Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter: Vignettes & Tidbits

I hope everyone is having a marvelous Good Friday today!  It’s going to be a beautiful sunny weekend here with temperatures in the high 70s…perfect weather for all the Easter egg hunting that will be going on!


Here are a couple vignettes I put together for this weekend’s celebration.  I picked up a pot of tulips at my grocery store and covered the base with a burlap sack.


I used one of my milk glass compotes to hold a scrumptious chocolate bunny and added one of my “He Is Risen” booklets to the scene.


It makes a simple but strong statement on the dining table.  I like combining the real reason we celebrate Easter along with a fun tradition that children enjoy.


Some of my other favorite spring motifs are birds, nests, and eggs.  A carton of eggs on the table? 


Look closer…


They’re birdseed covered “eggs” from Gardener’s Supply Co. I love to feed our feathered friends.  I can hear so many of them outside now that spring is here.


Some of my favorite French plates are these “Aviary” pattern ones by Gien.


Hopefully I can find some more bird plates in France.


We are  having Easter dinner at my mom’s this year, so I didn’t go all out on Easter décor but I am happy with just a couple important reminders of the holiday.


I’m putting a basket together for my college-age daughter and hopefully will get to share a quick post on Sunday so you can see what I found!  If you missed it click HERE to see some other Easter basket inspiration.

Happy Easter,

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gianna Rose Atelier: Useful Country French Themed Products

Want to add some Country French touches in your home?  I don’t usually post about products, but I came across a stash of Gianna Rose Atelier items that I forgot I had and their packaging is soooo inspiring.  They make luxurious triple milled soaps and various other romantic notions.  Their products certainly have a French flair so that’s why I was drawn to them.


They’re all make in the USA but have wonderful French names like Bonjour/Bonne Nuit which is a decadent linen scented candle (which they no longer make) and delicious smelling Vanilla Pear drawer liners.  Check out their lavender toile drawer liners HERE.


I love these special guest soaps in an apothecary jar called Les Oeufs d’Ivoire.


I’m totally in love with the Savon Pour Le Manior (soap for the house) box with the awesome graphics and unfortunately they no longer make this set (I'd buy it again just for the box) but they have a great hen shaped soap.


And lastly, they’re Gardener’s Soap packaging is too pretty to tear into and actually use!  It’s perfect for display!  I love the toile paper.  It’s lemon and clove bud and smells divine.  


If you want to add some small Country French touches in your house I suggest looking at Gianna Rose Atelier HERE.  I’m always on the lookout for interesting Country French related products to add to my home’s décor.  These would also make great gifts.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Playing Around In The Dining Room & A Tip For Grain Sack Storage

I picked up some great spring bouquets at the grocery store and wanted to spruce up my dining table.


I hadn’t used the two French themed pitchers that I picked up at TJ Maxx after Christmas so I decided to use them as vases.


They go great with the grain sack that I picked up in Normandy on the Brocanting Tour last fall.


It has a gorgeous shade of blue on the triple stripe and I love the hand stitched initials.



Here’s a tip on storing your European grain sacks…ROLL them don’t fold them.  Folding them creates creases which are hard to iron out.  Here’s the grain sack before I steamed it.


I have begun rolling all my grain sacks and they store so much easier and it’s better on the fabric and less ironing.


Everything feels so much fresher in the spring.  What are you doing to your dining table?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ordinary Easter Baskets From Ho-Hum to WOW! DIY Ideas For Giving Them Personality Plus!

As I was going through my Easter décor I came across a couple of my kids’ previous Easter baskets.  Although they are a few years old, I think they’re still a great alternative to boring baskets. I wanted to share these ideas with you to help make your Easter baskets more special.


These cuties are pretty easy to assemble.  I started with a couple Longaberger pie baskets with fabric liners.


I took the fabric liners to my local embroidery shop for their names to be added.


I bought the inexpensive stuffed white bunny and yellow chick at Big Lots and took them apart by removing the body and legs and whip stitching the open seams that were left.


The feet are attached with thread through the basket weaves and the head and arms just sit on the edge of the basket.


I purchased the baskets below at Big Lots because I liked the yellow and pink trim that was already painted on each one.  You could easily take a plain basket and paint the handle or top and bottom weave in your child’s favorite color.  


I still wanted to take them up a notch.  My mom cross stitched the kid’s names along with some Easter motifs  on cross stitch fabric and added some cotton tabs.


I attached them to the baskets with sticky velcro dots.


If you don’t cross stitch, you could have fabric strips embroidered with their names.


I hope this has inspired you to take Easter baskets from drab to fab!!!


I can’t believe it’s already almost Easter.  I’m headed to Chicago this weekend but will be back soon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

French Blue

I love the many varied colors of French Blue.  From the faded Paris rooftops and majestic doors to the everyday items that glisten in hues of blue, there’s no mistake it’s a mesmerizing sense of color.  It can become a preoccupation when walking the streets of Paris.


Dreamy shutters.


Take a seat, s’il vous plait!


I’m always drawn to certain blues and a pair of seltzer bottles caught my eye right away in a hidden antique shop in Normandy


It’s a clear crisp perfect shade of blue.  A simple bistro staple that’s elevated to chic. I love the simple vibrant pop of color against a cool background.


Here is where I first spied one of them.


And here they are in my “stash”.


I’m looking forward to our Fall Shopping tour already.  What treasures will we find this year?



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