When I think of lace I always have a smile on my face. I think of all things white and special. From weddings, to babies, to decorating, or setting a dining room table, when you add lace it always seems to be softer, elegant and pretty. While shopping one day I spotted this picture of Queen Anne’s Lace. Of course loving all things Queen and now in the midst of creating Britalia Way Gardens I thought I would plant some seeds and add to my new pathway Queen Alley. It turns out it actually grows wild and I will have to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t invade other areas in its path. It is sometimes referred to as wild carrot and there are several varieties. The name Queen Anne’s Lace came about as Queen Anne enjoyed making lace and the red flower in the middle was thought to be a drop of blood from a prick to her finger as she was working on her lace. Yet another Royal tale! Remembering the Royals brings back a beautiful memory of a Tea I had in honor of Prince William and Kate’s wedding. It was such fun planning and sending out the invitations. (Actually I emailed them ….oh my something the Queen would never do) . Well anyway everyone invited had a title. Years ago my nephew Sal had nicknamed me Duchess (so you can see I have always played the part of Royalty LOL} and so we had quite the guest list. There was a Countess, Baroness,Princess,and several Lady’s. All came adorned with Hats and had a great time. My good friend Carol from my old neighborhood in New York flew down which made it so special. Actually she came and made handmade chocolates in the shape of tea pots as a part of the party favors (always ask friends who are talented its so much fun). The other part of the favors were Hankies that were on the plates with their place cards. On the back of the place card was a little saying that read A pretty Hanky to use if you Please Just for Fun…..or to cover a Sneeze. I know your about to click off at this point but really it was such good fun. Sometimes we all get caught up in so much drama and issues its fun to act a little silly and feel carefree. It’s like being able to step back into our childhood when imagination was a part of our everyday. Another memory when I think of lace is from my mother-in-law. When she was making the cover for the bassinet when having my Daughter Stephanie, she told me that many people use the lace from the veil of their wedding gowns! I had decided not to and sometimes wish I had. It would have been a way to lace the past to the future generations. Creating Britalia Gardens is becoming so rewarding to me in many ways. It’s like starting with a blank canvas and as you plant you watch what you imagined become real. Please check on In my Garden at the top of the page to see the step by step progress. In closing I have added a lace from my past that was made by my Grandmother and given to me by my cousin Linda as a remembrance. Thanks Linda!
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