Thursday, June 26, 2014

MY BLOG MOVED...Come visit me

I learned so much at ALT Summit blogging conference, but to make a very long story short...My blog moved to a new site.

Please visit me now @

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ALT name badge rosette

Last minute detail I was able to quickly make...

A burlap rosette name badge to clip on my business card bag

More to come from SLC ALT...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My French Country Style - Goes to ALT Summit!!

I am preparing to go to my first ever blogging convention in a week.  I'm attending the ALT Summit blogging event in SLC!!  Since I am new to the blogging world, I'm thrilled to be able to attend such an incredible conference.  I am so excited to learn from everyone and certainly thrilled to hear Martha Stewart, as she is the Keynote speaker!  Super cool right?  I love her - she is hands down one of the smartest, most talented, and strong minded women in the world.  Of course she is also one of the wealthiest women as well.  I admire her so much.  

Okay - So I have been following the ALT facebook page and learning all about what to expect.  First off, I learned that everyone brings cool cards to hand out.  Today I was busy making mine.  Here is how they turned out and how I made them...
 Hoping to make a good impression of course:)

First off I ran cardstock through my Anna Griffin cuttlebug to add some texture.

I used different colored cardstock since I wanted to hand out various colors, depending on my outfit for the day - Alright, so it's a bit much.  It's Alt though right? So it's all good.  

Next I created, printed, and cut out my info cards.

Then I stamped little bags...

And then filled them up with Lavender

Organic Lavender - all the way from France to be exact :)

After adhering my info cards to the textured paper and rounding the corners, I punched a hole to attached the sachets.  

 Here are the four variations I ended up with.  It took several hours to make all these.  At least my suitcase will smell amazing - Heeheelarious.  I can't wait to give them out at the conference.

Stay tuned... More to come!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

French Country Finds

I was on a short weekend trip and drove through this great little town, that had these amazing little shops.  Here I share a few pics of some French Furniture inspiration.  This chair below is actually a French antique, still having it's original chipped finish.  It was over priced for me ($2800) - but certainly you could easily replicate this look or even purchase an old chair and recover it, as was done here.  Soon I want to take a trip to France and go to the flea markets to peruse such finds and reupholster items myself.  That is a total dream for me and one I would like to achieve by this fall.  How sweet would that be right?  

Here are the cutest stools I found - Aren't they so charming?  These were in a different shop and were somewhat reasonably priced, but certainly these could be made, without too much effort. :) 

Don't you just love this painted piece?  It stands over 9 feet tall.  A bit grand - I adore the finials on top.  I also love the hardware to open and close the doors. 

Here is a simple painted dining chair - although I would do a different fabric on the seat.  

This is an antique french table that was 12 feet long.  It's wider than it looks in the picture.  I would love to find something like this in France and have it shipped back.  This was priced at $5500.

Two more french chairs that were reupolstered.  These were priced at $3200 a piece, and the pillows were 200 each.  I'd say a trip to France would be worth every penny - Qu'est ce que vous en pensez?        

In closing today - I wanted to pay homage to a man, who really was one of the first to bring French Country design into American homes many years ago... Charles Faudree.
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Charles recently passed away and will be missed by many.  
I'm so grateful for the talent and inspiration he shared.  Thank you Charles - May you rest in peace.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

French Country Roof Designs

Currently we are at the ordering windows and roofing stage.  I recently blogged about French Country styled windows, and so today I wanted to talk about French Country roofing design and materials.  Below you can see an example of a cedar shake entry porch roof line supported by painted timbers.  

This extravagant French styled home shows common steeped pitched roof lines often used in French architecture.  It has been pretty cool watching the framers build scaffoling onsite to climb up to the top of our highest peak, in order to create this look.  
I love framers - they are amazing to me!!!

This picture below has a simple turret styled roof and uses slate roofing material (also seen above).  Slate pricing has gone up substantially in the last 7-8 years.  However, there are many roofing products on the market today, that look like slate, but cost less.  
Keep in mind the cost of labor to install.  
It's still going to run pretty high, even on a composite.  

Here is a rendering of my house again.  You can see the roof lines I was talking about.  The highest one on the right is the one that was getting framed last week.  We are discussing roofing colors now and what style shingles.  Of course pricing is key here as well. French styled roofing, with it's many steep pitches, can run up the costs quickly. 

Today's French Country Cozy...

You can give your home a fragrant french aroma, simply by putting sliced lemons, sprigs of rosemary and/or lavender essential oil in a simmering pot of water on the stove.  Just close your eyes, and imagine you are walking in the lavender fields of Provence.
Embaumer la lavande!