Monday, April 26, 2010

The Gift Of An Antique Vellum Book, 3 Fine Grains & Willow Decor






This past week the beautiful antique vellum book arrived from 3 Fine Grains. Kimberly Fraser, the owner of the shop filled with antique treasures, teamed up with lovely Gina of the fabulous Willow Decor blog for a special treat. It was a GiveAway that made us all hold our breath waiting to hear who might be very lucky new owner of this treasure. Inside and out, it is a thing of beauty just as you would expect.


When it arrived, we looked at it from every angel, inside and out just admiring how astounding it was to see and hold a book in such perfect condition that was written so long ago. However, I kept thinking that it deserved a home more worthy than my little abode. If Gina had it in her possession she could showcase it so much better than I can. But that doesn't mean I won't do my best to give it a special home.


The oldest of my antiques is from around the mid 1800's. When you open the vellum book there is a handwritten notation Venice, 1626. Makes your heart just skip a beat. Although I studied Latin for several years, it is more than rusty and I doubt it will be doing any translating. But I have no need to know every word; the book is so beautiful just to see.




I have nothing older than the mid 1800's in my home. But those antiques are treasured dearly. I hope this beautiful collection of words is not too out of place here. I do adore the colors of parchment and vellum, and Italy is one of my dream destinations that I have longed for over many years. My love of Italy began with the study of Da Vinci's art when I was in college. And certainly grew stronger whenever I would see pictures of art, the architecture, and the country itself.

Be sure to see some wonderful examples and arrangements of vellum books in this post at Willow Decor. And of course I hope you will go visit 3 Fine Grains to see Kimberly's pillows and other fabulous goods.
Thank You!
to Gina of Willow Decor and Kymberly Fraser, owner of 3 Fine Grains

See Y'All Soon~
Donna

Saturday, April 24, 2010

~ Summer Time

Summer comes very quickly to the South. After having a cooler start to the year, we are hoping that the unbearable heat doesn't hit too early. Even now before the temperatures get bad, I can't help but look at old files of beautiful pools that pop up when looking at gardening layouts.


This one might be a bit elaborate, and certainly went with the huge house, but just a little cement pond will cool you off just fine. This makes me relax a little just looking at it.

After a little computer trouble, it looks OK again. I'll be back next week to show you the wonderful antique vellum book and to discuss a little bit about turquoise paints.

Have a great weekend,
See Y'all Soon

Friday, April 16, 2010

~ Backyard Gardening & Decorating, Lime Green Or Turquoise?




Even though nothing I have started on the inside of the house is anywhere near done, we are busy outside. It just happens doesn't it?

We tore the backyard up 3 years ago in hopes of a big redo, then because of health issues it got put on hold. I think it's time to get something done. And of course I'd love for it to be a special oasis where we can relax and feel like it's a vacation spot in our own backyard. We can dream.

My next excuse after getting over the physical setback was that it was totally impossible to do anything major out there when the new puppy arrived. I can remember be scared he was going to run right into a "big hole" where we needed to have a small stump taken out. Funny how what seemed like a big hole looks much smaller today as the puppy Cody Bear has gotten bigger.

As I was dreaming and planning way back when, I picked out my umbrellas first! A little backwards, but Pottery Barn had them on sale. Remember those fabulous lime green ones that had a couple of summers ago? They've been sitting and waiting for me to use them. Fortunately I still love the color but......

Fast forward to the present and I have this love affair going on with turquoise and white.
So what to do. Will the backyard have lime green or turquoise as an accent color?

Before I got sidetracked the cupboard was painted in the "studio" which is also known as the mess room right now, and the hardware which you have also seen is an aged turquoise.


When I found the ex-voto hearts that I was looking for, I thought I'd give the "blue" one a try even though I didn't think I would like it. But I loved it! This one came from American Harvest, most likely made in Mexico. I have seen a few on Ebay as well.



It is so charming along side the antique blue bottles. I got them for art projects, but they look so pretty without any adornment, too.


