Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pansies Thinking of You Tablescape

Pansies are so amazingly hardy, yet so delicate looking. They are "cousins" of the similar looking viola.

Pansy  comes from the French word pensee, meaning "remembrance" or "thought".  So, when a bouquet of pansies is given to you, it means, "I'm thinking of you."

Here is my "Thinking of You" Tablescape!
My mother made this statue in ceramics  years ago........
and she made this runner for me last week!
The green flower shaped plates are from Pier 1.

Hallmark’s longest-running greeting card is, in fact,  the Pansy Card

I bet you've seen this one!

It.was introduced as a Mother's Day card in 1939, selling for a nickel.
Hallmark reissued the design as a thinking-of-you card in 1941.

The pansy card remains in Hallmark’s line today and sells for 99 cents.
And in conjunction with Hallmark's centennial, USPS  introduced a 2010 LOVE stamp that featured an image of a white woven basket brimming with purple pansies.
A 6 pack of pansies and the thinking-of-you pansy card.......
Wouldn't it be a wonderful little gift for someone you know?

                               I am joining Susan at 

               for Tablescape Thursday.  

Monday, March 28, 2011

Easter Bunnies and Flowers


Two bunnies on a  little bookcase.

This little bunny I got at an antique store, and found the pedestal later at another antique store. When you see him up close, he looks a little mad, doesn't he? ( mad as a March hare?)

I've had this big guy for so long, I don't remember where I got him.

There's a gleam in this bunny's eye!

I am joining Tabletop Tuesday today.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Easter Hutch Decor

My Easter hutch is done in little vinette collections. Here is a sampling of each.

A white rabbit family with apple blossoms.

Here's a little Russian bunny in the cabbage.

My mother gave me this when I was a young mother. It is hand painted, someone really did a nice job.

The little green birds from Michael's have.....and everyone else!

The top of the hutch:

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Easter Decor Peter and Beatrix

I have decorated my hutch for Easter, and thought I would share parts of it today. Who doesn't love Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit?

"Peter who was very naughty, ran straight away to
Mr. McGregor's garden and squeezed under the gate. First he ate some lettuces and some French beans and then he ate some radishes." - Beatrix Potter
There's another little bunny hiding in the lettuces with some eggs.

"Mr. McGregor hung up the little jacket and the shoes for a scare crow to frighten the blackbirds." - Beatrix Potter
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Some Antiquing and Flea Market Time Reprise

Today I am joining Char at Happy to Design  for Sunday Favorites. This post was from September 5, 2010. Please check out the other great reposts at:

Country Living Magazine said, "Tiny Sparks, Kansas — population 9! — hosts crowds of up to 75,000 twice each summer, with 450 dealers displaying a range of antiques and collectibles at great prices. "

Coming to Sparks on Labor Day weekend has become a fun tradition in the last few years. Saturday was a beautiful day, high in the 80's and sunny. Several of us went to the Sparks Antique and Flea Market and then up the highway to the White Cloud Flea Market. These little towns are northwest of St. Joseph, Missouri, in Kansas.

As it got crowded, many began standing on tip toes to see.

This little bottle fed goat was a pet of one of the vendors. He got lots of attention!

Then I started getting hungry......I am very suggestive.

As we got back on the highway, the trail of parked cars had grown.

That's a soybean field behind the cars, and running along those hills in the background is the Missouri River.

White Cloud sits on the banks of the Missouri River. Long before the white men came to the area, the land belonged to the Ioway tribe, whose chief was White Cloud. Entry to the river is right at the base of Main Street. White Cloud's flea market was all on the main drag.

Ice Cream time?