Inspiration overload!


Whew!  What a couple crazy weeks it's been for this honeybee.  Ever since The Hive, last month, I have been here, there & just about EVERYWHERE! The best thing about traveling, & one thing I know to be true, is that you can be inspired all the time in unexpected ways. When you start looking for inspiration, you for sure find it just about everywhere you look. Thought I would share some things that I snapped with my iphone along the way & tell you what's up next for me & how all this inspiration is going to come in handy, I'm sure. 

So when you travel to the Nation's Capitol there are the "traditional" things to see & be inspired by obviously.  But the surprising thing is what I wasn't expecting to find while traveling through the city.  My 2 youngest were with us on this trip & they discovered a new favorite spot, so much so that we went back 3 times.  They just had to soak it all in, look around & of coarse want everything they saw. 

-These 2 were in heaven with all the clothes in this store.  I loved all the cement, wood, patterns, textures & ideas I saw!-
 Funny that we have a store here but for some reason this Urban Outfitters in Chinatown was uber cool! As I was walking around waiting for them to try on clothes & browse the store.  I couldn't help but be totally inspired for "a project" the hubby & I are undertaking the next couple of months  
{I'll be sharing more about this under a secret code name in the future}

-Geo shapes & pegboards- simple as it gets but really, really neat to look at!-
 Was really drawn to all the wood features, modern industrial feel of the store. Loved the white back ground to all the wood, metal & glass that was around.  Gave me LoTS of ideas for our "secret project" Getting excited just thinking about it.  

 Ok, another unexpected gem in DC was going to lunch & couldn't focus on the food.  There was so much eye candy, everywhere!  Wish I could have taken more pictures but I think people would have started talking & wondering what in the world I was doing.  Again,  another very cool industrial space {just something about it that just gets me I guess} Lots of huge glass windows, metal, wood accents & the coolest vintage light fixtures you ever did see!  Loved getting to eat here & if you're traveling back to DC I would highly recommend it.  Yummy comfort food & an amazing atmosphere to dine at.

 One of the first thing I noticed were these ginormous muslin & cotton billowy clouds hanging from the ceiling.  They were actually lite from behind & were simply dreamy to look at.  Our table was right underneath them & I was just smitten by them. 
 Where you sat to wait to be seated they had a library of books to thumb through & look at.  This one immediately caught my eye but again was drawn to the cool shelves it sat on.  Such a great idea.  My daughters & I enjoyed reading the books while we waited during the lunch rush hour for our table.

 Be still my heart!  Oh, if I could have this kind of shelving all through my kitchen I'd love it!  The openness of it, pretty glass jars to display food in. Loved looking at this display.  This wasn't the only one they had, they were everywhere through out the resteraunt.

Loved are time in DC & so much I could show you but I won't bore you, I think you get the idea.  From the cool, dark shades of the East Coast we came home, hopped on a plane & headed to to sunny, bright & hot Phoenix for Spring Break. WoW!  Such a contrast between what we had just seen but being completely inspired in a whole different kind of way.

 We completely lucked out with stumbling upon this great place to eat with amazingly, beautiful bright murals painted all around.  A teenagers playground!  So fun watching these 3 get out there phones, pose here & there, angle their cameras to get just the perfect pic.  Such a fun afternoon that we weren't expecting to happen at all. Thought we were just stopping to grab a bite to eat.  If you're traveling to Phoenix check out the Barrio Cafe.  You won't regret it. Amazing food & terrific local atmosphere, fun to walk around.  Here are just a few pics that I snapped of pretty things that caught my eye.

-I always like to find a 5.-
 I guess we were hungry this trip because I'm sharing so much of the places we ate at.  Funny how things happen like that.  I reached out to my friends on IG & asked for places to go, try, eat & explore while we were here & we got recommended to go eat here.  So glad I asked! 

