Monday, April 11, 2011

Inspiration can come from the Most Unexpected Places

Inspiration Monday originally posted at DesignSpark!
Life gets busy sometimes. I haven't meant to be the blogger who has NOT been blogging because I love it, but it's a busy time for me. That being said, I am sure it is a busy time for you too! If you are reading this, Thank You for following along. If you are not a follower, Think about it. I promise when I do post, to make it worth your while and give you some to to either inspire or learn from.
Today I am sharing two things. 
This is a photo from my phone taken of the crocus that were blooming in my yard from last year. This year, the first one started peaking out yesterday, when we had 80 degree weather. Today it's 59 & rainy.
First a picture from my yard last year. I love Spring because it's when everything that has gone dormant and it comes back to life. I love the bright colors and everything turns green  or is blooming. This year, although Easter is pretty late, so is Spring. My fear is that it might go right into summer,with the weather we had yesterday.

The second is a website that is more than just a website. You will understand what I mean when you go and check it out. 
It is called: Stumbleupon.com. 
It literally takes you on a rollercoaster ride across the  web. You sign up and tell them your interests, check any subjects that might interest you. My Alyssa was the one who actually made me sign up for it. I did NOT want to do it and she told me that I had to. Let me tell you, when your kids TELL you that you have to do something, you do it.
This website is so inspiring! I love photographs, quotes and inspiration among other things. as you hit the button that says "Stumbleupon" it takes you to websites that have content that is related to what you have listed as categories that interest you. After you look at the site you can either click the "Like" button or go stumble upon another site.

Yesterday, I found the perfect site for me this week. 
It was called, www.Highexistence.com 
and the title of the post was 
I am always looking for tips to make life better. It seems to me that the older you get, the more honest you get with yourself. You don't always know the answers to everything and it is helpful to read what helps others and most likely it will help you too.
Well, got to go- say a prayer for Alyssa today as she has to go in for some outpatient surgery today.
Have a Great Day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Where a "Dream" can take you...

Inspiration Monday-originally posted at Design Spark!
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
Vincent van Gogh

This painting is called Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

Vincent van Gogh was a brilliant but tortured soul. I prefer to look at his brilliance. That's what everyone wants to be remembered for anyways. I love the quote above. So much that I felt the need to put it up on our family room wall above the television.

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. What does it mean to you? Think about it this week... as you go about your day today and 
...write down one of your dreams, 
then make a plan on how 
you are going to make it happen. 
Because dreams can take you anywhere, you just have to dream where you want to go first. Most ideas start out as a dream, it is up to you to make them happen. Just remember if you can dream it- it can become your reality. For your entrepreneurs out there. Take this to heart.

It's been really busy the last couple of weeks for me. It is mainly my fault, I just have so many different adventures I choose to do. I participated as a vendor with my Willow House business at the most amazing Bridal Expo at St. Johns in Plymouth hosted by a company called Whimsical Occasions. It was awe-inspiring. I was hoping to be able to post a few pics from the show, but have not gotten them yet, so look for them when I do. There were some really beautiful items and creative people there.

I also have been subbing quite a bit as I love the little kids. Third Graders & tomorrow- First graders. Kids see things so clearly we tend to forget to do that when we're adults sometimes. I love to hang with them a bit. You get to watch & see how easy it is to get inspired from the little things in life.

And last but not least, I won a prize from the One World, One Heart Blog Event that I participated in. I was so excited! It is the sweetest, cutest hand-painted bear from Annie who lives in Australia and has a lovely blog called: www.mustlovepaint.blogspot.com.
It is really really beautiful and I am going to hang it up in our office so I can look at it everyday. 
So- in honor of Annie and her sweet gift she gave to me- 
Sweet Dreams 
this week to everyone. 
Enjoy your week.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

To make Entertaining Easier... Come up with a Theme!

It's Thursday... so that means Today's post will be about

The Art of Entertaining.

Almost everyone likes to throw a Party now and then. Some more than others, but that's a whole other topic... SO, once you decide that you want to celebrate something, whether it be a birthday, dinner party, holiday or just because- then it's time to make a plan and come up with a "To-Do" list. You need this to stay organized and this helps your party to be successful. (Check out my post on "Planning for a Successful Party" for more details.)

 The Best Parties are Successful 
because they have a THEME!
You can get this napkin as well as
other party supplies from: www.myexpressions.com

A Theme gives your party much more of a WOW factor with your guests. It doesn't matter how old the guests are, but a theme gets everyone excited and anticipating your party. You are more likely to have more "Yes" responses if you send out your invite by snail mail, an Evite over the internet or even Facebook event notice (if you want a BIG party-LOL) to let your friends, family & others know about the party you are having. Let me spell it out for you...

Sample One: 
You are cordially invited to my house on Friday, February 18 for a casual dinner. We hope you can attend.

Sample Two:
Hola! Pam & Brian are hosting a Mexican Fiesta with Margarita Madness this Friday, February 18. We'd love for you to come party with us.

Which party sounds like it will be more fun to you? 
Well, I hope you answered Sample Two! 
This photo is from www.eventnow.com

A Theme not only gets your guests excited, 
but it gets you, the host inspired as well. 
The possibilities are endless, a lot depends on what you want to celebrate. At the bottom of this post I will list some themes, but I also would love to hear from you. Lets grow this idea list of Party Themes. I'll return and post more if you make a comment adding your theme idea to my list in a red color.

