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It’s not every day you get to throw a 1st birthday party…

I can’t believe my sweet little Sawyer Rose is turning ONE next month. It seems like just yesterday I was sharing her newborn photos. But I am excited for the new milestone and to celebrate along with her.  Inspired by her middle name, Rose, we are hosting a little Winter Garden Party for her #1 and I couldn’t {*couldn’t*} be more excited.

After I got to pinning {because if you follow me, you KNOW I love pinning …} I fell upon the theme almost instantly. And suddenly, my pinboard was alive and thriving – take a peek:

Winter Garden Party

Winter Garden Party 2

 

Floral headpieces are kind of a thing these days, especially in the wedding world, and what better to create for this special occasion.  I’ve been reading up on some DIY crowns, scouring the farm for greenery to use, and will plan to visit the wholesale market for fresh florals. Winter through me for a tiny loop, but I quickly realized there would be no lack of  greens & winter whites or blush florals this time of year. What blooms would you recommend?

Because I can’t spill the beans yet on all of the fun festivities we have planned, I can share her invitation! It sets the stage for the theme of the event so perfectly, and is always the guests first impression of what they have to expect. So, I headed over to Minted to pick out the perfect invite. This invitation is perfection – I couldn’t have designed it more perfectly if I had created it myself. I absolutely love the color palette,  and you know I love a good kraft design. And, you just have to see the floral design of the backside I chose {here} because I can’t even handle it.

1st birthday invitation floral

I am currently looking for sea foam / mint dress for Sawyer to wear to her little party {so send them my way if you find something!} And, still working on the final details for her cake, hoping to perfect some long-lost decorating skills because you know it must be homemade in my house!

Can’t wait to share the full birthday with you and celebrate my sweet Sawyer turning 1!

 

Special thanks to my friends at Minted who helped to contribute to Sawyer’s party invitations and decor through our collaboration! Minted is authentically my go-to for invitations, cards & more because the designs are so fresh and the process is so super fast and easy. This busy mom + business owner appreciates that combo – thanks Minted! x

gilded girls nurseryWe are anxiously awaiting our baby girl’s arrival, and less than half way to go we are busy searching for the perfect name and nursery to welcome her into the world!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve put my girlie-girl hat on. Converting our “boys-boy” nursery into a special nook for a baby girl takes a total mindset shift. But, a challenge I’m up for any day. I love the classics, not overly frilly, but there is something so feminine about a truly vintage and glamorous setting. I decided the theme for our baby girls nursery will be gilded. With washes of worn white, touches of gold, a bit of whimsy and touches of blush.

And so, I hope you enjoy the style board of pieces I’ve collected for inspiration. Would love your input on favorite finds that might be a perfect fit in a golden and gilded newborn nursery!

Gilded styleboard finds :

Malibu Chandelier / ABC gilt wood letters / Vine carved oval mirror / Jellycat goat / Metallic gold brush pillow / Personalized crown rocking chair / Millbrook Iron Crib / Wild Things knit crown / Metallic suede & hemp rug

Southern Gardens

Since Spring has sprung and we’re in the midst of showers and sunshine, what better time to chat about Southern Gardens than now. I have extensive photos of my Great-Grandmother {Nana} and her rose gardens in our family collection, and have been so inspired by the beautiful, white climbing roses at Serenbe where we got married. That will be the next garden I tackle, however this year I decided to replant my herbs and go a little further with my vegetables this year in the tiny, square container garden my husband built for me a few years back. I’ve been busy posting photo updates on my Instagram, and pinning some of my favorite garden inspiration as well for ideas!

Southern Gardens

Southern Living has long been a staple for our Southern home {as I know it has for yours} and Senior Gardens Editor, Steve Bender {aka The Grumpy Gardener} is joining us to chat all about the essentials for growing a Southern Garden today!

As I planned for and planted my own herb & vegetable garden this year, with little thriving success over the past few, I got the chance to ask Steve a few questions, tips & pointers. Here is what he had to share …

 

Steve Bender Southern LivingWhat are your favorite plants & flowers to grow in the South?

Native azaleas, angelonia, coleus, oakleaf hydrangea, clivia, Japanese maple,  Lenten rose, daffodils, crepe myrtle.

What are your favorite fruits & vegetables to grow in the South?

