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,

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.

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!