Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick or Treat?

I am all for treat....



Pictures by V.Zlotkowski

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Today I woke to some morning fog and sunshine, what a brilliant combination. To see those trees reminds me always of rainforest images. It's just lovely! All shrouded in mystery. To see the day awaken from dawn to morning was beautiful!

And I had to sneak this in, since I am so in love with this pattern on my re-upholstered bench....

And it reflects the colors outside!

I love these autumn days.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Recent acquisitions

A small vintage purse from South of France via Etsy shop bOmode, just love it.

A lovely silver plated chafing dish, for small things....chocolates or other sweets? Found at Etsy shop vintagedazzle!

Two gorgeous turquoise glass vases, which I use as candle holders or to force hyacinth bulbs in the depth of winter! Look for more at magiebelle.

And below from Ebay: My little Bjorn Wiinblad indulgence. All three together for under $60.00!
Apart from the great deal I am so happy, because I adore his fine paint work and colors. The white gold china is especially lovely.
And all has arrived, safe and sound!

And this one is on it's way....

Do you go on Ebay? Or Etsy? It's such fun and a little thrill...


PS: Are you fully aware that it's Christmas in 8 weeks???

Pictures by V.Zlotkowski and Ebay!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Treasured weekend

Welcome to the cooler season! I love the glow of candles, an open book by the fire and all the things I love to live with in my house...

This weekend will give me time to work on some house projects. First to give my kitchen a tiny face lift. (Which I started already a week ago and now it's to the finish line. I will post....And then to re-upholster our dining chairs and a bench. Have staple gun, will use it!

Wishing you all a treasured weekend! And the time to do those things in the pipeline.....


Pictures by V.Zlotkowski

Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween at my window ledge

Year after year I dread a little the Halloween decoration outside my house. I am still not fully accustomed to the scary and monstrous decorations. I'd rather have something harvest- autumn related, perhaps a garden fairy and some trolls sitting around. But no such luck.
My son pulls out skulls and skeletons, chopped of arms with realistically drawn blood flow, creepy ghosts and murderous ghouls. My appeal to have mercy with the many small children in the neighborhood gets swept away. This is exactly what they like he assures me...
Well, I let him do his deco job and hope for the best.
Inside I have learned to tame the monsters and do what I do best: play with what I have and what the garden offers.
The pumpkins will be put to use in the kitchen and can be replaced as needed. The candles came from a party chain store and everything else has been in the house. There is plenty of Virginia Creeper in the garden...

Come Halloween Eve, we'll sit outside, bowls filled with candy and this year I promised to have a fog machine at the ready...
perhaps some of the gruesome details will be disguised!

Happy Friday you all!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What I am reading now

On my bedside sits always a collection of books, patiently waiting for me. The stack never gets any shorter, since I add to it...oh for the love of reading! Occasionally I straighten them out and some of the ones on the bottom get reshuffled to the top... for fairness!
But a few days ago Justine Picardie's Coco Chanel biography was displayed at my local bookstore and I simply couldn't resist.
It got plonked right on top of it all!

I love her story, her couture, her style, the movies about her and now I get a chance to read all nicely assembled by
Justine Picardie. (She also has a wonderful blog, just follow the link on her name above)

And have you read 'Daphne' by the same authoress?

But this will have to wait a little longer, now it's Coco all the way!

It started as good as I was hoping it would...


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Last Sunday my youngest and I hit the road to spend some time together. We planned on visiting one of the neighboring towns and on our way we crossed Tappan Zee Bridge, one of the old landmarks spanning the Hudson from Tarrytown to Nyack. Just as we were about to exit we we were passed by one of those lovely fancy vintage cars, white, ready to carry a bride and groom into their honeymoon...

(Proof that I had my hands on the co-pilot took the pictures!)

This one I found at the parking lot at Wave Hill...

And I spotted this old VW Beetle model during our summer vacation in Volkach am Main.

This Chevrolet pickup drives around our neighborhood a lot...

Isn't this so cute?

I love an old convertible. Just classy!

I adore old cars. If I could have it my way - and a budget to splurge - I perhaps would drive one of those around town. When ever I happen to see one of those beauties, I take pictures, discreet or not, I have an absolute weakness.

Thank goodness I am not alone with my passion and as we arrived there was a beautiful Fire Engine, just waiting for the boy and his mom to be admired and explored. How good is that?

It was the perfect Sunday afternoon!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Be connected

Another Friday has rolled around, one with golden sunshine and a long weekend on it's heels!
Hope you all going to enjoy it!
Yesterday I dropped my oldest son and his sweet girlfriend off at the airport and it is always with a heavy heart that I see them go...Back to Europe, way to far for me. May the rainbow be a bridge....always! This one appeared only a few days ago in the sky over our house after a stormy day!

Thank goodness there was back to school night to attend that evening and I did not have a chance to think about it all the time.
My husband takes our daughter to a dude ranch for the weekend together with a friend and his daughter, so my youngest son and I will make a cozy weekend for ourselves. Perhaps a movie and dinner for two?

Do you take time out with one of your children? Or the child? Alone? We do it quite regularly and I feel we all benefit from a little one on one and TLC!
They begin to talk easier and the intimacy invites closeness. Especially these teen kids of ours need the chance to let go of the facade, which they carefully craft and just be relaxed for a while.

It's going to be fun and I am looking forward to it!

Wishing you all a time to re-connect!


All pictures by V.Zlotkowski
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