Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Entertaining & a Giveaway

Aside from flowers and birds, when I think of Spring, I think of Entertaining.

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I think Brian knows that when Spring rolls around, I am usually scouring my favorite stores for pretty plates and bowls, and other lovely accessories to decorate our home. I love how Spring has no color limits - you see bright playful colors everywhere, and yet you also see subdued pastels.

This Spring season has lead me to Haven Vintage. It's a lovely Michigan-based vintage store owned by Colleen, who has thoughtfully put together a lovely selection of homewares and gifts. All of her pieces look like they come straight out of an Interiors Magazine shoot, each with their own style and personality.

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Like many of us, Colleen still mourns the loss of Domino Magazine. She is inspired by Design Magazines and blogs, they often inspire her when scouting for new additions to her store. She especially loves that magazines are now "mixing it all up" by showing unique spaces with their own character - Colleen believes that this is what Vintage is truly all about. She also draws inspiration from natural elements. Her home in Michigan is surrounded by a 48 acre nature preserve, so she is able to bask in that natural beauty every day, but also jump in her car and head out to the city only 15 minutes away if she wants to go to the symphony or a nice restaurant. She confessed to me that she really has the best of both worlds.

Having been a fan of Etsy for a long time as a source to buy unique gifts for her family and friends, Colleen knew that it would be the perfect place to sell all of her wonderful finds. She absolutely loves the entire Etsy experience, and says that selling on Etsy is one of the best decisions she has ever made.

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Aside from her gorgeous vintage finds, Colleen has also introduced me to her favorite dessert, which is a Michigan treat that I had never heard of before: Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puff Sundaes. It sounds amazing, doesn't it?
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Colleen is generously giving away one of the three items in the above picture to one lucky reader. To enter, please leave a comment here letting me know which one you would like if you win, and also let me know what kind of things you like to buy in Spring.

PS. I have been nominated for the Top 20 Art & Craft Blogs Contest over at Adele. If you enjoy my little bloglet, I would appreciate you voting for me over here. Thanks, guys!

PPS. My latest post at Meylah is up. It's a tutorial on how to make your own Spring Button Bouquet. Check it out here.

PPS. My friend and talented Jewelry Artist Pamela is having a GIVEAWAY over at her blog. Hurry on over here and enter!

85 comments:

passport in my pocket said...

that brass apple is GORGEOUS! would love to win it :)

I've also been so sad about the loss of Domino... Conde Nast started sending me Lucky instead after Domino's cancellation, but it doesn't fill the void.

Lavon said...

Wonderful post, Dionne. It's so much fun getting to know other etsians. I would love to win the daisy embossed pitcher. Now to go vote and check out your tutorial...

cindy said...

love the lace edge decorative plate! :D

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VivatRegina said...

Oh Dionne, you find all the greatest things. I hope my little blog can look up to your wonderful blog and grow up to be like yours one day. :)

I love that apple! Either that or the pitcher would be perfect for my re-vamping of my office space.

Off to vote for you now... :)

Jingle said...

Oh, I would absolutely LOVE that brass apple! It is gorgeous! jinglesells at gmail dot com

ann ladson said...

There is something so simple and amazing about that apple, on a shelf with a couple other organic items, love it!

Hannah said...

I voted! And I LOVE that brass apple...I'd be giving it to my mom. :-)

Love & Blessings,
--Hannah

Julie said...

I really like the lace edge decorative plate-it reminds me of the one my grandmother had

I also hearted your shop to go back to and ck out :)

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BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

I would LOVE to win the Daisy Embossed Pitcher. (I collect white pitchers!)

In the Spring I am all about the antique shops! I love walking through the open stores, browsing at everything that is offered.

Kristin said...

I realized I've got a bit of a thing for pitchers. So of course when I saw that lovely white number in the photo, I said, "it's got to be mine!" tee hee

hot fudge cream puffs? mmm... lickin' my lips.

Erin said...

love the white pitcher!!! i'm obsessed with anything white.. in the way of dishes anyway.

otherwise, i'm starting to decorate for the spring in pretty pinks and turqouise, maybe some green. i just found the most darling dishes at tjmaxx that are perfect for spring :) i cant' wait to start scouring local antique shops and garage sales for vintage finds!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh the daisy embossed pitcher is so cute. gorgeous things!! xo

Sarah Esther said...

Well I'm not picky... I'd take them all!

But the brass apple is gorgeous :)

Phoenix said...

I love spring so much... I buy the $1.29 daffodils at Trader Joe's every week! It's my little splurge...but seriously, anything colorful, light, airy, or flowery catches my eye. I totally turn into a girl!

The brass apple is gorgeous ;)

Naomi said...

I really love the lace edge decorative plate!

Naomi

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Ashley said...

I quite adore the daisy embossed pitcher :)

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Ashley Yazzie said...

Thanks again Dionne, for all of your many prayers and support during my sister's recovery. I so appreciate it. And thank you for your continuing kindness and support and reading my tiny blog. You are an angel.

