Monday, September 7, 2009

Shabby Lane Shops Treasure Box Giveaway Begins Today!

Contest Begins Today! ** We have chosen a winner, please watch for October's giveaway!

Shabby Lane Shops is honored to present you our September Treasure Box Giveaway. This box of treasures is full of delightful items donated by our talented vendors listed below. In order to participate, you need to visit leave a comment on Shabby Lane Shops Blog with your name, state of residence, e-mail address and a note letting us know which is your favorite shop and why, follow our Blog & sign up for our newsletter. Shabby Lane Shops will make a draw by the end of the month, if you are selected you'll be contacted via e-mail so that you can provide us with an address to mail the Treasure Box to you. You will have 48 hours to respond or we will draw another winner.

Important Rules of Treasure Box Giveaway:
1. Participants must reside within the continental USA or Canada
2. Participant must enter name of their favorite Shabby Lane Shop and the reason why it's their favorite, name, state of residence and e-mail address
3. Participation is free and doesn't require a purchase
4. Shabby Lane Shops and it's member's are not responsible for damages of the box while shipped by the USPS. The box will be sent with confirmation of delivery

***** To enter & post a comment, scroll to the bottom of this post & it will say "add comment"

This is a round millinery hat full of wonderful products by the Shabby Lane Shops vendors!

Participant Stores & information about the products

Shabby Lane Shops
One $50 Gift Certificate to any of the participating shops below.

Antica - Vintage inpired crown earrings & a rustic holiday bag with aromatic candles

Vintage Inspired Jewelry & Notions. Wonderful art supplies, lovely jewelry & other cottage style treasures. Visit us often as we are constantly creating new pretties!

Mrs. Charlotte's Boutique - Green fabric purse

Ruby June's Cottage - Bird felt ornaments

Cottage & vintage flea market finds, hand sewn and/or embroidered items.

Wallflowers Art - Rose & Bee 4x5 painting on canvas & 20% off coupon

Wallflowers offers original handpainted and personalized designs on canvas for children. This is a special and unique addition for your child's room to be enjoyed and treasured for years to come. I paint each canvas with the same attention to detail as if it were for my own children. I occasionally offer one-of-a-kind original paintings for adults, also. I look forward to your visit!

Graceful Rose - Rose cards, checkbook cover and bookmark

At Graceful Rose you will find hand painted shabby chic romantic items for your home, lovely porcelain teapots and teacups, framed prints and stationery, as well as vintage treasures. In addition you will find original art including oil paintings of roses. I hope you will visit often as I am always running a special or having a giveaway. See you soon!

Sweet Kathleen's - Tea Time Journal

Sweet Kathleen's offers a beautiful selection of cookbooks, journals and memory books. Be sure to check out our yummy baking mixes, cookie cutter sets and our Holiday Shop too! We look forward to your visit.

Bags by Annie G - The most beautiful vintage apron you've ever seen!

I like to refer to my aprons, lingerie bags, and market bags as "practically beautiful", because they are not only very pleasing to the eye but also VERY practical. My main emphasis is on the fabrics themselves, and I do not use anything on my items that are not easy to care for. Throw them in the washer and dryer, give them a quick touch up with the iron only if you feel like it! To keep absolutely true to the vintage style, I use only vintage buttons and sometimes spend as much time picking them out as I do my fabrics. My main goal is customer satisfaction, and I achieve that by treating every single customer exactly the way I would like to be treated. Easy concept and it works!!

RME Boutique - Country Apple room & linen refresher, a french inspired soap and special offer

RME Boutique ~ Romantic Gifts for you and your Home! We specialize in Shabby, Chic, Romantic, Vintage and Victorian Decor! We also specialize in luxurious Bath & Body Products and Home Scent!

Shabby Denim Rose - Tea Time Embroidered Kitchen Towel

My website was created out of my love for denim and roses both, so I put them together. Where Shabby meets beauty. Everything I make is one of a kind. None will be exactly alike.

Teacups & Twigs - Scented Victorian Inspired Sachet

A country store! Gifts, Antiques, Salvage & Floral Designs

Shabby Rose Boutique - Millinery Pen and a heart shaped trinket box!

Specializing in Shabby Chic, Cottage, and Victorian Style Home Decor!

Marionberry Cottage - Gift certificate redeemable at her store!

Cottage inspired finery for you and your home.

The Vintage Nest - A beautiful nest with pale blue speckled eggs!

