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Updated: 2018-02-23T04:22:00.976-08:00

 



Citrus Season In California and New French Farmhouse Finds In the Shop

2018-01-27T18:25:03.949-08:00

Hello!I am trying really hard this year to get back into the swing of blogging.I took such a long break it has been hard to start back up again.I am not a writer so I find instagram to be an easier way to communicate.However with the algorithm changes I want to try and start blogging again.I thought I would share  a few images of the new French Farmhouse items I recently listed in our online shop.....We are in the middle of citrus season here in California so every January I like to use citrus in my product pictures.   There will be lots of images with citrus. French cheese safes....Vintage French breadboardsFrench Ironstone Compote DishesFrench Bread BoardsFrench bread boards are so fun to use around the house.French Drying Racks French Truggs French Wash Board Caddies French Wash Board CaddiesI also listed some cubes of French soap on a rope that I found in Provence.These vintage French farm sifters make great caddies in the kitchen and or hang on the wall.Vintage French Coat RackWe have lots of new styles of market totes that we also just recently listed in our shop.I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.I hope to be back soon.You can find me posting daily on my instagram DreamyWhitesLifestyle[...]



French Inspired Kitchen Makeover, French Stone Sink, Carrara Marble Counters and Subway Tile, Lacanche Range, Oak Herringbone Floor

2016-04-17T18:06:12.966-07:00

Hello,I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday.I wanted to share a few more images of our kitchen makeover.I will share some before images in my next post.The sink is a stone sink from France.We kept the same layout of the old kitchen.The wood planks are the original wood planks we found under the drywall.The tile is Carrara Marble subway tile we purchased from Emser Tileand installed ourselves.  The countertops are Carrara Marble counters.We purchased our slabs from Bedrosians Tile & Stone.The shelves are all Carrara Marble. Thad made the brackets using 2x4 scraps.We painted the walls, ceiling, cabinets, and trim Farrow and Ball's All White.We still need to finish making the two drawers on each side of the range.The range is a Lacanche Range and the color is Delft Blue.The countertops and the subway tile are all honed Carrara Marble.The built in was a fun project.  We still need to add the trim around the base of it.I shared a before image of it in my previous post.  I tiled the inside of it with the Carrara Marble Subway tile.  The shelves are also Carrara Marble.The knobs are French porcelain knobs.(you can find the French Market Baskets in our online shop)The island is a butcher block table I found in France.I sanded it down and treated it with the Woca White Lye I also used on the floors.For the floors we bought our black oak raw boards from a local family owned saw mill.Thad then added the tongue and groove joints and installed the floor in the herringbone pattern.One thing I noticed with the Black oak is it seems to have some pink pigments.We treated it with the woca white lye which helped draw out those pink pigments.  The bottom image on the left, you can see the floor on the left side of that image is lightened with the white lye and the area my feet are on hasn't been lightened yet.  I will share more images and more about the finishing process in the near future.These French doors were once used as our headboard.We hung them on White Shanty Hardware that Seth custom made for this area.White Shanty is based out of Utah and all of their hardware and furniture is handmade in the United States.  The quality and craftsmanship is amazing.  On instagram we are giving away a 400.00 gift card to White Shanty.You can enter by visiting my instagram here.....The pantry and refrigerator is behind the doors.I will share more images of this area in the near future.On another note....We have more French Soaps back in stock : )We also have more French Market Baskets back in stock.I will be back with more images of our kitchen makeover.In the meantime you can find me posting daily on instagram.....DreamyWhitesLifestyle[...]



Carrara Marble Subway Tile Built in Makeover and Dying Easter Eggs Naturally

2016-03-21T07:00:02.917-07:00

Hello!I hope you are all having a great Monday.I am trying hard to get back into the swing of blogging, it's too easy to just post on instagram and I am hoping to get back to posting weekly on the blog as well.I wanted to share a few images of our recent kitchen makeover.We still have lots of finish work to do I just wanted to share a few images today and I will be back to post more before and after images.(The copper kitchenaid is from Williams and Sonoma)We went with Carrara marble countertops and subway tile.The vintage French bottle drying rack I have had for five years sitting in storage.I had planned to list it in my shop in the beginning and then decided to keep it since it is hard to find these racks with both sides attached, they often get cut and each side is sold separately.  I had hoped I would one day have the right kitchen to put it in.I think it finally found a home : )The built in was a fun project....I wished I had taken more before pictures, and I only have a couple I took with my cell phone.(The honey is from Queen Farina)You can see the before here.We tiled the inside of the hutch with Carrara marble subway tile and installed marble shelves.   This built in has a hutch that is directly behind it also.We swapped the bottoms of the hutches so that I could have plenty of drawers on the kitchen side.I painted everything in the kitchen Farrow & Ball's All White, except for the built in doors and drawers I painted Farrow & Ball's Strong White.We still need to caulk the shelves and install the bottom shelf.I will share more images of our kitchen in another post.***************I wanted to share a few images of the new items we recently listed in our online shop....This French olive oil soap on a rope I found in Provence.Vintage French Bread boardsI love these vintage French baguette bags that were handmade in France with French linens....While I was in France this fall with my friend Tracey of French Larkspur,we would wake up each morning to a bag similar to these bags hanging on our door with fresh croissants.  I had to purchase some for the shop.  I hope to get more in stock soon.The monogrammed bags are so pretty.A vintage French drying rack is always a fun way to add some French charm to your kitchen.I have used one of these for many years.I just use a linen towel under it to catch the water.You can find more vintage French items in our online shop....*************************************I wanted to repost this fun Easter egg dying experiment the kids and I did four years ago.The eggs turned out so pretty, we are going to try and do it again this week.The kids and I did a little Easter egg dying experiment using mostly fruits and vegetables...I had not heard of dying Easter eggs using fruits and vegetables untilI came across a Better Homes and Garden article on how to make your own dye....I might be the only person that had not heard of this before : ) .....The kids and I decided to experiment with making our own dye this year.....We ended up loving how the eggs turned out.....We decided that we will be dying our eggs this way from now on....It was a lot funner then just using tablets and vinegar like we always have done in the past.We tried most of the recipes that were on the Better Homes and Garden's website....These lavender colored speckled eggs were a product of mixing grape juice and vinegar together.We left the eggs in the solution overnight.For some reason the eggs had a bubbly film over them in the morning, so the girls rinsed them offand this is what we ended up with.We all loved how these turned even if it was by accident.....A few of the foods we used to create some of our favorite colors....Red Cabbage, Boiling Water, & Vinegar ~ Robin's Egg BlueBlueberries & Water ~ Bluish-Gray EggsTumeric, Boiling Water, and Vinegar~ Mustard Yellow EggsBrewed Coffee ~ Golden Brown EggsBeets, Boiling Water, & Vinegar ~ Pale Pink EggsFor the recipes please visit Better Homes and Garden's website.....The k[...]



