Sunday, March 25, 2012

Time

This last week has been amazing - a trio of celebrations - St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day and, on Thursday, my birthday.  Yes, it was a big one - the BIG 40!!  So now you know a bit more about me - I'm an Aries, so I'm passionate, fiery and optimistic.  It also means that I can be impulsive, selfish and impatient but like a true Aries I gloss over the not so nice bits and focus on the positive ones!  I didn't mind turning 40.  I also love birthdays and I've thought for ages that I would enjoy it and have a mad party to celebrate and embrace the next chapter of my life!  However, the last few weeks have been a bit hectic so now I'm thinking of doing something in the Summer instead.  So Niall took me for a romantic meal, which was gorgeous, and gave me a beautiful present, something I have wanted for years . . .

An antique pocket watch . . .

Between my birthday and the clocks going forward today, Time has definitely been on my mind and so I thought today would be a good day to show you her . . .



Isn't she a beauty?  It was made in 1890 by Elgin, a U.S. watchmaking company, who made a lot of clocks for train stations across the U.S.  The case is solid silver and can be opened at the front, back and inside so that you can see the movement.



The craftsmanship in these watches is amazing.  Imagine this was made back in 1890!








 

It's actually much larger and heavier than the standard pocket watches and is known as a desk - pocket watch.  This one is way too heavy to carry around so it is definitely going on my desk.




The watch is engraved so prettily. . .




It is in pristine condition and works perfectly.  I adore the numerals and the font of the watchmakers name on the face . . . It's very vintagey, very me.  I love it! Thank you Niall!



I always feel Spring has truly arrived once the clocks go forward and you can see the light stretching into the evenings.  Enjoy your Spring Time!


17 comments:

Dee Sewell said...

What a beautiful, romantic and thoughtful present Sharon. You're a lucky lady. You somehow managed to capture your love and delight of the watch and I imagine it will now remain in your own family for many years to come. Many happy belated returns x

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thank you Dee! I am lucky!

inredningsvis.se said...

thank you:) yes the skin gets dry from computers both me and my friends got dry eyes and skin. So its always good to use a great moisturizer.
Chanel is my all time favorite:)
What a beautyful watch..I wish you a lovely week and hope to meet again soon:)

LOVE Maria

French Grey said...

Happy Birthday!! Love your new vintage watch. My father in law was an avid pocket watch collector, I'll have dig it out and look it over!

Have a great day!

Cindy
xo

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Great tip bout the moisturiser Maria, thanks!

Sharon

Leslie said...

What a wonderful gift and yes :) its a beauty. I hope you have a wonderful birthday week! I remember turning 40 and thinking how old that sounded. Now, a decade plus later, it sounds so young! :). Enjoy and always remember to live in the present ;)

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thank you Cindy, I'd be really interested in seeing your Grandfather's watch if you root it out! That's lovely that you have it - very special!

Sharon

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Leslie, thank you! Yeah, with age it's all relative isn't it! It's nice to be thought of as young!! There is no way I would believe your age from your profile photo!! That's amazing! Good advice about living in the moment!!!

Sharon

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Sharon! You are so young although I'm still trying to convince myself that at 60 I am young. I love your pocket watch and it's amazing that it was made by Elgin. My father worked at Elgin for years. What a coincidence. A very special gift.

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thank you for your lovely comment Karen! That's amazing that your father worked at Elgin for years! It's a small world isn't it? Do you have any special clocks or watches? I'd love to see photos if you go! Re age, you know what they say - 60's the new 50! So that makes me - 30 again - yay!

Sharon

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

yes, love it! my husband gave me a pocket watch with our names engraved on it!...So glad you had a wonderful birthday!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Hi Maureen, thanks for stopping by! your husband is romantic aswell! It's such a lovely present to receive - something to treasure forever.

Sharon

designchic said...

What a beautiful watch and such a thoughtful gift. Happy belated birthday!!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Belated Happy Birthday Sharon! What a fabulous watch! Warmest of wishes from our old farmhouse - Glenda

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thank you designchic and Glenda for your lovely warm wishes!

Mrs. Sutton said...

Hi Sharon - I've just come across your blog via The Paper Mulberry and I'm totally hooked! I've been drinking in your previous posts and your home and style are truly beautiful! I'm now a follower, and you are definitely on my list of 'must reads' well done for creating such a stunning home & blog.
p.s. I see that Birthday Wishes are in order - hope that you had a great one! x

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Thank you so much Mrs. Sutton for droppig by and with such a lovely comment you are welcome here anytime! I'm on my way over to you to say hi!

Sharon

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