Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pink, With a Bit of Tiffany Blue!

Our sweet baby granddaughter came home last weekend and we have all been in baby bliss ever since!  Is there anything more precious in the world than a newborn baby?  They are truly a gift from God.  As the poet, Carl Sandburg so succinctly said: “A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.” Thank you all, for your wonderful comments and congratulations to myself and my family over the birth of our granddaughter!  I read and appreciated every one of them!

 Our baby "J" came home to much fanfare as her dad decorated their house with balloons and signs welcoming her and her Mom home.  Her beautiful room was all tenderly set up and ready for her.  She is our special little Valentine today! We love her so much!

Since this was our last Christmas season living in New York City, her grandfather and I decided we wanted to buy a special keepsake for our expected first granddaughter, so we took a trip to the Tiffany and Co. flagship store, located on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan, to buy her a gift.  The store was decorated beautifully for Christmas and was doing a brisk business, as many were shopping on its multiple floors for silver, gold and diamond treasures for holiday gifts.

The baby gift department was on one of the top floors, and we "oohed and aahed" over many delightful choices before selecting one we thought would be perfect for baby "J"! Here it is in the Tiffany signature turquoise blue box and white ribbon:

Can you guess what we chose?

Yes, we purchased a sterling silver baby spoon!

I think we've all heard the expression: "Born with a silver spoon in his/her mouth." and decided to make this come true for our granddaughter in a fanciful way. We had her initials monogrammed onto the handle so it will become a family heirloom for her to cherish.  Hopefully, one day in the future she will be able to pass it on and tell the story to her own grandchild of how the spoon was given to her as a gift by her grandparents when she was born.

 "J" will certainly be rich in love and attention from her extended family for her whole life.  She is our priceless treasure and one of the many wonderful reasons we recently moved to Colorado.

Before I finish this post I have to ask all Nikon camera owners if they ever had this problem? I was taking photos of the baby with my Nikon D 60 camera when it froze and the message in the photo above came up. No matter what I tried the shutter release would not work and I could no longer take photos. Thank goodness I have a "point and shot" back up camera to use until I can get my camera repaired.  I'm wondering if this problem will keep cropping up and if there is a way to fix it myself in the future?  Any help in this matter would be appreciated!

Also, IBM has invited me, along with other bloggers, to participate in a groundbreaking campaign called #MySmarterCommerce in which I was invited to share my personal story, around how the roles technology and social media play in my life. I will share different aspects of my story for the next 30 days on facebook, twitter, and Pinterest.  I hope you, too, will share your story of the role social media plays in your lives. I know that as a grandparent I often relied on social media to see videos and photos of my grandchildren and keep in touch with my children. The video chats of SKYPE were a wonder that helped me keep in touch in a personal way with my grandsons that live here in Colorado while we lived in New York City. I also enjoy keeping in touch with family and friends on Facebook and seeing special offers and coupons on the facebook pages of brand companies. Of course, the biggest and best aspect of social media for me has been through blogging. How else would I have met all of you, dear readers? I feel as close to many of you as dear friends, and I value your comments to me and all your wonderful blog posts.

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Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I think everyone should eat from a "silver spoon" ~ your granddaughter is just stunning!

Kris said...

Oh Pat, I cannot think of anything more special than the gift you gave your new granddaughter!!! She is gorgeous!!!
My love to you all,

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I think you're getting little "J" off on the right foot -- a gift from Tiffany's!! What fun you're having Pat. I can feel the joy across the miles. Congrats on being asked to participate in the IBM initiative. Re:camera message. Could it be as simple as replacing the battery?

Yvette said...

Such a joy to behold. Babies are our future and as such they are our most precious commodity. Not to mention that they are adorable and squishy. :)

Happy Valentine's Day grandma and grandpa - I am so happy for you, m'dear.

You have a little Julia and I have a little Julianna and pretty soon a little boy baby to ooh and ahh over - Come May.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thanks all!

