|Little Zinc Pots from My Petite Maison|
Just in case you're wondering what I'm doing and where I've been these days...
Bet I'm like most of you, trying to get things cleaned up and doing much spring cleaning.
And I've been working on my boutique and studio. Spring cleaning indoors, outdoors and really, I think I'm making a bigger mess of it than it was before. Do you have those problems, too? Spinning, spinning those wheels and many ideas too.
I did manage to find an extra large trellis at the Alameda Flea Market (Antiques by the Bay) that we've set up and are decorating around... here is just a glimpse of my find:
|Well... a tiny piece of the trellis entering the back!|
|I love that I'm able to see my garden shack while entering here|
|Really want to make it enchanted to enter the yard|
|And My Petite Maison's Little Mermaid has found her spot!|
Believe me, I'll show much more once I have everything prettied up and our gravel filled in. Why is it, we always need more gravel?
Now for one of my favs... you know, one of my bistro tables. I have had this table for probably close to 10 years now. It's really hard to find the real deal now, I think every one likes them. I'm happy I found mine many years ago and that I purchased it with two white bistro chairs as well. Since then, I've added to my collection with many bistro chairs and a couple little bistro tables (both smaller than this one). I'll show those later on my blog.
|My Petite Maison Bistro Table and Chairs|
I'll show you some of the items I have on the table & chairs close up...
|Little gardening cart filled with flower petals from my yard|
Lots and lots of fleurs this time of year. I love flowers and can't get enough of them!
Here, I'm going to show you a couple of items I won from beautiful Fifi's giveaway too:
Lovely Cabbages & Roses bag in my back garden
|A beautiful Cabbages & Roses tote I received from Fifi's giveaway.|
Oui! I've stocked the tote I won from Fifi's giveaway with my favorite wine. I live in Wine Country so why not? I filled one of my French cornichon jars with ice and placed the wine bottle inside, I love the look!
This bag will soon be traveling with me to the concerts at our town square with my favorite wine of the moment. For this moment, it's Whitehaven. Don't you just love the name? The wine is delicious too, Sauvignon Blanc, nice, light fruit and pleasing in the warm months (just so you know ;)
I've also stocked the tote with fleurs from my garden. I just filled a little vintage bottle with water and put them inside. Another, I love the look!
Close up of wine neck, yes it's a screw top, have you been doing your wine reading about screw tops? If not, take my word for it, it's OK, yes perfectly delicious and not something a hobo would drink, although I think hobos are pretty neat.... hopping trains from stop to stop and dream to dream! For some reason, that makes me think of Fried Green Tomatoes.... yes, this screw top is a very good thing!
In pretty good company here, non?And there's my Romantic Prairie Style, signed and personalized for moi by none other than Fifi O'Neill, my dear friend and a friend to all ~ such a kind-hearted lady. Fifi, I get a kick out of you!
Just in case you missed it, did you know that Romantic Prairie Style is in the April 23, 2011 issue of the Wall Street Journal and is ranked #6 in sales on Nielsen Bookscan
for two weeks in a row in the Hardcover House & Home category?
Here's the link to take a look, you can find the news HERE.
I am so happy and proud of Fifi. She gives so much to us all. Way to go, Fifi!!
Since we've got all the goodies above, I'd love to pass on one of my favorite recipes to you since the warm weather has already hit here and I keep going back to these noodles over and over again.
Spicy Soba Noodles with Cucumbers and Bok Choy from Bon Appétit
Click HERE for recipe... yum. I promise, you'll love it!
So I'm thinking I pretty much have it made here. Gourmet soba noodle salad, a beautiful bottle of Sauvignon Blanc wrapped in a pretty Cabbages & Roses carrying tote and of course, Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O'Neill.
Life is grand!
Now, I just need to light some tea lights in my little lantern and get some more gravel, non?
Happy Mother's Day to every one and I wish loads of...
Happiness to you!