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A Cuppa Cozy: Cocoa-and-Cookie Station

Hello Dear Friends!

I’ve been away but am back just in time to share the holiday season with you! Thanks for your emails and comments checking in on me. It has been a very busy year and I’ve already been immersed in holiday decorating, albeit for fundraising for breast cancer research, as you can see from this recent photo in a local newspaper! Some days, you just never know where you’ll end up. lol  I’ve really missed my friends in blog land. So, let’s get to it! The kettle’s already on and I hope you can stay for awhile…


IMG_1414In nod to the season, simple gestures of sweet holiday homemaking are starting to emerge at our house.

When it’s cold outside, I like to warm my toes and insides with a casual and convenient cocoa-and-cookie station.  It’s easy to do and a lovely little way to bring some big-hearted hospitality to the holidays.  I thought I’d share some photos of my hot chocolate bar from last season…IMG_1244A kitchen island, countertop, sideboard/dresser, or a tabletop tucked into a corner are all perfect places for a hot chocolate bar.IMG_1251The  hot chocolate bar in our house is set out on an antique table with a marble top and white cast iron pedestal base – it came from a favourite downtown cafe that was located within a well-loved gift shop.  When the owner decided to close the doors, she called me and asked  if I would like one of her tables – I ended up with two! YAY!  IMG_1238I start by gathering all the Christmassy “essentials”.  A large oval basket, or sometimes a tray or even a wooden crate, is used to neatly house all the things for the bar:  homemade marshmallows, peppermint stir sticks, cinnamon sugar, cookies under a glass cloche, linen napkins, spoons, candles and special cups.IMG_1324Pretty cups and mugs always make a beautiful statement. This one’s a favourite. It came from a cute design shop, By Sharpe Design, in the heart of the city.IMG_1242The toy soldier cookies were made by my friend Maria at Petite Sweet.IMG_1274

IMG_1288The pretty homemade marshmallows came from Sugar Mama’s bakery just around the corner.IMG_1249And, of course, don’t forget delicious cocoa mix and a bottle of fresh milk….IMG_1320Candles and greens add to the warm, comforting ambience.
IMG_1318Little people and big people love festive Oreo cookies dipped in white chocolate with crushed candy cane sprinkles!


IMG_1276The glass cloche helps to keep the freshness in, although cookies never last long anyway.IMG_1275“Son of a Nutcracker!” That looks cute!IMG_1236When I’m hosting a hot chocolate bar for an open house or a brunch, I like to have bowls of mini marshmallows, chocolate curls and whipped cream at the ready.  A bottle of Baileys or Frangelico is available for those who like a curious kick to their hot chocolate.IMG_1259A touch of black anywhere always boosts things up a notch, don’t you think!IMG_1260Cozy pillows, a mix of heirloom needlepoint and with a touch of sparkle, on the chairs bring even more warmth to the vignette.IMG_1261A cup of cocoa is like a giant hug!
IMG_1262Napkins sewn from red-and-white ticking and a cozy rug under foot = a warm heart!  I also like to top jars with holiday stickers that say, “Welcome. You’re special!” It’s a sweet touch.IMG_1285I do love this time of year, although the damp cold that we often get, being on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, does get deep in the bones and I enjoy a hot cup of something to warm me up after a day out and about.

My goal this year is to bring it outside! On the porch or deck is a great spot to welcome family and friends home from outdoor activities, and you can add to the romantic holiday theme with a vintage sled, skates, buckets of apples, planters filled greens…you get the picture. If you have snow, build a for-real snowman nearby and gussie him up with mittens and a mug hanging from his twig arm! To further boost the spirits, pile up warm blankets on a bench and play Christmas music on the ghetto blaster!  Stay tuned…

Inspired.  Simple.  Beautiful.

Wishing you a warm and joyful holiday season,

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

IMG_1362Thank you to my Pink Days In Bloom garden fairy “Invincibelle” whose mom, Ann Marie, made this gorgeous cross-stitched heart for me last Christmas!IMG_1273PRAYERS FOR PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL

For those of you who live near, I hope you will join us for the next Pink Days In Bloom coming up…

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Christmas is coming!

IMG_0087Welcome, Friends!

You’re just in time for a cuppa tea!  I think you’ll agree that there is perhaps no other time of year as highly anticipated as the Christmas season. Like many of you,  I have begun making holiday plans and to get our home ready for Christmas.  I like to start early so I have plenty of time to enjoy the house in all its sparkle and glamour for as long as possible.  I think this is when the house looks its best.  I thought I would decorate first and clean after because I expect there will be glitter from one end of the house to the other by the time everything is finished!


For a change, this year, I started in the kitchen with an old dresser repurposed as a sideboard.  (I normally start “Christmas at the End of the Hall” but change is good. A tin-framed mirror hangs above the dresser. I thought it would look nice with a generous pine and cedar wreath layered over it and then added a few glittery sprigs and delicate ornaments. The wreath looks very real.  What do you think?


And, I began playing with a new camera that my husband bought for me! These images are of a few little nooks and crannies in our kitchen and are the very first photos I took using it.  I am really liking the way they turned out for a first try and I feel like a grown-up, finally! Lol  Now, I’ll have to look into that photography course that I’ve been wanting to do.  Maybe Santa will drop a gift certificate in my Christmas stocking…Hint.




I’ve shared photos of my amber glassware before, but I thought you might enjoy seeing it again since these images are more detailed.  This pretty jug and juice glasses have been used to serve family and friends on many happy occasions throughout the years.  I remember finding it in an antiques barn by the side of the road when my husband and I were vacationing in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. That was when we were first married and so many years ago that I’ve lost count.  Where does the time go?


I love the daisy pattern and swirls.  It looks rather ‘snowy’, don’t you think.


The sweet miniature reindeer is actually a place card holder. You can see the little slit in his back that holds the card.


The carnival glass jug is a special treasure and quite old. It belonged to my great-grandmother.


My prized egg nog bowl, circa 1950’s, has served up many holiday drinks topped with peaks of delicious whipped cream! I can’t wait for egg nog!


The pedestal crystal plate that the bowl sits on belonged to my father’s mother.


Aren’t the eggnog cups cute?  They fit nicely in the palm of your hand and the eggnog tastes even yummier in such a pretty cup!


Sometimes I find unexpected places for precious ornaments.  You never know where you’ll find one around here!


I like to tuck in family photos amongst the Christmas decorations here and there throughout the house.


This photo is of my mom when she was in her twenties.  My mother lives in a seniors’ residence now.  You’re welcome to have a peek at her room that I decorated for her here: “A Room With A View!”


I like to mix gold and silver when decorating for the holidays to allow more possibilities, rather than using all of one or the other.  These glasses with the bubble pattern are used for champagne.


