Sunday, February 21, 2010

Awaiting Spring...




Can you tell the long Chicago Winter is getting to me???  I've finished another vignette in my dining room and I'm still sticking with the "infuse Spring wherever possible" motto!  Somehow it really does seem to help!





Thank you to my mom for making me these cute little burlap sacks {wish I could take the credit, but you know I don't sew}...I can already think of a dozen things I want to do with them!







Well that's my quick post for today...if you're wondering about all of the vintage French flash cards, I'm not using them just because I'm a self-professed Francophile, but because I need a little practice...you see, I'm  finally going to live my dream of going to France...my husband and I head to Paris the second week of April...for one whole glorious week!!!!!!!!!


Now for some good news for all of YOU...if you haven't already, swing by Dreamy White's blog to enter Maria's fabulous giveaway...while you're there, look around a bit...you're going to LOVE it, if you don't already!!!




Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Tracey

96 comments:

The Little Red Shop said...

C'est magnifique, Tracey!!! I'm so happy for you! Are you going to visit any lovely cathedrals? My favorite was one near the Centre Pompidou...and I can't believe that I can't remember its name...as 2 weddings took place during my visit!!!

What fun!

Your mama's burlap baggies are very sweet and your house...your house must smell sooo yummy!

: )

Julie M.

Low Tide High Style said...

Your latest vignette is lovely and I'm so ready for spring as well! Your mom did a wonderful job on those darling little burlap sacks!

I went to France for the first time in April 2 years ago and it was glorious! Springtime in Paris, is there anything better?!

Kat :)

Sandi said...

Tracey you are so lucky to be headed for Paris in April. Will be expecting to hear all about it when you get back with lots of photos too. :)
LOVE your vignettes!!
Blessings~

B-mused... said...

girl, i am so with you on this one;). spring cannot come soon enough this year. great photos!!

xoxo,
Blair

Happy Nester said...

Everything looks wonderful. I can not wait for Spring, either. I can't wait to see all of your wonderful pictures when you get back from Paris. I am so jealous :)

hometown girl said...

looks beautiful! all your little touches are perfect! those burlap sacks are adorable, your mom did good :) paris sounds amazing!! how exciting. maria is super, i entered her giveaway! hope you have a great monday! hugs, susan

Jacqueline said...

Dear Tracy,
It seems as if everyone who is coming to the end of winter, is posting about Spring. I think that we are all ready for Spring now. It's still quite cold here in the U.K.
I love grape hyacinths and what a lovely mum you have to make those dear little bags for you.
I can remember going into Noah Noah, last Spring (do you have them in the States, It's a clothes shop) and they were giving away grape hyacinths in little bags like yours. I had them for a long while on my kitchen windowsill.
I have been over to Maria. She has done amazingly well in such a short time. Her home is so beautiful. She has such a lovely blog and you are such a good blogging friend.
Have a great week, Tracey. XXXX

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Such delightful vignettes!

Kathysue said...

Oh Tracey, April in Paris,just like the song, how romantic. I agree with the flowers in the house, did you see my post on Flowers? I did a post for all of my east coast friends,still in the snow. Yours are just lovely and I love them in the burlap bags. Kathysue

alice said...

I love Paris in the spring time & so will you!! Your post is so pretty and the bags! Big kudos to Mom.
Smiles, alice

Chrissy said...

You lucky girl....nice Mom!!! I swear my heart pounds when I see you have a new post....just lovely!! Have a great week....Chrissy

silk purse said...

How lovely! I'm delighted for you!.., Do pop by and enjoy some "tea and ginger treats" when you get a moment!.., Although I dare say, you've much that's far lovelier to occupy your self with as of late my dear!

Have a marvelous week!..,

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee, a.k.a./Silk Purse @ The French Dressing Room, (and also), @ The Plumed Pen

sissie said...

Tracey,
I'm so happy for you that you are going to Paris! You and your husband will have such a memorable time.
Your post is so beautiful as usual.

hugs
Sissie

Jackie said...

Stunning as always!! I love the peacefulness of your pictures! You will have SO much fun in France...April in Paris! Perfection!

Linda said...

Hi Tracey- what exciting news! A dream vacation! I love your photos- the little buttons and broken robin's eggs stole my heart!

The Pink Poodle said...

dear Tracey...all looks beautiful..
I must say i am not looking forward to our winter approaching here in Australia...!!

Enjoy your trip to Paris...I am very envious!!
I was there with my eldest son 3 years ago & I had the time of my life...
& my francaise was pretty good as well!!

au revoir...xx andrea

silk purse said...

