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!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Decoupaged Easter Eggs

 Hopefully you all aren't tired of seeing my glass apothecary jar!  I love changing out the contents with the seasons and holidays, and thought I'd share with you my Easter version!
 I've filled it with a bunch of eggs that I created last year, that I decoupaged and embellished with bits of this and that.  Also included are faux eggs in the prettiest shade of light blueish green, as well as a sweet tiny faux nest complete with a teeny tiny egg and feathers!
 I've tucked moss here and there for filler.  The eggs have been decoupaged with vintage sheet music, and pages from a vintage French book.  I added pretty ribbon in the shades of aqua and blue that I love.
 Aren't these blue paper flowers gorgeous?  I think I picked them up at Michael's.  To some of the eggs, I added pale yellow silk hydrangea blossoms, that I dusted with a bunch of glitter.
 Here's a look from above, with the lid removed.

 It's on our dining table, where we can enjoy it each day.  Come summer, I'll add special sea shells and some sand, for a beachy feel.  But for now, I am loving my eggs!
 With Easter just a few days away, I am reminded of days past when my mom would take my older sister and I to pick out a special outfit for Easter Sunday church services.  It was such a treat, and a big adventure picking out a brand new dress, as well as shoes and a purse to match!  Often we would get new hats and I also remember wearing little white gloves when I was very young.  Wow, things sure have changed, haven't they?
Below is a photo of yours truly, taken at Sunday School, when I was not quite 3 years old.   I'm sorry for the poor picture quality.  Not only is this photograph a little worse for wear, but we don't have a scanner, so I had to take a picture of it.
I look scared to death, don't I? I was painfully shy as a little girl, and into adult hood as well.  I think this must have been taken at Easter, as the date is April.  Notice my little pocket book with the pretty floral embellishment?  I started loving all things embellished at a very early age, I guess:)  I have to laugh at the purse though, wondering what I kept in it?  Candy???!
I was wearing a little pale pink dress, white sweater, and of course shiny black t-strap shoes and white knee socks. So very lady like!  Oh, and a barrette in my hair, too.
If only life could be so simple now...........
 Wishing you and your family a very blessed Easter!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dreamy Whites & Blogger Blues

Bonjour Mes Amis!
This week sure flew by, didn't it?  It's finally starting to feel like spring around here, and I am oh so happy!
And since anything painted my favorite creamy, dream white also makes me happy, I thought I'd share with you some of my latest transformations that I've added to my Etsy shop.
 I found this beautiful framed vintage print of the Virgin Mary down in Georgia this winter.  Problem was, the metal filigree frame was a very gaudy gold.  I could hardly wait to paint it my favorite shade of cream!

 This is the before, below.
I think Mary looks so much happier after the makeover, don't you?
 The wonderful details were totally lost in all of that gold!
 I don't have befores of the rest of my makeovers (bad blogger, I know!), so I'm afraid you'll have to use your imagination.  I love collecting pretty pictures frame, and united all of these by painting them shades of white and cream.  
 I found this cute little vintage mirror while out thrifting, and thought it would be the perfect addition to the frame set!

 I've got to give hubby credit for finding this next piece!  (guess I have trained him well!).
It is a vintage sewing organizer. At least I think that was its original purpose.  I think it also would be pretty holding jewelry, or used on a desk for office supplies.  I wish that I'd taken a before shot, as it was a very ugly brown wood tone, ugh!
 Look at the pretty raised details on the top and front.  It's actually made of molded plastic, but you'd never guess it!
 The top lifts off to reveal two compartments.
 And there is a drawer below.  Cute!
 Last of all, are a pair of vintage Burwood wall sconces.  Again, they are actually molded plastic, but I think now that they're painted the look like old plaster!
 So, you already know that I love all things white and creamy white!  But what I don't love are issues with Blogger!  Are any of you having problems with it?  I have been singing the Blogger Blues, as it's just been giving me fits.  I can leave comments on your blog posts, but apparently many of you aren't receiving those comments in your in boxes. If you are like me, you usually don't check for comments on your actual blog, just in your in box.  So, I didn't want you to think that I've not been visiting or commenting, I am!
When I leave a comment, I often receive it back in my spam as a "mail delivery failure", but the comment is on your post.  I know I'm not the only one having these issues.  And, the same thing is often happening on my end.  I am not getting all of your comments in my in box, so I now (thanks to Blogger!!) am trying to get in the habit of also checking my blog for any comments that I've missed receiving.  I do appreciate everyone of you who visits, and who leaves me comments, and I almost always respond.
I've also had a few people tell me that I'm a "no reply" blogger, though I've not changed any of my settings.
And some people say that I am not a no reply blogger.
 I've tried clearing my history and cache, and that didn't solve it.  So apparently it's something that #$%%^#$&*  Blogger is up to!  If any of you have any suggestions or ideas, or are experiencing the same issues, I would love hearing from you!
Ok, now that I have that off my chest, hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Latest Projects

