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

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Frugal Fun in Cincinnati

So much for blog breaks, right?
Met some friends on the Square last night.
The sun was shining, the breeze was fresh and everyone was out enjoying summer.

We met for dinner at Rockbottom.
I had this awesome wedge salad smothered in blue cheese. The price was right too, under $6!!!
This one is for you Debbie, I know you love these.
Plus a beer special. Equally important on a summer evening with friends.

After dinner we strolled the Square for a bit of people watching.

These gorgeous animals enjoyed the cool water and the spray on their faces.

I loved this moment of caring between the officer and her horse.

Robin Lacy and DeZydeco were playing their brand of Louisiana music and we took a seat and sang along.
There is never a face without a smile in the crowd when these talented musicians perform.
Wish I could share a bit of the sound with you here. Visit their website for a taste. 

A little walk down memory lane. One of my besties, Kathy, was my roomie way back when we were in our early twenties. We live on the first floor of a century old victorian five family. Joani and Robin Lacy lived upstairs. The other tenants were also a mix of musicians and a couple who were landscape designers. Creative people close in age. We had some good old times together. One of those magic pockets of time that is remembered fondly. I have had more than my fair share of those and am so grateful.

Beautiful Joani can really belt a tune.
She is also the author of a wonderfully spooky book, The Legend of Hollister House.
If you love a good ghost story with atmosphere galore, this is a must read.
What a talented pair. The music this couple puts out is just a ball of Cajun style fun.
My bestest Cajun pal Jodie has endeared me to Cajun country forever. We had an awesome time last August on our 10 day Southern road trip
The music really brought the memories back.

Live music, by the best local band around, for free! That is what I call a thrifty night out!
If you get a chance to see Robin and Joani perform, jump on it!

The music ended all too soon.
The lights came up and made the evening enchanting.

If you are in the area check out our fantastic city. Meet up at the Fountain.
You will not be sorry.

"Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul."

PS I have lots of links posted in this one. I guarantee each one is worth clicking, Just sayin' is all.

Yours in summer frolics, P.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thrifty Find Oversized Mirror

Still on my quest.
You didn't think it would only take a day or two to find myself, did you? 
However, another quest has been fulfilled and I had to share it.

I have been on the hunt for an oversized mirror to lean against the wall for
OK, only since I have been seeing Pottery Barn Knock Offs on all the blogs.
See what I mean about influence?
But I really do love them so that's OK, right?
Argh, more acceptance anxiety! 
Back to the subject.

Looking at ReStore for doors to line my OVAM booth we came across this beauty.
A mirrored door.
A seven foot tall mirrored door.
Guess how much?????
She needs a tweak or two but come on! One dollar!
I just had to share.

Don't hate her because she's cheap and beautiful.
I could say the same for some of my friends.

"People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself.
But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates."

Thomas Szasz

                                                      Yours in continuing creation, P.

P.S. In the name of creativity I may continue to post an image or two while I am off creating my new self. Practice makes perfect after all.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Stepping Back to See the Big Picture

It has been raining forever.
 Seems like summer will never begin. 
Time is passing and July will be here before we know it.

Lot's of time to ponder the wet garden from the porch and list all the things that need doing.

Which leads to one conclusion that has been nibbling at the back of the old brain. 
I need to step back from the blog. 
From both writing and visiting.
Just for a bit. It is too much of a distraction...from life...from creativity...from deciding what comes next and making that a reality.
I adore browsing all of your fabulous blogs, the sharing of ideas and thoughts, tutorials and just plain connection with like minds. Sometimes it feels that as good as all of this is, true self can be lost.
The need to find one's own way, an authentic style.
Many times we share the same sense of what is loved, true sisters and brothers in spirit.
I just need to try to find exactly what it is I really want without being influenced by the delicious visuals and tempting ideas of someone else.
Do you understand where this is coming from?

The need to find "me" again. 
Time to actually live my life, not vicariously through others.
Taking care of business here, in this place, in my own way.
As you know it really is all about ME!
Hee hee. 
That said, I need time to take care of this...

and also grow this...

and find more of this...

oh and let's not forget girl time...

I love Blogland and have made friends near and far. Some connections have literally changed my life.
I will not abandon this wonderful and inspiring place.
I just need to reconnect with the real world.
Make some things happen.
Spend time with family.
Grow something.
And definitely more girl time!!!

"This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."

Hamlet, Shakespeare

Yours in the quest for true self, P.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Giveaway Winner


I have had an awful time posting photos this morning! 
Had to go to a different blogger post set up, but anyhoo, you want to know the winner right?
I had 7 comments and sweet Marilyn opted out so my solution was easy, a roll of the dice.

As you can see it is another rainy morning at Frippery Farmhouse so forgive the dreary, dark photos.
Although it may appear to be a Halloween post from the photos below, really, this is late June, second day of summer, no kidding...
Just the time for a new summer dress.
But wait, you want a winner...I digress...

Can you see? 
Who is it? 
Lucky number three...

