Back from a week at the beach & ready to get going again! I have so many pretty vintage items to list on my site & so much gardening & housework to catch up on! I am taking my grandaughter school shopping (I remember what it's like taking a 13 year old & I am aleady stressed out!) Of course the "cheap" stores won't do for her. LOL! She will go pick the money off of grandma's money tree in the back yard & off we'll go!! Last week we did a bit & before I could yank something off the counter & check it before it was purchased it rung up 70.00!!! That's for one shirt!!! I almost fainted & told her she has to do better shopping than that. Her grandfather surely would have fainted! Gabby is grandmas girl for sure though~It's so hard NOT to indulge your grandchildren! I was so much stricter with my own! School starts next week here & off they go~I can hear the YEAHS all over the neighborhood! :)Some pictures of my gabby & her best friend Nicole at the beach & one of grandma Lucy in shock over the price of school clothes!
I just got home from a full day of work in everyones gardens. I'm hot, dirty & hungry (I'm always hungry!) & I find this big box marked VERA WANG addressed to me!!! What can it be? I tear open the box & find the MOST EXQUISITE LAVENDER ROSES & a WONDERFUL LITTLE BOTTLE OF PERFUME appropriately named "VERA WANG" I couldn't figure out why I would be getting this lovley surpise & couldn't find the card. I was stumped. After really tearing the box apart I found the card with the most lovely note from my very dearest friend TARA of Bella Pink She was congratulating me on the successful photo shoot of my back yard on Monday afternoon! Yup, that's right, I am going to be featured in one of Barbara Jacksiers wonderful books on Romantic Cottages!!! The first part of the shoot was the back yard gardens & the little cottage. The second part will be sometime in the fall of the inside of the house. It will take me all week to clean & stage for sure! Tara is busy doing some wonderful projects with Barbara & it's because of her that I made the connection with Barbara(who is such a lovely & talented lady!) Dan Mayers (the photograper)made the trip from New York to shoot my friends cozy waterside cottage,(more on that later) my backyard gardens, & then off to a shoot in Portsmouth, Maine. What a NICE guy~so professional, and so wonderful to talk with! Check out his website Dan Mayers Photography Dan's photographs can be found in the following magazines~ Cottage Style, Romantic Living, Old House Interiors, Arts and Crafts Home and La Vie Claire. He has also done the photography for some beautiful books and is working closely with Barbara on the books that she is writing. I am so honored to be featured in one of Barbara's books & was in awe of Dan taking shots of my gardens & little cottage. I am going to be in very good company with the talented ladies that will be featured in the book. Tara was instrumental with hooking me up! On top of all that she knew how nervous I was about my very first photo shoot & how hard I worked trying to make my late summer yard pretty. (perennials & annuals tend to look tired just about now!) Thank you so much my dear friend for the lovely LAVENDER ROSES & all your words of encouragement!!!xo
We have owned a little lavender stucco cottage down in Rhode Island for 4 years now. It's two streets up from our private neighborhood beach & we look forward to going down there nearly every weekend from May until September. It's where we really relax & enjoy the water & puttering around our little home. Below are pictures of our shabby beach cottage~
My dear friend Roberta, owner of my FAVORITE shop Enchanted Treasures owns an adorable sweet cottage right ON the water in scenic Fairhaven Ma. She & her talented business partner & friend Martha have been in countless popular decorating magazines that have showcased each of their gorgeous homes. Since Robertas home is right on the water we just had to show you some wonderful pictures of her cozy seaside setting! The above pictures are of Roberta's cozy seaside home! Just look at her table set for tea by the water & the FABULOUS view from her cottage!!!