Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy Friday

I've been so busy these last few days. My husband has been away~taking grad classes. While he has been away, I have been running the house, eating junk, teaching children, thrifting, doctor's appointments, reading, finding pretty things on pinterest, and all the usual things moms do. My husband is coming home tonight, so I am cooking a real meal and I am starving already. Just wanted to say hello and share some loveliness with you!
Did you eat too much sugar for Valentine's Day?
Aren't these lovely gifts? Wouldn't you love to give these to someone special?
Wouldn't this be a magical wedding gown? Too bad it's in a museum! :O)
Isn't this the loveliest egg print? I especially love the aqua and the speckled eggs. My style is heavily influenced by my love of nature. I love ruffles and lace and most things Shabby Chic but I definitely love rustic farmhouse treasures the Shabbier the better!
Hope you have your best friend to hang with this weekend!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Frosty February

We woke up to beautiful frozen fog clinging to simply everything! The artist in me, could not resist grabbing my camera and attempting to capture the beauty around me. My hands were freezing but I kept snapping.
The pine trees had been flocked with fog by the hand of the Creator!  It hadn't snowed at all, it was all frozen fog!
Right before Christmas, my trusty camera met with a sad demise. My sweet and kind-hearted husband surprised me with a new one Christmas morning. I loved it but was quite overwhelmed with learning the new technology. Little by little, I have been experimenting with it! On some of these photos I used the Snow setting and some I used the Landscape setting.
Everywhere I looked, beauty abounded! I knew it would be soon be melted off and the lovely frost would evaporate. It looked like a fairy-wedding and I felt like a special guest! 
Even an abandoned farm-yard looked magical! I was blessed to have been able to take the time to capture these images. An hour later, the beauty was gone. The mud and dead sticks were left and they didn't look pretty anymore.What a fun time I had with these photos! Don't you just love it when God shows off just for us?!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shabby Chic Garland

When I was a little girl my mother would hang out our clean laundry to dry on the clothesline. If there were sweet smelling sheets or blankets hanging on the line, my little sister and I would sometimes make tents of them and eat lunch in our "fort". To this day, I absolutely love the fragrance of bedding that has been dried in the sunshine. It brings back that safe "not-a-care-in-the-world" feeling of childhood.
This Shabby Chic ribbon garland was inspired by this memory. I took a five foot length of cream colored twine and looped the ends. I then added a wealth of tea-stained strips of different cottons with rose prints and a variety of ribbons and laces as well. I added some of my sweet cream blooms, made of a soft flannel,  to layer the roses theme and give dimension and texture to this sweet banner.
I almost had the sense, as I was creating this romantic ribbon garland, that I was rhythmically hanging up pretty fabrics to dry in the sunshine and that little sparrows were chirping sweetly in the pine trees that lined my childhood yard.
This garland would be beautiful for a summer wedding or bridal shower. The lace and ribbons dance in the breeze. This would also be adorable on a fireplace mantle or hanging on a porch railing. I also had a baby girl's nursery in mind for this pretty Shabby Chic cottage banner! You can purchase this in my etsy shop! Hope you are having a sweet weekend!