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Friday, August 19, 2011

Simple Pleasures


I find that a simple arrangement....

A candle with a few embellishments...

A jar of buttons tied with hemp twine and a label from a french menu...

And a side table dressed up with a bit of  Belgium lace suits me just fine.

Sometimes...Less is more.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bella's Birthday

Its Party Time.

Justin Bieber Balloons
Boy, the years fly by! Yesterday Isabella turned 6 years old. This is how she looked at 4 months...

Isabella at 4 months
This is Isabella now minus one of her front teeth.
This is Bella now ( I call her Bella).  Never one to be shy in front of the camera, she wanted everyone at Chili's (her favorite restaurant) to know she turned 6.  She is a girly girl.  Yep, at age six she has already mastered how to apply makeup and does a fairly decent job of it.   She is all about earrings, jewelry of any kind, nail polish, and of course lip gloss.  I might add that she can put the gloss on so thick that she can barely open her mouth...more is better with her.

This year's birthday theme was guess?  Justin Bieber.  She is in love with him...yes I said love.

Bet you can't guess what's inside the bag and in that long tube?  You guessed it, a life size poster of Justin Bieber to hang in her room, a T-shirt, a CD, straws, and a stuffed bear all with Justin Bieber's name on them.  She couldn't have been happier!  Life is good!  Just give me ANYTHING with Justin Bieber's name on it and I'll be happy.

Bella with her Brother, Joshua
Yep, you don't mess with the Birthday girl and get away with it.  Notice the Justin Bieber plates and of course napkins to match.  It didn't take much to make her happy.  She told me, "I'm six today" and was very proud of it. If I could, I would freeze her at age six but I know I can't do that and deny her the pleasures of going through what all pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults go through before they become a grown-up.

My Girl.
So, for the time being I will hold her while I can, sit back and watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly.  Happy Birthday Bella, Love Mamaw.

Monday, August 15, 2011


I am always searching for interesting things to read about French styles in different locations and came across this e-magazine. I subscribe to this magazine and haven't been disappointed. (See banner on side of my blog)  The writer of this magazine is Laetitia Rissetto, who's blog, The Heart of Provence I also frequent.  I thought you might be interested in having the link to check it out for yourself (HERE) There is a wealth of information and gorgeous photos in this online magazine with links to various shops, restaurants, artisans designers, houses, guest houses, shopping, and a creative pages.
Image from E-magDECO
Image from E-magDECO
Image From E-magDECO
Image from E-magDECO
Image From E-MagDECO
These are some of the pictures from Laetitia's recent article on "Justin de Provence," a guest house in the heart of the Rhone Valley on the outskirts of the city of Orange.  You must read the entire article and view all of the pictures...They are just beautiful.

This magazine has many beautiful photos, and creative ideas for making items.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

If you haven't already left a comment and added your name as a follower for entries to my giveaway, you can do it (HERE)
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