Sunday, March 20, 2011

Can't get her outta my Head!!! ;)

I wonder if I packed my home made Strawberry Scones in a suitcase to fly to Canada if they'd travel well? If they do, we're gonna make this when I GET to Claudie's!
mmmm.... The only thing sweeter than my scones are my spring posies getting ready to bloom in the weeks ahead.
Spring has a way of bringing new life, and I just love it! The Iris above is from 2010 ~ she resides on the side of my home and she is preparing to bloom again soon, and she's had lots of babies! I can't wait!!!

Another thing I can't wait for is my Canadian trip to my friend Claudie's! I just can't get her outta my head today! Probably because Saturday was her birthday, and "her b'day" just past about 14 minutes ago. Happy Birthday again Sweet Friend! ;) Claudie and I are like twins.

We're the same age, born only one week apart. Only she in Canada, and I here in the states~but fortunately we found our way to each other two+ years ago.

I'm excited about the trip to Canada and did more shopping today. Isn't that what we girls like to do when we're getting ready for a trip? Oh yes.... Okay, so here's what I've found so far..
This top above is so cool. It's one of those comfy tops that has multiple colors. You can blend it with so much, and it has a really neat fit to it.

Oh Claudie, I think we're gonna be...
in Montreal, right? I'm counting the days...
Now, you were wondering what this lane is called, I call it "Heaven's Lane". :) And you're right, the Bradford Pear blooms are even more gorgeous this year! I know Canada will have it's own breathtaking views just like this one here in Ga!
Oh yea, I'm going to be bringing my vintage white coat above with me on the trip just in case the evenings are chilly. I'm looking for some vintage or sparkly buttons to replace the ones on it. It's my spring and summer coat that belonged to my Grandmother many moons ago. Once I lose 10 more pounds, I'll be able to tie that little belt like it should be tied. ;)

Here's one of your cute cards that I taped in my cupboard, it always brings a smile when I go to grab a glass for my H2O for the day.
...back to the outfits. This little gem below is both a skirt and a strapless dress. I can wear the top folded down when I want it to be a skirt and pull it up when I need a quick little strapless black dress to wear under a jacket. I need "5" of these! Love it!
One of my favorite colors to wear is Aqua blue...and this little two piece set is silk and if you notice on the top of the hanger I've hung the necklace that I bought to go with it. This little set is so sweeeeet. The earrings I bought to go with it are silver flowers with a crystal in the center to match the aqua flower on the necklace. Only the earrings are much smaller. ;) Thank goodness, a girl could lose an ear with earrings that large.
These little pumps (from last summer) have exchangeable tops that helps them convert into multiple pair of shoes and they are great for everything. The belt is a total treat at only $1 last weekend when I went antiquing with a friend, and it's NEW.
Below is my favorite pastel yellow lace top of all time, found it at a local consignment shop two weeks ago. It has the best design and is so fresh and springy with these floral slacks.
...another look at these multi-colored slacks ~ also picked up at the consignment shop.
Below is another top that has the cutest design. It's a deeper shade of blue and it's so feminine. Notice the little ruffles all over the majority of it and the neckline? I picked this up from a friend selling some of her clothing. Fits like a glove...with enough comfy room to eat too! ;)
See how cute it looks with my interchangeable black shoes? And the pic below this one shows the back.
Next on the shopping spree I picked up this packable black and white hat that I'll be wearing with this jacket, among other things. I love this hat! It's so comfortable... The little white stitched jacket is priceless too! Notice how the little $1 black belt looks so cute with it?
She's stylin and profilin now... :)
I've washed out my "T's". The one on the left I picked up today. The one with the poodles was a Christmas gift from my daughter. I adore them both.
Now, don't be a hatin me, but I got these Chinese Auction red shoes (below) at Goodwill today in NEW condition for under $5. Every girl needs a splash of red in their wardrobe and these made the cut! The heel on the shoe is black and quite stylish. Thank you GW! :)
And the red shoes will go with this little red silk top that I bought from my girlfriend as well. And the tops I bought from my friend were only$5 each. ;)
There's something about wearing red. One year I was so crazy about red that I bought a red coat, and multiple red's been a while for me, so... now I have my red back again!
That's it for the fashion show today~ I'm still collecting little things here and there.

Claudie, I sure hope I can find the perfect little ~ "kinda big" suitcase to carry them all in soon. :)

Having so much fun getting ready to travel!

Ciao for now...
~CC Catherine

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Antique Mirror Makeover Serving Tray ~ And all for under $7

We all love a Makeover, don't we? I know I do!
I found this mirror at a tag/yard sale in CT years ago for $1 - it is a great antique with some missing pieces on the lovely sculpted deeper part of the frame. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with her...
As you can see by the close-up pics, the chips were definitely noticeable, but I had just the idea that would bring this Mirror up to her potential!
The condition of the Mirror itself was in perfect condition...
At one of my favorite antique stores, I found this genuine mink brooch/hair clip (yes, it does both) and decided she had to play a part in the Makeover. Doesn't every lady love a mink brooch?
Using a jeweled metal ponytail holder that had lost it's attachment through frequent use, this was the perfect piece to hot glue to the mirror so I could clip the minkie on, but also take it off when "I" wanted to wear it! This was my favorite part of the entire project...dual use for this luscious clip.
I'm a button and bauble bead collector - so I pulled my tray of goodies out and selected just the right ones that would bring this Mirror Lady to life. Many of the items in this location are not only buttons, but odd earrings that I no longer wear, but have great artistic interest.
A sneak peak at her on the bed after her Makeover was complete - you'll see in the front middle area that I've added a few pheasant feathers that helped to tie in with my hint of animal print that I have as accents in my Master Suite.
I decided to keep the entire stressed look, other than covering the areas that had badly chipped. This reminds me of us ladies that begin to mature, it's part of "who" she is, and it somewhat speaks of where she's come from...
I loved making the earring drape over the outside edge...again adding to her sweet presence and uniqueness.
Another great view...

The pic above allows you to see how the mink clip reflects in the mirror - unfortunately a little dust is showing in this pic that I missed dusting off first. Oh well, I have a bit of dust on me today too... ;)
And, here she is - in her full glory in her new room.
The wine colored pillow on my bed says "I believe in Angels" ~ a great thrift store find right before Christmas. I think this Mirror definitely had her own little Angel to bring her all the way from CT at a tag sale to my home here in GA to live like a Queen with all of her new Jewels & Mink. You can't really see from these pictures, but four smaller knobs are attached to the bottom of the mirror, as every woman needs shoes... Oui? I am on the search for some small crystal door knobs to replace these smaller ones eventually.

I have missed posting these past weeks, life continues to spin so fast...the harder I try to slow it down, the faster it gets. I'm sure many of you can relate!

Hoping to drop by and visit many of you this coming week! I miss you all so much when I'm absent. Happy Spring!
~CC Catherine