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Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Decorating ideas for tablescapes, centerpieces and vignettes.

Life has been pretty crazy around here with my two injured boys. I would have thought that with 2 broken bones Big Al would have been sad and miserable all week but he has been a marvelous patient and is being so mature....can you see where I might be heading with this? Mr Attorney, who has a minor fracture to his elbow, is acting like a five year old and winces with pain if anyone even goes near him! I feel sorry for him because he can't drive and he has to rely on everyone else to do nearly everything for him, but really, men are such babies aren't they!!!

Beautiful Maddy has been a wonderful help this week and she even did some Easter decorating to surprise me! She knew that I wanted to take part in Lynette's Easter decor party  because I had started decorating our side table.

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Easter Decorating, Madeleine, Easter


Easter Decorating, Madeleine, Easter

Alas, this is as far as I got with my easter decorating....that is until Maddy stepped in!

Have a look at what my mini-Martha did for me!

First she found all the Easter things that she could from around the house and then she set a beautiful table for dinner with our Spode Blue Italian side plates and Strachan Silverware. She thought it might be nice for Susan's Tablescape Thursday! This girl is such a decorator!

She used our vintage napkins and some other Easter decorations as napkin rings.

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Easter Decorating, Madeleine, Easter

She then found a basket and some plastic straw and made a beautiful centre-piece for the table. Big Al didn't want to miss out on the action and offered some decorating advice!

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Aren't the little Easter egg picks cute!

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Easter Decorating, Madeleine, Easter

Easter Decorating, Madeleine, Easter, Natasha in Oz


Didn't she do a beautiful job! She even knew where to place the silverware!

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She then made this beautiful display for my cloche!
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Easter Decorating, Madeleine, Easter Cloche, Natasha in Oz

Easter Decorating, Madeleine, Easter Cloche, Peter Rabbit, Natasha in Oz


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Easter Decorating, Madeleine, Easter


She then helped me make dinner! Yes indeed this girl is amazing! She made the dressing for this divine spinach,apple and pecan salad! I am probably breaking some blogging rules here by participating in so many linky parties but I thought this would be a great recipe to share for Foodie Friday with Michael Lee at Designs by Gollum!

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I just found out that I am a finalist for the Foodie Friday Photo Contest! How exciting! Thank you Michael Lee for including me! 
I am so happy!!!

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The salad is made of 1/2 cup of toasted pecans, 2 sliced apples (we used Red delicious) and spinach leaves. The dressing is so easy, just mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of mustard. We used dijon but wholegrain would be beautiful too. We had lots of spinach so we doubled the recipe for the dressing. It was delicious!

Easter Decorating, Madeleine, Easter, Salad

Can you believe how amazing my daughter is! Thank you Maddy! You saved the day!

Best wishes to you all at this beautiful time of year!

Natasha In Oz 

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50 comments:

  1. How lovely your home looks Natasha and wonderful to have a sweet and darling helper in Miss M... Do hope both your boys are slowly recovering - what bad luck that you were all unable to go away. Happy Easter to you and I hope you received my email. x

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  2. Hi Natasha,
    She did a wonderful job! I hope the boys are being good patients!
    Happy Easter!

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  3. Miss M is a darling!! She did a wonderful job with everything, Natasha. How lucky you are to have sucn a marvelous assistant for all of the parties (or maybe it was the other way around!!). I love the tablescape, your china is lovely and the cloche with the Peter Rabbit dishes is so cute!! And thank you for including the instructions for the salad dressing. It looks delicious.

    Hope everyones is on the mend and that you have a blessed Easter!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  4. Your daughter is such an angel! And she did a superb job. Can I borrow her for awhile? Mmm, that salad looks wonderful. I sure know what you mean about men. Sheesh! Have a wonderful Easter.

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  5. It all looks good, Natasha. Hope you have a fab Easter. And I hear you about babies in the family. So funny!

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  6. I am bowing to the Mini Martha as I type! What a fine job she did! Now how much is her hourly rate again? Free on weekends is she? LOL

    Really lovely!

    have a wonderful Easter!

