Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thursday and Friday Fun on the Road

We got to spend a little pre Tidbits and Tassels with Chantal and Maryse on Thursday. Jodie, Sandy, Sarah and I left Jodie's house before dawn, for the six hour drive to Dallas to reconnect with these lovely ladies and catch up with one another before Chantal had to finish preparation for her event. We explored Chantal's beautiful home and all the treasures it contains.

Every piece was thoughtfully displayed and many had stories to go with them.

A creatively decorated home. So comfortable and welcoming just like Chantal and her family.

I could have poked through all the vintage goodness for hours!

Her backyard and studio are literally FAB-U-LOUS to steal a phrase from my one of my BBFF's, Debbie.

I had to post a few more photos of that studio. Just to make you a little bit jealous, you know.

We played that evening with a little project Chantal had ready just for us. Isn't this initial darling?

Friday passed swiftly, as you know I got to meet up with BBFF Debbie for lunch and some thrifting. Unfortunately my camera battery died during our time together and I wasn't wasting time finding a store to shop for batteries. Not when I had the chance to thrift with the best! Plus I know Jodie took enough pics for all of us. It is so nice to have a personal photographer with you on adventures, hee hee!
When we arrived at Chantals for Tidbits and Tassels look what was waiting by the door.

Hand made bags from vintage pillowcases, made and personalized just for us by Chantal. They were filled with our swap bags of stash from each lady's studio. What a haul! We worked on embroidery and learned how to do it correctly from Chantal and we each received a sweet little bag filled with embroidery tools and bits of lace, ribbon, fabric and beads. We were truly spoiled this weekend.

Of course earlier in the day we got to hang with Ms. TNT herself! I was so happy to have this little bit of time with a gal who I feel I have known for years. Blogging brought us together and we are fast friends now. Those of you who know her already know what a hoot she is! I feel so lucky to have crossed paths with her. We had fried pickles and Bloody Mary's at lunch and we shopped vintage and just thoroughly enjoyed our day. It was over much too soon.

Isn't this a girl with mischief in her smile and a twinkle of laughter in her eyes. Oh my, I miss all these ladies so much!
No tears here though. That is why I am going backward through our adventure, no good byes only hellos!
Plus I am 100% sure that we haven't seen the last of one another.

Have a twinkling Tuesday, P.
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Interrupt the Tour for a Special Occasion

Twenty Five years ago last Monday I married my best friend, sweetheart, love of my life, my husband Joe. The best man anyone could hope for. I knew it then and I still know it today. Normally we will take off for the weekend for a romantic get away. We celebrated a bit differently this year because I had a work commitment Sunday. Saturday afternoon I knew Joe was up to something, carrying things to the back of our property through the woods. Hmmmm....

 I followed the trail through the woods as the sun began to set.


 Torchlight lit my way as the woods darkened.

I came upon a table set in a clearing with candlelight and cocktails.


The sun was breathtaking as it set beyond the trees.

 Our little getaway. A home away from home on a cool September evening. Far enough from our real home to be out of sight, as if we were miles away.


 Cozy and quiet. Our own little woodland getaway. We spent our honeymoon on Maui but this was just as romantic. 25 years worth of romance from my darling hubs.

 Morning dawned bright and sunny and we returned to the "real world".


Back home through the woods.

Bye bye little get away. Actually it was so much fun we made a reservation for Sunday

Crisp September mornings are so refreshing.

 Back home on Monday, our actual anniversary, to another wonderful surprise.

Across the river with our family. Sweet hubs treated me, our daughter and son, and son's girlfriend, to dinner at Chart House. Set on the Ohio overlooking the river and the Cincinnati skyline.

 How sweet is this?

 We enjoyed appetizers through dessert and champagne. A marvelous evening with those we love.

The weekend was heavenly. I couldn't have asked for a better 25th!

 Happy Anniversary Joe, Love always, Pam.

 Hope your weekend is lovely, P.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Backward from the End

These photos will illustrate the remainder of day nine, our last day of the girl's roadtrip to Louisiana and Texas and the first day in this backwards series.  Follow me down the rabbit hole and away from everyday to an enchanted place of sharing and joy.

Daughter's hands and mother's hands sharing skills with us. Chantal (above) and Maryse (below) taught the classes at Tidbits and Tassels 2.

Chantal's home is so welcoming and everything was presented in such warm and comforting surroundings.

Chantal and Maryse guiding us through the project while cutie pie Susie looks on.

Maryse is such an elegant woman. Her soft French accent and knowledge of needlework is always generously shared with all who are willing to learn.

A lovely project displayed in one of Chantal's colorful vignettes.

The day was filled with busy women laughing, learning and enjoying one another's company, along with Chantal's sweet daughters.

There was much sharing of craft and heads bent to the pleasure of creativity. As Maryse said, what would people do without a hobby? Something to keep the hands busy and the mind occupied. The satisfaction of creating something beautiful from your own heart.

Even better in the company of like minded women.

So much individuality in these finished pieces shows that the same piece will vary greatly in each crafter's hands.

All lovely, all different.

What a pleasure this day was.

I wish you could have joined us.

The sunny day, the company, the amazing mother/daughter duo of Chantal and Maryse were just a joy.

Talented hands working together...

each lending their own personality to the work.

A wonderful day that I will cherish in my memory.

Speaking of cherish, I could have stolen this little girl and snuck her home with me on the plane. Little Passie was our constant companion during the weekend. Too sweet, no?

Thanks for joining me on my backwards road trip. More soon...Until then have a great weekend, P.
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

First is Last and a Day Takes a Week

Confused yet? I have been ruminating on how to fit these last few weeks into a blog post or two. I have come to realize it simply isn't going to happen. The women, the creativity, the sheer crazy fun cannot be contained to a few posts. You may be so tired of it all by the time I have finished but I can't bear to skip a moment. In the spirit of hating to say goodbye, thanks to Jodie and Sandy, I am starting at the end and ending at the beginning.
Fortunately there are no photos of our last night together at the hotel eating pizza in our jammies and snorting with laughter before rising at 4am to get lost on our way to the airport. No one wanted the time together to end.

Before that we attended the second day of darling Chantal's event Tidbits and Tassels 2. What a wonderful day filled with learning and sharing presented by Chantal and her lovely mother Maryse. Two more gracious ladies cannot be found.

We were taught, fed and generally treated like royalty throughout the day by these two wonderful teachers.
A group of ten woman were privileged to spend the two days of the event together at Chantal's gorgeous home.

Chantal's studio was opened to us and we could partake of whatever we needed.

Talk about a kid in a candy shop...

I think I used to dream about a place like this as a child!

Stocked with every little tidbit you can imagine.

How could you keep from creating something wonderful here?

Treasure upon treasure displayed so lovingly.

 I hope I didn't embarrass myself when I was hauled out kicking and screaming that I never wanted to leave. A restraining order was discussed.

Really though, can you blame me?
Oh my, looking at all this gorgeous ephemera has me dreaming all over again. I will end this portion of day nine for now and continue backward to the beginning in my next post. Just like falling down the rabbit hole but much more fun!

Have a thrilling Thursday, P.
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