Saturday, June 30, 2012

To the Lake...

So we are headed up to the lake tomorrow for a week.  Lots of water
recreating and even more relaxing.  The shoppe will stay open while I'm gone and 
any orders will ship out the week of July 9th.

I'll be reading all my favorite blogs while I'm gone and maybe even posting
on how the week is going.

I hope you all have a great 4th of July week!
Stay cool!



Sunday, June 24, 2012

One Fabulous Flea Market...

Hi Everyone!  So I just couldn't wait to tell you all about my travels.  I have been busy 
running around going to all my favorite "sales" and "flea markets" hunting and
gathering for some new jewelry designs on the shoppe.  I can't believe how addicting it is to 
search and hunt for just the right vintage finds, those things that send your heart 
fluttering when you stumble upon them.
Today I went to the Elkhorn Flea Market and was it ever fabulous!  
Take a look and see for your self.

There were so many temptations around every corner!  The vintage
jewelry had me swooning!

I found plenty to keep me busy for awhile!  So you'll have to 
stay tuned, visit the shoppe and see what designs emerge from all my gorgeous finds!

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It's The Alfresco Season...

I am so excited that summer is here and alfresco entertaining can begin.
I love doing full, all out cookouts for friends and family but I also like
hosting a gathering with just a little less pressure.  I have found that I love hosting
 a dessert and drink evening.  This way people can have a dinner at home or out and come
over for cool, fun summer desserts and stylish summer drinks.

And the more casual the better!  I so enjoy digging around in my cabinets of 
entertaining accessories and coming up with new and stylish ways to use them.

This is such a great outdoor lighting idea using an old wire basket, hung from the 
pergola and filling it with simple pillar candles and moss.

I LOVE watermelon and when I saw this idea, well, I had to try it.  You take and 
scoop out the inside of half a watermelon, remove the little seeds, puree it in a blender
or food processor, strain in a fine sieve and put the liquid it back in the hollowed
 out watermelon.  Serve over ice and mix with a little vodka for a cool, sweet summer drink.

I have purchased empty vintage style glass bottles at places like TJMaxx and World Imports
and filled them with mixers such as juices for various fun drinks that your guests 
can self serve from.

I always have to have some designer sodas on hand too.   We love Izzy brand
soda because they have so many fabulous flavors and they are light and

One of my favorite summer desserts are lemon bars.  The recipe my mom used
when I was growing up is still a tried and true family favorite.  I like making them
look a little more special by wrapping them individually in parchment paper and 
finishing off with simple brown string. 

And this little ice cream delight is so much fun to make.  You can get little glass 
mason style jars in the wedding section at Michaels,  fill them with all different flavors
 of ice cream or sorbet, place in a galvanized tub filled with ice and watch your guests
 smile with delight.

So there you are, easy and fun dessert and drink summer entertaining
when you don't feel like making an all out meal.

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great rest of your week!



all images via pinterest and google.