Pennants, family, cornfields & trophies... a week in pics.


   Hi, happy Saturday!  I wanted to quickly check in  & share a few of my favorite pics that I posted on Instagram this past week. Hope you like what you see & that something might inspire you. 

-Nigara Falls, Canada, Duke University {Go Devils!} Buffalo, NY & Salt Lake City, Utah - 
It's safe to say that I am completely smitten with & have found a new current passion for pennants!  I love vintage & new ones.  Just something about them, they scream Old School to me & you know I like that.  I made this banner to hang up during The Hive last week & just can't bear to take it down so it's still up. I do have a rule though:  I only buy pennants that mean something special or are from a place we've been.  It's always good to start out with a rule or I could have a banner 35 ft. long by now, if you know what I mean.  

Something else I'm completely head over heels with is this display that is currently up over my stove in the kitchen.  Again, more decor for The Hive but lots more to come on this Sporty Decor idea next week.  Can't wait to share!  Be sure to come back & take a peek. 

My 3 girls had the amazing opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime event with 16,000+ of their friends last week.  Click {HERE} to see what they were a part of & what they celebrated.  Pay close attention at the end, you might just see a familiar face.  Such a proud Mom! 

A little yummy treat to take to some neighbors.  We dressed up some Krispy Kreme glazed donuts with a red sugar glaze, sprinkles, a pretzel stem & a air head leaf & delivered them for a late night treat.  Just because & to celebrate the fabulous Fall season that is finally here.  Hooray! 

I took a day road trip up to where I grew up last week to visit my sweet Grandma.  I also took a drive around our families farm & just had to pull over & take a pic of the corn growing in my Dad's corn field. The colors were just gorgeous! 

For the past 2 years this trophy has been in our home & today it's going to a new home.  I will miss it.  My husband has been the Utah State Giant Pumpkin Growers champ the past 2 years, he took the year off this time so giant pumpkins for us this year. Heading to the weigh off today to see who the new champion will be. 

Hope you have fun plans this Saturday.  Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful weekend. 



All the "BuZz" from The Fall Hive


  Time to re cap another eventful & successful Hive Boutique.  Gets bigger & better every time.  Thanks to EVERYONE who came.  Hope you all left with a few new fabulous things.  There was lots to see this time around.  Thanks to my wonderful friend, Courtney, for coming over & taking some pics for me.  I always get caught up & forget to take pictures so to have a talented friend to hire is so worth it to have memories from the night.  

A giant chalkboard on the porch welcomed everyone to The Hive & all the info. they needed to know was  all spelled out.  

Had to rope off the porch this time because there was so much vintage goodness spread out all over.  LoTS of good stuff!  There were lots of happy shoppers, let me tell you. 

 One of the sights that always thrills me & makes me a little bit queezy too.  ALWAYS a line up out front to get into The Hive.  Thanks so much for all those come early, faithful shoppers.  So impressed that this year people were even bringing their own shopping bags in with them.  SMaRT! 

I always like there to be a focal point in The Hive.  Each & every time it varies from show to show.  This time around it was stacks & stacks of rounds.  All shapes, sizes & textures filled with sweets, treats, this & thats.  Loved the way it turned out. 

 A few pics of some of the H&H things I had in The Hive this time around.  Love to be inspired & create things that are coming up so this time it was all about Fall, school, Halloween & Autumn.  

Stacks & stacks of colorful decorative benches.  They ALL went home to happy homes & will hopefully be used alot, more to come for the Holidays..... stay tuned! 

Love these next couple of pics because it's what I like to call "the calm before the Swarm"  I have all my team of helpers come a few minutes early to get informed, check things out & visit for a bit before it gets busy.  Grateful for all these amazing family & friends who help me pull off such an event.  Couldn't do it without their help! 

