So happy that Spring Break is here! After a baseball game tonight and then Open House for my daughter, we are FREE!! Free from homework, packed lunches, waking up early and practices. Basically the SCHEDULE!! I will be enjoying the next week to the fullest.
Already excited for summer!
Please excuse all my flower pictures, but the blooming flowers are my favorite part of Spring.
Enjoy your week...hope you are doing something great or doing nothing at all:)
Wow! This year has sure had its ups and downs. Sadly, mostly downs. It seems like very time I turn around there is news of saddness, illness, passings etc. I have actually thought about curling up in my bed for awhile and not watching the TV, getting on the computer, going outside or answering the phone in hopes that all the "bad" will somehow pass by. Of course, this isn't going to happen. So..... I found this quote that I am really going to focus on and BELIEVE IT!!!
I hope you are all enjoying this week so far. The sun is shining bright here and the skies are blue. It's little things like the sun and sky that we take for granted, but we should be enjoying so much more. Did anyone see the spectacular moon last night? Truly stunning. I am also getting really excited as I see the little leaf buds showing up on all my roses. I even tried planting sweet pea seeds this year in a pot. Guess what?? They are growing! I can't wait to smell them...heavenly:)
Our chalkboard in the kitchen is a reminder this week of the little things. I try to change the saying every couple weeks.
How cute is this little urn? Dried hydrangeas from my mom:)
Loving the sweet smell of this candle from Anthropologie!! These candles come in several scents and they are all heavenly. Also, when the candle is done, you have a cute crock to fill with goodies.
Thanks to friends for the delicious lemons.
My new pillow, courtesy of Melinda at Alabaster Rose Designs. She made one of these for herself and I loved it, so I asked her if she could make one for me. Well, here it is! I love it. And the best part... Melinda lives close to my mom so I picked it up at Melinda's home and finally got to meet her in person. She is so...sweet and her home is even more gorgeous than in photos. Hard to believe huh? Thanks again Melinda!!!!
I looks perfect!!!!
So, these are a few of my little things to love and appreciate. When you think about it, the little things are what make everything so much more beautiful.
This weekend we had the whole family in town for our grandmother's ( Little Nonnie) funeral and festivities. She lived to be 98 years old!! What a wonderful, full life she had and leaves so much of her wisdom behind. It was a special weekend;)
Anyway, my sister in law Michele and her girls stayed at our house for the weekend..always so much fun. You may know Michele because of her blog Summersoul and Etsy shop
Well, look what she brought us for a hostess gift.......
Are you kidding me?? This cake was magnificent!!!! I will warn you I have many pics to share, but as I discovered I am impaired at taking good cake photos. Are you drooling yet??
Big heart made with sprinkles in the center and sprinkles all around the cake. Yep, thats cream cheese frosting... Heavenly....
This is before we cut into it
Loving the special personalized banner. I now have this in my kitchen
When we cut open the cake I almost died... I mean I am a total box cake girl. This type of cake is WAY BEYOND ME...... This takes baking talent.
I like the way this photo focused in on the pink and white straw
We took lots of pics, but I couldn't wait to take a bite. So... let me tell you, this was not only a fantastic looking cake, but was so delicious too! I now have it in the fridge and I keep walking by , sticking a fork in and taking a bite! Nothing better than cold cake!!
I used Picmonkey to do all my photo editing this time. Really liking this last picture.
Thanks again to Michele!! Love you!
I hope you all have a great week filled with lots of sweets, love and smiles:)
BTW~ My business partner, Kelly just started a new blog called
My Soulful Home. ( yep, same name as the Etsy shop). Go check it out, she is a great writer!
Ok, the holidays are over and I am officially READY for 2013!
2012 had it's HIGH highs and LOW lows! I am ready for a fresh and clean start. I decided that the place to start was in my house. Although, I love putting up all the Christmas decor and looking at Santa faces for a month and having my house totally transformed to a red wonderland, I can't wait to my blue and white house back together. This also gives me a change to do some rearranging and de-cluttering. Oh the satisfaction!!!
Here are some photos of my homes fresh start in 2013~
" Relax" a good motto for 2013.. I will try my best:)
Some of my new blue and white towels
We set up a hot chocolate bar in the kitchen for Christmas..some of it still remains in tact. Excuse the lovely plug in the photo;)
This little table in my dining room is now home to some ironstone
More dining room
I know your wondering right now...whats with the red??? Well, during Christmas I had some great red French linens around and I decided I just couldn't part with them.... so they are my one hint of red thats left:))
Home of the red linens..
I got this fabulous jar that I use am putting all my dried roses in. Wonder when it will be filled??
I got this beauty before Christmas at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. 99% of the time my husband doesn't object to any of my "finds". This time, he DID. The boys in the house refer to this as the "family urinal"!! Nice huh??? But, it still made it on the wall by my computer. I am using the enamel part as a bulletin board! Good idea???
Yes, we have a den in our house that is decorated in browns, grays and whites! I don't photograph it much so here is the debut....
This is the other side of the shelves
Well, I hope you enjoyed the home tour.. a little long I know. And, I eliminated many photos.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Oh .. did you notice the new blog header?? I think I am liking this one A LOT!!