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17 February, 2013

Ballard Bargains...Boxwood and French Script

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Boxwood and French Script Woo hoo! I am so excited about my favorite new finds…fabulous French script document paper and its matching ribbon along with some classic little boxwood wreaths! And…I owe it all to my good friend Linda at Nina’s Nest who spotted them at the Ballard Designs outlet and knew I would want some of each! Merci, Linda! Is that a good friend or what?

Boxwood WreathsI asked her to pick up four of the little wreaths for me since I knew I could definitely use them on the backs of chairs or on kitchen cabinet doors at Christmas time…not to mention the fun things I could do with them all year long as well! And…they were under $4.00 each!

French Script PaperYou know I love this frenchy document paper! And the outlet store was selling it in single rolls for about $5.00 each. Woo hoo! My mind is reeling with ideas!

French Script RibbonAnd just look at the French script document ribbon…gorgeous! It’s a little more expensive…at $15 for a 10 yard roll…but I love it!

Ozzie That makes a total of about $34 for all of that wonderful vintage-y frenchy goodness! Score! I am so lucky to have a friend who knows me so well! And I am also lucky to have a wise CEO like our Miss Ozzie who helped me come up with some fun ways to use my new favorites!

French Script Books She suggested I try making some simple book covers from the document paper and I love her idea! I am also thinking about making sleeves to add a vintage touch to some of my pillar candles.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Boxwood and French Script3 But my favorite idea is this one that combines the document ribbon with the boxwood wreath…all dressed up in a used-to-be-gold frame from Goodwill. First I gave the frame a coat of Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint with a dry brush. Next, I painted the cardboard inner liner with chalkboard paint…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Boxwood and French Script …and attached the wreath with some of the frenchy ribbon. Then all I had to do was add a Bonjour and I have a new vignette to greet my guests as they enter my home! I love it! And I still have oodles of ribbon and paper plus three more wreath to play with! I am going to have so much fun!

And...if you hop on over to their web site, I think you will find the paper and ribbon on sale there, too...and they didn't pay me to say that! Just  a little hint in case you are interested...

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my new favorites! 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!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Winter Blues Wednesday

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

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  1. Debbie, that is so pretty. A nice friend coupled with your talent, and of course Miss Ozzie's, and you have something outstanding..Happy Sunday..Judy

  2. Aren't you the lucky one!! Love all the Frenchy goodies.

  3. Debbie I am apple green with envy! That paper and ribbon are amazing~I want some too! Oh my goodness. Those little wreaths are so versatile and I love the little vignette you made already! Now where is that Ballard outlet?? :) Linda

  4. Love the paper girl fun that will be with all your talent to put it to use..Have missed you girl..give the "STAFF" some fur love from me..Hope all the grands love boys are doing GREAT!! Hugs and love Gloria

  5. This is gorgeous! I wish there were a Ballard Designs Outlet near me, although I'd get myself in trouble!

  6. Debbie- That is absolutely one of the best finds of the year so far. I just love what you got and what you did with it. You are VERY clever-xo Diana

  7. Wow, Debbie - looks fabulous! Now I might be regretting not getting any of the French ribbon...hmmmm.....might have to go over there tomorrow! Linda

  8. Perfect for you. I may have to get a roll of that ribbon. '-)

  9. Love the new bits, Debbie! I should go just for the boxwood wreaths. We have a Ballard outlet about 45 minutes away. I got that same wrapping paper, but I paid full price. I love it anyway. I did make a sleeve for a candle with it to dress up a plain white candle for Valentine's Day.

  10. Debbie, I miss the Ballard outlet! When we lived in Atlanta it was one of my favorite shopping spots. I love all your new items and the pretty vignette. Thanks for sharing this at the Open House party.
    Hugs, Sherry

  11. So charming!! I love your finds~ and they are perfect together too! :)

  12. Absolutely wonderful! I love Ballard Designs but had no idea there were outlets. So happy that you were able to get these lovelies!

  13. Love all your finds especially the ribbon, it looks so neat on the boxwood wreath. I have a boxwood wreath that I bought in a country store and it cost me $14.99 for just one! You got such a deal for your four!

