Sunday, March 26, 2017

PermaLeaf® Daffodils


Spring is trying very hard to get to New York! Blizzard Stella dropped 32" of snow, and I sure hope it all melts soon. We had warmer weather in January and February! Until this week, I never realized how much I would love decorating with faux flowers. I was thrilled when I was contacted by PermaLeaf® asking if I would like to receive my choice of artificial plants or flowers to use in a blog post. I chose the daffodils for Spring, and these tiny flowers provide a lot of impact in my Easter centerpiece. I am making a list of floral bouquets that I will leave on the table for Mr. Mountain Breaths to see :-) He sends flowers to the office  for special occasions which are gorgeous, but after seeing the beautiful bouquets on thePermaLeaf® website, I wouldn't mind having these high quality artificial plants that last. PermaLeaf® outdoor plants and trees are amazing too, and I have my eye on the azalea bush that I can plant each spring and my neighbors will think I have a green thumb. 

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Debbie

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Easter and Nor'Easter



The sun was shining, there was no snow on the ground, and I was excited that Spring starts next week. Now a monster storm is crippling the Northeast. It sure doesn't feel like spring is just around the corner but I had leftover cake batter from Xavier's first birthday cake so I made flower cupcakes for this springy table.

I posted the photo below on MacKenzie-Child's Facebook page, and they shared it with this cute comment.
 "We're currently in the middle of the nor'easter spreading across the Finger Lakes! We must say that we had a giggle at our Hollyhock Birdhouse that's braving the snow with the rest of us. Thank you for sharing, Debbie!"

Our sweet angel just turned one (already). I made the smash cake for his party which he refused to smash! 

In the 20+ years I have been growing Lenten Rose in my garden, it has only been damaged by Mother Nature twice. Last year and now this year. 
This beautiful Lenten Rose was trying to bloom in my garden. I love the little freckles.

These hellebores are beauties. They come back every year, thrive in the shade and deer hate them. What's not to love. In my garden, the Lenten rose is the first to flower in early spring, around the period of Lent. It's also known as Lenten hellebore or oriental hellebore. They are excellent for bringing early color to the garden and the table.

They are a perennial that grows from 12-18" high, and the blooms usually last about two months.
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Congratulations!
Just in time for Easter and those spring bouquets, the Traveling Totes gals are pleased to announce the winner of the MacKenzie-Childs Green Flower Market Vase.

  Bonnie @ Living With Thanksgiving.

Our next giveaway will be posted on June 1, and will be hosted by one of the Tote Sistas!

 "Me" with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @ The Painted Apron
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply

Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester






Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Traveling Irish Topper


Touch o' the Irish since everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
I was the lucky one to receive the traveling Irish topper! If you don't know the history of this vintage cloth full of shamrocks and Celtic knots, Marigene @ In the Middle of Nowhere first sent it to Kathleen @ Cuisine Kathleen (founder of the Annual Blog Crawl) with the stipulation that it be passed on to another blogger for the following year. Kathleen passed it along to Rett@ The Gazebo House, who then sent it on to Mary @ Home is Where The Boat Is. Mary sent it to Sarah @ Hyacinths for the Soul, who then sent it on to Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen. Only the leprechauns know where it goes next year! Watch your mailbox since it will be mailed soon. 
So I headed to the Dollar Store for some green hats, and changed the ribbon to coordinate with my dishes. We're ordering corned beef and cabbage dinners from our favorite deli for St. Patty's Day. I'll do anything to get out of cooking cabbage in my house.


 St. Patrick was not from Ireland, but went there even after being a slave there and lived out his life helping the people and bringing them to Christ. He is considered adopted Irish. He established 165 Christian churches, and a school with each to help teach the people of Ireland to read, to write, to preserve their history, and more. His works, such as his driving out the snakes and toads into the sea, were said to help free the people of Ireland from oppression, and give them much of the luck they are remembered for.
These Hershey Kiss Shamrocks may just be one of the easiest crafts you'll ever do! I used a bag of Easter kisses which consisted of green, pink and blue. The candy is hot glued together and the stems are yarn (I used a green cord handle from a gift bag I had). 
Oh look, a bunny hopped onto to the table. More about that bunny next week. 

I am partying with:
Dishing and Digging It with Life and Linda
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tales of the Traveling Totes

"What a cute couple," our #3 son texted after he took this picture without us knowing. "Awwww, thank you Nick but why doesn't MacKenzie-Childs make a Courtly Check beach ball that we can toss around on the beach?"  
I should preface this blog post with this. We are a group of bloggers that enjoy MacKenzie-Childs and travel with our totes. I don't know if MacKenzie-Childs is aware of this free advertising, but I do love their Courtly Check and it works well even on the beach. 
Here we are leaving for Florida to attend my niece's wedding on Marco Island. I had no idea that my niece chose "Guava" for her wedding colors when I wore my "Guava" North Face jacket to the airport. I love how their dresses matched the tropical bouquets.