French Farmhouse Items in the Shop

2016-03-09T10:45:01.060-08:00

Hello, I hope you are all having a great week.I photographed my spring collection in our kitchen, however you can find more details about our kitchen on instagram. You can find me posting daily on Instagram, DreamyWhitesLifestyle is my username.I wanted to share a few images of the vintage French items we recently listed in our online shop.Vintage French Apple BasketVintage French Tian BowlVintage French Enamel PitchersVintage French BreadboardsVintage French Canning jarsVintage French canning jars with handmade strainersVintage French IronstoneCheese MoldsVintage French BasketsVintage French Cheese MoldsFrench Enamelware Vintage French Jam PotsVintage French Soap dishesVintage French Cheese SafeVintage French ScaleVintage French Fruit BasketIn case you missed it, I had updated my previous post to announce the winner of the giveaway and also announced the winner on instagram Congratulations Karen Hollman of Perfecting the Homefront.You can find me posting daily on Instagram, DreamyWhitesLifestyle is my username.[...]



French Farmhouse Christmas Collection and a $500.00 Dreamy Whites Gift Card Giveaway

2016-02-07T10:37:38.700-08:00

**** Update, the winner of the giveaway was Karen Rollman of Perfecting the Home Front ****I wanted to share a few images with you of our French Farmhouse Christmas Collection.Today we are giving away a 500.00 gift card to our online shop.You can read the details about the giveaway at the bottom of the page.One of my favorite ways to display a tree is in a crate.Here I placed the tree in a vintage French Champagne crate available in our shop.I filled the crate with ornaments I purchased years ago from AnthropologieThis year I decided to paint my floors white....I love how they turned out.  I painted them using Farrow and Ball's All White.The throw is from Modern Wool.A Vintage French Apple BasketVintage French Rolling PinsVintage French Zinc BucketVintage French TruggVintage French Enamelware Pitcher Vintage French Zinc BucketsVintage French Cheese SafeVintage French SledVintage Belgian Ski Poles Vintage French Zinc Barrel Vintage French CrateStockings made from Vintage French linensVintage French Bois TableVintage French CrateVintage French Bois TableVintage French Baking PanPillows made from vintage French linens.Vintage French Ironstone PlatesVintage French IronstoneWreath is from Wintersteen FarmsI went to the stables to shoot Wintersteen Farms wreaths and garland.To enter the 500.00 Dreamy Whites Online Gift card Giveaway you must leave a comment.IF you would like to have more chances to win you can post the giveaway to any of your social media sites such as Facebook, instagram, pinterest.You must leave a comment for each time you share the giveaway.The giveaway will end December 20th at midnight.In between blog posts you can always find me posting on instagram,my username is DreamyWhitesLifestyleGiveaway CLOSED**** Update, the winner of the giveaway was Karen Rollman of Perfecting the Home Front ****[...]



French Inspired Bathroom Remodel, Carrera Marble Subway Tile, Hex Tile, and a French Stone Sink

2015-03-03T07:00:09.379-08:00

We recently remodeled our bathroom and I thought I would share a few images with you.I have been sharing the entire renovation of the bathroom on my instagram, DreamyWhitesLifestyleMy husband and I remodeled it ourselves and had a lot of fun working on it together.We installed carrera marble subway tile four feet up on the walls and carrera marble hex tile for the floor.  We then put the original wood planks that we discovered under the drywall back on the walls.We first planed the planks and added tongue and groove joints to each board.For the ceiling we used the original wood floors we found under layers of carpet, linoleum, and carpet. My husband turned the boards into bead board by adding a groove down the center of each board.The vintage French door still needs to be hung on a barn door sliding track.The faucet is a Rohl Faucet.The sink is an antique French stone sink.When I was in France a year and a half ago, I fell in love with my friend Terry's (Antiques from France) stone sink that was in her house in France.An image of the bathroom Before I will be sharing more pictures of the bathroom soon.You can see more before and after images on instagram at DreamyWhitesLifestyle.Hope you all have a great day!Take Care,Maria [...]



French Farmhouse Christmas Collection 2014 & Wintersteen Farms Wreath Giveaway

2014-12-06T07:00:00.262-08:00

Hello!I wanted to share a few images of our French Farmhouse Christmas Collection.We listed a few new items in our shop on November 17th.We are also giving away a Dutch Sled, four stockings,  pair of vintage Belgian ski poles, a vintage French linen mongrammed pillow, and a Wintersteen Farms Wreath.So be sure and read more about the giveaway at the bottom of the page.This is a wreath I purchased in the fall and added some quince to the wreath.A vintage Dutch SledVintage French CratesVintage French coat rackVintage French StonewareVintage French TruggVintage French CrateVintage French Canning JarVintage French Watering CanVintage French TrunksVintage Dutch SledA Vintage Dutch sled we painted Farrow and Ball Manor House Gray.Vintage Dutch Ice SkatesVintage Dutch SledVintage French Ticking PillowsVintage French Ironstone TureenVintage French Cafe au lait BowlsVintage French BakewareFill with spools of ribbon for the holidays or fill with baked goods and give to friends and family as a gift.Vintage French Ice Cream Molds that have been converted into bellsVintage French Tart PansThese are great for filling with baked goods and giving away as gifts for the holidays.*********************************************We are giving away........A pair of vintage Belgian ski poles.You can use them as decoration by propping them up against the wall or you can hang them on the wall to display your stockings on.....This is an image from Christmas Day last year : )The winner of the giveaway will receive four stockings.The winner will get to choose from stockings we have available in our shop.The winner will also receive this vintage Dutch sled.The winner will receive one Wintersteen Farms wreath. I love Wintersteen Farms wreaths.Their wreaths are a favorite gift to give family and friends during the holidays.Their wreaths are hand crafted and packaged with care.Their wreaths are overflowing with Fragrant Noble fir, blue berried juniper, and cedar, topped off with ponderosa pine cones.Wintersteen Farms wreaths are made to order, to ensure your wreath will be long lasting....You can visit Wintersteen Farms to read more about their wreaths.The winner will also receive a pillow made from a vintage French linen monogrammed sheet.We have a variety of linen sheets please let us select one for you.The pillow slip is 20" x 20".We will soon be listing a few of these monogrammed pillow slips in our shop as well.French Farmhouse Christmas Collection and Wintersteen Farms Wreath GiveawayThere will be one winner, the winner is chosen by random.org.Giveaway Ends December 10th 11:00 P.M. PSTThe winner will receive1. one Wintersteen Farms Wreath2. a vintage red Dutch sled3. four stockings (you get to choose from our collection in our shop)4. a pair of Belgian ski poles5. a 20"x 20" monogrammed linen pillow (we have a small selection of monogrammed pillows and we will select one for you)1. To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment stating what your favorite tradition is to do during the holidays.If you are leaving an anonymous comment please make sure you leave an email so we can contact you.2. for additional entries you can share the giveaway on any of your social media accountspinterest, instagram, twitter, etc.please leave a comment for each time you share.to receive an additional entry you must leave a comment for each time you share the giveaway[...]