I love mixing in natural pinecones in our holiday decor.


A few special ornaments are displayed on the stacked cake plates in the centre of the kitchen table.


All the greenery is artificial but the natural pinecones help it to look fresh! With the addition of the pinecones, sometimes its very hard to tell whether the greens are natural or not.


I don’t use all of our ornaments for the trees.  Here are some ornaments atop the Lazy Susan.  Others can be found in bowls, peeping out of stockings, dresser drawers, hanging from mirrors, on cake plates, under cloches…just about anywhere you can think of that could use a little surprise of glamour!  These green sprigs are faux, too!


I like using cookies in the same way – in places where you’d least expect to find them!  These sugar cookies in the shape of snowflakes are part of the centerpiece for the table.  My friend Maria made them for me last year and I froze them so I could re-use them this year. When they are fresh, they are delicious.  I save these, though, purely for decoration and are not to be eaten!



Aren’t they adorable!

IMG_0080 They are such a sweet touch!


I am in love with these little reindeer place card holders!


Pedestal plates can be used for much more than pretty desserts!


The caribou look more like “cow-a-boo!”


This is one of my favourite things! Gingerbread under a cloche!


Last year, I hung these same cookies from an evergreen garland over the kitchen sink. Can you see the ‘straw holes’ where the ribbons were slipped through.  Gingerbread keeps well.

IMG_0062 Angels are a must throughout the house.  Don’t you love the ethereal look?


I nestled a sprig of faux greenery and a teeny bird in her between her hands.

I hope you have fun dreaming of your Christmas plans…I’d love to hear about them!


For those of you who live in our area, please remember to get your holiday wreaths from The Wreath Maker as part of a fundraiser for breast cancer research and community programs. The Wreath Maker’s creations make wonderful Christmas gifts for friends, neighbours and clients, too! Why not give a wreath earlier in the season so the recipient can enjoy the magic leading up to Christmas! When you order a fresh holiday wreath by ‘The Wreath Maker’ this Christmas season and (mention Pink Days In Bloom), a portion of your wreath purchase will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic.

Wreaths come in various sizes listed below; all fit a standard size door. These wreaths are expertly constructed of fresh balsam fir, decorated with berries and pinecones, finished off with a weatherproof red bow!
Small – 14” ($25), Medium – 18” ($35), Large – 24” ($45) and Extra Large – 30” ($60)
I LOVE the look of an evergreen symbol of the season and circle of life on my front door or gate, especially during the holidays! I have been buying wreaths from The Wreath Maker for over 25 years. It is a beloved Christmas tradition for our family! Now, you can, too! AND, while you’re at it, create a future without breast cancer…Until next time!
Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you a beautiful day,


Christmas Wreaths for the Cure!


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Something special in the air…

IMG_1078Happy Fall, Y’all!

The glowing, delicious days of autumn are here!  I just love this time of year when the air is fresh and invigorating, and the countryside is awash with vibrant reds and golds. Doesn’t it just put that extra zing in your step! And, of course, I love fall walks, crisp apples, apple crisps and EVERYTHING pumpkin!

In the garden, I swap out the ‘bloom boxes’ for ‘pumpkin pots’, filling urns and window boxes with gourds of all kinds and pumpkins big and small. It’s easy to do and is such an inviting look for fall. Hope is in the air everywhere!




Thanks to the many supportive garden nurseries and friends, it was a fantastic Pink Days In Bloom season, with more to come… And, so, in the spirit of breast cancer awareness, I thought I would share some nice news with you today. The pages below are from a newsletter that I recently shared on Pink Days In Bloom’s facebook page.  You can click on any of the photos in this post to enlarge them. October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but locally we’re streeetching it by a couple days to November 2nd!

Bring a friend, or two, or three and make plans for lunch/brunch in the café and then head on up to the third floor Rocket Room to check out the fair.  I think you will be pleased with what the vendors have in store for you. Many of them have already begun working on one-of-a-kind items for this wonderful sale.0001YK0001vo

Did you know that each vendor at “The Little Christmas Fair” makes a $100 charitable donation in support of CBCF-Atlantic in lieu of their table space at the fair? (Some of the vendors don’t normally participate in fairs but they do this one because they have a real connection to the cause and they want to help.) Admission is charged on the door and then there are generally a few holiday-themed raffles. It’s a fun way to raise monies for breast cancer research and community programs.  And, of course, we depend on you and your family and friends to all come out in support and have a good time while together we are working toward a future without breast cancer!

I hope you will help spread the word so that we can make this year’s “The Little Christmas Fair” the best yet for our generous vendors who put their hearts and talents into supporting the cause, and for CBCF-Atlantic to help them continue to do their good work in creating a future without breast cancer.  Whenever you see something on the Pink Days In Bloom Facebook touting “The Little Christmas Fair”, it would be a really huge help if you would share it on your own page.  That will go a long way in helping to get the word out about the fair and bringing more people to the venue.

Of course, greeters and ticket sellers are needed again this year.  So, if you’d like to volunteer for a couple hours during the day of the fair (pretteee pleeease), let me know and I’ll put your sweet face on the schedule!  Doors open at 11:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM.  Volunteer shifts are generally 2-hour shifts with 3 persons working each shift. The shift times are 11AM – 1PM, 1PM – 3PM and 3PM –  5PM.  Email me at linda.pinkdaysinbloom@gmail and let me know which shift you’d prefer.  Even volunteers have a great time at the fair and many stay long after their shift is over to take it all in!  You’ll be contributing to something good! It’s a great feeling that will surely get you into the holiday spirit!

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Thank you for your support and for dropping in for a visit today!  Cheers to a beautiful fall season! If you happen to be in St. John’s on November 2nd, I hope you will check out “The Little Christmas Fair!” See you here again soon!

Wishing you a beautiful day,



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Tea from Sea to Sea!

Dear Friends,


I hope you all enjoyed an incredible summer. Mine was a busy one preparing our garden that was part of a Mystery Garden Tour fundraiser in July in support of our community’s botanical garden (175 people visited our garden on a single weekend) as well as attending Pink Days In Bloom fundraising events at local garden centres throughout June and August in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic.  I feel a little sad that summer is winding down and fall is coming on (although fall is my favourite season), but I’m delighted to be back at my blog and glad you are here visiting with me today.  It’s so heartwarming to be able to share with you all about a special tea that happened earlier this season.  It took months of planning, but was well worth the result.

