Tuesday, March 31, 2009

French Plates, Burlap Chalkboard Tags, Photography and a Coffee Sack





Thanks so much to all of those who left comments for my hubby on his Guest Post! Even though it was rainy and dark here this past weekend, I saw sunshine on his face, several times, while he sat in front of his laptop. I knew exactly what he was reading. :-)

It's almost been a year since I started this blog. (mental note: have a giveaway on May 26th)
The wonderful world of blogging has really allowed me to "enjoy the life of my time". So many fantastic people, so many beautiful & interesting blogs.


One of which, is the
Old Painted Cottage. Jennifer and I exchanged goods & services recently, and I couldn't be happier with the sweet little plates that arrived on my front porch today...




I want to use them either in the Kitchen, or the Dining Room...not sure yet. I love having stuff like this to think about....thank you for cultivating my creativity Jennifer. :-)

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I also received these darling little burlap/chalkboard tags from Grace at Coastline:

I used them in the Kitchen, on the baskets that I have in my open cabinets...






Grace (noun) 1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.



Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity Grace- your name, most certainly, defines you.



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I have also been chatting with a woman named Karen, from Georgia, who was kind enough to send me this (and several other) burlap coffee bean sacks...


I can't wait to create things with them! The one in the photo above may end up in my Office as a bulletin board. Of course I wouldn't actually want to clutter it up by pinning anything to it. How could I? Look at the beauty in its color, texture and black, stamped type!


Karen, your gift quickened my pulse, made my heart sing and put sunshine in my step yesterday. Thank you for being the bright & shiny person you are.

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You may have noticed the button on the side of my blog advertising Kelly Ann Studio.

She is a tremendously talented photographer, located here in Alabama.
I recently received this 8x10 print of her work titled, "Heartpages"...


Thank you Kelly Ann. You have created an image that relays a wonderful message. From different perspectives, the view can often look very different. I will be reminded to search for the beauty in everything, every time I look at your "work of heart".

Layla

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Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.

~David Thomas

39 comments:

Lynn said...

Hi Layla,
You are really teaching me to look at things differently. I love to see what catches your eye, and how you use it. Using those chalkboard tags on your baskets is a great idea!

Thanks for the visual feast!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

I love all of your goods! Great stuff. I was laughing at the tag titled "Junk" though. That's totally something I would do :).

Living on the E.D.G.E said...

What fun things. I love the photo and the burlap tags. I had emailed you a while back about your burlap curtains. I just made some for my family room and they look great....they are a bit smelly though. Does that go away?
Thanks for always inspiring:)
Blessings to you,
Melissa

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

SOO EXCITING! I HAVE THOSE TAGS FROM GRACE AS WELL AND LOVE THEM!!! LOVE HER....AND HER TAGS!!! THEY LOOK GREAT IN YOUR KITCHEN! GOOD TO SEE ONE OF YOURS SAYS "JUNK" ON IT TOO. ;)

Loida of the 2L3B's said...

Dear Layla,
You're awesome, turning a lot of things into a piece of art.. You hanging cabinet is really beautiful. I love the color and the way you made it uncluttered. Thanks for sharing and for giving us some ideas..
Care, Loida

Jackie said...

Beautiful things! I love your taste! I have bowls that match the plates you got - they're on the shelf above my range and I LOVE them!!

Donna said...

Chalkboard tags are darling!!

Erica said...

I am in love with those chalkboard tags! I'm just gonna have to head on over there and check them out - darling!

Rona's Home Page said...

That's so sweet, what you wrote about your hubby. I'm glad to read that he enjoyed the responses.
I love the items you received. What a terrific way to use those tags.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Hi Layla:

I recently found The Lettered Cottage after your interview with Joni. All I can say is - I CAN'T GET ENOUGH! You and your hubby are incredibly talented, and your sincerity and kindness exudes from your posts.
Congratulations, and thank you for sharing!

Kevin & Kelli Palmer said...

