Friday, January 22, 2016

A little paper flag.

While shopping in a wonderful little shop in Howell, Michigan last weekend, I came across a cup full of these little paper flags.
They reminded me of a summer spent in France, years ago.
Memories flooded late husband and I spending time with his family.
We were so young, 19 and 20, on break from college that summer.
Meeting his relatives for the first time.

They owned three homes.
One in Paris, one in the country, and one on the Normandy Beaches.

Seeing all of the sights in Paris was like a dream for me.
You learn about such things in school, but never think you will ever see places like that in your whole life!
Patrick was used to it all....being there several times since childhood.

Spending time in the country, seeing all of the vineyards was amazing!
Tonton and Tantine had a huge garden that they used for preparing meals.
Tonton was our tour guide inside, and outside of Paris.

My favorite place was Deauville, on the Normandy Beaches (on the English Channel).
We spent hours around the simple table, in mismatched chairs....eating, drinking wine, and talking and laughing while the sea air came in through the open windows.
As you walked up the winding staircase to the bedrooms, you could still see the chips in the walls where the butts of the German's rifles gouged the plaster as they searched the cottages during the War. 
I asked why the plaster was never replaced. Mamme' said it was left as a reminder of the cruelty of war, and hopefully it would never be repeated.
That little paper flag brought back memories for me.   Good memories, of good people...along with some history.
Funny how something so small, and insignificant to some, would cause a lifetime of memories to flood into my brain for just a matter of minutes.
I'm glad I found that little paper flag. It brought joy to my heart.
I hope something fills your heart with joy this weekend!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Finding a little inspiration....

We are experiencing the January thaw here at the lake.
I've been going through my home decor magazines, instead of doing some touch-up painting as I had planned to do today.
I had seen a pretty rose swag in the latest issue of Romantic Country Magazine, featuring Jo-Anne Coletti's lovely home, and wanted to try to make one similar for the Lakehouse.

I use strips from older RA pillow slips when making my rag strip projects, so I used some for the rose swag...along with the usual gauze bar towels that I also use.
There were some white paper roses in the cupboard, and those seemed to call my name....
The project turned out differently than the one in Jo-Anne's feature...but that's quite alright. I wasn't going for an exact copy...just something similar.....something that would fit in here at the Lakehouse.
I do appreciate the inspiration that Jo-Anne's beautiful home invokes, however. I find her to be an amazingly talented woman.
Have a happy Sunday!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

After the holidays.

The holidays are over, and the decorations are put away for another year.
There are some things that will be left out, however.
The JDL lace angel wings are part of the decor here at the Lakehouse.
Angel wings are found throughout our cottage all through the year.

This year's project will be white washed wood flooring for the living room.
It was supposed to be put in last year....but the Mr. doesn't like to rush into things.....EVER!!!

He did surprise me with this tea cart for my birthday, though.
Also, two beautiful charms for my Pandora bracelet!

Isn't this card pretty?
I received it from Bron at in a Christmas card.

Bron also sent this lovely lady! she's just perfect for here at the Lakehouse, isn't she??!!
If you love shabby chic, go visit Bron's blog. she's  from Australia, and has a wonderful blog with awesome photo's and great posts!!!
Have a fun Sunday!
Winter has arrived here in the Midwest!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy New Year!

Fierce winds are blowing here at the Lakehouse.
The weather has taken a turn for the worse.
It's nothing compared to what has transpired for the folks south, I'm sure.
With loss of life due to storms, and tornadoes.
What a horrific holiday season for so many.

Losing power for four days is nothing in comparison.
We spent the holidays with family three hours south of here, and cherished every moment.

My middle daughter and family gifted me with the two large candle jars on the mantle, and this pretty knob that holds this JDL scarf for Christmas.
All fitting presents for the Lakehouse decor.

The Jessica Simpson bedding has already found a new home with my 14 year old granddaughter, Maddie.
The colors just didn't "fit" here for my taste.
I thought it would be a nice "change" for the winter season....but it just wasn't "me".
The RA bedding suits my style, and makes my heart sing.

Jessica Simpson's bedding is beautiful!
I'm just more comfortable with the RA line, I guess.
So....the ruffles and roses are back, and I'm a happy girl.
Sometimes....staying with what we know is a good thing.....the grass isn't always greener....ya know what I mean?

Happy New Year everybody!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas!

The weather outside's not frightful....if not for the fog it would be delightful!
The temps are mild for this time of year.
Instead of snow, we are getting some needed rain.
The forecast for Christmas Day is sunshine and more warmth.
The days are still short....making evenings cozy with candles, and firelight.

Angel wings are a big part of my holiday decor this year.
To be honest....I haven't really decorated much at all.
Just a few pieces here and there.
Angel wings are everywhere! 

Even without the holidays, I still love angel wings.
Bottle brush, and feather trees are found throughout the house for a romantic touch.

You will find the tiniest of lights here at the Lakehouse, and lots of candles to add the warmth of the holiday season.

If you look hard, you will see this little guy also.
He's waiting for the right time to make his entrance.
I hope Christmas week is special for you and your family. 
Enjoy the season, and what the holiday brings your way.
I pray our true focus is Christ, and the gift He offers to the world.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A vintage-Christmas tablescape

I apologize for not responding to comments on the last two blog posts.
I will be getting to that in the next two days....promise.
I've been away from this computer more than I've been here, mostly checking some facebook posts when I do turn this thing on.
I answer one or two blog comments, then I'm off again.
Feeling very unmotivated these days.

I did see Amy's FB post about holiday tablescapes.....from Maison Decor.
Amy and five other bloggers got together for a nice presentation, and they all shared their ideas on some gorgeous settings for pretty tables for the holidays.

It gave me some ideas for a tablescape using vintage pieces for my own Christmas table.
Goblets and glasses from antique shops. Silver and linen  from an antique market. Butter pats collected from various shops, and shows.

Some of the pieces used down the center of the table are antique, and some are reproductions.
When gathered together, they make a nice vintage looking display for the Christmas holiday.

The pretty chargers were a sale item from Joss & Main, and the plates are from Target.
Fitting with the theme of a White (shabby) Christmas, here at the Lakehouse
Please put Diana(from Nana Diana takes a Break) on your prayer list. Her family is dealing with a health issue....concerning her husband. Prayers would be a GOOD thing!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The accent pillows have arrived.

The accent pillows for the new bedding arrived yesterday.
They give the bed a more "finished" look.

I like the vintage look the pillows have.....but am already missing the familiar ruffles that I'm used to.

And there you have it.....The Jessica Simpson bedding I am using to decorate our bedroom for the long winter months here at the Lakehouse.
A nice change.
Have a happy week.