 
The Mister is not only great at carrying my luggage, but also has a very creative mind.  When I looked up from sipping a bloody mary on the beach, I discovered his sweet work of art.
Marco Island's beach and surrounding sand bars offer some of the best shelling in the world. A stroll along Marco Island beaches will reward the shell seeker with a wide variety of shells including whelks, olive shells, scallops and hundreds of other varieties.


Why is Marco special (especially in February)? It is an island. It is totally 100% surrounded by federal/state parks/preserves ... consequently man meets nature.

It's springtime in the sunshine state and it couldn't be lovelier. We enjoyed long stretches of pristine white sand and stunning scenery. 

We stayed at the southernmost tip of Florida's Gulf Coast on Marco Island.  Marco is the largest inhabited island in the beautiful 10,000 islands ecology. There are 3.5 miles of beaches at South Marco beach and Tigertail Beach. The island beach chairs an inland maze of waterways and strands of mangroves and saw grass, making it a destination for outdoor sporting an adventure such as boating, fishing, snorkeling, shelling and wind surfing.

It's a Mediterranean style village with a marina, and a fun place to walk to see the boats. If you're lucky you'll see dolphins too. We saw dolphins every day from our beach chair!



Miss Aurora breathing in the sea air on a sightseeing cruise out of Fort Lauderdale seeing the "Venice of America". Touring the beautiful waters of the New River and the Intracoastal waterway. I can't recall who owned which homes on the waterway, but I do remember that one of the homes was 40,000 square feet and that only one couple lived in it. I would need a compass to get around their home! Another home was owned by an 88 year old man who just married a 22 year old bartender from town. At least that's what the Carrie B captain told us. 
As we were awaiting a cruise in Ft. Lauderdale, I looked up and said "I wonder if there are any tenants?" I will definitely be purchasing this beautiful "Morning Glory"  bird house at the Barn Sale in July (if they have any left). I have one of the other bird houses and it is always occupied.
Two special things we did --  my niece's wedding and I got to meet a blogger friend!



I was thrilled to be able to meet Jayne! Jayne had a blog in 2008, and we were internet friends prior to that. Jayne lives in FL part of the year, and offered to meet us at our resort before Joe and I headed to a party. We could have talked the night away! 
Burrowing owls are so named because they live underground in burrows that have been dug out by small mammals like ground squirrels and prairie dogs. They are covered in brown spotted feathers and have long legs. They also sport distinctive white “eyebrows” above bright yellow eyes. They are one of the smallest owls in North America. They are easy to spot on Marco Island since the landowner is required to rope off the area around the burrow. 
For more information visit Florida Burrowing Owl in the city of Marco Island.

Bye for now! Don't forget to enter the drawing for the beautiful MacKenzie-Childs Green Flower Market Vase at Sarah's blog.


Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Yes, the whole family (OMG we have lost our minds). Miss Aurora (tote), Miss Bella (bucket bag), Madame Jumel (carry on) and Miss Key West (wallet). I had to make a card for each of their names and stuff it in the pocket of the bags so I would remember. LOL

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Tote Sistas:
 "Me" with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @ The Painted Apron
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The new MacKenzie-Childs store at del Lago Casino



On Joe's February break from school, we visited the Cayuga Wine Trail for a Mardi Gras celebration where they had food and wine pairing. BUT before we could go to the Long Point Winery, we had to make a stop at the del Lago Casino in the Finger Lakes Region of NY to see the new MacKenzie-Childs store. They are leasing retail space and also sell local products, Jay Strongwater items and Finger Lakes wines. The photo above is of the women's restroom with the lovely sconce lamps and mirrors. I tried to observe the women that entered the bathroom, and I think they had their minds on gambling and not the beautiful decor. LOL

Joe was such a good sport. At first he hesitated to take photos of the men's room at the casino, but isn't it just beautiful. 
The spring and Easter displays were lovely. 
 The new dining table and chairs are stunning!


 In the center of the store, they have a counter for various events. Great idea!






Jay Strongwater products. Of course I loved the owl. 



We headed to one of our favorite wineries, and look what I spotted. Their beautiful dog Lizzy was enjoying the fancy dog bowls.
Stop back on Wednesday for details on a MacKenzie-Childs giveaway!