Sunday, August 30, 2015

Limoges China ~ Delicate Heirlooms

Happy Sunday to you all.  Today I am sharing a few photos showcasing a couple of favorite Limoges porcelain pieces from my collection.  And is there any china more delicate and beautiful than Limoges?   It is simply exquisite.

Limoges potters started work in the 1770's creating fine hard-paste porcelain from white clays found the region 200 miles south of Paris. It was considered a premium product, in part due to their strong yet delicate nature.  But for me, it is all about the delicate and incredibly romantic floral patterns.

Tea cups, plates and pretty platters are what catch my eye and I seem to add to my collection with each new treasure hunt.. And anything with purple flowers always seems to make it home with me. Such as the pieces photographed above.  The details are just enchanting.

I can just imagine the tables these beauties graced.  The dainty gatherings in which they took part of.

Today, these heirloom pieces let us share a part of the past and enjoy their lasting beauty. Starting a collection is easy.  Limoges can still be found at thrift stores, flea markets, antiques shops and even Ebay.  But be warned, once you get started collecting Limoges, it will be very difficult to stop.

Wishing you the loveliest Sunday...


Monday, August 24, 2015

Mason Jar Lid Nutella Raspberry Tarts Recipe

I have a confession to make friends: I love sweets.  Especially anything with Nutella.  This chocolate and hazelnut spread has totally won my heart.  And it turns out, I am not the only one.  A few weeks ago on our trip to the Italian market "Eataly" in New York, I discovered a Nutella bar could you believe?  And the store was completely packed with Nutella afictionados'.  The Nutella bar offers shakes, candies, fresh crepes and cookies stuffed with this amazing chocolate.  What a sugar rush...

So when I saw Stoneglable's recipe for Chocolate raspberry tarts baked in mason jar lids, I could help but feel inspired to give the recipe a try.  I did give it my own twist.  Yvonne's recipe calls for chocolate ganache and my tarts are filled with Nutella.  And how clever to use MASON JAR LIDS as tart pans.  Yvonne is truly amazing.  Be sure to give a visit

Here is the recipe for these adorable and delicious individual desserts.   You will truly love them.

Use refrigerated ready-made pie crust.  I used a large saucer to cut the circles but you can use a large cookie cutter or glass to make the dough circles that will go into the mason jar lids.  Be sure to face the rubber banding down and spray them with Pam or simply butter the lids.  It is your preference.

Cut out pie crust rounds large enough to cover the mason jar lid bottoms.  

Leave a bit of an overlap on the lids.  Prick with a fork before baking.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges of the crust are golden brown.  Do not remove from mason jar lids once they are baked.  Let them cool and fill them with Nutella.  Be sure to spread the filling evenly on the tarts. 

Add raspberries to the top of each tart, a little confectioner's sugar and mint for garnish.  Enjoy the goodness.


  • 1 package of refrigerated pre-made pie crust
  • Pam or bakers joy cooking spray.  (you may use butter too)
  • fresh firm raspberries, washed and dried
  • 1 Jar of Nutella
  • confectioner's sugar


  • Preheat oven according to pie crust directions.
  • Place 8 large mason jar lids with rubber strip facing down in their rims on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Spray with cooking spray.
  • Cut out 8 pie crust rounds large enough to cover the mason jar lid bottom, side and with a little hanging over the top edge.  Prick with a fork.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges of the crust are golden brown.  Let cool.  Do not remove from the mason jar lids.
  • When the jars are completely cool add enough of the Nutella spread to cover the bottom of the tarts.  Spread evenly.
  • Refrigerate for about 15 minutes
  • Remove tarts from refrigerator and add raspberries to the top of each tarts.
  • Garnish with confectioner's sugar and fresh mint.

Thank you all for stopping by today.  I do hope that you enjoy this recipe.

I wish you all a great week ahead.


PS.  I will share my peach jam and peach scone recipe later this week.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Moss Topiary Tutorial

Hello to you all.  I hope your week is going well.  

I have been looking for some accessories for our entrance hall but I had not had any luck until I visited Pottery Barn a few weeks ago and spotted some great moss topiaries.  They were not fancy. In fact, they were incredibly simple but with at a price tag of $50.00 each, a little more than what I wanted to spend.  

Since they looked so simple and unadorned, I figured I give it a go at it.... 

Here are the materials I used:

  • Container (One from my own collection)
  • Moss (I bought a big bag from Joann Fabric w. coupon)
  • Floracraft 6" Ball ($6.99) Bought w. coupon
  • Floracraft Styrofoam ($3.99)
  • Tree twigg or small branch (From my backyard)
  • Glue Gun
  • Ribbon (from my own collection)
  • dried roses (from roses I've already dried)

Note:  This will be a bit messy because of the moss so I recommend that you cover your work area with some old fabric or drop cloth.  You may also want to use gloves if you are using a hot glue gun.

Place the floral styrofoam in your container.  Make sure that it is tightly pack and secured.  Place tree branch in under and in the center of styrofoam ball.

With a utility knife, carefully make whole in center of your styrofoam.

Begin covering ball with hot glue and cover with moss.  (This is where the gloves are needed.  Just be extra careful)  You may use spray adhesive for this step just make sure you are working in a well ventilated area when spraying.  Once the ball is completely covered, go back and shape it to ensure that it completely round. 

Once you are complete with the steps above, you can leave it the way it is or you can add some ribbon to give it a personal touch.

I also added a few dried yellow roses to give it a little pop of color but this is a personal choice.

I love the way my topiary turned out.  It is sitting pretty in our entrance hall and I couldn't be happier. I think I will be making a few more of these.  

I hope to have inspired you with this project.  It is super easy and lots of fun.  The creative possibilities are endless with this project.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Enjoy the rest of your week.


Monday, August 17, 2015

My Travels ~ A Visit To ABC Carpet & Home In New York

Whenever I am in New York, a stop at ABC Carpet & Home is always a must.  This is the kind of store that offers a world of design inspiration and beauty for the home.  The prices are way out of my league, but the inspiration that I get whenever I visit this unique design store is priceless.  

The store has six floors of very high-end and luxurious goods.  From dinnerware, linens, bedding and high-end antiques.  Worn hardwood floors creak under your feet as your walk each floor, glittering chandeliers and massive antique columns adorn each room, and furniture vignettes stand everywhere. These goods and definitely for those with very deep pockets and impeccable taste.

Isn't this chandelier spectacular??  It was over $3,600.00.  I think I'll wait.....

Gorgeous rustic furniture.

Loving all the French antiques.

Look at the patina on these urns.  Perfection.


I hope you enjoyed the tour.  If ever your travels take you to New York City, please be sure to visit this incredible store.  It is located 888 Broadway, New York, NY.

As always, thank you for your visit.