Hi Girlfriends!  How are you?  I’m fine, still working on our new book, I’m on a roll and so excited about it.  I know I keep saying, ‘SO close,’ and we are, but not quite done. I’m painting page 243 right now; I have up to page 247 laid out and ready to be written in pen and painted, and three more pages to finish writing after that.  Which means the book part of A Fine Romance will be done.  After that, only a few more things: the Index, Table of Contents, Copyright Page, Title page, and the flaps and spine for the cover — the end papers are done.  It sounds like a lot, but compared to where I was when I started, it’s a drop in the bucket! Book writing is funny. You do page one and you think you will never be done; you just plod along.  And one day,if you don’t give up, and that’s a big IF, it’s done! And it seems so strange!  You get to go out and learn how to live real life again!  You also get to do spring cleaning, Which is something I can’t wait to do this year.  I have done nothing to this house all winter, it needs me! It needs my little vases of flowers, and perhaps some new spring sheets, perhaps they will be pink!

I love my dust bunny, especially the pink bow in her hair.  I never get to show her enough!  She has the perfect attitude for spring cleaning, you can tell by her smile.  The reason she’s so happy is because that while she cleans, she listens to this MUSICA and knows all the words to this song. It’s perfect for washing dishes on a spring day with the windows open.  (I know, it’s still too cold for most of us, but I have a case of) 

And a brand new issue of my favorite magazine on the face of the earth showed up in the nick of time.

Here’s an inside page . . . Photographs of photographs usually aren’t that great (not mine anyway) but the general gist, the takeaway that I got was . . .

We should be paying attention to PINK. This issue was so festive and cheerful, it took my fever down a full two degrees so I thought I would give you some of my own brand of pink!

Can you almost smell them? So Pink! It’s my own “Branch-Like Living Magazine.”  Free on your local internet news stand now.♥

What magazine worth its salt wouldn’t have a recipe in it?  So let’s drink to Pink!

Pazzazzy start to the day, keeps us in the . . . OK, I promise not to do that. ♥

Anyone having a birthday this week?  This is for you …♥

Love Pink embroidered vintage dishtowels.  They are so cheerful!

 One of my favorite things, this little child’s cup.  Doesn’t say a thing on the bottom, but it called my name from a shelf in an antique store a long time ago. 

 Last spring, Angelique tulips in my garden. From the Gardening section of our magazine.

And every so often I feel the urge to Paint in Pink too.

As I’m sure you’ve already noticed!

Coconut CakeI tinted the frosting PINK to make it a Circus Cake with animal cookies and gumdrops.

 Joe and I went to the Gift Show a couple of years ago and because I love Pink, I had to have a photo of this. 

Pink roses in my picket-fence garden, I forget the name of this rose, but I’m pretty sure it’s one of these!

I use seashells to decorate in the Summer . . . I have them everywhere, in the bathroom, on the porch, on the adirondak table out back . . . 

I found this cheery little pillow case with all the tiny French knots at a yard sale!

We used to have this wall-hanging in the Vintage section of our webstore, but I think it belongs to one of you girlfriends now.  I kept a picture because it is so adorable!

 Some of you might know that for a few years I worked for a company designing pajamas.  That was fun!

My garden seems to know the words to the song too, it certainly looks happy!  You should see it now.  Everything full of promise, but that’s all, just a wing and a prayer, waiting for spring!

Homemade applesauce in Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz

A little selection of rose and pink depression glass at a summer dinner-party bar.

 Here we are again, back at the Gift Show in New York, looking at pink ballerina sheets!

 I’m sure this was originally part of a pitcher and washbowl set, but something must have happened to the bowl, because the pitcher was all I found.  Maybe that’s why it was so inexpensive.  I use these pitchers to serve water and ice tea at summer parties (or whenever I need a giant vase).

First sign of spring — quilt-flapping under the maple tree.

A “before” picture of the arbor — Joe rebuilt it and painted it last summer, with climbing Pink New Dawn roses, so romantic.♥ Especially with fireflies and candlelight.

And to carry the theme through, this was my orangie-rosey-pink breakfast this morning!

I guess that’s all for now girls.  Joe just got back from the hardware store and said, “It’s 52 degrees outside! Let’s go for a walk out to the water!”  And I am saying, “YES!”  I hope you all have a wonderful day! ♥ Next time we get together, I’m going to take you to California!  For some fun in the sun!

  And I promise I’ll update the blog more often as soon as I turn the book in. Thank you for being patient — I love reading your comments! ♥ I’m taking a few days off from the book to design next year’s calendars!  So that’s what I’ll be doing when we get home from our walk. I have so many ideas! Can’t wait to start doing it. Everything needs to be turned in and done by April 1, so you can see it won’t be long now! And then I’ll be doing the Happy Dance right out to the garden! Love you!  xoxo

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691 Responses to PINK

  1. Laura M. says:

    Thank you for the birthday cupcake…it was delicious! Today is my birthday, so it was fun to imagine that it was meant just for me. 🙂 All the pink made me smile even more!

  2. Jack says:

    We got a new pair of Cardnals out at the feeder this AM — a new strange looking pair ……
    His comb doesn’t stand up -lays down like a pompadour do and his coloring is PINK , an albino Cardinal —- OK that’s him ! SHE is black on her back -like the Ace of Spades and regular cardinal colors on her breast and under her wings ….a bit redder than usual for a female …so they ate their fill and flew off — hope they come back at least once more ….
    Today was our Tooth Cleaning day in Sedona and we got our big dose of PINK from all
    The rows of flowering plums on the way , planted in rows along the roadside and in full bloom . Then coming back home we stopped at Panda Express for take-out — noodles ,
    Spicy beef , walnut Shrimp and orange Chicken, plus a couple Spring Rolls and Fortune Cookies , mine said ,” you have a very weird daughter ” I can’t figure out how it knows…..

