The Diet Diaries- Chapter 2

Good Saturday morning to you.  So, I started this series a few weeks ago (click here if you missed Chapter 1)  and vowed that I would periodically post on the “Diet Diaries” surely a subject that we are all intimately familiar with. It really should be the “lifestyle diaries” as this is more about a lifestyle change than an actual diet. The word diet sends shivers down my spine, so when I think of this as just a  conscious choice to just eat more healthy, it seems so much more doable!

When the warm months are around the corner, it is not uncommon to start thinking about shedding those winter pounds we gained during the season of hibernation….of course it was done on purpose to act as an extra layer of warmth against the cold (wink wink).

For this household,  I am looking at it more as a lifestyle change than a diet. Some of the bad habits, (snacking whenever I please, too much coffee and diet soda) are works in progress. I am down to one diet soda a day and 1-2 cups of coffee, totally moderate. My snacking is way under control and I am reaching for healthier options. Today’s topic is just that, snacking while trying to be healthier/watch what you eat.

Here are my thoughts on snacking/eating throughout the day and some things I have found to be helpful-

I have always said I could live on snacks instead of full on meals. I love munching on things and I still can but am reaching for healthcare choices. One thing that has really opened my eyes and helped me especially in the morning and occasionally later afternoon when I need a pick up are smoothies/juices.

I bought one of those little Ninja Bullets which are perfect for making single or double servings. I have tried several combinations always being careful to make it as healthy but tasty as possible. This little machine has been such a lifesaver as I am not a big breakfast person but making a smoothie in the morning is a great way to get something in my system that is nutritionally beneficial.

A favorite which I make almost daily-

2 cups spinach, blueberries (and whatever other berries you might have) half a banana, half an apple, 1/2 cup  Chobani nonfat plain yogurt, half a teaspoon ginger (from tube) or fresh ginger), a little water,  and sometimes I add sunflower seeds, this is GOOD. Really good…it’s a great way to start the day.

I also really like the individual cup of hummus and grab a fistful of carrots and it s make a very satisfying snack.

And serving it on blue and white actually makes it taste even better:)

I have started eating a lot of apples, Golden Delicious is my fave, as I do not like tart apples. I add these to the smoothies in the morning and often have a cut up apple in the afternoon if I am hungry-

Dry unsalted nuts, is a great thing to keep in your car, in your bag, as its a good “holdover” snack that can sustain your appetite. I always keep a small bag of unsalted nuts in my car,  and in my desk drawer. The other day got caught in a serious traffic jam coming home from the city and was famished, found my little bag of nuts and you would have thought I found a box of caramel and pecan chocolates:)

It’s also funny how you get conditioned to things fairly quick. In the past I would have always reached for salted nuts now I love the taste of unsalted and a salted nut tastes way too salty.

I have always drank a lot of water but have stepped it up and am sure to I drink at least 70-80 oz a day. I always have a water bottle nearby wherever I might be-

I try not to eat after around 7pm and if I am really hungry I may grab a bag of skinny pop or something along that line to make it feel like I am having a late night binge.

OK your turn to chime in, and my question this time around is-

How do you handle snacking when you are trying to “be good”?

Share your tips….I am sure many of us would be happy to hear them. This is all about the exchanging of ideas and information…..everyone can benefit!

Thanks as always for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day and fantastic weekend. Until next time….

PS Last day to enter the drawing for the fabulous silver pitcher, click here to throw your name in the hat!

Ralph Lauren

 

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Enchanted Home News…..read all about it! Plus a giveaway!

Hello friends,  lots of goodness to share today. Hope your week has been a good one, here busy busy but mostly all good things so no complaints. Every now and then when there is a lot to share I do a post on happenings with my shop/blog. Speaking of blog, we are finally almost here with the newly revised blog!! You will love it, the pin it option will be back and all subscription issues resolved plus so much more.

One of my most favorite aspects of having a shop/blog is getting to develop/create new things. I love the creative process and though its a BIG undertaking, when I really believe in something, few things can stop me.I feel like I have gotten a massive crash course in manufacturing the last two years but it’s immensely gratifying to see something you dream up become a reality. I know what I like and rarely waiver…plus in my eyes classic interiors will always and forever be in style:)

Today I have a bunch of really exciting developments to share with you…it’s hard for me to keep things under wraps! And a few mini polls thrown in so if you don’t mind adding your two cents, your opinions are always so valuable and really help me as I go forward. Thank you in advance!

GIFT WRAP A few weeks ago I shared this project in the works, I have thought for a while that with all the beauty  in our world out there, it is shocking to me that there is not a really fabulous line of  super sophisticated gift wrap (that I know of). So…..out of a need is often born a good idea!

I am really excited that these beauties are now in production and with what luck, I will have them here sometime late May/early June. I am having made, single rolls, reversible rolls, three sizes of gift bags, matching tissue and have a limited number of reams coming in (extra jumbo rolls perfect for small businesses or someone who loves to wrap presents lol).

If this goes as well as I am hoping, I plan to introduce some holiday designs later summer/early fall, so stay tuned! As with all my new products I will do a presale on these probably within a few weeks. Right now will have single rolls in three of the prints, reversible rolls featuring six of the prints, assorted gift bag sizes and tissue. This will either be a huge success or I will have giftwrap to pass onto my great great grand kids, lol.

These hopefully will be arrive here sometime in June. I would love to get your take on how the rolls will be packaged so if you don’t mind-


TULIPERES!! Was chomping at the bit to share this with you!! Just beside myself with how fabulous these have come out.  They will be offered in a small and large. Small will be 14″ and large will be 23″. I will also consider doing a larger version of about 32″ down the road.

Also getting these in a crackled white finish, shown below as well.  I have a feeling these are going to be very very popular as for a few years now I have gotten many requests for them. I have done some minor tweaking to the design which is not shown here but they are officially being made as we speak and I hope to have them here by mid June.

I had fun and did a little playing around, showing what they will look like when all dressed up with tulips…..love!! Makes me want to plan.a party around these:) I may just need to have a tulipiere party!

