Monday, June 25, 2012

Newport OR

Ok - I was a little disappointed on the trip out here.  Pouting a tad cause I wasn't going to Sanibel Island.  We landed in Portland OR then picked up a rental car and headed towards the coast.  It was about a three hour drive over, on top of a seven hour plane trip.  But it was such a pretty drive we didn't mind.

We made a pitstop at a rest area.  Even it was picturesque!

Cute little info center

Free Coffee

Lovely stream running beside the rest area.

And yes, this is just the rest area.  But it is very pretty!!  I love this state.  Stay tuned there will be lots and lots more to come.....

Friday, June 22, 2012


I'm off to the Oregon Coast tomorrow for a week of exploring and seeing something totally new to me. Woohoo!!! I'll finally have something interesting to post. Stay tuned........ Is it bad to wish I were going to Sanibel instead? Shhhh.....don't tell. Lol.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Heart Belongs to Sanibel

My best friends are on Sanibel Island right now.  We work together and she takes my place when I am not there so we can't be off together for any length of time.  Can I just tell you that stinks to high heaven right about now.  All I can think about is how badly I want to be there.  This is Dawn and Sherry's first trip to Sanibel Island and I so wanted to be able to show them around.  Luckily, Dawn's daughter Gwynne and her husband Chris are with them and they spent a few days on the Island last year as a wedding gift from me.  STILL...I want to be there.......*big tears*

Naturally I am stalking facebook for any pictures that they upload.  And with all the strength I can muster I am not calling every five minutes asking "what are you doing now?"  "What are you seeing?"  "Where did you eat?"............you get the picture..lol

So what's a girl to do but go through her pictures from trips past.  I am sharing today some of the pictures that I took.

This is a shot from my bedroom window of our condo at Ocean's Reach.  Simple point and shoot shot using a zoom.  Isn't the water color absolutely beautiful?  It changed every five minutes and each change was just as gorgeous as the last.

This was an early morning shot as the sun lit up the clouds.   So pretty and serene.

Zoomed in for this shot - it didn't turn out quite as well as I had hoped.  Do you have that problem?  i guess I should use a tripod for really zoomed in shots to reduce blur but who wants to lug around a tripod?  Not this chick! 

Another morning shot - that is the first thing I did upon waking.  Grab my camera and hit the window in the bedroom to see what the day was bringing. 

Well that's it for now - The French open is on and my favorite tennis player is winning the championship - must go watch!!  GO RAFA!!!!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Hello Everyone, 

Rosemary at Villabarnes is having a great giveaway.  I have copied  (is that allowed?)  her post as she explains it so much better than I ever could.

But aren't those photos divine!!  I especially love the ballerina shot.  

And now Rosmary's post  - please visit her at Villabarnes to enter


Monday, June 4, 2012

Vintage by Nina Giveaway

Up until now, I've only had giveaways of my redesigns.  However, when my friends at Atelier de Campagne told me they had been chosen to be the North American distributors of Nina Hartmann's book, "Vintage by Nina", I was excited about having a giveaway for my followers.  Even more so when I exchanged e-mails with the talented Nina Hartmann.

All photos in this post are the property of Nina Hartmann and Maria-Isabel Hansson

Nina Hartmann is an internationally known stylist of interiors and purveyor of vintage treasures. For the past eight years, Nina has run the vintage and antiques shop vintagebynina.com, and has a showroom in Sweden. Nina's style, love of design, and unique vintage items, have made her one of the most respected and talked about figures of design and style in Scandinavia.

Nina is also quite generous. She has autographed a copy of her stunning book for me to give away.

Page after page of loveliness.

It has over 160 pages, and 300 color photographs. Even though the giveaway copy of Nina's book is in Norwegian, the photos speak for themselves.

Vintage by Nina is being translated, and will be available in it's English version this fall.  If you would like to purchase a copy or two for yourself, send an e-mail to infoatelierdc@gmail.com. Title your email Retail VBN

If you are interested in acquiring this book for resale, contact Atelier via e-mail infoatelierdc@gmail.com for details and info. Title your e-mail, Wholesale VBN. Pre-orders need to be taken ASAP, in order to get the book to you by mid-September.

If you would like an opportunity to win an autographed copy of the Norwegian version of  Nina's book, here's how:
  1. You must be a follower of VILLABARNES, and let me know you would like to enter. Leave a comment letting me know if you are already a follower, or if you've just joined me.
  2. For additional entries, share this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, etc.
  3. Leave a separate comment for each entry. Example: If you share the giveaway on your blog, FB, and Twitter, that's three additional entries. Don't cheat yourself out of an entry.

You have till Friday, June 8th at 12:00 midnight, CST
***TO ENTER***
The winner will be picked by Random Number Generator