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Mar 30, 2010

...spring in our step!

...Hello dear ones!!
Thank you for visiting on this spring day ~

This is Bella~bunn!!
My mom brought this mohair beauty
from Ohio!
all for me
 for my Easter basket surprise!

~ Isn't she just so lovely??!!

She took up half her suitcase
not to worry,
as I plan on filling that half up with extra special goodies for her return back!!(tee-hee!!)

I just adore her,
see her sweet bunny ballet shoes??
These were Julianna's first pair of ballet slippers!!
(I know right!)

..just wanted to share my new friend
given to me by someone I adore...

we are completely immersed in the studio
(loving having mother here, it's just way tooooo much fun~
and I'm secretly trying to figure out how to keep her here
HA~ sorry bro's!)
but seriously
 I'm soooo excited to reveal all the pretties to you
soon, very soon!!
(spoiler alert!!)
the peonies are turning out simply stunning
and would be lovely for a Mother's Day corsage!
and the new paper dolls are turning out ~ farmhouse romance!!

~ back to the studio

Mar 27, 2010

...at first glimpse

...hello lovelies!!
Just a quick post today ~

Please don't think I've disappeared!

my dear Mom finally arrived safely:)
and we've already been working on some fabulous new pretties!
so here is a first glimpse
those new things!
 coming soon...
~ hand stamped blush ribbons ~
~ gorgeous handmade peony flowers ~
~ paper dolls ~
~ cupcake cuffs ~

the renewal of all things lovely!!!

Mar 23, 2010

...stealin' time for ~ a cupcake!!

...hello dear lovelies!

 When I can steal away into the studio,
I  work on these
~ cupcake cuffs ~
I love working with vintage roses
and I always wonder who loved them before I did!

I am lining them in silk
because I think your pretty little wrists deserve elegance
even if you can't see it!
I use a vintage mother of pearl button for the clasp,
they have the most dreamy color to them
~ and a sprinkle of muted sequins, sparkling crystals and freshwater pearls
...aaahhhh, romance on your wrist!!

and really
I don't mind being surrounded by
"these" cupcakes
as there are zero calories in them!
 good thing too ~
as I love them all!!!

but what do you think?

Mar 22, 2010

...it's a cinderella kinda day!

I hope your first few days of spring
have been filled with lots of inspiring, happy things!
Today, is a cinderella kinda day ~
...cleaning, doing loads of laundry, planning tasty menu's for the week,
you know
pretty basic stuff most of us girls do!!
Wednesday my dear Mom will be arriving for her visit
and I want everything to be sparkling
I'll be in the laundry room if you need me!

...until next time ~


Mar 20, 2010

...wonderland of chocolates, a giveaway winner, and the number 17!!

Happy first day of spring...

Isn't this standing rabbit wonderful?
and could you guess that he is also made out of
Yes he is!!!
Handpainted ~ from another favorite shop of mine:
a wonderland of chocolate delight!
Who knew chocolate could be so
Look at these pretties

I'm sure you would find a new favorite at Rococo's!
They even have a chocolate school!!
but ~
it is toooo far away for me:(
so the blog will have to do for now
maybe we should move there!!


Won't you also join me in
~ Melinda ~
She is the lucky name drawn for
french rabbit giveaway!
whoo-hooo Melinda!

Tomorrow is #17
What is that????


...THAT is this ones
17th Birthday!!
and I gotta tell ya'
I have never had a problem with numbers
hit me
like a pillowcase full of lemons
hitting my head


my heart.

Don't get me wrong ~
I have devoted my life to giving my children their wings
so that one day,
they would fly...  
understanding that they are not mine...
but God's.
Two beautiful, fabulous gifts ~

Happiest Day my most beloved
young man...

Mar 19, 2010

...fabulous friday stuff!

Happiest Friday dear ones!!

It is officially spring weekend ~
See me
this gorgeous hat
ballerina ankle lenght tutu!!!
(every girl really should own a tutu ~
with lots of ruffles!!!)

 I would like to thank dear Ida
for this Kreativ Blogger Award

Thank You so much Ida ~
I am thrilled to receive this!

