Enjoy the most Romantic Day of the year
Although if you are really lucky
You don't need a special day to share your love
Happy Day to you all
Happy Valentine Everyone ....
Enjoy the most Romantic Day of the year
Although if you are really lucky
You don't need a special day to share your love
Happy Day to you all
Shabby Chic Saturday
You will all now by now of my love of Shabby Chic ...especially French Shabby Chic .
The Romance of it all.
The girly, girliness of it all.
of it all.
Brings me happiness and a feeling of 'home'.
So on this Saturday morning I have searched.
And found some of my favorite Shabbiness.
To share with you
Cabbage Roses and Peonies ....a must for the Shabby Chic home.
A lovely way to 'shabby' your shower curtain and use up some of that precious lace you have had from the thrift store.
I like to cut lace off of dresses, night dresses, gowns, pillowcases and sheets.
You will be surprised where you can find gorgeous lace at the thrift store for just pennies.
Hunt and think of the possibilities ??
Such wonderful vision ...these pillows are also available on Etsy.com ....so many to choose from ... Love them.
Gorgeous , handy hanger ...also available on Etsy ....a great shopping experience.
Thanks for popping by.
I hope that your Saturday is going to be good to you .
If you are going to look for a 'special' piece,
At the thrift store or Antique stores.
And don't forget to 'think of the possibilities' of an item.
Valentine's Day is on our door step ...already February, 2017 ...goodness how time flies ...
If you are starting to prepare for your celebrations perhaps this blog may help you a little.
I have included 'downloads' of vintage cards for you to print and use as you wish.
Last year I used mine as part of my table settings....
Simply printing them out at the size I required and placing each one on the plate with a lovely stone heart that each person could take home with them .
It was a big hit.
A very cute angel that I found at the thrift store ...some dried roses, that I dried from ones that were given to me by my Husband Danny .... a lantern with a candle glowing
And a cup of tea in one of my favourite 'Shelley' cups
I LOVE to dry roses and flowers that Danny has given me ...I either dry the whole flower or I just dry the petals
I have a huge bowl of rose petals.
This was the romantic table I laid last year on our back deck ...out in the glorious sun ....this year my Hyacinth flowers have nearly finished blooming ...all the flowers seem to be blooming early this year.
This was the same hyacinths that bloomed early this year.
This photo was taken two weeks ago !!
Please feel free to use any of these vintage cards ..for your Valentine Projects ...Please let us know how you used them ....We would love to know ...
Creating this gorgeous trifle would be such fun ...don't forget to slice your strawberries to create the heart shapes ...and to make sure they are up against the glass of your trifle bowl.
This one had brownie cakes in the layers ..you can make them from a Brownie Fudge Cake Mix ..that would be quick, easy and delicious. Break up the brownies in to nice sized chunks so that the cream drips through and it will be easier to eat.
You can soak the bottom first layer of brownies in a lovely sweet sherry ...that is how I like to make it ..
I also love to chocolate dip the strawberries in an expensive Swiss or German chocolate such as Lindt, Suchard or my real favorite Ritter Sport milk or dark chocolate .
It would be great to dip half of them in milk chocolate and the other in half in dark chocolate.
What a treat ...Yum !!!
I hope that you are all having a wonderful day.
Enjoy your Valentine preparations.
It will soon be over.
And Easter will be on it's way !!
Happy Days to you all
Hi ...I hope that your week is going ok so far.
I just thought I would drop in and share with you two cute finds I had at the Thrift Store this weekend.
One was this gorgeous Shabby Chic pink and cream rose teapot and the other was a beautifully hand painted milk jug.
I couldn't leave this lovely teapot it just had to come home with me.
Sitting there just looking so perfectly cute,
In it's brand new condition.
At a crazy price of only $0.99 (0.74p. in British Pounds)
This cute milk/cream jug I found at a local, tiny Mama's Attic Antique shop ...it is so beautifully hand painted and is signed by the artist
I just love the soft colors and the very fine painted roses ...obviously painted with great care and love
This is the back of the jug also beautifully painted and it has the Artist's signature beside it ...I did pay a lot more for this jug than for the teapot but at only $8.00 (5.99 British Pounds) I thought it was a total must have don't you ?
