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06 October, 2011

Shopping for Fall Inspiration...and...An Easy Fall Centerpiece

001I needed a little fall inspiration, so my friend Linda at Nina’s Nest and I headed to our favorite flea/antique shop…the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta, Georgia…to see what we could find! And we found plenty! I love the wreath that greets you when you enter!

002 This display is gorgeous! Are you noticing a trend in fall colors? Softer greens and creams seem to be showing up frequently this year! Love it!

005 Here’s another wreath…but used as a centerpiece! Love the rustic jar in the middle!

006 We came back a week later and some faux berries and a crow for a Halloween look had been added. I just love crows! I think it stems from reading Johnny Crow’s Garden as a child.

012 Here’s another wreath used as a centerpiece with more of the softer greens and creams. The candle in the middle was a Pottery Barn cinnamon candle for $7 so Linda snatched it up. What a bargain!

013 Hmmm…here’s a thought…an antique finish on a pumpkin! I’m filing this one away!

014 I love this big candy corn…my grandson’s favorite! But you would have to buy a lot of them for it to look good. Now…how to recreate that? Hmmm…

010It’s hard to miss this old wiring spool dressed up as a Jack-o’-lantern! And here are a few demi-johns and a Santos doll, too, for good measure!

004 However, it was not only fall decor that caught my eye! I love this frenchy bust…but she’s out of my price range!

010 I have been wanting a set of bone dishes and these are especially pretty. Each one is different! Lovely!

006 Now here’s a great combination…a frenchy grain sack pillow with brown and white ticking! Love it!

011 You know I love this...not only a fabulous hutch, but it’s filled with blue and white pieces! Here, I have to admit, though, that I think my $6 Goodwill double happiness jars are a better deal!

019 And…I seem to see them everywhere now…my new love…Trumeau mirrors! They originated in France (of course!) in the 18th century and have a carving or painting in the frame above the rectangular shaped mirror. This one has some nice details!

008 Here’s one with an old painting…gotta love the sheep!

001And here’s one with a fabulous carving! I want one! They are just sooo expensive!

003 And here’s a sweet find that brought back some wonderful childhood memories. My sister and I had a child-size version of this antique bench when we were little. You lay the baby (or baby doll in our case) on the section behind the railing and then sit on the other section and rock! Ours even played music! This is the first real one I have ever seen!
 005So what came home with me?  Miss Isabella is afraid that it is the scary giant Jack-o’-lantern! But, no…it’s something I’ll show you later and…

pagethis idea! First, I made my own cinnamon stick candle by putting a rubber band around a candle, adding cinnamon sticks and finishing with twine. Did you know that you can buy 12 ounce bags of cinnamon sticks in the Hispanic spices section at Publix for only $3.39? What a deal! I placed the candle on a wicker charger, added whole almonds (on sale half price after Christmas last year) and finished with a fall wreath from Goodwill…only $4.00!

049 And…taa daa! I like my version because I don’t think it screams fall and the colors go with my Provençal decor.

038 And…I had enough cinnamon sticks to make another candle…and I still have enough left for two more! That’s only about 85 cents per candle!

053 Sooo…using things I already had on hand and spending under $5.00 for the wreath and cinnamon sticks, I have a new fall centerpiece! Not bad, huh? And I got to spend the afternoon shopping in my favorite place with a friend...a very nice day!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my fall decor!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday 
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Fall into Fall
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Fabulous Fall Fun
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Roeshel at The DIY Showoff for the Fall Festival
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!

76 comments:

  1. Debbie, thanks for the great pictures and inspiration. I'd love to have such a beautiful store to visit near me. I agree with the new softer colors for fall, they are understated in their beauty with the soft greens and creams. Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

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  2. Love your fall centerpiece and the pic of Miss Isabella!

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  3. I'd love to go shopping in that store...but no...nothing like that here in South Florida! LOVE your centerpiece. You always make things look so easy and chic!

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  4. OMG Debbie I think I love just about everything in that shop!! Let me know the next time you guy's are heading over their so I can buy my plane ticket in advance LOL!! Love your centerpiece and great idea with the cinnamon sticks! Martina

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  5. Love your new centerpiece. It;s great to get out and about and find new inspiration isn't it.

