14 June 2012


18 years ago mr. traybella put a ROCK on my finger.  last weekend we celebrated our 17 year wedding anniversary.  i can not think of much that i have done for that long (except live).  my how the time has flown.  we were married on the greek island of santorini.  on kamari beach there is a huge hill known as the ROCK.  the sand is black and it is extremely beautiful there.

 we have been back to greece since our wedding, but not lately.  there is something about greece that just feels like home when we are there.  we love it.  the architecture, the people, the food, the pace.  we would love to take the boys there to experience all that we love about it. 

all week i have been saying to myself, wow 17 years.  it has not always been easy.  there have been some ups and downs.  but this i know for sure, that mr. traybella always was and always will be MY ROCK.  excited to see what the next 17 years bring.  hopefully a trip back to the greek islands.

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07 June 2012

i always ask myself why

well hello there!  where have you been for the last three months?! 
oh, i am so sorry.  you've come to my blog and darn it that cookie recipe from march is still there. 
but not today!  surprise! 
i wish i could say that i have been absent because i have been scouring the flea markets of paris.
but not.
just busy with life.  thanks to those that have wondered about me and sent emails...you are too sweet!
so back to this post....
when i decorate i always ask myself why, and then i say why not! 
i like to use things for purposes that they weren't really intended for.
let me show you some examples....

why did i put lamps side by side?  why not!  now when i need a bright light i turn the big lamp on,

and when i need just a little bit of light, i turn on the tiny lamp.  my solution to a lamp that doesn't take a 3way bulb.

why do i leave silverware out on the buffet?  why not!  this allows the boys to set the table and be out of my way in the kitchen.

 plus i think it looks pretty. 

 why do you have different napkin rings?  why not!  we use cloth napkins at our dinner table.  i can't get them washed every night (and most nights they just don't get that dirty) so this way everyone knows which napkin is theirs by having their own ring. (i just hunted them down at garage sales)

why did you squish your dining table to it's smallest size?  why not!  when we aren't entertaining i like to have our table small.  it's more intimate and cozy this way.  makes me feel like i'm in a restraunt and who doesn't love that?!

why did you turn your candle holder into a flower vase?  why not!  this time of year i love to bring clippings in from the yard.  they last a lot longer than flowers, the green looks great with all my brown, white and black.  who says it has to hold a candle?

i have a constant gaggle of boys at my house.  someone is always saying "where is your trash can?"
i had this random knob laying around and now i can just say "in the cabinet with the clock handle".  not sure it's easier than saying 'under the sink on the left' but i like that it's different.  and why not?!

why do you have numbers on your bedroom doors?  why not!  i have a thing for numbers, and the boys love a hotel.  so there you go. 

why would you buy a dresser with no drawers in it?  why not!  to hold some of my vintage suitcases of course.  i see this piece having many uses.  if we ever get that back porch built, i have visions of this piece becoming a bar.
so next time you see a piece you love but aren't sure what to do with it.  think outside the box.  what else could it be? 
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