April 16, 2012

Sweet Strawberries.....

Back in 2010 we decided to plant strawberries. I bought some puny roots and got a few starts from my neighbor. I was so excited to have a strawberry patch. But alas, the deer ate and trampled my strawberries, the weeds took over and the husband tilled up my patch. No more strawberries for us. But this was our bumper crop from that summer. It was a joyous day when the reds picked this small bowl full. So much so, we decided to have a party.
Jordan was the party hostess. She made invitations, made decorations, wore a cute dress and vintage apron, cut wild flowers from the field next to our house.....it was a strawberry porch party in the making. And it was one of the most adorable moments in my life. You can read my original post about this day right here.
The flowers were tucked into a favorite vintage tea pot. We prepared Cranberry Lime Coolers, the most refreshing drink ever. You can find the recipe in this post.
We used a silver tray, a silver cream and sugar set, vintage linens and mason jars to serve our fresh strawberries and Cranberry Lime Coolers.
And she had the sweetest, freckled face I've ever seen. With little bouncy red curls. And a hand picked flower in her hair.
She made sure every little detail was just perfect. Sweetness in a little red apron.
And we enjoyed our strawberry porch party. Just sittin' there like it was the only place we had to be. The best place to be.
We dipped strawberries in sweet sugar and drank our drinks from mason jars. Nothing fancy but it was a real treat.
And such a little lady on that day with a vintage strawberry embroidered napkin in her lap. I hope I never for the sweet memories from this day.
And the love of strawberries continues today. This month Nichole and I introduced Strawberry Patch & Sentiments at Papertrey Ink. You might notice that some other sets Nichole and I designed contain strawberries too. Vintage Picnic has a little strawberry image. And Friendship Jar Summer Fillers has some fun strawberry images along with a sweet sentiment.

And this sweet vintage tea pot was my inspiration for Strawberry Patch. If you look at the largest image in the set, you'll see the similarities.

This tea pot was given to me by my sweet friend Carol in 2007. I keep the note she wrote to me tucked in the tea pot. There's nothing better than a fun vintage find...unless it's given to you by a sweet friend. And look what else I found tucked inside.....the sweet little invitations that Jordan made for our strawberry porch party. I love her little handwriting....and that we were to wear red. So many fun memories. It just makes me want to stamp up strawberry cards and send them to everyone I know!
And I do have a little something special to celebrate my new stamp set. There's a fun new kit called Strawberry Love in my shop. I'll be showing a few ideas on the blog this month made with items from the kit.
There's also one more special item going up in my shop today. There's only one and it will be a real treasure for the taker. :) I'm keeping my original one but I found a little something while out junkin'....

12 comments:

Patty B said...

Hi Michelle! I am so excited I got one of your kits!!! It's sooo cute. Of course what isn't that you create. I'd snatch that tea pot up if I wasn't having to move and downsize,2000 sq ft to 650. It's tough but I'm looking at it as being a new start! All my colrs are going to be red, aqua and pink! Of course lots of vintage stuff is coming! I even made a mason jar lamp for my craft room.
I'm glad the tornadoes didn't hit your area and you are all safe and sound! Love the story about Josie and your strawberry party!!!
All the best, Patty Bjorgo

Patty B said...

Hi Michelle! I am so excited I got one of your kits!!! It's sooo cute. Of course what isn't that you create. I'd snatch that tea pot up if I wasn't having to move and downsize,2000 sq ft to 650. It's tough but I'm looking at it as being a new start! All my colrs are going to be red, aqua and pink! Of course lots of vintage stuff is coming! I even made a mason jar lamp for my craft room.
I'm glad the tornadoes didn't hit your area and you are all safe and sound! Love the story about Josie and your strawberry party!!!
All the best, Patty Bjorgo

Julie Boeck said...

Hi Michelle! That story was so sweet! I want a strawberry porch party with my girls! I just love strawberries. I have fond memories of growing up on my Grandparent's strawberry farm and my Grandmother tells me that at the age of 3 I was trying to tell customers which ones to pick. :)

I will need to stop by PTI and get the stamp set! What a wonderful set perfect for so many occasions!

Kelly G said...

What a great memory!!

Carol (HB) said...

awww! I am so happy that little teapot is a part of your memory making with the girls!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Oh! Just adorable! So sweet! I love strawberries too and I even have a board on pinterest for strawberries! Your porch party was so incredibly sweet and your little hostess was just precious! Angie xo

Busygirl said...

Can you tell your girl for me how cute and crafty she is? Love the party setup and the wild flowers!

WinterBerry Glen said...

I love your stories about your reds. It makes me wish that I had girls when I hear about your cute little strawberry party! Oh, well. Maybe God will bless me with granddaughters :)
I do love your strawberry set that you came up with. It totally seemed you to me and now I know why! That teapot inspiration has you written all over it...or in it!

Emily said...

I just LOVE all the strawberries! I am completely smitten over the new strawberry patch stamp set! And that teapot is adorable! I LOVE tea pots and have a collection of them. I was sad that I missed the chance to buy the one you had BUT I did find one online that looks JUST like it!!!! So excited! Thanks for sharing your pics with your girls. I love stories and memories like that. It's all about the little moments!

Caroline said...

Oh wow what an awesome party and what a beautiful teapot, i wish i could of snagged it, kits all gone too. No surprises there of course

Maureen Morton said...

What a sweet, sweet story - you are so blessed! Great pictures and memories for you! Great set, too.

Evan Croc said...

I like to eat strawberries. I am really very glad after read here and I appreciate for the information that you presented here.

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