On June 8th, a group of fellow breast cancer survivors and supporters celebrated “Pink Tree Day in the Park”.  The day was chosen to mark the Centennial Anniversary of our city’s beloved Bowring Park.  It also kicked off the Pink Days In Bloom fundraising season, an initiative that has grown from our small community here in Newfoundland throughout Atlantic Canada and beyond.  I am very happy about that!  Much gratitude to Proven Winners for this beautiful idea and the Invincibelle Spirit Campaign that donates $1.00 from the sale of every pink Invincibelle Spirit hydrangea to the Breast Cancer Research (BRC) Foundation in the United States.  I had the pleasure of meeting some of the wonderful and caring people behind the campaign in June 2013 when I was invited to the amazing Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, Michigan to share with their major growers about Pink Days In Bloom in Newfoundland. 

“Pink Tree Day in the Park” began with the dedication of a special Pink Days In Bloom bench, together with a pink-blossoming tree, at a heartfelt ceremony to honour the lives of those touched by breast cancer. This everlasting gift has created a beautiful and serene rest area where park visitors, especially those whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer, can find an especially meaningful place for reflection and rejuvenation, and to feel embraced within the park’s tranquil surroundings.
A group of my fellow breast cancer survivors were the first persons to enjoy the new bench in Bowring Park! The Victorian-style bench was donated to the park in support of Pink Days In Bloom by a group of community-minded and kind-hearted business owners: New Victorian Homes, MacIntyre Homes and Renovations Inc., Ray Gushue Construction Ltd., Austin’s Contracting Inc., and J and P Contracting Inc.  A brass plaque inscribed with the names of the contributors is installed on the bench as a permanent “Thank You” to commemorate the occasion and to raise awareness. I will always be grateful for their kind gift.


The occasion served also as a reminder of the importance of trees and gardens in our daily lives for healthy and beautiful living. I am thrilled that our city’s mayor, Dennis O’Keefe, and the founding chair of the Bowring Park Foundation, Bruce Templeton, were able to be there to help to cut the ribbon on the bench.  Olivia, the sweet Newfoundland, wore a pink flower in her ear. I think she instinctively knew that something very beautiful was going on!


The Pink Days In Bloom signature garden fairies named ‘Pink’, ‘Hope’ and ‘Invincibelle’ joined the ceremony.  My friend, Joan, in the white hat helped the mayor to cut the ribbon.  Joan is also a survivor and has led a breast cancer support group, Sharing Our Strength (SOS), in our city for over a dozen years.  She is a beautiful spirit.  Thank you, Joanie, for all that you do every day!

Preview of “PDIB Postcard.pdf”

Aren’t the Pink Days In Bloom fairies lovely!  That’s Pink in the top photo, then Hope and Invincibelle. Their floral crowns were such fun to make, and I just love the way they turned out! I think the fairies love wearing them, too! Thank you to Erin (a.k.a. Pink), Jenn (a.k.a. Hope) and Kierstyn (a.k.a. Invincibelle) for volunteering with Pink Days In Bloom since the beginning in 2012! And, much gratitude to dear Apryl Stead of White Willow Photography for these gorgeous images.  It takes a very special talent to capture the image of a fairy. You must truly BELIEVE!


My husband’s family donated a pink-flowering tree to the park in memory of my mom-in-law.  She passed away from breast cancer in November, 2009. She was a kindred spirit and I miss her every day. Helping us to do the planting was left to right: Bruce Templeton (founding Chair of the Bowring Park Foundation), Paula Tessier (Community Relations, CBCF-Atlantic), Dennis O’Keefe (Mayor of St. John’s), my husband and me. The maintenance team at the transit company where I work kindly painted our shovels pink!  It was a drizzly day, so tents were generously supplied by Bill Harris Tent Rentals who came through for us in a pinch last-minute and we were grateful to have some shelter from the cool wind.


PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead

The pink-blossoming tree that we planted on that day is a variety of cherry tree and will bloom in springtime. Spring blossoms represent new life and hope for the future.  The tree came from Pat’s Plants and Gardens, a participant in “The Pink Tree Project” and the first garden nursery in our province to host Pink Days In Bloom.  Pat and I have since become dear friends and I love her dearly. Whenever I get a crazy idea, and I tend to get a lot of them, Pat is always the first to, ahem, ‘volunteer’ her garden centre! Thank you, Pat, for your continued blooming support!  Here’s a little about Pink Days’s In Bloom’s “The Pink Tree Project”.




My awesome new friend Liz Klose made her hat especially for “Pink Tree Day in the Park”! A delicate china teacup and saucer are perched at the very top of this beauty – I mean you, Liz! :-). Even the teacup is filled with flowers! She wore it the entire day and without even needing to see a chiropractor afterwards!  Now, that is stamina in my books! Liz is the Director of Memorial University’s Botanical Garden in St. John’s.  This year, the Botanical Garden joined Pink Days In Bloom and celebrated Canada Garden Days by planting a pink-flowering plant in support. Friends of The Garden (affectionately known as FOG) held a summer-long plant sale at The Garden in support of Pink Days In Bloom and CBCF-Atlantic.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of plants with pink-ribbon twists inserted in their pots is being donated for innovative breast cancer research and programs. FOG will host their annual two-hour plant sale at The Garden on Saturday, September 6th between 10 am and Noon and will also have a vendor table at our local Some Good Market on September 13th in support! FOG volunteers have been working hard all season long!  Thank you!


My co-worker Joan watched the tree-planting ceremony from the warmth of the tea deck. My young neighbour Julie, on the left, later served us tea!  Her summer job was working with Red Oak Catering who catered our delicious tea.


PHOTO:  Apryl Stead

Olivia, the Newfoundland, is certainly loved! She gets a hug at the end of the ceremony for being such a good girl. Newfoundlands are such gentle beings. They’re easy to love.

The bench and tree dedication was immediately followed by a celebratory Pink Days in Bloom “Sea-to-Sea Champagne Tea” FUNdraiser complete with magnificent musical performances by very talented vocalist Adam Hunt and pianist David Chafe of Newman Sound Men’s Choir. Harpist Vanessa Goodyear soothed our souls with her lyrical harp notes during the meal.  The sound equipment was generously provided by Canadian AV Inc.  It was so nice of them all!

The elegant décor was a gift from the beautiful Sue Sharpe (By Sharpe Design).  Our delightful and humorous guest speaker was Bruce Templeton (Author of “The Man in the Red Suit and soon to be launched “The Man with the White Beard). Both of Bruce’s books are published by Creative Book Publishing and are an inspiring, heart-touching read with an important message:  It’s not your presents that count; it’s your presence.  A portion of the proceeds from Bruce’s Christmas book sales help vaccinate children in various parts of the world against the dreaded polio disease. For every book sold, three children are vaccinated against polio. I’ve already bought no less than 14 copies of his book “The Man in the Red Suit” and have given them to friends, neighbours, co-workers and family on my ‘good list’ for Christmas. Let’s see, 14 books = 42 children who have been vaccinated! It feels good to know that.