Today I thought I'd share with you some of my latest projects.
I'd picked up an unfinished wood shelf last fall and had it in my "to paint" stash.
It was a bit boring in its unfinished state, and I wanted to add something special to it.
Finally inspiration struck!  I painted it a pretty light blue (my favorite color!), then added this pretty Frenchy stencil by DecoArt.
 I must say that it turned out even cuter than I thought it would!
 I love the curvy front, and the neat curved side brackets.
 I'm always hunting for mirrors to transform.  I found this over the winter when we were down south, and it was in a pretty sad state.  It had been painted layers and layers of an awful rusty color and just wasn't very happy!  So, after cleaning her up, I just knew she'd look prettier in pink!
 She looks so much happier now, I think!
 Next up are a pair of wood and metal vintage candle sconces.  I'd had them in my stash forever, and had practically forgotten all about them (do you ever do that?).  I painted them a soft light blueish gray chalk paint from DecoArt.  I am really loving this color!
 Geez, I should have taken "before" shots of all of my makeovers, but I guess I was just too excited to start transforming everything!  Trust me that these sconces look oh so much better than their former boring dark brown finish with black metal accents!
 I also used the same pretty blue gray to paint this crown moulding shelf.
 I then used DecoArt's cream wax to give it a nice hand rubbed finish.
 Now it's back to pink!  I found this cute vintage wall pocket basket, which was originally white.  I love the hobnail pattern, and the pretty ruffly top!
 This is the second one that I've found, so I knew I wanted to go pink with this one, just like the previous one that I did about a year ago.
 It's made by Burwood, as are these sweet little butterflies, that I found down in Georgia this winter.
 I think they would look adorable in a little girl's room!
 Since you know how much I love mirrors, I couldn't resist showing you this little cutie, below!
It is vintage, and actually found by hubby when we were out thrifting last week!
I guess I've trained him well, as he now has a very good eye!:)
 The frame was a really ugly dark brown, and was practically begging me to paint it a bright and cheery aqua!
And last up is a tall wooden candlestick, which also was practically forgotten in my stash!
I painted it the same wonderful blue gray chalk paint that I showed you in some of the projects above.
I really love the carved details of this piece.
 I used a darker cream wax from DecoArt to give it that aged look.
 I've placed all of my creations in my Etsy shop if you'd like to take a look!
Hope you all gave a great day!
Now I'm off to find something else to paint!:)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Fun Drab to Fab Makeover!

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Hope you're having a great weekend, I can't believe how quickly this past week has gone!
Today I wanted to share with you one of my latest drab to fab makeovers.
I'll show you a peak at the "after"...........
A pair of pretty wooden bookends that I painted and stenciled.  But, they didn't begin life looking so stylish.  Oh, no!
 Here is what they looked like when I first spotted them while out treasure hunting recently.
Dark brown stain and a strawberry motif made them shout "1970's country" for sure!!
 I snatched them up quickly, as I just knew they had plenty of potential and would be so much happier with a little paint and tlc!
 I began painting them with DecoArt's chalky finish paint in a creamy dreamy white.  Initially I thought I'd decoupage something to the fronts, but then I had a bit of a brainstorm and decided to add a stencil instead.
Since you know I love all things French, this gorgeous fleur di lis from DecoArt's line of stencils seemed the perfect fit!  I used a pretty blue gray for the stencil, also by DecoArt.
 A bit of distressing and a clear sealer, and voila!!!!!
 A pair of wooden bookends with a French flair!
I'll be adding these to my Etsy shop.  Since I had so much fun creating this pair, I am definitely going to keep my eye out for more bookends to transform!
 Ok, on another note, thought you might like to see how our Katie and her daddy spend their afternoons!
 It sure is a rough life!
Hubby is hard at work in his retirement (note the remote control in his hand?!).
It's a dog's life, for sure:)!
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