“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Saturday, January 31, 2009

YUM, pass me some more of those pink marshmallows and a side of African violet, too!

It's PINK SATURDAY, my favorite day of the week! I get to sit at the kitchen table sipping mocha coffee with a mound of whipping cream on top and browse through some of the most lovely blogs on the block...all filled with pinkness, sweetness and delight.

My offerings this week come from my kitchen counter and the window in my dining room. First, I'd like to share with you the fact that my darling African violet is beginning to bloom for me in the midst of the coldest temperatures of the year. It's been below zero each night for the past couple of weeks with highs in the single digits...YIKES! You may wonder why I covered my violet with a bird cage, sorta like a little prison. Well, sadly, it must be done to save her life. You see, my kitty Camille takes a fancy to fresh blooming violets. She'll snack on the blossoms until her tummy won't hold another bud. In order for me to feed the passion I have for African violets, all of my plants are housed in bird cages, especially when they begin to bud. Camille can smell a blooming plant from a mile away and will eat all the babies in a heartbeat. She's merciless and takes no prisoners.

Next in line is my kitchen counter. When I got the Williams-Sonoma basket I didn't have keeping breads warm in mind. I wanted something to hold fresh fruit that was pretty and not made of wicker. I found this gem for a steal on eBay about a year ago and have loved it more each and every time I took a glance at it when in the kitchen. Being someone who loves pink, one day when it was snowing like crazy it dawned on me that those little cakes at Wal-Mart that bear the name "snowballs" would be perfect for my basket in the wintertime. I added them to my list and the rest is history. The next day I was cleaning out a closet and spied the little chicken, plunked her on top and that was that. If you take a good look, you can see the jar on my counter with a pink teddy bear on the side, filled with pink marshmallows. Those marshmallows are older than the hills and most likely taste horrible by now but they're pink and they look cute so they get to stay, hehehe.

I also thought you'd get a kick out of the pink wall phone I have in the area between my kitchen and dining room. It has a 25' cord so I don't feel confined when a friend calls. I love this phone because it has an old-fashioned ring that takes you back to the days when moms wore aprons when they cooked and dads took their lunch to work and didn't eat in a cafeteria.

Pulling up the rear, I took a photo of my faux strawberry sundae. I found that gem at a tag sale about five years ago, long before fake food was in vogue. I don't think you can see it very clearly, but there is a little rosebud on the top that looks like a tiny cherry.
My kitchen is loaded with pink...on the counters, in the drawers, in the cupboards and on the walls. In the coming weeks I'll be sharing all of it with you hoping that you enjoy looking at my goodies as much as I love sharing them with you. Now, I'm off to visit all of the blogs who signed up for PINK SATURDAY. This event is hosted by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. What would us pink gals do without her? Hurry on over...there are oodles of people who are participating and all of them are just wonderful!
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Vintage To Chic said...

good morning, I remember the violets in my grandmothers home, I have never had much luck with raising them. think I might have to try again.

Sandi said...

I love your birdcage over your violet. It looks divine! And those snowballs.....YUMM! I haven't had one for years! Happy pink Saturday!

lisa said...

Love the pink telephone and your african violet is beautiful.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now that is some pretty pink, and the pink phone reminds me of the pink phone I had in my room as a child. I asked for it for Christmas! LOL! I loved that phone more than anything because pink was IT for me. :-)

Happy Pink Saturday!


Sheila :-)

Deanna said...

Hi Mimi!
I loved all of your pink goodies!
My favorite was your telephone. I have been looking high and low for that phone or the princess phone. I hope to someday acquire one. I know it's out there somewhere!

Have a great Saturday!
Deanna :)

Stephanie said...

That was fun....it felt like I was right there in your lovely kitchen with you. Isn't this a wonderful way to spend Saturday mornings?

Love the birdcages so much...I think I will have to find one of my own, and I also would love to have a vintage telephone, that really brings back memories!

