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Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Summer sure has a way of keeping me from posting!  It has been over three weeks since I last posted, can you believe it?  I am terribly sorry to keep you all bored to fits, but thank-you for sticking it out and not giving up on me just yet!  I will try to be much better at posting in the weeks to come, I promise!  So how is your summer going?  Are you keeping busy?  What have you been up to?  Gardening?  Vacations?  Family get-to-gathers?  I would love to hear all about it!

In the meantime, while you ponder what summer story you want to fill me in on, I would like to thank a few special blog friends of mine.  If you haven't taken a visit to their blogs, be sure to head over!  I would be lost without their inspiration! 

I just received these dried lavender bunches from Maria at Dreamy Whites!  I thought they would look wonderful in my vintage French wicker cart.  Maria, they worked perfectly!  Thanks so much!

You could put them in any type of container for display.  I have a vintage olive bucket that might get this new makeover as well!  Oh and the lavender smells heavenly!  My whole living room is filled with it's scent!

These soap blocks came from French Larkspur.  Tracey, I love them!  Tracey show us on her blog how she likes to decorate with them all throughout her home.  I thought it was such a great idea, I followed suit!

Lastly, but not least by any means, I have to send a huge thank-you out to Sandy at My Shabby Streamside Studio.  I won this delightful and downright gorgeous book, Vintage By Nina, from one of her giveaways!  It sits on my nightstand for bed time reading and it is packed full of drool-worthy photos.  Details for ordering it can be found on Sandy's blog, so head on over and reserve your copy before they are all gone!  You won't want to miss this one!

For some of you, you might remember my nightstand as old stacked wooden crates for books.  I have since changed them out for this vintage medical cart.  I think it adds a chic look and cleans the area up abit.

I also want to thank, Mary Alice from Chateau Chic, for finding me a perfectly vintage mottled ironstone pitcher.  It fits in wonderfully with my ironstone collection and now sits on my kitchen table.  I will soon have photos to show you.

Have a very happy holiday today, celebrating all the freedoms that we hold because we are an independent country!  Thank-you to all who make that possible!

I will be back again soon, I promise!

Maria ~Rusty Hinge

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French Country Cottage


  1. Maria,
    So nice to see you post.I know how busy it can get.Where is this summer going?You have lovely new finds that fit perfectly in your home <3 .We are spending lots of family time together.I love summer for this reason.And I am finding lots of great garage sales.Hope you are enjoying your 4th of July celebration!

  2. Delightful! Glad you had time to post. I love the way you styled your new nightstand. Gorgeous!

  3. Que lindo ficou as flores em cima dos livros. Parabéns pelo bom gosot.


  4. Happy 4th to you! And I can't wait to see what you do with the chick feeder, too! I have a feeling its going to be beauty-full!!! ;o)


  5. Lovely photos Maria. Hope that you are having a great 4th of July and looking forward to your next post!

  6. So gorgeous Maria!!~ I have lavender all around the house right now too, it is just heavenly.
    Your home is looking so beautiful and I love the little medicine cart your using as your bedside table!!~
    I hope your doing well my friend and happy 4th of July!*****

  7. I've missed your inspiring posts, Maria! This one is WONDERFUL! Love the vintage market basket full of lavender. And the medical cart next to your bed is fabulous!
    Look forward to more eye candy,
    Mary Alice

  8. Oh it's LOVELY!!! I won the Vintage by Nina book from Rachel's blog, Shabby French For Me - can't wait til I receive it! :) Everything in this post is just gorgeous!!!

    Hugs & Happy 4th,

  9. What wonderful treasures!

    Love your new metal side table.

    Glad you're back.

    Happy Independecne Day!

  10. Glad you are back!!! Love the new nightstand!! Are you enjoying this crazy heat??

  11. Hey Maria! We missed you, girlie! :) Glad that you've been getting alot accomplished and just enjoying the summer! Been busy here, too....but lately just trying to stay cool in this steamy hot dry weather we've been having. Whew! I love the look of the lavender in that market basket, and can only imagine how wonderful your room smells. :) I won two copies of Nina's book in separate giveaways and just LUV it! I kept one of course, and am sending the extra copy to a friend as a surprise. She'll be so thrilled! Hope you had a fabulous 4th, girlie!

    xoxo laurie

  12. I can smell the lavender. Well, I wish I could. What a great basket and that lavender is a lot bigger than any bunches they sell around here. I may have to order some. I do have the soap from French Larkspur. Love it. Thanks for joining Wow.

  13. Une très jolie publication et votre lavande embaume tout mon écran... Merci pour ce merveilleux partage.
    Gros bisous.

  14. Welcome back, Maria!
    I am smitten with Maria's white linen lavender sachets. I have one tucked in almost every room in our home. Her lavender is the best! I recently purchased the prettiest tart tin and paper keepsakes from Tracey. Packages from Dreamy Whites and French Larkspur are like Christmas.
    Your vintage basket of lavender is amazing!
    Happy Fourth of July to you and your family!

  15. Oh my goodness your pictures look so beautiful! I can just imagine how wonderful your lavender smells :)

  16. It seems to be a great year for lavendar. My mother gave me a huge bundle from her garden. It is growing so well, and the bumble bees love it. It's the world best fragrance.

  17. Hi Maria,
    Yes, I've missed your beautiful posts! I always get so much beautiful inspiration when you show what you've been up to around your home. This time is no different...I love the lavender and the cart. I sure wish there were places around here to find treasures like that.
    Hope the summer is treating you well!

    Sarah xo

  18. Hi Maria~~ The lavender looks so pretty!! Welcome back I always love all your posts:))

  19. Love the lavender, the scent is so great! Have a wonderful day, Jean

  20. It is nice to see your post. I am always inspired by them. Love the lavender in the basket. Happy sunday. xo

  21. thought of you this morning when I posted something rusty!!

    the cart is to die for!

    let's catch up

  22. So charming- I just love this!!! Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  23. oh Maria I LOVE your French cart and the lavender is perfect in it.

    I am so glad you are part of my blog family by following my blog…Ramblings from a Vintage Gal.

    I wanted to let you know that I have moved my blog over to my own URL and would love it if you would move over with me at www.vintagegalstyle.com, I am having a lovely French inspired giveaway for all my blog followers.

    Hope to see you there, Lynnie


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