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!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Vintage Pottery, Puppy Pictures, & Giveaway Reminder

Hi everyone, how was your day?
 I am so excited!  My mom just gave me this gorgeous Roseville pottery piece yesterday!  It was a wedding gift to her and my dad back in the 40's.  I've admired it for years, and she always told me that one day it would be mine.  I am in love with the shape, the colors, and the gorgeous water lily, that is on both sides.  I will treasure it always, and one day pass it on to someone else in our family!
 So today I thought I would arrange it on my antique hutch in our living room, along with several other vintage pottery pieces that I already have.
 Did I tell you how much I love this?!  Now I think that I "need" a few more Roseville pieces so that I have an official collection!
 Among the pottery, I tucked a few favorite accessories, like my glass cloche.  Nestled inside is a real bird's nest, some moss, and several of my faux bird eggs that I created.

 I found this gorgeous McCoy green planter a few months ago while out thrifting.  I really love the raised leaf and berry motif.
 A pair of sweet little birdies poses in front of a vintage aqua gravy boat that I picked up recently.
 I really love the shape and color of this cute little aqua creamer, also a gift from my mom a few years ago.
 The other pieces are vintage as well, with the exception of the cream colored urn on the lower shelf.
I'm not sure howe long I'll keep the arrangement like it is, I think a bit of tweaking is in order.
But for now I am really loving it.  
Here's Katie taking a break on our  her bed!
 Being a cute little puppy sure takes alot of energy!

 "I can hardly keep my eyes open, mama!"
 "Can we please just get this photo shoot over with, so that I can have my little cat nap?"
Just as a reminder, if you have not already entered my 
"Paris in Spring Time" giveaway, be sure to do so!  I'll be drawing and announcing the name of the winner either this Thursday or Friday.  You can enter here.
Au revoir!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Thinking Pink & Giveaway Reminder!

Hello everyone, hope you had a great week!
I've been on a pink kick lately, and thought I would share with you some of my latest creations that I made for my shop.
I should have taken a before picture of this cute vintage wicker shelf.  To say that it was dirty was an understatement!  After a good scrubbing, priming, and multiple coats of a soft light pink, I think she is oh so much happier!  And so pretty, I think!

 For her photo shoot, I just had to add a few more pink pretties, like this tea cup and saucer that belonged to hubby's mom.
 And some of my pink faux eggs that I have been creating.
 Moving on, how about a pink Eiffel Tower?  When I was debating on what color to paint the tower, I thought to myself "why not pink?!"  Wouldn't it look cute in a little girl's room?
 I even made a glittered Eiffel Tower tag to go with it (in pink, of course!).
 I love putting together picture frame collections, and am really loving this set that I painted pink and creamy white.
 I've added pretty decorative paper to the frames (notice the sweet pink birdies?) as well as vintage sheet music.  But of course they could easily be replaced with photos or artwork.

 Of course I had to share a few photos of our Katie, soaking up the sun on "her" chaise lounge in our sun room!
 Sure is rough being a puppy!
If you haven't already entered, be sure to check out my 
You can enter here.  I will be announcing the winner sometime towards the end of next week.
Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Fun Giveaway!

Hi everyone.  Hope you are having a nice week!
Just for fun, I thought I would do a giveaway, that I am calling my
"Paris in Springtime" giveaway!
It's a super easy, no strings attached giveaway, and is my little way of saying thank you for all of you who visit me, and leave me such nice comments that truly make my day ('cause don't we all like getting nice comments?).
So, without further ado, here is what one lucky winner will receive:

