Hello and happy Sunday! Hope this finds you doing well. I have to admit this war with Russia and Ukraine has consumed me. I am so devastated watching what is happening. I have so many thoughts on the matter, and it appears to be a common view, one shared by the world. I feel Putin did not anticipate the fight, grit and courage of the Ukrainian people and their valiant leader, Zalensky the way the counties did not anticipate the outrage and backlash from the world against this invasion. So tragic on so many levels. I dedicated a post to this along with good reliable resources if you are interested in donating as well as some excellent Ukrainian based news organizations. Click here to see the post. We were supposed to be away this weekend to see friends in Florida, but plans changed so here I am. Kind of nice having an unscheduled block of time. Hope to go next weekend or the following. Lately things have felt so hectic, I am trying to press a reset button and hope for things to slow down a little. A small getaway is much needed:) I am so happy spring is just a matter of weeks away. I cannot wait and though there are some cold days ahead possibly with a little snow, I know its not for long! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Onward we go to this weekends post- ______________________________________________ NEW AND UPCOMING Some very pretty things heading this way. I always enjoy sharing a sneak peek of what is new and upcoming. I have been dreaming of these hurricanes for a long time, had this design in mind from an antique lantern I used to own (old house that people brought from us). Just got the samples, and these are amazing! Will be offered in two sizes and two finishes, antique brass and polished nickel. I already know exactly where I will put them! What do you think? Our hydrangea melamine will be here in about a week and the pattern has been so well received that we are working on coordinating pieces to create an entire Hydrangea Garden collection. Check out this salt and pepper! And these are two of the samples of our new hydrangea garden pagoda series (still tweaking but almost done) will be here early April! Cannot wait! We got our new pattern back of the Hydrangea Melamine and are waiting to get table linen samples back, can’t come soon enough! 2 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST What a pretty round up this weekend. Spring is most definitely in the air, I can feel it:) 3 AMAZING TULIPS, HYDRANGEAS AND HYACINTHS Added some beautiful new flowers to our lifelike flower collection and seeing is believing. These are incredible. These are great to have on hand when you are in pinch and can’t run out to get fresh flowers. These are going to see a lot of mileage! Click here to see the floral collection of these lifelike flowers We sold out of the hyacinths but just added the purple hyacinths yesterday, have only 10 boxes left of the tulips and about 16 left of these new stunning oak leaf hydrangeas we just got in! Added some of the tulips to a small bud vase to complete this small vignette atop a hallway chest And here are the oak leaf hydrangeas, I made a big display in one of my favorite large ginger jars, it really came out fatuous! Best part they will always look this way:) Click here to see them (very limited supply) 4 A FEW FABULOUS NEW COFFEE TABLE BOOKS! I collect coffee table books the way some collect seashells or matchboxes:) I love them and am the type to go back to my very favorites over and over, always finding something new to ooh and ahh over. This was given to me by a friend and is a “must own” for any chinoiserie loving person out there! This is a gorgeous book on stunning homes and architecture, was sent this and it’s incredible, such eye candy. So much so, that I just ordered one for a friend who’s birthday is coming up and loves architecture. And I recently ordered this because a friend had us over for dinner and made the best fish stew I have ever had along with a homemade tiramisu and said both recipes were from Stanley Tucci’s book! Will let you know! 5 HARD TO WATCH VIDEOS This is the horrendous face of war. Seeing loved ones torn apart. Watching this videos of the women and girls say goodbye to the their husbands, fathers, brother is downright gut wrenching. A solider saying his last goodbyes as he goes to face the unknown. Zelensky himself on the streets, armed alongside his fellow citizens leading by example. I am so in awe of the grit of the Ukrainian people but this should not have to happen. These people are using their bodies as shields, all men 18-60 must stay in the country to defend their democracy and they are calling on the international community to help as well. Seeing this young solider say goodbye to this parents makes my heart hurt. And lastly, this is the face of a REAL leader. Literally on the streets with a gun, fighting alongside his fellow Ukrainians, willing to die to protect his country and democracy. He is not barricaded and protected within the luxury confines of a presidential palace like evil Putin, he is leading by example. I call this man the worlds hero! 6 CUSTOMER PHOTOS Just amazed at these recent submissions of our customer pictures featuring our products. SUCH talent out there! If you have one you would like to share please email to [email protected] Thank you for always making us look so good:) 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY So, I was at Starbucks the other day. Around here, I would say 50-60% are still wearing a mask, myself included in most public areas. I was in line and a guy walks in behind me. Another fairly young girl walks in behind him with a mask on. This man turns around within seconds of her being in line and aggressively says “looks like you drank the Kool-aid” she looks shocked (and timid) and doesn’t say anything at which point he says to her “you know you look like an idiot” and is staring her down. At this point, you could see everyone was getting really uncomfortable. But you never know who you are addressing if you dare confront someone like this. Thankfully, an elderly man almost immediately, who was standing off to the side, maybe waiting for his coffee went over to the man and very assertively looked at him and said “that is enough, stop now or I will call the police”. The man smirked and turned around and didn’t say a peep but it was very tense and surely made everyone squirm a bit. What would you have done? How would you have reacted in this situation? How would you have reacted in this situation? ______________________________________________ And there my post for this Sunday! Sorry it was not all positive and pretty, but it’s real life and sometimes real life is not always beautiful. but is important enough to talk about. I try to share the pretty and positive, things that uplift us and make us smile but this week seeing this senseless bloodshed and human loss has really punched me in the gut. I hope you will visit my post from yesterday, click here if you are interested to see it. Thank you for stopping in, wishing everyone a wonderful day. Think about how lucky we are to do as we please do today, that is the ultimate freedom that not everyone is fortunate enough to experience. Until next time…..