I am a Christian, a wife, a mom to 2 grown boys, and grandma to 8 fabulous grans. My family and friends are precious to me.
Travel is a passion. As a young adult I was blessed to have the opportunity to live in Europe and the travel bug bit hard!
I adore browsing through markets and one-of-a-kind shops in search of the perfect treasure. You know, the one that speaks to the heart.
My passion is creating unique embroidered pillows,burlap Christmas stockings and other old world inspired home accessories for The French Elements.
I feel blessed to have created items for some of the nicest people and shops around the globe.
Back in 2008, 2009. and 2010, I did a post about YOU KNOW IT'S HOT WHEN.... Obviously, it was too hot for me to do this post in 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014. But, I'M BACK AND IT IS STLL HOT!
SO, you know it is hot when..
The cactus is still dead.
The hot water heater is STILL in vacation mode but you have just scalded yourself with water from the cold water tap.
Your clothes are dry coming out of the washer.
You don't need to dry off getting out of the shower.
It is still 100 degrees at midnight.
The local news team is thinking about trying to bake a pizza on the sidewalk.
You truly question your sanity for purchasing a black car with black interior.
When you go out to water plants, the water evaporates before hitting the planter.
Yep, it is hot. I have lived here since 1988 and I am always shocked when summer comes around.
Today it is supposed to hit 115 or higher. I am very thankful that I can escape the heat in air conditioning. My heart goes out to those who are homeless and have no where to go to escape the killer heat.
We have a wildfire that started yesterday and is growing by leaps and bounds. With all the flooding and just horrible weather around the country, I wish I could send you some sunshine and heat.
On a lighter note, today my first crush turns 73.
Can you guess?
Sir Paul! No last name needed.
As a kid, I loved the fact that we shared the same birthday month. It kind of gave me hope that we would meet and he would propose. Yep..
Why is he not aging? Well, maybe a tiny bit but my first crush still has it going on.
As a child, I loved chalkboards. I loved to write on them, erase the boards, make horrific noise on the boards (nails on chalkboards) and I really enjoyed clapping the erasers together to make a cloud of chalk dust. Obviously I was in trouble on a regular basis for the last two passions. I guess I was a little rebel. Hehe. As I look back, I can see army son doing the same things while in school. It must have been genetic because I never shared that information!
Ok, I still love chalkboards but I have calmed down. I just write on them and then clean them off with a wet paper towel. No erasers in my house. You never know, I might be tempted again....
I have some chalkboards that are attached to my kitchen bar. The sayings change from time to time (that way I can tell if hubby is paying attention). The long ones came from World Market. They were on sale and I think I paid about $2 each. Score! I have another one hung elsewhere. The others came from Decor Steals. That site is very addictive I must say.
Cute, I think. hehe
I am working on Christmas (year round) and have finished some more embroidered linen stockings.
I think you can tell what the inspiration was. I try to get as much done in the summer and early fall. For the past few years, November is a "can't work on Christmas due to conflicts". I am not complaining though!
I am off and running. Hubby is home today and I want to spend time with him.
I was hoping to post before Memorial Day, didn't happen but it is never too late. This photo made it to Instagram but that was it.
I have a love hate relationship with this photo.
My old blogging friends will remember when Jeff (AKA Army son) joined the Army.
I was proud and I was sick...cried like a baby when he told me. After boot camp he was sent to The Defense Language Institute. I thought that was great and he would be safe and out of harm's way. What an idiot I was. You need someone who speaks a language to go on missions that are dangerous. Duh!! That could be why I received this pic a couple years ago in lieu of a call (easier to "talk" with mom when she is not hysterical). I happened to be with J.W. when I received this photo. I texted back and said it was beautiful and what are you doing in the photo? He texted back it was taken when he re-enlisted for 5 more years. Waterworks and more waterworks. I am so proud of him and all he has done to keep us safe. I call him the bionic man with the titanium brackets and screws along with ceramic discs in his neck. UGH! Getting shot.. another story which I found out by text as well.
After that...the cell is pretty much always on. hehe.
