Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I Give Thanks for my blogland friends. You have blessed my life with your friendships.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Always a Favorite with Me

This is one of my favorite booths at Rennigar's in Mt Dora FL
Peggy has been doing the Shabby Chic style before Rachael Ashwell claimed the name.
She actually started out in CA with a friend. When I had my shop, she and I would bump into each other early every Monday at another Flea Market.
The secret to great finds is being the early bird. Probably the only time in my life that I actually enjoyed getting up before dawn were those Mondays. Ahhhh....the thrill of the hunt.
I don't know what it is about bird cages but I couldn't keep them in my shop.

Now along with the white and cream painted furniture is black.
Thank you Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs!
Your prices have made our finds soooo much more appealing to our customers. And we can give you that designer look for a fraction of the cost.
Another great place to shop is Craigslist.
Wait until you see what I found there for a song. My heart actually skipped a beat.
I will post it later.
Until then.
Remember..... the early bird gets the worm!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

It's A Chili Night In Tampa

There's nothing like a bowl of Chili to warm you from the inside out.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'll Have a Blue Christmas....please

Let's start from the top!
You can almost hear the song, "I'll have a Blue Christmas," playing, can't you?
But I can assure you this a Blue feeling is not what you will find in my friend Kathleen's home. Her holidays are filled with family and friends and if she saw it being otherwise she and her husband Scott would drag in the homeless to celebrate the Birth of our Lord!

I had a wonderful time decorating her home. She bought her decorations from Michael's. They have beautiful things there this year. She was funny as she collected her 40% off coupons and back in August started picking up this or that.
So now my friend can enjoy her holidays hosting her little heart out!

Her tree is filled with blue and silver ornaments with enough glitter to cover a small child. I looked dazzling when I arrived home, sparkling from head to toe.

Waiting for stocking to be hung by the chimney with care. I know that Santa will surely be there!

Oh Deer!

Don't you just love the mercury glass? She has been collecting that as well.

Kathleen wishes you a Very Merry Christmas.
And may you find the joy of the Lord filling your days!
God Bless You!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Finding Balance

My life is a bit out of balance right now.
I am taking a short break as I gain that balance back.
I will be posting in a couple of weeks.
See you then.
Big Hugs

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pink Victorian Shades for Pink Saturday

I was on a search for pink this week when I discovered a beautiful booth in Rennigar's in Mt Dora Florida. I was so drawn to these beautiful Victorian Lampshades.
I hope you enjoy looking at them. Be sure to click on them to enlarge as the detail is wonderful.
And when you are done make sure you go to to enjoy another Pink Saturday hosted by the wonderful Beverly.
The fabric and the fringe and the beadwork are amazing and each one is a true work of art.

Beautiful don't you think?

The fringe is hand dyed to match whatever colors the artist pulls from the fabric.

At first I thought this was a print on fabric but they are actually painted by another local artist from Florida.

It isn't hard to see the care that is put into each shade.

And this is where it all began. The framed picture is a shade that was made by the artist's Great Grandmother. She passed away when she was 3 but she passed on her talent to her sweet Grand Daughter. Donna Ladley.

Donna has been making Victorian shades since 1972 and as you can see she has mastered her craft.

If you see anything that you would like Donna's e-mail address is :

I am dreaming of the day that I can own one of these beautiful shade.
Can't you see it in my Shabby Old House ?

But the trouble is , Which One?
They all would look fabulous!
Like the shade in the picture this is a larger version of Donna's Grandmother's shade.
I think Grandmother would be proud don't you? Ever wonder what you will pass to the next generation? I guess we need to remember, LITTLE EYES ARE WATCHING.