Friday, March 9, 2012

SPRING RAMBLINGS

Hello everyone! It really is a beautiful sunny day today, if not a little cold. We actually reached 60 degrees twice this week and I saw a few bunnies frolicking in the backyard. I've been seeing some pretty spring decoration out there in the Land of Blog and it is so inspiring. My bunnies and chicks are ready to be let loose, but not just yet!
I went grocery shopping the other day and was pretty disappointed that I couldn't find a corned beef that I liked. We usually make our St, Paddy's Day dinner on the Sunday before as that is the day of the big Southside Irish Parade. After a day spent outside in the cold fresh air watching the parade, maybe stopping in at the many "Open Houses", it's nice to come home to corned beef, cabbage and the works bubbling away on the stove or in the crock pot. So, I have to shop around today for that. While at my favorite grocery store I came upon this vase that looks like a white paper bag and absolutely fell in love with it. I found some Stargazer lilies, that I also grow in my garden and I think they look perfect in the vase. They are now all plump and ready to burst open!
Last week I stopped in one of my favorite stores, Williams Sonoma, and was just in love looking at all of the spring displays. It's always fun to look at their catalogs but when I am in one of their stores, I go into a trance. I fell in love with this gorgeous table runner and napkins.
And these cute little napkin rings. I think I am on my way to a pretty Easter table.
I'm still on my sweet, er...baking binge. Raggedy Girl Vintage posted a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that are to die for. The secret in the recipe is a package of vanilla instant pudding. The Husband swore he had never had a better cookie, even from the bakery.
You can visit her blog if you'd like the recipe. I have it written down in chicken scratch.
They really are scrumptious! I used dark chocolate chips by Ghiradelli. Last night we had the masses over for pizza and to help Emily with a wedding project and the cookies were eaten up in about 5 minutes.
Emily is well ahead of the game for her wedding wedding next May. These are the table numbers. She bought wooden numbers from a source online (not sure what it is) and she was able to choose her font. She then attached moss with a spray adhesive. These will be attached to a stick poked down in floral foam inside pots. Her wedding has a very organic garden theme. I'll keep sharing more, she has so many great do it yourself ideas.
Aren't these wonderful?

Well, I have a lot to do today besides hunting down the most perfect corned beef. I'd like to go downtown tomorrow, just to bum around if the weather is nice. I have a lot of cleaning up to do from the Pizza/Gluing Moss On Wood Party. And as always, lots of laundry. Don't forget my giveaway that is still going on...just scroll down to the last post. Have a great weekend and see you next week! :-)

91 comments:

vintch said...

such fun, pretty pictures, sweet friend! i bet those cookies were delish:) do you have a favorite corned beef recipe? my husband loves, loves it and i've never made it. this year might just be the year!

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

It was so nice to sip my coffee for a bit with you and your blog post. I agree about setting pretty table arrangements...it just makes life that much more special!

thanks for sharing!
your flowers are springly beautiful!
ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Love your finds from William and Sonama! So pretty!!
I wish I saw more bunnies at my place, but we have a big hawk flying around and I think he keeps them in hiding.

laurie said...

I really like what you have done with the numberes and moss, sounds like a beautiful theme for a wedding.Our daughters was something ther same only Fall theme.Those cookies are the best, I have made them, more than once, sadly, ha ha.

Sarah said...

Jane, I'm craving one of those cookies. It's wet and cold here and I'm snuggled in. A cookie would be perfect!
Love seeing the details for Emily's wedding. She is really organized. Can't wait to see your Easter table. Beautiful WS finds. ~ Sarah

NanaDiana said...

Jane- You lucky girl to be able to walk through their store! I am not one for corned beef but MyHero loves it. I think I had too much of it when I was a kid!

You are quite a ways ahead of for Spring even though you are only 4 hours South of us. Loving the table runner you saw! xo Diana

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love those numbers, Jane! She's doing great if she's thinking of the table numbers. I love your Williams Sonoma finds! Those towels are wonderful and I love the napkin rings.

Betsy said...

Oh, I'm loving that embroidered nest! That is so beautiful!

I'd like to invite you to my pedicure party! Come see the details!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Wow those cookies sound great, never heard of vanilla pudding version.