Be on the lookout for a “pre-presale” in next Monday/Tuesday.  First, your opinion please on these as I am having to make a quick decision on how many to be made this first go around (already in production)


 

Here is the slightly revised final version of what they will look like-

 

And another spectacular colorway (one of my boys needs to start planning a wedding)!!!

And then started thinking of how pretty they could be for a bridal shower!

PORCELAINS This is the foundation of my ecommerce shop, where it all began:) Hard to  believe I have imported manycontainers of porcelains, my goal is to continue to build on my curated collection and continue to offer more and more at prices you will not find elsewhere.

On top of what I already offer I have some other exclusive pieces in the works, not quite ready to show you yet until I get the samples back but I can promise you will be over the moon when you see them! Here is a sneak peek of the May presale coming up next Monday/Tuesday (this container is due here in around 3 weeks).

FLATWARE!! So I shared with you what I came up with a few months ago and its just about out of production soon to be shipping my way to be here around beginning/mid June. To start there will be three styles, bamboo, pagoda and equestrian.

However in later June/July stay tuned for a fabulous new style you will just love.

I will offer a presale on these quite soon, as the response has been amazing, many of you very excited over this as am I . I think the world needs more beautiful flatware!! Here is a picture of the first batch I just got featuring the stunning pagoda design. Not only are they so beautiful bur the design is featured on both sides, they are heavy weight and stainless so dishwasher safe!! Salad sets will be offered for each style as well.


 

CUSTOM FLORALS- Also expanding on these, as we have done well with them and combined with my gorgeous containers, these are a winning combination. The best part is the flowers are so lifelike, they fool everyone, I promise!

They never wilt or  die, no water required!! I am a total convert as I used to have real orchids all over the place but now have crossed over, the less maintenance the better!  These are all in stock and will be added to site soon. Here are some new styles which I so love soon to be added and please another mini poll, thank you!


STAFFORDSHIRE DOGS. After a very long time getting these in the works, I have  finally signed off on these to go into production in three great sizes and four colorways. They are well underway and they can’t arrive a minute too soon. Hope to have them here in late June/early July.

These pictures will show you a little “behind the scenes production”, something you don’t always get to see-


The approved molds after a few go arounds

A sample of the blue painted

This looks pink but when it is fired, it will be a burnt orange, however I may add pink down the road as it’s a great color…what don’t these look good in!

Three sizes above, the orange looks neon its the picture, in reality is a true burnt orange

Sample handpainting before being fired/glazed

MELAMINE DISHES. Big news! I was waiting to share this with you until I got the samples back but alas this is a go. I am so excited about this. To start this beautiful pattern will be offered in blue and white. I will possibly add a mossy green very soon and potentially other colors down the road.

I would love to offer this in several colors but you have to remember when you develop a product, any product, there are big quantities involved. So its best to start slow and build. I am already rubbing my hands together in anticipation of dining al fresco with these beauties!

Will have a dinner plate, a soup plate, a salad plate, large salad bowl and rectangular platter. First a quick poll-


 

Dinner plate

 

Large serving bowl

Rectangular serving platter

Salad plate

My final poll….I promise!!

So……what do you think? I am always inspired to create/manufacture things that I see a void of in the market. I know when I am looking for something I become rather hellbent on finding it, and sometimes that might mean having to make it myself!! Now a little giveaway for taking your time to help me out today-

THE GIVEAWAY-

One lucky winner will win this fabulous silver water pitcher! All you need to do is leave a comment here on the thing you love most in this post…that’s it. I will announce a winner on Sunday so be sure to check back then.

Every one of these items is something that I truly  feel is not underrepresented  out there and for anyone who favors traditional design, you might just agree. Your opinion is important and I feel lucky to have a sounding board, so thank you for helping out.

There are a few other things  also in the works but its a little early to share the news quite yet. So thank you in advance for stopping in and participating. Always greatly value your take on things…..until next time!

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An enchanted afternoon…..

Hi friends….so happy to have finished putting together this post so I could share this special day with you. Last week I had such a great time hosting a wonderful blogger/author luncheon with some of my bff’s in the blogging world. We got together to also celebrate the very exciting debut of Kristy Harvey’s third novel,Slightly South of Simple and to me, it is her best yet. I am almost finished reading it and it simply MUST be made into a movie or series…I am sure it will be, it is that good!  I don’t want it to end! Click here to snag one for yourself.

As you, by now know, I get pretty obsessed with details when I entertain, sometimes being a bit too OCD. Maybe that’s why I don’t entertain as often lol. Nevertheless, details and all, I had loads of fun putting this together. I wanted a beautiful springy, cheery, colorful tablescape. Originally slated to be set up outdoors, the cooler weather with possible rain in the forecast brought that to a screeching halt.

So I set up in the dining groom which ended up being just fine. Just as well as it’s a room we rarely use, so it was nice to enjoy it. I started my prep a few days before and now that I am working full time, every minute counts. Of course it included a trip to my beloved flower market!! That is always a highlight of putting together any party, small or large. My only regret is not taking a video….next time for sure!

LOTS and LOTS of pictures here, so sit down and grab a cup of something good. I also included a few of the recipes as many of you ask. Hope you enjoy…..

THE PREP-

Here is a look behind the scenes the morning of, as I got busy, cooking, preparing and flower arranging-

 

 

FLOWER ARRANGING 101-

Always a huge part of planning any event, small or large and surely one of my most favorite excuses to go into the flower market! Here is the loot I came home with, was so excited that this happened to fall between peony, lilacs and cherry blossom season, my favorites!

As I bought them two days earlier, I stored them in the garage in buckets until the day of

Let the fun begin!

FUN PART, GETTING TO PUT ALL MY ARRANGEMENTS OUT-

UPON ARRIVAL-

My signature cocktail was handed out upon arrival

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One of my favorite appetizers, and these are so elegant and simple. I put a few tablespoons of a spring vegetable dip on the bottom of each mini mint julep and then put the elegant vegetables in it, everyone got their own, no plates or forks…easy peasy!

And can you believe all these gorgeous hostess gifts I got!

