Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Surprise in the Mail

Hello There,

I have been bad at blogging I know!  This post has been in draft mode since June!!  So here it is FINALLY!!!

I wanted to share with you a surprise gift that I received in the mail.  Even though I have not blogged on a consistent basis, most of my friends on my blog knew that I lived in Beaufort, SC.  Since then, I moved to NC.  However, while living in the Low Country, I fell in love with my coastal cottage and enjoyed decorating it with many coastal items and even painted my porch a coastal blue which I still miss at times and will always cherish.

Well -- a package came in the mail -- my husband surprised me with a oil painting of our cottage in Beaufort that we owned.

I was very pleased on how it turned out -- the artist did a fantastic job -- my husband supplied him with one of my photos that I took awhile ago.  This art will be cherished and I am glad to add it to my home decor.  The artist is located in West Chester, PA where I was born and raised.  I have always loved his art, he is well known for his paintings of Chester County homes and landscapes.  One of my favorites that I still want to add to my art collection is the Lincoln Tea Room print.  Here is the link to his site here.

So now I want to share some progression photos from the artist that he supplied to us along with the original.  My husband chose not to see the progression until the final was mailed.

Here is the final piece now happily hung in my home .  I have to say we were QUITE PLEASED!!!

The last photo is where is it hanging now as I have rearranged by living room!  I really like it sooooo much!

Now one more close up -- I know I can't help it!

I hope you are enjoying your summer!  I can't believe Fall is right around the corner!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cute Summer Fashion Ideas

Hello There,

I don't know about you but I love summer weather and the fashion that goes with it.  Whether it's a cute pair of preppy shorts, sundress or a fun, colorful pair of shoes!  Since I live in the South and experience tons of humidity, I like to wear lightweight clothing when going out for fun or a special occasion.

Here are some cute items that I am currently swooning over.....

First we will start with this adorable straw tote with pompoms from Saks Fifth Avenue.  Now how adorable is this?  I love anything with pompoms..... There are so many cute bags out for the season now!
via Saks Fifth Avenue


I have a weakness for shoes and I especially love fun ones!

Check out these two pair from Free People.


Here are some fun tops to add to your wardrobe, too!

Via Free People

I am a fan of cold shoulder tops.  How about you?  This one below is from Dillard's.


I love anything chambray and think this top along with the tie waist shorts are so adorable!!!

via J Crew

I have several pairs of Crown and Ivy shorts and love their bright color and fun prints this year!

Crown and Ivy Scallop Shorts
via Vineyard Vines
How about this cute pink and blue sundress from Vineyard Vines?  Perfect for that summer getaway! Don't you agree??

via Nordstrom
I always need a cute pair of earrings to add to my wardrobe, too!  How about these?  Since pink is my favorite, I am really in love with these.  I think I will have to ask for these for my birthday which is coming up soon!

So what do you think?  Have you added some fun summer fashion to your wardrobe lately?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Great Time at Lucketts Spring Market

Hello There,

Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!  

I wanted to share some photos (phone pics) of my recent visit to Lucketts Spring Market this year.  It was great to revisit since I have not been to the market in several years.  This year, the venue changed to Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville, Virginia.  It was a beautiful setting and there was so much eye candy to see!

Marion - a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed has a beautiful booth and her furniture sold like "hot potatoes."  I was able to purchase a beautiful marmalade crock from Germany from her booth!  (Will share in a later post).

There were many vendors including Rust and Feathers, Miss Mustard Seed, Amy Howard and many more.  Food trucks were also available with many great food choices.   There was a play area for children including vintage games -- hula hoop and corn toss and live music where you could sit under a covered area on hay bales!!!

I was on a mission to find a unique coat rack (vintage style) and the first place that I visited, I was able to find it!  Now how many times does that happen to you?  It was the perfect size and touch for my entryway.  Will share photos soon!!!

There were tons of farmhouse decor including deer antlers, rusty scales, tarnished silverware, farmhouse style furniture, crocks, dough bowls, ironstone and too much to list.

MMS Booth

MMS Booth

Love this mantel

After I found all my vintage goodies, my husband asked me while leaving there if I was interested in a booth for next year.  Hhhmmm....Sounds like a great idea to me!!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Loving the Month of May

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  We have had some beautiful weather here in NC. The flowers are all in bloom and I have been busy taking lots of outdoor photos.

(Most of these shots were taken with my Iphone)

The weather has been perfect with sunny days and lower humidity.  It is nice weather to have windows open throughout the home instead of air conditioning!  Our community pool opens this week and I am looking forward to that also!

I have tea olive bushes around my home and the fragrance is wonderful!  I picked a bunch and placed in a mason jar in my kitchen!

I used an old step ladder and planted some herbs in terracotta pots for my patio! I prefer to use fresh herbs in my cooking rather than dried,

I am looking forward to going to Luckett's Spring Market in a couple of weeks.  The last time I went was close to five years ago so I am due for a visit!  Hopefully I will find some goods for my home!

I hope you are enjoying your spring, too!

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Gallery Wall


Happy Monday!  

I have recently created a gallery wall in my home that includes many finds when I moved to the South, purchases while on vacations and finds from some of my favorite stores.

Before creating the gallery wall, I first started placing all of my items on the floor and traced each piece on paper and cut out. I then used painters tape to hang each cutout to visualize and get a feel for the layout.  This is the step that you may be rearranging a lot before you love the look that you are trying to achieve.

When creating my wall, I wanted to make it as personal as can be since since it is part of my home. This project is an ongoing one and something that I will change up at times.  Hopefully, I am looking towards  having the wall decorated from ceiling to floor with photos/art.

Here are some photos of what I have done so far.  I love thrift shopping for vintage items, so hopefully I will find some more unique treasures to add.

I first started with this print - (my initials) which was one of my largest pieces for the wall.  I especially love this piece since it was a gift from my sister.  She bought it in Charleston from a local artist who takes photography on various iron gates throughout Charleston.  This happens to be fragments of iron gates that spell out my initials!  How clever!!

This piece of art is actually hole punch art.  I found it at a local antique shop near me and she had to come home with me!!  Love those braids!!

This piece was also an inexpensive piece -- it is actually called a Theorem Painting - stenciling of soft colors in oils applied to velvet.

Nancy Thomas Art from our visit to Yorktown,VA.

I love this piece of art -- Royal Crown Cola bottle pressed onto barn wood.  I love the red faucet handles as flowers.

Above the initial art piece I added a corrugated tin heart for texture.  It was fun creating this space and I am looking forward to finding some more special pieces to add to it!

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy Monday

Hope you had a great weekend!  It was a rainy weekend in the Carolinas and according to the forecast we have two more days of it!

I wanted to share some spring flowers for you on this gloomy, wet day!

A perfect day to wear my Hunter boots, too!

Enjoy your week!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's Been a Long Time.....

Hello Blogland,

It's been awhile since I have blogged and I have really missed many of you.  I hope all is well and hope to get back to blogging on a regular basis.

I hope you are enjoying your Spring so far!  




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