    • sbranch says:

      LOL Dad!!! You had me til the end. xoxo

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        Oh NO! LOL LOL Sorry…He is so funny and fun.

      • Julie Marie says:

        I love you Susan’s daddy!… your sense of humor is so much fun, I just love reading your comments!… so happy you join right in here with all of us “girlfriends”!… xoxo Julie Marie PS If you have a weird daughter, then alot of us must be weird too, ’cause we LOVE her!… tee hee hee…

      • CarolK (NJ) says:

        Geez, what a card your Dad is. He sounds exactly like my Dad use to be. He’d come out with the funniest things that would knock your socks off. LOL Love it!!

  3. Arlinda says:

    Think pink, it’s a better way of life.

  4. Sandy Schaefer says:

    Dear Susan,

    Pink is my middle name. Well, actually Sue is my middle name but I answer to Pink.
    I loved this blog entry. Everything about it was just delightful. What about the pillowcase with french knots?
    It’s beautiful. Love.

    I’m in the process of buying a house. Soon to be home. My mailbox is going to
    be pink!
    What will the neighbors think?
    Oh my.

    Love and hugs from Duluth, MN.
    sandy s. s.

  5. Jan says:

    One of my favorite posts! The color PINK and bunnies – two of my favorite things. Your dust bunny is just adorable. I collect bunnies and have a bench where they all sit. My grandkids call it the” bunny bench”. They love playing with all of the bunnies. Sooo happy for you (and us) that your book is almost done. What an accomplishment!!
    As far as the calendar – any chance of doing a page a day calendar? Would love to have one designed by you. Thinking of you as you put the finishing touches on that book. Oh, happy day!

  6. martha dagostino says:

    hello Susan, I just love your website and am enjoying it every single day. sent it to my sister months ago and she is in love with you. IMAGINE. I wish more would see the beauty in life through you. thank you for your beautiful photos and I have a Joe in my life too – in fact – two joes. an older one and a younger one. hubby and son. till next time, ruby

  7. I think you were having a bit of Spring wishing here with all this lovely pink. My favorite color and I have many shades of it everywhere in our home along with Yellow and green. An Old Art teacher of mine once said its a Happy Color that she likes to surround herself with. We got along well. 🙂 We saw our first pink plum trees in bloom today. Happy days. 🙂 Love your Calendars. Have a large stack of old ones I will never part with. So I will look forward to next years.

  8. Sarah Maldonado says:

    PINK! I adore pink! I have lots of pink here and there but my favorite item was my Laura Ashley dainty pink striped sheets with ruffle trim on the top sheet and pillow cases. Sadly, only the pillow cases remain…the sheets were always on my white antique cast iron bed in the guest room. They finally became threadbare and now are no more! I bought them back when I first started teaching and spent a pretty penny from my sparse salary then. They were worth it though! Thanks for the “everything’s coming up pink roses” post!

  9. anne-marie vogt says:

    Good to hear from you again! I check your blog just about everyday to see what’s new in your world. I decorated our house for Easter last week during a snow storm. Hard to believe that spring is almost here. Now looking through spring catalogues for our perrenial and veggie gardens. Probably will need to put in some fencing to keep our chickens out. They wreaked havoc in the garden last year…I wonder how Gladys Taber managed with her girls:)

    • pat addison (cave junction,OR) says:

      oh my and i thought i was the only one with the chickens in the garden problem, i solved it by fencing off the gardens, and with a broom…..any hen getting in my garden was chased out with a swat to the behind with a broom, very effective. hope that helps. hugs….. 🙂

  10. Lorna from Santa Rosa, CA - Valley of the Moon - Heart of Wine Country says:

    Oh Susan,

    Please don’t worry about getting the blog written while you are up to your ears in deadlines and spring fever. Girlfriends understand. I am amazed at how much you do get done and how much inspiration to provide.

    I do have a thought about the book launch – hire a “Bobby” to “guard” you for the day. When my friend opened up a tea shoppe (35 years ago) in Costa Mesa, the Bobby by the door and the Union Jack flapping in the wind were all that was needed to add the proper flavor to the opening. Being on the west coast, I am hoping to meet you during your “romantic” book tour.

    And, thank you for all you create for us, and for all you share with us, and for all you do so that we may live vicariously through your happy life!

  11. Beth T. says:

    It is such a delight to hear that the book is coming right along. I feel almost as if you are creating it just for me, as it shall be the perfect gift for my dearest friend. Thank you, thank you for all you do. And for the pretty pinkness of today’s note. I am in the Pacific Northwest and after one gorgeous spring day, we are back to rain and gray skies. Your photos were a very welcome bit of cheer.

  12. Hi Susan!

    You sound very busy but also very happy! I had fun catching up with your blog last night — I moved from NY to CO two months ago and have been very busy myself trying to set up my new home. We welcomed a new grand daughter into the world last month and she has been the center of attention since! Pink is now my new favorite color, as you can imagine, and I really enjoyed this beautiful pink post and all your wonderful drawings.

    I’m very excited about your new book! I can’t wait to see it!



    • Susan says:

      Welcome to Colorado, Pat. I lived there for 26 years and miss it so. It truly is a magical place to live:-). Congratulations on your new grandbaby! What fun you will have with her!!!

  13. Star says:

    Hi Susan,
    I was starting to miss you. But, here you are tonight. I am in Ca and it is after 10 so you are really burning the candle on both ends.
    I had a birthday on the 9th. Got you have dinner out with my son and family. They have 4 boys 12-5. Very fun.
    You mentioned the calendar. I asked awhile back if you could do one with mostly black and white. You did one about 20 years ago with some pages in black and white.
    It even had a tuxedo cat in a kitchen with black and white tile flooring.
    Good luck what ever you do, I know I will love it.

