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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hoppy Times with Girlfriends and A Spring Tussie Mussie

Last Wednesday I had dinner with a 

group of girlfriends at my friend, Susan's. 

Susan loves holidays and always 

has her home beautifully decorated 

for every special occasion throughout the year.

Among her treasures are many 

hand stitched needlepoint figures.

Susan sets a gorgeous table 

and creates the most adorable centerpieces.

This year's centerpiece included 

fresh yellow daffodils, a large paper maché bunny, 

glitter eggs, and cute little bunnies dressed for spring.

 Each place setting featured a white linen placemat 

and details in shades of green and pink.

 The bunny plates are in the Provence pattern 

produced by The Haldon Group many years ago.  

 Look at these adorable white linen napkins 

with the eyelash embroidery details.  

They make me think of a spring meadow.

It is tradition for this group of friends, 

that each of us brings a small gift or 

favor for the holiday celebrated.

I decided to make my gifts this year 

when I saw this adorable tussie mussie that 

folk artist, Johanna Parker, recently shared 

as a free downloadable pattern 

of one of her original designs.

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable

You'll find a complete tutorial on Johanna's blog 

on how to make your own spring tussie-mussie

with the free printable pattern.

Just click here.

You can see more of my friend Susan's 

beautiful Easter decor here towards the 

end of a post I created in April 2010.

~ Happy Easter All ~

May your Easter be filled with joy!



  1. I hope you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter!

  2. The Tussie-mussies are so very pretty. You and your friends have a lovely tradition. Happy Easter!

  3. The tussie-mussies look great Sarah! Your friend's home is beautiful! Happy Easter:@)

  4. Those are all such lovely things, but I adore the centerpiece. Thanks for giving us a peek into your friend's home and for taking the time to visit my blog last week. Happy Easter!

  5. Happy Easter morning Sarah. It's raining raining raining here so no early outside sunrise service for us today. How nice to celebrate Spring with a special group of friends. Her table was perfect. Seeing all the beautiful Easter tableware in blogland, I think I am just going to have to get me some bunny plates. :) Happy Spring

  6. What a beautiful table, Sarah, your friend made. I love the favors, too, all ready for May Day! Happy and blessed Easter to you and your family. xo

  7. Such a gorgeous and fanciful table!
    Those tussie mussies add just the most adorable touch and fablous favors! Love it!

  8. What a JOYOUS celebration, isn't it dear Sarah? Every bit of color and whimsy, bunnies and food, friendship and place setting spells out happiness. Joy is ours, for new life is what it is all about. Today the wind is blowing fiercely, but this morning we went on a walk around the lake and had our own little sunrise service in the car! A thermos of tea and poetry and scriptures were with us, and we were celebrating.

    Thank you for your visit; peace and beauty to you today! Anita

  9. Sarah,
    It took me a while to locate, but persistence paid off in such a HUGE way!!! This post is adorable, dear friend!!! I am in L O V E with the silver tray, white rabbits, glitter egg centerpiece!!! Thank you for sharing this with all of us!!!
    The Tussie Mussie's are splendid!!!
    Hope your Easter is a blessed and glorious one, dear friend!!!

  10. So fun and pretty! Happy Easter to you and your friends!
    Thanks so much for linking! You are the best!

  11. I love all of the beautiful decorations and the centerpiece at your friend's house. The Tussie Mussies are just the perfect touch on the table. So pretty!

  12. you always have such a fun group of friends! hope you had a fabulous easter~

  13. Sarah, I love what you made! So cute and festive. Happy Easter to you. Dianne

  14. What a perfect way to spend a day!
    Rejoicing in an empty tomb. May you and yours have a very Happy Easter!

  15. Great post. Love those beautiful Provence plates!

  16. What a beautiful party for girlfriends. I love her home.
    xo bj

  17. Sarah,
    What beautiful Easter decor!! I especially love those tussie mussies!!


  18. Susan's party is so cute and festive for Easter. LOVE her needlepoint decor! And the tussie mussies are a nice touch, too.

    Thanks for sharing Susan's party and decor with us.


  19. PS Have you ever posted a tussie-mussie tutorial? I think they'd be fun for Mother's Day.

  20. Beautiful tussie mussies. You must have had a blast with your girlfriends. There is nothing like a beautifully set table and great friends to share your day with.

  21. Sarah, I don't know where to begin. This entire tablescape is so amazing! Wow. Those bunny plates and your tussel mussel favors are so adorable, and where did she get those napkins?! You all must have just loved eating at that table. :)
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

  22. Sarah, your tussie mussie favors are so cute! My eye went directly to the napkins with the eyelash embroidery details. So sweet for spring and Easter! Thanks for sharing Susan's party. xo

  23. Susan has so many beautiful Easter decorations! The tablescape is very pretty as well.

    Your tussie mussies are adorable! Great idea!


