Hi there, what a beautiful day it is here….I have the windows open and it’s a little on the cool side, the birds are chirping like mad and the wonderful weather has arrived! I am so happy with anything under about 82 degrees,? I start to wilt in anything even approaching 90:) As with all my random musings posts, this is a little of this and a bit of that. This is a long chock full random musings post so this is it for the weekend, I have a really busy weekend ahead so sitting here putting the finishing touches on this post is like the calm before the storm,? a baby shower, a bridal shower, a dinner and finally on Sunday an all day boat excursion which sounds like just what the doctor ordered!? Ready? Let’s go……. BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK. First off is this stunning new artwork for The Enchanted Home that I commissioned Jeanne of I Dream Of to draw for me…I had an idea and she brought it to life in her typical beautiful way..she is amazing! So you will start seeing this wonderful icon on some of the official things for The Enchanted Home like invoices, and correspondences, as well as the eventual new shop site….woo hoo exiting things are happening. Thank you Jeanne!! To have that kind of talent… I would be drawing morning, noon and night:) MY TALENTED READERS/CUSTOMERS. I love when I hear about what’s going on with you….and often hear from my readers and customers and especially love it when they include pictures! One of my e design customers/readers enjoyed my party planning? post and sent me pictures of some centerpieces she had done for a party she hosted using sunflowers…it was too beautiful to not share! Love the flowers in a cowboy boot idea…….. AN IMPROMPTU BBQ. We ended up having about 15 people over on Memorial Day. It was such a gorgeous day that it felt like it was a “must do”. As we originally were supposed to be away, this all came together last minute. I snapped a few pictures of things as they were happening but once dinner rolled around I got too busy to take any more pics besides the prep is the fun part! I kept the appetizers light and easy (but pretty)!!! Crostinis are a given around here…always have them. I love using different varieties/colors of tomatoes and making a beautiful colorful brushetta. Also the flank with roasted pepper and basil on a baguette is always a big big hit. I slice the baguette ahead of time put in ziplocs, then right before serving drizzle with olive oil stick in preheated oven for maybe 5 minutes And the layering begins, some I add freshly shaven parmigiano to…yum! This was the messy/prep stage suffice to say I “prettied” up the tray”:) Taste testing my flank steak on a baguette….and I approve:) Also made this really tasty Mediterranean orzo salad…sooo good! Click here for recipe Love color in my food besides it having to taste good, especially this time of year….(did not serve in these, they were getting transferred to my “pretty dishes”)! Had a pretty crudite (spinach and yogurt dip) and did a yummy bean and corn salsa and hummus with chips. Always have a fresh fruit tray, we eat lots of fruit. And no shindig around here is complete without my now signature white peach sangria….soooooo good. It is guaranteed to please! Put on big trays…this is all getting ready to be takem outside (the kitchen is like the holding pen). I love these glasses, they are great for summer entertaining! You can get creative when entertaining, I like putting even simple drinks in pretty containers….. I also used my monogrammed barware (from my online shop) it makes any drink looks beautiful, they are so stylish! These didn’t last long! Things on the table…..going fast! These sorbets are incredible….they are from a local bakery and such a perfect refreshing treat in the warmer months. A big tray of fresh fruit is always on the menu when I entertain… Yum! AMAZING GIFT FROM AN E DESIGN CLIENT. I got the most wonderful gift ever the other day. I had mentioned these amazing blue and white oversized dog bowls from Nell Hils and one of my treasured e design customers decided to surprise me with them!!!I was so touched and excited to finally let Teddy dine in real style…..they are AMAZING!!!!! Teddy approves too and what I can say, they work beautifully with? my decor. Kathy that was so very kind and thoughtful….this will be a wonderful memento of our working together:) FLOWERS. I LOVE flowers, always have them in some shape or variety. Big lover of orchids, hydrangeas, peonies and tulips but love many more too. I had had such fun playing with my faux flowers. I am picky when it comes to faux so chose a line that I really love and believe in enough to carry on my online shop. The response has been amazing. I created a few arrangements recently and was so happy with how they came out, I had to share with you….. Just got back in the sold out peony clusters and the white hydrangeas are arriving on Monday for anyone who was waiting on them This is the same picture that I “antiqued”….soft the soft effect. SHOP NEWS. First off just starting work on a brand new shop site, it’s going to be bigger and better so stay tuned! Next is? H U G E and sooooo exciting…….as most of you know these last few months, I have been very busy working behind the scenes to create my tole line. I cannot tell you how exciting this has been for me. I literally want one of everything. As we speak the order (all 180 pieces) is getting loaded up and will be here around the second to third week of June. I am ecstatic about how everything has come out….and best part is, that this is custom tole that is going to be offered at a fraction of the price. That is big news? indeed!!! So you know me,? I can’t hold back, just had to share some of the behind the scenes pictures and a few sneak peeks of the goodness to come…… Now do you see why I am so excited about this? CURRENT PROMOTION. Finally my current promotion was a monster hit. There are a handful of sets left (got in a second batch yesterday) after selling out of the first batch within hours,? so if you are interested, contact me soon, I am sure at these prices (a steal at $7.50 a plate) they will be all gone today! Click here for the details.…. If you missed my interview/post over at A Ribbon in my Journal yesterday, hope you will stop by to take a look. It was such an honor to be asked by Phyllis Hoffman and I enjoyed every minute! Click here to visit. So that’s the latest over here, told you this was chockfull….what’s new with you? Anyone celebrating a graduation? I cannot believe in a few short weeks my baby is graduating, it is so bittersweet, it’s not even funny. I think when the baby of the family goes through this rite of passage, it hits you in a slightly different way. I am glad I have a full plate to keep me really busy and hopefully it will keep my “state of mourning” to a minimum and I do not say that lightly! It’s an exciting time? to be 18 and heading off to college with the world there for the taking. Thank you as always for stopping in and hope everyone has a fabulous day and? weekend. Until next week…….