Thursday, May 4, 2017

Susan Branch at Apple Farm


I flew to Los Angeles this spring to spend a glorious week with my 
bestie,  assistant WE buyer-promoter-slave and sister, Linda Howard. 
We spent some time catching up,seeing my extended family, the beach,
 etc, then set out on a girlfriend's adventure to SOL. 
I had really only been through  San Luis Obispo and never stayed.
Our drive up the coast was fun. We stopped and explored (SHOPPED)
 in Arroyo Grande, a small town we both love. We could hardly wait 
to get to the Apple Farm Inn, so we didn't stay long.


I LOVED everything about the Inn, especially the flowers! I tried to do
 what the sign says. I am a rule follower, for the most part. 



The Inn is charming and the staff could not have been more welcoming and fun. 
They greeted us with wine and cookies and more.  Our room was close 
to the reception area...convenient!
They have a wonderful gift shop (more shopping) and tables with decor
 set  up all over the Inn for purchase, plus it was so springy!


The exciting person that brought us here is our beloved Susan Branch!


We could hardly wait to see her, hear her, be near her and talk to her. 
I know it sounds like we could be stalkers but we admire her  work and have all her
  books and just know she loves us as much as we love her (she really does)!


Once we checked in and received our wrist bands, we were invited 
to enjoy delicious treats and lemonade. It was very classy!


We met many like minded women, who are lovers of all things SB (like us).
We chatted and met others who saw her with us in Pasadena too.


It wasn't long before there she was in all her cuteness!
Don't you just love her outfit! 
Linda is just to the left of her left hand in this pic.


She is a true GIRLFRIEND (just like her book) and seemed as excited to
see us as we were to see her. She spoke for a bit then
opened it up for questions from us...FUN!


Here are the three of us in the traditional girlfriend signing pose.


She is so very generous and spends some quality time with each and 
every one of us. Susan is signing a very special Christmas print
of hers that Linda was generous to gift me. I will display it 
every Christmas to remind me of my two dear friends.
She signed our books too in her loving hand.


It was a magical trip from the start to the very end. We antiqued along 
our way home. Ate at many of my favorite restaurants too.
How blessed am I to have these two incredible 
woman that I call FRIEND?

The pictures were taken by me with my iPhone, and the husband's 
of Susan Branch (Joe) & Laura Lindsay.

Wishing you a spring adventure or two!
Melin
xoxo

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Party ~ Make Your Own Pizza

Happy Valentine's Day!
I celebrated Valentine's Day with four great friends for lunch today.
We had a make your own pizza lunch. Everyone brought a few toppings to share
and I had www.traderjoes.com pizza dough and many cheeses.
 I used my pink dishes (http://www.justglass.com/documents/articles/inhouse/arcoroc.html) 
that I have been collecting, why not? See some of the bowl of toppings here. 
This is Charlene, isn't she cute?
We got quite creative and Benecia the veggie lover did fine!
So did Pat... a yummy pizza! I made mine with dried fig and gorgonzola.

Jbo (Jennifer) came up with a nice refreshing cocktail on the fly...Cava, cranberry juice
and an orange slice. It was deliciously perfect with the pizza! 
B and I tasting our fabulous creations with layers and layers of goodness.

Charlene and Jbo pose with their pizzas and drink.
Pat made us a trifle with angel food cake and berries...heavenly light!
Doesn't she show off the dishes like a cute pro?
We had a sweet bar for tasting and for taking home to share. You could put
 treats in a small plastic heart or in a wee bag. We had a few retro 
candies from our childhoods...red hots and convo hearts!

Our table was set with a mix of pinks, reds and white!
I have to show my french hutch dressed up for Valentine's Day!

The girls helped clean up, so it was easy, start to finish and I have
hung up my cheery cherry apron for today.
Wishing you lots of love, today and every day.
Melin
xoxo

Monday, November 7, 2016

New Antique Hutch


I spent this past weekend painting the inside of this French antique hutch
WE bought from a designer friend, shout out to Shelley McGinity


I am not a painter at all but it felt good to accomplish this easy task. 
It took many coats of Antique White to cover the Sky Blue!


My big reward came today, when I got to add a few pieces of collections, 
family favorites and a few touches of fall.