My Royal Albert 'American Beauty' teacup and saucer goes quite well with the teapot ...not a match but both pretty together
Here are some pretty Shabby rose gift tags for you to print out and spray glue on to some pretty stock patterned card ...cut out ...punch a hole, add some ribbon or twine ...and make them your own ...ready to use on your craft projects for just to use in your gift wrapping ..enjoy !!
My jug is definitely a 'keeper'
I am still adding items to the new kitchen remodel and I had this lovely French Toile fabric in my fabric cupboard so I made a little wall hanging with it and wrapped it around an artist's canvas and stapled the fabric to the wood surround ...then just hung it on the wall for a pop of color....I love it ...it has two women doing the laundry at the river ...with the lovers behind them in the boat ...
Thanks for popping in to Maisonvogue.
And sharing a few moments of your precious time with me.
Have a wonderful week.
I recently celebrated my Birthday and was totally spoilt by my Husband Danny and my Boys ...making my Birthday a very happy day
I was lucky enough to receive another addition to my teacup 'n' saucer collection ...isn't it pretty ? ...
The rose came from a lovely bouquet of flowers I received from my Son's
An abundance of roses painted on the teacup 'n' saucer ....I love how the saucer is so deep
You may have noticed that my favorite teacups have pink or red roses on them ...I have stacked my new teacup 'n' saucer proudly on top of two of my 'Shelley' Teacups
See how cute my new 'Tea Celebrations' book is ..it's hardcover and that is important to me ...I don't like Paper Backs very much
Thanks so much for popping by and allowing me to share my love of "Tea Time' and Tea Cups 'n' Saucers
Happy Days to you
Sit down for a few moments and drink a cup of tea from a beautiful cup it will make you smile
Love is Hearts and Flowers of Maisonvogue
Happy Day to you ....just a few of the hearts and flowers at Maisonvogue
Love is when you take away the feeling, the passion, the romance- and you find out you still care for that person.
True love is worth waiting for even if it takes a lifetime. Then in return a lifetime of love will be waiting for you.
True love is not finding someone else but finding your other half.
Love, the strongest emotional bond, is the most satisfying human experience imaginable for those fortunate enough to find it.
You haven't found the right person if you can live with them, you've found the right person if you can't live without them.
Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing.
Love is giving someone the ability to hurt you but trusting them not to!
If love is a drop, I'll send you shower;
If love is a petal, I'll send you flower;
if love is water, I'll send you the sea;
if love is a person,
I'll send you my HEART
Shabby Chic Heaven
I love lots of interior design genre's but I especially love Shabby Chic ...it's just so romantic , frilly and filled with roses
Shabby can be all frilly and flouncy but also it can be organized and beautiful like this hallway
This bookcase is my favorite one in our house ...I found a solid wood old bookcase down in the basement from my Husbands previous life's collection ....He bought it upstairs for me and I added the Dental style wood coving to the top and shabby'd it with a flat farmhouse Anne Sloan cream paint and finished it off with one of her incredible waxes ..giving it's years and years of life...I kept the shelves and the back of the bookcase in the dark original stain ...I just love it ..it makes me smile every time I pass it
These pink Cone Daisy plants are just one of my favorite in my garden ...they come back every year and just get larger and larger ...they require no maintenance to them at all ..I recommend them to everyone
This cake stand and glass dome are thrift store finds for just a few pennies ....I love them
Here is my shabby collection collage of our Daughter's wedding which we held at our home and garden ..you can read all about it by going to the right hand side of this page to the 'Categories' list and click on 'making of a wedding' and 'making of a bridal shower'
It was a wonderful day ..I purchased all of the frames from the thrift store and painted them as I wanted them
Just two of my Shabby chic pillows that I have made for our dining room
Shelving full of delights
Reupholstered in a French Country style
A totally shabby'd welcome
Thanks so much for popping by
This is the Wedding card that my late Mother sent to us for our happy day ...so pretty
Danny and I met on the internet ...He was in Alabama , USA and I was on the small island of Guernsey, in the Channel Isles, UK ....half a World away .....I had never been on a chat line before and straight away we started to chat ...after 20 minutes he had to go to collect his Daughter from work and that was it ...we never did go on the chat line ever again ....Danny said it was 'Love at first chat' ....ha! ha! ...and it was !!
