I finally figured out how to place my name on my pictures.
It only took me ALL DAY lol
But I did it.
My name could be be a little bigger
what do you think ?
I am thrilled with my first attempt.
This is a testament to never giving up, I am happy, grateful and tired.
I think I will try again tomorrow to see if I can make it just a little tiny bit bigger.
Would you leave it as it is? Let me know
Beautiful Invite here is the address
31339 Valley Center Road
Valley Center, Calif 92082
Grand Opening October 1-3
I can't wait !
These vintage punch bowls are great containers
These sterling silver napkin rings are too pretty
to hide away in a drawer. They add a little sparkle to the room
I don't like to buy beautiful treasures and then
hide them away in a drawer or cabinet where
I can't see them or use them.
In our home we use everything.
Out of sight out of mind
Not for me.
Nothing in our home is too precious
not to be used and enjoyed.
What do you have hidden away in your cabinets
that would look beautiful on your buffet or table?
Try putting the things you love
out for everyone to enjoy.
Don't you just love these
I found them at a
Flea Market in
The Pitchers were gifts from friends.
The one on the left is French Vintage Fabulous and
the one on the right is from Nordstrom's
Love the lemon and cherry pattern.
Don't you think?
This small leather carrier I found at a thrift store
It fits the small pair of binoculars
Even this small star fish looks at home
Love the memories that go with these binoculars.
Getting up early stomach filled with butterflies in
anticipation of the treasures to be found.
Everyone in the car, coffee in hand
so excited. I wanted to buy everything.
Love to treasure hunt.
It feels like fall here.
Very chilly and foggy.
Time for a cozy fire ,
to get the blankets out of the closet
time for a pot of tea.
Banana Bread in the oven yummy.....
Are you a *Romantic* at Heart?
I am a born Romantic. Love LOVE..... ♥
I also love Decorating with Cloches.
love the little Vignettes you can put together.
Here is the Cloche in our Bedroom.
I have a Collection of Sterling Silver
Treasures that I have been collecting since I was 16
they are under this pretty etched cloche.
I also have some of my favorite necklaces
that I love to wear on top.
They are just too pretty to have hidden away.
I love how they look and this way I get to enjoy
them even if I am not wearing them.
I have a few cloches in the garden protecting the sweet pea seeds too.
Have a wonderful day
Who's That little Girl?
It's me with my Grandmother Margaret and My Mom Elizabeth.
I am obviously excited about my new purse and velvet dress. My Grandmother's necklace looks a little tight lol. Love my Moms gloves and the hairdos,I will have to ask my Mom if she is wearing a hat!!!!It was the 60's and perms were all the rage. Pictures are wonderful. I am so grateful to have this picture with the 3 of us. My love of purses obviously started early. Still love vintage purses. My Favorite is my very old Lois Vuitton speedy.
I love this picture of Audrey Hepburn looking fabulous with her LV speedy.
When we were in Paris at the Flea Markets the vintage LV's were soo expensive and very popular.I still have the lock and key and the sleeve my purse came in.
Amazing that Lois Vuitton started in France in 1854.
Still in style and beautiful.
Do you have a favorite purse?
This is my purse for fall again this year, it just seems to go with everything.
Do you remember this?
*It Smells like this*
*I Love Lemons*
I was at Breakfast at Thyme in the Ranch with Gail and Barbara this week and we were admiring the beautiful flowers in the front of the restaurant. There were Eden roses and yummy lemon scented geraniums. The geraniums reminded me of Loves Fresh Lemon perfume.This was a wonderful memory. My first perfume. I immediately went home and googled Loves Fresh Lemon and to my surprise ........
it is still available. I found it on Amazon.com for $3.99. ( I think it was that much way back when)
This is so fun. I bought a few to share with friends. I can't wait to smell it again and see if it is a great as I remember,Light, Clean,Lemon fresh and Lovley.
I wear *Antonias Flowers* now. It is a garden of freshness,romantic, clean and crisp and delightful.It is from East Hampton. For more information about this delightful scent click on the side bar to the right "My Favorite Perfume"
Please Leave me a comment,
I would love to know what your first perfume was?
