async='async' data-ad-client='ca-pub-1704385665578974' src='https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js'/> 2022 - Welch House 1900

Vacation Treasure/Health Update


Hello! It's been such a long time since I've posted! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying these last few weeks of summer!

This summer my little family traveled once again to Destin, Florida. I absolutely adore it there! The ocean in that area is indescribable! The colors of the ocean are so gorgeous its literally like heaven on Earth.

One of my favorite parts of traveling to Florida is thrifting on our way down and back! Destin actually has an amazing selection of anitque stores, which sell authentic French furnitures that are handpicked and  shipped into the area.

 This year I was able to purchase a few large french pieces for our home.



 

The first item that I purchased was this pretty French Bombay chest with inlaid wood.



The top is a green marble. Would you believe that I found this at a thrift store in Destin? 

 


I love the character that this little chest brings to my stairwell. 



The bust that sits upon the Bombay chest is actually from the same thirft store in Destin! I purchased her last year.

I did acquire another large piece at this thrift store for our home. I will be showing it in a later post, but its amazing and from the 1800's. This Bombay chest could be vintage or fairly new, I have no idea, but its lovely all the same!



    My stairwell has needed some love since I moved here nine years ago. I just couldn't figure this space out.... how to make it look nice. I brought home a stunning piece of jewelry for this space! It couldn't be more perfect!



This is an authentic antique french Trumeau mirror. I found it at an antique store in Destin.



I was lucky enough to be able to speak with the previous owner and she did confirm that it was imported from France.



This mirror is about 7ft tall and will not fit above any of my mantels, so we decided to hang it in the stairwell. It literally changed the whole space! I feel like I live in a castle!



This mirror is so special to me and brings me so much joy each day as I make my way down the stairs. The carvings are so intricate and delicate. The painting has the softest colors which work so nicely with my wall color.


My trumeau mirror reminds me of heaven.



This space will now be getting French moldings for the walls and when I find the perfect one...a Large chandelier to hang down in front of the leaded glass windows. I am thrilled with my stairwell's progress! Beautiful homes don't happen overnight, it takes time, inspiration, money, and hard work but in the end its so worth it! I cannot believe its been 9 years for me to finally feel like I'm headed in the right direction for this space.




I also wanted to share with you a beautiful Florentine desk that I found on Facebook marketplace this summer. I adore Florentine! I have acquired a few trays and lots of wall plaques but never an actual piece of furniture! This piece cost me $45 and I think that was a bargain. A few weeks later I found another smaller table on Marketplace for the same price, I bought that one as well.



My garden is filling up with David Austen roses. Here is a sweet bouquet that I picked earlier in the season.




                        TRIGGER WARNING


Below I will be sharing my story of miscarriage and being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. I will be showing MRI images of my brain, so if this makes you uncomfortable please stop reading now.🙏🏻


These sweet pale pinkish white roses are called "Earth Angel". I planted these in honor of my sweet angel baby that I lost in 2020. I have never been so devastated in my life. I think I cried just about everyday for one year, I couldn't feel any joy. I had tried to conceive for about 6 years and no luck, and then finally I conceived! My pregnancy wasn't feeling right to me at all. I was bleeding so I went in for a sonogram expecting my angel to be gone, but sure enough a healthy baby was on the screen with a healthy heartbeat. I was so relieved. The next day I had a miscarriage. I still cry but not as often. I am grateful that I was able to see my angel on the sonogram and have a picture of them forever.




                                                                    HEALTH UPDATE

I know many of you have messaged me over the years asking me for more consistent blog posts, I wish I could have done better but my health had not be good for years. After I lost my baby, my body was not working correctly. Something was off and had been off for years! My period never came back after my miscarriage and I started lactating a lot. My prolactin was checked and I had slightly elevated levels, which when I went back through my charts, before I even conceived, my prolactin was elevated! Thats not normal and should have been looked into.  My thyroid was at a 5 when it should be at a 1 to conceive and sustain a pregnancy. My doctor knew all of this and still proceeded to help me get pregnant with fertility medicine. My baby never had a chance. I blame myself for not checking those charts and blindly believing what I was told,  that everything was in a normal range, I could have saved my baby's life. I will never do that again. I will always advocate for myself even when doctor's brush me off.