Blueberries, figs, Japanese persimmon, sweet peppers, lettuce, okra, basil, rosemary.
What epitomizes a truly Southern garden?

A garden with plants well-adapted to the region that expresses the personality of the owner as well as Southern gardening history.
Tell us your top tips for a successful garden in the South?

Give plants what they like — sun or shade, dry soil or wet soil, mild winters or cold winters. Don’t mix plants that have different likes.

What is your favorite thing about gardening?

My favorite thing is it helps you relax and forget about everything else going on in the world. Your garden is your refuge.
What are some of the most creative garden containers or elements that you’ve seen?

There are so many old junky things that make really cool containers — like boots, colanders, bathtubs, suitcases, coffee pots, etc. Last year at P. Allen Smith’s place in Arkansas, I made a beautiful mixed planter out of a bedpan.
When is the best time to plant your garden?

The best time to plant is when it’s right for the plants and right for you.
What is the best way to prepare your plot for planting?

Good soil is everything. Before planting, loosen the soil to a foot deep and mix in lots and lots of organic matter, such as chopped leaves, ground bark, composted manure, garden compost, and sphagnum peat moss.
Who inspired your love of gardening?

My Dad. He was a big gardener and I followed in his footsteps.
How are you carrying on the tradition of gardening?

My garden has lots of pass-along plants given to me by family, friends, and complete strangers. Every time I see one of those plants, I remember the time I got it and the person who gave it. I share my plants too.

 

#southernchat:  Southern Gardens (Monday, 4/29/13, 9:00 pm edt.)

Q1: What elements truly epitomize a Southern garden?

Q2: What are your favorite plants, flowers, fruits & veggies to grow in your Southern garden?

Q3. Who or what inspires your Southern garden?

Q4: What are some of your favorite pots & creative containers for growing a Southern garden?

Q5: What tips & tricks have been passed down to you for growing the best garden?

 

Images via Shabbiness to Fabulous, KaraRosaLund, Pinterest, Flora & Fauna, Garden Artistry, Williams-Sonoma, Crush Cul de Sac

Like many people with an entrepreneurial spirit, I have many mentors to thank for where I am today.

I am a big believer in mentoring and the amazing impact that can be had when one takes the time to share their craft with someone who is passionate. Though I have many family members to thank for their advice and support over the years, one of my business mentors is friend Leigh Chandler of Papillon Linens. I have Leigh to thank for her kindness, patience and every step of the way in setting me up to tangibly succeed.

But, sometimes on a rare occasion, you make an impact without even realizing you are doing so. I received the most wonderful email several months back from Krista Montalvo. Krista owns Ginger Magnolia Catering {which means she’s a fabulous cook, of course!} and emailed me to let me know of a new business she had recently launched – Marmie Bags.

Krista told me in her note that IceMilk Aprons had inspired her to create Marmie Bags. She had connected with the story of our roots, having had the same fond relationship with her Grandmother that I did. She now has children of her own, who lovingly call their Grandmother “Marmie.” I was so taken aback and inspired by her note and have enjoyed popping over and perusing her bags. I love the vintage feel she brings to the product and cheer her on as she continues to grow her business.

I am thrilled that we are hosting our first official giveaway on heirloomed with Marmie Bags, and even more thrilled with the bag she’s giving away! This fabulous bag is very reminiscent of our “Rollings of Cinnamon” apron – I just adore the big black bow and simplicity of the styling.

This lovely little bag could be all yours and entering is easy! You’ll get a new chance to enter for doing each of the below, with a total of four entries per person:

1. Leave a comment below with your best words of inspiration for Marmie and others who are launching their own businesses!

2. Like Heirloomed on Facebook {our Page is brand new – much appreciated!}. Leave an extra comment entry to let us know.

3. Like Marmie Bags on Facebook. Leave an extra comment entry to let us know.

4. RT the following: I just entered to win a lovely Marmie Bag from @heirloomed! ht.ly/1erYxB

Onto the details, you have all week to enter the giveaway, which ends Friday, September 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.  The winner will be announced on Monday, September 5th so be sure to check back to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Thanks for entering and inspiring others to follow their dreams!

 

EDITORS NOTE: Our giveaway winner is … Brandy C! Thanks to all who entered and congratulations Brandy – we LOVE this bag!! If you didn’t win, be sure to visit Marmie’s website to pick out one for yourself!

image love : image w/ the bag

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