Happy Thanksgiving, French Bulldogs, Modern Wool, French Inspired Autumn Table

2014-11-28T07:16:10.461-08:00

Happy Thanksgiving!I hope you are all enjoying your time this week with your loved ones.Since we moved back in March I have found it a little difficult to make time for blogging.....I really am hoping to start posting again on the blog, howeveryou can find me posting regularly on instagram, my username is DreamyWhitesLifestyle.We have been busy renovating our home this last year and I plan on posting some before and after pictures on the blog in the future.  We recently completed renovating what was called the parlor in our 100 year old house.We were pleasantly surprised to find wood planks behind all the dry wall.My husband removed the planks and planed all the wood and added tongue and groove joints to all the planks.  We painted the walls in here Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball .... I will share some before and after pictures on the blog in the near future.For now I will share a few images I recently shot of my daughter's french bulldogs she raises in the parlor we recently renovated.An image of the litter of Frenchies together....Our newfoundland walked into the room.....She is the only one would could get their attention.My daughter Nicole also has an instagram where she shares images of her frenchies....FarmhouseFrenchiesYou can also contact Nicole at Farmhousefrenchies@yahoo.comNicole will be starting college this January and plans to become a small animal vet....**********************************************I wanted to share with you where I purchased the wool throw that I wrapped around the tree......It is a beautiful wool throw from Modern WoolModern Wool uses French Merino Wool grown in Colorado to make her products.The throws are hand knitted in California.I discovered Modern Wool on Instagram and fell in love with her beautiful throws.I knew I wanted to wrap the throw around the tree and use it as a tree skirt.Modern Wool has offered to give you a 20% discount on any of their products from now through December.  You just enter White December when checking out.MODERN WOOL***************************************A French inspired Autumn TableI thought I would share a few images of my French Inspired Autumn table since tomorrow is Thanksgiving.....I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for taking the time to stop by.I recently listed our French Farmhouse Christmas Collection in our Online Shop.I will be back next week to share a few images of our French Farmhouse Christmas collection.I will also be teaming up withWintersteen Farms for a giveaway.[...]



We Moved, Lilacs, French Bulldogs

2014-04-26T20:46:35.242-07:00

Hello!I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.I haven't had much of a chance to blog lately....We recently moved and life has been a little crazy for us the past couple of months.We only moved fifteen minutes away.We bought our first house : )We believe it to be at least a hundred years old.We are currently in the process of renovating it : )I will start sharing pictures on my blog as soon as we have internet hooked up : )I have been posting pictures on instagram.....Dreamy Whites LifestyleThis is a picture of the garage....I fell in love with the garage the moment I saw it....I painted the shutters Farrow & Ball's  Manor House Gray.....I am going to turn it into a work studio....An image of a vintage French trugg that I will be listing in the shop....***********************************Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers.....Bleu was quite curious when I brought these into the house....She couldn't stop smelling them : )****************************The front door to our house is a dark green color....I plan to paint the door a dark gray color....The steps are a bright red color.....I plan to paint them gray also.....What color would you paint the doors and steps?******************************I also wanted to share a few pictures of our French Bulldogs.......Ella when she was just eight weeks old checking out her reflection in the mirror for the first time.....An image of my daughter's litter of French bulldogs she has available.You can email Nicole, my daughter if you are interested in a French Bulldog Puppy...farmhousefrenchies@yahoo.comHope you all have a wonderful weekend!Take Care,Maria Instagram~Dreamy Whites LifestyleFacebook~Dreamy WhitesShop~ DreamyWhites.Com[...]



Vintage Belgian Sleigh Bells, A Vintage Gray French Trunk, Bleu the French Bulldog, and a Winner

2013-12-11T09:28:21.812-08:00

Hello!I hope you are all enjoying your week.....I'll be adding a few more products to the shop on December 15th.One of the items I will be adding is this vintage French gray trunk.....It is a trunk that would work well in a bedroom or in a entryway.....I thought it would be fun to show a way to use it during the holidays.....I was recently in Oklahoma at a horse show, and came back feeling inspired by all the beautiful horses I got to be around all day for a week.....I have fallen in love with these vintage Belgian sleigh bells.....The sound they make is so unbelievably beautiful.....And I can only imagine how beautiful the horses were that they were once used on....I don't think they will make it in the shop this season : )I love to get two uses out of my boots.....I love to wear them daily and I love accessorizing my house with them as well : ).....Hang your favorite scarf from a ladder to add a little color to the room.....I placed the small silver tip tree that is adorned with ornaments I purchased from Anthropologie in a a vintage French jam pot that is filled with water.....I wanted to answer your questions on how to stabilize the tree in the pot....The base of the tree is not very long, the bottom branches of the tree rest on the pot, and that is what stabilizes the tree in the pot...*******************************************I wanted to share a few pictures of our French Bulldog named Bleu......She is the sweetest little Frenchie....She likes to stand like she is bigger then she rest of the dogs......There might be more then a few pictures of Bleu in this post....Bleu at just eight weeks old....Bleu and her siblings at five weeks old.Bleu is the puppy on the far left.                                        I photographed the litter of puppies for our breeder, Jenn Gilliam, who can be reached at 559-310-2014....We also raise French bulldogs and are hoping to have another litter of puppies available this spring.BleuBleu's brothers....Bleu's brother singing for us.....I will be sharing lots more pictures of Bleu in the near future....**************************************Thank you to everyone who entered and helped spread the word about our Wintersteen Farms Wreath and 500.00 gift card giveaway.....The winner of the giveaway isTracie of Fishtail Cottage who also has a sweet etsy shop......Congratulations Tracie!Thank you Wintersteen Farms for giving away one of your beautiful wreaths.***********************************I also wanted to share a link to a beautiful holiday e-zine that was produced and photographed by Meg Sandu.....Thank you Meg for featuring our grain sack stockings and the Wintersteen Farms wreath in your ezine.Hope you have a great week!Take Care,Maria Dreamy Whites ShopFacebook[...]



