Insta-Living Vol. 03


There are often times that I forget to upload bits and pieces from just normal living that I want to share, and even more occasions when I forget to capture those moments. But, I managed to save some images below of a few noteworthy snapshots and nostalgic pieces.

The past few weeks I have been helping a friend with some event planning in my spare time (believe it or not), so I took that as a chance to have a small gathering for an early dinner, as we discussed plans. It was also a perfect time to take out a few kitchen and culinary items that I purchased some time ago, including another smaller size chalk board for fine cheeses, nuts, etc. 

I was pleased to receive a few old original recipe books (seen below) handwritten from my mum, I also found some additional pages pieced inside from the late fifties and seventies, she managed to transfer most of them into another cooking pamphlet. I also found a booklet of colonial 18th and 19th century recipes (reprinted in the eighties) that included old English and American recipes.

I set up a more rustic-chic table for our concept discussion dinner, and kept my spring-esque tablecloth. By adding a few books for inspiration and baskets, it helped to combine the freshness of spring with white and cobalt, with natural elements like dark wood and cotton/linen together. 

I had no problem grabbing these mason jars from a small consignment/country gift shop. Everything still newly packaged in a box. I was chatting with the owners (a cute elder couple) about alternative suggestions for what they could use them for. They mentioned that they had too many for their little shop, and gave me some for less than the price of a tea cup … and helped me pack them as well!

I boxed twenty, but they told me that I could take even more. So, I boxed an additional twenty, said “thanks,” and “farewell,” then went on my way. There are far too many useful projects to use these jars for, remember this crafting goodness? Ah, yes, special plans are certainly in the works. But, I digress …
Although, afterward, I was firm in using some of the jars for our dinner. 

 (Above) Rustic French country theme: Churchill dinnerware, decorating my table, teatime, chalk cheese board, plate back, table view with jars.

Since I felt as if I had somewhat struck gold (thanks to the owners paying it forward), I gift packaged and shipped ten jars to a family friend who likes to do canning. Thirty jars are plenty for us! I did the math: twenty jars for hosting, or summer barbeques, and ten for crafting/gifts, etc.  It’s an equation that would unavoidably result with an excellent solution, given the charitable situation!
  (Above)  floral printed napkins, cut figs, and homemade pizza with, balsamic, blue cheese, figs and onions. pizza.
 (Above) A few behind the scene shots of bag making. Finished handmade clutches with feathers and leather, and bright orange straps (will style it on the blog soon).

Happy weekend! Do you have anything special planned this weekend? 

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  1. lamodalena02 May

    nice pictures! :)

  2. These are wonderful doll, love the old cookbook, i have some old ones as well, so fun to make things from them. The bag you made is beautiful. I hope you have a sweet weekend x

  3. Hi Madison!! The old recipe books look marvelous. I have some recipes from my mother too but it's in Cyrillic handwriting and not easy to dicipher. Yes I can remember the jar post and I loved what you made of these jars. Your diy bag looks amazing and I'm looking forward to see you style it. You're welcome. That was so funny I had to mention it. I did some shopping too lol. Wish you a wonderful Friday!!

    xx Mira

  4. Tatiana Bezgodova02 May

    Lovely pics, dear! Happy weekend!



  5. sartorialsidelines02 May

    Those recipe books are really wonderful - what a wonderful thing to have!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  6. Madison, I need a friend like you IRL...that's all Imma saying:D
    And OMG! Those recipe booklets!!!!! I wish my mom did this, coz she had some recipes from my childhood I would love to make now.
    Have a fab weekend:)

  7. Thanks for your comment Mira! That would be very cool if you could get someone to translate it. And, I'm happy that you found the other comment funny, lol. I hope you're doing much better now. Have a great weekend. xx/M

  8. Thanks so much! Enjoy a lovely weekend as well! :-)

  9. Lady parisienne02 May

    nice post! And I love the DIY with the bag it's very pretty!

  10. chicncheapliving02 May

    The combination on that pizza sounds divine! You should add it to the handwritten recipe books!
    How awesome that the owners gave you such a great deal on mason jars. I'd love to find a few in a store near me!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  11. Wow you could do some amazing things with those mason jars and I love how you incorporated them into your tabletop decor.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  12. Glam up your Lifestyle02 May

    Na da hast du aber ein paar hübsche Dinge gefunden. Die Rezept-Bücher sind klasse.
    Hab ein schönes Wochenende, Cla

  13. so nice! makes me wanna spend more time with my home

  14. Lovely photos! Your "Rustic French Country Theme" dishes are so beautiful! xx

    <(') Hoda || JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

  15. Love seeing this side of you Madison! Cherish those recipes! How fabulous. There's nothing like them. Love the cutlery and tableware. So pretty. Beautiful clutch.

  16. petra lorietta02 May

    lovely photos!:) and the porcelain is so cute!

  17. Fashion Pad02 May

    Oh wow my mother is going to teach me how to make a couple of bags this weekend. Love how yours turned out!!!

  18. I love treasured recipe books that have been handed down in the family! Im sure it will be such fun trying all the recipes out, the bag looks amazing! I appreciate your kind words, Have an awesome weekend doll!

