Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Winter Day In Utah

Most of us across the country are experiencing a deep freeze right now with temperatures well below freezing and lots of snow to boot! Even Fifi and Janet down in Florida are freezing! It has been snowing for almost three days now off and on (mostly on!) so when I saw hubby out with the snow blower this morning, I thought I'd grab my camera and capture the moment. My statues are all covered in white and even though they make a pretty picture, I cannot wait for spring to show up, although something tells me it will be later rather than sooner this year. Even Bobo has to go out sometimes! He is not thrilled with this weather, although at 16 years old, he is quite the trooper! I hope we will see some sunshine soon as the first picture suggests. This was taken on a lovely, sunny day and it's on those days that winter doesn't seem to matter. Please come soon spring! In the meantime, bundle up and stay warm! ~Stacy~

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pretty Pink Victorian House!

I came across this beautiful pink Victorian house today while I was perusing Flickr and just had to share it with you. Isn't this divine and all decked out for the holidays too! This is truly a sight to behold! I seem to be in "pink mode" these days which really isn't that unusual for me! I have lots more pink photos to share with you for all you pink lovers out there, enjoy! ~Stacy~

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Is There Any Lovelier Color?

Pink really is the loveliest color there is and even nature thinks that is true. How could I not share with you these three beautiful creatures in all their pink glory! Don't ask me how this pretty grasshopper turned out this way, but as the old saying goes...God does not make mistakes! Enjoy! ~Stacy~ **Photos shared from Flickr.**

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dovetales Magazine Is Now Available Online!

Just when you thought DOVETALES MAGAZINE couldn't get any better, the magazine is now offering the entire issue of their fabulous magazine ONLINE as a downloadable color pdf file. This new feature can only be seen on the Dovetales website and will act as a continuing edition of the magazine with articles, links, blogs and fantastic advertising opportunities! To find out more go to . ~Stacy~

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Hello Ladies ~ it's been awhile since my last blog post, near the beginning of November to be exact! Where does the time go? Last time I showed you pictures of my little luncheon day and within a week or two of this post, I got sick. I was pretty much out of the picture for over one month and I actually went in and got tested for H1N1, but I am happy to report that my test was negative. This is the second year in a row that I have been quite sick at exactly this time of the year with a sinus infection and that's what it was again, although this year it was much worse giving me flu symptoms as well. I have come to the conclusion that it happens when I turn on the furnace for the first time in the fall. Something must be lurking in my furnace and duct work...time to get it professionally cleaned and see if the problem is fixed for next year!

It is now December 13th and my tree is up, the house is decorated and my Christmas shopping is all done and everything is wrapped and under the tree. The only thing I don't know if I will get to this year is my Christmas cards. I always send out cards, but something tells me that they won't be going out this year. I haven't even started them yet!

To all of my friends, returning customers and new customers I would like to say thank you so much for supporting me this past year. I appreciate your friendship and patronage immensely and I have met so many wonderful ladies through my web site and blog. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year! ~Stacy~ xo

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Little Lunch For Six

I belong to a wonderful little group of gals who get together for lunch once every two months. We all have a common love of antiques and decorating so we get together at one of our homes. This month it was my turn so I snapped a few pics for you.

I had a little punch station set up with a big urn on the side, a huge trophy cup that held the punch bowl in the center and my silver tea service on the other side. Unfortunately, I could not get hubby to turn off Law & Order for that shot! Thankfully it was turned off before the ladies arrived!

I fashioned a fun centerpiece from almost two dozen roses and a glass giant teacup that I picked up at Tai Pan Trading here in Salt Lake. This is actually quite a huge centerpiece, the pictures are making it look smaller. A square glass vase was set down inside the teacup and all sides were then filled with small white marshmallows. I saw the idea in a book so I decided to try it and it turned out really sweet! The final shot is of a yummy pumpkin cheesecake. I actually bought the cake at Costco and then fashioned 25 fondant pumpkins complete with tic-tac stems for on the top of the cake. I then added artificial ivy and more pumpkins around the edges. It was a hit!