I spent some time yesterday reading the letter in this pic. It was sent to my gram's gram in 1887. Her father was a prisoner of war at Andersonville Prison during the civil war. He was held for 244 days- from Oct 11, 1863 to June 10th , 1864 when he died. The payment due to her was $61. Our course it was never received.
So many gave up so much and still do. God Bless our servicemen and women, their families and our country.
So, a friend asked if I was going to re-do my blog now that I was attempting to get back into blogging regularly. She thought I would want to remove some of the "clutter" (I love her dearly or we would have an issue-hehe), simplify it and tie it into my website. I thought about it for zero seconds. It is busy and that is fine with me. I l have loved my header from day one. Tiffany did an amazing job and it always makes me smile. My tag line has been my philosophy since I was a young teen. French is a state of mind and that is not a bad state to be in.
O.K. I finished the second Burberrys stocking. People, in 7 months it will be Christmas. Time rolls by quickly. I am kind of like a one woman Christmas stocking sweatshop. In a good way.
I think it turned out nicely. I may have difficulty parting with it.
Three posts since May 7th. I think I am working on developing a new habit- regular blogging. They say it takes 30 days for a new habit to stick so we'll see. Hehe.
The photo's below have nothing to do with this post but they make me happy so I am sharing. I figure what makes me happy someone else may also enjoy.
The workmanship is exquisite!
Can you imagine waking up to this everyday? I could look out those windows everyday- no complaints. I would have a comfy chair and watch the world go by. I've always been a reader so I would need some good reads for those moments when I would NOT be looking out the windows. I used to share some of my favorite books right here. I think that tradition may continue.
What an odd collection! Dearie- The remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz is a wonderful biography. The photo of Julia on the cover is what caught my eye. She was a lovely young woman. To think that when the photo was taken, she had no idea that her name would be known everywhere.
Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger was a gift which I will jump into next. If you read The Devil Wears Prada or saw the movie (guilty on both counts), this picks up a few years down the road.
I love magazines but have gotten pretty picky with what I purchase now. They all seem to be the same. When I picked up French Cottage - Victoria Classics. I knew it was a winner. Definitely worth looking for.
Living in Italy by Alvino Fantini (love the sound of his name) is a book that I purchased in 2000. That was 3 years before hubby and I married. Every once in a while I pull it out and read through...one.more.time. Now, he reads through it. A kindred soul- hehe.
This last photo is a Christmas stocking I made from a Burberry item that no longer fit well.
As soon as I finish this post, I am off to begin work on another. The design will be different but they will work well together.
I used the label, the ribbon from the garment. Repurposing at its best. Hehe.
I only have enough fabric for the 2 stockings. Wish it would have been a dress or something larger.
Well, I have rambled on enough. Hope to keep on rambling.
My ONLY post in 2014 was about this incredible project. I am kind of in love with it. Let's just say if I could just pick up and leave, I would be there. In a heartbeat. Hubby, if you are reading this, only joking.
Actually, I think he would join me. He has visited the website a few times. I would like to think he was looking into booking one of their workshops (embroidery?) for me. Dream on...hehe.
This breathtaking chateau was built in the mid 1700's. It is located in the village of Chateau Verdon. The family started renovations in 2013. Can you even imagine?
You really have to see all the progress they have made. The website is a favorite and whenever a pic pops up on instagram, I am in heaven.
Oh, and they have very cool video's on the site. Can you tell I am in love?
Someday, I will visit. Putting it out there...hubby can you hear me?
Thank you for stopping by and my dear friends that left comments on my first post for 2015, I love you!
I do have a question. Why do I have to prove to my blog that I am not a robot? Is it just blogger toying with me?
The last time I did a post, it took quite a while as blogger had changed so much. Today...serious stress. He he. I haven't used my log in for blogger and could not remember my password. Then I thought I can just switch over to my Gmail address. I googled how to make that change. Evidently, if you try to do this, you lose all your old posts. Since I first started to blog in 2008, that was not an option. Too much history there that I don't want to lose. Now that I finally figured out how to log in again, the page looks very unfamiliar. Hoping I am in the right area.
