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Northern Michigan Travelogue

Posted on August 13, 2013 by Rebecca | 0 comments

Just a few weeks ago, Derek, Lizzie and I took a family road trip to Northern Michigan to visit Derek's parents. Derek grew up in this absolutely beautiful portion of our country, and I always tease him that certainly everyday he lived there must have felt like a vacation! Since his family still resides in Boyne, we spent the week scouting around in Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Sturgeon Bay. Here are a few of my favorites sites and activities from the trip!

While we were in Harbor Springs, I had the opportunity to visit one of our favorite Rebecca Ray retailers Joie de Vie where Valerie has done the most magnificent job displaying our products. Her store is absolutely gorgeous; as you can see below, it's a visual treat!

 

During the evening one night, we went to Elk Rapids Polish Festival for not only the draft horse pull competition but for the Kielbasa, Sauerkraut and noodles - does it get any better than that? Here is the winning team!

Also, I was able to visit Rebecca Ray traveling retailer, Bead by Bead at the Traverse City Horse Show, where Ann has a beautiful set up and display of Rebecca Ray.

Another day was spent at the Petoskey Antiques show - foraging for great finds. It is always fun to be at a antiques show in a different region, as you tend to see different things. I loved this vintage stone stool and had never seen anything like it! As for these antique fishing creel bags, the natural bag farthest to the right reminded me of The Camryn bag! You can see where I get my inspiration from!

And, as usual, we did all of our regular vacation things like Tom's Mom's cookies, Guerney Store sandwiches, farmer's markets and beach time.  It was a great break and fun family time.  Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Until next adventure, Best!!

Rebecca

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Hurray! Summer's Here at Rebecca Ray!

Posted on June 05, 2013 by Rebecca | 0 comments

I do believe, that after a slightly contentious winter that hung on way too long, it appears that summer is finally here.  A chance to wear all of those bright colors that we have been longing for.  For me, it is also a time to pick flowers out of the garden almost every evening - I hunt and gather and run in to poke through all of my containers, vases and pitchers that I have collected throughout the years. Nothing perks up a room quite like fresh flowers! At our new farm, the peonies are particularly stunning this year all in pinks and whites in various shapes.  I'm pairing them with simple variegated hosta leaves that I also find in the yard.  The flowering trees are also a source of inspiration; I love placing branches in mid-century vases of strong greeks and blues.  Our hydrangeas are big and pink, and I love pairing those blooms with white ironstone or milk glass. Summer is also one of my favorite times because it is the start of all of our local, fresh farmer's markets. All of that fresh produce and home grown product inspires me to go home and cook!

 

From flowers to fruits, I have always been captivated by these bright colors found in nature, and the inspiration has translated into my designs! Whenever I see a dark red delicious apple, I am reminded of the time when I designed The Maryann handbag. I was trying to pick out a rich fall color for the bag and saw the apple I had with my lunch… and that’s how the red Maryann came to be! A pink Camryn handbag is always reminiscent to me of the pink peonies in my garden and a orange Croc Bracelet makes me long for sweet summer peaches. Hope you get inspired to both garden and embrace Summer style with Rebecca Ray!!

 

Best,

Rebecca 

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