By Invitation Only……..Christmas Cocktails!!

Hi there! So excited to be here for our last By Invitation Only post for 2013…….hard to believe! Where did the time go? 2013 has been an amazing year and I am so fortunate to have been included with such a talented and inspiring group of women/fellow bloggers. It has been fun coming up with our own take? on various themes this year……..and I so enjoy seeing what everyone else comes up with too!

The theme this month is both a festive and fun one, Christmas cocktails…..and I had a ball putting it together. Especially since I was originally planning on throwing a real live shindig but alas it was not meant to happen, however am hoping to do a post holiday bash in January. So I had fun living vicariously? through this party and best part of all…you are all invited!

Ready for me to open the door so you can come on in and get this party started?

My invitation might look something like this…..

And as your festive hostess, this is what I will be wearing…..

This gorgeous red lace dress (my Christmas wish came true early…I can eat all I want forever and ever and never gain a pound, hence how I will fit into this dress)!

And of course to show my spirit….gotta add a little green!

And can’t decide which of these beauties to include, maybe both!

A little gold polishes it off!

And when the party is in full swing, and no one is looking I will change into these (hey at least they are festive)!

Come on in…….

?The first thing that greets you will be the Christmas tree in the foyer…but it’s not the last one you will see!

You will hear all of your favorite holiday tunes being sung by real live Christmas carolers all dressed up in their holiday finest!

You are then handed a glass of champagne to start the celebrating!

?And as you stroll throughout the house with the hum of the carolers singing their tunes, you see that in every room, Christmas had indeed arrived. I have tables set up all over the house as “food stations” so that people will walk and mingle…..

?Festive touches are everywhere…….

Every space has been decorated to the nines in its Christmas finest!
?The breakfast is cheery and festive too….
?And of course I didn’t forget about decorating the kitchen!!!!
?I have great big bowls of holiday apples and evergreen..

?Paperwhites will be all over….permeating my home with their intoxicating scent

A local master baker has created this incredible take on a gingerbread house as one of my centerpieces!

?And of course my trademark blue and white is all over the place….

This is a cocktail party…no formal stuffy sit down dinners. This is a casual but elegant affair with a ton of appetizers, both stationery and passed. A quick look at some of the foods that will be served…….we know it’s all about the food!!

Mini ceasar salads served in small mint julep cups

Feta and tomato crostinis

Fruits and chocolate tuxedo strawberries

Crab stuffed mushrooms

?Mini shrimp cocktail

Mini? Fish tacos and patron

?A modern and whimscial take on pigs in a blanket:)

Flank steak and avocado on a crostini…yum!

Crab ragoons

Skewered lime shrimp

And if you are like me, what you? really want to know about are? the desserts, here is just a sampling of what will be served….

A gorgeous cookie display of amazing cookies to take home!

All kinds of amazing cakes!

Donuts and milk anyone?

And these cakes do not need narration….YES they are that good!

An assortment of Ms. Prindables apples

Incredible cameo cookies

This is cruel,? I know……… to post so many delectable goodies especially when I am hungry, sorry for any binges this might create…hey, its the holidays, enjoy!

Once we are done toasting, cheering, laughing eating to our hearts delight and of course singing through it all…..I hand out these darling party favors!

And as the night wraps up….and everyone grabs their favor and bids us farewell…you will never guess who is waiting outside in the front yard to lead the way home!
Ho ho ho! Hope you enjoyed being a guest at my party!! If you want to see others and their interpretations of Christmas cocktails, click on over to the blog of our fearless leader, the uber stylish Marsha at Splenderosa…where links to all the other participants can be found.? CLICK HERE TO VISIT.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT MY CONTEST…ONLY 1 MORE DAY TO SEND IN PICTURES!!

The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so be sure to? send yours in!

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t? want it lost in the shuffle). Email them to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

?A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

And if you missed the announcement yesterday of my newest giveaway, by all means click here to enter to be in the running for this gorgeous large chunky trivet!

By Invitation Only……..Christmas Cocktails!!

Hi there! So excited to be here for our last By Invitation Only post for 2013…….hard to believe! Where did the time go? 2013 has been an amazing year and I am so fortunate to have been included with such a talented and inspiring group of women/fellow bloggers. It has been fun coming up with our own take  on various themes this year……..and I so enjoy seeing what everyone else comes up with too!

The theme this month is both a festive and fun one, Christmas cocktails…..and I had a ball putting it together. Especially since I was originally planning on throwing a real live shindig but alas it was not meant to happen, however am hoping to do a post holiday bash in January. So I had fun living vicariously  through this party and best part of all…you are all invited!

Ready for me to open the door so you can come on in and get this party started?

My invitation might look something like this…..

And as your festive hostess, this is what I will be wearing…..

This gorgeous red lace dress (my Christmas wish came true early…I can eat all I want forever and ever and never gain a pound, hence how I will fit into this dress)!

And of course to show my spirit….gotta add a little green!

And can’t decide which of these beauties to include, maybe both!

A little gold polishes it off!

And when the party is in full swing, and no one is looking I will change into these (hey at least they are festive)!

Come on in…….

 The first thing that greets you will be the Christmas tree in the foyer…but it’s not the last one you will see!

You will hear all of your favorite holiday tunes being sung by real live Christmas carolers all dressed up in their holiday finest!

You are then handed a glass of champagne to start the celebrating!

 And as you stroll throughout the house with the hum of the carolers singing their tunes, you see that in every room, Christmas had indeed arrived. I have tables set up all over the house as “food stations” so that people will walk and mingle…..

 Festive touches are everywhere…….

Every space has been decorated to the nines in its Christmas finest!
 The breakfast is cheery and festive too….
 And of course I didn’t forget about decorating the kitchen!!!!
 I have great big bowls of holiday apples and evergreen..

 Paperwhites will be all over….permeating my home with their intoxicating scent

A local master baker has created this incredible take on a gingerbread house as one of my centerpieces!

 And of course my trademark blue and white is all over the place….

This is a cocktail party…no formal stuffy sit down dinners. This is a casual but elegant affair with a ton of appetizers, both stationery and passed. A quick look at some of the foods that will be served…….we know it’s all about the food!!

Mini ceasar salads served in small mint julep cups

Feta and tomato crostinis

Fruits and chocolate tuxedo strawberries

Crab stuffed mushrooms

 Mini shrimp cocktail

Mini  Fish tacos and patron

 A modern and whimscial take on pigs in a blanket:)

Flank steak and avocado on a crostini…yum!

Crab ragoons

Skewered lime shrimp

And if you are like me, what you  really want to know about are  the desserts, here is just a sampling of what will be served….

A gorgeous cookie display of amazing cookies to take home!

All kinds of amazing cakes!

Donuts and milk anyone?

And these cakes do not need narration….YES they are that good!

An assortment of Ms. Prindables apples

Incredible cameo cookies

This is cruel,  I know……… to post so many delectable goodies especially when I am hungry, sorry for any binges this might create…hey, its the holidays, enjoy!

Once we are done toasting, cheering, laughing eating to our hearts delight and of course singing through it all…..I hand out these darling party favors!

