Friday, April 30, 2010

French Impressionist Landscape

When we travel, we are always on the look out for a piece of local art we can bring back home.  It could be pottery, a hand carved wood bowl or a painting.

When we were in France we spent some time in Art Galleries and looking at street artists in all of the cities we visited.  From Paris to Avignon, we were looking for that certain oil painting that captured the feel of French Country.

We found a charming art gallery on a side street in Avignon that dealt in local artists.  We purchased this beautiful painting called Chemin de Provence, which when loosely translated means "way of Provence".

The painting is by artist, Jean Lescure.  I love the way it looks in our bedroom.

I love impressionism....what type of art do you like?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Notice Something Different?

Here is a picture of my powder room, that I have shown you before.....

Here is a picture taken today.  Do you notice anything different?

I found this wonderful porcelain night light in a black toile that almost disappears into the wallpaper!


Here it is with the light turned on....

When we had company over, I felt I needed to leave the light on while they were here.  Now the night light is just the perfect amount of light, so my company can find the light switch when they walk into the powder room.  It is the perfect ambiant light.

I found it on EBAY, simply type in the words toile night light when searching.

It is the little things that make a house a home...don't you think?

Welcome Home
Penny

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Geraniums

I love geraniums.  They remind me of window boxes in France.
I filled some of my planters on our front porch with red geraniums and small white and blue trailing flowers.





Some good news about the Potager.  It stopped raining and I have filled two of the raised beds with the top soil.  Mr. Comforts of Home is finishing building the other two raised beds even as I type this!


What is your favorite garden flower?

Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Just Hanging Around

I am just hanging around waiting for the rain to stop so I can start working in my garden.
(picture of some of my roses hanging to dry)

What are you doing today?  Is it raining?  Is the sun shining?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, April 26, 2010

Inspiration and a Trio of Roosters

A few years ago, I purchased the decorating book, Carolyn Westbrook Home.

I really like her decorating style.  It is a little French, a little country, a little cottage.

This picture below captured my attention, because of the rooster pictures (and the toile, ironstone, vintage books, rooster statue, etc.)

I already had two rooster paintings that Donna, of Donna's Art/Mourning Dove Cottage, had painted me.

So I asked Donna if she could paint one more.  She said yes and a short while later, rooster painting number 3 arrived.



And here is how they all look together.

Thank you Donna!  You made my inspiration picture come to life.

Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Playing in the Dirt Part Two

Well, playing in the dirt, became playing in the mud as we had a weekend of rain and thunderstorms.

Saturday morning started out partly sunny and dry, so Mr. Comforts of Home started building one of 4 raised beds.

Mr. Comforts of Home is an engineer.  So we never, ever, ever, ever, ever just plop raised beds willy nilly in the yard.  It takes stakes, string, levels, measuring tapes etc to even begin the process. 

Though as an artist, I do pick on him for his "everything has to be square and aligned and level" outlook, for my Potager, I think he is absolutely right.

Things were moving right along, until the thunder, lightening and rain started.


It will be a few more days before the French Kitchen Garden gets done.

In the meanwhile, here is a picture of our recent trip to France.  This is the gardens of Versailles.  Courtesy of one of our friends (Ron S.) we traveled with. 

Talk about engineering and making sure everything was in line and level....

Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, April 23, 2010

Weekend Plans

This weekend we are playing in the dirt. 

We had 12 "yards" of top soil delivered today.  How much exactly is a "yard" of top soil?

  According to Ask.com, "A large or contractor size wheelbarrow holds 6 cubic feet while homeowner sizes hold about 4 cubic feet. There are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard, so 4-5 and 6-7 wheelbarrow loads, respectively."


So, if I am reading that correctly, I have a homeowner size wheelbarrow, which means I have approximately 72-84 wheelbarrows to move.

We need to take this:

this:

and this:

To end up hopefully sometime in July with something that resembles this:

So what are you doing this weekend?  I would really love to know! 

Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Some Answers to Your Questions

I have had a few quesions asked in the last couple of posts, so I will answer them here.

First, Jeanne of Backyard Neighbor asked, "I love the bust your dh carried all the way home and around the countryside. Now, I want to see where you put her. Maybe you showed us and I missed it."

Here is Antoinette.  She is in my master bedroom on my dresser.






Next Question
Elaine asked, "We took a two week tour of France a few years, ago. I'd love to try the boat tour. Was this a fast paced tour or more leisurely? Do you mind if I ask what company you used?"



The company we used is called Uniworld. Click on their name for a link to their website. They have river cruises in France, Portugal, Spain, Egypt and China.

As for the pace of the tour, it is more leisurely than a bus tour is, because your "home" moves with you. You are not checking into new hotels and packing and unpacking every day. You can choose to go on the excursions at each port, or just relax on the ship.

I have often been asked questions about where I purchased items, color of paint I use in my house, mosaic questions, etc... Sometimes it is hard to answer because the asker doesn't have an email or a blog. So, I might have missed a question.


Please feel free in the comments on this post to ask any question you want, and I will try to answer them in the next post. 
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Gift

When I came home from my vacation in France, I found a surprise email from a blog friend.  Ginger from Enchanting Cottage had emailed me and said, "I have a small something I would love to send you, a little something for your home. Would you mind if I had your address, then I will get it in the mail to you. It's not much but I thought of you when I saw it. It has your name all over it."

Well, of course I would love a special package, just for me!  So I sent Ginger my address and very shortly a package arrived at my door.

It was this wonderfully scented candle, in the best muted colors with a black wax seal hanging from a black cord. 


And remember when Ginger said, "it has your name all over it"?

Look at the lid!!! The Comforts of Home!!!  And not only that...the curved lettering says, Cobbler on the porch...and then in FRENCH it says Cobbler sur la verande (which when translated means on the porch).

Thank you Ginger....it definately is perfect for my home.  You are so sweet to think of me and I will think of you each time I light this beautiful candle!

p.s. a lot of you have requested more pictures of France so every so often in a post, I will add a picture or two...xo


A view from an old Chateau near Milly-Lamartine, France

Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, April 19, 2010

France...The Rest of The Story

During the 3 weeks we spent in France, I took 386 pictures.  I know that looking at travel pictures can be really boring, and I have gone on about this trip for a couple of weeks worth of posts.

So, I thought I would show you a few more random pictures of the south of France and then this post will be the final post of the trip.

There are about 25 pictures to follow....so go get an espresso or a glass of wine, put on some French music and take your time, looking at the beauty of France.

The ship we traveled on.
Our cabin.


Normandy Beaches including Omaha Beach and the American Cemetary at Colleville.





Towns, wineries, chataeus...




The French countryside with cows, sheep, gardens...




An Olive Farm


Wonderful French windows, expresso, flower markets and dining al fresco.




A little more shopping and of course Lavender.



As you can see, we enjoyed our trip to France very much.  Thank you for letting me share it with you.

Next post....back to the Comforts of Home....
Welcome Home,
Penny