Friday, August 24, 2012

A Tribute to My Mentor

Well, today, I decided to change the name of my blog to 
"Sweet Inspirations" 
 by JP designs

After browsing, so many, wonderful blogs I realized that JP designs was, a bit, too self descriptive. So, my new title comes from the one who is centered in my header photo, my dear, sweet, Grandma Bea! She, was such an inspiration to me and to all those who knew her. It was her passion for decorating of her many, beautiful homes and holiday tablescapes that impressed me, so incredibly, as a young child.
I was always mesmerized with the beauty of her feminine touches throughout her home. Visiting her was such a delight for me for as young as I can remember. Her "boudoir" was so romantic with her vanity covered with beautiful collections of crystal fragrance bottles and gorgeous, crystal, candle holders with prisms that all sparkled in the sunlight. Those dangling prisms were always, so, tempting to play with, but I quickly learned to obey the rules of... 
"Janet... you can look, but just don't touch!"
Victorian decor and glass, of vintage amethyst, were among her many her passions. "Reflective purples" filled her shelves and mahogany decor with gifts and memories from so many of her loved ones and dear friends. That same color, so often, draped her delicate frame and was most often made by hand at her sweet, little, green sewing machine.
 Elegant dinnerware, beautiful, lace tablecloths, polished silver and  shining crystal were the main attractions, to the festive occasions, of dining at her home. Her table was always centered with a "runner" of mirrored glass to feature the reflections of flickering candles, floral bouquets, seasonal decorations and birthday cakes that kept me still in my seat as I dined.
Her talent for decor was, also, expressed in the way that she was able to give at least one room a "masculine" touch, as well. Grandpa's study was given the perfect finish with his mahogany decor and bookcases filled with his hard covers and collections all arranged just so.... all, so manly, for his peaceful retreat... to study and prepare for his weekly sermons to "GOD!"

Her daily prayer
A favorite flashback!

 I dedicate my blog to her as a "thank you" for being such an inspiration to me.... I do believe that she was the one who gave me my desire for making things "look pretty" just as she always had.
I hope that I am, now, making her proud....I know she is watching over me in heaven!

 I think that this new change in name will be more appropriate for the many posts that I plan to do, which will many times include vignettes and decor with beautiful heirlooms that she passed down to me.
 I hope that it will give you many inspirations of your very own to incorporate into your own decor and hope to someday here from you!

  Love, Hugs & Kisses,




Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

What a beautiful tribute to a lovely lady.

JP said...

Thank you, she was amazing!