Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Old English and I get busy :-)

Although the sun is shining brightly this morning it's a bit deceiving. The winds are howling, the temperature has dropped a mere 25 degrees in the last 2 hours. Promising to dip to zero and below. We're presently sitting at a "very" cold 10 above. Yikes! That's cold in any one's book. NO... this isn't a weather forecast just wanted those that have 60 and above to know I'm a bit on the jealous side. :-) Inside I have a sick hubby and I'm trying to get a few things done. After working away from home the last couple of days you know there is "always" something "needing" to be done. So, while I'm picking up, cleaning and dusting.. Old English and I are the "best of friends", :-) I try to get a bit creative and change things up a bit. I love the cloche domes, glass are any other kind of dome. So, I thought the bunny would look darling underneath. Almost like he's being protective from the outside world and the cold winds.


This darling plate is done by the artist Marjolein Bastin. A few years ago Mr. P. did some work around her home she was building in our area. I was fortunate to be able to tour that home. Now, girls.. I wish I could say I had pictures. Unfortunately I don't. That was way before blogger days, and a digital camera came into my home. lol She has wonderful products. Her paintings are natured inspired and so life like. Her studio was glassed on 3 walls and looked out onto the small lake my husband had built for her. Her husband gave the lake as a Valentines gift that year.. Some gift huh? She could watch the birds land and set in the trees and paint away. She originates from Holland and has many homes here and the Caymen Islands. At the time she was contracted strictly to Hallmark Cards. Now she has taken on many other ventures, Lang being one of them. If you'd like to learn more about Marjolein head over to this website you can read more about her amazing life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjolein_Bastin





So, while the winds still howl and anything that isn't nailed down flies away I'll be inside doing some much needed "deep" cleaning. I hope you find time today to shake things up around your home and bring a bit of spring in if it's dark and gloomy in your area. hugs ~lynne~


43 comments:

Happy To Be said...

GM Dear Friend..WOW! how cool to be able to see her home aren't you the lucky girl..Now girl you know I love the bunny in the cloches..I got some little ones at the Dollar tree the other day to put in mine at easter time..If my blog is still around by then..Hope all is great in your world today...Len went to Reno so mine is wonderful..2 whole days to myself..love ya sis..sorry Bill is sick girl..know this means you get double time work..hugs and smiles Gloria

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Brr.. it's cold ourside!! Please stop by I have something for you!!
Hugs, Terrie

beth at aunties said...

The plate is lovely. Can you imagine a LAKE for Valentines Day? It must have been some home. Please try to stay warm. We can almost see the pavement on our street which we haven't been able to since before Christmas.

Have a happy day!

ceekay said...

HI Lynne, your display is so cute and springy looking. I have a little question. Are you sure that is a bunny...cuz from the picture it looks like a racoon. Still cute...just wondering!!

prof en retraite said...

Oh Lynne...so sorry your hubby is sick!Hope he feels better soon! I love your bunny and your plate! We are expecting 13 degrees tomorrow night and for us Southerners, that's awfully darn cold! Stay warm...Debbie

Faeryhollow said...

Hi, Lynne,
We're a balmy 43 degrees right now here in the NC mountains, but later this week it's supposed to get down in the single digits with a below 0 wind chill.....and we're in the South!! I really feel for all of ya'll in the REALLY cold parts of the country. I'm sorry your dear hubby isn't well, and know how difficult is is to find the joy in life when your loved ones are ailing. It does help to feed your soul with the little things like the adorable little vignettes that you put together, a good cup of tea, or watching a cute chickadee at the feeder. You have to take care of yourself, so that you are able to give those you love what they need. Don't let your own well run dry.
Hugs,
Barbara

Susan said...

Love the cloche vignette...cloches are on my "watch for it" list. I would LOVE to find one!

The plate is gorgeous! Lucky you!