During the Pink Days In Bloom tea, there were pretty park views all around, prizes and surprises, too!  We enjoyed a delectable menu prepared especially for us by Red Oak Catering that included steaming pots of tasty teas, fresh fruit salad, a selection of satisfying savouries, tiers of luscious house-made pastries and sweets, scrumptious fresh-baked scones with jam and cream, and delectable English trifle. What a fancy feast! YUM!


And, here’s the really special part:  At the very same hour that we were dedicating the bench and pink tree, and celebrating over tea and champagne here in Newfoundland on Canada’s east coast, the incredible staff and friends at the beautiful Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, on the country’s west coast, planted a pink ‘sister’ tree in their hotel garden and hosted a Pink Days in Bloom Tea of their own in their world-famous Tea Lobby in support of CBCF – BC/Yukon.  Monies raised in support of CBCF in each region stay in the respective regions, which is a good thing. The fundraisers help support community programs where we live.

Empress Rebecca

Thank you Rebecca and team at The Empress for all your hard work!  And, thank you to Helijet for partnering with The Empress in The Pink Tree Project. Breast cancer survivor Karen Sabourin and her daughter Laurel helped plant the “Tree of Hope” in the Empress Garden! Aren’t these ladies adorable!

Empress pink tree daughter tagging tree

This photo just makes me smile! 🙂

Empress pink tree tag

Everyone who made a donation in someone’s honour got to write the name of the person on a tag and hang it on The Empress’ new Tree of Hope.  Photos of The Empress’ world-famous tea lobby are below.  You can see more photos here at my blog post “The Elegant Empress”.  I have always LOVED “The Elegant Empress” and now I love ‘her’ more than ever for being part of this initiative.




Empress PDIB Tea Tray

The Empress’ culinary team outdid themselves!  WoW! Look at all those luscious pink desserts!

Empress strawberries and cream tea (1)

Empress message of hope

Guests were invited to sign The Empress’ Book of Hope and write an encouraging message.  This is truly a beautiful idea.

Those unable to join us in person for the Pink Days In Bloom tea on June 8th, in either Bowring Park or at The Empress, could still share in the event through a virtual tea.  Whether at the office, the kitchen table or by the pool, one could simply pick up their cup in support and pledge online to help fund breast cancer research and community programs.  For Twitter lovers, tweets about their tea experience at hashtag (#PinkDaysInBloom) could be seen displayed on a screen outside the Tea Lobby at The Empress.  I really liked that idea, too.  It helped to bring everyone closer together.

I hope you enjoy the following photos of our Pink Days In Bloom’s “Pink Tree Day in the Park ” Tea. Some of the photos were taken on The Bungalow’s tea deck.  It was a cold, damp day in June but we hardly noticed!  The tenting and heaters on the deck made it cozy for guests who sat outside. And, the deck looked dreamy, too, thanks to Sue and her team!


PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead

Isn’t this a superb way to do a seating chart!  Many thanks to the lovely Sue Sharpe, By Sharpe Design, who contributed her design services for the tea.  Many of the photos were taken by the talented Apryl Stead, White Willow Photography. Thank you, Apryl, for sharing the day with us and helping us to remember every moment through your glorious images!


PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead

Jessica Smith, the amazing floral designer at By Sharpe Design, artfully arranged numerous delightful bouquets like this one!  Jessica’s wedding bouquets are simply divine and make me want to get married all over again just so I can carry one of her out-of-this-world bouquets. I do love flowers!


PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead

I love my old Apple Blossom china. It is one of my favourite vintage china patterns. I used what I’ve managed to collect over the years on the tea tables, along with nearly all my pink transferware plus my teapot collection (about 30 pots in all gathered from antique shops, flea markets, garage sales – you name it) and dozens of vintage teacups (about 70 in total, I think). I can’t think of a more inspiring occasion to use pretty delicate china!  I never knew I had so many pieces until I started to dig them out of the nooks and crannies of the cupboards. It seems they were just begging to be used!  I borrowed the tiered sweet trays from my darling friend Marie who once operated the most elegant tea room.  We all miss your teas, Marie, my dear!

Tea Table

This is one of my favourite teapots.Bungalowroom

A survivor friend captured the room’s interior just before everyone was seated. Do you see the Victoria Magazine placed on the seat of each chair? My neighbour Joanne did an exceptionally kind deed for me several years ago when I was undergoing chemotherapy treatments.  She organized a team of her gardening gal pals who cared for my garden when I could not. From June through September that year, they would unlatch the garden gate and let themselves in like little sprites flitting about weeding and watering to their heart’s content.  I wrote a story about my kindly garden fairies and their thoughtful deed. It appeared in Victoria’s Special Spring Gardening Issue in March. “Victoria” sent a copy of the issue for each tea guest at our fundraiser and I read an excerpt from the story during my little tea talk. You just never know sometimes what can grow from a seed of kindness…My real-life garden fairies inspired more than they, or even I, could have ever imagined!
A survivor friend captured photographer extraordinaire Apryl working her magic behind the camera lense.
Victoria Magazines on chairs at Sea-to-Sea Tea
The tea deck looked very inviting. I have loved “Victoria” since the very beginning and have every copy of the magazine since it was first published in the 1980’s.  Doesn’t the spring cover complement the pink decor beautifully!
Fireplace and Victoria on chairs
Inside the Grand Hall of Bowring Park’s Bungalow was equally welcoming!
I also used my set of 18 pink heart-shaped teacups for this day! I plan on using them again soon.

Heart Teacup

  I purchased the teacups several years ago online from Roses and Teacups. I wonder if they still stock them.
 I like how the brew looks inside the heart-shaped cup, don’t you?
 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead

Pots of tea filled with the tasty ‘Empress Blend’ were served at the tea tables compliments of The Empress!