 Again another really great place with a unique vibe about it.  So fun to look around & see so many things that were inspiring.  Ok, first off this huge palm tree was right above us as we ate, amazing!  I don't know what it was about this particular palm tree but it was just massive & pretty. Such a beautiful canopy to sit underneath.  

Loved the color combo of our booth.  First of all, I grew up in the 70's so the olive green material, hello..... LoVE! Paired with the cement brick & wood simply groovy!
 My girls walked around & discovered an entire wall of cassette tapes!  How cool & artsy is that?  We even had a little history lesson to make sure they knew what they were. {Haha} Another idea that's going to be put to use in the "secret project" coming up. 

Bonus for eating at Windsor is that there is the most adorable little sweet shop connected to it called, Churn.  There is ice cream, cookies & other sweets.  As soon as I walked in, saw cookies displayed on a vintage green cake stand, I knew I would like this place! 
 Just had to try the Salted Chocolate Chunk cookie because it looked so pretty on the cake stand & happy to report that it was gooooooood!  

 All the beautiful things in nature in Arizona inspired me.  Miss Mace & I toured the resorts herb garden & got to see some artichokes growing.  I've never seen the plant before, it's very big.  Fun to see them in their natural element. 
 Even walking down the street was fun to snap pictures off.  I think every city should have the name of where you're at on the side walk or on street covers, you'll always know where you're at. Good thinking, Gilbert!
 Oh, Cactus I think I love you.  These beautiful plants are really amazing!  How they thrive & survive in the elements they do is really remarkable. The things we can learn & apply in our lives from these incredible plants. 
{If you want to know what I'm talking about my cute friend, @Stef_littlefield posted about it on IG, you should head over & read for yourself}
  & well, just because it's never too early to start thinking about decorating for Halloween I snapped this picture at an antique store.  Thought "I'm going to do that, so cute!"  Where I saw this skeleton on display by the counter.  Something to mark, put away & store until October rolls around. 

Thanks for letting me share a bit of my travels with you.  Fun to have a desire to sit down & blog again.  Excited to reveal more about my "secret project"  & more inspiration behind it with all of you.  Now, I've got to get to work so I can update the H&H Shop over on IG.  
Have a terrific Monday!



Throwback Thursday- Tradition

Throw back Thursday probably isn't a "thing" in the blogging world but I'm making it happen today.  Sharing with you something that is an Easter/Conference Weekend tradition in our home.  I've shared this with so many over the years & they all love it.  It's a family recipe & one we enjoy often. Hope you like it to.  
Thanks, {M}
  Still "BuZZed"  from a terrific Hive & wanted to hop on the blog to say THaNK You to everyone who came by, I really appreciate your support & friendship. 
I had the sweetest comment said to me on Thursday as I was checking out a customer at The Hive.  She said to me, " I think you should write a cookbook."  She kind of caught me off guard a bit with that statement. I said, "Oh, I don't know about that." & then she said, "Well I think you should."  How sweet is that!  Her comment made my day {got me thinking a bit too} & filled up my bucket for sure!  So kind of her.  Thanks, {T}! I love sharing things with you on this blog that I love to make. I'm glad my readers enjoy what I share. It makes me happy to hear from all of you too. 
If I did ever write a cookbook this recipe would be one of the first that I would include- it's a family favorite & the perfect thing to make on a wintery, snowy day like the one we had today.  Winter is here, I think! 

-Just pulled this out of the oven, it smells heavenly!!-  
If you haven't tried this yet- you should!  The perfect thing to make & eat on a Sunday afternoon.
{Just a thought ;)} 

Sweet Petal Roll 

Scald:  1  1/2 C. milk 
Add to warmed milk:
        6 T. shortening 
        1 T. salt 
        4 T. sugar
Cool & add: 5 cups of Flour 
Dissolve 2 T. yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Let rest a few minutes & then add to dough mixture & knead for 5 minutes 
Let raise for 1 hour. 

After dough has risen melt 1 cube of butter & place into a shallow bowl.  In another shallow bowl combine 1 c. Sugar, 2 T. Cinnamon, 1/2 C. Brown Sugar. 