I need a little spring inside... going to go see if I can find anything to put together!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Lynne,
That is COLD!! I would have to wear three pairs of socks to keep my toseys warm. BRRRR...
I hope your husband feels better soon.
I do remember her. I had some of her notecards and always loved them.
So pretty and detailed.
What a beautiful plate. I like how you placed the bunny in the cloche too.
Take Care, ~Melissa :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Hope your husband gets to feeling better. The bunny is adorable. I keep thinking about the one I almost bought last week at HL. Thanks for sharing the information on the artist M. Bastin, when have time, will check out the website. When you finish deep cleaning at your house, I can show you where my cleaning supplies are and give you a key.:)

Kristen said...

She got a LAKE for Valentines Day. Man that's hard to top. What did he do the next year?

Sorry to here your hubs is sick.

Hope your day goes well and you and your "old friend" are having fun!

Lynette said...

Love your cloche and the bunny inside!!
Try to stay warm and healthy - don't let those germs and UGH's get on you!!

mbkatc230 said...

Lynne that plate is just lovely. I clicked on it to enlarge and the detail is just amazing. Thanks for sharing this. Kathy

Sharon said...

Such and interesting post! The plate and its artwork are just gorgeous! And thanks for the info about the artist. We are quite cold here, as well, but thankfully not as cold as you, it seems. Stay warm! We have a long winter ahead. Sharon

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Gorgeous vignette Lynne! And the plate is beautiful...love the bird on the watering can.

9405018--Pat said...

Hey Lynne, Can you believe how cold it is. Sorry Bill not well today. Yes I love Marijolein Bastin's Nature's Sketchbooks. stay warm....Pat

Raggedy Girl said...

I adore the bunny and would love to find a little glass hutch to live in my home. Thank you for all the wonderful info and I will go and visit. A gift of a Lake....WoW.
Roberta Anne

salmagundi said...

Sorry it is so cold and windy there. We are supposed to have a week of really nice weather, so maybe it will head east to your neck of the woods. Don't work too hard. Sally

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

9405018 Pat.. it is frigid out there isn't it? I hope you are staying warm over there.. thanks for swinging by. hugs ~lynne~

Jessica said...

Lynne~

10 degrees? I can't imagine that. It was 30 here over night but then the sun came out and it was 62 ( & no humidity. )Makes for a good hair day...lol. :)

I have a large cloche~ you know where it is? In my garage... on a shelf~ I've never quite figured out what to do with it.

I love this display & the plate is gorgeous~ the perfect touch of spring. Hope your Mister feels better soon!

Big hugs~ J

Bo said...

Hi Lynne...I am so glad you became a blogger & I was able to find you...I have taken your advice & changed up some of the decor in my house...after taking away the Christmas stuff & trying to put things back...I tried moving a few things to different spots (maybe I forgot where they were before)..& it does give a new look to things!
Take care of that dear hubby...
;-) Bo

ceekay said...

I am chuckling out loud...I see no one else saw the raccoon per your comments....can a person have raccoon on the brain??? Maybe that is why I can't find a puppy I like...they all look like ?? bunnies?? I promise, I will take a Tylenol PM and I will be much better tomorrow!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Lynne, I'm so sorry your husband is sick. I'll put him on my prayer list. You are the vignette queen. What a pretty plate, and how great that you got to meet her and tour her home. A lake for Valentine's Day! Wow! Wonder what she got for Christmas. laurie

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Hi Lynne! Oh the bunny look so cute under there with that little smile on his face. And that pretty plate...I think someone is wishing for some spring! :) I know - I am sorry - I am one of those whose temps are reaching close to the
80's! Can you believe it for January? Thanks for stopping by again - glad you like the chair & the trays. I know what you mean - once I find a new item to "collect" I tend to get a little obsessed! Seeing them everywhere I go and having to bring them home with me! Tunnel vision! Hope your Hubby feels better soon & you stay warm. ~ Laurie

The Muse said...

cloches are a gals best friend :) well ok old english runs a pretty close second!

i love the way it makes the wood...indoor sun!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynne, your display is very cute! You've done such a good job with it! Here's hoping you stay nice and warm on this cold night. We're still up in the fifties (I'm not in St. Augustine tonight), but I understand it's cold there... in the mid to upper 40's. So it looks like we're all getting a bit of the chill.

