Monday, December 31, 2012

Living with your Tea ware!

One of my favorite lessons from Oprah Winfrey is "Don't save your things for "Special" use them everyday and enjoy them"! I've been following that rule for as long as I can remember. I decorate with my favorite "special" china on the wall, I use the silver rimmed crystal that my aunt left me for everyday,(the juice tastes better) and I use all my beautiful china teacups as often as possible.
A question I was asked just the other day has inspired this post and sharing how I keep all my tea ware clean! Although, sometimes, as you can see in the photo below, the patina of silver is just as lovely as the sparkle of it!

I don't have time to spend polishing my silver, just as you, my days are filled with kids, home and a career. I have one secret weapon that makes it fast and fun, "Capecod Polishing Cloths" They smell good, work great and come in a zip bag so that I can pull it out months later to a soft moist cloth! 
I only use them on silver, basically because my copper bottom pots get a squirt of ketchup when they need some tarnish removed. 

When my teacups get stained, and yes, I am notorious for getting distracted and leaving my tea in my cup or pot overnight, I use this miracle scrubby sponge! I found them at the Dollar Store and now I can't do without them! 

Teapots can sometimes be a pain, if they get stained, so I use a baby bottle brush for the spout and if it's really bad, I get some chenille pipe cleaners from the craft store to push down all the way through the spout, with some baking soda. I fell in love with a vintage teapot at a jumble sale and this little trick did wonders! Of course, I spent at least 10 minutes rinsing it with hot water! 

Now, some tea connoisseurs will scream at you if you mention that you use soap in your teacups and teapots, but sometimes it just has to be done! Especially if you find a "must have" at a yard or jumble sale! When it's a matter of clean it or toss it, I pull out a pack of "Polident" fizzies and let them have at it! I've saved several teapots this way :)

What is your best tip or trick for keeping your lovely tea ware clean and ready to enjoy?
Please feel free to post your comment below and share! Remember, there are lots of ladies out there who are looking for a time-saving tip like yours!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Living with your Tea Collections- Part 1

Ah, collections! How to live with them is the question. Do you have large groupings in one room of your home, or do you sprinkle them in small vignettes around the house? There really is no right or wrong way. I think it depends on the items in the collection and how they lend themselves to your style of living.
I have a few things that I collect and I do try not to get carried away. Moving twice in the last 6 years has helped me weed through my "Stuff" and keep only the things that I love.

My fascination with all things tea, leaning towards the European and floral, can be seen throughout my home. I like to mix it up! You'll find tarnished silver mixed with old pottery and fine china. Small groupings tucked in corners, featured on tables and even decorating the walls. Living with your collections adds a personality to a home, it reflects the mood and character of the people who make the house a home.

Over the next week or so, we'll be taking a look at how to highlight your tea collections around the house. I'd love to hear about your favorite item to collect and how you showcase it! Feel free to comment below and join the discussion on my facebook page :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Making a Human Connection in a single moment!

As Thanksgiving comes to an end and we gear up for Christmas, I wanted to reflect on a wonderful moment during my Disney Vacation.
No, it didn't involve a mouse, princess or a long line. Although all were present!
This special moment took place when I least expected it to. (as it most often does)


A small gesture making the most important impact of the day, the week even.

I was scouting out a vacant table to snag for the family break over a taco salad.
It felt like thousands of others were thinking the same thing!
Around the corner, I spied a table just getting the wipe-down, so off I went. Four chairs sat around the table, but we needed five, so I very nicely asked the gentleman sitting at the table next to ours if he would be using all of his chairs.
He was with his granddaughter, and as soon as we began talking she darted off.
I was still by myself and in that flash of a second, I asked if he was having a good time, and if this was his first visit to Disney. We exchanged pleasantries, and I continued to ask a few small questions and then listened.
The conversation lasted five minutes at the most, and when we finished up he offered me his business card, and then thanked me for speaking with him. In those few moments of really connecting with a person I learned quite a bit about him.

But what made this moment special was his statement, "Kathy, I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me. No one ever talks to a person in a wheelchair. They look the other way, ignore you or rush by you. It's a very strange thing"

When he said it, I looked carefully and realized that he was indeed in a wheelchair & holding his cane.
As I spoke with him, I focused on his eyes and his smile, not really taking in the wheelchair.

Imagine, if we looked into someone's eyes when we were "connecting", how magical it would be.
Now there is something the Mouse and Walt himself would agree with!

