Mid week musings……..

Hello and happy Wednesday. How has your week been going? Mine has been good and productive. I have been on a serious productivity binge lately and it feels great. I know when it slows down, it normally comes to a grinding halt so taking full advantage while these productivity juices are flowing! Lets get right down to business…….

I love to share cooking tips, recipes and ideas with you. I want to include the pesto cheese dip that is always and I do mean always such a huge hit.? Several of you asked for it so here it goes. It is easy as pie and wonderful for a small group or to double up and serve to a larger crowd. Served with crostinis…I could make a meal out of this alone!

Pesto cheese dip

1 8 oz cream cheese
A pinch of sea salt and fresh pepper
Pinch of salt and pinch of pepper
2 cloves garlic very thinly minced
1/4 cup pesto ( I add a little more)
1/2 cup feta
thinly sliced 1/2 red onion
About 3 tbsp olive oil
1 small roma tomato sliced thin
Mix together everything except the tomato in a pyrex dish.(or you can make a mold out of it as I did with the mini springform pan or any other small baking dish).? Add tomato on top. Cover and heat in preheated oven at 350 for about 25 min. Then remove aluminum and turn up oven to about 450 and let broil/slightly bubble for maybe 8-10 min. Take out. Spoon onto warmed crostinis or serve directly. This is sooooo good!

?Also made a really good and tasty meal a few nights ago (and my picky husband will second this) he looooved this dinner. My white clam sauce is a staple,? but have been searching for a good caesar salad recipe and I discovered a fabulous one from my buddy, Kate over at Party Resources. My personal benchmark for caesar salad is from the Waterlot Inn in Bermuda, they make it tableside and it is out of this world. This salad comes mighty close to that one and is one of the best I have eaten.? Delicious! So I have included a few pics and the caesar salad recipe that is a must make!

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Here is Kate’s recipe…and its a hit!
Funny I made it the first time without anchovies, becuase of my kids but she said to try it again and we wouldn’t even taste them, and she was right…you must include them!

Caesar Salad

Ingredients
Small tin of anchovies
3 large garlic cloves
3 generous tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
Worcestershire Sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups good mild olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional cheese to mix in to the salad
Croutons
Romaine hearts

For the dressing, place the garlic and anchovies (dump entire tin with the oil) in the food processor and blend until smooth. Then add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube and process until thick. Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.

Toss the lettuce with enough dressing to moisten well. Add a generous amount of grated Parmesan and croutons. Toss and enjoy.

Lets move away from food, I am getting hungry again! I am in love with this leopard ottoman, I want it. I need it. I must have it. Period. Maybe for the library? I am doing a whole post on leopard soon so stay tuned……

Though the red looks beautiful I would pipe mine in moss green to match the gorgeous velvet moss green sofa I have visions in my head of for that room…..

And this is the idea for the luscious green sofa I have in mind…..

Hey what is Tory doing on MY sofa….lol. This one is a beauty………

Antlers….do you like them? I don’t know but? I have developed a real crush on them. So I impulsively bought a pair on One Kings Lane. Thinking of putting them above my stone hood in my kitchen or mounted somewhere in my family room. What do you think? Here they are! (these are faux antlers FYI) I remember seeing them all over in France, above doorways, in kitchens, libraries and foyers….they really captivated me. I like how the black base compliments my island.


On the house front…..working on my bedroom, dining room and loggia simultaneously. Its a lot of fun and I am making really good progress. Here’s a mood board I designed for my loggia, the furniture has been ordered, unfortunately the lanterns from Currey I found out are not suitable for outdoor use to back to the drawing board on the lanterns. So here are my ideas (the furniture has been ordered)……

?I chose neutral furniture because this way I can switch out fun colored and patterned pillows and accessories to get a different feel. For winter I can go darker and for summer/spring light and airy.

Here is my new tole blue lamp that looks perfect in my little office/nook off my master bedroom .Its like it was made for this wallpaper! I love it..