There are seven things that are asked of the winners
if they are interested in playing along
(please don’t feel obligated in any way!)

(1)Post the image of the award

(2)Thank the person who gave it to me.

(3)Link to the person who gave it to me

(4)Tell you seven things about myself that you wouldn't know

(5)Choose seven great bloggers to give this award to.

(6)Give a link to their blogs

(7)Leave them a message on their blog.

So here are 7 mysterious things about this girl:

~ I adore ruffley things
no, really...on clothes, shoes, cupcakes!!
okay, if you're a follower you already know this:)
~ I have a secret fetish for mermaids
not the disney version
but more like John William Waterhouse's

who just happens to be my next, you wouldn't know item!
~  I'm inspired by Waterhouse and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema works of art
they are hauntingly beautiful to me
~ I love to dress up like a fairy
and yes ~ complete with wings and a crown
and enjoy medieval fairs
~ I seek organic whenever possible
from foods to bamboo clothing
~ I have a cookie cupboard
and in that cupboard are fascinating things
such as molds for edible pearls & lace
and tiny candy fairies!!
and last
~ I enjoy all of YOU!
and getting to know you through your blogs
 and when you come visit mine!!

So now I will pass this on to Sandy, Rhonda, Kitty Kellie, Laura, Vivianne, Divina, Kylie

and if you haven't entered this french rabbit giveaway

there is still time
sign up below!

until then ~
Have a fabulous Friday!!


Mar 16, 2010

...Fetes de Paques Lapin Giveback

...good afternoon dear blog readers!

~ are you familiar with the Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine?
it is my very favorite!
Inspired from the pages of this lovely book,
 I've been creating pretties in the studio this week
celebrating spring!


take something as simple as an egg
(I love the shape of an egg!)
I've covered this one with layers of guaze, gesso, robin egg blue acrylic and snipets of lace!
A sweet vintage fabric image takes center stage
A hand dyed silk flower blooms on top
and below
a vintage chandelier crystal dangles!

also new this week
are these french easter rabbit art tags!
~ Fetes de Paques Lapin ~
Each carries a pussy willow branch, a promise of spring!
these fabulous rose petal ribbons!
There are so many things you can do with
all of these pretties!
Wouldn't you agree?
I wonder ~
Would you
like to win something like this?
I will ponder this a moment!


I simply
 must announce the winner of
Mr. Bunn's Spring Giveback!!


 *~ Claudia ~* 
Congratulations to YOU!!

and crongrats also to these lovely ladies
who also have a set of patisserie gift tags coming their way
for posting about Mr. Bunn's giveaway on their sidebar!
 Bonjade from:  http://bonjade.blogspot.com/
Thank You ladies for your support!
please email me all of your address' so I may send off your pretties!

I've pondered enough
 I shall announce
The Fetes de Paques Lapin Giveback!

This giveback will include:
* a set of 4 french easter rabbit art tags
* a linen white rose petal ribbon, about 72" long
* a jeanne d'arc style lace and crystal egg!!

If you'd like a more detailed look at any of these items,
all of these giveaway pretties are listed in my etsy shop!
(the jeanne d'arc eggs listed in etsy are a double egg ornament,
A single large egg will be given for this giveaway)

If you'd like to enter this giveaway:
leave a comment  for 1 chance
become a new follower for 2 chances
blog about or link this giveaway on your side bar for 4 more extra chances 
I will pick a winner on Saturday, 3/20

Happy Giveaway!!!


Mar 15, 2010

...a little cottage guest room and the story of the false wall!

Hello dear readers
Here is a look at my mom's temporary room!!
Jim built a false wall for me...

and why would I need a false wall
 you ask?
(for the sake of this post, you asked!)