Oop!.., I almost forgot to most warmly invite you dear lady, to either partake in, OR visit my little, "two day, two blog afternoon tea lovers marathon", that is held each Tuesday;for, "Tuesday Tea for Two", @ my, The Plumed Pen blog.~ Also, the second tea is on Wednesday; for "Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee" @ Silken Purse blogs, respectively!..,

I had also wanted to inquire as to whether you might perhaps plan to take in a delightful visit to a tea salon, or two, while in Paris?

There's just so much to see and do!

Cheers

koralee said...

Happy dance...one whole dreamy week in Paris...you blessed girl you. Your spring images are so so lovely..I love your sweet flowers. Happy week to you. xoxo

Jo said...

I'm joining you in the Time For Spring chat! We went to the flower show in Providence this weekend ~ oh so lovely. I need more, more, more!

Lucky you ~ I can't wait to hear all the details!

Jo

Sarah said...

Tracey, so glad you are going to Paris in April. It's wonderful any time of year, but in April the tulips and other bulbs are blooming. Oh, Paris in the springtime!
Love all your soft blues in your vignettes.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

You give me vignette envy.

Herself said...

Ah, Tracey...
How do you do it? I want to crawl into that first pic! Beyond dreamy...
ps: our flea market round-up buttons are up!

Jboo said...

Oh wow -- I need some of your touches to get me out of the winter blues! So beautiful!!

Janet

Laura said...

Tracey...
Spring cannot come soon enough for me either! My husband and I spent the most romantic week ever in Paris....sigh...you will love every second!
Your photos of the grape hyacinths are beautiful! ...and I love your Mom's burlap sacks!
Take care, Laura

Kerri said...

Tracey,

How exciting that you and your husband get to spend a week in such a romantic place. I will be waiting for the pictures. You have the most beautiful photos. Your mom did a lovely job with the burlap sacks! And the hyacinths are beautiful! I just bought some last week myself to bring a little spring inside.

Polly said...

Hi Tracey!

It is all so pretty! Grape hyacinths are just so petite and sweet! I love that you've nestled them in the little burlap bags!

And, are those real robin's eggs? So delicate and pretty.

Paris!! Oh, lucky girl!! Enjoy!!

Hugs,

Polly

Kristin said...

oh my...pure bliss...sigh...i wouldn't mind a little green in our neck of the woods...maybe come june!! :0)
lucky you to be heading to paris and with your husband!! i can't even get mine to go to the town that is 1 hour away!! well unless there is a bull sale...let me know if you come across any bull sales in paris...maybe that would do the trick!! ;0)

blessings,
kristin

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

I love the little bags and the gorgeous flowers. I live about an hour and a half southeast of Chi Town and I am feeling it too. C'mon spring.

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

Those photos are so beautiful - the blue of the flowers is just delicious. Congratulations on your upcoming trip to France - I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. I went for the first time last year -absolutely magical:)

A Life In Focus Photography said...

hurry Spring!!! lovely posts...

June said...

Tracie I love the grape hyacinths and those little burlap socks. Your mom rocks! Oh yes it feels like Spring in your house.
My good friend just got back from France and I love listening to her tell of her experiences there. She has a lot of funny stories about the men there.
hugs

trash talk said...

Lucky you...the closest I'll get to Paris in the spring is Paris, Texas!
Debbie

Fearless Nester said...

Your posts always make me sigh a little. And you're going to Paris!! You lucky lucky, well deserving lady. I can only imagine the beautiful images you will capture there for us. Your mama is talented and oh that delicately cracked robin's egg in with the buttons, right below the on-looking birdie, is simply a work of art. ~Lili

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

How thrilling!
And it's not that far away, either. You will surely come back a changed person. If you decide to even come back, that is. ;-)

XO,
Anne

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

How lovely that you are going to France. I enjoyed my time there so much ~ it is such a wonderful place.
Love the burlap bags, your Mother made with the sweet grape hyacinths.

Have a happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

~Amy Rose @ Keeping Up... said...

Pretty flowers and I LOVE the burlap sacks!! PARIS...dreamy!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Your vignette is beautiful, Tracey! I'm so ready for spring also and don't want to see that white stuff anymore. It had snowed again tonight, sigh.
I'm sure you'll have a great time in Paris and will come back with lovely treasures bought at the flea market there :-).
Hugs,
Julia

Lisa said...

What...Paris! Oh bring back sweet treasures! I'm so happy for you.
I love the robins eggs, the color, is so pretty.
Ah Springtime in Paris!!!!!

Hugs to you, Lisa

Auntie Cake said...

You lucky girl! Going to France!!! I am so glad you get to go, and I know you will bring loads of goodness home with you, and I just know you will share the pictures with us!

Those sweet burlap sacks are a wonderful idea. I love the texture with the muscari. Spring is in your home, if not outside!
Kate

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

oh what fun!! I'm a novice sewer, and burlap is one of those things I'm going to take a stab at.....

