Friday, April 14, 2017


I love Beatrix Potter. Her dear sweet books are stacked on my bookshelves and music boxes are scattered around, along with adorable figurines. It seems I've been collecting them forever. My mother-in-law really liked my collection and started her own, mostly ornaments. When she moved to a retirement home last year she wanted me to have her collection of ornaments. I decided to use them in a centerpiece for the table in the breakfast area of the kitchen. 

Using a wooden dough bowl I added moss and three small hyacinths, timed to bloom Easter, I hope. 

Vist here to see last year's centerpiece

I love these adorable ornaments and this sweet lady!

The Easter Bunny never forgets to deliver her basket. Even at 95 she gets a thrill and unwraps her basket immediately. She smiles and says, "I love candy, just one now!"

If you would like to see more of my collections, visit these posts here and here.

The French Hutch gets dressed for spring

A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of this gorgeous tote at The Painted Apron. Thanks Jenna, I think it's perfect to take to market.

Wishing all of my friends a wonderful and joyous Easter.

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Have you been into Pottery Barn lately? I find it hard to resist if I am near their store, especially early spring. This year they are showing a lot of blue and white. I made a few snaps with my phone so I could share a few things that caught my eye. Enjoy the eye candy.

So much inspiration

To get you in the mood for spring

Love the new Sophia Village dinnerware

 You will find all things Easter 

These new bunny plates are adorable

 These bunnies would be perfect on The French Hutch

Golden eggs for a table setting 

I loved these jeweled eggs in the nest

If you are wondering, no, I didn't buy anything but I enjoyed gathering inspiration. It's hard not to be thinking spring, we have been enjoying cool mornings and afternoons in the low seventies. I'm getting some spring cleaning out of the way and a few projects accomplished I'll share with you later. 
Thanks for stopping by, I love when you visit!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


 MacKenzie-Childs Traveling Totes
great for any trip but I love these for the beach

Courtyard Tote
My Christmas gift from my son, daughter-in-law and grandson
Perfect for spring

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL and Atlanta
 latest destinations for my totes

AL has miles of beautiful beaches
I grew up vacationing here with my family

Atlanta, Ga also is a favorite destination

Jim helped me unpack a few "finds" 
from the after Christmas sales in Atlanta

Home away from home for the week at Orange Beach where my sister and brother-in-law joined us for a few days

It was beautiful weather for walking on the sugar white sand, just stay off the dunes and sea oats! The city of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores have really cracked down on spring breakers, no drinking on the beach and leaving only "Footprints" behind 

First trip here for Miss Courtney Childs
perfect for all those beach necessities

The sunsets were glorious

Delicious Seafood

Jim loves his flounder fried, mine was perfectly broiled

 bread pudding with bourbon sauce

it is also lovely bayside

Miss Scarlet is a perfect everyday tote

We spent one day in Fairhope, AL

Where Mardi Gras was in full swing all along the gulf coast

A few favorite shops for antiquing

When in Fairhope we enjoy bayside views at this  favorite hotel

Lovely hotel in an old south setting

Later in the week I met friends at The Grand Hotel  for lunch. Jenna at The Painted Apron and Leslie Anne at Southern with a Gulf Coast Accent, it was the one day it rained on my vacation but didn't dampen our fun!

   And back home,  in the Mardi Gras tradition a king cake to celebrate a Mardi Gras beach vacation

Remember those interesting packages Jim was unpacking from my car, my fabulous sale finds in Atlanta! A Juliska Flint cream and sugar to add to my Juliska pieces 

And,  a gorgeous MacKenzie Childs Christmas pillow,  a jeweled reindeer on front and the Courtly Check pattern on back. 

Going to the beach was a great get away with family, always special and Atlanta is always fun, it's where my sister lives!

A Giveaway

The Tales of the Traveling Totes members are offering another giveaway. Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul is sponsoring this giveaway. Please visit her blog and leave a comment for a chance to win this lovely MacKenzie-Childs green flower market vase.

 I am excited to introduce you to two new members of The Traveling Totes, Jenna at the Painted Apron and Katie at The Preppy Empty Nester. Welcome girls!

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinth's for the Soul
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Jenna with Miss Coquille @ The Painted Apron

I know you will enjoy visiting the other TTT members to see where their travels have taken them. 

I hope you will leave a comment here, it's the only way I know you stopped by.

Please come back June 1, 2017 to see where our travels will take us next.