31 August 2011

Hi all. I see that Blogger has made some new updates. I wish they would stop making updates and fix the issues that I and others have been having for months. I started a post last night and now I can't for the life of me find it thanks to the new "updates".
Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying their week.

I thought I would show you a quick photo of the new zippered gray/black linen clutch I just made.






 Hopefully I can tell you my good news in the next few days, I'm dying to tell you but I better wait.
Hope you all have a great night.
Sincerely,
Melinda

 

27 August 2011

~Gray~

Lately, I love everything that is gray, dark gray, light gray, blue-gray, light French gray~my favorite!! I especially love to add touches of red here and there through accessories such as vintage red striped grain sacks and vintage linen towels monogrammed in red. What about you? What's your new favorite color to decorate with?




These are the vintage linen towels I bought at the flea market, LOVE THEM, and I will keep them, no sale!! :)





I made this funky lamp shade from a vintage grain sack, it definitely did not turn out great, but I like it anyway.


This vignette is in my dining room, I re-worked it yesterday and I am so happy how it turned out.
Hope you all have a great weekend.

P.S. Tomorrow is my 18th wedding anniversary!! Happy anniversary to the best husband, friend, and father
in the world!!

26 August 2011

Randomness

Hope your all well, just a few photos of flowers and vintage aqua bottles I thought I'd show you. I also started re-covering my vintage garden chairs to sell, tell me what you think.






This is one of the vintage prayer cards that my sister-in-law brought me back from France.



I have a set of 4 of these vintage garden chairs. So far, I've recovered one chair. I only have enough grain sack left for 2 chairs, so I'll have to figure out what to do about the other 2.


I soaked this grain sack for 3 days in Oxy Clean and it came out really clean. There was just one spot that I couldn't get out so I added a patch of a vintage grain sack I had left over from another project and I love how it turned out.

Have a beautiful day all!
Sincerely,
Melinda

24 August 2011

"Caruso"

Hi everyone, hope your having a wonderful night. I just had to share something utterly amazing and beautiful. One of my most favorite songs is "Caruso" by Lucio Dalla. It is a beautiful Italian love song dedicated to Erico Caruso, the famous Italian tenor from the late 19th century, early 20th century, and romanticizes his last days in Sorrento and Napoli. I first heard this sung by the great Andrea Bocelli and fell in love with its haunting melody. I looked up Andrea's performance of "Caruso" on You Tube the other night and came across another artist who sang this song as well. Her name is Lara Fabian and she is a Belgian-Italian international singer who can sing in several different languages. And let me tell you, she is the most passionate and breathtaking
songstress I have ever heard. Please watch her "live" performance and tell me if you don't cry like I did. She sings this song like she's lived it!


Enjoy!!!





English Lyrics
Here where the sea sparkles,
and a strong wind blows,
on an old terrace overlooking the gulf of Sorrento,
a man holds a little girl in his arms
after he's been crying.
He clears his throat and sings the song again.

I love you so much;

so very much, you know.
It's a bond, now,
you know, that thaws the blood in the veins.

He looked at the lights, out at sea,

and thought about the nights in America.
But they were only the lamps of fishing boats
and the white of wake.
He felt the pain of the music.
He got up from the piano,
but when he saw the moon come out from behind the clouds
death seemed sweeter to him.
He looked into the little girl's eyes -
those eyes as green as the sea,
then suddenly a tear fell
and he thought he was drowning.

I love you so much;

so very much, you know.
It's a bond, now,
you know, and it thaws the blood in the veins.

The power of opera!

where every drama is a sham;
where, with a little bit of make-up and mimicry,
you can become someone else.
But two eyes that look at you,
so close and so real,
make you forget the script,
confounding your thoughts.
And so everything became insignificant,
including the nights in America.
You look back and see your life
like the wake [of the boats].
Ah yes! Life is ending,
but he wasn't worried about it any more.
Instead he felt happy
and began to sing the song again.

I love you so much;

so very much, you know.
It's a bond, now,
you know, that thaws the blood in the veins.

More Vintage Goodies

Hi All, here's a few more goodies I got on Sunday.


Vintage Cointreau Liqueur shipping crate from France with original leather handles and the original shipping labels. This is the only piece that will be staying with me!!
My sister-in-law just got home from a month in Italy and France, {so jealous :)} and actually toured the Cointreau Liqueur factory in France. She said the whole place smelled like oranges.



I got 3 of these old crates, not sure what I will do with them yet. I also got some vintage grain sacks and made this pillow out of one.