Hugs and Macarons,

Ashley

P.S. how cute is that robin's egg blue plate and pitcher?!!

Linda said...

LOVE the decorative plate! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

Liz said...

I love that pitcher! I love buying a new pair of sandals in the spring. (I got my new ones last weekend!)

jamfiescreations1 said...

Dionne, you always have such wonderful posts. These photos are fantastic.

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

You always have the best giveaways!! What a darling shop---can't wait to go see what else she has! XO

Kim said...

I would love to have the daisy embossed pitcher!! It would be great for what I love to do in spring! Which is buy seeds to plant flowers! This would look lovely with a simple flower in!! xoxo

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Carissa said...

what an absolutely wonderful shop! I seriously love everything pictured here, especially that green canister and the dessert plates. stunning! I also love buying colorful things, but really that is how I am every season. maybe it's because I'm a Cali girl, who knows. I went into Anthro the other day and drooled over their home wares... I could have stayed for hours but alas it was closing time just 15 minutes in!

anyway, I'd love to win one of those three items. it's a toss up between the plate and the pitcher, but I think I'll have to go with the... ooh I keep changing my mind... pitcher! really, can I just have both? haha :)

oh and congrats on the nomination! you deserve it.

very married said...

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the decorative plate is SO pretty!

Martha Carolyn said...

All 3 items are very pretty, but I would like to win the brass apple. :-) I tend to buy a lot of white items in the spring, like white dishes and throw pillows. So clean and Springy!

Lauren said...

I would love the daisy-embossed pitcher!

I've never had spring-specific items to buy because this is my first year owning a house (and thus, a yard). I've spent a lot of money on yard equipment so far this spring!

Jill Turner said...

I love the decorative plate. The design is gorgeous.

Of course I like to buy new spring clothes. My list this year consisted of Hunter rain boots, a khaki trench coat, and floral tops.

I also like to buy things for my apartment - pillows, plants, etc to brighten it up!

Amber said...

What an incredible selection of prizes! I would choose the Brass Apple. And I voted for you!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Carapace said...

I love the Brass Apple! It's like an award for being most conglomerate.;)
Apparently, come spring, I like buying a dress. That's what my credit statements say, anyhow....

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icitea said...

Wow, lovely items! The brass apple is my favorite out of the bunch.

I like to buy seeds and fertilizer during the spring; the garden needs more love after the wintery cold spells~

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Nicole R.J. said...

Such pretty items! It's a hard choice, but I think I would take apple ~ I love the colour of it!

This spring I'll be buying all sorts of plants and seed for the first garden in my new home!

Kaye Prince said...

Gorgeous! I'd definitely pick the little white jug - I've been looking for one just like that for tea when company comes over!

Thanks for the great giveaway Dionne, you know I love ya!

Lola said...

I voted for City of Dionne!

I would love to win the Lace Edge Decorative Plate. My kitchen has the same colors and I love lace. :)

Gaia said...

I'm already in love with Daisy Embossed Pitches jar... I love to buy a new pair of flat shoes...After a winter with boots a new pair of ballerinas is what I want!

Auburn Not Red said...

I like the Daisy pitcher. On the first day of Spring I went out and bought two bunches of Daisies for my home.

Thanks!
Taylor B.
AuburnNotRed@charter.net

Emily said...

I'd love the daisy embossed pitcher. In the spring, I like to buy cute new shoes and sandals!
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Forever Vintage said...

I love the decorative plate .I spring clean, and putter around in the garden.Great giveaway.Thanks fingers crossed. Marian

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julia said...

I'd love to win the daisy pitcher, we can always use more containers around here. In spring my favourite thing to buy is pink primulas at the grocery store, I buy them every year and it makes the season real for me. Thanks!

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Liv said...

Very tough choice, but that apple is delightful!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Oh my gosh! Your illustrations are amazing!

m ^..^

K. Davis said...

I love white, so that pitcher is totally up my alley! What a wonderful giveaway. Also, my favorite thing to buy in the spring, are flowers! You can finally find all your favorites again, and it's just so wonderful to have some fresh cut goodness in your home!

ruricloth said...

I love the lace edge decorative plate and I'm on a hunt for a Victorian hand painted milk glass lamp for spring! Any suggestions on where to look?

ruricloth[at]yahoo[dot]com

Novelista Barista said...

the last one is the best!! loveeeeeee these!

oh, hello friend. said...

what a FABULOUS giveaway!! :)

i would love the lace edge plate - i am such a fan of plates and i've never seen one quite so beautiful!
things i like to buy in spring are pretty floral dresses, purses, and cute accessories i can use in the spring!

ps: confrats on getting nominated: you've got my vote! see you soon?

xo.

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Surge said...

i love the apple!
and in spring i love fruittt :) yummy

timesurge(at)live.ca

Kowanda said...

I love the plate. In the spring, I love to buy flowers and plant them in the flower beds and pots.

kowandamcbride at yahoo dot com

Hilary Leister said...