Well, without going into the "t-m-i" zone on the meter reader
(too much info)
let me just say that

we have been trying to move back home with our families in Ohio
for a while now
(almost 2 years!)
we've been here for 7 years,
and although it doesn't seem like a lot of time
look at your child
and zoom reeaallly fast in your mind
 back to 7 years ago!
alot of life are in those 7 little years! 
moving on ~
~  because the housing market in Nevada in like one of the worst,
early last year,  we made the decision to sell our lovely, 3200sq. foot home
(complete with a guest bed and bath room!)
(important detail alert there, I promise!)
thinking that we would rent a home instead
kinda like a no strings attached thinking
and that we'd be ready to bounce
 at a moments notice
are you still with me?

I know

but I have a point

honest I do!

any way

in a nut shell ~
we did sell,
less than half of what we bought it for
heart broke
swallowed hard
 ~ enough said!

moving on
through the kilning process of life!!
(curious though, am I at least bronze yet?! HA!!)

fast forward to now ~

we are temporarily in a rental home of 1800sq. foot!!


you read that right


do you see my dilema NOW??!!

we thought we"d only be here for 6 months
okay 8 months tops!
this was only supposed to be T-E-M-P-O-R-A-R-Y situation!
as in gone, baby, GONE!
and ideally,
living in a lovely farmhouse somewhere in the northeast
feeding a few chickens
(what?! I'm just thinking of Belinda here!)
with roses and peonies and lavender growing everywhere....
earth to Rosemary

needless to say
God OBVIOUSLY has other plans!
(and strangely, it is well with my soul!) 
so here we are
in our very COZY rental home,
in need of a guest room 
what's a girl to do? 
 look outside of the box of course
(which gets me in trouble most of the time!!)
and ask hubby of mine
to construct this false wall!!!
(by the way ~ awesome job honey!!
meatloaf and mashed potato's for you tonight
I know, but it's one of his favorites!!:)

now, where were we...

oh right,
 the false wall ~
not really a wall,
as in, it only appears to be a wall
'cause you
 can't attach it to anything
it's a rental, kinda wall!

If you're still with me
hugs! :)
but I'm loving this false wall that
magically deliciously 
 turned our dining room
 a happy little cottage room for my dearest mom!!
(can't wait mom!! only 8 more days)
I made a ruffle slipcover shade light,
complete with sweet little wings ~
perfect for dreaming

and this lovely china cupboard armoire
that's been cleared out
for her pretty little self's stuff!!


I'd like to share that
through this,
I have learned
 that we don't really own anything in this life
other than how and what we choose to fill our souls up with
and that anything outside of that is a gift
things and stuff come and go.
To just do the best that we can 
to keep moving forward
and to graciously continue seeking up
every single day!
and know that this waiting time in our life
simply that
this too shall pass!
thanks for reading
your support means alot!

 this now concludes the reason for
the false wall!!
If you haven't already put your name in for my giveback,
you may still do so,
I will announce the winner tomorrow afternoon
and announce
another little giveaway!!
spoiler alert,
can we say french lapin?!

until then ~ 

Mar 14, 2010

Mr. Bunn and whimsy ruffles in the sunlight!

The time change finally arrived!!!
and the beautiful sunlit days will be longer!!
It is such a challenge to wait for a lovely day,
to run outside and "set up" for pictures for items
that will be listed in my etsy shop! I tell ya ~
but Mr. Bunn kept me company today,
in the warm
I also discovered that it is also most difficult to photograph these whimsy ruffles!!
My newest addition to my etsy shop.
one of you will win a package of three of these whimsy ruffles.


aren't they pretty?
I just loooove ruffles!!
These are very ethereal and whispy
I use these around everything, especially for my paper dolls as tutu's!
I'm very curious as to what you could do with them!

tomorrow I will show you a glimpse into my mom's temporary room,
she will be arriving next wednesday, it's been awhile since she has visited!!
but for now,
if you haven't entered
Mr. Bunn's Spring Giveback,
leave a comment
there is still time!


Mar 12, 2010

...first blog award and Mr. Bunn's Spring Giveback!!

Hello dear readers!!
I would love to share my very first blog award with you!!!
(those are my gloved hands clapping with glee)

This award was bestowed to me from
dear Velvet, of
Thank you so very much Velvet!
Now I shall bestow this lovely blog award to some of my newly discovered
lovely blogs!!

