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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, May 30, 2012

Syroco Heaven

Do you love Syroco as much as I do?  Well, I must say that my addiction with it is now officially an obsession!  One of my good friends, who loves thrifting as much as I do, is always on the hunt for beautiful Syroco pieces for me.
 If you visit me on a regular basis, you know how much I love finding and transforming these treasures with some paint and tlc.  So, I was thrilled when my friend surprised me with these beauties for my birthday, which was Sunday.  I was ooohing and aaaahing over not one, not two, but three beautiful Syroco mirrors!
 They are what I like to refer to as "gaudy gold", but not for long!  I've already stocked up on plenty of heirloom white, and can hardly wait for their transformations!  I especially adore the mirror with the attached candle sconces, below.  I've never seen one just like it!  My friend has quite the knack for finding treasures, and I think I've even turned her into a Syroco lover in the process!
 She also gave me these two gorgeous shelves.  Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to start painting everything, weather cooperating.  I'll be sure to share their transformations with you!  It's amazing what a difference paint can make.

 And if that wasn't enough excitement, she also found this pair of really unique candle sconces.  I've never seen any like them before.  Trust me, they will look totally different when I'm thru painting and distressing them!  Buh-bye gaudy gold!!
 And, she also found me a pair of these pretty sconces, below. Love!  I was literally squealing with excitement over all of my treasures, and have been in "Syroco Heaven" ever since!
 I also got a wonderful surprise in the mail for my birthday, from my sweet friend Cindy over at
Cindy Adkins Whimsical Musings.  She sent me the most gorgeous necklace, that I can hardly wait to wear!
 It features this beautiful watch, and lovely charms, too!  At first, I thought the watch was a charm.  But then when I realized it was a real watch, I was even more excited!  Love, love, love it!  Thank you so much, Cindy, you are so sweet!  Cindy had been very sick for several months, so it meant even more to me that she thought of me in the middle of all she is going thru.  I know that she would really appreciate your thoughts and prayers for her recovery.  She is a real gem, and it saddens me that she has been sick for so long.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!


Trisha said...

Happy Birthday to you!! I know I have told you this before, but every time I see Syroco or something similar, I always think of you! I have several that I am working on now! Thanks for the inspiration!!


The Bear's Blog said...

♫ Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, Miss Donna,
Happy Birthday to you ♫

Prudence ♥

Bee-u-tee-ful treasures too.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Birthday blessings, my sweet Donna! Such little pieces just waiting for your special touches.

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

I'm right there with ya on collecting the syroco.
Happy birthday!!

Okio B Designs said...

I can definitely see why you are obsessed! They are beautiful! I'm so sure I've seen them at garage sales here but I've probably passed them. Now I have to take a closer look!


Cindy Adkins said...

WOW, all those mirrors and shelves--they are amazing!!!! You got home just in time, didn't you? lol
I'm so happy that the watch arrived--Happy Birthday!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Happy belated birthday Donna! It's nice to 'hear' you happy after such an unwelcome home. I'm glad to read that things are improving at home, and you've been blessed with such attentive gifts. You deserve to smile!

Debbie said...

The watch is beautiful, Donna! How nice of Cindy to think of you on your birthday.
I'm sure all of the pieces will look lovely once they get your "treatment". Go girl!!