Monday, March 29, 2010

Something Fun

The Easter eggs I color with my granddaughters are a bit more colorful and creative, but these are a tad more sophisticated - something to use in a spring kitchen arrangement for several weeks.

Its' an easy and fun project from Southern Living. Enjoy!

For tea-stained eggs, add 2 tea bags to glass of hot water and allow to steep. Lower egg into water for several minutes until desired color is reached. Set aside to dry.
For blue eggs, combine 1 drop of blue food coloring with 1 drop of green food coloring in glass of water. Feel free to play with different amounts of food coloring to adjust the color. Lower egg into water and set aside to dry.
To speckle eggs, we used one bottle of brown craft paint and a toothbrush. Dip brush into paint and lightly splatter and dab around the egg to achieve a random, lightly dotted pattern. Allow to dry.

Southern Living Mag.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Those who just said goodbye to a cold winter are ready to say welcome to spring.
I like how these homes say welcome.  They make me smile...I'd really smile if I could peek inside.

All images via The Inspired Room

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cloche Call

Glass cloches were common in the Victorian era as protective coverings for young, fragile garden plantings. Although they are still used for gardening, they are now more commonly used inside for displaying small plants and treasures.

These make me smile.

Southern Living   Veranda    Better Homes and Gardens   
Origin Crafts   English Creek Gardens  Williams-Sonoma   
Sunset  Country Living  Mine

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chinoiserie Plate

Birthday surprises are wonderful, especially when it's a gift that you wanted to buy for yourself.  Just a few weeks ago I went window shopping at one of my favorite blog sites and artist - Annechovie. I've admired Anne's amazing talent and work from the day I discovered her blog. Although I didn't make a purchase that day, I did have my 'wish list' narrowed to a couple of items. As a lover of Chinese blue and white anything, it's no great surprise that my short-list included  prints of her original gouache/ink paintings of a plate and matching ginger jar.

Like magic the print arrived in the mail last week - a birthday gift from my oldest daughter. Now I must have the matching ginger jar. The signed print will be a a gift I will always cherish - it's from my daughter and Anne.

With permission - Anne Harwell

Friday, March 12, 2010


The weather in the midwest is crazy this time of year.  One day the temperatures are in the 70s and then predictions for snow. So, to stay with this theme, I thought I'd show you some really 'crazy' staircases.

I received these images from one of those 'pass it on' emails. So, I have no clue how to credit these images, other than saying thanks to someone out there who took some really fun photos.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tish Is One Of A Kind

Those who already know Tish Jett (A femme d'un Certain Age), know exactly what I mean. If you haven't found Tish yet, I can only say you are missing out on one of the top blogs, and once you find her, you'll put her on your 'must read every day' list.

Tish does everything with such taste, elegance, and style, which speaks to why she is too modest to share her background and accomplishments - an editor, and a life and style writer for major magazines and newspapers such as WWD, Vogue, Ell, W, Harpers Bazaar, Town and Country, Chicago Tribune - just to name a few. Tish co-wrote the book, "Figure It Out!", which is a style guide for women. If these talents aren't impressive enough, Tish was a fashion commentator on a TV show. Needless to say, when Tish speaks - from manners to manicures - I listen.

So, now you see why I am so moved to be honored by Tish for the Sunshine Award. Tish and I connected early in my blogging life. I knew I had found gold when I found Tish.  Her entertaining wit and humor
made me laugh-out-loud. I literally spent an entire evening clicking her 'older post'  button - I couldn't get enough.

Tish's Tag List:  Beauty, Fashion, Shopping, Elegance,  
Style, Women Over 40, Weddings, Mothers-of-the-Bride,  
Confidence, Diet, Nutrition, Frenchwomen, France, Food,  
Family, Recipes, Style Icons, Fashion Accessories, Makeup,  
Fashion Trends, Women of a Certain Age, Age and Beauty, Paris, France

The Rules For Passing The Sunshine Award

1.) Thank the giver
2.) Choose 12 blogs that bring you sunshine (extremely difficult to limit it to 12)
3.) The proud new owners of the Sunshine Award are to pass it on to others.

These blogs bring me 'sunshine' and make me smile. I hope you'll visit them.

French Essence


Lilly Lemontree

The Bottom Of The Ironing Basket

Bonjour Romance

Haven and Home

The Laurel Hedge 

Bonjour Madame 

This Is Glamorous 

Collage Of Life

The Mill House

Mimi Charmante

Hooked On Houses

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Here's Looking At You!

Mirrors are one of those things that seen to always catch my eye when I walk into a store. Well, mirrors and lamps. The store can be stacked and plastered with hundreds of other beautiful things, but if there is a mirror, I'll find it. I rarely purchase a mirror because there is a limit to how many mirrors one needs, and the mirrors I really like come with an 'expensive taste' price tag.

I'll admit that I do have a couple of beautiful mirrors that I have enjoyed for years, but I still like to admire the ones that someone else will eventually own.






Images - Southern Accents, Southern Living, GoggleSearch, Coastal Living