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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Color Collection | Ribbons, Candles, LePens, Tags & Cards

We always think of the Holidays as the busiest entertaining season, but Spring is another huge one.  I've been getting a lot of emails from readers and friends needing ideas for showers and graduation parties they are hosting.  So, I am working on putting together some menu ideas for these type of gatherings - mostly heavy appetizer party foods that are easy to make in advance.  Next week I have some new Entertaining Essential products to add to my collection (pewter platters and baskets...!) and Mother's Day gift ideas, as well.  So, for now, look through my color collection to see if any of these colors would be great inspiration for your next party... but, you may want to hold your order for next week when the new products come out.  Insider tip : )

I've updated and restocked my party supplies inventory... ribbons, candles, tags & cards - all part of my Color Collection.  I love this part of my store - it is something I wished I'd had available to me as an event planner.  So, I created this one spot where you can find everything you need to design a festive celebration, birthday, wedding or shower.  I'm working on putting together some centerpieces, decor and favor ideas with all of these colors, too... lots of fun coming up!

You can "Shop by Color" in the store, and below I've photographed all of the elements of some of color collections I have in store now.  Enjoy a little color fun and hopefully you'll find some inspiration for the next occasion you're planning.


Ribbon :
1 1/2" Satin Ribbon
5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Candles : 
6" Celebration Candles 
15" Celebration Candles
12" Tapers
Thin Tapers

Paper Products :
Folded Cards
Place Cards
Favor Boxes

See the Seaside inspired table setting I did for the blog, here.

Papaya Pashmina

Ribbon :
1 1/2" Satin Ribbon
5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Candles : 

6" Celebration Candles 
15" Celebration Candles
12" Tapers

Paper Products :
Folded Cards
Place Cards

Green : 
East Hampton Hedge & Concord Green 

Ribbon :
1 1/2" Satin Ribbon
5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Candles : 

12" Tapers

Paper Products :
Folded Cards
Place Cards
Tablet + LePens

Privet Berry Blue

Ribbon :
1 1/2" Satin Ribbon
5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Candles : 

12" Tapers

Paper Products :
Folded Cards
Place Cards
Tablet + LePens
 Emma's Pink, Papaya & Gold
This is one of my favorite combinations.  I've been drawn to all things in the color family lately - I think it will be the source of my next table setting inspiration.

Emma's Room Pink Collection
Papaya Pashmina Collection
Mizzou Gold Collection

What are your favorite color combinations for parties and entertaining?  Of course, I'm also a huge fan of mixing all shades of blue, from a pale powder blue to a deep navy, too.  I'd love to hear about the colors that you always look for, and that always seem to pop up in your home as accents. 

Hope you're having a great week!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekly Menu | Chicken Chowder, Pork Tenderloin, Cherry Cupcakes & Spring Pasta

Remember when I used to do this every week... for, like, 8 weeks in a row?  You all loved it and said it was so helpful to you.  It was really helpful to me too - just taking a little extra time at the beginning of the week to get organized... which I've been terrible at lately.  Mike and I are feeling a little overwhelmed right now.  Much too much going on.  Great things, yes, but we've been majorly maxed out.  When that happens we tend to gravitate toward comfort foods - easy and filling.

Like most of America our dinners have looked a little like Steaks, Spaghetti, Tacos, Burgers, etc. a little too often lately.  Sometimes just coming up with what to make for dinner is too much to think about when you have a list of 100 things to be done and decisions to be made.  When we're overwhelmed easy is good, but now I'm even burned out on the easy stuff.  Besides burnout, I get so much pleasure out of coming up with and cooking a fresh dinner that the laziness of "easy" just doesn't satisfy.

So, here I am again.  Monday morning with a Menu for the Week!  I also love to hear what you are making - please share.  We all need some inspiration!

Monday :

Chicken Corn Chowder

This recipe says "Summer" but really sounds good to me this week.  I'll probably make a version of this with Chicken, Cheddar and Veggies.

Tuesday :

Pork Tenderloin

This might seem fancy, but really very easy.  I probably will make the pork with random roasted veggies.  Great on the grill, too.

Wednesday :

Cherry Blossom Cupcakes

Wednesday is going to be a lot of fun - making dessert for a dinner for women at The Sheffield Place, a shelter for homeless women and children.  I'll be joining them for dinner, so Mike and Emma will be on their own :)

Thursday :

Spring Pasta

Friday :

We're headed to my parents house in Lexington for a Morel Mushroom Hunting weekend with the entire family... so next week, Morels will be on the menu.  Hopefully!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

House Update | Trim, Tile, Stone & Paneling Complete

This is going to be quick - just a photo tour with a couple of comments (because I can't hep myself).  I just wanted to keep you in the loop on the latest house progress.  So many of you are so kind with your words of encouragement and excitement for us that I wanted to give you an update!  The trim carpenters finished last week and the painters swooped in the next day covering floors, filling nail holes and perfecting walls.  

