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Saturday, October 26, 2013

French Friday (on Saturday!) and Some Bits and Pieces

When I was in Deauville, France last month with my lovely tour group, I mentioned to them that Deauville was a sister city to Lexington , KY.  And for the record, here’s proof!!!


As you can see Lexington has a few other sister cities!  I snapped this photo from the car as we were driving down Main Street.  Deauville and Lexington are not only similar in size and population, but both offer world class horse racing.  I love that Kentucky has a French connection.  Not to mention we have a Paris, KY and Versailles, KY and the symbol of Louisville is the fleur-de-lis.

As for bits and pieces this week, look what arrived in the mail today.


These awesome little grain sack stockings are by the lovely Ann Drake from On Sutton Place.  She creates the most wonderful things which you can find in her Etsy shop HERE.


I’m getting a “jump” on Christmas this year.  I’m not decorating now, just getting an early start to planning the holiday décor.  Look for these beauties in December.


Does this look familiar to any of you?


I’ve been cleaning out old family VHS videos. Seems funny to me to say “old” videos since I remember when they were first introduced! Back then we didn’t think the VHS technology would be outdated so soon.  Boy, we’ve come a long way, baby!


Problem is what to do with them?  They are very bulky in storage and you can’t store them in a hot attic because the film/tape with eventually ruin.  I’ve had several videos in the past transferred to DVD but that can get expensive.  These are precious family memories mostly of my children.  What to do, what to do?  I guess I’ll just hang on to them with a lone VCR to play them on.  Of course, I’m sure there’ll come a time when you won’t be able to use a VCR on the current technology.

Any ideas?  What are you guys doing with you VHS videos?  I just boxed up 2 boxes of children’s video movies i.e. Disney and such…




Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hi Kim! First, thank you so, so much for featuring my stockings. I am very glad you like them! Second, those tapes are a nightmare. lol. My husband recently had some converted to dvd's. There is a local place that does it and it wasn't expensive at all. You can do that with the personal ones at least. Way easier to store!
Hope you have a lovely rest of the weekend and thank you again...Ann

Anne Boykin said...

Hi Kimberly, Not sure what to do with the DVD's. I am familiar with Ann's work and it is lovely. Those grainsack stockings are adorable. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them in December. I enjoy your blog.

Sue said...

It is time to get thinking about Christmas and your stockings are lovely. I am in the process of getting all of my home movies from VHS to DVD. Costs a bit, but my tapes are starting to fade and they won't last much longer I'm afraid. If those are of your family, I'd start the process of converting them:-)

{loved Deauville, I bought my first granddaughter's first birthday dress there. We had flown to France the day of her birth.}

Teddee Grace said...

You can purchase a device and software to convert those VHF tapes to computer disks. Not terribly expensive. Still would be time consuming.

Unknown said...

This was my project last fall to convert all my family VHS tapes to DVD's as Christmas gifts boxed up to give to my daughters for Christmas. I have a VHS/dvd recorder/player that will do the conversion...bought it at Walmart. It is time consuming, but well worth the effort. I made 5 copies of each VHS- one for each of my 4 daughters and one for myself. So glad that I did this as I found that many of the tapes were starting to deteriorate. The oldest being from the early 1980's. Now I just have dance videos left to convert. It was cheaper for me to do this myself and purchase the dual recorder than to hire out. Good luck!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh do I have some of those DVD's....love Ann's beautiful work.....Have a wonderful week Kim!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the grain sack stockings that Ann makes. I bought some last year and need a few more.

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