Musings of herb gardening, interior decorating, vintage finds and just the beautiful things in life........

31 December 2010

Happy New Year 2011

Thanks so much to my
 followers, commenters, and readers
 for a wonderful 2010 in blogland.

 I'm excited for 2011 and all the possibilities......................

12 December 2010

BM..........it's not what you think

When it comes to blogging lately the motivation just has not been there so  
I've diagnosed myself  as having BM......... a Blog Mood. 
 I've had it before too so I know it's a real thing.
 
Some bloggers seem to know when they are going to get it as they kindly announce they are taking a blogging break.  Not me.....I just stop cold-turkey and leave new-found blogging friends out in the cold. 
I apologize for that.
  I can feel my mojo coming back; slowly and surely.
   I do love to visit y'all too and am slowly getting caught up with the 
1000's of posts Google Reader has been saving for me.

22 September 2010

Winding Down

On vacation in Orange Beach, Alabama with hubby and 2 other couples.  Doing a lot of this.......................
Reading these....................
and NOT catching any of these.................
Having never been a morning person, hubby is the one that catches the sunrises. 
 After all, this is vacation......................

04 September 2010

Vignette Friday

Vignettes................a few from around my relaxing spot.
  Just grabbed the camera, plopped sat down in my usual spot on the loveseat and
started taking pics....so I can join in







One thing I love about blogging is getting to see into others homes.  I can never get enough of just checking out the pics y'all post of your homes and get so inspired to do projects around here. 
Have fun checking our more vignettes......

02 August 2010

Mission Complete

Finally found my dream bookcase...............actually pretty much stole it......
.........at a most budget-minded price ever.............
Can you say $30?!?!?!?
 Hard to swallow, I know.
 
So my mission to find a vintage bookcase has ended.
 Had to share my find even though the door frames for it are still in the garage being held together by clamps as the wood glue dries.
Books are a passion of mine.
New Books~~~~~~Old Books
ALL BOOKS
Especially gardening books, interior decorating books, oh and definitely cookbooks!
I only dream that my home had a library......with built-in bookshelves. 
 That's the only thing that would be better than my new-found treaasure.
 
Taking off the book jackets really looks so much better.
 Who knew that alot of books that hide under book jackets are in
shades of greens and blues.....perfect in my decor.
The doors will eventually encase chicken wire rather than glass....
so excited for that Frenchy touch.
 I even love the stubby little legs!
Don't ya just love BOOKS?
link ups...............Southen Hospitality Thrify Treasures Party

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21 July 2010

M.B.

“What? Another package from Avignon? Who can be sending these? I still haven’t found out who sent the one last month?! Shall I open it or stash it away in my trunk in the attic with the other one?”
These are the thoughts that ran through Mandy’s head as she fell asleep that hot July night. How could she ever open a package when she didn’t even know from whom it was sent? To whom would she thank for the mysterious gifts? Of course, first thing in the morning she would add this second delivery to that stored away trunk. Maybe the card got separated from the packages and soon she would have the answers.
When the third package arrived, then the fourth, and fifth, her trunk was so full she could not even close the top. Whatever shall she do? The gentleman on horseback who brought them each month was very tight-lipped. Working for The Pony Express did not mean he would know who actually sent these packages that always seemed to be scented of lavender. He would only smile and mumble a greeting in a whisper each time he came with one. He was no help in finding out where these were coming from.
 November came and Mandy went to school outside Paris. The very cold snowy winter prevented her letters from reaching her home in Provence. Have there been any more deliveries? Has that handsome man returned on horseback?
 She would write home weekly only for her letters to collect at the postal office. Oh what a long winter that year. She was still dying to know what those packages held!
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School let out and she was so happy that after one more year she would graduate. She had always wanted to be an interior decorator and especially loved shabby chic style. One more year and her dreams would come true.
                        
Upon returning home to Provence in May, Mandy’s little sister ran down the lane to greet her. “Mandy, after the snow melted in Paris, we got all of the letters you wrote. Guess what else came? You got six more packages…… delivered by that man on horseback," she giggled.

 Walking up the lane the two sisters held hands and shared stories of their time apart. Behind them they heard the sound of horses galloping. Turning around there was that man leading a white stallion with a package in his arms. “My, how handsome of a man!” Mandy whispered to her sister.
 
This time the man got off his horse, got down on his knee, and professed his love to Mandy.



“They’re from me……….all 10 of those packages.
You will get two more as my wedding gift to you……………..because I want to marry you!”

“Yes!” You are all I’ve thought about while I was away at school. I’ve had dreams that you were the one those packages were from. Tell me, what is in all these packages” as they made their way to that trunk in the attic to open them.
“Mandy Baker, that is what your name will be after you become my bride.” These are hand-embroidered chemises with the initials M. B.,” stated Mr. Baker. Once we get married you will have 12 so you can wear a different one
every month.....................


………..and they lived happily ever after!
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Now go over to
and see what this silliness is all about.

14 July 2010

Swap Vintage Listing

I'm listing for the first time on SwapVintage.
Better Homes & Gardens
 Meals with a FOREIGN FLAIR
1963
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Up for grabs are these vintage cookbooks. 
 Would love to swap for vintage tablecloths or
 other linens, rhinestone jewelry....can be broken or have missing stones,
 old glass bottles, or any other surprises that may get listed.
Better Homes & Gardens
SALAD BOOK
1965 printing.....Originally published 1958
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Betty Crockers
MONEY-SAVING DINNERS
1973-1974
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Hamilton Beach
THE BLENDER WAY TO BETTER COOKING
1965
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Go visit Mitzi and see the awesome website she has developed.
And LET'S SWAP!!!!!

12 July 2010

I See Sea Shells

Sea shells are abundant around my house. 
 Shells of all sizes, shapes and colors. 
 I can't walk on the beach without picking
 up the shells I see.
Their versatility is endless.
There's so many things you can do with shells.
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Crafty things.............
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Pretty things..........
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Marry them with other pieces of nature.....
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             Entertaining things......
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Simple things.......
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So many different things!
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I even pick them up at yard sales. 
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What do you do with the seashells you see?

And pick up to treasure forever?