I have to tell you the trim aspect of the house was transforming.  Transforming!  I had a completely humbling moment of - oh, it's too much, too nice, too pretty - when they had finished.  We had never lived with too much "fancy" before, and certainly don't need to.  Did we need to do all of this?  We could live with less.  We have lived happily with less in the past.  I've come to realize, while this home is a huge thing to us, I'm trying for it to not mean too much.  It is easy to get so engrossed in the planning, especially with what seem like huge sacrifices (time, money and energy).  But I'm consciously trying not to make it mean too much.  Does that sound strange?  I'm just trying to keep myself in check and not hold too much stock in something physical.  Thinking this way also takes pressure off of excess "needs" and "wants" at this stage in the game.  I am so happy with how everything has turned out.  So pleased.  It is amazing and we will cherish living there.  What I'm trying to say (maybe not quite so eloquently...) is our cup runeth over.  And over.  We'll never take it for granted and I'm hopeful that all of the careful planning and considerations will make our lives a bit brighter living in such a home.

So, back to the recap.  (Smooth transition, right...?)  The garage doors are in (have you seen these yet?  can't remember!).  I love how they turned out to look like two doors instead of one very large.  Will look even better with paint.  We ordered plain doors then had trim added.  It was very inexpensive to transform them from plain to carriage type doors - even under budget, if you can imagine.  I'll post about how I designed them laster.  The driveway was poured yesterday, so even this photo from Monday is dated!  Final deadline is approaching things are moving fast - yeah!

This is the entry... still debating on a fixture.  We opened up the foyer and lost a small linen closet, but I love the addition of the banister railing.  I didn't have my camera before the paper was put down on the floors, so the photos show a lovely red paper where the wood floors are : )

To the right (where the old garage was) is Mike's office.  The wood paneling is awesome.  We had it done in pine, so it has a soft graining.  It was my first choice, and actually the cheapest option... which I didn't even realize.  I love when that happens - not often enough.  We've picked a medium walnut stain with a matte finish.

I love this room.  Very small, but will be our cozy spot.

Back in old front living room looking into new big room.  Emma and I spent an entire afternoon there last week testing paint swatches in each room.  I don't know why I find paint so overwhelming, but I do!  I'll recap final paint choices next week when colors start going up.  

Old mantle replaced in old living room with new wood + stone to match the one in the new hearth area.  It really updated this old room... in an old way : )

Painters prepping in the kitchen.  You can see the beam treatment on the ceiling from this view.

I have to admit I was worried about the beams at first, but they have completely transformed the room and added so much character.  Might be my favorite part now.

Fast forward to the wood butcher block top on the island installed.  It is being stained right now - a medium provincial.  More details later.

Bad lighting : )  Range area.

Baking counter.  Favorite spot!

180 degrees from where I was standing (kitchen behind me now) and here is new fireplace.  The stone is local called, Kansas Field Stone... appropriately.

To the right of fireplace to table area, and into Mike's office.

Upstairs old bedroom - going to be painted all light blue, windows, base and walls.

Master bedroom.


Master Bathroom.  Tile complete!  I'm so glad we added the picture frame mouldings in here - really brought it up the next level.

 The splash detail on the vanity was a last minute decision and I love it!  Just a little curve.

Master shower.  You can see paint swatch on wall to the right - very creamy.  Above it was another shade I was considering... too white.  Why is paint so hard!

Emma's Bathroom Floor.  Seems darker in this photo than in real life.

Tiny Bathroom, but it works!  Again, all seems a little darker in this photo. 

Back of house with new porch.  I'll be back later in the week with details about butcher block, stain and paint decisions.  While I'm overwhelmed at times with all of the details, it is amazing to see our vision turn into a reality... and actually look as great as we hoped it would!  Thanks for joining me out or progress tour - just moments away from fixtures and finishings... it is about to get really fun!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our Easter in Pictures

The Night Before Easter - treats for the Easter Bunny.  Carrots, Radishes, Strawberries and, yes, that is a yogurt pop.
This is just a little photo recap of our Easter festivities.  I'm not as good as I used to be at having my big camera with me at all times anymore.  Now that Emma is a full fledged kid, I feel that it takes me away from being in the moment more than it adds to it.  So, while we had 5 Easter Egg Hunts (and two birthday parties!) starting Thursday thru Easter evening, I only captured a couple of moments from the entire weekend.  And of course,  none of our family all decked out for Church or brunch.  Not even an iphone pic.  I do need to be better about that in the future.  

These photos are more for my memories than anything, so thanks for indulging me - I see this blog as a chronicle of our life and while most of them are posts about our home, recipes, products, etc. are mostly for you, these little snippets our real life are what keep me coming back : )  Enjoy.

 So giddy and wound up ready for the Easter Bunny!

Egg Hunt at Mimi's!

Egg Hunt at Aunt Phyllis's House

Great Grandma Ethel Mae giving Emma lemonade and chips - she knows the way to her heart!

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