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Friday, October 20, 2017

Home Memories

This is just a small post about life memories. I love keeping memories and my daughter loves going through the boxes that I have of all her photos, artwork, graded papers, birthday party mementos, and clothes.

I don't have much from my childhood so I wanted to make sure that I captured my daughter's life as much as I could. I also have kept all of my cards from her and ornaments. Keeping memories, I believe is another way of having a beautiful life. It shows your children and family that you care enough to document your life with them. If you keep things continue to collect.

I can't wait until I have some grandchildren to share all of the memories that I have. Enjoy!!!

I keep most of our memories in boxes like this.

In here I have all of my cards and I write the year on the back of each one. Something I learned from my mother in law. 

In this box I kept some of Lauren's baby clothes and her first costume! I love looking at these and seeing how small she was. Boy, does the time really fly!

I have kept all of Lauren's birthday cards and artwork. She will love this when she gets older. 

For each school year I take a photo and make her write down a few things. I also keep some of her work, report cards, drawings, and photos with friends from each year. She will enjoy looking at these with her kids and talk about her school years in the future. 

Well I hope that you have enjoyed this post and that it has inspired you to continue to document your life as well. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Enchanted Home~ Christmas Ornaments

I have been a fan of Tina's The Enchanted Home since 2014. She has a beautiful blog and wonderful shopping website for those of us who are fans of blue and white. My friend recently shared with me her purchase from Tina. She bought some blue and white ginger jar ornaments.

They are so lovely. I just had to buy some.

I was able to purchase 2 of these. They are mini ginger jars. They are quite large and fantastic!

I wanted these too but I believe they sold out quickly!

(UPDATE ~ they have been restocked, hurry!)

If you have a chance go and check out her website and blog. You will truly be inspired. 

Tina's home

(photos via Google and Mrs. Shery)

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Recent Purchase....

Well, I finally purchased a blue and white tea cup set. I found it on Ebay. It's funny I didn't realize it until a few days ago but the same cup that I purchased on Ebay was the same cup that I had on my inspiration grid at work.

This is my inspiration grid. It has things that I love. I have a room in the middle that is from a French hotel. I love the furniture! I have my dream Chanel bag. Peonies from my bouquet last year. A chateau that is for sale in Normandy and last but not least the blue and white tea cup that I found on Pinterest and that I just loved.

Here is the photo on Ebay. I seriously didn't realize it was the same cup until the day before it shipped! Uncanny right?

So I made an offer and it was accepted! I received it on Friday and here it is below. 

Now it is exactly as she said in the description, I just didn't realize that it would be so small. 

But I have to keep in mind that these cups are from the 40's and everything was in smaller portion sizes back then. I still love it but the search continues for my blue and white cup. I do love my new set that I picked up last week. 

I do love these cups. They were such a wonderful find! I sort of wish I would have picked up those crystal vases too! Oh well all the more reason to continue to go antiquing!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Little Antique Shopping....

This past weekend I decided to take a quick trip to the antique store. It had been a few months since I had gone and my husband was working on a project so I knew it would be the perfect time to run for it!

My daughter and I went to the Olde Shadeland Antique Mall. I really like the staff they are very nice and there is a variety of items there. Like these vintage crystal vases for $35 each. 

Those would be gorgeous on a dresser at both ends with fresh tulips in them or lilies!  

I really loved this chinoiserie inspired panel. It was big and a little expensive. It was $135!

These are beautiful. Only $25 for a set of 8.

Here is a video of me shopping a little. I did end up purchasing this set.

It was too lovely to pass up. I paid $38 for a set of 6. 

Here is another video of me looking at vintage earrings and dishes.

I did end up buying these two pairs of earrings and this gold vintage bracelet. 

And here is one more video of another beautiful china set that I saw in the antique store. It was gorgeous!! 

I hope you all enjoyed this post. I was thinking about starting a Youtube channel just for shopping. Something like the videos that you are seeing on here. Let me know your thoughts. I don't know if I will be doing it. Thanks so much for reading!!!!!

(photos and videos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Jane Hodges Entertaining Ideas

Has anyone heard of Jane Hodges? She is the author of the lovely book called Linens: For Every Room and Occasion. It has been on my "book list" on Amazon for quite some time now. I recently saw this article in House Beautiful from Jane. It is a wonderful list of how she entertains in the Big Easy.

1) There's no wrong time to dine.......
      "I wanted guests to come and go at their leisure....... people help themselves to small plates, then scattered to different rooms to enjoy."

2) Maintain a sense of mystery
    "The dining room doors were closed when guests arrived, then opened midevening to reveal a beautiful bayou-inspired tableau of driftwood, flowers and food. I admire, composed arrangements of roses, larkspurs, scabiosas, parrot tulips, stock, and lisianthuses in shades of lavender and peach inspired by the iridescent tones in an oyster shell."

3) Great Expectations 
    "Half the fun of a party is the anticipation! I enlisted an artist to create memorable hand-made invitations and had them hand-delivered, signaling to all that special evening was to come."

4) A party in every room
    "We set up stations around the house and garden, like a bourbon bar on my writing desk and a Champagne bar on the console in the upstairs study, to encourage guests to move about and explore." 

5) Strike up the band
    "Music is a key element in creating an experience. In New Orleans, we treasure our brass bands. To welcome my dear friend Ken Fulk, I invite a trio of jazz musicians to perform on the front balcony as guests arrived.....

To read the rest of her tips see the original article here or pick up the October 2017 issue of House Beautiful.

Here is a fun video from Quintessence. It is a home tour of Jane Scott Hodges. Enjoy! 

(photos and text via House

Monday, October 9, 2017

Blue and White Tea Cup Set

Goodness, I have been looking for a blue and white tea cup set for 2 years now! I don't know what pattern I want but I do know that I want a mid-size cup. I have been on Ebay, Etsy, Google and I just can't seem to find one that I like. When I do find one it costs a small fortune. So the quest continues. I did find one on Ebay but it's two of them and I just want one so I don't know. I may go ahead and buy the set so I can have one at home and one for the office.

I did however go to Pinterest to find inspiration of course....

These are the perfect size but no plate with it. Rats!!!!

This is lovely but how wide the mouth is I would be worried about my tea spilling....

Pretty pattern

Oh I wish I could find some thing like this. So elegant!

Honestly, this is the dream pattern. I wish the cup was a little bigger but this is what I am aiming for. 

Perfect size!!!

Oh well, the quest continues. I hope you all enjoyed this post and wish me luck!!!!

(photos via Pinterest)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Peony Wallpaper

I know this wallpaper maybe a bit much for some people but I have to admit, I just adore it! I believe that having this in one room won't hurt a bit if you are a girly girl like myself.

I saw this first in the October, 2017 issue of House Beautiful. Goodness gracious it is so beautiful to me.

It is a custom mural wall-covering by artist Thomas Darnell for Area Environments. Gorgeous, isn't it? Here it is in other rooms in different homes. 

Looks great in the entryway!!

So beautiful. You don't even need a headboard!

Just stunning.... I am still working on my husband. He still hates wallpaper. I am trying to convince him that it is not evil but elegant! Wish me luck!!!!

(photo via House Beautiful & Google)