$500.00 French Farmhouse Christmas Gift Card Giveaway, Wintersteen Farms Wreaths, Silver Tipped Christmas Trees, Anthropologie Ornaments

2013-12-02T05:00:06.540-08:00

Hello!I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving day yesterday.....Today we will be giving away a $500.00 gift card to my online shop along with a Wintersteen Farms Wreath.....My cousin Jeff and his wife Kelly own Wintersteen Farms.....Wintersteen Farms is a 36 acre noble and douglas tree farm located in Eagle Creek, Oregon....The entire process of creating, decorating, and shipping each wreath is performed at Wintersteen Farms.... Their wreaths are honestly one of my favorite gifts to give during the holidays....The giveaway details will be at the end of this post....Our favorite Christmas trees to use during the holidays are the Silver Tipped Christmas trees....We purchase our silver tipped trees from  Sierra Magnifica Trees..... This year I fell in love with Anthropologie's candy striped ornaments and used them to adorn the trees in some of the product pictures.I thought I would share a few images of items we added to our French Farmhouse Christmas section on November 20th along with a few simple Christmas decorating ideas..... Some of the items are currently out of stock,  however we are currently working on restocking the shop and hope to have some new items available around December 15th.A vintage French crate filled with a silver tip tree.....Ella modeling her Billy Wolf NYC jacket on a vintage French crate.....I discovered these dog jackets on pinterest this fall, and I can't tell you how much we love these adorable jackets....We also have stockings made from vintage European grain sacks......Another vintage French crate filled with a silver tip tree.....I found the plaid material in Bordeaux this fall....I fell in love with this material.It really was the inspiration behind my French Farmhouse Christmas displays for my product pictures this year.I also brought the breadboards home from France as well....I found this beautiful pot at a market in Villeneuve les Avignon along with the collar that Ella is wearing.... It even has a little bell attached to it....I thought it would be fun to turn a breadboard into an advent calendar....We put 24 nails into the breadboard in the shape of a tree and then hung the ornaments from the nails.... We also stamped numbers onto tags and hung the tags behind the ornaments....The idea is the kids hang one ornament on the tree each day starting December 1st....This season I have become obsessed with vintage French ticking and plaid fabrics....I purchased the ticking last year and wrapped it around the base of our Christmas tree....It only took me a year to get brave enough to cut into it.....The basket the silver tipped tree is in is from Europe and are used in gardens.....We typically use these baskets around our house to store shoes in....They also make great laundry baskets......We have a limited supply of these available in the shop.......Vintage French Sleigh Bells.....My mom used to hang sleigh bells on the door every Christmas season....These bells bring back so many childhood memories for me....I have  a few more bells to photograph and will add those to the shop on the 15th....We have stockings made from vintage French linen and French ticking......I strung Anthropologie ornaments around the top of this vintage French armoire using our nautical twine......I got the idea from one of my favorite images that I found on Better Homes and Gardens website......We finally have more strawberry crates in stock.....Fill a crate with some vintage kitchen items and give to the chef in the family.....One of my favorite gifts to give is this 100% Raw-Real Varietal Honey.....Pillows made from vintage French ticking.....We have dog beds we made from vintage European grain sacks that will go well with your holiday decor.Ella seems to love her dog bed and Billy Wolf jack[...]



French Farmhouse Christmas, Simple Christmas Decorating, and a Container Sale at Sue's Barn

2013-11-16T11:58:03.541-08:00

Hello!I just wanted to write a quick post this morning....I have been working on photographing our French Farmhouse Christmas items for the shop....Our items will be available November 20th.I love these vintage French chocolate jars that we will be adding to the shop....I put vintage inspired deer candles in the jars along with a sprig of manzanita and usedthem as a holiday centerpiece.  I lined the table with three jars, pine, and manzanita....It's an easy way to make a fun centerpiece for the holidays....I will also have some vintage French grain sack runners available....An easy way to dress up your chairs for the holidays is just make two small bouquets with greenery....We wrapped the greenery around the chairs with florist wire...Then covered up our wire with a bow...We made our ribbon by cutting two inch strips of our favorite plaid fabric I found in France....Our new items will be available November 20th after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard time.I just recently found these vintage bistro chairs from Belgium at Marina's container salethat is being held this weekend at Sue's Barn....Marina brings over the best antiques from France and Belgium....The sale is today November 16th and tomorrow November 17th...10:00 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m.The address is 12607 E Highway 120 Manteca, CA.Marina's phone number is 209-327-9440...I hope you all have a great weekend!Take Care,MariaFacebookDreamy Whites Shop[...]



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2013-10-11T14:18:30.934-07:00

Hello!I hope you are all enjoying your week....I recently took a trip to France.I have so many pictures to go through.I brought back as many wonderful treasures as I could for the shop.I have been posting a few pictures to facebook that I took with my cell phone.It seems to be the easiest way for me to share pictures these days.The above image I snapped with my cell phone of the view from my hotel room in Villeneuve les Avignon.  I was attending a market with my friend, Terry Littman of Antiques from France.Terry hosts tours of France every year.....I will tell you more about Terry and share more about my trip in my next post...Today I have a special guest post from the beautiful and talented Anne Marie of Nada Farm.Anne Marie is here to tell you about a fun Holiday e-coursethat is she is apart of.... challenges surround us daily...from what to make for dinner to getting the laundry done...and if we stop and slow down for just even one whole minute and listen to what surrounds us we notice so very much...at this time of the year...in the autumn...as the leaves are changing and our lives become even busier with activities and the holidays approaching...it is easy to succumb to the busyness and hectic schedule and then before you know it, the holidays are past and all you did was bake some cookies and decorate the tree, when what you really wanted to do was so much more...I knowMy husband and I just had our seventh baby...but I am not running around or frantic the holidays are approaching our newest addition to our "Na-Da Farm Family".....baby Gemma Grace{what if you did it different this year }what if you made it special.......unique.........yours  Making your home uniquely yours...is why I was so happy to participate in Jeanne Oliver's new e-course....it not only inspires, but it is like a terrific magazine that has come to life!You get to know the women (including myself) and watch videos on creating a 'Creatively Made Home' ... for the holidays!we've opened up our homes and hearts sharing projects + recipes + decorating ideas + tutorials + stories + so much moreI hope you all can join us for this e-course... xo + inspirational blessings, Anne Marie Klaske of Na-Da Farm LifeWHAT IS INCLUDED::Each week you will have amazing truthful videos from the nine teachersThere will be 30+ project videos. These will be incredible videos that include everything from cooking, gift giving and decoratingTons of beautiful house photos from each of the nine womenSupply lists and PDFs for each projectA digital recipe book of the recipes shared in this courseYou will have access for one full yearThe e-course will launch October 15thAnne Marie is giving away two spots to the course. To enter, simply leave a comment and I will randomly draw the winners next Friday (10/11). If you pay for the course and then win, you can give your spot as a gift to someone else!I will be attending the course and would love to see you in the course too![...]



Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and an Online Auction for a Friend

2013-09-09T16:34:33.841-07:00

Hello!This last month I have been working on photographing Miss Mustard Seed's beautiful Milk Paint colors......I have fallen in love with the colors.....One of my favorite colors is French Enamel.....I had an old French zinc pitcher that I decided to paint using the French Enamel color.....French Enamel is very close to the same color as my mirror I have in my entryway.....My mirror has the original paint color so I haven't ever been able to tell anyone a paint color as I often get asked what color of paint was used on this particular mirror....I now have a paint color I can recommend......Miss Mustard Seed's French Enamel Milk PaintI wanted to put a room together using as many of the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors as I could....One of my favorite things about decorating with white is adding pops of color to a room, and Miss Mustard Seed has such beautiful colors that will help liven up any room...In this room I used six pieces that I had painted using the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.The door is painted Grain Sack....The zinc pitcher is painted French Enamel...The crate is painted Linen.I painted the bistro chairs Mustard Seed Yellow, Kitchen Scale, and Luckett's Green...I LOVE the packaging!  In the above image the pitcher is painted French Enamel, the door is painted Grain Sack, and the jar is painted Ironstone....My friend Aimee who has a shop called the Antique Gardener let me borrow her beautiful kitchen scale for a few product shots..... I will share more pictures of  Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the future.....**********************************Becky Hanson, a good friend of ours, had a rare spinal tumor removed and was recently diagnosed with having a grade 4 glioblastoma tumor...... Becky and her husband Dave are both well respected horse trainers in our community.....Mike and Barbi Boyle have put together a silent auction that is being held at the High Roller Classic in Vegas this week.  The auction will be open until Friday night during the dinner on September 13th.The auction is also available online....You don't have to be in Vegas at the horse show to bid on the items....I donated a 20" x 40" canvas of an image I shot on the ranch....I printed the image using Richard Photo Lab....It is available to be bid on online, and also available at the auction....There are so many wonderful items to bid on, if you would like to check out the auction you can visit  site here......All proceeds will go directly to the Hanson family to help with all the expenses they have incurred over the past three months.There also has been an online site set up for donations......You can read more about Becky's story on a page that was set up for Becky on facebook....Becky's Little Tumor Adventure as Becky calls it.....Becky has been such an inspiration to me and so many others, and is really one of the most courageous women I know.....Keep fighting Becky!Thank you for taking the time to stop by!Take Care,Maria Dreamy Whites ShopDreamy Whites Facebook[...]



T. Waterbury Wrap Bracelets, Brooklyn Cruiser, Vintage French Bike Basket, Vintage French Breadboards, Anthropologie India Sun Hat, Tartine Bakery

2013-07-08T13:20:59.612-07:00

Hello!I hope you are all enjoying your week.....I recently have been working on photographing some French Farmhouse finds I purchased for the shop as well as photographing a few lifestyle images for Teresa Waterbury's wrap bracelet line, T. Waterbury....I found this vintage French bike basket awhile ago and have been holding onto it as I have been looking for a vintage bike to photograph it on for the shop.... It ended up fitting perfectly on my daughter's Brooklyn Cruiser....I will be listing the bike basket in the shop this week along with some other fun items....I also wanted to share with you where my daughter's hat came from....It is the India Sun Hat from Anthropologie....One of the reasons we love it is because it has a built in wire around the brim of the hat.....Nicole is also wearing the  T. Waterbury Sunset Wrap bracelet.....***************************The T. Waterbury wrap bracelets are now available in my shop.....Teresa Waterbury hand makes all of the bracelets using natural stones and genuine leather...Teresa is also my sister who lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Damian and eight boys.....I had so much fun shooting the lifestyle images for the bracelets....The Polynesia Wrap bracelet is one of my favorites....I will be sharing a full feature of the bracelets in the near future.....You can find all the bracelets in my shop here.....**********************************On a final note.....The girls and I recently made a trip to San Francisco and we got to stop in at the Tartine Bakery for the first time.....The loaves of bread were still warm when we purchased them.....We managed not to devour the bread on our three hour drive home.....I managed to take a picture of their bread on an antique French bread board I recently found.... I was lucky and found a few of these french bread boards for the shop and will also be listing them in the shop soon....I will announce on facebook when the items will be available in the shop....I will give one days notice prior to listing the items.....Hope you all have a great week!Take Care, Maria FacebookDreamy Whites Shop[...]



A Vintage French Watercolor, Senior Portraits, A Jersey Cow Named Annabelle, An Auction for the Children in Africa

2013-06-14T09:59:39.193-07:00

Hello!I scored this vintage French watercolor for a few dollars a couple of years ago.....It sat in a drawer, until this last year,I decided to hang it from my vintage French barn door....The door that can't seem to find a permanent spot in my home : )I used our dutch Nautical twine and a vintage French clothespin to hang the painting.....I just tucked the twine behind the door.....An easy way to hang paintings from doors without putting a hole in your door......I decided this might make a great area to take a few portraits of the kids....*************************************************************I recently shot a few senior portraits of my daughter, Nicole....We have lived on this ranch for almost 10 years, and the kids have spent many summers swimming in the ponds on the ranch..... Time goes by way too fast!I thought it was fun to capture Nicole in a location that holds a lot of childhood memories.....We have an equestrian inspired shoot that we are working on at the moment : ).  We are hoping it turns out like we have planned....*********************************************I also wanted to share a picture of our little Annabelle....A jersey cow that we will soon be milking....Our boss generously allows us to run so many cows on his ranch....I was so excited to add a jersey cow to our small herd....She is so beautiful.....We purchased her from Ryan and Amber Dias.....The Dias family is the sweetest family that has the most beautiful herd of Jersey Cows.....They gave us a tour of their dairy, we were all in Jersey Cow heaven....I will be sharing lots more images with you of Annabelle in the future : )******************************************On a final note....Kimberly Taylor is holding an online auction Monday June 17 at 8 a.m. PST and will run until June 19th at 6 pm PST on her website Kimberly Taylor Images to raise money to help benefit children in Africa....Kimberly's Mom, Barb has built a home for children in Africa and is doing amazing things for these children.....You can visit Barb's blog Jaaja Barb's Home of Angels and read more about this amazing woman and what she is doing for these children......The online auction will help raise money for supplies they need to purchase for their home they have built in Africa....Here are a few items that you will be able to bid on.....One of my blue striped grain sack dog beds : ) A beautiful Jeanne Oliver handbag......Beautiful cuffs.....This is just a sampling of what you will find listed in the online auction.....*******************************************Hope you all have a great weekend!Take Care,Maria Facebook Dreamy Whites Shop [...]



