4.15.2012

A Box of Hand Made Love

The family scattered to the wind Easter weekend. Having grown children and grandchildren living all over the United States makes it tough to get together during the holidays. So....I had brother and sisters and Mom and neighbors over this past weekend for a Spring get together.  The weather was absolutely perfect and the company divine!

Hand dyed muslin ribbons, rolled on vintage wooden thread spools and stamped with some of my favorite script and graphics, were presented to my sisters. Simple, sweet and made with a large dose of love.  I wanted to create something for those that mean so much me with a gift that might touch them as well as be useful.



Partying with paper ........... when I have a large crowd it's impossible to seat everyone and use china, so I resort to paper and sit where you please.  But using paper products doesn't mean the table is not set with love and a little panache.  Elevate the lowly styrofoam plates on a beautiful cake plate, put the utensils in a pretty vintage glass pitcher and fluff the paper napkins out.

While I did cook the meal, this time I (shhhhhh.....)  purchased store bought desserts but added  personal touches, such as fresh flowers, a sweet little rabbit, and again placing the plates on a pretty vintage transfer ware plate (thanks T.P.) to make them oh so important. 

I hope your weekend was as special as mine and that you have a sweet week.  
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54 comments :

laurie said...

what lovelt desert table, the dishes are beautiful, I thought that was such a lovely way to put it, scattered to the wind, nice,,,,

Annesphamily said...

You set a gorgeous table. I love all your ribbon and your thoughts are always so wonderful. Have a good week.

Tete said...

Glad you had your spring get together- it all looks so pretty. Love those spools!

Connie said...

Lynn, I haven't bee by for a while so since I have some time this evening I thought I'd drop by and say hello, sugar.

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with family. Daughter's in Hawaii this week and granddaughter is having another baby the end of the year. Other than that my life is boring!

Nice to see elegance even if you use paper plates. My daughter thinks the inventor of paper plates should be knighted!!

xoxo,
Connie

Sarah said...

Happy you had a delightful spring gathering with family and friends. The boxes of hand dyed ribbons are certainly a special gift. I know your sisters loved getting these! ~ Sarah

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, The ribbons are so pretty and such a wonderful gift. Glad you had a great time with your family. Hugs, Sherry

Sandi McBride said...

Maman's saying proves true here! That which comes from WalMart lasts but a season, that which comes from the heart lasts forever...the goodies look wonderful..,i bet you work wonders with cat chow!
Batgirl (with Sandi)

Melody said...

What a pretty table Lynn! I love buying food already prepared and then tweekin with assorted personal touches....and hehe..no
ones more the wiser,,sooooo,,why not.

chateau chic said...

Sounds like a lovely day! Great ideas for dressing up the table because I'm all for paper products.
Mary Alice

victoriantailor said...

Those ribbons are so sweet!
table beautiful, what a great get together!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Sooo pretty!! Can I come? LOL
*hugs*deb

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Lynn. I need a sister because I am an only child. Do you need another one?♥

Your Easter dinner had to be wonderful, and everything looks special. We had a good Easter, too. I shared by table today.

jillyヅ said...

Everything looks lovely and I especially love the Styrofoam plates on the crystal cake stand.

blessings, jilly
visiting from etsy cottage style garden party

Blooming Rose Musings said...

So happy you had such a nice spring gathering with friends and family. The spools of ribbons is a wonderful gift! I'm certain your sister loved receiving that box.
Hope you have a lovely new week.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I just love the ribbon and putting it on the vintage spools is genius! I'm all about paper plates and store bought when you want to have friends over but don't have the time to cook. I love your idea of the plates on the cake stand and the 'extra's to still make it special!

Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

What a lovely way to spend Easter Sunday. We spent our first one away from family which was very different! Such pretty ideas and simple to do when entertaining a crowd. I am sure your gifts were adored as well. The wooden spools are such a treasure!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Kelly_Deal said...

I love that ribbon! So pretty!

Anne said...

Yum everything looks pretty and delicious.
Anne

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

you make everything special ... (())

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Thank you for sharing your secrets with us! Everything looks beautiful!

Chubby Chieque said...

No one recognized with the purchased cake.

You really are a great hostess. I can see how you dress and set you table.

Adorable.

Happy mid-week.

Greetings from Stockholm,
/C

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Such a lovely blog! I love the way you fixed the old spools! Have a great weekend.

michele said...

gorgeous! just found your lovely blog...come visit anytime:

http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com

smiles.

michele

Diane said...

Clever and sweet handmade gifts to your family....I might have to be your adopted sister! Diane

Lorraine said...

Very pretty tabletop, and the spools are darling. Lucky sisters! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

mypinkprettiesaboutme said...

I'm glad you had such a great time. I do agree you need imagination not matchy matchy to make a beautiful and inviting day for your friends and family.

HPS

LL

NanE said...