  14. This would be lovely and not over-the-top for St. Paddy's Day. Pinned it! :)

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  15. How fun and so creative. Love your new finds. Sure wish we had a Ballards here, but not one anywhere. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  16. Love the paper as book covers! So pretty!

  17. Lovely! Your blog often brings back memories of when I lived in the Atlanta area and went to many of the places you talk about, i.e. Ballard Outlet which was pure love. When I move back to the states I will have to bring a truck to Atlanta and visit the shops again and my friends there. Maybe we could meet for lunch, too. Thank you for your wonderful blog and pictures and bringing back memories of my wonderful shopping in the Atlanta area.

  18. So pretty. I love the look of your boxwood wreath on your chalkboard. I MUST copy you for my luncheon on Saturday! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. I am now following you for inspiration. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

  19. Debbie,
    I, too, love your Frenchy Script paper and ribbon, dear friend!!!
    Great tip from Ozzie to use your paper for book covers!!!
    I thought of your candles, also...but what about placemats on thetable!
    Goodness the sky is the limit of possibilities, isn't it???
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    P.S. I bought some similar wreaths after Christmas for $2.oo at a local merchant!!!
    Oh, the possibilities!!! 5 of them are now on my chandelier!!!

  20. Well, what a great friend!!....and love all of your new things...the paper and the wreaths certainly have so many different uses...looks like you are having such fun with all of your goodies!!

  21. Ooh, what a nice friend you have! I love all your new goodies, hope I can snag some, too!!!

  22. So pretty! love how you paired the ribbon and wreath. Little Bit

  23. Great combination of your document ribbon with the boxwood wreath. Love the idea of yours Debbie.......... :)

  24. Lovely! The French script paper is perfect!

  25. Love, love your vignette! Great finds! Everything looks so pretty. Beautiful inspiration!

  26. Just beautiful - you've put that together so well, it turned out lovely!

  27. I love what you did with all of your goodies. You are blessed to have an awesome friend who knows your style. I'd love it if you would link this up to my new linky party, "What We Accomplished Wednesday." It goes live about 6:00 PM eastern time tonight. Have a great week!


  28. So pretty! Love the French Script paper! I've been looking for something like that to cover books in our new built-in! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Love the vignette and I would love some of that paper if not too late I am going to go search Ballard.


  30. The French Script ribbon and paper are beautiful, as is Miss Ozzie--I love her coat! And how clever to use the black chalkpaint on the cardboard backing inside the frame--I will have to remember that.

  31. What a beautiful little wreath, and I love that ribbon you tied to it! So pretty!

  32. What a great friend you have! Love what you created. So pretty, stopping by for Savvy Southern Style.

  33. Great French inspired goodies! And I love what you did with all of it. Good ideas!
    Mary Alice

  34. Very cute!! LOVE it.

    Please join me for Moonshine Monday at The Honeysuckle Bus Stop! I'd love for you to share this there!

    Amber @ The Honeysuckle Bus Stop

  35. Beautiful! Those are some great scores from dear Ballard's. I love their catalogs!
    Your boxwood wreath looks perfect on the chalkboard frame.

  36. LOVE!! I wish there were an outlet in my area. Thanks for sharing!
    I came from Happy Hour.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  37. Ohhh I love Boxwood anything....actually tried to find them at Ballard online but they must be sold out already. Great project. Greetings
    from a fellow brand-new blogger.

  38. I love it all Debbie! The ribbon and the boxwood wreath are awesome!

  39. Debbie:
    Wouldn't that French Script paper look lovely as a mat around a framed print? I just love those cute little boxwood wreaths, too! Got to get some of those - I know just where they'll go, too. Love your blog - been following it for a while and I MUST subscribe 'cause your staff is on to me :).

  40. I found this at Ballard's online. Since the nearest outlet is a day trip from me here in Bugtussle, I had to pony up and pay shipping. It's beautiful stuff...can't wait to use it!

  41. Sooo pretty! I love this ;)


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