LOVE your spring infusion! Those shells...way too cute!

xoxo

Dreamy Whites said...

Tracey,
First of all your pictures are so awesome!!!! My favorite is the top one with the five in the background.
I love how you wrap burlap around you little plants. I am a huge fan of the ball jars. They are so pretty. Do you happen to have those in your store. I am always looking for something cute to put around my rosemary trees at Christmas time? Can I hide in your suitcase when you go to Paris. Oh I have always wanted to go there. You are so lucky.
Thank you so much for posting about my giveaway. That was so nice of you!
Take Care,
Maria

Dreamy Whites said...

I just had to say I love the buttons!! I have a bit of obsession with shell buttons.
Take Care,
Maria

Julie said...

Beautiful, Tracey! Your decorating always looks straight out of a magazine. It's like a little treat for me. I think I will have to try to infuse some spring into my house too. :) Hang in there!

xo

paperbird said...

Tracy- what beauty, the colors are so lovely. I have those cute Anthro jars but they look so wonderful the way you have displayed the- guess what I'm doing tomorrow?

paperbird said...

Oh, and I am so happy the you get your dream trip!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Love those little bulbs in the burlap sacks! And good on you for going to Paris. I have a Paris trip in my future too, now if only I could get My Love to agree on a date! Have fun practicing your French.
Au Revoir!

Irene b said...

I'm so happy you 'll be in paris for spring...I hope you 'll share your wonderful pictures! ;)

Dorthe said...

I love your photoes, thay are so beautifull, and dreamy, and the little spring in blue ,in your mothers sack`s, are so wonderfull ,and makes a gorgeus decoration.
Thanks for showing.
Dorthe

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Tracey... how wonderful you are going to Paris! All of your photos are so pretty, I especially love the little dish of buttons and robin egg shells... love to you... Bisous... Julie Marie

Hulda said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I really love your photos! It is amazing. :) I will put in a link for your blog.

sandra lee said...

Tracey, what a pretty post and you are doing a great job bringing Spring into your home! I love the sweet little bags your mom made and everything just looks fresh and beautiful.

traci said...

well your photos help us get through the last of winter. the flowers are beautiful. i did go to trader joes last week - finally - and got myself some beautiful tulips. i don't sew either. the problem is, either does my mom. so i can't have her do things for me. bummer. have a wonderful day. see you tomorrow!!

paige said...

wow!!
that is fantastic &
how very romantic for you & your hubby!

would you believe i have the same little iron white thingy with a nest inside. but i love how you just placed those preciuos little robins eggs ontop of the buttons.
you are so inpsiring my friend!
xo

Morning T said...

Beautiful images Tracey! Happy Monday to you.

Cozy Little House said...

Your blog photos help me wait for spring as well, as they lift my spirits.
Brenda

Andrea Villarreal said...

Oh you gave me one of those little burlap sacks in my order and I love it and thanks for the tags!! And the idea! I need to buy a small plant now to put in it:)

The White Farmhouse said...

Congrats on the trip! How fun to be going to France. Hope you have a great time. Love all the flowers that you have about. I can sew just can't grow anything but weeds!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Amazing photos...no surprise there...love the flowers...I think I'll make a dash for the market to pick me up some spring too! And I'm so happy for you and your husband...I went about 4 years ago...and my hubby and I absolutley fell in love with Paris...no doubt that you guys will too.

Vianne said...

Hi Tracey!
Great photos-again!!! I love your style:-)
Have a nice new week!
Warm greetings,
Vianne

Leah C said...

Oh thank you for the pretty pictures...just the shot of spring I needed on this dreary snow day:) And oh la la, April in Paris! You & hubby must be very excited:)

Leah C said...

P.S. Love the little burlap bags your Momma made...do you think she'd let you sell some in your shop;)?

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh my gosh Tracey... what a lovely evet to look forward to... Love the spring touch.... Today is just blah here. Snow and rain combo... I know you just had it also....

Barbara said...

How exciting! You're going to Paris! I am thrilled for you. Not very far off, either. Start saving your pennies!

Your mom is really talented to have made those lovely burlap sacks. And I love the robin's egg in the button dish!

Sarah Sarniak said...

I totally feel ya, I'm in Michigan and I'm soooo ready for spring. I really want to start our garden and just be outside this year!

LuLu said...

Your images have me hearing bees buzzing and my flip flops calling me name.... our snow is finally melting so i see grass in some areas.... come on SPRING!!!
xo,
LuLu

Mayflower said...

