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Friday, May 17, 2013

Oh Dear....Somehow I don't think I'm very good at waiting!  Beth has been sharing photos with me for literally months now, photos taken during her trips to the quaint little villages and hidden away spots in the UK that mostly only locals know of. So, to say that I'm anxious to see the treasures firsthand is ..........well making me feel famished with excitement! LOL  

Believe me when I tell you that even though the "ship has sailed".....I know Beth well enough to tell you that she will continue to be very busy gathering and planning and assembling packages of treasures and the next time she flies to America, her suitcase will be filled to the brim again!  (I'm really not kidding about the famished with excitement thing, though I'm sure it applies to both Beth and I!) 

While "we" are waiting..........oh bother........I thought it would be fun to show you a few "before and after" projects I've done with some of the beautiful antique fabrics that Beth found (picture lugging a large, heavy suitcase).....  The stunning antique linen hotel towels you see above were found, never-used.  Their textured cream linen back and vibrant red border "glass cloth" were a perfect combination for the delicate antique red and cream French floral piece.  I just fell in love with the lily bells on this one!

Somehow, it is really important to me to serve the lovely "this or that" well and with due care.  So, the match in age and color dye in these fabrics really married these pieces together brilliantly!  

Well, what do you think?

I don't think one could really miss on these lovely pillows........they were just meant to be beautiful from their very beginning. 

Here is another fun project....I found this chair at a tag sale and while it was/is a well-made vintage chair, the flat cushion and dull blue brocade fabric didn't match the personality of the beautiful framework, carvings, and legs of the piece.  I just had a feeling about this one.  Here is the before:

After spending some time carefully considering and looking through the antique monogrammed French fabrics from Beth, I found one piece with a monogram that was just the right size and had the same floral touches as the framework on the chair.  I think I found the right piece.............

Notice the original antique monogram that now is framed by the beautiful wood and carving on the is truly a framed piece of art!  Since the monogram......... an "R M", we've appropriately named this chair the "Reyella Monet" chair.  I think it rather fitting and I think you will fall in love with it just like I have!  (Speaking of........Beth, how is it that you part with ANYTHING you find?!?)

You know what, our website is still under construction, but feel free to email us regarding the things you see on our blog, our Pinterest boards or our Etsy store.  More than anything, we would just love to hear from you:

So, here is a sneak peak at my next "not-yet completed" project.  I will share more with you when I get it done!'s a good thing I'm busy, but honestly, I really can't wait to see my dear friend, Beth, again!  She's a treasure and I am "famished with excitement" until Santa Monica.....July 28th!

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