9.16.2008

I couldn't think of a Title Post

First, I want you to run, not walk, over to Kim's blog----"Today's Creative Blog" and think real hard about placing a bid on one of the gorgeous items on the auction block, made and given generously throughout our blogging community. My item went up last night and is #49. Kim has given so much of her time to do this fund raising auction. She is a true angel. You can place a bid and read all about this very worthy cause at Kim's blog. In Kim's words:

Just a reminder.........we are raising money for the Nie Recovery. Both Stephanie and Christian have been badly burned in a plane accident. They have 4 small children who are staying with her sister. With the many months of recovery, it would be nice to contribute to this beautiful family to help ease any financial pressure. Please help spread the word.


And in the spirit of giving I never know how to respond properly to someone that is way over the top thoughtful. I get so beside myself in their thoughtfulness that I don't know what to say. When you are the one being thought about, it is a very humbling experience. A package arrived at my doorstep the other day....an unexpected package. I try to be the best website/boutique owner I can be, reminding myself to treat others as I wish to be treated. Well...that package was from one of my customers. She was sending me a special something! In the gorgeous note card she included she says: " Thank you for your many acts of kindness and thank you for treating a customer as a friend. It is greatly appreciated." In that package was the most gorgeous soaps. And guess what was imprinted on the French milled soaps? Bird nest!!! And the saying "HOME is where we love, rest, dream and NEST". How appropriate was that? I won't name my customer but you know who you are. I was truly humbled by your unexpected kind act. :)


This was something else I received last week. Donna at Donna's Art was kind enough to bestow this lovely award on me. Donna is a wonderful artist and has an etsy store called WhimsyTwo. I am fortunate to have one of her little paintings. A birdnest...what else? I keep it in the kitchen where I can see it everyday. Thank you Donna for this award. How are the pups today?



So many of you have been talking about Fall and getting your autumnal decor out. I was fighting it. I just didn't want summer to be over yet. But the calendar says this weekend that it's official. I took my little " sticking his tongue" out frog down from his perch on the front porch and put up my pear and as soon as I see them at the grocery store I will replace the pear with a tiny pumpkin. I am growing some but I planted them so late don't know if I will get any by Halloween.
One thing that Bobby G. and I planted a couple of years back really reminds me of Fall....cattails on the shoreline of the lake at the edge of the yard. I love them and usually pick them for an arrangement at Thanksgiving.



Speaking of the grocery store ..... do you know what I paid for a Napa cabbage the other day? $6.03!!!! That's outrageous!! There is a salad that I make with that cabbage, however our local grocery store had quit carrying that particular kind of cabbage for the last several months so when I saw they had stocked some I grabbed it. I had so missed my Napa Cabbage salad. I was floored when the cashier rang up the price. He was floored too because he immediately ask me if I wanted to return it. The only saving grace was it made enough salad to last a week. Along with the gas prices, grocery prices are out of sight. I really don't eat sweets too often but the other day I was in the mood for something fallish and sweet. So here's what I made.




Shhhhh! Don't tell anybody but this delicious piece of carrot cake came from here. I did add some walnuts and pineapple to it. Does that qualify for almost scratch? :)


The book is out! The book is out! Last Fall I was honored to be asked and included in Dianne Zweig's new book called "Hot Cottage Collectibles". I received my copy the other day and it is just gorgeous. The book is much bigger than I expected and the information included is amazing. Full of eye candy, it is an invaluable book for all of us that love cottage decor. And it would make a fabulous Christmas gift. A lot of our blogging friends are included in this book. Dianne included my birdhouses in her book. I am proud as a peacock to be there. The book is available at Amazon. And I hear Ms. Ashwell herself loved this book.






I am furiously working on getting ten more new light switch covers in the boutique. These are the perfect thing to finish off a room's decor with a little whimsy, charm and je ne sais quoi. They are all made from wonderful images and incorporate vintage bits of old jewelry such as brooches and rhinestone necklaces.


Ann if you are reading this I mailed your Halloween swap today. Here's a little sneak peek. HeHe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.



It's a delicious day here today. It's rainy and cool. I love a day like this and besides, on days like this you can't see the dust in the house. Everything looks cozy and inviting. :)

25 comments :

bj said...

oH, Lynn, you are so sweet to donate for such a worthy cause.
I am keeping this little couple in my prayers...to be burned is something that is so painful, we can't even start to imagine what the pain must be when it is all over your body. It just makes me ill to think about them going thru this.Prayers prayers prayers !
You are sweet to make mention of them and the auction. Thanks for the info on your number. I have placed bids on several items and have won one very nice one. I will go over and see all the new ones today.
Thanks again and I AM GONNA MAKE THAT DELICIOUS LOOKIN' CAKE ...SOON!

Nola @ AlamoNorth said...

How sweet of you to make a donation, I'll pop right over and take a peek.
Now you have a dilemma; do you use the soaps, or just keep them as decoration? I can't resist fine soaps! If you turned on an oven, rangetop, or microwave, then by "my standards" it is homemade!

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Lynn, you are such a tease! I mailed your box yesterday too! I will email you the tracking number. I went over to that auction and that is a lovely item you donated.
Your almost scratch cake looks simply delicious! I am going to try that!
Let me know when you receive you swap box!
Love, Ann

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Lynn, it is wonderful that you dontated to Nie's auction. It is such a worthy cause.

