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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Our Exchange Student Experiences and a Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago, I had a giveaway. The prize was never claimed, or in other words, they never answered me as to where to send it to them. Therefore, I'm again giving away this little ribbon tree and a dozen paper roses in the next week or two. I'd stay tuned and visit here often to see when I'm giving it away. Leaving a comment, become a follower, and give me a way to get in contact with you and you're in for the drawing! That'll do it. Easy Peasy, gals!

Not these; they're for my home, but I'll make some just like them.

Many years ago we hosted some exchange students. Our first was Rafael from Spain.

He was the perfect student and house guest. We loved having him for the school year he was here. His father, a lawyer, and mother came over with his younger brother to visit and go skiing in the Idaho ski country and they were delightful.

Then we had a girl from Spain. She came over for a summer tour and was also a very good house guest. She came back for a month or so to visit but she never went to school over here. She loved the USA though.

Then we had David from the Republic of Georgia. That didn't go well at all. He was a charmer but definitely a communist. He stole checks from me and forged my name. Luckily, the bank became suspicious and called me. I got the police involved and would have sent him packing but another family took pity on him and took him in. I doubt they regretted it but they probably wouldn't do it again. That was when I told hubs I'd never ever host another person. Just too much responsibility.

Sometimes you just fall in love with everything on the post you are creating. That is the situation here.

While I like blue, it's not a color I use a lot. But this small area of a kitchen made me smile. I think it's quite cute.

While this style of beach chair is making a comeback, I remember the original ones back in the 40s. They can now be made with any color or pattern of duck or canvas fabric so they are friendly to adding style instead of just plain ol' beige duck fabric.

Blue again! Another fabulous dining room.

Okay, I'm seeing a trend in this post: blue. This is a stunning kitchen, dining, whatever room.

I'm really not into little girls' rooms but I couldn't pass this one up. I would like to see this in Miss Caroline's room, but her room is definitely cute in pink and purple.

Again, blue and with Cath Kidston elements thrown in also.

This lids and bins underneath the shelf are cleverly done with style.

I thought you'd like to see these darling jewelry holders.

Okay, orange is my least favorite color as I've said several times before. This, however, is gorgeous with the pink, red and purple to offset the orange.

Photos courtesy of google images, pinterest and tumblr.


  1. Good Morning Connie...

    I love your colorful photos and like you, my least favorite color would have to be orange. I love the little jewel boxes!

    Jan ♥

  2. Hi Connie! Orange used to be my favourite colour years ago and it's one of the colours that I can wear well. But, with time, it faded from my repertoire and now I'm just not too fond of it. But, I agree about the orange, red and pink combination in that room. Those chairs are so striking. I would never have dared use orange on chairs like that. I love those little jewelry holders! Thanks so much for the pics!

  3. Please put me in the giveaway bowl! I love the blues in the pictures. I could see little Miss Caroline in the child's room. It was so pretty.

    I was asked by a friend to host an exchange student, I declined. You just never know and I didn't ant to take the chance.


  4. By itself, I don't always love orange either, but whenever it teams up with pink, bam! It's a hit and my eye is drawn right to it. Love all the cute stuff you highlighted.

  5. Hello Connie! Just found your charming blog~love your personality! I am your newest follower~hope you will pop over for a visit! Angie

  6. Connie you find the neatest pictures to bring us inspiration! I am loving Cath Kidson and wondering how I might incooperate her style in my home. As for orange it has never been one of my colors of choice. A few years ago though my hubby was with me while I was clothes shopping and wanted me to try an orange blouse on which turned out to look pretty cute! So now I have a few orange things in my closet but that is the only place it is in my house!

  7. Such eye candy, Connie! The thoughts on women were very is always good to hear different perspectives. It IS hard to become a stay at home Mom especially after working in the television industry for so long. I sometimes feel like I should be producing something somewhere...and then I realize I am, right here at home! :0)


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