Saturday finds

I've been absent from blogging for a week or so. Just a combination of many things going on and fighting another cold. I wanted to share some of my recent Saturday morning finds! Four vaseline glass plates, a wonderful glass cloche, a Southern Living Style book, an old mixing bowl, a charming vintage embroidered tablecloth, a great big frame that I plan to paint white and back with chicken wire, a cranberry glass plate, a set of gardenlight branches and a coat hook with old door knobs!

I also picked up this great 3 section room divider. The fabric panels pop out and can be changed to match the decor. Right now it's in the garage hiding all of my treasures. This great little red wicker shelving piece stands about 4 feet tall. I love the white rack - it was used in a shop to display clothes but I plan to hang aprons and linens from it at the next flea market.

I'm sorry for being absent for so long but please check back soon as I'm getting ready for my 100th post give-away and it will be awesome! Happy Hump-Day!


Happy St. Patricks Day!

An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Recipe for Traditional Irish Coffee
1/4 cup chilled whipping cream
3 teaspoons sugar
1 1/3 cups hot strong coffee
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) Irish whiskey
Place whipping cream and 2 teaspoons sugar in medium bowl. Whisk until cream holds firm peaks. Refrigerate cream up to 30 minutes.
Warm 2 Irish-coffee glasses (small glass mugs with handles) or heatproof stemmed glasses by running very hot water into them. Dry quickly. Place 1/2 teaspoon sugar in each warm glass. Pour in hot coffee and stir to dissolve sugar. Add 3 tablespoons Irish whiskey to each. Spoon chilled cream over coffee in each glass and serve.
We're having Irish Hand Meat Pies for dinner ~ Happy St. Patrick's Day


An Irish Dinner

Last night we hosted our friends to a traditional Irish dinner. With the fire going we enjoyed champagne cocktails and Guinness along with wonderful hors d'oeuvres of Deb's warm artichoke dip, Jim's crab stuffed mushrooms and sushi here in our cozy living room.For dinner we served a salad of mixed Spring greens with candied pecans, sliced strawberries, dried cranberries and crumbled blue cheese. The main course was slow cooked corned beef, grilled salmon, cabbage, carrots and potatoes drizzled with melted butter accompanied by Irish soda bread and marbled rye. After dinner we enjoyed a yummy chocolate cake that my friend Jill made along with Irish coffees (thanks Dar for coming to the rescue with your coffee maker! ) and Irish apple cake out at the fire pit. It was such a nice evening with wonderful friends!


The Groves Antique Market!

Pam "the Sewing Queen" and I partnered up together and had a wonderful space at the Antique Market! She arrived from San Diego Saturday evening and had dinner with my husband and I. It was hard to call it a night at around midnight but us girls had to get up bright (well not so bright at 4:30am) to get ourselves down to Irvine and set up for the market. We set up our side by side spaces and her canopy's were such a hit. She is one talented lady and she recieved several inquiries about her fabulous canopy's! The little piggy below came to market but he left with a lovely couple that own a shop in Old Town Orange where a rocking chair in the store awaits her arrival! The pillows that she sews are made with vintage fabrics and are all hand embroidered by her talented daughter Brit!
Not the best photo of my space - it was very early and I was still setting up and never took the change to take more photos...I sold lots of my vintage typewriter key necklaces, aprons, vintage jewelry, tea pots, cake pedestals and so on. It was nice to receive so many compliments on how nice our booth was and many inquiries as to whether or not we would be back in April! "Yes" we plan to be back on April 5!


Happy Birthday!

Our oldest turned 16 today! He's such a nice young man with a wicked sense of humor, a wonderful guitar player, a big brother, he's good hearted, fun loving and loves Chipotle.
Tonight we surprised him at our favorite little Mexican restaurant with about 20 of his friends and family! He was SOOOO surprised! He wanted to go to Chipotle after his guitar lesson tonight but I told him we needed to stop at Casa and pick up some items that had been delivered there by my husband's company by mistake on our way. When we walked in he was shocked when his friends all yelled "SURPRISE"! His best friend Kaley helped me get everyone there for the dinner and the card that she made him was the best - they've been friends for about 4 years now; like brother and sister really...she had put together a collage of photos from over the years, it was really awesome! We served carrot cake - his favorite (mine too) and oreo cookie cake for everyone else :) After he got over the initial shock he had a great time...even more fun was talking to him on the way home about the planning and what he thought when he walked into the restaurant. He has an appointment to get his drivers license in another week ~ where does the time go??
Check out the Farm Chicks - they are having a give away and I know if you have not visited their blog yet, you will be hooked! They are fabulous and I'm so hoping to visit their Farm Chicks show soon. I need to order their new cookbook as I know it will be chock full of wonderful recipes!