Tuesday, September 27, 2011

White Elephant Hunt with Petite Michelle Louise!

What a weekend!  I went on a White Elephant hunt with a great friend.  Vivacious Michelle, from the Petite Michelle Louise blog joined me on a trip to the White Elephant shop in Essex, MA.  We laughed, talked endlessly, and shopped through dust and rust to find amazing bargains. 
I wish I had taken photos of Michelle's astounded face at the very friendly prices to be found.  Here we are, picking through the loot at the outlet store: 
(me on left, cute Michelle on right)
We called ourselves the Picker Sisters after a TV show by that name.  I haven't seen it, but Michelle joked that we were doing what they do.  :)
(look at Michelle's stylish Paris bag - she looked so chic!)

(perfect for White Wednesday, no?)
We spent time shopping at the '1/2 off' outlet and regular store down the road, and seriously could have spent all day.  I loved watching Michelle's mind work as she thought up ideas for creations she could make with various treasures.  Many of your names came up: "Amy would love this...wouldn't Rhonda love these?...Melinda would get this door...Sandi would get this rustic bucket".  Isn't is great how through your blogs we really do get a sense of your taste?  And of course we have to share this with Kathleen's White Wednesday party. 
Here's what I brought home.  First, this great old wooden ladder:
($10 - yes!  There's 3 more there...hurry!)

I also found the cool flour sack there - in my palette!  It hangs next to this amazing enamel bucket that Michelle brought me.  She thought it would fit my farmhouse-style kitchen more than it did hers.  Isn't she thoughtful?  And of course she embellished it with one of her amazing signature-styled tags. 

I cleaned up this old top of a baluster/fence post(?) for our mantel and got a neat old music book for a future project:

Keep your eye out for the autumn issue of Somerset Life, on news-stands soon.  Michelle's doorknob inspiration holders are on the cover and she's got an article inside!  Congratulations Michelle!  Visit her blog to see what she brought home from the White Elephant.

And thanks to all of you offering well wishes on the opening of my Etsy store.  Stay tuned for a giveaway soon...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

ETSY shop is open!

Hello there!  I'm happy to share the news that my Etsy store is open for business.  You can find it at:

Thanks to all of your support and encouragement, it is finally a reality. 
I hope you get a minute to stop by.  Here are some items listed:
The 'Present Pillow Collection'
More pretty pillows
Jeanne D'Arc inspired angel wings
fall wreath
And stay tuned this week to hear about a fun shopping excursion I had yesterday with Petite Michelle Louise!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Living Room Fireplace and Etsy Shop News

Hello friends!  I was so honored to be featured in last week's White Wednesday link party - thank you Kathleen!  It is my favorite place to seek out dreamy white inspiration each week.
For this week's party, I thought I'd share a view of our living room fireplace, with some fall changes surrounding it. 

We had an abundance of hydrangea blooms this year from our 5 bushes, so now I've been drying them.  I love how they fill this white basket (from sweet Karen of A Shabby Moment in Time).

I made two pillow covers out of a vintage grain sack, and placed them on my transformed white chairs for a fall look.  I'm not crazy about the dark red brick on our fireplace (that's for another post), but now I love how these all-white chairs balance it out:

On the shutter (also from Karen) hangs a small angel wings ornament I made.  It is a miniature version of the wings I made in this post

Both sizes of angel wings will be available in my Etsy shop opening soon (hopefully within a few days)! 
In addition to these, I will be introducing the Evelyn and Rose 'Present Pillow Collection'.  These are pillows uniquely wrapped like presents, with fabric bows and seam binding ribbon...

I will also be listing vintage white towels, available for custom monogramming, inspired by the Jeanne D'Arc Living style...

Stay tuned for the shop opening news and enticing giveaways to come...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Special Memories and Fall Decorating

I've been thinking about.....our wedding day. 

My husband and I were married 8 years ago today, September 13th.  We first met at the church where we married - St. Patrick's.  I was walking home from Mass, and he introduced himself as he walked to his car nearby.  He was the man I had been waiting a long time to meet. 

God brought us together, we are sure of that.

Each September I take out our wedding album and keepsakes, and we remember and celebrate.
Our invitation and unity candles are on display:

Our honeymoon in Paris is a cherished memory:

It is a special time of year for us.
As I start to change out summer decor for fall colors, I am reminded of how many seasons we've shared and I look forward to each coming season.

Here are some dining room updates I thought I'd share at White Wednesday this week.  It's good to be back after a little blog break!
Dining room cupboard:
(see this post on how the pumpkins were crafted)

Introducing more dark brown into the room...

I'll share more as the rooms change.  And I'll be sure to share some New England fall foliage with you all!
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