Thursday, December 30, 2010

"Out With The Old, In With The New" Sale/Clearance -- 50% Off All Sale Items!

Only a few more days until the new year 
and there are lots of new things on their way
to us and some are already in store waiting to go up 
on the site!

But we gotta make room there on the 
site -- don't want to hog all the bandwidth in cyberspace
with our site, so we're having a big sale to free up some
room online for all the new year's new things!!

The Sale/Clearance page is packed with great deals,
and nothing on the page will be restocked so 
it's a first-come, first-served sale, as quantities on a lot of
the things are already quite low.

I'd love to be one of the first to wish you nothing but
fun, laughter and blessings in 2011!'

The sale is HERE


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas To You All -- My Sweet Blog Friends. True Friends Indeed.

Time to say Merry Christmas and wish you all --
my sweet and beloved blog friends,
a wonderful Christmas.

It will be no surprise to those of you who know me, 
that I wish to share my wishes by song,
so without keeping you any longer,
here is my song for you this Christmas.

A beautiful rendition of 
In The Bleak Midwinter by James Taylor.

And, a BEAUTIFUL story read by Paul Harvey...

Perhaps you can listen to them both as you surf the internet
or busy yourself about the house.

Either way, enjoy and see you after Christmas with lots of great new 
shop items to share.

But for now...


Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Burning Question Of The Day: To Bare Or Not To Bare Soles...

{If you're wondering what this image has to do with anything,
read on..}

Well here we are -- at almost one week until the

We wait for and long for it all year it seems, but now that it is just
around the corner I almost wish I could go back at least one month -- just to have
THAT MUCH MORE time to savor the anticipation.

It has been a busy time with the store, but fun as always.

I love this time of year when I wonder who is getting the things people buy
as gifts -- knowing that the box we ship ultimately will be placed under someone's tree

and be
privvy to the warm, loving family times and gatherings up until the 25th, wondering what their expression will be like when they open it, and then thinking of how the person
will use or display their new gift.

Yes,  ALL those "deep ponderings" and more with each gift that is wrapped
and shipped from here.

And as we near Christmas, the shipping gears are finally going to
slow to a halt and rest a spell.

As my sweet friend, Maylene, said to me tonight:

"You need to take some time for yourself this season, Ruth.  You don't want
Christmas to come and go and just run off your back without any of it
settling in at all...."

Wise woman.  Great words!   :)

She also asked me if my tree was up yet.  Yes, it is but not as many as some years.
And as we were closing our conversation I concluded that perhaps instead of
putting anymore TREES up, maybe I'd concentrate on putting my FEET up.

You know, you can almost solve the problems of the world with a chat with a friend.   :)

So, in keeping with her sage advice, beginning at noon this coming
Saturday, the 18th, orders received in will likely not ship out
until after Christmas.

SO, if there is ANYTHING you still want to purchase, please try and do so
before noon on Saturday.
Much obliged.  ;)


I am a very avid Facebook user and one day last month a question was posed by
House Beautiful magazine, inviting the readers to weigh in on this:


Well... THAT question certainly incited quite a response!

I delivered my "two-cents' worth" on the subject a few times throughout the dialogue
and boy was it interesting to see the diverse opinions on what proved to be for some
a VERY hot-button issue!

And at this party-prevelent time of the year, when having guests in and out of our homes is
the norm, it was especially interesting to
read how many staunch shoes-must-come-off responses there were.

For what it's worth, these were my contributions to the discussion:

 "For the living-in-the-house, immediate family, fine, whatever they choose; but when they try to extend the house-rules to guests... no way, total faux pas and very presumptuous to assume that your guests are going to be okay with baring their "soles" to the world when visiting you. I say RELAX, people... it's not like we plan on marching through mud-flats before entering on your precious floors! ;) 

Hospitality first... over-the-top concern about your floors is not hospitable 
in my humble opinion."    ;)

A woman brought up a great point when she said she wears 
corrective shoes and it is just very difficult to get them off and on and rarely 
does someone have a bench at their front door to sit on, making her have to
resort to sitting on the floor to remove her shoes.
{Okay, I have to say, if someone is making her do that, then...
shame on them. My goodness...}

Then there was a gal from Canada who commented that up there it is the norm and 
no one would dare think of wearing shoes inside!  {Okay my Canadian friends,
is this accurate?}

So I wrote...