I love the moss wood numbers...so cute! Yes Williams Sonoma is one of my favorites too! Did you purchase anything...........

Debbie said...

oh, your Easter table is going to be so pretty with those napkins, runner, and napkin rings, Jane! I LOVE the napkins and rings!!!!!with the little nests and eggs.
I'll have to go look up that cookie recipe..they sound yummy.
The numbers for the tables will look wonderful for that wedding in May!
You guys are so creative.
Enjoy your weekend, sweet friend.
xxoo

Natasha in Oz said...

It looks like you have had a great week. How nice to see touches of Spring at your place too. The days are getting shorter and cooler Down Under...Autumn is finally here!

Those cookies look amazing! Thanks for the tip.

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend-
Natasha in Oz

Susie said...

Blondie, I think I'll try my hand at making some napkins rings with little eggs. Those are so cute. Smiles, Susie(She Junks)

Linda Chapman said...

The moss covered numbers are interesting! I love that idea! Sje is a creative and crafty gal!

It is raining and CHILLY here in Texas! We may even have the fireplce buring this evening.

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Love the pictures! And those cookies look delish!!!

S
xo

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Janie,

Oh, I love corned beef (hubby hates it) and as much as I love to cook...I have never prepared one. That is odd, isn't it?

Love your post. Stay happy and have a blessed weekend.

xo Barb

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Jane!

We have corned beef a couple of times a year. I like to make sandwiches out of the leftovers! Just don't like the stinky cabbage smelling house...

I think I'll take a look online at the Williams Sonoma store... and maybe get some pretty linens.

I posted about your giveaway like I said I would. Actually put a button at the top of my side bar. You are really sweet to offer that nice gift!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo Bunny Jean

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
Oh now I have such a craving for those cookies. I saw her recipe and thought about making them, now there is no doubt.
Oooh, I love the pretty table linens you chose and those sweet bird nest napkin rings are the cutest ever.

Good luck finding your cornbeef.

hugs
Sissie

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cute napkin rings and the cookies sound great! I just made plans for CB for next Sunday. Have fun at the parade:@)

Debby said...

Love your goodies that you came home with. Also those numbes are great. I miss planning the weddings. 3 of my kids got married within 18 months. 2 of them 6 months apart.
My granddaughter would be so excited about your cookies. She is doing a report on the inventor of the chocolate chi cookies. (Cept she called it the adventure instead of inventor, hah.)

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

We are looking forward to some warmer days next week too...can't wait! Think I'll "hop" over for that cookie recipe...thanks!!! Laurel

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jane...

Just wanted to stop by to say hello and see what you've been up to, my friend! Looks like you are keeping busy! Things are beginning to settle down for me. I've been anxious to get back to my blogging and visiting with everyone.

Ohhh my...I really do LOVE your new spring table runner and napkins...they're gorgeous! They certainly will make a beautiful table. The napkin rings with the little nest of eggs are adorable! Such pretties! Oooh...and talking about pretties...I love your lilies and new vase. You'll have to post a few photos after your lilies open up...I would love to see them!

Well dear friend, I hope that my note finds you and your family doing well! Been missing you!

Have a wonderfully sweet weekend!

Love ya,
Chari

Lori said...

I think I saw one of those vases here and thought it was the cutest! Going to check out the cookie recipe too ~ may put that on my list for Sunday. Emily sure is ahead of the game ~ the table numbers turned out great. Have fun wandering downtown Janie ~ buy something pretty!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Those cookies sound good! Hope you find the perfect corned beef....

mississippi artist said...

I think you are on your way to an amazing Easter/Spring table!.I love the mossy table numbers and am looking forward to more of these ideas.You need to share your corned beef recipe-I don't think I have ever had it-we don't do it much in the South.I have always wanted to try it.

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

Cookies? Cookies? Are you passing out virtual cookies to your blogging friends? Count me in because those look great!

I really like anything with birds on it, so all your new linens are wonderful. Can't wait to see those bird nests on your table.

Thanks for stopping by my blog this afternoon, and have a wonderful weekend.

Olive Cooper said...

The moss letters are wonderful. Emily's wedding is going to be a sensation.

