Saturday, June 30, 2012

After My Own Heart

I will forever be inspired by the wonderful artists and vintage collectors on Etsy
Each time I go back and peruse through my favorites, I find such joy in so many of these items, 
that, while just material really, in some way, 
always serve to encourage, warm, and inspire my heart.  

Here is my most recent treasury.  
It consists of 16 of my most favorite images, objects, and accessories.

I see these items and am again reminded how deeply my heart appreciates beauty . . .

. . . it speaks to my soul, and causes me to want to drink even more deeply 
of that which is true, right, pure, lovely, and praiseworthy.

What speaks to your heart and soul?


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Step Off The Highway

This summer opt to do something you've never done . . . 
or something you haven't done in ages.  

Have a picnic in the park, lay out under the stars, write your loved one a love letter, 
get buried in the sand, move the dinner table outside, go to an outdoor movie . . .
or simply,
search for driftwood.

Whatever you do, be it alone or with someone wonderful, 
do something that will take your mind away from the highway of life and allow it to slow down, 
even if it's just for a little while.

I promise, you'll feel all the better for it.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Silver Cleaning

I really enjoy sharing.  
I like to share meals, good stories, laughter, faith, possessions, whatever I can share, I really do enjoy sharing it.  So, today, as I was polishing some wonderful silver shot glasses, soon to be in the shop, I suddenly thought, "I have to share this polishing product . . . It's just so great!"

Sharing tips and tricks about cleaning, decorating, and just doing life are some of my favorite things to share because they can be so useful and helpful.  I know I love to learn something new, especially when it's helpful!  So, if you have something silver that is in need of a good polish and you don't know what product to choose, take it from me . . .  this stuff works!

The product is Weiman Silver Cream and you can find it at most grocery stores in the cleaning section.  I got mine at Wal-Mart (Shh. Don't tell anyone).  It's about $5 or $6 if I remember right, and you can polish a LOT of silver with one jar.

It's super simple to use.  Just use the sponge provided inside and wipe the surface of the silver.  The tarnish comes off quickly and for more stubborn spots, a little extra elbow grease should do.

 These lovely little shot glasses will be available in the shop soon in a set of four.  

Isn't it amazing what a little polish can do?!  

Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Summer came with a bang yesterday and boy, am I glad!  
It was a bright and gorgeous 78 degrees here in Coeur d'Alene and who doesn't get excited for that kind of warmth and sun?!  I get an extra bounce in my step.

Today, I think I must get outside and soak up some rays.  I'm experiencing cabin fever working inside while sunshine spills through the east facing window of my living room.  
Lake, here I come . . .

But, before I grab my sandals and go, (I have some more "inside" work to do first.) I will leave you with some very lovely and inspiring summer photos.  Enjoy! Summer is here!

The essence of summer.

(Facebook: Lace Events)

Fresh from the garden . . .

Peace, quiet, relaxation, beauty . . . 

Umm, I'll take this piece of heaven!

On my wish list this summer - a bike.

Hope you too get to enjoy some sun wherever you are!
Happy Summer!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Currently In The Shop

There are some great items in my shop right now that I am totally loving.  
Below are some of my favorites.  

Come on over and stop by . . . it's always a pleasure to have you!
(enter the shop here.)