In fact, I do believe it was my "Jabez Appointment" for the day! Thank you, Nolan.

How do you take the time to make a new connection? When was the last opportunity you had?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Celebrating Life over Tea with a new Club just for you!


I'm so excited to launch this new VIP Hostess Club! It's been in the works for over a year now, as more and more friends, clients and even family have asked me to "put something together" for them!



I wanted it to be a  place where we can meet and celebrate life over tea! 

Did you ever want to have a few girlfriends over to tea one rainy Sunday afternoon, while the guys yelled at the football players on the screen?  But you didn't know where to start? What to serve? How to pull it all together?
 Today is the day!

I have pulled together the best tea selections, menus, tips and themes for you to enjoy! And it will be delivered right to YOU! 
Here are a few of the themes: 
TEAS the Season
Winter White Moonlight Tea
Mardi Gras Magic
Friendship Tea

I'm thrilled to share a new tea party planner with you each month.You will be inspired to "throw" that party, invite a few people over and celebrate those relationships, you know the ones, the people in your life that matter the most and yet time flies by and we spend very little time with them!

So take that first step, and join the club! If for any reason you're not as thrilled by the inspiration as I think you will be, you can slip out at any time.

AND for those of you, like me, who just adore the whole process of tea party entertaining, I've got a special invite just for you! I'm launching a new Facebook group! A place for our Hostess Club to meet and share! I'm really looking forward to it and to meeting you to celebrate your life over tea!

PLUS! I've also put together a "Tea Party Pack" for you! Yes, each month you will get the featured teas and scones from your monthly themed planner delivered right to you! Enjoy our December theme, TEAS the Season, delivered to you to get the party started!

I can't wait to share a cup of tea with you and celebrate life's simple pleasures!
By the way! Don't forget to grab the free offer! It's up at the top of the page on the right!
You'll love these easy steps to setting a beautiful table for all of your tea parties!




Saturday, November 10, 2012

Preparation and a pot of tea do wonders!

We have two December birthdays during the Christmas Season! That makes it a bit challenging, let me tell you! My youngest child's birthday kicks off the month and we always tried to hold off on the decorating until after his day. Now that he is going to be a teenager (how did that happen?) I decided to ask him about how we should handle his big day and getting ready for Christmas. He shocked the heck out of me and said, "Moooom.....the best part of having a December birthday is having the whole house look like a party!"
There you go, out of the mouth of babes! For years, I've put so much pressure on myself to do Birthdays and Holidays separately, not having enough time to do any of it properly, and it didn't have to be that way!

So this year, we are kicking off the whole season together! I've pulled out my teapot this morning, made a pot of Earl Grey and a nice english muffin as the printer hummed. I think the key to a great season will be in the planning and preparations. I remembered a fantastic organizer I had a few years back from The Flylady.
I put a Decorating Planner together for myself using her guides from her fabulous "Cruising Through the Holidays"  Have you met the "Flylady" yet? She'll help you fly through the house and more!

Now, I just need to figure out how to make my husband's birthday celebration more fun, as his is only a few days after Christmas and by then I'm so tired I'm not much fun.

Do you have December Birthdays in your family? What's your best tip for keeping it all together and fun for the family?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Giving back and honoring our Veterans

My dad and husband both served in the military, one in the Army, the other in the Navy. So it is with great pride that I mention them both in this post. As you can imagine, Veteran's Day is a day of gratitude in our family.

Everyday you hear about companies giving back to their community. Each puts a different spin on it, sometimes losing the real spirit of the charity in the process.
For the past 5 years, I have been thinking, praying and researching different organizations, topics and charities-looking for something that we could sink our teeth into. I wanted it to really call to us. When one of our Consultants asked me, quite innocently, if we could send some tea overseas to her husband who was serving our country a great big smile spread across my face! This idea, immediately felt right! It's exactly what my soul was searching for.



That is how our new program, launched on Flag Dag this summer came to be. "Let Freedom Steep" is our small way to give back. Our servicemen and women need a bit of comfort from home. A cup of tea can provide that comfort and perhaps bring them to a place of quiet in an uncertain spot far from their friends and family.