  14. Sylvia Faye says:

    Your blog arrived in the evening and what a pleasant ‘pink’ surprise.

    Please, please save me an autographed book of ‘A Fine Romance’. Yours is truly one book I wish to have this year and will count it as a 60th anniversary gift to myself. You have my email address and when they are published let me know the price and I will be so happy to pay for it at that time. Money seems to be always ‘tight’ these days and that means living ‘a more simple life’ and that is not all bad, n’est ce pas?
    With fortitude,

    • sbranch says:

      Don’t worry, you will probably hear my screams from your house when the book comes in! 🙂 — but just in case, I’ll announce it with bells on, right here

  15. Nancy B says:

    Wonderful post, Susan. When I clicked on the rose display, I just started giggling.
    I expected a few roses, but they just kept going and going and going!! Such beauty. Thank you. I need to upgrade my rose garden; would love an arbor with climbing roses like yours. It was so good to hear from you today.

    Nancy (from Bakersfield)

    • Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

      Nancy, The exact same thing happened to me. I was expecting to see the name of the rose—then when I clicked on and saw a veritable Garden of Eden of Roses, well, I got the giggles too! But so beautiful!

      I would love a rose arbor, but I am afraid of it falling over. We have high winds as we are on a hill. (Although we have beautiful views!) There is a fence between my neighbor’s house and mine. I asked them if I could grow a climbing rose on my side and train it along the fence. They were excited! Now I have a New Dawn rose blooming in early summer. Lovely!

  16. What a wonderful way to end the day! I’ve stayed up waaaay too late tonight on the computer (it’s almost midnight!) but I saw that you had a new post and decided that bedtime can just wait! I love love love pink, so it’s a good thing I married a man who’s last name is Rose! 🙂 Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication on your book. What a wonderful feeling it must be to almost be finished with it, but then again, it must feel a tiny bit sad too to be all done. Thanks for all of the pinkiness to sleep and dream of! ♥

  17. Mary S. says:

    Thank you for the blog!! Missed you a lot, but excited to know you are working on completing The Book!!!
    Your Dust Bunny is adorable!! I hate dust bunnies, but I love yours!!
    Do you ever go to Disneyland when you are in CA? We are taking my daughter and her family (they live in AZ) this week – it will be my grandchildrens’ first time!! I am sooo excited!!

    Love from Mary S. in Fresno, CA

  18. Kirsten Wichert says:

    I love your pink post!! I loved your “Branch Living” magazine too. I’m considering painting my new bedroom pink. A very pale pink with white trim. I may even stencil trellises around the windows. I will be moving after a few renovations which I am hoping will not take longer than a couple weeks……but you never know. I am only moving a few miles away from here to a slightly larger home with less yard. I will miss my rose garden here. But I can have a container garden there. My girlfriend and I are making little fairy gardens in bird feeders and bowls. Hers has little gnomes. Mine, ballerina fairies. So much fun! Congrats on how much you’ve completed of your new book! Can’t wait to see you again in California!!

  19. Susan Ericksen of Bainbridge Island, Washington says:

    I LOVE this blog, Susan….♥ so many things that make me feel so happy. winter is almost over and now comes the time to rejuvinate our souls and breathe deeply again. The quilts on the line, I can smell right now, how they smell when you bring them inside….same with sheets…there is nothing like that wonderful clean crisp smell…and pillow cases!
    The Johnson Bros. china, I adore. I collect dishes with pink roses and have ever since I inherited my Gramma’s and my Mom’s collections..I just keep adding….and adding!!! I love PINK also….but it is only one of many colors I love. (It’s a seasonal thing for me!!!) Your bunnies are darling and remind me of the pair that I have that frequent my garden in the spring..especially about the time the lettuces are coming up!!!! But they are so cute!!!!! Ours are brown bunnies with those cute pink ears! Totally wild and totally darling! You are getting closer to the end of this huge project and I have to say, I am so proud of you for your stick-to-it-ivness!!!! An AMAZING woman, you are….This book will be a HUGE success and take you to all kinds of places! Congratulations …xoxo
    Anyway, thanks again for taking time to give all of us, another blog to read and dream about….Happy sunshine days ahead..Aren’t we all just thrilled!!!!!!!
    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥…………..S P R I N G………..♥♥♥♥♥♥

  20. Pam Fortune says:

    Hi Susan
    What a welcoming cheery blog, pink to match the pink on your calendar for the month of March. I spent the weekend with a girlfriend in Lancashire, one of my sewing friends and we visited Marks & Spencer on Sunday morning for coffee and toasted currant tea cakes. Well guess what the colour theme was for pottery and glassware? You’ve guessed, it was pink and it made both of us want to buy new plates, cups and saucers and beautiful pink champagne glasses and tumblers. We didn’t but you can dream. We still have snow here in the U.K. so I am not feeling like spring cleaning yet but it will soon be April. I am pleased that many of you get Country Living magazine, my daughter Fleur makes a subscription each year so that it comes in the post every month for me. You are nearly there with the completion of your book, well done you! I haven’t got any further with my quilt, just 21 blocks complete, another 49 to make and that is just for the top of the bed, hey ho! it will be finished one day. Enjoy your spring cleaning and to all those girlfriends who are thinking about it.

  21. mary spring says:

    …dear Susan..good morning to you !..this post warms our hearts so !!…what a dear friend you are; as busy as you are, you still find time to write to us all !!…thank you !!..with love and take care..