 




Finally with the more intense elevated prolactin levels I had to have a MRI which showed a huge tumor on my pituitary gland. I circled it below. The white blob is the tumor. Your pituitary gland is about 8mm, so extremely small...my tumor measured at 1.6cm x 2.2cm x 1.7cm. I had what is called stalk effect. My tumor was non functioning but pushing against my pituitary gland causing elevated prolactin levels and lactation. Our pituitary gland is our Master Gland! It controls absolutely everything. My head would hurt so bad for weeks at a time, nothing would relieve it. My face would feel like it was drooping on one side, my legs, face, and neck would swell daily. My body was in so much pain, I didn't leave my bed very often. It was hell. I couldn't remember words, my face even looked different. I would cry a lot.





Last August I had Endoscopic trans nasal transphenoidal surgery.  My surgeon had to go up through my nose and remove a piece of my skull to remove the tumor. I was in the operating room for 6 hours. The goal was not to remove all of it because they didn't want to damage my pituitary gland as I still plan to have children. My doctor told my that if my pregnancy would have continued I would have gone blind. Do you see the horizontal line above the tumor? Thats my optical nerve, once the tumor grew large enough to hit it, I would have lost my eye sight. 
 
Surgery was the scariest thing I have ever been through. I was in ICU for several days. My family could only be with me for a few hours of the day because of Covid. It was intense but I am still here! The biopsy came back non cancerous. The majority of pituitary tumors are non cancerous.

This is my newest MRI. You can see it is much smaller! I speak wellness and health over myself everyday. Recently I have been feeling much much better! I am grateful for the the little things, like doing laundry, washing dishes, walking up the stairs, making meals for my family, going to my son's school events! I am grateful that the headaches are gone, my periods are back! I am grateful for my life. These past two years have been some of the most difficult years of my life. I am much different, I am stronger, I am more independent, I am more thankful. Losing my baby really changed me, I'm still soft inside, but yet i feel a hardness inisde too, there is a huge hole in my heart that can not be filled.

I wanted to update you all and kind of explain what has been going on with my health for many years now. I hope to be more consistent and get back to doing things that I love.
I really want to get back into sharing more on social media. I am most active on my IG account.
I appreciate how patient you all have been with me on here! I love you all!



Photo of my husband and I on vacation a few weeks ago. Im feeling much better!



My other angel! Look at my sweet boy all grown up! 9 years old! He is my miracle!



 
Thank you all again for always being so sweet to me! It means the world to me!

-Larissa

Chocolate Easter Bunny Tablescape

 I am so excited to be a part of the Easter Celebratios blog hop hosted by my talented friend Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

I know you found a ton of beautiful  Easter inspiration for your living room decor from Blue Sky At Home and hopefully you'll find some dining room inspiration here!


 For some reason I find decorating for spring so much more difficult than the other seasons. I don't have have a lot of Easter decor because of this reason, but I do collect faux chocolate bunnies. My largest bunny is the one below. He is made by Martha Stewart and I bought him on QVC.



I like to group my chocolate rabbits together to make more of an impact. This year I decided to create a large vignette of bunnies for my dining room table.




I like to display the bunnies in old urns and silver server sets. 



At each place setting I have a foiled Easter chick, they are also from QVC and look very much like a foiled chocolate treat!




I also brought out my floral egg cups for each setting. Instead of using eggs for the egg cups, I decided on a few carnation blooms.








The mantle got decorated with an eucalyptus and egg garland. The chocolate bunnies on either side of the basket are the very first that I ever purchased many years ago.