What a creative way to label! I am a big fan!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What beautiful treasures you find! And what joy they bring...Thanks for sharing every one with us! Terrific! Can't wait to congratulate you on your year anniversary!

Lori E said...

I am glad your husband enjoyed the comments. I have only been blogging a couple months but today my husband signed an email to me with BB which is how I refer to him in my blog. It stands for my Big Burly guy. I was really happy to see that acknowledgement from him on my work on the blog.

nameisgrace said...

I am SO honored that you mentioned me! I can't thank you enough. The labels look fabulous and I love how you used them!!!! I've been getting orders because of you which is beyond words. I can't thank you enough!!!!! You are such an inspiration.


xo,

Grace

alice said...

Those are all so cute!

Any kind of tag always intriques me! Love the gingham ribbon...

Allidink said...

You have such great style! I love seeing what you do with all your decorating elements.

All the best,
Allison

Vanilla Lavender said...

Love the coffee bean sacks. I have made pillows for my dining chairs with then. Nice blog!

3 Peanuts said...

All of it is beautiful:)

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

I got the idea of using baskets in my kitchen cabinets from you. Stop by my blog and you will see my baskets. Still working on the kitchen so it's not completed yet, but you can see the baskets.

Chris said...

Oh man! I wish I could offer something to people! These were all spectacular! I have been SCOURING the internet for burlap bags!! Lucky girl! I love them all.

windhula said...

I've been wanting to make a bulletin board and cover it with burlap too! Do you have any tips or DIY "how to" on putting the project together?

twin2trip said...

Oh those are all very fun items.

I want those chalkboard tags now.

ness lockyer said...

Those tags go so well with your kitchen. Great find.
I am off to find some of those plates though....gorgeous,
Ness xx

My name is PJ. said...

Hey Layla, Thanks for showing us your new stuff; I especially love the chalkboard tags and the photograph. I guess I have some shopping to do.....

Catherine@Simply Natural said...

Layla
Love your gifts, love your post, love your quote. All gorgeous!
Catherine xx

Anonymous said...

Oh those tags are adorable, I would love to know how to make them !!!

I love this blog

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Awww...Layla! This post just put another smile on my face. The kindness of others is always such a sweet blessing. You give of yourself through this blog and for that Im blessed to bits. Thanks for being a friend~ Susie

Tammy said...

Your kitchen is so great! Just curious though, where do you keep your toaster and coffee maker and other stuff that generally clutters up a kitchen counter? :)

Rachael Black said...

When I think of burlap, I think of itchy sack races from elementary school... Until today. It's so good to take a seemingly thrown out item and find a good use for it. That's what I'm all about, practical living. God is using you in wonderful ways. {Ode to Creativity}

Tracy said...

Such nice gifts! I love the picture - I checked the link cuz I would buy one in a <3 beat, but it's not working. Could you send some contact information for her? Thank you for sharing!

One Prim Girl said...

WOW I love all your goods, especially the new piece you found. Lucky woman you! BTW love your blog and have added you to my favorites.

Teacats said...

Those tags are simply brillant -- and look amazing on your baskets! What a splendid idea!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

mary said...

First, I just want to say that I LOVE your blog. It is very inspirational. Also that I left something on my blog for you.

Jena said...

I love, love, love the chalkboard tags. I don't know what it is about chalkboard, but I love it (I recently painted the doors on a cabinet with black chalk board spray paint).

Anita said...

I just found your blog and I am in love with it! Great organizational ideas and the burlap/chlakboard tags are soooo adorable. I am redoing a big old house with little to no storage, so this really appealed to me. I'll keep checking back and come visit when you can!

Allegra said...

Thank you for sharing this post! I bought the chalkcloth tags and I am so exited to get them!!

SoBella Creations said...

Love all your goodies! Esp the plates.

CJ'SMOMMY*KIMBERLY said...

What nice gifts!

I'm going to email Kelly Ann.Love her photography.

Rachel said...

I'm so glad I found your blog!
I can't wait to spend some time reading your other posts!!