This silk lampshade I made years ago when I still had to shop for trimmings in England as they were almost non-existent here.
It really is hard to 'simplify' around the home when you've been collecting things for so long. Beware young homemakers, be selective in your hunt for treasures for your nest...............in later years you too may have to choose what to keep and what to share with others. Not a bad thing though, it's always pleasant to see the happy look on someone's face when you gift them with a little something you have loved..........and now you feel is perfect just for them.
Inexpensive roses, yes I know, I'm always telling you of their virtues! Even prettier once dried.
Many of the things I love did not cost much.......well not if you deduct the airfare to Paris or London......but I was going home or visiting family anyway! The cost for beautiful bed and breakfasts in Provence.......to visit markets in those picturesque villages scattered among the olive groves, sunflower meadows, and lavender fields.......well worth each Euro, especially as I even met up with blog friends along the way, and there was plenty of history to keep DH entertained!
Ruffled and worn French paperbacks, my favorites, found in the tiny backstreet used book shop in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence. The price? A smidgen of what they were asking in the posh antiques shops along the river.
The old candle holder, patina included, a SuzAnna's Antiques find a few years back.........gas in the tank and just 10 minutes on the road gets me there, often!
It's the Fall Grand Opening at SuzAnna's Antiques this weekend, celebrating the new addition and dealers. Unfortunately I'll be out of town and unable to hang out at our booth.......but sweet Vanessa will be there and looks forward to greeting anyone who can stop by.