Monday, April 12, 2021

This, That, and Other Things

 This, That, and Other Things



Lots of little projects going on at Our New Vista.  We are so happy to be "fully vaccinated" - but still being careful about going out.  We ate at a restaurant (in an outdoor area) for the first time in over a year this week.  We took a ride to nearby Lititiz, PA for our monthly anniversary date.  On our 40th anniversary my sweet husband decided that since you never know how many anniversaries you will be able to celebrate it would be a good idea to celebrate our anniversary each month.  So, on the 8th of every month we do something...take a ride to a new place, have lunch or dinner out, go to a play or movie - though Covid put an end to that for awhile.  So, this month we decided to try eating outside since we were vaccinated. I have to admit I was a little nervous, the the place we chose had a lovely covered patio, well spaced tables, and the staff was all masked.  

There was a limited lunch menu and I chose the special of the day - Blackened Spicy Shrimp Tacos.  They were amazing...and once I took off my mask and started to eat it felt like life was finally getting back to normal.  Sadly, the number of Covid cases in our are is rising...and all the amenities here at our community are still not available.  But, this first venture to eat at a restaurant has started us on the path to venturing out more often...
If you ever get a chance to visit Lititiz, PA....do it!  Here is a link to check out one of the coolest small towns in America -https://lititzpa.com/ It is such a cute little town with tons of great places to eat and shop.  Here is my honey in a favorite shop called Zest.  Filled with cooking items and lots of fun things means I never leave without buying something.  This time is was a brown sugar keeper ( I recently purchased these containers for my flour and sugar and love them...ProKeeper brand) - and I could not resist this Eiffel Tower cookie cutter.  It is the perfect size. You can also check out Zest online - https://zestchef.com/
Along with great chocolate, tea, gifts, and clothing - Aaron's Bookstore is a great place to browse.  I admit to not buying books very often as I am a HUGE library patron.  But, I wanted to support Aarons as they are a big part of the author luncheons sponsored by the library here.  I found this book - and I just love WWII historical fiction - so it followed me home.  You can check out Aaron's bookstore here - https://www.aaronsbooks.com/


Next up was this little project!  I cannot take credit for this - Niky at The House On Silverado posted this idea a few days ago and I thought it was adorable.  
This metal plant container is from Dollar Tree.  I noticed them before but never thought of any way I could use one...then Niky shared her idea and I rushed to Dollar Tree to get started on this project.
I needed something for the base and found these "doll heads" at Michael's.   


I had some white craft paint on hand and used that to cover the wooden pieces...

I used a small screwdriver inserted in the little hole at the bottom of the "head" to hold it while I painted it...


First coat....

Second coat and let it dry thoroughly...
Used some super glue adhesive (also from Dollar Tree) 

I added a good amount to each piece....
Then evenly spaced them on the bottom of the planter...
Then I found the heaviest book in my house and placed it on top to make sure things stay glued...
All this hand washing was talking it's toll on our hands.  We were using the dish soap and that was drying us out.  I bought these two, but did not like the look of the bottles on the counter - I have my dish soap in a nice dispenser on one side of the sink - and wanted to do something with these -
This worked out great...it contains the hand soap and hand lotion and just looks cute!
I added a new faux plant I found at HomeGoods in front of the faucet and now I love how everything looks.
Thanks to Niky for this great idea...
And since Dollar Tree also had this one in French I will be working on another one for our Paris guest bath!
Thanks so much for stopping by Our New Vista today - you can leave a comment below and let me know if you tried this idea, share any ideas you have been working on, or just say hello.  I have added a subscribe by email to the top of the blog if you would like to be notified of new posts.  While it is cool and rainy outside we know that better days are ahead.
Make it a great day wherever you are!




Monday, March 22, 2021

Spring Into Easter

 Spring Into Easter








The weather has been beautiful here in PA and it is time to Spring into Easter!  I waited until the day after St. Patrick's Day to take down my Shamrock wreath - and bring out the bunny.  A simple grapevine wreath, bunny, eggs, and tulips all from Dollar Tree. Now that we are in an apartment I love that my wreaths do not fade...our last house got sun all day and often I had to replace items/ribbons on the wreaths.

Once you enter another bunny, some tulips, and eggs welcome you...

On the wall near the coat closet I placed a birdhouse and one of these little bunnies.  You will see them all over my home...I found them several years ago at Dollar Tree and I am sorry I did not purchase more of them.  They are SO cute!


A bright green umbrella holds more tulips...

Dining table gets more tulips ( have to laugh...I found these potted tulips at Bath and Bodyworks many years ago...they were selling the spring display items and I got them of $1.00 each.  They come out of storage and fluff up beautifully each year...


Another view...with a nest of eggs and yellow chick salt and pepper shakers...


This little bunny is observing the scene...


The little bunny plate was found at our community "Cash and Carry" tag sale...one of many things I stuck into a bag on Dollar Bag Day!

Some eggs and another chick liven up the kitchen plant...

The new greenery hanging from the cabinet is a recent Ikea purchase.   The caulking was cracking where the cabinet meets the wall ( it has been very dry here even with a humidifier running) and this little plant makes it look so much better.


Here is another one of those bunnies...SO cute!

I used to place this plate in the window over my kitchen sink...now it stays near the windows in the living area to catch the light.



For the past few weeks I had only sticks and pussy willows in this vase...added the forsythia for Spring...

