just an old-fashioned girl

Hello and welcome. I'm glad you dropped by. If you´re looking for something a little nostalgic of bygone eras with a timeless elegance and a little modern twist – in other words, something slightly “retro” – then you should feel right at home here in my shabby chic room. Month by month, there will always be something new to see so I hope you´ll enjoy your stay and come back again soon.

Layouts courtesy of Jean

Sweetness And Light

Window In Time

Time Began In A Garden

Mother When Young
This page uses not only Time Began In A Garden but also the floral freebie from Nouveau Summer, and one of Jean´s own doodles.

 Taken Unaware

Heart Of Gold


November 2010

Shabby Chic Rooms Part 3
This is Jean´s take on the freebie QP which she calls Dick´s Room.
I think her musician husband looks right at home in it and what a wonderful extraction!
Click on it for a larger view. It´s worth a closer look.

Then And Now

Flight Of Fancy
Mary Donner

Jean says on her blog that this is a photo from one of the old photo albums brought from Slovakia by her husband´s grandfather. Unfortunately, she doesn´t know her identity, hence the title
Lady Of Mystery  


Noel Nouveau
Jean´s use of the freebie QP

Shabby Chic Rooms Part 1
Jean says: We found this one at a rest stop along the highway, possibly newly out of its cocoon.


  1. Love all the views of this gorgeous butterfly. How interesting that the back of it's wings are brown with that curious "comma" on it! Lovely and informative LO using Helen's Shabby Chic Rooms Part 1. So glad you are sharing your LOs with Retro Designs kits with us here!

  2. Love your counted cross stitch. I also used to do a lot of it.
    Thanks so much for fixing your blog so I can now post on it. I've been following it since Lajuana first started setting it up, but couldn't post until you added the Name/URL option.

  3. Hi Joan...so glad to see you are visiting here. We are learning more about blogger every day and was determined to find a way for visitors to post on these additional pages.

    And, Helen, so glad you posted Jean's Noel Nouveau freebie QP here...so perfect for all the blues in her Mexican ornaments...love it!

  4. Beautiful Heritage Pages with Flight of Fancy, love these old photos.

  5. Dick looks right at home in this wonderful room with the fire flickering in the background. And, of course, wasn't surprise to see the bird photos in the frame. Perfect!

  6. Dick's room looks great, what a wonderful view he has from his window.

  7. Love the cluster in Heart of gold, wonderful use of the kit.

  8. Love the Mother when young page, the poppies look gorgeous.

  9. I love the pictures in old time, maybe it is the fashion right now.