French Ticking

 Hi Everyone
Happy Monday

Changing the material on our dining room chairs
has been on my to do list for a year
 I was going to change the material when we bought
the set on Craig's list.
 for $100 dollars
Such a deal
But...I just can't seem to make up my mind  
This material seems so bold and busy for the room
I have been looking at traditional 
french ticking

~ blue and white ticking ~

~ french red and white ticking ~

~gray and white ticking~
~pink and white ticking~

Which one do you like?
linking with
Show off your Cottage Monday

romantic saying for today
"The truth is there is only one terminal dignity Loving and being Loved"
Helen Hayes



Vintage shopping Test # 5

Hi Everyone
Happy Friday

Are you ready to tests your vintage shopping skills
Here are three
beautiful glass pitchers

Each pitcher has a unique design

This one has a wonderful handle, a etched  flower on the bottom
and a lovely scalloped rim

This pitcher has a beautiful faceted pattern 
that really catches the light

This glass pitcher is an usual shape with a ribbed base
all three
 Do you know which one is the 
vintage glass pitcher

Here is one more look at all three together

 This one is the vintage glass pitcher

Did you guess right?

This small vintage glass pitcher is worth more than the other 2 pitchers combined

When things were made years ago
they were made to last forever
  there is a quality that is difficult to find  in things that are made today
That is why I have a passion for

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romantic saying for today
"Today is the beginning of a dream our dream shared together"



Favorite Local Shops

Hi Everyone
Happy Thursday

I love to share great local places to shop for vintage
treasures with my friends
If you are anywhere near San Diego this weekend be sure
  and visit with Robyn at
Magnolia Creek and Co Atelier 
this Saturday and Sunday
July 30-31 
open 9-4
Owner of this adorable shop is
Robyn who finds many of her one of a kind vintage treasures in Ireland
I love to see her vignettes they are always an inspiration.
Worth the drive
Magnolia Creek and Co Atelier
31339 Valley Center Road
Valley Center, Ca, 92082

 another one of my favorite shops is

Out of the Blue
315 South Cedros Avenue
Solana Beach, Ca, 92075

  owner Debi is a Angel beautiful from the inside out

Debi from 
Out of the Blue

Happy  Shopping !!

romantic saying for today
"Divine love is a sacred flower which in its early bud is happiness and in its full bloom is Heaven"
Elenora Hervey




Hi Everyone
Happy Saturday

A Magazine publication  recently asked me
how I would describe  a
 The dictionary
 describes a "cottage" as
"a small simple home typically near a beach or lake"

Cozy, simple, flower filled and full of
are the words I use to describe
a cottage
How would you answer the question
Leave me a comment
The publication may use your description too

These  pink camellias floating in the front yard bird bath
look so calm and serene
 I thought I would share them with you
Please be sure and take a look at my online store Lots of new items are listed
Have a wonderful week end
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Pink Saturday

romantic saying for today
"Where Love is no room is too small"



Vintage White Ironstone

Hi Everyone
Happy Friday
{Love} White
Love to decorate with white, even to wear white 
so it is no surprise that I love to collect
~White Ironstone~
Large or small
  love the creamy color and the crazing 
It is traditional, stylish and modern
I have Chamber pots, pitchers, cheese servers,
butter servers, butter pats, plates,tooth brush holders,sugar jars...
{there is even more ironstone in the cabinets} 
some call this an obsession
My collection started when I was very young
My Mom took me to a
small antique store in La Jolla where
I found a vintage white pitcher for $3.99
I did not know at the time what it was worth
or even where it was made
But it started a passion for White Ironstone that continues to this day
I am grateful for the versatility of  White Ironstone
it goes with every decor
I have lived in several different houses, had a variety of
paint colors on the walls and White Ironstone has
fit in with all of them
I am drawn to White Ironstone like a bee to honey
Collecting  vintage treasures is so much fun
 Last week Amanda  from Girl in Pink shared her new found treasures for
Vintage Treasure Chest Friday
Amanda had me laughing out loud be sure and visit her blog
you will love her humor and her beautiful pictures too
I enjoy hosting Vintage Treasure Chest Friday Thank You all for participating
due to the opening of my online store I will be making some major changes to my blog so I will not be able to host the linky party for the next few weeks
Thank You all for your fabulous support, friendship and prayers for my new adventure

romantic saying for today

"Love stretches your heart and makes you beautiful from the inside"
Margaret Walker



