venerdì 31 luglio 2009

Sunset on the beach!

I took some photos of the beach where I've been spending my Summer for more than 30 years....sun, an aperitive with, food, drinks and fun!

Today it has been my last day at work...I'm on holiday!!!
Wish you all a very nice and sunny week end!

martedì 28 luglio 2009

Etched bottles!

New bottles for the LC...I etched ornaments and the script "Eau froide" on it....

...and "Eau fraiche"...

 it's the result! The photos aren't very clear...I've always problems to take pictures of etched glass! Have you any suggestions???

venerdì 24 luglio 2009

Laundry time!

Doing the laundry is not one of my favourite activity...but it's so hot now that everyday there are lots of things to be washed! I like the fragrance of Marseille soap and of the laundry dried under the sun...

...a nice surprise this morning....LC has been tagged by my friend Dreamgirl! She has two very nice blogs, Sweeter homes and Sweeter living! She is a very sunny girl and she shares her joy of life!
Thank you for this nice award! You make me happy!!!

I should give this award to 15 blogfriends, but I cannot choose! I've met so many faboulous blogs and wonderful friends that I'd give the award to everybody...and that's what I do! I give it to you all my dear friends!
I'm still working and I'm very's so hot that I dream some days of...nothing! Only beach, friends, relaxing time and fun!
Have a nice week end!

martedì 21 luglio 2009

Hand-made lanterns

I made some lanterns...I used little glass jars and some wire...

...I etched some words on them...fleur...bugie...


..and voilà! Some new lanterns to be hung in the garden and on sale on LC!

I've recived two awards in the last days!

Thank you Tanja from Tanja's Homestyle for this nice award! I'm honoured to received it from you! You're a creative girl!

...thanks to my dear friend Margie from Margies' Crafts....I like the way you share your life with us and you're a very talented girl!

As you know, I cannot choose only some blogs to be tagged! So I give these two awards to all of you, old and new friends!!!

venerdì 17 luglio 2009

Garde manger

It's a very long time we (Paola and me) have this "garde-manger"...we bought it for LC at a flea market in Antibes last year but I've decided to work on it only few days ago...

...I've replaced the metal net and repainted it...grey and white patina!

The final look is shabby...holes and cracks make it charming and show its history...I adore imperfection!
Have a nice week end!

giovedì 16 luglio 2009

I won!

Thanks to my friend Dreamgirl I won her giveway! A subscription to Country Living magazine! I usually buy this magazine so now I can wait for my issues at home!
Dreamgirl has two lovely blogs....Sweeter Living and Sweeter Homes and she is a very nice and sunny girl!

I'm a bit surprised...I never won something in my life and now??? Twice in a week!
I'm very happy!

lunedì 13 luglio 2009

Summer vegetables...fresh food!

I love vegetables and specially in the hot days of Summer, I like fresh and light food...

...nothing better than the country products...they are tasty and as beatiful as flowers...

...tomatos, onions, cucumbers, salads, zucchini, green and white beans, aubergines....

's easy to be creative with such iced gazpacho for me tonight!

venerdì 10 luglio 2009

Biscuits receipes

Some of you asked me for the biscuits recipes of my previous post...

 they are!

Lavander buscuits

50gr of sugar
• 60gr of butter softened at room temperature
• 1 egg yolk
• 80gr flour 00
• 2-3 teaspoons of dried or fresh lavender flowers
• 1 teaspoon of honey
• 1 teaspoon vanilla yeast
• 1 pinch of salt

Mix in a bowl the butter and sugar, then add other ingredients and work the dough well.
Give it the shape of a cylinder of a few centimeters in diameter and place in freezer for half an hour wrapped in a little film. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and quickly cut into thin rounds of a half a centimeter thick, then put them on a oven tray covered with greaseproof paper a few centimeters away from each other.
Bake in pre-heated oven to 170 ° C for 15 minutes.

Parmesan and rosemary biscuits

100 g freshly grated Parmesan
180 g flour
120 g butter at room temperature
2 egg yolks
2 pinch of salt

Mix the Parmesan with the butter in a bowl.
Add flour, pepper and two pinches of salt.
Stir and add the first egg yolk, then the second one.
Knead quickly, without much work. The dough must be omogeneous.
Give it the shape of a cylinder of a few centimeters in diameter and place in freezer for half an hour wrapped in a little film.
15 minutes before cooking shortbread, preheat oven to 200 ° C.
Remove the film around the dough and cut each sausage into slices about 8mm thick.
Place them on a oven tray covered with greaseproof paper and cook in oven 15 minutes: cookies should be golden.
Let them cool completely.

Wish you all a sweet week end!!!

giovedì 9 luglio 2009

My first win!

For the first time in my life I won! Thanks to Lisa and her competition!
Lisa has a very nice blog and a gorgeous web-shop...lovely and romantic stuffs!
Yesterday I received this parcel from Sweden...

...look at the nice charm on the parcel...

...and this is my win! A lovely candle holder...

I didn't make anything to deserve's only luck! But I think it's a good luck sign! Italians are often superstitious! Thank you Lisa!
Have a nice week end!!!

domenica 5 luglio 2009

Summer fragrances and tastes!

I have a large amount of lavender...all picked up in the cloisters of the foundation where I work...

...and a lot of lemons...a scented harvest from a friend's garden ...

...she hasn't a plant of lemon but a very big tree....

I 've made some biscuits with lavender and lemon peel...a recipe found on the web...they are delicious with coffe and tea...iced tea of course!

I've a lot of rosemary too...I made some salted biscuits with parmesean and rosemary...great for aperitive!

May be I didn't choose the right day to's so hot...

 I've something delicious to taste during my breaks and to offer to friends in the garden!

mercoledì 1 luglio 2009

New projects

I finally painted the old etagere we bought in Nice 3 months ago...I've chosen a grey paint with white patina...this is my grey time! I like this colour!

...I've a big amount of lavender...I made bouquet, wreaths and all kind of things with it, but I'd like to try something I made a scented I've to wait a month before using it, but I'm looking forward to spray it on my laundry...I'd like to smell the Summer scent all the year!

...finally I printed some adhesive labels for the bottle...the photo isn't clear enough, but I'm satisfied of the result!