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  7. Well, I can't begin to tell you how impressed I am with Miss M and her creative and decorative ability. Everything is just stunning. The cloches are wonderful. What a cute idea to put the cup and saucer under the cloche and surround it with wonderful eggs. The table looks fabulous and the basket is done perfectly, and yes I am amazed at the placement of the silverware. You are so blessed. Your salad sounds wonderful. I will definitely try it. I hope your two boys are better soon. May you all have a very Blessed Easter. Thanks so much for joining the party and please tell Miss M thank you too. Hugs Marty

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  8. ahhhh! What a sweetie that Miss M is! She did a wonderful job of helping out for all your Easter and Spring posts! Soon she'll be starting her own blog!

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  9. Your beautiful clock under glass is the ULTIMATE cloche!! I really appreciate the beautiful battenburg lace tablecloths that you own. How pretty!

    Tell Ms. M she did a fine job of decorating & that salad look yummalicious! I copied it down for future reference.

    Happy Easter!
    fondly,
    Rett

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  10. Poor men. Poor, poor men. :)

    I love your eggs and am trying to figure them out. Are they wrapped in ribbon? Strips of paper? They are so pretty.

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  11. Oh, wonderful! I am so sorry about the various injuries in your family, but the decorations are FABULOUS!

    Hugs, Lana

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  12. The "M" in Miss M must stand for Magic, because that is what it would seem like to have a daughter do your decorating for you. She is really a budding talent!

    Lovely!
    Debi

    Hope the boys are mending nicely....

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  13. Natasha, I know exactly what you mean about the one that is grown acting like a five year old...what is with men, anyways?
    You are very lucky to have such a good little helper in Miss M, she sounds like a real sweetie.
    Love your table...are those eggs decorated with rick rack? They are adorable.

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  14. Natasha , your home is awesome!! Sometimes the grown children are more difficult than the actual five year old.

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  15. that has to be the prettiest tablescape I have seen in blog land in long time - Miss M is very talented.
    And the cloche she made has to be the best I saw during this Cloche party also.

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  16. absolutely delightful! I love pretty eggs and that bunny with the egg basket! I hopped over from My Romantic Home and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day soon when you get a chance. until later...

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  17. Bonjour Natasha,
    SOrry to hear about your boys, I've missed a few posts. Miss M is marvelous, she defintely has decorator genes. Love those pretty painted eggs and the table sith the blue and white.
    Happy Easter to you and your family,
    Mimi

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  18. Hi Natasha,
    I was just thinking about you today. Since you are entering into a different season than we are here in North America I was wondering if your Easter decorations are still in pastel, spring like colors? And thanks to your talented Miss M I can see that they are. How wonderful that she shares you interests and that she noticed something important to you was not happening. And then she made it happen. What a special young lady.
    I don't know if you are breaking blog etiquette or not but I think you are brilliant for combining 4 topics into a single post. A good mom and a smart blogger al rolled into one.
    Traci

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  19. Oh the easter decoration's are so pretty. Sorry about you boy's. Wow when it rain's it pour's, but little Miss M made the day, bless her heart.
    Love ya,debbie

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  20. Hi Natasha,

    Love to read your blog. What a wonderful girl is Miss M.
    Have a nice Easter.

    Almay
    Holland

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  21. Miss M is the supergirl of the family. She has done a wonderful job and enabled you to join in so many parties in blogland!!

    Hope the boys will soon be better and you get another chance to go away.

    A very Happy Easter to all the family.

    Jackie in UK.

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  22. Oh my Natasha, this is just so dear of miss M.! She did a great job; how creative, festive and pretty for Easter!~ Hope 'the boys' get well soon with those fractures!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

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  23. Hello Natscha

    She has all beautiful done !! Miss M...i like the cloche with peter rabbit service..........!!

    And all that choclate wauwwww!! good luck with the boys ! i hope it will recover soon ................happy easter hugs from me.........

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  24. What a fantastic helper you have in Miss M. Happy Easter Natasha, I hope you have a great one. Best wishes, Cathy.

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  25. What cheering photos. Happy Easter to you all from Italy.

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  26. Beautiful! Everything looks so gorgeous! And the salad looks delicious as well!

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  27. Hi Natasha! What a super beautiful post..so festive and full of charm!! Gorgeous! lovely read..and so much joy felt in your words! Fantastic photos..all beautifully done!
    Kiki~

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  28. Hi, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I tend to go overboard with my decorating! :O) I wish my 10 year old cared enough to help me decorate. I don't even think she cares if I decorate or not (much like her father!). I'm hoping the baby will be more like me! LOL! The yellow eggs are so cute! Did you make them? I like that glass compote too. (I collect them too!) Please tell her that she did a great job decorating! The salad looks good too. We're headed to the beach. Hope we don't get any broken bones before we leave! (Your pictures reminded me that I need to pack the Mario Cart). Hope they both get well soon. Have a great Easter! Hope the Easter bunny brings more chocolate.

