Happy Thursday from the front porch, you guys! How has your week been? We hope it’s been exactly what you’ve needed it to be.
Can you believe we’re almost to the end of January? Oh, my word, it totally blows our minds too!
This week has been so much fun we’re still on a sugar high. As some of you guys know my Mom and I share a birthday several days apart and every year we celebrate from her birthday to mine. It winds up to be almost 5 days of treasure hunting, shopping, traveling to different cities, dinner with our family every night and a generous helping of sweet treats.
Renningers was packed this year! I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many people there on opening day as was there this year. I managed to get a few pictures from some of my favorite spaces, but I didn’t get as many as I had hoped because I was so caught up in the moment!
Scenes from our week…
My Mom really wanted to find some vintage monogrammed linens and napkins again this year after having found so many beautiful pieces last year at great prices. But you guys, they were like unicorns!
I swear we must have visited nearly 30 booths with linens and maybe 3 of them had monogrammed linens. We were almost to the end of the day when she found these vintage pillowcases with her monogram which hardly ever happens. Of course, we scooped them up immediately!
If you had a chance to read last week’s From the Front Porch post, you know I had ZERO plans to buy any ironstone because I have plenty. I was looking for the elusive ironstone cake stand though.
As fate would have it, I did find a beautiful ironstone cake stand for $695 which is actually a fair market price these days. While I left the cake stand at Renningers (the dining room makeover takes priority, right?), my sweet Mom did surprise me with a new soup tureen.
I still need to unpack the goodies we brought home but this kind of gives you an idea of the types of booths that are out in the fields at Renningers.
Speaking of soup tureens, it took almost 2 and a half hours to unload all the pieces of ironstone and creamware from the dining room. My brothers in laws helped me move some of the furniture so I could start painting this week. The room looks huge now!
One of my goals for the extra long weekend was to be fully present at every event and I can honestly say, I accomplished that goal.
Quote of the week & Free Printable…
Watching this week…
Season 3 of Victoria has begun on PBS. We’re only into Episode 2 but so far, it’s good.
If you’re wondering what’s going on with Season 3 of The Crown, it seems we’re going to have to wait just a bit longer as they are filming Seasons 3 & 4 back to back. You can check out all the details and new photos in this post.
A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…
* Don’t you guys just love Julie Blanner? She was invited to Patina Farm and took the most gorgeous photographs. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, grab a scone and slow down so you can savor each image from this home tour.
* If you’re planning a trip to Paris this year, be sure to check out this apartment 25 Place Dauphine by Paris Perfect. The views are absolutely stunning, and it’s centrally located to beautiful cafes, shops and museums.
*While you’re there, make sure to stop by Rebecca Plotnick’s online photography shop. You won’t be disappointed!
* I sent this post, 9 French Inspired Resolutions to Adopt in 2019 to so many of my friends and family.
*Are you guys getting ready for Valentine’s Day in a few weeks? These 5-Minute Dollar Store Hand Painted Wooden Spoons are adorable and would be so cute to include in a gift basket!
*Speaking of which, can we just talk about linen for a hot minute? This post has some fabulous examples of how you can use linen in your home.
On the Menu this Week… (just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)
*January 28- February 3
Tuesday: Burrito Bowl
Thursday: Baked Spaghetti with side salad
Friday: Baked Ranch Chicken with green beans and sweet potato
Saturday: Creamy Potato Soup
Sunday:Super Bowl Sunday– This post The 50 Best Snacks to Serve on Game Day – will help you plan a fun menu!
Sweet Treat to Try this Week…
Here are a few winter decorating finds from Amazon…(Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)
If you’ve missed anything on the blog lately, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…
The Busy Girl’s Guide to an Easy Valentine’s Day Snack Box (from the archives)
If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge, we’re completing Week 4 Refrigerator & Freezer Organization and looking forward to Week 5 Meal Planning, Grocery Shopping & Food Storage Organization!
I know a lot of you guys did the pantry, refrigerator and freezer all in the same week. So, if you’re working ahead Week 5 is dedicated to getting a solid game plan for how you’re going to meal plan and grocery shop this year.
It’s also a great time to look at your food storage system. Are all those plastic or glass containers working for you? Do they all have lids? Are they spilling out of the cabinets?
As a matter of habit, we review our schedules and meal plan each Sunday afternoon. I can’t even tell you what a huge difference it helps to make our week run more efficiently.
We also try our very best to grocery shop on the same day each week and while we’re in town, we clean out our cars and gas up as well. This helps to set us up for success all week.
I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend! As I shared above my super sweet brothers in laws were able to help move a few pieces of furniture in the dining room out of the way last Sunday so I could start paint the walls which is such a gift.
The one caveat was they were only available to help back to back weekends! Needless to say, I’ve been painting up a storm in between birthday celebrations this week. I have the dining room finished but I have to have the buffet and hutch painted before they come back this Sunday.
I’ll be honest, it’s going to be kind of bananas trying to get next week’s posts and all the painting done by this weekend but we’re up for the challenge.