Happy PINK Saturday Lynn! I'm all for dressing up paper plates, that way you can spend more time with your guests and isn't that what it's all about? I think your table looks great! Have a great weekend, Nan

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

Oh My Lynn!
What lovely ribbons and table!!
Wish I was one of your lucky sisters...
Sparlky Hugs,
Tobi and the Pixies!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Those hand made ribbons are SO Delightful! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE those divided dishes on the plate rack? They have my COMPLETE attention??? OH YES, It's all about the presentation(store bought can look so tempting), AND you've made it "So VERY Special"!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Donna

Brenda Brown said...

What a fabulous blog you have Lynn and I so love your hand stamped ribbons that you gave your sisters. Wish I was one of them.
Have a wonderful weekend.
hugs {brenda} xox

Gabriela Delworth said...

HPS!


Love those sweets! Are those rolls of ribbon or fabric. They are lovely!


Gabriela

Tami Kenner said...

Hi Lynn..yummy dessert table..and I love the bunny too.
Happy Pink Saturday..xo Tami

1CardCreator said...

Looks like fun was had by all. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Diane (I am #17)

My Crafty Little Page said...

That's a great idea - I've done the stamping but haven't dyed muslin ever. Bet the sisters loved it. Your table looks wonderful and no kidding on the paper plates - smart and pretty!
I have to go catch up on some of your older posts. xoxo Nancy

LV said...

A great job and very well done. Anyone would be pleased to have any of your work for a GIFT.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Love your little sentiment spools! They look so pretty all in a row in the wooden box! I am sure all that received them loved them!
So glad you had such a nice get together, even though your family was far away!
HPS!
♥ Jil

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

What a sweet and sentimental gift!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

What a sweet and sentimental gift!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

What special gifts! I am learning to accept that sometimes we can't all get together - but when we do we make it very special!
Hugs,
Kathy

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

So lovely!
Happy Pink Saturday :)
Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

dana said...

Hi Lynn! I hope you've had a great week. Mine was good....I spent parts of three days in my basement storage room trying to organize by TONS of Christmas decor....getting rid of some of it and placing the stuff I love to grab first when it's time to decorate, in handy spots. I created a mess in the family room downstairs by not putting the Christmas stuff away....it's been lining a wall since mid January....waiting for me to become inspired to do something with it!! Actually, my storage room had gotten so out of hand I just decided to not address Christmas until I was ready to address all of it..bit by bit. I'm planning on having a g. sale sometime sorta soon..so that's my motivation PLUS wanting to be able to find stuff when I need it! :) We have a ton of storage room and I've just let it get in sad, sad shape.

Thanks for your kind comments on my post Lynn. I would love to hear your story about your dad...Mighty Oaks.... :)

LOVE the sweet gifts you made for Easter...I'm sure everyone loved them!! I am also loving that dessert....I will be saving that recipe just as soon as I sign off!

Have a great Saturday!

L, Dana

Ineke van den Akker said...

Happy Pink Saturday greetings from Holland.
with love,
Ineke

Sherry said...

Your gift to your sisters were so wonderful. I love how you shared that an informal table can have special touches that make the guests feel welcomed.

annemor said...

Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures, this was a nice and very beautiful blog.

Greetings from annemor, i`m looking back another time

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What a lovely setting..the cake looks delicious!

chubskulit said...

Love your pink this week. So pretty!

My PINK..., have a great weekend!

SisustEllen said...

First time in your lovely blogg :)
Big hugs from decorating blogg SisustEllen from Finland ♥

SisustEllen said...

First time in your lovely blogg :)
Big hugs from decorating blogg SisustEllen from Finland ♥

jeanne said...

Hi Lynn, Thank you so much for the sweetest comment on our anniversary post. All those years seemed to fly by so fast. We have been blessed for sure.

Your Spring get together sounds like a delicious happy occasion. I agree, a pretty table can be achieved even if we use paper products. A large crowd makes paper products necessary for sure. Your pretty touches made it very special. Your hand dyed muslin ribbons look awesome. A very clever idea. A wonderful way to make everyone feel special.
Happy PS.
Hugs, Jeanne

Angie said...

Love, love, love those handmade ribbons on the wooden spools! Thanks for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday - I'll be featuring you this week!

There will be an "I Was Featured" button waiting there for you.

Blessings,
Angie @ Knick of Time

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Sounds like such a blessed get together! The desserts looks delicious and you have them them displayed so beautifully!

Patio Cover said...

Who would have thought those were store-bought desserts? You transformed them into something personalized and special with those accents you added :)

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

The ribbons and pinwheels are fantastic, love the old spools. Nice work!
Ciao,
Mary

Geneva said...

Congratulations on your feature at Knick of Time... This post is filled with wonderful ideas... I like that you go the extra mile to make your guests feel welcomed!
Blessings!
Geneva

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