Saturday, January 25, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SOMETHING FRESH INTO THE WINTER MIX... HOW ABOUT METALLICA?

first touch of Valentines Day...

...it kind of happened by accident!

i was adding some "Metallica"  to my mix...


a steal at Home Goods pillow for the new sofa! 

(i hope to have some bright light on Saturday so I can show you the pillow 
in it's place on the sofa.  during the weekdays, i am never home in the daylight,
 i can only share close ups with as much artificial light that i can find!)

another HG find...


...this pretty white box touched by gold to hold my stationary and cards.


i stacked some of my favorite books on top.

the golden letters on Rachel Ashwell's book are a pretty touch!


the French zinc stencils have a little bent lip on top.

they tucked nicely under the lid!


Voila!

Valentine!

i'm inspired to take a little different approach to decorating

for that day this year! 

***

for you, Noelle, a link to Home Goods.

i am afraid that there isn't a Home Goods in the UK.

we waited so long to have one in Washington State.  our

store arrived a little over a year ago.

***

this morning i found out that Renée Fleming will be singing

The Star Spangled Banner before The Superbowl.

i can't wait! i promise you my heart will be singing with her.

***

a little bit Metallica...a little bit Opera...always here...

...withLove!

Monday, January 20, 2014

BONJOUR MONDAY! WHERE "A DOLLAR FIND" AT HOME GOODS MAY LEAD ONE...

have you ever been to HOME GOODS and

found a shopper's "discard" in a completely different

aisle than where the item belongs?

(whew! i apologize for that awkward sentence.)

it all started with a quick little conversation between 

Mr D and i late Friday afternoon...

he called me on his way home from work and said,

"what's for dinner?"

i asked him..."what would you like?"

he said..."i feel like Chinese...take out!"

i said, "i'll pick it up!"

 "see you at home, love you!"

it just so happens that our favorite Chinese restaurant is next door 

to Home Goods.   after ordering dinner, i decided that i would run in

 and pick up a candle for an upcoming trip to Whistler, BC.

while i was in the candle aisle, i  spied...


...this cute little platter! 

it immediately grabbed my fancy, and my curiosity!

when i turned it over and saw the RED STICKER stating 

it was one dollar, i claimed it!

mind you, i didn't have a cart. i was only going in for a candle.

(you and i know that grabbing a cart at Home Goods is dangerous!)

the plate led me to the clearance aisle in dinnerware.


i found one more!

 S W E E T !


i also found a little bread plate, and a cup and saucer.

when i turned them over to check the price,


i noticed that the pieces were marked, 

ROTISSERIE 
WINE
NAPA, CA


...and when i lifted that cute little coffee cup?


i took my little dollar finds, and the Alpine Spruce Yankee candle for

our mountain trip to the check out, picked up the Chinese and headed home.

after dinner, i googled Rotisserie and Wine.


i discovered that it was a Tyler Florence restaurant,

that sadly went out of business.


it looked like a lovely place.

 my curiosity also led me to Pinterest.

when entering Rotisserie and Wine there...


...it took me to a French rotisserie at the market in Beaune, France!
(Beaune...that's where Andrea at the French Basketeer goes!)

i then found some lovely images of Burgundy from Pinterest curator


i am pleased to have the simple little pieces of 

restaurant history, as i love the comfort of Tyler Florence's cooking style.

the small platters will be a perfect addition to our French bread on Friday collection.

 the coffee cup, saucer and bread plate will be a special touch for my 

coffee and toast on weekday mornings, after Mr D departs for work!

"a four dollar round trip ticket that took me

from Home Goods to China...to dinner at home... to Napa...to Burgundy, and back!"

we may have eaten Chinese, but i still found a serving of French bread! 


happy Monday!

withLove.



( P.S. the Hawks won the game. i apologize for Sherman. he was totally out of "game
winning play" control! we were exhausted and turned in early. thanks for all of your well wishes.)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

FLYING BLUE !

TODAY'S 

THE 

DAY!




unlike last week, if you are watching,

it will be clear, crisp and cool in 

the Pacific Northwest at game time.

no wind.

the only disadvantage the will be the 

N O I S E  and THE  RUMBLE OF THE 12TH MAN!




the University of Washington will be


whether you are a sports fan or not...you cannot help

feel  a COMMUNITY CONNECTED IN SPIRIT!

it makes me smile.  


TRUST YOUR POWER!

it warms my heart!




 monies for children's charities are being raised in record amounts.

the manager at my grocery store said, "we will be staffed to the MAX!"

"Saturday and game day will be like five Christmas Eve's."


SEATTLE'S GREAT WHEEL AND THE SEATTLE SKYLINE

all ages, all walks of life...soaring with THE HAWKS!

it's 7 am, still dark, and the tailgaiting has begun!


GO HAWKS!


withLove!



*the beautiful photographs are by David Williams and Jim Styles.