And as the night wraps up….and everyone grabs their favor and bids us farewell…you will never guess who is waiting outside in the front yard to lead the way home!
Ho ho ho! Hope you enjoyed being a guest at my party!! If you want to see others and their interpretations of Christmas cocktails, click on over to the blog of our fearless leader, the uber stylish Marsha at Splenderosa…where links to all the other participants can be found.  CLICK HERE TO VISIT.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT MY CONTEST…ONLY 1 MORE DAY TO SEND IN PICTURES!!

The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so be sure to  send yours in!

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t  want it lost in the shuffle). Email them to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

 A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

And if you missed the announcement yesterday of my newest giveaway, by all means click here to enter to be in the running for this gorgeous large chunky trivet!

Weekend musings…….

Hello! At long last a “catch up” post. I have a lot to share as this is way overdue, so take a seat and grab an extra cup of coffee!? I feel like one of those gerbils on a wheel this week , huffing and puffing to keep on truckin’! Its been one crazy hectic week and on top of that I ended up getting some kind of stomach bug and that coupled with the start of a nasty migraine made for a miserable 48 hours.

First things first! The winner of the fabulous Gretchen Scott “mini wardrobe”! The response was huge to this contest with good reason and one lucky lady is going to be adding some fabulous new frocks to her closet! Here is the winner as per randompicker.org. Congratulations goes to……

Result:

25
oooohhhhh mama! Gretchen’s silk jersey tunics have my name all over them. fabulous color!

michele
hello lovely

Couldn’t have gone to a nicer person! Please contact me with your shipping information. If you didn’t win….no worries, I will be having a giveaway every week from here until Christmas!! How exciting is that! Some seriously amazing ones, so stay tuned.

Thankfully the weekend though busy is all fun and games, so I am looking forward to that. I have a feeling its just going to intensify as Nov. kicks in and then comes frantic December. I have pretty much decided to make my holiday party a “post holiday affair”. Too much pressure on me and too many things going on to have a clear state of mind to plan it the way I like to do things. Doing it in January takes some of the pressure off….now I need to pray for not getting a giant snowstorm that day:)
My recent batch of goodies was pure mayhem…the responses was fabulous. I am always on the prowl for the next great thing, rest assured! And as luck would have it I scored a second batch of amazing finds, so if you missed out there is a second chance! I need to find the time and rest assured I will to organize the many many boxes, price and photograph them and they will be up in the next week. So stay tuned…..

I cannot believe we are in November. SCARY. To think that Dec. is next month! My days have been so full that I cannot imagine it getting any crazier and yet somehow Dec. does that to us…turns everything upside down, a good kind of crazy though! Anywho, here is whats new on my end….

Moving along, a lot of randomness today. So bear with me as I am all over the map:) Ready? Let’s go…


A MASQUERADE PARTY! We were invited to a gorgeous and I do mean gorgeous masquerade party, didn’t think those went on anymore! I wasn’t sure until an hour before if I had the energy to go after having been sick but I did and wore a “go to”? favorite gown with a mask. It was so beautiful, I of course felt compelled to capture a few pictures with my iPhone. (not the best quality but you get the idea).

?Upon entering the super grand foyer aka courtyard, the architecture was over the top amazing!

?Just look at that ceiling!

?I so loved the way this was set up! The crudites were all done in urns…I am copying that!

The room done by Safavieh Home was? a real showstopper.
And the all white dining room was something to behold….

?How gorgeous is this entrance!

?
?The windows were so fabulous I couldn’t resist taking a picture…even in the dark!

A MAJOR BLUE AND WHITE SCORE. Bought a HUGE collection of blue and white Spode, this is like the blue and white collection to end all collections. I have not even counted how many pieces but lets say its A LOT!!!!! Hey, you can never have too much blue and white:)

Upon walking into the shop, my blue and white radar was on high alert…it was beckoning to me:)

So many gorgeous pieces from plates and pitchers to cookie jars and casserole dishes…….

To pasta holders and pitchers to scalloped bowls and bread boxes…..
Half of it getting unpacked!
Love the bread boxes and casserole dishes

It included 3 pair of candlesticks

Love these scalloped serving bowls….so pretty

Driving back from Greenwich I spotted the biggest pumpkin I have ever seen,? this monster measured? about 4 feet across, I kid you not! I am sure it’s the winner of many a contest!


A VERY SUCCESSFUL E DESIGN PROJECT. A fellow reader and designer and I collaborated on an e-design project together (her family room)? and she also ordered these outrageously gorgeous custom tole sconces from my custom line, they are so stunning! She has superb taste and the way the room came out is so spectacular I just had to share it with you all. Feast your eyes on this…..

?This was the finished sconces that was custom made from my custom tole line.….so beautiful!
?How gorgeous is this room?

Ready for a magazine spread, don’t you think!

HOLIDAY TRAVEL. With the super busy holidays upon us, it is likely that travel is in many of your futures. If air travel is part of your plans, this is a super informative post worth reading, all kinds of tidbits of information and sources I didn’t know about. Leave it up to my buddy, Sandy, the world traveler of You May Be Wandering to enlighten us! Click here to read that excellent post.


HALLOWEEN IN NEW YORK CITY. I went on a Junior League house tour last weekend, and from the car snapped a few pictures of some gorgeous and festive entrances decked out in their Halloween finest! I am going to do a post on NYC entrances sometime in the future, maybe if I can swing it sometime in Dec. when NYC comes alive with holiday festivities.

?This one had all 7 stories done! You know this was as a serious labor of love!

?Always a sucker for beautiful old buildings and breathtaking architecture……..

?Loved this one too, the colors are so rich

A GREAT NEW BOOK YOU MUST OWN. My blogging friend, Tish from? A femme d’ Un Certain Age came out with her new book, Forever Chic.? I was beyond excited to get it. I have to say and I am so not “just saying this” this is one of the best books I have read? in a very long time. It is totally captivating and lures you right in to her world and authentic voice about an Americans take on French culture, women aging and all the wonderful behind the scenes secrets and tidbits. Everything you always wanted to know is explained with an honest and entertaining voice through Tish. I have to say….those French women know what they are doing and just having read this book is prompting me to make a few changes and readjust the way I look at a few things…..just love it!

?I love her honest account and let me tell you…..I am learning a lot! I am almost done and its absolutely one of those books that I just don’t want it to end! Tish you might need a second edition………..click here to purchase. You WILL thank me:)


A TRUE SINGING PRODIGY. Have you seen this nine year old sing on Hollands X Factor? That’s right I said nine years old. Talk about the voice of an angel! I was bowled by her voice at any age but to think she is nine is just hard to comprehend. She is self taught and no doubt destined for great things……this is guaranteed to give you chills (the good kind).

MY ONLINE SHOP. Going to soon be adding some new products to my shop. A lot of what I sell are staples and therefore remain but I do add new items here and there. I am really a “staples” kind of girl. I like what I like and those things never get old. I only sell what I love and use so you can be sure that anything on my online has been tested and tried by yours truly. A few new porcelains getting added…….

New accessories just arrived too……

Lots of people have requested this crystal obelisks, super decorative and works in any kind of decor, the highest quality….really gorgeous.

?LOVE this decanter set, includes the holder in silver or ant. brass and two lead crystal cut decanters.

The three top trays are all being added as I do get many requests for ant. brass trays…and these are beauties.