Rip off a ball of dough & roll into a worm shape, about 6- 8 inches long. Dip into butter & then into sugar mixture.  Put them round & round in a pizza pan with a side on it. {or you can divide the dough & make 2 -9 inch rounds}  DO NOT use a pan without a lip around it or you'll be cleaning your oven after. *if you have extra dough after making the petal rolls, just roll a piece of dough into a ball, toss in the butter & sugar & then place them in a muffin tin to bake while the rolls are still raising.  {I usually get about 5-6 cinnamon balls when I use the 9 inch cake rounds} 

Raise for 45 minutes, pre heat oven to 350. Bake for 20 min & then ice with a powdered sugar glaze {powdered sugar, milk & vanilla}



The Springtime Hive


Happy last day of March.  Where did it go?  Excited to welcome in April soon.  Wanted to post about another fabulous Hive that's in the books.  Thanks to everyone who was able to come.  Such a thrill to see my home filled with such amazing products, talented vendors & of coarse, friends, family & clients & many, many NEW faces.  Thanks for coming!  Hope you all had a wonderful time & took home many new treasures to decor your home or give as gifts.  

Thanks to my talented, friend Natalie, I have lots of pictures from the opening night.  Grateful for her to come, snap pics for me & get them to me quickly so I'm still "BuZZed" to want to write about The Hive.  So if you were able to come, look for yourself, if you weren't able to come this time plan on coming to The {Fall} Hive coming in the fall. Just happens to be my favorite season & favorite show of the whole year.  Plan to "Bee" there! 
- Natalie of BestImpressions Photography & @nsteed_bestimpressionsphotog-
 In case you were here & didn't hear, post a pic of anything you snapped while at The Hive or something you bought that is now up in your home & use #hive50 for a chance to WiN $50 to spend at an upcoming Hive.  Cha-CHING! 
 Love getting to decorate for The Hive to make it special. Whenever I decorate my porch, I start to get butterflies.  Looked so cute this time around.  These kites were made by a friend of mine & were used as decor for a big birthday bash from a few years ago. Glad I hung onto them because they just set the tone for the show.  Loved it!  I always try to do things a little differently that I have before, so this time around the chalkboard got an accessory of an old frame stuck onto it for me to write the welcome for everyone. Really liked how it turned out.   
{Just stuck the frame on using 3M strips- easy}
 Got a quick pic with The Hive {5} WiNNERS before I let them in to shop a little early before the rest of the swarm of shoppers.  They made good use of their time, believe me!  It pays to enter GiVEAWAYS, you might just win sometime.  Thanks Kara & Kirsche.
 Always like to get a "before" pic of my island all set up & completely stuffed with things.  It doesn't stay this way for long, trust me! Of coarse banners are hung up to celebrate the opening of a Hive.
 Arrows, arrows, arrows!  They were everywhere this show & all unique, different & so cute.  This is just one of the vendors that brought them, there were lots more.  Not many were left at the end of the show.  So awesome!
-These were created by Janet Wilkins, my friend who grew up in the same little town as I did & now my neighbor up here in the mountains-
 Really, the vendors I have are so amazing!  I'm in awe every time they walk in my door with all the creative things they have come up with.  They surprise me every time!
- String art created by Becky Blood, A Bit of Beck-   

The most darling skirts, aprons, onesies & dresses all put together & sewn by the talented & great eye of Amy Redden {aka Vintage Fern}  Her things are always so delightful to look at!  
{I spy an apron I purchased & of coarse, more arrows.  I got one of those too complete with vintage wallpaper of coarse. Love it!}