I am also getting closer to making final decisions on my bedroom. Pulling the trigger and ordering the ivory background carpet with blue accents. If down the road I want to bring in another color its less limiting than the blue though both were winners in my book. Fell madly in love with the chinoiserie upper left fabric, its a linen and I am just determined to use it….spoke to my fabricator about possibly using it for the bed crown, I think it could be really pretty and line it with a softly toned mini silk check or solid can you visualize? Also love a rich velvet, maybe for an otttoman or bench……..

The stripe on right I am considering for drapes…its a beautiful silk from Beacon Hill

Anyone out there a serial cookbook collector like myself? I tend to go on binges, won’t buy anything then I will go on Amazon who makes it mighty easy with one click and buy 3 or 4 at a time. Here is what is due here anyday, anyone have them and if so what are your thoughts?

Anybody out there a stationary fanatic like me? I would throw a party every month just to have an excuse to go out and pick and buy a beautiful invitation if it wasn’t so much work to host one. I LOVE stationary and am shocked that I have not opened up a stationary business at this point in my life. One of the lines I love is Lobird, have spoken of them before…..just ordered some of these notecards. They offer a lot of customization, and their selections are fabulous and sophisticated. I ordered one for me (wonder if you can guess which) and a few for gifts…….click here to visit them.

Last order of biz…here are the latest and greatest items just added to my online store. Some are available in limited quantities. As usual if you have any questions just ask! Email me here.

New chargers! These are beautiful nickel and such an easy way to dress up even a simple dish. I snagged a large lot (85 pieces) and these are officially up under new additions, click here to visit.

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And how pretty is this two tiered garland silver serving piece? Its a love for me! Also under new additions…….such a beautiful serving piece for desserts, petit fours, any kind of appetizer, etc…..

When I find unusual and beautiful things, I get very excited.? Here are a few new cake dishes that I am just getting in, in addition to the spectacular new addition featured first. Are these not the most beautiful cake dishes!! Heirloom quality, and soooo classically elegant.

And how about this sensational ginger jar!! LOOOOVE it…. standing at a whopping 30″ tall this is what I call a serious statement piece!!

Gorgeous painted tole bracket….a real showstopper!

In love with this absolutely breathtaking wastepaper basket…only 3! This is exceptional for any tole lovers!

All of these pretties can be found under my new additions on my online store. Click here to visit.

?I love when i get your pictures and thank you all for sending them. I had put together a new album to upload of customer pictures and somehow the album totally disappeared, literally have no idea where it went. So…..if anyone cares to send in pictures of their bell jars, dough bowls, blue and whites, napkin rings, or any other Enchanted home item in use…sure would love to see them and add them to my online collection of customers homes! Click here to email me your pictures. And thanks in advance and apologies if you sent me them and they were lost:(

Well that wraps up things over here. Wishing you a wonderful day, will be back in a day or two on a wonderful post all about one of my favorite subjects………until then!

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Mid week musings……..

Hello and happy Wednesday. How has your week been going? Mine has been good and productive. I have been on a serious productivity binge lately and it feels great. I know when it slows down, it normally comes to a grinding halt so taking full advantage while these productivity juices are flowing! Lets get right down to business…….

I love to share cooking tips, recipes and ideas with you. I want to include the pesto cheese dip that is always and I do mean always such a huge hit.  Several of you asked for it so here it goes. It is easy as pie and wonderful for a small group or to double up and serve to a larger crowd. Served with crostinis…I could make a meal out of this alone!

Pesto cheese dip

1 8 oz cream cheese
A pinch of sea salt and fresh pepper
Pinch of salt and pinch of pepper
2 cloves garlic very thinly minced
1/4 cup pesto ( I add a little more)
1/2 cup feta
thinly sliced 1/2 red onion
About 3 tbsp olive oil
1 small roma tomato sliced thin
Mix together everything except the tomato in a pyrex dish.(or you can make a mold out of it as I did with the mini springform pan or any other small baking dish).  Add tomato on top. Cover and heat in preheated oven at 350 for about 25 min. Then remove aluminum and turn up oven to about 450 and let broil/slightly bubble for maybe 8-10 min. Take out. Spoon onto warmed crostinis or serve directly. This is sooooo good!

