A Tidy Armoire

I did a little straightening in my armoire as I continue to clean everything out.

It’s nice to not have everything stuffed and filled to the brim.  I like having space in my storage pieces.
This is my little collection of Laduree Macaron boxes.  I can’t bear to throw them away because they are so colorful and chic.  I pick up a small box of these luscious morsels at the Paris airport on my way home every time. My daughter loves them.

I store some of our wedding mementos in here too, like our sterling goblets and ring boxes.

Other items include a special basket I found in Provence along with lavender-filled toile sachets made with antique toile remnants.

I also use the top shelf for keeping large paper items that need to lay flat.  I have a pair of vintage Czech rooster prints that need to be framed.  I’ll get around to it someday.  They would look awesome in a kitchen or dining room.

And I keep advertising posters that I find and pick up in France…for free.  These are all over Paris and Pro…

A Solution For My Craft Room

I don’t think I’ve ever shown you my entire craft room.  It’s very hard to photograph.  It’s a large space located on the 3rd floor and has two dormer windows on each end.

I love my Martha Stewart craft tables but with their open legs you could see right through them as you come up the stairs.

I also keep a cheap plastic rolling cart of drawers underneath which is handy for scissors, tape, glue, etc. (the not- so- glamorous necessary stuff).

I decided to add panels to the craft tables so you couldn’t see the unsightly cart when you entered the room.

I cut pieces of foam core to fit the opening then glued blue and white toile from Waverly to one side.

I think it looks much better and polishes off the area.

The blue and white toile goes well with a memo board that I have in another area of the room.

I painted this plain sideboard and added a vintage wall curio that I picked up years ago.

It’s almost impossible to get a photo of this section because of the light that comes in from the dormer win…

Some Final January Organizing

The glass front cabinets in my kitchen had gotten a little mismatched.  They weren’t crowded, just not as cohesive as I like.

I decided to put all my white ironstone together in the butler’s pantry HERE and leave the silver pieces in the kitchen cabinets.

It helps me to find the things that I need when I have like things grouped together.

I moved my Provençal pottery back over to the range mantle.

Speaking of French pottery, I can’t wait to look for more treasures on the Fall Brocanting Tour in France, September 26-October 3, 2014.
Let me know if you are interested in going.  It's almost sold out with only 1 spot left.
Blessings, Kim

The Best Melt-In-Your Mouth Biscuit Recipe

Another cold snowy day made for a perfect opportunity to make one of my favorite quick bread recipes.

I usually make these around the holidays for a party appetizer, but they are delicious any time of year. They are absolutely the best melt-in-your mouth bread morsel you will ever eat!

The great part is that there are only 3 (yes, THREE) ingredients and they are super easy and fast to make.
Let me warn you now:  They are not low calorie and are high in fat, but hey, they are so small we’re just talking about eating a couple, right?
Prep: 8 minutes Bake: 15 minutes
(1) 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 cup self-rising flour
Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy.  Gradually add flour, beating at low speed just until blended.
Spoon dough into ungreased miniature muffin pan, filling full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden. Serve immediately.   Yield 1 dozen.


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4 Easy Organizing Ideas For Your Craft Room (I’m Letting You Look In My Drawers!)

Ready to organize your craft room?  Here are 4 ideas that I utilize in my craft room to help keep me organized.

ONE: Is your rubber stamp collection out of hand?  Here’s a trick to help corral all those pieces.
I use inexpensive plastic frames turned upside down for rubber stamp storage.  If you don’t want to purchase these frames, use shoebox lids…they’re free!
You don’t have to worry about ink getting on things and they fit nicely in drawers.  They are also easy to transport when you need to use them.  Just grab the picture-frame-turned-tray and go!

TWO: Use vintage cups and saucers to organize small items in your drawers.

I found this charming set of French Limoges custard cups and saucers and they give me something pretty to look at when I’m searching for small pieces.
Hint:  These are also great for holding jewelry in your boudoir drawers.

THREE: Use vintage metal tole pieces and muffin tins to hold all sorts of crafting materials.
A vintage tole napkin holder now holds my Valentine gift ba…