3/25/2010

Show & Tell...A Few of My Favorite Things!

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Hello my friends...I hope that you're having a fabulous week!
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Today, I am joining in with "Show & Tell Friday" and "A Few of My Favorite Things Saturdays". You will find the credits for these lovely parties at the end of my post.
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Do you remember Show & Tell when you were in school? I sure do...it was one of my favorite things! With that in mind...I thought I would combine some of my favorite things for Show & Tell today! Can I bring some of my bestest friends in the whole wide world for Show & Tell this week?
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One of my bestest friends is Cindy from Applestone Cottage! I don't know how long its been now...but we met through blogging! Cindy is just the sweetest gal and she is soooo creative and talented! I just love her to pieces!!!
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My Teacup Pincushion

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Cindy sent me this darling teacup pincushion this week! I was so surprised when I received the package...I wasn't expecting anything! What a fabulous surprise...a "just because" gift...the bestest kind!!! Thank you so much...dear, sweet friend!!! I love, love, LOVE IT!!!
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I sat this beautiful teacup pincushion on my dining room buffet. I just redecorated it for Spring...using that pretty yellow-green color that I call Spring green! I think the pretty pink and green teacup pincushion looks sooo pretty in this spot!!! It matches perfectly!!! Ohhh...do you see that beautiful pink carnation on the front of the teacup? It's absolutely gorgeous!!!
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Ohhh...just look at that pretty lace and those gorgeous decorative pins! Cindy made the pins too! I love the little paper roses that she used as a decorative accent!!!
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I wanted to take a photo of the pretty saucer...I love this pattern!!!
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A view from the top...I love those pretty pink ribbons!
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Cindy, I just adore my gift...thank you so much, sweet friend!!!
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If you haven't ever met Cindy from Applestone Cottage...you are missing out on a real treat! Please go by and say hello and meet her...you'll be glad that you did! Cindy lives in the beautiful state of Wisconsin...land of the forests! Her fabulous cottage home is situated right in the middle of a forest! She is such a talented designer and crafter...as you can see!!!
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My Victorian Tassel

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Another one of my bestest friends is Gloria from Happy To Be! I first met Gloria when we were on Rate My Space, a website where you can showcase your home, that was nearly three years ago. Gloria and I hit it off from the very beginning. In fact, I call Gloria...Sis...because she is just like a sister to me! Gloria and I are finally going to meet! We are meeting next week in Las Vegas for 4 days! I'm sooo excited!!! We have already made a few plans of how we are going to "paint that town red"! Hehe!
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Gloria crafted this fabulous Victorian tassel...just for me...and sent it to me for Christmas! It is hanging on the door of my china cabinet in my frenchy studio/office!
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Isn't it fabulous? Now I have to tell you...I have a "thing" for pretty tassels and they can be found everywhere in my house...but this Victorian tassel is my favorite!!! Thank you, Sis!!!
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Ohhh my...just look at the button-up Victorian shoe!
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And...of course I had to show you a close-up of all the fabulous trim and ribbons that Gloria used in making this Victorian tassel! I love brown and aqua blue paired together! Ohhh...and just look at those fleur de lis on that one ribbon! Do you see the beautiful aqua blue jewel? Ohhh...this is sooo fancy!!!
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I love, love, LOVE my Victorian tassel!!! Thank you, Sis!!!
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Speaking of Victorian...

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This is a Victorian lace tablecloth! I have it folded in half and draped over the back of my chair in my frenchy studio/office! I didn't want to fold it and get it wrinkled! Hehe! I have big plans for this fabulous lacy cloth...hmm, a tablescape? or perhaps a vignette?
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Gloria gave this gorgeous Victorian tablecloth to me...a "just because"...gift! She knew that I had been searching for one...isn't she the best? Thank you, Sis!!! I just adore it!!!
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A close-up so you can see the beautiful floral pattern in the lace! Ohhh...and I love, love, LOVE that long fringe!!!
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I don't know if you have ever met Gloria over at Happy To Be, but she is such a dear lady and she has one of the most beautiful homes that I've ever seen!!! She has been a collector of antiques for many, many years and her home is filled with some of the finest that I've ever seen! Really...I just stand in awe! You'll have to just go and see for yourself!
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The old vintage frame and photo behind the chair is of my husband's Grandfather when he was just a small boy. He is the little boy in the middle with the blonde curly hair! This was probably taken around 1920. The frame is very old as well...I think it's sooo pretty! We inherited all of these old family photos when my father-in-law passed away.
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On the wall, to the left of the chair, I have a large decorative iron piece...with a candle and another tassel.
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I decorated the pillar candle by wrapping a piece of scrapbook paper with French writing on it...around the candle. Then I tied a thin black ribbon and a piece of twine around the candle as well. On the front is a beautiful black vintage button and a piece of gold angel hair trim. These were gifts from another very dear blogging friend...Mary from Mary's Meanderings. She sent me an old iron crown...I should have taken photos of it...so sorry! Mary included the little button and trim in the package...I just loved it and decided to decorate the candle with it! Thank you sooo much Mary!!! You are such a sweetheart!!!
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Mary has a beautiful old Victorian home that she and her husband are restoring. You just have to go by and see it...and tell Mary hello! She is the dearest, sweetest lady!!! I know that she would be delighted to have a visit from you!
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These are a few of my favorite things!!!
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I am joining in with these fabulous parties today...
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Show & Tell Friday...hosted by Cindy over at My Romantic Home.
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A Few of My Favorite Things Saturdays...hosted by Laurie over at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie.
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Thank you so much, Cindy and Laurie...for hosting these fabulous...fun filled...parties for us!!! Please go by and pay these sweet ladies a visit and while you're there you can check out all of the other party participants!

