People Get Ready

February 28, 2011

Just a reminder.....don't forget to join in on Charm Bracelet Diva's
Do You Toile? Party
this Wednesday, March 2nd. 

Click here for details.

I'll be working hard to get the party started early, hopefully by Tuesday night.  Can't wait to see you {and your toile} right here! 

Don't be shy ~ like I always say, you can NEVER have too much toile!

See you then!


Harbinger of Spring?

February 23, 2011

I really hadn't planned on joining in the party this week, but I felt compelled in light of my recent thrift store purchases.  White really does welcome daydreams of spring.....

 {Clearly I did not notice how crooked the candle on the right was ~ sorry!}

I found this lovely white porcelain vase at a new local thrift shop today ~ I was giddy to stumble upon it {the new store, that is}!

The white candlesticks were a thrift store score.  {Say THAT three times fast...}  Club G.W., actually.

The vintage crocheted lace and doilies were picked up at a church barn sale last summer.

Then I saw this petite Infant Jesus of Prague statue and fell in love.  Right there.

I grew up with statues like this in my house....I never would have believed that I would actually be hunting them down in my old age when I got older. 

It could use a bit of scuffing up, but other than that it's perfect.  My daughter saw it and said, aghast, "Mom, there's a CHIP in the crown!"{like that's a BAD thing} to which I replied, "Works for me."

Don't forget to join in the fun here on March 2nd
and link up to my

Grab a button from my sidebar {I finally got the code fixed!) and spread the word.  And be sure to get your toile stash ready for a reveal!

Have a great week!

   I'll be linking up now over at Faded Charm and on Friday over at Lemoncholy's Flight of Fancy.

Red and White Toile Charm Necklace

February 18, 2011

As anyone who reads my blog knows, I've had toile (pronounced "twall") on the brain lately.  So much so that I even incorporated some toile fabric into one of my vintage treasures.

Can you see the fair maid?  She and so many like her can be seen in toile today just like in the toile of times past.  That's one of the things I love about toile ~ it's timeless.

I loved adding vintage rhinestones to the pendant.  Just a little bit unexpected, don't you think?  The companion cascading rhinestones come straight from another vintage necklace.

And don't think the fair maiden is alone.......I added a companion on the other side of the pendant just for her.  Oh, and more of those vintage rhinestones, of course.

Isn't he sweet?  I wish you could see the detail, he's playing the flute without a care in the world.

Hope you'll all join me for my
right here on
 March 2nd
Grab a button and spread the word!
 Who knows what else I'll manage to do with toile by then?

Have a wonderful weekend.

I'll be linking up here:

I' m a Copycat, What Are You?

February 16, 2011

Today I wanted to share with you a cool, crafty site that's dedicated to the "Wanna-be's" of the world.  It's called  Copycat Crafts.  I was honored that they featured one of MY copycat crafts ~ the Ballard Designs gilded chalkboard.  {You might remember my post about it.} You can find their feature of it

They spotlight Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, West Elm, Marimekko and Land of Nod Knock-offs.  See how to make it yourself for less!  I mean, really, what a great resource for those crafty souls out there who could really go to town on some of these featured tutorials.  Just a glimpse.......

DIY Pottery Barn surfboard chalkboards ~  I kid you not, my almost-12-year-old daughter would kill for one of these in her room!

Land of Nod-inspired floor cushions.  So pretty!  I really wish I had found this site when my kids were still little because I love Land of  Nod to pieces!

Okay, so I think you've got the picture.  It's a great place to visit for inspiration ~ I'm headed over there right now to find out about that PB-inspired teen surfboard......

Oh, and how could I forget to mention my upcoming
Do You Toile? Party!
Grab a button from my sidebar {code included, that's how much I love ya} and spread the word! 

Then come join the Party here on March 2nd!
I can't WAIT to see what some of you Toile Nuts are cooking up for the party!

Hope you're having a great week!

Happy I Heart You Day and a Winner!

February 14, 2011

To all my loves {and you know who you are}
Happy I Heart You Day!

And to one lucky winner of my CSN $35 Gift Card Giveaway,
Happy I Heart You Day to Y-O-U!

The winner is..............

Number 4, CHRIS, who said , "I'm a follower and ty for a chance."

Congratulations, Chris!  I'll be contacting you with all the information later today!

And don't forget to grab my "Do You Toile?" button in my right sidebar to spread the word about my March 2nd "Do You Toile?" Party!  Then be sure to come back on the 2nd and share your toile lovin' with the world! 

I'm kinda going Toile Crazy these days, in preparation......but it's so exciting! 
I can't wait ~ see you there!