Hungarian Zinc Tubs, Hydrangeas, Good Housekeeping, a Favorite Cookbook

2013-05-31T21:41:39.827-07:00

Hello!I wanted to share a few images of these vintage Hungarian zinc tubs I recently listed in the shop......They are great for bringing inside or would be fun to use as a planter box outdoors.....Here I filled the tubs with hydrangeas from my garden.....I will be listing a slightly larger size then the one shown in the picture.....*******************************************I thought I would also share a few images of my hydrangeas I planted over six years ago..... They have grown larger then I had expected them to grow : )......I do not prune them and we only use compost for fertilizer....We have to water every day during the hot summer months.....I planted them on the side of the house that gets morning sun.....However the outer layer of blooms gets  sun until 1:00 p.m.... Ideally they shouldn't get sun after 11:00 a.m. Unfortunately the outer layer of blooms eventually get burned from the sun during the hot summer months.I actually leave the burned heads attached because the inside layers of blooms are then protected from the sun and I have plenty of blooms up until the middle of fall.....If you want to learn more about growing hydrangeas a great site to check out is hydrangeas hydrangeas......****************************************I have a major cookbook obsession.....As you can see my cupboard is overflowing with cookbooks ; )....I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite cookbooks with you when I post.I recently bought Gwyneth Paltrow's book It's All Good when I was in GA visiting my sister and I haven't been able to put it down since buying it..... I have been trying hard to make lifestyle changes in the way we eat around here, and this book has been a big inspiration in helping accomplish that goal.....The images are so beautiful in the book and I love that Gwyneth Paltrow writes a little story with each recipe.....******************************************I recently had an inspiring get together with the incredibly talented and creative Yasmine McGrane of Maison Reve at her Victorian farmhouse in Sausalito, CA.....Yasmine will be a vendor at the Remnants of the Past show this weekend....Yasmine is working on developing a vintage product line for Maison Reve that will inspire others to live a simple and more enjoyable life.....You will be able to find out more about her vintage line at the show.....Yasmine will be in booth 54-55......******************************************My sister, Teresa Waterbury, makes wrap bracelets using genuine stones and leather.....I have talked her into letting me sell her beautiful bracelets in my shop......Here is a peek at a few lifestyle images I recently shot....The above image I shot of my beautiful niece Bernadette, while we were in Charleston, SC......I will share more images with you in the near future....I will be listing the bracelets in next couple of weeks....************************************************On a final note.....I wanted to say thank you to Good Housekeeping for featuring our home in the House Proud section!We are featured in the June issue that is out on stands now.....Hope you all have a great weekend!We are going to try and make a trip down to the Remnants of the Past show this weekend.....Hope to see you there!Take Care,Maria Dreamy Whites ShopFacebook[...]



French Farmhouse Finds, The Chateau Sonoma French Flea Market, and a Food Photography & Styling Workshop in Atlanta with Helene Dujardin, Mindi Shapiro, & Tami Hardeman

2013-05-07T07:54:59.659-07:00

Hello!I hope you are all enjoying your week.A couple of weeks ago I listed some French Farmhouse Finds in my shop.....I thought I would share a few images of the items I listed......One of my favorite finds is this French Grape Harvest Basket.....I love the patina.I filled it with flowering dogwood branches, I only wished they had lasted longer.....I also added to the shop a few of my favorite vintage French enamelware pitchers......On a side note....This is also an area I recently set up to use as a desk.....I used to work on my computer in this little room where I felt isolated from everyone....I now feel more connected with everyone while working on my computer : )A European bread board.......Vintage French Watering Cans....Vintage French Harvest Baskets.....I will also be bringing some French Farmhouse finds to the Chateau Sonoma French Flea Market this month.....The French Flea Market is being held at the Chateau Sonoma in Sonoma, CA.....May 18th- 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.May 19th - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.You can visit the Chateau Sonoma's website to read more about it.....This is an image of my space at the show last year......This is such a fun show.....There are so many wonderful French importers that come to this show.....Hope to see you there....*****************************************************I recently attended a food photography & styling workshop in Atlanta.Helene Dujardin, Mindi Shapiro, and Tami Hardeman were our instructors.This is an image I shot with my cell phone of my salad I styled at the workshop...... This image was shot with my camera.....The salad was my favorite food that we styled and photographed at the workshop.....Food Stylist Tami Hardeman demonstrating how to make pretty ruffles with yourturkey lunch meat.....Prop stylist Mindi Shapiro working her magic by adding a few props to the scene....Food Photographer Helene Dujardin setting up her camera to get the perfect shot of the sandwich...I found out about the workshop through Helene's blog, Tartlette, which is one of my favorite food blogs.....Helene is also the author of the book Plate to Pixel, a book about digital food photography.....My sister also lives in Atlanta and my other sister lives in LA, after the workshop was over weall went to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA for three days.....I have lots of pictures to share with you of our trip.....So much fun!****************************************On a final note.....I wanted to share with you some information about a local barn sale that is taking place this week.....My friend, Marina Gheist is having a sale at Sue's Barn......Marina imports beautiful vintage items from France, Holland, & Belgium.....The sale starts May 9th....and ends May 12th.....May 9th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.Friday 10th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Saturday 11th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Sunday 12th 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.The address is~12607 E. Hwy 120 Manteca, CA The above image I shot at Sue's spring sale.....Hope you all have a great week!Take Care,Maria [...]



The Story Behind the Mason Jar Chandelier

2013-02-25T09:39:40.333-08:00

Hello!It's been awhile since I posted on my blog.....Today I thought I would share a few images of a mason jar chandelier we recently hung in our home and a little history behind the mason jar chandelier.I bought it last January when Yasmine closed her physical shop, Maison Reve in Mill Valley.....It only took us a little over a year to get it hung....It is something I wanted to purchase from Maison Reve a little over 3 1/2 years ago when I first saw it in the shop.... I couldn't resist last January when they were marked half off and there were only two left....Back in 2009 my Mom and I went to a Rachel Ashwell book signing at Maison Reve....(It was a special day spent with my Mom that I will never forget.)Yasmine had these mason jar chandeliers hung in her shop, and my Mom and I fell in love with them.Lisa Boone of Atelier Joya designed these for a wedding that was held in Napa Valley back in 2009.....I see this wedding pinned all over pinterest all the time.  If you would like to see images of the wedding these were used in, you can visit Atelier Joya's website....I love that the chandelier has a story behind it even though it isn't considered vintage yet : ).....One of the many reasons I love vintage items is I always wonder what the history is behind each particular piece....Here is a picture of Maison Reve that I posted to my blog three years ago.....You can see my post about Maison Reve here......Yasmine no longer has a physical shop however you can still shop her beautiful shop online.....Maison ReveOn another note.....I haven't had much time to post on my blog the past couple of months.....However I have been posting on instagram.....It's an easy way to share what is going on in my life by snapping a cell phone picture and sharing on instagram.... You can find me under dreamywhites or you can view my feed online here....I have lots I want to share on my blog now I just need to make time to write a few posts....Hope you all have a great week!Take Care,Maria Dreamy Whites ShopFacebookInstagram[...]