I travelled to Alabama after us emailing and chatting on the phone for 6 months ....nearly a year later we got married ...he was everything he said he was ...he is the best Husband a woman could ever wish for ..I am his World and he is mine
We had a quiet , very romantic wedding ...just the two of us ...at Port Canaveral, Florida on the beach in a Gazebo that was draped with flowers and we had beautiful music playing in the background ..we also arranged the Wedding on the internet ..I didn't see my flowers till the Wedding Officiant handed them to me ...they were everything that I could ever have wanted ....I loved them ...I had tiny pink rosebuds on my dress and jacket so they matched perfectly ....Pink roses and White Orchards ...I am pleased to say that I am much thinner nowadays ...and have my lifetime weight problem totally under control ...I loved my outfit ....but it's too big for me now not that I would ever wear it again ...it's still as white as ever 17 years on
There wasn't digital camera's then so these photo's were taken on a reel of film ...I have just photographed them straight from our Wedding album so the quality isn't very good ...That is the Disney cruise boat in the background ..we had to bring our Wedding time up by an hour as there was a threat of severe storms ...hence the dark clouds but the storm never did happen ....we had the most amazing meal at The Mango Tree restaurant on Cocoa Beach ....it was such a romantic , stress free day ....we only had to concentrate on each other ..and I would recommend it to anyone ...
The Wedding Officiant and the Photographer were both just wonderful and a gorgeous cake was made just for us ....so pretty ...with piped roses all over it ..it tasted yummy too ....they arranged for us to have champagne and all the pretty floral napkins etc ....it was very well arranged
We then had a lovely time in a rented house with a swimming pool that we just had to open the french doors of our bedroom and jump in ..we had a pool boy ...and it was in Orlando ..and oddly enough it turned out that a family from my island home of Guernsey owned the house ....what a coincidence ...
We spent a lovely 8 days in Disney World etc ....
Loving Danny for nearly 18 years have been the most wonderful years of my life ...I have my soul mate by my side walking with me hand in hand through whatever life throws at us ....
How lucky are we
Happy Anniversary my Darling ...may we have many, many more
Thanks for popping in and sharing this happy occasion with us
We are off on a short break as we always do for our Anniversary so I will share some happy days and photo's with you once we get back
Happy Days to you all
I love this outfit above but I am not to sure about the earrings ...I am a bit conservative about the earrings that I wear
This is definitely an outfit I would wear ...I love everything about it ...so classic and smart but so up to date and age appropriate ....this gets a whopping 10 out of 10 from me
I am going to have to go on the hunt for a sleeveless jacket /vest like this ...it is not only practical but looks great and will add a bit of pizzaz to some of my outfits ...an 8 out of 10 from me ...What do you think ???
These shoes are also a 'Oh dear, if only' for me ..I just LOVE them but would not be able to stand up if I put them on ...ha! ha! ....oh to be young
LOVE everything about this ensembles ..I love to wear peach and grey together ...the shoes are the only item that I would have to leave out
Again another outfit I would LOVE to wear ...I LOVE everything about it ...so classic, elegant and chic
Definitely a 'Oh Dear, if Only' ..how could you not look beautiful in this collection ...the dress is to die for !!
Thanks for popping by
I hope these fashion picks I have chosen will give you some inspiration with your wardrobe
It is getting very close to changing over my wardrobe here in the deep south to my favorite Summer clothes and packing my Winter clothes away
Have fun with your fashion
Have you been to a place that will stay forever in your heart ???? I have been lucky enough to have been to many places in the world but several of them just stayed in my heart and I long to visit them again ..Venice is one such place ...I have been there twice and would love to go and live there for a month or two before I depart this world ....This is Danny and I standing on the roof of the Basilica in St. Marks Square on a wonderful sunny hot day ...
