I ate WAY too much and there is an abundance of good food still lingering around - largely due to the fact that my mother is still here visiting.
For lunch today she fixed us turkey and cranberry paninis - YUM!
Last week, we had the opportunity to attend a "Tea Party" at the Grand America Hotel with my MIL Judy, my mom, my SIL Jenny and her adorable girls Emma and Lauren as well as their cousin Katie.
I love going to tea but this was way more fun because of the girls.
We all dressed up - sans hats - and the 1st thing they served us was a hot steaming goblet of water in which they dropped a seed. The seed blossomed under water into a beautiful yellow flower and you could drink the water it was it. Sooooo coool!
We had a choice of a variety of teas or hot chocolates, so the girls and I choose to go with mint hot chocolate which was WAY better than any tea I've ever tasted. :o)
We all practiced drinking with our pinkie fingers out.
Besides the finger sandwiches and scones with raspberry jam and lemon curd...there were an array of desserts which were an even bigger hit than the hot chocolate.
It was so much fun that I'm going to have to round up all the girls in our neighborhood and go again!
Lately Spencer and Mick have been into playing music from one of my favorite groups BOND. They are a contemporary classical quartet. After all those years of nagging them to practice, it's been fun to see them get together and just Jam a little. (is it jammin' if there's no quitar involved)? Both boys play the piano and then Spencer plays the violin and Mick the cello.
We have a houseful of company coming today - 30+ for a brunch and baby blessing. My SIL Jen and her husband Russ just had their 5th baby, Savannah. They are out here from Florida to see Russ' brother get married. Since all their family is gathered in one place, they wanted to bless Savannah with all the family around. So today we're hosting a brunch so all the family, ours and Russ' can gather for this event.
Last night they were over to pick up my MIL, Judy, who is staying with us for the holidays. All the girls had matching dresses for the wedding reception so they asked me to snap a picture. What a beautiful family.
So...I'm having a hard time keeping all my balls in the air this week. Lots to do and it seems like my blog gets pushed farther and farther down the priority list
Here are some more photos of the Gypsy Caravan event.
I met some wonderful store-owners there.
What a fun group of women.
There were two girls who brought these super-chic vintage suitcases that they had "gypsied up" for the event.
And check out this advent calendar that Paula Cheney made. It was for a class she taught with Debbie Crouse in Arizona. She had a couple of kits left over so I scored one! Isn't is cool???
The digi kit that i designed for this week is a .99 cent photo place card for your Holiday table, called Know Your Place. I wrote an article for Better Homes and Gardens on their photography blog about making photo place cards this year to dress up your table. You can see it here.
This gave me an excuse to go to Pottery Barn and buy these fabulous orange plates. I'm on a serious orange kick lately. In fact, I'm going to paint my new studio orange.
I got home yesterday from the fabulous Gypsy Caravan event that 7Gypsies put on for retailers.
It was amazing!
The details and kits...the students and teachers!
Such a great experience.
Here are a few photos:
Janelle and I in the official Gypsy Girl t-shirts
Registration looked like you were walking into a Gypsy Caravan with this super chic umbrellas, vintage wicker baskets to hold the t-shirts and tote bags and a vintage dress form that had the charms to hang on the tote bags.
The name-tags were equally amazing! They were ribbon covered buttons with vintage-looking name tags dangling from them. Each Gypsy got a bag that had all the pieces to create a gypsy girl bracelet before classes even began.
Even the kits were packaged creatively. Mine were in pizza boxes. Janelle's were in burlap bags and Paula's were in cigar boxes with a hand-sewn tool kit in a little wrap up felt tote.
Each Gypsy was treated to a box lunch in a lunch room where the tables were decorated with hand-stitched gypsy tablecloths, vintage globes, vintage books and fresh ivy in cute little tea-pots and cups.
I'll post some more pictures tomorrow of this incredible event.