A Delightful New Book & Mirror Temptation!

So excited! I ordered Susan Branch’s latest book a few days ago and it just came yesterday. I can’t wait to read through it! It’s called Gratitude and it’sΒ filled with uplifting, positive messages.


My favorite part of all her books are the beautiful watercolor images. Oh, I would love to be able to paint like that!


I just love her books! I always feel like I’m reading a letter from a good friend when I curl up with one of her books. I plan to buy several of these to give as gifts for birthdays and Christmas. Actually this would make a wonderful hostess gift or a lovely gift for a teacher. You’ll find this book available here: Gratitude by Susan Branch.


Horchow’s Biggest Sale of the Season

Horchow is having their biggest sale of the season right now. I’m in love with this mirror! I wish I had someplace to use it in my home.


I’m tempted to buy one to use in my upstairs bathroom renovation. I love the design! It’s elegant but the white color keeps it from being too formal. Sooo pretty! You’ll find it available on sale here: Mirror. I bet it won’t last long. I love this mirror!


I’m also crazy about this cute birdie lamp! I can think of so many places I could use it from my office, to my guest room to the porch. Sooo cute! It’s available here: Bird Lamp.


There’s also a lot of flatware on sale right now, including the bee flatware you’ve seen me use so often in table settings. I think I’ll use it for this week’s table setting. It’s perfect for spring and summer.

With the sale, the bee flatware is right at $100 for 8 place settings! That’s way less than what I paid when I purchased it! The bee flatware is available here: Bee Flatware.


The colorful flatware that I often use is on sale, too. I have it in blue, white and black. I love the pineapple and fleur-de-lis flatware…would love a set of both of those! You’ll find all the flatware that’s currently on sale here: Flatware.


Talbots has extended their Friends and Family sale through Sunday. I didn’t get to check out the sale over the weekend so I’m glad they extended it. You can check it out here: Talbots Friends and Family Sale.

There’s one particular shirt that I loved when I was last shopping in the store, but I was waiting for a sale. The pictures online don’t do it justice, but you can see it here: Beaded Shell. Hover over the picture showing the top for a better view. It’s so beautiful in person, like a spring garden! Use code FRIENDS30 at checkout for the sale.

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  1. franki says:

    LUV the mirror…cause…I just got one verrrry similar to that one..let’s see…it was Ballards I believe. Best place to read…in a hammock…just sayin..franki

  2. Marilyn says:

    Lovely book and gorgeous mirror.

  3. I love Susan Branch items. They are so charming. Reminds me a lot of Mary Englebreit. I was so sad when they stopped publishing the Mary Englebreit magazine years ago. I still have my copies.The mirror and bird lamp are beautiful. The lamp is a must for your lovely porch.
    Thanks to you I’ve collected several colors of the Horchow flatware. I think it’s San Remo and Sofia. πŸ™‚ Love them!!

    • I know, I miss her magazine, too. I have several of her books and love them all. My favorite is: Home Sweet Home. That’s the one where she shares her adorable cottage. http://amzn.to/2pG00cW I don’t think she lives there now. If you don’t have that book, Anne…you would love it!
      I love the San Remo flatware, too. They are sturdy and so well made, much nicer than a lot of flatware.

      • Susan, you are a dear. Don’t know why I didn’t think of amazon for her books. I order all the time from amazon and my cart is usually full of saved items on my wish list.
        I ordered all three of her books that were offered. They were all hardcover and only one left in stock of each. Can’t wait to get them!!
        Thanks again~

  4. Rhonda says:

    Well I have ordered the book Gratitude, like you I love her art work
    and think it would be a great book for a gift. Thanks for sharing. Love the bird lamp but trying not go overboard. I have decorated my house with birds and birdhouses for summer, so better stop spending now. LOL

  5. Elaine Carroll says:

    Lovely new book by Susan Branch, she has a house on Martha’s Vineyard , five minutes from me. Her gardens are beautiful, and she is very talented!


