The Creation of Family Traditions: The Signed Book.

IMG_1766A thoughtful gift can be pages found wrapped between the cover of a book. Books come in such a variety that you can truly make the most personal of gifts for any occasion. From the loveliest of photo books to the thickest novels.

When giving the gift of a book, commemorate the experience with a delightful message scribed just inside.

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Note the occasion, the date, the to and from. And, make it lovely.

What a wonderful, throwback treat such as this one given to my great grandfather from his

sister Lena as a Christmas gift back in 1912.

Who knew a dictionary could be such a treasured heirloom?

The Creation of Family Traditions: The Hunt.

Sometimes traditions are overlooked.  One that I'm reminded of this time of year is the sport of hunting. The photo I'm sharing today is that of my Great Grandfather(Pepe)and Great Great Grandfather on a duck hunt.

Now, baring comments from PETA and false assumptions that I myself enjoy sitting in a deerstand at 4AM - I must say that there is something to be said about the tradition of hunting.

Gathering with family, dressed in the garb, being outdoors, preparing & anticipating "the hunt" for days. I love the tradition of it year after year and the sharing of the rituals.

And most of all, I love that the hunt look is back & fashionable for the Fall - a wonderful nod to the classic traditional layers of houndstooth & plaid, wool scarves, and knee-leather boots. Aah, the hunt.