Entries from February 2009

12 Things

February 27, 2009

Hello Everyone! It’s Alicia. I am so thrilled to be here today. (Thank you Mrs. French!) Normally, I am daydreaming over at, Bloom, Grow, Love. But, it is certainly exciting to be somewhere new. I love anything that mixes up my daily routine this time of year. Throughout the fall and winter, I am very content in my little office, watching the snow fly. There are whole weekends when I declare it too cold to step outside. But, then suddenly (about the time that little groundhog reminds me there are still 6 weeks of winter), traveling, and drawing big vacation day XXXX’s all over my calendar are all I can think about.

For me there is nothing better than…

1. Spontaneous trips, the kind where you say “let’s just drive until we get tired and then get a hotel room”, until at 3:oo a.m. you realize the closest town is 80 miles away, the rooms are full, and you have to sleep in the car.
2. Going somewhere there is a time change, so you can frequently refer to what time it would be at home, and why you are lucky to be away.3. The judging of the best food of the area… the best pizza in Chicago, the best clam chowder on the coast, the best fudge on Mackinac.
4. Returning home with a large stack of Polaroids. No need to take the film in to get developed or sort through digital files later.
5. Convertible, top down, driving Hwy. 101
6. Early cocktail hour.
7. Guidebooks that are worn before the trip begins.
8. The night before the flight.
9. Driving south until the air is scented with orange blossoms.
10. New “vacation” clothes packed in your suitcase, ready to be worn for the first time.
11. A little campground on the beach, where the stars are as bright as you have ever seen.
12. Coming home to your own bed.

What about you: What makes you want to pack your bags? Where do you go?
xoxo- A.

February 27, 2009

Hello dears…I am signing off of my beloved bliss for a couple of days.  My little sister is coming into town…I am so excited I can barely stand it!  I believe I have left my blog is very beautiful, capable hands…
the lovely and crazy-talented Alicia Bock and…
my recent obsession, sweet, brilliant and always so fashionable Jane Flanagan

see you all on Tuesday…xxoo mrs. french 

blissful sponsor: inleaf design

February 26, 2009

Soft, quiet elegance is what I think of when I think of my next lovely sponsor, Inleaf design.   We have been in touch through one another’s blogs for quite some time and I have always been such a huge fan of Lotta’s work.  She has a way of making me look at botanicals in a completely different way…focusing on details that I often times over-look.  This is the case because her prints are made from the actual leaves, making each piece truly an original.

I almost feel as if her pieces are too special for my home…my abode just doesn’t seem deserving of such perfection and careful detail…of course, I have completely gotten over that and now feel as if perhaps just what my little house needs is a sprinkling of Lotta’s works of art.  Something this lovely is bound to pretty up the place….Now the tough part…choosing?  

I believe at one time or another I have wanted everything in her shop.  A constant rotation in my etsy “favorites”….at the very moment I have my eye on pieces with the Queen Anne’s lace print…and that blue, I have always had a thing for that blue.

Lotta, thank you so much for lovingly creating pieces that can pretty up any space.  Your kindness, refinement, and attention to detail shines through brightly in all that you do.  I feel as if I haven’t fully conveyed how perfect your pieces are and hope I have made up for it here…thank you for your support…
mrs. french

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