Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year, 2013

Wishing everyone a beautiful New Year filled with love & inspiration (and a little bit of luck!) x Drena

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & a joyous New Year!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, happy holiday & good cheer throughout the new year! Please enjoy pictures of our cottage Christmas! x

A banner I made to remind me to find serenity

Simple, rustic candlelight

All the trimmings


Probably my favorite homemade ornament, beach in a ball (may keep this out year round!)

Following the Queen of Shabby Chic, Rachel Ashwell, brown paper & fabric ribbon.

I like to add flowers, ornaments, to finish off the wrapping

Vintage ornaments & lovely presents

Early morning

Homemade wreath (still smells lovely)

My new Florentine Nesting tables, functional beauty & glamour

Vintage ornaments

Sweet sentiments

Oak Tree Cottage all decked out in lights (all of which have been collected from flea markets and estate sales!)

Romantic Tree Topper

I love that the presents become part of the decor

Pink Santa

A little glamour

My son's stocking hanger

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Week

I love this week! Xander is off school, so we enjoy lounging around the house, baking & digging through our Christmas decorations.   I've been working on a couple of holiday projects before I get to the BIG decorating this weekend! I tackled my first ornament wreath, after collecting vintage ornaments in my favorite shabby colours.  On Wednesday night, I will be making pies with my dear friend & our kids (our annual tradition!) I love traditions as they give you something special to look forward to every year.  It's never too late to start some or even revive older ones.  I am so thankful for all the love & support from family & friends. Have a great Thanksgiving! x Drena
Rudolph the wine cork reindeer
Thrift store find
Blue Christmas
Crates with basket liners from the Simply Shabby Chic line at Target
My big project for the week <3
Something to remember our 1st year of raising chickens
Lounging on the couch
That in between time, between Thanksgiving & Christmas
A cozy mess on laundry day
The weather has finally changed but the garden is full of butterflies
Packing away the orange
Unpacking Christmas...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Feeling inspired...

Last weekend I had the great pleasure of attending my first Fancy Flea, a twice a year vintage market in Lakeland, FL.  I was simply overwhelmed with all the beautiful booths!  The vendors were amazing, creative...I have never felt more in my element.  I should have taken more pictures, talked to more people but I was walking around like a child in a toy store.  It was so wonderful to see names and faces I knew from Facebook like Debi Coules and Paris Rags.  I am hoping to attend the Spring Fancy Flea as a vendor, next year (fingers crossed!)
The greatest thing about the Fancy Flea was how much it inspired me.  Granted, I am inspired everyday by my friends blogs and the beautiful pictures people share but seeing it in person, is a real treat.  Being able to touch and feel pillows and linens, admire the paint on a bench or really plays to the senses and my love of junking.  Nothing beats the joy of the hunt.  You never regret those things you find, only those you pass up (I should have bought those nesting Florentine tables *sigh*)
I've been busy working on getting my home in order for the holidays.  I have so many different projects I am working on and can't wait to share.  This is my favorite time of the year.  Over the next couple of weeks I hope to post more pictures.  I am still getting the hang of balancing blogging, projects and housework.  Hats off to those of you who make it look so seamless and easy!
Thanks again for stopping by and sharing!  Hope you have a wonderful, inspired week!
x Drena
My favorite windows
Last wildflowers for the season
My key keychain (think I will add some ribbon)
From a project that I shared on Facebook, gift boxes made from toilet paper rolls. Super easy and so lovely!
The Fancy Flea...heaven!
A little corner of our living room
Moxie loves the crates with fabric liners!
Thinking pink for Christmas
Feeling the love for pale greens and blues
$5 breadbox on the shelves that hide our shoes. I love the tin drawers!
Mismatched and cozy dining