 "Okay... I have a serious question here... I live in Florida, so I guess I never considered the whole snow/slush thing, but... what about if you have a nice party? People are dressed up, etc... tell me you don't make them take their shoes off even then. Please. Tell me you wouldn't."

There were more than a few who voiced great concern over bacteria and germs
being brought in via footwear and even clothing.  One even commented that they
change out of their clothing and shoes immediately upon arrival back home, into
their "house clothes" in an effort to keep away contamination.

Now let me say here that I completely understand special situations in which there may be
a person in the home with life-threatening conditions that require the utmost care in
keeping contaminants and bacteria to a minimum.
Who on earth would argue that they of all people have every right to make
any special request they care to when a life is at stake.

But to ask visitors/guests to remove their shoes at the door (especially for some on just
their first or second visit) would honestly almost be a deal-breaker for me.

One person readily admitted holding to the no-shoes rule because they have
nice new white carpeting and didn't want it soiled.

{I have soooo much I would say here... but I will be good...}

Well, I actually think I did reply to that person's comment -- 
something to the affect that unsuspecting guests to their home should not
be penalized for their guest-unfriendly choice of flooring, and perhaps
they might like to have their guests simply hover over their precious
pristine carpets while visiting, if such an ability existed.

My thought was that mandating a no-shoes policy for anyone other than
those living at the home was akin to elevating the home, it's contents,
and it's furnishings above the importance of genuine hospitality.

My daughter used to occasionally visit a friend's home that had the 
no-shoes-inside policy and it was also awkward for us.

And there was ALWAYS a huge pile of shoes outside the
front door of their otherwise gorgeous home.

At the end of a visit, one was left clamoring through a pile of 
shoes not belonging to you and it was rather, well.. 

I have a feeling this subject may be divided even down
regional lines.  I suspect that in the South we may be a bit less
prone to require shoes off upon entering
I don't have this as scientific data, but as a girl from the 
South, it would just never fly to stop someone at the door
and ask them to remove a major article of clothing.

Don't get me wrong -- if you could secretly video me during any given week,
you'd find that my shoes are off 90% of the time.
I find out someone is coming over.
Then, the mad rush to grab shoes, fix hair, makeup, etc.
begins... but there will ALWAYS be shoes found and

And when the person leaves, OFF go the shoes again.   :)

But it has nothing to do with anything other than it just feels good.

Unless.... and here is where it gets personal to the situation.
If you are family, or super-long-time friends, and you've been here
a "billion" times before, chances are we'll relax our rules a bit
and perhaps visit sans shoes.

But for the most part, I'm taking the side of wishing to 
keep my shoes on, please.  For me it just seems awfully 
personal to ask me to remove my shoes at your door.
I guess that's more of me than I care to share ---
and it sure ruins the otherwise great, pulled-together look
of an awesome outfit!  Hee - hee!!   :)

So do tell, friends ---
what's YOUR spin on the issue?

Are you shoe-less in Seattle?
Barefoot in Bakersfield?
Well-heeled in Williamsburg?

I'm dying to know!



Sunday, December 12, 2010

Faux Real - I love this Faux Fire.

Here in Florida we are having some wonderful cold weather -- the kind you'd expect to
have this time of year, instead of our usual temps in the 80's in December 
and if you've read my blog very long 
at all
you have to know I am just 
HAPPY about this!

The house we live in now is old (1891) and has character galore 
but what it no longer has 
are working fireplaces...

It used to have three of them --
two downstairs and one upstairs.

When the house was cut in half and moved out here to the country from it's place
in our town's historic district, 
a lot of things had to be compromised and the fireplaces were one of those things.

All but one of the three still stand and have their mantles, but a peek inside 
the hearth shows that they are now an integral part of the HVAC system
and house the A/C returns.   



Instead of a crackling fire in the hearth during this wintery weather week,
I've been enjoying is FABULOUS!