The sea urchin is one of my favorite little treasures, even though I don't usually decorate with shells after living in Florida all my life. I had been thinking about how much I loved the simple white colors and forms of the sea urchins for a long time and planned to find one or two. Although I had not mentioned it to anyone, when Sweet Daughter went on a vacation to the Caribbean she found these while snorkling and brought them home to me. Of course it was a most delightful surprise!

So what do you think? Lime green or turquoise? Actually I think they might look very pretty used together. We will see.

Hopefully some major moving and shaking starts in the backyard next week. We have worked at least 10 hours a day out there this week getting things ready to go.
Um.... well Sweet Hubby has anyway. My time card had a few less hours outside than that.

Have a wonderful weekend!
See Y'All Soon!

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Winner!! Willow Decor's Amazing Antique Book GiveAway From 3 Fine Grains ......


Did you see the fabulous GiveAway that Gina of Willow Decor and Kym Fraser, owner of 3 Fine Grains were offering last week? A gorgeous antique vellum book!!

Kym's store is filled with an array of antique goods that will call out to you. Simply beautiful. One of my favorites things, besides the gorgeous French chairs, is the ruffled grain sack pillows. The juxtaposition of the nubby texture of the sack filled with down, and the ruffle is lovely isn't it?

You have probably already found Gina of Willow Decor, but if by any chance you have not, be sure to stop by and visit. Gina is a pure delight! Her blog about her own home, and decorating/design is not to be missed.

Here is a picture of some of the books that Kym offers for sale. Beautiful! Yes?

Most of them are written in Italian or Latin. So I guess I'll be dusting off my old Latin skills. Because I won!! I am still pinching myself and I am that excited. It will be a much loved old book.

Thank you so much to Gina of Willow Decor
and Kym Fraser of 3 Fine Grains!!

See Y'all Soon!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

~ Small Treasures



This is the time of year that I usually get a strong desire to just strip everything from a room and almost start over. Sometimes the walls get a new color, maybe the rug changes, but certainly almost all of the accessories get moved or replaced. My version of spring cleaning I guess.

I also find that I don't want lots of small things. They just seem like clutter. And then you find one thing, that although small isn't quite clutter to you at all.

With the beautiful weather outside, I'm having a tough time finishing even doing room before I'm outside, still trying to figure out what to do about plants that need replacing after the freeze, and what other dirty mischief I can get into. Cody Puppy is finally getting where I can leave him alone for a few minutes and work outside. Just as long as I keep checking on him every few minutes or take him for a very long walk to wear him out a bit first.


Now when you get back to the mess you made of moving things around and not actually putting them back where they belong (oh yeah, that might just be me who does that!) do you sometimes find little surprises that just kind of created themselves? I love to discover little arrangements that I might have done a bit by accident. A gathering of lovely things that somehow came together, and look so perfectly suited for each others' company.

There are times I have wanted to toss anything out that was cheap and instead only keep quality, or more expensive treasures. Of course sometimes you get very lucky and you find a treasure which should not be so inexpensive. But I actually mean little treasures that might have cost so little and yet they stay with you for years.

This silly little clay bird has been here for quite a while, and has been a part of many holiday decorations and almost always get used for a little springtime fun. It most likely cost less than $10. The old books I set on the table waiting to use somewhere. And the keys, I just always keep out. I love old keys. They just looked so nice there.
Small treasures.

See Y'all Soon!

Friday, April 2, 2010

~ Free Easter Tags ... Digital Download




Happy Easter!

Here's a little Easter gift.
This vintage postcard is from our collection and came from Sweet Hubby's grandmother. Little could she have guessed around a 100 years ago that one day this little card that she saved back then would be "flying through space" to other homes! Image.


You can click on the image below to open it in a new window for the larger art, and copy/download the page . Then you can print your own tags
for gifts and decorating. It will print on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper or cardstock.


Happy Easter!
See Y'all Soon