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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Inspired By Friends

When you enter my friend

Alison's beautiful home at Easter time

you are greeted by this charming 

figure atop her living room mantel.

The sheer simplicity of it makes me smile.

The mantel in Alison's family room,

showcases fresh peach blossoms from her garden

and a simple metal tree from Mexico.

Simplicity at its best!

These metal trees were all the rage in the 1980s,

and many of us here in Central Texas have these.  

Years ago I shared mine 

decorated for the 4th of July HERE.

Alison has inspired me to pull out 

my metal tree and use it more creatively.

My friend Susan loves to decorate for every season.

Believe me, her home is a wealth of inspiration, and every

year she does something different each holiday.

You can see more of her home 

decorated for Easter HERE and  HERE.

Susan has a beautiful collection 

of blue and white ceramics.

She has inspired me to incorporate 

my blue and white pieces into my Easter decor next year.

Her collection of needlepoint Easter figures 

has also inspired me.  I stitched the petite little white bunny 

with green background for Susan many years ago.

I didn't stitch this Peter Rabbit for Susan,

but I did stitch one just like him for a friend's daughter.

Just looking at Susan's delightful group of needlepoint  

inspires me to get stitching to add a few more 

Easter needlepoint pieces 

to these above that I stitched many years ago.


Perhaps more two sided figures like

this little guy I stitched in the 1990s.

Yes, I'm inspired!

Time to stitch a few bunnies to add 

to my own Easter decor next year.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Birds, Eggs, Nests

Detail of  "Spring" by Nancy Thomas

Spring ~ a time of renewal and birth.

Bird ~ Nest ~ Egg

"Spring" by Nancy Thomas 
A whimsical piece that hangs in our upstairs sunroom.

Spring in central Texas has taken

its time, but I think it has finally arrived.

As our days are longer and warmer, 

I find myself out in the garden.

Bird songs echo from trees above

as birds call out in search of a mate.

In honor of Cuisine Kathleen's April Challenge

~ Birds ~ Eggs ~ Nests ~

I took my table-setting out

to the garden among the flowers.

This cute little bird on a cage

is meant to hold a votive.

I repurposed it as a vase and filled it

with hydrangea blooms for the garden tray.

With the nesting theme in mind, 

I pulled out a set of plates with a twiggy border.

The plates are by Jeremie.

They are oval shape with a textured twig border.

The salad plates .   .   .

 Robin's egg blue ~ a perfect color for spring!

Moroccan Garden,  by Dena Home

These spring time napkins were a thrifty find

at Tuesday Morning.  I bought a dozen for 

less than the original price of a set of four.  

Vintage napkin ring 

with a sterling "B" for bird 

and silver mother of pearl flatware.

Couldn't resist this cute little dish.

It's perfect for serving 

savory flakes of Lemon Sea Salt.

~ Birds ~ Eggs ~ Nests ~

The bird a nest,
The spider a web,
Man friendship ~ William Blake


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

White By The Gate Camellias

~ White By The Gate ~

I planted this camellia japonica last March, 

and I selected it specifically for its double white blooms.

Camellias are considered the rose of winter

in southern gardens.  The dark green glossy foliage 

is a beautiful contrast to the pure white.

The information card said it would 

produce continuous displays of perfectly 

formed pure white flowers.

I'd agree!

 This has to be one of the most perfectly

formed pure white flowers I've ever seen.

~ White By The Gate ~

I'm off to the garden center to buy more.

This pretty pink camellia is from a friend's garden.

It was the star of a table setting a few years ago.

You can see an update of the original post here.

Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dallas Blooms ~ Dallas Arboretum March 2014

~ Dallas Blooms Dallas Arboretum ~

This year's theme is Birds in Paradise,

 and celebrates the 30th year of this amazing event.

Two 13 foot tall peacock 

topiaries strut across the lawn.

Their tails, 65' and planted with over 

23,000 plants, will change with the seasons.

A variety of cherry trees 

burst with fluffy pink blossoms.

The gardens, a kaleidoscope of color,

feature over 500,000 spring bulbs in full bloom.

Preparations began months before when a

 huge truck load of bulbs arrived from Holland.

First chilled for a period of time, 

the bulbs were then hand planted by a 

cast of volunteers and staff in early December.

Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and Dutch Iris 

are planted in mass according to a "recipe" of sorts.

Beds are designed with color in mind 

and planned so that the bulbs will bloom in 

waves for the duration of the festival.

Bulbs are planted first, 

then over layered with thousands of 

viola and pansy plants.

As one wanders the pathways,

the scent of fragrant hyacinths and daffodils fill the air.

Sunny, happy 

faces sway in the breeze.

The 66 acres along the 

southeast shores of White Rock Lake

become a rainbow of color. 

~ Dallas Blooms ~

A Gardener's Paradise

Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It's Easy "Bein" Green

It's time to pull

out the green to celebrate

St. Patrick's Day! 

Miss Sadie reminded me

that we have some new plates

perfect for celebrating in green.

One of my birthday presents this past January ~

colorful tartan plates by 

Two's Company.

A table for one this week.

Stacked with 


Large dinner plate used as a charger. 

Eggplant ~ Espana by Tabletop Limited

My frequently used checkered

heart shaped salad plates by

Mesa International.

Perfectly topped with a 

shamrock bowl.

Paired with vintage 

mother of pearl flatware.

It's easy "bein" green

with dishes like these!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day Crawl @ Cuisine Kathleen

Cottage Style Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

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