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Well my friends...I'm so happy that you came by for a visit today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!

32 comments:

Kathy said...

Lovin all your favorite things...
Shawl is amazing!
Love the candle ...
Have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Allie and Pattie said...

Isn't it wonderful how you can make such friends in this fabulous place known as Blogland?? :)
everything is just beautiful!
xoxo pattie

Stacey said...

Hi Chari! I can see why those are some of your favorite things. They are all gorgeous!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hello Chari! I love all your beautiful things! Reminds me I still have a tassel I want to make for your pink and green bedroom! And that fringed tablecloth is absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to hear about your trip to Vegas! What fun! I love Gloria's blog! I thought she was really your sister! I am so thankful for getting to meet such wonderful souls like you Chari! You have truly lifted me up when I was feeling down with your kind words of love and encouragement. Things around here are getting better. I have felt everyone's prayers! Love Ya! Lauralu :)

Love the Decor! said...

Love that candle!!
you tassel is beautiful too !

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Chari, what wonderful treasures and what wonderful friends. I LOVE all of your "just because" gifts. Those are three wonderful girls. Those pin cushions that Cindy is making are beautiful, and I love that tassel Gloria made. That shawl is the prettiest thing ever! I can't wait to see what you do with it. You are so clever to use those treasures from sweet Mary on your candle. What a perfect post for Favorite Things Sat. Thank you so much for joining in. laurie

Beth said...

I love your gifts! Awesome pincushion/teacup, tassel, and tablecloth! Great post! Have fun in Las Vegas with Gloria!

Tootsie said...

That Gloria is one talented little girl...she made me a garden tassel, that I still have to share...I love it soooo much!
your favorite things are wonderful girl!

Debbie said...

That was fabulous! I enjoyed everyone of your tassels and plates and the pin cushion! That is so awesome that you and Gloria are meeting in Vegas...have a blast!!

Mary Ellen said...

Chari I came over to read your latest blog entry and lo and behold you mentioned me ! You are the sweetest thing! How clever of you to use those little scraps to make the candle look so sweet!


I have been terrible about keeping in touch lately - so sorry- think of you all the time I just can't seem to get er all done lately!

Did get my craft area organized. I so wish it looked like the great craft rooms out there but, no, still ugly yellow paint- but at least I will be able to find things now!!

We were supposed to start our new Bible Study Wed but with the dump of snow had to cancel. We got over a foot- did you get a bit?

got to check on my bees Monday while we had good weather- both hives are doing fabulous! So glad I got to go out and feed them before the snow came!

Love your pretties from Gloria and Cindy- They are 2 of the sweetest ladies ever - So wish we could all meet one day!

bee blessed
mary

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Chari,
Your so sweet! What a lovely post, I am blushing through the computer screen! The tassel Gloria made is just stunning and so is that gorgeous shawl! And the candle, love it! You took such lovely pictures girlfriend and wrote such lovely things!
What an awesome friend you are!
I love your little countdown to meeting Gloria clock, sooo cute!
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Chari,
I love your show and tell. The items that Cindy & Gloria made you are fabulous. I love that blogging brings new friends into our lives. How fun that you get to meet Gloria next week, and in Vegas. I love Vegas. I am only a little over 3 hours from Vegas, but don't get to go as much as I'd like. If I had the time off work & the money, I might be tempted to be a third wheel. But don't worry, I won't horn in on your time with Gloria. But I would love to meet the both of you sometime. Have fun. And sorry that I haven't been a very good friend lately. Life seems to be getting in the way. If I get my act together tonight, I might post my hutch makeover. And I chose black.
Kim

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh you sweet thing you...Girl I just love that Cindy to death and now both have a Tea cup of friendship form you...I just feel so blessed my friend...Oh girl 1 week to go and you bet will redo Vegas and remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas ha ha!! I got my new tennis shoe also today hey I'm up for the walking ha ha!! Had to find something I could carry Len's insulin in to keep it cool..got from little chill bottles from Coleman camping...
Your post was just awesome my friend...Loved seeing all your pictures...Hope you have a Great weekend my friend...I need to get my butt in gear and work on my clothes now ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Victoria said...

What wonderful gifts you received, you must be very well liked:) I love the shawl, how pretty that is!

Bill said...

