Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I have wonderful memories from when I was a teenager, visiting my delightful Auntie at her truly lovely Tudor-style mansion in Victoria.  The house, built over 100 years ago, stands majestically surrounded by her colorful English gardenMy Auntie introduced me to the simple pleasures of treasuring beautiful old things.  The house is adorned with stained glass windows, claw foot bathtubs, bay windows dressed with Priscilla lace curtains, and carved wood panelling throughout.  Now in her 97 year, she has lived a life of creativity, from being a wife, mother, florist,  painter, seamstress, and a gardener.  It was on one of my summer visits, I was first introduced to Victoria Magazine (I was 17 at the time). At first I thought it was  simply a magazine about the City of Victoria but I soon realized it was so much more than that, it was a treasure-trove of inspirational photographs and articles celebrating the simpler side of life.  Before long, I found myself immersed in the splendid vignettes that were displayed upon the pages. Quite simply ~ I was hooked !   The Magazine has always been a showcase for women entrepreneurs, and I too, dreamed of one day having a lovely little shop.  At The Button Box, I have my regular list of ladies who I promptly telephone just as soon as the new issue of Victoria arrives ~ and like always, we share our delight in what the pages will unfold !


  1. Wonderfully written! I actually sat down and looked through this issue of Victoria and the latest Romantic Homes. Hadn't really spent the time to enjoy reading them for a while.

    I was sort of inspired. Thus far I have hung four garlands... yup... I'm waiting for it to warm up just a tad so I can hang the lights outside too.

  2. I hung our wreath on the front door yesterday. I am enlisting April to be our "chief decorator" this year.

  3. ...Such a beautiful magazine...stunning photography!