Happy New Year and New England Love

2013-01-12T10:30:55.728-08:00

Hello!I just wanted to write a quick note and tell everyone Happy New Year.....I recently was lucky enough to get to make a trip to New Hampshire to visit my sister and her beautiful family.....My sister has 8 boys....We had so much fun together and had a few fun photo sessions together.....I haven't ever been to New Hampshire before and I have to tell you I fell in love with New Hampshire while I was there....I will be sharing more images in the near future....************************************************On another note.....My friend Melaine of the blog My Sweet Savannah had to start another blog due to technical difficulties......You won't be able to follow Melaine on her regular blog My Sweet Savannah anymore.....You can now find Melaine at My Sweet Savannah Blog.....Melaine was one of the first bloggers to feature my blog on her website.....I will forever be grateful for all of the encouragement she gave me when I first started blogging.If you feel inclined to share a link to Melaine's new blog on one of your social networking sites, I know Melaine would be grateful for your help.....My Sweet Savannah Blog************************************************On a final note, I have had a lot of emails inquiring about the blanket my son Austin is wrapped up in.....The blanket was a gift from my sister in law....She bought it from a Super Walmart in Montana....The brand of the blanket is a Better Homes and Gardens brand that Walmart carries.Unfortunately I haven't had any luck locating any more of these blankets.....Hope you all have a great weekend!I will be restocking the shop this next week.Take Care,Maria Dreamy Whites ShopFacebookInstagram (dreamywhites)[...]



Christmas Morning, A Peppermint Wreath How To, Taking a Holiday Break

2012-12-27T04:42:29.131-08:00

Hello!I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!I just wanted to share a few images from our Christmas morning......We stayed home and spent the day together as a family.....I was able to snap a few pictures before the madness began on Christmas morning.....Once again we weren't able to get the tree decorated before Christmas.....We got our tree from a tree farm along Apple Hill a few days before Christmas....It is a Silvertipped Fir Christmas tree....(The vintage ski poles are from Belgium)This year for wrapping paper we used Martha Stewart Packing Paper from Staples.....We used a massive amount of MT Masking Tape : ).....My favorite color of tape is the red and white designs.....The girls wrapped most of the gifts this year and decided to stamp snowflakes onto the wrapping paper on some of the packages.....We made gift tags using the image of Lili on the sled.....The gifts were wrapped with Dutch butcher twine and then we added some fresh fir to the packages.....I thought my son looked so cute wrapped up in his blanket he had just opened from his Aunt Nancy..... It is the cutest blanket from the Better Homes and Garden line at Walmart....*****************************************************On another note.......Last year I had posted images of the peppermint wreath we made, and received a lot of questions about it, so I thought I would share a few more details with you on how to make the peppermint wreath......I had hoped to share this post with you before Christmas and unfortunately wasn't able to find the time to do so..... I think it would be fun to do for Valentine's Day as well......It is a really fun and an easy project to do with the kids......All you need is a styrofoam wreath form, hot glue gun, glue sticks, and peppermint candies....We got our wreath form at Michaels.....You can choose the size you think would work best.....Unwrap your candies......The kids love helping unwrap the candy : ).....Hot glue rows of peppermint candies around your wreath......Make sure you use a generous amount of glue on each candy......We then glue another row of peppermint candies around the wreath to cover the holes so you don't see the styrofoam.....I had the boys put on their newsboy caps for the pictures : )......I do not store my peppermint wreaths, we discard them and then make a new one the following year.....*******************************************On a final note.......I am taking some time off from shipping out packages in the shop starting today December 27th until January 15th.  You can still order items from our shop, just please note that your items will not ship until after January 15th.....I hope you all had a Blessed Christmas and I want to wish you all a Happy New Year.......Take Care, Maria Dreamy Whites ShopFacebookDreamywhites (instagram)[...]



Two Special Contributors, Migonis Home and Rusty Hinge

2012-12-24T08:20:01.554-08:00

Hello!I have two special contributors today......The first contributor is is Jen Migoni of the blog Migonis Home.I love Jen's blog and home, and was so excited when she said she would contribute a story for my blog.....Thank you Jen! I am sitting at this table all set up and our white large vintage lights lit beside me with a Christmas candle going... my son is sleeping. It feels like a calm, yet fun, Christmas so far. Last year I did a sophisticated natural take on Christmas and this year I decided to use our Restoration Hardware gorgeous blue ornaments, like I do every year, but with a fun twist. My son Drew will be two a few days after Christmas and I wanted to create a childlike atmosphere that he would adore.When Maria told me she loved my tablescapes I decided to do one in the bonnet blue and red scheme that I have running through our main floor this year. I found the large ornaments at the Dollar Store and spray painted them colors that coordinated with our Advent Calendar.I think I would find the color scheme too out there for Christmas if it wasn't balanced by a lot of greenery, and even though I love experimenting with fun decorating colors I find myself dreaming of another sophisticated, and calm, Christmas next year with varying tones of white.I made some hot chocolate, added a little peppermint flavoring with the candy cane, and used that to mount the red napkins (an inexpensive Marshalls find).Because every cup of hot chocolate should be topped with marshmallows I filled a little parfait glass with the mini version and then surrounded them with decorated sugar cookies (which I have unfortunately already eaten four of!Eeek!).My husband, AJ, and I just took a weekend away and went to New York City. While there we stopped into Anthropologie and fell in love with their large textured reindeer displays. I found these reindeer at Michaels and then spray painted them to match our decor (and will probably spray paint them white for next year's theme).I always think it's fun to see a set up from different angles so here are a couple for you...There you have it: a simple, brightly colored and child friendly tablescape! I'd love for you to stop by Migonis Home and introduce yourself... it would make my day! Thank you Jen!I hope you get  a chance to visit Jen's beautiful blog, Migonis Home!*******************************************************************My next contributor is Maria of the blog the Rusty Hinge.....Maria has a beautiful home and I love her inspirational blog.....Thank you Maria!Hello everyone!  My name is Maria from Rusty Hinge.  It is such a pleasure to be here guest posting at Dreamy Whites today!  Thank you, Maria, for inviting me back to share a project.  Your blog is such a treat and your creative talent in both photography and styling is impeccable.  You have an eye for re-purposing new life into the old and vintage (I love, love your grainsack dog beds and tree skirts!)  In doing so, you are such an inspiration to me and others!  I know we are smack in the middle of the Christmas season, so I shall be short and sweet with my post as I know all of you have presents to wrap, food to prepare, parties to run off to, and maybe some last minute shopping!  But first, may I show you my Favori French mosaic platter?   Several weeks ago, one of my Favori (meaning "favorite" in French) dishes was broken.  Around the same time, an antique English tr[...]



