Between the Lines

Produced and Written by Sharon Hatten

He writes, “I wish you were here.” Isn’t that what they all say? Looks like he’s been too busy to even smoke that cigar. I don’t know if I trust him.

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She writes back to him, “Sorry I haven’t written.” I think something’s brewing here besides tea!

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With slight hesitation and fortified by chocolate, she writes again, “I think we need some time apart.” I knew this was coming. Light a candle for the two of them—maybe they can still be friends on Facebook.

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1. Dobbs Fifth Avenue gray fedora from Younkers Bros. ($65 at A Okay Antiques in West Des Moines). Vintage books (courtesy of The Kenilworth House in Urbandale).
Green ceramic ashtray and match holder ($25 at Renovation Home in Des Moines). Assorted Iowa postcards ($6 each at A Okay Antiques).
 L.C. Smith & Bros. manual typewriter ($150 at A Okay Antiques).
Green Wearever fountain pen ($75), red Parker Lucky Curve fountain pen with gold overlay ($150) and blue Packard fountain pen ($30), all from A Okay Antiques.

2. Classic hardcover books ($21-$45 at Renovation Home in Des Moines).
Uttermost bulldog bookends ($177 at The Mansion in Des Moines).
English bone china teacup and saucer ($22 at Renovation Home in Des Moines).
Crane notecards and envelopes in platinum ($20 a box at Letter Perfect in West Des Moines). Graphic Image leather crocodile embossed portfolio ($135 at Letter Perfect). Cross pen in 10-karat gold ($221 at Josephs Jewelers in West Des Moines, West Glen location). Shiraleah red wool and acrylic throw ($98 at The Kenilworth House in Urbandale).

3. Mini Flos Kelvin LED lamp ($345 at Projects Contemporary Furniture in Des Moines).
Chocolate sea salt caramel ($15.98 per pound at Nan’s Nummies in West Des Moines).
Eyebobs Ciao! bamboo reading glasses ($85 at Letter Perfect in West Des Moines).
White wrapped books (courtesy of The Mansion in Des Moines). Paper Source Night Dots notecards ($13 a box) and Rosanne Beck Chevron Collections monogram notecards in pink and orange ($14 a box), both from Letter Perfect.
Swarovski pens in black and pink ($35 each at Josephs Jewelers in West Des Moines, West Glen location).
Missoni Home Mediterraneo candle ($88 at Projects Contemporary Furniture).

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