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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!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Feeling a Little Bit French, and I Won!!!

Bon Jour, Mon Amis!
It's no secret that I love all things French, so today I thought I'd share with you some of my latest creation with a French accent!

I transformed a plain, ordinary vintage wooden plate with the addition of pages from a vintage French text book, as well as a gorgeous fleur de lis image. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that first I painted the plate a nice creamy color.  If in doubt, use cream!!!
 I am calling this my "French lessons plate"!
 I also made one with a crown motif.  Oooh , la, la!
 Because what could be more French than the fleur de lis or crown?
 Some distressing along the edges, and they are full of shabby French goodness!
 I've also been having fun making a series of altered vintage apothecary bottles.  I adore this gorgeous copy of a vintage French label (from the Graphics Fairy, as is the crown and fleur de lis). Isn't it a stunning label?  It's one of my new favorites!
 A generous dusting of glitter (or course!), as well as embellishments of a glittered silk hydrangea blossom, and a key make this bottle tres magnifique!  I have added all of these pieces to my Etsy shop, if you care to take a look!
I was super excited yesterday, as I was thrilled to discover that I won Linda's giveaway over at
Itsy Bits and Pieces!!!  Linda so very generously gave away a $50 gift certificate to any of her Etsy shops!  And I won?!!! Yeah!!! Linda has not one, not two, but three Etsy shops! You can check them out here, here, and here! So, I have been browsing and drooling in all of her shops, and I think I have found just what I would like!  It was so hard to chose, as she has so many gorgeous, wonderful treasures in each of her shops!  Linda, I sure don't know how you manage all three shops, you make it look so effortless!  Thank you, Linda, from the bottom of my heart!  You made my entire week!

I'm linking up with the following parties:  Faded Charm White Wednesday


NanaDiana said...

Oh- I am so glad that you won, Donna. A little something to further brighten up your summer away from "home". Love your plates..they are oh-so-French! xo Diana

Daniella said...

Hi Donna!!
Thank you so much for visiting me today! Cindy is so sweet! I am a bit embarrassed that she did that though!!
Your blog is amazing!! I am soo loving your awesome creations!! And I am happily following you too!!

Gracie's Cottage said...

Big congrats to you...Linda has the best goodies and I'm sure you'll have fun finding junkalicious treasures!


Christine said...

You're plates are amazing...I love that fleur de lis from Karen, it's one of my favorites...Congratulations on your win!!

Susan said...

Congratulations on the win Donna! You deserve it!
Fabulous job on those plates & bottles - yummy Frenchiness!
- susan

Linda said...

Aren't you sweet, Donna! I am so happy you won! Love your new creations...wonderful graphics and the bottles are so sweet!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
This is so exciting!!! I'm so HAPPY that you won! Wow, my awesome friend won a prize from my other awesome friend!!! I'm so blessed that both of you are part of my life and my "blogging family."

And of course, I love all your French creations!!!

victoriantailor said...

Love the Fluer de Les, this is my company trademark! Celeste, The Victorian Tailor

Kathy said...

Lucky girl, lots to chose from in 3 great shops! Have fun shopping....

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Lucky you!!! Congrats on the win!!! Love the french plates...especially the fleur-de-lis!

Ido said...

Congratulations!!! it's awesome to win giveaways. Love all your French creations!
Have a fantastic day!

Lorraine said...

Congrats on winning the giveaway!! You'll have fun etsy shopping. I love your new French creations!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Hi Donna, what a lucky duck indeed you are. So pretty. Linda is so sweet and that was such a generous giveaway, glad you won. Hope you are enjoying your summer.