Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Jeanne d’Arc Living Rosy Rosary and A Sacred Heart

Welcome to my blog, especially if you’re a new follower!  I've been reading your comments.  
Really, you must pace the floor in deep thought before you write, you're all so kind!
I’ve been playing with some pretty props, and I’d love to share them with you.

When Emma Mattsson and Petra Kjellstrom came from Sweden to shoot my studio
for Skona Hem, I made an effort to make it look more Nordic, like something
in that utterly ravishing Danish magazine Jeanne d’Arc Living. 

So, I borrowed some Catholic paraphernalia from Mom and made
a little devotional ‘altar’ before a chippy white mirror. 
A rosary of pink glass beads…

…a French holy card, some candles. 
The whole thing was inspired by the sparkly sacred heart decorating my most recent

Photo: Rosemary Foltz

Rosemary also posted some lovely photos of religion inspired bottles in vintage lace
from artist Rhonda  and her Etsy shop Paris Gal 56.

My Swedish friends didn’t care for any of it –- they wanted a neutral American look!

At any rate, it was fun to do.    Speaking of Jeanne d’Arc Living, Roberta over at
Enchanted Treasures is hosting a giveaway till 11 November for the Autumn and Christmas issues.

‘Till next time, stay shabby!

I’ll be sharing this with:

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kerrie said...

Well,I like every bit of it...I have also made a little altar area from Jeanne d Arc Living inspiration. I purchased a grey fresh water pearl rosary from Tracey at French Larkspur this summer. But it also has deeper meaning for I am on the journey of becoming Catholic.

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~B~E~A~U~T~I~F~U~L~ Hugs,Rachel

Creative Grammie said...

You have a wonderful way of decorating and getting the look you're after. Hugs to you.

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

That is a strange name for a Danish magazine! They must have all things French than? Jeanne d'Arc is as French as it ever can be.
Love your vintage litho card with lace! They are very rare... but also very charming and pretty.
Was your Mom French?
Thanks for posting all this; including the info!

Have a great Sunday with greetings from Georgia,


card, that is very rare nowadays! It is a beautiful old French art of paper lace.

elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

it all looks very pretty:)The girls from Swrden is very good at theyr work...
have a wondrfuel day..



Mme de Thil said...

Shabby and Nordic? It's the right trend for winter. In your hands, it's always a hit.
Have a nice Sunday.

Catherine said...

Hi hi!! I am a new follower and, frankly, am beside myself in delirious raptures over your blog!! Your images and style are heavenly - surely such places only exist in dreams!

Love it!!



hobbyvimsa said...

Wow!!Beutiful..Hugs from Norway LInda:)

elsamarianne said...

Oh so beautiful pictures.
The Jeanne d´Arc Magazine is very popular here in Sweden, and we read it in danish. The french-danish style is very popular. And we love to mix it with our swedish heritage of lace, fabrics and "allmoge" (peasant)things.
have a nice sunday
hugs elsamarianne

ELEANOR HOLMES Weddings by Design said...

These images are absolutely gorgeous. I fall more in love with your blog every time I read a post!


Jacqui said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love it all!

Itsbugart said...

Sweden is a predominately Lutheran protestant land and, unfortunately, there are still many Swedes who look down on Catholics and Catholicism so I'm not surprised the folks from Sköna Hem disliked the altar, etc.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Very chic Sandy! You have the perfect eye for making the most enchanting vignettes!! I'm so excited that your beautiful place is being noticed by such great people. I think about your segment on the Nate show so often and it always brings a smile to my face that you got to meet such a sweet talented man.
I have a lovely rosary that my son gave me this past year and I adore it. Whether a person is Catholic or Protestant or whatever they seem very special. I love the "feel" of it both with the fingertips and the heart.

Many hugs, Sherry

It's me said...

Hi Sandy.....this is so nice done!! great atmosfere!! i really like Jeanne D'arc.....we sell it in our shop.......and i have also a give may tell your followers to if you want ??!!...lovely Ria

kinekelly said...

Je viens de faire un magnifique balade dans ce joli blog , l'atmosphère y est magique ! merci et bravo pour toutes vos créations .

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Sandy ~
That is a beautiful vignette !
The bottle is gorgeous too !

Villa Klaraberg said...

Hi Sandy. This is absolutely beautiful!! I love and collect vintage Catholic Symbols and have many of them at my cottage in Sweden. They provide a spiritual atmosphere and also beautiful to look at. How fun that your studio will be in Sköna Hem, can't wait!
I wish you a wonderful Sunday.

Ozma of Odds said... your magical cottage, everything looks wonderous!!

The Jeanne d`arc Living magazine has a special Christmas issue that is sooooo full of nordic pretties, your head spins round and round trying to figure what beautiful vignette you'd like to start with first!!
GORGEOUSNESS I tell you!! Just as you have done here:)

I will be listing some of these very special silk ribbon tags very soon...
I will also have a few, limited edition ones that will even open at the back just as my authentic one does from Italy!!! Only ~ if you can believe it, it's made out of paper!!

xo, Rosemary

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

I love the Catholic rosaries. I collect the crucifix's and medals also.

Mme de Thil (US) said...

Hi again!
I just want to tell you that Mme de Thil is now open for the American readers. Enjoy the true "air de Paris" writing from a little street of Montmartre.

Auntie Bliss said...