Okay, before you turn your nose up at it and declare it's admittedly hokey 
nature, give it a shot.

It has that beautiful crackling "fire" sound


an INCREDIBLE, long playlist of some 

Just click it on and leave it!  The music will play, you get the
continual crackling of the fire with the music, and the fire
"burning" on your screen as long as you leave it up.

It's been my mainstay as I've been decorating the house
and I thought I'd share it with

Be back soon to chat!



Friday, December 3, 2010

We're Stylin', Passing The Love, And Sharing Some Fun Facts...

I got the sweetest blog award and I'd love thank Adrienne of
(don't you just LOVE that name??)

The award is the 
"Stylish Blogger Award"
and it completely made me smile.  :)

Thank you, Adrienne!!  How fun!!! 

Along with the award, I am constrained to share 7 fun facts with you
then pass the award on to 7 other stylin' bloggers.  
Super fun!    

Sooooo, let's get this party started:

1.)  I am a city-girl through and through.  I never want to go camping a day in my life.
Ever.  There's a reason we've made improvements through the centuries to include indoor
plumbing, electricity and running water.  If I ever get a hankering for the 
"good old days"... take me antique shopping.  ;)

2.)  Though I am a city girl... I do harbor a secret desire for the more
simple things -- things with the character that only history can give.
Wooden screen doors slamming as guests enter.  Large farmhouse-style kitchens
with a big gathering table and lots of "elbow room" for guests that will 
inevitably congregate there.
Like this old truck... man, I'd love to have this or one like it...

We used to pass an old (Ford? Chevy?) truck on the way to church each Sunday morning that was for sale out in someone's yard.  It was there for years... until one day it was gone.  I secretly hoped that maybe it was gone because my hubby, having heard my dreams of having it, secretly bought it for me and it had disappeared from the man's yard and was out being restored for me...
It did sell, I suppose, but it does not reside with me.  :) 

That's ok -- my "dreams for it were silly anyway.  I didn't want to drive it, I wanted to park it in our
yard, just like you see in the picture above.  I wanted to decorate it for the seasons/holidays...
hay bales in the truck bed with pumpkins, etc. for Fall.  Decked out with little white twinkle lights and
a gorgeous big wreath for Christmas.  Flags and bunting for Summer.  And tubs of flowers and
Spring flower garland for Spring.  Hearts for Valentines Day, Shamrocks for St. Patty's day, etc...

And when we have outdoor parties -- fill the back up with ice for drinks!  

So, as you can see... I only wanted it for a glorified lawn ornament.
No wonder I didn't get it.  ;)

By the way, the 1959 Land Rover pictured above is a fully restored one of a kind that 
the good folks at have up for auction this month.  If you are so inclined to
participate in the online auction, just be aware that as of an hour or so ago, the highest bid
was at just shy of $100K.  
Just sayin...

Okay... #3.)...
Well... hmmm... Some of you may remember a year or so ago I was still sporting
blonde hair.  I'd been blonde for about 12 years or so and then I decided to go back to my
"roots" (haha -- hey, it was just sitting there, I had to go for it).  So, now I am back 
to my very dark brown hair.  I happy with it, but now my secret wish is to go for 
hair extensions.  Everyone always rolls their eyes when I say that... "But you already 
have long hair, what do you need those for?"  
Since when does a gal need an excuse for wanting an even more lush crowning glory??
Do any of you have experience with extensions?  The woven-in kind?
The clip in kind?? Do tell!

4.)  We are about to embark on a MAJOR home repair project.
Our poor old gal of a home (born in 1891) is going to have to have at least
half her downstairs original hardwood floors yanked up and replaced.
Termites have had their way with the wood and we can no longer put it off.
But, I'm excited about it.  The old floors definitely have character but they have seen their better days
and it will be fun to have new, good solid wood back down again.
Super dark, hand-scraped, wide planks.  

Can't wait.
Good thing, too.  Because this house has no foundation and no subfloor.
So... one false move on these rickety floors and someone is going straight 
through to the dirt below.
And... I will DEFINITELY be blogging about it -- before/after pics!

