Saturday, May 16, 2009

French Market Bathroom Redo

I love France! My bathroom is about to get a makeover and I have decided to do it French-Parisian. The rest of my house is shabby chic, so I thought I would do something different. I repurposed a glass front cabinet from my son's room and now I just have to paint it.
I bought some border to cover the very "german" tile that is currently in my bathroom. Thankfully I have all white tile and a white ceiling so most of the transformation will be accessories. I will post a picture of my current bath.
Oh and what great timing to start this whole "French" thing. We are leaving on THURSDAY for Provence, France!!! EEEHHHH! I can't wait. I have printed off several markets in Nice, and all the surrounding areas! Oh yea, and I hope to come back with just 1 celebrity photo since the Cannes Film Festival will be going on while we are there. We are staying in Frejus-which is only 30 mins from Cannes.

So I searched forever to find vintage french wallboarder and I finally decided on this one:

(I like the old vintage postcards)

I purchased these french tags from Etsy this morning-I am going to use them to label my baskets with towels and other baskets with accessories

I did not buy this, but I love it-I think I can make one myself-or atleast I will try. Maybe I will find a real sign in Provence this weekend

I am going to get baskets like these at Ikea and use them for my towels and of course label them with my new labels. Would love to find vintage baskets at a market-I will be on the hunt!I like these buckets as well to put in the cabinet to hold all my medications and bathroom necessities

I love french style hooks, whether to hang a towel on, or an old burplap bag with fresh flowers-a must for any french room

I am looking for pulls like these to replace the old ones on the cabinet. I am trying to do everything at minimal cost-but I think these were a steal at $1.99 per knob!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Sometimes you get discouraged

Because I am so small

And always leave my fingerprints

On furniture and walls.

But every day I'm growing -

I'll be grown some day

And all those tiny handprints

Will surely fade away.

So here's a little handprint

Just so you can recall

Exactly how my fingers looked

When I was very small.

I am so thankful for my children, being a mom is the best gift on earth that I have been given.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


I thought about finding an appropriate poem to describe friendship and all that it means to me, but I decided to just speak from my heart. Even though I won't meet most of my "bloggers" in person, it is sometimes hard to bear your soul to complete strangers. I suppose it is just more humbling than anything, but Lord knows I need to be humbled.

I have never been that person who had tons and tons of friends. A lot of times and even still, my heart is broken over such things as not being the "one invited". On many occassions I will pour my heart out to my husband through tear-stained eyes, asking the questions "What is wrong with Me?" I am saying all of this because the friends I do have " I cherish and treasure". I get much joy from spending time with those that I call friends. A simple phone call lights up my world.
Last night I was blessed to have dinner with my wonderful friend Allison. Allison is a person that I have bore my heart and soul to, we have talked about everything, and I mean everything. We have laughed and we have cried. We share our joys and sorrows of work and marriage and everything in between. She is a rare and beautiful treasure and I am so thankful that the Lord put her in my life. My heart is breaking that she is leaving. We shared a fabulous meal. She went and picked lovely tulips from the blumen field just for me. Thank you again Allison for your friendship-I know that the Lord put you in my life for such a time as this!

When you have a person in your life that you can truly call as "friend" make sure that you tell that person how much you appreciate them! Love ya Allie!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Afternoon Tea in the Castle Library

What is more lovely than spending the afternoon sipping tea with friends? Maybe taking the time for afternoon tea in the castle library! That is exactly what I did yesterday with 4 lovely ladies. As a surprise birthday gift for my friend Jill and myself, our other friends surprised us with afternoon tea at Schloss Kronberg ( About 20 minutes past Frankfurt Airport sits this lovely castle.

Below is the entrance into the castle

The beautiful lobby
We had afternoon tea in the library

Angie and Jill selecting their finger sandwiches-they were all so wonderful!

First we started with champagne, drinks, and sandwiches, then we had our decedent scones and sweets, our tea, and then either port or sherry. We all had the PORT and it was so good.
Heather refilling on champagne
The piano player was amazing, the ambiance was so tranquil, I felt so special
At the end of the tea, we were able to take a private tour of the castle, below is one of the display cabinets in the breakfast room-the castle is amazing, you can stay at the hotel for as little as 4oo euro a night or take the exec suite for 1500 euro a night!
The ladies on the grand staircase following the tour
Andrea, Jill, Angie, Jenna and Heather
Heather, Angie, Jill, Jenna and Andrea by the fountain outside the castle

The grounds were beautiful, there is an 18 hole golf course and rose gardens-all very beautiful
Thank goodness for timers on cameras! We captured some really lovely moments.
The gals having a good time!

Even the bathroom was beautiful
It was so awesome to have someone wait on you-even just for an afternoon!
It was quite an afternoon-I feel very blessed to have friends like these-what a rare treasure! Thanks ladies!