Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pretty as You Please


It is always good fun to stop in to Pear Tree Designs & Antiques. It is so pretty there, when sometimes my life is not particularly pretty.


Mr. Blandings and I take a walk around the block with Rosie and the boys after dinner every night that the weather is good, and just last night, about mid-walk, the middle said, "I think I'm going to throw up."


You cannot imagine the kind of horrible conversation that followed, the other two adding their insights to this condition. I turned to Mr. Blandings and said, not for the first time, "Girls never talk about this stuff." Or my sister and I didn't anyway.


So I like to go into Pear Tree because it is pretty. And girly. And the women there talk with low voices about lovely things. Like Ann Marie Murray's beautiful hand painted porcelain. Dishes for rings, trays for perfume bottles, tiny boxes for baby teeth and locks of hair if your baby is lucky enough to have any. (None of mine was.)

Murray's pieces can be personalized and make lovely bridesmaids' gifts or baby gifts or birthday gifts. Or just a little treat for yourself when you begin to feel you are living in a fraternity. Pear Tree is having a trunk show of her pieces this Friday the 23rd. Maybe stop in and pick up a little something. Pretty is as pretty does.

Pear Tree Design & Antiques
313 E. 55th St.
816/333-2100

And, Carol, I am so sorry my post contained a story about almost throwing up.

16 comments:

Karena said...

Patricia, I will try to stop in! It is always a most lovely spot!

Karena
Art by Karena

Martha said...

We were at Pear Tree earlier in the month and saw those lovely pieces -- we all fell i love!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mrs. Blanding, Thank you for taking me to this wonderful place (I am speaking is a lovely low voice). Yes, we all need girly times and yes, they would make fabulous gifts. Thanks for the fabulous idea for future gifts.
So nice to visit.
Yvonne

24 Corners said...

Hello Mrs. Blandings! I just watched your movie last night...we have been living the Blandings lifestyle for the last 3 1/2 years now and it was wonderful to see that "way back then" the same stuff was going on...only in black & white!
I loved this post...pretty goes a long way in restoring the feminine soul! And Pear Tree seems the perfect *pretty tonic*.

Best,
Jessica~

pve design said...

We have one of those spots here that I love to go to an
paint pretty little boxes for first teeth, ring holders, and little plates for things like soy sauce or spare change for special friends. Then when I go visit, they always tell me how much they love me and their little pve pretties.
Hope you had a "bag" handy on your walk for your animal house.
pve

Southern Chateau said...

Being the only girl in the family must be hard sometimes! My daughter was my only saving grace sometimes. It was two against two!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Yes Mrs. Blandings, if only we could de-program our boys not to talk about these things! But, in all fairness, these days there are more than a handful of young ladies I've come across whose chosen conversation topics make me cringe!!!

mary said...

Talking about bodily functions is definitely a guy thing(along with loud burps and other sundry noises)! Thanks for the pretties.

Town and Country Mom said...

Yes, boys do seem to have an insatiable need to talk about disgusting things in great detail, and if they get a female reaction, they enjoy their discussion all the more. Several years ago when the Mister and I were trying to have civil and pleasant dinner conversations with our three, I would have to say, "No, no, we are not on a Boy Scout camp-out. We are not talking about that!" Now that they are older they are much better about keeping those topics out of my earshot. Thank goodness! Enjoy the lovely porcelain; maybe you can drop some hints for Mother's Day. . . .

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

It must be a challenge to live with all boys, but I'm glad you have such a pretty store to take you away from all the potty humor that abounds in an all male household. You have my sympathy! But the porcelain! Oh my...so pretty. Have a cup of tea for me.

Emom said...

I do know what you mean....in a house that sometimes has 3 young men, plus my sweetie,
I get the urge to find "girly things" too! smiles

home before dark said...

That Y chromosome is a mighty thing. My quiet husband was a Phi Gam and when we dating, I asked him if had had seen 'Animal House.' He replied he didn't need to see it, he had lived through it. Love the Pear Tree for its quiet elegance and the adorable store pup.

lush bella said...

the grass is not always greener. i'm the oldest of six girls. how i wish sometimes i had just one brother. my apologies in advance to carol and others, but more than once, i recall conversations about almost throwing up. pear tree IS delightful. in fact i was just there this morning. i love murray's pieces.

katiedid said...

So funny!!! Hehehe! When my youngest doesn't feel good, she refers to it as feeling like she has "drunk too much milk". A bit more feminine phrase.

Pretty pieces for sure!

fjackson816 said...

Oh, Dear Mrs. Blandings, I do understand! As the mother of two sons, albeit grown now, they do love to "gross" Moms out, don't they? The Pear Tree Design & Antiques looks like a perfectly wonderful place to counteract all that boy cooties/grossness. Your last comment plastered a big old smile on my face, my Grandmother would tell me this very phrase. I guess I would get full of myself and she needed in her gentle way to humble me. It always worked.

pretty pink tulips said...

Mrs B~ My husband has a HS reunion in Manhattan, KS of all places - I'm begging him to let me have a "lay over" in KC so I can see some pretty things before we head West! We have a friend in common, btw, Katie M.~ who went to college with my guy!