Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas To You!

My darling niece Shelby, who is a budding photographer, took this absolutely lovely picture. What a fitting scene for the holidays. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year in 2009! Thank you for all of your love, friendship and support during this past year! It has been a joy to get to know you all through the web site and emails. Until next time, ~Stacy~ xo

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Anastasia's Attic ~ Fit For A Russian Princess!

Stepping through the door of Anastasia's Attic sweeps you back to a time of yesteryear as the smell of heady perfumed air wafts over you. This is my favorite shop in the world, yes, the world, and I realize that this is a lofty statement unto itself, but this beautiful boutique is more than fitting enough for the Russian Princess it is named after. This is yet another incredible shop in beautiful Gardner Village in West Jordan, Utah, and I am fortunate enough to live only minutes away.

Anastasia's Attic will make you feel as though you have stumbled across the treasure trove of Anastasia Romanov. Jeweled frames, Victorian cloaks, hats with feathers and gauze, tiaras and crowns, jewelry from France..those are just some of the exquisite treasures that await you upon your arrival. The shop, which is an historic home, is filled with Christmas pieces now that include dazzling old world decorations, charming signs, stockings, candles and unique gifts galore...and that is in just one room. The shop opens up into an extravaganza of jewelry from France that includes gemstone necklace sets, feminine compacts, perfume bottles with jeweled tops, beautiful hair accessories and more. Another section treats you to tantilizing scents of essential oils, potpourri, soap from France, linen sprays, fairy dust, bath petals and a new line of beautiful candles, perfumes and lotions from Lollia.

As you step through into the back room you will enter into a mouthwatering array of shabby/cottage style accessories such as rose covered teasets, rose covered clocks, Victorian hats and modern Victorian clothes (I have several of their gorgeous skirts and tops!), glass domes, silver tongs and tea accessories, yummy jams and lemon curds from England and the sweetest baby clothes that you have ever seen!

Beautiful classical music soothes you as you walk through each special room with sparkling chandeliers overhead. They also believe in fairies at Anastasia's Attic and you probably won't leave without a sprinkling of fairy dust on your cheek in the shape of a heart. If you are ever in Utah, do let me know...we'll go together! Until next time, ~Stacy~ xo

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My New Friend

I love vintage statues so I thought I would give you a look at the charming girl I picked up a few weeks back at my favorite auction house. I actually went to pick up a tea set that I purchased online on a Proxibid auction and came away with a few more goodies. My friend JoAnn, who is one of the owners of the auction house, offered me several other treasures that did not sell online at bargain prices. I already have this exact statue in a lovely cream color, but I could not resist this lovely girl for $25! She now sits in our bedroom on an occasional table in the corner. I came away with my gorgeous Lefton tea set (I'll have to show it off to you soon!), a fabulous box of aqua hobnail glass and an incredible 11 light table chandelier that is absolutely gorgeous! Being so close to Christmas I thought I deserved a treat! (*_*) Until next time, ~Stacy~ xo

Monday, December 15, 2008

O Christmas Tree!

One of the many joys for me during the holidays is decorating the Christmas tree. I have had a large tabletop tree for several years, but decided to go out and purchase a new white tree this year and I just love it! It is all trimmed in pink and white with some chocolate brown balls thrown in and I'm thrilled with the way it turned out. My ornament collection is quite varied. I have a small collection of Marie Antoinette style furniture and figurines, glass reindeer, pretty pink balls that look like they are vintage, little dolls and fairies, Hello Kitty ornaments and many other little goodies that I have gathered from around my home and office. Anything that looks like it will "go" is thrown (okay, placed with care!) on the tree. I hope you enjoy these little snaps of Christmas! I will be posting a few more pics soon of other Christmas displays in our home so stay tuned. Until next time, ~Stacy~ xo

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Village Whites ~ A True Delight!

One of my absolute favorite shops at historic Gardner Village in West Jordan, Utah, is Village Whites. This is a charming shop full of beautiful linens, shabby accents, feminine cottage style furniture and whimsical accessories for the romantic style home. It has a vast array of gorgeous Heritage Lace that includes hundreds of dreamy curtain panels, lace placemats and tablecloths, doilies and other beautiful lace pieces. Tantilizing room sprays perfume the air as you wander through charming aisles of cottage style furniture, delightful teapots and whimsical accents. One section has a definite French flair with a stunning black and white color scheme and one can almost hear the ceramic frog princes croaking with delight in their surroundings. This shop is a must see if you are in the Salt Lake City area. I visit it several times per month to take a break. I love to shop in the pretty atmosphere of this delightful store and it fuels me with beautiful decorating ideas for my own home. Until next time, ~Stacy~ xo

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Best Buddies...

Bobo ~ my best friend ever!

Lacey ~ my Moms adorable friend!

Everyone loves their dog and I am no exception! I thought I would share a few cute pics with you of my two favorite furry friends. Bobo, the little black rascal at the top, is my best friend (well, other than hubby!). He came with me from Canada and I have had him since he was a puppy. He is now 15.5 years old and still going strong! He sleeps a little bit more now during the day and is a little more grumpy at times than he used to be, but he is still the best companion ever. Don't even want to think about a future without him! The other adorable white maltipoo is Lacey and she lives with my Mom in Canada. She always brings her along when she comes to visit and she is just a really sweet little dog. Bobo isn't too impressed with her. He practically ignores her when she is around, but I guess he's earned being the "top dog" in our house! I think he is too! Until next time, ~Stacy~ xo

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Witches Were Out!

One of my all time favorite places to visit in Salt Lake City is charming Gardner Village in the suburb of South Jordan. Gardner Village contains the outlines of the once bustling early Utah mill industry and history. What remains today is a cluster of retail specialty shops located in restored cabins, houses and buildings nestled adjacent to the Gardner Mill. Now listed on the National Historic Register, the old flour mill is home to Archibald's Restaurant and Country Furniture & Gifts. Vintage pioneer architecture, antique fixtures, red brick paths and bridges over a pond, create a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for shopping, dining and discovering some of Utah's most colorful history.

During each season at Gardner Village, the specialty decorations are brought out for everyone to enjoy. These decorations are exceptionally handcrafted and I love going down to the Village (about 10 minutes from my house!) when things are changing over for a new celebration. While my Mom was here this fall, we had a chance to go down and see the witches that are on display. These witches are incredible!, and very large and are seen everywhere from fishing in a rowboat on the creek to playing baseball. It was hard to capture them this time as there were so many people milling about. I had to take several photographs with people in them, but the pictures are worth it. I hope you enjoy these little snaps. The witches are down now and the elves are coming out! Can't wait! Until next time, ~Stacy~ xo

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Beautiful New Treasures Just Listed!

Hello Ladies ~ it's been awhile, but I am back from my trip to Canada and was lucky enough to be able to bring my Mom back with me for FIVE weeks! Yes, I can stand her for that long! (*_*) I am lucky in that regard. I felt the need to spend time with my family this fall so the web site has been put on the back burner for awhile, but I am back and have tons of great new treasures to get listed. Look at that lovely chocolate pot above, it was just listed in Vintage Finds tonight! Yum yum! Be sure to look at our new treasures just listed and keep checking this week and next for more beautiful Vintage Finds and Cottage Treasures plus keep your eyes peeled for a huge batch of Christmas books that will be coming up shortly to get you inspired for the holidays! I hope you are all well and are enjoying this lovely fall season! Until next time, ~Stacy~ xo