The success of my recent steals and deals was amazing and so validating to me personally that there is a huge demand still for beautiful, old world traditional accessories.. It so made me wish I had more. Incidentally I got in another smaller batch from the same vendor so will be offering those things up sometime possibly this weekend. Just need to get organized, take pictures and tag everything. Definitely worth a look if you missed out last time! Here is a sneak peek…..

As scary as it sounds, Christmas is next month….crazy!? So I will be posting on a few deadlines, mostly for my custom napkin rings and statuary. I plan on suspending my shop for about 8 days during the Christmas season, I know how crazy busy it gets so will close up my shop on or around Dec. 18th until after the holidays for a much needed hiatus. I will be very busy and fulfilling orders until then so its not too early to start thinking about gifts.

For anyone who is thinking of the custom napkin rings for the holidays, it is not too soon to start placing orders. The latest you can order for guaranteed Christmas delivery is Nov. 18th.? Some are in stock, as extra have been ordered in anticipation of the holidays, but most are custom and take about 3 weeks however by mid November it will be closer to a 4 week plus lead time. I plan on doing a post next week on these wonderful treasures for the table…..they are still one of my favorite things, so special! Click here to see more online.

?A popular ring, the animal conga line……talk about a conversation piece!

?The Santas come in two sizes…this is the large, how amazing are they for a Christmas table!

?How charming is the chinoiserie man?

?There is a collection of about 8-10 different horses, very impressive!

?Of course had to get this one for myself…reminds me of Teddy!
?LOVE the stag deer…..so elegant!

As always any questions about anything from my online shop, feel free to email me here.

Phew…still with me? I know I know this was a lot to read, as I said this was so overdue that there was a lot to share, and there is even more but I will do that next time:)

Brace yourselves for this weeks “Blue and white love” contest which starts tomorrow!? It is beyond description in terms of the sheer beauty and talent of my readers. You are in for a mega treat, that I promise you! I will also feature sometime during the week my most recent steals and deals and finally the end of the week, will announce the winner(s) of the blue and white love contest and announce a spectacular new giveaway so lots of good things happening. Thanks as always for stopping in….wishing you a wonderful day and relaxing end to your week.

Weekend musings…….

Hello! At long last a “catch up” post. I have a lot to share as this is way overdue, so take a seat and grab an extra cup of coffee!  I feel like one of those gerbils on a wheel this week , huffing and puffing to keep on truckin’! Its been one crazy hectic week and on top of that I ended up getting some kind of stomach bug and that coupled with the start of a nasty migraine made for a miserable 48 hours.

First things first! The winner of the fabulous Gretchen Scott “mini wardrobe”! The response was huge to this contest with good reason and one lucky lady is going to be adding some fabulous new frocks to her closet! Here is the winner as per randompicker.org. Congratulations goes to……

Result:

25
oooohhhhh mama! Gretchen’s silk jersey tunics have my name all over them. fabulous color!

michele
hello lovely

Couldn’t have gone to a nicer person! Please contact me with your shipping information. If you didn’t win….no worries, I will be having a giveaway every week from here until Christmas!! How exciting is that! Some seriously amazing ones, so stay tuned.

Thankfully the weekend though busy is all fun and games, so I am looking forward to that. I have a feeling its just going to intensify as Nov. kicks in and then comes frantic December. I have pretty much decided to make my holiday party a “post holiday affair”. Too much pressure on me and too many things going on to have a clear state of mind to plan it the way I like to do things. Doing it in January takes some of the pressure off….now I need to pray for not getting a giant snowstorm that day:)
My recent batch of goodies was pure mayhem…the responses was fabulous. I am always on the prowl for the next great thing, rest assured! And as luck would have it I scored a second batch of amazing finds, so if you missed out there is a second chance! I need to find the time and rest assured I will to organize the many many boxes, price and photograph them and they will be up in the next week. So stay tuned…..

I cannot believe we are in November. SCARY. To think that Dec. is next month! My days have been so full that I cannot imagine it getting any crazier and yet somehow Dec. does that to us…turns everything upside down, a good kind of crazy though! Anywho, here is whats new on my end….

Moving along, a lot of randomness today. So bear with me as I am all over the map:) Ready? Let’s go…


A MASQUERADE PARTY! We were invited to a gorgeous and I do mean gorgeous masquerade party, didn’t think those went on anymore! I wasn’t sure until an hour before if I had the energy to go after having been sick but I did and wore a “go to”  favorite gown with a mask. It was so beautiful, I of course felt compelled to capture a few pictures with my iPhone. (not the best quality but you get the idea).

 Upon entering the super grand foyer aka courtyard, the architecture was over the top amazing!

 Just look at that ceiling!

 I so loved the way this was set up! The crudites were all done in urns…I am copying that!

The room done by Safavieh Home was  a real showstopper.
And the all white dining room was something to behold….

 How gorgeous is this entrance!

 The windows were so fabulous I couldn’t resist taking a picture…even in the dark!

A MAJOR BLUE AND WHITE SCORE. Bought a HUGE collection of blue and white Spode, this is like the blue and white collection to end all collections. I have not even counted how many pieces but lets say its A LOT!!!!! Hey, you can never have too much blue and white:)

Upon walking into the shop, my blue and white radar was on high alert…it was beckoning to me:)

So many gorgeous pieces from plates and pitchers to cookie jars and casserole dishes…….

To pasta holders and pitchers to scalloped bowls and bread boxes…..
Half of it getting unpacked!
Love the bread boxes and casserole dishes

It included 3 pair of candlesticks

Love these scalloped serving bowls….so pretty

Driving back from Greenwich I spotted the biggest pumpkin I have ever seen,  this monster measured  about 4 feet across, I kid you not! I am sure it’s the winner of many a contest!


A VERY SUCCESSFUL E DESIGN PROJECT. A fellow reader and designer and I collaborated on an e-design project together (her family room)  and she also ordered these outrageously gorgeous custom tole sconces from my custom line, they are so stunning! She has superb taste and the way the room came out is so spectacular I just had to share it with you all. Feast your eyes on this…..

 This was the finished sconces that was custom made from my custom tole line.….so beautiful!
 How gorgeous is this room?

Ready for a magazine spread, don’t you think!

HOLIDAY TRAVEL. With the super busy holidays upon us, it is likely that travel is in many of your futures. If air travel is part of your plans, this is a super informative post worth reading, all kinds of tidbits of information and sources I didn’t know about. Leave it up to my buddy, Sandy, the world traveler of You May Be Wandering to enlighten us! Click here to read that excellent post.


HALLOWEEN IN NEW YORK CITY. I went on a Junior League house tour last weekend, and from the car snapped a few pictures of some gorgeous and festive entrances decked out in their Halloween finest! I am going to do a post on NYC entrances sometime in the future, maybe if I can swing it sometime in Dec. when NYC comes alive with holiday festivities.

 This one had all 7 stories done! You know this was as a serious labor of love!

 Always a sucker for beautiful old buildings and breathtaking architecture……..

 Loved this one too, the colors are so rich

A GREAT NEW BOOK YOU MUST OWN. My blogging friend, Tish from  A femme d’ Un Certain Age came out with her new book, Forever Chic.  I was beyond excited to get it. I have to say and I am so not “just saying this” this is one of the best books I have read  in a very long time. It is totally captivating and lures you right in to her world and authentic voice about an Americans take on French culture, women aging and all the wonderful behind the scenes secrets and tidbits. Everything you always wanted to know is explained with an honest and entertaining voice through Tish. I have to say….those French women know what they are doing and just having read this book is prompting me to make a few changes and readjust the way I look at a few things…..just love it!