I like the decorative plate. SO pretty! My favorite thing to buy in Spring... GELATO at a cute shop down the street! (and, of course, sun-dresses)

Shelby said...

I love the daisy embossed pitcher! It reminds me of having my morning coffee on the screened porch during the summer :)

Angie said...

I love the lace edged plate...in spring I buy plants and flowers for both inside and outside the house. I love knowing there are little bursts of color everywhere!


Angie
rennieangie at gmail dot com

Lovely Scribbles said...

I would love the daisy embossed pitcher because my favorite thing to buy in Spring is flowers, so this would be perfect for a cute, little bouquet. :) P.s. I voted for you!!

Lily said...

I would love to win the lace edged plate! And in Spring, I love buying pretty sandals to wear.

june_spirit2628 said...

I love the embossed pitcher. I love to buy flip flops--lots and lots of flip flops.
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Barbara said...

I was born and raised in Michigan so know all about Sanders. We were practically in mourning when they went out of business...when I was a child we used to love their almond tea rings. Luckily, I can still purchase Sanders ice cream toppings. My fave is bittersweet, not hot fudge. Bet you can find it someplace!

Love the decorative plate!
And am going over to vote for you right now!

Selene said...

I'd love the plate. I'd buy flip flops and flowers! Crazy enough

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photojoy said...

I made a vote for City of Dionne! I enjoyed your article as well as I always do. It's too cold for the begining of spring. I can't wait for the real spring. Oh, I love your illustation on this post. How lovely!

Abby said...

Ooo...I'd buy lots of pretty plants and flowers in conjunction with spring. To sort of keep the spring in my home.

I'd love the apple! Very cool piece.

Thanks!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Heather Taylor said...

I too miss Domino magazine. They knew what was chic and right in the world of interior decor.

denise said...

The decorative plate is gorgeous! For spring, I'd love to get some new bright fabrics, some colorful kitchenware, and some bright nail polish wouldn't hurt either!
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Kris said...

I love the apple!

I like to buy flowers and plants in the spring. I also buy more fruit and veg!

Danielle said...

I love the pitcher...so cute!

In the spring I like to buy flowers, fresh fruit and veggies and fun, new skirts.

The Happy Wife/Danielle
ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com

Kristin said...

I looooooove the brass apple. What a perfectly lovely shop. I'll forever miss Domino!

Christina Moreno- floresdelsol said...

i love the lace edge plate. its beautiful!

I love to buy flowering plants in the spring *sigh!

olive juice photography said...

i love that daisy embossed pitcher! i lOVE to buy fresh flowers in the spring! i love having flowers all over the house.. they instantly put me in a happy mood! :)

babalisme said...

My mom has a plte set like that, I'd like the detail onthe edge

Cabootique said...

I'd love the decorative plate.
My favorite thing to buy in spring is flowers!

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Cindy said...

I can't pick just one I love the decoratvie plate, the pottery planter, and the monn & stars cannister. Thanks for the giveaway.

cindyhinckley at msn.

Linda Kish said...

I like the pitcher. I like to buy beautiful flowers to brighten my house.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Maries Cottage said...

Definitely the porcelain dessert plates!!! Colleen is amazing, her shop is lovely and her photos are simply fascinating!!!

Paula said...

the brass apple is wonderful! <3
in spring I love to buy colorful things! :D


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Serendipity Handmade said...

The lace edge decorative plate is GORGEOUS. I can't tell you how much I want to win it!

Kim said...

That pitcher is so pretty, thats what I'd pick! Spring makes me want to buy lots of colorful fabric to make little sundresses for my daughter :)

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Alisa said...

They are all great, but I would have to choose the apple.
Spring makes me want to buy things to make my porch look inviting. Cushions in cheerful colors, strings of lights, candles....

Jennifer said...

Hard choice... but I think I would pick the apple! It is gorgeous!!

I like to buy plants in the spring and start working in the garden!

Congratulations on the nomination for your wonderful blog!!

elaine said...

I love the Brass Apple-very unique ornament.

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

AmbreRose said...

I think the daisy embossed pitcher is so pretty. It is so girly I would love to have it in my bedroom. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

Pattie F. said...

I love the lace edged decorative plate. It's very me!!

I really enjoy your blog! Thanks!

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AJ said...

I love the brass apples & flowers in spring ( :

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Van said...

Love the lace edge decorative plate. For spring, there's nothing particular that I buy.

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stash mama said...

I looove the plate its sooo unique...hope i win!!!
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Ľubaša said...

I love Brass Apple !!! I would like to buy new handbag.:-) thanks
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Ashley said...

Love the brass apple!

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Dionne said...

THanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.

Betti Homemaker said...

The brass apple.... love to buy flowers can't wait to start in the garden!

Kelly Irene said...

daisies and white pitchers both have a special place in my heart, so I would choose the pitcher in a heart beat!
In the spring I become giddy over the thought of buying freshly cut flowers and local produce at the farmers market!