If you ever go there don't stand in the huge lines out in the hot sun go online before you leave and get a
fast track pass ..it's free and will give you a time to enter the Basilica through another gate ...we were so pleased we did this
This is were we ate breakfast every morning ..if the weather wasn't good there is a breakfast room within the hotel but every day was perfect ....it was funny to see the UPS delivery passing by on the UPS boat instead of a truck
There was a little excitement on the Grand Canal as we stood on the Rialto Bridge ..a Police chase with siren's etc... just like out of a James Bond Movie
We found a fabric store in a tiny street and of course I had to go in ...I found this lovely floral embroidered fabric and this unusual trim and Danny chose this tapestry of the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge ..so I made a pillow/cushion with it when I came home and smile everytime I pass it ..creating memories
Our romantic Gondola ride
Yummy cake shops
Coming up the Grand Canal in a Water Bus ....it's the best way to get around if you have had enough of walking plus you get some breeze on a hot summer day ...they are everywhere and fairly cheap ...a visit to the Rialto bridge is a must ..it's fascinating but be prepared for crowds
Happy Days everyone
And Happy travels
What have you been doing with your day today ?? ..I have had a busy day and decided it was time to take a nice long break with a cup of tea, homemade cake , my 'Hello' magazine and George Clooney ..Perfect !!
I was lucky enough to have gifted a subscription to the UK's 'Hello' Magazine for the rest of my life and I enjoy it so much ..
It keeps me in touch with the comings and goings of The Royal Family and what is going on back home ..What a great photo was inside of it's February 15th edition of George and his glamorous Wife Amal ..
Don't you just LOVE her dress??
I read the article, which included his lovely smiling face, whilst eating some homemade cake I made yesterday ...that has cinnamon, walnuts, banana's and apricots in it ..just delicious
I washed it down with a cup of tea that always tastes better out of a beautiful cup ..this one is made by 'Lenox' and is called Blue Butterfly
"Give yourself permission to be happy. It doesn't matter what's going on around you, what matters is what's going on inside you."
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
Today I set out a romantic Valentine's breakfast for Danny and I ....in the lovely fresh morning sun
I printed out some of the Vintage Postcards that I featured in yesterday's blog and used them as a decoration for our informal place setting
Danny and I have an amazing love story that I will tell you more about sometime ...we met nearly 18 years ago ...he in Alabama, USA and I on the British island of Guernsey just off of the north west coast of France ...via a chat line ...we only ever went on the chat line for 20 minutes and that was it ...as Danny says ' Love at first chat' ...we have been married 17 years this April ....17 glorious years of nothing but endless love ...never a voice raised or a negative word spoken ....he is my best friend, lover, protector,provider and rock to lean on ....my very true Valentine ...I am a very lucky woman
My cute little cherub I picked up at the thrift store a few years ago ..I love the little pink rose in it's hands
Cupid's been out shooting,
And his bag is very fine;
So should he call and offer you ,
That little heart of mine,
I hope that you will keep it ;
For my sake Sweet VALENTINE
This is my new 'Shelley' teacup and saucer ..just in time for Valentine's ...the pattern is called ' Bridal Rose'
so pretty and dainty
My tablecloth came from a street market in Bayeux, France ....it has French script on it as well as the word 'Love' and is very shabby chic ...I love it
My little 'cherub' pillow almost matches my little 'cherub' ornament ...this pillow can be made for you but I don't have it in my Etsy store yet ...www.etsy.com/shop/Maisonvogue ..to go to my store you can just 'click' on the 'ETSY' button at the top right hand corner of my page
Roses speak LOVE,
The whole world through;
That is why I send,
Roses red to you.
Happy Valentine Weekend to you all
Valentine Vintage Postcards for you to print and use for your Happy Valentine's Day from Maisonvogue
Happy Morning to you all ...here are some Valentine Vintage Postcards for your personal use ..you can make cards, gift tags , table decorations ...even a lovely flag bunting out of them ...hope you enjoy them
I printed this one out and used it for a place setting to use for our Romantic Valentine Breakfast
I also printed this one out and put it on my Husband Danny's Place setting ..it's so cute
Hope you found something that you like and that you can use to make your Valentine's Celebrations even more special
Happy Day to you
The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
Being in the middle of Winter nothing much is going on at Maisonvogue ...the garden doesn't need tending though today I did spy early clumps of Snow Drops about 6" high ...a little earlier than usual as most of the country and other parts of the World are experiencing at the moment ..
I look forward to being able to pick their blooms and bring them inside to enjoy as well as leaving plenty on the plant to look cute in the garden .....