THE TABLE ALL SET-

It is always a thrill when the table you saw in your head becomes reality:)

How fabulous are these mini tureens in which the soup was served? Soon to be added to the shop

The size of some of these peonies were amazing, and this is proof that all colors go with blue and white!

Here are few taken with my Nikon (before the battery died)

THE FOOD-

Here is what was served for lunch-

I started with tomato soup, and then moved onto baby arugula salad with grilled artichokes and Parmesan with a lemon/olive oil dressing, a kale/cabbage Asian salad with pears, a super delicious herbed chicken salad in bite size minis and individual spring green quiche-

I did not get to snap a pic of the big platter of the mini chicken salad sandwiches but did get the “leftovers” the next day, these are bite size and so cute

I am so upset I did not get a picture of my heavenly berry Napoleon dessert! But I served that along with a big tray of fresh fruit and coffee….

RECIPES-

My easy Enchanted signature welcome drink- Fill half a champagne flute with pink champagne, add the remainder of the glass with raspberry sparkling water, throw in 3 or 4 fresh raspberries, and voila! You have yourself a wonderful drink to welcome your guests!

Tomato Soup- Click here to Pioneer Woman for the soup recipe, full disclosure- I cut the butter in half as well as the heavy cream, just seemed too rich to put that much in, and you would never have known the difference. I also put a lot more fresh basil and omitted the parsley. Either way it is very very tasty and a nostalgic invoking dish!

Baby Arugula, grilled artichoke and Parmesan- This is elegant, and easy peasy. Buy 2 large containers of baby arugula, either marinate artichokes in some kind of seasoned dressing or olive oil and herbs and then grill or cheat and buy them readily grilled, add a generous amount of Parmesan  flakes (or shredded). Mix together when ready to serve.

For dressing i get a Mason jar, put about 34 cup Olive oil and the juices of 2 soft lemons, shake and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Dress to your liking.

Kale,cabbage Asian salad with pear– I get prepacked bags of kale, and green and red cabbage already shredded, one bag of spinach cut up small, add slivered almonds and when ready to serve slice up 2 ripe pears thin and add on top. Recipe for dressing-

  • ½ small garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Whisk garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil, then sesame oil (dressing will thicken slightly); season with salt and pepper.

     Dressing can be made 2 days ahead. Transfer to a jar; cover and chill.

Mini leek/asparagus/gruyere quiche- These are so flavorful and not heavy, truly delicious!  Click here to get recipe from Martha Stewart

Best herbed Chicken salad– This, I could eat every day. So tasty! Click here and scroll to item #5. I added these to cut up square of puff pastry for a light easy bitesize “sandwich” but this is amazing on any kind of bread or even in a lettuce leaf

THE “AFTER PARTY”-

The party may be over but there is still a festive feeling in my home, when I have flowers all over the place, they just make me so happy! I often keep them outside at night for their “beauty sleep” as the cooler weather does them good and prolongs their life…it is always so sad to see them go.

All my hostess gifts looked so pretty on my center hall table, I  kept them just like this for a few days,! Tempting as it was to open them up…just looked so pretty:)

I finally caved in though and just had to open all of them, and what goodies i got!!! Now I have this magnificent arrangement of huge cherry blossoms still going pretty strong with my official new favorite item of mine, my mid sized pagodas (sold out but coming in again in 3 weeks stay tuned for new presale next week)!

Phew….if you made it through this entire post and are reading this, kudos to you…you are definitely a devoted reader:) It was a truly wonderful day and afternoon and was a testament to the wonderful perks of the blogging world, considering this is what brought us all together in the first place.

It is pretty remarkable when you think of it and I feel fortunate to have met such a lovely group of talented women, each so accomplished in their own right. Thank you for stopping by and making me a part of your day. Until next time…..

PS The monogram tole tray flash sale started yesterday, ends tomorrow morning. Click here for details

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Ralph Lauren

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Seven on Sunday

 

Hello and Happy Sunday to you. First order of business is to announce the lucky winner of the porcelain planter. Congratulations goes to-

#24 DANA

Please contact me at info@enchantedhome.com so we can get your info and get this wonderful planter on it’s way!

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Hope you are having a wonderful weekend…Unfortunately this weekend there was a death my husbands family which is always a sad reminder of how precious life is. Makes me pause and reflect and of course to give thanks even for the smallest gifts. Onto my Seven on Sunday….

1 BIG NEWS!!! I am so excited and honored to have won JDR’S “Best Interior Design blog” award. I feel really humbled as I was in wonderful company and this is a huge honor indeed. Thank you to all who voted and thank you to JDR Industry for nominating me!! Click here to see all the winners!

2 FUN EARRINGS.I love fun earrings in colors like white and turquoise especially in the summer.  I tend to wear gold hoops or pearl studs for everyday dressing  but somehow in the warmer months, it’s fun to let loose and include some fun earrings in your warm weather wardrobe.

I discovered Sid + Sam via Instagram and couldn’t believe how reasonable everything was, makes trying a new style a no brainer. Click here to visit (if you don’t see the color you are looking for just email them). They are great at getting right back to you.

 

3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Never at a loss of beautiful inspiration to share. Here is this week’s round up!

And my fave this week is this picture because it is so unbelievably beautiful!

4 CALLING ALL DOWNTON ABBEY FANS! So exciting that there is an official Downton Abbey exhibition going on tour! This sounds so promising and exciting….you can sign up for info, not sure if the tour will include the U.S. (fingers crossed) but its worth signing up and staying tuned!  Click here for more info

5. BEST CHICKEN SALAD EVER! I discovered this recipe months ago and have been hooked ever since. Chicken salad like tuna salad is one of those things I will only eat in a few places. Chicken salad even more so. I will say this to me, is the best one I have ever eaten and whoever I have served it to has raved and insisted on the recipe too.

It is phenomenal with so many fantastic flavors.  I tweaked the original ever so slightly to make it super diet friendly,  and serve mine on a whole wheat wrap…yum yum!

