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Guest Posting at Reading is Fashionable

I have a lovely bit of news to share. I recently wrote a post for an awesome blog called Reading is Fashionable. I shared one of my favorite little bookshops in VanBuren, Arkansas. It is a sweet little shop. Please check out the post and the blog. I think you’ll like it.

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My Dream Library

A library is place to read and so should be well lit. This is what one would think, however, my dream library is dark. I love natural light for reading and therefore will have a very large window. Near that a chaise lounge with a darling little side table. All the wood in the room must be dark and at least one wall needs floor to ceiling shelves with a library ladder. I adore library ladders! My library simply must have one. All other shelves/shelving must have glass doors or be open. I want to see all of my books! Another corner will have a leather chair and ottoman with a floor lamp. I also want a small writing desk for keeping in touch with friends and family. It must be a roll top or drop lid with lots of little nooks and crannies. I want dark hardwood floors with a huge rug and dark, thick drapes on the window. For decorations I will need some pretty bookends, a wall decal reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe, and a painting or two. I really want the painting of a girl reading which is pictured above. We had a copy of this painting in our house growing up and I’ve always loved it. It would make me think of home and warmth and coziness. As for colors, everything should be in dark browns, reds, and golds. And there you have it, my dream library courtesy of Olioboard.

What does your dream library look like? Please share!

Review: Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris

Almost French: Love and a New Life in ParisAlmost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book immensely. It was interesting to see Paris through the eyes of an expatriate. Living in a different culture requires a great deal of adjustment. Sarah shares the dark, difficult times as well as the happy times. In the end Paris became her home and a place she loves. The journey is the one Sarah shares with all of us. There is much to learn, see, and experience. Paris fascinates me more than ever after reading this book. There are parts of life in France that I simply adore and others that I don’t think I would ever understand.

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Lissie Loves. . . .

Here are a few things I fell in love with on the internet this week.


I love these earrings found on Etsy at InspiredbyElizabeth! They are so glamourous!


Can anything be better than a house made of bookshelves? I don’t think so! See more at the Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio.


I was simply blown away by this French apartment decorated in a Moroccan style. Tres magnifique!!! You can see more at 79 Ideas.


I am fascinated by The Burning House site. What would you take if your house was burning? This is the question asked by Foster Huntington. People gather their chosen items, photograph them, and submit it to the website. It is interesting to say the least. So much can be learned about the individual from the picture.

Lissie Loves. . . .

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Here are a few things I have found this week which I love.

I think my wardrobe really needs a pair of Saddle Shoes. See more lovely pictures over at Behind the Curtain!

I found this article from A Red Lipstick about women, self-esteem, and fashion to be quite interesting.

These birds from Abigail Brown featured on Hello My Dear are just beautiful!

Lastly, I am super excited to hear that a biography of Myrna Loy is due out in October! This is a definite on my wishlist!! Please click here to learn more!

I’m Right There on Page 22!

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I am so excited!!!! I went to the bookstore tonight to look for a copy of the “Savvy Auntie” book by Melanie Notkin. She created the Savvy Auntie website which I’ve been a member of for some years. I knew it was possible, but until I found the book and looked for myself I just couldn’t be sure. I’ve been quoted in the book! My name is now officially in print! The book itself and the website are a celebration of aunthood. Both are for all of us who are aunties whether by relation or by choice. We love our nieces and nephews as if they were our own. We understand that they are looking to us for an example and that we are an important part of their lives. We honor our “little ones” and our relationship with them by being the best aunties we can be.

You can order your very own copy at BetterWorldBooks!

Score 1 for Vintage!

The other day we noticed these pretty little birds outside the window.



Aren’t they pretty?  Hubby went straight to his computer and pulled a webpage to assist in identifying these little blue birds.  I went to the bookshelf and pulled out this:

The copyright on this little vintage book is 1956.  In a matter of minutes I identified the little birds as Indigo Buntings.  Micah’s webpage was still loading.

Vintage: 1  Modern Technology: 0

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