Thursday, March 5, 2009


Have you ever felt that you are looking for lost treasure in your own home? There are two types of "lost treasure".
First~ the kind that you know that you have. That special photo or cake plate that you can not find ever since you remodeled.
Second~ the kind of treasure that you did not know you ever had, under valued by you for years, stuffed in a corner of the storage room.

I am addressing the FIRST. To be specific, my Shabby Chic books. They are just as important to me as my embroidery book and now my new crochet book. I have ALL of Rachel Ashwell's books. :) I value each one, and each one is signed by Rachel, thanks to Caitlin for encouraging me to go to her book signing in Chicago. Thank YOU Cailtin :) I do have a very special and lovely daughter... but that is an entire book :) One for Daughter and one for Son :)

Back to subject... lost treasures. Yes, plural. When we remodeled the kitchen and also emptied out the dining room, so it could get a beautiful oak floor, I packed them, all of my Shabby Chic books, away. Hubby assuring me that they would only be gone for a month at the longest. I safely placed them in a strong box and he took them down to the basement, into my area. I now use this term "my area" very loosely. It has been taken over with hockey equipment on one side, YUCK and boxes of Christmas decorations, etc. etc. etc. etc..... My special box was lost. It was not with the boxes of dishes that came from the kitchen. :( sad. I would go down there to look every once in awhile to no avail.
THEN last weekend I went down to specifically look in the hubby's area. THERE was a heavy box, and books were in it!!! MY books! Found!!! So Happy.
Now they are back in my dining room/ library. Treasure found! :)
Have you lost a treasure? Is it still waiting to be found? Have you found it?


Rachel Ashwell will be releasing a new book this fall, Happy news in very rough waters.



creative breathing said...

Dear Mary, Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog today. I loved what you said about contributions! I have been spending these last moments enjoying your wonderful blog! Beauty abounds! Elizabeth

Felicia said...

I'm so glad you found your treasured books :) I have all of her books too.

I think what I lost was my sense of place. I moved into this house two years ago from a sweet single girl cottage that I loved. For two years I've really been dragging my feet on claiming this house as my own and decorating it in a way that would make me happiest. But this year I've finally decided its time. I've found the drive and desire to transform my house into a home. And ironically, I'm calling it my Year of Shabby Chic Home Improvement :)

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

I have some of her books too and love them all. My collection of inspireing books is never ending.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Mary,

Isn't it lovely to find your books and treasures again.

I have some of my books and things in storage and every so often I think, I really need that book or a piece of China or something and just have to get it out to look at.

Have a great weekend
Carolyn said...

going back to hospital
3/03 Mama has taken her radiation and is having her antibiotics.We are hoping the surgery will be Friday to remove the kidney.
They will cut her from her back to the front then down to her groin,remove her bottom rib then the kidney.
The Doctor says she will be down for 6 weeks and will have to take 7-10 meds for a while.
When we left tonight she was on pain meds and said if they keep taking stuff out of her there wasn't going to be enough left when she does pass and asked the doctor to save her rib for her and trying to eat a Krispy cream doughnut and drink Mountain Dew. Her spirits are good and said to tell her darlings hello.Were taking her art and some items y'all had sent some while ago to decorate the room so she has her favorite items around her while recouping. we will keep you updated.Thanks for prayers and thoughts and the treasure and trinkets that have arrived,She is waiting till after the surgery to open goodies sent to give her spirits a lift.
Now I wonted to say a few words about Mama,she has been a great lady who always took in other children off the street to help them ,always sacrificed her life to put us through collage and always wore hand-me-downs so we had the best clothes.Worked had in the garden to can food for us and aways had a smile on her face no matter how bad things got.SHE GAVE UP AND NEVER DATED AFTER HER DIVORCE, WITH NO CHILD SUPPORT TO GIVE ALL HER TIME AND DEVOTED TO US CHILDREN AND ALWAYS GAVE UNCONDITIONED LOVE TO US.
I hope her friends here will keep her in their thoughts till she returns home.

This is Dusty,one of Mama's daughters.She has had a really bad night with the pain,If any of her friends here would like to see a donation in a small creation of art , cards or money it would be greatly appreciated. Her hospital bills and meds are running high.Thank you for any thoughts.
It can be sent to
Jessie LaVon 854
Demopolia ,Alabama 36732

Anonymous said...

I was sad too when I heard about the hard time that the lovely Rachel Ashwell was having. I've been a fan of her's for years and love her store in Newport Beach, CA even though I live in the heart of the english countryside. On another note I love to decorate with books and it's wonderful to see somebody else who does too!
Cherry x