5.)  I have a keen interest in the whole raw food diet.  But no clue how I could ever
truly incorporate it into my life.  I stay so busy I barely cook a "real" meal anymore,
and from what I've seen, the raw food way requires a lot of planning, special buying
and prep.  By the way, for those wondering what a raw food diet is, it is NOT where you
eat anything gross like raw meat.  It is a plant-based diet that involves no cooked foods --
everything eaten in it's most natural state.
Anyone have experience with eating this way??  I'd love to hear your story!

6.)  In the wake of what I said above in #5, I am the same gal who
at any given moment will suddenly crave a wonderful steak.  Not often, mind you,
but when I do, it's like I MUST get one.  And then there is my love of 
coffee.  And candy.  And baking sweets.  See now why #5 is probably going to just
stay a pipe dream for me??  ;)

7.)  I would have another child in a heartbeat if I could.  When I saw the wonderful
I was so thrilled for them!  No doubt, they faced naysayers since they are no longer 
within society's guidelines for what is considered the proper age to still bear children.
So I congratulate them for choosing to bring life into the world again -- I imagine
that their new little boy will bring only joy, love, and healing to their home.
Yippee for them!   :)

And now for the seven other bloggers I'd like to pass this award of style on to...

1.)  Melanie from The Musing Magpie

2.)   Lila from Pretty Prowler

3.)   Laura from Verbena Nested Treasures

4.)  Barbara from Hampton Hostess

6.) Leigha from Elle Oh

7.)  Maryanne from Beadboard Upcountry

I think you'll enjoy each and every one of their blogs -- there is
something for everyone at each one.   


And thank you again, Adrienne, for passing the
"Stylish Blogger"award to me!  

Sooo fun!!

Have a great weekend everyone!
It's December and it's chilly here (finally!) -- great weather
to get out of the house.   


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This Just In!

Just popping in to say "HI" again and let you see a few new things
just put up!

Click over to our "THIS JUST IN" page to see the details!



Monday, November 29, 2010

I Don't Know About You, But I'm Following Charlotte's Lead! (COUPON CODE ALERT!)

Today is "Cyber Monday",
the web's biggest shopping day of the year!

Cyber Monday always follows "Black Friday" 
(which always confused me... 
we have Thanksgiving Thursday, followed by
"things-gettin' Friday"... but I digress...).
Cyber Monday is a day set apart to encourage the kickoff of your holiday shopping
-- completely online!

I don't know about you, but I do AT LEAST 80% of my shopping online
ALL YEAR LONG (excluding groceries, of course -- but let me tell you, if I had a
service locally that would provide that, I'd be IN!).

No, that wasn't a typo.

At least 80% of my shopping, personal and gift-giving, is done online.
All year.

Part of this is due to the fact that I live in an area that is sort of 
(to me, anyway) in the country.  We do not have a Target or any of the "usual"
chain or big-box stores nearby.  There is one grocery store I go to and our
nearest Wal-Mart is still all most 20 minutes away.  
The nearest mall in any direction is at least 1/2 hour away -- more depending on traffic.

The other reason I've done just about all shopping online for the last decade is that
even when we did live closer to good shopping, I stay so busy with the store that I just never
have time get out and browse the mall/shops.
I keep thinking I'm going to set aside time to go, but ... a week goes by and I
STILL haven't gotten to it.  
I could have had the things delivered to my door in that amount of time!   

Here's how this works in my pretty little head:

1.)   By the time I get out, drive to whatever mall there is "nearby", find a parking spot,
and then trek the length of the mall and back, I could have done all my shopping online
-- and a load of laundry or two!

2.)  Even factoring in online shipping costs, I feel that
my time, the gas I'll guzzle to and from the mall, 
and the headache from
all those wall-to-wall people in the mall is WORTH paying for that shipping.   :) 

3.)  THEN, don't forget to factor in the stops for coffee (what?  you don't stop for coffee on the
way there and back??), food court if you are so inclined, etc. and you are MORE THAN
better off just sitting down with your cup of coffee at home, and instead of
the click of your heels on the tiled mall floor, listen to the click of your mouse
as you fill your online shopping cart to the brim and 
check item after item after item off your shopping list!

