Miss M - One in a Million
… to Bette Midler for having the vision and inspiration to beautify New York one community garden and park at a time. Tired of the trash she saw along one of the city’s highways, Miss M stopped her car one day 15 years ago and began to pick up garbage – and thus, her non-profit, the New York Restoration Project, was born. The fruits of her labor (along with countless neighborhood volunteers!) can be seen throughout the city – from the 600 flowering trees planted along the Hudson and Harlem Rivers (as part of the MillionTreesNYC project) to peaceful green havens in Bed-Stuy.
500,000 Trees and Counting!
McLeod's Community Garden - Brooklyn, NY
Bette’s ultimate goal is to make the Big Apple a “cooler, greener, healthier, happier, more all-around beautiful place to call home”… Can’t argue with that!
To find out more about these worthy causes and get involved, click here and here.
Photos via Cottages & Gardens
… to British painter Dan Bennettfor capturing the beauty of blossoms from bud to full bloom in his whimsical paintings. A tree surgeon and gardener armed with a fine arts degree, Dan (now a full time artist) began creating these magical pieces in his free time and whenever it was too wet, cold or dark to work in the flower beds.
The vibrant floral forms have already captured the eye of gallery owners and collectors and the imagination of stationers and fabric designers worldwide… We can’t wait to see where Dan’s work pops up next!
Photos via Dan Bennett
First Blush - Pink Narcissus Mix
… to White Flower Farm in Litchfield, CT, for creating the most beautiful mixes of daffodils that even we, with our black thumbs, have been able to grow in our gardens.
Double Daffodil Quartet
Every fall, we plant a couple or fifty more bulbs and keep our fingers crossed, hoping that most will bloom come spring. While we’re beginning to see green shoots, we’re praying that some of these darling daffodils will be ready for an Easter centerpiece!
Photos via White Flower Farm and Good Housekeeping
2011 Festival Poster
… to the Japanese for giving us the 3,000 beautiful flowering cherry trees that grace Washington, D.C. in honor of the enduring friendship between our two countries. The National Cherry Blossom Festival opened last weekend and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Japan. According to Buddhist tradition, the revered “sakura” symbolizes the fleeting nature of life…
Live in simple faith…
Just as this simple cherry,
Flower, fades and falls.
Haiku by Issa
Memories and Memorials
P.S. Please take a moment today to be thankful.
Photos via National Cherry Blossom Festival, ABC News and Daily News
David and Heidi
… to celebrity trainer and fitness guru David Kirsch for creating yummy supplements and wellness kits to get us into shape for summer. While we know spring has just begun, it’s never too late to get into that healthy exercise routine and start burning off some winter weight. David’s approach to nutrition will put you on the fast track from flab to fab… just ask his A-list clientele!
Summer Jump Start
Sound Body, Sound Mind
Super Tasty Super Juice
Photos via Glamour and David Kirsch Wellness Co.
Martha's iPad Issue
… to Martha Stewart for creating Boundless Beauty, the first iPad issue of Martha Stewart Living, twenty years after she launched her iconic magazine. Filled with interactive goodies like video and audio clips and scrolling images and recipes, Martha has raised the bar for online publications.
Making Pretty Packages
We especially love all the fabulous flowers – not only did we learn how to make blossoms out of baking cups and sugared flowers for our cakes, but the article on peonies (how to grow and arrange them) is not to be missed. Our iPad never looked so pretty!
Pastel Penoy Posy
P.S. If you’d like to download the app and see the all the boundless beauty Martha has to offer, click here.
Illustrated by Alan Marks
… to Frances Hodgson Burnett for penning The Secret Garden (one of our childhood favorites) which, in turn, inspired Mulberry‘s Spring 2011 collection and advertising campaign. Who wouldn’t want to be Lindsey and Nimue, captured so beautifully by Tim Walker? Each time we come across these gorgeous ads filled with fabulous fashion and florals, we can’t help but think that spring is on the way!
Singing Spring Blues
Pretty in Pink
Photos via Amazon and Pink Lemonade
A Neo-Traditionalist Matchbook Girl
… to Katie Armour, co-founder and editorial director of matchbook magazine, for featuring our Cottage Hydrangea and Roses in “50 Classic Accessories for Your Home” – a selection of treasures for every matchbook abode (page 61).
The Nifty Fifty
In Great Company
Given that we relate to many of the matchbook girl’s qualities – she lives for the thrill of a handwritten note (Katie, yours in the mail!), sings in the shower and in the rain, and stops for lucky pennies – we’re tickled pink!
Confessions of a Matcbook Girl
If you haven’t had a chance to read matchbook, you’re in for a treat as this online beauty certainly fills the gap left by many shuttered magazines.
P.S. For more traditional goodies with a twist, Katie also writes a delightful blog , The Neo-Traditionalist.
Photos from New York Magazine and matchbook
Everyone's Life Could Use a Little...
… to Sue from The Zhush for mentioning Diane James Home a year ago last Thursday in a fabulous post on wallpapered furniture. Who knew that we would end up not only being neighbors in the same small town but becoming great friends – and when she told two friends…
The BUzz, The Zhush and Pretty Pink Tulips
they told two friends…
Pretty Pink Tulips, Hamptontoes, The Buzz and The Zhush
and our little group of local bloggers grew.
Too Many Friends to Mention!
Now, all we need is a contract from Bravo to create a new reality show – The Blogging Housewives of Westchester County!
Photos via Pretty Pink Tulips and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens
Once Upon a Time...
… to Camilla Morton for re-inventing the fairy tale for fashionistas, young and old. This former Vogue runway reporter and author of the bestselling novel How to Walk in High Heels is collaborating with the likes of Christian Lacroix and Manolo Blahnik to create a series of fabulous “fantasy designer biographies” – a very stylish twist on “Once Upon a Time.” Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty is beautifully illustrated and a sight to behold so we can’t wait to see who else will “live happily ever after!”
in a Castle on a Hill...
Lived a Princess named Beauty.
Photos via Vogue UK