Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Countdown to Easter

Redbuds are in full bloom around town

and our days are warming up with

bright sunshine and blue skies.

Spring has definitely arrived!

I recently found this chippy rabbit 

at an antique show.

 Antique cast iron Hubley garden rabbit 

circa late1800 to early 1900.

I cut some redbud branches and brought them in

to fill a large vintage ironstone pitcher.

A nest of hand-painted eggs painted

in the 80s and 90s by my friend, Nancy R.

An early Easter present!

Porcelain Plates and Mugs

BIA Cordon Bleu

From the aisles of Home Goods

Packaged in these

adorable storage boxes.

All became my creative muse 

as inspiration for

Easter Brunch ~ 2015.

I thought the bunny plates would pair perfectly with

 MacKenzie-Childs Taylor ceramics and

chargers in Ambiance Vintage Garden.

I'm not a matchy-matchy kind of girl.

When I first started buying these plates in the 1980s, 

I'd buy a single plate in a different pattern.

The whimsy of it all fits the MacKenzie-Childs esthetic.  

Click here to see another spring table 

with Taylor ceramics and

to read about the different patterns.

One thing I liked about the box of plates

was that each plate is a different spring color.

Don't they play well with the Taylor patterns?

Cute matching mugs

are perfect for tea or coffee

or soup or dessert.

Several years ago, MacKenzie-Childs

sold mini compotes in the various Taylor designs.

I'm certainly happy I added some to my cupboard

because now they've been discontinued.

They are perfect for ice cream and individual desserts.

Or as a nest for special 

Easter cookies.

 With all the colors going on at each place setting,

I decided my soft pink linen placemats

were a good choice along with our Sir Christopher Silver.

The ceramic bunny napkin rings were

from Sur La Table years ago,

but these cute gingham napkins can be

found at Pier I this season.

Nice quality woven gingham in pastels and

edged with a sweet little crocheted detail.

Springtime calls for 

bees and bunnies, don't you think?

Here you are ~

A springtime table ready for

Easter brunch right after the egg hunt.

Easter will be here in

eleven days!

Are you ready?


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The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.