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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beehive Centerpieces

 I'm lucky enough to get to spend my summers in the mountains of Utah. I also get to be involved with a charity function while I'm here.  Senator Orrin Hatch  hosts a golf challenge fundraiser each year in Park City and part of the event is a ladies luncheon hosted by his sweet wife Elaine. Elaine Hatch is one of my mother's dearest friends and Mom and I have been asked the last couple of years to help with the luncheon. 

This year we chose "Utah the Beehive State" as our theme. The industrious honey bee has long been the symbol of Utah and we thought that would make for some fun centerpieces. 

Did you know that the little straw or wicker baskets that honey bees call home are actually called bee skeps? Skeps have been in use for about 2000 years but they actually are not the best for the bees and these days are just decorative.

I found several skeps at the Las Vegas Gift Show last winter and embellished them with a hang tag and some cute honey bee ribbon.

The tables are long and rectangular so we'll run some woven burlap ribbon and sunflowers down the length of the tables.

The attendees receive a gift bag that I decorated with a vintage beehive graphic. 

Among other things the gift bags contain some local Utah chocolates from Utah Truffles located in South Jordan, Utah

and some jars of honey from Layton, Utah. 

Here are the graphics I used on the tags and bags.

The Utah Family Foundation helps families in need and they are the recipient of the proceeds. 

I'm honored to be a small part of this fun event!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

ReBook - A Unique Bookstore

Do you love a good bookstore? One filled to the rafters with books of all kinds at great prices plus a few antiques thrown in? Then you must pay a visit to ReBook in Midway, Utah.

 This second hand bookstore is housed in an old bungalow on Main Street. A country garden greets you on the way to large front porch which is overflowing with clearance books priced at $1 each for hardbacks and 3/$1 paperbacks. 

Inside there are several rooms crammed with books divided by subject - cooking, crafting, gardening, art and decorating, 

nonfiction, history, religion, science, 

 classics, mystery, sci fi, 

and a children's room.

Judith Griffin, the owner, is very knowledgeable about  books and knows just where to find what you are looking for.

Judith also has a love of  the Arts and Crafts style and the shop reflects her taste. I really wanted to take this Mission bench home with me. 

She also offers a few antiques for sale. She says this was her wedding china that she no longer uses.

If you are in the mountains of Utah and need a pleasant place to spend the afternoon browsing through book stacks stop in at ReBook!

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Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the porch

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Thanksgiving Point - Ashton Gardens

Do you love botanical gardens like I do? Half way between Salt Lake City and Provo in Utah, is an amazing complex that includes museums, restaurants and a 55 acre garden. The land was purchased and developed by the Ashton family who wished to give back to the community and express gratitude for their financial success. ( Alan Ashton  created the software company WordPerfect). The result was Thanksgiving Point and the glorious Ashton Gardens.

For my birthday last weekend I wanted to pay a visit and explore the various themed gardens within the garden. What a fabulous day it was, sunny and warm, the summer blooms at their peak.

 Monet's Garden, reminiscent of Giverny.

The Rose Garden

 Italian Garden

 There is a Secret Garden just like the one Mary Lennox  found.

 This is the Parterre Garden. It's a carousel!

Saturday was the Fairy Festival at the gardens. There were lots of activities for little girls (and boys) . 
This charming fairy let me take her picture. 

`A mermaid was sitting in the pool at the secret garden. 
And Cinderella, Prince Charming and several other princesses were strolling the grounds.

A waterfall provides a backdrop for the the amphitheater.

The Mountain Garden has lots of great views.

There was so much to see, touch and smell. Thanksgiving Point has become one of the areas most popular tourist destinations. If you have a chance, pay a visit!

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