Each month, we gather up all the donations of tea donated by our friends, family, facebook fans, Consultants and clients. We send a variety of tea, all in tea sachets so it's easy to make and enjoy ( better than a tea bag)
We select a troop, unit or even an individual to receive the care package from the recommendations made
through our clients. (If you would like to add a loved one to our list please contact us here )

Our first unit to receive the care package was so kind to send us a Thank you email and photo. The TEAm and I were so excited by their gratitude that I proudly put their photo in our new catalog!
I'm so pleased to be able to give back in this way, it's with a servant heart that we honor our Veteran's, past and present.  Happy Veteran's Day! And thank you so much for serving our country well.

* For more information on how to make a donation in honor of your Vet please click here.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Partnering with another Professional!




Are you joining networking groups and scratching your head after the meetings?


"How are these people going to help me?" is not the question you should be asking yourself.
"How can I be of service to these professionals?" is the right way to approach it!

Let's take a look at partnering with a Real Estate Agent. In this housing market, agents are scouring the earth for unique ways to get the house sold. Millions of dollars are being spent on "Staging" and making the home ready for the sale. But then what?

Who's coming to look at the home? What can you do for this agent to increase the traffic to the property and make it look and feel good?

A Tea Party, of course!

Offer your services to make that property stand out and get attention! This will get your business attention in the end!

Many styles of homes lend themselves to a tea party, imagine what a draw this can be!

So, what does this entail?
You can serve tea and cookies/scones at the Property's first open house. Most listings will be shown to local agents first. This is where you want to be, meeting and shaking hands with the local professionals.

Let's make a checklist:
Items you'll need
* Pretty tablecloth-white or ivory so you don't compete with all the work the stagers have done.

* Tiered server for finger size goodies- see if the open house is sponsored by another professional, like a Title Company. If so, they can pick up the tab for the cookies etc.

* Tea-enough for 30 0r so (plan for the weather-you may need iced tea rather than hot tea!/
confirm with the agent on the presence of a tea kettle or bring your own)

* Pretty paper napkins (check out the clearance section of the local party store or try the $1 store)

* Small/6-8 ounce paper cups/hot cups -plan for 30 or so

* Your business cards

* A bowl or basket to collect the visitor's business cards (The listing agent also collects these cards, she/he may offer these to you at the end of the day.)

Make the table feel like a tea party, but not too fussy. The focus needs to be on the home for sale.

Where should you be?

That's up to the agent. Talk to her/him. They may need to you "dress up" a plain dining room, or the dining room can be staged to the nines. In that case, the table in the kitchen or setting up on the front porch can work to your advantage.

What should you charge? This is about getting you branded and making connections. Not making a product sale or booking a show. (Although both usually occur!) My suggestion is to
cover your expenses for items purchased, and do not charge for your time. The exact amount charged will be dependent on the location of the tea party/travel time for you and the cost of
goods used. Be smart and make some calculations. Draft up a word document - an "Event planning guide" to help with the details and the appointments. This can also act as an agreement between you and the agent.

Your goal here is to meet people and let them know that you are the local tea expert. This will brand you and grow your business. Don't just stand by the table and pour tea. In fact, pour someone tea and deliver it-engage in conversation and if someone else has to pour their own tea, that's okay. You can shake hands and make those introductions later.
Talk to the attendees, find out how they know your real estate agent. Make connections.
The other agents are going to be very intrigued by this new tea party/open house approach.
Answer their questions. Listen to their needs. Offer your assistance to solve their problems.

A"Service first" approach is going to keep people talking about you long after the open house.

Don't go to all this effort and then show up in jeans! Remember, you are making a first impression on lots of professional people. Wear your best business attire. Your company apron is appropriate, and your name tag too!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Happy Birthday, Marie!


I'm joining the celebration this week and enjoying all things wonderful about Marie Antoinette!
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I just love, no -ADORE all things Parisian and Marie is at the top of my list! What I wouldn't have done to be on the set of the movie and just be an extra having tea and pretty little petit fours with Kirsten!
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Maybe today I'll just pretend! I'll be on the phone all day, checking in with my TEAm but I always enjoy a pot of tea while I do this-so today I'll set the table and dream of having a princess take tea with me!
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I know that pink was one of her favorite colors, and also that she loved little dogs! If you look closely you'll see her photo in the background and of course the glittery Eiffel Tower! I just love the swags and garlands on this fabric! If you want to take a peek at the collections and set a table for Marie, please click here.
Have you checked out this magazine yet? Lots of ideas to just set me pink with envy! I did come across a talented lady and just wanted to share her lovely Marie Madness with you! I think that we are kindred spirits- now I just have to meet her!  Please visit Joy,www.cupidscharm.com, you'll be happy you did. And I'm sure you need to "suggest" a gift idea or two for that hubby of yours to put into your stocking!
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I'm always on the lookout for cute items with Marie's monogram on it! Please post a comment below and share your favorite "Marie Blog" or give me a heads up on where to find her monogram on  a great gift or two :) Have a Tea-rific Weekend!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Celebrating Autumn!


