Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mackinac Island~Lilacs~and~Dreams

Hi friends,
were having perfect sunny spring weather here this week!
But... unfortunately last weeks weather was a bit on the cloudy and rainy side, so I spent more time indoors, and was hardly able to even enjoy
my favorite lilac bush thats been in bloom and now fading fast.


But before they finally fade away for another year
I wanted to create a table setting/vignette on my patio that is
reminiscent of a special place
I read about in the above issue of Victoria Magazine
years ago called Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island is a charming place by the sea
in the state of Michigan where Lilacs grow abundant.
Where it's lush and green, and Victorian architecture lines the streets. 

Where the people are friendly and smile as they pass by...

Where you can take a horse and carriage ride,
while breathing in the sweet fragrance that drifts through the air.

As I sat in the warm sunshine by the poolside
I imagined myself there at Mackinac Island...
the fragrance of the lilacs at my table, a small Victorian (bird)house,
starfish from the sea, and a cool drink...   

The only thing missing was you...
and a horse and carriage!

Maybe next time!

Till then hugs and sweet dreams!

I'll be linking up with Marty for

With Kim for
With Kathleen for

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Blues Decor

Easter will soon be here,  and as I think of all the families
that will be getting together for their holiday festivities,
I'm once again reminded how much I will miss not being able
to be with my Mom and sister again :( 
Before they both moved away I had many 
Easter celebrations at my home.  
 We always had so much fun, and lots of laughter.
 I REALLY miss that...

On a lighter note...
I had a garage sale over the last weekend. 
 I made myself a promise that what did not sell,
would NOT go back in my storage room and I would donate. 
(Okay, just a couple of things did;)
Well that turned out to be two truck loads!
Mind you this was an acumulation of close to thirty years of stuff.
So it was long overdue! 
Besides I needed the space to keep some of the new pretties I found recently,  
like this blue and white transferware platter and bunny with blue hand painting on it!
together with my collection of cobalt blue glassware I put together this sweet little Easter display. 
I hope it makes you smile like it did me:)

  Some other recent treasures that I've acquired.
are these cobalt blue and white
Lomonosov Russian porcelain teacups and saucers.
I thought they were so pretty and unique!
 I had never before seen Russian china until now.

Well dear friends,
I hope you enjoy your Easter holiday with your loved ones!
...and even if you can't be together with them this time,
I hope find something to do that makes you smile!

Many blessings to you, and thanks for visiting!!
Hugs, Sherri:-)

I'll be joining Sherry for her
Cindy for

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Vintage Rabbit and Toile

Just poppin in... or should I say hoppin in,
to say HI and share a quick little vignette featuring
a little vintage rabbit print and transferware pitcher
(that looks like toile to me)...
The print was not the right size to fit the frame I wanted to use,
so I added the toile background using my photo editor.
Have you happened to notice that I have a thing for pitchers,
not to mention cute farm animals! 
I think maybe I must have been a milk maid on a farm in a past life... tee hee!

Now I'm just a  MAID !!

wink wink!!

Have a great day Ya'll!!
Hugs, Sherri;-)

I'm linking up with :

The "Easter Party" over at "Centsational Girl"
also, "Tabletop Tuesday" at "A Stroll Through Life",
 "Wow Us Wednesday at "Savvy Southern Style",
 "White Wednesday" at "Faded Charm",
and the "Open House Party" at "No Minimalist Here"

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Favorite Cupboard and Shelves

Hi everyone!
I'm joining Sheila over at "Note Songs" ,  she's having a party
to celebrate of the heart of the home!  Your kitchen!

I've been so busy preparing for it, along with doing a lot of
Spring cleaning around the house that I almost missed it! 

Sheila's party was a great motivator for me...
You see, I have been meaning to clean out and re-organize
my kitchen cupboards for some time now.
I have already been going through other rooms in the house 
because I'm getting ready to have a garage sale.
Now I can also check the kitchen off my list!
First before I get to the kitchen I gotta show you my VERY Favorite cupboard! 
My china cabinet... Some of you may remember this lil beauty I bought from Craiglist.
Every time I look at it, it still makes me smile :D
I also recently added a couple of new piece to it...
including a pretty pitcher that I recently bought at "Ross".

I've also been cleaning out my storage closet and came across this cute basket and urn, and decided they would make a nice napkin and utensil holder.
I was ready for a change from the matching rooster set that was there before...
Now this cabinet probably doesn't look that exciting but it is the most used cabinet in my kitchen.  It contains all my baking necessities and spices too!
I love this little two tiered lazy susan, it's great for easy access to my spices and etc.
I use a lot of packaged seasonings as well so
I keep them organized in this little plastic container. 
Not terribly cute... but functional.
 Maybe I'll find a nifty lil basket or something a bit more cute to use instead.

I also reorganized and redecorated my bookshelf in my kitchen area.
Anyone remember my talking rooster pitchers?! Lol!

Speaking of talking roosters...
My neighbors have recently got a live rooster that has been
driving me crazy with it's constant crowing every morning. 
I'm telling you that darn thing starts crowing at daylight and crows
every 8 to 10 seconds (I counted) nonstop for hours!  Aaack!
Needless to say my love of roosters is beginning to fade a bit...

But they quiet ones are still sooo darn cute! 

I finally removed my set of encyclopedia's from the book shelf, 
and will be adding them to my garage sale. 
 Do you think that anyone even still uses them these days?! 

Anyway, I put this wire basket in it's place. 
And guess what else? 
The oranges aren't the only fruit that's ripe and ready in the backyard... 
Time to get the juicer out again and make lemonade!!

Stop by and join me will sit out on the patio
and soak up some warm wonderful Spring air and sunshine!

See you soon!  I hope...
Have a wonderful week!!
Hugs, Sherri :-)

I'll also be linking up with Marty over at "A Stroll through Life" for
Be sure to stop by and visit!!

also Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm.
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