Giant Cupcakes

For a long time I've been a huge fan of Tracey Rapisardi's decorating. I adore her use of a soft, soothing color palette. So very cottagey. . . . When I recently was thumbing through a decorating magazine (sorry, can't remember which one now - I have too many) and saw this gigantic cupcake in a picture of a kitchen she'd done, I was smitten. I was even more excited when I discovered Tracey has an online shop and is selling this very cupcake! I think I better start saving my pennies. Now, if I could just figure out a way to make it fit into my modern, granite, stainless steel, dark cabinet, un-cottagey kitchen we've recently moved into. . . . Any ideas, anyone???

Lazy Days of Summer

. . . . are here! I love so many aspects of summertime: eating the first cherries of the season, shelling peas, visiting farmer's markets, flea markets, garage sales, produce stands, beaches, going camping, fireworks on the 4th of July, and on and on.

Oh yes, and barbecuing outside. I don't like heating up the house any more than necessary or standing over a hot stove. Yuck! I love, love, love barbecuing, and everything tastes better on the BBQ. Don't you think?

What are some of your favorite things to do in the summertime?


When my mom was up visiting us a couple of years ago, she and I visited the local thrift shop. I fell in love with this cute train case (or at least that's what I've called them) and she bought it for me. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of all my aunts. When growing up, I remember each one of them having one of these and I'm sure my mom did as well. Any time they'd come to visit, I remember these as being part of their luggage. I wonder if they still have theirs. . . .
I can think of a hundred different uses for this and yet haven't settled on one. I'm thinking I'll turn it into a "sewing basket". Or maybe I will use it as it was intended - luggage when I travel. Love the blue color! And it even has its original tray.

Does anyone know if that's considered lucite?

Only 1 1/2 days of school left - wow! What are your summer plans?

Light It Up

I just adore this old lamp that's now in my daughter's bedroom over her bed. My mom got it for me to use in my bedroom when I was 3 (I think) and so I've had it for 32 years now. It was old before that so I'd say it's definitely vintage! All the metal was originally black and Mom painted it white. Love the pink globe.

It's survived countless moves without being broken and was stored away for many years to be used when my daughter was old enough to take care of it. I'm so glad it made it! I love the idea of passing something like this down from generation to generation.
I also love the sweet little print on the wall above her bed. I found it on eBay a few years ago. It came without glass over it so I went to Michaels and bought some to protect the print. I definitely have a girly girl who loves her pink!