I really adore your blog* 52Flea* it is beautiful and inspiring.
Thank you for your kind words on
I enjoy every aspect of blogging and am having a lot of fun with it
The first thing I always ask friends is
What do you Collect?
Oh my goodness. Well, to begin with...I have been collecting since I was a child...so my first collections had to do with nature...rocks, sea glass and shells....and then all sorts of other tiny things...bits and bobs.Then, as I was fascinated with old things and their history I started asking for old wooden implements and odds and ends and kitchen things from my grandparents who lived on a farm with a 200 year old barn. I married young, right out of college and started collecting lots of kitchen items, yellow ware and ironstone for my own home. I have many family items from my husbands relatives as well as my own. I spent a lot of time rooting around in the attics and basements of our grandparents! I love wire ware and metal items, garden things, books, books and more books...I have many baskets, old toys and games, linens, quilts, vintage clothes and hats. I collect old photos, cameras, typewriters, etc. You see? The list goes on and on. I would say that I love things with history and a bit of whimsy. I love a patina on things... a little chipped paint, tarnish or rust shows character and is preferable to me. I love to collect things that have been designed well and have decorative appeal.Recently I have returned to collecting smaller things ...I have been buying lots to use in art projects...ribbons, lace, old keys, religious metals, ephemera, etc. My collections are all informal....mostly everyday, useful items from days past. Things with texture and interesting detail always draw me in...and things that were obviously loved make my heart melt
Do you Decorate with White Ironstone?
Yes, I use white ironstone throughout my home...everyday in the form of soap dishes and pitchers for flowers. I use platters for interesting displays as well as serving food. White ironstone is so versatile and serves as a clean and fresh backdrop for any display. They are the bones of most of my tablescapes and I love to mix and match other pieces with my ironstone. I would have to say that my favorite way to display flowers is in my ironstone pitchers....so classic!
How is your Lake house decorated?
Our lake house is decorated entirely with flea market, thrift store and curbside finds. It has a decidedly Adirondack feel to it...some vintage twig furniture mixed in...lots of accessories that were found locally....pack baskets, snow shoes, skis, etc. It is very relaxed and comfortable with stacks of games to be played and lots of nature finds from hikes accumulated over the years. There are books everywhere...ranging from topics to do with nature...wildflowers, birds, etc. to decorating books to old mysteries. It is very rustic and campy.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Well, assuming I could have unlimited access to my family members wherever they are.....I would say that I love being able to look at water....be it a lake or ocean. I absolutely loved our trips to France and Italy and think I would enjoy the European lifestyle.I am not a city girl but love a lot of things that a city has to offer...like museums and the ballet or opera. Ideally, I think I would like to live within walking distance to a thriving town or village....someplace with cultural and artistic events happening and someplace with easy access to barn sales and thrift stores! :) Oh, and a mild climate would be lovely!
What is inspiring you for fall?
Well, anyone who knows me...knows that I hate (I know hate is a very strong word)....but I hate the color orange and I am a fraidy cat so I really do not like Halloween at all I have a collection of black books with scary titles...but that is as far as I go.My fall decorations include lots of white pumpkins, grapevines, green gourds, baskets, rustic wood items, old worn brown leather suitcases, plaid blankets ...lots of texture!. I do love sweater weather!
Thank You Laura you are so gracious ,You are my new kindred spirit.(I'm not a big orange fan either).
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Laura as much as I did. Be sure to drop by *52Flea*.
Many of you have been asking me if I was brave enough to paint my Front Door RED
and the answer is.......
I really Love my White Front Door.
I was lucky and found this old screen door at a thrift store a few years ago. I tied it to the roof of the car and drove home with my fingers crossed hoping it would fit our front door and with a little trimming, a little white paint ...adorable. Not sure if the red door would look good behind the white screen door.
I think I am brave enouph to paint my toenails red ,maybe...
So for all of you that know me this wasnt really fair because you know what my favorite color is and how many cans of white spray paint I own.
It is Labor Day weekend and we are off to enjoy the last days of summer fun on our boat.
Have a safe and funfilled 3 day weekend.