XO,

Sheila

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Lynne!
Oh it's so great to be back! I have really missed all of you!
I love anything by Bastin and your plate is beautiful!! I remember when Hallmark carried lots of her things and they were all so calming and refreshing. Congrats on the darling snowman spoon you won! It is adorable!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Hugs, Sherry

Tootsie said...

love the plate! got any crowns in your shop? let me know...I am so frustrated!

Tootsie said...

love the plate! got any crowns in your shop? let me know...I am so frustrated!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

So thats where the little critte is. ADORABLE!

Shelia said...

Stay warm, Dear One! I love your cloche with the little smiling bunny underneath!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Lynne,
Ooh it is cold there. I wish I could send some of 80 degree temps from California to you. We've had everything opened up so all the dust has been blowing in... need some of that Old English.

Thanks for sharing about Marjolein Bastin, I've always loved her work.
Happy night!
~Tracie

Charmingdesigns said...

You lucky duck!! Isn't it wonderful to peek into others homes! Love your bunny! laurie

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Ohhh my...sounds cold at your place! I can tell by that beautiful vignette that you created that you're wishing for a bit of Spring! The little bunny under the cloche and that beautiful plate is adorable...so bright & cheerful!!!

It's snowing like crazy at my place...it snowed most of the day and is supposed to snow tomorrow too...brrrr!!!

Love ya,
Chari
PS...so sorry to hear that Bill is under the weather...I'm praying for him now...even as I type!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Lynne, thanks for stopping by and checking out the frames. Yes, the sky is the limit! I'm having so much fun making them, it's like cordinating a room!I love the spring plate and rabbit. Oh how I long for spring!! Kristen

Glenda said...

Sure hope your DH is feeling better since his visit to the Doctor. He is now on my prayer list. Whatever is going around is really nasty. I got sick around Thanksgiving and really just started to get better last week.

My DH made a wonderful fire tonight to fight off the chill. Thank goodness it's nowhere near as cold as you are experiencing, but pretty cold for Central Georgia. They are projecting a low of 15 raw temp on Friday night with a possible wind chill (feels like) of 0 or below depending on the wind velocity.

Love the vignette you displayed, makes me think of spring and Easter bunnies. If you clean too much, you might give some of us a bad name.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Glenda, what a sweet thing for you hubby to do. I know the fire felt wonderful. Perfect for cozying up with a good book. Thanks for putting hubby on the prayer list.. We can't have too many of those..
hugs ~lynne~

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Very cold here too. The bunny is so cute under the cloche.

Take care of hubby.

I am hosting a giveaway and I hope you will join in.
Teresa

Anonymous said...

Lynne, so sorry your sweet hubby is under the weather. Brrrrr that sounds like some cold weather you've got there. It was 77 here yesterday, wish I could blow some of our warmth over your way. Your vignettes are always so lovely and you have so many beautiful things. Hope you are taking care of yourself too. Love, Cindy

onlymehere said...

I woke up to tons of fog and an inversion but it's pretty much burned off now. I'm sorry it's so dang cold for you right now. I could tolerate the winter more if it weren't so cold and had ice! I could even live with the snow if it came in smaller increments! You have some beautiful things! I love the way Old English makes everything look. I need to use it on my cabinets soon. The winter dries the wood out so bad.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Cindy, thanks for swinging by. Your 77 sounds pretty good right about now.. It was a -10 below this morning at 5. Now, we're having a heat wave of 2 above... thank goodness I have the shop and can stay in... hugs ~lynne~

Glenda said...

Old English also has a product called Lemon Oil that will help nourish your wood cabinets and furniture, if you don't need the scratch cover capabilities.

If you don't need "scratch cover", onlymehere, you might want to give it a try.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

I adore that plate! She's one of my favorite artists.... ~ I especially HEART Vera the Mouse! But the plate is gorgeous... love the watercan!

I can't seem to find bell jars around here. Where do you pick them up at??

Lea

Mona said...

Dear sweet Lynne,
I just bought my first cloche and I love it. Your bunny is adorable under it. What a cute idea. Lynne, thank you for your sweet comments. My granddaugher is fine..I just thought, as bad as the it was, I guess I found humor in it all. That is why I printed it. :)
Your home is amazing, one that is a place everyone talks about and wants to visit. I know I do!!
Sending you a huge hug!
Mona