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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

HAPPY 234TH BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

AS WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF OUR BLESSED COUNTRY,
DON'T FORGET TO GIVE THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE PAST AND
THOSE WHO SERVE TODAY TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM!
MANY HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE MAKING SURE WE
COULD HAVE THIS DAY OF CELEBRATION....
HONOR THEM!
MANY ARE FAR FROM HOME AND FAMILY NOW....
HONOR THEM!
ENJOY THIS DAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVING
B B Q'S AND OTHER FUN!
AND
REMEMBER ALWAYS BE SAFE WITH
FIREWORKS AND WHILE DRIVING ON THE ROAD!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!


WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!

It's Time to Shop the MMP Pink Friday Event!!

Please join Grandma G's & Make Mine Pink for shopping with a twist on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 as we present "A Summer Retreat"!

Once summer arrives, I know it's time to plan a visit to my favorite summer retreat. That's where I go to enjoy all the simple pleasures of summer in the ideal setting. Whether I stay for a few days or for a few weeks, I always feel like I've traveled back in time to my childhood, to carefree days that ask nothing of me except to be enjoyed.

Here I don't have to follow the rules of decorating. I can put all my favorite items together, in whatever fashion I wish. Old pieces of furniture and accessories that no longer fit into my d├ęcor at home combine perfectly here. Somehow they make everything look welcoming and homey. On lazy afternoons, I love to stretch out on an old couch, now slip-covered in white, surrounded by cushions that would be called "mismatched" anywhere else. Here they're the perfect accessory for long summer days with nothing on the schedule. A summer breeze coming through the open window makes the lace curtains sway and I take a deep breath of the fresh summer air.

The shelves and tables are filled with my favorite summer things. Glass vases filled with flowers I picked on my morning walk. Vintage framed prints that remind me of a quieter, gentler time. My favorite books and magazines close at hand. Each carefully chosen because of the peace and comfort it adds to my summer sanctuary.

Mealtimes are always casual occasions, served on pieces of mismatched china. I don't even set a table when company comes. We carry our dishes - some vintage pieces with pink rosebuds and some more modern - out to the patio table. As the evening cools, we linger over tea and pleasant conversation.

A summer retreat should be an escape from your everyday cares and concerns, filled with all your favorite summer things. However you envision your summer retreat this year, you'll find everything you need to create one of your own at Make Mine Pink.

Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

MAKE MINE PINK FRIDAY: SHADES OF RED, WHITE & BLUE!!

Please join GRANDMA G'S for shopping with a twist on Friday June 18th 2010 as we present "Shades of red, white and blue"

When I think of the colors red, white and blue, I'm reminded of Fourth of July parties, picnics and fireworks. Our annual Independence Day celebrations are always filled with family, friends, laughter and fun. My favorite summer foods are cooked on the barbecue, almost as delicious as the company I'm in. On that day, I feel like the whole world is celebrating with me.

Everywhere I look, I find so many beautiful combinations of red, white and blue. Whenever I come across them, they make me smile with fond memories of those celebrations and family times. There's the vintage apron hung on a hook and waiting to be used when company comes for dinner. Its cheery red roses are still bright against what used to be a vivid blue, but has faded with time. When I open the linen closet, blue and white checked linens – once my mother’s finest picnic linens, still bearing traces of childhood Fourth of July picnics – always catch my eye. In the kitchen, white vintage china decorated with tiny red and blue rosebuds sits elegantly on a shelf I've painted white.

Even when I don't intentionally plan to decorate in those colors, red, white and blue find their way in, catching me by surprise. I've hung a white canvas with big red roses on a wall that's been freshly painted in a pale robins egg blue. It just seemed right to put it there. My red and blue glass sun catcher, floating in a window framed with white lace curtains, sparkles in the sunlight. On the table, my treasured velvet strawberries inside a vintage blue bowl. The tiny cracks in the glaze, giving away it’s age.

What is it about the shades of red, white and blue that tells us they belong together? Maybe it's the history behind them. Or maybe it's our own memories of the happy times. All I know is, when I'm surrounded by shades of red, white and blue, everyday is a celebration of life, freedom, and love.

Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Photo Contribution 1: The Quilt Shoppe | Photo Contribution 2: Cameo Kids Boutique | Photo Contribution 3: Esprit de Joie

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