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  29. Mini Martha certainly did a great job helping you decorate and helping with the meal. Glad to hear your photo is up for a pick at Foodie Friday...way to go! Now I see the little one in the background of one of the photos watching TV. Glad to hear he is doing better and not complaining. As for your Big guy complaining like a little guy well I think that is the norm with men. I would be crying myself if I had to drive my husband around all day. You deserve a medal:)
    Happy Easter!
    Joyce

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  30. Thanks for stopping by! You have a beautiful blog! Have a great weekend!

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  31. So sorry for the injuries of your kids. But soon Peter Cottontail will jump by and bring some nice eggs. And time is running so fast and after a while the kids are again well.

    Wish you and your family a happy Easter.
    Johanna

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  32. Beautiful Natasha!! How lucky you are to have all that help. Hope your boys are on the mend soon. Best wishes for a wonderful Easter!
    Jeanne:)

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  33. Natasha darling wishing you and your family a joyous and blessed Easter. I am so lucky to have you as a friend. Therefore, this Easter I will count my blessings and will count you twice luv.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  34. Your Easter decorating is beautiful - looks like your daughter has the creative flair as well. Hope your patients make a quick recovery from their injuries. Enjoy your Easter!

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  35. Hi Natasha - Wow, Little Miss M is quite a wonderful helper. She is definitley a mini-Martha. Can I borrow her sometime?! Your salad looks delicious too. Have a blessed Easter!

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog the other day.
    Alissa

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  36. Beautiful Easter decor! Love the little tea cup in the cloche!

    Can't imagine two kids with broken bones, but my daughter at age five had both arms broken and in casts bent at the elbows! (I had to feed her, dress her, ETC!)

    Katherine

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  37. First, congrats! You deseve to be a finalist! Good luck. The "boys" do not surprise me! Isn't it wonderful to have a daughter who shares your interest and steps in to help (and quite well!!) Hope every one is on the mend and you have a blessed EAster!

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  38. Hi Natasha, lovely Easter post.
    Hope your boys are feeling better and will recover soon.
    I wish you a most wonderful Easter weekend with your family. With a lot of sunshine and chocolate eggs.
    Sending a huge hug your way!
    xoxo

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  39. Hi Natasha,
    I hope your patients are doing much better with those broken bones!! OUCH!!
    I wanted to come and say Happy Easter to you and wish you a wonderful holiday with your family. That salad looks sooo yummy, BTW, and I will definitely be trying out that recipie!
    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!!
    XoXo
    Gail

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  40. Wow! Miss M really did a good job, how talented!The table looks so pretty and the salad looks delish!...Christine

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  41. You must send your girlie over here to decorate with mine. She could give them some tips ;-) Yummy looking salad too - as I eat my Easter Eggs!!

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  42. Hi Natasha, It all looks so wonderful...Love the cloche...
    Happy Easter
    xoxo
    Julie

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  43. Lovely Easter table! Love all your photos. That salad is right up my alley;so fresh and tasty.
    Rita

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  44. I've gotten so far behind while being with my mother, I didn't realize you had 2 injured ones. I'm glad your daughter stepped up to help...I have a daughter like that and it is a joy! She did a beautiful job and the salad looks delicious. I've had way too much hospital food and food that comes in a bag. I'm ready for homemade salads again.

    Sue

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  45. Everything looks so pretty. She did a great job! The salad looks so good.

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  46. What a blessed Mama!! She did a fabulous job.

    I love Beatrix Potter so I appreciated the dish vignette...though I had to laugh at someone's legs warped in the bell jar... :)

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  47. How lucky you are to have such a great little helper! Your decorations and tablescape are lovely!
    Hope your boys are feeling better soon!

    Thanks for joining me in my Easter Decor Day and I hope your and your family had a wonderful Easter!

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  48. What a wonderful daughter! And I love her egg centerpiece and cloche. Tell her she did a great job!

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  49. Miss M is a girl after my own heart!

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  50. Thank you so much for these beautiful comments! You are such wonderful friends!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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