PURE LOGIC, right?  ;)

And when you shop The Beautiful Life, we don't even charge shipping,
so, wow... you are actually making money, right?  

Well... maybe not MAKING money,
but your hubby will LOVE that you saved alllll that money and will surely
want you to reward yourself with a victory stop at!  
(hee hee!)

 See... I can totally get you into SOOOO much online shopping trouble!
Stick with me, girls... stick with me.

So, allow me to help jump start your shopping today and give you 
EVEN MORE reason to sit down with your computer and cup of something warm and yummy
and get that shopping done -- 
Use coupon code WEB all day today at The Beautiful
and save 20% off your order -- all items, no minimum and including sale items.

Oh, and did I mention we ship for free?

And... did I mention there are still a few new items that will be appearing online
in the New Items section  a little later this morning?  ;)

See you online!


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shop Updates & Holiday Shopping Deadlines :)



Long time no chat, huh?

And because of that, there is SO much to cover in this post!

First, everything you see in the photo collage above is for sale on the site and
so far things are going fast!

The burlap ribbon and bags are FABULOUS 
Wow.  Seriously.  LOVE that piece!!

Oh, and the ironstone European-style pitchers... yes... LOVE those.

The collection sewn from true vintage canvas has been doing so well!
The bags, the pillow covers, the rugs, 
all are now listed and up for sale.

Thank you so much for your sweet patience while they got 
photographed and up on the site.

One click HERE will take you there.

Now, to catch you up on some info that may affect your 
holiday shopping:

1.)  We have JUST A HANDFUL of copies of the Autumn issue of Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine.
So few, in fact, that we took them off the site so we would not over-sell them
If you'd like a copy, simply drop me an email or phone us up.  We'll set you up!   :)

2.)  There are also VERY FEW copies of the Jeanne d'Arc Living "JUL"
Christmas book left in stock.  This is the reprint in English that we sold out of last year.
We have placed our last reorder for the book and what we have in stock now is it --
so if you'd like a copy of this book either for a gift or for yourself, well... 
you might want to hop over to the site to secure yours.

3.)  The last issue of the year of the Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine 
(issue #8) is on it's way to us and we anticipate shipping out our pre-orders this week, so
you will have it in plenty of time for Christmas!  :)
In this case as well, we will not be reordering this issue like we typically do all others
(meaning, typically if we start running out as we're filling orders, we
just place a reorder for more so we can keep filling orders) so when the amount
we have coming is exhausted, that will be it for 2010.

4.)  We still have some issues of the gorgeous Vakre Hjem & Interior Christmas issue
available -- but again, no reorders of this issue are planned so if you planned to order
a copy, you may want to hop over and get yours!
And, may I say, I LOVE that magazine.  I really, really love it.
And if you have been reluctant to try it for fear that it would be too much
like Jeanne d'Arc Living, FEAR NOT -- it has different "feel" (dare I say "vibe")
and I think you will be VERY happy you tried it.... VERY happy.    :)

Here's what's behind the "no-reorder" policy for the mags for these current issues... .

I'm a-thinkin'... 
how about if The Beautiful Life does something 
it hasn't done in 
all 12 years of business..?

S-L-O-W it down over the holidays if not even just 
shut down for December.

Revolutionary, huh?  ;)

Well, it is actually.  
For me, anyway.

And to tell you the truth...

just being honest right now...

I don't yet really even have a "plan" set in stone yet as to how we'll pull it off.

How much will we ship in December and until when?  

What will be the "official" date of closing for December?  

I just know that I wanted to let you know the plans swirling around in this
pretty little busy head of mine 
so you can at least have a heads-up about it 
and maybe be planning accordingly for any
holiday shopping you plan to do with us.

You'll still love me, right, if I wrap things up early this year??  

You will, right??    :)

So, as I say, I really don't have it all figured out right now, but I at least 
wanted to put the word out to help YOU plan.   

Haha -- I'd even take your suggestions on how to best pull off
giving enough time before the holidays to shop, but where to draw the 
cut-off for orders.  

Can you see I love being in biz, but when it comes to decision making

And it isn't easy because I ADORE my "job" (weird to even call it that)
but I also miss getting my own home decorated, tree up, and holiday baking done
BEFORE the week of Christmas.   And for the last few years, that is how
it's been.  

