This little bird and her husband flew to Fort Lauderdale for a few days of sunshine therapy. Ever since I've been recovering from the H1N1 (unfortunately I'm not yet completely recovered), I'm always cold. I've never in my life been a big sun person or beachy at all, but this winter I've really been craving warmth and sunshine. So off we went for a few days.
The view from our hotel studio suite balcony. Gorgeous ocean view.
The view from the hotel cafe.
So we hung out on the beach, soaking up that amazing Florida sunshine. The weather was absolutely perfect - 80 degrees and sunny every day we were there.
And I think the best part of my little trip was...
...finding the newest Flea Market Style magazine at the Barnes and Noble bookstore and enjoying it at the beach. Really, what could be better?!!
Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. I used these hearts that I cut out/salvaged from husband's grandmother's old quilt to make V-Day cards. Some I just glued onto plain cards, and others I pinned on with a pretty pin. So simple. I love seeing everyone's foofed up and pretty Valentine's crafts, but I always end up going with simple. A) because I run out of time and B) I'm just not great at foofing. I really need to work on that foofing part...
p.s. lest anyone think husband is so brilliant at buying wife such fabulous vintage gifts, I must tell you that I did coach him over his cell phone while he was in the shop in Copenhagen :)
Husband came back from England and Denmark and I have been waiting for even a bit of sunlight so that I could photograph the gifts he brought back for me from Denmark. The bad news is that he was not able to find the Jeanne d'Arc tea towels and the new edition of Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine is not yet out. However, he did manage to stumble upon a wonderful antique shop that was in the Jeanne d'Arc style. The owner told him that many of the people whose homes are featured in the magazine do shop there. So what did he get me?
I received a few beautiful vintage French monogrammed tea towels. They are so wonderful. I'm not yet sure what I will do with them, but I'll think of something special for them. Perhaps one of them will be used to reupholster a chair seat cover... The shop owner also wrapped up this vintage catalogue for me as a little gift. How kind of her.
It is filled with wonderful illustrations such as this one. They will definitely be fun to use in projects.
And voila, the piece de resistance!
A huge vintage Belgian grain sack. I had a long body pillow that I was planning to sew a cover for so that I could place it on our vintage guest bed in the basement, but lo and behold, the grain sack fit perfectly!
Husband is gone again, this time to San Francisco, but in a couple of weeks he will by travelling to Paris and Munich for a short business trip. I am just wondering if he will have any time to pop into a brocante while he's in Paris...?