April 23, 2016

Marie Antoinette's Hamlet at Versailles

One of my favorite days from our trip to Europe last summer was the day we went to Versailles.
The royal castle and gardens are truly magnificent and beyond anything you could imagine, but
they were not the thing I enjoyed the most.

The part I enjoyed the most was a little ways beyond the main castle.
It was down a quiet and peaceful meandering path.
It's the place known as Marie Antoinette's Hamlet.

The hamlet was a small farm built as a rustic retreat for Marie Antoinette.
It is made up of several buildings and cottages which surround a small lake.

This is where she could escape her responsibilities and the strict confines of the palace.
It was a place where she could act out her fantasies.

Every cottage is surrounded by beautiful flowers and perfectly manicured gardens.

Picket fences and little gates just added to the charm and quaint feeling of the farm.

The weather was perfect that day with warm temperatures and a pleasant breeze.
I could have stayed there all day . . . or longer even.

Walking around that day felt so calm and peaceful, like I had been swept away to the
most charming farm in the beautiful countryside of France.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Versailles, be sure to make your
way to The Queen's Hamlet.  I just know you will love it.

If you would like to read more about The Hamlet, visit Magali at her blog,
The Little White House On The Seaside.  You see, Magali actually grew up near
Versailles, so she is definitely more of an expert than I. 
 You can read her fun and interesting post HERE.

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April 19, 2016

Free "Bonnie Plant Farm" Crate

Hi Everyone,
We've been working our fingers to the bone doing yard work.
  This past weekend was so gorgeous, we spent the entire two days outside
 and I have been doing some work myself the last couple days as well.

 I wanted to show you something I picked up over the weekend at Home Depot.
They had onion plants for sale and they were in these cute crates.
I asked an employee what they do with the crates when they're empty and
he said they throw them away.  So of course I asked if I could take one
and he said I could - he only looked at me a little bit strangely. : )

 The red lettering is what really caught my eye.
I started thinking of things I could do with it.
It's not terribly sturdy so you couldn't use it for anything heavy
but I think it's cute enough just on its own.

 It has a little wire latch if you want it to stay closed as well.

 You could use it indoors or out. 
It looks kind of charming with a potted plant sitting inside.

If you have a potting bench, it would work well for
 storing small gardening tools.
So many possibilities.

Of course the best part is that it was free.

Kitty loves to be outside with me when I'm working.
So the moral of the story is that if you're at Home Depot
and you spot one of these cuties, it could be yours simply for asking.
The second moral of the story is that if you have teenagers and they are with you,
don't even think about it - they tend to frown on this type of behavior!  ) :

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April 8, 2016

A Pretty Tea Towel

I have blogged about my love of pretty tea towels before and
today I have a REALLY pretty one to show you.

The other day, I stopped in Sur La Table just to browse a bit and I love to 
look at their pretty linens.

Their prices on most things are pretty high in my opinion but when I saw
this linen kitchen towel with it's soft floral design, I had to have it. 
It's a great size too at 28 x 18.

I decided to use it on my table under my favorite white basket.
I think it adds just a touch of french loveliness if I do say so myself.

The sun streaming in that day just added to the look and
brightened up my day.

Here is a link if you would like to see it on the website.
It also comes in navy and charcoal.

March 25, 2016

Spring In The Kitchen

I got a little spring decorating done this week.

The table centerpiece is a tiered basket found at Hobby Lobby for $15.00.
I thought that was a great price.  I have seen similar tiered stands for a lot more.

As you can see, I filled the top basket with my favorite blue and green eggs and
the bottom basket is holding some faux hydrangea.

My favorite little table simply has some delicate flowers placed on an old brick.

I just loved this tin when I saw it at Homegoods a while back.
I have been saving it for spring so now it's making its debut.

My kitchen shelves and the area behind the sink had to have some pretty spring color as well.

The tins that I showed you in my last post added the perfect touch.

I hope you all have a wonderful spring weekend and a visit
from the Easter Bunny.

Thanks a bunch for visiting!