I started with Granny's Hall Jewel Tea Autumn Leaf mix. I love this because
Granny had it although I don't think any of this was actually her's.


I thrifted this gorgeous hand painted fall plate and the love the old 
Hallmark Thanksgiving turkey S&P, even if they are plastic.


This turkey platter was my Mommy's from the 50's. We ate every Thanksgiving turkey
off this platter. I am so grateful to have used this platter for my
family, as well, and it will go to my older daughter.  


So that is what I have been up to for fun! 
Please share you recent projects with us for inspiration.
Wishing you and yours a blessed
Thanksgiving.
Melin
xoxo

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Finally Fall



I know it is just October but it has been so warm that I thought fall would never come to
 our mountains. It is here now in all it's glory. I have not been taking pics of the trees but
I thought I would share a few of my fall decor.
I used a tin from my web store (sorry, it is sold out for this year already) for my base. 
The faux sunflowers, leaves and gourds are from Hobby Lobby. 
Are you as glad as I am that sunflowers are back in vogue? 
My squirrels are vintage finds. My mom had some like these when I was growing up. 
Am I the only one buying back their childhood memories? 
The birdies are still available at Wren Elizabeth Gifts. You can find them here http://www.wrenelizabethgifts.com/item_1753/Small-Birds.htm.


The best place I have found for pumpkins this season are at Trader Joe's! I bought the gnarly green one above and the pretty Cinderella below for only $5.99 each! These are big and make great front porch decorations. While you are there, pick up a couple of bunches of sunflowers for $3.99 a bunch.



I love to mix faux, dried and real finds, especially in the fall. Don't you just love
 the colors of Indian corn?


We went to this pumpkin patch with our local kids and had a ball.
I have never seen a pile of pumpkins this big.
Happy fall!
Melin
xoxo

Monday, May 30, 2016

Lovely Lilacs



Here in my mountain town, it is lilac time! WE have more blooms this year than ever
 thanks to an abundance of snow and rain WE received.  
They are so prolific, just walking near the bushes is a treat for the senses...scent and colors 
delight. What a gift from Mother Nature! All WE have to do is cut off the 
pretty flowers. I brought in handfuls this morning and had fun selecting containers of all sorts.


I love to use my milk glass collection whenever possible and it adds a feminine touch with the ruffles.


For a more modern touch, use a piece of mercury glass. My little pixie is fun (and a bit naughty).


Tin containers add a simple country look. They are especially fun in a kitchen. Set one near your sink, so you can enjoy the scent while you work. The candle is here when the blooms fade.


 I just love this look! I bought a few different flower cup and saucers at a yard sale for tea
 parties with our grand-angels. Perfect for a flower display as well. 
Our newest birdie and nest is sweeter with lilacs.


What container would you choose from your own collections for yard flowers?
Do you say li-lack or li-lock? I love li-lacks!
Melin
xoxo

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fall Decorating With Thrift Finds


I enjoy sharing my love for thrifting and decorating for the season. These simple 
ideas use a base of a thrift store find or a new one that can be found
on the cheap. I used super-market gourds, faux leaves 
plus a few decorations from my store.


I used a pretty "silver" curved  platter that I found for $3 and added fall touches.


A long ago find of a wooden box with a serene fall landscape makes a 
great container for a touch of fall!


This centerpiece uses new items on a vintage yellow Fiestaware platter. I filled a new aqua
Ball jar with candy corn and added a "chalk" type topper. Aqua or turquoise 
are the latest way to add a fresh touch to fall colors. 


Old trucks may be easy to come by where you live but I searched high and low and
finally found this one on the way to the Farm Chicks Show. Add candy pumpkins
 to an old metal truck...an idea I stole from Serena Thompson.


One little pumpkin and leaf on a vintage Hall Jewel  saucer...small perfection!


Find an unusual real pumpkin or gourd and place them on a large
 cake plate with leaves and smaller gourds.


I have used this old picnic basket in many different ways but isn't it beautiful stuffed with 
as many fall colors as I could gather around the house and shop?

I hope you can use an idea or two in your fall decorating. See what you have around in your kitchen cupboards and add a few gourds and leaves. Keep your eyes open, as you thrift, for a
 few new pieces that you can use as next years bases. They look great all around
 the home. Add a touch of aqua for a fresh approach!
Happy fall decorating!
Melin