Happy Pink Saturday!


bj said...

ooo, I adore all your pinks...those SnowBalls...I'm picking up some of those and PINK MARSHMELLOWS...how adorable..
I cried for you when I read your comment on my post this morning about losing your mom. I pray every day for a cure, Mimi...
and, it is almost time for MY mammogram...OUCH !!
Pls. come by to see me often..I am adding you to my blogroll so I won't lose you...and, if you have a following, I will do that, too.
xo bj

My Artful Heart said...

OOOh I love, love, LOVE your pink carnation sundae and your little birdcage planter thingy. So CA-UTE

Have a great pink day :)

Sit-N-Chat said...

Your blog is so pretty. I love the pink basket. so many uses... You know, I don't have even one friend who decorates with pink. My bedroom is the main place I use rose colors, plus some touches in the living room. I once had a pink sectional couch but it has been passed around and is now in an apartment that my daughter is temporarily in.

God bless your day.


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

My mom can raise African Violets & I love them, too, but don't have much luck. Too funny that your baby eats the blooms.

Love all your pink goodies that you have shared today!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Kathleen said...

Hi Mimi, I just love your post. The pink phone is to die for. And I love the Strawberry Sundae, faux thought it be. I love your cats....they are just adorable. Happy Pink Saturday, hugs

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Mimi,
Happy Pink Day! Mmmmmm, mocha coffee with whipped cream on top sounds so good! I love the birdcage. I like your pink phone too. I also have a pink phone which I will post one of these days, but it's not as nice as yours. Have a lovely day.


Sheri said...

Hi Mimi! I love your pinks today! I wish my violet looked half as good as yours. :) My baby loves to eat my plants too--love the birdcage idea! Hope you're having a fabulous PS!

jeanne said...

Mimi, your kitchen is sure dripping in pink. I love it all. It's a wonder the violets do not make kitty sick. Your story tickled me pink. I am glad for your idea to jail your violets. Smile. Your ice cream sundae looks a little frilly, but still good enough to eat.


Bobbi Jo said...

Happy Pink Saturday!
I just love the birdcage it is very classy.
The pink phone is also up there with a favorite.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Lorri said...

Love your post this week. I am getting a late start browsing todays glorious pinkness. I love the plant stand with the birdcage. Wonderful!

Deb said...

Hi Mimi
Thank you for your visit today and your kind comment! What a great blog you have. I scrolled down to see pictures of your gorgeous pets! Happy Pink Saturday :-)

LvPoohBr2 said...

All that wonderful pinkness!! Happy Pink Saturday!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I love the snowballs.One of my favorite snacks. Like your sundae also, cute.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Loretta said...

What lovely pink things, esp the violet, and it's just too funny about your cat! Happy Pink Day. Yes, this is tons of fun!

splummer said...

Love all your Pink Photos!!! Really like the bird cage with African Violets, so thoughtful to put them there so they won't get eaten. I know about boogies on the window. We have 2 Miniature Dachshunds that do the same thing to the living room window. I'll have to take a before and after photo some day and post it on my blog!! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!


Mary said...

Such lovely pinks!! I bought a white warming tray at a yard sale that I love...keep it filled on my kitchen counter too! Great minds think alike! lol
Love the carnations and your phone is darling! Remember when cordless was such a great invention!
Enjoyed your Pink post!

Diane said...

I love your birdcage & violets! Happy PINK Saturday! ♥ Diane

Joy said...

I love how the violets look under the cage. And everything you posted is so charming.

Katie said...

I so enjoyed hearing about your cat eating the blossoms! What lovely pinks you have and Happy Pink Saturday!

vintagewindow said...

Silly cat violets are for cages. :) LOL
Your post made me laugh as I imagined the cat attacking the flowers.

Love all of your pinks. The sundae is the sweetest.

Happy PS


Anonymous said...

Love all your pink things. I didn't know cats ate flowers. Good idea to put them in cages. They look pretty there too.

Elizabeth said...

Loving all your pink! My mom still has a wall phone w/ a long cord, but it's boring beige.

Say It With Roses said...