Welcome to The Vintage Nest where you will find surprising elements for home and garden, from salvage chic finds to antique oil paintings, vintage and antique items to grace your home with unique cottage and shabby style.

Noelle Garrett Designs - Special Holiday Coupon Offer

Altered Journals, Tags & Unique Gifts

Karen Berezin - A wonderful pair of Avon earrings & Mark catalog

Avon Products that are easily ordered online and shipping is always free!

The Scented Cottage - Lavender Soap and Bee Sweet Mist. Delightful

From our cozy cottage to your home "sweet" home!
Teacup Candles, Memory Mists & Special Gifts

B. Catherine Designs - Lovely candy dish & crocheted doily!

Specializing in Vintage Inspired & Romantic & French Country Home Decor & Gifts

Bella Rosa Designs - Romantic Rose hand painted soap!

Vintage Treasures & Romantic Home Decor. Including Original Designs by artist Cherie Perry

Shabby Cottage Designs - Set of beautiful and romantic cards

Art by Suzanne Davenport
Shabby cottage designs where unique meets chic!

Some Place in Thyme- Aromatic sachet and pink roses ornaments

Blending Vintage, New and Salvaged Cottage Chic Treasures

Amelie Jo American Baby Boutique - Baby Dry Goods Stylish Accessories & Necessities

Scentsy - A Car candle & the New Fall Catalog

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Vintage Nest

French Lessons from The Vintage Nest
The French are comfortable with trends and tradition. At ease with both foreign and familiar. They are urbane, au courant and well versed in aesthetic history and the art of elegance. The Vintage Nest is thrilled when she finds something worthy of your French appeal foImager her boutique.
The Vintage Cottage FarmHouseA residence where simple flea market treasures and timeworn materials create charming vignettes with ease and elegance. Although small, each place is arranged with every object contributing to a happy home.

Elegant CountryCollected treasures, warm textiles, glass front cabinets, faded vanilla, faded red and dark woods.....the perfect recipe for a an elegant country French home. Always warm and welcoming, laid back but always elegant.Image

The Paris ApartmentA touch of elegance is what we think of when The Paris Apartment is mentioned. Collected romantic treasures, a soothing palette, a touch of whimsy and a smattering of gold, all come together to reflect the owner's sensual style with no set rules.
Et Le JardinThe French home has a true connection between the garden and indoors. Symmetry is a feature of the formal gardens of the manor homes but billowing flowers and vegetables gardens are typical of the cottages. Bringing the outdoors in melds our sense of practicality and adds perfection to our sense of style.. The little red metal vintage caddy is just as useful outdoors as in.Image

The Perfect French Omelette by the great Julia Child French Omelet
Makes 1 serving

2 extra-large or 3 large or medium eggs

Large pinch salt

Several grinds black pepper

1 teaspoon cold water (optional)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus extra to garnish

Several sprigs parsley, to garnish

Combine the eggs, seasonings: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, pepper and water, if using, until just blended. Set aside.

Cook the omelet: Place a nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the butter and tilt the pan in all directions to coat the bottom and sides. When the butter foam has almost subsided but just before it browns, pour in the eggs.

Shake the pan briefly to spread the eggs over the bottom of the pan, then let the pan sit for several seconds undisturbed while the eggs coagulate on the bottom. If adding any fillings, such as sauteed vegetables, do so now.

Start jerking the pan toward you, throwing the eggs against the far edge. Keep jerking roughly, gradually lifting the pan up by the handle and tilting the far edge of the pan over the heat as the omelet begins to roll over on itself. Use a rubber spatula to push any stray egg back into the mass. Then bang on the handle close to the pan with a fist and the omelet will start curling at its far edge.

Unmold the omelet: Maneuver the omelet to one side of the pan. Fold the third of the omelet farthest from you over on itself. Lift the pan and hold a serving plate next to it. Tilt the pan toward the plate, allowing the omelet to slide onto it and fold over on itself into thirds.

Presentation: Spear a lump of butter with a fork and rapidly brush it over the top of the omelet. Garnish with parsley.

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Until the Nest Time......Keep up with the behind the scenes happenings at The Vintage Nest on my blog.

It's all about goofs, grins, giggles, Pink Saturdays, new ideas, gardening, recipes and just daily happenings at the farmette. And until Nest (next) time remember......Add a little French mystique to your abode even if it's just a fine glass of French wine. It will make you feel ooh la la. :)


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