Vintage White Piano Stool

  Hi Everyone
Happy Wednesday

White chippy ,weathered elegance
are the words I use to describe
this vintage piano stool

 It is the most wonderful shape and size
Look at all of the curves and details

  the clear glass claw feet

The seat is even adjustable
It has a old world charm and the feel 
of a well loved treasure

Today when we were watering the
ferns in the living room
I grabbed the piano stool 

It looks right at home
with all of the ferns
My daughter and I have been feverishly uploading pictures and writing descriptions 
for the on line shop I just received the pay pal account and we should be up and running by Friday
so exciting...
I hope you are all following your dreams
It is frightening and at the same time
exhilarating to step out of your own comfort zone and try a new adventure
linking at Faded Charm for
White Wednesday
Cottage Flora Thursday 
Time Travel Thursday

Romantic saying for today

"We Love because its the only true adventure"
Nikki Giovanni


Design for less

Hi Everyone
Happy Tuesday

This is the reflection in our  dining room built in china cabinet
I have shown you this cabinet before what I did not tell you
is how I came up with a way to save money too
My little secret
I wanted to put a mirror on the back to help give the illusion  that the room is larger
and to bring the outside in
But the original cost estimate was over $500 for the mirror plus  installation?
Darn budget {very frustrating word}
So I decided to wait until later to get it done....

Three years later still waiting ...

Then shopping at Target
I had a wonderful {cheap} idea
I bought 5 of their least expensive wall mirrors
$7.99  each
 removed the plastic frames and glued the mirrors
one by one together to the
back of the  china cabinet

~$40 dollars and fabulous~

It turned out better than I expected
You can see the pretty reflection 
The room looks so much larger
 the mirrors
elongated the room and
gave it the depth that it needed

and I saved money too.
A design for less success

linking with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for
Tuesdays Treasures
Southern Hospitality 
Furniture feature Friday

I am so grateful for your amazing support and prayers for my Mom and for my new on line store
Thank You from the bottom of my heart

romantic saying for today

"What a grand thing to be loved What a grander thing still to Love"
Victor Hugo



Online Store

Hi Everyone
Happy Monday

I am so excited I am finally opening 
my online store 
Please be sure and check back in 
the next few days to see all of the wonderful one of a kind
hand picked vintage treasures I have for sale

This has been a difficult week 
my Mom was ill 
{so grateful she is better now}
 My daughter has been helping me with posts 
What a Blessing
I am a lucky Mom to have such a sweet and helpful daughter 
She has also been helping me with the online store too
Taking pictures and setting up the template I am so excited

We are also working on a new button
sorry the old one did not seem to work and Thank You all for letting me know
This is the new design for the button What do you think?
I really love it even though
Its still a work in progress ...

The small white ironstone pitcher with
the white iceberg roses from the garden were just sitting on the mantel
so simple and so perfect
so glad I took a few pictures

It is so wonderful to have dreams coming  true
and to have
a wonderful family that is so supportive
helping me every step of the way
I am so very Grateful
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The House in the Roses for
Show off your Cottage Monday

romantic saying for today

"Love bears all things,believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things"



A Romantic Home

 Hi Everyone
Happy Weekend

It is always a must for a 
~Romantic Home~
to have fresh flowers

  Surround yourself with beauty
These old cabbage roses are dreamy
and old world romantic
 These gorgeous peonies are as fluffy
and light as a feather
 Tiny pink bud roses so
delicate and sweet
 One very small
Cecille Brunner rose that
makes the entire room smell like a rose garden
A large garden rose
sitting pretty

Delicate petals that 
smell like heaven

A Romantic Home
is filled with Love, Laughter and Beauty
My Husband asked me last night why our home smells so great
I told him it was the roses from the garden He said, Oh I thought it was you...
I hope you have a Romantic Happy Weekend
linking with
Pink Saturday 
My Happy List 

romantic saying for today

"A kiss is just a kiss a sigh is just a sigh
the fundamental things apply as time goes by and when two lovers woo they still say I love you....."
Louis Armstrong