So, I would love to try and find some middle ground -- between making sure
all of my sweet customers have what they need 
and making sure my humble abode gets gussied up far enough in advance
to enjoy it for a while.  Plus do a bit of Christmas shopping with my girl,
some baking (MY FAVE) and visiting with my family
(ESPECIALLY my sweet dad!).   

I'm not going anywhere over the holidays, so I WILL be available
in the event there arises a shopping 
"emergency" that you have and you simply MUST GET something.  ;)

Okay sweet friends, I'm gonna let you go and I will be
working on another blog post to go up in the next day about a 
VERY SPECIAL Christmas item we have this year only
--- all the way from Africa ---
with a very special twist to it.

That's the next post -- coming up next.

Unitl then, thanks for letting me pop back
into your day and I'll be back here in a jiffy!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Molly Coddle French Tile Winner!

Can you imagine the beauty that must surround you daily,
if THIS is your art studio??

Or, if THIS is your side window?

your back yard?

 Each of the images above is actually one of
Molly Coddle's original photographic art transformed into

Aren't they INCREDIBLE?

Molly was so sweet to offer one of her tiles for a giveaway...


And I just can't thank her enough!

Molly's shop has more to offer than I could ever show you here,
but suffice to say -- if you want to get a jump on your holiday shopping...

One fabulous gift idea are her many gorgeous sets of

Love these!

I'm so thrilled to have been able to introduce you to Molly and her art.
I've carried her creations in my store for years and I can tell you, 
they are second to none.

Thank you to all who entered and as always,
never fear -- if you didn't win this giveaway,
there are always more tries just around the corner!  

Before I leave you, I wanted to give you a little
sneaky peek at a few more new things we've had in stock now for some time,
just haven't gotten them up on the website yet for online sales....
More fabulousness crafted from true vintage/salvaged
European canvas (from all sorts of past lives)
and sewn into these chic bags and pillows!

Until next time, I will be found in the shop office continuing to
press on shipping out ALL those pre-orders for the 
English re-print of Jeanne d'Arc Living's "Jul" Christmas book...

6 cases down, many more to go!  :)

You are loved,


Thursday, October 21, 2010

We Have ALL The Holiday Decorating Inspiration You Need To Get You Ready To DECK THE HALLS!

SO MUCH end-of-the-year magazine goodness to share!   

It's that time of the year again when all our favorite magazines
are all gussied up for the holidays in their festive finest with
ideas and inspiration brimming from their pages...
and the latest (and last for 2010) issue of 
is just that --
 gussied up in her Christmas best and ready to ship!

Our cases of the magazine arrived yesterday and will be shipping out immediately.

En route to us NOW (and HOPEFULLY to arrive on Friday, October 22)is the 
that SO MANY of you
have placed pre-orders for.

We fully expect to receive the shipment on the 22nd and the 
"wrapping and packaging and shipping MACHINE" will go into motion

The last issue of 2010 of
(different from their "Jul" Christmas book) is now on the site 
for pre-order, too!

It seems almost impossible that we have ALREADY reached to last issue
of yet another great year of  Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine!
Doesn't it just seem that these 8 issues they planned for 2010 
came and went so quickly?

Unfortunately, there has been no new news on when the company will
re-open trade of it's decor products to America again (there were apparently
customs issues they wanted to work out) but it hasn't been because I haven't
personally hounded them (nicely, of course) about it all year!   :)

They had hoped to have things worked out by this fall but alas, nothing as yet.

But we've stayed plenty busy with just keeping up with magazine orders with them
so we're happy.  :)

In the last couple of weeks, we have added some VERY friendly
faces to the shop -- all in an effort to keep the gears turning smoothly and 
hopefully get your's truly out of the office in the wee hours of the morning
and back home where she belongs a little more often.   :)

Three lovely helpers are now going to be buzzing around helping 
keep things flowing and to that I say a hearty AMEN!    :)

One of them is my sweet sister, Libby.

You may recall back a few blog posts ago I mentioned that we found out she had
uterine cancer (back in August) and underwent surgery to treat it.