In case you have forgotten me... my name is Barb and I am hoping to begin blogging again.
This photo was taken overseas in November. Still the same, just a little bit grayer.
We have had some health issues...again. As I speak, hubby is cancer free as of the last 3 month checkup. He sees the dr again for the next 3 month check up next month. Lots of prayers going up for sure. J.W...good days, not so good days. At this point, he is having more "not so good" days. Staying positive and always sending up prayers. Please keep my guys in your prayers.
Keeping busy and that is a good thing.
Busy hands keep one out of trouble. He he.
I wanted to share a hysterical link with you. This woman just makes me laugh until I cry. Plus, she is really crafty. This truly makes me want to find a piano I can work with. I hope you have a chance to read through her "piano adventure". You will not be disappointed.
Seriously, I am hoping to get back to blogging. It will not be like the good ole days because those days are gone. Life has become more hectic but that is o.k. I will post and visit when I am able. If this is my last post...I will blame it on the fact that I could not find my way back to my blogger log in.
We are finally on the other side of the mountain. Whoo Hoo!!
Wow, it has been over 6 months since I last blogged. My intentions were so good earlier in the year. "Stuff" got in the way. The last half of 2013 has been quite the adventure. It has certainly kept us on our toes (and quite often on our knees)! As I sit here looking back, it seems like a really crazy movie. Not one I would pay to see however. Thank God we have crossed over to the really good side of the mountain.
Early this summer, my precious hubby was diagnosed with cancer. We were shocked to say the least. My blogging friends will remember that I have been the one with health issues. When we got married 10 years ago, he married a "pretty sick ole gal". Hehe. He was the strong, healthy one. After treatment, surgery, treatment....today he was given A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH!
We are so thrilled. We realize how blessed we are. Thank you God!
Oh, lest I forget. Jeff was shot through the leg in September. Friendly fire (so to speak). He is doing o.k.
He is also remarried and I am now the grandma to 8 fabulous grans. I just doubled the amount of children to love. His wife is pretty amazing. She loves him and the job he holds. Being a military wife is difficult but she is up for the task.
J.W continues to amaze us. His health has not been great the past few months but he is a fighter. I guess we all are.
I hope to be able to visit my blogging pals. If that doesn't happen as often as I would like, please know that I think of you often. Many of us started this journey together years ago. Some have dropped off but we stay connected on facebook. I hope that 2014 will allow me to blog a bit more. Time will tell.
So, I was chatting with a friend earlier and she asked me if I was finished. I really didn't know what she was talking about. She said she had visited my blog and evidently I was still doing laundry from our trip. Oh, all those good intentions flew right out the window. Hehe. One of these days it will all work out.
To bring you up to date a bit (if anyone is there), it has been busy. I have been working on some projects that I am excited about. Well, I am usually excited about something. We have had some health hiccups but hoping good news will be delivered next week.
Jayde is a teenager! Can you even believe that? When I started this blog in 2008, she was so young.
We are home safe and sound. I love to travel but I am always HAPPY to arrive back home.
We had some pretty incredible adventures. We met so many warm, loving people both in France and Italy (even MODA)! This will be a short post with some pics. I still need to do the laundry that I started early this morning.
This was taken from a hilltop in San Remo, Italy. This city is gorgeous! And the food.....mama mia!
We had the opportunity to visit the fete du Citron in Menton. The theme was around the world in
80 days. Notice Jules Verne? The novel is 140 years old, the festival has been celebrated for 80 years.
I have to tell you that it was a highlight for me. Everything made from oranges and lemons. So imaginative!
This was taken in Antibes. It is one of my favorite pics. The gentleman looking out the window has the best view. Big sigh. Hehe.
visited markets through the south,
and participated in Carnaval in Nice.
The best thing however, was spending time with the gentleman below....
my handsome hubby. I treasure our time together and the memories we made.
So, that is our trip in a nutshell. It is good to be back (home and blogging).