They didn't?! Oh wow.
Well :)

You did some nice projects and very original too!

NanaDiana said...

Sandy-Little did they know that true American style can involve ANY style at all- Just take a look around Blogland. Oh well ;>} We ALL love it, no matter what you do. Your place, like you, is sweet and darling! Hugs-Diana

Anonymous said...

Really lovely!
But Swedish are Protestant isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on yet another feature, Sandy! You deserve every bit of the recognition you get! I love this beautiful vignette you put together... just gorgeous... and the poem... so lovely! All of your pictures are just stunning and could very well be in a Jeanne d'Arc Magazine! What a lovely view you have out your window... so peaceful...
Jo :)

Madelief said...

You decorated it beautifully!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Servies en Brocante said...

oww moms are so handy!!

youre pics are soooo wonderful, you give me insperation!!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Simply Beautiful! ~Cheers Kim

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That was so sweet of you to try to add some nordic touches and they wanted it to look American. Oh well, it can never hurt to have a few religious articles around. that pink rosary is really pretty!


Rhonda said...

I'm over the moon with excitement that you mentioned me. There will be no living with me now. tee hee

Your blog is so inspirational and along with Ozma of Odd's blog, I'm feel like I'm dreaming each visit.

Hugs, Rhonda

Anonymous said...

Well, Sandy, I think it looks lovely! Always a joy to pop by and see what you're up to!
Big hugs,

Loesje said...

Hella Sandy,

WoWWWWWWWWWWW this is a beautiful blog,I cab believe my eyes,

Loesje.From Holland

It's me said...

Thanks !! ...but i do not see it in your sitebar.....???? forget???....lovely week darling....hugs from me Ria.....xxxx....

Carolyn said...

Hi Sandy,
You did a great job on the JDL look in your charming cottage.
I enjoyed watching your clip on the Nate show- you were a pro!
Thank you for visiting me,


My Cottage Charm said...

Hi Sandy! :)
Gosh, you've had lots of stuff going on haven't you! How many magazines, photo shoots etc have you had since your New York Times piece? I'm so happy for you...I wish I had a little streamside cottage too! I showed your cottage to my hubby and he said..."I wonder if it gets cold in there"......sounds just like a man, worried about heat instead of seeing the beauty! lol (I do adore my hubby though for thinking practically, when my head is in the air looking at all the beauty...we balance each other out!) ;0)
Glad you liked my Goodwill fabric finds...I mean seriously, who finds rolls of toile at Goodwill?! I was a very excited girlie! :)
Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!
Missy :)

June said...

Hi Sandy,
I think your lovely alter is full of chippy wonderfulness. Just love that mirror. The JAL magazine is my favorite publication out there right now. That and the British decor magazines. They don't cut corners at all! And always worth the money.

The shabby paris market said...

Hi Sandy! It all looks heavenly, as usual:) Love the mirror! Always inspiring...thanks for sharing a bit of your dreamy world!

Shabby hugs, Dawn

Barbara said...

Gorgeous! I absolutely love it!

Tania - Grange de Charme said...

Hi Sandy ! beautiful photo's, very inspiring ...
Greetings from Paris

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

So pretty Sandy...I love the glittery religious card and the pink rosary.Love your style.

Tracey said...

Hi Sandy!! I love it, it's all so very beautiful!!! Right up my alley :)) Lovely pictures!

Hugs ~

:) T

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

I think it looks amazing. I just love JDL and you totally nailed the look. Beautiful photos.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Everything looks so lovely, Sandy! You have such a wonderful eye!

Simply stunning!


Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

This is the most beautiful post I have seen today. Thanks for sharing. ~~Sherry~~

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Everything is so beautiful... It's hard to pick, but I think the first photo is my favorite!!!
Blessings~~~ Daphne Nicole

Linda said...

Lots of beautiful eye candy here, Sandy! Love the decorated bottle...

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Love this post. I miss so much when my husband takes a vacation. Glad to see it now though, Sandy. Absolutely speaks to my entire heart with this post. You've got it, that beautiful eye!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Sandy, It's all so beautiful and inspiring; the way you have displayed it all is just breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing it all with us,

Debi said...

Hi Sandy,
I have been in a bit if a blogging funk but how wonderful to visit you! You are such an inspiration! I finally got to watch your segment on Nate and was so taken again by your cottage! Everytime I look at it I am completely and utterly amazed at what you did.You are so talented!

texasdaisey said...

Just happened by and Oh My! Beauty, beauty, beauty everywhere. I so enjoyed stopping by.

Gigi said...

Gracious, just never know where the web may take me! Saw your name in the comments on Rachel Ashwell's blog...intrigued me, sounded delicious ("streamside"...hmmm)...and here I am, led into this fairytale, winter wonderland, with a to-die-for cottage I want to just free fall into, on top of pillowy and sumptuous furniture, amid sparkle and ice, sugary white, frothy white and dreamy white everything. Oh, oh, oh...I just want to BE there. Not just a streamside cottage, an enchanted one, in a beautiful, snowy forest like I've never seen in my life. It's not real, is it? It is? Can I trade my palm trees and ocean, if just for a day?

Becky Wierzbicki said...

I just love all of your beautiful items and articles on your blog. You make me want to paint my house with lace and glitter...I am going to get out my bags of lace right now and make something...anything..lacey and white..what a beautiful site this it...Hugs, Becky


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