 Also made a really good and tasty meal a few nights ago (and my picky husband will second this) he looooved this dinner. My white clam sauce is a staple,  but have been searching for a good caesar salad recipe and I discovered a fabulous one from my buddy, Kate over at Party Resources. My personal benchmark for caesar salad is from the Waterlot Inn in Bermuda, they make it tableside and it is out of this world. This salad comes mighty close to that one and is one of the best I have eaten.  Delicious! So I have included a few pics and the caesar salad recipe that is a must make!

 
Here is Kate’s recipe…and its a hit!
Funny I made it the first time without anchovies, becuase of my kids but she said to try it again and we wouldn’t even taste them, and she was right…you must include them!

Caesar Salad
Ingredients
Small tin of anchovies
3 large garlic cloves
3 generous tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
Worcestershire Sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups good mild olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional cheese to mix in to the salad
Croutons
Romaine hearts

For the dressing, place the garlic and anchovies (dump entire tin with the oil) in the food processor and blend until smooth. Then add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube and process until thick. Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.

Toss the lettuce with enough dressing to moisten well. Add a generous amount of grated Parmesan and croutons. Toss and enjoy.

Lets move away from food, I am getting hungry again! I am in love with this leopard ottoman, I want it. I need it. I must have it. Period. Maybe for the library? I am doing a whole post on leopard soon so stay tuned……

Though the red looks beautiful I would pipe mine in moss green to match the gorgeous velvet moss green sofa I have visions in my head of for that room…..

And this is the idea for the luscious green sofa I have in mind…..

Hey what is Tory doing on MY sofa….lol. This one is a beauty………

Antlers….do you like them? I don’t know but  I have developed a real crush on them. So I impulsively bought a pair on One Kings Lane. Thinking of putting them above my stone hood in my kitchen or mounted somewhere in my family room. What do you think? Here they are! (these are faux antlers FYI) I remember seeing them all over in France, above doorways, in kitchens, libraries and foyers….they really captivated me. I like how the black base compliments my island.


On the house front…..working on my bedroom, dining room and loggia simultaneously. Its a lot of fun and I am making really good progress. Here’s a mood board I designed for my loggia, the furniture has been ordered, unfortunately the lanterns from Currey I found out are not suitable for outdoor use to back to the drawing board on the lanterns. So here are my ideas (the furniture has been ordered)……

 I chose neutral furniture because this way I can switch out fun colored and patterned pillows and accessories to get a different feel. For winter I can go darker and for summer/spring light and airy.

Here is my new tole blue lamp that looks perfect in my little office/nook off my master bedroom .Its like it was made for this wallpaper! I love it..

I am also getting closer to making final decisions on my bedroom. Pulling the trigger and ordering the ivory background carpet with blue accents. If down the road I want to bring in another color its less limiting than the blue though both were winners in my book. Fell madly in love with the chinoiserie upper left fabric, its a linen and I am just determined to use it….spoke to my fabricator about possibly using it for the bed crown, I think it could be really pretty and line it with a softly toned mini silk check or solid can you visualize? Also love a rich velvet, maybe for an otttoman or bench……..

The stripe on right I am considering for drapes…its a beautiful silk from Beacon Hill

Anyone out there a serial cookbook collector like myself? I tend to go on binges, won’t buy anything then I will go on Amazon who makes it mighty easy with one click and buy 3 or 4 at a time. Here is what is due here anyday, anyone have them and if so what are your thoughts?

Anybody out there a stationary fanatic like me? I would throw a party every month just to have an excuse to go out and pick and buy a beautiful invitation if it wasn’t so much work to host one. I LOVE stationary and am shocked that I have not opened up a stationary business at this point in my life. One of the lines I love is Lobird, have spoken of them before…..just ordered some of these notecards. They offer a lot of customization, and their selections are fabulous and sophisticated. I ordered one for me (wonder if you can guess which) and a few for gifts…….click here to visit them.

Last order of biz…here are the latest and greatest items just added to my online store. Some are available in limited quantities. As usual if you have any questions just ask! Email me here.

New chargers! These are beautiful nickel and such an easy way to dress up even a simple dish. I snagged a large lot (85 pieces) and these are officially up under new additions, click here to visit.

