April 23, 2014

With Easter behind us it's Full Steam Spring
Ahead when it comes to entertaining.

Do you have an upcoming graduation reception, bridal shower or birthday get-together on your hosting calendar?  Great!  'Cause I've got some terrific, inexpensive, and beautiful centerpiece ideas to share with you.

How darling are those wildflowers in Mason jars?  They couldn't be easier to make and are thoroughly engaging.

The cans were recycled after the party.

Vivid Occasion
Flower-filled tea pots and tea cups make an inviting setting. 

Snippet and Ink

A simple budding branch with artificial birds makes a crafty table display.
And look at the adorable bird nests on upturned coffee cups:

Moss, two cut flowers, and local greenery - gorgeous!

Interested in more out-doorsy ideas?

I love it!

The bride's and groom's initials were carved
into these adorable hollow branch 'vases.'

Daisies and tree branches - enchanting!

Maybe you're thinking of a beach theme?





Country Living

Fruit is a simple and enticing component of any arrangement:

Confessions of a Plate Addict

Artificial gerber daisies and limes
are a divine combination.

Take a close look - these flowers are made from felt:
White-washed clay plant pots are inexpensive and sturdy.

Styrofoam cones, craft moss and Brussel sprouts are all you
need to make these unique and organic arrangements.

How cute would this be for a book club dinner party?

Style Me Pretty

Yes, some of the most beautiful centerpieces
truly are the simplest.
Family Circle



Your Cozy Home

Happy hosting!

April 22, 2014

Trees are our best antiques. 
                         - Alexander Smith, Scottish poet and essayist

Welcome to fleaChic's tribute to International Earth Day.
Join me as we take a photographic nature walk to admire

The Majestic Tree.

The Majesty Oak on the Fredville Estate Park,
Kent, England, is believed to be 500-600 years old.


"The creation of a thousand forests lies in one acorn."
------Ralph Waldo Emerson


No two trees are alike, they each
have their own distinct personality.
The Beldam

Whimsical Nothing

 Whimsical Epiphany
Trees anchor us to withstand the turbulence of time.

Trees are tenacious -
Turnip Rock, Port Austin, Michigan

They grow and prosper in the most inhospitable of places.

A tree can be a message board of memories and love:

The Guardian
In 1995, Winston Howes planted thousands of oak trees on a 6 acre
track outlining the shape of a heart in memory of his late wife, Janet.
For many years his neighbors weren't aware of his loving gesture until
a hot air balloonist photographed the symbol from above.

Petit Cabinet de Curiosities
Trees are known for their tolerance of all races and
religions, welcoming gnomes and fairies alike.


Full Bloom

Trees provide shelter from the elements.  They shield us from
the scorching sun in Summer and the freezing winds of Winter.


The Beldam

The Tree House Company, Milan, Italy


Tree of Freedom

Vintage Rose Garden

Trees selflessly provide homes to both humans and animals.

Mark Bridge Photography

 Thoughtful homeowners accommodated the
trees when they fenced in their property.

L'Acte Gratuit 
Trees have a sense of humor.

Books 'n Buildings
But I doubt that they appreciate the irony of cutting
down a tree to create books and posters about trees.

Even when they're technically no longer
living, trees can still have a purpose.


Legend states that a young Englishman left his bicycle
chained to a tree when he left to fight in WWII.

Not My Beautiful Home
Trees can be at home in just about any environment.

Treasure FieldT
Trees are content to showcase beautiful creatures.

And, unlike humans, trees don't complain about the weather.


Humble Bumble

Trees are quite flexible.



They're happiest when nurturing their fledgling young.
Angela Madueno

Trees sustain us and uplift us and all they ask is that we leave them
alone to quietly go about their job of keeping all life on Earth alive.

So, Happy Earth Day.  I'm going outside right now and hug a tree.
(Uhhhhh, does that look like poison ivy to you?)