Monday, March 28, 2016


We've only been back a week or so, but it's been busy. So, an interruption in some of the travel posts to catch up on some seasonal fun!

We started our Easter weekend with the annual egg-dyeing-Life-of-Brian tradition with our friends Mark and Jan. This year I did half hard boiled, half raw and I only got one mixed up when I started opening them!

The next day was a paint-your-pet workshop. This was great fun and I learned a lot of new tips!


Here's my girl. I have a long way to go to fully capture her technique-wise, but I learned a lot and for a first time portrait, I was happy. Michelle, the instructor, was terrific and we have a good group to work with.

Of course there was a trip to the market for flowers and veggies. Everything was springy and joyful!

I knew I'd add a few more things to the decorations! Last year's Southern Exposure wreath was moved about till it found a new home!

And, I brought out the Pendelfin bunnies I collected decades ago. Their beautifully painted faces still charm me.

One of last year's Make-and-Take wreaths got an Easter update!

A new bunny, tulips, definitely ready for spring!

And visit Emily at The French Hutch! Her post on using a grapevine wreath to make a wonderful centerpiece filled with spring plants inspired me to make one of my own.


They are set on a tray, over which is a grapevine wreath. A little moss and Easter bits finish it off. Thanks again for the inspiration, Emily!

A fully set table, friends and family for dinner.

Dogs outside, please!

And a showstopper dessert. I'll share more on this one in a future post! But think Nigella Lawson, Lemon Meringue Cake. Not hard and wonderful!

Here's hoping everyone's Easter was beautiful.

This post is linked to Talk of the Town and Thoughts of Home on Thursday, where you'll find all sorts of fun decorating, home, travel posts and more creative ideas than you can imagine!


Joanne Huffman said...

Hope your Easter was delightful. Love your bunny collection.

Stacey said...

Looks like a fun weekend! Your cake looks amazing and I like seeing your smile. ;)

Joyful said...

Lots of lovely spring photos. I like your cake too. It looks wonderful and I'm sure was very tasty.

Mae Travels said...

The cake looks not only delicious but also BIG! So glad you enjoyed the holiday!

best... mae at

Sandy K. said...

I LOVE those dear little bunnies. You sure did Easter/spring up right! Every time I see lovely table decorations and the end result of a little decorating effort, I wish I would do more. But I have a hard time doing it just for the two of us.

I do love your portrait, Jeanie. Now that I have 2 art classes under my belt I can feel the urge to keep going! Loving your posts!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Wow, that dessert looks AMAZING!!! Did you make the macarons yourself, too? Sounds like you had an awesome Easter! I picked up some flower for Phil's mom and she had some tulips in a vase already so we had lots of pretty flower around her place!

Your picture of Lizzie turned out beautifully!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hi Jeannie,
Let me at that cake! Wow... It looks yummy!
Such a wonderful celebration you had for Easter. Everything looks so beautiful.
Now, let me tell you.... You really have talent.. Your painting is fantastic, and this is your first portrait? I am so proud of you...

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

I was so excited I added an extra ~ N ~ to your name. oops!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Jeanie, Well wow, oh my goodness, you give me way to much credit on the wreath but thanks for the shout out! Thank you. It looks like you had a wonderful Easter weekend. Dying eggs was always fun for me, and I still do it sometimes. Love the painting of our favorite girl, those eyes! Flowers, bunnies and that gorgeous wreath and I think your weekend couldn't have been better! Everything looks beautiful.
Enjoy your week dear friend……..

Anne said...

Wow. I know where I would like to be next EASTER.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW WOW WOW...the colors, I am now in love with COLOR more than ever. And then that cake? YES, bring it on! Oh Jeanie, you have fun, don't you!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I am just sitting, sipping coffee and smiling this morning as I enjoy seeing the Easter glory and your most wonderful smile.
What a colorful and glorious Easter you had, thank you for sharing the delights!

Victoria Zigler said...

Sounds like you had a fun and creative Easter... I'm glad to hear it!

shoreacres said...

If there's anything I like better than chocolate, it's lemon-anything, so the cake was the highlight here, for me. I'm trying to remember.... You surely have mentioned before that you dye unboiled eggs, too, and I've just forgotten. I've never heard of doing that. Here's a question: do you buy white eggs for the dyeing? The eggs I get are brown-shelled (or sometimes colored blue, etc.) and I've wondered if that would make a difference in their appearance after dyeing.

Clearly, you had a lovely Easter. The forsythia wreath is my favorite decoration, I think.

Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

It all is so beautiful.

Tammie Lee said...

It looks like you have been having lots of spring Easter fun.
Such a sweet kitty in art and life.
happy spring to you!

Marilyn Miller said...

Your Easter is beautiful from the gorgeous cake, grape vine centerpiece, to bunnies galore! Loved those faces too. Also loved your drawing of your girl.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

The cake is amazing and I spy macarons!! Did you make those? Your tablescape is a perfect spring welcome with daffodils and tulips, bunnies, and eggs.

~*~Patty S said...

SO much lovely Easter and Spring to enjoy here Jeanie ♥
That is quite a cake you made too = Yum!
Happy Springtime

Lynne said...

WOWSIE . . .
You do up Eastering just fine . . .
I love all the flowers, bunnies, collectibles and . . .
The cake . . . another . . . wow!

Bella Rum said...

That grapevine wreath centerpiece is beautiful and I love the Easter update to your make-and-take wreath. This post makes me feel happy. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

Sally Wessely said...

That cake! It looks amazing. I love the idea of the grapevine wreath and spring plants. I'd like to try that next year. I wonder if I will remember.

It looks like you Easter was a great one.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That first photo says it all about Easter, a holiday I find is definitely NOT green. I wish I had that photo because it goes well with the post I have planned for tomorrow's Second on the 2nd.

I can't draw anything, and you did a fantastic job, especially for a first time portrait. Even the shading is remarkable.

Some of those hand painted Pendelfin bunnies are quite rare and unique. I have a friend who collects them and would swoon over yours.

I just love the way tulips look in a vase. I was told once, and it works because I tried it, you can thread a pipe cleaner through the stem and the tulip will stand up straight. Mine always droop, but yours don't seen to have that problem.

I simply ADORE your grapevine centerpiece. That is extremely creative.

That truly IS a showstopper dessert. I'd love to have a taste and those strawberries are the only kind I like.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Beautiful Easter pictures and that dessert looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at Talk of the Town.

Tracy said...

Ooooo... what FUN and HAPPY... you had a wonderful Easter!! Oh, but that Lemon Meringue Cake... Sooo good! I like Nigella Lawson's recipes--this one too! And you decorated it so festively--YUM! Such beauty in all the decorating, flowers and festive touches. I just love how you LIVE the seasons & holidays, Jeanie! And your portrait of Miss Lizzie is FABULOUS!! For a first time portrait try, you did a super job!! :))) Happy Spring Days, my friend ((HUGS))

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