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

26 April 2011

Fragrant Blooms

 The fragrance from these hyacinths from the garden is so strong and lovely.  I put a glass flower frog in this silver bowl and filled it with blooms that sucked up what seemed like tons of water the first couple of days. 
 I was happy to trade the watering
 for the scent that filled my home.

22 April 2011

So HaPpY...

that spring has arrived and I'm finally getting all recuperated from having neck surgery.  Been home and off work for close to a month now and finally able to get up and about to do things around the house.
 I just received this present I got for myself (for having surgery and all)...
....I LOVE IT!
 It is also in honor of the royal wedding.
  It is from Etsy....another LOVE of mine.

Here are some old bottles I embellished with jute twine and vintage rhinestone jewelry pieces.   

I think they tuned out pretty pretty, don't you?

Reduce, reuse, recycle ALWAYS
  I really do want to get back to blogging more.  Thanks to my readers. 
 Please leave me comments.  I truly LOVE them!!!!!!!!

06 March 2011

New Etsy Listings

Truth is...........I've been downright lazy. 
 That's capital L A Z Y
Something about winter blues and blahs etc......
 Finally getting around to posting some vintage finds on Etsy.
 Finds I've never shared as I found them at this auction and that flea market
this past fall and winter.

 So here are just a couple of recently found items that are up for grabs

American Family Scales

Vintage wood sewing chest
thread included!
vintage Ball jar with 8 vintage wood spools with thread.
(Will list on etsy later this week to spread out the new listings)

I am addicted to finding 
vintage treasures........

12 February 2011

Cropped Paris

Been playing around with photo editing programs and using the pics
 from my 2009 Paris trip. 
 See what ya think.................
Window shopping in the 7th Arrondisment
One of MANY beauteous Paris balconies

Looking through a Versailles window.....

In the gardens of Versailles

Window shopping in Avignon in Provence
The program I used for cropping these pics is
and it was way easy. 
What's your favorite picture editor
 for your blog?

28 January 2011

Being the cat lover that I am, I adore these pics of felines in fashions.


I do LOOOVE Cats......
images from Nowness

16 January 2011

Cheddar Chive Beer Bread Recipe

This is one of my favorite 'quick' recipes and is so yummy with all the soups and hearty foods this time of year.  I use fresh chives when in season and use chives I've frozen when I bake this bread all winter long.
Make sure you make a sandwich or two with this beer bread.
 I love this bread with chicken, tuna, or 
ham salad too.
Or just spread the warm bread with even more butter..... your mouth watering yet?
3 Cups self-rising flour
1/2 Cup sugar
2 T chopped fresh or frozen chives
3/4 Cup sheddred cheddar cheese
1 12 ounce beer
1/4 Cup butter, melted
Stir together first 5 ingredients; pour into lightly greased 9 X 5" loaf pan. 
 Bake @350 F for 45 minutes.  Pour melted butter over top.
  Bake 10 more minutes.

05 January 2011

Paris Couture 1955

 Why O Why did this era end? 
The glamour, the elegance, the poise, and
  Enjoy this video of Paris Couture in 1955 and forget all about
 t-shirts and jeans for a couple minutes.
glamourdaze from youtube
Now, wouldn't you have to agree?

02 January 2011

Hopscotch Dandelions Blog Giveaway Winner........ MOI! 

 The generous giveaway by Amanda Richardson on her blog Hipscotch Dandelions is for a $35 gift certificate to CSN Stores.  I've been browsing for days and finally decided on garment racks to organize my clothes. 
 Our home is 'closet challenged' being built in 1900 so I have no closet for my fashions.  I have stuff stuck here and there and even under the bed so I am anxious for some serious organizing. 
From one AMANDA to another!