I hope you enjoyed these few pics. Right now we are putting in new Brazilian Cherry laminate floors in our entire house (except the basement) and new french doors off the dining room. The house is now in chaos and looks nothing like it did on my luncheon day! Pics to come soon! ~Stacy~

Saturday, October 3, 2009

We're Off To The Grand Canyon!

Just a quick note to let you know that we are off on vacation...leaving bright n' early on Monday morning (October 5th) and we'll be back on October 17th or thereabouts...if we decide to come back! If you are purchasing off the web site, all purchases and emails will be acknowledged upon our return as I will not have internet access where I'm going. Have a great few weeks and I will catch you up on all the fun on my next post! ~Stacy~

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Few Fall Favorites!

A few posts back, I showed you my outdoor fall decorating so by now you know how much I love this time of year. It's a time for change, but it's a welcome change, and I embrace it whole heartedly. I think that as women, most of us seem to want to "nest" and cozy up our homes for the long cold months ahead and the cooler days seem to put us in that mind set. Here are a few random shots that I saw on Flickr that I wanted to share with you. I hope you are all having a very inspiring, beautiful fall day! ~Stacy~

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Fabulous New Find!

One day not too long ago I received a phone call from a friend of mine who has a booth in an antique mall. She went on to describe to me a floor lamp that she had acquired recently and she wanted to know if I wanted "first crack" at it before she put it in her booth for sale. Not expecting it to be as pretty as she described, I decided to go down to the mall and check it out.

What I saw was this gorgeous lamp and one that I certainly didn't expect to find in this area of the country. This is a "California" lamp as I call it. You know...the kind you only find at the Rose Bowl Flea Market or some intriguing place like that! The lamp has six long taper candle stye lights. The candles are actually made out of hard wood with little silicone bulbs on the ends. The lamp has amazing porcelain roses on the column, around each candle cup and on the base. Well, as you can tell, the lamp is now sitting in our home and I'm so delighted that I decided to come home with it. Something like this is very hard to find in the area that I live and it's a treasure that I won't part with any time soon! ~Stacy~

Friday, September 18, 2009

Medallion Madness!

A friend of mine is simply mad over ceiling medallions! She has them everywhere in her home and she recently inspired me to finish one of my own for over our dining room chandelier. This medallion actually came from her...a leftover one that she purchased from Lowe's a few years back.

This medallion is stunning and I just love the details on it. It is made out of lightweight composite and comes in a prefinished white. I opted to embellish it with paint so I painted the background a creamy ivory and then hand painted the parts of it that I wanted to stand out. I painted the border pink as well as the flowers and outlined the large shells on each corner in pink. I also lightly highlighted the ridges on the shells to make them appear a little more three dimensional. The leaves were painted light green and the scrollwork was painted a very pale shade of yellow. There is also a small amount of light brown near the center to give it a slight contrast just so everything doesn't look so pale.

You can pick up ceiling medallions in various sizes at Lowe's or Home Depot in the lighting section. They usually range from $20 - $60 depending on the size and how ornate it is. If you want to go all out, you can also order original plaster medallions from several reputable companies that make those beautiful furniture appliques and the like. I can't think of a better way to highlight your chandelier than to add a ceiling medallion to your decor and they look especially stunning if you have high or vaulted ceilings. If you're looking for a quick, fun project for fall, this is it! Get inspired and have fun ~Stacy~

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I Love Fall!

Like many of you, fall really is my favorite time of the year. I absolutely love fall decor, pumpkins, candles that smell of intriguing spices, the cooler's definitely the season for me! I just finished decorating my front porch yesterday and I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. I need darker chairs!, but these ones will have to do. My decorating tends to be abit on the whimsical side...notice the sunglasses on my concrete dog and the fairies and gnomes hanging from my tulle and grapevines on the front window.

The best thing about my fall decor is that almost everything has been collected over time from my favorite thrift stores. It's amazing what people get rid of in the off season and that is the best time to collect it. I sometimes get strange looks when I am buying pumpkins in April, but hey...a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do! When it gets closer to Halloween, I will incorporate more Halloween decor and when my pumpkins in the garden are ready (and there are tons of them this year!) they will all go on the porch with straw bales taking the place of the wicker rocking chairs. Enjoy the photos and have a happy fall! ~Stacy~