Archive for December, 2010

Thankful and Excited

December 30, 2010

2010 has been an amazing year of growth and change.  Raoul and I thinned our possessions by two-thirds.  We moved to a wonderful home that fits our current needs and makes us quite content.  I have changed the focus of my business from selling stuff to selling ideas through teaching, speaking and consulting.  I fit into a smaller pants size and feel most blessed for my good health.  I am really grateful for the strength, support and faith I have received from my family and friends.

I seem to thrive on change, and am looking forward to opening more new doors in the upcoming year.

I wish much health and happiness to all of you as well.


Happy Holidays

December 24, 2010


Happiest holiday wishes to you!  We’re baking, cooking, eating and visiting like crazy around here.  I hope all is healthy and happy your way too.

Ruffles and Rust Necklace Preview

December 20, 2010


Here’s a sneak peek picture of the Spring Fling Necklace I will be teaching at the Feb. 18 & 19 Ruffles and Rust Show in Monroe.  I’m working on official pictures of this necklace and the Blossoms & Buttons Cuff, and will post them soon.  For more exciting info on this spectacular show, please visit Come Junk With Us.

Keeping It Simple

December 17, 2010

Here’s a simple arrangement on our coffee table.  A couple of hand-carved Santas, and this vintage game I found in a consignment shop in Aix en Provence this last September. 

The game pieces are dried seeds of some sort.  I couldn’t resist putting some bottle brush trees in some of the other compartments.  Easy and done.

Time for Cooking and Baking

December 15, 2010

The meal planning is done.  Raoul and I have been to Costco and Top Foods.  Trader Joes’s is still to happen.  First up this morning – Chocolate Cherry Bars and Meatloaf with Chili Sauce.  A run to the airport to get our son Morgan and daughter-in-law Eileen, and the festivities (and eating) will begin!

2011 Ruffles and Rust

December 13, 2010

Please mark your 2011 calendar with the dates for the next Ruffles and Rust Show – Feb. 18 and 19, at the Monroe Fair Grounds.  I’ll be teaching two classes on Saturday – Spring Fling Necklace and Blossoms & Buttons Cuff.

I will be posting pictures of my class samples, along with the details of how to register soon.  For more exciting info about Ruffles and Rust, please visit Come Junk With Us.

My Slightly Tacky Wreath

December 10, 2010

I have been wanting to make a wreath like this for years – since I was originally inspired by one I saw in a Mary Engelbreit Home Companion magazine – gosh maybe 10 years ago.  I have a penchant for somewhat tacky, plastic holiday decorating elements, and have been adding to my stash of them over the years.  So if I’m still not busy enough getting our new house all set up, and figuring out where to put all our holiday decorations, why not start creating another project?!

This wreath survived the moving purge.

I had bought two cans of Santa Snow and held onto them all these years, for this purpose – to flock my wreath.  So I did.  It is sort of messy stuff, and took forever to dry.  I did like the look.

My stash.

The magazine article suggested attaching everything with wire.  I went with a glue gun for faster results.  I shook my completed wreath a few times to look for loose items, and gave them an extra blast of glue.  I tried to take an ornament off to switch it with something else, and it wouldn’t budge.  So I felt it was good to go.

It was worth the wait.

French Graters on a Shelf

December 9, 2010

A book case shelf holds some vintage French finds.  The interesting metal circles are grater attachments – probably for something like a hand-cranked food mill.  They were discovered at Emmaus, which is like a French Goodwill.  We visited the one in Marseille, and I’m still pining for this metal bed.  But the 10 graters and a couple of leather belts were a lot easier to bring home!

A Dresser in the Dining Room

December 8, 2010

Our great room is the perfect fit for us.  Living, dining and kitchen all together.  No need for a family room, because this space is so family friendly by design.  This dresser serves as a buffet next to our dining table.  Of course for this special month, it holds holiday decor.  The mirror was rescued a long while ago from my mother’s neighbor, who was being evicted by the sheriff!  Another colorful story for another time.

A closer look to show you the one and only picture of me taken with Santa.

And the not-as-photogenic dresser drawers hold napkins, placemats and trivets.  Every piece of furniture is earning its’ keep these days.

Fabulous French Hooks

December 7, 2010

I found these fabulous metal hooks at my favorite brocante from our September trip to Provence.  Recently I attached them to this salvaged board, and placed it on a wall in our home’s entry area.  Above it is a hat rack made from an old rake.  That project can be found in my Salvage Studio book

These hooks make me crazy happy, and are so useful.  A true twofer!