I have to just go ahead right now & apologize for not having enough of these cute little guys on hand. Boy, did they fly out of here FaST!  Don't worry, more will be here next year! I'll be better prepared, I promise.  Also, be sure to follow @shophollyhocksandhoneybees on Instagram. You never know what will pop up in the shop for sale. 
-Lots of Hollyhocks & Honeybees in this picture, makes me happy to see.  I {heart} U boards coming to the shop soon on Instagram}
Oh, My. Goodness!  Could this incredible lady be anymore amazing?  Everything she creates & makes is just a treasure. Can't get enough of the amazing, Aimee Ferre's things. Those flags, don't get me started.... you can NEVER have too many of them.  If you missed out on getting some at The Hive, don't worry she is having a one day Spring show in her home {check out @aimeeferre for all the details} & she'll be back in The Hive again.  Oh, I just love her!  She is the sweetest. 
 Another corner full of H&H things. Glad these pics were taken so I can see how full it was to start the show because at the end there wasn't much to put away.  Thanks everyone!  So glad you like what I create, it makes me happy & keeps me going.
 Magnets, signs, boards & benches. A few of my favorite things! 
- The adorable leather bunnies in the basket were made by, Dana Engemann.  Talk about talent & artistry.  I hope you snagged one of these little guys up or an adorable fabric chick, too cute!-
 A first timer to The Hive, & she's already told me she'll be back. Hooray!  So glad she had a great time in The Hive.  The awesome signs of Lynn Muir {aka. The Urban Post} I hope you got one of these!  They are the coolest things around. 
 Oh, I wish I could have kept everything on my porch!  Eye candy, galore from To Market.  They packed up a little bit of their store & brought it up to my house.  Loved everything.  Don't even get me started on those awesome vases & perfectly blooming cherry blossom branches. The quintessential sign of spring. 
Thanks for coming Melanie & Holly!  Visit their store on Main Street in Kaysville. Fabulous stuff!-
 There were lots of happy customers at The Hive. When they saw these happy socks they did a dance.  The cutest things you ever did see. I think I had the biggest teenage crowd at The Hive, ever.  Thanks, Woven Pear for bringing a hipness to The Hive & giving lots of my cute neighbors a reason to come shop. 
{I think we now own every pear ;)} 

 I'm glad I have all these pics of the great vendors at The Hive because while it's calm inside, outside is a different story.  I'm always so grateful for fabulous devoted shoppers who start parking along the street out front 30 minutes before we open & start lining up as soon as someone makes a move!  Love seeing a big long line out front my front door.  Makes all the hard work worth it when I see that. Love that it's moms, daughter, best friends, neighbors that all car pool together & make it a fun night at The Hive.  So glad they choose this for the way to spend time together.  

A quick "selfie" with the crowd out front, before letting them in the door. Haha, just had to. So fun!
Couldn't put something like this on by myself. So blessed to have a awesome husband, great kids, sweet neighbors, friends & siblings who are willing to help me during The Hive.  They really do save me & I'm extremely grateful for their help.  They are the best!

-The girls at the Cash/Check line, Stacey & Mace-

-2 sweet friends, Michelle & Janelle & my Sis, Manda, helped out with the Credit Card line- thank you!  They did such a great job, hardly a wait at all. They rocked it! My awesome hubby helped too this time around but wasn't in the pic. Thanks, Ty-   

 The Hive all a "BuZZ" at 6:10.  So fun seeing pics like this because I really don't get to take it all in, I'm too busy running around, greeting, answering questions & giving hugs to friends.  I love it!

- Always love the candy display set up!  Some really yummy, NEW stuff coming for The {Fall} Hive. {I've been taste testing!} Oh, I can't wait!  For the candy & the show, already planning!-

Another shot of the shoppers buzzing around.  A full house even an hour in.      

Another great show & already looking forward to the next one.  I enjoy hosting this so much in our home, I love opening the doors to all of you & working with the vendors that I do.  Such a treat, every time.  

See you all in The Fall!  


It's almost here!


I hope you will all "BuZZ" on over to The Hive this week. It's going to be a fabulous show.  The Hive {5} GiVEAWAY is going on right now & I've given you two ways to enter & win.  Go to the H&H FaceBook page & simply "like" & share the photo or go to @hollyhocksandhoneybees on Instagram & enter there.  You'll need to "like" & then leave a comment tagging who you would love to have shop The Hive early with you on opening night.  Two WiNNERS & there friends will be announced on Wednesday. GooD LuCK! 