 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
We also drank Buckingham Palace tea, a blend that I learned from the tea vendor, Britannia Teas, is served at the Queen of England’s annual garden party.
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
These dainty twin teapots belong to my friend Marie.  I love their petite size.  Would you prefer regular or decaffeinated tea?
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Sue and Jessica filled romantic moss-lined birdcages and mason jars wrapped in lace and twine with bouquets of fresh blossom that looked as though they came straight from the garden!
 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Vintage teapots make lovely vases!  A confetti of pink rose petals sprinkled over the tables was a tender touch.
 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
The English trifle was delicious and a big hit.  It looked decadent in a wine glass and topped off with a fresh mint leaf. It was gobbled up in no time!
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
The prizes were colourful and useful!  I hand picked most of them myself. Many thanks to all who contributed to the auction table. Can you see the glass flower peeking out of the watering can from behind the cushions?  Liz made it from glass bobs n’ bits – again, Pinterest inspired!  She makes tons of them and they are for sale as part of fundraising at MUN Botanical Garden.
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
My friend Pat won this delightful grouping.  She was thrilled to win it and I was thrilled for her.  Maybe I’ll get to sip some tea from a pretty pink-striped mug soon. Hint. Hint.
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
The table favours were custom made by my friend Maria who owns and operates a catering company called Petite Sweet. There are swans in Bowring Park, so I thought it would be fitting to have swan cookies on the tables as take-aways.  Of course some pink-tree cookies had to be included!  Honestly, Maria can create anything from cookie dough! She never ceases to amaze me.  I am very lucky and blessed to have so many supportive and talenteded friends.
 PHOTO CREDIT: Linda Ryan, “Beautiful Ideas” Blog
 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Jessica and Sue’s floral arrangements in vintage teapots were oh-so-sweet, a perfect complement to the tea tables.
 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Liz brought greetings on behalf of Memorial University’s Botanical Garden and personally invited everyone to their first Pink Days In Bloom during Canada’s Garden Days at The Garden. She shared with us a hilarious story about the trials of making that incredible hat – but stories told at the tea, stay at the tea! Lol  And, there were many funny stories!
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Meet Gina, one of my real-life garden fairies who tended my garden along with my neighbour Joanne and two more of their gal pals.  Gina’s talented sister, Vanessa, played her harp for us while we sipped our tea. What a magical time! I love this picture! Can you tell how much fun we all had!
 PHOTO CREDIT: Apryl Stead
Gail Pearcey and her husband Bruce are shown here having a laugh during the meal. Gail is the dedicated President of Friends of the Garden.  The group is affectionately known as FOG. They are hard-working and knowledgeable volunteers who help out at Memorial University’s Botanical Garden.  There are all sorts of things to be done at The Garden, so if you’re willing to volunteer some time, they have a job for you!
Everyone got in the pink spirit and wore the prettiest tea hats and fascinators.  Many of them gathered together on the Friday evening before the tea at Joanie’s house and made their headpieces themselves!  They thought they would surprise me. Mission accomplished!  🙂 There is nothing so pretty as a sea of tea hats, especially for a Pink Days In Bloom Sea-to-Sea Champagne Tea!  Well done, ladies.
This is one of my favourite photos from that day.  This group of breast cancer survivors really know how to have fun! They always make me laugh.  Laughter really IS infectious, isn’t it!  And, I think it’s true what ‘they’ say, “Laughter is the best medicine.”
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Jane wins a prize!  Don’t you just love that fuschia hat on her!
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
YES! Debbie wins a prize! Just look at those stunning hats!
 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Debbie was excited to take home these sunny indoor/outdoor cushions, perfect for relaxing on the summer patio.
 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Kelli-Rae high-fives Sondria (seated).  Sondria actually won the prize! Can you imagine Kelli-Rae’s reaction if she had won! Lol  Priceless!
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
I adore Sherry’s hat! The colour is gorgeous on her.  And, Barb’s fascinator is a beauty!  We had so many laughs! The entire day was a collection of beautiful moments.
Sherry and Sharon are best friends. These beautiful women together lead a local support group, S.H.E. (Sharing. Hoping. Empowering), for women in our area with metastatic breast cancer.
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Sondria was enjoying a lucky streak and won twice!  What’s a girl to do! I think I will ask her to buy me a lottery ticket. Sondria spearheaded the One out of Nine Project, a series of photographs depicting brave local women and their individual journeys through breast cancer.
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Lenora’s going to enjoy some ‘me time’ watching great movies!  That’s ‘Invincibelle’ the Pink Days In Bloom garden fairy flitting out the door from the tea deck into the Grand Hall! You have to be fast to catch a fairy’s image on camera!
 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
I cart this dress form around to all the Pink Days In Bloom fundraisers throughout the year.  I bought the frame at Winners and the colourful bra at Wal-mart.  I added some silk flowers, pretty beaded leaves, faux ferns and a combination of velvet and sparkly sheer ribbons…Voila! Some Pinterest inspired beauty!
 PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Dress Form
And, another… I use them often as props for fundraising events. This won has lots of tulle and even butterflies.
PHOTO CREDIT:  Apryl Stead
Maria made this gorgeous tiered cake adorned with cherry blossoms.  My mom-in-law, Ethel’s, photo was perched at the top of the cake in her honour. After she passed away from breast cancer in 2009, I was diagnosed just four months later. I have carried her in my heart every step along the Pink Days In Bloom path. I think she would have loved Pink Days In Bloom!
I asked Joanie to help me cut the cake that was served as the final dessert course at the close of the celebration tea!
“Pink Tree Day in the Park” was an enchanting afternoon of cake, champagne, cherry blossoms and hope. It was truly a joyous celebration of life!
Cheers to survivors
Cheers to breast cancer survivors everywhere and to those who love and support them!
Empress PDIB tea friends
Empress pink wig
It was a uniquely beautiful and touching ‘sea-to-sea sipper’, bringing people across the country even closer together in making a difference and working towards a common goal – a future without breast cancer. Pink Days In Bloom is flourishing throughout Atlantic Canada.  The dream is that it, along with “The Pink Tree Project”, will continue to branch out across Canada and together we will grow a future without breast cancer.
Join a growing movement
As many of you have come to know, Pink Days In Bloom is not JUST about FUNdraising, it’s about celebrating being together and helping one another get through the challenges. Having  breast cancer, or any life-threatening disease, is a time when we need that more than ever. Just to know someone cares means the world some days. I have met such an incredible circle of outstanding, brave women throughout this journey.
Thank You to everyone everywhere for being part of “Pink Tree Day in the Park” and “Sea-to-Sea Tea”, for reaching out, embracing others, sharing your hearts and demonstrating your support in so many ways.  It was a perfect day! We are already looking forward to next time…I hope you can join us!
National Tree Day is September 24th.  Planting a pink tree? Why not make it pink! There are lots of good reasons.


Want to know what’s coming up next? Like Pink Days In Bloom on Facebook and follow along onTwitter.

If you’re in the area on November 2nd, I’d love for you to join us at “The Little Christmas Fair”.





Thank you for coming by! I hope you have a lovely weekend. See you soon!



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Pink Reigns! We Shared. We Cried. We Laughed. We Can’t Wait To Do It Again…

Rose-patterned teapots filled with a steaming brew await...

Welcome, Friends!

