Thursday, August 29, 2013

Introducing: "Grey Dey Thursdey" Linky Party....

Have you noticed?
"Grey" is invading our "deys!" And in a BIG "wey!" You'd have to be living under a rock ( a grey one) not to notice how this subtle....soothing....and calming color has influenced almost every aspect of our creative world. Once considered a "wall flower", this gorgeous color is now becoming the life of the party! And, speaking of, I'm ready to host one! Won't you join me here, every Thursdey,  as I embark on a mission to add " a little grey to my dey?"

First things first....let's take a look at why this glorious color has gone unnoticed for so long by taking a look at its' definition....

grey or (now) (especially US) gray 
  1. of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white, that has no hue and reflects and transmits only a little light
  2. greyish in colour or having parts or marks that are greyish
  3. dismal or dark, esp from lack of light; gloomy
  4. neutral or dull, esp in character or opinion
  5. having grey hair
  6. of or relating to people of middle age or above ⇒ “grey power”
  7. ancient; venerable
  8. (of textiles) natural, unbleached, undyed, and untreated

Derived Forms
ˈgreyish, (mainly US) ˈgrayish adjective
ˈgreyly, (mainly US) ˈgrayly adverb
ˈgreyness, (mainly US) ˈgrayness noun

Word Origin
Old English grǣg; related to Old High German grāo, Old Norse grar

= pale, wan, livid, bloodless, colourless, pallid, ashen, like death warmed up


Ummmmmmmmm...not anymore!

It's time to celebrate "Grey Thursdeys!"

~*~I would appreciate it if you would kindly add this button to your sidebar~*~
A few simple rules so that we all enjoy this weekly gathering.... 

1.  You don't need to be a "follower" to participate. ALL are welcome!
2. Post anything in grey or "shades" of grey. If it's not something you've created or own, then please give credit to its' original source.

3.} Kindly link back
to this post or place the blog button on your sidebar with a direct link.  

Let's add a little "grey to our deys!"

"Merci" for joining in.....

Friday, August 23, 2013

Dollar Store Candle Makeover...

I just love these "prayer" candles that my local Dollar Store carries. They can be altered in SO many ways. Here's my simple "makeover" of them...

...take some old French book pages....

...some graphics like these....

**The original graphics for this project and a similar tutorial can be found at Debbie's delightful blog:
(I changed my font/images to "grey") them through your printer.....

...and use glue or double-stick tape to adhere them to your candles.

Happy day Mes Amies!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Vintage Inspiration and "Preparation"...

Sharing some creations I've been working on for a "Vintage" show I'll be doing with Susan this fall....

We're both so excited and have been busier than ever getting ready for it! What plans do YOU Have for the Fall? It'll be here before we know it!
Happy day Mes Amies!

Monday, August 12, 2013

"Brilliant Reuse" ~ JDL's Newest Book...

Have you seen it? Have you seen it? 

The newest book, by JDL, is BEYOND beautiful!

Page after page of pure delight and....

...the very best of JDL's inspiration for transforming the ordinary into....


Simply breathtaking images...


...and delightful details.

Swoon-worthy vignettes....

...and ooh la la French loveliness.

You'll turn the pages of this gorgeous book and....

....time after time....

...find more inspirational ideas hidden amongst its' pages. 

I found mine while vacationing on the Maine seashore this past week-end. 
At 24.99, it is WELL worth it so RUN...don't' walk to your nearest Jeanne D'Arc Living retailer NOW!!
You won't be disappointed!
Oh happy day!
**Disclaimer: I am not a JDL retailer nor do I get paid to advertise for them**

Joining "Timewashed' for another Blissful Whites Wednesday!

The Grotto....

Several years ago, we decided to put a deck onto the back of our house, off of the dining room.

Our lot slopes downward, from the front of the house to the back, so that all of our fieldstone foundation is exposed (yes, we have a foundation made of "field" stones! The house was built in 1904.)

Once the deck was complete, we were looking at a big ol' mess "underneath" it .

Hubby envisioned another spot to park our cars but....

...I envisioned something entirely different!

And so "The Grotto"was created.

We had the contractor dig another few feet and then had a pressed concrete floor poured.

I'll let the rest of the pictures do the talking...

I made these pillows using painters drop cloth and house paint (you heard me!) 
~DIY Post coming soon~

Since we needed "support beams" at the center of The Grotto, we opted for solid mahogany, instead of pressure treated, and then built a table between them.

Weather permitting, we eat dinner here most every evening.

Most everywhere you look, you will see my collection of old chandy's and candelabra's....
...I love the glow of candlelight at night.

This summer, I finally added some shears....

...when closed, they keep the bugs out at night and look ever-so-lovely blowing in the breeze.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my outdoor haven..."The Grotto."
(I will take some nighttime pictures soon)
I hope you savor what's left of this beautiful summer by spending time in YOUR outdoor havens!
Happy day Mes Amies!