 So Congratulations also to:


Rules as given to me:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

3) Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I also would like to Thank You dear readers!
I enjoy when you come for a visit
and leave me your thoughts!

So for the next few weeks
I will be offering some springtime giveback little surprise packages!
All for you!!!
and each week, it will be something different :) 

I have been waiting for the sun to shine to take these pictures
alas, more clouds today
these will have to do.

This week is ~ Mr. Bunn's Spring Giveback surprise!

Included in this surprise pack:
* 6 strips of paper lace ribbon strips
* a cello bag with 3 tulle whimsy ruffles
in lilac, bunny ear pink and daffodil yellow 
* 3 pink grunge dyed roses
* 6 lovely bakery tags
and last but not least
* Mr Bunn!
He is a natural cotton batting bunny
~ sprinkled in glitter and wears a top hat!! 

So keep leaving  me your comments!
This giveback will be from today, Friday, 3/12 and run until Tuesday, 3/16
comment * 1 chance
become a follower * 3 chances 
blog about it * 4 chances
put a Mr. Bunn link on your side bar until Tuesday * 1 chance per day ! up to 5 extra chances!
AND if he is posted on your sidebar, I will send YOU a set of bakery tags!
so you could have up to 13 chances to win Mr. Bunn and a set of bakery tags!!!

Have fun
and thanks for visiting today!!

Mar 11, 2010

...robin egg blue, with a touch of lace

Happy Thursday!!

 Miss Mannequin,
my lovely modeler of pretty outfits,
 is actually from the wedding boutique that my wedding dress came from!
She has a beautiful fluerished, iron base that is just lovely.
The bridal shop was getting rid of all their vintage mannequins one day ~
(can you imagine?)
My mom was with me that day,
so we bought two,
one for her
and one for me!!
major score!!

Anyway ~

She is trying on some spring transition outfits for me.

 she has on the tried and true denim jacket
over a hand dyed vintage slip.
She suggested that I wear this
 with some skinny jeans
and a cute pair of heels.
as you really can't put jeans on Miss Mannequin ~
due to that darn pole!
maybe I should get in touch with one of
Old Navey's "let go" mannequins ~ ha,ha! lame!!
no offense Miss Mannequin,
you know you will always be my favorite!!

moving on

Look at these fabulous flats ~


I know, right ~
I found these 
at Tuesday Morning's!
You just never know what's in there!!
I was there for beautiful towels for my moms visit.
I'm looking for that robin egg blue color
as I have prepared her room in that beautiful shade!!
when I spied these,
I knew they were coming home with me too!!
I love the lace overlay,
as I am a textural kinda girl!

That's all for now...
I haven't forgotten about a fresh, new giveaway!!
I will be post about that in the next day or two
so be ready!!
If you like standing bunn's
bunn's my nickname for Jim! ~ HA! 
you're going to want to enter!! 
Have a happiest Thursday!!
until then...

Mar 10, 2010

...these boots were NOT made for walking!!!!

Hello dear readers!!
I've been very busy
(who hasn't been - right?!)

I've been  getting ready for my very bestest friend ~
she's coming for a visit in TWO weeks!!!
much to do
and so little time to do it!!
anyway ~
I've been "knee deep"
(remember this phrase, your going to need it later on!)
in my