Your surprise soap gift was just wonderful! And I loved seeing your birdhouses in the BOOK!!
Hugs,
Penny

Sandi McBride said...

I'll go over and check this out, Lynn...how the parents recover quickly and the family is back together soon. So sad
Sandi

KarenHarveyCox said...

Lynn, I saw your beautiful pillowcase dress in the auction. I donated a cottage print, but I am sure she is receiving piles of donations. That carrot cake looks yummy, my favorite...it was my choice for my wedding cake. Congratulations on your award, and I really love that light switch, what a brilliant idea. I visited a local artisan shop, and she told me that the art that is most popular right now is art that is functional. Wouldn't this look adorable in a powder room? Have a wonderful day. Karen

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Lynn...love your soaps..that was very thoughtful of your friend to send them to you!
It's been unusually warm here too..not fallish at all...your cake looks yummy..sometimes the box mixes come out just a tad bit more moist...and yes, that's "semi-homemade"
Have a great day!

Donna said...

How wonderful for you to donate to Nie's auction.

What a sweet gift from your customer friend. And Congrats to you on being featured in the book! Also, thanks for mentioning me and for the kind words.

Love that light switch plate!

Hugs,
Donna

Nancy at ManicForMosaics said...

If you put that carrot cake into the oven then you BAKED it! Carrot cake is so good for yu. It's a vegetable RIIIIGHT?!?!

You are just the sweetest, most caring person and you deserve all the wonderful things that come your way!

Judy said...

What a wonderful post. No wonder you couldn't think of a title. I love the book and guess what? I bought one. I hopped right over to Amazon and had to come back and tell you. I can hardly wait to get it. I bet it is fantastic.

Ballerina Girl said...

What a fun post...
I will definitely visit the site to help the family you stated.
The light switch cover is so pretty...I also must check out your boutique.
Thank you for sharing!
BG

M.Kate said...

Dear Lynn, it's very kind of you and its great that everyone try to do somethng for them. This is another great post. hope you have a good weekend...well, almost here now..

Beverly said...

Lynn, you were so kind to donate an item for the auction. I know all the efforts and prayers must be a comfort to this family.

Congratulations of the book. How exciting.

Carrot cake! Is there any left? I think if I leave now I can be at your house by lunch time. ;-)

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Lynn, beautiful pictures, I would however like to see a little more.... You always take these close ups and I think I'd like to see the 'whole' picture!! Big smile!
Blessings,
Debbie

Lorrie said...

I'm praying and hoping for a full recovery for the Nie family - what a tragedy. Bless you for helping out.

Rainy and cool days are great for puttering around the house!

Lorrie

raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Lynn. I am so bad. The last time I left a comment on your post I told you that I was getting ready to do my post, but I never got around to it. I was at Lori's using her laptop. Fugazi saw that I was online, so she started chatting with me, then my son's wife called me and said they were ready to go with me to my mother's, so I never got to it. I finally got my internet back up and running, but who knows how long it will last. My computer has been having all kinds of problems. I need a whole new computer, but can't afford it right now. Hope to see you visit. I posted last night and have a few pics on there. The raccoons will probably be posted tonight.
Lisa

Counting Your Blessings said...

Aren't cattails cool?! Love those. And how amazing that you're in the book. I've been thinking about getting that one but I'm saving my pennies as I leave for Marburger late next week. It'll be a great treat when I get home though! Blessings... Polly

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Lynn,
Lots going on in this post. So sorry to hear about this family. I will go over to the auction to see what's happening. Very generous of you to lend your support.

Love the box of soaps. The generosity of people is amazing sometimes.

Hope you are doing well.
Tammy

XUE said...

it took effort to mix everything together too so you did bake that yummy cake! Congratulations too on being in a book!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Love your music.........putting me into a trance rofl. Fun gift you got. I always enjoy visiting. cherry

Tamara Jansen said...

We've were very busy last week with a fundraiser as well so we know how much time and dedication goes into making things happen. When everyone pitches in....miracles happen :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Lynn, you are so very generous to donate to the Nie auction!

I should bake that cake. Carrot cake is one of J's favorites.

Congratulations on being included in the book.

Hope your weekend is lovely.

Classic Charm said...

Hi Lynn! You are a dear to donate to such a worthy cause. And congrats on being in the book, how awesome! Save me a piece of cake, will ya?
Hugs,

Rose

Dana Jones said...

Hi Lynn. I have not been for a visit in a long time. It's so nice to see you still enjoying the better things in life: anything pink, bird's nests, and my favorite, carrot cake.

I always heard made from scratch means you have to scratch the bottom of the box to get the last bit out! So I think yours more than qualifies!

I'll try to be back sooner next time.
love, Dana xx

Lisa said...

What a generous soul for the donation. I adore your nesting goodies, they will be right at home I am sure. Now, for the cake. Anything that requires more than removing from the take out container and transfer to a serving dish is home made in my book anyday! Besides, have you heard of the Cake Doctor book? She dedicated the whole thing to nothing but starting with a mix, add a dash of that, and voila, made from scratch cake that is far better than anything that begins with "measure the flour, sugar, sift, whip, blah, blah". Blew my image when the children found the book, but hey, whatever it takes!

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