 I love her honest account and let me tell you…..I am learning a lot! I am almost done and its absolutely one of those books that I just don’t want it to end! Tish you might need a second edition………..click here to purchase. You WILL thank me:)


A TRUE SINGING PRODIGY. Have you seen this nine year old sing on Hollands X Factor? That’s right I said nine years old. Talk about the voice of an angel! I was bowled by her voice at any age but to think she is nine is just hard to comprehend. She is self taught and no doubt destined for great things……this is guaranteed to give you chills (the good kind).

MY ONLINE SHOP. Going to soon be adding some new products to my shop. A lot of what I sell are staples and therefore remain but I do add new items here and there. I am really a “staples” kind of girl. I like what I like and those things never get old. I only sell what I love and use so you can be sure that anything on my online has been tested and tried by yours truly. A few new porcelains getting added…….

New accessories just arrived too……

Lots of people have requested this crystal obelisks, super decorative and works in any kind of decor, the highest quality….really gorgeous.

 LOVE this decanter set, includes the holder in silver or ant. brass and two lead crystal cut decanters.

The three top trays are all being added as I do get many requests for ant. brass trays…and these are beauties.

The success of my recent steals and deals was amazing and so validating to me personally that there is a huge demand still for beautiful, old world traditional accessories.. It so made me wish I had more. Incidentally I got in another smaller batch from the same vendor so will be offering those things up sometime possibly this weekend. Just need to get organized, take pictures and tag everything. Definitely worth a look if you missed out last time! Here is a sneak peek…..

As scary as it sounds, Christmas is next month….crazy!  So I will be posting on a few deadlines, mostly for my custom napkin rings and statuary. I plan on suspending my shop for about 8 days during the Christmas season, I know how crazy busy it gets so will close up my shop on or around Dec. 18th until after the holidays for a much needed hiatus. I will be very busy and fulfilling orders until then so its not too early to start thinking about gifts.

For anyone who is thinking of the custom napkin rings for the holidays, it is not too soon to start placing orders. The latest you can order for guaranteed Christmas delivery is Nov. 18th.  Some are in stock, as extra have been ordered in anticipation of the holidays, but most are custom and take about 3 weeks however by mid November it will be closer to a 4 week plus lead time. I plan on doing a post next week on these wonderful treasures for the table…..they are still one of my favorite things, so special! Click here to see more online.

 A popular ring, the animal conga line……talk about a conversation piece!

 The Santas come in two sizes…this is the large, how amazing are they for a Christmas table!

 How charming is the chinoiserie man?

 There is a collection of about 8-10 different horses, very impressive!

 Of course had to get this one for myself…reminds me of Teddy!
 LOVE the stag deer…..so elegant!

As always any questions about anything from my online shop, feel free to email me here.

Phew…still with me? I know I know this was a lot to read, as I said this was so overdue that there was a lot to share, and there is even more but I will do that next time:)

Brace yourselves for this weeks “Blue and white love” contest which starts tomorrow!  It is beyond description in terms of the sheer beauty and talent of my readers. You are in for a mega treat, that I promise you! I will also feature sometime during the week my most recent steals and deals and finally the end of the week, will announce the winner(s) of the blue and white love contest and announce a spectacular new giveaway so lots of good things happening. Thanks as always for stopping in….wishing you a wonderful day and relaxing end to your week.

My patio, flowers, BBQ’s and The Hamptons!

Hello and happy Tuesday night to you……this post is a bit of this and a bit of that, all about my favorite things- flowers, cooking, decorating, the great outdoors and The Hamptons!

Got my patio furniture for the back patio..was so excited! It is beautiful, very comfortable and beautifully made. Now I have to get busy deciding on pillows (again) and various accessories, and will naturally add my trademark blue and white to the mix!

Have been out to the Hamptons and the North Fork quite a bit lately and am sharing some of those highlights too. Had a casual BBQ on Sunday and love nothing more than visiting a local farm stand and picking up fresh vegetables and fruits……I get so inspired. Also visited a sunflower farm and found the most sensational sunflowers. They are enormous? and are well over 2 feet tall….talk about impact! So its a little of this and a bit of that around here. Let’s get rolling……

Warning- VERY picture heavy, you might want to see this post sitting!

?Outdoor furniture!! Its a beautiful line from Woodard (the Landgrave division)? and I really love it, we have to now get busy figuring out pillows and accessories to add to the setting

This is just the start but I will be sure to share things as we go along……

The furniture is from Woodard Landgrave, a beautiful elegant beautifully built line of outdoor furniture

?Love taking pictures late in the day, that late day sun is my absolute favorite

?Love the elegant clean lines, now need to figure out pillows and accessories (the fun part)…..

?Tried out my loggia pillows, they are a little small but think the blues look beautiful…….

Meanwhile back inside getting ready for a casual BBQ on Sunday……

?The sunflowers looked so perfect with my beautiful melamine outdoor dishes from my online shop

?Love my sunflowers! They are HUGE, towering about 2 and a half feet!

?The spinach Greek salad that is fast becoming? a regular around here

?Hard to tell here but these scallions were almost 2 feet long! The basil was enormous too…..

?My delicious pistachio ice cream sandwiches. So easy and always a HUGE hit. I buy vanilla pizelles and get pistachio ice cream and open it up and then slice it, I add extra pistachios ground up…this is light, delicious, pretty and a perfect summer dessert!

?Tossing in the baked almonds to the salad
?Yummy peaches with fresh mint chilling for my trademark peach sangria, the perfect summer drink!

?Easy peasy, the wine doesn’t need to be expensive just a light dry white wine and Peach Schnapps, fresh peaches and mint, and then the ginger ale is added at the end…..so light and refreshing!

?Love a beautiful fruit platter…..found figs which was so exciting, they add a lot to any plate of fruit!

?Yum, let me do a “taste test”

?Am I the only one who gets excited over pretty tomatoes?
?The “sous chef” has decided he has earned a? much needed nap!
All the fixings for my crostini…a regular in this house!

Table getting set up

Veges ready to be thrown on the grill (I added sea salt and pepper and drizzled them with olive oil and they were fantastic)!

Meanwhile our driveway is getting done, its a mess but the end result will be wonderful…..

And to The Hamptons……

Sorry… I know this is cruel, espeically if you are hungry (which I am right now) and suddenly am craving a fresh lobster roll on squishy bread!

All of my favorite flowers at one of my favorite garden centers……

These orchids were AMAZING. Four stems…and HUGE!

And yes, of course one had to come home with me, it was begging to be picked and brought home!
If you are a hydrangea fan…you would have gone mad, they were there in every color!

Though I am not a big hibiscus fan, this pretty purple color got my attention…..

Loved this large boxwood globe (36″ round)

More flowers getting stuffed into the car…..
Never met a sunflower I didn’t love!
Beautiful Mecox Gardens
And the orchid beauty just continued to wow me!
Loooove farm stands, but I am sure you know that by now:)

And how gorgeous of a picture did these make? It made me want to plan a party around a sunflower theme!

?Love the farm stands…..they almost excite me more than a great clothing boutique (almost)!

