Friday, October 5, 2007


No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. It's been a crazy week! I was in Chicago for an AMAA conference this weekend (if you don't know what that stands for you wouldn't care anyway!). It was lots of fun and I got some great shopping in. Of course, who wouldn't, when walking down Michigan Avenue go straight to J. Crew? Of all the choices I had, this was where I ended up for the longest time. Old habits die hard. I did pick up some great pieces.

Our conference was at the Drake Hotel which was lovely. Beautiful flowers everywhere. I was amazed at how clean Chicago is. Really a beautiful city. I'll have to plan a girl's trip soon! We ate lunch at RL. I was blown away. If you love Ralph Lauren you simply must visit this restaurant (and the store next door) sometime in your life.

When I got back home on Monday evening I was pleasantly surprised to see that Dr. Daddy had made an attempt to clean up after the kids. I knew I wasn't going to have much time for that this week because I had to do some floral arrangements for a friend of mine. She works at a non profit that mentors kids through golf. They were having a fundraiser and she wanted to do something fun for the food tables. Here's what we came up with.

These were youth sized golf bags so they weren't too tall. I also did these for the bar tables. The logo for the organization is blue, orange, green and white. Thus, the color scheme.

Once I finally got done with all that I was able to sit down and catch up on my blog reading! I was happy to see Happy Housewife's blog about china patterns. I am obsessed with table settings. My husband actually already had china when we got married (something my MIL and I actually agreed on). We have the Wedgewood Strawberry and Vine pattern which is ivory with embossed strawberries and vines and leaves. Love it. Recently, I've begun to collect the most exquisite salad plates by Anna Weatherley.

I'm hoping that someday I'll have enough of this pattern that I can mix and match with my Wedgewood and have a stunning tablescape. Who am I kidding, though? They'll probably just sit in my china cabinet looking pretty because I'll be afraid to let anyone eat off of them. As my mother used to say...Fashion, not function!


Tickled Pink Designs said...

Wow, you are very talented with floral arrangement! I am jealous. I have no talent for that. I love the arrangements is the golf bags. Genius!

Preppy Napkin said...

They look great!

Tickled Pink & Green said...

I'm really in the mood to go to that Ralph Lauren store now. You're the 2nd person lately to talk about how great it is.

I love to talk about china too. I'm going to post my china pattern pics soon. This time of year reminds me of planning my own wedding (I had a November wedding) and the weather, etc. just takes me back to those fun days of getting wedding presents delivered everyday. Literally everyday I'd see the Fed Ex/UPS man pull up to my house and I'd be all giddy! Ooooh that was sooo much fun. (sigh) ;-)

Sew Biz said...

I LOVE those arrangements in the golf bag - how cute is that!!!

collard green queen said...

Love the Flowers! Next time you are in Chicago you have to try Bandera...will hit Ralph Lauren next tim ewe are there for sure

Happy Homemaker said...

Gorgeous! No talent with flowers here, either! Count me in for the Chicago girls trip! And loved the 'china talk'!!

rebekka said...

J Crew pants. Fit perfectly, last forever. You can't beat'em.

The Charmed Life Online said...

Those golf bag arrangements are the greatest! I love the creativity!