OK Enough suspense, have you counted down?
The lucky lady is ultra talented Jenny Holiday!!!
Can't think of anyone looking cuter in this dress.
Plus she is a Shabby Apple fan already.
Sometimes serendipity just happens.
Congratulations Jenny. Just send me your info and the size you would like and I will send your order on to Shabby Apple!

"A girl should always be two things, classy and fabulous."
Coco Chanel

Yours in fabulousness, P.
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Blog Indecision

Where to go from here?
Decisions should not be made on stormy Monday mornings. 
Waiting is in order.
There is a definite need of a new direction, but which way?

Stay the course, caught in a rut, posting because it has become habit, almost an obligation although I have no idea to whom?
Will changing really matter?

I need new direction. 
This has become a personal journal.
At this point it needs to become more about Frippery, which is personal to me of course, but more a commercial venture as well.
I will think on it for a while.

Meantime, these hollyhocks just keep blooming. Surprising me with a bit of blush amid the vanilla.
I need to capture these moments in time because all to soon they will pass.
Just like life and also opportunity.
It seems my entire family is at a crossroads at this time.
New business ventures for Joe and I. For my children, decisions about the future, a romance ended, too much to sort out swiftly.
We are all in flux

Still the flowers remain, steadfastly blooming, albeit changing daily as well.
Life is growth, change, learning from each new experience.
I still have much to learn.

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them...every day begin the task anew."
St. Francis DeSales

Yours in renewal, P.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Give Away!!!

An Amazing Give Away from Shabby Apple and me!


I promised a good one right? Here's the amazing Give Away from Shabby Apple. I was asked to chose my favorite dress and then give it to one of you lucky ladies. Have you been to Shabby Apple before? Vintage style dresses in absolutely adorable styles. The summer dresses are knocking me out!
Enough to make a girl give up chocolate and wine I tell ya!
So what did I choose? Not the sweet little yellow Pina Colada above, although soo tempting!

Nope, not this darling checked red, white and blue Ahoy either. Can you just picture wearing this dress at a July 4th picnic?
Before I forget, you may ask "How do I win?" right?
Just "like" Shabby Apple on Facebook then leave a comment here letting me know you did. The winner must have a U.S. shipping address. That's it! Oh and also I have a coupon just in case you are not the lucky winner.
You can shop Shabby Apple and receive 10% off with code "frippery 10off". Hurry though, it will expire in 30 days.
Oh, which dress did I choose???

Oh yeah! How cute is this blue and white striped Marseilles? Wearable, cute and cool for summer. Simple and lovely, just what dresses are meant to be. You want one don't you?
I will choose a winner Tuesday, June 21st at midnight as a happy first day of summer celebration. 
Good luck!

"Fashions fade, style is eternal."
Yves Saint Laurent

Yours in vintage style, P.
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Saturday, June 11, 2011


A couple of things.
Being an artist and a junker, I never felt I had really earned either title. 
These are things I want to be when I grow up.
Ummm...time is running out.
I have been plugging away at working instead of playing at these two passions.

Things seem to be paying off. We will be participating in a new Antiques and Craft show in New Richmond, Ohio tomorrow, and if all goes well we will come back each month through the fall.
So I have been frantically gathering things, small things, for the show tomorrow and wishing I had a truck for big things when I get a call from my favorite antique mall, Ohio Valley Antiques, this afternoon. I have been on a waiting list FOREVER. They have two spaces open and I will be choosing the one I want Monday. 
See???... tenacity...good things come to those who wait and all that.

These flowers are a lesson in tenacity. Both are what gardeners call volunteers. In other words they have planted themselves and will not give up. The rose is a wild one that is growing right through the center of my Hibiscus shrub. It is huge, like ten by ten, and currently covered with a mass of pink dainty roses.
Who am I to say it doesn't belong?
I welcome back this lovely lady year after year.
Providence planted her in just the right spot and she isn't going anywhere.

The hollyhocks? Well, they are never going away, much to my dismay. I adore them right now although after many years of self seeding the only truly tenacious blooms seem to be a rather boring vanilla. Where is the riot of pinks and reds?
In about a week or two I will not be loving them so much. How can anything so gorgeous become so shabby and tattered looking as it ages?
Well, that's a whole other lesson.
One I would rather not touch today.
If you are enjoying a lazy Sunday in the New Richmond area, stop by and say hi. I will be the slightly tattered and well aged lady in the Junk Gypsy hat (Thanks Deb!) who is tenaciously clinging to her dream.

"Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness."
Thomas Huxley

Yours in hanging in there, P.

Oh, by the way, check back next week. I will be having a FANTASTIC give away! Really!
 I mean super GOOD!
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Friday, June 3, 2011

Sun and Shadow From the Garden

Strong June sun through the skylights plays amazing tricks with light.

The flowers seem to glow.

The shadow play is magical.

Lit from within.

Just wanted to share some enchantment.

"God is alive. Magic is afoot." 
Leonard Cohen

Yours in dreamy summer days, P.
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