Blooming Rose

Blooming Rose

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I Was Just Going To Look Around...

I have been asked to look for a few pieces for a couple of homes. So, this morning I
stopped by Olde Good Things to take a look around.  I can’t go in that shop without
falling in love with at least a dozen things...And believe me, today was no exception!

I’m going to let this fine person start the visit...

I wish I had a dining room that would accommodate this long and beautiful trestle table...

An exquisite stained glass window.  Shades of French blue and pink that are gentle and so romantic...
Did you happen to notice the modern glass tulip lamp to the left of the window? 
I believe it's brass and glass.

A beautiful French settee and parlor set...

Alabaster in the rafters...

This copper chandelier speaks to me...I hear it calling my name!   I'm sure I do!

I think one of the homes I’m looking for will welcome this piece...
Look at the pretty carving...

This window is exceptional.   It is a brass clad 6 window mirror from the 5th Avenue
Toy Building in New York City...

This lovely lady is my favorite.  Do you think she will get along with my kitty?
I wonder if she's counting the time on the old wooden clock behind her.
Probably waiting for her next visitor.

She seems to have a few friends....

How about this gracious lady?  I believe she may have been part of a fountain.

More friends...
Did you spot the beautiful blue and bronze lamp above?

If you are looking for mirrors I’m sure you will find something you like here...
Or here...

Now, if you just happen to be looking for a church steeple...(and who isn't...!?!)
How about this one?
And accrouterments...

There is still so much to show you.  I will have to continue this journey another day. 
I will be showing you more in a day or two but in the meantime you might like to visit
Olde Good Things HERE .

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Visit To Chateau De Fleurs

Last weekend my friend “J” and I drove down to very southern California to go to the
Chateau De Fleurs sale.  Artist Christie Repasy hosted a lovely event at her new home
and studio. My friend picked me up at 6am that morning, which meant I was up at 4am
to feed and walk the dogs and take care of my cat. I was in such a rush to leave my
house that I left my camera behind! I couldn’t believe it!  That camera is always
attached to me, but it seems this one morning it missed the trip. I was so upset but I
wanted to at least tell you about her wonderful sale on my blog because it was a
fabulous event!

I found several treasures for friend’s birthdays and my own enjoyment (of course!).
In fact, the next day I gave a friend a vintage french art book that she had been eyeing
and I included one of Christie’s beautiful bookmarks with the book. My friend was
more thrilled about the bookmark than she was about the book!  And rightly so!
Wait until some other friends see what they have coming for their birthdays...they will
be over the moon! Thanks to the lovely and very talented Christie Repasy’s art work,
they are in for a treat!

There were several vendors.  All very talented and with a wonderful assortment of things
to choose from.  Business was brisk and everyone was having a wonderful time.

Please visit Chrisie's beautiful site  HERE .  You can see some of her exquisite art work
and read her blog.  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


The Poetry of Peonies


Monday, June 14, 2010

All Hats On The Table, Please

It was a bright sunny weekend in southern California. A few of us got together at a
friends house for an afternoon of catching up with each other. I knew my friend’s
backyard would be very sunny so I brought a straw hat to keep the sun out of my eyes. 

I also brought some of my other straw hats for my friends to wear, if needed.  The sun
can be very intense in this area.

Cherry time is almost over around this part of the country.  It has been a very fruitful
season. We had a few chilled cherries (try saying that fast!) with our ice tea.

When I was a little girl I was visiting my aunt Claire and she took me to her favorite
farmers market to get cherries. She told me we would make a cherry pie when we got
home. I was so excited. While she made the pie crust she passed the bowl of cherries
to me and asked me to remove the stems and prepare them for the pie. I had no idea
there were pits in cherries so after I removed the stems and washed the cherries we
put them in her pie crust and in the oven to bake. You can only imagine the surprise
everyone had at desert when they bit into their piece of homemade cherry pie...with pits!
I don’t think I will ever live it down!  Well, lesson learned...cherries have pits which need
to be removed when you make a cherry pie!!!

It was a lovely afternoon with my friends catching up on each others news.  We had a
lot of laughs and ate a lot of delicious cherries while we stayed cool under our fun
straw hats.

Do you have a favorite straw hat?

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Pink Lemonade Day

I just love using champagne glasses for pink lemonade with raspberries on a hot
summer day. It is so refreshing to have a cold pitcher of wonderful pink lemonade
flavored with fresh raspberries direct from the farmers market.

I don’t think there is any sense in reserving the lovely champagne flutes for just special
occasions with champagne.  I enjoy using them often because as they say,
“these are the good old days!”
And a  few fresh strawberries are always delicious.

I have a really pretty mosaic flower pot that I love to use to keep a bottle of French
pink lemonade chilled. I just put a plastic bag in the bottom and fill the pot with ice.
It looks so pretty and is perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

Here is another peek at one of my quilts. This one is the Dresden Plate Pattern.
As you can see in the pictures above, I love to use it on top of a table...

This pattern can be traced back to the 1800’s. It seems that Dresden, Germany was
the center of 19th century romanticism in art. Porcelain plates were embellished with
designs of flowers, foliage and fruit. The quilt pattern was fashioned after these beautiful
plates. The Dresden quilts became quite known in the 1920's and by the 1930’s the
quilts became very popular, made with wonderful floral prints and some even patterned
from feedsacks.
My Dresden quilt is from the late 1930’s. 
I found it many years ago in Pennsylvania while on a trip with my mom and dad.
I love it.

  Don't you think we should use our pretty things every day?

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Aahh, The Peony

The beautiful, showy peony...


Pure Poetry...

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ring That Bell

This is a special post to alert all you wonderful people who are on the east coast, or are
going to be on the east coast, specifically in the Hudson, NY area.  On June 12th
there will be a very special art and antique showcase.

My good friend Stephanie Lloyd is part of the Earth Angels, Hudson Supermarket
(that's an antique palace) event that promises to be very exciting.

Please check out Stephanie’s lovely blog HERE for all the details.

I promise you won’t be disappointed!

"The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
Albert Einstein