Lady Lullabuy’s 200th Blog Post!!

What a week. Not only did I celebrate my 31st 27th birthday, but I have officially published 200 blog posts since this madness all began. I have enjoyed our little inspiration journey over the last 11 months. Can you believe it has been that long? How about a trip down memory lane. According my trusty reader stats, here are Lady Lullabuy’s Top Ten Blog Posts.

#10-Asian Inspired

#9-Taking the Plunge

#8-Valentine’s Day Julie & Julia Style

#7-Messy French Bun

#6-La Vie En Rosesttes

#5-The Academy Award Goes To…

#4-Brighton Cheery

#3-I Cannot Do it All

#2-“Wonder” Wall

And the #1 Lady Lullabuy blog post….

Why Not Wine Corks?

 What do you say we take a vote? Do you have favorite?

Thanks again to all my lovely readers {a.k.a. my web-community}. You’ve already made this quite the memorable journey.

Rosette Rosary

You may recall that I made this fabric rosette bib necklace for my mother for Christmas. Unfortunately, the mesh ribbon I used for the actual necklace part was too “itchy”. Note to self: use satin or chain link. This is important to remember in the event that you ever decide to make your own. Needless to say, this necklace has sat on my craft table for 6 months now awaiting a new chain. Saturday is Mom’s birthday. So what’s the gift that keeps on giving? You guessed it…a new and improved fabric bib rosette necklace!

I went shopping in my jewelry box for some ribbon or a strand that could serve as a new chain. The good news is, I uncovered the perfect solution. The bad news is, my selection just so happened to be a strand of rosary beads.

I am not now nor have I ever been Catholic, therefore, how a set of rosary beads ended up in my jewelry box is a complete mystery. I even considered not using them for fear that it was somehow sacrilegious, but they just…worked. If you are Catholic, I sincerely hope you’re not offended. If you are, well… I hope you’ll forgive for me.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Messy French Bun

I love long hair. I’ve tried the bob and the short, wispy do like Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama, and well…. let’s just say it wasn’t my best look. Every time I get tempted to do something drastic, like cut my hair short, I think, ponytails, braids, twists, and buns…. none of which would be possible if I had short hair. So, the next time I hint to cutting my hair, you have full license to talk me out of it.

I came across this hair tutorial for a messy French bun and decided to give it a try. Add a fabric rosette and this is the end result.

It’s hard to feel drab when you are Ooh La La from the neck up!

Joyeux Lundi!

Valentine’s Day Julie & Julia Style-part 2

I have been looking forward to writing this post all day. Thanks to all of you who called and emailed me with encouraging words about last night’s Julie and Julia Valentine’s Day dinner. That’s the great thing about blogging. You can host a dinner gathering for 10 people and a few hundred of your closest friends who are there in spirit.

Believe it or not, these were the only images I could salvage. Most of them were so dark, it looked like I hosted a Valentine’s Day dinner in a smoky bar underground. It is sad that the best camera that we have in the house is on one of our Iphones. So, I am hereby putting a new camera on my wish list. Nothing fancy. I’m not picky. However, if a Cannon EOS 7D happened to end up on my doorstep, I would not refuse it. I’m just saying…

Even if the photos had turned out picture perfectly, they could never fully capture the magic around my dinner table last night. Don’t get me wrong, the Boeuf Bourguignon was life changing (those are Clark’s words, not mine), but the celebration of love and friendship represented remains unrivaled to date. The last time I can remember enjoying an electric chemistry like that among a group of people was at my wedding if that tells you anything. Did you ever read the book Chocolat? In one of the final scenes Vianne Rocher and the townspeople of Lansquenet-sous-Tanne throw a confectioner’s soiree like nobody’s business. After reading it years ago, I was so captured by the intensity with which they celebrated, that I swore I would one day host a party like the one I imagined took place in Chocolat. Last night, I was Vianne Rocher. Ok, no one went into a diabetic coma as a result of the festivities, but you get the idea. The French music, the candlelight, the canopy of red paper chain links, the pomegranate wine, the FOOD…. good heavens the food. I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but…

TOOT TOOT!

I don’t remember from whom I inherited the gold silverware. I’ve never used it, but I dug it up from the back of a cupboard yesterday and not only was it a conversation piece, but it went perfectly with the whole retro them of the evening. Everyone sported the pin-on hearts made out of red felt, and you can’t imagine the suggestive material they provided for a few comedians in the bunch.

Clark’s best impression of Paul Child. He even nailed the toast…

“You are the bread to my butter and the breath to my life”. I am smitten.

Ranaye brought over some decadent party favors for everyone. Little did she know that the love poetry inside was enough to make the whole table blush. But the raspberry dark chocolate was delicious.

My red velvet cake… sans red

(it was already half-baked before I realized that I forgotten the red food coloring).

We were halfway around the table with hilarious stories of how each couple met when there it was… the big moment of the entire event…

A marriage proposal… in my house…. at my Julie & Julia-inspired Valentine’s Day dinner! To say it was the high point was an understatement. I don’t think any of us have ever witnessed a proposal up close like that before (besides our own of course). What can I say? It was magical.

This afternoon I am sitting at my dining room table relishing in our divine evening. I’ve run the dishwasher twice already and still cannot seem to dig out from under the mountain of dishes, nor can I bring myself to do much of anything else today, but I don’t care. I can’t bring myself to take down the decor, so I make leave these few momentos out for a couple of days just to let it linger a little longer.

I made myself a rosette hair clip last minute to go with my retro do, and I still can’t seem to get the red lipstick completely off! We drank a red wine very appropriately called “Cheap Date“, and I will be saving the label.

Thanks again to everyone that contributed ideas to this evening. A friend showed me this adorable Julie & Julia inspired photo shoot that I just had to share. Enjoy!

Oh…

and she said “Yes”!

Congratulations Hunter and Ranaye!

January Giveaway Winner!

I am proud to announce the winner of January Giveaway on Lady Lullabuy’s Blog….

!!!CONGRATULATIONS April Van Brunt !!!!!!

My rosette bib necklaces were a smash hit over the holidays. I plan to try my hand at a few more of these rosette tutorials.

I love this lamp posted on Creations by Kara. My lamps look so boring compared to this one!

The Smallest Sparrow’s rosette picture frame would make a precious addition to a little girls nursery!

I’ve had a few requests for rosette headbands and hair clips. Check out Rosemary Watson’s Rosette Headband Tutorial to learn how to make these beautiful accessories.

The possibilities are endless!

Don’t forget to enter this week’s special giveaway by ModGenes. These prints are sure to make a memorable Valentine’s Day for someone you love! Speaking of Valentine’s Day, be sure to comment below and let me know how you plan to celebrate!

 

La Vie En Rosettes- part deux

I got a little carried away with making fabric rosettes this holiday season, but, overall, I’m pretty pleased with the outcome.

I had some fabric left over from Amelia’s bedding, and voila! I made this Black Satin Pin Dot Rosette Bib Necklace for my mother. Almost every piece of clothing she owns is black and white, so I added a little color to liven things up. Love you, Mom!

I went shopping in my jewelry box and pulled out any partner-less earrings, stray beads, outdated strands, and unwearable baubles and simply recycled them. I gave this necklace to my sister. I love the look of pearls and denim. So feminine. That’s why I call this piece the Fedenim Rosette Bib Necklace . Ha!

Fabric rosettes are all the rage right now. You can purchase either of these necklaces thru my Etsy shop…

OR

You can enter to win the JANUARY GIVEAWAY!! One lucky reader will receive their choice of either of these fabric rosette bib necklaces.

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Good luck, Everyone!