We have had such warm weather lately ..producing strong storms that even developed in to an F2 Tornado in the county West of ours ...Plenty of damage but no injuries ...I am glad to report
It has now turned cold and next week we are even expecting snow flurries in the early part of the week
Being that February is the month of Love ...I thought I would feature some Rosie Photo's to put you in the mood
I just love my little Rose Bud teacup and saucer
My Little Sheep I named 'Esme' which means 'Loved' in French ...I bought her in the Unique Island of Sark in the Channel Isles, Uk ...which is one of the Islands in the Bailiwick of Guernsey , the Island I was born and lived on for 43 years ..just off of the North West Coast of France
Esmé is made entirely out of Sark's sheep wool by a true Sark resident ...the lady was selling them at a tiny table by the Island's School when we went to the island as a special treat for my special birthday last Summer in July
Isn't she just adorable
My lovely Rose teacup is made by Royal Albert and is called 'American Rose'
I just adore roses on my china and collect any Vintage fabrics I can find with tiny rosebuds on them ...it's so romantic and I am a hopeless romantic ....very proud of it too ....what is life without romance !!
I said I fell in love with you once -
Well, that wasn't exactly true.
Because every time you look me in the eye,
And smile that smile of yours,
That bubbles up from within your heart,
I find myself falling in love with you all over again.
No matter what has happened in my day,
No matter how I feel,
I find my heart opening to you all over again
No matter what has happened in the past,
No matter what may, or may not happen in the future,
I find myself in love.
After all, what is life without love?
And what is love without you?
"LOVE" is a wonderful thing wether it be for a Husband, a Wife, a Lover, a Child, a Parent, a Sibling, a Friend, an animal , a flower, any object ....."LOVE" is everything ...."Love is patient, Love is kind, Love is understanding
Everything is coming up roses !!
I love to make little hearts from Vintage lace and of course sew these adorable little ribbon rose buds on them ...I mainly hang them from the door knobs of the bedrooms and the clothes closets ...I sometimes sell them in my Etsy.com shop as well ..for you to enjoy
Thanks for popping by
I hope that love is in the air for you too
See how many items you can pick up with roses and rosebuds on this month
At thrift stores, antique shops, fabric stores and clearance in any store
Do you have any collections you enjoy ...let us know in 'comments'
I am and I am sure my readers would love to hear about them
Happy days full of love
I have a passion for femine things ...I can't get enough ...I love the romanticism of an old piece of furniture that someone else used to own ..and I dream about who they were and did they also love the piece of furniture as much as I do
I love to have my porch filled with pretty things and cushions and pillows ..the only thing is you are always fighting the elements ...unless you get outside fabric most fabrics will mildew over time and when I am cutting the grass all of the pillows etc ..have to be put inside otherwise they get covered in the red dirt of Alabama with the dry summers we have it's a very dusty job ..cutting grass ...I also get some of the feral cats sleeping on them and have to wash them every week ...but I still do it as I love the way it looks
Mmmmm!!! one of my rare indulgences on a Saturday or Sunday lunch time a grilled cheese sandwich ..so yummy ...I like to finely dice onion and cook it a little with some fresh herbs such as oregano or thyme then I layer my sandwich with it and at least 3 kinds of cheese ..one being Blue cheese as I love it and another being White Canadian Cheddar ..then some Fontina if I have it ...I then put the sandwich in a cast iron skillet with has a little olive oil ..you can use butter if you wish ..and I let it cook till brown and delicious ..I turn it over and do the same ....whilst pressing on it with a spatula or cast-iron press to make the cheese melt and get all squishy ....then I serve it with a little salad of baby kale, spinach, cherry tomatoes, sliced strawberries, walnuts and crumbles of Blue Cheese ..just a few ..then gently sprinkle the best Balsamic Vinegar ever
One of my favorite items are the collection of Emma Bridgewater Mugs, cups, bowls, teapots, jugs etc...
Emma Bridgewater even does a selection of bedding in her Rose and Bee pattern that matches all of her mugs etc ....isn't it lovely ?
What a delicious bowl ..they are all hand painted so no two alike ..the bee can be just about anywhere
Precious...Yes it does say 'Self Raising' and not 'Self Rising' as it would in America ..Emma Bridgewater is British..I think it makes it even more charming
These Bird mugs are the first Emma Bridgewater Mugs I owned ...they have all British birds on them ..Love them
Thanks for popping by and looking at a few of my favorite things
Have a wonderful day
I love anything artsy I especially love sewing and vintage prints and shabby chic ...pretty feminine things to adorn the home