    • After reading her blog, I would so love to visit Matha’s Vineyard. It looks so pretty in her photos. One of these days I’m going to visit! Wonder how far in advance you have to book a room to stay there for a few days. I bet the available places book up quickly.

  6. I am also a huge fan of Susan Branch books, I love the way she makes you feel as though you are right there with her on her adventures. Seems so down to earth and unpretentious. Love people like that.

  7. I keep going back and forth on the Horchow website, and that bee flatware is tops on my wishlist. Love the mirror AND that lamp. I seem to be having lots of deliveries lately….need to cool my jets. However….that Susan Branch book would make a terrific hostess gift. Hmmm, I’ll be hosting 4th of July, lol.

    • Between kitchen and bath makeovers, I bet you do! πŸ™‚ I think so, too! Perfect gift for friend’s birthdays, too.

  8. Juanita in OH says:

    I LOVE the mirror and think you should buy it…you will always find someplace special for it. I also LOVE the bird lamp, I like lamps that have real interest. I spent over an hour at Horchow’s site, then I went to Talbots and spent time there buying four pairs of the 13″ shorts in beautiful colors. I may go back to Horchow because the had the silver bamboo flatware set that I used to have and cannot remember who I gave it to. Well, thanks for another wonderful day out, lol.

  9. Juanita in OH says:

    P.S. I will purchase the Susan Branch book, there is nothing better than reading positive and profound things, it is good for the psyche and the heart. It will also make a great Mother’s Day gift for friend of family. Didn’t Oprah have a lady on her show that wrote positive books? I thought her name was something similar to Susan Branch, like Susan Brannaugh, please help if you can because I am so CONFUSED. lol

    • I’m so tempted! I’ve never seen a white one that I liked as much. I finally found a place for the white shelf that I loved and bought so long ago so maybe it would be the same way with the mirror. I never watched Oprah very much, I was working away from my home back then, so not sure who that may have been.

  10. Paula Mc says:

    I broke down and bought the bee flatware. I have been looking at it and the price just can’t be beat. Thanks for pointing it out. I have been in the market for new and little did I know I could afford it.

  11. Charlotte says:

    I think that mirror would be beautiful in your bathroom. It is hard to find great mirrors. I love the lamp too, it would be cute in my bedroom – I might just have to get it!

  12. Jillian says:

    All of your choices cute! Nice mirror and lamp. Love the birds. I could really see that on your porch. Could the mirror fit there too? Perfect with all the white. A pretty jacket- tweed/fringed with stripes came yesterday from Talbots, and three Aiden Grey lamps magically appeared on our doorstep this month with a few other things—-could not have been me as I have sworn off all this shopping ! πŸ˜‰
    Therefor, I avoided that sale at Horchow! Well, just a brief peek.

    • That would be pretty with all the white! lol Oh, I love that jacket! They are having a big sale today, 40% off any one item. I may have to look at that jacket again. πŸ™‚

      • jillian says:

        the color is cactus rose/ivory…it is sold out on line but you might find it in a store. I had to have it sent from California, someone should have. Really glad I bought as it is very cheerful and of course looks cute with jeans.

  13. I LOVE the mirror and lamp! So pretty and fits my style so well.

    • I wish I had seen that birdie lamp back when I was shopping for another lamp for the porch…it’s so cute! Happy weekend Rose, it’s almost here!

  14. Thank you my personal shopper! I was wondering what to give a friend of mine and think the book is a perfect one! I even ordered a copy for myself. I love her art!!

    • It really is the perfect little gift for a friend. I’m going to keep a few on hand as hostess gifts, love Susan’s books. Have a great weekend Molly! XX

  15. BOBBI DUNCAN says:

    Hi! I love Susan Branch. She just comes across as unpretentious and sweet, and I also love her artwork which makes her books take on such a personal note with her readers. Birdie lamp is so perfect for your porch and the mirror is darling. I bought the bee flatware last year…yet another thing I blamed on you. “Susan made me do it” has been said at our home quite a few times lol! Michael just shakes his head and says “Oh, sure she does! You don’t get off that easily, lady”. Hugs!

