Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Flowers, Treehouses and A Treat!

     You may have noticed that I'm having a hard time keeping up with blogging the past week or so. My daughter was here for 9 days and we put her on a plane back to Orlando yesterday. By the time we got home from Indianapolis, she was already back in Florida and my dad had arrived (driving) from Sarasota. He will be here a month, spending time at my house and my sister's. I have taken lots of pictures and have several things to share with you all, I'm just having a bit of trouble finding the time to do so. Hopefully, I will gradually get caught up. 

     First I want to show you the wonderful treat that arrived in the mail yesterday. I won this beautiful bag from a joint giveaway. Brooke @ Mountain Mama gave away this bag made by Linda @ linsueray. I've been seeing Linda's bags on her posts for a long time and I have always thought they were beautiful. I had no idea just how wonderful they were until mine arrived. She sells them in her etsy store (linked from her blog) for $25-$35 and they are worth every penny. They are beautifully made, wonderful details...just look at the interior of the bag, all the pockets to hold phones, glasses etc. If you need a great gift for someone, check out Linda's etsy shop. Thank you Brooke & Linda!




     On Friday, we took a road trip to St. Louis. We did several things while we were there, the first being a visit to  MOBOT (The Missouri Botanical Garden). Currently, they have an exhibit called TREEmendous. There were some very unique (ground level) tree houses all over the gardens. I took a few pictures just to give you an idea of what some of them look like. MOBOT is truly beautiful any time of the year. There is always something new to see and we love our visits there. If you live anywhere near St. Louis, I highly recommend you make time to visit. I'm going to let the pictures speak for themselves.





 
 

















I am joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday and
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Please stop by to see our wonderful hostesses.


33 comments:

jules said...

I LOVE the inside of that bag!

lulumusing said...

Enjoyed visiting your botanical gardens. There is one in Boothbay, Maine, that is one of my very favorite places to go in the summer. Enjoying time with your family is a good reason to get behind on blogging!

Blondie's Journal said...

The bag is just beautiful, Sue! Perfect for summer! Lucky girl!

The gardens look like a lot of fun...this is something I love to do. I love the waterfall and the hedges that make patterns. What a great time you must have had!

Have a great time with your father.

XO,
Jane

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi sue,
Sure enjoyed your tour of the Missouri Gardens.
Everything is gorgeous. Know you hated to see your daughter go, but so great your dad is coming on the heels of it, cause I know you love that too. Nice he will be there for a month.

Congrats on winning that giveaway! wow, what a lovely bag, and so nice it has all the pockets to hold everything. Your purse will be nice and organized!! It is really very pretty and looks very well put together. Know you will enjoy it much.

Have a great time with your Dad hon,
Blessings, Nellie

Babs said...

Thanks for the trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden. It's beautiful and you took some really pretty photos.There are so many unusual plants there. Wished I lived closer so I could visit "in person".
Congratulations on winning the bag. Its so cute.
Babs

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I so enjoyed to tour of the botanical gardens.

Lucky you! The bag is so pretty!

Pat said...

Beautiful shots of the "garden" Sue! Always enjoy our visits there.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Congratulations on winning! Love the bag!
Thanks for sharing you trip to the beautiful gardens and flowers. I know you will miss your daughter being around, but know you will enjoy the time with you Father.
Enjoy your evening.

Marydon said...

Sue, that bag is fabulous, love the colors. You are having a busy month ... what a beautiful garden. So love those iris.

Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~
Marydon

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La said...

Love your new bag.

How did you get pictures of my garden??? :o)

Jane said...

What a beautiful place! and that bag is not only lovely, but practical with all those needed pockets. I'm going over to Linda's blog to find her store...
Thanks for sharing...and LUCKY YOU!
Jane (Artfully Graced)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, what wonderful gardens and enjoy your time with your dad. Thanks for sharing at WUW.

Linda Makiej said...

Enjoying your wonderful photos!!!
Happy to have found you to follow.... :)

Barbara F. said...

That bag looks like a Vera Bradley!!!! It is lovely, what a nice giveaway and I will check out her Etsy shop. Beautiful photos from the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy your father-daughter time, it is special. xo,

Red Couch Recipes said...

Lovely bag and MOBOT looks lovely too. Loved the treehouse that hugged the ground. Joni

Becky K. said...

Beautiful gardens. We are regular visitors to Longwood Gardens here in PA but if we ever get to MO we will have to check this one out.

That bag looks so well made and is very pretty.
I'm a new Etsy seller so I'll stop by and introduce myself to Linda. Congratulations on your win.

JRFrugalMom said...

Your photos are stunning Sue!

I know how it is, my dad and his girlfriend is here at the moment, and it is time to prioritize.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've often visited Linda's blog and have seen her pretty bags. I have to buy one, soon!

The Missouri Botanical Gardens looke very beautiful! It is always a treat to see all the flowers in bloom this time of the year.

Pondside said...

The bag is lovely - lucky you!
It looks like you had a great time - the gardens are beautiful.

Abramyan Avenue said...

Wow!! Your photos are absolutely beautiful!! Too pretty for words!!
And your bag is adorable as well. I've been looking for something like that. I may need to hop over and see what I can find!
-April

dee dee said...

Sue,
Congratulations for being the lucky winner of the beautiful bag!
It sure sounds like you enjoyed your visit with your daughter! I'm sure she enjoyed it as well! You have had your house full with your daughter, son, grandkids and now your father, between all your fun, I hope you have some time to take care of yourself!
Now that our house is sold, Wayne and I are back in the swing of things with gutting the new house! We are out of the old house by mid June and at this time may move in with my sister and her family! Your photos from your St Louis outing might be the only vacation I get this year!
By the way... How is your father-in -law?
Dee Dee

Linda said...

What beautiful photos of the botanical gardens...that is one of our favorite things to do. I'm glad you had a nice visit with your daughter...it is so hard when our children live so far away!

I'm glad you liek the bag...I do love making them!!

Kathy said...

LOve all this outdoor stuff, I can use it as we are pretty much holed up in this lousy NW weather this spring..enjoyed your post

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. I love the Bag you are so lucky. Your photos are so Beautiful sweet lady.
I would like to Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my Mothers Day Tablescapes you are so sweet. I hope you and your lovely family have a Great Week.
xxoo
Diane

Light and Voices said...

I love that iris photograph! Never saw someone post the inside of a bag before. Liking it! See you next week.
Joyce M

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Have a wonderful time with your Dad! That is so special!!! You are such a lucky girl, LOVE that bag...
Those gardens are breathtaking. I get SO Much inspiration looking at all those beautiful pictures...
Thank you so much
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs,
Donna

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Beautiful pictures and cute, cute bag! I'm late in responding, but I found the Lilly animal crackers at our local Martin's grocery store.

Patrice said...

Wow! What great pictures! I know you enjoyed having your daughter home...mine turns 21 this weekend, and I'm driving down to celebrate!

Tammy said...

This place is beautiful! Love the treehouses! Thank you for sharing. Your newest follower.

bj said...

I love your new bag. So neat...

The gardens are really beautiful.Aren't the flowers lovely and I love the treehouses.

Know how much you enjoyed having your girl home. Nothing like knowing they are right there in the house, sleeping in their bed. :))

Jenny said...

Beautiful pictures! I need a new bag. I'm going over there to check it out right now! It looks beautifully made. Congratulations!

Jenny said...

Hmmm... I can't find a link to that bag...and I have like 90 bucks burning a hole in my paypal account. Would you mind e-mailing it to me? jennymatlock at cox dot net

Hugs and thanks!

Monica H said...

What a pretty paisley bag. Congrats on your win!