It’s been much too long since we’ve visited! There’s a deck chair all plumped and just waiting for you to sink into. Put your feet up and have a cuppa, won’t you?!  Today’s brew is perhaps my favourite – Kyoto Sandcherry Festival.  I’m sure I must have served you this before. It has mild fruity flavour and the longer it steeps in the pot, the more pinky it looks – and it makes a lovely iced tea, too.  Or, would you prefer a cold glass of lemonade?  I have so much to tell you!  I hope you can stay for awhile and relax under the sun…

Many of you may know that I’ve been busy as a little bee in recent weeks planning a beautiful “Pink Days” with my good friend Pat at Pat’s Plants and Gardens in Bay Bulls.  Well, the ‘Pink Weekend’ that concluded on Sunday, July 17th is now a lovely memory.  Thank you to all of you who came out – many of you came a long way – to demonstrate your support for someone affected by breast cancer.

Welcome to "Pink Days" at Pat's Plants & Gardens in Bay Bulls - a mere 30-minute drive from the City and a must-visit destination if you're a gardener. We're so excited, we wet our plants!

Where else can you shop for plants for your garden and watch whales but at Pat's Plants & Gardens in Bay Bulls?! This is the view from the greenhouses on the upper level of Pat's garden centre. You can sit here and sip a soda while taking in the breathtaking sights...That gorgeous red house on the point of land in the distance is the lovely Bread and Cheese Inn - check out their website in the sidebar of my blog. Another must-experience place! Some lucky person won a lunch for two at the Inn...

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.  ~Author Unknown

Guests were greeted by an 'Angel of Hope' gifted to me by Christine of Alderberry Blum Gift & Country Store just next door to Pat's Plant's & Gardens - where there's always smiles, fresh coffee & treats! When you visit Bay Bulls, plan to spend a lovely afternoon...

Pink watering cans decorated with ribbons and flowers put a smile on our faces and were scattered throughout the greenhouses for that extra-special festive touch...

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.  ~Jerome Fleishman

'Pink entertainment': plate spinners, fire jugglers, clowns, musicians...The volunteers were phenomenal. We can't ever thank you enough for the gift of your talent! WOW!

A 'pink serenade'while overlooking the ocean...

“Pink Days” volunteers made ice-cold pink lemonade from freshly squeezed lemons – a thirst-quenching treat and such a pretty colour
Intoxicating ‘pinks’ as far as the eye can see…Pat most generously donated 10% of all her ‘pink plant’ sales during ‘Pink Weekend’  to CBCF-Atlantic! Thank you, Pat!

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”  Christopher Reeve 

Vendors really got into the 'pink of things' with their wares!

Lulu's jewelry is stunning created from cultured pearls and Swarovski crystals. This bracelet's a beauty. I love the antique-pink colour, so sophisticated and just as pretty with a jean jacket as with a little black dress!

The greenhouses looked fantastic dressed in pink!  As did we, when we all donned the pink tees that arrived in our ‘Pink Days’ kit from Proven Winners – along with other accessories…Too much fun!

Thanks to volunteers who sold tickets on a luxurious pampering prize that any woman would love compliments of supportive donors Lindor, Signature Salon, A Special Touch, The Tea Garden...valued at over $550!!! What a gorgeous waterfall of pink petunias!

Despite having to cancel ‘Day One’ of our fun-filled three-day “Pink Weekend” due to torrents of horizontal rain, and getting off to a rainy start the following day (Saturday July 16th), the sun finally shone on us around Noonday and the people came.  Yay!  In the end, we could not have asked for a better day!

Do not try this at home, folks!

There was something for everyone during “Pink Days”.  On Saturday, Wonderbolt fire jugglers and plate spinners entertained the young and young-at-heart!(Did you know they have summer camps for kids where they can learn magic tricks, silks, juggling, and more?!  What a great gift!)

Sugar Mama’s cupcakes frosted with ribbons of pink icing spoke to us all! Some of us had more than one! After all, a girl’s gotta balance those hips, right?!  Hot dogs, pink cotton candy and freshly squeezed pink lemonade fed the crowds.

"Ta da!" We did it! Pat's sister Peggy does her happy dance! Love the 'scarf belt', Peg...You worked so hard to make all the flowers look so beautiful, not sure where this burst of energy came from at the end of the day 🙂

Sky-High Amusements’ pink twisty balloon animals charmed everyone! And, of course, there were cheery clowns to uplift our spirits, as well as creative face painting. Goods tables included crafts, custom jewelry (I bought the most beautiful cream-and-taupe coloured bracelet of fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals made by Lulu), art prints, home-baked sweets (the cinnamon rolls from Carol Boland’s Ocean View Bakery in scenic Burnt Cove were divine) along with jams and preserves…And, even local musicians brought the gift of song!  Even the bird choirs joined in!

So many businesses and individuals offered prizes beyond our imagination, many of which weren’t even solicited!  It was so heartwarming to have such tremendous support.  To know that you wanted to be part of the First Annual ‘Pink Days’ had us all doing the ‘happy dance’!!!

Baskets overflowing with proud petals of pink...

And, ooh – the pink flowers! Pat’s baskets and planters are the most amazing you’ll ever see! Peggy does such a wonderful job!  Their sheer size and brilliant colours left us all with a lasting impression of what a beautiful place her garden centre truly is….And, where else but at Pat’s Plants and Gardens, can you shop for your garden while watching whales and dolphins frolic in the twinkling ocean?!

During chemo, you’re more tired than you’ve ever been.  It’s like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you’re out.  You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered.  But you also find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever been.  You’re clear.  Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception.  Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience.  Now it’s instantaneous.  ~Melissa Bank

By the end of the weekend, pink really did reign!  (A short video clip of how gorgeous it all looked can be found at the end of this blog post.)

Left to right: Garden centre owner Pat Puddester, sister Peggy, sister-in-law Marilyn, staff member Judy and Pat's sister Anne-Marie enjoy the pink cotton candy! How sweet!

A huge bouquet to all the media and many more who loved the idea of “Pink Days” and helped us to promote it.  (You can listen to the CBC interview at the end of this post.)

And, many thanks, too, to those of you who added the link to your facebook site. It was wonderful of you to do that.  We could not have achieved our goals this past weekend without your helping us get the word out.

We don’t have a final tally just yet on the amount of funds raised, but it should be available by the end of the week.  Even if we had raised only $1.00, it was all worth it to know that just one person was helped.  Some of the women who visited told us that they learned much, felt encouraged and left feeling inspired that day, telling us they were so glad they came out and did not miss it.  That pretty much says it all!

“A job well done stays well done forever.”  Anonymous

“Women agonize… over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast.” Martha Weinman Lear, Heartsounds

The English language falls short of the any words to adequately express my gratitude and that of my husband’s to Pat and her husband Reg, their top-notch staff and a team of volunteers the likes of whom we’ve never before met – what a phenomenal bunch of people!  There are no words to do justice to how we feel about you all. WOW!  (Wonderful. Outstanding. Women. (And Men!) You worked so tirelessly and gave it your all. And y’all looked so cute in your pinks!

