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Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Short Getaway...

Bonjour mes amies....remember this place?

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Well...I'm going back there...today! 
Spending the next 4 days with my mother and sister in my beautiful seaside haven to celebrate what would have been my beloved father's birthday. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 
See you on Sunday!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

White Wednesday

"Picker Sisters"

Saturday, I had the pleasure of spending the entire day with sweet Susan at Evelyn and Rose! We had become fast friends through blogging and met up with each other for the first time last spring at The Wrenthan Country Store's "White Event." It was there that we also had the pleasure of meeting Sandi ("A Cottage Muse") and Karen ("A Shabby Moment In Time").
("Moi" and Susan)

When Susan emailed to suggest we meet and go to a few stores in Essex, Ma......well, I was thrilled to say the least!

The White Elephant shops were a treasure trove of lovelies for anyone's palette! 

Everything in their "outlet" store is half off as well as a bonus room where everything is 75% off!

(these were in the $5.00 pile!)
Alas...without a truck, we had to leave quite a few tresors behind! (Not to mention that Susan's STEAL of a ladder became our third "picker sister" companion!)

Here are a few tresors of my own.....
a shabby velvet-covered photo album.... 

...with this sweet picture inside.

The old foil star was an added bonus and, upon closer inspection, this sweet photo was printed in my hometown!! 
Yup...Lewiston, Maine! How serendipitous!
(I got the whole book $for 5.00!)

This lovely book was only a dollar!

 See the beautiful brass clasp??

A real treasure!

An old book featuring short stories by Edgar Allen Poe was also just a dollar.

WARNING: If Rhonda is reading this...please sit down now and take a few deep breaths before continuing...

Susan spied these and quickly brought them to my attention....

...sweetly bundled and oodles and oodles of gorgeous and beautifully-aged gauze & cheesecloth!!
And ALL for only $6.00!
(Can someone say "Start the car!! Start the car?!")

When I was touring Susan's beautiful and lovingly-decorated home, I spied one of these on her mantle.....

...a worn and rusty... heavy metal piece of architectural salvage.

Lucky for me, she purchased it at The White Elephant and they had MORE!

So I took a few home for my dining room mantle!
(the pair were just $17.50) 

All in all, I would have to say that it was just about the best day of pickin' I've had in a long time! And, to spend it alongside sweet Susan was just the icing on the cake!

Now DO go on over and see Susan's newly-opened Etsy Shop: "Evelyn and Rose." You won't be disappointed! 
And stay tuned for Part Two of "The Adventures of The Picker Sisters!"

I'm joining Kathleen's Faded Charm Cottage on this gorgeous White Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

White Wednesday

My lampshade got "crowned"....

...and so did She....

Happy White Wednesday mes amies! 
I'm linking up to Kathleen's lovely Faded Charm Cottage on this wonderful day!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I am shamefully way behind in saying "Merci" to some very dear friends, bloggers and Etsians for the treasure trove of lovelies that have found their way to my petite nest this past spring and summer. Now, before you all go getting "green" with envy, not all of these were giveaway wins (although I've been pretty lucky in THAT department these past few months). Some were purchases I made in gorgeous ETSY shops, some were "art swaps" and , last but not least, some of them were gifts from the dearest of kindred spirits....sent to me at a time when I needed them the most. 
So...here is my "merci" to all of you....  






"723 Plain and Simple"







"Tales From an OC Cottage"

To all of you...your art, your creations, your generosity and your thoughtfulness have warmed my slowly-mending heart.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My White Wednesday Post...again!

Happy White Wednesday mes amies! 
My original post hit some snags so I am posting something new and quite late at that....

...signs of autumn around my home...

I'm heading over to Kathleen's Faded Charm Cottage for more white lovelies....

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Forget....

To those whose lives were tragically lost .....

...may we never forget.

Friday, September 9, 2011

"What's A Girl To Do?" (Part 9)

What's a girl to do when she covets THESE but can't seem to find them anywhere?

She takes these.....

...and makes these....

French Grave Markers or Mourning Plaques....



I've long admired these for their rustic beauty.... 


 ....and their spiritual value.

Simple metal tags.....
...with a rusty-colored patina....

...are adorned with images from actual grave stones....

...and old French Prayer cards.....

...to create the look of my coveted French Enamel Mourning Plaques.

Torn paper edges....

...and ink give them that "old world" feel.

Authentic French Grave Markers can be found in most every burial ground in France. 

Many are left to rot in the ground.....

...their beauty left unappreciated....

...and their sentimental value disregarded.

One day, I'd love to find an authentic one for my own....

...to always remind me of those souls whose sacred resting places they mark.

(soon for sale in my ETSY shop)