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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Vignette of the Moment: March 29th, 2008

A new vignette has just been posted from my very own entry way! Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

My Easter "Box"...and other gifts...

For as long as I can remember, my mom, an antique dealer and eBay seller (among her many talents) has always saved pretty things to give to me. About half (or more) of the items in my home were given to me, at sometime in my life, by my mother. She knows exactly what I love and always manages to find things to make my heart sing.
When Josh and I got married, he really had no idea what he was getting into...not only did I have all of things I crammed into the place I was living in at the time...but I had a large collection saved at my mom's (in both the house and garage!). Needless to say, there is a never a shortage of "things" here!
A couple of weeks ago, my mom called saying she had more things for me that she bought at various sales and auctions. She also said that her boss had a collection of vintage linens that she no longer wanted and was happy to send them to a loving home. The box in the photo above is what my mom brought me on Easter...what an Easter gift! It was filled, to the brim, with vintage baby clothes, petticoats, linens, table runners, placemats, napkins, embroidered tea towels, vintage jewelry and buttons, stationary...it was like heaven in a box!
Even though I don't have any children (other than Renoir of course! I can hear him "ahem"ing me as I type), I love vintage and antique baby things. They are so precious and charming...that I love to display them throughout my home. I think it was the first vintage baby Christening gown given to me by mother, of course, that got me hooked (you can see it in my very first Romantic Vignettes: Vignette of the Moment feature on my website). Since then, she is always bringing me cute baby things...
I call this little jacket and bonnet "le pièce de résistance." When I pulled it out of the box, I was so thrilled, tears almost came to my eyes! I wish you could feel how soft and delicate this fabric is. And it is so beautifully crafted. The little bonnet is so tiny, it would really only fit on a brand new baby.
I always love the to find the tags in old clothing...they give them such character especially because of the unique and delicate embroidering...
When I do have a baby someday, I know I will sit at home and dress him/her up all day! I can only imagine how many pics I will be posting then...you will be here all day!
I love how long the ribbon ties were on this little bonnet as well as all the details, like these little bows...
This eyelet bonnet is a little bigger (Josh tried it on Renoir and it fit just fine...lol!).
There were lots of pale yellow outfits and bonnets in the box too...which are quite adorable. There was a dress and little shirt with embroidered flowers on them...
Another very tiny little bonnet...
And I loved this tag that read under the company name..."for the very young"... A pretty little yellow dress...
The thing I love best about these little clothes is that someone took the time put such love into each piece...
After looking through all these cute baby clothes, I was reminded of another little outfit that I purchased at a sale last year. I ran up to the closet and pulled it out to enjoy it again...
If I ever have a baby boy, I have plans to display this in his "vintage" blue and yellow nursery.
How adorable are these embroidered puppies...they remind me of Renoir ;)
There were even little baby socks in the box, as well as monogramed linens...which I love! And this little baby undershirt is too cute...
I like to think that the "B" on these linens stands for "Baby"...
"SPS"
OOh and...there were two matching pillowcases with embroidered ladies on them...
I wonder how long it took the embroider to do these...they are quite remarkable!
This pretty doily was still attached to old paper, and I think I shall leave it as is. The old paper has the loveliest soft crinkle sound to it...
And a new favorite piece...
I love ceramic pitchers, and my mom gave me this one. It is the loveliest shade of pale gray...très chic!
My mother also gave me several baskets to use for my art making...but some I like so much, I think I might have to keep them! These ones were placed above our armoir in the living room...
At the very bottom of the box, just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I pulled out this antique petticoat. It has layers underneath and gorgeous detailed trim...there were actually two in the box, but I only had time to photograph this one...
I love crocheted trim!
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On Easter, we celebrated by having brunch at my younger sister, Angela's apartment. My grandparents came...and my grandfather, a collector of...well everything, gave me another box of "things" before he headed home. One item he gave me was this large silver tray. I put it on a shelf (that I refer to as our "mantel" even though we don't have a fireplace) in the dining room...
I am so thankful to my grandparents for so many things...but especially that they always think of me to give such wonderful things to (even though I have a ton of cousins!).
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After photographing all my new treasures, I was looking through the mail we've received in the last few days (Josh mentioned their was an Anthropolgie catalog...he knows it's my fav!), and I was immediately captivated by the cover. I absolutely adore the vintage "Home Sweet Home" needlepoint...and long to find one of my own someday...
And this lovely bedspread inside...oooh what I wouldn't give to put that on my bed! It looks like a beautiful wedding gown for the bed! I didn't even look at the price...because I know it will inevitably be out of my budget...but a girl can dream...
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And once again, I am not the only spoiled one around here...Renoir got a new hedgehog friend yesterday at Petco...his favorite place to visit...
I attempted to take a portrait of him with his new little guy...but as you can see...I had a hard time managing to keep him still...
Ah well...he still looks cute! And he loves his new friend!
Till next time...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Loving Easter Wishes...

