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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

O Beautiful For Spacious Skies

America the beautiful..........

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

This weekend, Americans will be preparing for and enjoying our Nation's holiday, aptly titled "Independence Day". Independence Day or the Fourth of July is a celebration of the anniversary of the publication of the United State's Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. It is a celebration of the birth of our country.

As a child growing up, I remember my teachers opening our class time each day at school with the Pledge of Allegiance. I am thankful for the value each of my teachers placed on understanding the meaning of our flag, for teaching us about the birth of our country, our forefathers, and every sacrifice and every battle it took to build and make our country great.

This week my celebration will come with intentional remembrance of the cost paid for our freedoms. 

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Will you be joining family and friends this weekend for 4th of July picnics, hot dogs, and maybe some apple pie? I thought it would be fun to share some Fourth of July favorites.

I was completely inspired by this outdoor picnic table setting. It reminds me my growing up in the country.......a simpler time with family and friends. I look forward to family time this weekend!  

Flag Table Runner
Starting with this darling burlap flag table runner. I have a roll of unused burlap in my sewing room and this might be the place to start. If you click on the link, there are complete instructions for you to make your own.

Of course, you must have flowers at the table! I love the cobalt blue vases made simply by adding blue food coloring to the water in a clear jar or vase, add the fresh flowers and little flags and you are all set.

You all know by now that I'm a "cheese head", fair-weather Green Bay Packer's Fan, and 100% country girl. Every summer, we spent hours and days at the local county fair, usually held right after the 4th of July. Being from a dairy family, we had show cattle, sewing projects, baking projects, canning projects, garden boxes, etc. For generations, my family has been involved in 4-H, beginning when my father was in his teens, showing cattle with his 4-H club in Iowa. 

One of the special summertime treats we only had during the county fair were deep fried cheese curds. It's probably a good thing we only had them one time each year but what a treat they were, seriously heavenly! 

Sartori Red, White and "Blue" Burgers
Having said that, you might have guessed that I love cheese!  Parmesan and Asiago, aged with mild, wonderful flavors. I also love Blue cheese and on a grilled hamburger, seems like the perfect Fourth of July main course. Click on the photo to get to the recipe and there, at the Sartori Cheese website, you will other fantastic recipes and interesting facts about the they have a cheese-making plant in my little hometown in Wisconsin! :) This company is knocking it out of the park with their award winning cheeses. I'm so proud of them........although I have nothing to do with their successes except silently cheering from the sidelines! Oh, and eat their cheese, of course!

How about this adorable version of the Firecracker hot dog for the little ones at your celebration? *Tip - be sure to use Wisconsin cheese for the stars! :)

 Fourth of July Firecracker Hot Dogs
4th of July Firecracker Dogs
This Fruit Flag Pizza looks yummy!

Flag Fruit Pizza
Or this patriotic Red, White, and Blueberry Triffle - It's supposed to be "skinny".....even better!

Red, White, and Blueberry Triffle
Might I suggest a little Red, White + Blue Sangria. *Note - probably not "skinny"!

Perhaps you will be sailing this weekend in order to celebrate the holiday. If you do, I hope it's on a ship as beautiful as the "Dress Blue". 

Whatever you are doing this weekend, on this Independence Day, I believe it is our responsibility as privileged citizens of the United States to pass along the history and great heritage of our country to younger generations. It all starts with me and you - in your home and with your family, friends, your church, your community and your state.   

My country 'tis of thee, 
Sweet land of liberty, 
Of thee I sing; 
Land where my father's died, 
Land of the pilgrim's pride, 
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

May God Bless America!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Treasures - Found and Finished!

Did you enjoy the link in my last post to Sierra Boggess and the BBC Orchestra's presentation of Camelot's "The Lusty Month of May"? That particular composition just lifts my spirits. 

Truthfully, with May behind us now, here's a little secret... I turned "50" last month...OMGoodness, did I just say that? I signed up for an email subscription this morning and it asked me for my age range, needless to say, I just went up a level. 

Turning this half century old has caused me to reflect deeply on what's behind and purposefully move forward. I've never had a difficult birthday before this one, but let me tell you, this one took the cake. (Can you relate??) Good news, I've recovered and am very excited to see what's next!

And so, as with life, I thought I should "wrap up" some unfinished projects. 

Here is the first one...I found this Camelback-shaped upholstered headboard last fall (I know, it's taken me a while, huh?!). It was ready to be thrown in the trash and like all of those little stray kittens I used to "save" when I was growing up on the farm, I had to save this, too!

Something about the beautiful hardwood frame and the curves and detail spoke to me. I'm pretty sure the green and yellow brocade fabric wasn't going to stay for long!

After removing the old trim, fabric and nearly a thousand tiny upholstery tacks, I discovered that underneath the fabric, the headboard was really tufted. Even better, I love tufted upholstery pieces.

This long white bench is one of the pieces we've done. It's upholstered in an antique French linen sheet and you can find it in our Scottsdale Marketplace shop or our online store.

 White Linen Tufted Bench

I had considered having the headboard upholstered in the same white linen we used on the bench, but instead found a light "carmely" (I may have just invented that word...) tan coarse linen that I thought would be perfect. 

I was excited to FINALLY see the headboard completed this past week. I loved putting it in place at the head of the stunning Les Indiennes bed. It's in our Scottsdale Marketplace shop. 

Don't you love the transformation?! I can hardly believe it's the same headboard. It's king size and made of hardwood, very heavy!

Of course, we love all of the gorgeous hand-blocked and hand-printed bedding mixed with the vintage headboard and antique grain sack bolster pillow. Did you notice the antique map of Great Britain hanging behind the headboard? It's an old cloth-backed scrolled university map depicting "Land Utilisation".

 Antique University Map of Great Britain
Antique University Map of Great Britain

 Antique University Map of Great Britain

We love the finished look of the bed and each component around it!

I also just placed some new inventory at our Savale shop at 7135 East First Avenue in Scottsdale. 

This gorgeous antique Chippendale arm chair is beautifully carved and I love how the larger brass studs add to the scale of the chair.

Antique Chippendale Arm Chair in Linen and Brass Studwork
Had you seen this beautiful antique English side chair? It has incredible inlaid marquetry detail. I think it would be beautiful as a vanity chair. The hand-blocked table throw in chocolate has been a popular item. We are getting more selection in soon and you can find them at both of our locations. 

Antique English Marquetry Side Chair
We've also added 4 antique Civil War era newspapers with Certificates of Authenticity from The Valley Forge Art Gallery. What a great addition to an office, library, or study. 

Just for fun, we found some darling totes and shoulder bags made from reclaimed canvas and leather. You might need one for your summer travels, I say!

Also, don't miss out on Savale's new candle selections. They are yummy!

Come see us soon! 

Ta ta for now.


From ta ta (or ta-ta) by addition of for now to emphasize hope that the parting will not be permanent.