Do You Toile?

February 10, 2011

Confession:  I'm a toile-a-holic.  Did I just create a new word?  Perhaps.  (Not to mention that I just turned the word "toile" into a verb, as in "Do You Toile?"!) 

But my guess is that some of you, dear readers, are also toileaholics {YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.}  And I'm SO MUCH of a toileaholic that I've decided to invite you all to share the love ~ it's a Toile Party!

   We all know that toile can come in many forms and colors.  I love 'em all!

Do you have a favorite?

If you came to my house you'd see right away what type of toile I'm partial to.  But I don't want to spoil that secret just yet....

Party Details

WHEN: March 2nd

WHAT TO LINK UP: Show us your toile!  Don't be shy ~ you can link up anything you'd like that's your home decor (I love seeing what other people's homes look like, don't you?), toile-inspired crafts, toile fashion accessories, a toile wish-list, whatever floats your toile-lovin' boat!  I can't wait!  And don't be shy ~ there is no such thing as TOO MUCH TOILE!

TAKE A BUTTON from my sidebar today and spread the word, the more the merrier!

Then, link your individual post back to the DO YOU TOILE? Party on March 2nd and let the party begin!  



P.S. And don't forget to enter my CSN Giveaway, ends February 13th!

Queen of Toile and Vintage Bedroom Decor Finds

February 8, 2011

I'm really excited to share with you some vintage finds that made it into the ranks of bedroom decor today.  I bought these beauties a few months ago and was waiting for the right time to hang them.  Guess that was today.

Before I hung them over one of the dressers, there was a REALLY BADLY DEAD (trust me, there are no better words to describe it) dried flower wreath hanging there for almost seven a few years.  I scoped out the internet for pictures of REALLY dead dried flower wreaths and can you imagine ~ I couldn't find any images?!  (Guess that's because most people don't leave the same dried flower wreath hanging for almost seven a few years.)  I will say, though, that it was made {by me} of roses given to me by Mr. CBD.  Sigh.  Lots of sentiment for me, but way too long to be up there, SO:

Okay, so this one's a teaser.  You know I had to hang up something MORE THAN THAT....but let me tell you how happy I was with this $.99 Club G.W. score!  I'm such a sucker for the Victorian ladies.  Sorry I don't have a close-up of the plate but you'll have to trust me on this one, it's fabulous! 

I have to admit, though, that it did need some company so here you go:

Can you believe it?  I found these gilded candle sconces on the same day!  When I first picked them up I had plans to spray paint them white, but once I got them home I realized that I L-O-V-E-D them just the way they are!  Another Club G.W. purchase, total: $6.00.

And as much as I'd love to keep the dresser clear of clutter, it ain't gonna happen in this house!  SO, reality check:

Still not too shabby, no?  Well, a bit shabby, but not THAT kind of shabby, oh, you know what I mean!  I couldn't be happier with the result.  I put in used candles because for some reason that seemed like the right thing to do at the time. Oh, and the photo in the white frilly frame?  That's a picture of me and my dad dancing at my wedding 15 years ago.  Seems to fit right in, don't you think?
Now you're probably wondering what this Queen of Toile stuff is about.  Here's a sneak peek:

I'm beginning to think that it really is a disease, this toile affliction I have.  I'll be sharing more on it over the next few days.  Do you toile?

And finally, DON'T FORGET  TO ENTER MY CSN GIVEAWAY HERE!  Giveaway ends February 13th!

Bonne chance, mes amis.


CSN Giveaway!

February 5, 2011

Isn't it ironic?  Just after being contacted by CSN Stores to do another one of their fabulous giveaways, I found out that I was a CSN Giveaway winner myself over at Privet & Holly.  Thank you, Suzanne!

CSN has so many things to choose from, that's my only problem......


I L-O-V-E this one!  What a great place to blog, no?!

compote bowls

{Love this one, too!}

SO, how about you?  It's easy to enter and you could win the code for a $35.00 CSN Gift Certificate.  Then your only problem would be figuring out what to buy!

To enter, leave a comment.  Extra entries are awarded for:
~ being a follower (leave a comment and tell me you're a follower even if you already are one so I'll know!) and

~ placing my giveaway button {in my sidebar with a grab code} either in your sidebar on in a post, your choice. 


So, three chances to win! 

The Giveaway is open until midnight CST Sunday, February 13th.  {In other words, get your entries in by Sunday night, OK?} That way, I can send some lucky shopper the code for VALENTINE'S DAY!

Bonne chance!

{Oh, and I'll be sure to update you with what I ended up purchasing from CSN once I decide! lol}

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