Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer Mantel with vintage letters

Hello friends!

I did a quick change out of the old mantel I have in the dining room last month and I realized the other day that I never showed it to you...

I took an old frame and some jute twine and used that to hang some of my vintage French letter collection.  I think these old letters with their beautiful script are worth displaying, so I wanted to find a way to showcase them...

...so that is what inspired my mantel change out!  A little Queen Anne's Lace from the nearby prairie field and a touch of ironstone and the new look was complete...

Quick and easy!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!!


Monday, July 30, 2012

Jeanne Oliver Designs ~ The Vintage Collection

Good morning!  I wanted to share a peek at my good friend, Jeanne Oliver's, new limited Summer Collection!

Jeanne is so very talented and this line truly reflects her love of vintage and her passion for design!!  This new collection includes handbags made from some of the most amazing vintage fabrics, art, jewelry, home decor, and clothing...take a look at the gorgeous new Vintage Collection...

Isn't her photography incredible??!!

To see more of Jeanne's new line, go *HERE*

I will be back soon, enjoy your day ~

:) Tracey

{All photos courtesy of Jeanne Oliver Designs}

Monday, July 23, 2012

Creatively Made Home

Happy Monday!

I am so excited to share with you the new ecourse that I am a part of...Creatively Made Home!!!

This is the very first ecourse I have done and it is something I am working very hard on :)  I am so honored to get to work with such a wonderful, talented, amazing group of women on this project...

This is a 5 week online course that will be hosted by:

and me...Tracey Leber

This is a course that celebrates making life beautiful in the everyday!

Here is the jam-packed schedule for this course:

* Each week you will have amazing truthful videos from not only the five teachers but other creative women.
* Each week we will take a room from one of YOU and all five women will give their suggestions telling you how they would transform the room with their style.
* There will be 50+ project videos.
These will be incredible videos that include everything from gardening, cooking, gift giving and decorating.
* There will be written tips from each woman telling you how she starts a room, picks paint, fabrics, etc.  You will learn where to start when putting your own home together.
* Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the five women.
* Videos that truly reflect what life is like in each of their homes.  The stuff that life is really about.  
* Each woman will share their own truthful journey about how they started making their home a reflection of their hearts.
* Each person registered will get an easy entertaining e-book to download.
It will contain go to recipes for beautiful and easy entertaining (they do go together), photos of table settings that take the stress out of having people over, favorite drinks and so much more (and their funniest entertaining story).
* There will be a private Facebook group to connect with other class members.
* There will be a once a week live discussion with one of the teachers!
* You will get printables and pdfs to keep and use again and again.

Registration is now open
The price of the course is $58 for all 5 weeks

I hope you will join me in this journey...

Click below to sign up!!!

{please go *HERE* for frequently asked questions}

I know I said it already, but I just can't tell you how excited I am to share this journey with all of you!!!

:) Tracey

**Note:  this e-course originally ran in October and November, but you can still sign up and take this e-course now.  All videos and course material will remain up and available on the Creatively Made Home website until May 2013, so there is plenty of time to take the full e-course and view all of the information!!!**

Friday, July 20, 2012

Vintage Summertime

Hello friends!

Just a super quick post to share a few summertime images with you!  I needed to reshoot a few product shots for a project I am working on, so I thought I would share a few with you...

I had a wonderful customer order one of my Extra Large Vintage Mason Jars last year and she told me that she used it to serve fun drinks...I loved the idea and have been doing it ever since.  Last month for the Midwest Living photo shoot, I used three of these jars {with hanging tags} and set them up on my buffet for serving different kinds of wine....so many fun ideas with these!

And the always popular, Galvanized Stools with Numbers, are so versatile inside or out...

{my favorite French Linen Blue Striped Towel is in the background}

I have some exciting news to share on Monday, so please stop back if you can :))

Have a happy weekend!!


p.s. for some lovely summertime images, please check out my friend Bine's beautiful blog, Maison Beldecor!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Hi!  Today I am sharing some pictures from our recent trip to Lake Geneva, where we enjoyed the beach, the water park, and the petting zoo and stables!

What I want to talk about, though, is more of what is on my mind right now...which stems from the fact that tomorrow I am turning the big 4 - 0!

My little Caighton, my baby, is a big 5 years old today!!!  Ever since she was born, it's been nice that her birthday has always kind of overshadowed mine :)  Allowing me to just breeze past my own birthday...