Natasha is modelling for you this gorgeous minty green scarf, with the cutest little white polka dots.  I bought it last fall on our trip to Paris.  While I was so tempted to keep it for myself, I have lots of scarves.  And sharing is always so fun!
 The scarf is really big!  I can think of so many wonderful ways that you can enjoy wearing it.  Oh, and did I mention that it has fringe, too?  Love!
 Parisian women are some of the most stylish in the world.  They make it look so effortless!  And of course they always wear the most amazing scarves.  Now you can, too! 
Next is this yummy smelling bar of soap that I picked up the other day at Home Goods.  It smells so wonderful, I want to go back and buy myself a bar!
 You will also receive this pretty vintage milk glass dish, from my own personal collection.  I have so much milk glass, I decided that I really needed to pass along a few pieces to you!  The dish features a pretty all over quilted pattern on the back side, as well as a lovely scalloped edge.  You could use it as a soap dish like I have shown here, or enjoy as a candy dish.  Or maybe even put on your dresser to stash your jewelry.
 Also from my collection is this pretty vintage milk glass vase, perfect for holding spring time blooms!  It has a wonderful all over quilted pattern, and a cute flared shape.
 The winner will also receive a set of my clay tags.  I had so much fun making these, and have imprinted them with some of my favorite bird images.  I've added a touch of glitter, and they hang from pretty turquoise and white baker's twine.
 Lastly, the winner will also receive a set of 6 glittered notecards that I created.
They feature the prettiest wire dress form, lovely pastel flowers, and are imprinted with the word "Paris".
I've embellished them with my favorite wonderfully crinkly aqua seam binding.  
And of course glitter, 'cause you all know how much I love glitter!
Entering is easy peasy!  If you are a current follower, just leave a comment on this post.
I will draw the winning name some time towards the end of next week.
Good luck!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Puppies and Glitter

Yep, that is my therapy!  
We're having lots of fun with our Katie, but boy can she be a handful!
 You would never guess it by that sweet little face, would you?
I know that it won't last forever, that she is just doing what puppies are supposed to do!
 She is really growing fast!  Tomorrow she will be 3 months old.
Unless she is sleeping or her daddy is around to watch her, it has been a bit difficult to get much done around the house!  If I am not watching her like a hawk, you just never know what mischief she will get into!

Well, you know how much I love playing with glitter.  It always manages to put a smile on my face!
So I thought I'd share with you one of my latest projects, that I made for my Etsy shop.
 I'd had this neat vintage bottle for awhile, just waiting to be transformed. So, I decoupaged one of my all time favorite French labels from the Graphics Fairy to the front.  Isn't it just the prettiest?  I love the colors.  It might be hard to tell from the photos, but I've covered the label with my favorite clear coarse glitter from Martha Stewart.  I think I should by stock in the stuff, as much as I go thru:)
 To the neck of the bottle I tied a very generous bow of wonderfully crinkly taupe seam binding.  I also added this neat skeleton key imprinted with the word "heart".
And for more sparkly fun, I added this pretty silk hydrangea blossom that I just had to glitter!
It was a fun project, I really do love how it turned out.
Puppies + glitter = good therapy!!

On a more solemn note, saying prayers for all of those who are hurting.  It has been such a difficult week for so many people in our country.
Praying that the Lord will bless the people in Boston and Texas who have been affected by loss and tragedy.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Bird's Nest Peat Pots

I've been at it gain. Crafting with polymer clay.  It is my newest addiction!
I've been showing you the little bird's eggs that I have been creating, as well as some of my tags.  And you already probably know that I have a "thing" for bird's nests! Oh, and peat pots!  So I thought I would combine them all into some fun new creations!
I began by painting some peat pots that I had on hand a very, very pale blue, and of course I just had to add a bit of glitter as well!  I then fashioned  handles from  irridescent chenile stems.  For the trim on this one, I added cute little turquoise mini pom poms, and coordinating gross grain ribbon.  I then filled the pot with some crinkly brown craft paper.  And I lucked out and found the sweetest little real bird's nests for the two pots you see here.  Aren't they just the cutest?   Don't
worry, they are nests from last year.  I didn't steal any little baby birdies home!

 Those little birds must have worked so hard to build such amazing nests!  Ok, for the fun part:  I made some more eggs from polymer clay, and painted these a bright aquamarine.  I added some brown speckles, so they look quite realistic, if I do say so myself:)
 To the handle I typed on this sweet little clay birdie tag that I made.  The clay has bits of shimmery glitter already added to it, 'cause you all know how much I love glitter:)
 I really had alot of fun with this project!
 For the second peat pot, I filled the basket with my clay eggs that I painted speckly brown.

 I tied the tag on with pretty narrow white lace.
 And trimmed the rim with the most adorable mini pom poms in light blue.  Then I added some pretty white cotton lace trim to the top as well.
I'm going to be putting these two pots in my Etsy shop.  Now I need to find another nest so that I can make myself a peat pot as well!
Have a nice week!
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Timewashed Blissful Whites Wednesday
Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday