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February 29, 2008

Long Weekend and Weeding

This is how it's been looking at
~My Petite Maison~

It surely felt like Spring has sprung

Wild mustard and all!

There's a porch right outside just waiting to watch the
world go by and listen for our neighborhood troubadour~
we've been waiting for this for so long.

We're off for a relaxing l-o-n-g weekend~
our favorite pub (fish 'n chips), antique hunting
(one of my favorite places)

and just plain relaxing in general -
that is after a little bit (lots) of weeding.

Have a wonderful weekend (and happy Leap Year too!)
What are you doing this weekend?

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it
-Sydney J. Harris

Oooh, An Update, March 1st ~Please go see Siobhan at Vintage Mosaic Boutique
for her website (see below) reopening and be surprised ~Tres Magnifique!

One more update - Monday, March 3rd, Please check out Shannon's
Paint Mine Pink website, it just opened today (see below!)
YAY Shann!
- It's just lovely, Shannon's

got yummy good things there that are so very pretty!

Don't these beauties look lovely on my blog?
These ladies have great taste as you can tell.

Okay, back to my mini vacation
See you Tuesday!

xoxo, Tracie

February 26, 2008

Feeling Like a Princess

...And Who Would Not?

The lovelies below are from Nancy's new boutique,
Fete et Fleur Designs

Are they not pleasing to the eye of a Princess or Prince?

This princess certainly was overjoyed when they arrived ~

packaged oh so prettily! I was in such a hurry to get them placed...

~La Dauphine~

The coachmen have carried in the beautiful shoe,
I hope it fits
ah, just the right size for this princess!

What detail...



Thank you Nancy.
You constantly inspire me every time I visit your blog and design boutique.

Now I think I shall lift my lovely shoes upon my ottoman
partake of petit-fours, macaroons, bon-bons & champagne
and read this...

Happy Wednesday and Happy Week
May your week be as lovely as that of a French Princess!

xoxo, Tracie

February 25, 2008

Tuesday Sparkles

Happy Tuesday

Mindii and Shannon Sparkled me last week
Thank you ladies!

Here's Sparkles to:

Dona at Antekin

Dona made me feel I was the one on vacation last week following her
throughout her week of treasure hunting. I loved checking in to see where she had been that day and what treasure she'd brought home with her after the treasure hunt.
She had so much fun,
I think she forgot about everything else while out - so fun!

~ AND ~

Siobhan at Vintage Mosaic Boutique
Siobhan is busy getting her on-line store ready to re-open
and I've really enjoyed reading her posts and waiting in anticipation for her site to open. Siobhan has some lovely posts with beautiful pictures of her vacation as well, very lovely gardens she visited.

Hmm, I sense a theme here!

~ AND ~

Last, but not least

LeAnn at Pink Icing on the Cake
Isn't that a Darling Name? I've recently met LeAnn and enjoy her blog
and all of her adventures as well. I hope you'll go by and visit her
lovely home. She just found quite a few new treasures as well.

Happy day and Sparkles all around for everyone. Thank you for visiting!

People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within.

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

xoxo, Tracie

February 23, 2008

Peaceful Times

Dreams for Peace

Enjoy your dreams, loves, life
and each moment


February 21, 2008

Poetry in Motion (Bring back a Memory?)

A favorite poem from childhood.
From The Tall Book of Make Believe

Three thoughtful people made me feel this way today~
just in time for the weekend.

Gee, I still want hair like this, so many years later!

I love how you can scan things now and share them - Voila! A poem and picture. A book from my childhood to share, so much fun - just making me see the mermaid's face brings back so many great memories. Because of this book, this poem, we only had
Chicken of the Sea tuna at my house ~ Only mermaid tuna (and I didn't even eat tuna back then!) boy, did I have a patient Grandma!

Do you have a favorite poem, a favorite poet ~
or a favorite children's book from your childhood?

I'd love to hear from you...

and thank you Dona, Mindii and Shannon
for making my day turn around on a dime.

From Dona!

Aren't they precious?

From Mindii and Shannon!
I already snuck over to Shann's and found out
(Alan told me to Shann...)

Oooh, how she sparkles ~ that Shabby Darlin'
I was Double-Sparkled!

Like usual, I turn around and it's just waiting there for me

Believing in Angels,
but seeing none

he borrows their wings instead
And walks out to meet his
Saving Grace
at the end of the road

Happy Weekend!
xoxo, Tracie
or Tracie Rickman (for you Shann!)

Here you go Coll~ Start Your Weekend off With a Smile!
He wants to reside on your blog for a while!

February 20, 2008

We Almost Lost Our Hearts

~ In San Francisco ~
My daughter and I went on an extended drive
(not planned and a long, long way from our home)
Definitely not well navigated, but we laughed about it together ~
and that's what counts, right?
Now, this is longer than usual ~ so please prepare
for a history lesson, if time permits!

We drove on the Grand Highway, we passed the Cliff House,
unfortunately it does not look like this anymore...
I wanted to share some history, my Great-Grandmother used to
share with me, she so loved to talk about the old beauty and how it had changed to
something different throughout each generation.

It's funny, in that kind of way ~ today's her birthday, just noticed
while posting and looking at the date ~ Happy Birthday Ada Stewart!

I looked up this information on the Cliff House Historical site
I hope you enjoy.

If you click on the pictures below, it will take you to their site.

.Cliff House #1

The first Cliff House was a modest structure built in 1863 by Masters Butler and Buckley. The guest register bore the names of three U.S. Presidents as well as prominent San Francisco families such as the Hearst's, Stanford's and Crocker's who would drive their carriages out to Ocean Beach for horse racing and recreation. In 1881, the Cliff House was sold to Adolph Sutro, a self made millionaire, philanthropist and later, mayor of San Francisco. Seven years later, Sutro built a railroad to bring the general public to this seaside attraction. On Christmas Day 1894, the Cliff House was destroyed by fire.

Sutro spent $50,000 in 1896 to rebuild the Cliff House in grandiose style. Fashioned after a French Chateau, the second Cliff House boasted 8 stories, spires and an observation tower two hundred feet above sea level. Though never a hotel, it served as an elegant site for dining, dancing and entertainment. On the third floor were a photo gallery, reception room, parlors and panoramic views from its large windows. The second floor held 20 private lunch rooms, a large art gallery and a gem exhibit. At ground level, there was a large dining room, parlor, bar, numerous private dining rooms and kitchens. This was the most resplendent and beloved of all the Cliff Houses but it was short lived. This exquisite building survived the 1906 earthquake only to succumb to a raging fire the following year.

A classic Greek portal opened to a massive glass enclosure containing one fresh water tank, five salt water tanks at various temperatures and a large salt water tank at ocean temperature. Together the pools held 1,685,000 gallons of sea water and could be filled or emptied in one hour by the high or low tides. There were 20,000 bathing suits and 40,000 towels for rent as well as slides, trapezes, springboards and a high dive for up to 1,600 bathers. Balmy temperatures and abundant plants enhanced "California’s Tropical Winter Garden".

For those who worked up an appetite while swimming, three restaurants could accommodate 1,000 people at a seating. There were natural history exhibits, galleries of sculptures, paintings, tapestries and artifacts from Aztec, Mexican, Egyptian, Syrian, Chinese and Japanese cultures. An amphitheater, seating up to 3,700 people, provided a variety of stage shows. Up to 25,000 people could easily visit the facilities each day for a mere ten cents ( twenty five cents for swimming). Sutro’s dream was realized as the San Francisco populous streamed to the Baths on one of three five centSutro Baths railroads connecting to the city.

For all the glamour and excitement, the success of Sutro Baths was short lived. By 1937, Adolph Sutro’s grandson realized the baths were no longer commercially successful so he converted the large tank into an ice skating rink. Sutro Baths never regained its popularity and the ice-skating revenue was not enough to maintain the enormous building. In 1966, the site was sold to land developers who began demolition so they could build high rise apartments. A fire quickly finished the demolition work and thus ended the 80 year history of Sutro Baths.

Okay - below, this is us on our way back ~ we finally managed to find
The Golden Gate Bridge - What a beautiful site, poking
out through the fog. She's a real beauty and my daughter has been
intrigued by the details of this bridge for quite a while.
It was really neat hearing when the bridge was built, certain plans
not used that were planned in the beginning. I was impressed
this all coming from my teenage daughter -
it was like being on a field trip for Moms.
An Exclusive Field Trip.

As you can see, the day we picked to get lost, was a rainy one.
But what a feeling driving along with this historical site.
Unfortunately, I only had my phone - I didn't bring
my camera since I didn't think we'd be sight-seeing.
My daughter took these lovely pictures as we
drove along - I think they turned out quite good.

Something to share a few years from now
with much laughter!

Now you know what we've been up to~
Trying to find our way back...

My home is not a place, it is people
-Lois McMaster Bujold

xoxo, Tracie

February 18, 2008

Addicted to...

Guess what one of them is....?

Yes, you're correct ~ pillows, every shape and size! Don't quite know when it started, but you should see us take pillows off the couch & chairs ~ Most of them end up on the floor,
but that's cozy - agree?

Okay, now for the next thing and most important~

Nice people!

If you've been following along with me (and thank you if you have!),
I was sick on my birthday. Well we had quite a commotion in
My Petite Maison the other day ~ a parcel arrived...
and not just any parcel.
My husband, kept it clinched tightly in his hands
"Guess who it's from - guess"

Sweet Fifi and Sylvie made my day~
A lovely shoe pillow as a belated birthday present.
The internet lines were a blazing, I had to send a message
to my co-decorator in crime, Jeannette. I kidded
that anyone would think I'd received a letter
from Alan Rickman (remember my obsession?). She read
the message so fast, she thought I did receive a letter from
Mr. Rickman!
Now everyone would've known if I received a letter
from Alan Rickman ~ Colonel Brandon, right?

Here are some of my other pillows, notice the one with the "T" that's Sylvie's wonderful work again and the big fufu pink one with antique lace is just that, from Shabbyfufu, one of my favorite haunts and the little one at the bottom, I picked out with my daughter when she was five in a small coastal town where a dear lady rides a bike and waves as she goes by...

They all come from Nice People, nice places
and speaking of nice...

The wonderfully nice and talented Cielo gave me this
last Friday and so made my day and weekend. Cielo,
I love to visit your peaceful blog, it's truly a place to think about
what really matters... Being sincere to one another and passing the
feeling along while you're on your way in life!

I'm passing this along to Rachel, in a short amount of time, she's spread a lot of joy to me and to others. Rachel always has a kind word to say and this is a good time to pass this along to her, as she just recently re-hauled her already beautiful blog.

A Romantic Porch

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

xoxo, Tracie

February 17, 2008

Breezy Days

Relaxing Sunday to You

Today we opened up the old house and let the breeze rush all through the house ~ front to back door and way up into the attic ~

I love to listen to sounds of the breeze
around and inside the house, watching the curtains ~ drift ~ so carefree!

Everything seems to be just like this:

Sweet girl, I finally took the table out of my car, didn't even have time to put it where I (think) I want it~ She made me laugh, I looked outside the office window and there she was... guess it will stay there until she wakes up ~ glad she likes it ~ true approval. Today, I'm going for a long walk searching for abandoned houses~ And investigating as Cielo posted on her blog last week.
If you haven't already done so, check her post about the
houses she met on her lovely walk ~ it's a beautiful post.
(I checked it out with her and she was kind enough to give me her blessing on my search as well...)

I hear the wind among the trees playing the celestial symphonies;
I see the branches downward bent, Like keys of some great instrument.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Happy Sunday, Happy Week~
xoxo, Tracie

February 15, 2008

So Very Enchanted...

The Enchanted Cottage and Popcorn
*Indulgent Topping Recipe* Included!

This is what we watched last night,
I forgot just what a beautiful movie it is - In case you're
looking for a recommendation some time soon~

...And I won't tell too much - no spoiler alerts here!

The Enchanted Cottage is a movie from 1945 starring Robert Young, Dorothy McGuire and Mildred Natwick. It was based on a play by Arthur Wing Pinero.

When Oliver Bradford is disfigured by war wounds, he hides from his family and fiancée, renting a cottage from Mrs. Minnett.

Herbert Marshall is the blind piano player. He will steal your heart with his words of wisdom, beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. There are so many great quotes from this character alone, that I wanted to keep backing up my TiVo to listen to his calm voice reassuring the characters and myself in this movie.

It is said that this movie was notable as an attempt to change attitudes to facial disfigurement, at a time when many wounded servicemen were returning home after World War II.

Grab a big bowl of popcorn this weekend, your drink of choice (diet Coke with lemon for me) and give it a try. Please let me know if you do.

Indulgent Popcorn topping recipe!
Pop your favorite popcorn - we like Old-Fashioned Jiffy Pop or Paul Newman Organics is a favorite too!

2-3 T butter melted (or Promise Omega-3 Spread, yes I've used this and it's really good)
1 tsp truffle oil added to melted butter
sprinkling of dried basil and garlic seasoning (we use Lawry's)
3 T Parmesano Reggiano cheese finely grated - or any kind of cheese you like!

OK, this is how we do it. Three layers: Popcorn, some of the butter/truffle oil mixture, sprinkle garlic seasoning and dried basil lightly, add 1/3 parmesan cheese
Repeat two times! ~Enjoy!
(It's also wonderful with a dash of spicy pepper, like cayenne seasoning, but just a touch)

We didn't have popcorn on Valentine's, so I think I'll have to make some this weekend!

Now, that's done ~

I'm off Friday morning to travel a couple of towns over to hit some antique sales, my husband's working at home and can watch our daughter recuperate, so this recluse needs to get out of the house. Hope I find some good things. Guess I better take that wicker table out of the back of my car!

Beauty pleases the eyes only;
Sweetness of disposition charms the soul

Happy, Happy Weekend!
xoxo, Tracie

February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day Today & Everyday

~ Thursday, February 14th ~
This is What I'm Giving for My Valentine Card,
Just Like Elementary School Used to Be...

I think this Romantic Man Would Like to Visit Many Friends
this February, he's from France (of course)
and Would Like to do Some Traveling...

Take Him Along if You'd Like~Across the Earth!

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France. (I tend to romanticize things and on occasion, wear rose colored glasses, thus, this is the version I prefer...)

Zeke's Sending Out Valentine Day Cards too
he started early this afternoon!

Have a Wonderful Day Today and Every Day~
Keep the Thought in Your Heart!

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
-Albert Camus

February 12, 2008

Someone New in Blog Land

Hot off the Wire To Me!

I was telling Rachel last night what a great site this
talented lady has and I'd send her the link...

Robin has one of the most beautiful websites ever and
to my surprise, she's started a blog , Yippee!

Just in case, you've been living in a cave ~
this is the work of Magnolia Pearl
~Remember that great ME magazine featuring Robin's work
and her lovely cottage?

...And yes, this is my purse ~ the gypsy in me had wanted one
for two years
I'm not talking the scary, steal your stuff while you're abroad gypsy
(the creative one!)
It's a piece of art
hanging on my bedroom mirror, it has beautiful
birds on it as well that you can't see in this photo~
I can't even to begin to tell you how many
great comments I've received when I'm out
with this purse, it definitely steals the show.

There's a spot on her website where you can pre-order her
new book at Amazon. Yep, my order's been placed!

If you haven't checked out her site, welcome her to Blog Land,
go say hi here - it's beautiful there!

Quote for the Wonderful Day ~

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
-Marie Curie

xoxo, Tracie

A Day at the Beach

Sharing Our Day ~

Smell the salt air and feel the wonderful breeze?

