Monday, November 29, 2010

Over 100 Followers Giveaway!

It feels like only a short time ago that I made my first post in June. I have exciting plans for December, but meanwhile, to thank everyone who follows my blog, I've decided to offer a little giveaway!

I saw this bag in the mall the other day and thought it had a distinct morigirl flavor, so I added some decorations of my own:
Here's a closeup of the detail I created with antique lace, a twine tassel, some pom-pom trim, and velvet ribbon:
It's perfect for those upcoming holiday shopping trips. Leave a comment by 11:59 pm on December 1st and you'll get a chance to win!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sleeping on a Bed of Moss

A few weekends ago, some friends and I went for a hike in the woods. We stopped by a river for a while and enjoyed the atmosphere. There was so much amazing moss! As you can probably tell from my blog title, I love moss.
To me, moss means warmth and comfort. Birds line their nests with moss and some animals hibernate under it in winter. In fairy tales, maidens lost in the forest will curl up on a bed of moss to sleep.
Moss can look like a miniature forest in a tiny fairytale kingdom seen from far above.

A few years ago, my sister introduced me to the French film Peau d'Âne ("Donkey Skin"), an avant-garde musical version of the fairy tale known as "Roughskin" in the Brothers Grimm version or "Donkeyskin" in the Charles Perrault version.
All the sets and props in this film are beautiful, especially the Princess's bedroom. Her bed appears to be flanked by two giant stags and a silver castle, and her bedspread is a rich green velvet embellished with flowers, so it truly looks like a carpet of moss in spring.
I would love to recreate that bedspread for my own room.
Peau d'Âne also has many elements that would appeal to morigirl sensibilities, such as woodland scenes, rustic cottages, and the donkey skin itself. I highly recommend it!
Most screencaps courtesy of Ooh La La! Designs.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Queen's Coach Has Arrived

My reservation from Alice and the Pirates arrived a few weeks ago:
It's the Queen's Coach jumperskirt in black! Colors always look a little different in person to me, so I was pleased to note the beige stripes are darker than I thought they looked in the stock photo.

I've been thinking a lot about how to use lace pieces with lolita coordinates lately, so here I tried adding an antique lace collar to the jumperskirt. The hat is a vintage ladies military style cap.
I love the medallion prints from Alice and the Pirates and Baby the Stars Shine Bright-- prints that look a bit like wallpaper, such as Name of the Rose and Marie Antoinette.

It's nice the weather finally feels like autumn! Tranquil fall days are ahead of us.

On an unrelated note, I changed the banner and background of the blog! I like it, but I'll probably continue tweaking it until I'm satisfied. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Visiting Teaberry's Tea Room

Last Saturday, two friends and I drove to Flemington, NJ to visit Teaberry's, a tea place I had heard a lot about but never visited. It turned out to be really lovely and I can't wait to go back!

The inside was decorated with cute knick-knacks everywhere.
I really wanted the green velvet hat.
Our table, complete with fresh flowers, pink depression glass salt and pepper shakers, and sugar cube bowl with tongs:
I ordered the Gingerbread tea because it was a bit chilly outside. It was delicious!
The warm Black Forest Ham sandwich had a tasty combination of ham, melted brie, raisin sauce, and sautéed apples. If I could eat one sandwich for the rest of my life, it might be this one.
For dessert, I chose the Yorkshire Apple Torte a la Mode!
I didn't have the guts to ask someone to take my picture for me, so here are two pictures I managed to take myself:
And I'll leave you with a parting picture of the eerily beautiful abandoned chapel we saw in the Teaberry's parking lot:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Apple Picking

A few weekends ago, I hosted the second New Jersey morigirl meetup! There were only three of us, but it was a lovely day. We went apple picking at Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ.
Miakoda reaches for an apple!
Red Delicious apples grew clustered on the branches.
The overripe, unpicked apples lay thick on the ground.
This neighboring field looked a bit like heaven to me.
Squash, squash, squash.
There was a small wildflower farm on the premises as well. These blue flowers were so tall in person!
One of the best things about apple picking is the cider doughnuts.
I made an apple pie with some of my apples... I love the way unbaked pies look.
It's my initials!
Here's my morigirl outfit: