Indoor Picnic

The weather here in Southwest Missouri has been cold, drizzly, and not very spring-like. So for Easter Sunday this year, we decided to have a French-inspired indoor picnic. French wine, cheeses, a charcuterie board, home-made baguettes…the whole works.

Of course, we ate at the dining table, so rather than a picnic, I guess it was just French-inspired picnic-fare. C’est la vie. It. Was. Parfait.

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Color Me Bad: Coloring Books for EVERYONE!

One of my current side hustle projects is to make a coloring book of floral art. I’m not talking about the intricate mandala-style books, where one missed paisley is a stress-induced scramble to cover it up. I want nice big patches of petals, or rosy cheeks for someone to puddle watercolors on top of. Here’s a rough draft of a page of mine:

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In researching coloring books for adults, though, I did manage to find some that I’d actually sit down and tinker with:

Everything is Better with CONFETTI

Our friend Whitney threw the most colorful and fun wedding celebration. The groomsmen had pompom boutonnieres, we tossed dried herbs and jingled bells as the new couple made their way to their chariot. The reception had vintage planters filled with colorful blooms, and giant confetti-filled balloons. Here are a few photos from the florists behind Queen City Blooms:

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Colorful boutonnieres by Queen City Blooms.

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The witty and beautiful bride!

Are you looking to add color and whimsy to your own life, wedding or not? Keep reading!

Welcome!

Years and years ago, we (Stephanie and Nicole) collaborated on a lifestyle blog, before we realized that lifestyle blogs were even lifestyle blogs. We called it “Cinco Style” and it was an assortment of photos, recipes, projects, and favorites. This was pre-Pinterest, pre-Instagram, if you can even remember that far back!

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In time, our professional and personal goals have aligned in such a way that we felt compelled to start an updated version of that old blog (which has since been deleted, sadly). Stephanie is a floral designer, landscape architect, fiber artist & quilter, hostess with the mostess, and visual merchandiser. Oh yeah, she has also two children. Nicole is a freelance writer, a painter, a bookkeeper at an arts council, an arts advocate, and an entrepreneur. Oh yeah, and she also has two children.

Because of our busy schedules, indulging in our favorites is a necessity. That means sparkling wine in fancy teacups, splurging on a shellac manicure, gathering friends for impromptu parties, and enjoying a fresh bouquet of peonies, grown in the backyard. It means making relaxing bath concoctions, and then taking those baths, going to the movies with our families, and sitting by the fire telling stories.

“Bubbly in a Teacup” will highlight all of life’s little luxuries that we can afford, on our boxed-wine budget. Whether it’s from eye-lash serum to perfecting a vodka gimlet, we hope to inspire you to seek out your own happiness and joy.

Cheers! –Stephanie & Nicole