Friday, April 18, 2014

Seeing Speckles

 Karrie was busy decorating mom's house this week.

I am so in LOVE
with this little vintage dish filled with
moss, feathers & speckled eggs

It's just too darn cute for words!

Sweet little way to welcome in the spring!!

Wishing you all 
a blessed Easter weekend!
~Karla & Karrie

Monday, April 14, 2014

Letter Writing

The Summer Kitchen Girls
Helena, OH 43420

April 14, 2014

Dearest Friends,

How are you?  I hope this letter finds you all well.  We've been busy at the store of late.  It seems that spring is getting everyone in the mood to shop!  The grass is starting to green up nicely and our spring flowers have started peeking out of the dirt.  How is spring treating you?  We hope very well!

We have been cleaning at our homes and going through drawers that have needed to be looked at and organized this week.  It was to my surprise that I found something that I hadn't seen in a while!  Many, many years ago my Mother-in-Law went on a trip to Italy and brought several treasures back.

I was very pleased to find this leather portfolio from the Sculoa del Cuoio.  The royal blue leather was embossed with a beautiful border and this stamp:

I remember when I received it and opened it up.  Inside were the loveliest papers and envelopes any art lover had ever seen!  I loved that the paper had the whole image on it in and that the envelopes depicted the same scene inside of it.  They were just gorgeous!

"Angel's First Kiss" by William Adolphe Bouguereau
When I first got it I thought it was too pretty to use, but when I came across it this week I decided that I need to get it out and write some letters.  We didn't think that you would mind at all to get such a beautiful letter!

"Primavera" by Sandro Botticelli
After all, who doesn't like getting mail? Maybe we should clarify that!  Who doesn't like getting mail delivered by the mail man?  It is so much more personal that the emails and texts that we shoot each other isn't it?  Perhaps we should encourage letter writing more.  Wouldn't it be fun to pick one person once a month to write a letter to?  

I know that we enjoy getting a letter in the mail.  It's just one of those little joys in life that says "you are special enough that I wrote a letter just for you!"  We think that it's an art that needs to be brought back into vogue...what do you think? We would love to hear your response!

Again, we hope you are all doing well and wish that you give your family our best regards.  We find that it is always such a delight to keep correspondence with you all!


Karla & Karrie
The Summer Kitchen Girls

"A letter is a blessing, a great and all-too-rare privilege
 that can turn a private moment into an exalted experience." 
– Alexandra Stoddard

"The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains."
 - Anon.

"Or don't you like to write letters?  I do because it's such a swell way
 to keep from working and yet feel you've done something."
 - Ernest Hemingway. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Home Sweet Home....

What do you do to make your home
whether it is for your family or friends?

Sweet sentiments 
are a good start....

Pictures of Family 
who have come before....

Lots of comfortable pillows on the bed
that say 
"rest here!"

A spot 
to put their things....

A room 
they can call 
all their own....

"If Home is where the heart is 
then may your Home be blessed . . . " 

~John McLeod 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Dance

Couldn't resist...
it being 
and all!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend :)

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Picture this Trick.....

 you have a picture that needs
to be bigger or have more substance
on the wall you want to put it on....

We have this story of this 
little itty-bitty picture
that mother had to have....

It was super tiny on such a big wall...

so, we improvised!
Mom found this frame that filled the bill of
Big & Chunky....

We measured the opening and then  
we called our dear 
friend and faux finish master Jill 
and she painted this lovely rectangle on the wall:

After it dried we hung that picture right up....

and then the frame....

Making the picture the
size for the wall....

and most important
Making Mother 


You know the saying....
"if momma ain't happy........"

Join us for
What's it Wednesday
with the lovely sisters over at
Ivy & Elephants
where there is always fun treasures & ideas to be had!!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This Weekends Find.....

It is not often that I head to an antique store 
and come out with one item....

and that it was this coronation cup of
Queen Elizabeth that had to come home with me. 
 Kind of an odd one for me, but I think that  it was because 
I am anticipating more English items coming to the house....

you see....
 next week they will be tearing through our existing kitchen wall
to the new kitchen frame ~ and that means only a few
short weeks until I get to see this:

Do you know what this is???/
It's an 
and I'm totally in LOVE with it...
My husband and I purchased it two years ago ~
now THAT'S some kitchen planning
don't ya think???

Anyway...there's more fun ahead
so be patient 
(because I have been...really really patient for my new kitchen!)
and you'll see what's going on with our big
Winter/Spring Project :)

In the meantime you can look at one of my design boards 
that I've been putting together
(already some of it has changed....but we'll keep you updated!)

Oh....about that coronation cup...
well, it might hold some pencils....
scoop up sugar in the sugar jar 
or it may just hold a cup of tea../
whatever the case it will be put to good use!

Friday, February 21, 2014

No Drawer? No Problem!!

Sometimes you find a treasure and it isn't what you want....

This adorable table didn't come with a drawer
so we thought we'd put a false front on it...
and then we had another idea!

It became a perfect place for a guest towel!

Enjoy your weekend everyone...
and may all your treasures be keepers ;)

~Karla & Karrie


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