Monday, May 18, 2015

Lilac time!

The windows are open, the birds are chirping, and my house smells of heavenly lilacs!  Spring is here to stay.






I've had this bookshelf standing on our living room buffet since Christmas, and thought I'd take some photos of how it's styled today with a combination of my favorite things...



Vintage clocks and books are the best pairing, don't you think?

Ribbons, old keys and tarnished silver aren't so bad together, either...

This lovely lady hasn't minded sitting in this box for a while...

Happy spring, friends!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Pam, the winner of my spring giveaway!
Pam, send me your address and let me know which grain sack sachet you'd like from my Etsy shop.  I'll mail that out to you with the magazine.

Thanks all for joining in the fun!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thriftin' finds

This past weekend my little girl and I took a trip to my favorite antiques shopping town - Essex, MA.  We made a stop at the White Elephant Shop, which also sells candy you can scoop into bags (that was the selling point for my girl).
It was nice to go thrifting again after such a long winter, and I found some lovely little things.  But before I show them, I want to remind you today's the last chance to enter my giveaway here.  I'll pick a winner by early tomorrow morning!


I can't pass up a cute ironstone milk pitcher, and these two tiny ones were perfect for single servings.  There were a lot of them at the store, which makes me think they came from a hotel, diner or B&B?

This vintage German book was tattered to perfection and the forks were just too pretty to leave behind:

What have you been finding lately?  I'm so excited to return to our local flea market this spring!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Giveaway!

Hello friends,
To celebrate the arrival of spring and the excitement of our home's feature in Romantic Country, I'm hosting a giveaway!
You don't know how thrilled I am that the sun is shining and warm temperatures are here after the long, SNOWY winter we just had.  This spring cheer simply has to be shared with you, beloved readers.
I will be giving away a copy of this summer issue of Romantic Country magazine:


In addition, the winner will receive a handmade grain sack lavender sachet from my Etsy store.  You can choose from what is available in the store (the red/pink hearts or blue-striped squares):




To enter, simply visit my Etsy store then come back here and leave a comment as to which is your favorite grain sack sachet.  For extra chances, you can post about the giveaway on Instagram, your blog, Facebook or Pinterest and leave a comment for each time you posted.
*** Available to U.S. Residents only ***

Winner will be selected Tuesday evening, April 21st.
Good luck and thank you for visiting!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Grateful for Lovely Gifts

I hope you all enjoyed a blessed Easter this past Sunday. We hosted family here and it was wonderful.

And last week I was thrilled to receive a package in the mail from Becky of Buckets of Burlap!  I won her giveaway with a copy of the latest Vintage Style magazine as well as a fabulous bag.

Here is the magazine with her beautiful feature inside:



I just love how Becky styles her home and am so inspired by these photos.

She was also very generous to include this amazing bag with her giveaway, which I can't wait to bring to the local flea market to hold my finds!

Thank you Becky!!!

I was also blessed to receive this beautiful azalea plant from my Dad and stepmother at Easter.  They know how much I like white.  :)  Thanks Dad and Heidi!



Friends, stay tuned for a giveaway I'll be hosting soon as well....

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Feature in Romantic Country!

Friends, I am so excited to share with you that my home is featured in the latest summer issue of Romantic Country magazine!  I am so pleased with the article and the photos that were used.  Last May, Fifi O'Neill and Mark Lohman visited our home to style and photograph it.  I was on cloud 9 and yet so nervous! (you can read about the visit here)  But Fifi and Mark put me at ease, and I am thrilled with the pretty results of their talents in this issue:



Our home's feature begins on page 40:

Here are some of Mark's photos that made it into this issue.
Photo by Mark Lohman

Photo by Mark Lohman

This photo of our kitchen is my favorite!
Photo by Mark Lohman

Photo by Mark Lohman

Photo by Mark Lohman

Thank you Fifi and Mark - you've captured the romance in our home, and I had such fun with you last year:


Be sure to grab a copy at the newsstands - Kris from Junk Chic Cottage also has a fabulous feature in this issue!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Paper flowers for spring

Folks, it's high time I put down that shovel and start blogging again.  Our record snowfall this winter has finally started to melt, and I see the light at the end of the tunnel - spring!

This is the time of year many of you see cherry and dogwood trees begin to blossom.  It's not happening here yet (no surprise), but that won't stop me from enjoying the look of them.
I found this great tutorial on Pinterest on how to make paper flowers for branches.
You can find it here.  Of course I had plenty of fallen branches strewn across our yard after so many blizzards this winter.  I used a 2-inch paper punch, white and pink tissue paper, and some hot glue.

Here's the result:





I love how they turned out and would have made more flowers, if it weren't for a bit of struggle with my pink tissue paper getting stuck in my paper punch.  :)

I did manage to pick up some real flowers at the grocery store this winter to cheer our dining room buffet as well:


And these faux roses were a steal at the thrift store - I think they look realistic, do you?


Spring is in the air...I just know it!

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