 
And how pretty is this two tiered garland silver serving piece? Its a love for me! Also under new additions…….such a beautiful serving piece for desserts, petit fours, any kind of appetizer, etc…..

When I find unusual and beautiful things, I get very excited.  Here are a few new cake dishes that I am just getting in, in addition to the spectacular new addition featured first. Are these not the most beautiful cake dishes!! Heirloom quality, and soooo classically elegant.

And how about this sensational ginger jar!! LOOOOVE it…. standing at a whopping 30″ tall this is what I call a serious statement piece!!

Gorgeous painted tole bracket….a real showstopper!

In love with this absolutely breathtaking wastepaper basket…only 3! This is exceptional for any tole lovers!

All of these pretties can be found under my new additions on my online store. Click here to visit.

 I love when i get your pictures and thank you all for sending them. I had put together a new album to upload of customer pictures and somehow the album totally disappeared, literally have no idea where it went. So…..if anyone cares to send in pictures of their bell jars, dough bowls, blue and whites, napkin rings, or any other Enchanted home item in use…sure would love to see them and add them to my online collection of customers homes! Click here to email me your pictures. And thanks in advance and apologies if you sent me them and they were lost:(

Well that wraps up things over here. Wishing you a wonderful day, will be back in a day or two on a wonderful post all about one of my favorite subjects………until then!

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End of the week musings…..

Hi there, how are you doing? Boy its hard to believe we are about to enter the second week of August! Scary or what…….when I am being inundated with back to school promotions, saying goodbye to summer sales and a first sighting of fall clothes…I know the end is near:( I have to say as much as I have complained about the oppressive heat and humidity this summer, I would still push a pause button if I could just for a few weeks at least.


?I don’t feel like I have even begun to scratch the surface on all the things I like to do! Case in point, I have only had two lobster rolls this summer……something about that is not right! So enjoy and savor these next few weeks……been busy, busy busy here. So as with my usual mid week musings, this is one of those random, anything goes kind of post….ready? And it turned out to be another loooong one, you can’t say I didn’t warn you…………















Have been looking well, let me be honest, no really haven’t been “looking” but if something happens to catch my attention for a beautiful antique pair of sconces, then I am by all means looking! We have a spot as you walk in where two sconces need to be hung, see exhibit A.Found these while at Villanova this past weekend, came back to measure and I am thinking the size is just about right. What do you think? They are old and French, could use a good cleaning but I am seeing them with the tiny mini shades…..pretty!




Exhibit A. Blank wall on which sconces are to be hung (see two white boxes)


Also remember my guest room, well pulled the trigger, got the fabric also found a beautiful plaid to go along with it and trim…don’t want to waste any time and take full advantage of when I am in a mood to get things done…here’s where I am so far!

I love when I get pictures from my readers and think it would be fun to start sharing them on my blog….so pretty they are worth sharing! Check these out…..
My very stylish reader, Annette sent me this gorgeous picture of her brand new home in Norway….totally magazine worthy don’t you think!

And the reader, Kathy from Life on Lakeshore Drive, who won the garden giveaway, took this picture….looks like an ad! Check out her lovely post and how she used the items here!
And another reader made my summer pasta and sent me this appetizing picture…making me hungry!! Looks so pretty…..
And do my readers know me or do they know me? One of my wonderful readers, Debra from 5th and State, ?sent me this and told me she thought of me, how great is this picture!!
WHAT A GREAT SHOT! And man does he have good balance!
Thinking of carrying this line…replicas of vintage monogrammed service, name your initial and you get this gorgeous five place setting, they come in little bags, you can order as many place settings as you need…like it? Give me your feedback!

Can you believe I am STILL waiting on the bathroom sconces? Thomas O Brien if you are reading this……I have been waiting 6 loooong months. Please put me out of my agony and stop making me look at those horrible black holes in my otherwise beautiful bathroom! I do have some Trowbridge prints from my old house thinking of hanging up in there, do you like prints in a bathroom?

