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May 30, 2011

Fifi O'Neill is Coming to Wine Country

I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I am my dear friend, Fifi O'Neill is coming to 
Wine Country in July.  Did you hear all the jumping around?  Certainly, oui?!

Fifi's Guest House from Romantic Prairie Style • Photo Mark Lohman

My very dear friend, Barbara of Uniquely Chic Floral and Home is hosting the event that's coming to this lovely place in which we share stories each day.... Healdsburg.  We will soon see Fabulous Fifi grace it's gates!

I want to mention this to dear Barbara:  You are most superb, for  your hard work in making your store beautiful and realizing your dream and letting it soar.  Now you're hosting a most spectacular event for so many to enjoy!!

The event has been planned for months... we've truly been flying on the wings of a dove to make it happen... 

hush, hush... 

Now let's run with it and let it be free!  I truly think Barbara and I will be out late tonight shouting it to the roof tops.

So... are you going to join in with us?  I know Delores will be there... who else?
Romantic Prairie Style ~ Photo:  Mark Lohman

Counting the days....

Until July 13th to be exact!

Happiness to you,

May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

Thoughts for the long weekend...

May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
Old French Memorial War Remembrance Piece from WWI.   A gift to my step-father.

In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

For You~
Wishing you a nice long weekend

take a moment to remember
And give all your loved ones a big hug!

My dad (2nd from left) & trusted, good friends

Happiness to you,

May 6, 2011

Weekend Wishes from my Bistro Table

Bonjour Friends!

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!
So... just a glimpse (for now) of the trellis!

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!