  22. Karen Z, Victoria, Australia says:

    Dear Susan, love the “pink” blog, also one of my colour faves too, but had to thank you for the birthday wishes. My birthday is St Patrick’s day (the family have no excuse for forgetting!) Thought of you a couple of days ago While at the beach with my 4year old grand-daughter I found a heart shaped stone, worn smooth from the water. As I picked it up I knew I was channeling you. Miss 4 said “oh thank you Nana, I love it!” She was sure I found it for her. How could I take it back? I’ll just have to find another one. OXO

    • Elaine in Toronto says:

      Hi Karen, my birthday is St. Patrick’s Day, too. No Irish in my background but so much fun to celebrate both. Have a lovely day and lots of birthday blessings to you from Canada.

  23. Betty Marie, Pennsylvania says:

    Good Morning! Susan,
    All work and no play for months! I would think taking a break would inspire you to carry on. I could never just sit & sit and work at something. Now we all know what it takes to be a writer getting a book ready for print.
    A goal setter, one who can put the peddle to the metal and keep pushing forward. One with a vishion, One who belives in them self and doesn’t get distracted. Plus one with passion. All of the above alludes me. Puttering is what I do best when I do it. Oh, I have done knitting regular and with bobbins just two sweaters in my life time. The one with bobbins was a swearter for my son when he was a baby . It had a snow man & a snow lady. I have caned one chair for a neighbor. Seems once I have done something I don’t keep doing it. So Susan, I have learned so much from you. I would say you are in the “PINK “all the time, and you sahre it with us. We sure are LUCKY to have you in our lives.

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you Betty! And I could never be a nurse and do the wonderful things that they do and keep a happy smile on my face and be as uplifting as they are. There seems to be something for everyone. I am sure your neighbor appreciates that chair! xoxo

      • It takes an awfully lot of passion and dedication to do what you’ve done these past few months, Susan! The only thing I think I have as much passion and dedication to is picking up sticks in my yard! It’s the only thing that will drive me beyond human endurance. I can’t even walk in a public park without wanting to pick up sticks! I guess I should have considered a career in Park Maintenance…..(I just spent a day picking up sticks in my yard and am paying the price for it today. 🙂

        • Chris Wells from West TX says:

          Our winds have been fierce this winter……and we have pecan trees everywhere…..and they ALWAYS are dropping limbs, sometimes small and sometimes they take out a section of fence….you have an invitation to visit us ANYTIME! Have you ever been to West Texas?:)

  24. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Susan, I love your Pink celebration today! It reminds me of why pink and pastel just fills me with happy energy. There are so many beautiful pieces of nature like flowers and sunset skies and seashells which bring us encouragement and lightness. With Spring emerging from the snows of winter, pink just gives us the push to not let the lingering attempts of Winter discourage our souls. Best of luck finishing the last few pages of the book. It must be so rewarding to see it finish up BUT you must be itching to be free for some hours in your day for fun and relaxation! The journey to California sounds like lots of fun and I am looking forward to riding along in the backseat with all of the other girlfriends! I’ll get my sandals and beach towel out and packed in a tote!

  25. arlene koktavy says:

    Susan you are the best. Your blog and uplifting pictures make my day and make me feel so good. Pink has always been my favorite color. thanks so much for your blog. It is the best. Arlene

  26. Chris Wells from West TX says:

    Hi Susan,
    Love the pink blog. Not that many years ago I would have looked at it and said “yuk. Pink.”
    But now, shall we say in my latter years, I like it! I particularly like the textiles from the Gift Show. How pretty! I could see them in my guest room. Funny, how we evolve over the years. I imagine my granddaughter played a role in that evolution:)
    It’s warm here and will be all week. No rain, just WIND. If we got as much rain as we do wind, …..well, we’d be green! But it’s brown, drab and dusty. We pray for rain here most of the time, but I plan gardening projects anyway and keep praying.
    Thanks for the new post, we know you are trying to finish up and be a free woman! Good idea to write a book in the winter and then be able to emerge from the house with spring! Well planned.
    Stay strong girls! Spring IS coming!

    • Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

      Oh, Chris, we have been getting so much rain around here! I will start to pray that rain comes your way! I, too, have been hoping for some spring like days. We have had a few around here–in the high 50’s–that’s nice for us! Especially if it isn’t windy. Then I just soak in the sun!

      Almost every day I go on a “spring walk” around my property, looking for bulbs pushing up, buds on trees, crocuses opening up. It always cheers me! Do you grow bulbs in Texas? Have a great day, my friend!

      • Chris Wells from West TX says:

        Hi Linda,
        So glad you are getting rain and would appreciate the prayers. We don’t have tulips or daffodils or crocuses like you have, but my friend Anngie, gave me some bulbs, that have faithfully come up every year, depending on rain, they may or may not bloom….but they keep coming up, so they sure are hardy things! The few times they have bloomed they were a small white blossom. Any thing that can continue to emerge every spring down here is amazing!
        In West Texas we watch the mesquite trees. When they begin to leaf out, there will be no more frost according to the old timers. Mesquites are never fooled like other trees. And in my 20 years here, it only happened once that the mesquites began to leaf out and we got hit with a frost. So it is a pretty good barometer of spring. No leaves as of yet even though we have had some pretty warm weather.
        It was really good to hear from you. Take care and stay well.

        • Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

          Thanks, Chris. I love your descriptions and letting me in on your area of the country! Right now, we’re getting a wet sloppy rain/snow!

  27. ginger says:

    I’m going to try something new this year with apple sauce. I read that you can add a bit of beet to make it PINK! Since pink is my favorite color, pink applesauce and your other pink ideas are inspiring. LOVE the dust bunny! Still painting…thanks for the encouragement.

    • Debbie P ~ Weedsport, NY says:

      Hi, Ginger ~
      I make applesauce every year and mine is pink. I simply quarter the apples, leaving the skins on and not worrying about the cores or seeds, either. After cooking until tender, I run them through my Vittorio strainer and voila! Pink Applesauce! The strainer was my grandmother’s but I think similar strainers are still available. I never heard of adding beet…please let us know how it works and if the taste is the same.

