Thursday, February 10, 2011

~ I Heart ~

Hello Friends! With Valentines Day right around the corner, I thought I'd share some things I love :) First off, I love that we haven't had any snow storms this week! That's wonderful to me :) I was able to do a little shopping for myself, another wonderful thing I love. I am feeling Spring around the corner too and even though we still have snow on the ground, if I can't have Spring "outside" yet, I can certainly have it "inside". I found this pretty dishtowel at Tattered Goods, what pretty things she has! Plus there's something about crisp white that I love and if there's roses on something and a little blue, all the better!

I think she fits nicely on my island, don't you? It was meant to be :)

I also "Heart" me some Home Goods... The tray below was a recent find and again, pink roses always find their way into my shopping cart :)

And of course, I totally "Heart" Lidy's French Garden House, the pink mercury glass votive and soft burlap cotton pillow with sweet ruffles on my sofa are from her gorgeous shop!

I Heart white Swiss Dot curtains too, but I haven't purchased them yet, I'm thinking of changing out the ones in my Living Room to these from Country Curtains, they speak Spring and Summer to me for sure! Plus they are so easy to wash .... Hmmmm? I think I'm convincing myself they are a must :)

Anytime I'm longing for Spring, I grab a few quiet moments and a cup of tea or a glass of wine ( depending on the time of day lol ) and open up one of my Susan Branch books. I know I talk a lot about her, but if anyone has been an influence on me over the years as a Designer and Homemaker, it's her. She's also been a source of inspiration for my Miniatures too. I "Heart" picnics and beautiful weather, and her books bring me there when it's still cold out and give me hope :)

I also Heart Janet Hill.... I purchased some art from her a couple of years ago, and it hangs in my Kitchen and just touches my heart. Her oil paintings have a way of speaking to my very soul. My domestic/ cake loving/kitchen/bakery loving soul :) I had the honor of Designing a Bakery a few years back and it was one of my favorite Design Consults. The scents, the warmth , and the sweet side of that place still makes my mouth water up with sweetness! This painting that Janet did, reminds me of that very place :) It's on my "wish" list now :)

I "Heart" my new Miniature Bakery labels too :) Gotta love Photo-shop! Now I can send out Thank you notes with a touch of my own style.. Do you like them?

And last but NOT least, I completely "Heart" making Miniatures. But I think you know that already :)

I feel so blessed to be able to do something I love so much. Each customer has been so wonderful to work with and design for! After 20 years in the Design field, this has been a real pleasure and I look forward to each day that involves designing small things now instead of large :) These items below are sold already but it's what's been keeping my fingers very busy and happy lately!

I so heart the little towels below, designing in 1:12 scale is so wonderfully stress free, it's "Zen" to me....ok opps, not 100%. Truth be told, by hands could be 1" scale and that would certainly help a lot :) Then it would be a "perfect" job, but nothings perfect, so I'll take my hands as they are and keep doing what I love any day!

I really love filling my Etsy shop and creating for it , and I also love getting custom orders and this one below was such a pleasure to do. I normally paint everything I make , I am pastel crazy for sure, but this was a special request to make a vintage Flour Hutch for a customer and she wanted it to replicate her Grandmothers Hutch. So I left it in the wood tone she remembered. After I received her requests, I tried to imagine it all together and the days she spent there and what she did and saw and felt. After I made it and she bought it, I received such a beautiful note of Thanks that we both got emotional over it. Now, that is why I'm so passionate about what I do. I hope she enjoys it for years to come. It was an honor to make a customer that happy!

I've so enjoyed sharing what I love , so Thank you to you all for being there and listening and stopping in!

I completely HEART all of you!!

I hope you have a wonderful and beautiful and loving Valentines Day!

Much love and appreciation,

Cynthia xo


Kim @ Home Is Where The Heart Is said...

Your pictures are always so wonderful, Cynthia :)

stefanie said...

oh, I love everything!!! your home is just beautiful, and you are sooooo talented in your amazing minitures!!! have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Jen said...

Just gorgeous! Your minis are so amazing & tasty!

Susan Freeman said...

I love Susan Branch too ~ but YOU also inspire me. I am crazy about those dotted swiss curtains. They couldn't be sweeter. Love the pink mercury glass votive and your darling little kitchen towel too. Keep making those adorable miniatures ~ you have such a great talent. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day my friend. I heart you!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Anonymous said...

Cynthia, I can imagine just how much fun it is making those tiny little treasures! They are so amazing and if you wouldn't say you would think they are regular size and not miniatures!

You found some yummy treasures- love the tea towel!

bee blessed

Janet said...

Everything in your home looks SO sweet! Your miniatures, well... they seem so real and the bakery items look good enough to eat!

I just posted about your giveaway that I won! Thanks again, Cynthia!


Sheila said...

Hi Cynthia,
I love your sweet little creations :) I just saw the winner of your giveaway when I browsing this morning, decided to click over and wow it was you :)...I love the towel it looks beautiful and it matches so nicely too...I am glad it all worked out. I hope you have a great rest of your week.


Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

I am amazed at that hutch you created! UNREAL! Just awesome work, all of it, almost makes me wish I had a dollhouse!

I am so glad you are enjoying your newfound design business!

Lataina said...

I love your pretty blog. Your house is so beautiful and your miniatures are always so amazing. =)

NanaDiana said...

Cynthia- You are just the most amazingly talented woman! I can't believe the things you come up beautiful and perfect they are. I love your BIG stuff and your LITTLE stuff....LOVE IT ALL! You are amazing---did I say that already?;>) xxoo Diana

Tania said...

Hi cynthia. What gorgeous photos. I am in love with your wallpaper in the kitchen. Can you tell me the company please who makes it. I would love a feature wall done in it here. The mini bakery is soooo adorable. Its a delight to visit.
Tina xxx

Elyse said...

hi cyn!

i can't even comprehend how you make these mini creations but they are just the cutest, sweetest things!

i agree: nice having a snow-free forecast for most of this week!


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I just now found your blog; I love it. I went throught this post so quickly (so much eye candy)Is that your kitchen? If so, i'm in kitchen heaven. This looks similar to the dream kitchen in my head. I do not own a home; if I did it would look similar to this except for pink would be my main color.

:) S

Hopblogger said...

Stopping by to say hello. So real looking. Makes me hungry! I was wondering is any of it is gluten free? Your talent is outstanding.

Debra Howard said...

Oh those are all such beautiful things! That kitchen island is so dreamy. Oh what fun it must be to visit your home. It seems so comfy and beautiful.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

how sweet that you made a hutch that evoked such a sweet memory!! you are so talented!!

i always love coming by to see all of the beautiful adornments that you add to your sweet home.

happy v day, sweet friend!


Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh what lovely things!The photos are so pretty.Really I just like the whole post!!

Unknown said...

Love the new towel! Love the new tray! ALWAYS love the island!!!:)

Your home is such a pop of spring! :)


Lori said...

Everything is so beautiful Cynthia! I know I've asked you before and am ashamed to ask again, but what was the name of the wallpaper company the beauty kitchen paper came from? I promise this time I will write it down. I'm going to be starting my kitchen in the coming weeks and I want something similar, I had found some last year but couldn't get the quantity I needed so back to square one!! Lori

Matrix Reimprinting said...

Loving the miniature sized kitchen! They all look lovely!

Rawai Guesthouse said...

Everything looks gorgeous and so pretty!

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