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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

feeling green

I love the month of March!
To me, March is synonymous with the color green.
It is a sign that spring is right around the corner.
In honor of the first day of March I thought I would add some fresh greens to my home...
It's hard to resist my favorites...
hydrangeas, baby's breath and roses.
A big bouquet of fragrant stock is another must have!

Fresh flowers are a real luxury.
They turn any day into a special day!

A big bowl of vibrant green apples is as beautiful as can be
and a wonderful sweet treat too!  
Green is the color of the month,
and I intend to love each and every minute of March.
Day one is off to a wonderful start!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

a day for love...

Why does romance only get one day of recognition? It is an important part of life. It doesn't matter if you are in a relationship or single. Romance is a lifestyle. It can be a way to pay homage to elegant periods in history. Finding beauty in the mundane made for a graceful existence. The Victorians fully appreciated this philosophy. I try to integrate romance into every part of my life from the adorable vintage clothes I wear...
to the handkerchiefs in my purse...
 to the lovely hats prominently displayed in my home.
I love to set my table with mix and match floral dishes...
making an everyday dinner a fanciful affair.

I dress my beds with vintage linens...
I even try to iron my pillowcases.

I adore antique sewing notions...
...charming books as well as other ephemera...

...and I have a real affinity for oddities like these delightful flowers made from tiny seashells.

There are many things in this world I do not understand. But I do fully understand and embrace a romantic lifestyle. Let February 14th be the kick-off for adding a little romance into your world. It can be as simple as placing a few fresh flowers on a nightstand or eating lunch on real china. It can be the start to a beautiful way of living.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 3, 2017

bountiful blossoms on a budget

February is the month of love and romance. It might be cold outside but it's time to warm up your heart and home with fresh flowers for every room. And it doesn't have to break the bank. Just grab a couple of bundles of fresh flowers from the grocery store and let your creativity run wild...
I was able to find bundles of flowers that were less than $10 each! I like to keep it simple and look for varieties that will last a long time like roses, alstroemeria and carnations.

Once the flowers are cleaned, trim away excess leaves...especially low leaves that will be submerged in the water. Don't forget to add the flower food!

I like to use all white containers and clear glass. Be sure to clean the containers.

If any blooms fall from the bundle, do not throw them away! Every flower can make for a lovely display.

For a formal centerpiece, I like to use a container with a pedestal. Then I add greens from my garden or potted house plants that will spill over the edges giving a dramatic trailing effect.
Grasses, asparagus fern and ivy are lovely greenery additions for filler...

If the idea of creating a formal centerpiece is a little daunting, simply separate the flowers by color and/or variety and place them in containers of different heights.

Books can be used as interesting platforms making the varying heights even more dramatic.

For a delicate bedside table bouquet, place a few beautiful roses into an elegant low container.

Since it is still winter, add a couple of seasonal touches like pinecones, whimsical snowballs...

...and snowflakes!

For an informal more casual look, place a variety of flowers into a vintage Ball jar. Perfect for a sunny spot in the kitchen.

As for those tiny blooms that fell off in the packaging, float them in pretty glasses. Nothing this beautiful should ever go to waste...

Next time you are standing in the check-out line at the grocery store, pick up a pretty package of flowers. It's time to add a bit of romance to your petal at a time!

Friday, January 27, 2017

getting organized

Every January I set out to get things organized.
The one place that is always in need of a little extra help is my desk. I actually have multiple desks from home to shop so the daunting task just continues to mount. I try to beautify my surroundings as I go. It seems to help me feel like I'm decorating instead of actually "working". When it comes to organizing my desk and work areas, I like to repurpose old items I have in my collections. I can't seem to bring myself to purchase plastic bins and containers from office supple stores. Here are a few of my favorite upcycled wares I go-to for my organization...
It may seem like and unlikely pile of stuff to use for organizing.
But the vintage yumminess is hard to resist!
An old iron child-size shoe makers form is a perfect paper weight. Clean an rust off the metal and seal with a light coat of matte polyurethane to protect your desk surface and paperwork.
Small metal tins, like this old drill bit case, are just the right size for pen and pencil storage. 
Metal frogs can hold small paint brushes...

...and glass frogs can help sort colored pencils.

Decorative vases can also do the trick!

Keep tiny objects like paper clips, tacks and mini cloths pins in old glass bottles.

Corral these items in vintage wooden cheese boxes.

An old wood and metal brush can be great to hold mail and important business cards.

Never throw away old muffin tins! I use them to organize my desk, work stations and my potting tables too! They are small enough to tuck into a drawer.

It all comes together quite well!

Old baskets make ideal storage for larger items like my piles of architectural drawings.

I never pass up old suitcases when I'm out junking. I store everything from files to magazines to CD's. They are pretty stacked up as end tables too.

I might not love the process of organizing all of my stuff but I adore the finished look. Believe it or not, I can even get the organizing bug. It's contagious...

I hope you found a bit of inspiration. Just look around your house for things you can upcycle for your organizing projects! It's time for me to tackle the closets next...

Sunday, January 1, 2017

happy new year!

I must say that 2016 went out with a bang.
Surviving December and still being here is a blessing. I'm so grateful for my faith, family and friends.
I am hoping all of you had a wonderful year
and are looking forward to a terrific new beginning...

I'm sure many of you are dealing with the chill of winter so I thought I would send out some warm wishes from Sanibel Island...

Beautiful natural limpets...

Star fish, clams and figs...

And shimmering glass seahorse ornaments
will remain in the shop all season long.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!
And thank you for all the prayers and cards.
I appreciate all the love...
from the bottom of my heart!