Monday, February 27, 2012

Creating a Life List

After reading a few blogger's life lists recently, I decided to create one of my own.
Wow, it's not easy when there's a world of possibilities. I doubt I will get to all of them
but it is fun to dream.

I am putting some things on the list that are definitely doable and some that aren't. I'm enjoying just thinking about it.

I am not ready to post the complete life list yet because it is not finished. Here are a few of the items on my list:


A stay at the Ice Hotel in Sweden. I just watched a documentary about this and it was fascinating.

 

Everything is made of ice. The walls, the beds, all the furniture.


Doesn't that look dreamy?  It is supposed to be very warm under the bedding.



I have never been to Sweden or any of the Scandinavian countries. This would be a trip of a lifetime. So of course it goes on the bucket list.

I have to say most of the items on the list are travel related.  Here's another one:

Photographing snow monkeys in Japan.


Another item on the list?  Dinner in a lighthouse. And after tomorrow night I can cross this off my list.
I'll blog about my experience later in the week.

Anyone want to create a life list/bucket list and share it with me?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I like words


At my Christmas party last year a friend said to me, "You like words, huh?" As I looked around the condo I noticed he was right.

There's Eat Drink and Be Merry gracing the dining room wall leading to the hallway.


And keep calm and carry on in the hallway leading to the dining room.  My sister said it is placed well because if I burn dinner I can always look at the poster and remind myself to keep calm.


Over the french doors leading to the living room there is a ski which instructs you to enter with a Christmas heart.


Again in the corner of the dining room more words. Inspired by London.



In the kitchen,  French words on the Steinlein print with the woman and her cats and dogs.


In the living room, the angel is made of newsprint. Lots and lots of words there.


All is calm all is bright above the doorway leading to the dining room.


And even the tray on display above the refrigerator has a menu written on it.



More words on the Chat Noir poster in the hallway, a gift from my friend Pauline.  I love it!

Yeah, I guess I like words.  Do you?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Percy is a TV star!


Percy was featured on the Boston television show Chronicle a week ago today. The TV station posted on their website that they were doing a show about Cats and they wanted viewer photos. I entered a photo of Percy and it was one of over five hundred entries.

I wasn't sure if I would be home the night the show aired so I DVR'd it. At the end of the show, I saw my photo. They picked my shot of Percy!

Percy doesn't seem to be too excited about his TV star status. I really hope he'll be discovered soon. It could be the start of a wonderful modeling career.

Here's the link to the website:

Percy the cool cat - Stoneham,MA, TheBostonChannel's u local Photo - u local, Your Boston Photos & Videos

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love is in the air


So it's Valentine's Day, a day for romance, for chocolates and flowers and mushy cards.  No Valentine for me this year.

But instead of being upset, I am thankful. I started thinking about all the people I have in my life . People who care about me as much as I care about them. It's not romantic love but the love of family and friendship. I am a lucky girl.

So Happy Valentine's Day to all of those special people who are in my life today and every day. I love you all!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Daytripping in Rhode Island


 I took a vacation day on Friday so I had a three day weekend.  This was very exciting to me. I feel like all I've been doing lately is work!

It all started when my friend Pauline sent me an email about the Kirk's Folly jewelry sale in Cranston, Rhode Island. She wanted to know if I wanted to go. Kirk's Folly had not held a warehouse sale in five years! Our friend Lori Lee was invited too.


Lori Lee and I had been to the sale a few times in the past.  We'd go to the sale and then to lunch in Providence.  We always lunched at the Union Station Brewery.


So Pauline, Lori Lee, and I headed to Cranston Friday morning. First, we made a stop at Starbucks and I am so glad we did because it would be a long time until we ate lunch.


Kirk's Folly is known for their jewelry but they also make frames, ornate boxes, candlesticks, clothing, hats, and scarves.


Their items are very unique. They are known for their crystal embellished jewelry. Angels and fairies are common themes in their pins, necklaces, and bracelets.


There's a little box with an angel. Valentine's gifts anyone?



There were more trays of pins than you could count. This sale ran like clockwork.  It was very well staffed. We were greeted at the door and given an angel pin and a plastic bag to put our treasures in. Staffers were available to answer questions and the checkout process was easy.


The clothes were made of the most beautiful fabrics.  I bought a scarf and 2 little capelets.


This is Jennifer Kirk, one of the company's founders. Her brother and sisters are also involved in this family business.  You may recognize Jennifer from her appearances on QVC.

I spoke with Jennifer and asked permission to take photos and blog about the sale.  She said, "Of course".


Another view of the beautiful glass items for sale. As items are sold, they are replaced with fresh merchandise.


This was just one small section of all the necklaces on display. They were arranged by color, all the blues together, then the greens, etc.


I could have used a fascinator for the royal wedding tea I hosted last year.


When we arrived the sale was not too crowded but it became more so the longer we were there.

Don't worry I will show you what I bought in a future post.


After lunch at the Union Station Brewery, we headed to Pastiche, a cafe/bakery located in the historic Federal Hill section of Providence. The reviews for this cafe/bakery were fantastic on the web.


I loved the decor at Pastiche.  There was a fireplace and a mural on the wall. The place is quite small but cozy.


We had coffee and split a vanilla bean cheesecake three ways. The cheesecake was phenomenal and I loved the graham cracker crust.  All of us took desserts home with us too.  I shared my rustic cranberry apple tart with my Dad and sister.  I served it warm with a creme anglaise and it was phenomenal. I will definitely return to Providence and Pastiche. It is only an hour away!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's February and you know what that means!


Yes, February is the month of love. The month when I'll post anything and everything about love. Crazy love, romantic love, young love. 

If you need your love fix before my next post, please read my February 2011 and 2010 posts. Check out the side bar to the right to access them.

About the kitty love photo, I do not know the actual photographer and I can't remember where I found it. So unfortunately, no photo credit.

Til next time, Chatelaine

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