Friday, December 31, 2010

Going Green

We recently celebrated our Anniversary. I had to work that day. But when a beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived, it certainly made it all better. (Thank you Baby)

Here they are below, at the breakfast table the next morning, with a few vintage pieces. Kent china in green and white from England. The glass candle goblets are all from estate sales and thrift shops. The first one I purchased was just 10cents, the other two I found on two separate occasions each for 25cents. Not bad as they add some pretty color when the candles are lit.The little hen salt and pepper were also a vintage thrift shop find for a mere $1.00. They usually sit in my china hutch but I think they work perfectly for a breakfast table and add a bit of red. I love their chips and glazed finish.  I'll be linking up toCourtney's French Country Cottage
and toMy Romantic Home
and to Linda's at Coastal Charm for her Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Party 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Quick Change Artist

We recently purchased some new knobs for our very old (22 years and counting) armoire. It was white washed when we bought it new, then I added a simple paint treatment around 12 years ago, and finally recently it received a fresh coat of white. Small changes make big differences at times. The cost was a total of $3.00 as they were half off. We think it added more character. And we like the rustic antique look against the clean white. I'm linking up toKathleen's White Wednesday over at Faded Charm
Be sure to visit her blog, it's one of the best in all of blogland and she's really the most humble sweetest lady too!
PS you may have noticed they're a bit uneven, my husband fixed that since the photos were taken. xoxo tami
I am also linking toGina's Shabby Chic Cottage'sTransformation Thursday

Monday, December 27, 2010

Working With Florals Parte Due

Rustic floral prints are another way to add some petals to your decor. We all love the soft Shabby Chic/Cabbages and Roses look. But sometimes we crave a little faded prairie, old world, downright vintage appeal. If you too love the rustic vintage florals, simply look for patterns with a more "tea stained" background as opposed to white. Remember you can always use these colors in the Fall/Winter season, and the lighter white background florals in the Spring/Summer. I'll be back on Wednesday with a little quick change project, hugs tami
I'm joining this partyVintage Wanna Be Talent Tuesday

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lidia Cooks and a Surprise GiveAway

More often than I care to discuss, my husband and I disagree. But there is one thing we both can and do agree on, and that is that we both love Lidia Bastianich. We often record her cooking show so we can watch it later, or learn new recipes. She also takes you on a tour of Italy, where she teaches you all about wine, and cheese, pasta, olives and all that the regions have to offer. So imagine how jealous we were when my Brother told us he was going to a special book signing to meet her! But he was kind enough to have Lidia sign a book for us, and sent it as a special gift. We just love it J...Thank you and your family for a gift we'll always treasure. To any of you who love Italian cuisine I think you'll love Lidia's book "Lidia Cooks From The Heart". And visit her website here
   Now onto my Surprise Giveaway...I have decided that my GiveAways will be done this way from now on. I'll simply randomly choose a post, then choose from those who have been kind enough to comment on it. The commentor must be one of my followers and that is the only rule. Other than that, simply comment as normal as you never know when you'll win. 
The prize this week is the pretty salt and pepper set you see in the photo by Lidia's book. They're made of porcelain and pewter and are valued at $40.00. 
The winner was chosen by and I entered 19 as there were 19 comments on my Working with Floral post. One person commented twice so I entered her only once to be fair. That being said, Congrats to Ashley of 1942 Charm you were commenter number 3 and have won! Ashley please email me at high street cottage at with your info and I'll send your gift. 
I have added a new page to my blog to explain my future giveaways, keep the comments coming, you never know when you'll be a winner :)

I'm linking to a couple parties this week
One is Kathleen's White Wednesday

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Working with Florals Parte Una

Many of you have asked about my lovely laundry basket seen here
I purchased it from Target nearly 10 years ago. It's fabric cover is a Waverly print.

I have loved Waverly fabrics for many years. When we moved here to this city 15 years ago, I had the most lovely Waverly pillow on my garden floral sofa, and I became a fan ever since. I have noticed the new fabrics are not quiet as "cottagy" as they used to be. But trends change very often. I have used florals in home since I moved out of my parents home in 1979, yep that's right! I'm 50 in case you're all wondering. My very first sofa was a floral. I'm careful though choosing patterns and I'll be showing you some fabrics and a slipcover on one of my chairs very soon. When it comes to florals it's important to choose colors you like best. If you're a blue person, or pink stick to those, remember you'll be seeing them every day for a long while. Most of my floral patterns have bits of reds as it's my favorite color. I also make sure the fabric is a simple cotton. Not shiny, and not any of the sort of 80's style double printed patterns, meaning not those that are a floral then a beigie, flowered pattern over that one.
I choose simple, cotton chintz types. It's just what I prefer. Also with pillows I do spend a bit more to have feather downs. They hold up, literally forever. So you don't have that smashed look once they've been around a number of years. Stay tuned for parte duo, 'till then, xoxo tami
I'm linking up to the every so lovely Kathleen over at Faded Charm
And to the Rose Man's Saturday Show Off

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tea Time

I've been missing in action lately. My job keeps me pretty busy this time of year. I also realized I'm not one to play the blogging game. I do want to thank those of you who keep up and have checked in on me. Especially Sarah of Modern Country Style if you're not following her blog, I suggest you pay her a visit, it's just the most pleasant spot in blogland. I want to also send out some get well hugs to LouLou of The Life Of LouLou
xoxoxo! Stop by her blog and give her a hug or two please.
Many of you have asked about the floral patterns I use in my home, I'll be posting some photos and info soon.
I'm joining Kathleen over at Faded Charm I just adore her blog. Stop over if you have not  already. 
I'm also linking up to Maleviks Rosentradgard's Saturday ShowOff Link Party
Stop by Hakan's blog for a view of some incredible Rose Eye Candy

Thanks again for stopping by my humble little blog, it's much appreciated. Untill next time, tami