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Thursday, April 30, 2009


Look what I got in the mail today!!!
The artist is my friend Carrie at
Noelle Garrett Designs!
This is the sweetest petite cloche with such a
cute little gal displayed inside....the face got me!!
Also in the box was a pretty
cello envelope with an assortment of Carrie's other art work.....tags and an inspiring
wall hanging......

It pays to have talented friends!
Thank you Carrie, for such a sweet package of wonderfulness!
I love it all!!
Go visit Carrie at:
where you, too, can find a special treasure!!

Happy Thursday!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Please join Grandma G's for shopping with a twist on Friday, April 24, 2009 as we present "Lavender and Lace"!!

A lavender field in full bloom creates a purple and green landscape and infuses a sweet fragrance into the air. A field of flowers brought to life with the buzzing of bees, decorated with birds and butterflies drawn to its fragrant aroma. The lavender fragrance wafts gently through the air, carrying the memories of flowers, happiness, and sunny days.

Far away, a summer porch, framed by windows with white lace, is surrounded with the scent of lavender. Lavender blooming in window boxes and flower pots, or decorating a flower garden with their purple blossoms. Whether along a country road or on a city street, the lavender scent embraces all indiscriminately.

Too beautiful to remain outdoors, the fragrance of lavender easily enters our homes and daily lives. From a carefully tended flowerbed we pick a tiny bunch and place it in a hand-cut crystal bud vase, where it can brighten a corner as it sits upon a vintage lace doily. Tuck a sprig of the tiny flowers into the lace band of a broad-brimmed summer hat, carrying the beautiful fragrance with us wherever we go. Or perhaps lay it inside a dresser drawer. Tie it with a tiny scrap of lace and hang it upon a wall, set it upon a shelf.

lavender and WickerIn a drawer or as a lavender bouquet tied with apple-green organdy ribbon, edged with a dainty row of lace, the loveliness of lavender is impossible to contain. An elegant centerpiece set upon an antique table draped with a vintage lace table cloth, it's a feast for more than the eyes as the fragrant aroma declares its presence. Sunlight shining through the lacy curtains warms the room and casts delicate shadows upon the wall. Suddenly, the room seems draped in a lavender landscape and fields of lace.
written by: Joyce Lucas, Founder

See all the participating Make Mine Pink boutiques here! Many wonderful shopping experiences await!!

Happy Pink Friday!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Restoring and re-purposing vintage products keeps the earth clean while we decorate our homes and our lives. Suddenly following the 3 R's - reducing, reusing, and recycling - is much more than environmentally friendly. Now it's about making everyday things more beautiful!

Items lovingly restored to more than their original beauty grace shelves and are welcomed into our cozy corners.

Table linens returned to their crisp, former selves discover new life draped over an antique oak table or reinvented as a charming pillow or tote. Re-purposing gives items with forgotten histories new stories to tell. From home décor to fashion accessories, re-using and recycling is the way to go!!
Shop at Grandma G's for exceptional quality vintage linens to re-use and at all the participating Make Mine Pink boutiques for more treasures to Keep It Green!!

Happy Pink Friday!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's time for Things in My House Thursday!!

Hope you are not getting tired of seeing my collection of inherited family treasures! This sweet pair of Mother of Pearl opera glasses belonged to my great-grandmother. I found them in an old cedar chest when closing up my great-aunt Lois's (g-gma's daughter) home after she passed away.

Did either of them attend the opera? I have no idea! I just know they were among the treasures and I love them.....hope you do too!! See you next Thursday!

Have a wonderful week and keep looking for your own treasures!


Monday, April 13, 2009


A couple of weeks ago DH and I went to the Ventura Flea Market! What a fun day-trip. It is about a 2 hour drive from home but well-worth the time and effort to get there. This was my first time there.....beautiful....very near the beach (see the water in photo background?), and we will definitely go again!!

I found a few small treasures and this sweet bird cage and stand! Now come the paint, or not to paint? if yes, what color? and the real big I want to keep or sell?!!! Any opinions?

Another high point of the day was meeting Jennifer Grey and her sweet Mom! For those who may not know.....Jennifer is the owner of

If you haven't visited must! Her website is full of the most beautiful eye-candy and don't miss 'The Cottage of the Month'!! So nice to meet you, Jennifer!!

PS.....Ladies, the birdcage is actually robins egg blue! I can see why several of you have thought it is white from the photos....but it's blue!!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Image by: Sharon Wollman of C'est Chouette Home

Spring is here, and you don’t even need to look outside your kitchen window or open your front door to know it. Just waking up to the sweet melody of a backyard robin cheerily singing outside your window is enough to tell you that life is renewed and spring is reborn. The birds of spring have returned and the earth reawakens.

Outside, in our fenced yards and open fields, brightly colored bluebirds and streaked song sparrows flit between tree branches and land carefully among the budding leaves. Singing songs of love to each other, chirping madly over jealousies. Bringing home odds and ends to build their nests - bits of bright string, broken twigs. Items insignificant to everyone else, but the stuff of life for the feathered set.

With the return of spring, we find our winged friends building homes in every unclaimed corner…. under the eaves of buildings, in riverbanks, on rocky ledges, suspended from tips of tree branches, hidden under flaps of loose bark. Even in the nest boxes we offer up with hope. Hanging baskets, mail boxes, old boots, flower pots. Any place that somehow looks like home.

No matter where we live, or what the season, avian accessories create eternal springtime in our homes too. Birds and their nests placed carefully upon our shelves, painted delicately on a wall, stitched on a delicate needlepoint. Perhaps we invite into our homes the same birds we see each spring.

Parrot green, robin’s egg blue, bright canary yellow, flamingo pink. A rainbow of color unfurls inside and out of our homes in the hopes of eternal spring.

Enjoy your shopping and don't forget to play the pink slot machine to have an opportunity to win terrific prizes!!

Joyce Lucas, Founder

Happy Spring!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Pink Slot Machine is open at Make Mine Pink!!!
Give it a may win a great prize from one of the
MMP boutiques!!
APRIL 5TH-14TH!!!!

Have fun and good luck!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


This is one of my favorite photos in my home. It is my Mom at age three.....wasn't she cute? For years I heard about this photo from my Mom.....she remembered it hanging in her childhood home and always wondered where it had gone.

In 1991, my Great Aunt Frances passed away. My Aunt Jo (Mom's sister) and I went to Indiana to go through Frances' home and during that visit I found Mom's photo, all dusty and a little warped. I brought it home and had it restored and framed for her for Mother's Day! I think it was one of the few times I surprised her with something she really loved!! Now that Mom is gone, it hangs in my home.

Be sure to click the Things In My House Thursday link on the left sidebar to visit all the other participating blogs ! Thanks for visiting Grandma G's....see you next Thursday!

Warm hugs!