?Beautiful vineyards…..
?An abundance of fresh fruit and flowers………
?Love coming home and “playing”….
?Charm galore!

?Even the storage sheds have blooming hydrangeas!

?And once again my backseat is loaded up with as much as I can squeeze into it
?Duckwalk is a wonderful conveniently located vineyard…..

?Another beautiful nursery…..
?Windmills to me are synonymous with The Hamptons
?As are roadside farm stands….
?And gorgeous sunflowers just waiting for a new home

?White hydrangeas always stop me in my tracks!!

Back at home put together a pretty casual arrangement? in one of my favorite blue and white bud vases

And the huge sunflowers in this large blue and white vase…love the color combination

And finally put my huge orchid in the centerpiece bowl on my island in the kitchen, love the effect
And my hydrangea in its rightful home……love this planter from my online shop
So that is a wrap of what’s going on around here. Trying to get into the summer groove and have to say this week it finally feels like I am. Love nothing more than a trip to the beach, a visit to my local farmstand, a car filled with fresh veges and fruits, flowers to come home and arrange, it’s all part of what makes summer so amazing and an equally good reminder to stop and smell the roses along the way!

?Some girls need diamonds and other expensive accoutrements (and believe me I won’t turn them down) but I realized the older I get the more I appreciate the simple pleasures in life………how about you? Whats your summer pleasure? Thanks as always for stopping in!

My patio, flowers, BBQ’s and The Hamptons!

Hello and happy Tuesday night to you……this post is a bit of this and a bit of that, all about my favorite things- flowers, cooking, decorating, the great outdoors and The Hamptons!

Got my patio furniture for the back patio..was so excited! It is beautiful, very comfortable and beautifully made. Now I have to get busy deciding on pillows (again) and various accessories, and will naturally add my trademark blue and white to the mix!

Have been out to the Hamptons and the North Fork quite a bit lately and am sharing some of those highlights too. Had a casual BBQ on Sunday and love nothing more than visiting a local farm stand and picking up fresh vegetables and fruits……I get so inspired. Also visited a sunflower farm and found the most sensational sunflowers. They are enormous  and are well over 2 feet tall….talk about impact! So its a little of this and a bit of that around here. Let’s get rolling……

Warning- VERY picture heavy, you might want to see this post sitting!

 Outdoor furniture!! Its a beautiful line from Woodard (the Landgrave division)  and I really love it, we have to now get busy figuring out pillows and accessories to add to the setting

This is just the start but I will be sure to share things as we go along……

The furniture is from Woodard Landgrave, a beautiful elegant beautifully built line of outdoor furniture

 Love taking pictures late in the day, that late day sun is my absolute favorite

 Love the elegant clean lines, now need to figure out pillows and accessories (the fun part)…..

 Tried out my loggia pillows, they are a little small but think the blues look beautiful…….

Meanwhile back inside getting ready for a casual BBQ on Sunday……

 The sunflowers looked so perfect with my beautiful melamine outdoor dishes from my online shop

 Love my sunflowers! They are HUGE, towering about 2 and a half feet!

 The spinach Greek salad that is fast becoming  a regular around here

 Hard to tell here but these scallions were almost 2 feet long! The basil was enormous too…..

 My delicious pistachio ice cream sandwiches. So easy and always a HUGE hit. I buy vanilla pizelles and get pistachio ice cream and open it up and then slice it, I add extra pistachios ground up…this is light, delicious, pretty and a perfect summer dessert!

 Tossing in the baked almonds to the salad
 Yummy peaches with fresh mint chilling for my trademark peach sangria, the perfect summer drink!

 Easy peasy, the wine doesn’t need to be expensive just a light dry white wine and Peach Schnapps, fresh peaches and mint, and then the ginger ale is added at the end…..so light and refreshing!

 Love a beautiful fruit platter…..found figs which was so exciting, they add a lot to any plate of fruit!

 Yum, let me do a “taste test”

 Am I the only one who gets excited over pretty tomatoes?
 The “sous chef” has decided he has earned a  much needed nap!
All the fixings for my crostini…a regular in this house!

Table getting set up

Veges ready to be thrown on the grill (I added sea salt and pepper and drizzled them with olive oil and they were fantastic)!

Meanwhile our driveway is getting done, its a mess but the end result will be wonderful…..

And to The Hamptons……

Sorry… I know this is cruel, espeically if you are hungry (which I am right now) and suddenly am craving a fresh lobster roll on squishy bread!

All of my favorite flowers at one of my favorite garden centers……

These orchids were AMAZING. Four stems…and HUGE!

And yes, of course one had to come home with me, it was begging to be picked and brought home!
If you are a hydrangea fan…you would have gone mad, they were there in every color!

Though I am not a big hibiscus fan, this pretty purple color got my attention…..

Loved this large boxwood globe (36″ round)

More flowers getting stuffed into the car…..
Never met a sunflower I didn’t love!
Beautiful Mecox Gardens
And the orchid beauty just continued to wow me!
Loooove farm stands, but I am sure you know that by now:)

And how gorgeous of a picture did these make? It made me want to plan a party around a sunflower theme!

 Love the farm stands…..they almost excite me more than a great clothing boutique (almost)!

 Beautiful vineyards…..
 An abundance of fresh fruit and flowers………
 Love coming home and “playing”….
 Charm galore!

 Even the storage sheds have blooming hydrangeas!

 And once again my backseat is loaded up with as much as I can squeeze into it
 Duckwalk is a wonderful conveniently located vineyard…..

 Another beautiful nursery…..
 Windmills to me are synonymous with The Hamptons
 As are roadside farm stands….
 And gorgeous sunflowers just waiting for a new home

 White hydrangeas always stop me in my tracks!!

Back at home put together a pretty casual arrangement  in one of my favorite blue and white bud vases

And the huge sunflowers in this large blue and white vase…love the color combination

And finally put my huge orchid in the centerpiece bowl on my island in the kitchen, love the effect
And my hydrangea in its rightful home……love this planter from my online shop
So that is a wrap of what’s going on around here. Trying to get into the summer groove and have to say this week it finally feels like I am. Love nothing more than a trip to the beach, a visit to my local farmstand, a car filled with fresh veges and fruits, flowers to come home and arrange, it’s all part of what makes summer so amazing and an equally good reminder to stop and smell the roses along the way!

 Some girls need diamonds and other expensive accoutrements (and believe me I won’t turn them down) but I realized the older I get the more I appreciate the simple pleasures in life………how about you? Whats your summer pleasure? Thanks as always for stopping in!

End of the week musings….

Boy this week flew! Hard to believe its the weekend, we have a busy one ahead, having friends over for drinks tonight, a dinner tomorrow night and a graduation party on Sunday and in between a two day lacrosse tournament and a heck of a lot of driving back and forth. Better get my coffee maker cranked up and ready to do battle.? No rest for the weary….our summer has been full of parties, more than usual,? we had 5 within 4 weeks…kind of glad that “string of events” is over for now, I am looking forward to a slower pace (call me an old lady but I love a chunk of time with nothing on the agenda).? We are planning on going away for a few days for a? little rest and relaxation and I am looking forward.

