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April 3, 2013

Easter at Moms

Hello Everyone- I trust you had a nice Easter weekend.

 Last Thursday we packed up and went down to spend 
the weekend with our family. 
I thought I'd share a bit of it with you.
I rounded up a few of my holiday decorations that I hadn't used this year and took them down to give my Mom's home a little splash of Easter.

 As you know from my "previous post" I decorated this bunny vase with silk flowers as a gift for my Mom.
I saw this large vase on the dining table and adopted it for a display pedestal.  I stuffed it with a bunch of white grass.  It worked out perfectly to give the vase some height so it would show up better amongst all her candles.

 The bunny I brought became a display piece on an antique glass platter.  I used the grass to snuggle things in and my Mom jumped in and tucked in the roses and added the beaded garland.  

 I dug out her fine china. This is a set Mom and Dad  bought for their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1991.

 It's called Remembrance by Mikasa

I set the table up for 10 (we ended up with 12)
I was rushing all morning so forgive my lack of ironing and attention to details.  I also forgot my camera so I used my cell phone for pictures.

Out in the kitchen I set up the table for the punchEventually I had glasses set out and a coffee pot and the desserts were laid out here too.  It gets so busy with everyone that I forgot to take pictures.

 I visualized using this antique punch bowl of Mom's for a display like this. It has a slight crack on the inside and I'm afraid to use it anymore for punch.  I tucked in some fuzzy green rabbits, pink and white grass, silk flowers and a mix of faux Easter eggs.  This punch bowl is over 100 years old and belonged to her Grandmother.  There is also a set of 6 cups that goes with it too.
We used it a lot when I was a child.

 I brought my white resin rabbits and Mom and I placed them around the base.  She found these felt Easter egg coasters in my stuff and added those to the design!  
It was kind of sweet because I had to slow myself down and offer her something to do....our rolls have reversed.

 Later in the evening after dinner my sister Jen gave me this decorated egg that she created for me.  All my sisters and my Mom got one but I only took a picture of mine.  Each one had it's own finish.  She used an Emu egg- it's about 5" tall!  She coated it with Mod Podge and tissue paper for the effect.  I think it looks very Florentine... and I love it!

 Earlier in the day Mom came waltzing out of her bedroom with this little box that I've never seen before.  It was my Grandmother's sister Grace's.  
She passed away at 10 years old in 1908 of what was described as a brief illness.  I'm imagining pneumonia perhaps from the flu since it was in February.

 Grace's name is gently written on the inside of the top. 

 We believe this was a little sewing kit she had.  
There were some Victorian cards inside that were from two of her brother's.  

 An ivory sewing or weaving needle

 It was really interesting to see this box and it's contents.  
There were two obituaries.  
One for Grace and a brother William Henry that died at the age of 2.    
So sad, but times were so much harder back then.


Sarah, my Grandmother
 We aren't 100% sure which sister is which but 
we think the top one is Grace.

On the sweetest note of all I got to see our family's 
newest members. 
A Great Nephew and a Great Niece one from each side of our family, born last November only 10 days apart! 


We enjoyed beautiful weather and no snow!

 I'm joining 
Between Naps on the Porch 
Tablescape Thursday



  1. Looks like a great Easter! Great post.

  2. Liz, gorgeous table! looks like you guys had a wonderful Easter! And the best part, no snow! :) Enjoy the rest of your week!

  3. Beautiful table Liz and I loved seeing all those wonderful treasures...love those cards and thanks for sharing the stories!

  4. Lovely photos, Liz! You mom has a treasure trove of wonderful memories. How fortunate you are for her to share this with you and now with us! Beautiful post!

  5. Everything is so sweet and wonderful. I love the "two story" egg tray - I've never seen anything like it. Your decorations are fabulous - it looks like a terrific family time.

  6. Looks like you had a perfect Easter celebration, Liz. How wonderful that it was at your Mom's, everything looked beautiful. And the emu egg is stunning! Love that. Glad the weather cooperated too. xo

  7. What a treasure the box is!!! I was interested to see what was inside and so happy that you showed us!! The egg your sister made is amazing - you two have definitely have a creative gene and you're so lucky to have it! Looks like you had a wonderful time with your family!

  8. Liz, what a sweet post! I loved reading about your sharing Easter with your family - from your mom to the newest darling members. All of the wonderful pieces that your and your mom put together are lovely decorations, but we know that the people who enjoy them are the most important parts of holidays!!

  9. What a lovely Easter. All that you did, the tables, decorations, etc looked just beautiful. Love the little sewing box from Grace. Times were much harder then. So sad. Your new additions to the family are so so sweet. How fun to babies around!

  10. Liz, It looks like you had a day of treasures...both with your family, and the little box with it's photos and card that belonged to your grandmother's sister. So sweet. Your great niece and nephew are so cute. I'll bet they got passed around and received lots of hugs and kisses. Hope you're getting some Spring weather by now.

  11. Everything is so very beautiful, Liz. It looks like you had a wonderful family day. Look at that sweet babies at the end!!! xo Diana

  12. So much Beauty and Love in this post that words seem inadequate.
    I'll just say "Thank you for sharing". It's a pleasure to witness the beautiful soul you are and the amazing souls you come from.
    Be Blessed,

  13. I love this post. You have created a table with simple elegance, which reflects Easter and Spring. Very pretty.

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  14. Lovely, Liz! Beautiful centrepiece and the bunnies are so cute! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  15. Beautiful table, and all those wonderful treasures in the little box. My grandmother lost a child at two years old also, and she mentioned him just about every time I saw her.

  16. What a beautiful table...that punch bowl is gorgeous.

  17. Your tablescape is lovely with so many sweet bunnies.
    And the sewing box is such a treasure, along with the
    old photos.
    Wow, Grand Nieces and Nephews. Are we getting older. or what?

  18. The china is the most stunning, wow I just love the detail, also love the sweet centerpiece, I hope you all had a lovely meal, it all looks so inviting...

  19. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape for Easter looks Beautiful with your lovely china.! I also loved seeing all those wonderful treasures from your mom how sweet.... I have some old cards from my Dad to my Mom. thanks for sharing your sweet stories! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape, hoping you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  20. I'm glad you got to spend Easter with family...there is no better way to enjoy a holiday!

  21. Hi Liz,

    I'm glad you had a nice Easter at your mom's house. It was quiet here with just the two of us. Her china is stunning in that pretty floral pattern.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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