Print 1
Print 2
Speaking of bedrooms and finishing up rooms, I am most certainly not ignoring my own. I have it all in my dreams and head and its a matter of bringing it to fruition. My GORGEOUS monogrammed bedding, courtesy of my mom and dad, is awaiting its “coming out party” but I refuse to put it on until I have everything set in place. So back again to look at wall to wall, which i am determined to have, to me its the ultimate in cozy elegance and feels great on the feet. Have had fun playing with fabrics and trims, here is what I am leaning towards so far….

Clarence House has some GORGEOUS trims but they are $$$$

Love this tape….stunning! Imagine on creamy pillows!

This is a snippet of the stunning monogrammed bedding, and?

More beautiful fabrics for a pair of chairs or a bench? Also love the tape…..

And just found this beautiful trim too…..stunning!

This tape is beautiful with this very soft fabric

Attended a baby shower this past weekend.. I love gift giving and gift wrapping, really get into it. So it all started with a beautiful baby’s first china set and first enameled bracelet for a newborn (all wrapped up wish you could see it)…..
Then added a cozy sweet blanket……..
And a plush cute little pink elephant……

? ?And a fun and useful girly basket, could be great as a hamper or to store diapers, many uses!

And some precious little rattle socks…yep, they shake when the baby moves her feet!
And of course a cute little girl stuffed animal…..
And then you put it all together with a bunch of tissue…….

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? And have a wonderful gift basket full of pink goodies!

I am admittedly a stationary hound, I love it, I should actually really be in the business for how much I love it, truth be told. But it would be bad on two accounts…one I would go broke buying stationary for no reason, and second I would feel obligated to throw parties so I could order it in the first place and clearly that could get me into trouble:) So instead I admire from afar and occasionally when I really do need something, I indulge. One company worth indulging in is a recent find….Lobird. How great are these cards!! Click here to visit.

You KNOW I am loving this one!!!!!!

You know that feeling when you get all excited over discovering a new blog? ?I need a new blog to obsess over like I need another 100 degree day 🙂 Well I got a bit sidetracked and stayed on this blog, One to wed, ?for over an hour, just pouring, devouring and lapping up every single beautiful picture. I have always had “a thing” for wedding sites, planners, locations, dresses, cakes, you name it..I love it all! Well this girl has superb taste and seriously if I had a wedding blog,I think it would look quite like hers. Here’s some pictures I found over there…click here to visit One to Wed. Warning you WILL have to go back:)

Love winning anything and was very touched to have been awarded the versatile blogging award from Missi over at Havoc to Heaven. She is a real sweetheart and her post on accepting the award was so much fun to read, click here to visit. Thank you Missi for passing this onto me. As far as awarding it, I honestly want to award it to every blogger out there…..seriously because blogging is a lot of work, albeit its fun and the ultimate creative outlet. But at the end of the day it means giving up time to do other things in order to share with all of you here. There are just too many fabulous dedicated, deserving bloggers for me to narrow it down so this is for every single blogger……you rock!
Part of accepting the award is also revealing 7 things about me that you wouldn’t necessarily know….so here it goes. Not terribly exciting but tried to come up with?random facts that I have not revealed before!
1. I used to ride/show horses from about 13 to 18 and LOVED it, it was seriously my life. I lived, ate and breathed anything and everything?having to do with my horse, riding and my stable buddies.Definitely the fondest memories from my childhood.

2. I cry over Disney commercials, Johnson and Johnson and anything having to do with cute, little chubby kids…..yep, it makes me incredibly nostalgic for my little cherubs and being able to hold them and squeeze them and mostly just being wanted by them 24/7!Now I get grunts:)

3. That I got married at the ripe old age of 21……and at 47 am only two years away from being an empty nester…scary, its going to be a sad day in the universe when that happens and I cannot bear to think about it. I love being a mom.

4. That I would love to write a screenplay one day and make it a reality, even have half of one written which I really truly believe could be a hit. Really enjoy the writing/creative process and its high up on my bucket list.?Dont’ we all?

5.That I used to be obsessed with all things Hello Kitty, well actually still find them pretty cute:)And still have a brush from when I was 18, that still does the trick on my senstive head!