This is the mystery below,
It's been washed up on the beach for months
now, I wonder what the history behind it is...

What do YOU think it was used for?
What is it?

...And what stories it could tell about being
at the bottom of the beautiful ocean

Our drive away picture, I didn't want to leave. Can't we just stay and
move into one of the little cottages? I'm sure no one would notice at all...

We're enjoying amazing weather here now,
All the windows open and breezes flowing in & out
of our cottage ~ I absolutely love it!

I hope you're enjoying mild weather
if not "for reals" as our daughter says,
then in your heart this St. Valentine's week.

I'm still working on getting the wonderful wicker table
from my car - will work on that one today.
Think I'm leaving it there on purpose,
I already can't decide whether I want to keep
it for myself or let it go to my shop (ooh, I love the sound of that!)
~These decisions are so hard to make, you know
what I mean, don't you?
better warm up first and then start making some decisions!

Happy, Happy Week
and thank you so much for stopping by
my coastal hideaway~


February 11, 2008

Check This Out

Réjouissez-vous la boutique s'ouvre
Rejoice, the boutique has opened

Fete et Fleur Designs

The site is beautiful and, of course, I've already placed an order -
being a professional shopper for many, many years!

Myself, I am inside with windows/doors opened
(I'm the one that spread the flu bug, bad me - I tried to keep to myself!)
My child and husband
both with the flu
I must shop for myself
and do some research with my animal buddies,
~they've left me no other option!

Happy Day!

xoxo, Tracie

February 10, 2008

Mostly Happy Days!

Sunday Evening at My Petite Maison

This was Happy Weekend
Zeke (after his walk!)

Happy Weekend 
Buttercup, just because she's a cat
and can do whatever she wishes...

I Could Not Get a Happy Giles, he's on his way
Outside - It was a bbbluuurrr his running...
~ ~ ~
And Absolutely No Happy Weekend for Our Daughter,
the flu bug
Made Itself at Home with her this Weekend
And Tomorrow's a School Holiday~ boo hoo!

She Makes the Most Wonderful Patient
Just Like Her Mom...

Hoping everyone had a Glorious Weekend~
I had the Windows and Doors
Open Saturday & Sunday
~ Oooh, the breeze throughout the house ~

(The Beach on Friday was Fantastic, hope to post pictures
in between treatments!  
And I found a beautiful old long wicker table, it's still in the back of my car.)

Did I hear Someone say they want their Mommy? (In between
phone calls to her friends?)

-Knew I had to made this one quick ~ Stay Healthy!

xoxo, Tracie

February 7, 2008

Happiness and Blessings

I'd like to share this special blessing candle
given to me by the lovely, inspirational Jo-Anne
of Vintage Rose Collection ~
Everyone must know her work, it's breathtakingly beautiful
as is Jo-Anne and her blog.

Would you like your soul to soar?

Go visit Jo-Anne and feel the warmth, like it's from this blessed candle.

The candle has traveled far, let's see how much farther it can travel to spread the love and blessings with one another...

Joan of Arc makes her appearance again with beautiful flowers
dedicated to Jo-Anne for this blessing~

I wish to share this with you who have made me laugh, shared a special story
and gave me a hug when I was/am missing my Dad ~

Bill - Loving Her Beautiful. You'll absolutely be doubled over reading Bill's blog
as he shares his take on life with his brilliantly creative wife,
of Fete et Fleur, which I have to thank for introducing
me and my husband to this witty gentleman~
(beautiful art shared here as well...)
~Don't forget the Kleenex ~ for tears of laughter. Fun alert!

Cathy - Avalon-Rose Design, Cathy's work is beautiful and
a beautiful person too ~ inside and out.
You'll enjoy reading about
her life
and view some really unbelievable designs she's
designed while you're visiting her. She's very talented,
you'll be surprised just how MANY different sites she's designed.

Mindii - Shabby Vintage Dreams. Now I know the candle will be traveling to Melbourne for this Shabby loving lady. I love her stories of taking something and totally making it over - her stories about her son, Cooper are so fun too.
It's nice and warm there now and she's rubbing it in.
Nice cool drinks on the patio anyone?

