Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A peek at the next Prairie Style Magazine

Hello!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week!!

Fifi asked me to share a peek into the next issue of her beautiful Prairie Style Magazineand so I am :)

Here is just a sampling of what is ahead in the new issue:

The magazine is 144 pages of beautifully photographed stories and 9 homes from coast to coast and Canada {all different takes on Prairie Style}!

The magazine costs $9.99 and will be available in stores in May, but you can also go *HERE* to order your copy!  For bulk orders, go *HERE* {for 10 or more copies, at $4.99 each}.

All photos courtesy of Fifi O'Neill and Prairie Style Magazine 

Have a great night!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My $20 Vintage Buffet Makeover and a Winner

Good morning!  

I have been wanting to share this project with you for awhile now...so I thought while I was announcing the giveaway winner, it would be the perfect time to show it to you...

You may recognize some aspects of this set up from when I used my son's room for product shots, earlier this year.  The wooden strip across the top of the buffet is actually an antique lace curtain stretcher that my mother-in-law gave me.  I had my husband pull it apart so that I could use it to hang some of my vintage French tea towels.  It already has tiny hooks on it and works perfectly...

This spot in my dining room is where the mantel used to be, but I decided to take it down for now and change things up :)  This buffet is actually a family piece from my husband's side of the family.  My mother-in-law gave it to us last fall, when we were having a garage sale.  At the time, it was stained and looked almost orange, with some very 1950's handles.  We went ahead and put it in the garage sale, but had no "takers."  At one point, someone offered us a ridiculously low price for it, and that is when I said, "heck, I don't need another buffet, but this piece could be really great with a little TLC!"  So my husband stripped all of the contact paper out of the inside and sanded it smooth.  I then went in the basement and mixed up some leftover white paint to custom create a color {for a no cost custom color...I often do this as a way to use up old paint}.  I gave it two coats on the inside and outside, and now it is a wonderfully useful storage piece for me!

After that, all that was need were some new knobs.  With coupon in hand, I headed to Hobby Lobby and picked out these vintage inspired glass knobs.  Total price for the makeover...$20!  I am happy with how it turned out, and loving how it looks in this spot!  I decorated it using the kitchen scale my in-laws gave me years ago, a stack of my ironstone dishes, some of my favorite cook books, and lots of vintage French favorites...

Now for the giveaway winner...

Mary Alice from Chateau Chic

Thank you so very much to everyone who participated, especially those of you who helped to spread the word!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Merci Beaucoup and a Big Giveaway!


I know, it has been forever since I have posted!  I have been feeling bad about that...no real reason for my absence, just a busy life getting in the way :)  I'll admit, I have fallen into the habit of posting to my Instagram page daily, as it is just so much easier and faster than putting a post together...and in the process, my blog has been very neglected.  But, I have always loved this little space and all of the amazing, creative people I have "met" because of it...so, I wanted to have a giveaway to say THANK YOU.  I can't begin to tell you how very much I appreciate that all of you still keep up with me and what I'm doing, despite the fact that I post so infrequently!  Your support and kindness is such a source of joy in my life...so thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

I have selected some items from my SHOP to be included in the giveaway...

The vintage French bread board pictured above will be included in the giveaway, plus ~

A vintage French wooden spool with 10 yards of gorgeous, vintage velvet ribbon...


An antique hemp, red striped grain sack, with monogram...


Two full sized bars of homemade shea butter soap, in our signature lavender scent...


A vintage blue striped, hemp tea towel...

Plus one more thing...a $100 gift certificate to my shop!

Here are the rules of the giveaway:

Giveaway open worldwide

You must leave a comment on this post to be entered

You can earn additional entries for the giveaway by posting the giveaway to your Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, just please leave a separate comment {on this post} for each entry

Contest ends Monday, March 17th at midnight

One winner will be drawn, at random.  Good Luck!!

Hope you all enjoy your week ~


p.s.  I promise to try and post again soon :)

p.p.s.  Has anyone else noticed that when they post to their blog, that the photos become darker??  I've noticed it that last few times I have posted, but don't know why it is doing that...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bonne Année and new items in the shop!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!  I took a few weeks off from blogging and social media to focus on my family...after all of the travel we did from October thru December, I just felt that I needed to step back and focus on my kids and making the Christmas season special for them.

I am now refreshed and feeling inspired to get going on listing some of the wonderful flea market finds from our France travels into the shop!  We painted my son's room {the walls} just after Christmas and sanded his floor, to give it a bit of a distressed look...and so I have been using his room as my photography studio this past week! :)

Here is a peek at the vintage French items I will be loading in the shop today...

{love my new Paris to Provence cookbook that my sister got me for Christmas!}

And as a follow-up to our Lavender and Shea Butter Handmade Soap, we are now carrying Shea Butter Body Cream {in lavender and unscented}!  Just in time for winter-weary skin!

My husband had Shingles just after Christmas and this weekend my son came down with the chicken pox, so I am a bit behind on where I wanted to be with loading new items.  So please be patient with me as I will be loading items all day!  I have sooo much more to photograph, so please check back often for new Flea Market Finds!!

Shop French Larkspur

Have a great day!


p.s.  I wanted to let you know too that I am no longer carrying the Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine.  If you are in need of a place to get the magazine, you can order it from *HERE*

p.p.s.  I am no longer posting on Facebook {just trying to streamline my efforts} but you can find me posting regularly on Instagram.  

Monday, December 16, 2013

French Christmas ~ Paris in December

Well, I worked ALL morning on my Paris in December post and it published...for about 5 minutes, and then, POOF, it was gone!!!  Ugh!  Not sure what happened, but I am too frustrated to rewrite everything, so for now, I will just reload the pictures!  Sorry about that.