Originally found the recipe How to Feed a Loon– check out this hysterical video of Kris and Wesley making it…..they make it so much fun

BEST EVER CHICKEN SALAD

  • 3 – 4 lbs of chicken parts (bone-in, skin-on thighs and breasts work well) (you’ll need about 3 to 4 cups of cooked chicken) I cut mine super small I use chicken boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons quality olive oil
  • 1 cup of seedless grapes, sliced in half (red and green varieties are great)
  • 1 cup almonds, thinly sliced (optional) This is a must add, gives great texture
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped thinly
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped ( I about doubled this as I love dill and it adds a lot to this)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I USE 1/2 cup and 1/2 greek plain yogurt)
  • Juice of 1 lemon or more
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt (start with ½ teaspoon, then add more, to taste)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Rub oil all over the chicken pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes (internal temp should reach 165 F). .
  4. Remove the chicken, let cool, then pull the meat from the bones and roughly chop.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, grapes, almonds, celery, scallions, dill & parsley
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon, mustard, salt and pepper.
  7. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the chicken mixture, and gently stir until will mixed.
  8. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  9. Serve on a bed of green leaves with sliced tomatoes and avocado. Or, serve on bread with green leaf lettuce. Add more toppings to your taste!

6. A CHANNEL YOU WILL NEVER WANT TO CHANGE. So hold on all lovers of traditional home furnishings, there is a new You Tube channel, Classic Design Channel exclusively devoted to all things traditional and you are going to LOVE it. This channel has singlehandedly turned me into a You Tube watching devotee!

The channel goes the full gamut and steps inside spectacular traditional residences, shows you how to write a thank you note, shares recipes, covers Herend porcelain, visits England’s Bienheim Castle and recently was granted behind the scenes access for the first time to a Christie’s Auction…so many amazing shows, I think I have watched them all and eagerly await  the next one!

And here is an example of one of the shows-

Was so excited to have learned about it through Holly Holden, the creative genius behind it. Lots of exciting installments ahead that you will not want to miss! Click here to find out more and subscribe.

PS Her recipe for Southern Cheese Crispies is one I will be trying!

7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY Today’s post is about anxiety, something I think a lot of us know about. I admit that I suffer from it and find myself overanxious when it comes mostly to my kids.  I think a part of it is just being a parent, and I think some of it is conditional. I worry more than I have a right to (but do think it’s under control)  and it is incredible how much it can affect your mind, body and soul. It can really take over if you let it.

I am not one to want to take meds so am trying a more holistic approach to getting hold of my anxiety. When I feel anxiety rising in me, I remind myself that at this very moment as far as I know everything is fine and well and I make a conscious effort to focus on something positive and uplifting instead of the “what it’s” which is a pointless waste of energy.

I am determined to win my battle over anxiety meds free. I have friends who do yoga, acupuncture, some who go to therapy and plenty who take traditional anxiety meds when needed. Recently at my blogging lunch heard about an app called Mindspace and the suggestion of trying Holy basil. Admittedly never heard of Holy Basil but am totally willing to give it a shot! Click here to read about Holy Basil and here to find out more about Headspace. Both interesting alternatives which I am exploring.

What say you on the matter of anxiety?

So there you have my Seven on Sunday for today. Wishing everyone a wonderful day and great end to your weekend. Thank you as always for stopping in and making me a part of your Sunday!

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Which would you choose?

Hello,  happy Friday afternoon  and TGIF! Very busy week here between the porcelain container and  my luncheon (a recap will be posted next week). I look forward to a fairly relaxing weekend ahead and especially to my lazy Sunday:)

We have a bunch of things coming up, daytime and night time things between this month and the fall. I was “taking stock” on my recent closet overhaul and realized I  need to do some filling in. One of my first stops is always Neiman Marcus’s Last Call. Why? Because the deals are unbelievable, the only caveat that normally there are only limited numbers of each item, so if you get lucky…you REALLY get lucky!

They have recently gotten in a ton of amazing things and I got very lucky. Waiting on my order to arrive and wanted to share with you some of what I found. Imagine the Last Call fairy (if only there was such a thing) paid you a visit, which two things would you most love to have?

CHOICE 1 This classic black sheath is a stunner. St Johns knit dresses fit like a glove and are actually very flattering. This has a little sparkle which makes it something that could go pretty dressy, the perfect LBD. More than half off too, click here

CHOICE 2 This is so pretty, I could see this with a pair of white slacks and gold jewelry to dress up or capris and flats to dress down, love it. Perfect for a daytime shower.  Click here

CHOICE 3 When in doubt add a pair of pearl earrings to feel pretty and feminine. The price on these freshwater pretties in amazing, click here

CHOICE 4 Actually own this little jacket and its very versatile, with a strand of pearls and a skirt or dressy slacks, it can be a great daytime dressy little jacket, click here

CHOICE 5 Adore this top, and its perfect year round. I love anything with a nice quality lace….this can easily be dressed up or down. Click here

CHOICE 6 I actually fell in love with these pompom shoes, and have a perfect red and white dress to go with them. They were surprisingly so reasonable, and super chic. Click here

CHOICE 7 Could not believe the price of $139 for this fabulous choker necklace of freshwater pearls from Kenneth Jay Lane. This is super versatile and an easy quick way to dress up any outfit, click here

CHOICE 8  How about this beautiful embroidered tunic with a pair of white skinny jeans or even as a chic beach/pool coverup. Click here

CHOICE 9 This dressy rosette evening bag is a beauty offered in three great colors, amazing price too! Click here

CHOICE 10 This is very pretty, love the color and the sleeve is a pretty detail, at a price that is hard to resist. Click here

CHOICE 11 This is so cute, perfect for a daytime shower with a pair of white pants and gold jewelry ,so fresh looking. Click here

CHOICE 12 A quintessential linen shirt dress, can go so many places. Very smart looking and at $60, amazing! Click here

CHOICE 13 Pretty skirt that could be dressed up or down, love the detailing from Rebecca Taylor, click here

CHOICE 14 Ordered this, first its a steal, second love the color for summer and best part is its two pieces, so they are interchangeable, I can see the top with pants or capris…very pretty. Click here

CHOICE 15 Adore this bag and always a fan of anything with bamboo detailing, such a cute bag for summer at a price you don’t have to think  about. Click here

CHOICE 16  Own these earrings and they are so pretty, a little “something extra” for when you want just a little dressing up, click here

CHOICE 17 Great little shift dress, could be a perfect daytime dress for one of the showers I am attending, you could pair it with wedges and a bangle to give it a more casual look or slingbacks and pearls for a more elegant/dressed up look, click here

CHOICE 18 Pretty white bell sleeved top that can easily go day into night, click here

CHOICE 19 How beautiful are these Manolo Blahniks!! Love the color, everything..and was surprised to see them over at LC! Click here

CHOICE 20 This beautiful Vera Wang dress is the kind of dress everyone should have in their closet, beautiful detailing and just a practical “go to” dress to have when in doubt of what to wear! Click here

Click here to see all the fabulous finds over at Last Call!