Janet - Shabbyfufu. Janet has the most beautiful store. I've visited via computer. I sure wish I was closer to Florida. Janet's as sincere and sweet as the day is long. I love any chance I can get to chat with her, be it blogging or shopping. Your heart will be warmed here.

Roberta - Tresor Trouve. You can learn something new almost every day at Roberta's. She's a kick. She will strike up a conversation on the spot and is so, so fun. She has a beautiful sense of style too - and happens to love french things which doesn't hurt one bit.

Penny@Lavender Hill Studio. Penny's in beautiful North Carolina. She creates the most mind blowing mosaics. You have to see to believe what this kind, artist can do with a broken piece of china - works of art and always a wonderfully sweet word to share.

Connie - Magnolia Street Style. Connie is a flea-market queen. She's gone to estate sales, flea markets, you name it. Almost every weekend she shares her finds with all of us bloggers lucky enough to have found her. Connie is special to me, she put out a friendly hand when I first started blogging and stopped by and said hello. Check her blog out, hopefully you can catch
her before the weekend estate sales!

Lidy - French Garden House. Because she's Lidy and she's genuine and what Lidy says Lidy means. She's one of the kindest souls I've met in a very long time and she's made a lot of people very happy this week. This isn't abnormal for her, she's always happy to give an uplifting comment on a stressful or blue day with such love and sincerity.

And back to Jo-Anne, such a beautiful place, you'll see the candle that started out as one ~ Burning brightly in her lovely "home" a gift from her friend Suzy.

This has been such a blessed week for me and I'm so happy
be part of this community.
Go on your way little candle to all these kind souls.
Burn strong and bright all over the world.

Happy Weekend, we're off to where the
Redwoods meet the Ocean
~ahhh to smell the salt air and feel the ocean mist~

Just wanted to add, I've met Suzy over the last couple of days
and she's a real delight, hope you'll go visit too!


February 6, 2008

Happiness - Part I

One of My Reasons for Being Very Happy~

Monday morning, I have a comment on my blog from Lidy saying - come over when you get a chance - The French Sweetheart gave me a
"You Make My Day" Award ~

Now, how nice is this? I had a case of the blues and Lidy really turned
things around ~ Thank you, sweet friend!

I'm feeling on top of the world and wanting to thank
"The Academy" and it dawns on me...

The hardest part (so very hard)
“Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about Blog Land. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times.”

I can't even begin... How many times I've tried to type what I love about each
one of you, and you know me ~ yes, it turned into a book. I can go on AND on~
Be it ever so difficult for me to stop talking/typing~ I am going to list you
special bloggers and your blogs that lift my heart every time I visit
...or we'll be here forever... or I may run out of space!

You know what you mean to me and why ~ just read all those
comments I've left to you over and over...

THANK YOU for all the happiness and inspiration
~you've given to me~

Nancy, Fete et Fleur
Rachel - A Romantic Porch
Jo-Anne - Vintage Rose Collection
Kim - Daisy Cottage
Cielo - The House in the Roses
Shannon - Paint Mine Pink
Amy - Razz Pizazz Boutique
Jennifer - The Old Painted Cottage
Pam - Art and Soul
Fifi - Chez Fifi

Okay, that was a job in itself - thank you for all your friendship and inspiration~

I do want to say a little about Fabulous Fifi. I know
you're so, so busy working on the Romantic Country Magazine
and all of your other projects ~ but I HAD TO add you.
Like Lidy and Kim, you have been there for me~
before the beginning of my blog and encouraged me so.

I carried an extra copy of Romantic Living Magazine~
The one with all the beautiful toile on the cover, in my car
to get me through the day at my corporate office job ~ all so I could
look forward to doing the one thing I was passionate about
...That is one faded cover now, it carried me through
many a day of not wanting to do what I was doing~
It's "my trophy"


If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to
live the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
-Henry David

xoxo, Tracie