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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lovely Ephemera

I WILL BE ADDING A NEW CATEGORY to the website today: Lovely Ephemera.  I have to admit, I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to this.  The first paper show I went to I was smitten.  Head-over-heels in LOVE.  I have used many images for my business over the years.  Sometimes it is just the fact that it is a token of love or endearment that makes me pick it up.  The penmanship....the written word...was so very different long ago.

The baby announcements are some of my favorites.  And early birthdays.
I have found entire albums FILLED with every photo, pressed flower, sentiment, 
every meal planned, doctor visit.....great detail.  I couldn't just let that sit there in the dust.

The sweet, sweet valentines from long ago.  They were so innocent.
                                 Antique Valentine's like these are my favorites.  little works of art.
                                 Die Cuts were used for scrapbooks long ago.  You find many complete
                                 scrapbooks as well.  cut-out articles, recipes, news of marriages,
                                  births, deaths.  I have so many that I have had to put most of them
                                   in collections.  Only the rarest ones will be sold individually.
TO ME, it is saving loving memories, history.  I hope you will find
some things that will take you back to a time of innocence and 
the propriety of the written word.  xoxooxxoo

Monday, November 26, 2012

BIGGEST SALE TO DATE:  We are having a wonderful sale of just about everything in the store!  If there is something you've had your eye on or a special one-of-a-kind gift you are looking is the time.  Shipping is included on everything!  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I am soooo very happy to be a part of this magazine.  It fills a gap that no other can.  It is for the Farmgirl at heart, the crafter, baker, thinker, lover of beauty.....friends, entertaining and being GREEN.  It has EVERYthing!  And the Christmas issue comes out very soon.  Don't miss a chance to pick up this wonderful read!

Stunning photographs and quality editing.
Wonderful Articles
And here is MY AD -- on the top right!!  Yeah!! 
My favorite...the beach AND chickens.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

AND THE WINNER IS....CINDY ADKINS!!  I am so happy to have such a dedicated new follower.  CIndy, if you will email me, I will get your lovely necklace to you right away.  Thank you so much for all of your "likes" and lovely comments. I hope you come back again soon.  (To send your address)

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Having a Give-Away on my blog!! All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment, if you go to my Fb page and LIKE you can be entered twice!! We are also having a BIG SALE in our Jewelry section on our website this week.  I hope you stop by and get an early start on Christmas shopping.  It will be here before you know it.  I won't be annoying and post how many weeks or days until then....that will cause a panic that I don't want to think about right now...So shop now while it feels like a luxury.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  It means so much to my small, growing business.  I put all of my heart into each piece and love sharing with all of you.  This necklace is so much fun.  Good luck. ( fb page is whatever is lovely)
Winner will be announced Tuesday, October 17!

Monday, October 8, 2012


 I think my favorite piece of jewelry has always been bracelets.
                                             I love unique and beautiful pieces.
                                      One-of-a-kind cuffs, leather & Pearls....I can never get enough
                                         Maybe it is the amount of enjoyment I get...
                                            Just Glance and Admire...
                                                 These are some of my favorites

They are all 20% off for this entire week....not just bracelets, but ALL of our Jewelry.  Great way to start Christmas shopping early and SAVE at the same time.  And who doesn't want to give or receive a gift that is unique, one of a kind and hand crafted.
Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love your comments and hope to see all of my blogging friends over at the boutique so that I can share my favorites with you and those you love.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Polished Look

History of cuff link fashion:

In one form of another, the cufflink, or 'sleeve button', has been a part of men's wardrobe's for over a millennium -- with royal families commissioning cufflinks to mark weddings or other special events for centuries and some historians noting the cufflinks' presence in ancient Egyptian paintings. 
But if there's a story to be told about the modern cufflinks and cuff styles prevalent in men's wardrobes today, it should certainly start with a mention of Alexandre Dumas' nineteenth century novel The Count of Monte-Cristo.  Nowhere else in the history of western literature will you find a story wherein the cuff of a man's sleeve receives so much attention, or has had such an affect on 'real-world' menswear. Specifically, fashion legend has it that the turned back, french cuff was born (for all intents and purposes) after french tailors read a description of one particularly pivotal character in the book ('Baron Danglars') -- a man whose presence sparked great envy when onlookers "gazed on the enormous diamond that glittered in his shirt, and the red ribbon that depended from his button-hole". So sumptuous and handsome a description was this, that tailors immediately recognized how outfitting french society with such details could distinguish their clients and add a new chapter to modern man's costume.