    • dottie in the OC says:

      Just cooking a few curls of the red apple peel in with the apples will make applesauce pink — I believe — no beets necessary. Made some rosy apple jelly many years ago now — should give it another go.

    • Chris Wells from West TX says:

      I always used to put some of the red apple peel in with the apples, while it was cooking….and wa la! Pink applesauce. Let us know how the beets in the applesauce
      Turns out.

    • Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

      I use Cortland apples. They have a naturally pink color when you make them into applesauce! Very pretty!

      • Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

        We put a small amount of Red Hot candies (cinnamon flavored) in our applesauce to make it pink…

  28. Gert~Iowa says:

    Oh Susan this is the cutest post “ever”! It just screams SPRING!! (Even though we have snow on the ground, and ice cycles hanging from the house.) you have inspired my inner being with hope of beautiful, sweet days to come! I am so proud of you…to work on your book with pure dedication…with only a few sprinkles of doing other things! It is so-so obvious you love what you do!! And the fact that you are able to share your works with all of us, has to be so satisfying to you! Well, we sure enjoy all your works….bless you for using your gifts! I think I could comment on every picture in this post…from the quilts flapping in the wind to all the flowers…but that Easter Bunny with her bow in her hair is the cutest “ever”! Thank you once again for sharing all this springtime with us!


  29. Nettie says:

    Oh dear Susan, I love this blog! I am on a spring get away from upstate New York to Florida for my annual time with childhood girlfriends in sunny Florida. My time is about to end and seeing this blog makes me excited to fly back to my nest and feather it with all things pretty that I already own. My husband tells me my flowers are starting to pop up and spring is in the air. So thank you again for your inspiration and vision girlfriend. With gratitude and respect I think of you and all my girlfriends……I am so blessed. Nettie

  30. Frances Fowler says:

    I cannot convey how much I loved all this pink — I LOVE pink and rosy shades of pink! As for the dust bunny, I wish for a framed picture of her — she is adorable inspiration.

  31. Kathleen Spitz says:

    Susan, I have been a country Living Magazine lover for so many years. I recently discovered the UK version, and if you think the US version is great, trust me you will be thrilled with the UK version. As always your blog is a highlight of my day. Thanks for all you do, and all that you inspire!

  32. Angela W in Oklahoma says:

    Everything is better in PINK!!! Pink flowers are prettier…Pink frosting is yummier…I just adore pink!!! This week I took my first tour of The Peter Rabbit Room and fell in love with the wallpaper with little pink rose buds…I felt instantly at home. I’ve never had my color chart done, but I sure hope it includes pink. Thank you for all you share with us!!

  33. Kathy O. says:

    Hi Susan,
    Opened my email to find your charming blog waiting to be read. My beautiful wreath Joe made is still hanging up on our door entrance. It has weathered several snowstorms. I am looking forward to your new book. I love the embroidered vintage dishtowels. I have my Grandma’s and my Mom’s I cherish.
    My son Noah who is 16, had a relapse and is again receiving chemo. He is going to school when he can, riding snowmobile, spending time with friends. He is strong and a fighter. Praying for recovery!
    Always look forward to your blogs and when your new book comes out Susan.
    Love, Kathy O.

    • Janet [in Rochester] says:

      Kathy – thinking & praying for Noah and your whole family. Take turns keeping each others’ spirits up, take time to laugh – and God bless… xo :>)

    • dottie in the OC says:

      Kathy — will keep your family tucked into my prayers. Sounds like the attitude is right — blessings to you.

    • Chris Wells from West TX says:

      I get all of Ed’s updates on Noah via The Caring Bridge site. You and Ed and Noah remain in my prayers along with Noah’s doctors. Never give up on prayer and know that God is with you, always.

      • Janet [in Rochester] says:

        I’m ashamed to say it’s never once occurred to me to pray for the doctors/caregivers too! Chris, you are one awesome GF – thanks for opening my eyes a little wider. :>)

    • Lynn McMahon says:

      Prayers to you and your family~ what a brave young man~

    • Angela W in Oklahoma says:

      Hi Kathy…Noah and your family are in my thoughts and I’m praying for recovery too. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I will be looking for your replys for an update.

    • Juliana - Jackson, NJ says:

      Kathy, I will pray for your son and your family, so happy to hear he is a fighter! Keep the faith.

    • Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

      Oh, dear Kathy, I will write Noah’s name in my prayer journal! I’ll pray for him and you too! You’ve got an amazing team of encouragers here on Susan’s blog! Let us know from time to time how he is doing!

  34. julie bersano says:

    Hi Susan!!

    Thanks for bringing the joy of pink to this March morning in MO. PINK is my most FAVORITE color of all..light, medium, bright, and the palest of pastel. Thank you for the recipe for the fruit smoothie; it is all of my favorite fruits and it looks so refreshing. Also, I remember that quote by A.A.Milne concerning Pooh and the little cakes 🙂
    I was needing to ask, is it okay if I right-click on one or more of your blog pictures such as your garden beauties and save it to my pc to use as a pretty picture on a facebook page of mine? I promise if someone asks, I won’t take credit for the beautiful handiwork of your garden…(LOL ) I’ll tell them it’s most definitely the “green thumb of Susan Branch”, not me! Well, I just had to ask for permission.

    Have a beautiful day with lots of “pink moments!”
    Julie (Loving everything pink in MO) 🙂

  35. Jean Hensley says:

    I love, love, love your blog! Always makes me happy to find it in my in box. I love pink, too!

