Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!

And I do hope it's your best one yet!!!!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Heaven in a bottle..................

I've recently become much more interested (again) in fragrances. One of my favorite and recently read books mentions this fragrance 'L'Heure Bleue'. I've long been a fan of Guerlain perfumes, I've loved Shalimar for probably 25 years. Lately after reading several fragrance blogs that have reviews on them I made a bold (for me) move. I decided, based on what so very many happy women were saying about this fragrance, to give it a try without sampling it first. This is not like me at all. Have you ever purchased a fragrance without trying it first? I don't recommend it but in this case the universe was with me.....see, I not only have myself to worry about, but also my dh who is very sensitive to many scents. He loves my Boucheron, my Coco, my Bal a Versailles, but I worried about this one.
He took one whiff and said, "Wow, that's nice". Ummm, understatement! This is such a lovely scent....here is what is said about it.
L'Heure Bleue or 'the bluish hour' was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1912. The fragrance is velvety soft and romantic, it is a fragrance of bluish dusk and anticipation of night, before the first stars appear in the sky. The top notes are opening with spicy-sweet aniseed and fresh bergamot that gently lead to the heart of rose, carnation, tuberose, violet, and neroli. The soft and powdery floral notes are resting on a base of vanilla, Tonka bean, iris and benzoin. The perfume is mysterious, elegant and timeless. It was created by Raymond Guerlain. The bottle is shaped like the one of Mitsouko and the stopper is shaped like a hollow heart that alludes to romantic pre-war years.

Now I know that perfume is such a personal thing, what works for one may not work for another. But Guerlain fragrances are so complex and beautiful. If you find yourself at a nice perfume counter, do yourself a favor and try some. I love the fact that I can put it on in the morning and still smell it the next morning! Much more subdued of course, but I love that lingering scent.
I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, ours was crazy busy but in a good way. Now it's time to relax.
If you have a moment, I'd love to know what your favorite fragrances are......please do share.

Monday, December 23, 2013

I wish you all the merriest of Christmas's, and a blessed New Year

And thank you to all friends, new and old, for following along my life's journey. Here's to a beautiful New Year!!!!!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Part of what our day looked like.............

O.K., these are actually from pinterest but you get the idea....

Total mayhem.....this is what comes from people being cooped up and unable to shop for an entire week.
Luckily we all still have time.
Procrastinators of the world.....REJOICE!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Seriously........? Still?

Old Man Winter certainly has his grip on us.

This madness started last Friday....the first "snow day"....
no school and my daughter hasn't had school since then.

Maybe tomorrow? Who knows....my sister finally drove over to Florence today and she called me when she got over the pass. She said it was the scariest drive she's ever done and thought that the knots in her back and shoulders would probably NEVER go away.
But she made it safely and will be unpacking her car and setting up her new temporary home, at least for the next 6 months or so.
We had a great visit while she was here shopping (nearby of course because we couldn't drive far because of the icy roads) but I had a great time helping her with the things she'll need for their new home. Surprisingly (o.k., not really!) I have almost enough 'stuff' for two homes so she is borrowing a lot of my extras to get she and her dh through until they decide where they'll put down their permanent roots.
I'm so happy that they have a place right now that they can fix up a bit and get ready for the holidays.
Stay warm out there!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Do you like my new chair cover?

Fun, fun, fun to wake up to a SNOW day today.

It's come down all day long~~~~

Good thing I bought groceries last night (along with the rest of Eugene....)

My hydrangeas in the backyard (shame on me for not deadheading them) look like a 'snowball' bush.

Front courtyard covered in white...so peaceful and quiet.

My snow angel.....stay warm out there.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Channeling my inner 'Sibella'.........and some new Etsy goods!

Hit my fave antique mall today....and I was well rewarded.
I've long been a fan of vintage fabric covered trunk drawers...my favorite booth had 3 of them, all the same fabric and all for....well, let's just say a very good price. So happy. 

See that set of tiny red leather Shakespeare books? Found those the other day, a very happy find. They're in my Etsy.

I love the 'watered roses' effect of this fabric....love.

Yep, here's another one in my foyer.....love.

This one is in my studio, waiting to be placed....soon.

This beautiful spun glass angel tree topper? In my Etsy.

This gorgeous pink shabby ornament? In my Etsy.

This awesome 140 year old book on phrenology? In my Etsy.
I've had a very busy week and it's only Tuesday....whew!
My dear sis and her husband are due to arrive Friday and we may be spending the day in Portland on Sunday....fingers crossed!
Hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving and are getting into the festive Christmas spirit right about....NOW!