Part of the fun of summer to me, is not having to adhere to any kind of schedule and just “winging it”. I see lobster rolls, coastal shorelines and lazy afternoons in my future:)
When we near July 4th, that is when I realize just how fast summer is flying! I saw my first “back to school” item in a pharmacy the other day and nearly fainted. No no and no. We need to stop and savor summer for a bit before we can digest anything having to do with fall and back to school!

Finally so happy you enjoyed my recap on The charm of Charlottesville, oh yes…I will be back and will be including several other southern cities in the next tour!? Click here if you missed it.

Ironically this was originally going to be one of my shorter random musings post…but as I always do I start it in the beginning of the week then add on as I am inspired to do so….and it ended up being a long one afterall (surprise surprise). So take a seat and an extra five or ten minutes……..let’s get started!

My house projects. Yea, yea, yea…I know I say it all the time how I am getting back, really I am this time! Two rooms, actually three I really really want to complete are my dining room, living room and bedroom. Actually make it four, we finally finished the tiny powder rooms floor off of the library and I am finalizing the wallpaper for that room to be done once and for all with it! My bedroom is held up because of wall to wall carpet, I will not budge and nothing is happening until the carpet is there. Period. The dining room..finally our chairs are almost here, another two weeks! Once they come then I think I will feel motivated to work on window treatments and go back to the chinoiserie drawing board and the room will be complete. Seems doable. Living room…..we are all over the place, so I think I will stop now with the bedroom and dining room. Here are some of the latest samples for my bedroom (I have not swayed) and living room pillow ideas…….

Funny my master bedroom ideas have not changed one iota since we moved here over a year ago! Here is a mood board I had created, still loving it…..

And these handpainted tole lamps just have to be incorporated somehow…….

Some of the pretty fabrics up for consideration…….

I cannot wait to use my gorgeous monogrammed bedding…and look at these scrumptious trims!

?And for small powder room,? still love this wallpaper, so that is what I have decided on!

?And up to my ears in trims for pillows for living room

A gorgeous tablescape. By now you know this totally “floats my boat”. Almost makes me want to have another party. Almost 🙂 But boy is this pretty……

Carolyne Roehm working her magic…again!

White jeans. Thought this post on white jeans and the psychology behind it was right on the mark and so interesting, I have always thought white pants or white clothing for that matter to be so chic…

Click here to read the article on Tory Burch’s blog……

Pretty crudite idea. Went to an event at the Safavieh store last night and loved this crudite idea. It was in a wicker “trunk”….so cute and fun! Reminds me to stay creative when thinking of ways to display even something as mundane as a crudite platter!


Best flank steak. You know I like to share recipes when I love something. Have been making this flank recipe forever but its soooo good, easy and worth sharing. If you like to BBQ and have flank steak lovers in your household. This is a must try. The key is marinating for at least 8 hours preferably overnight and the ginger is a big part of the tenderizing process.

Here it is “doing its thing”…..

Ingredients-

1 flank steak
1 ziplock bag
about 1/2 cup soy sauce
1 bunch scallions
about 4 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted)
1 heaping Tbsp sugar
about 1/4 cup oil
about 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger (if you don’t have ginger spice is OK but fresh is preferred)

Simply place all ingredients in bag, shake well. Then season your steak with sea salt and pepper generously. Put in bag, seal well and “massage’ it so the marinade has covered the entire steak. Lay flat in your fridge, and turn over at some point mid way. That’s it! When you are ready to grill, remove and throw on hot grill. It is DELISH! The ginger helps to soften/marinate the meat and its absolutely wonderful!?

Flower power. Went to my local Italian specialty shop and they had the most spectacular hydrangeas in bloom! Looks like a late summer show of flowers to me…..(snapped these with my iPhone)

And my own white flowers are really lasting and standing the test of time….love white on green!

A favorite jewelry line. Are you familiar with Jose and Maria Barerra? Their line is sold at Neiman Marcus and other sites..and their things are exquisite. I splurged on a gorgeous turquoise necklace (first one) and have been hooked on their line ever since. Total statement pieces…va va voom kind of pieces! I wore the turquoise necklace with a gorgeous red chiffon gown to a wedding held at a yacht club two years ago and have to say I looooooved my outfi, it ranks right up there as one of my all time faves. Turquoise and red together…oh yes! Here’s a sampling of the beautiful pieces they create…..

?Pretty amazing huh? Granted you aren’t wearing this bling to the market or a school meeting but for a special occasion or night out..these pieces are soooo gorgeous. Love their style…Jose and Maria, if you are reading this, and need someone to “test out” your pieces…I am willing able and will do it for free:)

My outdoor pillows. Several of you asked about the pattern. I am going to do a post on my pillows and the selection process. But for the record the gorgeous fabric is Chiang Mai by Schumacher…its a stunning pattern!

And here they are, this is still being “tweaked” but I am officially in love with these pillows!!

Dough bowls! A new batch of dough bowls after a long dry spell. I am getting in some rounds (about 18″ round) a hard to get size, and a handful of 20-24″ and then one really big one, about 34″. As usual if you have been waiting on one, just email me, they go really fast and are exceptionally beautiful! Due here next week….woo hoo.

A great new movie…The Wolf of Wall Street.? I am itching for a great movie..haven’t seen one in ages. Come on Hollywood…you are slacking! So The Wolf of Wall Street is coming out soon and this is particularly fun for me because both of the main houses in the movie incidentally belong to two of my friends! I got to see the filming at one of them but was sworn to secrecy at the time. It was so exciting to “be on set” and see Leo who was totally in character and adorable cute little Martin Scorsese. It was quite a production and the movie looks like its going be one heck of an? entertaining story……..then you factor in? that its based on a true story and it really makes it one to watch! Here is the trailer…….

White love. Remember my post on my love of all things white? Well take a look at this stunning dinner table that a reader sent me. How beautiful!! Thank you Nancy for sharing……

A new favorite nail polish. I am obsessed with this color, Go Ginza by good ol Essie. Its on my toes and fingernails (and I don’t usually wear polish on my fingers because its such maintenance)! But I am seriously in love with this gorgeous Essie color..its so perfect for summer. It is the perfect blend of a pale lilac, light pink and white…….hello Ginza:)

A great new book! Calling all readers! I need a great book pronto. I am talking one I just cannot put down. I am itching to read a great book. Last two I read was The Burgess boys and Rules of Civility, both I loved. Please leave your suggestions in the comment box!!

Bill Gates for President. It is likely that most if not all of you have seen this circulated but boy is it ever true. And so good that it warrants getting passed around some more…Bill Gates, I would vote for you for President in a heartbeat!! Common sense goes a long long way:) It really is worth reading the entire way through…..

~ Bill Gates ~
This should be posted in every school or kid’s bedroom.
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this.!!!

?
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about
eleven (11) things they did not and will not learn in school.
He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings
created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and
how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.






Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault,
so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring
as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you
talk about how cool you thought you were:
So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parent’s generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room..
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters.
You don’t get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you’ll end up working for one..

Shop news. Some exciting new additions this week. Finally scored the gorgeous line of hand etched hurricanes. They are exquisite and the perfect crowning touch to any vignette, whether it be a console, coffee table or dining table. Just gorgeous! They are now officially on my online shop, click here to see them. Limited quantities of each style. (scroll to bottom of page on new additions)

And these beautiful new porcelain pieces and my top two selling ginger jars are officially back in stock!

