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Friday, October 31, 2008

Merci and Happy Halloween!

First of all...I cannot say thank you enough to all of you who have sent me, my Uncle Larry and my family well wishes and prayer support. It really means the world to me! I will hopefully be getting up to the hospital tomorrow or Saturday to visit Larry again, and will update on how his progress is going next week. Thanks to everyone for reminding me that people really do care and that asking for prayer is okay! ;)
Another big giant "thank you" to send to my dear friend Tracie of My Petite Maison. We recently worked on a couple of big design projects of which you can visit now here, and the other is coming soon! Tracie sent the most wonderful package to me last week...and both Renoir and I were thrilled!
Renoir's gift was perfectly decorated for the holiday...
Gifts for Renoir and Me
He knew right away something was for him and started pulling at the tissue. I let him pull the gift out of the bag himself...which took him running all around the house with a lion half out of a paper bag...but it was fun to see how excited he got! How cute is his newest addition to the family?
Renoir's New Friend
My gift was wrapped in gorgeous paper with a lovely postcard on the front with the letter "A". Inside I first found several tea bags...these ones are in fabric sachets and are from Paris...très chic!
French Tea from Tracie
And I have enjoyed the Vanilla flavor (also from France) the past two nights...delicious!
French Tea from Tracie
There was a beautiful Eiffel Tower card...and a pair of these stunning fleur-de-lis glasses. They are so beautiful, that I am almost afraid to use them, for fear they might break! I also got to see, in person for the first time, one of my own business card designs. Tracie has a front and back designed card...and it is beautiful (even if I do say so!)...
So another big merci to Tracie! You have no idea what your kindness and generosity means to me (and Renoir!). We love everything, and I am so blessed to call you my friend!
Now moving on to Friday Flea Market (which now has a new home...and if you haven't stopped's a must see! Thanks Polly for the continued hard work!). I have something a little different today for you to check out. I am actually promoting my husband, Joshua's, Etsy shop today. He recently created some hand painted pendant necklaces from vintage dominos that are really stunning (and also kind of fitting for today!)...and yes...that is me modeling for him ;) Each one is hand painted and then sealed for protection, and comes with a ball chain necklace. Be sure to stop by his Etsy shop to see all of his new items.
Black & WhiteTree Pendant Necklace

Black & WhiteTree Pendant Necklace
Click here to purchase.
Blue and Black Tree Pendant Necklace

Blue and Black Tree Pendant Necklace
Once again...I cannot tell you how thankful I am for the support of this online community. Your thoughts and prayers for my family during this time are so appreciated! Hope you all have a very safe and happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Prayers Requested...

I am typically not the kind of person who feels comfortable asking for others to pray for me or my family... But I am asking for your prayers now. My uncle Larry...whom I love so much, had a massive stroke last Thursday. My family is extremely close, so this is a very difficult time for everyone. If you even have one spare moment in your day, maybe you could just send a little prayer up for him and his recovery. He has a wife, two daughters and four young grandchildren who all love him so please be praying for all of them too.

I will be busy this next week or so and will be scarce...but I appreciate all of the love and support that all of the amazing friends I have met through this blog and my site have shown me these last couple of years.

Thank you!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's About Time...

...that I added some new artwork and pretty new things to my shop! Like I mentioned in a previous post, I have been diligently working away on some new creations, and have finally gotten them all listed at Painted White. I thought, (with it being Friday Flea Market tomorrow and all!) that I would share my latest offerings...hope you enjoy! You will notice a "French" inspired them for most of these (just can't help it ;)...and if you care to purchase any of these items and/or view more photos of each, simply click the link below to be taken to my shop:

Painted White Marketplace

Here is a peak of what you will find in my "Art" collection:

A mini 'Romantic Notions' collage:
'European Beauty' Mini Collage
An altered vintage glass cruet now has French flair...


