Thursday, February 17, 2011


I've been technologically challenged the past few weeks with both my laptop at home and Blogger.  I thought I had forever lost my "Suburban Retreat" and the thought of starting over made me shudder.  Seriously ... I've missed you all and my daily "fixes"!

Vintage Valentine Dated 1922

I hope you all enjoyed a deliciously romantic Valentine's Day!  Hubs decided to think outside of the box this year and gifted me with something very original!  Personally, I like to remain within the confines of my container so the gift failed miserably.

Yes folks, it was an Ed Hardy Heart-Shaped Watch!  I wasn't totally ungrateful as the "Heart Shape" was not totally lost on me and I know what you're all thinking ...
"It's the Thought That Matters" and it truly is!

THOUGHTFULNESS - 10 out of 10
ORIGINALITY - 9 out of 10

Sorry Ed, but the watch went back and instead, we came home with this!

Babs hit a home run with this!  It's simply delightful!

After dinner Hubs went to collect the mail and SURPRISE, there was a package for me.  Several weeks ago I was THRILLED to be the lucky winner of French Country Cottage's Giveaway - an assortment of letterpressed stationary and treasures!  WOOHOO!

Sincere apologies - my poor photography does not do this artwork justice.
It must be seen in person to be truly appreciated.

Olivia of Olive Route works on two presses - a Chandler and Price platen press that's almost 100 years old and a mid-century Vandercook proof press.  PLEASE go visit Olive Route here and see for yourself the amazing talent she possesses.  She also has an Etsy shoppe where you can purchase ready-made products!

Picture Frame Courtesy of French Country Cottage
I also received a couple of SURPRISES in my Giveaway Box!

Trio of Dish Towels - Maybe Too Pretty to Use???
Thank you Courtney!

I've been awarded the "Stylish Blogger Award" a few times in the past month and have yet to publish my post (due to my technical difficulties).  Thank you to those who nominated me and I will get on this ASAP!

Ahhhhhhhh ... it's good to be back!

Cheers - Lisa


  1. hi lisa!
    love the gifts went down the same path...:)
    your prizes are awesome!
    glad your technological problems are under control.
    have a good one.

  2. So glad you're back! I was worried about you! Congrats on the wins, and your (final) V-day gift looks perfect :) -Tammy

  3. Always a problem whether to take back or not....I try to make it easy for mine...I ask for one BIG thing for the whole year ...would love to see the Barbra book...I bet your house could be in it!

  4. Lisa, glad you had a good Valentine's. I like those cage bottom girls on the table. Very cute. Congrats on being a winner! Judy

  5. Hello Lisa,
    I was just thinking about you this morning and wondered what happened to you!!!
    Isn't it something when you haven't even met this person and you miss them?
    Glad you are back!!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  6. Wow, what a fab hubby you have! I LoVe the watch (huge Ed fan) however that book seems absolutely wonderful too ~ will have to put a bug in my hubs ear for both. ;D

  7. Hi Lisa, welcome back girl! Nice to see you back and congrats on the giveaway win!! xokathee

  8. Woo Hoo! you're back. I kinda like the watch, but then I'm a jewellery person. Good to see you!

  9. Congrats on the giveaway win Lisa and so happy to see that you're "back"!

    My husband has given me a couple of interesting gifts over the years... but nothing quite like your heart watch.

    ~Chris (and I must say, I'm commenting from the 'greater toronto area' today ;)

  10. Wow, what a great giveaway you won! Lucky girl. Love the idea of the watch, the thought behind it is sweet, but love the book better. Good choice. :)

  11. Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your nice compliments and sweet visit! I have enjoyed reading your Valentine's Day post...I had to laugh. It sounds like the kind of "outside of the box" gifting my husband would do! I love your alternative gift...haven't seen Bab's book in person but have heard a lot about it and can't wait to check it out! What a great giveaway you won, too! Lucky girl!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  12. Congratulations on a beautiful valentine celebration and all your winnings Lisa!
    Happy weekend!

  13. Hi Lisa,
    Glad you are back. I missed you and your cheerful visits to my blog. If it is any consolation, your husband isn't the only one who has struck out with gifts. I love my husband, but even after all these years he still makes big mistakes in buying me gifts. He is great at showing up with roses for no reason at all and so I forgive all the other blunders. I saw the Barbara Streisand book in the store. That one thick, heavy book! Happy reading!

  14. I am so glad all is well with your blog! I need to get my hands on that book. Thanks for this post, I think we can all relate!

  15. Hi Lisa, you are right, it's the thought that counts..We don't exchange after all these years, but I would have made that swap too! Thanks for stopping by and always leaving me such nice notes..Happy Saturday!
    P.S. I have not read the whole cookbook yet, but will let you know if there is any recipes for moose or bears..♥

  16. HA!. I have to give Hubby the exact url/link to what I want, unless of course he chooses to give me flowers. To be honest, I'm not sure I could have left the house wearing the heart shaped watch... hee hee..

    I am having a giveaway today, well, as soon as I reach the 300 follower mark. It's a nice khaki jacket so come take a look.


  17. Echoing many from above - so glad you're back! I thought I'd lost my blog a while back - know that sinking feeling - have had a few hiccups along the way -so grateful for blogging and meeting such wonderful ladies as yourself!
    Funny story about the gift - sweet guy - especially goodhearted enough to go with you to replace it with something you really enjoy - they learn :)
    Congratulations on the amazing win,
    will check her out!
    God Bless<

  18. Hi Lisa Sweetie...
    I am so glad YOU'RE BACK. I have missed you SO much. I love seeing your smiling face at Country Wings in Phoenix. You are one of my biggest fans sweet friend.

    What a gorgeous win and a beautiful share. You really hit the jackpot with this one. I love the stationery, and us gals can never be without lots of stationery.

    Now in one of your photos you have the MOST elegant metal standing gals. One is holding a bird and the other a heart. Where on earth did you find them, I am SO in love with them. Just beautiful. That little bird one just jumped right out at me. BEAUTIFUL Lisa, Just BEAUTIFUL.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend. So happy you are back. I have truly missed your smile. Many hugs to you sweetie and SO much love, Sherry

  19. Hi Lisa, Welcome back!!! I hope you know how much you have been missed. I knew you were out with technical difficulties. I am glad you did not lose your blog. I was so glad to see your comment and know you were back!
    I just have to say the thought behind your hubs gift is so sweet.
    Congrats on your wins and precious gifts!
    Have a great Sunday!
    ~ Julie

  20. Awww, your husband sounds like mine! Love your choice! I checked her book out from the library and it's on my nightstand at this moment!
    Hope you're having a great weekend!

  21. YES!!! You're back! I am so happy for you (and for all of us as well)...

    Love your goodies!!!

  22. LOL! So you were MIA, too, huh Lisa?? Wasn't it just awful??? I was just about going insane from boredom and missing all my blogging sisters! I felt so lost and disconnected. Did you? Well, I'm glad to see you back, too, girlie!

    xoxo laurie

  23. Welcome back Lisa!! Glad to hear you ended up with a lovely gift you will enjoy, despite all 'heart'-felt intentions of your hubby.
    - Susan

  24. Hello Lisa Welcome Back You can see we all missing you and the gift from you husband is very pretty.


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