Cozy Little House said...

Jane, I wish I could come eat at your house. You know, I've never made corned beef. But I'm not much of a cook...
Brenda

Gypsy Heart said...

Oh, Jane, I love the treasures you bought! I worked PT at Williams-Sonoma for about a year after I retired. LOVE the store and all the contents. I didn't "need" anything really but I wanted everything. :-) It finally got too difficult to stand on concrete for hours ~

I really like the flowers and the container too...so unique. It's just great when I have flowers inside.

Will check out the cookie recipe too. Pudding is very different isn't it? I love the tiered tray you served them on. Ok, I love all your stuff! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend ~
xo
Pat

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Spring ... lovely spring.

Fondly,
Glenda

Sonia said...

Love getting a peek of your Easter table pretties...I adore those napkins and rings! Going to be gorgeous!!
Miss Bloomers

Gina said...

The paper bag vase is so cute!
I go into a trance in Williams Sonoma too. I always tell my husband I would just love to let loose in there & buy anything & everything!

I have the same KitchenAid mixer!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Jane,
Your little bag vase and new table linens are fabulous! What a beautiful Easter setting you will share.
Thanks for sharing cookie recipe and the source. You find the neatest blogs!
~Lynne
[w/L]

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

That vase is the cutest thing ever! And, I love your new table linens. I was thinking about making corned beef this weekend... so yummy and easy... my kind of meal! Hope you find one you like. Have a great weekend :)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
Oh I am so in love with that runner, napkins and rings! Your table will be just fabulous!
And the vase is way cool!
I am going to have to check out the recipe for choc. chip cookies, my mouth is watering right now!
We have been cold the last few days but hopefully today it's supposed to start warming way up!
Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend...thanks for the e-mail too, it's nice to have someone to vent with.
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Maggie said...

Hi Jane,
I love the goodies that you found at WS, I am so envious that you can shop there whenever you like. But! I shall be able to do that too in October when we're in HHI.
bon weekend
Maggie

Theresa said...

I enjoyed my visit with you this morning! Those are the cutest napkins with the bird's nest:) Hope you have a wonderful day and find the perfect corned beef! HUGS!

Tracy said...

I'm in love with your nest napkins and table runner - gorgeous! I had to skim past the cookie part though because I'm de-fluffing for summer. Have a great weekend!

Babs said...

Williams-Sonoma is one of my favorite places to shop. I don't buy a lot there, but I do a lot of looking. Last week I stopped there and Pottery Barn on the same day. Lots of inspiration! Hope you have a great weekend,
Babs

Shelia said...

Hi Janie! Oh, what pretty snaps today! Love all your finds and the flowers are so pretty. Have a great weekend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

LuLu Kellogg said...

I want to come to your house for tea and cookies! YUM!!

Happy Saturday!
LuLu~*xoxo

Pondside said...

I love the table numbers - great idea!
The cookies sound yummy and I'll have to go over for a look at them. Choc Chip is my all-time favourite.
I know what you mean about going into a trance at WS - we don't have one here, but when I go down to WA I am always in a stunned state as I walk around the store.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your new vase is darling! I'm due for a trance at WS too! Your table will look gorgeous. Good luck with the corned beef.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh....I want those napkin rings...how cute are those!!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Jane,
You certainly have Spring on our mind..... she is showing her head over here although our temperatures are somewhat cooler !!
Your daughter's wedding is going to be so beautiful by the looks of it. I love these little tidbits that you show us. You must all be getting so excited.
Hope that you are having a lovely weekend and have found just the right corned beef !! XXXX

bj said...

O, I do love that vase, too....so pretty with the flowers.

I have never made corned beef....I think I might just make it this year.
Those cookies sure sound good, too.
xoxo bj

Julie Marie said...

You've been busy as always!... love your new finds from Williams Sonoma, and your chocolate chip cookies look delish! Jack is Irish, so we celebrate St. Patrick's Day big... I do corned beef, new potatoes, cabbage and Irish coffee, yum!... wishing you a beautiful week, xoxo Julie Marie

Bliss said...

Oh why did I keep reading and reading and reading today. Now I HAVE to make those chocolate chip cookies. I must taste them after the description.

