Mar 31, 2017

~ pop the cork

Each year, the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show brings in top speakers from around the country. Thanks to an impressive line-up of past speakers, attendees have come to anticipate the announcement of our speakers each year with great excitement.
 Who will it be this year?

The kick-off, Pop the Cork, was held in a beautiful home this year, showcasing stunning blue and white collections and beautiful flowers, clues to our 2017 speakers!

Our Friday speaker, Mark D. Sikes, an interior designer based out of LA, is the owner of a certain patio, featuring boxwood and blue and white patio furniture, on one of my favorite Veranda magazine covers. An instagram sensation, Mark was commissioned by Reese Witherspoon to design the adorable Draper James stores. His new clothing line, MDS STRIPES is everything! Mark's new book, Beautiful, was tucked in several places at the gathering, and looked beautiful indeed, in every instance.

Sophie Donelson, Editor and Chief of House Beautiful, will be joining Mark on stage to discuss and share their inspiration and expertise in the design world.

On Saturday, Shane Connolly, official florist to Her Majesty, the Queen of England, will be doing a floral demonstration. Shane was the artistic director for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and is as charming as you would imagine.

During Shane's 90 minute presentation, he will be using antique containers from the dealer booths, and will incorporate cuttings he will make himself from local gardens. He is a true entertainer, a bit of a comedian, and of course, a floral genius!

Back by popular demand, Omaha Steaks will be presenting on Sunday with Chef Grant Hon. Grant's demonstration will once again include food preparation, and the meal is sure to be another big hit.

Tyler Fry, Chicago's newest rising star in mixology, will be joining Grant on stage. Tyler is an Omaha native, and will be sharing his methods on entertaining with cocktails.

The images above feature the dining room table. I was so excited to have the opportunity to share these beautiful tables with you! Here are a few photos from the kitchen table.

 Those handprinted bottles are thanks to Kyle Robino... So charming!

Back to the formal dining room, more painted bottles...

That tulipiere!

The handpainted cookies were to die for...

This tiered blue and white beauty was in the front entry.

What an exciting way to announce our 2017 speakers for the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show! This lovely home happens to have a very nice family living inside, and I am proud to call them my friends :) Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us, and inspiring us all to beautify our surroundings!

To learn more about the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show, please visit the website by clicking here! You can review the Show Schedule, buy tickets for the Show, and get more details about the speakers.

Take a look inside the show! This video is a great way to see what the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show is all about! Click here!

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Mar 26, 2017

~ spring flowers

What a special treat to receive a flower delivery! Kyle Robino never disappoints. In fact, she surprises me every time with some clever component in her floral arrangements. There's a darling little moss bunny in there, a couple of speckled eggs, and I especially adore those green poppy pods!

I was so inspired by this delivery, I made a few more floral additions to the house, all found at the grocery store ~ all in an effort to bring spring to my house.

There ~ See the moss bunny?

Always love the green ivy... If I can just keep the spider mites away!

Also have been enjoying these spring colored jelly beans!

Fresh flowers always make me happy. I love having them at home! Check out this beautiful cake from a wedding we attended this weekend. That pink ranunculus is huge!

Kyle Robino did the flowers for the wedding, and supplied the flowers for the cake.

I am very happy this month is moving along quickly... 
April is almost here!

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Mar 23, 2017

~ needlepoint collections

You might want to grab a cup of coffee, glass of wine, or a big gulp of diet coke. This post is a needlepoint extravaganza, and if you are into stitching, you will be here for a while. ..

As I mentioned in my last post, there is an addicting quality to collecting canvases. There are so many to choose from!

My needlepoint-loving friend, the gal I keep referring to, has finished quite a few masterpieces of needlepoint. Please take a look at these works of art...

This gorgeousness was used to recover an antique stool purchased at our local Antique & Garden Show.

I really love this one and might have to do it myself. After all, I was a teacher!

This Matisse needlepoint is particularly special...

Placed just above a Matisse in her hallway :)

I adore this one... a treasure made by her mother-in-law!

My young friends are Deadheads. I can't relate.

A hidden stash of threads and such... (One of many)

Cutest Coasters!

They will be perfect with her fabrics.

Now switching to another friend... I would like to reiterate the fact that this hobby is addicting. Lol. Are you ready?

First, she showed me several pieces of finished needlepoint in her home... 

This was purchased at the Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show. Harrison Howard was a special guest a few years ago, and this is one of his pieces. Stunning!

Then, we went to the needlepoint room, (that's my nickname for this room) where the real fun began.
This will go on a bench!

This collection of canvases could/should be referred to as a small shop.
Love this one!


This one's not a Deadhead, she is a self-proclaimed Phish head... all the same to me...

She bought this as a Cub-lover before they won the World Series!

Easter surprises...

Some day I will do this one... Love it.

She has a few belts...

This awesome magnabrite helps find any missed stitches!

Will definitely be ordering these as soon as possible.

While they wait to be worked on, all of these canvases will be displayed on large bulletin boards. They are truly works of art, and will be enjoyed before and after being stitched!


A bow tie!

Can you even believe? I was in heaven!

I spent a few hours searching canvases online when I returned home. Here are my next few projects... Ordered and on their way!

I'm kind of into the smaller projects. Can you tell I'm obsessed? I've been updating on my stitch progress on instagram... I think I'm driving my followers crazy! 
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Finished this one pretty quickly... I'm going to have it framed.. Added the monogram at the bottom :)

This was my original purchase that got me going... Still stitching away! This one will take some patience. This is just a section of the canvas... there are so many colors!

Luckily, I've got needlepoint-loving friends by my side, every stitch of the way... 

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