OK.....drumroll please....the winner of $100 to HomeGoods and Lewis & Sheron Fabrics is

Carol Wilson  

How appropriate as Carol has a great Etsy site where she sells beautiful pillows!  You can bet she is going to get some great fabrics and make eye candy right away:)

For those who didn't win I know how you feel....I have never won a giveaway.  I know what it is like to walk around all day with your lower lip sticking out.....

The other day I was reading Flower magazine and ran across an article about Rachel Ashwell.  I doubt there is anyone who does not remember how she burst on the scene with her "shabby Chic" California look.  She made it OK to paint all the walls and furniture white.

Rachel opened her first store in Santa Monica in 1989 [crikey 25 years ago!] and wrote 8 books.  

She was known for faded florals....white slipcovers and romantic look.

In 2008 during the bad economy she closed her stores.....but she is still going strong with a Bed and Breakfast called The Prairie a 46 acre property located between Austin and Houston.

She still looks hot right?

It is available for weddings, conferences and retreats.

Here are a few images of The Prairie.

She decided to keep the original wallpaper and I for one think it works!

This is her own bedroom...love the blush silk curtains.  And I kinda like that there are less accessories......

I can still get into the look.....although I lean towards a little more modern in my shabby chic. 

I tried to find some examples....

Skona Hem

There isn't much modern in this one but the accessories are kept to a minimum.

I also love using large impactful accessories....

Again....accessories kept to a few and mostly monochromatic.
Skona Hem

In a white room....some black [in the vintage picture] helps to ground the space.  It is such a statement focal point and keeps it from being too predictable.

I love that the ceiling is painted high gloss as that adds a more modern look to this space.

 Another example of modern country by Jimmy Stanton.  Instead of all white he used a darker more moody color but I love the vintage picture over the mantel and that mustard throw.

Again most of this room is casual shabby but the fireplace is modern.

Yikes....I went from shabby chic to modern country.  That is how my brain wanders.....

I think if there is a lot of pattern in the room by way of fabrics then you need less accessories....just my opinion for what it's worth.

I could ramble on and on about this look.....but y'all have things to do.

**I tried to find credit for the images....most of them came from BH&G website.

Reminder....4 more days until Netflix returns with the last 6 episodes of The Killing!




In case your interested......I'm still sore.

Sitting down to go to the bathroom takes some assistance with walls and doors to hold on to.  Getting up is a whole 'nother story.

So we were on the subject of fabrics from  Lewis and Sheron.

Here is more.

Love this stripe....must use somewhere!

I have been seeing a lot of watercolor prints lately...

This is where I like to run down the isles "high fiveing" all of my fabric friends:)

A few more trims...

Love these flat trims for leading edge of curtains and on pillows.

So on to the giveaway....

100.00 from Lewis and Sheron


100.00 from Homegoods!

Even better is that L&S is offering a 15% discount for online purchases this month!  That being said I will pick a winner on Tuesday so you have 2 days to get an order in!

Better figure out what you want before you win:)

Have a great weekend....!




If you have been reading my blog for a while you know I have been teaching fitness classes for about 30 years.  What started as a whim [I can do that] became a way to force me to stay in shape by having to be there!

Feast on this throwback from 25 years ago....crikey I had on WHITE tights.  I want that waistline back:)

These last few years I have not done weights as often as I should so when a friend asked me to go to a kettle bell class with her I said sure.

I don't know about you but when I take a class for the first time I hang back a little to make sure I can finish....not knowing how darn hard it will be.

I can say that it was challenging  but doable and I liked the format.  Mande and I made plans to do it again Tuesday.

Well I guess I got cocky because yesterdays class was an ass kicking of epic proportion.  


Notice I am dressed in all black.....where are the white tights when I need them huh:)

The class started with carrying  kettle bells a 100 meters down this hill and back.  Whatever possessed me to grab 35lbs....[peer pressure....stupidity or the fact that I was last getting my pick] will remain a mystery.

I won't bore you with details about the rest of the class but let's just say I actually saw heaven a few times [had a small conversation with my grandma].

The soreness is setting in and I will be debilitated for a couple of days. 

Can't wait to go back.

Hard to believe I had the energy to go to Lewis and Sheron Fabrics after that fun time but fabric is always like a beacon for me.

I took a hundred million pictures so we will do half today and then finish up on Friday with more pictures and a giveaway.

Let's just get going here.....


Candy shop right?  You say you want more?

How about some great trims....

Pure crack right.  Now listen.....you will have to get in touch with L&S for any details....because my arms were so tired I could not write anything down.

Alrighty then....have a great Wednesday!



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