Sunday, December 30, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

AN ENTERTAINING IDEA & HOLIDAY WISH TO YOU

Over the years my favorite thing to decorate in my home has always been my Holiday Table. I love to have it trimmed and decorated for the entire season as we love to entertain and this makes it easy to open our home to our guests for elegant dinners & parties without spending the entire day decorating and preparing. This year I have chosen to go with a very elegant and sophisticated palette of Silvers, Blacks, Creams, and Whites. A mixture of textures from the blanket of Faux Snow, to the Antique Glitter Plateaus really add beauty and interest to this table setting.
Adding height to your tables decor with a centerpiece as I have shown is so much fun. It allows for everyone around the table to access there favorite goodies and deserts. If you would like to see the details in these photos, Please click on each photo and it will enlarge.
The crown of our room is the old black wrought iron tole chandelier. Adding old mirrored ball ornaments, glittered tassels, and shimmering snowflakes give this chandelier such a gorgeous look. It is important not to forget all elements in your room when creating a Winter Wonderland Ambiance.
This beautiful china with the Silver Chandelier and rim was an early Christmas present to me this year. I love the way it looks and can easily be used year round.
My mother use to make Carmel Popcorn for all of her friends and neighbors when I was little. I remember her making it and watching her candy thermometer with anticipation waiting for the Carmel to reach the perfect temperature.
I adore mixing the Sterling Shiny Silver pieces with the aged tarnished patina of an old serving dish.
Another piece from the Vintage Chandelier & Crown China Collection. This teapot is great for holding hot chocolate, tea, coffee, or warm wassail.
WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THE VERY BEST HOLIDAY SEASON! ENJOY YOUR TIME SPENT WITH LOVED ONES AND TREASURE EVERY MOMENT.
THANK YOU FOR LETTING US BE A PART OF YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!

Friday, December 14, 2007

ALOHA, FROM HAWAII

Aloha from Hawaii, We have been here for 12 days now and have just been enjoying ourselves! We have spent our time Snorkeling, Boating, Site Seeing, and just basking in the Hawaiian Sun. My husband has sure been a trooper, 5 girls and 1 guy sure makes for a good combination of girl talk and fun! This is the first time my children have had the opportunity to go with us, and it has just been so much fun! Everyday has been full of laughs, jokes, and pranks!

The land here in Hawaii is so lush and beautiful with gorgeous flowers and vegetation. There is so much to see and do. I am including photos of some of the things we have had the pleasure of experiencing. The sunsets have been incredibly breathtaking. We had two very romantic dinners as the sunset over Lanai. Every second on this beautiful Island has been Heaven on Earth...Our plane leaves tomorrow and we will be sad to go, but happy to know we are always welcome back. Aloha, and Mahalo



Saturday, December 1, 2007

We have totally just made elves out of ourselves...

Well we are preparing for our long awaited family trip to Hawaii, and while we are packing it began to snow here in Utah...It is our first heavy snow fall so we all figured it was the perfect time to make elves of ourselves...This is a link you will have to click, "and normally I don't do links" but this is just toooo funny! http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1136211123
We love you all and we will post from Hawaii....Aloha Happy Holidays.....

Thursday, November 22, 2007

I AM THANKFUL FOR YOU, ALL MY DEAR FRIENDS

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!

I am thankful for all of the wonderful friendships and people I have met online, either as clients, sellers, or dear friends you are all so special and truly have blessd me this year. Thank you for sharing your creative minds, and for all your inspiration! I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.
Our day has just came to an end and boy are we stuffed. I had to share this YUMMY recipe for Pumpkin Pie! Normally I do not have a sweet tooth, But OMiGosh!~ This year I couldn't pass up this delicious dessert. I have included photos and the recipe for your delight.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

INGREDIENTS
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

DIRECTIONS
1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, EAGLE BRAND®, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
2.Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

IT'S THE HOLIDAYS...HAPPY HOLIDAYS...

As I am sitting down to write this post I have so many christmas tunes & jingles running through my head. I think I will find some of my favorite holiday songs and add them to my blog for you all to listen to this season!

The holidays seem to come faster and faster every year for me, so this year I decided to get a Pre-Thanksgiving jump on my holiday listings in my Ebay Shop. We have just listed our ~One of a Kind Vintage Ornament Wreaths~ only 5 left so if you love it get it now!

We will also be listing all of our never before seen best items of the year with wonderful "Buy It Now" prices just in time for the holidays and gift giving.