So many pretties and of course best part is how reasonable they are I can always count on Last Call for fabulous deals. I love guilt free shipping, the best kind:) Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful Friday and end to your week. Until next time…..

PS Though the one day porcelain sale is over, it’s still not too late to enter the drawing for a beautiful porcelain planter (winner to be announced on Sunday) Click here to enter

Derby style!

Hello friends. Yes, the much anticipated and most glamorous horse race on earth is just less than 2 weeks away, May 6th.  It is always something to talk about, and behold whether you are lucky enough to go to the Derby,  watch it on TV or host a party just because…..it’s the Derby for Pete’s sake and a heck of an excuse for a party:) We went to one a few years ago and it was one of the most fun, beautiful parties I have ever attended.

There is no denying a Derby themed party is loads of fun and elegance personified. Plus the fashion, the hats and glamour make it an event that everyone wants to be a part of. Today’s post is dedicated to all things Derby! One of the great things I love about being an American is that we find an excuse to celebrate just about anything….Some great ideas here along with some fantastic resources that you will just adore. Hope you enjoy……

So first lets take a look at some very stylish derby parties…..

Brit and Co

This is an occasion where everyone can get in on the fun

What is a Derby without hats!

Cigars…absolutely!

My gorgeous ginger jars at a mega Derby party by Stizel-Weller

Celebrate and Decorate

Garden and Gun

Gun n Garden

Celebrate and Decorate

And in case you want a tried and true Southern Mint Julep recipe, here you go-

Lest this finds you wanting or “needing” to throw a Derby party, I am not leaving you without a few great resources-

Naturally I need to share my stylish equestrian mint juleps with you, so love these for any occasions but they are particularly amazing for a Derby event! Click here to see

And this stately thoroughbred and glass wine bucket from Vagabond house has been a long time favorite-

How about these fabulous pewter equestrian saddle napkin rings that just came back, what a great starting point for any table!

These fabulous items below are from a new great company Foxhall Ltd. which has all kinds of fun and unique Derby/equestrian themed items, love the bottle openers and place card holders. All are hand cast and hand painted. Lovely old world quality…. Visit Foxhall Ltd by clicking here

These gorgeous plates are part of their collection

And how about Derby themed cookies..these are almost too cute to eat! Love this take on fancy hats. Click here to see them over at Treatsbuy Terri

Or these from Ali Bee’s Bake Shop, click here for info

And these gorgeous cookies are from Cousin Cookies-

Now the hats would have to be a whole other post…it is a chance to really show your crazy side (if one exists) clearly it does for these Derby notables. Some of these would make Lady Gaga’s getups look like a Girl Scout…

Race fans in fancy hats mingle on the grounds ahead of the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT HORSE RACING) – RTR31N73

A woman wears a hat before the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

I see this and sorry but first that comes to mind is giant napkin in a mega sized napkin ring..anyone else?

Ahhh such a fun idea for a party, kind of has me in the mood to throw one. Love the pomp and circumstance surrounding this epic event. And the hats are another world unto themselves.

How about you? Do you follow the Derby, throw or attend a Derby party? Do tell! Thanks for stopping by, wishing everyone a fabulous day. Until next time……

PS We re still up to our ears in porcelain orders, so we are extending it until later this afternoon. Click here to see if you missed it-

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The one day porcelain arrival sale is on and a giveaway!

THIS SALE IS NOW OVER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL RESPONSE TO IT. THESE ITEMS WILL SOON BE ADDED TO THE SHOP.

A NEW PRESALE WILL BE HELD IN ABOUT A WEEK, STAY TUNED…MANY MORE GORGEOUS THINGS COMING THIS WAY SOON!

Good morning!! It is a fun, crazy and chaotic week over here as it always when a new container arrives brimming with over 800 incredible pieces of porcelain. It never ceases to amaze me how excited I still get, and love  to oooh and ahhh over every single piece. You would think it would get old…but no! And yes I did go home with a backseat fulll of new additions to add to my ever so big blue and white family:)

Here is a peek at the happenings yesterday and some of the new pieces-

Proud to say we got 90% of all presales shipped out already, our new system is so much more expeditious!

As we always do we hold a one day sale on the container when it arrives for anyone who missed out or decided they just don’t have enough blue and white:)

It’s a great time to buy, whether you are adding on to an existing collection or starting a new one. So if you too are a porcelain lover, sit back and enjoy the view:) As always a few rules before we start-

  • Call or email your order, call 1-800-804-9565 (9:30-5:30) or email orders@enchantedhome.com, It will be faster to call than email (there may be a delay in responding to emails on Wed). PLEASE  if you do email your order, only use orders@enchantedhome.com
  • All orders will ship within 3 days,  once presale orders have shipped
  • Please refer to item number only
  • Limited numbers available and subject to availability, some items are near sold out
  • Save more by getting an even deeper discount on pairs!
  • This sale is on through tomorrow night (no extensions)
  • ALL orders must be paid for within 12 hours otherwise kindly do not place an order
  • Certain items can ship internationally, you must contact us for a shipping quote
  • Shipping is extra
  • Questions? Email or call us
  • SOMETHING NEW- A referral program. Many have asked if there is a referral program. We don’t have a formal one in place at this time however if you recommend the presale to someone (new customer) and they make a porcelain presale purchase you get $25.00 off of your order (must be over $100 to qualify).
  • Call or email the person who you referred, once confirmed we will confirm with you and take $25.00 off your order/give you a $25.00 credit

