Weekend Notes: Simplicity

image : iliana’s notebook

This weekend is as usual a bit busy with a soccer game and the usual cleaning/laundry/food shopping/birthday party/brunch. Lots of domestic and fun stuff. No, I am not paying much attention at those items on my to-do list, the domestic ones, I am much more excited about this Sunday 5k which I signed up with my 13 year old daughter; let’s face it, teens are strange creatures so if she has the slightest interest in being a part of this, you damn right I am signing up for it.

Hope you enjoy the weekend!

Green Animals Topiary Garden


Green Animals is the oldest and most northern topiary garden in the United States, it has more than 80 pieces of topiary throughout the gardens, including animals and birds and geometrical forms, it is truly a beautiful place to visit and I recommend to bring the whole family.


It seems quite possible that if you look close enough you could see a white rabbit rushing someplace.

“There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter.”


Green Animal Topiary Garden
Green Animal Topiary is located in Portsmouth, easily a half an hour drive from Providence and it’s open June – October.


Owls + Birds Baby Shower

Earlier this year we celebrated a baby shower for a dear friend, she had a beautiful baby girl last month and we are all in love with her already, I can’t wait to see her grow.

I was super excited to do anything for her baby shower, it’s one of those things that you just can’t help to love doing for someone that is so special, we have a very hands-on group of friends too and everyone is very resourceful and crafty, so pretty much everyone help to get it all done.


She decided on owls and birds as illustrations so I drew them and designed the invites with the colors she chose, yellow and lavender.

After that, I made all the rest of the paper goodies, advice to the mom to be and thank you cards, a mad lib game and table cards; I also made runners for the tables using yellow burlap which was super easy to cut, and tied it together with a white paper puffs at the end of each side.


One of friends made the owl cake pops which came out perfect and the sister of the mama-to-be did all the flower arrangements using mason jars and painted the cute wood owls and birds she found at Michaels, everything was really lovely.

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