6. That I am severely claustrophobic, and am a bit of a germaphob. Its really not such a great thing to have and its somewhat gotten worse as I have gotten older and has even had an effect on my kids and hubby, who look at things like hotel bed comforters and dirty glasses in restaurants as though they are lethal.?

7. That one of my all time favorite movies is The English Patient and absolutely anything Nancy Meyers has produced. Just watched Its Complicated last night..never gets old.
So that’s my random musings post for this week! This post got longer than I originally had planned…oh well you know I can get carried away on these random musings! Hope alls well on your end, that you are having a wonderful week and surviving the heat and humidity. Seriously I am over the humidity, did you hear it….the hottest summer on record! No surprise. Stay cool!


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End of the week musings…..

Hi there, how are you doing? Boy its hard to believe we are about to enter the second week of August! Scary or what…….when I am being inundated with back to school promotions, saying goodbye to summer sales and a first sighting of fall clothes…I know the end is near:( I have to say as much as I have complained about the oppressive heat and humidity this summer, I would still push a pause button if I could just for a few weeks at least.
 I don’t feel like I have even begun to scratch the surface on all the things I like to do! Case in point, I have only had two lobster rolls this summer……something about that is not right! So enjoy and savor these next few weeks……been busy, busy busy here. So as with my usual mid week musings, this is one of those random, anything goes kind of post….ready? And it turned out to be another loooong one, you can’t say I didn’t warn you…………


Have been looking well, let me be honest, no really haven’t been “looking” but if something happens to catch my attention for a beautiful antique pair of sconces, then I am by all means looking! We have a spot as you walk in where two sconces need to be hung, see exhibit A.Found these while at Villanova this past weekend, came back to measure and I am thinking the size is just about right. What do you think? They are old and French, could use a good cleaning but I am seeing them with the tiny mini shades…..pretty!
Exhibit A. Blank wall on which sconces are to be hung (see two white boxes)

Also remember my guest room, well pulled the trigger, got the fabric also found a beautiful plaid to go along with it and trim…don’t want to waste any time and take full advantage of when I am in a mood to get things done…here’s where I am so far!

I love when I get pictures from my readers and think it would be fun to start sharing them on my blog….so pretty they are worth sharing! Check these out…..
My very stylish reader, Annette sent me this gorgeous picture of her brand new home in Norway….totally magazine worthy don’t you think!

And the reader, Kathy from Life on Lakeshore Drive, who won the garden giveaway, took this picture….looks like an ad! Check out her lovely post and how she used the items here!
And another reader made my summer pasta and sent me this appetizing picture…making me hungry!! Looks so pretty…..
And do my readers know me or do they know me? One of my wonderful readers, Debra from 5th and State,  sent me this and told me she thought of me, how great is this picture!!
WHAT A GREAT SHOT! And man does he have good balance!
Thinking of carrying this line…replicas of vintage monogrammed service, name your initial and you get this gorgeous five place setting, they come in little bags, you can order as many place settings as you need…like it? Give me your feedback!

Can you believe I am STILL waiting on the bathroom sconces? Thomas O Brien if you are reading this……I have been waiting 6 loooong months. Please put me out of my agony and stop making me look at those horrible black holes in my otherwise beautiful bathroom! I do have some Trowbridge prints from my old house thinking of hanging up in there, do you like prints in a bathroom?

Print 1
Print 2
Speaking of bedrooms and finishing up rooms, I am most certainly not ignoring my own. I have it all in my dreams and head and its a matter of bringing it to fruition. My GORGEOUS monogrammed bedding, courtesy of my mom and dad, is awaiting its “coming out party” but I refuse to put it on until I have everything set in place. So back again to look at wall to wall, which i am determined to have, to me its the ultimate in cozy elegance and feels great on the feet. Have had fun playing with fabrics and trims, here is what I am leaning towards so far….

Clarence House has some GORGEOUS trims but they are $$$$

Love this tape….stunning! Imagine on creamy pillows!

This is a snippet of the stunning monogrammed bedding, and 

More beautiful fabrics for a pair of chairs or a bench? Also love the tape…..