Last these stunning new trays are back and getting put up in the online shop. Super heavy, magnificent heirloom quality NO POLISH REQUIRED trays! That in itself is worth its weight in gold!! Comes in silver and ant. brass….truly exquisite and possibly my favorite tray ever! Email me if you are interested, otherwise they will be up under silver in the next day or two. Measures 23 x 19.5 x 2.5.

And equally gorgeous in antique brass..


Calling all Enchanted customers!!!! I love getting pictures from you of your homes with my products! Please send me your pictures…take it with your phone and send it over. Such fun for all of us to see your stunning homes and how you are using the products purchased from my shop…email me here. Pretty please????

Well that wraps things up over here. Thank you so? much for stopping in, I love to hear what you are up to, whats new in your world and if there is anything you have discovered, that you love, are enjoying, cooking or reading!! Do tell……hope you have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend. Crazy that it’s July 4th next week, isn”t it? This summer is flying by…take time to watch the fireflies, smell the ocean and breath in that unmistakable summer air….I know I am:)

Two days left for the giveaway!! Click here to enter over at Art by Karena!

End of the week musings….

Boy this week flew! Hard to believe its the weekend, we have a busy one ahead, having friends over for drinks tonight, a dinner tomorrow night and a graduation party on Sunday and in between a two day lacrosse tournament and a heck of a lot of driving back and forth. Better get my coffee maker cranked up and ready to do battle.  No rest for the weary….our summer has been full of parties, more than usual,  we had 5 within 4 weeks…kind of glad that “string of events” is over for now, I am looking forward to a slower pace (call me an old lady but I love a chunk of time with nothing on the agenda).  We are planning on going away for a few days for a  little rest and relaxation and I am looking forward.

Part of the fun of summer to me, is not having to adhere to any kind of schedule and just “winging it”. I see lobster rolls, coastal shorelines and lazy afternoons in my future:)
When we near July 4th, that is when I realize just how fast summer is flying! I saw my first “back to school” item in a pharmacy the other day and nearly fainted. No no and no. We need to stop and savor summer for a bit before we can digest anything having to do with fall and back to school!

Finally so happy you enjoyed my recap on The charm of Charlottesville, oh yes…I will be back and will be including several other southern cities in the next tour!  Click here if you missed it.

Ironically this was originally going to be one of my shorter random musings post…but as I always do I start it in the beginning of the week then add on as I am inspired to do so….and it ended up being a long one afterall (surprise surprise). So take a seat and an extra five or ten minutes……..let’s get started!

My house projects. Yea, yea, yea…I know I say it all the time how I am getting back, really I am this time! Two rooms, actually three I really really want to complete are my dining room, living room and bedroom. Actually make it four, we finally finished the tiny powder rooms floor off of the library and I am finalizing the wallpaper for that room to be done once and for all with it! My bedroom is held up because of wall to wall carpet, I will not budge and nothing is happening until the carpet is there. Period. The dining room..finally our chairs are almost here, another two weeks! Once they come then I think I will feel motivated to work on window treatments and go back to the chinoiserie drawing board and the room will be complete. Seems doable. Living room…..we are all over the place, so I think I will stop now with the bedroom and dining room. Here are some of the latest samples for my bedroom (I have not swayed) and living room pillow ideas…….

Funny my master bedroom ideas have not changed one iota since we moved here over a year ago! Here is a mood board I had created, still loving it…..

And these handpainted tole lamps just have to be incorporated somehow…….

Some of the pretty fabrics up for consideration…….

I cannot wait to use my gorgeous monogrammed bedding…and look at these scrumptious trims!

 And for small powder room,  still love this wallpaper, so that is what I have decided on!

 And up to my ears in trims for pillows for living room

A gorgeous tablescape. By now you know this totally “floats my boat”. Almost makes me want to have another party. Almost 🙂 But boy is this pretty……

Carolyne Roehm working her magic…again!

White jeans. Thought this post on white jeans and the psychology behind it was right on the mark and so interesting, I have always thought white pants or white clothing for that matter to be so chic…

Click here to read the article on Tory Burch’s blog……

Pretty crudite idea. Went to an event at the Safavieh store last night and loved this crudite idea. It was in a wicker “trunk”….so cute and fun! Reminds me to stay creative when thinking of ways to display even something as mundane as a crudite platter!


Best flank steak. You know I like to share recipes when I love something. Have been making this flank recipe forever but its soooo good, easy and worth sharing. If you like to BBQ and have flank steak lovers in your household. This is a must try. The key is marinating for at least 8 hours preferably overnight and the ginger is a big part of the tenderizing process.

Here it is “doing its thing”…..

Ingredients-

1 flank steak
1 ziplock bag
about 1/2 cup soy sauce
1 bunch scallions
about 4 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted)
1 heaping Tbsp sugar
about 1/4 cup oil
about 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger (if you don’t have ginger spice is OK but fresh is preferred)

Simply place all ingredients in bag, shake well. Then season your steak with sea salt and pepper generously. Put in bag, seal well and “massage’ it so the marinade has covered the entire steak. Lay flat in your fridge, and turn over at some point mid way. That’s it! When you are ready to grill, remove and throw on hot grill. It is DELISH! The ginger helps to soften/marinate the meat and its absolutely wonderful! 

Flower power. Went to my local Italian specialty shop and they had the most spectacular hydrangeas in bloom! Looks like a late summer show of flowers to me…..(snapped these with my iPhone)

And my own white flowers are really lasting and standing the test of time….love white on green!

A favorite jewelry line. Are you familiar with Jose and Maria Barerra? Their line is sold at Neiman Marcus and other sites..and their things are exquisite. I splurged on a gorgeous turquoise necklace (first one) and have been hooked on their line ever since. Total statement pieces…va va voom kind of pieces! I wore the turquoise necklace with a gorgeous red chiffon gown to a wedding held at a yacht club two years ago and have to say I looooooved my outfi, it ranks right up there as one of my all time faves. Turquoise and red together…oh yes! Here’s a sampling of the beautiful pieces they create…..

 Pretty amazing huh? Granted you aren’t wearing this bling to the market or a school meeting but for a special occasion or night out..these pieces are soooo gorgeous. Love their style…Jose and Maria, if you are reading this, and need someone to “test out” your pieces…I am willing able and will do it for free:)

My outdoor pillows. Several of you asked about the pattern. I am going to do a post on my pillows and the selection process. But for the record the gorgeous fabric is Chiang Mai by Schumacher…its a stunning pattern!

And here they are, this is still being “tweaked” but I am officially in love with these pillows!!

Dough bowls! A new batch of dough bowls after a long dry spell. I am getting in some rounds (about 18″ round) a hard to get size, and a handful of 20-24″ and then one really big one, about 34″. As usual if you have been waiting on one, just email me, they go really fast and are exceptionally beautiful! Due here next week….woo hoo.

A great new movie…The Wolf of Wall Street.  I am itching for a great movie..haven’t seen one in ages. Come on Hollywood…you are slacking! So The Wolf of Wall Street is coming out soon and this is particularly fun for me because both of the main houses in the movie incidentally belong to two of my friends! I got to see the filming at one of them but was sworn to secrecy at the time. It was so exciting to “be on set” and see Leo who was totally in character and adorable cute little Martin Scorsese. It was quite a production and the movie looks like its going be one heck of an  entertaining story……..then you factor in  that its based on a true story and it really makes it one to watch! Here is the trailer…….

