Monthly Archives: August 2014

trader joe’s plus your own back yard

I absolutely love putting together floral displays.  I usually go to Trader Joe’s (everyone’s best friend) and pick up an array of whatever they have on hand that looks inspiring, then go out into my own yard and cut some trimmings from anything out there.  I’ve used clippings from our olive tree, bougainvillea, oleanders, or any other greenery that seemed like it might add a nice touch.  My daughter Christine has a lovely eye for putting florals together, so I asked her to help me throw something together as an example…

The trick to putting flowers into any odd container you feel inspired to use, is to find a vase that will fit into the pot, basket, box, etc. that you are using and then try to cleverly hide it (as I also did here)…
Simply mix in the flowers with the greens from your yard and evenly spread them around and over the edges of the basket to hide the vase that is inside…
And, there you have it.  It looks like a basket of collected flowers, but they will stay fresh in the vase hidden inside.  What a happy little bundle to have in your home or give to a friend!

a busy first day

Well, our first full day was a busy one to be sure!  We shopped and shopped and shopped and then finally sat down for a delicious meal at one of our favorite spots to eat, the Spotted Pig.  We are off for more fun today, but thought we would share a few pics we snapped while out and about on the town all day yesterday!  Here’s to another good day!

Any suggestions of somewhere we shouldn’t miss while we are here?


We have had the most amazing week celebrating the grand opening of our Garden Shop with all of you!
As Grand Opening Week comes to a close.. we are having the biggest celebration yet!
Don’t forget to stop by Friday- March 23rd, 2012 to partake in the festivities!
…by catching a “How to Plant Succulents” class by Tom Tuberty! 
Also, come and shop his many metalwork pieces.. such as; planters, crosses, jewelry stands and more!
Enjoy some freshly made organic sandwiches and chopped salads by the amazing Joanne of 
Don’t forget dessert!
Stop by and try a cookie from “The Cookie Bitch”!
They are quite delicious and potentially dangerous if you are a “sweets addict” like us!
…so we are doing not just one giveaway, but FIVE!
Five amazing packages full of treasures from your Willowettes!
Stop by Friday and enter your name into our five giveaways! One being a gorgeous bracelet from the always lovely Anne of Dos Fannies!
We look forward to seeing you! Cheers to a fabulous Friday!

working hard

We are hard at work getting everything fixed up and ready at the Willows at the Union.  Last week we got our chandelier hung and we are getting everything in order around our little shop.  
Can’t wait to see everyone on Friday!

holiday gift ideas… under $30

Sock It To Me Socks

Five Year Diary
Daily Agenda
Je T’aime Roll of Tape and Ribbon
Journal with Pencil Pocket
French Soap with Linen Towel
Feed Zip Pouch
Heart Pouch and To – Do List
Marvis Contemporary Toothpaste and Toothbrush
Baggu Small Zip Pouch

our holiday party

Once again for Christmas, we had our adult holiday dinner that I host at my home.  (Like I said, it’s been a crazy year and I’m a little behind…)  It’s wonderful to be able to spend some grown-up time together during the holidays.  We have drinks and appetizers, sit down for dinner together, have a gift exchange, play games, indulge in dessert and just have a great time laughing and talking and being together.  This year my best friend, Laurie was able to come from California to help me decorate and get all set up for the party (and to join in the festivities, as well!).  We have so much fun doing this sort of thing together!  It was a great night with ridiculous games and lots of laughs!  Even though it was almost two months ago, I thought I would share some pictures now anyway.  
Better late than never, right?  

Tuesday: “Build Your Own Terrarium Day!”

Stop by TODAY between 11am and 2pm and build terrariums with us! The class is $30; this price includes all supplies, excluding a container… Don’t worry, though, because you may bring your own container or purchase one from the new garden shop!

t-shirt tuesday!

Don’t forget!  Tuesdays are T-shirt Tuesday at the Willows!
Get 20% off all Michael Stars tees and tanks in-store today!
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

around the shop

The shop has had a full makeover! 
Stop in and see us!

around the shop

So much going on this week as we get geared up for the holidays!  
In the store right now we have beautiful, fresh 8 foot garlands for your Thanksgiving table!  In both Lemon Leaf and Camphor, they look amazing down a table!  Add some candles and done.  How is easy is that!  A beautiful Thanksgiving table complete and more time to enjoy your friends and family.  Bring mother nature to your table and it will last for weeks (looks great even when it dries out!).  The garlands are available at our Indian School store starting today and going thru Wednesday or until they are gone!  Hurry in to get yours and we will be happy to give you some more great ideas for beautiful (and easy!) table-scapes.
Lots coming up in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more details regarding Black Friday, Men’s Night Out, Martha’s Rum Cakes and Biltmore Holiday Events!