An altered glass bottle with a beautiful blue cameo and several vintage jewelry pieces...
Blue Cameo Altered Bottle

Blue Cameo Altered Bottle

An embellished vintage glass Avon perfume bottle...that now looks quite romantic!
Embellished Perfume Bottle

Embellished Perfume Bottle

A "Fancy French" tussie mussie created with paper, fabric and embellishments...
Fancy French Tussie

A set of four hand made glittered tags...
Glittered Lady Tags

And getting in the mood for Christmas, I created this set of four mini paper cones that would make adorable ornaments or as embellishments for gift wrapping...
Mini Christmas Cones

Mini Christmas Cone

For the crafter in you...some new stamps were just listed that are perfect for creating your own holiday tags, cards, and art work...
Christmas Stamp

Do Not Open!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest offerings...please stop by the shop for a visit when you get a chance!

Till next time...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Beautiful Nature...

I have been a very scarce blogger these days...but just wanted to pop in and say I'm still here! I also wanted to share some inspirational shots of nature from some of my favorite Flickr friends! The whether is getting colder got down in to the 30's the other night! Brrr! And has been in the low 50's most days...but the colors are beautiful and Josh, Renoir and I are certainly enjoying this gorgeous season! Hope that wherever you are it is beautiful as well!

(Oh and...for those of you interested...I have been locked away (okay not literally!) in my studio creating new art these past couple of weeks and hope to get it stocked on my site asap! Thanks for all of the inquiries and your interest in my work!)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Shipping Weekend

Roses and Lace

Flea Market Friday is here again! And over at Painted White we are offering free shipping on all purchases (all items in all categories!) now through Sunday! We sure hope you will stop in and take advantage of this special offer!

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Passion Roses

Anniversary Roses
For the last few weeks, everytime I go to our local grocery store (Wegman's is much more than that though for those of you who don't have them near you!), I flock to these green roses that they have. So I was delighted when Josh came home with them on our anniversary. Aren't they beautiful! They are called "Passion" roses...
Anniversary Roses
I put most of them in this pretty vase (one of my absolute favorites!) and enjoyed photographing them...
Anniversary Roses
I also put a small grouping in one of my favorite antique creamers in the foyer...
Foyer with my roses

A little bouquet
It was a laid back anniversary this year, yet still romantic. We stayed in, and Josh made my favorite meal...chicken parmesan. We enjoyed some white wine, cuddling with Renoir, and watching Project Runway (Josh will kill me for telling you that part!) for the rest of the evening...

Thanks to all of you who sent your anniversary well wishes to made us feel so special!

I have been keeping very busy lately completely redoing every room in my home and thought I would share one of my latest projects. I have become quite enamored with all things gray...and have, therefore, wanted to paint everything in various shades of it! I had this old closet door put away because I couldn't figure out what to do with it, and decided one day to paint it a darker shade of bluish gray. I was thrilled with the outcome, and now it is displayed in the living room next to my favorite old screen. I love how the colors compliment each other so well.
Painted Door
For the technique I used a dry brush and did a wash finish, being sure to leave some of the wood exposed. I wanted to give it an aged, worn look. I will share more photos of my home as it comes along.

Wishing you all a blessed week!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Two Years Ago Today...

When I was in college, waiting for life and love to begin, I used to have this poem on my wall:

"I want to be like that...
Where I close my eyes and throw my head back with laughter
and step up to dance with You.
My tiny hand in Your infinite one;
My steps so clumsy compared to your grace,
the music begins and we step out onto the floor.
My grip tightens, knowing I will fall, but knowing You will guide me.
The music swells, roars in my ears...
Until I am so enraptured that I cannot look at anyone but You.
My hands and feet poised for the next step, my head up,
and a smile of love on my face,
my eyes locked with Yours...
and then, maybe then, I will not even notice when You turn to one of Your sons
and invite him to dance with me."

October 1, 2006
and He did...

October 1, 2006

Happy Anniversary My Love.
You are everything and more than I could have ever hoped and dreamed for. And even though I don't always show it, I am so grateful to God for bringing you and your amazing love into my life. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement in helping me fulfill my dreams. Thank you for believing in me even when I don't believe in myself...and for staying the course when I pull the line in all sorts of directions. I do not know what I ever did to deserve such a love as this...I only hope that I can return the same to you throughout our life together...