Loved the wicker stand with the birdcage. How clever!
Reading your blog was delightful!
I am in the frozen North, too. The high today was 13 degrees....time to get the bikini out! HaHaHa!

Lana said...

My houseplants live in a guest room because my kitties won't behave around plants. I would love to get African violets but they'd have to remain closed away, too. You have pretty photos today for Pink Saturday!

Blessings, Lana

Chatelaine said...

Oh, I see you have one of those kitties too. My kitty eats plants, flowers, you name it. Even the silk ones.

Love your faux sundae. No calories!

Nice to meet you!

Betty (picture circa 1954) said...

I love the way you protect your violets, but understand the necessity. I couldn't help but laugh. Mine would eat the pretty bloom and then get sick! That pink phone is great.

Lara said...

what a great pink post! thanks for sharing!

Blondie's Journal said...


You have such sweet things for PS. Love kiity in spite of her love for african violets! (I happen to think the bird cages around are quite chic). Pink marshmallows-wouldn't last long around me!!

What a sweet and pretty post! :-)


Linda said...

I just love your pink phone! And your violet...even if it is in "jail"..LOL so very pretty. Happy Pink Saturday, I enjoyed dropping by!

The Muse said...

HELLO! :) :)

Well aren't we up late??? LOL

We could be like those teens of the 50's with their baby doll nighties and fuzzy slippers...chatting away on their PINK phones!!! LOL

Glad you liked that ferris wheel...wow my ride was high up!

Riet said...

I love your pink phone and the African violet. Looks so good in winter. Happy pink weekend

IsabellasCloset said...

Mimi, Such a beautiful African violet. I'm crazy about your Pink wall phone!!!
Hope you have a lovely Sunday. You are always so sweet!!~Mary~ :-}

Jessica said...

I just love your wicker plant stand and the birdcage over it is so clever~ great idea!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Hugs~ J

claudie said...

Hi MiMi
How did I miss you? I adore your site. I've been looking at all your goodies for 1/2 hr. now.
You, like me are a pink lover and I agree with you on the Pepto Rooms... to much for me .
Love that phone. We had one on the wall like it, but in black. I should have spray painted it while mom wasn't looking lol
I love a good thrift find like you.
Happy Belated PS
Claudie from BUBBLIN' OVER

Jillian said...

Oh wow, a pink WALL phone! Where did you find it?

I had that Williams sonoma basket in my hands at their store and put it back. Yours looks fabulous and makes me think I made a mistake putting it back!

Thanks for sharing....it was fun.

claudie said...

I would like to feature you as my "favorite site" this week. I hope that's ok with you
Love Claudie

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

you do have such a nice collection of pinks....I like the bird cage...sorry I am a bit late on my Pink Saturday visit...Have a wonderful afternoon....
Mo :-)

JudyBug said...

Love your pictures. The african violets make me think of my grandmother. She always had such wonderful luck with them...me? Not so much. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Your pink phone is CUTE! Love it! The sundae with cherry on top looks delicious to eat...it's a shame it not real...It would be gone if I was there..lol Thanks for stopping by and sweet comment...Happy Pink Ktherinellen

Marina Capano said...

Happy belated Pink Saturday!

These photos are fantastic.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Now I think your sweet kitty has done you a big favor. Having to put the violets in the birdcages is just absolutely charming. Otherwise they might just be sitting on the windowsill like everybody else's. Happy Belated Pink Saturday. My Mom has always grown African violets on her kitchen sills.

Jeanie said...

These are wonderful! I haven't seen a pink phone in eons!

CC said...

I love all the pinks..the pink phone and the sundae are my favorites.. A belated happy Pink Saturday and have a lovely week.

suesueb said...

sorry so late visiting. thanks for the wishes and visit. i love the idea of the bird cages and especially the pink phone. our family had a yellow one when i was growing up and i was so sorry when it broke. happy pink week!!

Marianne said...

Hi Mimi - Thank you very much for visiting our blog. I appreciate any feedback.

What a beautiful slice of the internet you have here! So encouraging and peaceful. I will most definitely be back!