Saturday, May 11, 2013

the Saturday evening post...

last Mother's Day, on the swing in our back yard!

2012 was a tough year (health wise) for my Mom, but she won!







Friday, May 10, 2013

French bread on Friday! le vin de printemps est arrivé!

it's a time for more Spring revelry celebration on 34th street!

fête des mères


un anniversaire de mariage 
de quarante ans!

yesterday...another reminder of Spring arrived on 34th street!

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Mr D and i belong to a wine club.

we receive six bottles, twice a year.

the timing of the shipments is perfect for us.

(the first week of May...just before our anniversary, and the 

the first week of December...just in time for the holidays.)

we opened the box last night!

inside the shipment there is always a simple, but sweet surprise!

i was thrilled with the poster that they included from the


 it's going to look adorably chic framed and displayed in our kitchen!
(is it just me, or does it speak chalkboard French to you, too!?)

reveal the REVELRY!

please bring the French bread!

...and so the story goes...

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when i was seventeen, i studied in France for two weeks.

i remember the men carrying a fresh loaf of

bread on the train from Paris to Nanterre!  i thought it was such

a lovely ritual!  that memory is why precisely there is...

...French bread on Friday!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wednesday's wrap! ...keeping with the burlap flower shop theme!

good morning!

i must apologize for the images!

i have to be at the office early this morn'...

...most of this was "a snap shot in the dark"!

...gathering the goodies for a quick, chic and fragrant wrap!

(it's that burlap table runner from Hobby Lobby once again.)

i measured enough to make a band for the package.

ruched gathered the center of the band...

so it would look like this!

on the back of the package, i just whip-stitched it together!

very simple, quick,!

i keep these amazing vintage French flower seed packets inside

my lavender jar.  they smell fantastic!  ...even in their unfilled state!

aren't they sweet?

...even sweeter filled with lavender!

now, a perfect sachet!

i added a squiggly bow made from burlap cording,

and pinned the seed packet sachet onto the package...

 ...see ya Friday!

Monday, May 6, 2013

the real story about "the chandie"...and, because you asked...lot's of before pictures!

 i confess.

 it was a secret purchase.

it arrived in a  H U G E  box.

 i hid it under the bed in Chrislyn's old room the guest room.

i didn't tell Mr. D for over a year! i was waiting until we remodeled

the dining room. he was working so much overtime, that i didn't

want to add stress to his already busy schedule with another project.

when i first saw "it" in the Fall 2009 Pottery Barn Catalog, i cut it out and

"old school...pinned "  it inside the cover flap of my favorite little French

decorating book, which also doubles as a decorating idea journal!

was it too trendy?

too boho?

a little to edgy for 34th street?

$385.00 for this bit of whimsy!

way too steep!

it was March of  2010...

...i was on line, ordering a pretty chandelier, similar to this one. (a wedding

gift for the daughter and soon to be son in law of some dear friends.)

 as i scrolled down through the fixtures, i saw that my secret chandelier was...


there were only two left in stock!

it was quick decision making time.

Mr D was not in the house.

i had my 150.00 Christmas bonus tucked away for a rainy day.

...and it was raining!


in May of 20ll,  Mr D made a comment that we needed to look for

a new chandelier for the dining room.  it was time for my confession.

me:  "i bought a chandelier."

him: "what?"   "when?"   "where is it?"

i told him the story as i took him up to the guest room, and showed him

 the HUGE box under the bed.  he shook his head. we carried it down to the

dining room. he asked me to grab his tools from the garage while he unpacked

and assembled it. all the while, his reaction was not too favorable to my choice.

while he installed it, i realized that he may have been a little bit disappointed that i

did not include him when making this decorating decision...especially since

he is the resident expert on illumination!  (remember, Mr D is an electrician.)

there could have been wattage issues!

since the installation was near our wedding anniversary, i chose some

of our old love letters to display!  i love the look of old letters.

ours are the epitome of 70's...very groovy!

that day was the beginning of an ever changing collage

of little pieces of  love and whimsical style.

it's like my own little personal Pinterest for the heart of our home.

here, i pinned French postcards and  Maria's lavender during the

 dining room remodel.

this funky fixture o' mine of ours has held everything from, baseballs to

 kindergarten angels to French wine labels and vintage zinc stencils.

( yes, that's upholstery webbing in frame six!)

my favorite thus far, with the exception of the love letters,

was a recent display of vintage French menus.

i must admit that i am digging the burlap "organic drum shade " transition!

happy new week!

i'll be wrapping  Mother's Day gifts on Wednesday!