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  6. Wow, Debbie, your pics are great at the Queen. How did you ever think of looking in the Hispanic food section for cinnamon sticks?! I would have looked with regular spices and they are too expensive there. I'm going to look for those at Publix - what a deal. Oh, everything looks wonderful! Linda

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  7. Beautiful pieces you have shared with us, but that hutch made my heart skip a beat...absolutely gorgeous.
    Your candle came out really cute, and it sounds simple enough for me to tackle! I love the looks of it in the center of the wreath.
    The highlight of your post is lovely Miss Isabella...I am very partial to a calico, as I have one...

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  8. I'm enjoying my morning coffe on a day off and feel like I've already been antiquing! Thanks for the photos of all those lovely antiques!

    I'm going to have to pick up some cinnamon sticks at the grocery store today to dress up my candles. Once agian, love your centerpiece. That candy corn is awesome!

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  9. Enjoyed this so much Debbie!

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  10. Wow! That centerpiece is gorgeous.
    And don't you just love creating a million dollar look on the cheap? Fabulous post -- that shop looks fantastic. Too far away!
    Cass

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  11. I love the candle. I did it last year with slightly smaller pillar and it made the cinnamon smell float out. Yummy. Your centerpiece is lovely. The price is even lovelier!

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  12. Debbie, can I come shopping with you one day? Lovely photos. :D I like the centerpiece, especially the price! WOW it looks like a million bucks.

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  13. Debbie, you spend a day doing what I love to do, look for a little inspiration. This shop is full of it and I'm sure you enjoyed looking/shopping. I love all the soft new colors too being used for fall decorating. What a beautiful vignette with the lamps and wreath. I love the Trumeaus, I fell for them too and mine is standing on my french buffet. I love your cinnamon candle and centerpiece. Great inspiration and photos......

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  14. Great pics from my favorite shop. Love your centerpiece and thanks for the cinnamon sticks tip. Who knew?

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  15. What a fun shopping trip! Thanks for taking us along. I was hoping that you got those great bone dishes.

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  16. It was fun to tour the place with you. LOTS of great ideas there. I love your version at the end..perfect for your home..and the cost was minimal! GREAT job~ xo Diana

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  17. Debbie I will have to visit that store some day! Gorgeous and fun to look! Love the green and creams this year also. Your centerpiece is perfect. I'm going to try to find a fall wreath and see what I can make.
    hugs, Linda

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  18. Gorgeous Deb!!! Love your cinnamon candles and the candle glow is the perfect touch!!! xo Kathysue

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  19. C'est magnifique Debbie! or something like that ;) Love the inspration.

    Janet

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  20. This store has a really talented group doing all the displays! If I lived anywhere close, I'd be all over this place!

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  21. Looks like wreaths are back in style full force. Thanks for sharing the trip with us through your eyes. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  22. What a beautiful shop. Thanks for taking us along. Love the fall centerpiece. It should take you through the next few months.
    Guess where I am tonight? ;-)
    ~ Sarah

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  23. I love that pair of lamps and the fish crescents. I've seen crescents before but not with fish. Very interesting and would love to know more about thos.

    Jane

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  24. What a neat shop!! Thanks for taking us along. I like the softer colors, too...they go with my home better.

    What a great candle project! It's definitely on my list of projects. A little red ribbon would make it pretty for Christmas, too. I bet it smells heavenly!! Thanks, Debbie!

    XO,
    Jane

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  25. Oh wow beautiful fall centerpiece and all that great antique.
    Have a great weekend.

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  26. Love the cinnamon wrapped candle! What a great project & so inexpensive, too!!!

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  27. The cinnamon wrapped candles and the table centerpiece look gorgeous... Love the wreaths featured ....!!!

    Hope to see you participating in the blog party at my blog .... ;-) ;-) .. You can find the details here. . http://liventhingsup.blogspot.com/2011/10/itz-festival-time-2011.html

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  28. I want to go to this shop! Thank you for the inspiration, I love your version on the candle centerpiece!

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  29. Loved this Debbie, the aroma must be heavenly in your home. hugs ~lynne~

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  30. Great ideas, and what a beautiful store!

