Monday, October 29, 2012

The Smell of Warm Pumpkin Bread...

Hope you are having a beautiful fall! I thought I would share a few pictures of what I have been up to today... baking pumpkin bread!
The house smells heavenly of pumpkin and spice.
It tastes even better set up Vintage style....
I set it on top my very old footed cutting/butcher block along with an Old English bread knife for slicing.
Of course, we like to add a little butter (looking delicious in a antique English wooden "Butter" dish)...
Or...for dessert a big dollop of freshly whipped hevy cream!
Here's the recipe if you don't have a favorite of your own. So simple....
1 1/2 Sticks unsalted butter, room temp.
3 T. Molasses
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2/3 cup orange juice or water
2 cups pumpkin pur'ee
3 1/3 cups flour
1/2 t. baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup raisins optional
Preheat oven to 350. Butter bundt or 2 large loaf pans.
With mixer cream butter, molasses and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 
the eggs, one at a time. Beat til light and lemon colored. Add orange juice and pumpkin
pur'ee mix well. Sift dry ingrediants together and add to the pumpkin mixture stirring well with a wooden spoon to thoroughly combine. Spoon into pan. Bake one hour or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 min, then turn out onto rack to cool.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Smitten with Sonoma....

Hello again....
Recently my husband and I went on a little getaway weekend......
We visited our good friends vineyard, up in California wine country near the Napa, Sonoma, and Glen Ellen area. It was so beautiful and relaxing. 

I am always taken back with the rural beauty, it's part of the rooted farm girl in me. We had a wonderful time and brought back some lovely wine to enjoy and remember our trip by.....until we can go again!!

Thanks for stopping by.....xoxo

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Back from Remnants of the Past...A little of this and that to post

Hi Friends! It's been awhile, but life has been very busy! Busy in a good way...I am blessed.
I have a lot of new things to share both news and my latest travels but I'll start with this post and the rest will follow!

Last weekend I attended The Remnants of the Past Show in San Louis Obispo. Judy Watkins puts on such a gorgeous and well organized show for all.  As a VENDOR it was my FIRST SHOW EVER!! I was so pleased to be invited as a vendor, I was nervous and intimidated but I survived. It was a great success, but more than that, I met such wonderful vendors and shoppers!! I thought I would just post a plethora of pictures with very little words....just for your visual pleasure!

This is a picture of me in front of my booth at the show.... my space was outside!

This first set of photos below are of my space.....

In my booth on top of a table you can see a custom Wingback chair.  I had upholstered in all Authentic 100 year old French grain sack fabric with hand hammered nail heads! It was a hit...lots of oooohs and aaaahs! Not only beautifully upholstered but comfortable too!
Above on the left is another set line chair I have available which is a Union Jack Wingback chair custom made with all Authentic vintage repurposed and reclaimed canvas fabric. It's quality and "Made in America" which I LOVE!!

A driftwood crucifix was the center of my entrance vignette....
We sold a ton of things and you know what that means....MORE TREASURE HUNTING!!

Now...for a few of my welcoming neighbors!
The Vintage Bricoleur was across from me and had such a beautiful space! 

Another vignette of The Vintage Bricoleur, besides having a awesome view of their space, they were so warm and welcoming for our first show as vendors! 
Another vignette ......loved the birdbath!!

This is a snapshot of Terry of The Vintage Bricoleur and myself after the show was over and during the tear down. I look dead tired but I still love the photo of my much enjoyed weekend with my neighbor, Terry! 

ABOVE starts the pictures of Atelier de Campagne's space...they were our other neighbor! Beauty everywhere....I would have taken one of everything!! My husband bought me a treasure from their booth as a token of my first vendor sweet. It is a old cement boy statuary.....I love it.

My third neighbor was Karen Chambers of L.A. Junk Antiques! Karen is on the left and her helper is on the right....her booth was inviting and wonderful. 

 One of L.A. Junks displays had these clever and darling old egg crate separators and they sold quickly! Love all the favorite!

 More .....

So glad we here neighbors.... be sure to check out Karen on Facebook and hit the "like" button!

I wish I had taken the time to take more pictures but being a new vendor, I was a little overwhelmed with everything else. I couldn't leave my husband stranded in the booth! Now that I have one show under my belt, next time there will be more pictures, more wine, more shopping and definitely more socializing. I had a wonderful time!!

I've promised myself to be better at blogging more often, so hang in there with me....there's more to come!
Thanks for stopping by.....


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Our Home in Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine and Thank You's

Hello Friends!
I hope you this finds you having a good day!

I thought I would share today something I never dreamed I'd be sharing ...
our home in latest Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine 2nd edition 2012!

I  had little encouragement...ok, well a lot of encouragement,
by my friends Fifi O'Neill and Lu Tapp.
They convinced me to have our home photographed, even though I kept saying...
but I need to change this....
and I want to change that!

I change things in the house like I change the sheets on the beds....often!!
My husband claims you don't dare blunder around in the dark...
you may kill yourself falling over something that was't there yesterday!

Anyway, a big thank you to Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine! 
I'm honored to be in such a beautiful publication.

Another big thank you to Dusty Lu, the photographer and also friend.
She does amazing work!!

A lastly to the darling and Lovely stylist and one who makes everything happen, Fifi O'Neill or also known as Chez Fifi, she is such an amazing pleasure!!


Here are a few beautiful places where you can purchase the magazine...

Jeanne d'Arc Living - Atelier de Campagne



I do appreciate each and every one of you and love to hear your comments!
Thank you all for stopping by to say hello :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New French and Fun Finds...

Thank you for visiting! I thought I would share some recent finds today.

I find myself really looking for hard to find,  more rare and unusual items.
 But, let's be serious, I can't pass up a good/great deal either!

This is a very tall and multi-colored French wicker basket. 
French AND unusual!

Another find is this French Champagne basket....LOvE this!
It's in wonderful condition and HARD to FIND!

I added to my stack of French baskets to make a little side table by my sofa in the living room.
Great storage....they hold my paperwork/bills when they come in,
before they get paid and filed into file boxes.

How about this giant French harvest basket? 
Very first one!

This was a fun find...
A pull down set of maps from an old school house!
Great condition....

A pair of Cool blue 1930's deco chairs!
Rare design on the back of these garden find!

And last...this adjustable, two tone dress form!
I have a hard time passing these up, even if I have several in stock!
But she is TINY WAISTED...darling and desirable!

Thanks for stopping by!
Ciao for now....