Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Little Flea Market

 All the way from Belgium
 an antique French Holy Card
I could not wait to make copies and create these shabby hearts
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Finding time after Christmas...
 I was creating away in my studio
Using a flea market find
a shabby birdcage
I transformed into a religious shrine
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I also added a new section in my Etsy shop
"5 - 10 Dollar Flea Market"

I created these wrapped candles as gifts this year
and
I had a few extra to sell in my shop
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I hope everyone had a nice Christmas Holiday!

Next up is a New Year!

I am looking forward to a fresh new year,
that hopefully will bring more peace to this unstable world.
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In the meantime, I bring you some sparkles
for the days after Christmas.
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Blessings to all.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Ooh La La Christmas Wrapping & A French Friday Giveaway Winner

I have always enjoyed "the little details"
With time permitting....
I embellish simply wrapped gifts
as unique and special as I can
Making French themed gift pockets
out of extra large ribbon
Burlap bags are easily found in retail stores
I added fabric images to give them more meaning
 Grab your ribbons, paper and tape
and make a plain gift something they will remember!
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FRENCH FRIDAY GIVEAWAY
WINNER
Congratulations to

Thank you to all of you who commented
but most of all
 thank you for following me all these years!


Friday, December 4, 2015

A Christmas French Friday Giveaway

Welcome to December's
French Friday Giveaway
 My gift to my "followers"
2 altered shabby wooden crosses 
 Delivered to you in a Christmas burlap bag
 If you are a follower
simply leave a comment
that you are interested in this giveaway
Winning name to be announced
next Friday
December 11th
Winner MUST contact me with address
Good Luck Everyone!
Thank you for another year of wonderful blog friendships!

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Day After....

The day after Thanksgiving...
hope you had a fabulous holiday!
a lot of us are decorating for Christmas
and
some are shopping until they drop
 new in my etsy shop
where there is a 15% discount coupon at check out
simply type in the coupon box
15ALBF
it feels like Christmas in my studio
but
we do not pull out the Christmas tree 
until December 1st
I've started to "collect" antique / vintage nativity pieces
 Soon my vintage Christmas
will flow into the rest of our home
for now, I just love admiring them
in my studio for a few more days


Thanks for stopping by!
French Friday Giveaway is next Friday!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

My Random Sunday

 These past 2 weeks have flown by so fast!
I have been creating as much as I can
to list in my shop prior to December 1st
- I will be closing up shop December 1st -
 - we have a small wedding, parties and celebrations to enjoy in December -
 This is the first year I've worked this early and fast to get it all done.
It seems too early to be posting about Christmas ornaments and gifts!
 One good news is that December 4th
will be
French Friday Giveaway
 If you are looking for vintage / tarnished / jewelry / ornaments
you've come to the right place
Please stop by my Etsy shop and browse
I haven't forgotten Thanksgiving
Not at all
Planning our table setting as we speak!
I also haven't for one second, 
since the Paris attacks,
forgotten how precious life is

Love to all of you

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Decorator's Tip

Years ago a stylist / decorator friend in Chicago once told me:
"You must rotate your home decor"
Whether it be a lamp, mirror, vase or a table
it might look better somewhere else in your home
or stored away for another day
We have to admit it, we have so much decor we love,
it makes sense to display for a time
and
rotate your decor
Because our weather is more sun than rain,
I am able to use furniture from our patio.
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I've been known to pull a table off the patio
for inside our home.

I've been known to pull a wrought iron bench
off the patio for my studio.
I move furniture around so much
because
 it is great to use what you already have!
Most images are from my Instagram account
You can visit here
even if you do not have an Instagram account
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Thanks ever so much for stopping by!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

the Mystery Box

 Yesterday in my studio
I found a box
 a box stored away 
of
unfinished projects...sigh
not again, I thought
 so...while the man of the house
was watching college football last night...
 I decided to finish these little projects
 I just love finding forgotten treasures,
even though they are treasures I will be parting with
 soon in my Etsy shop
the mystery box was empty
my story of shoved out the way projects was told
a little box was found at the right time
I had such pleasure
adding a little bit here
and
a little bit there