I have an Autumn birthday, and many have told me that is why I adore the season so much! The colors really seem to speak to me, and I enjoy bringing them into my home.
 I just love the soft chocolate tones of this set! Well, how can you go wrong with chocolate? The flowers on the tea cozy are so fun and did I mention that the chocolate tones just whisper to me? :) Okay, they scream at me! :)
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Here are the little friends stopping in for tea on their way south for the winter! (from Micheal's Craft Store)
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I just love this plate with the quote along the rim and the gardening theme! (from Portmerion) I'm getting good use from my flatware purchased at Tar-get! And what do you think of the napkin tucked under the plate?
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Thanks for stopping in for my fall fest! I hope that you enjoyed the setting! And do stop in at Susan's to visit with the other talented tablescapers!
 And please do visit all the talented tablescapers over at Susan's blog!
TT

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A personal Thank You note is a Treasure!

In this day of tweets, facebook events and mass emails a handwritten note is more important than ever! Over the past 8 days, I have met wonderful women at tea parties and vendor events. It was a pleasure to chat, visit and build relationships. Now, the next step is to send a thank you card in the mail! Yes, it does take a few minutes and you’ll need to grab a few postage stamps. Treat yourself to a book of lovely floral stamps and make those envelopes inviting and special!



A tea party hostess is someone that you want to build a lasting relationship with. Send her a thank you immediately following the party. She took time out of her busy schedule to share her home, family and friends with you, that deserves a little something; show your gratitude!
I also like to send a little card to each guest that attended the tea party. I call this the “it was a pleasure to meet you” card. This establishes a relationship built on authenticity, not commercial needs. As I make calls to service these guests they are more likely to answer because I took this step. They feel a connection with me, built on trust and service.
The new hostesses who booked tea parties with me will also receive a thank you! It’s so important to start the relationship and communication early! I will always remember a comment made by Jane Dueber, the founder of the DSWA. She said that the most frequent complaint of home party plan hostesses was that the consultant did not spend enough time communicating with them! They wanted to hear from the consultant more than once before the home party! Here we are thinking that we are pushy or intruding on the hostess, and they want to hear from us! So, take the time to show your appreciation to this new hostess-to-be, she may turn into your favorite TEAm member!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What is a Tea Cozy?


The pleasure of collecting tea time items is a grand one! I love the thrill of finding a beautiful tea pot and then I can add to it's charm by using a lovely tea cozy!
What is a tea cozy? This is a padded cover that keeps the tea warm when you want to enjoy more than one cup of tea. Tea Cosies or Cozies come in two different styles; the wrap or the dome style. There are of course pluses and misuses for both styles, but I prefer the dome style. ( I could however, collect a few of these adorable knitted cozies!)
 Which style do you prefer? Are you a cozy collector?
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I also love having a teacup cosie close to hand when I'm reading a good book or flipping through a magazine while helping with homework. There's nothing worse than coming back to your comfy chair and finding your tea cold! Now, mine is piping hot for an hour while I enjoy five minutes peace with a magazine or my kindle book!

There are many stories about how the tea cozy came about. I adore the story of the scottish farmer who came in for dinner with his hat still on his head. As dinner ended his wife reached over for the teapot to pour them some tea and found that his hat had fallen off his head sometime during dinner and covered the teapot. Lo and behold, the tea was hot because his hat had covered the pot all through dinner. She set out that night to knit the pot a "cozy"!
I also love the line, "Leave a man alone in the room with a tea cozy and it will no doubt end up on his head!"  I can vouch for this one! If  I only had a dollar for all the men who visit our shop and try on a cozy!
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Have a tea-rific Day!

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Mantel-scape for my favorite season!


I took a few minutes to be creative and dress up my mantel for my favorite season!  I adore the jewel tone colors of fall and wanted to bring them to the focal point of our living room.

I pulled out a wonderful silver-plate trophy style vase and loaded it with some silks! The reflection it makes in the mirror is just wonderful!  Do you like to stand your mirrors or hang them?