Sugar Mama's cupcake girl Elise was everyone's favourite person! Of course, she sold out. Don't you just love her apron?! And, oh-so-pretty pink nails...

Awareness.  Hope.  Support.  We achieved all these goals.

We shared.  We cried.  We laughed.  We embraced.  We made new friends and caught up with old friends.  We’re good and tired.  And, we can’t wait to do it all again!!!!  Pat is already planning for the 2nd Annual “Pink Days

When I first approached Pat only several short weeks ago about the possibility of hosting a “Pink Days” at her fabulous garden centre, it didn’t take her too long to respond with a resounding, “YES”.  At first, I envisioned a single day with a few prizes maybe, but the more we talked, the more the seed started to grow and grow and “Pink Days” soon took on  a life of its own!  Before long, it was to be a three-day “Pink Weekend” and Pat generously offered to donate 10% of all her ‘pink plant’ sales during the weekend to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic to be dedicated to programs, research and equipment in this province.
Big smiles from Pat’s sister Anne-Marie!  Did you know she doubles as a clown?!  What a ‘Wonder Woman’- it runs in the family…Thank you, Anne-Marie!

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.  ~C.C. Scott

At one point, talking with Anne -Marie, I was apologetic for bringing so much work to her sister at such a busy time of year.  Anne-Marie reassured me that Pat really wanted to do this and to give back to her community in such a a generous and meaningful way.  “You don’t know Pat very well, do you?!” she laughed. “Everything with Pat is: “Go Big, or Go Home!”  I love this tiny woman with a big heart! In fact, Pat told me just today that the inaugural “Pink Days” was one of the highlights of her life.  I couldn’t agree more…Thanks for giving me one of the best days of my life!


The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion

‘Pink Days’ is about AWARENESS, HOPE AND SUPPORT; while at the same time, promoting gardening as  part of healthy and beautiful living – both physically and spiritually.  And, of course, raising funds while having a wonderful time is a bonus!

I would so love to see this ‘beautiful idea’ continue to grow…  The ‘dream’ is to see it catch on at other garden centres across the province, so that by next summer, it will become an island-wide happening!  We are encouraging garden centres to join in hosting their own version of “Pink Days” (a single ‘Pink Day’ or  ‘Pink Afternoon’) sometime during the summer – whenever it is convenient for nursery owners.  I hope “Pink Days” will be embraced and celebrated by flower nurseries, large and small.  Please encourage nursery owners where you live to get involved.  It truly is a ‘beautiful thing’…

As an individual – and particularly if you’re a gardener and like to share your garden with others – you might even consider hosting your own Pink Garden Tour and Tea (especially when pink peonies and roses are blooming at the peak of the garden season).  And, if you don’t happen to be a gardener, a Pink Tea is lovely, too.  About six years or so ago, I recall hosting a ‘Pink Tea’ – open house style – in support of my dear mother-in-law who had gone through a mastectomy a few months earlier.  I ordered the hostess kit from CBCF and invited family, friends, neighbours and co-workers. The front door was decorated with pink ribbons and there were fun touches of pink everywhere.  The good people at Living Rooms offered up a beautiful basket filled with tons of useful pink gadgets as a door prize, and even loaned me a pink Kitchen Aid mixer to use as a centerpiece on the kitchen table!!!  Gorgeous!  About 30 people came on that wintry Sunday afternoon and together we raised nearly $500 for the cause just over coffee, tea and dessert!  I remember looking around the room that day wondering how many of us would be diagnosed with breast cancer in the future – it turned out to be three of us…the current statistic is 1 in 8 women.  Visit the link to CBCF-Atlantic below for ideas as to what you can do!

Customers line up to buy pink plants! Everyone was so kind and caring, just wanting to help in any way they could...What a special day!


Even the posters and prizes were trimmed with pink ribbons and roses! The rose photo is from my garden - "Climbing New Dawn" does well in Zone 5...

“The Pink Pampering” ticket prize…  WOW!  We all would have loved to win this luxurious treat for body and soul.
Lots of beautiful prizes to be won to decorate your home, too, compliments of Haywards, Living Rooms, RONA, House to Home and so many more …

We love these tees from Proven Winners - Aren't they the most beautiful shade of pink?! Their 'Invincibelle Spirit' pink hydrangea is in tribute to breast cancer survivors. For every plant sold, $1 is donated up to $1 million for breast cancer research. Did you get your pink hydrangea in celebration and support of someone you love? What a beautiful way to add beauty and meaning to your garden...

Judy is always smiling...She is a long-time employee of Pat's Plants & Gardens and loves her job! She is truly part of Pat's family..."Find a job you like, and you'll add five days to every week." Anonymous

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.”

Lance Armstrong

Awareness and education in the prevention of this dreaded disease is the ultimate goal. We have to believe it can happen in our lifetime and that pink will just be a beautiful colour once again! We can “Do Everything” to change it!  

Thanks for dropping by everyone!  

Reg & Pat with the 'pink gang'. Everybody enjoyed the cotton candy! What great fun we all had! It is something special to always be remembered...We're already looking forward to the next "Pink Days" in 2012.

CBC "Morning Show" Interview - Beautiful Pink Days
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Beautiful “PINK DAYS” At Pat’s Plants & Gardens…

This beauty of a teapot was a gift from Brittania Teas, 199 Water Street for a 'once-upon-a-time' fun'draiser. Watch for an interview soon with 'The Tea Lady'...

Glorious Bright Sunshiny Day, Everyone 🙂

At long last, we are seeing the SUN – the first time in a very long time, maybe even weeks.   Doesn’t it just put a skip in your step when the sun shows its face?!   I am so excited that you are here and am just about to prepare the teapot to brew some delicious Darjeeling tea.   I would love it if you would sit with me awhile to share a steaming cuppa…Do you have time today?  Even though it is sunny outside, it is still not warm enough to sit out on the deck and sip iced tea…Sigh.

Pink 'New Dawn' climbing rose and clematis embrace one another on a garden gate post last summer...It will be awhile yet before we see these darlings!

BEAUTIFUL IDEA:  One of my many favourite local garden centres is Pat’s Plants and Gardens, Bay Bulls, about a 30-minute drive from where I live.  I am thrilled to tell you that Pat is generously hosting a “PINK DAYS” at her amazing garden centre to help raise funds to support breast cancer programs, research and equipment in Newfoundland and Labrador.  So, if you live near, we’d love to see you there and join in the fun!