Hi Chari,
What beautiful gifts, and you knew just what to do with them to show them off to their best advantage! You have some sweet, generous, special friends in Cindy and Gloria. As do they in you of course. ;)

I'm envious that you're going to spend time with Ms. Gloria. What a treasure she is! Such a warm, funny, friendly, caring person. I know you'll have the best time together!

Have a safe trip!

bye for now,
Bill

Braley Mama said...

That pin cushion is awesome!!!1 I love the pins. What a dear friend!!!!!
You just have some great things all around. I was also admiring your beautiful vintage photograph in the picture of the chair.I like to find neat old frames and photos too!
hope you have a blessed weekend !!!

Shelia said...

Hi Chari. Oh, I have loved seeing your favorite things! This lets us see a little bit more of you. You're a true romantic.
Thank you for your precious comments about our little Carter! She's a blessing.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

vignette design said...

Chari, I love all your favorite things! That candle is darling.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Chari, I grabbed a cup of coffee before sitting down so we could visit, yes just like the old days... oh those were so much fun, and so missed.
You certainly have some beautiful things. They are pulled together so well. I love, love, love your tassels. I haven't attempted to make any just yet, too many irons in the fire around here, some day. I have alot of some day projects. Your tea cup pin cushion is just the sweetest thing going... love the pattern in the china... You are truly gifted with generous friends... what treasures they are... hugs ~lynne~

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Chari,
What gorgeous treasures you have shared today! Love the pincushion; so adorable. Love the tassel too; the boot just sets it off! Wonderful candle and fringed tablecloth too! Wonderful displays! Thanks for sharing and Happy Friday.

Blessings,
Sandi

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Chari,
What sweet friends you have, and how talented they are. I understand why they are some of your favorite things;
Have a wonderful trip, and be careful!
Mimi

Cozy Little House said...

Blog friends are generous and just the best all around friends to me. Love that pincushion. One of my favorite collections are pincushions. Such wonderful pals you have!
Brenda

Kathleen said...

I don't think we had show and tell. Very strict school!
The shawl is so pretty!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

Oh, I am so glad to hear the plates arrived!! I can't wait to see them on a tablescape! This giveaway was the one giveaway I have done that I was jealous I couldn't win myself! LOL

All your pretty things today are wonderful..of couse!!

Have a terrific day my friend!

Hugs,
Diann :)

Lynn said...

Now, YOU are certainly good at picking friends! Y'all have fun in Vegas!!

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

Hello there sweet lady,

Surprised by delight once again dear cheri!

That's beacause you just keep outdoing yourself!.., After awhile I wonder if mere words are quite adequate to describe the effect that the astonishingly delightful things that you post has on your readers my friend!


That fabulous apple green and that dear pink touch with the first treasure that you shared, and really all of your lovelies, was quite unexpected and so very sweet; really all that you do is fabulous my sweet lady, yet I cannot describe how warm and lovely todays post was!

Some things just 'stay with you' and gracefuly linger in your visual memories, and this will I know, remain with me for a long time! What a vison of charm, grace and loveliness dearest Cheri!

Do come and see my Easter tea post for 'Tablescape Thursday'; I think you may also really enjoy this as well my friend!

As always, my prayers are with you an yours, very much so!

Hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your pretty collection! How special that they came from wonderful blog neighbors -- just the best! Thanks for sharing.

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

Just real quick note,('Wanda style')..,Hehe

Mercy me Cheri, those presents are fabulous! I must have been half asleep at 1:51 P.M., when I wrote my note as I see two things that I forgot to mention last night!

One is that these are fabulous and very dear gifts and the other is that of course,..,'hello!'.., The first sweetest gift is of course the dearest teacup pincushion! And also, of course I knew that; even said I would'nt forget it, which I won't!~ It's soooo adorable!!.....How sweet of your friends! ~ As mentioned though, I love every delightful item/gift however, although the tassel is also adorable beyond, my oh my though, really the lace is just exquiste!..,

Oh my Cheri..,That old insomnia takes away that mental sharpness my friend! What canI say!?~Hehe


At least 'til last night it's been better; I had to switch around rooms because of B. and B. guests, as here was this dear little 4yr. old boy who jumped and ran well into the night; maybe that didn't help either, ya think?

Girl, sleep is my friend,I now see the older I get; Hehe~ (Yet because of insomia, I did't dose off till past 4 A.M.!!!~ I guess the mind get's muddled without those zzz's)!

Have a marvelous remainder of the weekend sweet lady! You and yours shall remain in my prayers!

Hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

Ooops!.., Also meant to pop over to see if you were doing, 'Sunday Favorites', that's why I came back.

(Though for what ever it's worth, I do believe that this post would qualify as an absolute favorite, though recent)!

Cheers

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Chari, what gorgeous things you have. That pincushion in green is just the sweetest! And I LOVE that photo in the frame, wonderful!
hugs,
Debra

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

You have received such wonderful gifts. You are certainly blessed. I enjoyed seeing each and every one of them!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have received some very nice gifts. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Enjoy your weekend.