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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Adventures...

Path in the Woods
Lots of new adventures are being had by Joshua, me and Renoir this summer! We have been going on lots of "summer outings" to various parks and lakes in our area. One of my favorite, ever since I was little, is Stoneybrook Park...it has everything...waterfalls, old bridges, and paths...we took Renoir, for the first time, a few weeks back.
Stoneybrook Bridge

Stoneybrook Waterfalls

Waterfalls Swimming
We also found that Renoir loves to swim!!! He is obsessed. If we even get near water he starts whining and running as fast as he can...
Must swim...must swim...must catch fish (he hasn't yet, thankfully, but he tries!)...
Since he is still relatively "new" to the water we still keep him on the leash...but you can see how that works out (or not...lol!) in this video...
video

Renoir Riding
and he loves riding in the car...so long as he can put his head out the window...
Renoir Riding
Josh and I are off on an adventure of our own tomorrow...we are heading out of town to visit friends and visit Lancaster, PA. We are very excited, as we are considering moving to the area and possibly purchasing our first home! Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated on this exciting...new...and at times scary process!

My website and Etsy shops will remain open during our time away, and all items can still be purchased, however, any new orders will not be processed until next Tuesday, August 5th.


Will catch up when I return!

Till then...
alicesignature

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Inspiring Me...

French Blue, Grey, Green, Ivory and Cream
1. French Antique Embellishment, 2. doors in Paris, 3. French Magazine from the 1800's, 4. Very old piece of tin ceiling tile, 5. Sugar Bowl, 6. new chandelier , 7. PARA MI AMIGA KIKA, 8. Tattered Lace, 9. Blue Clock, 10. Untitled, 11. Another Shot of the Decoupaged French Ad Lunch Pail, 12. Living Room, 13. Painted mirror, 14. Globus, 15. the view from my "office", 16. Vilhelm Hammershoi

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

My first Flickr mosaic is filled with all things French, grey, green, pale blue & aqua, brass, bronze, white, cream, ivory, old, worn, chippy....and BEAUTIFUL! These colors are inspiring my home decor...and I just had to share ;) Hope you enjoy!

Till next time...
alicesignature

Friday, July 11, 2008

Giving & Receiving...

If there is one thing I love...it is getting unexpected gifts!!! And if there is one thing I love more...it is giving beautiful gifts! Lately, I have had the pleasure of both and witnessing others do the same...

First of all...several weeks ago I received a few gifts from the fabulous, Polly, and have been so busy that I never posted about these sweet "blessings". Polly really has to be one of the most generous and caring souls out there. I cannot thank her enough for all the wonderful ways she has showered me with kindness!
Blessings From Polly
Look at this gorgeous old silver spoon she sent me out of the blue!
Silver Crown Spoon
It has a crown on top!
Silver Crown Spoon
And a fleur-de-lis on the back! (My favorite!)
Silver Crown Spoon
Prior to these, she also sent me an adorable little teacup and blue plate...I will hopefully get some photos of those taken really soon to show you how beautiful they both are.
Thank you Polly!!! How can I ever repay you? ;)

Also, a few weeks back, I found a package in the mail that I didn't remember ordering...and what should it be? But a surprise package from Christine Annette! Christine can really fill a package!
Gifts from Christine Annette
And with stuff that you feel is too good to be free!
Gifts from Christine Annette
The bags were filled with vintage goodness...old buttons, lace, ephemera, and so much more! I couldn't believe my eyes and was left speechless at Christine's generosity. What did I ever do to deserve such an abundance??? Thank you again Christine from the bottom of my heart!
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I have also been doing some gift giving of my own lately. My mother's birthday was on June 17th, and my sister and I surprised her on her lunch break at her work. She really was so surprised and happy to see us...I think we could have done just that and she would have been happy enough...lol!
Mom's Birthday
I LOVE to wrap gifts, especially in unique ways or with special touches. Using vintage patterns is one of my favorite "unconventional" ways to wrap a gift. This one was embellished with a beautiful tag given to me by Sherri of Antique Paperie...
Mom's Birthday
And here is one of the gifts Josh and I got for her...at Marshall's no less...but it was so pretty and I knew it would fit nicely in her blue kitchen...
Mom's Birthday
I also found her the prettiest bouquet of pink and white roses...
Mom's Birthday Roses
That I enjoyed photographing before giving them away ;)
Mom's Birthday Roses