  36. Margot in Virginia Beach says:

    I LOVE those pjs!!! I have several pieces of clothing with a garden theme, but not pjs.
    My house is dressed in shades of blue. Cobalt, white and (yellow or orange accents) in the kitchen, light blue and tiny white flowers on my white dining room china, cobalt and nautical in the living rooms…and aqua with a beach theme in the master and bathrooms.
    I like to see your’s and other’s color schemes. I like to see what others come up with, when visiting my sisters or friends. Even guys come up with good ideas!

    • Janet [in Rochester] says:

      Margot – your kitchen sounds beautiful! And unusual which I like… cobalt blue with yellow and orange pops of color – wonderful! One of my old standby favorites is rose pink and sage green – my bedroom has been that forever! :>)

    • Lynn McMahon says:

      I bet you have lots of beach(sea) glass too!

    • Margot, I love blue in every shade for decorating! Your colour schemes do sound super, especially being coastal. I’m struggling to find suitable blue flooring for my bathroom which is decorated with shells, some of which came from the Virginia Beach area, also North Carolina. I think fondly of my two years living in Virginia and many happy hours spent at the beaches, right down to Ocracoke Island, NC!

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        I keep trying to get my sister’s Father-in-law to come and sail with us. He sails the Bristol Channel. I believe he has sailed up in Lake Superior. (My sister lives in St. Cloud, MN…Brr)
        I need to do my bathroom flooring too. The bridge is out south of Pea Island, and all Winter the water levels were too low to take the Ocracoke Ferry from Hatteras, a person must come in from the Mainland of southeastern NC.

  37. Kimi says:


    Your Post Made Me Smile Today, Thank You… 🙂

  38. Treese says:

    First off, I am happy that you survived the storms that hit the east coast including Massachusetts. They looked pretty scary on the news.

    All that pink certainly does remind me of a colorful spring day. Have a safe trip to California will it be by train?

    Treese/Colorado Cowgirl

    • Janet [in Rochester] says:

      Treese – how are your cattle doing? I remember you were having kind of a tough time there… Thinking of you & hoping things are better, GF. :>)

  39. sherry says:

    Susan, your dust bunny has inspired me…I wish she’d show up in the 2013 calendar to remind me! (I know…don’t be adding things to your list right now) Calendars for 2014 already ~ SAVE A FEW FOR ME! They were my favorite girlfriend gifts to give this year 🙂 I would never think that pink was one of my favorite colors, but, when you show it in spotlights, I have a lot of pink in my house…the embroidered tea towels and tea cups, especially. I hope when my sister reads todays blog she’ll drink her morning juice from her pink champagne glasses! Thanks for putting a smile on my face and a song (SPRING SPRING SPRING) in my heart (and now on my iphone). Enjoy the walk ~ see you when you get back this way!

    • Nancy says:

      The dust bunny is on the 2013 calendar….at least on the desk blotter …. on the April page. I love her! 😉

  40. Bobbie Ann Picard says:

    Thanks you for the beautiful pink blog today!!!! I love pink as well!! Country Living is also my favorite magazine!!!! I save each and everyone. It’s refreshing to know someone like you and all the girlfriends, and we all seem to enjoy and love the same wonderful things!!!! How blessed we are!!
    We just purchased a pink chair for the living room. I love it, sooo pretty!!! I have ordered the hand hooked, green teapot pillow and rug from your web-site. I’m so anxious to get it and accent the chair. I’ll let you know how it looks, how beautiful it is!!!
    It was warm here yesterday, cold today. So anxious for spring here in Somerset.
    Hope your day is Wonderful!!!!

  41. Ann says:

    I still have your pink pj’s! What a lovely post today. I’m a big fan of British CL too.

  42. Sharon from Alberta, Canada says:

    Good morning, Susan,

    I received the British Living Magazine last week. Love, Love, Love, it. I usually look through it quickly when it arrives and then on the weekend read through it very slowly. Pure Heaven.

    Thank you for the cupcake. My birthday was last Thursday. Surrounded by much love.

    Have a wonderful day. Try and stay focused as you near the end of the book!!

  43. Di Word says:

    In my neighborhood I am know as “The Lady in the Pink House”. So, it goes without saying that pink is my signature color. Just had the interior of the house repainted in apple blossom and cream rose. Yummy! I was glad to hear that so many of “us” love pink. To me there is no color more cheerful. It’s going to reach 70 degrees here in Waco, Texas today. Time for a nice long walk around the neighborhood to look for the first signs of spring.

    • Chris Wells from West TX says:

      Hi Di!
      How about those Baylor Bears! Wow been watching the girls basketball team whenever I can. The Grinner girl is amazing.

      • YAY….to the ND LADIES….who won the Big East Tournament last night. We absolutely love any team from IN although ND is our favorite in College Football, and IU for College Basketball, and THE COLTS for Pro Football so as you can see we have a lot of talent here in INDIANA. NCAA MARCH MADNESS is just around the corner and my husband I do believe sees every bouncing, flying, dunking, basketball for the entire tournament!!! I will probably watch some of the games after they get to the Sweet 16 I do have other interest to tend to afterall…..kitties, flowers, movies….oh…spring cleaning :{ just a lot of fun things to come!!!

  44. Nancy from CA says:

    Yesterday I spent a long time looking at a light pink camellia bush with my 2 1/2 year old grand daughter. After reading your blog, I am so glad I took the time to enjoy something Pink!

  45. Elizabeth from Pasadena, CA says:

    So funny you mentioned the calendars for next year. Very recently I was thinking, “if she’s doing the book, will be have calendars for 2014?” You had that all figured out!
    I love PINK. Can’t imagine how drab life would be without it. I always had the boys hand me down bedroom stuff when I was growing up. When married, the rooms tended to be more masculine. But on my own, both bedrooms are so girly pink and I’m 65! Not to old to have the little girl in me blossom pink! I would love to have some of those pink linens.
    Thanks for reassuring that there will be 2014 calendars.