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  31. Debbie,
    Lovely Antique Shop, dear!!! I, too, had a child size bench like the one in your post! Pink railings and think the bench was white metal. Goodness that was ..well, too many years ago! HA! Adore your version of the wreath. Creativity abounds @ Confessions of a Plate Addict...thanks for sharing!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.S. You've had me swooning over this softer side of Autumn!!!

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  32. i can smell the cinnamon!

    found your lovely blog via romantic home.

    would love to add you as a follower!

    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/10/more-stencil-splendor-giveaway.html

    warmly,

    michele

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  33. Wow, this looks great! I am hosting a Giveaway on my blog and would love for you to stop by!

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  34. I would love to go to that store! WOW! Love your arrangement, too! I have some old cinnamon sticks...I may try this! ♥

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  35. Thanks so much for such a lovely post. I enjoyed the virtual tour and your centerpiece is terrific. You have inspired me!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  36. Great pictures but most of all great ideas! thank you...
    Blessings My Friend,

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  37. Oooh, lots of fun, cute ideas, Debbie, and I love what you did with your centerpiece! That's a great place to shop, too.

    I am in lust with those demi-Johns. I have one, but I would love a pair to make lamps. Just thinking outside the box. ;-)

    I'm so glad you didn't scare Isabella. We don't do scary here, either. LOL!

    XO,

    Sheila

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  38. I love your center piece. It is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  39. Oh my, your fall decor is just brilliant and your centerpiece is truly awesome! Great ideas and great post!

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  40. Such a wonderful GW find! You sure have the touch, Debbie. I think I'll copy you but use my feather wreath, what a fun centerpiece. Smooches to the staff!

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  41. I keep hearing about "The Queen".....must make a trip that way someday soon!!!

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  42. Looks like quite the place to shop! I am with you on the blue and white dishes. I love them. Love the center piece you put together. I bet it smells awesome.

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  43. I love the greens and creams for Fall. I am still recovering from the orange/gold/brown that ruled the 70's! I had an orange velvet ladies chair in my living room, what was I thinking?
    Love your ideas and the shopping trip was great!
    Have a great weekend, off to polish my go go boots!
    Isn't it HOG ible what happened to Earl? :)

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  44. How I wish I lived near this store. I loved every item, I love your header with the blue plates. I have found so much inspiration from your posts. Thank
    you for sharing,.

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  45. So many beautiful things! I've never seen an antique bench like that...so interesting! I'd love to have one of those mirror, too!
    Cindy

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  46. What a fabulous shop with terrific inspiration! And you did such a lovely job of using that inspiration to created your own beautiful pieces! Would love to know the prices on those demijohns.

    Thanks so much for linking to Potpourri Friday. You participation is appreciated.

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  47. thanks for all the shopping photos... full of wonderful, creative ideas... you're inspiring me to decorate for fall... now if our South Texas weather would just inspire me... I'd be there!!

    love your created centerpiece... think I'll give that one a try soon!

    see ya on FB... Dixie

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  48. Great shopping at QOH photos. I love the bench with the 'safety rail' for the baby. And I thought safety rails were a recent invention. lol
    Your cinnamon candle is so 'autumnal' and looks so easy to make. It looks great with the wreath and nuts.
    Hope you had a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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  49. Love your centerpiece. Thrify and beautiful A++ in my book. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. Man, I wish I lived closer to that store. It's amazing and full of such inspiration. Love what you produced with all of that inspirations. It would be great to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  51. Love the mirror and that antique bench/rocker, Debbie! Thanks for sharing your day with us... your centerpiece turned out lovely!

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  52. What a pretty store. Like you, the candy corn is a favorite...but to recreate?! LOVE the nanny's rocker. If only I lived in GA.

    Dropping by from BNOTP.

    Allison
    Atticmag
    Hidden Laundry

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  53. You "copies" always turn out fabulous! I'm on my way to Publix.

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  54. Great centerpiece! Got to love the price too :) Loved your visit to the antique store...loved that picture - adorable! Looks like a great place to look and look and look!!