Linda, no I tried new battery and everything else I could think of. The shutter is jammed. It seems to be a common Nikon camera problem :(

My name is Riet said...

What a beautiful gift for your darling granddaughter Pat.And she is gorgeous, a beautiful girl.I also love her little room, everything bought with love . Wonderful.
Have a nice weekend.

Cathy said...

Oh my goodness, she is so precious and tiny, a perfect Valentine for her family. My little great grandson was born on Valentine's Day 2 years ago. the time flies by so very fast. I think you selected the perfect gift for your sweet baby.

Lacey R said...

What a sweetheart! I am sure you will have many wonderful times in the future with your new granddaughter and I know that you are happy that you are living near her and your other grandchildren.

Perfect gift too!

Grace said...

Happy Valentine's Day! What a sweet little baby girl. Congratulation's to your family. I love Tiffany. It was so packed today for Valentine's Day (The Silver department) lol Grace xoox

Vee said...

J looks very much like her mother. Is that what everyone else is saying? She's so adorable! What a dear Valentine to love and get to know. The silver spoon is a precious gift and will come in very handy soon. I loved a long-handled spoon, still do. (I use iced tea spoons to this day for everything that goes into my mouth. Call me nuts!)

Keep having fun and have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Oh, J's daddy decorating the house for her and her mama just warmed my heart. What a peach he must be!

Anonymous said...

Baby J is just a sweet little gift! I am so happy for all of you!! Her nursery looks really cute!!! Congrats and I LOVE the silver spoon you two bought for her!! will be a family heirloom!

We have a NIKON..D200..and haven't had issues with it...have had it since our first grand was born nearly 7 years ago. Hopefully, yours will be an easy fix!

Happy Valentines Day and happy early PINK SATURDAY!

L, Dana

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

you could try this:
NIKON solution was to take out the memory card and press the shutter release button in the demo mode. To get to the demo mode you first need to go to custom menu/controls/no memory card?/press ok/ arrow down to enable release and press ok. Now you are ready to try solving this problem. Press the shutter release button to see if it will reset the shutter release button.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Hi Pat,

I pasted one solution from the web in the comment above.

Wanted to say your Little Miss J has certainly got grand grandparents! Love that idea! Happiest of Valentines Day with your family!

Barbara F. said...

Happy 1st Valentine's to Baby J! That is a beautiful memento of her arrival into your family. How are the little grandsons reacting to their baby girl cousin? I still see a little of Joe in her and a little of Lisa, too. xo

Anonymous said...

She is a doll baby, Pat! So precious...makes me smile and a little teary eyed with happiness.:-)

Mary said...

Oh Pat, this has got to be the MOST PERFECT answer to the prompt "LOVE" that I could possibly imagine! She is beyond sweet! I love your Tiffany spoon -- it is such a beautiful heirloom in the making!

Sorry, have not come across that issue (and hope to God I don't!). Have you tried reformatting the memory card, or maybe using a new one?

Best of luck! And Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Shane Pollard said...

Your darling Valentina - a new granddaughter!!!
So precious Pat and I'm lucky to know your love and feelings too!
She looks adorable, all dressed in her little pink suit.
How lovely to have an extra special balloon festooned home to come home to!
Congratulations to you and Grandad!
Shane ♥

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A beautiful new granddaughter and a spoon fit for a princess.
Congratulations Pat on your new sweetheart.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your new Granddaughter is precious. The spoon will be a real treasure to her when she gets older.

Pamela Gordon said...

Your precious baby J is giving you lots of joy I see. She is adorable Pat. New babies are so full of cuddles and sweetness. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family.

Sheila said...

Such a happy Valentine's day for your whole family and it's all thanks to that sweet little bundle of joy!

pam said...

Oh my word....that little pink bundle brought tears to my eyes. Just beautiful. I know how joyful you all are to be close to love on each other. I totally approve of grandparents getting the ball started early in the spoiling department. Have fun!!!!

annie said...