ITEM 1. VERY LIMITED STOCK This formerly sold out beauty is back,  this is one spectacular jar. Measures 14″ x 20″ $175.00 or two for $340.00

ITEM 2. VERY LIMITED STOCK By popular demand, got chunky large ginger jars in solid white and a pale blue/gray crackled foo dog jar. Fabulous as a pair or mixed in with others. Measures 21″ x 13″  Choose white or gray/blue (specify color when ordering)  $125.00 or two for $230.00

ITEM 3. Fabulous new planter so love this and it is perfect for a large orchid plant or any flower plant for that matter. Hand painted on all sides, with braided handles. Measures 7.5″ x 18″ $125.00

ITEM 4. Wonderful low dish/bowl. This is a great dish and as pretty for display as serving, I could see serving vegetables or a cold pasta salad in this beautiful shallow dish, would be a beautiful accent on any table. Measures 15″ x 6″ $90.00

CHOICE 5 VERY LIMITED STOCK The long awaited bathroom accessories are on their way! Gorgeous tissue holder, toothbrush holder and matching hexagon wastepaper basket. Definitely  snagging a set for myself:)

Tissue holder, measures 5″ x 5.5″  $60.00

Toothbrush holder, measures 4″ x 3.5″  $40.00

Octagonal wastepaper basket, measures 14.5″ x 11″  -$75.00

OR BUY ALL THREE FOR $155.00

5A Toothbrush holder

5B Wastepaper basket

5C Tissue holder

CHOICE 6. VERY LIMITED STOCK The grand pagoda is coming back! Getting in 14 pair of these exquisite beauties. If you know the prices you will see they are more than half of what they are elsewhere. $385.00 each

6A. Incredible and very grand pagodas, just look at the work and detailing on this…so excited to get these! This is 47″ and comes in two parts (one sits on top of the other).Sold individually, wonderful alone or double the impact with a pair. $385 each, very special promo pricing (these retail for $1400 per pagoda) OR save on a pair and get two for $725.00

6B. Brought this home and am in love,they are the perfect size.  The same pagoda is now available in a medium. A wonderful mid sized pagoda for just about anywhere. Measures 24″ x 5″ $235.00 each OR $440.00 for a pair

6C. This smaller pagoda is also coming back and is a stunner! This size is so practical for so many areas, I own a pair and adore them.  16″ $195.00 each or two for $355.00

ITEM 7.My new favorite planters!!  New spectacular hexagonal scalloped planters. The detailing is just exquisite on these beautifully pieces, hand painted on all sides and even on the rim. A perfect planter for orchids or any flowering plant. Measures 9″ x 14″ $175.00

7A. Village

7B.Figurine $175.00

ITEM 8. VERY LIMITED. The beautiful best selling pair of bird jars are back! These beautiful duo features stunning pheasant scene on both front and back. Measures 17″ x 11″.  A great value at $310.00 for both!

ITEM 9.Mini foo dogs offered in blue and white and solid white.

9A. VERY LIMITED Mini foo dogs are back! Another best seller, these darling foo dogs are the ultimate accessory and also make very stylish bookends! 4″ x 6″ $85.00 for the pair

9B. Darling white foo dogs…so cute. Perfect for any vignette or as ultra stylish bookends. $50.00 for the pair

ITEM 10. VERY LIMITED My all time favorite large bowl, featuring a beautiful village scene. This large bowl is perfect for display, and great for a kitchen island or dining table. 9.5″ x 17″  $145.00

ITEM 11. VERY LIMITED Love this mini bud vase, perfect for a small bud or two, great for a nightstand or end tables. Just shy of 6″ tall. $30.00

ITEM 12. The wonderful mid sized dragon planter/fishbowl is a great size for your favorite indoor flowering plant. Also could be a great cooler with summer coming, with two or three bottles of wine…you have to think outside the box:) Measures 10.5″ x 6.5″ $105.00

ITEM 13. This is simply spectacular in person, I own a pair and they are very grand.  A gorgeous figurine and floral foo dog topped jar, I own a pair and adore these tall grand beauties. Measures 25″ x 12″ $155.00 OR a pair for $295.00

ITEM 14.VERY LIMITED The mini trumpet jar is back, measures 8.5″ tall….this is the perfect jar for end tables and or a nightstand, holds a few stems and is a beauty. Measures 10″ x 4.5 $50.00

ITEM 15.VERY LIMITED  The pretty songbird jar is back! Lovely bird and floral design with stylish foo dogs top. Measures 18″ x 11″ One for $145.00, or two for $275.00

ITEM 16. This wonderful hexagon planter is a continuous favorite, well priced and perfect for orchids, boxwoods or any flowering plant. Measures 9″ x 14″ $90.00

ITEM 17. LIMITED The gorgeous large set of emperors are coming back. These are super decorative and look fantastic with an existing vignette or they are so grand they stand alone beautifully. Measures 17″H x 6″ Set of 3 $135.00

ITEM 18. LIMITED This previously sold out fabulous planter is making a comeback. Gorgeous scalloped hexagon shape with beautiful scenery painted on all sides. Love the pierced bottom detailing. Measures 19.5″ x 14″ $215.00

ITEM 19. Great looking more transitional shaped mid sized planter, perfect size and beautiful figurine scenery. 8″ x 11″ $85.00

ITEM 20. These spectacular large platters are coming back. Even prettier in person. Gorgeous to hang/display but really makes a statement for serving. I use mine to serve all the time.

ITEM 20A. 2.6″ x 17″ $125.00

ITEM 20B. 2.6″ x 16″ $120.00

Plate stands- $10.00 with purchase of plate or $14.00 without purchase of plate

ITEM 21. LIMITED A favorite that I have and use for my myrtle and azalea topiaries,  this mid sized cherry blossoms jar is an all time fave. Measures 14′ round.  $115.00

ITEM 22. LIMITED The darling pencil/brush holders are coming back, some use these for utensil too. Multi functional and a great size. 6″ tall Two styles, figurine or lotus $25.00 either one

22A. Figurine

22B.

