Friday, March 24, 2017

Chocolate, tea, and tiramisu - dedicating this to...

Dear friends – family – acquaintances – and other such delightful creatures!
SMILE.....When you give a little SMILE, their heart is gladdened for a while. It puts a cheery thought inside. The day seems brighter when you SMILE (poetry composed by yours truly).  This poem is available as a custom original in my Etsy shop.

Welcome to my first blog installment of “a spot of ink from my fountain pen!!!” WOW! I trust you will find these entries of great interest to you and decide to sign up to receive my posts in your email inbox! Please sign up now before you read another word lest you forget when you reach the end of my musings. And please feel free to send me your thoughts either by leaving a comment at the end of this post or via email. I would love to hear from you!

If you know of someone who loves romantic style, Victorian and otherwise, beauty and timeless fashion for the gentlewoman, teapots and teacups, classical music, faith in the LORD, handcrafting and sewing, etc., please forward this to them.

As your peripheral vision kicks in, you will notice this blog has a link to my Etsy Shop (Tintenfleck Studio) – where you will find a multitude of items lovingly sewn, handcrafted, and hand painted by me.  If you have something you’d like me to create, send me a note, and I will try to accommodate your wishes!
and so I dedicate this blog to...

Since this is my first ever blog entry, I have decided to dedicate it to a special person in my life. And because it wouldn’t seem fair to single out a family member to dedicate this blog to (all of whom I love dearly), I have chosen a dear, dear friend who has stood by me (can I say she is my best friend even though there are others dear to my heart?), who has encouraged me in good times and bad, who has shared my passions and pursuits, my faith in the LORD, our love of chocolate, tea, and tiramisu,  – a woman with class and dignity, and 14 years my senior, nonetheless. Friendship has no age boundaries! A constant friend who has continued to stay in touch with me over the miles that have separated us more than seven years ago when my husband, Bill and I moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada. What would I do without you, dear JANE SPICER?!?  Hello, Janie!! 

There she sits - October 2015 – when I visited friends and family in Massachusetts for two weeks – Janie brought me to her church in Lowell, MA where I got to play this awesome pipe organ. Oh, joy!

Way back in September of 1992, we became acquainted as co-workers at Northern Research and Engineering Corporation in Woburn, MA. A special friendship developed quickly as we compared our likes and dislikes, our night-owl tendencies (hers much more than mine), our passions and pursuits (I love saying that! - the phrase comes from the book "Sense and Sensibility"  by Jane Austen), our love of eating good food (most importantly the food group called chocolate, and don't forget tea and tiramisu, and double-helpings, too - oh yes!), sewing, kitties, and all things beautiful! Thank you, Janie, for all you mean to me!!!

I had wanted to create a special gift to celebrate our friendship and this ink and watercolor illustration came into being. Perhaps you have a special someone close to your heart that shares in the same sentimental poetry (composed and written by yours truly).

I created another original that is slightly different and it hangs in my living room. That one has been replicated into a number of prints that are available in my Etsy Shop.

After that long introduction, let me say that I will try to bring you interesting tales – perhaps – and passions and pursuits – possibly – that you can relate to. I will be baring my heart and soul in this blog – to some degree – and share my love of creating beautiful things. I hope you love to create beautiful things, as well! I’ll be relating more interesting tidbits and tales of my friendship with Janie in future blogs. What else? Hmmmmm...

Oh yes, today is my birthday, don’t you know?  This photo is from a year ago when my husband and I had a special little lunch in our kitchen on our “new” table and chairs purchased from the Habitat store for our anniversary in December 2015. Isn’t it darling?!  Did you notice the sumptuous chocolate cake? Adding another number to my age is not enjoyable. Oh dear!  But I believe we’ll be going out to eat at Montana’s for Sunday dinner. Plus, I may be purchasing my birthday present on Etsy. I have something special in mind to remember my two dear kitties, Indy and Ebony, that are no longer with us. (It’s easier for my husband to let me pick out something for myself!)

I don’t want to forget to thank Karen Valentine SO MUCH for designing my blog! She knows just how to transform a person’s passions and pursuits into a gorgeous blog design! Her blog design business icon is at the bottom of this page. You will also find her personal blog icon shown on the right column under “Lovely Blogs.” Check her out!

Set aside some time sipping a nice cuppa tea, write a real letter on real paper to your best friend reminding her of your own passions and pursuits, and how much she means to you.  Indeed, it’s much more meaningful and precious to the heart to receive a handwritten letter these days instead of instant mail. (I need to do that myself!)

Did you know that I-Mail (not e-mail) was invented over a hundred years ago? – I’m serious. That's future mystery material!
I leave you with this…… “A man who hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend who sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24


  1. I LOVE your blog!!! It fits you perfectly, mum! <3

  2. wonderful! i love it!!

  3. My dear Linda, your blog is incredibly beautiful and delightful. Oh, what a joy it will be to follow along! And may I just say Happy Birthday {a day late}. I hope this year is filled with many sweet memories and blessings.

    I had to smile about your dear Ebony though I am sorry to learn she is no longer with you. We have a cat that we rescued from the shelter and her name is Ebony.

    Hugs to you, new friend!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! My dear Ebony was a boy. :-) I miss him terribly. Best wishes to your new litter of kittens!