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!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Moving On

Hi everyone,
I sure have missed everyone in blogland, and hope you haven't thought that I've fallen off the face of the earth.
Thought I would do a quick update to say that hubby and I finally found a new home down in beautiful western North Carolina.
We will be moving to a cute town that is very dog friendly, and has lots of neat shops and sidewalk cafes.
(Our cocker spaniel Katie has already made lots of friends while we were down house hunting last week!)
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Since I am not one to gloss over anything, or candy coat the truth, I will say that this move is a hard one.  It is not something that I welcomed or wanted.  Leaving a home that I love, and my big craft room, and the gardens that I have tended here the last 15 years is going to be difficult. Even harder is leaving family and friends, especially my 88 year old mom. But, we will be just a little over 600 miles away from Michigan, so I know that there will be visits back and forth.
For me change is hard.  I am not talking small changes like a new hairstyle or paint color on the walls.  I mean big life changes.
But, I do look forward to getting settled into our new place, decorating it just the way I want, and sharing it all with you!
I've missed you all!
One really great thing about our new home is that the former owner had a wonderful, light filled artist studio at the back of the house, overlooking the yard and woods.  So that will be my creative space!  It seems that God had this place in mind just for us, as He knew just how important creating is to me, and how I already am missing my craft room here.
So for now we are very busy packing and getting ready for our move.
Tomorrow we are closing on our home here in Michigan, something that I am dreading and have such an oh so heavy heart.
Then 10 days later we are on the road to North Carolina.
So please visit again, once we are settled, as I am looking forward to sharing our new place with you.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's a Dog's Life!

Hi All, Katie the Cocker Spaniel here.
My mom said she's been neglectful of her blog as of late.
(what is a blog?  is that something I can eat?????)
She has been more than a little stressed with trying to sell our house and trying to find a new place for us all to live,
and said that her blog has sadly fallen by the wayside.
So I thought I'd pop in as her special guest blogger to say
"Woof"!
And to show you what my idea of the perfect day looks like................

Stretched out in my wicker chaise lounge in the sunroom.........................
(ooops, does this pose make my belly look fat???)

 Seriously, I think it's true when they say the camera adds 10 pounds!!!
 Now if only my mom could take a cue from me, and just chill out for awhile, we'd be all set!
 Oh, I forgot to add that a perfect day also includes lots of tummy rubs:)!
Hopefully my mom will be back soon, talking about her usual favorite stuff like glitter, paint, and thrift shopping......................
Woof, y'all!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

More Adventures in Paris

Bonjour Mes Amis!
I apologize for being missing in action for the past two weeks!  I promised you that I'd share more photos of our trip in May to Paris, and I've not forgotten!  Of course, life gets in the way, we've been going crazy with selling our house, trying to figure out details like where we will live, etc, etc.  Let me tell you, it is not fun, and I've been more than a little stressed, to say the least!  But, I will save all of that for another time.  For now, let's just talk about the fun stuff, Paris!
Of course it's not a proper trip to Paris without a visit to the Eiffel Tower!
It was a glorious warm and sunny day the day we were there.
On our last trip to Paris, we climbed to the top. But this time, we decided it was much easier to enjoy the view down at ground level!

 Notice that large round ball suspended from the center? We couldn't figure out what that was til we got closer.  I swore that it looked like a giant tennis ball, and I was right!
I didn't get a shot of it, but in one of the park areas at the base of the tower, a tennis match was being broadcast on a large screen, and several hundred people were watching from the lawn.
 Oh, you can get a glimpse of the screen to the right of hubby! (above)
 And a shot I snapped while standing underneath the tower!
 Just look at all those roses!  They weren't fragrant, but they were oh so pretty!
Next lets visit another favorite of ours, Luxembourg Gardens.  The gardens are a short walk from our hotel, and a very popular spot, especially on the weekend.  It was Sunday when we visited, and the park was full of sun bathers, runners, picnickers, and people just relaxing and having fun people watching.
 First off, the park is huge (over 56 acres) and very impressive!  
The amazing building you see here was built in 1612, and was the palace of Marie de Medici, widow of King Henry IV.
Now days it's owned by the French Senate.
Gorgeous urns, statues and flowers are everywhere.
 I love the tranquility of this shaded pool and fountain.

 The large pond, below is always full of toy remote control sail boats, that young children race.

 I was loving all of the pink foxglove, behind me.
Thanks for joining me on my little tour!
Hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Visit to Versailles

Bonjour Mes Amis,
How is your week going so far?
Today I wanted to share with you our trip to Versailles.  Hard to believe we were there a week ago today!
This was our third trip there, and let me tell you, the place is amazing!
Versailles is just a short 30 minute train ride from Paris, making it super easy to reach.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit, go!
But be prepared for lines, very long, long lines!

