Beautiful Babies

A special congrats to Tom and Amy Wilker of New Bremen. They were blessed with a beautiful set of baby girls. I was thrilled to print the birth announcements. They now have five little gals and Amy running the house. I would feel a little sorry for Tom being the only man but he's probably okay with it. Double diaper duty, maybe not so much.

Now onto fall related stuff. Crafty friend Kat and I had our booth at the New Bremen Pumpkinfest. Her sister Amy added her pottery to the pleasant mix of stuff. We had Kat's hand dyed wool, my notecards, her little clay pumpkin magnets, all kinds of stuff. It was a perfect day, perfect weather, and perfect pumpkin brats and cookies.

I hate to ruin a perfectly nice post about fall by bringing up the matter of Christmas. I know, I know it's too soon. But it's really not. If you are a business or organization you likely have a large Christmas Card mailing in front of you. Best to look over your options now. Chck out this site for some ideas and give me a call.

If you just need cards for your personal family and friends you can tinker away for another month. But at some point you have to tackle that job. So start thinking about it now people. Find a great family picture and make a mental note to contact me for a personal card.

Look at your gift list and see who would appreciate a gift of :
- Personalized stationery,
- Notecards basket with a self inking return address stamp
- Personalized recipe cards
- A gift certificate to a new bride. She can order invites, programs, a guest book, cake topper, whatever.

And now a gem from Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette (circa 1952) regarding household management.

"If you have a one-employee household and a busy family it will certainly be necessary for you to give your maid some systematic assistance, as well as careful supervision.

Ms. Amy then describes (at length) how to instruct the maid with regards to the groceries. She helpfully tells us we can save money by doing the grocery shopping ourselves though she warns that while phone in orders from a charge-account store is convenient it is also expensive. If you opt to have the maid do the shopping her wise advice is to "check up" on the staff. She encourages us by saying, "Don't be embarressed at checking up. Your employees will respect you more if you are not "easy".

Atleast Ms. Amy has another chapter entitled "Gracious Living without Servants". Ohhhh the horror!

Falling for . . . Long Lost Brides

Yes, it's the first day of Fall. Autumn. The weather has been beautiful lately and I was pleased this past Saturday to know that three of my brides (one of which was having an outdoor wedding) would be enjoying beautiful, beautiful days.

This coming weekend I have three more brides getting married. Whew! No wonder the summer flew by. Saturday is not only a wedding day but it's also the day New Bremen holds its annual Pumpkinfest. Kat and I will have a booth. I know she's been working hard to have some cute items for sale and I intend to do the same.

I decided to get on the ball and post a couple more Bride Photos. This is Kimberly Hausfeld and Zachary Wiford, formerly of Minster, currently of Dublin. It's sort of rare that I met the groom, so I've never met Zach. But I got to know Kim (and her nice mother Elaine) very well and I can tell this picture is reflective of a fun, and fun loving couple.

Their bridesmaids were decked in a colorful green for the June wedding. I know they had a fabulous time.

Awhile back I purchased an etiquette book at the Canalside Bookstore in St. Marys. I wanted a book that would be a reference for the sort of things that don’t go out of style. The book I purchased was admitably outdated but I thought it would make interesting reading material. “Amy Vanderbilts Complete Book of Etiquette” was published in 1952 and still holds correct information for addressing wedding invitations. However, later in the book proper Ms. Amy devoted 68 pages to the proper ways a woman should present herself (in 1952) to the world. I didn’t read them all but here are some highlights. I thought it would be fun to post them from time to time.
On the subject of dining: “Every woman should change for dinner, if only into a clean housedress. Dinner is the high point of the day. Fresh clothes and make-up are psychologically sound.”
For women business execs. According to Amy Vanderbuilt a woman executive paying for a business lunch is beyond akward. Her advice is to plan ahead and arrange prior credit with the restaurant, or (and this is unbelievable) “quietly lay a bill on the table toward the end of the meal and say (to the man), “settle the check for me please. Of course it’s on my expense account.”
I won’t even tackle the two pages devoted to the proper way a woman should sit. But I can assure you, I'm definately doing it wrong.
Well, forget Amy Vanderbilt. Finally, from my collection of favorite quotes,
"October gave a party;The leaves by hundreds came
-The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October's Party"