Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vintage Inspired Christmas Entertaining


Happy Wednesday!  I wanted to share with you the photos I took and some of the simple entertaining tips I shared recently in my article for Heather Bullard's holiday issue of Souvenir.  Souvenir is a seasonal lifestyle gazette, and it's free!  If you would like to subscribe to get future issues, go *HERE*

Thank you so much Heather for including me in this wonderful issue of Souvenir!



My article featured my love of using vintage items and reinventing how to use them...especially for entertaining...and especially during the Christmas season...


Above, I used the old tool chest that usually sits in my bedroom to serve cocktails on...it's a fun piece that shows off the vintage pink cocktail glasses perfectly.  I always thoroughly wash and seal any vintage pieces I buy as soon as I bring them home, so they are ready to be used for whatever purpose I might think up down the road :) 

{I use a water based polyurethane and just brush it right onto whatever I want to seal.}



You have seen me use this Goodwill find before!  I love using this silver serving tray with the perfect patina for showcasing drinks of all kinds, including simple red wine.  I just added some of the many vintage watch dials I have collected over the years to each glass stem, using wired mini garland, for a festive look...


And, lastly, this vintage blue caddy gets used for a different purpose every other month it seems!  It's perfect to gather items up for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for any small party...

 

I love using a sprig of rosemary and some jute twine around simple white napkins during the Fall and Winter...


I am really starting to feel the Christmas spirit lately and am so excited that we will be getting our tree this weekend!  We have a rather large artificial tree that we have had for years, but this year my husband and I thought it would be nice to take the kids to a tree farm and get a real one...an experience they've never had.  I'm really looking forward to it!

Enjoy the rest of your week ~

:) Tracey


p.s.  And, just a reminder that my big Christmas sale is still going on...in the SHOP!!!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Sale!


Hi!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!  I'm a little late for Cyber Monday, as I wanted to announce my sale this morning, but it has been an extremely busy past week for me...my best friend, Natasha, was in from Denver to visit for a couple of days last week and we were able to get a jump start on our Christmas shopping...and then my sister, Jeanna, was in from St. Paul for Thanksgiving, so it has been a whirlwind of shopping, family time, games, laughter, movies and fun!

I want to thank all of you who have shopped with me this past year!  I appreciate your support of my little shop more than words can express!  I feel so blessed to be able to have a home based business that reflects my love of decorating and my passion for styling and photography and keeps me available for my little ones.  A most heartfelt thank you to all of you!!!


***From now thru next Monday, December 5th, I am having a Christmas sale on many, many items in my  SHOP!  I'd love for you to take a look around!! 


Enjoy your evening ~

Tracey






Thursday, November 17, 2011

One Table, Two Ways Part 2



Happy week before Thanksgiving!  I can hardly believe it!!  I am hosting a dinner party on Friday evening, but then I am off the hook for Thanksgiving.

Well, I changed up the table setting from Monday just a bit...mixing my favorite two elements, the rustic and the pretty, for this version...




I kept things fairly simple...I used my bolt of burlap and cut a piece big enough to cover the table and then added  vintage French canning jars, golden pears, and the prettiest vintage dinner plates  to achieve the look I was going for...


I then stamped words like...gather ~ family ~ love...onto vintage wallpaper that I had picked up at the flea market some time ago, and fashioned a little napkin holder.  I also tucked a torn page from a vintage French book and tucked it under the silverware...why, because I seem to be a wee bit obsessed with torn papers lately :)  You could choose to stamp names of your guests instead, I just wanted to change it up a bit...






For each new morning
with its light,

For rest and shelter
of the night

For Health and food
for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson




While I was photographing, my little helper showed up and asked if she could come to my party...well, how could I say no?!!  She even put her "pretty" dress on all by herself :))





Blessings to all of you ~


Tracey

Monday, November 14, 2011

One Table, Two Ways...


Happy Monday!  Well, November is moving right along isn't it?!!  With Thanksgiving coming up next week already, I thought I was past due for a table setting post.  I also wanted to showcase some of the items I have in my shop, so while my husband and kids were out of the house on Saturday, I had the idea to do a little "rearranging" in the family room and shoot my table setting post in there...then I had the idea to show you the same table set two different ways.  I love doing table settings so much, that I have been trying to really focus on adding items to the  SHOP  that reflect this love. 

