Thursday, October 29, 2009

Things I Love...Part 2






One of the very first posts I did when I started blogging back in July, was the "Things I Love...Part 1" where I went around my house taking pictures of items in my home that represent what I truly love to decorate with (well at least for the moment). I almost hate to admit it, but it's a lot of fun! There's many a buttons on my camera that I have absolutely no idea what they are for or how they work, but I can now understand why some people call photography a hobby.

So...the first image above is of some of the vintage sewing supplies I have displayed. Funny thing is, I don't even sew...but oh how I envy you girls that can!

Next up, vintage mirrors...

this one is in my dining room, and the old sheet music on the wall is an idea I snagged from my talented friend Kasey





Vintage Frames...










Crowns and Old Papers...


These pages come from an 1858 French play






White cake stands...


Now this shot is not mine, it's from Country Living, but these are on my Christmas list so I thought I'd show you (BTW once Halloween is over, it's full swing Christmas over here).









Chandeliers...


I don't have this yet, but I ordered it for the shop and of course one for me...for the kitchen!









Speaking of the shop, to all of you who have pre-ordered merchandise, hang on... it is coming! It has been a painful process to get my order here from Denmark, with an unexpected 3 1/2 week hold up in Canadian Customs and a now 2 week hold up in US Customs. But I am told it will finally be ready to ship my way some time next week...so hold on, I have not forgotten about you. Believe me, no one has been more frustrated and upset about the delays than me and I very much appreciate your patience!!!



Have a safe, fun Halloween! And try not to eat as much candy as I do!





Tracey







Monday, October 26, 2009

Caighton's Room...






Well hello there, I'm back from amongst the sick! I must start today's post by sending out my most loving thank you for all of your kind and caring well wishes for my sick kiddos!!! Fortunately my husband and I escaped getting sick and everyone is on the road to good health again.





I can't say that I am completely done with Caighton's room, but I wanted to go ahead and show you where I'm at with her "redo." We painted the walls a pale grey and I am really pleased with how it turned out. I have been waiting for days to take pictures of her room, in hopes that the sun would make an appearance, but no such luck...so I apologize for the terrible lighting in the pictures.

Her room is small, with only one window, but here's a peek into Caighton's little spot in our home...










vintage baby sweaters...













the memory jar I made for her, with bits from her "babyhood" inside and finished with a key from her great grandpa...


the prayer card inside is a vintage French one of St. Therese, whom Caighton's middle name was chosen for...




these were my shoes when I was a baby, apparently I had big feet...the beautiful blanket was made by my mother-in-law...














this is the vintage crinoline that I bought when I was at the Country Living Fair...it hangs on Caighton's crib when she's not sleeping...I just adore all of the ruffles...

in the background is her new Ikea slipcovered chair...




Thanks for hanging in there with the bad lighting on the pictures!

I hope all of you are avoiding the flu bug and enjoying a fabulous start to your week!!!


Tracey


Thursday, October 22, 2009

This and that...






Well my friends, I have been hanging out with sick kids all week...and it's not fun!

My daughter was home from school battling the same nasty cough my son has had and just as she went back to school yesterday, my poor little guy's cough turned into full fledged flu. I don't know if it's the swine flu or not, but either way he's down and out.

So there wasn't a lot of extra time for me to put together a post, but I hated to just ignore my little blog...after all it's like a ray of sunshine hearing from all of you throughout my day...it truly is a treat each and every time I get a comment!




So I went into my "gallery" of inspiring photos and pulled out a few I haven't used before...they don't have any rhyme or reason as to a general theme...other than I just like them...

So please enjoy and I'll be back when my little ones are feeling better.

I'm wondering if there's any hope that the rest of us won't get Braden's flu? Don't answer that...let's just keep things positive :)
















Have nothing in your houses
that you do not know to be useful
or believe to be beautiful...
-William Morris


{images: 1,3,4 countryliving, 2 paleandinteresting, 5 bellanottelinens, 6 countryhome}


Tracey





Monday, October 19, 2009

White dish obsession







Well hello start of the week!!! And hello to you my friends :) I was gone this past weekend, hanging out with my bestie, Natasha, down in Bloomington. She only lives about 2 hours from me (althought she will be moving back to Denver soon...boo hoo), but we don't get to see one another nearly as often as we would like...life just seems to get in the way!






This past weekend we really wanted to hit the last Third Sunday Market of the season. This is quite a large flea market and well worth going to, but we just hadn't been able to manage to make it since May. So instead of waking up at the crack of dawn and driving down there to meet her on Sunday, I went down on Saturday and we were able to have a fabulous dinner together and some much needed leisurely conversation time.




I didn't make any major purchases, but I did add some more ironstone dishes to my collection, and these adorable vintage salt shakers...





I have been buying white dishes all Summer. Every flea market I went to, I would pick up a piece or two, because...well...it's just more fun when you are on the hunt for a new collection!






I'm just loving the look of stacked white dishes right now...

So simple yet so pretty...




...with bits of vintage touches and silver thrown in...




So I thought I would "practice" a little with my camera, while showing you my current obsession...hope you enjoyed a peek into a corner of my dining room...

Anything new you are collecting...do share?!!


Tracey






Thursday, October 15, 2009

What brings me comfort...







As my sweet Halena was leaving for school yesterday morning, I snapped a few pictures of her. I am always struck by a moment of sadness tugging at my heart when she leaves in the morning...

It's hard to know that she will be out of my sight and away from my protection for so long...

I wonder if I have given her what she needs to face the sometimes cruel and difficult world around us...