 We thought we were being oh so smart and bought our tickets on line.  We figured that would cut our wait time to get in.  Well, weren't we in for a surprise when we got there and found this?  Yikes!  Yes, that is the line for people who already have their tickets!
We later heard that Tuesday is not the day to go!  It wasn't nearly that busy on our previous visits.  If we hadn't already paid for our tickets, we seriously would have hopped right back on the train for Paris!
 Thank goodness it wasn't raining or anything, as we stood outside waiting to enter for nearly 2 hours!
 And once inside, it was elbow to elbow.  Geez, you would think a place this huge couldn't possibly become crowded, but it does!
Can you believe that it's more than 721,000 square feet, and 700 rooms???
 I snapped so many pics, I'll let the photos do most of the talking.


 To say the palace is sumptuous is putting it mildly.  No surface was left bare and unadorned.  The ceilings were amazing!
Below is the chapel.



 It was so crowded that I had a hard time getting some good shots.
Below is a painting of the young Louis XVI.
Just look at that amazing wallpaper, which actually is fabric!
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 I was drooling over the chandeliers!
 One of the most fabulous rooms in the palace is the Hall of Mirrors.
Note the crowds?

 How would you like to clean all of those chandeliers??
 At the time it was built, most people didn't even own a mirror. They were a rare luxury item.
So to have a huge room lined with floor to ceiling mirrors was unheard of.

 Imagine waking up in this bed, below.

 Marie Antoinette's bedroom, below.
Did you know that the queen had to give birth in front of the public?
Yes, that's right!  As was the custom of French royalty back in the day, public births were a way to prove the new baby was actually of royal blood.  Can you imagine????
 Below is the Hall of Battles.  Huge paintings depicting French wars lined the enormous room.
   
A goofy picture of me, below.
 The grounds were equally amazing, and provided a welcome relief from the crowds inside!
Lots of fountains.




 The Orangerie, below, was one of my favorite gardens.
Amazing topiaries, huge potted lemon and orange trees, and perfectly groomed grass.
 I can only imagine the work involved maintaining it all!

 Thanks for joining me on my little tour.  Hope you aren't getting tired of my trip pics, I have more to share in future posts!
Au revior!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Paris, Part Deux

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Ready for another day in Paris?
Well today I thought I'd share with you some random shots that I snapped while visiting my favorite city.
I just love all of the amazing window displays, so full of creativity and unexpected delights.
Just look at this Eiffel Tower covered in macarons!  
Can you say "Oooh, la, la?"
Macarons are very popular in Paris, and you will find them in just about every patisserie and boulangerie.
They are a meringue based sweet treat, and come in such amazing colors.

 Ok, if a macaron covered Eiffel Tower is not up your rue, then how about this Arc de Triomphe?
 On nearly every corner is a flower shop, and flower markets also abound thru out Paris.
So of course I just have to stop and admire, smell, and enjoy all of the wonderful blooms and scents!
I really loved this pretty herb and vegetable display, below.
 I can almost smell the French lavender now!
 Aren't these hydrangeas just stunning?  I wish I had better luck growing them.
 They were so perfect looking, they didn't even look real!
 Another lovely display at a flower shop.  I was in love with all of the beautiful pink roses!

 I think the French must have perfected the art of display!

 Another pretty window.  Look closely and you will see a beautiful "cake" of lady fingers and roses in the center of the top shelf.
 Nothing is more quintessentially Parisian that a sidewalk cafe.  There must be literally thousands thru out the city!  And of course the folding bistro chairs are also a common staple.
Doesn't this just make you want to pull up a seat and enjoy a hot cup of caffe au lait, or perhaps a nice glass of chardonnay?
Ok, this shot is totally random, but I couldn't resist sharing.  I was so surprised to see an Office Depot in Paris!   We have never come across them in our travels to Europe, so I got a real kick out of spotting this little slice of home!
Remember I told you that we enjoy lots of great food on our trip?
Well I just love chocolate mousse and of course it is oh so French, and on nearly every menu.
I am rarely one to order dessert at home, but on vacation, well, that is another story!
And how many chances does a girl really get to indulge in one of her favorite treats, and in Paris?
 I don't even want to know how many calories was in this little dish!
Thanks so much for joining me on my little tour again!  Stop back in a few days and I'll share pics from our visit to Versailles!
Au revoir!