Wednesday, October 22, 2014

~Fall Garden & Succulent Pumpkin Centerpieces and Simple & Sweet Fridays #138~

I wanted to share with you the gifts I made for my girlfriends.
~Succulent Pumpkin Centerpieces~
I went to Trader Joe's and found just the
 right size pumpkins for the centerpieces.
I sprayed the center of the pumpkins with some adhesive spray.
I then added sphagnum moss I bought from a local nursery.
We have succulents growing in our garden, 
so I just picked some different varieties.
I then glued them down with a hot glue gun. I read about this technique from designer Laura Eubanks. She had been a guest on a video featuring garden photojournalist, Debra Lee Baldwin.
I loved how they all turned out.
An hour or two of morning sun and misting will give you a beautiful 
Fall Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece.
I also made some bite size Spice Muffins.
Wrapped up with a cute tag.
Just the right gifts for special friends.
In the garden we picked our carrots, pumpkins and fresh eggs from the chicken coop.
I also stopped by the nursery and picked up some different ornamental cabbages.
I love the different color greens and purples in the garden.
I couldn't resist some stock too, love the beautiful scent.
I saw the chickens were exploring today.
Doria and Lucy like the ornamental cabbage too!!
Hope you're all enjoying Fall in your gardens!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

~My Fall Affair Birthday Party~

I was given a birthday party from my girlfriends,
Tami, Yuri, Mary, Linda and Virginia.
It was hosted at Tami's house and the theme was a,
"Fall Affair Birthday Party".
We ate outside under a Fall decorated gazebo.
Tami used lots of beautiful Fall colors. 
Loved her dishes from Williams Sonoma.
Pumpkins Everywhere!
Inside her house was decorated as well with her special touches!
We had delicious appetizers,
Shrimp and Bruschetta with gorgonzola drizzled with honey.
A delicious Fall lunch!

Mary made the prettiest Fall birthday cake!
We had the best time together!
A birthday headband made by Mary.
Linda was in charge of the craft. We made Rabbit Kitchen Witches. 
They all turned out so whimsical.
I had the best birthday.
Thank you to all my girlfriends for a wonderful time!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

~Filming of "Partners in Crime" in London and Simple & Sweet Fridays #137~

I wanted to share with you a wonderful surprise we saw when we were in London, England.
A filming for a new series on BBC called,
 "Partners in Crime".

BBC One brings Endor Productions and Acorn Productions' Agatha Christie’s married couple Tommy and Tuppence to life in a brand-new six-part adventure series for the channel. Partners In Crime stars David Walliams (Little Britain, Big School) as Tommy and Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, Wolf Hall) as Tuppence.
Directed by Edward Hall (Restless, Downton Abbey), episodes 1-3, 'The Secret Adversary', are written by award-winning author, playwright and director Zinnie Harris, (Spooks, Born With Two Mothers, Richard Is My Boyfriend) with the following three, 'N or M?' penned by Claire Wilson, (Where There Is Darkness, Twist).

Partners In Crime is produced by Georgina Lowe, (Mr Turner, Mad Dogs), executive produced by Emmy award-winning Hilary Bevan Jones (Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, State Of Play), David Walliams, Hilary Strong (Poirot, Have I Got News For You) and Mathew Prichard for Acorn Productions/Agatha Christie Ltd and Matthew Read for the BBC.
Partners In Crime is an adventure series with espionage and humour at its heart. Set in a 1950s Britain rising from the ashes of the Blitz into the grip of a new Cold War, our beekeeping duo stumble into a world of murder, undercover agents and cold war conspiracy.
We were doing a lot of sightseeing and came across a film crew taping in Holborn, England.
The building in the background is the back entrance to the
Royal Court of Justice.
It was very exciting to watch what happens
 behind the camera. 
They were filming one scene and it took a long time for everything to go just right.
Seeing David Walliams and Jessie Raine in person 
made my day.
Lots of people involved in making this series possible.
We watched for about 1 hour while they shot the scene.

I was in awe how beautiful the buildings looked.
Can't wait to see the series in November.
Just around the corner was the,
 "Old Curiosity Shop,
 I went to in 1972.
13 Portsmouth Street, Holborn, London WC2A 2ES 
So I had to take another photo with Stan.
The paint has changed but,
 it still has the same charm it had then.
It was a great day to share it with my girls!
 Lots of wonderful memories!

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