San Clemente antiques & decor

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More shops from our last weekend jaunt, San Clemente antiques and decor , a  very eclectic antique shop filled with wonderful displays, I really enjoyed this store. The handmade burlap bags were priced right at about  $40 each, a great bag for the beach !

Have a fun weekend shopping !

214 Del Mar #B
San Clemente, CA  92672

(949) 498-2992
(949) 366-0390 Fax

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Winter biking…with Hunter

It was cold and rainy this last weekend, but Hunter and I went out to  bike away…and to take a few pictures with my pocket canon.

The wind was blowing the leaves around and created a beautiful  background…

I like this park for photos and it’s right by the house….funny I have never done a photo shoot here. I love the natural stone wall, the rolling hills and the maple trees.

And I love this Felt  bike I bought from my cousin… it was just sitting in his garage.

I love the leather saddle bags on the  back side…

and the military details …

I Photoshop these photos to give them a retro  look.  For anyone who  loves the military style, male or female this bike would make a great photo shoot.  Hunter thank-you for going on an adventure with me even if it was just to the park, and your photos are getting pretty darn good !

Hope everyone has a wonderful week…

xoxo Cheryl

Review of 2011 by wordpress…

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people.  This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2011.  If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 132 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 281 posts. There were 1148 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2gb. That’s about 3 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was June 21st with 307 views.

The most popular post that day was Venice Beach shopping…”The Bountiful”.

Thank-you wordpress, and a big  thank-you to all of you who have stopped by to visit my blog. I have had some request for more pictures of Costal Beach shopping and alfresco dinning at cafes.  I will be heading to the local beaches a lot in 2012, to post my latest finds so please join me and have a wonderful 2012 !                                                         

xoxo Cheryl

French Inspired…

I used simple and natural decorations this year to create a rustic yet French inspired holidays. I used lots of pinecones from the local mountains and I saved all my wine corks and used them as my center piece for my dinning room table. I used sage greens, pewter, silver feathers and a touch of ruby red. My holidays were simply earthy and fun, hope yours were wonderful too !

xoxo Cheryl

Mystery Dinner at the Manor house…

It’s a cool and overcast morning at The Manor house….and the Creepy Chic Mystery Dinner is tonight…

  

I have set the table the night before so I have plenty of time to prepare the food  today..I use all my old silver that my grandma has given me and some extra pieces I have picked up at antique stores and thrift stores.

Here are three pieces I have just bought for tonight’s dinner and I always like to use silver, pewter , clear glass, and white dishes. I think I have spent about five dollars each piece.

I have  mixed  my thrift store finds with my good silver and they look great together !

 I throw the white cloth napkins in the washer and dryer so they have that crinkled look.

I decided to use a white pumpkin with a black crow to keep with the black and white theme.

I used a large white tag with a black and white ribbon for place cards. And I wrote the names in ink and very messy so they looked creepy.

The Menu

spice nuts

fruit platter

veggie platter

raisin carrot salad

pumpkin bread

rosemary pork loin roast

herb mashed potatoes

french green beans

assorted wines

chocolate cupcakes

red velvet cake

coffee

Have a simply creepy evening….

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A fine paper Shoppe …

 I love fine paper shoppe and this one was fine indeed. The store front window is fun and very creative “communicate with Jonathan Wright and company ” I wish I had a paper shoppe and a photo studio in back and a window just like this !

What I loved about this little paper shoppe is the classic paper Halloween goods , and the very nice paper stationary and the  beautiful pens and candle stamps. You will also discover gifts and favors for every season and occasion, premium writing instruments, luxury gift wrap and ribbon, as well as specialty books and paper goods. You can visit the shoppe  here at  7404 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, California  90036

Have a simply fun weekend !

Next post … still more wonderful  shoppes on Beverly Boulevard .

Mora’s Antiques

I love this vintage boutique it has everything you need for a Murder Mystery Dinner, and very unique retro jewelry. I am selling my old telescope that I  used for my Mystery Dinner last year  here at Mora’s so stop by and take a look !

A UNIQUE ECLECTIC SHOP

Owned and operated by the Mora family.

142 North Main St. Lake Elsinore, Ca. 92530

Hope everyone has a great weekend !

La Dolce Vita…

Summer has been very busy, with vacation days, beach days, pool days, birthdays and  lots of party’s and events,  I can hardly catch my breath. When I finally get some alone time I can honestly say I enjoy every minute . This special night  I gave Leonardo a big dinner and warm bath and put him to bed early. And this evening I decided to create a quaint alfresco dinner just for myself….la Dolce Vita (the sweet life) , complete with dishes I never use and lots of candles.

I bought these french blue and  cream  dishes at a flea market in Pasadena.  I love to find old gems like these plates. .. with a touch of yellow…Simply earthy.

I brought outside all my candles from the house.

 I decided to make a simple meal, a chicken spring salad and mint tea .

This salad is simple to make, fresh greens, cucumber, green grapes and grilled chicken. Topped with lemon , celery salt and olive oil.

I even bought a card for myself , and I wrote the menu on my chalkboard…

I enjoyed my alfresco dinner and I read my card over and over as I ate. Spending some quality time with ourselves is a perfect way to spend a summer evening. I had a cup of chai tea and strawberrys for desert .  After all  the work we do for our kids, we deserve to treat ourselves  !

la Dolce Vita … Ciao ! Thanks abeachcottage for Good life Wed.

February’s Inspirations….

 

Let you heart be light and ….wish.  Brandon my first son gave me this beautiful coffee cup last year for Christmas and I keep it on my desk so I can remember to close my eyes and simply …WISH !

I love the month of February all the beautiful flowers and special chocolates ,and I love all my keepsakes that I have gotten through the years  from my children and from my sweetheart ! Indulge  in your favorite coffee or chai tea , and treat  yourself  by reconnecting with cherished memories…  after all you deserve it .  

Have a simply wonderful week !