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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nesting Time

The orange blossoms are blooming and the birds are nesting in the boughs. Well, some of them are nesting under our eaves which is making rather a mess!
I've placed some artificial nests and eggs in a few of my ironstone pieces for a "Springy" table display. I've always got vintage creamware and ironstone at my shop so come see what you might like to take home to feather your nest!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Harvest

After our morning walk, my friend Kathy, shared with me some of the bounties of her garden. I haven't cooked beets for years, but tonight they're going into a big chef's salad!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Les Indiennes

Historically these beautiful fabrics originated in India. The themes are derived from fruits, flowers and insects and then carved into wood blocks.  The blocks are then loaded with dye and hand stamped onto natural fibers such as linen and cotton. In the 16th century these linens were exported to France where the French fell in love with the designs and named them “Les Indiennes” Eventually the craftsmen in Provence started producing their own and now these fabrics and table linens have that distinctive Provençal  feel. On my trip to India I got to see the local craftsmen laboring to create these one of a kind works of art. I carry both made in France and the original made in India “Les Indiennes” I have a new shipment on its way so stop in and see which would look best in your home! Or email me for a direct shipment.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Road Trip to Atlanta

My daughter, Megan, has accepted a new job in Atlanta, Georgia. She asked if I would help her make the cross country drive and get her settled in a new place. I've been to Atlanta only twice, but loved it each time. So off we went across Arizona, New Mexico. Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and finally Georgia! I have to admit the Southwest can appear pretty boring - at least from the freeway. But the Southeast is already abloom for Spring with flowering pear, redbud, forsythia, and tulip trees. We ate some delicious meals, checked out new shopping venues, visited with dear old friends, and generally had a great time! (And we're still speaking to each other after having spent 24/7 with each other for the past 8 days!) I think she's really going to have some exciting new experiences. 
Good luck, Megan!

Here we go!

Snacks for the car.

We had to stop at Bubba's!

Yes, this is the World's Largest Cross.

Welcome to Georgia!

Meg's new apartment- on the third floor, again.

I ordered some fabulous new Spring and Country French items for my store!

A shopping day at AmericasMart was one of the highlights of the trip.

An early Birthday dinner out for Meg. Eggplant Parmesan at  Mambo Italiano, yum!

We were there to catch part of Atlanta's St. Patrick's Day parade.

On the grounds of Megan's new apartment complex are the ruins of  an old church  built  on the route Sherman took  on his march to Atlanta.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Quiche Lorraine

I'm not sure Julia Child would approve, but I added swiss cheese to her quiche Lorraine recipe. I've just finished reading her book My Life in France  and it's been fun to pour over her recipes in her original Mastering the Art of French Cooking. As much as I like to cook, so many of her recipes seem overly complicated for today's lifestyle. Nevertheless, I'm determined to give a few of them a try! As shown in the movie Julie and Julia her Bouef  Bourguignon is "Yum!" But for tonight, it's Karee's Quiche Lorraine.