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Showing posts from May 25, 2014

Hyacinths to Feed Thy Soul

“If thou of fortune be bereft,  and in thy store there be but left two loaves, sell one, and with the dole, buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.” ~Muslihuddin Sadi, 13th Century Persian Poet … and display them, lovingly, within a vintage, transfer ware bowl … the daily basics The Pink Pagoda Hope your weekend is full of beauty, like a hyacinth. ~Nancy Joining:   How Sweet the Sound Funky Junk Interiors Our Rosey Life Best of the Weekend Party Between Naps on the Porch   The Creative Collection Link Party Bouquet of Talent Linky Party   That DIY Party   Amaze Me Monday Submarine Sunday  Share It One More Time Sundays DIY SHowcase

Creamy Chicken Florentine Lasagne

I put off making this for a day or two, wound up freezing the chicken I'd planned to cook for it and then when I finally got around to making it I used canned chicken breast.  It was one of those nights when I was busy  lazy and really didn't want to cook.  I adjusted the original recipe to make it my own, adding nutmeg, adjusting quantities and additional cheeses.  Turns out it was so easy, almost a one bowl recipe, but with lots of ingredients.   I made enough for two meals so you may want to just make 1/2 of this or freeze 1/2.  This is a beautiful dish and would be lovely for a luncheon or special dinner.  I'm kinda already craving it again.  Oh, and most importanly…my family gave this lasagne the seal of 'blog worthy' approval (even Michael who doesn't like spinach too much), so here you go! Creamy Chicken Florentine Lasagne (this made two meals+ and will easily feed 16 so you may want to cut this in 1/2 or make in two pans and freeze one)

Master Bedroom Details 2 : Decorating with Hats & Transferware

I promised to show some close ups of the vignettes around my bedroom, so today here is the first one.  We can explore this little corner with its Catalan chest of drawers.  I like adding straw hats around the room, especially a few displayed together which is the focal point here.  The vintage folding screen is a perfect backdrop on the chest.  I love the twig framed roses and the painted green frame.  A pair of antique glove stretchers hangs from one side.    From the lamp, hangs a tassel I made from an orphaned transferware sugar bowl lid.  These are so cute on armoire doors and lamps.  I need to make some more but it's so hard to find the time. An antique purple transferware platter holds some gorgeous vintage champagne flutes and a beaded, embroidered purse found at a thrift store. Over on the right side of the chest I've got a couple of purple transferware pieces perched atop books.  I love to use books to elevate pieces.  One is a ginger

Nancy's Daily Dish Named One of Top 3 Favorite Vintage Blogs!

I'm so honored to have my blog named as one of the top 3 favorite vintage blogs at The Daily Basics .   If you've opened up a copy of Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home, Renovation Style or Kitchen & Bath Ideas you have most likely seen some of the articles Cynthia Bogart, The Daily Basics editor,  produced over the past 18 years.  When the trend went from paper to online Cynthia was ahead of the ball and created the Living Lifestyle Directory.   In Cynthia's words,  "The  Daily  Basics   is a community built of lifestyle bloggers in the fields of Home & Garden, Travel & Living, Food & Drink, Body & Fashion and Arts & Literature.   It is a place where ANYONE can come to find all of those wonderful articles you loved reading about in your magazines but can find them now in one place online instead.    The Internet has given a voice to people who otherwise had to compete for a place in traditional medias such as magazines, newspape

Traditional Red White & Blue Rooms with Transferware

For the Memorial Day weekend, I thought I'd share some beautiful rooms, all done in blue and red and many of them with, yeah you guessed it, transferware.  These rooms prove you can decorate with red, white and blue anytime.  They are each timeless in design. First, this is a collection of transferware belonging to a customer.  I just shared this on my Facebook page and everyone seems to like it.  I know I do! Toile, transferware…seriously I will never tire of this combination.  Here the simple addition of blue at the table subtly speaks a patriotic tone.  I've posted this room by the late Charles Faudree before.  It is one of my favorite dining rooms ever and inspired my favorite dining room in a house I used to live in.   I hope to paper the dining room in this house and create a similar look and feel again.   Faudree combined red toile and blue transferware a lot in his typical genius fashion! Okay, so this one has no transferware but you can't go