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Hello April

“Thank You” to those of you that have followed me over here from my Raised In Cotton site. Your friendship and support mean the world to me!

Here is a random list of what I’ve been up to lately.

*I styled a photo shoot last week for a local bridal magazine. The theme was “Summer Lake” with a color palette of light blue, purple and soft gray. It was one of those shoots where everything went together effortlessly which is not always the case. In a few weeks I will be able to share some of the photos with you.

* I bought white roses from BunchesDirect.com for the photo shoot. The quality is amazing and they smelled lovely.

* A shade of purple paint was added to the handles of thrift store silverware for the bridal shoot place settings. I used several layers of acrylic paint which is not permanent but a great element pop.

* Even though I love classic white dishes and all ironstone patterns, I’ve always had a fondness for beautiful floral china. Lucky that there is a resurgence of floral patterned china in place settings. I think the popularity of Downton Abbey means we will see a return to more formal tabletops in home and wedding decor.

* I’m totally smitten with my new camera the Canon 5d mk Mark iii. I really tried to resist buying a new camera but it has been a few years since I upgraded and I felt it was time. The clear focus that this baby produces even in low light situations is stellar.

* My family and I recently spent a few days at the beautiful Big Cedar Lodge on TableRock Lake in Southern Missouri. We’ve been going to Big Cedar for the last 20 years and it is one of our favorite destinations.  They are building a sweet chapel on the grounds for Weddings and I think the setting would be spectacular for a small intimate celebration.

* While we were at Big Cedar, I was fortunate to get us into the not officially opened Arnie’s Restaurant (after Arnold Palmer) that is being built. It is housed in an Amish built timber frame barn and is AMAZING! I’ve always loved timber frame design with open beams so much so that after our visit, I think I have Mr Practical Pants talked into a future construction project:) I was also completely obsessed with the flameless candles they used to line the entrance because they looked so real. After some investigating, I found the source for them:)

* The winners of Matthew Mead’s Recycled Style Book- Lisa Vogel, Amy Wald and Sandi Telzrow-Thanks to everyone that entered the giveaway:)

I hope you have a great start to your April:)

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  • Reply
    Mitzi Curi
    April 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I love the mix of the floral china! And your new camera seems to be a real winner….although all of your photos have been lovely in the past, too.

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      April 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      As always, so sweet of you Mitzi:) Thank You so much-Carol

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    Sheila R
    April 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Looks like you have been busy. Love your beautiful door and all the detail.

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      April 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you Sheila:) That door is really fun especially when the sun is streaming through it. Blessings, Carol

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    Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita
    April 2, 2013 at 1:19 am

    It all looks great! Sound like fun and busy times.

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      April 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you Stephanie:) Blessings, Carol

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