  46. Mardell Lamb says:

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for making my day perfectly PINK! My cheeks are grinning!! Love your little dust bunny!
    Have a wonderful day.

  47. Susan/Girlfriends, can anyone tell me the name of the “filler flowers” in the vase of pink roses (5th pic above). They resemble babys breath; but, I have never seen them in that mix of pinks. I would love to know if they have seeds so I could plant some this Spring. Also, I would like to suggest something for a casual party or picnic, use your Ball/Kerr canning jars for flower vases and tie a pretty ribbon on the neck looks very charming. Thanks for any help with naming the flower.

    • sbranch says:

      They are dyed babies breath … that was a Christmas bouquet. I don’t usually loved dyed flowers, but they did look rather wonderful with those roses!

    • Linda from Lancaster Co. PA says:

      Deborah, I think there are seeds for Baby’s Breath, but it is a perennial, so it probably wouldn’t bloom this first year. I am pretty sure you could find it at a greenhouse or a mail order catalog. As a matter of fact I just looked in my Bluestone Perennials catalog and found them. Their proper name is gypsophila and there are several varieties to buy. And–“eek”, she squeals. They even have a pink variety called Filou Rose!

      I’ve grown it in my garden in the past. It is so frothy and lacy among the other flowers and pretty in an arrangement, too! I hope this helps!

  48. "Auntie" says:

    Pink Joy!!!


  49. Marie (Long Beach, CA) says:

    You go girl!!! Light at the end of the tunnel, how good does that feel?!?! Thank you for this beautiful uplifting post. Loved everything about it. I am so happy you are almost done with y”our” beautiful book. I’m wondering how long it will take you to go out and learn how to live real life again. I bet Joe is beside himself with joy!!! ♥

  50. Such a busy bee you are Susan! Love your pink everything! Can’t wait to make a coconut cake with pink icing and animal crackers with gum drops (my husbands favorite) for Easter! The juice looks yummy too!
    Hugs and blessings, get out and smell the roses or ocean!
    Tweet Tweet!

  51. Dear Susan -Thank you for a lilt and a lift to a rainy Tuesday here in Richmond, Virginia. The hint of Spring is in the air here, too. I can’t wait for my new issue of Country Living to come in the mail – it looks wonderful. Have you ever ben to one of their Fairs? I will be showing my stuff at their new Fair in Rhinebeck, NY this June, which is not too far from you! Perhaps you might like to come visit! I hope to see you there – and thank you again for your unfailing good cheer.

  52. Karencita says:

    PINK is my favourite; this was a DELIGHT to browse, and thanks for the pleasure ♥

  53. Peggy Cooper says:

    I missed this yesterday because I have finally gotten back to painting my kitchen cabinets. Half way there, and looking so much better in shiny white with silver handles instead of dreary brown with bronze handles. I need to get back to it, but glad I poured myself a second cup of coffee and hoped there would be a new post from you. Oh happy day – I’m in the pink now! Thank you.

  54. Rae Ann from northern in Minnesota... says:

    Just back from Michigan where we checked on the progress of our “forever” house…its coming along and we’re happy with it and excited for it to be finished…so glad to find out I didn’t miss any of your blog entries…no sign of spring or 52* here in Minnesota…winter still has a hold on us with more snow and high winds creating ground blizzards…so I am imagining you and Joe on your walk to the water, enjoying the delicious aroma of your flower garden, waiting for spring and I’m going to run out and try to find Country Living’s new issue~my FAVE magazine too…xoxo…

    • Rae Ann from northern in Minnesota... says:

      OOPS!!!…just realized I already have the March issue of Country Living, but my cover isn’t all pink…it is more khaki and brown…I don’t have any magazine subscriptions any more because I spend part of the year in MN and the rest of the year in MI so I just purchase the magazines I enjoy each month…it is sooooo frustrating that the magazines have gone to two different covers, don’t you think so???…xoxo…

      • Pat Mofjeld from St. Paul, Minnesota says:

        Rae Ann–the story, as far as I can tell, is that if you have a subscription, you get one cover, and there is a different cover on the ones at the store. I’ve often wondered if that is done on purpose so we buy a second one–can’t figure out the reasoning…? My March issue is the brown/beige one, also, but I saw the one like Susan’s in the grocery store… 🙂

      • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

        I agree Rae Ann! Maybe they want us to get confused and buy more copies.

  55. Donna Ackermann says:

    Hi Susan, Just finished the Pink blog. My very very favorite color is pink, so I smiled the whole time while reading the blog. Can’t wait to try the pink beverage. Hope you can post something on your trip to California!
    My grandmother raised chickens and always made angel food cakes. For my birthday there always was a beautiful angel food cake with pink icing. I also have a pink and white quilt she made for me after I was born. Safe Travel!

  56. Janyce Beyer says:

    Pink! my mom’s favorite color was pink, now mine is too. My daughter and 5 year old granddaughter’s favorite color is pink, too! We are pinkies! Did you know a pinky is a baby mouse? Ha!! Good luck with your new book! Can’t wait to get it! Have a wonderful Spring day! And thank you for the pink ideas!

  57. janet gorrell says:

    I love everything in this pink world!!