And more to the mantel...along with a bunny and some more of those potted tulips.
Always love putting out the Ukrainian Easter Eggs ( Pysanky) that belonged to my mother-in-law. These are made of wood  - which I love - because they have been with us since our marriage and survived many moves in 44 years!
I always like to have napkins out for the season...

The weather has been so nice that I could not resist getting some pansies for the porch...it is still a little too cool to sit out there and I have not given the porch a good "Spring Cleaning"...but I love when I glance out to see the smiling faces of the flowers.


The little bunny pedestal was a find in the Target Dollar Zone for only $3.00

And changed the notepad by the phone to reflect the season...as well as the carrot/bunny pen!
Another view of the kitchen with the bunny pedestal, a bunny cookie cutter, and another one of those little bunnies!

Do you decorate for Easter ?  Or Spring ?  How long do you keep the decorations out?  These will stay out until the end of April...then I will start with May lilacs and morph into Memorial Day patriotic items.   Do you change decor with the seasons?  Let me know what you do - please leave a comment.  I love to hear from you!  Thanks so much for stopping by Our New Vista!

Monday, March 15, 2021

We'll Always Have Paris

 


We'll Always Have Paris



Paris!  I love it.   I love novels set in Paris, movies about Paris, and Paris!  I have been blessed to visit the City of Light several times.   My husband John and I love to travel, and Paris is one of our favorite cities.  My first visit was in high school...and was just a taste for a short time that left me wanting more.  On a school trip from my high school, we had only two days in Paris - one day was taken up with a change of hotels and medical issues of my friend, the second was "May Day" and we were urged not to leave our hotel because of demonstrations.  The only thing I really remember was a visit to the Louvre - and the desire to return.   John and I returned for our 25th Anniversary, and then...my favorite visit.  When I turned 50 I did not want a big party...I wanted to turn 50 on the Eiffel Tower.  My wonderful husband flew me to Paris for the weekend...March in Paris...snow, cold, magic.   Such a special trip.  Then a visit for a week in April a few years later, then a few days in the city before or after a river cruise.  Always something new to see...always magical.  
SO....when building a home a few years ago, we toured a model home that had a Paris shower curtain in one of the bathrooms.  I loved it...tracked it down on Ebay, and purchased it for the guest bath of the home we were building.

It picture a Paris street scene of shops and restaurants...and we started calling that guest bath "Paris".  As in "do we have anymore toothpaste? Yes, check in Paris!"  Over the years I slowly accumulated items that made that bathroom more Parisian.  When we downsized a few years ago and moved to a wonderful apartment in a senior living community I thought maybe I should get rid of the shower curtain and go in a different direction.  I could not give up Paris!  I am still adding items with a French/Paris theme...and I know we will always have Paris!
This print of the Eiffel Tower was a piece of wrapping paper I held on to for years.  The current guest bath is much larger than our old one and I was able to find a frame and place it over the toilet.
A smaller print of the Moulin Rouge hangs over the towel rack and I found a guest towel that mimics the scene on the shower curtain.

Since the bathroom is so spacious I was able to find this cute unit that holds all the extra toiletries that we store "in Paris".

The little Arc de Triomphe was a gift from a friend this past Christams.  She is my dear friend and knows how much I miss traveling, and what a difficult year this has been with John's recovery from a heart attack.  She sent this ornament as a reminder that better days are ahead.  I had it on the Christmas Tree but decided not to store it with the ornaments - it is perfect in Paris.
I was able to find a body wash that keeps the Paris theme...
and a French inspired Poo-Pourri, too.  This little table made the move from our living room to Paris.  It hold extra paper, Poo La La, and a clock I can see from the tub so I know when it is time to get out.  Our new home features a wonderful walk in shower in the owner's bath - but I still like a long soak and use this tub for my bubble baths.  Bubble Baths in Paris!
Found this print of the famous Shakespeare and Company book store in Paris...and the Paris letters - both in Ross a few years ago.   When we were in Paris for my 50th birthday we visited the famed bookstore near Notre Dame.  I purchased a book of poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the owner invited us to tea in his apartment on the top floor of the building.  There were people there from all over the world...it is a great memory.
Recently found this brush holder at At Home...and it followed me home.

The bath and toilet area is separated from the vanity area by a pocket door...I continued the Paris theme in the vanity area, too.
This soap dispenser came from a little gift shop in Niagara On The Lake while we were on vacation there...
The hand towel mimics the shower curtain, the clock has a Paris theme, and the print is from an artist we found in Nice...a beautiful watercolor of the Cote d Azur and our visit there.


Close up of the clock - found at Joann Fabrics several years ago...
The little Paris tray is a catch all that I found at Ross...


The waste basket was from our local BonTon store before it closed...I could not resist...
At the other end of the vanity area is a door which leads to a walk in closet...I found this canvas print at my local grocery store!!!
Now that this bath is connected to the guest room, Paris has been seeping out into the rest of the area...Eiffel Tower sheets... 

A little pillow on the bed...

The room also doubles as our office, so a Parisian pen and a faux book about Paris...
And lastly, this Hallmark card that I had to buy and frame...
I hope you enjoyed this little visit to Paris !  Do you have a favorite place that you bring into your decorating.   Do you have any themes for your rooms?  I am sure I will always be on the look out for things French and Parisian....until I get back to Paris!
Thank you so much for stopping by Our New Vista .  Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!  Bonjour!

This, That, and Other Things

  This, That, and Other Things Lots of little projects going on at Our New Vista.  We are so happy to be "fully vaccinated" - but ...