She has healed well and has a VERY good prognosis. (Thanking the Lord daily for this).

With her healing now just about complete, she was ready to jump into something
to take her in a new direction and keep her busy with something new.
SO... what's a sister to do?

HIRE HER of course!


Libby is literally RESCUING me from an avalanche of paperwork/bookkeeping backlog
that has haunted/taunted me for months.  I am eternally grateful to her!

You see, she LOVES crunching numbers and sitting for hours solving the
riddles of paperwork.

Numbers CRUSH me, and the "riddles" that pop up endlessly that need to 
be unraveled leave me wanting to open a window and toss the whole lot of it out.
So, it's a match made in sisterly heaven.  

A sweet gal and bestie of my daughter will also be coming in to help out
here and there -- her name is Rachel and she will be, among other things, helping get all the incoming cases of magazines prepared for shipment back out to our customers.  When my daughter has time (between classes, her job, and her busy social schedule, she will occasionally be working with Rachel.

So, when you get your magazine in the
mail, it will have been beautifully tissue wrapped for you
by Rachel or Olivia.

That alone is such a time-saver for me.  
Many an all-nighter has been pulled wrapping magazines for shipment the next day.
Not that I don't just love that aspect 
(I am NOT being sarcastic here -- I TRULY do love wrapping!)
but there IS something to be said for being tucked away in your own bed
at 2AM vs. being alone in the shop until all hours of the morning pushing it to get
a jump on the next day's shipments.   :)

I love's ya, 
but I needs my beauty sleep! 

So, it is wonderful to enter the shipping segment of these three 
beautiful holiday magazines with the knowledge that 
I have some much needed help and will be 
experiencing firsthand the saying 
"Many hands make light work!"

Ahhhh.... feels good already.  
And, it is so much fun have the extra laughter and banter between
us all as we work about our own little jobs.  
It is truly a joy to be there all day.

Back Saturday to announce the winner of the giveaway 
of that GORGEOUS tile from Molly Coddle!

Still time to enter, so if you haven't yet,
whatcha waitin for???  

Much love to you all!!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

GIVEAWAY TIME! Subway Sign Style With A French Twist!

I've been away from my blog (and your blogs) for 

Your response to my hubby filling in for me on the last blog post was
SOOOO sweet!!  Thank you!

He read each of your comments and he smiled with each one.
You guys rock  - he was definitely feelin' the love of the blogging world! 

There is so much to catch up on, but let's start this first blog post
back with something FUN -- 


Just LOOK at this fabulous 6" x 9" marble tile!!!
I totally love the edgy subway-style wording but with French places...
Just love it.

The tile is the creation of  Molly, 
owner of 

Isn't it wonderful?!?!

Molly has SO generously offered to give one of my lucky readers this tile
($44.00 value!) for this giveaway.   

Molly has SO many designs.....

you simply won't believe your eyes and the few below
are, trust me,

If the beauty of these tiles looks familiar, it may be because you've seen
them in our shop -- we have several of her tiles and they have been
loved by our customers for years!

The giveaway starts NOW
and runs through Saturday.

Here is all you have to do to enter:

1.)  Leave a comment here, under this post, indicating you'd
like to be entered.

2.)  Pop over to her retail website, 
and take time to browse her site 
(you will get
simply LOST in the many, many, many tile designs she's created)
and if you are a Facebook user, be sure to "Like" her Facebook page
via the box near the bottom of her site's Home page.

3.) Stop by Molly's  blog!
You'll love staying connected with Molly and the new designs 
she's creating!   
While on her blog, be sure and join her blog following
(upper right corner of her blog).  

It's good to be back here on the blog and please enjoy entering
the giveaway and getting to know Molly Coddle designs!!

Much to tell about, but let's enjoy this giveaway and

P.S. -- We are now taking pre-orders for Jeanne d'Arc Living's
LAST issue of 2010 ... of course it is Christmas-themed, and GORGEOUS.
Click HERE to pre-order!

The re-print of last year's "Jul" (Christmas) book in softcover is on it's way to us
and if you already placed your pre-order for it, be expecting it in your mailbox soon!