Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Fall Cocktail


Hello!  I thought I would try a little something different today...instead of a table setting, I thought I would share my dining room buffet done up to serve cocktails instead!

This is my favorite Fall drink to serve and it is super easy!  You can even serve it warm if you'd like, but I prefer it chilled...

Fall Cocktail

1 cup apple cider

splash of pomegranate juice

splash of rum

Combine ingredients and ice in a cocktail shaker and mix.  If desired, warm apple cider and pomegranate juice first, pour in a glass, and then stir in a shot of rum and serve.

See, super easy!  And it's delicious!!


I used my hydrangeas leaves again, to coordinate with the red in the drinks, and I even used the red striped runner I bought from Maria...I have been jokingly asking her to teach me how to use red for awhile now, since she is so good at adding red to her white decor...

I felt a little like things looked too Christmasy once I downloaded my pictures, but oh well...now you have a Christmas cocktail too :))





You know my love for using herbs, well this is just some of my lemon thyme tied up with a short strip of burlap...I love lemon thyme because it always smells so pretty and it turns this gorgeous color in the Fall!


This wonderful serving tray is something that my sister found for me at Goodwill.  I just adore the patina on it and the beautiful handles...I think it was $3!



My last little tip is using these wide mouth mason jars as candle holders...just slide a basic white pillar candle in them and they make a vintage inspired and inexpensive candle holder.





On another note, I wanted to share with all of you a really special upcoming Christmas event...




Do you remember *this post* when I headed out to Tipton, Indiana to photograph the French Flea Market event?  And then I gushed on and on *here* about how awesome Horton's, the store that hosted the event, was???

Well, I will be headed back to Tipton to attend their Christmas Open House, and I can't wait!!!  Donna is so incredibly talented at creating the coolest displays...I just know she will dazzle me with all of her Christmas ingenuity!!!

If you are anywhere at all in the Chicago/Indiana area, I would most definitely recommend this event, as Horton's is one of the most interesting and fun stores I have ever had the pleasure of stepping into...


Happy Halloween!  Have a great weekend!!


Tracey

p.s.  I had to laugh after I downloaded all of my pictures for this post, because you can vaguely see me and my dining room reflected in all of the glasses as I took my pictures {at least I know they were clean} :))  Sorry if it's a little distracting to the picture!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Time for Fall


Hi!  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend and are ready for the new week!  I did get to make that pumpkin bread over the weekend and it just made Fall seem so official!  So I decided to add a little touch of Fall to my studio.

I have a hydrangea bush that produced not even one bloom this year {not sure what the problem is there}, but it does have the prettiest leaves that are turning all kinds of beautiful Fall colors.  So I used those as the basis for infusing just a bit of Autumn into my studio...





I love the idea of adding a bit of nature to your decor no matter what time of year it is.




My vintage cloche and papers from an old gardening book seemed to fit right in with my theme...


...and you know how much I love to use old clock faces...


Not a major redo, just a little pick me up for my studio...I love changing things up, even if it's just a little, to keep myself inspired!



The table that everything is displayed on is an old one I had stored away in the basement and brought up when I couldn't find another small farm table at the flea market to replace the one I moved to Braden's room...but it's just temporary...I am working {or rather my husband is working} on repurposing some things from around the house and turning them into a new table...and I hope to share that with you soon.

I'm off to eat some pumpkin bread :))



Tracey


Friday, October 22, 2010

Shoptalk


Hi!  I thought I would squeeze one more post in this week and show you a few of the new items that I've added to the SHOP!

First up are some truly unique and beautiful items from the fatigued canvas line...these items are repurposed from vintage tarps and then hand stenciled with European grain sack graphics...






Also, I've added a wonderful burlap tote bag with French graphics...



...some lovely new candle holders...






Vintage flour crates from Amsterdam, reassembled into shelves...







And the Special Edition Christmas issue of Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine...a reprinting of their popular "God Jul" book now in magazine form...

{image courtesy of Jeanne d' Arc Living}


I will have more new items in November as well!


I wish you all a wonderful weekend!  I hope to finally make some of that pumpkin bread that I have been craving this weekend...now that Fall is here it seems only right!!!


:) Tracey


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I'm over at Flea Market Style blog today!


Hello friends!  I just wanted to let you know that I am sharing a little Fall decorating over on the Flea Market Style blog today and I would love for you to pop on over!


Hope you are having a fantastic week!!!


Tracey

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jeanne Oliver Designs


Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!  Today I'd like to take a minute to introduce you to my friend Jeanne...

Jeanne is the incredibly talented writer behind the blog A Bushel and a Peck She is also an amazing artist! I feel blessed to count her among my friends...and not because she designs the prettiest ruffle bags a girl could ever want...nope that's not why I love Jeanne...




..it's not because she can take a beautiful picture as well as create one either...nope that's not the reason...



...and it's not even because Jeanne can make you laugh until your sides literally hurt she's so funny...

the reason I feel blessed to call Jeanne my friend, is because she has one of the warmest, most genuine hearts of anyone I know!

And this dear friend of mine is unveiling her new collection today...



So if you want to oooo and ahhhh at some seriously gorgeous jewelry, artwork, clothing, purses and vintage goodies from France, please head on over to Jeanne's etsy shop and view her new collection:



All images taken by Jeanne Oliver



Now I'm off to shop!  Did someone say vintage French goodies? :))


Tracey


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On the Farm...


On Friday evening, I headed over to Na-Da Farm for the most spectacular barn sale!  First off, I have to show you just a few  pictures of Anne Marie's beautiful farm...

Here is a shot looking out from her farm...


Her sweet and gentle white horse...




Another "prairie" shot with Jen looking lovely in her vintage gown...


The very talented Anne Marie and her super sweet daughter...


The entrance to the barn...


...with the most interesting curtains that Anne Marie made, telling the story of Bridgette {Bridgette's Estate was this Fall's theme for the sale}...


And now let's get to the barn shots, right??!...


The ambiance was so very beautiful!  So much to look at and take in...I was on sensory overload!!!  Just so much love and talent went into this sale!  Although the evening lighting in the barn was not ideal for picture taking, you couldn't beat it for the actual experience...lots of candles and white lots everywhere to evoke a magical feeling to the event {the champagne didn't hurt either :)}...








So many interesting elements all mixed together...


The "deconstructed" chair that I thought was so fun...


Angela's gorgeous dried herb bouquets...








Jen's beautiful artwork...





Anne Marie had some really special handmade items that I loved {and bought!}...






I would love to show you even more photos, but I realize this post is getting rather long, so please pop on over to Jen's blog for some additional photos if you'd like to see more!


***On another note, I wanted to also let all of you know that my friend Traci has a super fabulous tutorial up on her blog right now on how to make a blog banner with multiple photos...she has such clear instructions and I know a lot of people would like to do this, but are unsure how...so please head over to her blog and check that out!!!***

And last, but not least...

Fifi has released the cover of her upcoming book, Romantic Prairie Style, due out on April 30, 2011.  And, the exciting news is that my dear friend Maria's home made the cover shot!!!  Woo hoo, I am sooooooo excited for Maria! :))  Take a look...


and here's the back cover of the book...


The book is already available for pre-order on Amazon...click *HERE* to order!



Phew!  I think that's everything for now!  Happy new week to all of you!!!


:) Tracey