Friday, July 30, 2010

Wild Birthday Luncheon

I feel blessed to have two older sisters, eight and ten years older.  My nickname is "Baby Gail",  I think that says it all.  Anyway, my sister, Jeanette, just had a birthday.  Her daughter, Brooke, hosted a birthday luncheon for her.  Brooke and her husband are so creative and I wanted to share some of their home.

The dining room tablescape was lined with exotic candle holders. The damask table runner added charm to the setting.

The chargers are gold wire with crystal beads.  She used clear glass plates which showed off the chargers beautifully.

These are the patterned glass plates to sit on those lovely chargers.

Buffet in dining room.  In its previous life it was a pine cabinet but when they moved into this house they had it painted and feet added because of the high ceilings. 

Jeanette's favorite fruits, watermelon and grapes were included in the buffet line.

It is fun to include a tablescape in the buffet line. 

There were actually two vignettes that brought a colorful touch to the buffet line.

You don't mind waiting in the buffet line when there is eye candy to feast on.

Three of her great grandkids had to get out of the pool to sing "Happy Birthday" and lick the frosting off the candles on the cake.

Sorry but this is the wildest our party got with a closeup of the animal printed candles.
Jeanette loves to decorate and wear fashion in animal prints.

My beautiful sister, Jeanette, with her beautiful daughters, Kristie and Brooke.

I had to show them under Brooke's entry chandelier.
I will be posting more of Brooke's lovely home next.

I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday the next time I get a chance but for now this is it.

Have a Blessed Day

Friday, July 23, 2010

Rockabilly Adventure

In a previous post, A Lazy Summer's Day, Sally and I decided we would take an adventure to Southern California to go to the Urban Barn's Grand Opening.  We both had read about it online and knew this was something we would love to check out and we were not disappointed.

This vintage trailer greeted us.  I was in love.  When my husband and I were first married we had a trailer just like this one that we got from my parents so we could go camping with them.  I wish I had it back.
  Look how cute it was decorated on the inside.

The bed was all decked out in white bedclothes with burlap pillows and some prissy netting.

The kitchen was perfect for a vignette of lemons and rusty vintage accessories.

A closer look at the vintage flatware.

The lemonade looked wonderful especially because it was over 100 degrees that day.

Sally wanted to stay awhile.  How cute is that chandelier and those shabby corbels?  I might be tempted to camp if I had my old trailer fixed up like this.

This rockabilly outfit just set the mood.  She was already sold.
We saw it in its new shop later on that day.

 I did purchase this slip, those are the original colors.
This is my version of a rockabilly outfit I made to use in my guest room.
A momento of my Rock-a-billy Adventure.

Another cute slip at Urban Barn.

These vintage slips are very fashionable.

I purchased one of these aqua umbrellas and also the book, "The Well-Dressed Home" by Annette Tatum.
It is inspiring to read how your fashion design inspires your decorating style.

.  On the right is Urban Barn Owner, Linda.  Thank you Linda for working so hard on your Grand Opening.  It was so much fun.  She is such a nice person and I will definitely be going back for a visit.  On the left is Erika, one of the owners from The Tattered House in Sacramento California that I love to visit when going through that area. Whether going through Northern or Southern California, there are amazing places to shop.

There were vendors outside as well as inside the shop.  This is a tea kettle that came home with me.  That plant is very hardy.  It will have to be to live at my house. lol

This love seat found a new home at Sally's house.

I was going to wait to show you this typewriter but I couldn't resist giving you a sneak peek. I have several typewriters but this one has a pink key on the right and some pink writing on the margin.  Even though I don't use much pink in my home's decor anymore, I knew it could fit in anyway.  There are just some things you can't leave behind.

I thought this Paris map would be so cute with the typewriter.  What do you think?

Great cover on this umbrella.

Urns are so versatile and can easily be changed with the seasons.

Feminine beauties were everywhere.

I think I will let you browse and take it all in.

Congratulations for a successful grand opening. The Urban Barn  is amazing. I not only found so many fun items while shopping, I also found new friends. Thank you Linda for making me feel so welcomed. I love the purchases I made and look forward to coming back to shop. If you would like to contact Linda at the Urban Barn in Escondido California, you can go to her blog by clicking here.  
Please let her know you saw her on Victorian at Heart blog.

Happy Adventures

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cute Giveaway

My friend, Beverly, at My Sew Sweet Studio is having a giveaway. 
You will love this unique tote that she has made and the incredible
goodies she is going to include inside.

To be eligible to win click on her blog name above and follow the directions.  You will not want to miss your chance for this drawing.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Lazy Summer's Day

My friend, Sally, invited me for lunch and a movie one day last week. We just wanted to have "A Lazy Summer's Day".


Sally made me feel very special as I approached the front door with this cute sign welcoming me.

I was served a wonderful ham and cheese croissant sandwich. As we lazily sat at her kitchen island, we chatted about our summer.  I was not only treated to a yummy lunch, but I was enjoying "eye candy". Following is a collage of some of the treasures in her kitchen.

She and her husband have renovated their kitchen.
She has creatively displayed her many treasures.

Sally loves her chocolate and even though I didn't get a photo of the Hershey's cupcake she had for dessert,
I did get a photo of this vintage "chocolat" box she has displayed in one of her cabinets.

This is an armoire that I sold to Sally.

Now here it is in Sally's house with a new applique and painted white.Great transformation, it gave it a new life.  It is amazing what a little paint can do.

After dessert and the movie, Sally and I ended up making plans for a weekend adventure. We had a great time and I will be posting about our adventure after I get back from another getaway with family.

I am going to share this project with "Metamorphosis Monday"  with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.
If you would like to see more projects click on the "Metamorphosis Monday" button on the sidebar
or click here.

Hope you take time to enjoy "A Lazy Summer's Day".