We pray that you all have a very blessed and relaxing Easter holiday!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Romantic Vignettes are back! And...I've been tagged...twice!


I have finally put up my Romantic Vignettes: Vignette of the Moment page on Painted White! It was a lot of work transferring it from the old site to the new. I lost some data in the transition...so some of the older vignettes no longer have a write-up...and some have gotten a new one. The latest addition comes from the wonderful Cielo of House in the Roses. I have enjoyed her blog for sometime and begged her to let me post a vignette of hers. She was so kind to oblige me and has been very patient as I took my time getting the page set-up once again. I will be bringing new vignettes to you again every few weeks...so be sure to sign up for the newsletter if you want to be updated immediately! Thanks everyone for your patience as it has taken me longer than I anticipated to get it back up...and I really appreciate all of your submissions and emails with wonderful compliments! Keem 'em coming ;)

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The other day...I received my first tag ever...from Shana of Crossroads Cottage...then later in the day...I was tagged again! This time by Julie of Fabulous Finds Studio...same questions for both...thankfully...lol! So...here we go...

1. Name your two favorite scrapbooking topics:
I am actually not much of a scrapbooker :(. I did one once during collage...sort of a collage of my years there. And I tried to do one for my wedding after I got married...it's somewhere in the closet...I just never stay focused on it long enough to finish...ahh...maybe someday...

2. What are two of the best places you have been to?
New York City...my favorite place in the world (I intend to live there one of these days) and Old Montreal...so romantic and charming.

3. Name two things you do every day:
Drink coffee and check my email...(kiss Renoir...over and over!)

4. Name two things that pretty much everyone knows about you.
I love anything pretty and romantic and I love decorating my home...and I love my dog (I know that is three but I can't ever leave Renoir out!)

5. Name two places you wish to visit.
Provence and Paris.

6. Two things you may not know about me are:
I have always wanted to be famous. When I was younger I had big plans to go to Hollywood and become a famous actress. I have laid that dream to rest these days...but I still wouldn't mind being well known ;).
I have a degree in Psychology.

7. Name two nick-names you have had sometime in your life:
Ick...I am hating this question. If I must tell (and Josh is insisting that I must)...when I was very young (about 5 years old)...my dad (and I will NEVER forgive him for this...LOL!) used to call me...ugh....I can't bring myself to type it...but here goes..."Big Al." EWWW! Can you believe that! The torture. One of my cousin's picked up on it and still calls me that. Please don't take up to calling me that...I will not be able to be your friend if you do! ;)

My sister also calls me Alison when she is upset with me...and no...that is not my real name. It is just plain Alice. Oh and people have called me Alice in Wonderland since forever...

8. Name two interesting jobs (good or bad) that you have had:
A few years ago, I worked in a very small antiquarian book store...cataloging lots of very old/antique books. Some were worth thousands of dollars...so I was quite nervous handling them! I learned a lot about old books though...

My first job ever lasted all of four days...I was 15...and a busser at a restaurant. One day I dropped a tray of glasses in front of everyone...ran out crying...and never went back!
9. What are your top two fun things to do after work?
After work? Hmm...I work at home...and am usually always working...but when I take a break from my website/web designs...I like to look through decorating magazines, watch The Office and Law & Order SVU...and drink more coffee...

10. Name two things you would like to learn:
How to speak French fluently. I took it during high school...but have forgotten most of what I learned by now. I would also love to learn how to play the violin...it is just such a beautiful sounding instrument. I actually have one that my sister gave me for graduating from college...but have yet to take up lessons. I played it when I was ten but can't remember a thing I learned then...

11. What were the last two songs that you downloaded or CDs that you bought?
A couple of weeks ago I purchased Colbie Caillat's Coco and David Gray's Greatest Hits

12. What were the last two books that you read?
I can't remember the last time I actually finished a book...probably in college. I used to be an avid reader but since getting married and the business there is no time! The last two books I have started reading were Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fisher and Words in a French Life by Kristen Espinasse.

