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Friday, December 30, 2011


Its time to get ready...

By slipping into this...

So I can walk out in these...

With a mist of this...

As I slip on this...

And put these in

So that I can grab this in a mad dash

But not before I take sip, can I leave to enjoy...
Ooh La La...this!

I want to thank each and every one of you for the time you spend visiting and leaving comments.  I know how busy everyone is and sometimes taking that extra bit of time to stop by is difficult to say the least.  I hope that 2012 brings much success, good fortune, happiness, health and most importantly love to each and everyone of you!  ~ H-A-P-P-Y     N-E-W     Y-E-A-R-S~

(All images from Pinterest)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
Dr. Seuss

Wishing Everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Joyeux Noel. I will be taking a break until after the first of the year. Enjoy the Tune!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Basket Full of Wishes

One of my favorite antique shops on Facebook, Atelier de Campagne was showing a very beautiful champagne basket on Facebook and was asking if we had that basket what would we fill it would have been so easy to list all my favorite material things and dream of how great it would be to receive a basket full of these things but that wasn't my first thought.

If I could have filled that basket, it would have been not for material items but for the dreams of so many children and families right now who are struggling to find the money to purchase just the basics for their families. To fill a basket with wishes of the thoughts that no child would ever go hungry, that all children would have warm clothing and the necessary school items to give them a proper education, that the homeless would all have a home, that there would be jobs and equality for the millions of middle class, poor, and disenfranchised people who are unemployed and that we as a people would come together for the common good of all people who are suffering at the expense of the gridlock in Washington.

One of the very first posts I wrote when I opened my blog was an article on the homeless and the encounter I had with one such person. It left me speechless, and to this day, I have not forgotten the look on this man's face. Because Christmas is a time of sharing and hopefully doing for others less fortunate I wanted to share this story once again with my "peeps" in the hopes that we won't forget the people who for one reason or another have lost their way and find themselves in a situation that they never in a million years thought would happen to them.

The Sad Plight of the Homeless:

We were out running around yesterday and had stopped at a Redbox to pick up a movie when I saw a young man who was homeless, wearing what looked like two pair of pants, one on top of the other. The second pair was faded, ripped, and so thin that you could hardly see much of the original pants. He had dreadlocks and there were leaves and debris covering the back of his head. The soles of his shoes no longer connected to his tops and flapped as he walked. He was headed for the trash can directly at an angle from where I was sitting in the car. He turned to see if anyone was looking and pulled out a pizza box. He opened it up and took out what looked to be a piece of the crust and pushed the box back into the can. As he walked away he kept turning around looking...Looking at me. I suppose to see if I was looking at him?

When my husband returned with the movie and we started on our way to the grocery, I suddenly was struck with the notion to go back to see if he was still there to give him some money. We didn't have much on us ( the use of debit cards have all but erased the idea of carrying cash) but I thought maybe he could use what little we had to purchase something to eat or drink. When we drove back around I saw him sitting on the edge of the curb drinking an orange crush with two packages of cheese crackers laying next to his drink. We stopped the car and I rolled down my window looking at him. His eyes were devoid of any expression...blank and lifeless and suddenly I was overcome with such sorrow and pain that I thought this must me how God feels when he looks into the eyes of one of his children who is suffering. I asked him to take the money for coffee or food but he shook his head no. After urging him to take it three times he looked at me, thanked me but said no. Not wanting to bother him any further we left.

I don't believe I have ever been so saddened by what I saw. His eyes still haunt me when I think of him. I keep asking myself why he refused the money? If, as most people think, that it is not a good idea to give homeless people money and if he was an addict of drugs or alcohol why didn't he accept the money? I still believe that, regardless of the circumstances that bring people to the streets, they still have some pride and dignity. That no one can feel the sense of failure, the desolation, or the hopelessness in their spirit.

I was trying to find a picture of the homeless to attach to this post but instead thought these words might be more fitting than a photo: " Homeless people are spirits sent from heaven to test our true character". So, the next time you see a homeless person seeking shelter, or looking for food in trash cans and you walk right past them without so much as a look ask yourself this: What makes me think that this couldn't be me?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Quote of the Day.

