Monday, December 30, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It's Christmas Eve!

I love this day!

 This cozy tent set up brings back childhood memories of the excitement of Christmas Eve!

I love the glittery tree stumps that stand in for sugar plum fairies...

Sweet dreams everyone!

May you awaken to a 
Very Merry Christmas!

Much love and gratitude to all the lovely people who grace my blog with their visits and comments.




Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday

It's official... 
 the start of the shopping season is in full swing!

I'm offering 20% off today and tomorrow in my Etsy Shop.

Use code CYBER20

I've been adding lots of new items and will continue to do so - be sure to check it out!

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Gratitude Ritual

Now that we've gathered together with friends and family and shared a day of togetherness and comfort food let's keep the good vibrations going!

A Gratitude Ritual
by Debbie Ford

The beautiful gifts of gratitude begin at home
so today invite a healing to happen
in your own body
in your own consciousness
in your own loving heart
that feels blessed to be alive

Notice all the riches you've been given
the feet that allow you to stand
the legs that allow you to walk
the stomach that allows you to eat
the lungs that allow you to breathe
the throat that allows you to speak
the mouth that allows you to taste
the nose that allows you to smell
the eyes that allow you to see
and your beating heart
that allows you to love
Honor them all

Become present to the treasures of your life
the opportunities that you have been given
the ones that have effortlessly opened up for you this year
Reflect on your family, your kids, your partner, your friends
Look through appreciative eyes
the eyes of what's right
the eyes of the divine
Give thanks in a way that you never have before

Allow fear, doubt, struggle and pain
to melt away in the presence of this all-loving appreciation
Thank God that you have a consciousness
that is able to shift and transform in just a moment
Thank God that you are courageous enough 
to take a moment to bless yourself
to bless the universe
to bless all those who love and guide you
and then to bless all of the world

Send your tears of love and gratitude
to those who are in pain
to those who are alone
to those who are confused
Allow the heavenly vibration of gratitude
to puncture their fearful illusions
and open up their hearts to what is truly divine

Today, take this vow of deep self-love and gratitude
knowing that when you are in the presence of this kind of love
you - as well as all of those around you - will flourish

Take five slow deep breaths, breathing in love,
appreciation, gratitude and joy
Knowing that you are never alone and you will never be alone
We are all here surrounding you with love.  

 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Lots of changes are happening at our house which is why I've been MIA.

This recent score is creating quite a stir in several rooms!

Ever since I embarked on upgrading our son's/guest room closet... I began to look around to see what else could be improved upon.

These pieces are headed for the dining room and toile room but I've made a few changes in the kitchen, master bath and family room as well.

 I can't wait to show you!!!

 Here's a glimpse for now...

Monday, November 4, 2013



This project went pretty quickly, although it created a snowball effect throughout the rest of our home!

One thing led to another and the next thing I knew the entire house was in disarray.

 In fact, one trick or treater asked us if we had just moved in!

We had track lighting installed inside the closet which required a handy man.

You know how that goes... 
 While he was working on the closet, I was making a list of all the little things that needed fixing.

So happily a lot of things were taken care of in the process.

What you focus on expands... and since he has finished and moved on, I've added some more things to the list!

That's what happens when you find a good handyman!

 I am thrilled that I finally have the perfect place to display the vintage cash boxes that I've collected over the years.

It couldn't be more perfect since our son has chosen finance as a career!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

I don't do Halloween decorations anymore, but I always look forward to seeing the trick or treaters!

(My friend Maggy made this beautiful Fall arrangement for a dinner party I went to this week. Isn't it lovely?)

We are going to cozy up with some comfort food while switching back and forth between the football game and scary movies listening for the doorbell.

How about you?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My new project...

Sparked a major purge and much needed new organization.

Once I emptied my son's/my second closet, I decided that I really wanted his room/our guest room closet to really function for him when he visits and our guests.

So suffice it to say, it is going to be really cool but it won't hold nearly what it was capable of holding before... which I'm embracing.

I really do want the person staying in this room to be able to put their things away and feel truly comfortable.

So, while this room is getting a closet makeover the rest of my house is a bit of a disaster with my clothes in piles everywhere ... but I'm working on it!

I thought I'd give you a quick sneak peek at how it is going to look.

I initially considered just putting in the one cabinet with all the drawers and adding double rods to each side, but after seeing that  2 of the units fit inside the opening perfectly I decided to embrace the idea of a small fitted closet.

Just a test fit.

I am having some track lighting installed to light up the cabinetry and wash light down the front.

I initially thought I'd hang some fabric panels as I got rid of the last pair of by-pass doors that were original to our house.

After seeing how much the fitted campaign style cabinetry adds to the room, I think I want it to stay open.

What do you think so far?
Am I crazy to keep a closet relatively empty for guests? My son doesn't believe that I can do it, but I really really want to!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Closet Envy

 I picked this up yesterday at my local Salvation Army.

I was on my way out the door when I decided to open the doors of this armoire.

Much to my surprise it was outfitted as a closet with fabulous campaign style hardware!

The best part is that it is in 3 separate sections.

I've spent years figuring out the best way to organize a closet, never wanting to spend the money on expensive services like California Closets.

In fact, my own closet was created out of an entertainment center that I found at TJ Maxx and converted into a custom closet organizer which has functioned beautifully for years now.

So when I saw the potential in this antique beauty, the first thing I thought of was outfitting my son's closet.

So, stay tuned... 

I just love a project!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Up For Grabs!

Thank you all for playing...
"What is this?"

I appreciate you all taking a moment to venture a guess on this most intriguing object.

 I am offering "her" up to whoever wants to give her a home and put her to work :)

Let me know if you have a place in your heart and home for this little lady and she will be on her way to you!

If several of you want her, then I'll have to draw a name.

Thanks again for playing along although I'm not exactly sure if we figured it out :)


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

We haven't played...

What is this?
(for a while)

I hate it when I can't figure out what something is!

When I came across this oddity, I proceeded to ask those around me what they thought it might be.

Several thought it was handmade but I don't think so...

It looks too well done to have been made by an amateur.

It definitely looks to have a purpose.

I find the hole in the top of the head intriguing.

It's driving me crazy!!! 

I need to know!

Come on... help me figure it out


***Thank you to those who have responded so far. I thought I better include the measurements so you have a better idea of its size. I'm thinking the bag lady idea sounds very plausible though...

I appreciate all your guesses!!!

Thank you

Dimensions: 12" high
The inside diameter is 3"
The opening is 2" across x 6.5" high

Monday, October 14, 2013

Waste not Want not

Wedding Flowers Revisited

One of the perks of being one of the last to leave is going home with some of the floral arrangements after the affair has ended.

  The next morning I set about placing these gorgeous little arrangements throughout my abode.

 The first one found a place in my entry on my bamboo hall tree next to a gilt Asian figure.

The next two found places in my living room as part of a vignette.

I then placed one inside a sea sponge in the powder room.

And lastly a pair of bouquets on each of our nightstands in the master bedroom.

I just love how they complement the orchids!

 I'm always on the lookout for insect brooches to place on my flower arrangements.

This is my nightstand.

 And this is my hubby's.

I have to say that this was the nicest wedding favor I ever received :)