Mom's Birthday Roses

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Someone else receiving gifts lately was my little sister Destiney. If you scroll back a few posts you can read about her 5th birthday party that was held at my house...but later that week she had a tea party with her friends at her house. It was of course Disney Princess themed! The teacups and saucers they used were given to me for my bridal shower and were perfect for such an event!
Princess Tea Party
Here she is with all her little friends...cheers! Princess Tea Party
(I have blocked out their faces since I don't know their parents and wouldn't be comfortable posting it here otherwise).

And Destiney received more wonderful gifts!!!
Princess Tea Party
And of course enjoyed posing for the camera. I love this over-the-shoulder "glamour" shot with the red mustache!
Princess Tea Party
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And while these photos don't fit with the theme of this post (unless you consider this the "gift of Renoir"!)...I wanted to share some photos of Renoir enjoying my seat in the living room. He is certainly one pampered pooch! He completely got up and sat in this position all on his own...facing the TV...
Relaxing...
Just relaxing...
Renoir Relaxing...
and annoyed by my constant photographing...lol!
Renoir Relaxing...
He was certainly enjoying himself...till someone came along and stole his seat...hehe!
Someone Stole His Seat
That someone being my 12 year old brother Jaron who spent the night a couple of weeks ago! Woe is Renoir! ;)
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If you have survived to the end of this post...thanks for staying with me! I have been so busy lately that blogging has sort of been put on the back burner...but hopefully things will settle down soon and I can get back to posting regularly...

Till next time...
alicesignature

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

French Inspired...

Paris 1885
My latest artistic creations have been French-inspired. The above is the latest in my line of Romantic Notions collages. It features an image that was generously shared by Dawn of The-Feathered-Nest. Dawn always has the best images to use in artwork and she is so kind to share them with us all!
Paris 1885
I added some dried pink roses, vintage sheet music, and old white buttons to this piece...
Paris 1885
The other French-inspired piece I finished recently was this "Royal Marie" altered bottle...
Marie Antoinette Bottle
Most of us cannot get enough Marie Antoinette these days...and I am no different! I have also had a penchant for all things pale blue lately, so it seems fitting that it should follow through to my art...
Marie Antoinette Bottle
This piece is embellished with lots of "royal" accoutrements and lots of bling!
Marie Antoinette Bottle
Visit the following link to purchase either of these pieces:
http://www.paintedwhite.com/category_11/Mixed-Media-Collage.htm

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Lately, website & graphic design work has kept me quite busy!!! I have done designs for several fabulous websites that I would like to share with you...

For beautifully aged signs, as well as beautiful vintage/antique finds, visit
Aged to Perfection Designs
For unique jewelry, and to see one of my latest custom site designs visit:
The Vintage Empire
The Vintage Empire
And for gourmet foods, vintage and romantic gifts, couture and home decor, visit:
I have lots more that I have been working on these past couple of weeks and more to work on this week...will share those when they are up and running!
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And also...since Summer tis the season for weddings, I have just updated my Romantic Vignettes page with a fabulous "wedding themed" vignette shared by the lovely Sherry of Sherry's Rose Cottage. Be sure to stop by when you get a chance!
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Since tomorrow is Wednesday...it's my day off from website work, emails, and the sedentary lifestyle! Time to clean out my fridge, mop the floors and do the piles of laundry with my name all over them!

*Sigh*
Where is Mary Poppins when you need her? ;)

Till next time...
alicesignature