With the temperatures hitting 50 in Pittsburgh, I took the opportunity to head out on an Easter hunt at Trax Farms.
Always open to making a spontaneous purchase, I actually went with a list in my mind of a few things I’ve been hunting for:
- Spring or Easter table runner appropriate for the dining room
- Signs, accent pieces and/or embellishments for several theme wreaths I have orders for, or are planning to make
- Small, appliqued outdoor flag/banner with a bee theme
To be honest, my Easter hunt and shopping basket came up empty — in terms of my intended list that is!
But, look at all the other inspirational home decor, tableware, gifts, and gardening accents I found!
It was depressingly cold outside, when I saw the feature in Sunday’s newspaper on the start of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens spring flower show.
Hubby was game, and suggested we go out to eat too. So after dragging ourselves to the gym, we came home, showered and headed downtown for a lovely brunch and afternoon among flowers.
As a holiday present to ourselves, we recently joined Phipps as members. As I discussed in Christmas Card from Old Quebec City, Mr. Buzz and I decided to give each other experiences rather than things this year.
Our first visit as members was just prior to New Years, taking you with us in the post, Magical Phipps Winter Flower & Light Show. In retrospect, it was a lot colder, actually frigid then.
Come with us on an impromptu, lovely way to ward off the winter blues. (more…)
One of my favorites, Old Allegheny Shoppe, is hosting their 43rd annual spring open house this weekend. I got a head start, beating the usual crowds, by visiting earlier in the week.
Old Allegheny, a furniture and accessories store, is one of my favorite places to treasure hunt for holiday and seasonal decor and inspiration.
Spring and summer seasonal decorations are fewer. But, for Halloween through Christmas, the place is decked from top to bottom — busting at the seams with holiday decor, accents and gifts.
I took you there in the post, Previewing Favorite Christmas Shop Kicks Off the Season. During the months of October, November and December it can be sensory and budget overload!
But there was still lots of retail temptation on my latest visit. Browse with me …
The Gift of MembershipJoin me on a nighttime tour of Phipps winter flower and Christmas light show.
As I mentioned in the post, Christmas Card from Old Quebec City, my husband and I gave each other gifts of experiences this year. After spending a fabulous four-day weekend in Quebec prior, we agreed to a modest budget for presents on Christmas Day. One gift was a couples membership to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, along with a timed ticket to the holiday lights show.
It was the perfect evening to go too, because it was the same day our sons flew home. We both needed something to shake off the blues. It was awfully cold that night, but that’s where my lovely new sweater wrap came in handy!
Join me now, in the warmth of your home, while we stroll through the conservatory and outdoor Christmas light show. (more…)
It’s that time of year again, when many of my favorite specialty stores host a Christmas shop open house.
There’s always beautiful and enticing holiday displays of decorated trees, tableware, gifts, floral arrangements and other festive decor.
Most stores host their Christmas open house the first or second weekend after Halloween. I’ll admit, that’s a tad on the early side for me, as I’m usually still busy packing up Halloween decorations and preparing for Thanksgiving.
But, it’s a good opportunity to pick up some new holiday decorating ideas, if not make a few purchases to tuck away and get a head start on the Christmas season.
My first stop took me to Old Allegheny Shoppe, which features country and traditional furniture and home accessories. (more…)