my life, in pictures

beignets

 

(French Market Beignets)

zaves art

 

(my oldest….a super proud moment! his artwork was chosen (among a lot of talented children) and displayed in our cities museum!)

waxflowers

 

(wax flowers…… one rule in my home, I must always have fresh flowers)

marshmallows

 

 

(Homemade marshmallows………a very exiting thing that I have turned into making a living out of, if your interested, please let me know so I can send you the link to my FB)

redvelvetmarshmallows

 

(red velvet marshmallows)

heartmarshmallows

 

(lovely heart shaped marshmallows)

roses

 

(a rose bush I inherited when we bought our home)

beautifulstarbucks

 

(my favorite coffee…….)

sidebraidthursdaylilli

 

(my Lilli)

blackandwhitelilahsparrownapping

 

(my Lilah and Sparrow taking a Winter nap)

bestfriendszaveandlilah

 

(best friends…… Xzavier and Lilah)

puresparrowmoon

 

(Sparrow Moon)

These pictures sum up my life…..baking, fresh flowers, coffee and my beautiful babes…….. life has been so very full, so raw and organic, moments of discovery, moments of over-coming and moments of succeeding.

……Home Tour, Country Living, Baked Goods

how do i decorate? what style do i gravitate towards? what color/s do i use in my home? click on any/every photo to enlarge…

let me first off state that i adore the Country Living magazine, as long as i have known about it, i have adored it. got it from my mama….one of my dreams is to be featured in a publication….fingers crossed. i love that Country Living scours the blogging world to find future homes to showcase and i can only hope that one day, i will have that home they are looking for…..fingers crossed again. my current camera does not have all of these fancy options to achieve a “perfected” look, but if i dont get my ideas and such out there, however will i be noticed, shabby camera and all? so i would like to start with my decor theme. i love love love gray and white, with earth tones here and there. i love industrial, french chic, farmhouse, eclectic….all rolled into one.

change of course here…..one of my passions is baking. i host bake sales at my home and use what is currently in season. majority of what i bake/make is organic. i never use boxed mixes, i have quit using dyes and start my baking days a lot of the time before the sun decides to wake. i know it sounds cliche….but i put a little love in my baked goods and i am very pleased with how well my bake sales do and the amazing amount of positive feedback i receive really just makes my heart happy. i will share some pics of what i bake

so there you have it….home tour, Country Living, baked goods

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my home is about 75 years old with a lot of original work and this fireplace is one of them. i adore our fireplace. i dont do a whole lot of decorating for halloween and i only add a few touches of “fall like” decor. which means more muted colors and some leaves here and there.

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the framed picture is a Goodwill find priced at $3….the vintage print is currently priced at $40 online….score! the “O” represents the intial of my last name. i bought it at Hobby Lobby for $2.5 (it was heavily clearenced) i painted it a gray shade and sanded it down to achieve more of a vintage look. i bought the terrarium at Home Goods clearenced down to $4 because it was missing a couple of glass panels, i simply added a birch log (thank you Mother Nature) and some ivy from my local nursery. i love this terrarium, it does a lot of hosting of vignettes throughout the year and i love the rustic look of it. the glass bottle was another clearence find at Target, i love the French text of it and how it looks like an oversized apothecary bottle. i threw in some twine….because i love twine

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this owl is huge, heavy and one of my most prized possessions….i should say obsession. he is perfect, original price tag of $40, bought it for $15 because he has a slight chunk missing in a place no one will look……he is completely rad.

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love him…..

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bought this candle lantern at Goodwill with Pottery Barn tags still on…..$2….score

 

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built-in bookshelves, one of the originals in my home and it is the perfect space to display my oddities, collections and totally rad finds.

 

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i bought this little $0.88 pumpkin and painted it a matte black shade, put it on a cloche base and used some live moss as fillers…..love the contrast.

 

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my feather loot collected on my walks is a nice homage to nature and using an au naturel look in the home….its simple but i love the statement.

 

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a dried hydrangea from my garden that diplays another natural aspect that i really try to bring into my home…..displayed in a petite vintage square cake pan. the colors are serene and have a slight look of fall

 

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a little collection of books that i like to look in for inspiration. the Vintage by Nina book is my all time fave and seems that everytime i look into it, there is something new

 

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a sweet little nest adorned with some lovely fall leaves

 

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another cool owl….this one a bit more playful, not as serious as the other, but still a ridiculous price i paid of $4 at Home Goods….the stuff they clearence trips me out sometimes

 

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this is a cool statement piece i have hanging on my living room wall. meant to look like an idustrial, rustic chandy. i took a vintage wood frame that was a horrid brownish color and painted it white and sanded some areas to achieve a bit of a worn look. i begged,pleaded, whined nicely asked my husband who jumped with joy 😉 and nailed the frame to the ceiling for me. i had this dome shape accent piece that was not created for what i am using it for, but that makes some of the best design pieces (which I bought for $4….and it is huge), i hung up some real crystal accents i borrowed from my real chandelier and voila! a super rad design piece. please excuse my tiled ceilings…….ha!

 

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close up the frame

 

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close up the crystals

 

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one of my favorite purchases is this antique physicians table that i bought for a mere $20….it has these secret drawers and cubbies…..love

 

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i bought this vintage inspired cylinder bottle set at World Market. i dipped some of my feathers in gold paint and placed them in the glass bottles for chic look. i really love how the feathers turned out

 

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close up of feathers

 

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another view of my bookshelf

 

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industrial rustic type chandy

 

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another view of the fireplace

now onto the baked goods…….

 

homemade cinnamon roll….not yet frosted, but it was so delicious without

caramel marshmallows….yes, homemade

vanilla marshmallows….and again, yes, homemade

 

double chocolate and triple vanilla cupcakes

homemade graham crackers with homemade marshmallows

there is a lot…..a lot more where they came from…….

thank you all for reading and following along, i am quite grateful! xoxo