ITEM 23. VERY LIMITED This instant hit is coming back, love this mid sized vase, it is such a gorgeous piece even without flowers! 15″ tall $125.00

ITEM 24. LIMITED This amazing square jar that is painted on all sides with a different scenery and charming foo dog top is finally coming back. The square shape makes it highly decorative. Measures 20″ x 6.5″ $145.00 or two for $275.00

ITEM 25. VERY LIMITED The wonderful super decorative flat tops are coming back, choice of pheasant or bird. These are triple what they are here elsewhere, today $90.00! They measure 8″ x 8.5″

25A. Bird

25B. Pheasant

ITEM 26.VERY LIMITED Chunky dragon ginger jar is also making a comeback. This wonderful chunky shape makes this a beauty, especially love it in pair. Also makes  great vase for a big spray of tall blossoms or branches, Wonderful foo dog top, measures 18″ x 11″ $145.00 or two for $275.00

ITEM 27. This super popular mid sized planter is such a great value. I have a few of these and often use them to add a plant or floral to and give it as a gift..always so well received. Measures 7″ x 10″ $80.00

ITEM 28. Fabulous pale green large scale blossom vase, this is a beauty and so regal. , so eye catching and grand. Just calling for a big spray of white blossoms! Measures 24″ tall by about 11″ at its widest. $105.00 or two for $195.00!

ITEM 29. Newly arrived, we didn’t know this was coming. Darling 8″ bud vase, $40.00

Phew….that’s a whole lot of blue and white. And it really never gets old:)

I just can’t get enough and with the warmer months THANKFULLY heading this way…I am already thinking of how to use some pieces outdoors which I just love to do. Now onto the giveaway-

THE GIVEAWAY-

I always offer up one item for a giveaway to celebrate a new container. Just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite item and how you would use it. I will announce a winner on Sunday (check back to see if you won).  The lucky winner will receive  this fabulous best selling planter-

This sale ends tomorrow night, Thurs April 27th). If there is something calling your name simple email or call in your order-

Call 1-800-804-9565

Email orders@enchantedhome.com

 

Thank you for stopping by. Now excuse me while I go and engulf myself in the shipment of porcelains..we are working as fast as we can to get all presale orders out the door.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day. Until next time……

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Random musings as seen through my iPhone

Good evening friends. This little elf is wiped out, a porcelain container arriving is no laughing matter….LOTS of work but oh the beauty:)  Hope all is well with you, this was supposed to post last week but time got away from me so better late than never.

BIG NEWS- The porcelain container came in today and everything is simply spectacular…even prettier in person. I want one of everything! Look for my usual one day arrival sale in the next few days (Wed or Thursday) as we finish getting all presale orders out. We have a new system in place and already got the first four batches out the door today!

I hate to talk about it as I don’t want to jinx anything but the newly revised site is really shaping up and though I am not going to promise a “to be done by” date I will say it’s sooner than later! You will get the pinterest button back and finally everyone will again be receiving my emails (via subscription)

But tonight is all about sharing with you a little snippet of my life the last week or so as I do from time time. So without further ado here we go…..

How magnificent is this vignette? Major swoon.

My favorite tray from my shop with a big Chippendale influence heading out to a lucky cusomer

Lunch break in Greenwich with a good friend

Expending a lot of brainpower lately over PB bathroom decisions!

First step of my Easter planning….bringing out the Tobacco Leaf from Mottahedeh

And I thought choosing a pale blue shutter would be a piece of cake…ha! Though I will say I have narrowed it down to two which is serious progress given the quandary I had been in the last week or so

We went walking on the beach one gorgeous Sunday, I always loved the look of silhouettes against a bright sunny sky

Gorgeous chinoiserie getting installed at a friends/customers house…

And with the newly installed Venetian mirror

Added this gorgeous pale blue velvet jumbo neckroll to my bed

Lunch with a dear friend at my favorite Greek restaurant, Limani

It’s pillow fever around here…..was kind of sad to say goodbye to these beauties that came in for a few lucky customers!

Always looking for inspiration…and these fabulous doors seen at an antique shop in CT. are very close to what I am doing on two doors flanking my stove in PB

Walked into my living room one late day afternoon and the late day sun looked so pretty had to snap a pic

Went for a beautiful nature walk with my hubs and took this artistic shot of his danging feet above…..every now and then I take an interesting/artistic shot:)

Getting my silver ready for an upcoming little get together

New GORGEOUS needlepoint/Aubusson pillows

Always mesmerized by this incredible stair at the gorgeous and iconic apt building, The Ansonia in NYC..spellbinding
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My friends darling little King Charles Cavalier..such a cutie!!

Obsessed with this wide tape and am determined to use it somewhere, thinking PB master bedroom or living room pillows

How beautiful is this “too pretty to open” Easter present from my amazing assistant, Margaret!

Cutest dog on the internet (in my opinion)!

There you have my recap on the last week or so. A full one and as always I am on the lookout for the pretty and inspirational. Why not? Life is what you make of it, and I am all for seeking out the beauty! Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful evening and start to your week, until next time……

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Seven on Sunday

Good Sunday morning to you. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Here the sun and beautiful skies have come out after a few dreary, rainy and cold days.  I have a full weekend planned and setting up for a luncheon I am hosting this week so plenty to keep me busy today. Here we go with my Seven on Sunday-

1 SHUTTER COLOR IS DECIDED!! Thanks to all who chimed in about my shutter paint color last week. I hemmed and hawed and something about my final choices was not quite right. So…….I kept on trucking and knew I would find just the right color.

It had come down to Silvermist or Nimbus Gray but I wanted something with a tinge more blue and a bit less gray.  Yes my husband thought I had lost it with the amount of time I was putting into it and yes, my persistence paid off.

I found “the one”. And  am100% sure about it. I even love the name, Nantucket Fog. As I started to do some research, it appears this is also a favorite of many designers.Here you go…..

