzie Pic
Pictured Above: Top – Lizzie’s children, along with her little red notebook. The bottom photo is our Great Great Grandmother (wearing glasses) and her daughters (L-R) Florence, Mary and Clara. 

A few years ago, our Poppy gave our mom a small, red book full of yellowed pages, worn thin not only by the hands of their owner, but also by the hands of the clock. Inside, these delicate pages held poems, sayings and thoughts of our Great-Great Grandmother, Lizzie. We turned each page carefully, bursting with excitement. We couldn’t wait to find a way to incorporate some of her writing into our everyday lives. How wonderful to be able to display the words of our Great-Great Grandmother in her actual handwriting!

Lizzie Chair
Our finished canvas is pictured above, along with a chair that also belonged to our Great-Great Grandmother, Lizzie Von Luehrte. 

For this project, we scanned our favorite poem from her notebook, then took the scan to Staples to have it printed onto a transparency sheet (The same kind your teacher probably used in grade school math class.) With a projector, we projected her handwriting onto a canvas and traced it, then carefully went back over each letter with gold leaf paint

In an effort to keep her writing within the family, we’ve decided not to share the entire poem on our site, which is why you’ll find some of the words are blurred.