A nagging feeling stayed with me as I went about my usual routine yesterday. I'm not sure why, on this particular day, I was feeling more uneasy than on others, but none-the-less, the feeling stayed with me until I laid down last night to go to sleep.

You know that time, when you first lay your head on your pillow, and your thoughts and worries of the day are all swirling around in your head? Well, this is when it hit me...

I've taught her to pray.

Yes, pray. That is the thought that brought a wash of relief over me. Simple...yes. But small...no.

I have given my child, my children, the ability to seek comfort and advice from the greatest source there is...and that is what finally brought me peace as my day was ending...


Tracey

Monday, October 12, 2009

My weekend of projects...






Happy Monday girls!!! This is gonna have to be a quick post. It was a weekend of projects, projects, and more projects for me. The hubby painted little Caighton's room a lovely shade of pale dusty grey..and I painted just about everything else I could get my hands on in her room! So we are definitely on our way to completing her room redo. As soon as I finish "accessorizing," I will share with you what I've done :)

In between all of the painting, I stopped in to Home Goods for a look see, since I hadn't been in there in quite awhile (does anyone else have trouble staying away from that place?). I found a Madonna and child statue for practically nothing and just couldn't resist buying it. The only problem was, it was the ugliest shade of brownish orange you've ever seen. So, what did I do? Yep, I bought it and painted it!

It is now grouped with some of my other favorite religious pieces on a table in my living room...






I feel so out of touch with everyone, as I had to give up blogging for the weekend in order to get crackin on some of my projects. Kid free minutes are at a premium over here, so it's one or the other, blogging or projects...

Now that I feel like I've accomplished a few things on my never-ending to do list, I'm anxious to visit all of your lovely blogs...so I'm off...


Tracey

Thursday, October 8, 2009

An interview with Mari Eriksson...








Many of you are already familiar with the amazing photography of Mari Eriksson from her beautiful blog An Angel at My Table. If you haven't been to her inspiring blog before, you must visit it, as it is filled with one gorgeous picture after another!




I recently contacted Mari and asked her if she would be willing to do an interview for my little blog, because I am so enamored with her work and wanted to learn a little more about her...she very graciously agreed. Following is our interview and all photos in this post are Mari's spectacular work...








1. What inspires your photography and how did you get started in that career?



I get a lot of inspiration from the internet, from different blogs, flickr, etc. That was actually what got me started in the first place. We had just moved back to Sweden from Melbourne. The kids were small and we lived in a small, horrible apartment during the time we were looking for a house. I was on the internet the whole time to look for a house and found myself in this wonderful inspirational world of the blogs. You get easily sucked in! I had worked as a photo assistant for 5 years before the kids came, but I wasn't attracted to the fashion and commercial scene anymore that I had worked in previously. But then I realized I could work with the interior [decorating] that I also loved as a hobby.








2. What projects are you currently working on?



At the moment, I just finished a book about wedding crafts. My friend that I am doing the book with, has done all sorts of invitations, menues, and different ways of setting the table.







3. What trends in decorating are you liking and seeing right now?



The trend with everything white that has been big in Scandinavia is now more and more being combined with industrial and retro styles. The two styles go lovely together. I have also always loved a lot of color on a white canvas...where most of the furniture is white but you then decorate with colorful stuff. I like to mix new pieces with old finds.






4. Do you have a favorite photograph you have taken, or project that you have worked on?



Lena Ihrman's home that I show on my blog is still one of my favorite houses that I have shot. Favorite picture...I don't know. But I really like doing the inspirational pieces that I do for Swedish magazines because then you really show your style and use the stuff you like rather than when you are shooting a home and use only their stuff. I will try to show some current projects I am working on on my blog soon. Stay tuned...






5. How do you "juggle" all that you having going on in your life?



I am really lucky to have a husband that works from home and helps me a lot with the kids! He takes them to swimming lessons, drops them off and picks them up from school and so on...he also is the technical support and admin at "Mari Eriksson Photography." I am very fortunate to have a job I love and we both work from home so we see each other always, even though we both travel a lot with our work! We are always at liberty to do what we want.








Dear Mari, thank you again so very much for sharing a little about yourself with me and my blog readers, you are too kind!!!





Blessings for a happy, restful, and enjoyable long weekend to all of you my sweet friends!!!







Tracey

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How to pay for Paris...







You see girls, my talented friend and I have been "brainstorming" ways to pay for a lovely trip to Paris! She's way ahead of me, of course, but none-the-less, this has long been a dream of mine..

So I figured, I better start thinking...




I tend to like to keep things simple...

...I have been wanting one of these for some time now...




A personal latte maker from William Sonoma. Cafe au lait anyone?!

Now, previously upon my asking for one of these, the hubs has given me the big "No way, what's wrong with drinking coffee from the coffee pot?" Hmm...

Well, I do, but then later I need my mid-day venti non-fat 3 pump vanilla latte fix!!! It comes calling everyday, right about the same time. Eeeeek! And, hard as I try, I just don't seem to be able to fight it.

Now here's where the plan comes in...

I could justify buying my cute little latte maker, if I give up my $4.25/day Starbuck's habit. You heard me right! And, all-the-while, I'd be saving money for my much wanted trip to Paris.

Brilliant right??? Well, okay, maybe not so brilliant, but...





Doesn't staying at home, in your nice warm jammies, ahem, clothes...sipping your very own latte, while saving money sound like a pretty good idea??????



{images: Sarah Maingot, World-City-Photos.org, William Sonoma, Martha Stewart}


Tracey