~Bliss~

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I love those mossy numbers! Wow!
We are getting creative now that Spring is nearly here. Well, not so much me, but most are!

Mary said...

The 'paper bag' vase is adorable - and I see my Stargazer lilies already poking up through the earth - wow Spring is so early here.

Love the mossy numbers - it will be a beautiful wedding I'm sure.

Thanks for the comments while I've been gone Jane - life is good but oh so busy!!!

Hugs - Mary

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Jane, YOu pack so many great ideas and personal sweetness into each post. I love everything you got from W-S... those napkins are darling! Hope you share your table.
xoYvonne

Deserae said...

Love those little napkin rings with the eggs...very cute! Those cookies look delicious too!!! Have a great weekend :o)
~Des

raggygirlvintage said...

Hi Jane,
I'm so glad you liked the cookies, they sure are yummy! By the way the link back to my blog isn't working, it is raggygirlvintage!! Though sometimes you might well call me raggedy:-)
have a lovely weekend!
Tracey

Debbiedoo's said...

LOVE those moss numbers. My sis is getting married in August and I am going to mention this to her. Happy Spring to you too Jane. Those cookies were delish, I grabbed two to go!

Knitty said...

A friend was just commenting that corned beef hasn't been on sale as it usually is this time of year. The nice weather is a bonus though and I guess we can't have everything...even though I don't know why not! Lol!

At a bridal shower yesterday, bundt cakes on pedestal plates were the table centerpieces. A spring of silk flowers with the bride's colors were in the center of each cake and a ribbon adorned each pedestal base. Tinted glaze was squiggled on each cake.

Just before dessert time, the cakes were collected, sliced on their stands and labeled for flavor identification. Oh my, it was hard to choose! I had chocolate kahlua cake. Yum!!!!

I don't know if this idea will come in handy for your upcoming festivities, but I thought I would share.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I loved every little bit of this post! Cookies, tableware and darling numbers! So cute.

Lori E said...

You are such a busy lady. Can't wait to see the wedding creations. The numbers are such a great idea for any occasion.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

The cookies look so good Jane, you are quite the chef:) My husband would love them!
I love corn beef and cabbage but only the way my mom made it, even as a little kid I loved it unfortunely I didn't get the recipe but I do remember her making it, she was part Irish.
Rondell

Deanna said...

Hi Janie!
I fell in love with your William-Sonoma finds! I too, go into a trance once I am in there. I suddenly have a passionate need for an apron!

Your post inspired me to hurry up and get my dining room table painted so I can decorate it with my Easter finds!

Deanna

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I am in love with those napkins you got. How totally adorable! Good job. Hope you made it downtown and I hope you got a good corned beef!

Donna said...

I'm drooling over those yummu looking cookies! And your new napkin rings are just adorable! Lucky you to have such warm temps, it's been cooler than normal here. Oh, love the lilies! I grow them too, love their scent!

koralee said...

Oh I just love WS too...they always have such pretty displays...I must go find a store soon.
Oh yes...spring is coming...slowly but surely. xoxo Happy week to you

Susan said...

What a neat vase, Jane, and I love your WS finds! Your daughter is off to a great start with her natural wedding ideas. Wonderful!

Tricia said...

Mmmm, those cookies sound good, I'll have to check that recipe out. I love Williams-Sonoma too. Oh my, there's so many temptations there.

Rita said...

You are very creative with that Special touch! love that vase. Enjoyed reading you.
Rita

xinex said...

Don't you just love Williams Sononma, Janie? I do! I always go straight to their clearance table though. Your flowers are beautiful and Love those napkins and napkin rings...Christine

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Love those moss numbers Jane! What a great idea! Williams Sonoma is awesome, but sadly, there isn't one near me. What is UP with that? Love your napkins and napkin rings....supposed to be in the 80's down here this week....crazy weather, but I am so ready for Spring!

Lou Cinda

Kelly said...

I love the idea of her using those moss numbers for the tables! I think her plan of going with an organic garden theme will be so pretty. I've never heard of making cookies with pudding mix in the recipe. Sounds interesting. I may have to venture over and check out that out. Good luck finding your corned beef too (if you haven't already).