These listings will start daily Monday November 20th-Sunday December 2nd. Our shop will close for the holidays December 3rd as we will be taking our family on vacation to Hawaii for the holidays and will not be around to list.

From our family to yours We wish you a very Joyful Holiday Season, Alys

Monday, November 12, 2007

~EBAY SHOP SALE~ABITOFPARIS2U

We at A Bit Of Paris 2 U are holding our
Annual Ebay "Cleaning Shop Sale"
The sale will start Monday November 12th at 7:00 pm
We will have over 50 items listed at 9.99 with NO RESERVES!!!
If there is something you have had your eye on this will be a great time to get it.
You can click the photo below to be directed to our ebay shop.
We need to make room for our special Christmas items, and have selected many quality pieces to add to this sale~I love a great sale, and we are sure there is something here for everybody!~
Our holiday listings will begin the week of November 25th, I know you all are anxious to see our special holiday pieces as you know we save the best for the giving season!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

~GIVE THANKS~

With Halloween over and Thanksgiving just around the corner I think I have caught the holiday bug! I am so excited for this holiday season. Spend time with my family & friends, decorating my home, enjoying all of the scrumptious baked goodies the season brings are just a few of the things I love about the holidays.


This year for Christmas my husband and I are taking our four children to Maui for two weeks. They have never been and can hardly wait to go....All of you mom's know what I mean...asking everyday "How many more days until we go? Do they speak a different language there? Will we have to dress like them? etc..." So many questions that I haven't even thought of the answers to. We are very excited to introduce them to a different culture, and to watch them learn about and explore the beautiful land.

I guess this is partially my reason for my jump on the holidays! As I have been thinking about Thanksgiving and what I should bake to take to the annual Thanksgiving feast, I began to think of those things in which I am ~Thankful For~. I am so truly blessed in my life and thankful for the wonderful people around me that I get to love and cherish each and everyday! I am thankful for my beautiful home, and my talent & hobby to decorate it. I am thankful for my husband and the light he has brought into my life. I am so thankful for my children, every smile, every laugh, and every story they tell me! I am thankful for life's little Ah Ha moments, that make me smile. I am thankful for a healthy body, and strong inter spirit. I am thankful for all of you, that I have met here on the Internet and those that I haven't had a chance in meeting yet. You have all been such a delight, and blessing in my life. I love your creativity, your charisma, and your wit! And of course I am thankful for delicious food...






...Which leads me to share this fun and ~SIMPLE~ Recipe for the delightful individual Cheesecakes. They are super delicious, easy to make, and great if you have that sweet tooth craving and don't want to make a huge cheesecake! I have included the recipe for you below...Enjoy

Ingredients:

16 ounces Cream Cheese -- softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

12 vanilla wafers


Directions:
Beat cream cheese with all ingredients (except vanilla wafers) until smooth and creamy. Put 1 vanilla wafer in the bottom of a cupcake baking cup. Fill 1/2 full with cheese mixture. Bake at 350F degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool for 1 hour. Top with cherry, strawberry or blueberry pie filling.
Refrigerate and Waaa Laaa



Thursday, November 1, 2007

~THINGS I LOVE & A LITTLE ABOUT ME~




It is fall here in Utah and the leaves have all changed color...the grass is drying up, and the birds have flown south for the winter. It is truly beautiful here in Utah year round, however fall brings with it the most spectacular display of foliage colors that flow from our majestic mountains to the valley. I have been wanting to start a blog for sometime now, as I have long admired all of the talented blogs and women out there, that share their lives and talents with us each day! I hope that I can become just like all of you someday!

With fall upon us, and the weather getting cold I thought this would be a perfect time spent indoors sharing my photos, thoughts, and inspiration with you all! Do check back often as I plan on posting here as often as time will allow, and I would be flattered to be added to your blog postings as well!

My name is Alys and I am the shopkeeper of ~ABitOfParis2U~

I have been in the online sales & antique business for 10 years now! WOW how time has flown by! I have met the most wonderful Friends, and clients over the years that truly have been a blessing to my heart and soul. we love what we do and love having you be a part of our lives. Along with our website http://www.abitofparis2u.com/ have an Ebay shop and Ruby lane store. My husband Robert & I keep quite busy filling orders, answering emails, and searching high and low for these wonderful unique one of a kind finds.


Between the two of us we have 4 of the best kids ever ~Tyler, Ashley, Aspen & Aysha~! We are truly blessed and honored to have them as our children and love them dearly.


We look forward to hearing from you, and would love to link to your BLOG's! Feel free to drop us an email, give us a call, or leave us a comment any time, we love to hear from you!
Merci...