Thursday, March 13, 2014

Maude Dexter Introduces Our New Category...Maude Dexter Weddings!

Is there any other moment more beautiful in a woman's life after she hears "I love you" from the one she loves as the words "Will you marry me"? With those words comes the placement on the finger of the engagement ring...and then comes the planning of the wedding and the reception. Many women want very large weddings, and many want small and intimate. The wedding is about you, and you have to have the wedding that you feel most signifies you and the love you share with your fiance.

Weddings used to be all about the ceremony, which to Maude Dexter is still the most important and symbolic, but often now the engaged couple are more enthused about planning the reception, rather than their union in the ceremony. Did you know that the true wedding tradition did not include a sit down dinner? Instead, the reception was the guests being invited to share in the cake after the ceremony. Popular media has made that tradition pretty much vanish over the years, and has replaced it with lavish expensive dinners for each guest, expensive champagne or an open bar and live music. All of that planning can sometimes make the bride to be feel overwhelmed because it overshadows the main purpose of all of the guests coming together, the Wedding.

Maude Dexter Weddings is all about romance and love....amore. We hope to bring some inspiration to your wedding and wedding reception, and to provide a wealth of information on how to put together the wedding that you envision.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Visit To Tequila Bay

Have you been to Tequila Bay Boutique? Join them now at...

They are today's featured shop in Shabby Cottage Shops Christmas Shoppe!

Look Who Is Today's Featured Shop!

Have you been wondering who today's featured shop is in Shabby Cottage Shops Christmas Shoppe? It is....The French Elements! Check them out right here:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shop These Fabulous Shops in Shabby Cottage Shops Christmas Shoppe

We have been a little behind announcing the Shabby Cottage Shops featured Christmas Shoppe of the Day the past 24 hours...we are very sorry about that. Be sure to shop VintElegance, and Bella Lucile...these fabulous shops at:

Friday, November 11, 2011

The 'Memorial" Christmas Memory Tree

I recently wrote this article on our website: under our 'Articles' category, and thought we would share it here with you also, as it may be something you would like to try this holiday season as a new tradition:

A couple of years ago in December, Amy was thinking about our great grandfather, Duncan Alexander Cattanach (husband of our great grandma Maude Dexter), and she was saddened at his tragic murder that had taken place April 20, 1912, and how his legacy had been forgotten. Though he had been killed many years before my daughter Amy was born, Amy always felt a special closeness to him.

She began writing letters to the town he had been murdered in, and had received copies of old newspaper articles about his death. It made her feel very sad, yet very close to him. She had wished that he was here to celebrate Christmas with us, as well his parents and our Grandma Maude. This weighed heavily on Amy's mind.

One day in December two years ago, I found her in the kitchen with a box of clear glass ornaments, copies of our great grandfather's photo and of his parents and of Grandma Maude, as well glue, glitter and scissors.

She turned to me with the happiest expression on her face, and held up the ornament that had our great grandfather's photo on it. It was beautiful!

She took all of the family photos and had decopauged them onto all of the glass ornaments, and hung them on the pine bows that spriraled around our banister.

It was so breathtaking, and such a loving tribute to our family that had passed away long before we had been able to meet them, and it was a way to honor them at Christmas time and to have them with us.

Last year Amy made one with my mother's beautiful image, who had passed away 14 years ago, and one for our cousin Clifford, who has been missing in action from the Korean War.

It is a tradition that we will keep with us every year. This year Amy will be adding ornaments with the images of our beloved little Scottie dogs who have passed away over the years.

This is a tradition you may be interested in doing is such a loving tribute, and it such a beautiful way to honor the memories of our loved ones, no matter how long ago they passed.

May God bless you and yours this Christmas season.

Sandra, Maude Dexter's Great Granddaughter
Amy, Maude Dexter's Great Granddaughter

Guess Who The Featured Shop Of The Day Is...

In Shabby Cottage Shops Christmas is...Bella Rosa Designs!

Don't forget to enter the Christmas Tree Hunt where you can win a $25.00 Gift Certificate, and enter The Pink Present Giveaway!