But, unfortunately, I can't seem to ignore the impending 40.  I think I will actually be relieved when the day has come and gone, so that it can just be over and done with :))

Why are the "decade" birthdays such a big deal?!!  I didn't think all that much of turning 38 or 39, so why should 40 be such a big deal??!

I must admit though, that I have spent quite a bit of time lately just reflecting on life...and the relationships that I have...and even those that I have lost..

Relationships seem to be the theme that my mind keeps coming back to lately.

It's funny, when I turned 30, I measured my "success" in life, thus far, very differently than I measure it now...

Back then, I felt like I could put a big mental check mark up for the fact that we owned a home, and had two nice cars, and that we were financially moving in the right direction...material things were the barometer for which I measured success.

Today, as I look back over the years of my life, it is the relationships that I have that give me pause and make me say, "my life is full and I am blessed," not the material things.

While I have lost all four of my grandparents, 

as well as, my beloved father-in-law...one of the greatest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and loving...

I have also gained three precious children.  

A relationship with one's children is, at times, a very difficult one, as there must always be a balance

~ discipline and guidance with love and friendship ~

But simply put, my children are my greatest success.  Period.  And they are also my greatest source of joy...

And then there is the love of my life, my husband, who truly is the center of my world.  It is the relationship that we have...the one that we work so hard to nurture...that makes everything else in my life work.

He brings me such happiness and I can honestly call him my best friend.

The last decade has meant many changes for me in who and why I call someone friend.

It used to be that if I could share a cocktail and easily chat with someone, I would quickly label that person my friend...fun and ease of conversation were the measure...

...today I measure things very differently.  With maturity, comes a deeper understanding of who I am, what is important to me, and why I choose to allow someone close to my heart...

I would rather have five, dear close friends, than 50 casual friends.

I give a lot to those that I love, I also expect a lot...and I have made many mistakes over the years when it comes to friendships...

But I would like to think, as I am on the cusp of 40, that I have learned a lot as well.

At times, you must simply listen to God and ask him to guide you...to heal your heart...and to thank Him for knowing what is best for you...

this kind of acceptance is a valuable lesson I have learned over the last few years.  And is has shaped the kind of friend I am today.

I am so abundantly blessed with the good, honest, loving relationships I have in my life right now, that I feel like I should be rejoicing for turning 40 instead of dreading it...after all, I now have 40 years of lessons and love to guide me, right?!

I know this isn't my usual kind of post.  More like the ramblings and thoughts that have been bouncing around in my mind over the last few weeks.  I guess turning 40 has also brought out my sentimental side :))  

I will say this, when it comes to relationships, what I have learned is this...

~ it is just as important to give love as it is to receive love.
bitterness, jealousy, and hatred will weaken and deplete you, 
and forgiveness will, ultimately, always strengthen you...

A very heartfelt thank you to all of you for always stopping by and supporting me and encouraging me!  You too are a cherished part of my life!!

Blessings ~


Saturday, July 14, 2012


Hello!  Happy weekend!!

I almost never seem to post on the weekend, but I am so behind on posting, that I thought I would try a Saturday post :)

We took the kids up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a few days of sun and fun this past week.  As I was going thru the photos yesterday that I had taken, I realized that I still haven't shown you any of the pictures from Brussels or Paris from our last trip in May...wow am I behind!

{The Pantheon}

I thought I would start with a few pictures of Paris today as we just booked our plane tickets to France a few days ago and are officially all set to go to Provence in early September!!!  So since I have France on the brain, I thought I would start here and then circle back to Brussels in a later post...

We took the train down from Brugges to Paris and arrived to a warm and sunny 80 degrees on our first day in Paris...

You know how much I dislike having my picture taken :))  ...but I couldn't resist having my husband snap a quick pic of me with the Eiffel Tower in the background!

This was right after we went to Musee d'Orsay to see the absolutely incredible display of Impressionist paintings.  Since is was such a gorgeous day we simply started walking and spent hours and hours just enjoying the beauty of Paris.

I actually did not take a ton of pictures on this particular trip...I think I had taken so many pictures in Belgium that I just felt like taking a breather and soaking it all in!  I love Paris so very much and I always long to go back.  I will manage to be there for 2 days on this next trip, in between our busy schedule, and I can't wait!

The wisteria growing at the little park next to Sacre Coeur was so lovely.  The whole Montmartre area is just beautiful...

Enjoy your Saturday!