Did something new this time around.  I hosted a GiVEAWAY for 2 lucky ladies + a friend each to get into The Hive 5 minutes early to shop.  Since you saw the pictures of the line out front you know what a PRIZE this is.  So great to see the response & excitement over this.  5 minutes is a big deal!  So glad I have these pics of the 1st ever winners of The Hive {5}  maybe we'll have to do it again. 
-Be sure to follow @hollyhocksandhoneybees on Instagram to hear all about it & info. to enter for The {Holiday} Hive-

-Debbie & her daughter, Melissa- 

-Megan & her friend, Kisha- 
Once the 5 minutes was up the Hive quickly filled up with excited shoppers.  Thanks to the awesome vendors who supplied The Hive this time around with such amazing stuff.  
-Tausha Hoyt, Nicole McConkie, Janet Wilkins, Dana Engemann, Jennifer Reed & TaDa Home Decor- 

-What I like to see, a full Hive!  Buzzing with excitement!- 

Opening night is always such a fun night but I always say that Friday & Saturday are just as great.  They are because there is still a lot of stuff, it is less crowded, you can walk around, take your time & really see what is here.  Vendors usually re stock a bit too {Shhh....don't tell anyone ;)}  This year I had several people come back for a 2nd look on Friday morning, so fun to see.  A BiG shout out to these two friends, who came to help me on Friday morning when it was so busy that I needed some extra hands to help.  Thanks so much Angel & Stacie, you guys saved me!  So fun to see Friday of The Hive just as busy as opening night.  

I think this amazing chalkboard, made by Leila Bird, sums up perfectly what I want to say as I think back on The {Fall} Hive 2014 edition.  THaNK YoU to all who come from near & far to this charming little unique boutique that is only open a few times during the year.  You really make my heart full. I love the connections & friendships I make & the energy I feel every time I host a Hive.  
Thanks again, so much.  Looking forward to having another one very soon. 
{Info. to come- be on the lookout.} 



A favorite combo

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Let me just say, I love what I get to spend time doing. I love creating!! Going into my craft room & spending a day is so fun for me.  I've been so busy lately {hence my absence from blogging} getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year {for me anyway} The Fall Hive. Hope you have been following along on Instagram to see what I've been up to. {@hollyhocksandhoneybees}
As always one of my favorite combinations to play around with & inspire me is: vintage finds & pretty papers.  These teeny tiny vintage gold frames & old school, fall & halloween papers did just that.  I took this sweet little frames, gave them a few H&H touches & now they are the sweetest little things.  I'm smitten with them!  These & many others will be for sale at The Hive this week. 

Also at The Hive will be the triumphant return of Hollyhocks & Honeybees decorative benches.  I know some of you have been waiting FOREVER to get your hands of these so "bee" sure to come to The Hive to snag one up to use on your kitchen island, on the mantle or on a bookshelf. So many uses for these fabulous benches.  Grateful to my awesome hubby for designing, cutting out & putting these together & my kids for helping me paint so that I have a whole bunch on hand. 

Another combination I've always loved is frames with chunky wood & pretty papers.  Again, you just can't go wrong. So cute they are SCaRy!!  

Lots & lots of H&H #31 sets, they are always a popular purchase & a must have in any home to welcome in the month of Trick or Treaters!  

I hope to have a minute or two before The Hive to share more pics.  Hope to see you there.  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day. Don't forget to enter the GiVEAWAY over on Facebook for a chance to get into The Hive 5 minutes early + a friend!  



Hello.... September!


  So many of my favorite things rolled up into one day.  New Month starting on a Monday plus being a Holiday to boot, does it get any better than this?  Lots of fresh new starts to think about today.  Nothing like turning over the page on a calendar & starting off on the right foot with a brand new whole week ahead. 

What is it that you look most forward to during the month of September? Is it changing leaves, crisp apples, football games, warm soups to enjoy.  Well, I just told you mine now I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment!  
{Pretty please, I've missed hearing from you!} 

I also realized that I never posted the link to the Studio 5 segment that I did a few weeks ago.  It's all about decorating for Back to School.  I loved putting it together & sharing ideas. Thought it was funny that I actually said this on the air...

But you know what it really is.  I just love old stuff, junk, treasures whatever you want to call it.  It just never goes out of style!  Here's the link to the segment, hope it inspires. 

Have a awesome month ahead!  Lots to do & enjoy, love the Fall, simply the best!  See you at The Hive Sept. 18, 19 & 20th.