Hope to see you there! Happy Spring everyone.


New Month so New Mantel


Well after such a strange winter around here with hardly any snow, March sure is coming in like a lion today with snow falling on the ground.  Of coarse it would, as soon as I have Spring fever & used to 50+ degree weather it winter finally decides to show up.  I'll make the most of it though & stay inside & play around by changing up our mantel.
Not sure if you do this as much as I do but I change around our decor every single month.  Whether there is a big holiday in it or not at least a few things get mixed around & shook up around here.  Just keeps things fresh & new.  I love it! 

Our mantel upstairs got a little boost of freshness & subtle nods to the month of March.  I didn't want to go all leprechauns & shamrocks up here {Saving that for the mustard mantle downstairs.. coming soon}  so I just dug into my front cupboard to see what I had that would play with the theme of Spring, green & outdoors.  

This wooly cute sheep came home with my husband from a business trip somewhere {can't quite remember from where}  but I sure do like him.  I put him on the end of the mantel as an anchor. When I decorate I like to have the focal point & highest point in the center & then something to serve as book ends on either side.  {In this case its the fuzzy, white stuff on both ends to tie it all together} Back to Mr. Sheep, he has an old bell around his neck that I got at an antique store years ago.  When I saw it & learned that it was an bell from a sheep herders camp, I had to have it.  I grew up listening to stories my Grandpa Hall would tell about the times he herded sheep & stayed out in the fields as part of a camp herding sheep.  

- I think I'll name him, Smith. It was my Grandpa's middle name & his mother's maiden name. Seems fitting. -
I really think it was some of the best times he had because of all the memories & stories he would share.  I enjoyed listening to them. Sometimes I just ring the bell & think of my Grandpa when he was younger looking after so many lambs & sheep. 

The brass deer I got from a friend's shop on Instagram.  Do you shop or follow shops on Instagram?  If not you REALLY should.  I've gotten the best stuff from there.  
{Blog post of some of my favorite shops to follow & buy from}  
Of coarse you can't go wrong using books & books when you decorate.  I've said it before & I'll say it again.  They are just the BEST! 

 I like to look for books with great color & interesting titles or subject matter. {I don't read them but look for their decor value}  The glass vase with the gold band across the top was a score from the DI last week. I was going to sell it at the upcoming Spring Hive but.... now it might stay in my stash. Topped with a moss ball is the perfect simple finishing touch. 
Still happy with the project I did at To Market last week.  The cotton branches are just the cutest thing ever.  I've always been jealous of those living in the South that can easy access to this gorgeous stuff. I saw a wreath made out of it years ago on Martha Stewart & still can't get it out of my mind.  Stacked up on some more old books,  for a decorating spin remember you can turn them around & the pages can be just as pretty.  
The wooden bird another find from the DI, years ago & the green round pedestal it's perched on was picked from the biggest & best junk yard in these parts.  They were old casters from off of old moving scales. I bought a whole bunch of them in a rainbow of colors just because....well, they were cool.  

I'm so glad I decided to hang garlands on our mantel this year from Christmas for the first time.  Because I've really enjoyed having that option.  I just put eye screws in the corners of the mantel. Easy, peasey!  I love the way the garlands drape across the fire place.  They are vintage trims that I bought from a friend of mine.  Really, the cheapest, easiest way to hang a garland.  Be on the lookout for them, rummage through your Mom or Grandmother's stash.  Vintage always comes in the best colors too. 

Thanks for reading. Hope it's inspired you to change things up a bit in your home this month.  You can see lots more ideas & inspiration by searching #newmonthnewmantel on Instagram.  Eye candy galore. You're welcome to join in too, I'd love to see your space.  

Have a great day & wishing you a LuCKY month ahead!