My sister A gave me a lovely cake stand out of the blue. The new cake stand and a quiet Saturday morning was motivation enough for me to re-purpose a rarely used, glass-front kitchen cabinet with a bunch of my cake stands (and hobnail glasses). The newly organized cabinet was immensely gratifying. Chalk up one for my feeble forces of order and organization!
My father was very fond of *Teak Furniture*. I can't help but think of him whenever I see teak. Unfortunately it is so rarely found these days. However, last weekend I got lucky, really lucky. I was out shopping at a second hand furniture store with A (my sister) and Crafty Friend Karen when I came across a teak secretary desk/bookshelf. The piece was a little dusty and had a few pen marks, but my father had taught me how to care for teak (steel wool and teak oil) so I knew I could easily clean it up.
Two days later the desk/bookshelf was delivered to my house. Hubby was there to receive it and surprisingly he voiced his approval instead of inquiring of the price. When I got home from work I ran into the study to admire it. It was perfect! The study already contained a teak desk and a wall of teak bookshelves which I had inherited from my father, so the new piece was the perfect accompaniment. That night I scrubbed it and oiled it, so that it was back to its former glory.
For me it has become a new gem in my home. I feel like my father is smiling down on me and nodding his head in approval. I also feel like I have carried on the torch for the fondness of teak (it sounds silly, but I am proud of it). It is five years today since my father has passed and I am thankful for all the ways I have to keep his memory alive. I miss you Dad. I treasure my memories of you and the parts of me that are you.
I just added *Another Cake Stand* to my collection (help! I'm an addict!). This one is from Barbara Barry...I love her! Sale goes till August 15th, 11am (EDT). Shop now at Rue La La!
I recently purchased these lovely *Lotus Nesting Plates* by Jardins En Fleur from One Kings Lane. I can't wait to put them to good use. If you haven't discovered One Kings Lane yet, then check it out! They offer major discounts on items for your home (you will need to register your e-mail account first). They only have 1-3 'Sales Events' going on at a time, so it is worth while to check back often.
P.S. I can't remember who tipped me off to One Kings Lane, but thanks to whomever it was!
In this photo (which was taken by K--both photos were actually) you can see the buffet. I really just heart it so badly. (I think it's okay for me to say that since I am not really complementing myself, but my good fortune). In the upper hand corner you can see a snippet of the Japanese teacup collection that was from my other Grandmother. Truth be told, my house, just like me, is made up of many pieces (a chair, a table, a bookcase, a painting) from my family. Although I am (finally) at the point in my life where I could replace these items with things that I have picked out and purchased, I don't think that I would have it any other way.
PS- There is a little mystery surrounding the china. There are no marks anywhere that gives any indication on the who, what, or where the china was made. Unfortunately, the sugar bowl and creamer did not survive their years in storage and I would love to find replacements. Does anyone out there have any ideas or suggestions on where to look? I borrowed a few books from the library and tried to do some online research and I have found nothing.
I was at Paper Source this past weekend and picked up some fabulous *fuchsia* envelopes. Fuchsia is a new color offering from Paper Source and I already have big plans for it. I have paired it with their Luxe Blush cards to make the V-day cheer we will send out to family and friends. The cards were stamped with a lovely bird and banner motif from Impress' stamp collection. The initial stamp was then filled and glittered to make it a perfect complement to the bright and bold envelope.
Don't forget to add some Valentine love to the back of the card and the envelope flap...
I am really excited about this new color offering because I am a big fan of fuchsia. It is my favorite color of roses (or Peonies when in season) and it is the perfect color to add a punch of excitement and sophistication to any neutral setting. Please see some lovely examples from Domino below:
The final coats of paint have been applied, the final pieces of furniture have been snatched from other rooms in the house, anything else desperately needed was purchased from the great cheap furniture Mecca, Ikea, and then...just like that My Room is done! How does it feel? LOVE IT! No longer do I have projects and supplies scattered throughout the house, no longer do my eyes strain under poor lighting, no longer are my projects interrupted and shoved aside to accommodate dinner or breakfast. It feels wonderful and liberating to have a space of my own.
Remember back in the day when you lived with your parents? You could close the door to your bedroom and it was your sanctuary from the world. Well, this is the adult version of that. Instead of posters and a boom box, it is stocked with my (new) sewing machine & Martha magazines. Supplies galore and fabric stacks are neatly organized (sort of) and ready to be pulled down at any minute to be transformed.