If you are having a hard time coming up with what you think is a great theme, then take a quick run to your local party supply store, or better yet "Google" Party Themes. You will receive some interesting and fabulous ideas from the web sites that appear.
Now I just said, go to the party supply store; but unless you love what they are have and it's a decent price, go home and make most of your own theme invitations & decorations. 
Get inspired! With a Theme,you can create 
your own way cooler, unique, fun, 
creative and less expensive decorations.
The "go ahead and buy it rule" is if you are short on time, have the money to spend or don't think that you can come up with anything better than what you see at the store. It's really ok to buy party supplies, but my blog here is to inspire you and help you get more creative. I like to buy things when they are really cute, pretty or unusual, of quality and the price is right,( but I'm also really picky and a perfectionist!) I love being creative and make my own creations. 

PARTY THEME IDEAS: 

Kids' Parties:
Alice in Wonderland
Dress Up Time
Harry Potter Hogwarts
Home on the Range Cowboy 
Let's be a Princess Party
Let the Force be with You!
Pirates of the Caribbean 
Pretty in PInk
Tea Party
Toy Story

Make your own mask just like these!
Love this photo from www.mypartyplanner.com

Casual Get-togethers:
Casino Royale
Chocolate Dreams
Football Team (Pittsburgh Steelers) Party
Girls Night Out
Ghouls-Girls Night Out
Sandals & Sangria
Halloween Monster Mash
Kiss me I'm Irish!
Love My Italiano Pasta NightMexican Fiesta
Margarita Madness
Mardi Gras Party time
Red,WhIte & Blue Fourth of July
Super Bowl 
Sandals and Sangria
Wine and Cheese

So why not have a party? Everyone loves a get together. 
Use my tips to get started and have fun! Cheers!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Origionally posted at DesignSpark!
It's Wednesday- Time to talk about Interiors!
When it comes to designing what goes in your Interior 
or the inside of your home, 
It's ALL IN THE DETAILS.
Today, I want to talk about using Glass Hurricanes. Glass is a nice medium to use to display just about anything that you want. It's great to because if you invest in some great Hurricanes or large vases, it is easy to use them all the time but to change them up with the Season, Holiday or just because you want to see something different. I think I said on an earlier post that you only need to get one item to transform your room. A Hurricane would be one of my suggestions. The height gives you the advantage to make a beautiful display and showcase flowers, candles or something as pretty as Potpourri.It's the perfect decorator's sweet item because they are an interior design "work horse" as: 

"Glass contains, but yet reveals."

Look at the pictures and you can see how versatile and so many great uses you can have with  one great glass container. Here are some of pictures showing the details of what I used in my Mantle article. You can buy hurricanes just about anywhere, I would suggest that you make sure when you buy one that they are a heavier glass. If it's too thin, being a larger object, they tend to break easier. I am showcasing a just a couple of our Willow House Hurricanes as that's what I have at my home and what I've made my displays with. We have even more in our current catalog, they are all very pretty.

Introducing...



The Coronado Stone Pedestal
The Coronado Stone Pedestal  is shown here with the WH Mediterranean Sage Bowl and a ceramic starfish tea light holder. Multi colored sea glass is used in the glass base and a white pillar candle placed on top. The colors and textures of all of the arrangement together leaves you with the impression of the sea. YOu can find it on page 15 of our Spring WH catalog.
This is our newest Hurricane that we currently offer in our Willow House line. I really love the Coronado Stone Pedestal because it is a bit different than the usual glass hurricane. It has a glass body, but the base is almost as big as the body and it is made out of stone with a detailed design and a white washed finish. If you think the picture is pretty, 
you should see it in person.

 The Hemingway Hurricane
We have had this product for awhile and there's a good reason why! This pretty items is just so versatile, you can use it for almost anything. Look at a couple of pictures and I hope that it helps inspire you to get a little creative too!
By the way, I've got more ideas to share about what you can do with these lovelies. But I'm going to save it for another post.
 I'll give you some more ideas too.
This first Hemingway photo shows how a red pillar candle and
matching potpourri can work from Christmas time through  Valentines Day. 
Find this on page 42 of our WH Catalog
Version Two Hemingway makes us think Spring with Sea Glass
and lovely soft yellow pillar candle.  You could also tie a ribbon
around the middle of this or at the bottom to give it even more detail.

Our third view makes a spectacular display with Winter branches
and potpourri on the bottom to give a base to the display
. 
The Galveston Hurricane
I love our Willow House Galveston Footed Hurricanes.
The ironwork gives these just that extra touch of style.
We carry two sizes & they're on page 37 of our 
WH Catalog
Here are just a few of the many ideas of what you could do with a Hurricane.
If you use Potpourri, I love the Yankee Candle brand, as they have very interesting lovely scents as well as pretty objects inside of there different flavors. I love Pier One for Pillar Candles, they are very nice quality candles and although you may pay a bit more than if you go to the local grocery+ convenience store, they usually go on sale and they are really nice and last a long time.