Quote of the Day:

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. 
Listen to it carefully.
Richard Bach

I loved this movie and loved this song!

Here are a few new items being added to my shop (HERE).

(6) French Farmhouse Inspired napkins made from French General Fabric
(2) Tea Towels
Will be at the dentist for a root canal tomorrow....Not looking forward to it!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Rooms to Swoon Over

Whether you love French, Italian, Belgium, or Scandinavian design, all these rooms are sure to make you a bit dreamy and fill you with inspiration.  Enjoy!

Beautiful table setting
Gorgeous drapes and chandelier

Love the blue green color scheme
Rustic and no worries about glass doors to clean
Bright and airy
Love this foyer

Beautiful kitchen

Simplicity at it's best

Beautiful vignette
Fit for a queen
My favorite dining room 
I love all of these and would find it very difficult to choose just one of them as a favorite so...I will just have to drool all over these images and be content on not choosing just one!

Do you have a favorite!

~ Images via Pinterest ~

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lets go shopping...

Well, if we can't be in Paris we can sure dream about it...sigh.  I thought it would be fun to go shopping for evening wear or perhaps we should just spend an afternoon browsing for that right outfit for casual wear.  Which would you prefer?
Gorgeous Dress...but not for me...I don't have the legs for this!

Sophisticated, non?

What Every Party Girl Needs...and it's all laid out for you!

Simple and chic

How about this for daywear?  Love the bag!

This has smart casual written all over it!
Well, all that walking and browsing has made me a bit about....

Stopping here?

For one of these?
Annnddd a whole lot of these!
Before we decide to go here....

To Rest our Feet!

I hope you enjoyed our little shopping trip and found something that you liked.  I don't know about you, but I was ready for the sofa!

~All images from Pinterest and Google~

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Quote for Christmas

Quote of the Day:

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.


Even though we are all busy at this time of the year, don't forget the real reason for the season!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Bit of Christmas

Well, after procrastinating as long as I could I D-R-A-G-G-E-D down all of the Christmas crates and finally got motivated to put up our tree minus a few things I am still searching for i.e. my tree topper and my santos for Joseph to complete my manger scene.  Hopefully, I will find it before Christmas is over.

All decorated except for my tree topper and Joseph to my Manger scene?  Things don't look right without my tree topper and what is a Manger scene without Joseph?

One of my handmade French Ornaments

A Handmade Ornament From a Friend for Our Departed Dog, Josie .  She is always with us in spirit.

One Of My Favorite Radco Ornaments.  Always So Colorful And Lifelike.
Console Table.  I Still Need to Tack Up the Mirrored Crosses

Josh and Bella's Favorite,  Wind-up Snow Globe...Santa Actually Looks  Like  He is Working In His Toy Shop When It Is Wound Up.

A Small Mercury Glass Votive With Holly And Lights
I still have some tweaking to do before it is all completed.  But the biggest portion of it is completed.  Now, if I could only find my tree topper and Joseph...sigh.
Are you finished with your holiday decorations?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

In the Christmas Spirit

Beautiful gold and white decorations via Pinterest
I'm just now getting into the mood for Christmas and will be putting up a tree this weekend...not a real one but an artificial one.  (Did the real tree up until last year)
I found some gorgeous vignettes and decorations and wanted to share them with you.

I thought this was beautiful and a great way to have a tree without the fuss!  LOL

Lovely for an entryway table
A pop of red for your table

Pretty for the door
A natural and rustic look for your mantel
Another mantel setting using mercury glass, greenery, candles, holders and ornaments
A Beautiful arrangement with the Madonna, mercury glass, candles, candlesticks and branches

A simple swag with greenery and ornaments on a door
Silvery blue ornaments

I love these!  Felted acorns with silver tops

Lets tie it all up with ribbon!
These are just a few of the beautiful displays I found!  I love them all!  What is your favorite style of Christmas decorating?

I will be bringing a bit of Christmas to my shop with these lovely festive red and gold sachets to my shop soon (HERE)

Lavender filled sachets
AND....What do you think I will be doing with this?

Ooh la la...Wait and see!
This bit of whimsey will soon be in my shop too!

All images from Pinterest ~ except for sachet and fabric
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