    • Bobbi, that is so true, I love that about her!
      lol about Michael…that’s hilarious! πŸ™‚ He’s not gonna letcha get away with anything!

  16. Cynthia Raines says:

    Great picks ~ all of them! Love the bee flatware, it’s on my wish list. πŸ™‚ That top is just too cute

    • Thanks, Cynthia! Happy Weekend to you! I saw that top yesterday again in person when I went in to buy a second polka-dot shirt. I came so close to buying it…it’s calling my name. lol

  17. I also love Susan Branch everything!!! Always have one of her calendars . Also love Mary E. and miss her magazine…..I have saved all my old copies and the paper dolls too!!! So much charm and warmth……

    • Cleo, I’ve never bought her calendar…I need to do that! Awww, love Mary! I didn’t realize she did paper dolls back then. Does anyone make those now? I remember spending hours and hours playing with paper dolls on my front porch when I was growing up.

  18. Bunny Rogers says:

    Hi again, Last week you had a picture of Marie’s wonderful dancing bunnies lamp. I just have to have it! I have looked everywhere and can’t find it. I found a similar dancing kitty lamp but it’s not what I want. I would so appreciate it if you would ask Marie where she got it and how long ago. Thank you so much. I know it is lovely in Atlanta right now and I kind of miss it but I don’t miss the traffic!

    • Yeah, the traffic is awful! I texted Marie to ask and she said she got those in White Rabbit Cottage on Due West Road in Marietta, Georgia several years ago. Their phone number is 770-919-1100 if you want to call them to ask for more info.

  19. Darn it, Susan. You are way too good at posting sale items that I absolutely love. We must have similar tastes. Had to go on Horchow site to check out the Bee flatware and while I would love to have it for myself, I ordered a 20 piece setting for my sister for her birthday. I know she’ll love it as we’ve discussed several times the terrible plight of the honeybees and other pollinators. Currently, when you purchase it as 4 individual place settings, it’s on back order but if you can order the 45 piece set, it is available now. Hopefully, it won’t be on back order for too long. Thanks for letting me know it was on sale – I’ve long admired the Bee flatware when you featured it in one of your tablescapes.

    • Oh, that is so sweet, Pat! Sounds like the perfect gift for her. I hope you treat yourself to a set one day! I guess everyone is jumping on the sale if it’s on backorder. That’s a popular flatware for them so I bet they’ll get it back in quickly.

  20. Bernie says:

    $400+ for a plastic framed mirror? No thanks…..even though I like the design. Love all the rest though.

    • Unfortunately, I don’t think anything is made of wood these days, or if it is, it’s that pressboard type wood. It would probably cost over $1,000 if it were wood.

      • Bernie says:

        You’re probably right. That’s why I love to shop in Thrift Stores and Consignment shops (usually more affordable than Antique shops) I’d much prefer something with a little history and well made, even with some wear and tear, than something new probably made in China!

  21. I also love Susan Branch books, they are so cute and make great gifts as you said. I had to post today because I have this exact mirror in wood grain hanging in my Foyer right now. I love it and have had sooo many compliments on it. I bought mine at an estate sale several years ago, so not sure if was originally bought at Horchow or not, but I think it might have been. Your taste in almost everything is so much my taste too. I also love the bee flatware and the pineapple too. Thanks for all your post and information. Love you.

  22. You have tempted me time and again with that bee flatware! I finally succumbed and ordered it. It’s all your fault! And I will thank you every time I use it.

    • lol Hope you love it as much as I’ve enjoyed mine, Susan! It’s still one of my favorites! You caught an awesome sale…I think I paid around $179 when I purchased 8 place settings…and now it’s more like $100 with the sale…so an awesome deal!

  23. Isn’t Susan’s book gorgeous? I ordered one for myself and some for friends. It is the perfect thank you gift! Glad you have one for yourself.
    Happy May!

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