A New Duvet and Bed Skirt

I have been wanting to replace my old bedding as it’s getting pretty worn.  We have a king-sized bed and everything I liked was expensive.  I had recently bought the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic petticoat Euro Sham,and I loved it.  (Read about it here.)  So I ordered the petticoat duvet.

(picture from Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic website

(picture from Rachel Ashwell’s shabby chic website

It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful.  Just like the euro sham I had ordered previously.  And I hated it.  I think it was just too many ruffles and it is extremely heavy.    It is 100% linen.  And truly beautiful.  It just wasn’t me.  I requested a return number, which is required to send it back.  And they were very gracious about it and quickly refunded my money.  I will still purchase many things from them as I love her products and find them to be of excellent quality.

I was disappointed, but continued my search.  I looked at Soft Surroundings and fell in love with their cotton/linen blend duvet with one ruffle.  I ordered it and the bedskirt at very reasonable prices and I’m thrilled with them.


The picture above shows the ruffle on the duvet.  Below is the bed skirt.



And here’s the bed itself.  We’ve had this bed forever and it is very tall.  I’m a tall woman and I still use a step stool to get into it.  One of the bedposts even has a bullet embedded in it but that’s a story for another time.

DSC_2688As usual, I didn’t put up all of the cords and miscellaneous items that aren’t picture-worthy.  Please don’t judge, people.  We really live in our house.

UPDATE – the duvet got dirty (no surprise with 3 dogs in the house) and I washed it and dried it. It shrunk so much I was unable to use it. I was really disappointed. I’m on the lookout for a durable, washable replacement.


A Beautiful Gift

A few month’s ago, I emailed Laurie at Heaven’s Walk and asked her to make me a dream catcher.  Laurie makes some of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen.  During that time, Laurie’s mother and father died, and she was heartbroken.  I told her not to create the dream catcher until she was ready.  I wanted her to have time to mourn.

A little while later, the ;package came in the mail.


It was beautifully wrapped.


It even had a sweet note tucked in the ribbon.  I opened it and was amazed at the beauty she created.


I’d given her very little direction, asking her to make it from her heart, and if you know Laurie,  you know she has a beautiful, loving heart.


So I asked that a heart be incorporated into it.

DSC_2667I also asked for a cross.

The rest she put together.



But that’s not all that came from Laurie.  There was a second package, also beautifully wrapped.


And inside was a beautiful, sacred heart that Laurie made out of clay.  I was so touched and so happy to have it.

DSC_2681It’s on the silver tray.  Do yourself a favor and visit her website.  She lives in a wonderful farmhouse with amazing gardens.



The French Armoire

If you read my blog, you’ll remember how much  I wanted a beautiful French armoire like this one.  I could find them but they were either way too tall for my ceilings or more often way out of my price range.  I had been saving money for quite a time in anticipation of ever finding one that met my criteria.   I would even have been happy with a reproduction.  We live in west Houston right next to “Old” Katy.  That is the old downtown of Katy and it boasts several antique shops.  One of our favorites is Dovetail Antiques . The owner, Lisa, buys antiques that come from France, England and Belgium. Farmboy and I were just window-shopping a couple of weeks ago, and there she was!!! Fifi, an armoire in the style I like directly from France. (And yes, I name many things, including prime pieces of furniture and appliances, as well as vehicles.) Lisa even gave me a discount.

And here she is in all her gorgeousness!!!

Fifi - 1We’re friends, right?  So I know you’ll be kind enough to excuse the dusty floor and the cords wandering through the picture.

DSC_2674From the top of her crown….

Fifi - 2

To the bottom of her feet, I love her!!!  I would love to paint her white and distress her just a little, but I’m afraid Farmboy would be very unhappy if I did.  She definitely came from France and we can only guess her age, but she has the original key to her lock!  Lisa gave her lots of TLC before she put her out for purchase, and we will continue to do so.

Welcome home, Fifi.




My daughter, Kathryn, loves Halloween best of all the holidays.  Her brother feels pretty much the same way.  She decorated the interior of our house as well as the exterior. Let’s check out the exterior first.  It’s overcast and thundering today so the pictures aren’t the best.

First, outside.  Hidden in the hedges are all kinds of creepy creatures:



Be careful when you come to our front door:  According to the sign, there’s a vampire on duty.


And he’s not alone.   The witch is also in.


And that’s only if you happen to get by the lovely couple on the porch:


And there’s a few ghosts:



And now to the inside.  The top of our antique buffet is covered in various items.



And here is our mantel:




The grate in front of the fireplace:

The skeleton hanging between the mantel and the television:

Obviously we use skulls in our decore:




Some members of the family just aren’t impressed:








Bella the Wonder Dobie was not available for a picture. She was snoozing out in the sun.

So, if you’re feeling brave, and maybe wearing some garlic, come on by!