Friday, April 9

pancakes anyone?

this is possibly my very last post from my old house.
and it's the last day of the week.
and it's the last day i have to prepare the house before everything is loaded onto the uhaul tomorrow.

with the painting & packing and purging...
i decided today's post needed to take me/us somewhere.
away from the boxes...
away from the gallons of paint...
away from the driving back and forth between houses...
away from the chaos.

i'm ALWAYS up for a picnic...*wink*
and i'm in TOTAL love with this "pancake picnic"...

all images via design sponge


i mean just LOOK at how beautiful this setting is!
can't you just envision sitting across from me?
surrounded by vintage linens...
a soft color palette...
a slight breeze...
sunlight peeking through the canopy of trees...
and the smell of warm mini pancakes, melting butter & syrup...mmmmm...

this is GORGEOUS...


the use of simple handwritten name tags on a skewer are just TOO cute!

our names would be here, of course *wink*

this handmade mobile is perfection.
it keeps with the "simplicity" of the setting...
ties in the muted color scheme...
& is such a whimsical, FUN component!

i'm thinking future dessert/party table element...how about you?


don't forget about the simple paper tags to identify the assortment of syrups....

see how they match the paper mobile above?
same fold, handwritten...LOVE!

and here are just a couple of other details i simply ADORE...


i'm a SUCKER for mason jars and fresh cut flowers!!
(someone PLEASE tell me what kind of flower this is...a rose? a camellia?)


i also get weak in the knees from fresh cut flowers and vintage looking tins...
(i LOVE the coffee tin...this flower arrangement makes me SO happy - the colors are JUST gorgeous)!

thank you design sponge for the inspiration!
it was pure MAGIC...
go HERE for more details on how it all came together...

now that we were able to escape for a just a minute...
& have a little "girl time"together on this magical pancake picnic...
i feel full.
full of inspiration, warmth & goodness.
i NEEDED that...
even if it was just "pretend"...

i'm going to challenge EACH of us to do a little something this weekend.
find a way to add something beautiful to your surroundings...
no matter WHAT is on your busy agenda!
it's spring...
things are starting to bloom...
how about some flowers!?
simple enough...
go out to your yard and clip some fresh ones...
OR go pick those wildflowers from the side of the road you've been admiring.
OR treat yourself to a small bundle from the grocery store.
whatever you do, just take the time to bring them inside your home...
put them in a container you love...
maybe even a container you never even considered using as a vase before!?
you might surprise yourself at how something SO simple
could make you SO happy.

have a BEAUTIFUL weekend...
hugs everyone!!

Keeping It Real
okay...so i admit i've already gotten a jump start on the weekend challenge i just presented to you.
i've already been clipping roses from the bushes around the new house.
AND i've been using a simple drinking glass as the vase.
it's SO simple...and it REALLY makes me SO happy to see them every time i walk into the new house with another box or another gallon of paint...*wink*
i tell ya what though...
despite my head start...
i'll challenge myself to get creative with another "unexpected" alternative for a flower vase...how's that?!

5 comments:

Renee April 10, 2010 at 3:14 AM  

Jess, everything about your post is so refreshing from the beautiful colors and flowers to the yummy pancakes. I felt like I was right there.

Best of luck with the move later today. My your new home bring you and your and family all the happiness in the world!

Hugs,

Renee

Anne April 14, 2010 at 2:06 PM  

This is a beautiful blog. I wonder how much time it takes in average to maintain and add new materials to it? All the photos are wonderful. Which camera do you use? Thank you for sharing beautiful things with us.

Anne April 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM  

It's beautiful spring time. You blog reminds me of the rose garden my grandmother used to have. Do you put salt in the vase to keep the roses fresh longer?

jess @ pen n' paperflowers April 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM  

Ahhhh...thank you for the well wishes Renee - hugs to you!

Anne...LOVE your inquiries and comments. How much time does it take to maintain? (not enough time, actually). *wink* The camera I use is a Nikon D70. And I've never used salt to keep the roses fresh for longer? I've heard of using sugar or soda? Hmmm...I'll have to look into that!

And THANK YOU to Stephanie Kingston & the other reader for the heads up on the type of flowers pictured in the post. We've determined they must be Ranunculus. *wink*

Mia May 19, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

Sounds like a perfect weekend morning! I'm in LOVE with this idea for a sweet brunch!!

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