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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tray Chic!

Hello ladies, hope you all are enjoying a nice long holiday weekend!
 The other day I received the most wonderful surprise in the mail!  Ok, I knew that I was getting it, but it was still thrilling to open, it felt like Christmas!  Linda, over at Itsy Bits and Pieces recently had a giveaway of a $50 gift certificate to anything in any of her 3 Etsy shops!  And I won!  Needless to say, I was like a kid in the proverbial candy store as I browsed all of the wonderful treasures in her shops!  As soon as I spotted this gorgeous vintage toile tray, I just knew that it would be perfect in our house!!
 I really love the soft green shades of the tray, and the hand painted flowers are beautiful!
 It is even prettier in person!
 Just look at all of the wonderful hand painted details!  Linda is such a sweetheart, she also included some extra surprises in my package (which I forgot to photograph until I sat down to write this, darn!).  Linda must have e.s.p., as she included some vintage French vocabulary cards, which I just love!  In fact, I was debating on picking  out a whole bunch of them from her shop with the gift certificate!  And she also sent me some wonderful light blue vintage seam binding.  I am addicted to seam binding, so I will have lots of fun creating it!  Thanks so much Linda, for the generous gift!  I will think of you each time I look at your gorgeous tray!!
I imagine that many of you will be spending your long holiday weekend by the shore, soaking up the sun and sand!  Well, can you believe that we spent part of our weekend yesterday playing in the snow?!  Yes, I said snow!
Since we moved out here to Washington State, we've been enjoying taking day trips to discover our new little piece of paradise!  Yesterday we headed north, up near the Canadian border, to Mt. Baker.  It seemed like it took forever to reach the mountain!  We kept driving up, up, and up twisting, winding roads!  Good thing I wasn't driving, as all of those hair pin curves were starting to make me just a bit dizzy!  Or, maybe that was the altitude?!  haha!
We were in awe of just how breathtakingly beautiful it all was!  I never thought that in July I would find myself surrounded by snow covered mountains!  In the above photo, you can see the snow sliding down the hills, there were even big chunks of it that had fallen into the road!
God sure knew what He was doing when He created the earth, wasn't he?
Hope you all have a very fun and safe 4th!


Karen said...

I love the tray! Just your style and color.

The pictures of your trip up the mountain are beautiful! How neat to see snow in July!

Have a nice 4th.

Love, Karen

NanaDiana said...

Ummmmm...maybe you were dizzy because you are blond? Just sayin....

Love your tray!!! LOVE IT! What fun to get nice little suprises in the mail, isn't it?

Your new neck of the woods is pretty amazing. Please tell me you ARE coming back!!!! I know you are only a state away then! Happy 4th, Donna- xo Diana

Cindy Adkins said...

Happy 4th of July, Donna!!! What a beautiful tray--it is truly "tres chic!" And what gorgeous pictures of your trip--wow...it's beautiful there!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

Linda is absolutely the best!! The phone rang as I was making that comment! I wanted to say that Linda had the most AMAZING giveaway--and I'm so happy you won!!!

Ido said...

I love that tray, you chose right!
Also love the view of the mountains, it seems like there is snow year round, how cool! Hope you had a great 4th!

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

What a wonderful weekend you had! Snow! I dream of snow in July! It's a 100 degrees here, so I loved this post. The market looks fantastic and I'd LOVE to see the Barn House Boys!
Congrats on your win...the tray is beautiful. And bald eagles soaring would really make my day. I found the one in your pic. Thanks for the trip into the cool country. : )


Amanda said...

Hi Donna!!
Nice choice on the tray with your gift certificate! What a fun giveaway! And a happy 4th of July to you too (a day late!) Mt. Baker is beautiful! Your photos are breathtaking! Thank you for your sweet visit and kind words! I always love hearing from you! I hope you have a wonderful week!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Linda said...

I am SO happy you loved the tray, Donna! It looks beautiful in your home! You are so sweet to share it on your blog!

Barbara Jean said...

love the color of that tray!
and all your whites. always love white.

barbara jean