Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Peter Rabbit Easter


 I can not tell you how excited I was when my daughter, Mia, told me her theme for 
her family Easter celebration would be Peter Rabbit this year!

 
Mia and I go way back with our love for Peter to when I chose that for her nursery theme.
 I was introduced to my love of Peter and all things Beatrix Potter, when I visited England as a
 teen and wanted that for my one day baby's room. Now, my grands love her books!


I have to show off all the detail she put into this party! Garden and carrot touches every-where,
even the green cutlery are "carrot" wrapped. Books and Peter mementos were scattered too.


I must tell you Mia's cupcakes, with their lemon curd filling are the very BEST I've ever tasted!
I had too many to count, although Quinn could probably tell you....please don't Q! 


A gingerbread garden shed just for fun!


The Easter tree centerpiece even had a few vintage PB ornaments. I lent her my sweet
PB plates and she got the place mat new from Pottery Barn.


The theme was carried out to the backyard and patio area. We were so grateful to outside
 and in the sunshine after weeks of wet weather (snow for me).



Food always tastes better wearing bunny ears!


 The kids had such fun but wondered all morning about their egg hunt tradition.


 And what was this giant hanging carrot? It was filled with eggs and treats. The Easter
Bunny really fooled them this year! All the kids had fun giving the carrot a whack.


Sweet kids showing off their Easter treasures from the giant carrot handmade by Mia.


We didn't open our darling Peter goody bag until we got home. Wow, what a surprise
to find a wonderfully scented candle in a bag I will keep as a
memento of the most fun Easter ever!
Thank you so much, Mia & Matt, for
making our day fabulous!
Happy Easter to all!
Melin
xoxo

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Valentine Fun



Valentine's Day is nearly here and I wanted to share a few goodies for the occasion.


These darling cupid's arrows were made by our daughter, Mia, for our Valentine's Day gift!
 She said they are easy and all you need are sturdy sticks, from your yard, felt and hot glue.
Aren't they darling? I hung them here and there among my Valentine decor.


I bought this awesome Mickey Mouse Club Scrap Book at a local flea. I opened it and
was amazed to see the fabulous valentine card collection. They were glued in
by a 9 year old girl and some have stickers attaching them, as well.
Check out the date and price back then.


Here are what the pages look like. They are chock full of retro Valentine fun! I want to keep it intact
and share some of the cards, over time, here and on Pinterest. There are a few from other
holidays too but mostly sweet valentines.


I love them all! Look at the detail and the funny sayings back then. Remember the joy
of getting special valentines from your classmates and teachers?
Why didn't we all save them? I am a saver and I didn't.


This lion, with a collar and tie, is accented with silver glitter!


And this sweet girl has a red flocked trim on her pinafore. Flocking was used a 
lot on the cards back then. The hearts with the birdies are flocked too.
Follow me on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/wrenlizgifts/
to see more vintage valentines like these and craft ideas.
WE wish you a fun and fabulous Valentine's Day!
Melin
xoxo

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Speed Decorating with Cedar


My husband is laid up from surgery on his arm and was not able to trim a few 
pine  branches from our yard, so I took matters into my own 
hands and bought this garland at Costco for $15.99!
I used clippers, floral cutters and scissors to tear it apart. It was so well built.


I deconstructed it on our kitchen island, which was a mess but warmer and sweep-able (is that a word). I want to share with you the ways I used the one garland in and around my Christmas decor.



I started a few tins, both new and vintage, I had, added the cedar and in most
 all examples I added faux  or real flowers, berries, glass balls and pine cones.


These are two vintage scoops we collected and set on the hearth.


I added a few sprigs, here there and everywhere!




Here are two on top of an antique frame.


Some were used "as is" in garland form. 



I even added some to our old sled that holds wet boots!


Then I added the what was left to the porch.


We added a buggy seat to our old red wagon and put a few faux tress
 in the middle,  then added the cedar casually around it.


I think you will have fun with this simple project and a 
big plus is the fresh scent it imparts.
Happy Holidays,
Melin
xoxo

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fall fun in Vermont!

I just got home from a fabulous girlfriend trip to Vermont and beyond (beyond will be another post). 
I went with Teri and Sue, sister-friends since grade and high school. We stayed in a camp
on Lake Dunmore. I Learned from November's Country Living magazine (page 52)
 that location generally dictates what a 2nd home dwelling is called.
In New England and the Adirondacks, it is a camp. In the West,
South and Midwest, it is called a cabin  and along the coast
 or Great Lakes, it is a cottage (who knew). 
The best part of Vermont is most all the roads are just two lane and they have very few freeway
type roads. Also, we were told, no billboards! Around every bend, it looks just like the
postcards you've seen, Sometimes it is green, sometimes the colors of fall or winter bare.

This video shows some of what we saw. We arrived on Sept 29 and didn't see the leaves we were hoping for but by the end of our visit Oct 7, the colors were gorgeous. Sorry the pics do 
not do  them justice. The dialog is weak too but enjoy the view.

We visited too many small towns to mention but several displayed these darling
"leaf people", especially Brandon, VT, a darling town, south of our Lake.

 A few other sites in Brandon. We had a fabulous lunch at this French cafe and enjoyed
the shops. Met a few fabulous artists.




Here are the three of us in a leaf peeping selfie groupie). Melin, Teri and Sue, besties forever!



 
The farther North and the deeper into the mountains we went, the prettier the colors, especially in Stowe! The
hillsides look like a fall patchwork quilt.





  A few of the sites in Stowe. We arrived late in the day but the colors did not disappoint. They were breathtaking! 

 This is our beautiful Lake Dunmore!
As we said goodbye to Vermont, we had to make one more stop at this darling country store
who had the best homemade fudge with salted caramel and they ship!

 All photos are taken with my iPhone. If you want a fun fall vacation, consider
visiting Vermont. We are so glad we did.
Melin