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The Someday Afternoon Society and the Birthday Tea

Thrifted Tea Set and Gnome Decor
Cucumber Sandwiches and Finger Sandwiches
Cake pops and cream puffs
The Gnome Home Cake

Someday Afternoon Society and the Birthday Tea

The Someday Afternoon Society is one of my side projects. I often don’t focus on it but it is always hovering in the background of my mind. The Someday Afternoon Society is a promise that I make to myself to continue to engage in fun, fulfilling activities that I always said I would get to “someday”. Over the weekend, I had a Someday Afternoon Society meeting. I held a tea party for my sister’s birthday. The event was inspired by a recent St. Valentine’s Chocolate Tea and by my amazing and unique sister, of course.

​I was browsing around at the Salvation Army during the weeks before my sister’s birthday and I came across a beautiful, 14 karat gold tea set. It was not a completed tea set but it was one of the most complete sets I had ever come across. I am not much of a tea drinker, but I was captivated by the old set. My sister collects old tea cups and her birthday was on the horizonso I snapped a picture and sent it to her to see if she would like it. I almost left it there. At the last minute, she responded and the set was purchased. There were 6 tea cups, a creamer, a dozen saucers and 6 shallow bowls. The dishes are adorned with a small blue and red cabbage rose inside the cups and gilded edges with the perfect amount of crazing. Having just attended the Victorian tea at the Mary Stegmaier Mansion, an idea formed inside of me. I would hold a tea in honor of my sister’s birthday. All of the pieces came together at the perfect time to inspire this Birthday tea! 

My sister also noted this would be her “Year of the Gnome”. In honor of her current gnome infatuation, I looked for some gnome-y décor. The Dollar Tree and Dollar General provided some cute and inexpensive little gnome and fairy garden figurines. Those were used to decorate the table and cake. A few other décor items were purchased, white doilies from the dollar tree, a sparkly rose gold table runner and rainbow backdrop from Five Below, and Bigelow Tea, variety pack, from Amazon. I also borrowed a fancy ceramic tea pot from my younger sister. I used my vintage tatted table covering over a white table cloth and added candles and mini daffodils I had transplanted into a vintage planter to adorn the table. 

The menu included cucumber sandwiches and small ham finger sandwiches prepared with fresh Italian bread. Fresh grapes, pretzels, crackers and jam were also available for nibbling. My mother provided fresh cheese buns from Sanitary Bakery, one of the birthday girl’s favorite treats. I took a chance in making a cake and some cake pops. I used two funfetti cake mixes to make two small, round cakes and a larger cake for the cake pops. I also used simple syrup to sweeten the cake. To match the theme, I made a gnome home cake. The cake was decorated with chocolate melting candy “bark” and green frosting “moss”. Some of the cake pops were fashioned in to mushrooms to add to the fallen log gnome home cake. 

To make the event more special, we dressed up and wore hats. In addition to tea, I served mimosa’s with champagne for the adults and sparkling cider for our under-age attendees. It was small, intimate girl’s tea for my mother, sisters and nieces. We spent our time talking about memories and future plans while French café music floated around us. It is a fun and beautiful memory of time spent with people I love.

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100 Day Project

Are you taking part in the 100 day project this year? I am going to try to make an Instagram reel everyday for the next 100 days! To keep track of my progress I have made some 100 day project trackers. I thought I would share them here! Tell me about your project! Tag me on IG if you use the tracker! Good luck on your 100 day adventure!

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Word/Intentions of 2022

Word of the Year 2022

This year I am trying to keep my “word” and my intentions in my mind. Last year, there were times when I could not remember what my word was! Last year was the first time I wrote out my intentions or my mission statement for the year. That worked really well for me. I was writing as though I had already achieved what I wanted, as if my vision had come to fruition. This year, I scripted my vision and made sure to include my “word” of the year to remind me of what I want to accomplish and why.

My word this year is DEVELOP. I want to develop many things I have already put in to place. I don’t feel my life is in need of any massive shifts, but there are some aspects that need tending. If I want my life to be a garden, I need to keep honing my gardening skills! So it goes for 2022. I want to make sure that I can continue to develop my life personally and professionally.

I am trying out a monthly workbook page or check-in. A few years ago, Café Analog created a monthly check in, and I really felt like it was helpful for keeping my word in mind. Though this workbook page is not quite as extensive, I am hoping it will keep me motivated to keep my intentions and word in focus!

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The Return of December Daily

I hope this post find you well. The past two years have certainly gone by much more quickly and chaotically than expected. This year, I have made the conscious decision to dedicate time to completing my December Daily challenge and updating the blog. The time that has passed has been filled with changes and challenges that have sent my creative spirit in to hibernation. The excitement of the holiday season and the new year just around the corner reached deep within to inspire and awaken and reinvigorate 2ndhandspirited. I hope that you will join.

Best, G

December Daily Journal Challenge

December Daily – Day 31

Celebration

Welcome 2019

This evening as the ball drops in New York City’s Times Square, I will be spending time surrounded by my family. We will attempt to wake the kiddos before the stroke of midnight and they will likely be too crabby to enjoy the clanging of the pots and pans that will take place to ring in 2019. Within the 20 minutes after midnight we will gather our things and scurry home. Our late partying days our over but we always make the effort to stay up until midnight.

One tradition that we always observe is writing down our top memories of the past year and what we are looking forward to in the new year. We have been keeping this tradtion for many years. It is always fun to look back and through the years and see what our memories were and what we were hoping to accomplish.

I look forward to the new year and I hope that you do as well! May 2019 be your best year yet.

December Daily – Day 30

Begin

I love the idea of a new beginning. New years, new weeks, new quarters. I can think of reasons to start anew all the time. The truth is that there is nothing particularly magical about a new year. Your ability to change and grow is a power you hold within yourself and you may choose to exercise your ability to change at any moment. In fact, life does not wait for new years or Mondays to inject a life-altering change. Change can happen to you in any moment. In line at the grocery story, in traffic, or in ways that you never expected. Though change is hard, it also brings growth. We are programmed to fear change. However, when we change and look back the person before the change is almost unrecognizable. Without change we do not grow.

I wish you luck in whatever changes you wish to make this year. I wish you peace for whatever unexpected changes occur in your life. Most of all I wish you the strength it takes to face these changes and integrate them in to your life.

December Daily – Day 29

Reflect

The holiday was good for me. It was minimally stressful and I spent time with those I love. Now that we are a few days out I have had my pictures developed and have put many of the gifted items away. I love to look at the pictures. There is always something new to see. And walgreens had a $.09 print special!

There is a nice calm transition period before life really kicks back in to high gear. I hope that you had a nice holiday and that you are feeling positive heading in to the new year. If you are having a tough time, try writing a list of things that you are grateful for. I am grateful that you are here. Sending love and best wishes!

December Daily – Day 28

Transition

The transition between the new year and the passing year can be a time of reflection and hope. 2018 fades away and 2019 waits patiently to bring new possibilities. What has brought you joy in 2018? What do you wish for 2019?

2018 was a good year for me. It followed a particularly hard year and I am grateful. In 2018 I completed a year of my Master’s degree, visitied Disney with my family, and spent lots of time by the ocean. I feel closer to my family than ever. My daughter is growing and learning so fast it takes my breath away. I began a new career and continue to grow and change personally and professionally. 2018 was good to me.

2019 is shaping up to be intense. My last year of my Nurse Practitioner Program requires intense focus and I know it will be challenging but worth it. We are working on a major home project that will bring much change and excitement. 2019 will be busy and demanding. That is ok. Whatever challenges await me, I am ready. I know I have all the tools to get me through, most importantly the backing of my incredible family.