  24. Hi Sarah! Looks like you had a beautiful Easter! Such fun friends you have too! Oh I wish it was me going to Roundtop! Have a wonderful time!

  25. All the Easter decorations are so pretty! Looks like you had a wonderful celebration! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/Hugs, Maria

  26. Looks like you have a wonderful friend who knows how to entertain. Her table was beautiful and your Tussie Mussies look fabulous!

  27. Oh what lovely decorations for Easter, I love her bunny plates. Sounds like such a fun time with friends. Thanks for sharing at TTT. Hugs, Marty

  28. What sweet plates! I've never seen those. They are so pretty. Susan's decor is delightful and elegant all at the same time. I really enjoyed seeing all of it. Thank you for sharing it with your readers. Your tussie mussies turned out so pretty. I bet you and your friends had such a fun time! laurie

  29. Sarah~ Your friend Susan's home and Easter decor are delightful! Love her tray centerpiece and adorable bunny plates! Your tussie mussie favors were the hit of the party no doubt :)

  30. What a fun party, Sarah, and I love Susan's home and decorations. I love what you took to the party as a favor, too. So neat.

    Glad you had a wonderful Easter...



  31. What a great group of friends you have, Sarah! Thanks for sharing Susan's home. I love those wonderful bunny plates (sigh!). You tussie mussies turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Such a pretty table setting and I love the tussie mussies.

  33. Wow! Your friends Susan certainly has a wonderful collection of Easter decorations --her home looked so festive! Your tussie mussies favors were so sweet. I hope you had a very Happy Easter!

  34. Love tussie-mussies! Even just the word tussie-mussie makes me smile!

  35. What a lovely post and your friend is so talented. LOVE the needlepoint Peter Rabbit. I'm quickly drawn to needlepoint since I do it myself. I also particularly liked those plates and your tussie mussies were adorable.

    Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

  36. Wow! What a beautiful party. Everything was so wonderful from the decorations to the table. Your little tussie mussies were adorable. I loved her little silver candy tray display. Gorgeous!

  37. Oh, my! All the Easter pretties are outstanding.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  38. What a very fun table your friend created for all of you. That made the gathering start with a smile I'm betting.

  39. What a lovely table...I especially like the china, pink and all! The tussie mussies are adorable and make such a nice little gift.

  40. Beautiful decorations---sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    I'm sharing my Fresh Strawberry Cream Torte today for my Homemaking Linkup. I hope you'll join us!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  41. Oh how adorable! Love how everything was so thoughtfully put together. Those bunny plates are just adorable.

  42. Hi Sarah! Oh, your friend is something, isn't she? Love her table and the lovely little plates. Your tussie mussies are adorable! I went over and saved the pattern for the tussie mussie and just may do one some day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  43. Show me your companions and I'll tell you who you are! :)
    Your friend fusses to make her guests feel welcome just like you do! Looks like a lovely time!
    Your tussies are adorable!

  44. So many beautiful things! Love them all.

    Great to have you be a part of SEASONAL SUNDAYS!

    - The Tablescaper

  45. OH MY!! I'm in love with you gals!! You are right up my alley! I adore the decor and those fabulous rabbit plates! I've never seen those before!! And I LOVE your tussie that you made!!

    I hope you had a great Easter and that this is a wonderful weekend for you! Happy Belated PS!!


  46. What a treat to spend time with friends! Susan's table looked welcoming and whimsical. HPS :)

  47. What fun you've had! And everything is beautiful! Thanks for the link for the tussie!

  48. Sarah, she certainly does have gorgeous decorations. Love the needlepoint bunny! the Tussie Mussies are so fun. Thanks for sharing this cute party with SYC.

  49. Beautiful Sarah! Just love your needlepoint treasures & bunny pillow. Your dishes with silver trays and all those sweet bunnies & dishes filled with candy...all so pretty!
    So happy to have your join AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

  50. Such pretty decorations and table setting! And the little favors are adorable!

  51. Hello Sarah,
    This looks like so much fun! Love the beautiful decor and the sweet Spring Tussie Mussies - marvelous! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  52. What a fun spring get together! I love the cute tussie mussies! (I also love the WORDS "Tussie Mussies!" haha!)

    Thanks so much for sharing these on the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA! Can't wait to see what you'll be sharing this week!!! =D

  53. What a great idea to make Tussie Mussies. It looks like you all had a wonderful time.

  54. All of the things at her home look so pretty. And I love that needlepoint rabbit she has. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings


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