Happy National Cheesecake Day!

Eli\'s® Candy Cookie Sampler Cheesecake

It’s National Cheesecake Day! How about The Eli’s Cheesecake Company Candy Cookie Sampler Cheesecake? Looks pretty good!

Check out Colonial House’s super-yum cheesecakes available for world-wide delivery: http://www.colonialhouseofflowers.net/product/elis-candy-cookie-sampler-cheesecake/display

And, while were celebrating good desserts, who has a good cheesecake recipe?

We have a board going

Praline-Crusted Cheesecake Recipe
Let us know if you have more… really, we’d looovvve to hear.

Here’s a recipe for mini-strawberry cheesecake treats that really like.

Ingredients:

12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tbs of sugar 1 cup heavy cream
1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
12 oz fresh strawberries, sliced
8 glass jars

Directions:
1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
2. Set the mixer speed to low and slowly add heavy cream. Increase speed to high and beat for 2-3 minutes until thick.
3. Press graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of each jar. Spoon cheesecake batter over graham cracker layer and garish with fresh sliced strawberries.
4. Served chilled.

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Perfect for Paris

If I were going somewhere as fabulous as Paris, like our very own Robin L. recently did (not a bit envious), you can bet your pretty little pink poodle that we would use it as the best excuse to indulge . Since we’re so inspired by her trip, we made a look book of a night in Statesboro worthy of Paris. And, it sort of makes us dream of France THAT MUCH MORE.

 

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Left to Right & Top to Bottom: Hand in Hand Soap, Smith Jewelers, Colonial House of Flowers, Callie’s Pimento Cheese, Dish & Social Boutiques, Pure Vida, & Threads, Chops on Main

Can you think of any other things around that we can do to remind us of this beautiful city?

xo friends!

hoping your weekend is inspired by delightful indulgences here in Statesboro, or wherever  your travel takes you.

 

 

P.S. It’s Monday…

Good morning. And, happy Monday to you all!

 

This week I want to share a little DIY project I did myself! I always had a key chain with 6 or 7 keys on it. I can NEVER distinguish my keys. Which one goes to my apartment? To my room? To my mail box? I stand at the door, trying every key on my the ring until I happen upon luck.

Well, it’s obvious:  I. Need. A. Solution.

So, I headed to Lowe’s to choose from different colored and patterned keys that you can be cut to match your key. After I got there it took only a minute to  figure how much money I would be spending on keys, I headed towards the exit door. My college student budget doesn’t have room for that… they’re too pricey, and not too pretty.

I had an idea!  So, I headed home ready to craft.

The first thing I could think of was acrylic paint… why not? It’s the perfect solution.  Can’t I simply paint each of key a different color & pattern and save myself around $20? Why, certainly. This is perfect!

So, I did exactly that – I went to the craft closet to retrieve some acrylic paint (which they sell at Hobby Lobby for cheap!!).

And, this is where my afternoon went:

   

I wanted to spice it up with a little pep so i grabbed some sparkly nail polish

 to go over the blue…

Ta-da!

Such a quick, easy lively DIY project.

To make sure it doesn’t chip you will need to paint a minimal of 2 coats. Then, make a final coat of clear nail polish!!

Neat, huh? It was such a merry, little fun time doing this. To make it even better: I know I saved so much money. It saved me more than I would’ve spent buying the keys! Now, not only does my key chain look unbelievably bright and fabulous I don’t have to stand at the door for 20 minutes wondering which key will work!!

The Colonial House tool kit is overflowing with keys – delivery keys of all shapes and sizes to wedding venues, churches, event halls, banquet rooms, offices and even houses accumulated since 1968. Have you seen it? Not only does this charming little trick benefit my personal efforts, but it’s the perfect trick to use here at the studio.

Now, every time I look down at my keys, I smile a little bit. It’s funny how a tiny of creativity & a cool idea can brighten your day! 🙂

Hope you all enjoy! Happy crafting!

Until next week,

Paige

P.S. If you want more ideas to bedazzle your keys, a few are listed below. Have you painted or made your keys super glittery? Do you have ideas for ways to dress up your keys and make them more distinguishable? Share your ideas and pictures. I’d love to hear!

Glam Up Your Boring Key

DIY Glitter Key Tutorial and other Idea found here or here

Follow My Board Paige’s Pins:

  Color Code Your Keys With Nail Polish

One last thing – if you need to catch up on other P.S. It’s Monday posts:

Dogs in Weddings

Hair Ties

The Lonely Bouquet Day 2013

Nothing to do, nowhere to be. A simple kind of free. Nothing to do, no one but me, and that’s all I nee. I’m perfectly lonely. ― John Mayer

Our blooms were perfectly lonely, indeed.  On June 30, 2013, the zinnia’s, coral peonies, daisies, seeded euc and every one of their budding friends were a simple kind of free.  As they spread throughout the Statesboro area tagged with only one mission: to make a stranger happy. Lucky clusters.

The adventure that this simple concept (to gather flowers to leave behind for an unexpected surprise) creates is precisely the kind of  joy we seek – the perfect mix of chance, suspense and delight.

Here’s how to join the (inter)National Lonely Bouquet Movement. It’s easy. And, it’s great!

First, print cards to be tagged on each of the leave-behinds. Here are examples of the “Take Me” cards to tag your bouquets before you say adeiu and farewell.

Then, gather your stems from the garden.

Paige making her FIRST BOUQUET (EVER!) for #thelonelybouquet

Next, strand the posies about town & countryside. Leaving your outcasted flowers friends in locations that create short term estrangement – because early adoption is great. Don’t you think?

Our favorite locations this were the bustling ones like The Market District, the court house, Gentilly Gardens and the GSU library.


 A Colonial House lonely bouquet looking for adoption. Statesboro, Georgia. June 2013.  Floral Designer: Tonia McElveen  The Lonely Bouquet Movement. Statesboro.  Floral Design: Paige Shearer  One of our Lonely Bouquets awaiting adoption. Statesboro, Georgia. Courthouse

And, that is it.

Though it doesn’t happen each time, it’s wonderful to find out where our flower friends went.

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The Lonely Bouquet Movement’s only goal is to brighten a stranger’s day through flower power – whether from your garden, local florist or yard. The movement started with one person, one bouquet, one tag and one wish. Emily (who founded the movement) documented every single bouquet she cast. Now, the energy spans the globe bringing smiles to the world one flower at a time.

The more enthusiasts the merrier. Come along. Join in with us!

Follow The Lonely Bouquet on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

And, see the Lonely Bouquet adventures of The Chapel Designers:

 Posh Floral Designs 

Exquisite Designs  

Alluring Blooms 

Floral Verde

Alicia Jayne Florals   

Stacy K Floral 

Celebration Florals

Soiree Floral

Urban Petals

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It’s Your World

A little whimsy. A little sophistication. A lot of #luliewallace #totallyloveit

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.  I want to give that world to someone else.”  ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

White Magnolia Blooms features this quote. And, we love it… think the world of Sue & WMB, too.  She’s the best! But, goodness that’s a whole other post.

The words from Georgia O’Keefe offer great Sunday inspiration.

And, the painting up top?  Adore, Lulie Wallace’s whimsy (above) as we feel like we have to share it.

So, here’s a quote & artwork post to Sunday, y’all!

Have a really great one – enjoying your world and giving that world to someone else.

xo,

ch