Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday, March 27, 2009 as we present
On Easter mornings, when we were children, we would awaken to discover Spring had magically arrived overnight… and delivered some delightful surprises. The world was new again and filled with treasures just waiting for us to discover them. Tall chocolate bunnies hidden in springtime flower beds. Eggs delicately painted like rainbows, waiting in the grass. Plush rabbits in ruffled dresses and straw hats, sitting in white baskets, eager to become our very special friends. We'd hunt together with our friends and family, oohing and aahing over each person's discovery… but secretly knowing that the treasures we found were made just for us.
Now that we're older, the newness of Spring and the thrill of the annual Easter hunt can be rediscovered every time we seek out a treasure in a vintage shop or exclusive boutique. Perhaps we're not searching for chocolate wrapped in sparkly foil or rainbow colored treats. We might not even be sure what we're seeking, but we recognize these treasures the instant we see them.
A vintage hanky embroidered so delicately you can't help but wonder about the woman behind its design. A crystal bracelet reflecting a color that's "just so" when the sunlight shines on it in "just that way". The ideal display for a certain corner that's been looking slightly forlorn - not missing just anything, but the perfect thing.
The moment we discover them, our hearts feel a little thrill and, just for that moment, the world is new again and we feel reborn. As if someone hid this treasure in a secret corner just for us to find, and our hearts recognize them before we even know what we've discovered.
At Make Mine Pink, you may not find the foil wrapped bunnies or the colorful eggs, but you will always discover a thrilling hunt for the perfect treasure that stirs up feelings of Spring.
Joyce Lucas, Founder
Visit the boutiques for their Easter Memory offerings HERE.
The Pretty Organized Palace is having a Toile Party today. I can't wait to check out all of the participants and their toile posts. I love the pattern myself. Here is one place I have used toile in my home. The photo above is an old entertainment center that I converted into a creative supply station in my studio. We cut out the panel of the doors and I stapled in some toile fabric. I love the new look! More on that post including the before shot HERE.
Click on the graphic below to check out the party!
I've picked theseTulipsfor you~ to celebrate Spring and the Ultimate Blog Party!
So, I felt like I just had to be a part of this huge blog party. The biggest -I think- I have ever seen! I am so looking forward to visiting some of the blogs on the list too. I wish I could get to them all, but there are way too many! Welcome to my blog, whether you are a new visitor or one of my regular readers. A little bit about me, I am a wife to a very supportive husband and a work at home mom of 4 children ages 5 to 13. My passions include spending time with them and encouraging them to follow their passions. I also LOVE to create for my online boutique ~ Hydrangea Home, I enjoy cooking, decorating, entertaining, gardening and blogging. I talk about all of the above here on my blog and hope to inspire creativity in all who come here to visit! My husband also started his own blog calledThe Honey Do Chronicles - it's all about trying to do it all, the kids, their activities and the never ending list of house projects all while keeping your sense of humor. So please, if you are new here, say hello so I can come to visit you too!
Click on the graphic to read more about The Ultimate Blog Party!
Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday, March 20, 2009 as we present
One of a Kind Treasures.
Remember the days when we wanted to be like everyone else? We wanted to have the same clothes, same hairstyles, same…. everything. Only the very brave dared to be one of a kind. Sometimes it takes courage to say "I am different. I will be one of a kind." But over time, you discover that what makes a thing, or a person, unique is often the same thing that makes them beautiful. Taking chances, standing out, can make you a trendsetter and everyone else followers. At Make Mine Pink, one thing each boutique owner has in common with the others is that her boutique is one of a kind. Our boutique owners are always on the lookout for unique and special one of a kind and vintage treasures that are rich in history. Each treasure in our shops comes with a story, and no two stories are the same. When you browse through the shops at Make Mine Pink, you'll discover unique handcrafted pieces designed and produced by our artists and boutique owners. They hunt through flea markets, thrift stores, unique design shops. They peek in corners everyone else has forgotten to discover treasures everyone else has overlooked. Every bauble, piece of fabric, abandoned item they find might be a gem waiting to be unearthed. Each piece in the Make Mine Pink boutiques is designed and created to give its owner a product that can be treasured for years to come. In our shops you’ll find some of the latest trends, many handcrafted by our boutique owners, right here in the United States.When you shop at Make Mine Pink, you can feel confident that many of your purchases are one of a kind. A piece of art that is unique in its own right, as original as you.?
The joyful march into spring begins, a cacophony of bird calls fills the blue skies, the trees show their fresh green buds, and the tulips start to poke their heads from the earth to face the sunshine. Colors are about to burst forth, and the earth will be new again. With fresh eyes, we are stocking our shelves with pretty greens, bright yellows, vibrant pinks, and beautiful blues. For the Boutiques at Make Mine Pink, spring cleaning is over, and we would love to show off our fresh new colors and exciting spring merchandise.
Please join us for our "March Into Spring" Shop Hop from March 16 through March 21, 2009. The shop hop is open to anyone that would like to participate (limit one registration per physical address). Please register if you would like to participate.
Visit the Boutiques at Make Mine Pink on Friday, March 13th for a themed shopping experience.
Once in a while, it's fun to take a detour from the normal "a place for everything and everything in its place" ritual and include some whimsical touches in our daily routines. Add a few teasing twists to the poised beauty around us with unexpected delights that give us a little flutter. Tucked away in the corner of a beautifully painted, chic shelf filled with plates covered in hand painted roses, a gossamer-winged fairy, sprinkled with German glass glitter speaks of a side of us that we all let peek out now and again. From a romantic Victorian display made of white vintage wire, a gold garnished teacup and saucer edged with pink and blue buds, spill out another whimsical treat: a tiny bird with a bejewelled beak in a doily nest. The formal tea set with a splash of frivolity reveals a secret sense of silliness we hope to never outgrow. A fairy's magic wand, trussed with a garden pink ribbon and planted in a basket of practicalities, adds an unspoken wish for excitement. Small dashes of dreams make ordinary items extraordinary and diffuse a fine mist of fantasy and fun into everything you do. Paper cupcakes on a tray, teapots tied with bows, a porcelain doll collection in the corner of your room, fairies dancing on pink cupcakes, lacy vintage doilies and gossamer bows. Whatever causes your whimsical self to feel a little flutter – whether be it owls, the newest (or the oldest) collectible, a small hand blown glass kitten – celebrate your whimsical side and surround yourself with things that make you smile.
Joyce Lucas, Founder
Visit Hydrangea Home HERE for our "Touch of Whimsy"!
Congratulations to Isabel of Maison Douce! She is the winner of the Spring issue of Where Women Create. Thank you so much to everyone that participated. I really enjoyed reading about all of your creativity and what inspires YOU. I will be doing more posts on this topic and hope to inspire Creativity!
Yesterday was my daughter's 13th bday. She's our oldest, and I just can't believe I have a teenager! She loves France and hopes to get there for her 16th bday. We thought a little french dessert would be appropriate. My husband works in NYC and there is a little french bakery called the Macaron Cafe around the corner from his office. These are such pretty little cookies. They come in many different flavors. I've provided a link to the cafe, although there aren't any pics on the site, just a buy now button to purchase a dozen of these delicious Macarons.
Also, just a reminder to participate in my Creative Inspiration post and GiveawayHERE! There is still time before I draw a name on March 8th.