My sweet birds voted to stay in the arrangement. They have been playing on the mantel since the spring, but I don't tire of them, and they seem to enjoy the new scenery. The moss ribbon also stayed in the arrangement, as I just loved the rich green shade and how it pulled the color down to ground the mantel.

At the far right, you can seen my charming soup tureen. I just picked up this lovely at a flea last weekend!
It's just the right size to offset my tea strainer collection, don't you think?
Do you see the wonderful shadows the strainers are casting on the mantel? So fun!

How do you bring fall into your decor? Do you focus on holidays or seasons?
I'll be linking to Met-Monday over at "Between Naps on the Porch" today &
Feathered Nest Friday at "French Country Cottage"  
Do hop over and take a peak all the talented people that share on these blogs!




Friday, August 24, 2012

Sipping tea in the "Mama Cave"



Early in the summer I was able to pull together a wonderful little sitting area in our back yard. Off the back door and over from the pool, and shady in the afternoon.

 I just loved sitting & sipping in this area, and even enjoyed it while I plugged away on the laptop! Don't you just adore wireless?
Dare I say it again? I am so inspired by Courtney at French Country Cottage! She has this wonderful seating area in her backyard (scroll down to the middle of her post)that just gave me so many ideas! Then she went shopping again and much to my hubby's chagrin, so did I. Although, to appease him, I waited a few months for the clearance sale. (I'm happy to report that I bought my lovely gazebo at half price!)

Now, I can sip, type and enjoy without a little cardinal dropping a present on me!(Not so enjoyable) As much as I loved the sitting room look it feels more complete with the gazebo.

 And as my oldest son's friend declared-it's the perfect "Mama Cave" What do you think, do you like the sitting area before or after the addition of the Gazebo? Maybe it will be a spring and summer look next year to enjoy both!

You may also recognize the cute red bistro chairs from Courtney's blog. I headed right over to Kmart when I saw hers! And believe it or not, I found the wicker tables and chairs on Craiglist, also inspired by her set in her back yard.
 I just wish she lived closer so that I could invite her over for tea, and we could sip in my "Mama Cave" that she helped me put together! Thank you, Courtney! Cheers!
Wouldn’t you love to have a cozy retreat like this in your back yard?

Linking up to:
Feathered Nest Fridays at French Country Cottage with Courtney
Rustic Restorations Weekend at Homespun Happenings with Tammy
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home with Cindy
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch with Susan


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sharing my Favorite Businesses over Tea! Week 5

This week, I have the pleasure of introducing you to my PA realtors. Since my husband is a professional Scouter we tend to go right to that circle to find great people for our service needs.
Gigi and Steve Miller are real estate professionals! They are part of a great brokerage here on the "Main Line" and know the area like the back of their hand. They also know the market. This is so important right now. Not only as a new home buyer, but as the seller you need to understand what this economy means to each step of the real estate game. And a game it is, so you need a great coach, someone who will cheer you on and teach you the trade so you don't get caught in a tackle at the finish line!
Another area that is so important when choosing your agent, is who do they know? When we found our house, we needed an honest evaluation of the bones of the house. Before we made an offer. Steve got on his cell and dialed up an architect who came over that afternoon, and gave us a thumbs up. Your agent's circle of influence will be a great resource for you and it's also a good gauge on their standing in the community too!

As a business owner, I look to other business professionals to refer. I am happy to send Gigi and Steve Miller your way via my Business Directory link to the right!

*If you need help in the Northern New Jersey area, Maria Rini is the agent I'll refer you to. She and her husband Rich, are the Welcome Home Team. More about them, next month.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sharing life over a can of Spray Paint



I've had a small project in mind for a month, ever since I packed up these urns and moved them to the new house in PA. These were a great deal from Micheal's 4 years ago, and as they weathered and got chippy they were a nice accent to the front steps of the NJ house. The NJ house, it's for sale by the way and can been checked out here, has a European flair to it and the chippy look added to the charm. The new house in PA has a more classic almost farmhouse feel to it and I wasn't loving the weathered look to the urns.
So, as my new DIY Mentor Courtney from French Country Cottage so often does, I headed to Lowes!
I knew what had to be accomplished and it should be a cinch! Just one can of spray paint and two plants!
Here it is after one coat of black satin. Looking good!

