Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Embroidered European Linen Pillows

Thanks to all of you bloggers who commented on my last post, "Why do we blog?"  Your comments were amazing and touched my heart....which is proof (nuff said) as to why we blog.  Thank you all so much.

I know that many of you love antique linens and probably have a stash or two.  I am guilty of having a closet full, baskets full and more!  The European linens are the loveliest of all, but are rare and costly.  These lovely embroidered pillows are among my favorites.

 They look as though they were found in a little Belgium shop or a Parisian brocante.  
 I'll let you in on a little secret.  These are from Jeanne d'Arc Living.  And just a "click" away.

This is a wall space in my laundry room that needed a little something.  So I did this...

That's all I have for today.  I hope that you have a lovely weekend of antiquing, thrifting, creating, photographing, writing, painting....whatever your heart's desire.  Just be sure that whatever it is to share it with all of us!!!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Why do we blog????

I have been thinking about my blog today and decided it was time for me to attend the "Blog Revival" that's in my head.  I realize that I need to think about why I started blogging and why I have slacked off.  The answer isn't so simple.  Maybe it's boredom  such as not having anything interesting to talk about....nah, that's just an excuse.  Maybe it's because of all the social media avenues where you hit the "like" button....nah, that's so impersonal.  Maybe it's everyday business of life....nah, I'm no more busy than I was last year or the year before....
Maybe it's this:
Nah, kitties provide inspiration.
Anyway, I went back to the first blog post that I wrote in August, 2009.  As bad as it was, it was still written from the heart.  I had a need to share the things I love with like minds and after awhile the persistence paid off.  I networked, shared and before long friends were made and a great deal of satisfaction came from being part of the blog community. Remember the  the Sits Girls???...a great place to help start your blog.

Here's a photo from one of my first blog posts.  Just a plain little chair that I painted.  I remember being so proud of this simple project.

Then again,  there is something very satisfying about handing your card to someone and saying... I hope you'll come visit me on my blog. 

I truly believe that bloggers share a special bond.  Only bloggers understand how we beat ourselves up when we neglect to post on a regular basis.  We kind of speak our own language.  So, as I write this the answer comes to me and my blogging revival has come to an revelation is that I will always be a blogger because I love it and I love all my blogging buddies.  Pure. And. Simple.

For those of us who have been around for awhile, we have all  noticed the change in the Blogasphere.

I've seen blogging buds disappear never to be heard from again and bloggers that used to comment have stopped doing so.  I've noticed that many bloggers are now using their blogs for monetary reasons, and that's fine for them.  I'm not judging.  It's their choice.  Honestly I've stopped visiting some of those blogs because I cannot read their posts for all of the pop-up ads and waiting for all the ad material to load before you can even read them. Ugh! 

 How about you, have you been a blogging slacker? Do you have anything to add as to why???

Nuff said.  I just had to get this off my mind.  Hope I haven't bored you to death.  If you are still with me then here's a look at a little chair that I painted with chalkpaint.  It seemed like the perfect addition to the guest bath.  I just added some towels, a bucket for necessities and of course, a Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine.

Love this framed print... Sure wish I had a thin backside like hers...dang!
Okay, that's it for now.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Getting back your creative gene...

I just realized that I've been so busy building my Jeanne d'Arc Clothing line that I've neglected doing what I love doing the most.
And that is, creating things.  Sooooo....
I found this mermaid image...

And made it into a pillow.  Simple and pretty.

 Just goes to show you that we never lose that creative gene.  It sometimes takes a break and then.....Bam!  It's back!  Thank goodness for that!!!
So, what have you created lately????


My favorite stuff

  • Donuts
  • Iced Vanilla Coffee
  • Finding Junk and making it beautiful
  • Spending Time with my Sister
  • Holidays with my family
  • Poirot movies
  • reading murder mysteries
  • searching shabby chic stuff on ebay
  • writing stories and blogging
  • snuggling with my husband and my kitty kats
  • comfortable pajamas
  • slot machines
  • yard sales
  • hunting through estate sales and thrift shops
  • going to antique shops
  • eating out with my sister
  • having lunch with my husband
  • having lunch with my son
  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • pedicures and pink toenail polish
  • Lavender scented soaps and body wash
  • Good makeup