And here it is on a piece of wood to get an idea of how it will look on a shutter, love it! Its a true blue/gray a little deeper than some of the others but I took. many’s advice about the strong fading sun and think this has just enough contrast.

2.THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DENTAL OFFICE Oh my…I have never seen such a chic dental office..have you? Mine sure does not look like this, this is downright dreamy!! Summer Thornton is the mastermind behind this beautiful office, incredible!!

I always have said if I owned a traditional office like a doctors office (or dental) that I would really work to make it feel like an upscale private home and that is exactly what she did…..brava to her!

Click here to see this incredible space and others.

3 OFF SHOULDER TOPS Loving this new style…so fresh and pretty, and they just scream chic summer dressing. I had to give in and buy a few to jumpstart my summer wardrobe. You dont’ have to wear them completely off the shoulder but these are all beautiful looks for warm weather dressing.

Ordered this, it is so darling and I thought the price was a mistake, $35.00 really? Click here

Got this a few weeks ago, love this color!!! A beautiful top dressed up or down. Click here

Love navy and white together and this simple navy peasant blouse is not only so reasonable but makes dressing a cinch, click here

Considering this one, love pink and with white slacks would be perfect for a daytime or even evening outing.  So delicate and feminine…beautiful! I have a few showers coming up and this would be perfect. Click here

4 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. No theme in particular this weekend,  just a random group of fabulousness! You can see I had a hard time this week narrowing it down…..

My fave of this week is this gorgeous picture….it is a sure sign of a very devoted Enchanted Home customer!

5. FABULOUS PILLOWS. I have worked with Studio Tullia. and my backyard and patios in the summer are a testament to just how much I love their pillows!

Some of the new arrivals from Studio Tullia have me swooning and daydreaming about a little tweaking of my very own:) Click here to see more…

 

6. PROVENCE PLANTER MAKEOVER! So with the planting season on our doorstep, lots of us are starting to think about coming out of hibernation and the great outdoors. Of course that means sprucing up our patios and of the first impression people get….our front doors!

So happy the Provence planters are coming back in about 2 weeks! I love giving “Provence planter makeovers”. This is a recent one when a customer needed some direction on her front door. A beautiful home that deserved an equally beautiful front door welcome. The planters presently there were way too small and actually dwarfed everything around it. When it doubt go a little bigger, not smaller.

She wasn’t sure about the color Provence planter she wanted, but we both decided black was the way to go. So stately and elegant, and it accents her black shutters beautifully. Take a look at the mini Provence planter makeover-

BEFORE

AFTER (CONCEPT)-

And even tried using two smaller Provence planters by the front door…..

OR Boxwood balls

7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY The other day I had forgotten my phone aka my lifeline. I was heading to an appt. and already running late,  had no time to go back and get it and felt the anxiety rising in me about not being reachable. The shock and awe of realizing I had left it behind was telling:)  I contemplated turning around but didn’t because it would have delayed me and I couldn’t be late.

So the strangest thing happened, I went to my appt. anxiety and all, then ran a few errand afterwards and you know what? I LOVED the freedom it gave me,  I also loved the idea of unplugging (a happy accident) and taking in everything around me instead of hearing the beeps and rings go off and being distracted by my phone as is often the case.

There was something incredibly freeing about it and I really enjoyed the 3 hours or so that I didn’t have my phone. Make no mistake when I got back it looked like a mini airplane terminal with all the sights, sounds and lights going off at once from various people trying to reach me (and that includes solicitors). But I realized not only can I live without it but I actually liked being without it. And vowed to start doing this on a regular basis. Even if for an hour, it is good for mind, body and soul.

What do you think? Do you regularly “unplug” or is it just unimaginable? I will be curious to see what you have to say on the matter……


That’s a wrap, thanks as always for stopping by. Tomorrow is delivery day of the huge container of porcelains, that is always an exciting day! Wishing you a wonderful day and a great end to your weekend!:) Until next time….

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Which would you choose? A very exciting edition!

**PORCELAIN CONTAINER UPDATE- It is in and being delivered to the warehouse on Monday. ALL orders will start shipping out immediately starting Monday (we ship in the order they were received and expect all orders to ship by weeks end). As there always is, there will be a one day arrival sale early next week.If you need to confirm your order please give us a call at 1-800-804-9565 (between 9:30-5:30 EST).

Happy Friday! Hold onto your hats, this is exciting for me, really exciting. I have had a few projects in the works which I have not told you about because I really wanted to be sure they were “a go” and with luck and LOTS of hard work, this one looks like a green light….haven’t been this over the moon about a project in a while!

I have been frustrated for years over the dismal selection of gift wrap, I look high and low but have not found what I really wanted. I take my present wrapping quite seriously.  It seems so easy, helloooo……blue and white, topiaries, fun prints, ginger jars, chinoiserie, is that too much to ask? Well when I can’t find it, I attempt to create it:)

So…..for about five months I have been working on creating my own life of giftwrap:)  It is a very involved process and I have gotten a crash course along the way in how this all gets done. I hired an artist to execute my vision and lined up a manufacturer and my first round of samples are being done as I post this. The glitch is that the minimum printing is 3000 rolls per design…..yes, that’s a whole lot of paper:)

I am going forward but will not be able to introduce all the patterns all at once. I first want to “test’ the market and see how it goes and will hopefully continue to add more patterns (these are the first eight).  So….here is where you come in.

I am showing you all my designs, get ready to swoon! You get to pick four as that is what I am going to start with. I also have a few questions about wrap in general that if you can participate I would really appreciate it. Ready to see some of the prettiest wrapping paper that I have seen in a long long time? Here we go….

CHOICE 1

 

CHOICE 2

 

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5

 

CHOICE 6

CHOICE 7

CHOICE 8

OK your turn to vote for your FOUR favorites-


And not to confuse you evermore but i love every single one of these combinations….

I am so excited over this, I will be looking for excuses to wrap just about anything! I think the world needs more pretty giftwrap, what say you on the matter? I look forward to hearing your thoughts, so if you don’t mind answering a few questions on the subject of giftwrap, most grateful!

Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback, always so helpful. Wishing everyone a fabulous day and great end to your week. Until next time…..

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