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Sunday, July 20

new look for victorian petals

Make sure you go over to my newest blog Victorian Petals to check out the new look!!

Wednesday, June 25

Victorian Petals Giveaway!!

for the opening of my online boutique:

Sunday, June 1

check it out!!

head over to my new blog VictorianPetals.com to check out new posts!

Wednesday, May 28

stepping stone

I've been wanting to make stepping stones FOREVER! I bought a kit at Michaels which comes with cement mix, mosaic pieces, and the stone template. I made this one for out front garden. I am in the process of making a whole bunch of them with Mike's, Coco's and my name on them for a path in out new and improved garden in the back of our house. I'll be sure to post the pics when they are all done!!

Sunday, May 25

bird man... or lady

This guy was hanging out the other day letting me take his photo. :)
Have a happy Sunday and Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 21

spectacle holders

Heres a new item I made for my Etsy shop, Eye Glass Holders.
I made a similar pair for my Mom for her birthday and she wears them all the time! Be sure to check them out!!

Sunday, May 18


I've been waiting to do this for quite some time now, opening up my on etsy shop! Little by little there will be more items added to the store. I will be creating all different types of crafts. I'm so excited to run a little online store. Be sure to check out my new blog under my business name: Victorian Petals!

Monday, May 5

rochester's flower show

Back in the beginning of March I went to the Rochester Flower Show. There was so many beautiful displays, tons of spring flowers everywhere.
These tulips looked like a type of rose!
one of the florist that had a awesome display, covering a mannequin with moss, flowers and other natural items. Great idea!

one of the amazing bonsai plants.
I can't wait to see next years show. Be sure to check a flower show in your own town!

Wednesday, April 23

blooms blooming

I was hanging outside and took some pictures of the blooms blooming in our gardens. Forsythia, daffodils, and many others. I love this time of year to see everything turning green and hear the birds chirping right when I wake up in the morning.
Since I have taken these pics last Friday, my many forsythia bushes have turned into bright yellow blobs. They are so gorgeous, I wish they bloom all year round.

Monday, April 21

coco spotting

It's been so nice here in upstate NY and Coco and I are lovin every minute of it. Playing outside, and going for lots of walks. Doesn't she look so happy in that pic??
While in the Caribbean we notice a lot of shops with "Coco" in it. Here's some examples of some of the stores; it made us miss her even more!
Her new nickname is "Cocolito".

Friday, April 18

sand in a bottle

I have returned!! I know it's been awhile. It's has been so nice here and I have been working on a lot of different projects! Here's one since we've been back for Va-ca.
I collected sand from the beaches we visited. Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and San Juan. I got these cute bottles from Michaels, filled them up, added the cork, and wrapped twine around the stem of the bottle. I made these tags by dying them with food coloring and water. I let them sit in the dye for about 8 hours, and let dry over a crumpled paper towel to make them a little inperfect looking. Wrote the name of the beach on each and tied it on.
These are going to look great in my sunroom, which has a beachy look!
Stay tuned for more projects I've been working on!

Wednesday, April 9

day 7

On day 7 of our journey to the Caribbean, our cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We decided to stay an extra day so we could see the sights of Old San Juan.
We stayed at Hilton Caribe which was an AMAZING hotel, and where the receipe for the Pina Collata was made. Have to say it was the BEST one I've ever had! I would love to go to go again, there was so much to see in San Juan!

Views of Old San Juan.

Streets of blue bricks.

Tuesday, April 8

day 6

Our last stop on the cruise was St. Maarten. We visited the Dutch side of the island. We enjoyed the day at the beach and walking around town going shopping in the little shops.

Monday, April 7

day 5

On the 5th day of our cruise we visited St. Kitts. This has to be one of my favorite Caribbean Islands. It was so beautiful and there was so much to see and learn. The picture above is where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It was an incredible view.

The Monkey and I, so cute, even had a little diaper on him.

St. Kitts :)

Monday, March 31

day 4

On the fourth day we visited Antigua. I was really excited to visit this island because of its 365 beaches. The one we went to was beautiful, how could it not be with its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches? It was a great day to relax and enjoy the surroundings!

Friday, March 28

day 3

On our 3rd day we visited Barbados. We took a taxi to one of their beautiful beaches, and spent the day getting some sun and swimming.

Thursday, March 27

day 2

On the second day of our cruise we visited Dominica. The island is known for being the Nature Isle of the Caribbean due to its seemingly unspoiled natural beauty and for their beautiful waterfalls. We went to Jaco falls, named for a slave that hid there back in the 1700's.
Parts of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 were filmed on the island.

Wednesday, March 26

caribbean vacation

Last week Mike and I took a much needed vacation to the Southern Caribbean. We cruised on a Carnival ship for 7 days seeing paradise.

Our first stop was St.Thomas

Sunday, March 9

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Today is my husband, Mike's birthday! Hope you have a great day sweetie!!

Friday, February 29

bouquet friday 8

The last installment of Bouquet Friday I bring you my bouquet from my wedding. I love pink, and I used all different shades of pinks through out the wedding. Mine included peonies, roses, calla lilies, and hydrangeas. Stems wrapped in ivory satin ribbon, then wrapped with ivory flowers with crystals.

These were the bridesmaids bouquets. Done in pinks and white, roses, hyacinths, and gerbra daisies. Stems wrapped in sage green ribbon.

hope you enjoyed the bouquet friday's!

Tuesday, February 26

ribbon roses

I was playing around with some ribbon the other day, and I thought to make these ribbon roses. REALLY easy to make! They would be cute on all different things!

Friday, February 22

bouquet friday 7

Bouquet Friday is almost coming to a close. This week I bring you a traditional style bouquet: Hand-held cascade. My best friend Melissa would go "ga-ga" over the color, who is a purple fanatic! It's done up in roses, dasies, lilacs, and other purple fillers.

Thursday, February 21

collecting compacts

When I was younger, my Mom would go to different antique stores and flea markets, and I would tag along with her. Since we would go shopping a lot I started to see over and over again these old compacts. I thought it would make going to the antique stores a little more exciting to start collecting something. So I started buying and collecting compacts. It's amazing how many there are out there. There is even books about collecting compacts.

Here is some from my collection.
One of my favorite is one by Richard Hudnut, where you open it and the mirror pops open. Love it!

It makes you think of where they came from and who they belonged to.
What a story they could tell!

Wednesday, February 20


Over the weekend my Mom had a family get together that included a YUMMY dinner; I offered to make a dessert- Strawberry cake! My Mother in law made it for my Sister in law's birthday and it was a hit with everyone, so I thought I would share it with you all:

Frozen or fresh strawberries
Angelfood cake
Strawberry Jello

you must try it immediately! YUM!
**thanks Mom S for the receipe and thanks Mom for making that great dinner!!**

Tuesday, February 19

my photos on flickr

i've started a flickr account. see my badge on the left hand side.

***my blogger isn't quite working with posting...so give me a couple days to get it fixed. :)

Friday, February 15

bouquet friday 7

Something blue. This is perfect for a bride that needs her "something blue". Gathered blue hydrangeas, poppies, green peonies, snowballs, and other blue fillers. I wrapped the stems with light green ribon and added a little sparkle with swarovski crystals.

Thursday, February 14

happy heart day

happy valentine's day!!