cherry blossoms from our tree
Setting a beautiful table is one of my favorite things to do when entertaining. Visit this inspiring site to search beautiful examples of table settings in the color palette of your choice. Just click on the "Inspiration" link in the heading to choose your color palette.
My husband has taught me many things, one being to always travel light. I'm headed to Europe for a month and I'm only bringing this carry-on. Having only one small bag provides freedom and flexibility especially when taking public transport, which we always do. A light traveler is a happy traveler!
Are you a Friday night pizza lover? I recently purchased this cookbook which I read cover to cover. Highly recommend it if you are as enthusiastic about baking your own pizza as I am. Simple and delicious!
I'm a huge fan of listening to podcasts when working in the studio. A new recent discovery is Tea and Tattle. It's a lifestyle podcast co-hosted by Miranda Mills and Sophie Butler. Weekly discussions are held on favorite books, styling, gardening and more! There are many interviews with creative women which I find both fascinating and inspiring. And for my fellow anglophiles, it is UK based.
Have a lovely weekend - cheers!
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Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. A mid-winter opportunity to create something by hand and send to the ones you love. I also enjoy taking the time to add a little extra touch, such as a wax seal. I'm working on a few Valentine designs for the shop as well. Here is a little preview.
Wax & Stamp - Wax Seals
“Olive Wreath” by Maurelle Calligraphy
Rose Gold Wax
Valentine Card - EAB Designs
I love patterned baking cups and can't help coming home with charming designs. Often times, after baking muffins, the decorated cups do not look as pretty as they did before they came out of the oven. They absorb some of the moisture and butter and the colors looked muddy and not as vibrant. I especially wasn't thrilled with this when gifting baked goods, or serving them to company. To avoid this, I actually now bake my muffins and cupcakes in my favorite standard cups (Reynolds Foil Baking Cups) and after baking, I insert them into my pretty decorated ones. No grease and the cups still look perfect.
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I'm in the process of finishing up our Thanksgiving pumpkin place cards and favors. The pumpkins are made with tissue paper and filled with chocolate leaves and turkeys which were wrapped in beautiful foil colors. I'm using three different autumnal colors of tissue paper for all of our guests. (Colors: pumpkin, apricot & mustard, ordered here.)
I found the idea for the pumpkins here, but created mine with a few changes. First, I increased the diameter of my tissue paper circles to 13" wide. I found this much easier to work with. Also, I could not get the floral tape to stick to the closed end at all, so I tied mine with jute twine and wrapped the remaining ends around the stem and secured it with a dab of glue. I had some velvet leaves on hand and added that as an embellishment. I hope my little niece and nephew will be surprised when they discover the hidden treasure inside.
The tag is a free download, generously created and shared by She Wears Many Hats. Download can be found here. I cut the tag smaller and added our guests names.
While on vacation, I purchased the most beautiful Belgian linen and I used it to create our linen napkins for Thanksgiving. To achieve a perfect square, I just measured 20" across and pulled a thread from salvage to salvage and then cut along the line. Then I did the same going in the opposite direction. After that, just pull threads to achieve the fringed end. Lastly, I sewed a straight stitch around the napkin to prevent further fraying when washed. They are sure to get lots of use throughout the year.
I'm happy to share two new Valentine printables to gift to your Valentines this year. "We go together like... (milk & cookies, the stars & sky, etc.) You can choose to print a set of cards with the wording I selected, or you can print a set of cards with a blank area for you to add your own ideas. Both sets are free for you to enjoy. Download links are available at the end of this post.
After cutting out the cards, I brushed the edges with a gold stamp pad, and simply tied them with a velvet ribbon to gift to my Valentines.
Printables for Personal Use Only
I invite you to share these, however please be kind and add a link for your readers directly back to this post, rather than copying the post and/or downloads in their entirety. Thank you!
Velvet Ribbon available here.
To download the Valentine cards, click here.
To download customizable blank cards, click here.
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We're hosting a casual dinner party and I wanted a rustic look for the table, working with what I had on hand. Rather than purchasing flowers, I filled two of my larger vases with fresh apples. The addition of handmade velvet pumpkins and some preserved boxwood, at each end of the table, completed the look.
On the menu - pulled BBQ pork sandwiches, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, and carrot cake for dessert. Everything will be made ahead of time, including E's famous orange and pomegranate margaritas. Have a beautiful fall weekend everyone!
I knew the moment I spotted these charming stainless steel tins they would be coming home with me. They remind me of tea time in the English countryside.
Just the perfect size to gift cookies to a friend, or save some for us to enjoy later.
Grey Velvet Ribbon: EAB Designs
Tin: World Market
One of my favorite things about entertaining is planning all of the little details, from recipes to flowers and tableware. This past weekend we entertained ten friends and I chose simple arrangements of hydrangeas and roses.
I keep these lemonade bottles out on the sideboard so guests can serve themselves. However, I love the labels so they do double duty as decor.
This coming weekend we are hosting friends for dinner followed by game night. The menu is simple and comforting, with chicken pot pies as the entree. I prepare the pie crust and filling ahead of time and before our friends arrive, I assemble them in these lion's head bowls so they are ready to pop in the oven.
Since we will be entertaining friends a few weekends in a row this month, I added a little welcome message to our chalkboard.
On a side note, I read a tip online about how to make fresh cut hydrangeas last longer and it really does work. You just dip the cut stems into Alum (a crystalline powder found in the spice aisle) before placing them into the water. The arrangements I made last Thursday, now in my studio, are still looking fresh today.
Lemonade Bottles - World Market | Flowers - Fresh Market (great prices!)
We're still a few short weeks away from the official first day of fall, but around here fall begins with the start of a new school year. With the unusual cool summer we've experienced, the season has been beautiful. However, I'm looking forward to welcoming autumn. So is sweet girl who wrote this message on our kitchen chalkboard last night. Wish I could write like that. I love it!
Also, with fall upon us, I wanted to let you know our velvet acorns are available in the shop again, with your choice of color palette. I love working with silk velvet - so soft and luxurious!
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