What a yummy little bundle of pink she makes.
Enjoy your family Pat!

Susie said...

Pat, Please kiss that baby for me. Too sweet. I love the spon, it will be w true treasure for the little miss. Hope you and your husband are doing well, getting used to the difference in life.xoxo,Susie

Lynn said...

So nice to have her home and I'm sure you're loving every minute Pat! Happy Valentine's Day-enjoy:@)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a precious gift! She'll treasure it always, I'm sure.

My camera has been acting a little 'wonky' lately too. Sometimes it's because of the lens I'm using. One of my lenses is more troublesome than the others. Good luck!

Congrats on the conference too!

eileeninmd said...

Pat, I know you must be tickled over your new Granddaughter. She is adorable. Loved the photos and mosaic! Happy Valentine's Day and have a great weekend!

A Garden of Threads said...

A wonderful Valentine present, she is adorable. Congratulations!!!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful, little girl. Congrats on your her birth! I know you will enjoy her so very much!

The Gathering Place said...

What a sweet little pink bundle of joy! I am sure you are loving every minute of your new baby time. I love the spoon idea!

Nellie said...

What a wonderful gift for that precious granddaughter! I know you are enjoying her!

Sarah said...

Pat, first let me say, J's grandparents look terrific. I think the move agrees with them. '-)
Little J will no doubt treasure this gift and it will surely become a family heirloom. What a beautiful, thoughtful gift!
Happy Valentine's Day to each of you! ~ Sarah

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Congratulations on the new Grandbaby. You are right, there is nothing like a newborn baby.

Margaret said...

Happy Valentines Day Pat, what a special one for you and your family! Baby "J" is surrounded by so much love. Your Tiffany sterling silver spoon is the perfect gift for her to treasure. What precious photos, thank-you for sharing them. I feel for you, I hope your camera will be fixed quickly and you are able to find out how to solve the problem if it happens again. Baby "J" is beautiful, so adorable and looks so content! I love the photo of you, your daughter, and your granddaughter together! I think baby "J" has a young looking beautiful grandma! Happiness is the best beauty secret! I so enjoy your blog Pat! Margaret from B.C.

Ola said...

wonderful little girl!
życie & podróże

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your granddaughter is adorable Pat and the silver spoon from Tiffany is a perfect gift. I still have my baby spoon and a couple of silver cups with my name on them. Believe it or not, I've found ways to use them. When I reach for a q-tip from my silver baby cup, my grandmother's face always comes to mind (and I'm a baby boomer).

Sorry to hear about your Nikon and hope you can get it fixed. That's a bummer.

Tracy said...

LOVE to you & yours, Pat! So glad to see sweet Baby J... to cute in her pink teddy bear outfit too! Lovely with the silver spoon... Sorry about your camera issues, wish I could help... Hope you find the solution. Happy Days ((HUGS))

diane b said...

She is such a gorgeous bundle of joy. I can hear and see how proud you are and what a lucky child to be brought into your family.
I don't have a Nikkon but a similar thing happened to me. I couldn't take a message used to come up with "the camera cannot communicate with the lens". There was a poor connection between the lens and the camera. Try cleaning the metal connection tabs but don't be too hopeful it didn't work for me. I had to take it back to the store. Luckily it was still under warrantee and they gave me a new lens.
Try googling the problem or go to a Nikkon help forum.
Hoorah for the old faithful P&S camera. This disaster happened to me the day before we left for USA in 2011 and I had to take the trusty P&S. I was quite pleased with the results too.

diane b said...

Ooops it should read......" I couldn't take a shot and a message........"

Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

That nursery is adorable, perfect for an adorable, smiling little gal. Precious. And the silver spoon? Fantastic idea!

Best of luck with the camera problem. I have a Canon, so no words to help figure it out.

AND...Congratulations on the IBM campaign. Such an honor. They've chosen well to have picked you to help the promotion. Good luck and enjoy!