Did I miss something?
How or why I started in there
I'll never know!
I guess I'm going to blame it on Sissie
Yes you Sissie,
If you hadn't shown us what was inside that anthro bag
I wouldn't have walked into my closet
to see what pretty little things were hiding in there to pull out for spring!!
secretly hoping
that I couln't find any thing hiding,
 which meant
that I simply just had to get myself to that anthro store!
('cause that pink ruffle tank was just soooo cute!)
But really Sissie
it was the nudge I needed!
did I also
my bestest friend
So yah ~
no pressure there
back to the point of all this!!
Did you see those pink boots at the very top were you started?
back part of my closet!!
I swear I never bought those hot pink over the knee boots
not me
Lucy from the lion, the witch and the wardrobe must have stashed them in there!!!
but you all love me right?!
I can tell you anything right?!
Your suddenly not going to ban me from all your lovely blogs
turn your backs
not visit me anymore because of the secrets in my closet right?!
'Cause I want you to know
I am not that girl today!
I said to myself
self ~
WHAT were you thinking?????
I think I must have been feeling reaaaalllly zesty that day
maybe that was the day I thought I'd might like to take
that pole dancing exercise class
(for Jim of course!!)
(okay, I get bored running in place, and pedaling on a bicycle going no where!
and surly I wouldn't be bored in that class!)
I've come to my senses
and those are definately in the to go pile!!
(I would be happy to send them to any of you would like them 
just in case you did sign up for that class and are thinking
what AM I going to wear!!)
(oh ~ the size
they are a size 8, never been worn, I swear!
and pull way up over your knee
and zip on the inside part of your leg!)
But really
if you are interested
I wouln't think any less of you
only that


Mar 8, 2010

...in the land of odds

...good afternoon

This is my very special chicken, belinda ~
She lays eggs that have little pink crowns stamped on them!
(another enchanted secret from behind the curtain!)
~ and quite frankly,
wouldn't you expect that from a crown wearing chicken?!
uuummmmm....May I ask you, 
Do you think
if you were driving by a lovely little farm cottage
and these were for sale
that you would purchase a few?
and if you were to purchase them ~
would you also 
using THESE eggs?!
....I was just wondering ~

Mar 7, 2010

...deliciousness Sunday!!

the post you are about to read
may make your mouth water!

Oh Happy Day!!!
Just as soon as I can get my hands on a bouquet of jonquils
and some foil wrapped chocolate dove eggs!
but just a few ~ honest!
( ha!)
It's time for
(and this is where angels sing in harmony....aaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!)

~ Crunchy Vanilla-Almond French Toast ~
with Fancy Fruit Topping, Sweet-n-Smoky Bacon

Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray
(thank YOU Rachel!)

It is,
well ~
heavenly deliciousness!!
(is that a word?)
And the way I like herald in spring
every year!

Can't you just smell the tasty bacon
and the perfectly toasted almonds
enrobing the french bread?

go ahead
Put your nose up to the screen and ssmmmeeeeellll...
no ones looking,
I promise!!

come on...
admit it ~
You know you want a bite of this tasty goodness!
Today is another recipe share day
'cause I'm random like that!
and this recipe is sooooo goood
It begs to be shared!!
fire up your pans,
here it is:

~ Almond crusted French Toast ~ 
* 8 large eggs
* 1 cup half-and-half
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2 pinches salt
* 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground or freshly grated
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 3 cups corn flakes, lightly crushed
* 1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly crushed
* 4 tablespoons butter
* 12 (1 1/2-inch-thick) slices challah bread or soft "Italian" style bread
* Medium or dark amber maple syrup to pass at table
* Mint sprigs and edible flowers, suggested plate garnish

~ Fancy Fruit Topping ~

* 1 pint raspberries
* 1 pint blackberries
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1/4 cup orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Arrange bacon on slotted broiler pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and place in oven to bake until crisp, 20 to 22 minutes.
Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
In a shallow dish, beat together with a wire whisk: eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon. In a second shallow dish combine flakes and nuts. Add 2 tablespoons butter to warm skillet. Place a cookie sheet lined with foil (for easy clean-up) near the stove. Coat 4 to 6 slices of bread in egg, depending on the size of your skillet, then coat bread in cornflakes and nuts. Cook slices 2 minutes on each side and transfer toast to cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining slices and transfer toast to oven. Bake 10 minutes, with already cooking bacon.

While bacon and toast are in oven, combine fruit, sugar and liqueur in a serving bowl and reserve.
Remove toast and bacon from oven. Warm syrup in a small pitcher in microwave 15 seconds on high. Serve toast and bacon on plates with optional garnish of mint and edible flowers.
Pass syrup and topping at the table.
I also like to have a mimosa with my happy spring breakfast!

This concludes deliciousness Sunday

Enjoy ~

p.s. on a side note,
I am working on a
very special
spring giveaway
I think you are going to love!


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