13. What two TV shows or movies from your childhood do you still enjoy watching after all of these years?
Splash...with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah...I actually have it on VHS and still watch it. This was my favorite when I was 6 years old...I was fascinated by mermaids...and still am.

The Wonder Years...loved this growing up...and occasionally still find it on tv.
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So I guess now that I am done being tagged I am supposed to tag another...so the lucky ones I have chosen are:





Thanks to both Shana and Julie for tagging me! I feel so special...hehe...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New French Finds...and Inspiration...

Many of you who follow my blog know my love for all things French...and...that my home is currently going under a huge redecorating process for a super French antique look (as opposed to the former cottage/frou frou look, which is now only hinted at...). I have been scouring the internet and stores for anything beautiful and unique to give my home French-inspired charm and recently came across another batch of treasures!

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The first, I cannot say enough about. When I saw this collage on Flickr that Heather (of Pretty Petals) made...I had to have one! Since Heather and I have known each other for sometime through our online boutiques...I made no hesitation in asking her to create one for me too.

When it arrived...it was like Christmas morning for me. I love everything about Heather...the details she puts into her home and work are evident in everything she touches...so I knew this collage would be amazing. And it was! I didn't even know it would have the little gem at the bottom!!! What a delightful surprise! Even Joshua came home and called it "gorgeous" twice! If a man cannot even deny it's beauty...you know it is! Heather...you are a true talent...and I love everything about you! I am so blessed to have a little "piece of you" here in my home to inspire me everyday!

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Sunday, I decided to head out to Michael's by myself just to see what I could find...and oh my goodness what a huge mistake that was!!! $165.00 and 8 bags later...I came home to Josh with my sheepish grin...just hoping he wouldn't mind...too much. And of course he didn't. I really did marry la creme de la creme. He lets me open each bag and pull out everything one by one explaining why I love it, how much it cost, where it will look good in our home...and always acts interested. I love this man.
And I love this gorgeous pale powder blue urn...look at the detail...
And who knew that Michael's carries cloches? I had no idea...but allowed myself to only buy one on this trip...the small one at that (but I will be going back for the other sizes...hehe)...

I knew this urn would be prefect in my living room...and it was on sale for only $9.00!

I love anything with crazing...and dark undertones...

Then all of a sudden...I found myself in the "Cottage Accents" aisle and thought I must have died...and now am in Heaven...I wanted EVERYTHING! It was all in shades of pale blue, pale pink and muted pale brown...my favorites! And everything was French-inspired!

I couldn't resist these adorable $3.00 hooks...

Love the ornamental illustrations...
And these ivory and brown pillows...I didn't even know where I would put them...but they have since found a home in our dining room...
And these adorable pale pink stacking boxes are now in my studio! I plan to get more in the blue and ivory...I told Josh it might motivate me to finally clean my studio "if I had pretty things to put eveything in..." He agreed!
And this little blue box...I just pray that Renoir never gets a hold of it!
I also bought two of these little hanging baskets...one in pale pink and pale blue...they have an illustration on one side and vintage postcard on the other...
Note to self: Stay away from Michael's for at least a month! Hehe...although I have already been listing the things I want to go back and get! Ugh...I really am "spoilt" aren't I?


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I have been inspired lately by several magazines I have gotten...including the latest issue of Romantic Homes...which is all about french style. Could it get any better? Well, open it and then you will see...it can! I loved this issue so much that I wrote to them again...(I previously had written to them about my disappointment with the direction the mag was going in and they printed my email a few issues back) to tell them how much I am in love with their mag again!

A peak inside...

My absolute favorite decorator, Corey Amaro, has her home featured...

And the garden of Giverny, which inspired my favorite painter, Monet, is also in this issue:

And I cannot wait to create my own vintage French mannequin...thanks to this article by Tara Frey and Heather Bullard:

There was even a little blurb about my current favorite book...

I also recently purchased the new Romantic Country...and found Country Decorating Ideas: Flea Market Style too! A new Country Living just arrived as wll...which has lots of inspirational ideas this month...

This room was one of my favorites in Romantic Country:

As was this kitchen...so pretty and romantic! Check out that island!

I told Josh I want our backyard to look like this:

He looked at me and goes, "Have you seen our backyard?" It is currently a slab of concrete with lots of junk we can't fit in the house and covered in snow...call me a dreamer...

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I was delighted to see Magnolia Pearl (whom I learned of through Polly and who's web design is uh-mazing!!!) in the current Country Living:

And I loved this section about ideas for dolies (I have so many!)...

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing my new goods and current inspiration...till next time...