Saturday, April 12, 2014

California Cookies

We are home from California and I've been
 unpacking and getting back into my 
post vacation groove.



The California coast is our favorite vacation destination and we always try to find a few new places to visit and share.  The local travel channel and a friend tipped us 
off on an adorable 
cookie shop in Cayucos and we had to 
make a  trip and try them.



The Brown Butter Cookie Co. is  owned by two sisters who previously ran a successful deli in Cayucos.  The bakery is in a beautiful red building,  has a view of the Pacific Ocean and if that wasn't enough the aroma of butter and cookies greets you at the door!



I was immediately in love....I mean really.... this bakery has it all!  Happy people hand making butter cookies and giving out samples of their creations make for a fun visit.  There are several varieties to choose from so everyone is sure to find a favorite.


Ingredients are high quality and made right in full view of  customers.  We purchased several boxes and packages to share with our cookie loving friends and family.





Well worth a stop if you are along 
the central coast. 




 Cayucos is located north of
 Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo and not far
 from the Hearst Castle.



P.S. don't know why the size of my font changed ..any ideas?




Monday, March 31, 2014

California Here We Come!

Vacation time is finally here!  We are excited to leave for California in the morning.  We'll fly into San Francisco and our vacation will take us up to Napa Valley first and then we will head back down to stay along the Pacific Coast Scenic Highway in Santa Cruz, Carmel and Avila Beach.



I'll be on a blog break but I'll take lots of pictures to share!



Are we there yet!




Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring has Sprung!


It's finally Spring and I've been so busy this week that I didn't get a new post finished.  I wanted to post something springy to CELEBRATE the first days of spring so this is a 
re-run of one of my favorite tablescapes.







One of my sweet girlfriends and her husband saw this adorable teapot in Cracker Barrel and thought I needed it for my collection!  Thanks Tina and Don ..so in honor of such a lovely gift I just had to set a little tea party table to celebrate!











The teapot's colors are perfect for my favorite flower petaled cake turned teapot stand, as well as the April Cornell placemats I purchased on my trip to Texas. 







I bought these knowing that my favorite dishes would match this pattern.  The placemats are reversible and plaid on the alternate side..I love that I can get two looks for the price of one!  









The napkins are in the plaid and I added another lime green napkin I've had for years as the color was a match.  I added the sweet little bunny napkin rings from Hobby Lobby.     









Layered favorites





















The teacups are from Hobby Lobby (half-price) and actually have matching plates.  I used my little GW found rose petaled  soap dishes for a saucer and to perch the egg cups on.   





 



I bought this little topiary at JoAnn's Fabric on sale...it's perfect for a small spring/Easter centerpiece.











I found this pitcher at GW just last week for $4.98.  We used it for all the entries of my giveaway (see last post)  I love the shape and the flower motiff made it a perfect addition to my spring collection of dishes.   I use pitchers for flower vases, since they are heavier and the mouth is wider than most vases.   







This adorable bunny was given to me years ago. I just love her..she is so pretty and the colors in her outfit are soft and sweet.  I found the little candleholder/pedestal she is sitting on for $1.00 at a thrift store.    









I love her shoes......









and purse!


These little chicks were tossed in the bottom of my shopping bag in Texas ...without my knowledge and when I found them their little faces seem to say:

 Are you my Mother?? 





I guess I'm stuck with them since I took them across state lines!  In the meantime  I made them little nests in my egg cups until they are big enough to lay their own eggs!   









Hope you take time out of your busy schedule to make a cup of tea and enjoy spring..or better yet have a tea party of your own.   





 













Happy Spring!






Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!





 Hope you are getting your green on today!

Wishing you lots o'blessings!









Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shamrocks & Blessings

Everyone here is getting ready for Spring break.  It hasn't felt much like spring lately but tomorrow we are supposed to get to up 75 degrees!
What a blessing it will be to get out in the garden again.


I've been changing my vignettes in my little hutch
 for Saint Patrick's Day and pulled out one of my
 favorite teapots to put on display.


I've shared this teapot before and it was a
 special gift  from one of my best friends.
Her friendship is a blessing to me!   
She knew I had been admiring Belleek  but I just 
couldn't bring myself to spend that much money on a teapot.
She found this one ebay and I adore it.
It's vintage and Japanese.



I was shopping a few months ago in an antique mall and found this adorable salt and pepper for a great price.   It appears to have been made around the same time as the teapot.  The markings say 
'occupied Japan.'  
I think they look good together and I hope to continue finding more pieces to add to my little collection.  


I've got more to spring decorating to do and will get
 out the rest of my bunnies,  but I'm glad 
to get a little head start before my garden
 beckons me outdoors.