Monday, October 20, 2014

Leu Gardens Weddings

So last week, I wrote about Leu Gardens, a great Central Florida day trip.  While researching to write that post, I found lots of images of weddings there!  So this week, I thought I'd share what a great wedding venue it is... in addition to a fun place to visit!

via Rai Cox on Pinterest

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Holiday Items in my Etsy Shop

I honestly can't believe the holidays are almost upon us alreadyBut that means it's time to roll out seasonal items in the shop!

First, Halloween!


Fall!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Florida Day Trips: Leu Gardens


One of the perks of living in Central Florida is the doable-day-trip proximity of so many fun things to do.  About an hour away from my house is one of these great options, the Harry P Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida.  I got to visit for the first time not too long ago and I was super surprised to find this 50 acre garden oasis right in the heart of Orlando.

Leu House Museum, a historic turn-of-the-century house
Leu Gardens include a visitor center and gift shop, The Leu House Museum, Art at Leu Gardens (sculptures throughout the Gardens), a gazebo, a graveyard, a cottage, and, of course, acres of gardens, including citrus, herbs, roses, bamboo, oak trees, magnolias, and lots of lots of camellias.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bloglovin'!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I just discovered the website Bloglovin!  It allows you to follow all of your favorite blogs all in one place, with an easy to view layout.  I'm just getting started, but it looks like it will be helpful for discovering new blogs, something I'm always trying to do!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shop (and Eat) Local: The Barn


The Barn in Lake Alfred, Florida is one of my favorite places ever.  We've been going there for years! The Barn has several shopping options, as well as a cute lunch spot, The Back Porch.  


The Back Porch has a menu featuring sandwiches, soups, salads, deserts, and drinks.  An average price for lunch is about $10.  It's an affordable and fun lunch out.  I love the food because it's at the same time both light and filling. Yum yum.



The Barn Antiques opened in 1969. Their antiques are hand-picked from across England, then shipped back home, lovingly restored when needed, and then sold for an affordable price.  I got this awesome armoire with a full length mirror for $375.  Not bad for solid furniture.

The antiques side is open seasonally (allowing the owners to go shopping for new treasures abroad in the summer!) and reopens this year on October 4.  Exciting!


There are two shops, The Stable Home Decor and The Seasons Gift Shop, featuring new items with lots of home decor items and seasonal decorations.  I love going there at different time of year to see what new decorations they have out.  My favorite area though is the Back Yard Garden Shop which has lots of plants and yard decorations.  It's such a magical little spot and so many different things to look at!


The Barn is closed open Tuesday- Saturday 10 AM- 4 PM.  The Back Porch restaurant is open 11 AM- 3 PM.  Saturdays are generally *mobbed*... if you can go on a week day, I'd highly recommend it!