The antique chairs at the ends of my table were given to me by my sister. Once the fabric was blue, but since has faded to green. I would like to get them recovered someday, but for now they look nice with my Simply Shabby chic tablecloth.




I found the tablecloth on Ebay a few weeks ago still brand new in an unopened package! I love how feminine and spring like it is!




The bunny below is so precious because its holding a baby bunny, I've never seen one like it before!




Over all I am happy with my display of bunnies!





I always keep an eye out for faux chocolate bunnies throughout the year, as one can never have enough!





The linen cabinet in the dining room also received a few faux foil bunnies as well. These are so darling! I love the pink foil and the gauzy blue ribbons.




My french chair was the perfect spot for a trio of robin's eggs.




I hope you enjoyed my Easter tour of the dining room! I wish you all a beautiful Easter!





Thank you so much for vistiting!


  • -Larissa


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Marie Antoinette Easter egg

This year I wanted to create an unique decoration that would incorporate my love of all things French with my love of Easter. I decided to create a large Marie Antoinette inspired Easter egg using my favorite Decor molds. I was inspired by one of my favorite blogs Edith & Evelyn Vintage, you can see Cindy's embellished pumpkin tutorial here.







The supplies you will need are:



corn starch 

paint brush 


assorted acrylic/ chalk paints of your choice




large Easter egg







I had a few old large Easter eggs already on hand that I decided to upcycle for this project. Mine were already painted gold from a few years ago so I left them "as is" when I started working.





 You will want to use your paint brush to dust your decor molds with corn starch, making sure you coat all of the tiny crevices. 


When that is finished, take your paper clay and press down firmly into the decor molds.







 Take your putty knife and gently scrape away the excess paper clay until you have a smooth surface.



Gently bend the decor molds to loosen your paper clay mold so it comes out nicely.








Take the paper clay mold and add the glue to the backside and begin to decorate your egg. I started with a beaded paper clay oval. Do not worry if your paper clay starts to crack, thats completely normal, it also helps to make your project look more "antique."  Once that was finished, I freehanded the Monogram "M" for Marie Antoinette. Then I added a paper clay floral swag at the bottom for a pretty embellishment.







 Next, I decided what type of paint I wanted to use. I had some left over latex paint in a pretty blue color and I went with that, although you can certainly use chalk paint or acrylic if you wish too! I decided to keep the center of my egg the original gold color and painted the outside blue. 

I let the paper clay dry overnight and the next morning I began to paint the embellishments gold, as well as, carefully painting the monogram "M".







The last step was to gently use dark wax to make the gold paper clay embellishments pop! This step is not necessary. I then placed a gold crown on top for Queen Marie Antoinette!  

I love creating unique holiday pieces that reflect the style of my home! Hopefully this gives you some great ideas as well! Last year I created Cinderella pumpkins in this way, and I will create some more on the blog with you this fall.





Thank you all for visiting!

-Larissa

Vintage Valentines Day Chocolate Boxes

 

Have you started your Valentine's Day decorating yet?  I don't have much Valentine's decor, but what I do collect are vintage heart chocolate boxes.



I absolutely adore vintage heart chocolate boxes, especially in the soft pastel colors.



I have a very small collection of only four boxes. Some are quite stained and tattered, but are still beautiful in my eyes. I found most of them randomly at antique stores for just a few dollars. This year I splurged and ordered the large lacy box in the right hand corner from Etsy.




Even though I don't have a lot of valentine decor, I think my sweet little heart boxes make a big impact.





I wish that candy companies would bring back beautifully decorated chocolate boxes! My husband always buys me a heart shaped box of chocolates each year on Valentines day. The boxes are red and pretty, and I save them because one day they will also be "vintage." He also signs each one which makes them even more special.




I found this vintage figurine of a courting couple at a thrift store for $3. I thought they would be a fitting addition to my valentine mantel.



What are your favorite items to decorate with for Valentine's Day? 



Thank you so much for stopping by!


-Larissa