Most of all, though, enjoy that little girl and the rest of your Colorado clan. (Like I need to encourage you to enjoy them, right!)

Cindy said...

What a sweet daddy little baby "J" has! I guess a silver spoon before I saw what it was! What a precious little one you have and how wonderful that you can be so near her to watch her grow up.
I would give anything to live near my daughter and her kids, but that will never happen, I don't think.
I'm so glad for media, too, I met you through it. I'm grateful for that.
Hugs, Cindy

Shirleyanne said...

A perfect present for your beautiful Grandaughter!
Such a wonderful event to celebrate

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

What a sweet Valentine's Day post. I can see she has certainly stolen your hearts!

Betsy Brock said...

She's lovely! And that is the perfect gift. I still have my silver baby spoon with my first name and birth date engraved on it. She will treasure hers forever!

Pondside said...

A silver spoon is a beautiful gift for a beautiful baby girl.
Our daughter was given a sterling silver bracelet - just like her mama's and her aunties'. I will have to think about what to do for our expected granddaughter!

Diane said...

Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter, who is so much more precious than silver! However, silver is one of my main obsessions and that adorable girl deserves no less! What a lucky sweetheart to have such caring grandparents!!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Pat, I think you found the sweetest little baby keep sake! Special for her for a lifetime. Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter. I love all the photos, that little pink suit is so precious.
About the camera, my Nikon did that the day before Christmas Eve. Our only grandchild, four year old Connor was coming from out of town so hubby surprised me with a new one. The old one refused to ever make another photo. I'm not sure what caused this, only that the camera was old and well used.

Thanks for sharing Pat.

The French Hutch

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

She's lovely - you must be so proud. x

Jeanne said...

WOW Pat, your post is wonderful of baby J. She is so adorable and I know I have said this several times already but I mean it from my heart. Her beautiful spoon from Tiffany's was a brilliant idea. What a wonderful gift for her to treasure from her grandparents.

How exciting to be chosen for your bio about your connection to so many ways to communicate on the net and what it means to you. You are the perfect person to do this. I am looking forward to your next 30 days of posting.

Our cameras are Cannon. I do hope you can get this fixed. I asked Bill about it and he is very smart but he hasn't a clue. Good luck Pat.

Wishing you happy days as always.
Love, Jeanne

SmilingSally said...

What a sweet bundle from Heaven; you must be dancing for joy! The Tiffany spoon is a great idea. It's functional and a keepsake. Can't get better than that.

Congratulations on your honor from IBM.

Sorry, but I'm no help for you on camera problems (as you can see from my weak attempts.)

Have a good Blue Monday, Pat.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Pat, We been in Arkansas for a week --so I'm trying to catch back up with my blog friends. Hope you had a great week.

Great pictures of your little Cutie Pie --and I love your gift for her.. How special is that!!!!!


Micupoftea said...

Congratulations...what JOY! A sweet blessing. Shopping for a special gift must have been fun. :)

Marie said...

OH what a lovely baby! She will be surely and dearly love by everyone around her! :)

Visiting from Blue Monday! :)

- Marie PH.

Dana said...

Such a beautiful little girl! Congratulations!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the baby!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Fashion Momma said...

How cute! Your gift is perfect.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

genie said...

Once you have received a gift from Tiffany's you NEVER forget the color, appearance, and ribbon on the boxes. The spoon was the perfect gift...genie

RNSANE said...

How beautiful your granddaughter is! I am anxiously awaiting the debut of my first grandchild. April 21 seems like 1 million days away.

How wonderful that you're going to participate in this IBM social networking project. You're an inspiration to all of us.

Chubskulit Rose said...

How precious!

Trying to catch up with BLUE Monday.
Your comment is always appreciated and valued!

Blue Celebration

GailO said...

Congratulations Pat! Baby J is absolutely gorgeous! Love her in her little pink teddy bear suit:)

Annesphamily said...

I love the little silver spoon. A true keepsake. A lovely gift for a precious girl!