Vintage European Sleds and Miss Mustard Seed is in Petaluma Today

2012-12-11T11:13:58.330-08:00

Hello!I just wanted to write a quick post today....I recently found this vintage Dutch sled for the shop.....I thought they would be so cute to turn into a little hot chocolate bar during the holidays....They also can still be used for sledding...Lili is standing on a vintage french sled, we actually used this sled in the Better Homes and GardenChristmas story.... The kids' tree was displayed on it....This is an image of some of my most recent vintage french farmhouse finds....I will be listing all of these items in the shop soon.....On another note....I am headed to Petaluma with the girls to attend a book signing with Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed.... Marian is one of the first people I connected with when I first started blogging.She has been such an inspiration to me and I know she has been an inspiration to so many of you.It will be exciting to meet her in person.We are also attending one of Marian's DIY Holiday Decorating Workshops today.....It will be a fun day to remember.The book signing is held at Summer Cottage Antiques in Petaluma, CA from 5:30 to 7:30.Hope to see you there.Take Care,Maria Dreamy Whites ShopFacebookInstagram[...]



French Farmhouse Christmas Items in the Shop, Wintersteen Farms Wreaths, and a Container Sale

2012-12-06T12:36:50.545-08:00

Hello!Last week I listed a few of our handmade French Farmhouse Christmas items in our shop along with some vintage treasures last week...... I still have a lot of items to load to our site....The house has been rearranged one too many times this past month for product pictures.....I wanted to share a few images of some of the items you will find in our shop.....Advent Calendars made from vintage grain sacks.....We make these bags using grain sacks and then paint the numbers on the bags using Martha Stewart stencils....The girls and I had fun making the advent calendars......We used our dutch butcher twine to tie them to this vintage french orchard ladder.We have grain sack ribbon available.....Here we cut out the stripes of a grain sack and turn it into ribbon for making bows......It takes almost an entire grain sack to make the ribbon...We make gift bags out of the scraps of the grain sack....A set of 12 gift bags comes with the ribbon.My sister, Liz made this adorable pot cover that is made from a grain sack....We now have these available in our shop....This year I am crazy about these little Christmas trees......(I get my trees from The Antique Gardener.)I tried to find as many of these vintage french zinc wash buckets as I could.....I have a few of these available in our shop.....One of my favorite vintage french buckets that has found a new home....We made some gift bags from mangle cloth......A fun way to give a gift, put it in a bag made from vintage linens....My sister designed these tree skirts made from vintage European grain sacks.....Vintage French Wooden Spoons.....A Vintage French Wooden Caddyan enamelware canister filled with flax seed and candles............vintage knives and vintage french yellowwareI will be listing some of these vintage french trivets....I love these tin frames......My sister in law turned some antique ceiling tin tiles into frames....I have seen ornaments hung from old windows in the past, so I thought it would be a fun idea to do with an empty tin frame.......I will also be selling a few Christmas cards in the shop soon......I am hoping they will arrive in the next couple of days......A special thank you to Sara Duckett of Sadie Olive for designing the text on our cards, I love how they turned out.......Thank you Sara : )I will be posting updates on facebook when new items are listed in the shop over the next couple of weeks.******************************On another note....I recently received my Wintersteen Farms wreath in the mail......I have been getting my wreaths from Wintersteen Farms the past three years and love their wreaths.....Their wreaths are one of my favorite gifts to give during the holidays.....Wintersteen Farms is a 36 acre noble and douglas fir tree farm.The tree farm is owned and operated by Jeff and Kelly Kansla.  Jeff Kansla is my cousin.....The wreaths are hand crafted from start to finish.The material used to hand-craft their wreaths are cut daily to ensure freshness that will last throughout the season....My cousin Jeff Kansla and his wife Kelly are the owners of Wintersteen Farms....You can find out more about the Wintersteen Farms wreaths by visiting Wintersteen Farms..................*********************************************I recently shot a candy story for Souvenir Lifestyle Magazine........ I shared my three favorite recipes in the Souvenir Holiday issue......My sisters taught me how to make candy a[...]



Thank You Better Homes and Gardens....Florabella Actions

2012-11-24T22:34:30.562-08:00

Hello!I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!Today I wanted to say a special thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for featuring our home in their December issue that is out on newsstands now....Last April we had the honor of having Better Homes and Gardens come and shoot our home for their Christmas issue....I have loved Better Homes and Gardens for so many years and I have looked to Better Homes and Gardens for inspiration monthly.... The magazine has played a big part in helping me develop my own style throughout the years.....I never dreamed that our own home would be featured in the magazine....I was contacted by Janna Lufkin last December asking if we would be interested in having our home featured in the December 2012 issue of Better Homes and Gardens....JoAnna Linberg had to first submit pictures of our home to see if they would want to feature our home.I really didn't think we would be chosen for the feature....I was shocked after I got an email from JoAnna Linberg stating that our home had been chosen to be featured in the Christmas issue.....Panic set in and I began cleaning my home like crazy and basically repainted my house...... My sister began sewing fun projects that we hoped they would use in the story...... Such as the dog beds.... We were so excited that they loved the grain sack dog bed and used it in the story....They sent a very talented team of people out to our home for five days to get it "Christmas" ready for the shoot.Our story was produced by the talented Jessica Thomas.....I discovered that Jessica had produced and or styled some of my favorite stories from Better Homes and Gardens..... She was so fun to work with and made me feel at ease...You can visit Jessica Thomas's website to see more of Jessica's beautiful work....Leigh Noe was the stylist for our shoot....I fell in love with Leigh's beautiful styling and learned so much by watching her work her magic in our home..... You can see more of Leigh Noe's beautiful work by visiting her website.Ray Kachatorian was our amazing photographer...... Ray Kachatorian is such a talented photographer, I was so excited when I discovered he was the photographer coming to shoot our home.....My kids loved him and he made all of us feel at ease....You can see more of Ray's beautiful work by visiting his website.....It was a once in a lifetime experience and something our entire family will never forget.....Thank you Better Homes and Gardens!Thank you JoAnna Linberg, Jessica Thomas, Leigh Noe, Ray Kachatorian, and Janna Lufkin.Hope you get a chance to look at the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens.....***************************************I had stated before that I only use Florabella Actions.....Some of you wanted to know which actions I am currently using and what actions are my favorite.....I was using the Florabella Spring actions up until recently...The Florabella Collection released some new sets of actions and I love all three sets that I purchased.....Classic WorkflowColorplayFlorabella RetouchI love both the Classic Workflow and Colorplay sets.....I don't think you can go wrong with either set if you had to choose just one....The Florabella Retouch is a great set of actions designed to give your portraits a finished touch.There are instructional videos included with this set of actions and I found them very helpful, it made retouching an image very easy.....The above image is an unedit[...]