Hello Tracey, I saw some of your beautiful photo's on the blog from Stipje. The photo's are so wonderful that I wanted to visit the blog, so here I am and I will compliment you with your beautiful blog.
This pictures brings a little sinshine in a grey and rainy Holland.
Have a nice week.
Warm regards from Mea

Floralovely said...

Oh I loooove these images... Beautiful and inspiring xo Louise

Deserae said...

Simply gorgeous! Have fun in Paris....you lucky,lucky girl!!!!!!!!
~Des

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Tracey,

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thanks for the indoor spring and thank your Mom too for the great burlap sacks.

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

julie said...

beautiful! i love those burlap bags! tell your mom, great job! wow! paris! i am so excited for you!

DustyLu said...

Absolutely stunning vignettes! Love your style. Amazing taste! Can't wait for spring either! ~lulu

Tuxes and Taffeta said...

Gorgeous!!!! I can't wait for Spring too!

Gypsy Purple said...

Absolutely fabulous!!!

Elin said...

beautiful and lovely pictures... i just love it...

Wish you a lovely day...
many warm hugs
Elin

wishing spring will come soon...

Marie said...

Hi Tracey,

Thanks for yor nice comment at my blog, it made me happy.

I love your blog, it´s so beautiful!!! Is it ok if I put you in my bloglist?

Here in Sweden we have got so much snow the last days, so spring feels very distant. So I do the same as you and brings spring in to my house with help of springflowers. Your pictures are wonderful!!!

Wish you a nice week!

Marie

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Tracey,
Your home is so gorgeous! I love your your decorating style, it truly inspires me.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I was so thrilled and honored!
Have a great week.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Farmgirl Paints said...

Lovin' the little touches of blue. Very sweet.

Congrats on your trip to Paris. What a pretty time of year to go!

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

77 comments! sheesh, how do you do it? I sent your package yesterday, I think you'll like it. The robins eggs in the button dish is TDF & I'm heading over to Maria's blog now, I do love her! Lisa

Lissa said...

love how you've infused spring into every nook and cranny of this room. it's just stunningly beautiful! Grape Hyacinths are some of my favorites for easter bouquets!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

So beautiful, Tracey. I love those little burlap pot sacks!

House of Giggles said...

These photos are so beautiful! You are so talented! What a lovely touch of spring :)

Andrea said...

I totally used the burlap bag idea for girlfriends gifts. Unfortunately I don't have a sewing machine so I had to stitch them up by hand:) Thank goodness I only had to make three! They turned out beautiful with little violas in them. Thanks for the great idea. I will have them on my blog next week with a link to your site for the inspiration. Thanks again:)

FEDERICA said...

I'm speechless, your photos are stunning! Oh my!
Federica
xoxo

Dixi said...

Wonderful photography! Love the burlap sacks! ;-) It was so good to see you the other day!

-D

Les Cotrions said...

Your vignettes are faboulous as always Tracey! I like the burlap sack your mother made for you!
One week to Paris??? You're lucky my dear! I'm jelous!
Big hugs and practice French!
Au revoir!
Vale

Camille said...

So beautiful, as usual. Those tiny little flowers (I have no idea what kind they are) make me want to go outside and skip or something equally cheerful. : )

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I am DYING for spring!!!!!! Great pics as usual Tracey!!!

Chrissy said...

Hello.....where are you?!?!?! I can not go more than three days without you posting,now...lets go!You don't want my creative juices to dry up now do you? Talk soon,x0x0x

Vintage Simple said...

Oh, Tracey..! I am so very happy for you..! A trip to France sounds like perfection right now (and,w ell, always, really) - enjoy it, my dear!! April is just around the corner, after all!

xoxo,
-maria

It' an Evolution said...

The pictures are just amazing...the blue just makes you happy :)
Take care of yourself
Janet

Kristin said...

Thanks for perking me up with all the springlike photos and props! I'm in chicago, and am so looking forward to warm weather and sunshine! The sunshine today was nice, but boy... that snow. too much of it!

kanishk said...

There's just so much to see and do!

Work from home India

Florence said...

You are so lucky, wow. Some day I will get to go with my husband, he has promised. Florence

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BellaRosa said...

My stars 2 times in row I booboo'd :) sorry...Now about those lil grain saks..I think you and I both need to learn to sew :) They are adorable..so nice to have our mamas make us pretty things no?? You should see my gorgeous scarves I have been having my mama knit for me...hats are next on my want list :) I am so happy for you and your up coming trip to Paris! You lucky, loved up girl :) I hope you take lots of gorgeous pictures to share with us! Besos, Rose

Catherine said...

Totally love your blog & your decorating style! I'm new to blog land & its blogs like yours which have inspired me to start one!
I don't know how I came across your page but I'm so glad I did as already I have got many creative ideas!
Have a fun time in Paris!