Thursday, April 28, 2011

Entertaining and a little Giveaway...

Hello my friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!!  My sister was in town for 4 days {which was so nice}, so I am a little late with posting this week...

I popped into Anthropologie the other day and fell in love with their new Homegrown Monogram Mugs!  I had some fun taking pictures of them...I wanted to show them to you because I thought they would be so pretty for a Mother's Day tablesetting...

aren't they adorable?!! could use them as the cup at each place setting, to serve tea/coffee, or you could fill them with flowers and use them for cute little vases. 

 {my pear tree is in bloom right now so I finally have something from my garden that I can use!}

So now for a quick giveaway  ~

You all are so special to me and I appreciate you coming by and reading my little blog so very much, that I thought I would give some of these anthro mugs away to one winner!

Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win all of the Homegrown Monogram Mugs that are shown here in this post...a total of 8 mugs.

If you would like to blog, Facebook, or Twitter about this giveaway, I will happily enter your name an additional time into the drawing {please leave a separate comment for each}.  Winner to be drawn by random number generator.

Contest is open worldwide and ends at midnight on Monday, May 2nd.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday morning...

Thank you again for all of the generous support you all give me!!!

Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

My Kitchen Redo...

Good morning!  As promised, I did manage to take a few pictures of my newly updated kitchen.  This was a minor redo and not a complete makeover, here's what we husband installed butcher block countertops, a farmhouse sink and new faucet, and trim where the old backsplash used to be...we also painted the walls to match the family room and I painted the island white...

You know how much I love white, but I wanted to be sure that the kitchen felt warm and inviting, and I feel that the wood countertops really helped to balance the white and do that!  I have to mention too, that my inspiration for choosing the butcher block countertops was my friend Jen and her beautiful kitchen makeover!

The sink skirt is made of vintage mangle cloth that my friend Maria kindly shared with me and my mom was generous enough to sew for me.

{The grain sack runner, French jars and crate, gorgeous aprons, and French bottle carrier are all from Dreamy Whites...Maria is a great source for all things French :)) }

I still have work to do in here to get it to look how I envision, but I wanted to at least share some pictures with you!

I wish all of you a wonderful, blessed Easter!!!


Monday, April 18, 2011

A big girl bed

Happy Monday!  Well, my 3-year-old finally got a big girl bed over the weekend!  I have had this old iron bed {that my mom found for me for $50 at a garage sale!!} for several years now...just waiting for her...but I have been a little reluctant to give up the ease of the crib :))  But, alas, it was time, and so I thought I would share a few pictures of Caighton's room with you since it has been awhile since I've shown it...

I'm still working out the linens for her bed, and I need to find a dust ruffle that will look right, but for now, I have kept it pretty simple.  I have a plain white duvet cover on her down comforter that I think I paid $20 for at Target a few years ago, so to spruce it up a bit, I followed my friend Maria's lead and threw one of my French linen sheets over the bed.

{the beautiful vintage toile pillows are from Dreamy Whites and the lovely linen ruffle throw at the foot of the bed is from Full Bloom Cottage}

{the grey iron architectural piece is one I bought at Joy's Shop the Shed sale last year...she has another sale coming up this week}

I plan to update the pictures on her shelf with more recent ones, but just haven't had the chance yet, so this part of her room is the same as it has been for awhile now...

So that is where I'm at, for now, in Caighton's room...I want to tweak a few things still {I can never just leave things alone!}, so I will update the pictures on this post when I do.

Come back on Thursday for pictures of my kitchen redo!

Have a great week and thank you for stopping by!!!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Metal in the Mix

Happy Friday!  I have always loved having at least one metal piece in every room that I decorate...I feel that it helps to ground a room and adds extra interest, so when I came across this blue industrial cart that my friend and flea market dealer Diane was selling, I could not resist it!

Ever since I gave Braden the petite farm table that I had in my studio, to use as a desk in his room, I have been searching for the right replacement...and I think this is the perfect one!  I love the bold pop of blue to brighten the room...

I sealed the entire cart and so I can now use it for parties and wheel it into any room where I might need it.

Thank you Maria for the fabulous grain sack lavender pillows, I loooove them!  Especially the ones made from old German grain sacks!!

{I bought the clock above at Home Goods on clearance for cheap because the clock arms were bent, so I just took them off and am using it as a clock face instead!}

We are officially done with the kitchen, I just have not quite had time to photograph it yet...I promise to share some photos with you next week some time!

Enjoy your weekend ~

:) Tracey

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flowers and vintage paper love...


Hello!  I'm back from my trip and, of course, waaaaay behind on things!  So this will be a quick post and link up with Kim and her wonderful Texture Tuesday.

I took a few pictures yesterday of the ranunculus that were all tight buds when I left for my trip, but opened beautifully while I was gone.  I love these flowers!  I also love vintage papers of all kinds and so I combined the two for my photos.

Which of Kim's texture I used is listed below each photo...

{vintage and primmed}

I think the old maps that are hand drawn and colored are truly incredible works of art!

{warm sun}

{sepia ornate}

and here I used the first photo again with one of Kim's textures and one of my own...

{peeling paint and my 1853 texture}

On a different note, my good friend Jen has just revealed her new Spring collection, Urban Journey, and with it has put together the coolest flip book highlighting pieces from her beautiful collection...she did an amazing job!!!  I would love for you to take a look through this super cool flip book...

or view her shop *HERE*

To view more Texture Tuesday photos, please visit

Happy Tuesday!!!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Texture Tuesday

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I had so much fun last week with Kim's Texture Tuesday Party, that I decided to link up again!

So back into my files I went, to dig up some old images...and on to Photoshop to play...

This week we were to use only the Warm Sun texture that Kim had provided for free a few weeks earlier.  If you have not added yourself to Kim's Texture Lovin' List, head on over to her blog to do so...she really does give away so many wonderful textures!

Again I used varying opacity with each texture and I sometimes chose "linear burn" instead of the usual "normal" when applying the gives a very different look than laying the texture on top of the photo.

Oh, since so many people have asked me in the past, I also wanted to let you know that I use Photoshop Elements, not the professional version {I have PS Elements 8}.

Have a great rest of your week!  I am headed to Denver on Thursday to visit my best friend Natasha and also my very sweet friend Jeanne, so I probably won't have a chance to post again.

Please check out Kim Klassen Cafe to see many more beautiful textures or to link up yourself!!!