Welcome to my blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Easter Hutch in My Craft Room

It's hard to believe that Easter is just a few short weeks away!
So to celebrate the season, and add a springy touch to my craft room, I decided to decorate my hutch.
Awhile back I shared with you the Easter pennant that I created.  I thought my hutch would be the perfect place to display it!

 Here is a look at my hutch and desk, which reside in my craft room. This was part of my French Provincial bedroom set that I had when I was a young girl.  My mom still had the desk, hutch, and matching chair, and didn't use them.  I brought them home a few years ago, and just love it!
Ok, I am totally dating myself, but I remember when I was about 11 or so, going to Montgomery Ward with my mom and sister to pick out my furniture.  I was beyond thrilled, as it was my very first new furniture!
I picked out the matching four poster bed, dresser, and mirror.  I think so many little girls had sets very similar to this at the time.
Little did I know, but that was the start of my love of all things French and shabby chic!
 I think the banner adds such a fun and festive touch!

 I had fun adding touches here and there, like this tres chic petite Eiffel Tower, a gift from a dear friend.
Sitting next to it is a peat pot I made last year, with a bird's nest and faux eggs that I made from polymer clay,
 A sweet little bunny and large silk blossom are hallmarks of spring!
 A small vintage glass apothecary jar (a thrift store find) is filled with pink and blue eggs that I made, along with one of my French bird tags.
 Cute little chicks on an Easter card.
 I "borrowed" this glass cloche with nest and eggs from my Etsy shop.
 I love displaying vintage postcards or photos in my vintage flower frog!
 Here are two of my vintage Easter postcards I pulled out of my stash.
 Gorgeous heart shaped tag I purchased from Becky at Timewashed, which I shared with you last week.  Love!
 Vintage Virgin Mary print is a gentle reminder of the reason we celebrate.
 Here's one last look!  Thanks for joining me on my little tour!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Vintage Basket Makeover

Hi everyone, 
Happy Spring!
One of the first things I think of with the change of seasons, going from cold and dark winter to sunny and mild spring, is color!
Especially the soft pastels that I love.
So that was the inspiration for my latest makeover.
I had a cute vintage wood slat basket in my stash for several years, and really never did anything with it.  It sat nearly forgotten in the cupboard for ages.  I almost got rid of it more than once, but thankfully I held onto it!  It looked like the type of basket that might have held produce at one point.  I neglected to take a before shot, but it had the original dark finish.  Cute and rustic, but not what I had in mind!
So, I ended up painted and embellishing it, and this is what I came up with!
 I began by dry brushing the entire basket in a soft peachy pink chalk paint.  I blended several different colors til I came up with the shade I had in mind.  I just love doing that!  I wanted some of the original dark stain to show thru, so that is why I decided to dry brush it.  And since it looked kind of "flat" with just the peachy pink, I then dry brushed a creamy white latex paint ('cause that is what I happened to have on hand!), layering it to give added dimension.  I liked that look so much better than just the peach alone!

 Then I set about to embellish the basket.  I began by pulling out some various supplies that I happened to have on hand.  I added gorgeous wide cotton creamy lace trim to the top edge.
I also happened to have these pretty silk blossoms, in the perfect shades of peach, pink, and blush.
Love!  I added those to the front, along with their green silk leaves.
 You know how much I love glitter, right?  Well, these flowers actually came with a touch of glitter, so I didn't have to add any more:)!
 Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I painted the cute little wood handle with the same peachy, creamy dry brushing technique.
I also love adding crinkly seam binding ribbon to many of my projects, and I had this pale pink that was perfect!  So I tied a generous bow of it to each side of the wire handle.
 The best part of this project, other than the fun I had, was that I had all of the supplies needed on hand!
 I've placed it in my Etsy shop.  Wouldn't it be darling used as a flower girl's basket in a rustic themed wedding?  Or filled with a pretty flowering plant?
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Vintage Stenciled French Themed Crate

Bon Jour Mes Amis!
Are you attracted to vintage wood crates like I am?  Well, I'd been looking for one to redo for some time, and finally found one!  Well, I have to give my hubby credit for finding it actually, while we were out thrifting together recently.
I didn't get any before shots of this vintage wood fruit crate.  Let's just say that it was in need of some love!
Or should I say "amour", as I gave this puppy a makeover with a French accent!

 After giving the crate a good cleaning, I began by painting it with a beautiful light blue chalk paint.  I intentionally left some of the wood showing thru here and there, to add to the time worn charm.
 A bit of distressing gave it even more of a rustic feel.  I then stenciled both front and back with this lovely
"Marche Aux Fleurs", or "Market of Flowers".
And to each end I added the word "fleurs".
 I am so happy with the way it turned out.  I had alot of fun during the little photo shoot, as I placed this beauty in my Etsy shop if you care to look.
 Wouldn't it be beautiful filled with pots of lavender?
 That is one of the reasons I love crates.  Not only are they good looking, but can be used in so many ways, all thru out the house.  Fill with books and magazines, or maybe place on the kitchen counter with wine glasses and a wine bottle.  Or used in the bathroom to attractively store towels or toiletries.
So there you have it, my vintage fruit crate turned French flower market crate!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Has Sprung!

I know many of you, myself included, are more than ready for spring to arrive!
So today I thought I'd share with you the gorgeous spring blooms at our local botanical gardens
As members, we were invited the other day to a pre show, and WOW, what a show it was!
 We are so fortunate to have the gardens nearby, and walk Katie their nearly every day on their many trails and scenic drives.
  I snapped alot of pictures, so I will let them do most of the talking:)
 The scents were amazing!
 The conservatory had tons of stunning amaryllis, more than I have ever seen before!

 Isn't this flower fairy, below, charming and sweet?
 So many colors, it was a feast for the eyes!

 Just look at these gorgeous orchids!  They all are on one plant!
 Daffodils are favorites of mine, so cheery, I think!

 Wish you could smell everything!

 Ok, this isn't a flower, but I had to share.  The huge kumquat tree in the tropical dome was loaded!  I was oh so tempted to stuff one in my mouth:)
 Kites hanging from the ceiling add a fun and festive touch!
 The amaryllis blossoms were huge, each bloom larger than my outstretched hand!
Thanks for joining me on my little tour today!
Here is wishing spring comes early for us all!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dreamy Tags

As soon as I spotted the latest gorgeous tags that Becky from Timewashed had created, I could hardly wait to buy them for myself!
The tags are even more beautiful in person, full of so many details and layers of creamy, dreamy lace.
If you haven't visited Becky's blog or Etsy shop, you are in for a treat!
I purchased two of her tags, and they are truly works of art.

The base of each tag is wood, so they are sturdy and substantial.
I really love Becky's idea of white washing the burlap background!
I've been drooling over all of the gorgeous trims, lace, and bling.

 Love the butterfly.

 Let your faith take wing..........................
 And I love the fine tuile "fringe" on the bottom!  It makes me think of a ballerina's tutu:)

 The second tag that I purchased is heart shaped, and features a gorgeous creamy fabric flower.

 It looks perfect here in the little vignette I created in our bedroom.
 It's obvious that Becky puts her heart into all of her creations!
 Just look at the snippets of gorgeous vintage lace, petite pearly buttons, velvet ribbon, and even a silk sari ribbon.  And don't forget about the bling!
Thank you Becky for inspiring us all!