I bought some beautiful vintage French monogrammed linen towels as well, but they are still soaking in Oxy Clean. I'll show you those in another post as well as some beautiful things my sister-in law brought me from France and Italy.
Have a wonderful day.
Sincerely,
Melinda

23 August 2011

New~Vintage Goods For a Special Place

Hi all, hope your having a nice week so far. I went to the flea market on Sunday and got some great things for my upcoming project. Can I just tell you it's killing me not to keep these treasures for myself, they are so wonderful!
Take a peek:



Vintage French coal bucket, vintage aqua medicinal bottles, and fabulous vintage European dough bowl.







The ruffled tea towels, pillow and cosmetic clutches are from my home line that I made out of vintage grain sacks.


My new labels came in, what do you think?










I am in love with this dough bowl, but I bought it for my new venture. I got some other beautiful things as well, so I'll post those later.

Have a fabulous day!!
Sincerely,
~Melinda

20 August 2011

Saddened


9/11 Memorial
Photo via: {http://wandermelon.com/2011/07/20/911-memorial-in-new-york/}

Whenever I log into my Yahoo e-mail, I will every once in a while click on the news stories and read the comments posted at the end of the stories by Yahoo readers. I don't know why I do this because most of the time it sickens me to find out what people in America are really feeling. With the anniversary of 9/11 coming up next month, there have of course been many stories about the dedication of the World Trade Center memorial, which I have to say is truly breathtaking and quite moving. Just typing about it makes me tear up. If you haven't seen it, you have to go and take a look.
Anyway, the comments at the end of the 9/11 stories are shocking and sickening!!! I can't believe the hateful words that people type about the poor people who were killed in the 9/11 tragedy. I at times, am so ashamed of what our world has become and the heartlessness of our own citizens. I'm sorry, but I just had to get that out, it is truly heartbreaking!! How do your feel about it? Also, why can't Yahoo come up with some kind of filtering tool to get rid of these nasty comments? I know, freedom of speech and all that, but when your saying something to hurt others, that's different, at least to me, and it's inexcusable!!

18 August 2011

Collages and What's Up With Blogger?

Hello all. Hope your having a nice week. I've been having problems with blogger again for the past few days. Yesterday, my blog wouldn't post any new updates on my blog list. And now my friend list has disappeared. Has anyone else been experiencing these or other issues?
Also, can anyone tell me the difference between blogger and the other blog host's that charge a monthly fee? Is it worth my while to pay?

Here's some collages I did recently. Sorry, no new photos, so if you've seen them already I apologize. I haven't had any time for staging my home or to even clean it. I've been busy pricing things.








Have a beautiful day all. I'm off to the flea market on Sunday to purchase goodies for my new venture. I'll be back then to show you all what I pick up.

Debra from Common Ground is having a fabulous giveaway, make sure and stop by her blog and enter for a chance to win.






I'm also linking up with Debra today for her fabulous blog party, make sure and stop by!
 

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Sincerely,
~Melinda

15 August 2011

New Designs & Exciting News

Hi everyone,
I hope your all enjoying the soon-to-be end of Summer. My oldest starts 2nd grade in 3 1/2 weeks, I can't believe it's almost here. Time for back-to-school shopping. I always loved this time of year when I was in school. I loved going shopping with my Mom and getting new clothes and shoes and my favorite, school supplies. I was told recently that this was not exciting for my son, he wanted toys, not clothes and school supplies. Oh well, it must be a girl thing!

Anyway, I have a couple of exciting things happening for me in the next couple of months. I can't tell you all of the particular's yet, but I will be closing my Etsy shops in September, but will be selling my jewelry and home line in a fabulous new place. I'm so excited I could burst!! I'll tell you more as I get closer to the date. The second exciting thing is dealing with my jewelry, and I'm still pinching myself about it!! I never like to talk about things too early before they happen, I guess I just don't want to jinx myself. :)

Anyway, here's a couple of new designs I just finished. It's a good thing I was inspired, because it gave me something to do when I couldn't sleep, ALL NIGHT LONG!! I hate when that happens!

Lots of soldering going on around here.


"French Letter & Faith" Necklace



"London & France" necklace




Have a beautiful week all!
Sincerely,
~Melinda

12 August 2011

Farmhouse Friday With Laurie Anna

Okay, so I might not have a farmhouse, but I just had to join up with Laurie Anna for Farm House Friday.
I took some photos of flowers and my vintage windows that could have been hanging in a farmhouse once.
You never know!


















Check out all of the other farmhouse gals at "Laurie Anna's Vintage Home".



Have a beautiful weekend.
Sincerely,
~Melinda

Also, a quick "Hi" to all of my new follower's, it's a pleasure to meet you all!!