Little French Table

Happy New Year everyone!

We are spending New Year’s at the lake cottage.

It’s been a lot of fun even though the weather has been anything but pleasant.  I hesitated taking photo’s because it’s rained constantly, the dark grey skies makes it difficult to get very much natural light, but decided to write a post anyway.

The last time we were here, I painted a little side table that we only use only when we have extra company.

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This little table was actually fine before,  but I wanted to lighten it up a bit.

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I first painted it with a regular cream latex paint, but when I started to distress the edges and legs, it peeled off in chunks…even after it was first sanded.  Since that didn’t work, my sister in law, suggested I try painting it with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint. She and my niece have taken chalk painting classes, and have finished several beautiful pieces.

I’m so thankful that she left her brushes and waxes for me to use on this piece.  It can get pricy when you purchase the paint, along with the brushes and waxes.  However, if you have several pieces you want to paint, it’s worth the extra cost.

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If you’re interested in seeing the different colors and finishes, click on Pinterest, also check out this link, and it will show you how to mix the colors to get the look you want.

Photo's of chalk painted table (1 of 34) New Years Eve photo for 2015 blog post This was taken several years ago, at New Years, but it seems I always kept it covered. Even though it’s not perfect,  It’s so much better than the dark, uneven varnish.

It’s perfectly…..imperfect!

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black eyed peas, corned beef and cabbage!

  I grew up in a Southern family eating black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year's Day.  It was and still is a tradition that is supposed to bring good luck, and financial prosperity in the coming year. One can only hope!


Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? 

That’s all for today friend. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Irish Blessings.

May your pockets be heavy and your

heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

~Irish Blessing

wishing you good luck for the new year!

love, Mary



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A few Christmas Touches

Our Christmas d├ęcor is not the expected holiday formality, it’s definitely nothing fancy,  I basically decorate with things that have been in the family for years, and I look around the house and try to find inspiration for my own Christmas scheme.      






Christmas 2014

Real greenery is rather expensive, so I always add a few cuttings from the yard.


If you like mulled cider, you must try this wonderful Cranberry and Apple mulled cider.  I found the recipe here at the Inspired Room.  This cider is not only delicious, but it smells heavenly too…just like Christmas, put on some Christmas music….. you will be in the Christmas spirit in no time!


While visiting Lake Tahoe this summer, I brought back a few pine cones. I believe they have the largest pine cones, especially compared to ours, that I have ever seen.  I only wish I had room to bring back more….love decorating with pine cones.




I found two things when I was cleaning the book cases, an old book about Notre Dame, of which, I added my Rosary that I purchased there several years ago and…..


an old Hymnal that belonged to my husband’s grandmother.  She also signed her name inside the cover, along with the date of 1929.


I bet you can’t guess which one is my favorite!  I tried to get a shot of our tree, but due to the all the rain and dark grey skies,

I had somewhat of a problem…


My beloved red books…

Christmas at Lavender & Linen

This old brass bowl has been around for as long as I can remember,  I just added some fresh greenery and beads.

Mulled Cider in Moscal Mule Cup1



It’s time to get the Christmas cards in the mail, and since I have several more to go…..I guess I should get busy.

-Mantle Lavender&Linen

“Take care of all your memories….For you cannot relive them.”   -Bob Dylan

Thank you followers, and also thanks to all of you that stopped by today.

I hope you have a great week!

xxoo Mary

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