Come on out to “PINK DAYS” at Pat’s Plants and Gardens, Bay Bulls on Friday through Sunday, July 15th-17th.  A percentage of all Pat’s ‘PINK PLANT’ sales during this entire ‘PINK WEEKEND’ will be donated to this very important cause.  Thank you, Pat!!! We hope that this first “PINK DAYS” fundraiser will be so successful that it becomes an annual event!!! AND, We need YOU to help us do that…

Click the link below for a recent interview re “Pink Days”, Scroll down to Pink Days cancer fundraiser


“PINK DAYS”, PAT’S PLANTS & GARDENS, BAY BULLS, FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JULY 15th – 17th (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. all 3 days)

Different things will be happening on different days but Saturday, July 16th, will probably be the best day to bring the kiddies!

Enjoy sweeping ocean vistas, Sugar Mama’s Cupcakes,  ice-cold ‘Pink Drinks’, Pink Cotton Candy, Sky-High Amusements twisty animal balloons, Wonderbolt happy entertainment, pretty ticket prizes, glorious give-aways and special surprises!

To tempt you, here’s just a sampling of the many beautiful things you could win during ‘Pink Days’ at Pat’s Plants & Gardens:

  • “Tea-by-the-Sea”:  A tasty lunch for two from the nearby Bread and Cheese Inn, just mere minutes from Pat’s Plants and Gardens – check out the awesome view from their dining room in the sidebar of my blog, or better yet in person!
  • Gift certificates from Alderberry Blum Country Gifts right next door to Pat’s Plants and Gardens!  Be sure to drop by this beautiful country store and say, “Hi!” –  Christine and Sandy would love to see you!   And, there’s always fresh coffee brewing and sweet treats.
  • “Tea Garden Lunch”:  A lovely dining experience for two from The Tea Garden in Holyrood.  Their fresh panfried cod, ‘secret-recipe’ house salad dressing and homemade chocolate cake is devine…You’d better make reservations!
  • “Ice-Tea Time”:  “Santa Fe style” pitcher, beverage ladle and delicious pomegranate ice-tea mix – Bring it out when guests arrive!
  • “Tea-for-One”:  A fine bone china floral-patterned tea set beautifully presented for gift giving, wrapped in cello, trimmed with lifelike roses and even a gifttag…Just perfect for the tea lover or gardener! 
  • “Fun-in-the-Sun!”:  The softest, prettiest beach towel you’ve ever seen, a cute thirst-quencher ‘takeaway tumbler’ with straw and pink lemonade mix – the perfect ensemble for “Me Time”!
  • “Coming Up! Roses”:  A gorgeous rose-covered  serving tray, coordinating theme napkins & the sweetest floral tea lights – all from Bowring and  simply perfect for garden entertaining!
  • “Lunch for Two” from Pasta Plus, Avalon Mall – Enjoy their yummy panini sandwiches and strawberry spinach salad!
  • A fabulous home decor item from Hayward Interiors
  • Something wonderful from House to Home
  • A special gift from Living Rooms 
  • A hair care basket, including straightening iron, from Chatters, Mount Pearl
  • $50 gift certificate for a yummy meal at Bagel Cafe, 246 Duckworth Street, St. John’s and the list goes on!
  • And many, many more beautiful things, so be sure to stay tuned… 

Thank you, too, Tony and the Print Shop Ltd.; Paulette, Margaret and Alyssa at Sky High Amusements  (they have great ideas for children’s parties!); Beni Malone and his Wonderbolt Circus – check out Wonderbolt’s Summer Camp for kids!  and Sugar Mama’s Cupcake Bakery – YUM! YUM! 


Be sure and get your tickets on this  fantastic prize  “The Pink Pamper” valued at over $550!!! You won’t want to miss out on your chance to win this beauty:

  • Signature Salon – “The Signature Look”: shampoo, scalp massage, cut and finish style, dimensional colour, eyebrow shaping, make-up application and manicure   WOW!
  • Lindor-Avalon Mall – Gift certificate (Check out their gorgeous pink dresses!)
  •  A Special Touch  ‘Kameleon’ pendant and jewel pop (It’s all the craze!)
  • Guess Fragrance – ‘Wild Summer’
  • Jeanne Lottie clutch purse
  • Estee Lauder ‘Tea Rose’ lipstick
  • Estee Lauder ‘Beautiful’ bath and shower getl
  • The Tea Garden Restaurant – Lunch date for two

Presented in a gorgeous floral bandbox, wrapped in cello and trimmed with roses!  A beautiful, luxurious treat for any woman!

  • Tickets:  $2  3/$5
  • Draw Date:  Sunday, July 17th
  • Draw Location:  Pat’s Plants and Gardens

And, of course, there will be lots of ‘pink plants’ (lilies, astilbes, roses, hydrangeas, to name just a few) to select from for your own garden during “PINK DAYS” at Pat’s Plants and Gardens!  Pat will be donating 10% of all pink plant sales during this pink weekend to help fund breast cancer programs, research and equipment in NL.  And be sure to get your “Invincibelle Spirit” pink hydrangea to add true beauty and deep meaning to your garden (read about it further below)…

Ooh, “PINK DAYS” at Pat’s Plants and Gardens – What a beautiful idea!

Talk with the owners of garden centres where you live about hosting a “Pink Days”…

INVINCIBELLE SPIRIT:  Get your ‘Invincibelle Spirit’  PINK HYDRANGEA during “PINK DAYS”!  The grower of this wonderful plant, Proven Winners, has hybridized the world’s first-ever PINK ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea.  This gorgeous, show-stopping shrub reportedly grows on new wood, can withstand heavy rains and high winds, tolerates poor soil and drought conditions, and blooms and re-blooms all throughout the garden season.  And regardless of soil pH, it maintains it beautiful PINK colour all season long.  Even if due to extreme weather, it is reduced to the ground, you can take heart – it will return!!!  It is surely a true survivor plant – hence, its name ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ in tribute to breast cancer survivors!  Proven Winners is donating $1 for each of these hydrangeas sold to garden centres up to $1 million to help fund breast cancer research.  It’s a beautiful thing! I’ve got mine already and you won’t want to miss “PINK DAYS” at Pat’s Plants and Gardens so you can get yours, too.

If you’ve never visited Pat’s Plants and Gardens, you’ll want to see these images of her glorious flower nurseries and grounds. Click the slideshow below.   These photos were taken several years ago, but the views are still just as beautiful today as then.  I hope to take more photos this season to share with you in a future post.  Turn up the volume and enjoy the music, too!

Mark your calendars in PINK and bring your family and friends to “PINK DAYS”, July 15th-17th!!!!  Be inspired to host a “PINK DAY” or “PINK WEEKEND” where you live and help make PINK just a colour again…Wish you were here, so we could all go together!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone.  Wishing you a beautiful day!


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