Friday, September 14, 2012

Bountiful Blessings

This week my heart was so very blessed

with precious gifts of love from others...

"the gift of friendship"

At times I think we do not realize

how much friendships we share touch our lives...

{this week my heart spilled over}

First to arrive was this

gorgeous pillow made by Carolyn

{Carolyn's Etsy shop is swoon worthy

and quite frankly divine}

It was given to me by the fabulously talented

and the creator of Reclaimed Bliss...

Have you seen her "Junkin Pumpkin"

{made of canning jar lids}

Then one of the most unexpected gifts of all

was given to me by sweet Melinda of Alabaster Rose Lifestyle

She is a wonderful mother, wife, blogger, photographer

and has the most loving spirit.

I have never owned such a beautiful cabinet and it is my first

primitive piece to add to the Dior home.

I have always wanted a lovely cabinet to store our

linens and now I have this one to treasure.

I saw paint peeking out from underneath the ivory

and I asked Mr. Dior to do some of his magic

and when he was finished it revealed

  a gorgeous muted salmon color...

This vintage cabinet is overflowing with aged worn beauty...

I will be scouring the flea market for

more vintage linens to add to my collection...

I started adding grays around the Dior home

to get us in the mood for fall

when I spotted this beautiful old wood

table near the trash can of a home

in the neighborhood...

After a good cleaning I sealed her

with a coat of poly urethane

and decided she would make a lovely

rustic table for fall...

For a touch of whimsy I grabbed an old oil drip pan

from the garage and sprayed it with chalk paint to

have some table top fun...

I was excited and humbled to be asked

to participate in

the Romantic Homes new website

Their new website is

absolutely beautiful and full of inspiration!

I will be linking up with my favorite gals

this week!

Much love to all of you


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What a wonderful week you've had. Generous gifts, and a great find. Everything works so perfectly with your decor. Many more blessings to you.

Anne said...

What beautiful gifts!And what an honor for you to be part of Romantic homes!You are so talented and deserve everything that is coming your way!!! LOVE that cabinet pure beauty!

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

Love freely given always comes back to you, many times in ways you don't expect. You are deserving of all of this and so much more.

love you xoxo

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Always so Dreamy! Special to receive special gifts~Cheers Kim

Heaven's Walk said...

Blog friends are just the best, aren't they, Dore? What beautiful gifts you received! Congrats on your addition to Romantic Homes, girlie! How exciting for you! I'm just loving that sweet cabinet you brought home. Just perfect patina on it! :)

xoxo laurie

Polly said...

absolutely gorgeous cabinet! you'll have fun collecting old linens.....pillowcases are my weakness! what sweet friends you have!!


Ah, I love generous friends.


Sue said...

The cabinet looks great in your home! As does all of your other cool "accessories"! I don't know what it is about this business of ours, but we all seem to fall fast and hard in love with this stuff! Congrat's on Romantic Homes and I will see you soon at our favorite little place!

Take care,

Sue said...

The cabinet looks great in your home! A wonderful addition and I like the finish on it, a lot. I don't know what it is about this business of ours, but we fall fast and hard in love with this stuff and its accessories! I'll see you soon at our favorite place!

Take care,

Sue said...

I'm not crazy, well maybe a little bit. My comments kept disappearing and I'm sure its not user error ;0)

Burlap Luxe said...

O, kate you are so loved and to be gifted such things with perfect beauty shows just how much we adore you.
It's truly a blessing to be in your company.
all the gifted pieces are just divine, yet Melinda to gift you such a piece what can I say other than it was meant for you and your home that soulfully crys out the love you put into it.

I am so loving the touches of old you are adding, you really inspire us to look for more old and not to try so hard to achieve it :)

have a beautiful weekend, one with peace and calm.

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

Love freely given is returned, multiplied. That is you and I my friend. Without obstacles, nothing can stop us! I'm thrilled you love your pillow. It looks amazing and Mr. Dior worked magic on the cabinet.

Love you xoxo

Kristen Whitby said...

Hi sweet Kate! Lovely people deserve lovely friends. What a gorgeous pillow and cabinet! I need to make one of those cute chalkboards too. It looks like you are having a great week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well. :) said...

Hi - I've found your blog recently and I am felt in love with it! Your natural decoration is just beautiful, a dream!
Will keep visiting you for sure!
Have a great day, Barbara from Switzerland

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

And it's the way you put them together, there's something clean about it, never fussy.

Unknown said...

What gorgeous gifts! And your photography is out of this world:)
Your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I can feel the love all the way on the East Coast!
Love your new treasures and congrats on your new gig!!

Julie Marie said...

Good morning Kate... what a dreamy post... and such lovely gifts from friends... your new cabinet is just gorgeous!...I too collect vintage linens and would love something like that to store mine in as well... and how creative are you!...using an old oil drip pan to make a tabletop display!... guess I'll have to go raid our garage and see what's out there I can transform into something wonderful... congratulations on being a part of Romantic Homes... I am excited for you!... I love all of your rustic touches in your home and full of Nature... my home is full of Nature as well... and I am adding alot more of the more subtle tones now too... thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas... xoxo Julie Marie

Debra@CommonGround said...

What a gorgeous cabinet, love that fabulous patina!!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Kate,
You deserve every single bit of it. I always love the way your home is styled and lived in too, perfect.

I am so happy for you, congratulations on RH website! I am on my way to check it out now.

Have a great weekend, dear friend!

Unknown said...

I love your latest found table Kate, the driftwood and chalkboard are wonderful. Hugs & blessings to you, have a wonderful weekend!

Tanya :)

Jenni said...

Hi Kate~

Those sweet gifts are all so beautiful and look so lovely in your home! And oh! What a gorgeous table you found as well! :)

Congratulations on Romantic Homes new website, I am so happy to hear it! :)

Blessings to you,

Bohemian said...

Having such Generous and Loving Friends Truly is the Best Gift of all isn't it!? Loving all your Beautiful Gifts and especially your Curbside Find! I always get a Special Rush when I Save something that was Landfill Bound... I cannot Believe what some folks toss out! Thanks for coming by for a Blog Visit.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Olive said...

Friends who help add to our collections are the best. You do shop the curb so well.

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

How beautiful...
Congrats on Romantic Home!! You have such gorgeous taste and such's no wonder!
(Hope to catch up one day???)
Huge hugs form Jersey. xoxoxo

must love junk said...

Wow, what incredible friends you have!! LOVE all of your gifts, and of course you've incorporated them perfectly into your decor! Gorgeous pics as always!!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Kate, that pillow is just so you! And that cabinet is simply fantastic. Congrats with the Romantic Homes adventure. It is one of my favorite magazines. I must tell you how it touches my heart when you refer to me as one of your favorite gals. You are such a sweet and kind person. Love being a blog friend! And I know we would be great friends if we ever met!

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