Here it is next to the twin. Nice transformation, and for just $4. Love it!
Voila, great looking black urn with Boston fern for the front porch area. Don't you just love the classic feel of an urn? And the black just dresses up my front entry. So, do tell. Which is your favorite? Chippy Chic or Classic Black?
Next week, the front door transformation and a view with both urns.
Can't wait to enjoy a glass of iced tea and sit and admire my work!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Playing with Dishes and Tablescape Thursday

Nothing speaks to the end of summer quite like sunflowers. And sunflowers with their golden hues make me dream of Provence. This is the inspiration for my breakfast tablescape this morning. I did some shopping in my dish closet, my "Prepared Hostess" cubbies and my favorite dish store, Pier 1 :)
I just love the rich accents of reds and blues to the golds of the tablecloth, sunflowers and plates. I've discovered a new detail in tablescaping, layering! I've picked up some wonderful tips from Susan at Between  Naps on the Porch over the past year. She is so talented, and handy :) And her followers are too!

This unexpected pop of blue really brought out the best in the tea cosie, wouldn't you agree? And then it just added depth to the plate for scones layered on top of the tea napkin.
 I'm drinking French Breakfast tea this morning as I dream of sunflowers in Provence and head off to work on our new catalog. 
While I do that, hop on over to Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and fabulous inspiration!

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Sharing my Favorite businesses! Week 4

The East Goshen Farmers Market has really captured my imagination!  I just love going and seeing all the customers show their appreciation for locally grown food and homemade goods! There is such an amazing variety that you'll just have to hop over to their website and take a look at the updated list of vendors. I've enjoyed fabulous baked goods, the best chicken salad EVVA and yummy garden fresh veggies! Since it's located at the town park I can get in a good walk as well, that makes me feel less guilty about the cookie purchase! Let me know what your fav find is, and I hope to bump into you there!
Don't forget, you can click on my "Business Directory" link at the right for more info!

Playing with Dishes!

One of the things our customers love most about us is our help with setting a beautiful table! I love helping them coordinate colors, textures, and themes. This month we are featuring our wonderful Soiree Cosie Collection in our Success Starter Kit and I wanted to show our Hosts as well as our Customers how versatile it is.
Here's the collection last year, when it was first launched. Since then the manufacturer of the Tea Set has gone out of business. This made our TEAm sad but with some other color choices and fun ideas we are happy to say that it has continued to be a great seller!
There's nothing like sunflowers to make a summer table setting shine! We are loving the bold colors to add richness to this collection. Playing with the size, shape and texture of the dishware really says "come and sit and chat" to your guests. So please do pop by again at the end of the week for the reveal of the photo shoot.

And Yes, you most certainly can skip over to our website to purchase your own Soiree Collection, it includes a free set of tea napkins. (They're not in this photo)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sharing my Favorite Businesses over Tea! Week 3

I am pleased to introduce you to Cottage Flowers this week! I discovered this charming floral designer when prom time approached! I had been driving by and admiring the facade and frenchy feel for several weeks, just kept missing them! So  Iphone in hand, I snapped a shot of their hours sign and voila! I never miss them again.
Their shop area feels like a quick trip to a Paris Flower Stall, with the addition of stonework, wire work and vintage woodwork. I just adore the niche wall covered in an old manuscript! It's the perfect backdrop for the mercury glass and curiousity pieces of decor.

In the back corner of the shop is the client seating area, where you can admire the photos of current and previous floral arrangements. As you well know, I just love flowers and since my thumb is very purple I must indeed rely and a flower shop with a sense of style! Cottage Flowers is it! Check my "Business Directory" sidebar button for more contact info.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hydrangea Envy- Party Week 3

I love spending the day at tradeshows, searching for new trends, enjoying all that is offered by such talented people. But I hate preparing for seasonal merchandising 4-6 months ahead! I walked aisle after aisle looking at Christmas ideas!
My question to you this week is... are you a summer hydrangea lover or fall hydrangea lover with the turn of the pinks and blues into jewel tones, the turn of white into ivory and ochre?
This arrangement is wonderful as it blends the colors of autumn with artichokes! What do you think of the french style container?
This arrangement highlights the fall with a more rustic appeal
A large wreath sits on the floor, waiting for another hydrangea lover to take it home. It mixes different shades of ivory  for a monochromatic softness.
These hydrangea topiaries will be the hit of the holiday season! 
What hydrangea season is your favorite?