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  55. Debbie, you so inspire me! What great ideas, and how inexpensively you executed them! You are brilliant! And oh, I have been wanting a trumeau mirror for SO long, but you are so right. They are too expensive. I bet you're going to do a copy soon. I've thought I was going to for years, but just haven't found the right materials yet. laurie

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  56. Hi Debbie... NEXT time you & Lina head over to Queen of Hearts- Alpharetta, give me a shout.. my office is only a mile down the road and I would love to meet you talented blog ladies (I hae followed your talents for quite some time!).. I have to LIMIT my Q of H visits, though.. it is way too tempting being that close!!!! wishing you a cozy autumn...

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  57. What lovely pics! Great for some inspiration!! Beautiful centerpieces!! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  58. So much gorgeous inspiration! Love the wreath with the candle in it. the stores is beautiful as is yours! I think I am going to have to "cinammon-stick" up some of my candles in the next day or two! Thank you for joining TTF and have a fun week!

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  59. You came home with such a gorgeous idea, looks so pretty! I love that Halloween pumpkin and the Hutch, and who am I kidding, I love it all, such pretty things.

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  60. I am inlove with the cinnamon stick creation. I will be making some of these for Christmas!! I have a cabinet like the gray one in your post and I was just going to give it to Good Will I will be thinking twice!! haha

    Please stop by my blog to enter the Giveaway I am having = )

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  61. That was a fun shopping trip Debbie! I wish we lived closer...I need a shop like that around me.
    Great idea with the cinnamon sticks too...pretty centerpiece!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  62. so many excellent pics and things i want!

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  63. Amazing photos and super cute centrepiece!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  64. Debbie,
    You have the greatest post and go to the greatest shops! Thanks for sharing. Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  65. Hi Debbie...

    What fun you girls have! I would love to visit that antique flea, I see several things that I really like! Ohhh...and I love trumeau mirrors as well. I'm still trying to figure out how to make one. I'm sure that it can be done.

    Well dear lady, your cinnamon stick candle and table centerpiece turned out beautifully! It would look great on my dining room table too! Hehe! Thanks for sharing your shopping expidition with us...and your beautiful autumn centerpiece!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari

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  66. I love wreaths used as part of the centerpieces. I would have to live at that store if I came down there. I would have no money left for a hotel because I would have spent it all in the antique store.

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  67. Debbie I loved going shopping with you! So many wonderful treasures! I love that bust too but YIKES! Very expensive! What was she bronze or something? And the trumeau with the carved detail was screaming my name! But I have a feeling it was priced way out of reach too huh? Oh well sooner or later the perfect one will come along *winks*...Or you'll just make your own! The cinnamon candles are fab! Vanna

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  68. I just love the greens and creams of the wreaths that you featured! What a fabulous store. I would have been having heart palpitations! How fun. You did a great job on yours. I am going to have to try the cinnamon candle and the wreaths too. I loved the urn in the center of the one too!

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  69. wow, what a store, I could spend all day there! LOVE those cinnamon stick candles and the centerpiece! really gorgeous!! xoxo

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  70. Beautiful! I just love it!Thanks for sharing,Joann

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  71. I am totally making that candle...thanks for the inspiration!

    Sarah
    Hope In Every Season

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  72. Your Fall touches are really fabulous, Debbie, each and everyone of them. You are so good in creating stuff and vignettes. If you have a chance, come sign up for my giveaway. It's the post before the Charlotte Hotel...Christine

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  73. Hi Debbie, I am so far behind in my blog reading so please forgive me for just seeing this post. The shop has so many wonderful things and I can see why it is one of your favorites. Love the cinnamon stick candles and I appreciate you sharing this at my party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  74. Debbie, Now I know I have cinnamon sticks on hand...and I THINK I have a candle that would fair well with the c.sticks...I'm gonna try this tonight! YOU'VE INSPIRED ME!

    Great job girl!
    Hugs,
    CC

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  75. Awesome Debbie! I am going to steal your cinnamon stick candle idea! Love that! Sounds like I am going to HAVE to go on a day trip and visit Queen of Hearts! They were at Country Living Fair last year and we loved their stuff and made a vow to visit them! Now I MUST go!! lol

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! I am ready for Fall too :)

    Lou Cinda

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie