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Hello and happy Sunday to you. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Here,  having a nice chill weekend and really enjoying my down time. The weather has been quite spectacular so today I am going to hit a few spots and hopefully pick up some flowers. Amazing but many places locally have had a hard time getting in flowers, there’s been a real shortage, even Whole Foods was wiped out and had nothing. They said this has not happened before. Hoping I get lucky today!

We had a busy week last week with the first part of our tabletop arriving, and have the second part coming in this week along with our porcelain shipment. Then another two shipments next week, yes no grass growing under our feet here. We are doing our very best to turn around orders as fast as humanly possible!

 

****A note to anyone who placed an order for our spring presale wicker shipment- we got the first part of the shipment on Friday and have already started shipping things out. The wicker consoles and urns, pagoda dog beds (and large colored wicker planters) are arriving on the second part of that shipment around May 20th. Once here we will immediately kick things into gear and work to get those orders out as fast as humanly possible, we are on it!***

 

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1 OUR BEAUTIFUL GIFT WRAP! With all the new things being added, sometimes some things get put to the side quite by accident. It wasn’t until I had to wrap a few gifts that I realized just how spectacular our gift wrap line is! Born out of not finding beautiful gift wrap out there, I decided to create my own:)

Most of our gift wraps are reversible so it’s like getting two for one. Made of very high quality, you would be hard pressed, in my opinion to find a prettier gift wrap line. Here are a few pictures recently taken. Also found the prettiest grosgrain ribbons in 5 perfect colors that work with all of our papers (will be added online later today).

 Special offer- today and tomorrow- for the first time ever, every single gift wrap paper, tissue and tote bags are 30% off!! Use code present

Click here to see our incredible gift wrap collection

Click here for ribbons and gift toppers

 

Love this fresh topiary and trellis pattern and the backdrop of our green wicker pieces isn’t too bad either:)

Adore our tulipiere and pink trellis (collaboration with Giddy) so so pretty!

And how gorgeous is the pink Staffordshire pups with the trellis (a collaboration with Giddy Paperie)

Above one of my original patterns, the elegant boxwoods in planter with a delicate trellis pattern

Love the lemon topiary with the coordinating trellis

Above is another paper I did with Giddy, love this reversible paper (the other side is holiday) whereas this side is every day gift wrap!

Our gorgeous chioniserie print is as pretty as wallpaper and  comes in pale blue, pale green and ivory…so elegant

2 A FAVORITE SOUP I am one of those who makes soup year round, I think it makes such a great meal, always warm and comforting. Yes, even in the summer, I make and eat soup:) Ina Garten’s minestrone is so good and i’ts the first time I have ever added white wine to a soup but it absolutely works and really enhances the flavor.

I do not add my pasta to the entire pot as I cannot stand mushy pasta.I cook mine very al dente set it aside the colander and add a handful of the pasta to each piping hot bowl I serve. The heat of the soup quickly was up the pasta and it’s always perfectly al dente this way!

  • Good olive oil
  • 4 ounces pancetta, ½-inch-diced
  • 1½ cups chopped yellow onions
  • 2 cups (½-inch) diced carrots (3 carrots)
  • 2 cups (½-inch) diced celery (3 stalks)
  • 2½ cups (½-inch) diced peeled butternut squash
  • 1½ tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 26 ounces canned or boxed chopped tomatoes, such as Pomi
  • 6 to 8 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked small pasta, such as tubetti
  • 8 to 10 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup good dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons store-bought pesto
  • Garlic Bruschetta (see recipe)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven. Add the pancetta and cook over medium-low heat for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Add the onions, carrots, celery, squash, garlic, and thyme and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.

Add the tomatoes, 6 cups of the chicken stock, the bay leaf, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Discard the bay leaf. Add the beans and cooked pasta and heat through. The soup should be quite thick but if it’s too thick, add more chicken stock. Just before serving, reheat the soup, add the spinach, and toss with 2 big spoons (like tossing a salad). Cook just until the leaves are wilted. Stir in the white wine and pesto. Depending on the saltiness of the chicken stock, add another teaspoon or two of salt to taste. Serve large shallow bowls of soup with a bruschetta on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, drizzle with olive oil, and serve hot.

3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Just another stunning round up with a special focus on everything beautiful!

4 A SHOE COLLABORATION MADE IN HEAVEN! When I saw the collaboration  between Margaux and Schumacher, I knew immediately, that it was going to be beautiful and a home run. Just didn’t realize how beautiful bur of course their timeless and elegant patterns translate so perfectly into shoes! Adore this collection. Click here to find out more.

5 MY WICKER BREAKFAST TRAY PUT TO GOOD USE! Was thrilled to finally get these beauties. Immediately took one home to give it a test run and you know what? i could absolute get used to this, and do this every night.

It felt so luxurious and decadent to dine in bed with everything heaving a place, including my magazines on either of the side storage areas. I must say these are really beautiful. The tray inset in the middle comes off for easy access. We have already started shipping out preorders. We are waiting for the rest of the white to come in but all other colors are in stock, and going fast!

Click here to see

(Once on page scroll down to see breakfast trays)

 

 

6 ELEGANT BABY I recently needed to send two baby gifts, and since I am very much out of that world it took a little longer to find just the right gift:) And find the right gift I did! Found them  at the beautiful site, Elegant Baby. A site that is new to me, but one that will be a go to for baby gifts.

I just love everything about their aesthetic, beautifully designed, classic clothes, many items that can be monogrammed all made of natural fibers, checks all my boxes! Plus they gift wrap and it was a home run, one worth sharing in case you might also need a baby gift or perhaps have a baby of your own! Here is a snippet of what they are about…..

Kind of obsessed:) Click here to find out more.

 

7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY So the big mask news is that those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear their mask inside or out (except on planes and I believe very crowded places). I have not been vaccinated since I had Covid a few months ago but can’t wait to be able to get it for full peace of mind.

That said, I really do think I will be one of those wearing masks in more crowded places, first because I am used to it and mostly because Covid has made me hyper aware of just how transmissible and easily germs spread. Between a mask and having my sanitizer with me at all times and in my car, it just makes me feel safer. Wondering what your thoughts are?


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And that’s a wrap for this Sunday. Hope you enjoyed my post. Always fun to put together, I cannot imagine a Sunday without it! Wishing you a great day.Until next time…..

A special reminder that for the first time ever, all gift wrap, tissue and gift bags are 30% off!!! Use code present (does not include toppers or ribbon)

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Dana on

I make the same soup. LOL. I cut my spinach like basil and add it to the bottom of each bowl because it turns black in leftovers. t makes so much and is just as good the next day. But like you I don’t care for mushy pasta or black spinach; so I add them to bowls of reheated soup.

Amy on

I’m not vaccinated nor will I ever be and do not plan on wearing a mask anywhere. What we don’t realize is how bad these masks are for us. We are depriving our body of oxygen, re-breathing our recycled air that our body is trying to eliminate and don’t get me started on the bacteria inside of our masks as well as chemicals from manufacturing….AND the covid virus is smaller than the fibers in these masks and passes right through it. (God gave us an amazing immune system and being exposed to viruses and germs will only strengthen our immune system.)Then we are going to inject ourselves with a concoction of poisons with no knowledge of the long-term side effects for a virus with a 99.98% survival rate! Remember, fear kills and if you are afraid of this virus it will get you bad.

Pam Kelley on

as always, my favorite Sunday morning read,,, before or after Church. Have you seen the collection of Colefax and Fowler for Stubbs and Wootton? I want every pair!

Franki Parde on

That wicker “bed tray”…gosh, that’s nice!! Luv that blue as well….thinking, thinking.. Soup on the menu!! franki

Charlotte on

Your gift wrap is the most beautiful I have ever seen I am in love with the pink tuliperie paper. Can a wall paper be far behind? And bedding? We are enjoying some beautiful weather here in the South and I can’t wait to start entertaining. Your wicker products are just what I need.

ANN on

what a delightful post. Your gift wrap is just beautiful, I will agree that I have not seen prettier papers!

so excited to get my blue breakfast tray I love seeing it in your room they are amazing.

I also enjoy soup year-round maybe because I’m always cold, ha ha. As far as wearing a mask though I have been fully vaccinated I still wear a mask in public spaces and suspect I will for sometime to come.

Leila Jane on

To Amy ~ I wish you were open to true scientific information but it sounds like you are not. I have some food for thought for you though. If masks are so bad for us, how have surgeons and nurses been wearing them for 12 hours at a time while working in hospitals for the last century? Another question to ponder is ~ if “God gave us amazing immune systems”, then what happened to the almost 600,000 people just in the US who died from Covid in the last year? How about the 3.37 million deaths worldwide? God didn’t give them “amazing immune systems” either? Fear is not the culprit which killed all of these people; it was transmission of the deadly virus. Until you know someone personally who died of Covid, maybe you won’t believe the science. Our country is so incredibly fortunate to be able to afford to provide the vaccine to our whole population, free for the asking. There are many countries in the world which still do not have the vaccine available to them. People are dying at a high rate there in horrible conditions. Have you seen the horrific pictures coming out of India? There aren’t enough hospital beds and doctors and life-saving equipment to go around to those who are sick. In many ways, I feel badly for posting about this subject on Tina’s beautiful blog page. I felt the need to respond to you though. I hope you will consider opening your mind to the reality of what’s happening all around us. I just attended the funeral of a family member who died from Covid last month. He was only 38 and he had not gotten the vaccine yet. That’s the reality.

Amie on

Dear Leila Jane,
I completely agree with Amy. I will NOT get vaccinated or let any of my healthy family members be vaccinated. If you have a healthy immune system you have what it takes to fight the virus. If you are immune deficient then take the vaccine. The vaccines have not been tested or vetted to be 100%safe for HUMAN consumption. The people who are taking the vaccine are “shedding the active virus” on those of us who have not taken the vaccine. Start noticing how many un vaccinated people living with vaccinated people start having blood clotting issues. Start noticing how many vaccinated people start having miscarriages and cannot carry a baby to term bc the vaccine interrupts uterine function. Most people are going to realize the vaccine was a money maker for pharmaceutical companies. Can they be sued if you have an adverse reaction? NO. That should tell you something. I have done my research I do not just listen to what mainstream media tells me to think. Oh by the way I a Dr not just a person playing one on TV. Good luck with your decision . When in doubt take Hydroxy Chloroquin..I did.

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