The Love of Friendship

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to the lovely home of a friend for the day, along with a few other ladies, to create some pretty heart shaped Valentine’s Day candy boxes and fill them with all kinds of sweets and treats. 
But before we got our hands busy, we had some time and visited “The Square” in historic Marietta, Georgia and shopped in some eclectic antique stores. 
With tiny snow flakes dropping lightly on our shoulders and our hair...and then there was I who forgot my gloves {what did I do that for?}... 
...we dodged in and out of some charming places. One large collective emporium was full of antique furnishings and vintage relics...
{'Love the contrast between the raw silk embroidered lamp shade and the rustic wrought iron filigree.} 

...linens and boutique vintage baby gowns... 
{I accidentally changed the mode to black and white on my camera when I shot this photo, but I love how it turned out.}
{I purchased this aurora borealis beaded necklace and medal.} 
...and so much more. It was a vintage wonderland.
Nostalgic photographs and tattered love letters tied up with pink velvet bows... 
and even the toiletries were wrapped in pretty vintage ribbons.
{Our hostess purchased this old seed box and I just know she will do something marvelous with it.}
...and these worn wooden children's blocks reminded me of my little one at home.
I look forward to another visit here one day soon. 
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When we returned to the home of our hostess, we put on some warm socks, sipped on infused strawberry and orange water
and indulged in decadent cupcakes topped with glorious edible roses, and... 
...hand made meringues filled with cream {I could not stop eating these things ~ oh my gosh, they were so delicious! Thank you Rosalyn-Sue.}. 
More yummy frosted cookies decorated with baby blue blooms... 
...and these to~die~for pink butter cream heart~shaped cookies. {Truly the best cookies I have ever tasted!} 
We then were presented with a most beautiful confection collection and display of candy treats, chocolates, ribbons, buttons, vintage millinery, velvet, hand screened paper, and of course our very own heart shaped boxes which we could decorate at our whim. 
With all the wonderfully generous supplies at our disposal... 
...I had no problem creating a beautiful box ~ a work of art that I will not put away in the attic after Valentine’s Day. I used lovely velvet vintage millinery blossoms and berries, pleated pink and ivory satin ribbons...
...some of my own rosette ribbon, pretty cherry blossom screen printed paper, willowy seam binding streamers, and a pretty aurora borealis and rhinestone jewel from my collection.
More fun began when I started filling this box with goodies ~ and not just edibles ~ adding ribbons, beads and baubles, rhinestone clips and vintage jewels, velvet streamers, paper and porcelain rosettes, buttons and lace.
This actually turned out to be sort of an art kit for Valentine’s Day. I’d love to keep it this way forever, but I promised my little boy that he could eat all the candy. {Maybe I'll buy him some other sweets.}
When I got home I was asked to make another box ~ a “boy” box {this was too girly the guys said} ~ so with some pretty paper, vintage postcards, organza and satin ribbons and braid I got busy. I'll show you soon in another post. 
This was a fun day and a great way to celebrate the love of friendship. I wish you all a Happy Valentines Day
Ciao amici,