White love. Remember my post on my love of all things white? Well take a look at this stunning dinner table that a reader sent me. How beautiful!! Thank you Nancy for sharing……

A new favorite nail polish. I am obsessed with this color, Go Ginza by good ol Essie. Its on my toes and fingernails (and I don’t usually wear polish on my fingers because its such maintenance)! But I am seriously in love with this gorgeous Essie color..its so perfect for summer. It is the perfect blend of a pale lilac, light pink and white…….hello Ginza:)

A great new book! Calling all readers! I need a great book pronto. I am talking one I just cannot put down. I am itching to read a great book. Last two I read was The Burgess boys and Rules of Civility, both I loved. Please leave your suggestions in the comment box!!

Bill Gates for President. It is likely that most if not all of you have seen this circulated but boy is it ever true. And so good that it warrants getting passed around some more…Bill Gates, I would vote for you for President in a heartbeat!! Common sense goes a long long way:) It really is worth reading the entire way through…..

~ Bill Gates ~
This should be posted in every school or kid’s bedroom.
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this.!!!

 
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about
eleven (11) things they did not and will not learn in school.
He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings
created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and
how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.






Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault,
so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring
as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you
talk about how cool you thought you were:
So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parent’s generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room..
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters.
You don’t get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you’ll end up working for one..

Shop news. Some exciting new additions this week. Finally scored the gorgeous line of hand etched hurricanes. They are exquisite and the perfect crowning touch to any vignette, whether it be a console, coffee table or dining table. Just gorgeous! They are now officially on my online shop, click here to see them. Limited quantities of each style. (scroll to bottom of page on new additions)

And these beautiful new porcelain pieces and my top two selling ginger jars are officially back in stock!

Last these stunning new trays are back and getting put up in the online shop. Super heavy, magnificent heirloom quality NO POLISH REQUIRED trays! That in itself is worth its weight in gold!! Comes in silver and ant. brass….truly exquisite and possibly my favorite tray ever! Email me if you are interested, otherwise they will be up under silver in the next day or two. Measures 23 x 19.5 x 2.5.

And equally gorgeous in antique brass..


Calling all Enchanted customers!!!! I love getting pictures from you of your homes with my products! Please send me your pictures…take it with your phone and send it over. Such fun for all of us to see your stunning homes and how you are using the products purchased from my shop…email me here. Pretty please????

Well that wraps things up over here. Thank you so  much for stopping in, I love to hear what you are up to, whats new in your world and if there is anything you have discovered, that you love, are enjoying, cooking or reading!! Do tell……hope you have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend. Crazy that it’s July 4th next week, isn”t it? This summer is flying by…take time to watch the fireflies, smell the ocean and breath in that unmistakable summer air….I know I am:)

Two days left for the giveaway!! Click here to enter over at Art by Karena!

Look who’s back in my shop!

Good Sunday morning to you! A few missing beauties that were sold out a few months ago have finally come back by popular demand! I have been waiting patiently and so happy they are back.? I know many of you have inquired over the last few months about some of these gorgeous pieces and am happy to announce the arrival of some beautiful new? additions as well!? I want one of each:)

Everything will be up during the week on my online shop but of course feel free to contact me if there is something you want and I can direct invoice you in the meanwhile. Thanks as always for stopping in. Enjoy your Sunday!!

Everything is discounted at least 25-35% off retail……..

9.5″ x 20″ antiqued classic ginger jar with foo dog top,? the mostly white background makes this unique and perfect for any vignette..one of my all time faves!

?Same jar but dragon design
New item….. Gorgeous hand embossed green jar, 15″ x 15″ $255.00
?Large flat top, new item… 10″ x10″? $195.00
?Stunning pair of antiqued Foo dogs, 6″x? 15″ x 3.5″? $215.00
?New item, beautiful scenice flat top ginger jar, large 10″ x 10″ $195.00

New item…stunning scenic with birds oversized flat top antiqued jar, 11″ x 11″ x 13″ $225.00

And the stunning ornate chargers are back!! $55 each or $50 for 10 or more. Limited supplies. (two styles)

And this magnificent heirloom quality gallery tray! 22″ x 19″ $375.00

And finally this magnificent very heavy silver centerpiece bowl, I own it and love it…perfect for orchids!? 20″ x 6″ x 7″ $375.00

Finally was able to secure about 180 plates from one of my vendors who does private label. They produced these plates to replicate the gorgeous china service from The Vanderbilt Family..these were done for the a historical society and they were overmanufactured. Their loss is my gain! I sold a bunch and have about 110 plates left to sell. They come in 4″s and feature four different floral patterns…so beautiful!? I use mine all the time and they are great for large gatherings and add such elegance to any table (see my party posts below) to see them “in action”! Email me if interested.

As usual just contact me if interested in any of these pieces….. click here or visit my online shop by clicking on shop logo below.

If you missed my Party Central posts, click here for Party Central Part 2.….

Enjoy your Sunday…and many thanks as always for stopping in! Be back tomorrow:)

Look who’s back in my shop!

Good Sunday morning to you! A few missing beauties that were sold out a few months ago have finally come back by popular demand! I have been waiting patiently and so happy they are back.  I know many of you have inquired over the last few months about some of these gorgeous pieces and am happy to announce the arrival of some beautiful new  additions as well!  I want one of each:)

Everything will be up during the week on my online shop but of course feel free to contact me if there is something you want and I can direct invoice you in the meanwhile. Thanks as always for stopping in. Enjoy your Sunday!!

Everything is discounted at least 25-35% off retail……..

9.5″ x 20″ antiqued classic ginger jar with foo dog top,  the mostly white background makes this unique and perfect for any vignette..one of my all time faves!

 Same jar but dragon design
New item….. Gorgeous hand embossed green jar, 15″ x 15″ $255.00
 Large flat top, new item… 10″ x10″  $195.00
 Stunning pair of antiqued Foo dogs, 6″x  15″ x 3.5″  $215.00
 New item, beautiful scenice flat top ginger jar, large 10″ x 10″ $195.00

New item…stunning scenic with birds oversized flat top antiqued jar, 11″ x 11″ x 13″ $225.00

And the stunning ornate chargers are back!! $55 each or $50 for 10 or more. Limited supplies. (two styles)

And this magnificent heirloom quality gallery tray! 22″ x 19″ $375.00

And finally this magnificent very heavy silver centerpiece bowl, I own it and love it…perfect for orchids!  20″ x 6″ x 7″ $375.00

Finally was able to secure about 180 plates from one of my vendors who does private label. They produced these plates to replicate the gorgeous china service from The Vanderbilt Family..these were done for the a historical society and they were overmanufactured. Their loss is my gain! I sold a bunch and have about 110 plates left to sell. They come in 4″s and feature four different floral patterns…so beautiful!  I use mine all the time and they are great for large gatherings and add such elegance to any table (see my party posts below) to see them “in action”! Email me if interested.

As usual just contact me if interested in any of these pieces….. click here or visit my online shop by clicking on shop logo below.

If you missed my Party Central posts, click here for Party Central Part 2.….

Enjoy your Sunday…and many thanks as always for stopping in! Be back tomorrow:)