  19. Allie Mackin03 May

    Oh wow you made out good!! Nice. Jars make fun cocktail glasses too. In fact there is an Irish term that say "lets have a couple of jars" which means a couple of drinks. But not sure why they use that term.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  20. How wonderful that you have those recipe books! My mother was one of those savants who did it all by eyeing it and so I have very little in the way of family recipes. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    xo Mary Jo

  21. Madara Lieciniece03 May

    The silverware and all those plates look so, so beautiful! It looks like the table looked really beautiful! :)

  22. The clutches look great! Would have been nice to see more details / pics.

  23. Thanks Sam! I am very fortunate that she has passed down many recipe books to me and my sister.
    Enjoy your weekend. xx

  24. Thanks Kim, yes I will definitely cherish them. :)

  25. Yes, thanks! I reckon I'll enjoy more than a couple of jars now, haha! Happy weekend Allie!
    /Madison :)

  26. Yes, it's nice to finally have time to decorate and enjoy!
    Thanks for your comment Lyosha!

  27. Haha, perhaps we'll meet one of these days! Thanks Emmy for your sweet comment. xx/M Enjoy your weekend as well.

  28. Yes, I scored big time. So grateful! Do try out the pizza, I've pinned several other recipes on my board:
    Thanks! xx

  29. Fun! Enjoy the learning process! Thanks for your comment.

  30. Cla, Vielen Dank für Deinen Kommentar. Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende auch!
    Madison :)

  31. Thank you! The dishes are a favourite. I was glad that the dinner it turned out great. :)

  32. Erika Sorocco03 May

    I do love jars for crafting - they add such an elegant yet rustic touch!


  33. Mary Jnr03 May

    yummy yummy


  34. There actually are detailed shots above, without making the post entirely about the bag. :)

  35. chadlen03 May

    Hello dear,

    Lovely blog. I would be very happy if you also visited mine and follow me if you like it. Just don't forget to let me know, so that I can follow back.

    Thank you


  36. Lola Finn04 May

    Tolle Bilder :)
    Wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende!!
    Liebe Grüße


    Love to have a look at your things, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Happy Sunday, dear Madison

  38. Dressed with soul04 May

    Oh wie schön, liebe Madison, dass Du diese alten, handgeschriebenen Kochbücher hast! Und ich finde auch die Tischdekoration sehr ansprechend, wir haben ein ähnliches Geschirr, das ich sehr mag. Ich finde es sehr nett von Dir, dass Du Deiner Freundin geholfen hast :) Einen wunderschönen Sonntag für Dich!

    Liebe Grüße von Rena

  39. EFFENSHION04 May

    I'm so in love with your handmade clutch! absolutely beautiful!


    ♡EFFENSHION…essence † fashion

  40. Kati04 May

    Thanks so much for your sweet words, they made my day!

    What an adorable bag, are you going to show us how you made it?

    Have a great week,

  41. Liebe Rena. Danke! :)
    Das Gericht ist lecker! Ich hoffe, Sie genießen Deinen Sonntag!
    Madison xx

  42. Lady parisienne04 May

    Nice post, pretty photos!

    Have a nice week!

  43. You're welcome. I may do a regular tutorial post for the clutch, like I normally do, but not certain yet. Otherwise, I can just show you how to make it. Thanks for your comment! :)

  44. Thanks so much Marj! I agree, I think the best recipes that I know are the ones from family, and older recipes handwritten. I'm happy that you were inspired with the jars--they are such an old staple, and a multitude of ways to use them nowadays. x/M :)

  45. Elsie Davies05 May

    That pizza looks delicious. Love the tablecloth and napkin holders. How lovely of your mum for the hand written recipe book. Cute idea. xo.

  46. TERESA A05 May

    I love the DIY clutch with the tassels! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)


  47. Oh, you've been busy... Love that table setting and beautiful plates so much and it must be so wonderful to have the old recipe books, they always feel special. x

  48. I am loving your tablescape! And that pizza has my mouth watering :)

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

  49. Jenmarie05 May

    That's a lot of mason jars! How fun and sweet of you to ship them out to people, I'm sure they will appreciate it :) Old recipe books are so neat and I think they make great decorations.

  50. Yeah, some of the Nākd Bars and Cliff bars for me are still a bit high in sugar. Have you tried Larabars or Health Warrior? They are good and no added sugar. I've not found NudeFood in the UK, yet but I do know that they do ship to many countries on their site (check the drop down menu). I have found some comparable health bars in the EU though, which I try to keep on hand when I travel for work.

    And, yes, it was quite like a finishing school, we went to both private and public schools growing up which taught etiquette as well. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy the week.

  51. Thanks Elsie! The pizza is definitely delicious! Do give it a try.

  52. Yes, it's been busy the past month. Thanks for your comment. x/M

  53. Thanks Alexis! The pizza was amazing! :) x

  54. Yes, I thought why not share the gift? Thanks for your comment. Have a great week Jenmarie! :) /Madison

  55. Jenmarie05 May

    I love natural foods! Thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Oh to Be a Muse05 May

    So true! Jars come in handy for so many great projects.

  57. I'm obsessed with jars lately. I like them for lighting and I started collecting different once for cocktails in the summer :)

  58. huh, that's a lot of nice goodies! you're super lucky ;) I would totally love to try all that stuff so I'm sad it's not an international giveaway. but hey, at least I started to think about the fact we will have a 4-hour long flight this Saturday and a snack will probably be needed there. a very interesting post, Madison!

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  59. That dinnerware set is beautiful!

    Tara x

  60. This is a great giveaway. I haven't heard of NudeFood, but now I'm willing to try. Thanks for this great share :)

    Lu ❤

  61. Kathrin06 May

    toller review!
    hab einen schönen Tag!

  62. Thanks! It's a great brand indeed. :)

  63. Yes, I know! My giveaways are usually only catered to EU and UK, but I thought this time I would do a US giveaway, but no worries there will be other international giveaways in the future. Enjoy your getaway! Thanks! :)/Madison

  64. Thanks! They're a great option for healthy/snack treats! Happy to introduce you to this brand. :)

  65. LisaPNevarez08 May

    Old recipe books are so neat and I think they make great decorations.

  66. borka gamero11 May

    lovely! I adore the look
    I have a new look on my blog; come visit!
    Kisses from Miami,

  67. Janice11 May

    sounds great! thx for the tips!

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