I love the polished look of cuff links.  They are becoming one of our favorite fashion accessories at the shop. 
These are our first pair listed, but I assure you, we have many more to list and are so excited to be able share them with you.  Fall is here and long-sleeved every day La-Dee-Da awaits.

These are in the Shop now.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Every-Day Life for a Chicken

I have three Hens.  Sophie, Tess and Ruby.  They are a part of our family here at the Beach in Southern Calif.  We all know they lay eggs, poop a LOT.  (Well,  maybe you don't know because of all the blog photos out there showing them in T-cups and settling into some beautiful patio cushions).  What you might not know is how much they love affection.... here is my Sophie letting me hold her like a baby.  She loves having her tummy and feet rubbed.

 And here is Ruby taking a nice dust bath.  It is important to let them sun in an area they don't eat and use the ladies room...some nice, warm, clean dust does the trick every time....they lay on their sides and splash the dirt on each other and themselves...the dirt absorbs the oil to keep them clean.
 This is one of their favorite snacks.  Oatmeal, chopped fruit, dried fruit and their own eggshells crushed and cleaned for calcium....yummy!
 They also want to be invited to the party.  This was Sophie getting all of the attention on my mother in law's lap at a party we had at home recently.  People couldn't believe how calm she was and so content to be held.  She just looked around and chatted like all the other guests.... I love my girls.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Falling into Romantic Style.

When Spring and Summer arrive we automatically think of Linen, Lace, Cool and comfortable clothing to wear to the beach, flea-market shopping, weddings....but Fall doesn't have to be just wool, sweaters and heavy coats (depending on where you live)  With our beautiful and feminine leg warmers, you are sure to keep the Romance in your style and Linen is perfect any time of year.

These Scarves are the perfect gift for men as well!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Betsy, the winner of our first give away!!!!

And the winner is....Betsy at COASTAL-COLORS  A truly lovely place to visit and she has so many wonderful ideas.  Right now she is making sweater pumpkins...pop over and say hello or congratulate her on being the winner of our first give away...I know I will be back again and again.  This stool is just a small sample of her creative talent.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I love original paintings....I love the idea of the heart that goes into them and the stories and subjects behind them.  Most importantly, for my new website, I love selling them to find a new home and be placed in that perfect spot that makes a room come alive.  This one is dear to my heart.  The lady I purchased it from said it reminded her of the scene in Titanic where Rose is getting her portrait done....I agree and that is where it has stayed in my mind.  When it goes to it's new home, it can have whatever story you choose.

Monday, August 27, 2012

                                                HOME SWEET HOME
Back Home last night.  Lots to talk about.  Must do laundry, walk doggies, pull some weeds -- how do they grow so fast?  Will be posting tonight about the fun, discovery and change in our lives to come due to visiting once again my favorite place to be.....possibly our new home soon!  :-) 

Friday, August 24, 2012

I am taking a small break for the past few days from blogging...we have been on a trip taking our youngest to college.  Our nest is now officially empty.  A time of endings and great beginnings.  I thank God for the peace that I have had through this time of letting go.  I know that it is the way things were always meant to be.  I don't have that little boy anymore, and I will miss him and his REALLY Big kisses that would almost hurt my face....then his teenage trials and sometimes days with no eye growing into a young man, with his own life, goals and dreams.  It truly reminded me of the very first day of school.  Will he have friends?  Will he like it?  Only now, he is a plane ride away.  It is the circle of life and I am good with that.  All day we passed parents in the dorm halls with hangers, pillows, many of the fathers had BIG boxes for their daughters marked "shoes"....and there was a knowing look that we gave each other.  A look of "Can you believe this?  How did we get here so fast? "   It is truly one of those things where you say to yourself, "I can't do this, but I'm doing it anyway."  I think moving in day is for parents opportunity to see that you are not alone and look how excited and happy they are....It was a GREAT day.  And now my Mr. and I get to start our new life adventure together.  I am a blessed and happy mother.