Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Little Girls Tea Party

Last month, my niece Ericka and her beautiful family came to visit from Florida.  Truth be told, Ericka is like a daughter to me so having her home was a true blessing.  I just can't believe how grown up she is and what an amazing mother she turned out to be.  We are so proud of her.  

It was a busy time for sure.  Plenty of activities, day trips, fun meals and memories to last a lifetime. One of the surprises I had planned for the girls was a little tea party.  And what little girl wouldn't love a Tea Party? I know I do...  

I wanted the tea to be fun, playful and a little fancy.  As part of the activities I had planned to keep the the girls busy while they were here, was a bit of baking.  We baked cupcakes, mini tarts and cheesecakes.  They also helped me decorate all the sweet treats for the tea party although they had no clue that all the treats they were helping me put together was for their surprise tea party. We had so much fun in the kitchen.  I think both girls have more appreciation for baking after learning how simple ingredients turn into such pretty delights.

Part of the plan included having my husband take the girls to the aquarium for a few hours to give me time to set everything up.  That worked out perfectly.  They had an amazing time at the aquarium and I had plenty of time to do my magic.  And let me just say, what a priceless moment it was to see their reactions the moment they walked in and saw the table setup for tea.  They had no idea.  Such a success!!!

Here is Ally's happy face.  They were both so thankful.  

Here are Ally and Julie.  All Julie could say for the first ten minutes was, "You tricked us"..

Here they were playing dress up.  I did have dresses with tutu's for them to wear but they did not even think of changing into them with all the excitement going on the table.  Such eye candy for them. They were slowly taking it all in.

These are the cupcakes the girls help me decorate.  Aren't these gorgeous?  I think a tutorial is in order right?  Let me know if you agree.

Hats and feather boas' were a must for this party.

I made these sweet paper funnels with scrapbook paper and filled them with candy, then I filled the teacups with nail polish is pastel colors.  

Paper plates in fanciful floral designs complete the table.  A table full of giggles, laughter, fun and everlasting memories.  

Thank you for visiting.  Wishing you a great weekend ahead.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Few Favorite Things

Hello friends.  I hope your weekend is going well.  We all know how busy weekends can get.  Often times full of activities, chores and unwanted errands which frequently leave no time for ourselves.  

It is so important to set-aside a few minutes of a day to decompress, to take a deep breath and enjoy the very things that are meaningful to us.  We work so hard to achieve our individuals goals that we often forget to take in all the beauty that surrounds us.  

A simple smile, a pretty flower or a beautiful sunny day.  And when I find that house chores will consume most of my day, I try to squeeze in a few minutes to relax, listen to some music and stage a little area in my home with things that make my day a bit brighter.  Things that touch my heart, besides my adorable pooch Max who never fails to put a smile on my face.

So today, I am sharing a few photos of a sweet vignette I put together this morning.  Some recycled stock flowers from last week that are still just as vibrant and beautiful, a few vintage linens in shades of purple and lavender and my favorite lady who I lovingly named Esther after my mother-in-law who gave it to me a few years ago.

House chores got done today.  A bit slowly I must admit, but nevertheless complete.  Lunch and dinner were made and most importantly, surrounded by all the lovely things that make our house a home.

Now tomorrow will be a day to enjoy a stroll by the beach.  Perfect ending to the weekend.  

Thank you for stopping by.  May you all have a great Sunday.



Monday, April 18, 2016

Early Spring In The Garden

Hello everyone.  It feels great to be back on blogland after a few weeks without a post.  Truth is, things got a bit crazy right before Easter with family visiting from Florida and the much needed repairs of the ceiling in our living room ceiling.  But I am so glad I got to spend time with my lovely nice and her three kids.  It filled my heart with so much joy to enjoy those cutties.  And now that things are back to normal and with warm days ahead, our attention shifts on to our beloved garden. 

I just love this time of year when spring slowly makes its entrance.  Sun warms the earth, grass turns a shade of pretty green, pansies are in flower and the sweet scent of spring fills the air.

This weekend  was truly perfect to be in the garden.  Sunny and temperatures in the high 60's.  Hubby and I spent all of Saturday working in the garden,  Pruning trees and shrubs, picking up dead branches and leaves, fixing parts of the fence, putting mulch and planting my fresh herbs.  Fresh herbs are a must in my garden.  There is nothing better than cooking with fresh herbs.  Such wonderful satisfaction that comes with gardening.  Seeing nature transform into something glorious. It is magical.

One of the things I enjoy about spring, is planning what new plants I will be adding to our garden.   So I set myself up on my favorite spot of the garden, surrounded by a few of my favorite things, which always include fresh flowers, pretty china and a few inspiring garden books.  I like P. Allen Smiths books.  They offer great instructions, ideas and lots of photographs.

At the top of my list of flowers to plant are roses...  what a surprise!!!  I plant roses along our wrought iron fence.  Mostly climbing roses.  And what a spectacular show it is once those irresistible plants begin to bloom.  Lilacs always seem to find their way into our garden too, along with peonies, dahlias, irises, lavender and anything that catches my eye.  I'm careful about the colors I select.  I try to keep a soft color palette in our garden. What about you?  Have you started to work in your garden? Do you have a yearly ritual or favorite flower?

Here are a few photos I took in our garden this weekend.

Thank you for stopping by.  Wishing you a great week ahead.


Look at these adorable kids.  Love them so much.  I have to share photos of the tea party I put together for the girls.