And just found this beautiful trim too…..stunning!

This tape is beautiful with this very soft fabric

Attended a baby shower this past weekend.. I love gift giving and gift wrapping, really get into it. So it all started with a beautiful baby’s first china set and first enameled bracelet for a newborn (all wrapped up wish you could see it)…..
Then added a cozy sweet blanket……..
And a plush cute little pink elephant……

   And a fun and useful girly basket, could be great as a hamper or to store diapers, many uses!

And some precious little rattle socks…yep, they shake when the baby moves her feet!
And of course a cute little girl stuffed animal…..
And then you put it all together with a bunch of tissue…….

                                    And have a wonderful gift basket full of pink goodies!

I am admittedly a stationary hound, I love it, I should actually really be in the business for how much I love it, truth be told. But it would be bad on two accounts…one I would go broke buying stationary for no reason, and second I would feel obligated to throw parties so I could order it in the first place and clearly that could get me into trouble:) So instead I admire from afar and occasionally when I really do need something, I indulge. One company worth indulging in is a recent find….Lobird. How great are these cards!! Click here to visit.

You KNOW I am loving this one!!!!!!

You know that feeling when you get all excited over discovering a new blog?  I need a new blog to obsess over like I need another 100 degree day 🙂 Well I got a bit sidetracked and stayed on this blog, One to wed,  for over an hour, just pouring, devouring and lapping up every single beautiful picture. I have always had “a thing” for wedding sites, planners, locations, dresses, cakes, you name it..I love it all! Well this girl has superb taste and seriously if I had a wedding blog,I think it would look quite like hers. Here’s some pictures I found over there…click here to visit One to Wed. Warning you WILL have to go back:)

Love winning anything and was very touched to have been awarded the versatile blogging award from Missi over at Havoc to Heaven. She is a real sweetheart and her post on accepting the award was so much fun to read, click here to visit. Thank you Missi for passing this onto me. As far as awarding it, I honestly want to award it to every blogger out there…..seriously because blogging is a lot of work, albeit its fun and the ultimate creative outlet. But at the end of the day it means giving up time to do other things in order to share with all of you here. There are just too many fabulous dedicated, deserving bloggers for me to narrow it down so this is for every single blogger……you rock!
Part of accepting the award is also revealing 7 things about me that you wouldn’t necessarily know….so here it goes. Not terribly exciting but tried to come up with random facts that I have not revealed before!
1. I used to ride/show horses from about 13 to 18 and LOVED it, it was seriously my life. I lived, ate and breathed anything and everything having to do with my horse, riding and my stable buddies.Definitely the fondest memories from my childhood.

2. I cry over Disney commercials, Johnson and Johnson and anything having to do with cute, little chubby kids…..yep, it makes me incredibly nostalgic for my little cherubs and being able to hold them and squeeze them and mostly just being wanted by them 24/7!Now I get grunts:)

3. That I got married at the ripe old age of 21……and at 47 am only two years away from being an empty nester…scary, its going to be a sad day in the universe when that happens and I cannot bear to think about it. I love being a mom.

4. That I would love to write a screenplay one day and make it a reality, even have half of one written which I really truly believe could be a hit. Really enjoy the writing/creative process and its high up on my bucket list. Dont’ we all?

5.That I used to be obsessed with all things Hello Kitty, well actually still find them pretty cute:)And still have a brush from when I was 18, that still does the trick on my senstive head!

6. That I am severely claustrophobic, and am a bit of a germaphob. Its really not such a great thing to have and its somewhat gotten worse as I have gotten older and has even had an effect on my kids and hubby, who look at things like hotel bed comforters and dirty glasses in restaurants as though they are lethal. 

7. That one of my all time favorite movies is The English Patient and absolutely anything Nancy Meyers has produced. Just watched Its Complicated last night..never gets old.
So that’s my random musings post for this week! This post got longer than I originally had planned…oh well you know I can get carried away on these random musings! Hope alls well on your end, that you are having a wonderful week and surviving the heat and humidity. Seriously I am over the humidity, did you hear it….the hottest summer on record! No surprise. Stay cool!

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