Hi there, before we start a few announcements- Our April porcelain container arrived and all orders have shipped. Emails are sent with your UPS tracking as soon as your order leaves our warehouse. If you need to inquire about your order call 800-804-9565 All wicker hurricane and glass etched items (except cake domes) arrived and started shipping yesterday and will continue today and tomorrow. The cake domes got held up in customs but should be to our warehouse within about 5-6 days and will ship immediately upon receipt! Our new collection of magnificent chinoiserie gift-wrap and our newest figurine melanin are both due to the warehouse any day now! An arrival sale for both will be held sometime next week Our May porcelain container sale will be held next week for the porcelain container arriving in 3 weeks! _________________ Moving along, by now you know my love of flowers, I can’t imagine life without them and truth is I could easily give up much more expensive “must haves” over flowers. They just make me happy! So on a weekly basis there is always some kind of flowers to be found in my home, sometimes they are even mixed in with my exceptional faux flowers for longevity:) In any case on a recent trip to the city a few weeks ago I stopped by quickly and picked up a few things and here is the highlights as well as the arrangements I made. Only disappointment and the word disappointment and flower market almost never make it in the same sentence was that the lilacs barely survived the first day. It could have been also that I didn’t go straight home and had stops to make before I finally made it back. I have since learned besides a fresh cut, cutting into the stem about an inch and then kind of shredding the ends will help them last longer, good to know! But I made the best of them and still arrange and enjoyed them even if for 24 hours:) ______________________________________ Here are my beautiful cherry blossoms and lilacs getting all wrapped up (US Evergreen) And my gorgeous white flowers from G Page Just got home with my “loot” At home it was easier to bring the lilacs outside and arrange my vases there (too messy for indoors) They look beautiful in my tall fabulous bird vase (click here) And this for my center hall table off living/dining room Arranged these two in the medium Ralph vase And here is arrangement number one on my hallway console, really like this composition Later that night friends were stopping by before we headed to dinner so let my candles:) And the beautiful purple lilacs that did not last long but sure were pretty while they were there Towards the end as the white flowers were starting to fade, I took out the best and put them in my mint julep cups and made a pretty mantle vignette in my dining room, this is how I maximize the flower life:) Even on their “last leg” they still made a pretty statement. ___________________________________ Hope you enjoyed this post, and for anyone who loves flowers as much as I do, you “get” my need for my weekly fix. They just make me happy and when I can’t get to the flower market in NYC I head to Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or any other local market which while they do not have near the selection, they have enough to fulfill my flower desires particularly when in season. In a few weeks I will “take you” with me to the most amazing peony farm, stay tuned! Until next time…..