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March 28, 2013

Flowers for my Mom

While browsing EBay I found this three headed bunny vase that 
I decided to purchase for my Mom.
Since I knew we'd be visiting for Easter I wanted to present it 
with some fresh tulips.


 Upon giving it a cleaning I discovered the glaze started to turn color which meant it wasn't truly waterproof and I decided my only option was to use silk flowers.

I went to Michael's and lucked out with 50% off on all the spring flowers.  I pondered a while and found a couple of clusters of white tulips and blue hyacinths.  (My Mom LOVES blue).  I spotted some soft pink delphiniums and some green and white leafed stems for accent.

Right in the middle of my project I see something running around in my back yard.  I realized it was a dog so I (still in my PJ's) went out to see if I could coax it to me.  She was frightened and shivering so I brought her in.  I gave her water and bread.  
She was happy to be fed something.

She had no name tag but a dog license so I was able to contact her owner by calling our county office where the dog tags are issues.
Turns out her name is Bella and she had bolted out the door the night before and was in unfamiliar territory as she was being watched by a friend.  It's a miracle she didn't get hit because she was a mile from their home and our road is a main highway traveled by lots of vehicles.
I made sure I commented to the girl that picked her up to get a tag made for her with a name and phone number.  It would have been so much easier to have found the owner that way.

So...back to my Bunny Vase...

 I didn't realize how poor the pictures were coming out because of the sun 
in the background.  
I was using my cell phone for these pics.
I kept cutting and adding.  It was awkward to work with because of the openings.  I wanted it to seem natural so I didn't want to make it perfectly symmetrical
 I also changed the ribbon around the necks of the bunnies.

I think I'm done!

I went and got my real camera and took a few more pictures.  
My mom (who is 90) has a sofa with ivory, blue and pink just like in this arrangement.  I'm pretty sure she will love it.
Mom's living room

 Nothing like a little sunshine to make things look great! 
Flowers for my Mom

My sisters, their kids and my husband and I will gather at Mom's.  Sister Jen promises me another lemon cake too!  Looking forward to seeing everyone since I haven't been down there since Christmas.
I hope you all have a nice Easter!
 I'm looking forward to a little getaway myself!

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March 26, 2013

Easter dinner early...

Happy Easter everyone!  Sunday was my birthday and our daughter surprised me with a weekend visit.  She made a delicious and super cute cake for me so I decided I to set a table for Easter since we aren't going to be together.  
We're heading down to see my Mom and sisters 
and she has other obligations
She knows I love lemon so she made me a lemon flavored cake (real lemons) and a blueberry butter cream frosting (real blueberry's too) and candied lemon pieces.

 Those lemons taste so good-sweet and tender! 

 I wanted to include it in my tablescape but the table is small so
I had to do this in two parts.

I was looking for inspiration for an Easter tablescape and it was 
delivered to my door!
This tablescape was designed after I received this beautiful floral arrangement from my son and his wife.   There is a gentle mix of orange, pinks and yellows and it fits in the room so well!

 While looking through my collection of Easter goodies I found some hand wrapped yarn eggs that my Mom gave me many years ago.  I decided they were the perfect element to tie all these colors together.

 I clustered some paper grass to set the eggs on which I felt lended to the relaxed organic look I wanted.

 I used the Napolean Bee flatware and a rattan charger to continue my theme.

 There are four patterns in the set of these dishes.

 The Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage dishes worked in perfectly too.  
They are a great accent dish.

 The pink Bordallo cabbage bowls had to be included with this Easter table and the Mikasa Italian Countryside dishes proved to be the best companion dinner plate.

My rabbit and egg theme have been strong this year.  These egg shaped salt and pepper shakers are carried along by the rabbit in this cute cart.

The bunnies are hanging around hoping for some greens to be tossed their way.  That little guy on the right thinks he's hiding!

 I adore all the different flowers, textures and color the florist incorporated here in this and I think it's beautifully arranged.  
And I have to tell you it smells wonderful! 

Love the artfully placed willow sticks...


Here's a little nostalgia for you...
My sister Jen (right), Sherry (behind)
and me (left) in 1963.
I  hope you have a beautiful and blessed Easter!  

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March 24, 2013

Queen for the (weekend) day!

Well, today I am officially one year older.
It's been a good weekend.
I've been taken out to eat, and I even got  
Hubby to tour the Ethan Allen 
store and check out some sofas
Of course I drooled over a lot of goodies. 
A surprise floral arrangement was delivered Saturday 
morning that was from my friend Betty in New Mexico
 Love the miniature roses mixed with the Gerbera daisies... 
Thank you again so much!
It's a real pick-me-up during this
late winter and continuing white landscape
that doesn't seem to be going away... and 

  the cutest card from my friend Alycia 
She knows me well! 
Thank you! 

I'm keeping the flowers on the table so I 
can enjoy them!  
 I was surprised by our daughter Chelsea with a 
weekend visit and
she made a lemon cake with a blueberry butter cream frosting, and candied lemon wedges that she did herself!   
Isn't it cute- she's getting better and better at this!  If you know me you know I love lemon flavored everything- so I was tickled she made me this!

She used my new gift from my Hubby to make it.
A Kitchen Aid mixer which I have dubbed
"Snow White"
(I'm going to have to get busy and do more baking!)

We also watched the new Les Miserablés movie which we loved.  

So I have been queen for the (weekend) Day!
Small update
I received these lovely flowers from my Son 
and his wife today!

The roses are like antique roses and there are some pale peach flowers that look antique too...very beautiful!
 I love all the different flowers in this arrangement.
Thank you Son and DIL!


March 22, 2013

Friday wind up!

Well here we are once again on Friday! This week has been about Easter and one more little tweak in my office. I posted about my Easter decorating twice this  week...here and  here
 Today I was featured by Maria Elena at 
Our Home Away From Home 
who recently started her own weekly blog party called 
"Tuesdays at Our Home"
Thank-you for featuring me Maria Elena!

I hung two new "old" pictures in my office above the sitting chair.
 These are antique prints

They have a "publishing date of 1805 and 1807" on them.  I don't  know if they are original to those dates.  It couldn't be verified, but they were purchased from The Brimfield Antique show in Massachusetts.

 They definitely appear very old, although I realize the frames are not.

I picked up some glare when I took the picture which made it look like it's soiled, but it's not.

I've been looking for some architectural prints and these struck me 
so I decided to grab them up. 

  I wrote to One King's Lane where I bought them from but they could only tell me where they found them and that this antique show is filled with reputeable vendors.   
You often have to be fast on their web site at purchasing things, as they disappear before your eyes!

So I'm done with updates in the office...
I'm anxious for spring to start and to get outside!  
All I have to do is pray for the snow to melt!

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