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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!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Visit to Acadia National Park

Hi everyone, hope you all are having a great week!
One of the highlights of our trip to Maine was visiting Acadia National Park. While we had been once before years ago, we forgot just how gorgeous it is, and somehow managed to miss alot of it!
It is even more beautiful in person than my photos can capture!  Trust me when I say it is amazing!
In the above photo, you will notice two large cruise ships.  Unfortunately they now stop at Bar Harbor nearly every day of the week, making the town pretty crowded when they are in port.  Thankfully the park itself is much less hectic!
I will let the pictures do most of the talking:)
Here's hubby, enjoying the view.  You can see for miles!
Wouldn't you love to live in this house??
Here we are at Sand Beach, also part of Acadia.  We were so excited that they now allow dogs on the beach!
We walked the beach two different days, the first being gorgeous and sunny, the second visit was pretty chilly and gray, but still beautiful non the less!
Below I snapped some "action shots" of our Katie doing one of her favorite tricks, playing "catch the feather".

 She is quite the little acrobat and can really jump high!
(Not to mention get very tangled in her leash!)

We also visited Bass Harbor Head lighthouse.
It is perched on a rocky cliff, surrounded by tall pine trees.  What a romantic setting!
 I found the photo below on line.  Isn't it gorgeous at sunset??

While many were venturing way out on the rocks for photos, I don't like heights, or climbing on rocks!!
So this is as far as I got for my pic!

Of course what is a trip without a little retail therapy?  We stopped in the nearby town of Northeast Harbor, which is a tiny and oh so quaint little fishing village.
I just loved this cute shop, below!

Inside this super cool giant lobster print is the first thing you see.  Love!
I was also loving the beautiful hooked wool rugs and pillows.  They were quite pricy, so none of them came home with me!
I just had to snap this shot of the other side of the street.  They must have known I was coming, and decided to paint their fence the same beautiful shade of aqua blue as the awning (love that color!!).
Isn't this white wicker furniture adorable?  It was sitting outside a very, very full antique shop.  So full that I had a hard time walking inside.  I was so afraid that I would knock something over, so I quickly walked out!
I have even more photos of our trip that I will be sharing again soon!
Thanks so much for coming along on my little tour:)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Greetings From Maine!

Hi everyone!
We just returned from two weeks of camping in our motor home on the East Coast, and I have many photos to share of our trip!
 The highlight of our vacation was our time spent in Maine.  Here Katie and I are playing "peek-a-boo" in the quaint fishing village of Belfast, where we stopped and shared a grilled crab and cheese sandwich for lunch.  Yum!
 It was a bit cool and overcast, and since no one else was sitting on the patio, they let us bring Katie to a table.
 We spent 5 nights camping in Bar Harbor, which was our very favorite!
Below you will see the bay, a breathtaking view of islands, mountains, and pretty boats.
 A beautiful inn right on the water.
 Their landscaping was just gorgeous!
 Hubby in a charming gazebo.  I just love all of the gingerbread trim!
 I couldn't resist snapping a shot of this cute pastry shop!
 Maine must be famous for their "whoopie pies", as they are everywhere!
My mom used to make these when I was a little girl, but we always called them "whoopie cookies".  Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
 This is our campsite where we spent 5 wonderful nights.  We first stayed here at this very campground 8 years ago, on our first big trip in our old motor home.
 And this was our view looking out the window!  Frenchman's Bay, which opens to the sea.
I just loved the mountains in the distance.  I snapped this shot at sunset.  We faced eastward, but were lucky to have a beautiful sky each night as the sun went down.
 The highlight of our entire trip was our visit to Acadia National Park, on Mount Desert Island.  We loved it the first time we visited, and knew we wanted to come back again one day.  We are so glad we did!  It is even more beautiful than we remember!!
Below is hubby and Katie (she was having a blast!), with stunning views of the sea, islands, and pine trees.
 We had a delicious seafood dinner one night, just down the road.
It was right on the water, and the views were amazing.
 (A goofy shot of me!)
I have many more photos to share in upcoming posts, including lots more of Acadia, the quaint little fishing villages that make up Mount Desert Island, and even a visit to a "Castle in the Clouds" mansion in New Hampshire!
Stay tuned:)
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

French Roses Decoupaged and Stenciled Box

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Today I wanted to share with you my latest favorite project that I just created, this Frenchy vintage wooden box!
I sure wish I had taken the time to snap a before photo.  I found the box earlier this summer when we were vacationing in northern Michigan.  It was brown, and had an old print decoupaged to the lid.  While at one time it may have been pretty, it was in dire need of a makeover!
While I wasn't immediately sure how I would transform her, I knew that I wanted to do some stenciling and decoupaging as well.
 I began by hand painting the box creamy white, inside and out.
As I was working on it, inspiration struck!
I had a really neat stencil from DecoArt of vintage looking French script, that I was just dying to use. And you know how much I love all things French!
So I used a light tan chalk paint, also by DecoArt, to stencil the script to the lid.
Then to the front, back and sides of the box, I stenciled  gorgeous fleur de lis and swirl motifs, also in the same tan 
I knew that I wanted to decoupage roses to the lid, so off to the Graphics Fairy I went.
 I knew as soon as I spotted this gorgeous vintage pink rose print, that it was just what I was looking for!
So I cut out the roses by hand (a bit tedious!), then decoupaged them to the lid.
 Aren't they stunning?

 I knew that I wanted to decoupage something to the inside of the box, so again I popped over to the Graphics Fairy and looked around til I found this beautiful ornate vintage label.
 I thought the pink, cream and gold tones were perfect!
I then added a Parisian street address to the label for fun
Our very favorite hotel we stay at in Paris is on Rue Ecoles.
 Here is the back side of the box.  I painted right over the metal hinges, then distressed them for a time worn look.
 I must say I love the way the box turned out!
While I would dearly love to keep her, I created her to add to my Etsy shop.
So that just means that I'll be on the hunt again for more boxes to transform, and next time I will be sure to create one for myself!
 Hope that I've inspired you a bit!
Au revoir!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cherub Treasure Box

Bonjour Mes Amis!
I've been meaning to share with you this gorgeous cherub box, which was given to me by a sweet friend as a birthday gift this past May.  I just love it!  Not only is it totally "me", but it looks perfect on my French Provincial hutch in my craft room.  And as a bonus, the inside of the box has little compartments, perfect for storing treasures and bits of this and that.
 For today's photo shoot, I brought the box to our dining table.
The box is wood, with a hinged lid.  Just look at the gorgeous cherubs on the glass insert!
 I love the front, too!
 Lift the lid, and this is what's inside...........
 I had so much fun filling the box with bits and pieces of craft supplies and other treasures, like the glittery French bird tags that I created.
 More fun little bits of inspiration!
 I love ribbon, so the box is perfect for displaying and storing some of my favorites, along with more of my tags.  I especially love the fleur de lis ribbon!

 Vintage French vocabulary cards, and a few of my glittered paper roses that I made from vintage sheet music await a future project.
 My friend also included several great ribbons, including this neat large wooden spool with gorgeous blue velvet ribbon.  (she knows my taste so well!) Love!

 More fun little bits and pieces.  Wooden birds ready for embellishment, and my glittered hydrangea blooms.
 Here is one last look at my box.
I must say it is one of my very favorite things!
Have a fun and creative week!
Au revoir!