Kuki... said...

You've been a busy girl! I too have been on a baking binge...I just may have to give those cookies a try!
Blessings!

Rettabug said...

I can't wait to try some of those chocolate cookies, based solely on your DH's recommendation, Jane!

I know what you mean about "going into a trance" in some stores. Its like sensory overload, huh? I can't take it all in fast enough.

Your newest vase is darling...a touch of whimsey that made us both smile.

Happy Early St. Paddy's Day!
Rett

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Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Fun and pretty post! Those napkin rings are adorable! And the table numbers are really darling. I love how you take us on the journey of your life. I felt like I was tagging along on a shopping trip!

Zuzu said...

Ooooo, lots of goodies in this post. Williams Sonoma is about a 1 & 1/2 hour drive from here, but I love that store.
Have a Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
~ Zuzu

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Jane:
What a wonderful collection of creative ideas you treat us to here! We absolutely agree with you about take time and trouble over table arrangements. It really does make all the difference to the occasion and, in the case of our food [for we are no cooks], a marvellous table setting diverts attention from the menu!!!

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Daniella said...

How fun! A parade! I'm hopeful that you will find a corned beef!
LOVE the napkin rings!
xxDaniella

for the love of a house said...

love your white "bag" vase! the ccc's sound wonderful, thank you for sharing the link!

xojoan

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Oh my gosh! I went to raggygirlvintage blog and have to make those cookies! Thanks for mentioning them! So glad your weather is warming up! I'm enjoying it and today was outside planting more veggies in short sleeves! Have a feeling I'm not going to like summer, though!

Phyllis@Around the House said...

Those cookies look delicious...and I love those beautiful napkins from William Sonoma...soooo sweet...and the napkin rings soooooo cute...

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Good luck on the corned beef hunt. I love it but I never make it myself! I adore the pretties you found at Williams Sonoma. I can't wait to see what you do with them as I know it will be gorgeous Jane!

Hugs,
Judy

Musings From A French Cottage said...

The corned beef sounds delicious and the cookies too!

Your table runner, napkins, and napkin rings are really pretty. They're going to look so good on your table!

What a neat idea for the wedding, I love the moss covered numbers

Have a great week!

xo,
Kathleen

La Petite Gallery said...

First visit. Great blog..

look for the flat briskit corn beef. It slices up better.

yvonne

Sherry said...

Nice finds! Your cookies look delicious! I love the natural numbers for the wedding, that will be pretty!
Sherry

Kim said...

Jane would you believe I've never stepped in our Williams Sonoma? I will now of course, now that I've seen your lovelies. It's right next to Pottery Barn - hence why I never visit. I could do some serious damage.

Judi said...

I love the moss cover numbers ~ think I may try that just for my house number on the porch! The napkin rings are a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e!! I might be odd, but I've never been to Williams Sonoma?? Judi xxoo

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

So, so gorgeous! I am in love with those numbers - and your spring pictures too!!

Sarahx

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

You always have such fun posts, Jane:) And those cookies look soooo yummy!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Leslie said...

I love your finds. I need to find a william sanoma around here. Your cookies look amazing.
I am trying to figure out what i am making for st patty's day, my husband doest like corned beef or cabbage so it looks like I'll be dying mashed potatoes green again this year. lol

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

wow Jane, you have so many people that love you and comment. I love the moss covered numbers! Going to check out that cookie recipe that. Bobby G. loves his chocolate chip cookes. xoxo

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Those cookies looks scrumptious...and those numbers are devine....can't wait to see what else she does (we adore seeing original things instead of the norm!!)
Love your WS stash...we were going to go last weekend ~ glad I didn't....saving for a new kitchen would have stopped for a bit ~ lol!! Isn't the weather awesome? today it got to 72 here...how about you? My little guy has had a feaver all week though...but I got him to go out and sit on the porch for some fresh air for a bit!

classic • casual • home said...

Wow...I should not be reading about delicious cookies before bed.

Shelia said...

Thanks Jane for popping in to see my little felt ornies! Hope your week is going well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Faded Plains said...

mmmmm...cookies (said with a cookie monster voice).

Have a great weekend!