If you get a chance, please stop back on Thursday morning and I will have this table set a whole different way for you :) 



Elements for this table setting include:

vintage ironstone dishes

vintage silverware

pine cones and cranberries

pear branches from my yard

pressed and dried maple leaves from my parent's yard

 {I dry leaves in between the pages of a telephone book every year so that I have them available whenever I might want to use them for Fall table settings and craft projects}



I covered one of my sap buckets with a  vintage French map and then tied some jute twine around it for a little added interest.



I have a dozen of these blue striped napkins for myself and use them all the time at my dinner parties, they have such great texture and just keep getting better every time I wash them.  I decided just to leave the napkins casually draped on the back of the side chairs...



I am in love with the extra large vintage mason jars that I just added to the shop!  They are over 9 inches tall and will be perfect for many decorating projects this Christmas season.





Because I love how versatile basic white ironstone dishes are, I will start offering pieces in the shop as I find them at the flea market...right now I have a beautiful pair of antique ironstone platters listed.




And just because I think the antique French letters that I brought back from Paris are so very pretty, I added one of those to each place setting as well :))






I now offer the vintage German beer bottles you see on top of the armoire in the shop too...they can be found, along with other new items, in the Flea Market Finds !


***And, as a holiday special, I am offering all Jeanne d' Arc Living pillow covers I carry at $25 off now thru Thanksgiving weekend!!!  You can find them in the Beautiful Living section of my shop***

Have a great day!


Tracey

p.s.  I cooked the best tasting turkey I have ever made yesterday.  I bought one of the fresh turkeys from Trader Joe's and followed the instructions *HERE* to cook the turkey breast-side down so that the breast meat would be extra moist...and it worked!  Just thought I would pass that tip along.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wandering the Streets of Paris


Bonjour!  Aside from the flea markets, my favorite thing to do in Paris is to simply wander the streets and observe, soak in, and enjoy the beauty that is everywhere!  My husband and I spent MANY hours walking around during our trip.  The mornings were a bit brisk, but every afternoon was bright sunshine and in the 60's...perfect!

It is a daunting task to come home with sooo many photos and then try and narrow down which ones I should share here on my blog...so I decided to just pull a random sampling of our excursions for now, and maybe a bit later I will show you some more...




The cafes are an integral part of the Parisienne lifestyle and such a wonderful part of being in Paris.  I never got tired of sitting down for a cafe au lait and listening to the "French chatter" all around me.  I was beyond thrilled that one of the cafes right near our hotel served decaf cafe au lait!  Seriously, I was ecstatic!  I gave up caffeine earlier this year as it was causing all kinds of problems for me, so I thought I was going to have to forgo my beloved lattes while in Paris...nope...we went twice a day to get a decaf cafe au lait they were so good :))


  





The sky was an amazing color of blue on this particular day and clear as could be!  This is outside of Eglise Saint-Sulpice.  I always feel it is a very special part of our trips to be able to visit some of the beautiful, old churches that are in Europe.  I took a few pictures inside the church even though it was very dark {I did not use flash}...











{L'Opera}











{Yes, I did stand in the middle of Champs-Elysees avenue to get this picture of the Arc De Triomphe!}




The only disappointment of our trip, was when we went to the Musee d'Orsay and discovered that it was closed due to a strike!  Next time!!



Toting my camera around, I looked like a total tourist the whole time we were in Paris and I don't care...if you have a passion for photography like I do, there is simply no better place on earth to be than in Paris!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my trip with me!

:) Tracey

Monday, November 7, 2011

Creatively Made


Good morning!  Just a quick post today to let you know about the wonderful new e-course that my good friend, Jeanne Oliver, has just started taking enrollment for...


Here is a brief summary of her amazing new e-course:

In this four week journey art will be your companion to help you remember what you were made for all along.


Week One-Accepting the gifts you were given

Week Two- Perspective changes everything

Week Three-Growing your gifts

Week Four- Letting Go

Each week will include mixed media how-to videos, PDFs, templates, written explanations, themed videos, Q&A time, guest artists, assignments and inspiration.

There will also be fun studio tours to encourage you to make space for yourself and your gifts. There will also be inspiring videos from many of the creative women in my life that share bits of their heart and their journey to embracing the gifts that they have. 



The class will begin January 9, 2012 and will run for four weeks.






You can also go  *HERE*  to view a video about the new e-course!

To sign up to be a part of Creatively Made, or to read more about it, go *HERE*

All images courtesy of Jeanne Oliver



I will be back very soon with some more pictures from my trip!  Enjoy your Monday!!


Tracey


p.s.  I am back in stock on Jeanne d' Arc Living's new book, Amazing Retreats, if you didn't get a copy last month and would like one.  I also added new items to the  Flea Market Finds  section of the shop!