  58. JoAnne Daniels says:

    Hello Susan — I was glad to see a new blog this morning (I know you’re very busy working on our book!). I loved the reverie in pink and white! I was especially taken with the coconut layer cake — I have a girlfriend with a birthday later this month — this would be perfect…right down to the animal crackers! I also loved the dust bunny — I’m thinking of printing it out and
    hanging it in the dining room where my wood stove resides. We are in the process of cleaning out our unfinished basement so we can finish it off and my
    husband has had me down there, working at his side, for the last 3 weekends!
    The upstairs has not seen a duster or vacuum in eons! If you ever owned a black lab, you would know that they create dust bunnies big enough to create another small dog! Spring Cleaning is definitely in order, but I sure do love
    to stop and moment and smell the “roses” in your blog — the dust will wait!
    JoAnne from NW New Jersey

  59. Becky says:

    Good morning all. It is a glorious day in central CA. Susan, I am hosting an Open House Baby Girl shower next month, and the pink beauty postings gave me yet more inspiration……thank you! And you are so right about shopping in your own home; I am usually delighted and then disgusted when I come across some treasure that I actually forgot I had! (ha!) One item I can’t wait to use as shower decor, is a lovely quilt, (mainly pinks) made in 1935 that I purchased at the Remnants of the Past show last year. Wasn’t that fun? I’ve also pulled out my Nannie Lila’s pink luncheon plates and pale pink chandelier lamps.Think pink, think soft coral, think Spring! Could you suggest some scrumptious pink finger foods from any of your books to make for the shower? I pulled them all out last night and I have them on my night stand ready for my final planning(my personal fav is GIRLFRIENDS) Isn’t party planning the BEST!

  60. Sharon Byars says:

    Just made the pink Morning Thunder drink for breakfast. yummy!! I make very similar drink with spinach, kale and carrots too. The frozen berries make it turn purple in case you are not into drinking “green” early in the day. so good for you too. Walking to beach this am. your home here in California is in the 70s today. Your garden must be bursting with flowers. Looking forward to the next CA post!

  61. Brenda Caldwell says:

    Good morning Susan! Thank you for remembering us today with your delightful spring edition. I love the pitcher (minus the wash bowl), it is so lovely! I can just imaging it filled with iced tea on a warm summer day. I was just looking at your calendar in my kitchen this morning…Your March page just puts the spring in my step!

  62. Willa says:

    Whew Girlfriend, I was really missing you! So glad you came for a visit on this day in particular. It is so gloomy outside, complete with grey skies that occasionally open up and pour out what we will call “liquid sunshine” today! I needed PINK in all its glory! Thank you for hearing my cry for spring all the way from Mt Vernon VA to Martha’s Vineyard! I think my only outing today will be to go out and find a Country Living magazine so I can continue the “March” to spring! Oh, and there’s a little antique store on the way to the newsstand so I’ll drop in for a little pink therapy shopping. Love you bunches Susan Branch!!

  63. Kathy says:

    Everything is better in pink! Your blog is as refreshing as ever.
    I do wonder…for your arbor, are the pink New Dawn roses hardy and fast growing? I planted a Bower (sp?) vine for mine, but it is sure slow-growing here in SoCal. 🙂 I’m losing patience….

    • sbranch says:

      They are SO easy, but check how they are for your area. One of my favorite California roses is Just Joey, also Julia Child. Neither of them are climbers — but they love California. Talk to your nursery person and find out what they think about New Dawn for your area. My guess is that they would do great.

  64. Karen P - Wisconsin says:

    I knew this would be good when I saw the title “Pink!” My fav color of all time! Your Dust Bunny is precious….love how the ears are tied up like hair in a ponytail, ready to get to work! Thanks for a bit of pink sunshine again today, love! xoxo

  65. Annette McD says:

    Oh, Susan, you’ve done it again! You’ve created a blog to come back to again and again. Pink. It is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your photos and drawings.
    Now I’d like to share a bit about a pink floral dress I’ve been coveting since I first saw it on last Summer’s issue of the J. Peterman Catalog (can I say that?). Here is a just a bit of the description:
    “Romantic Rose Dress(No.3598). Vintage pattern from England, where knowing flowers is in their DNA and where they dream about gardens.”
    Isn’t that a lovely description? I can’t bring myself to throw out the catalog ; I’m still not through dreaming about that dress.
    P.S. In the future issues of your new” internet magazine”, I hope you feature other colors: yellow, lilac, blue. Your artistic eye captures such beauty. Once again, thank-you for bringing a little piece of your world into my day.

  66. Since we are on the subject of colors…
    Here is a huge THANK YOU for introducing me to WOODLAWN BLUE paint. We just painted our large bedroom/ sitting room this color and I am over the moon with happiness. Actually I started out considering pink, and spent too many hours looking at colors… Until I realized I should trust Susan and Joe’s choice. My room is light-filled and this beautiful grayed blue green changes slightly all day long.

  67. Jack says:

    Oh yeah forgot to mention ……we picked out your birthday present .. It’s green :~) ?

  68. Susan W says:

    Loved the music this morning! It rained HARD overnight and everything outside is muddy & squishy so it’s best to think of better weather coming. Your post today fit the bill. Thanks! I want to bath in pink today, just to cheer up!

  69. Jack says:

    PS .-They didn’t have a box for this item……….:~(

    • sbranch says:

      Born to drive a girl insane.

    • dottie in the OC says:

      Obviously bigger than a breadbox, right, Maxie? Don’t know why but this teaser just took me back to Uncle Milty’s routine.
      And yes, Dads are SO born to drive daughters a bit insane at times — and that’s SO lucky for daughters, don’t you agree, Susan? I’ve been missing my own dad a lot lately and just writing this reply and all the memories flooding in has me in tears. I so much enjoy seeing the love in your posts and responses with your dad here on the blog. Blessings on you both.

  70. nancy says:

    I may be known to eat my very words at a later date but so far, this is my very favorite post of all time. It even beats the post about the sheep and that says a lot for me!

  71. Carilyn Wolski says:

    Hello Susan! Thank you for the cheerful pink theme today!!! Your blog has erased the blue feeling I’ve had to starting my Spring cleaning. So, I will wish you a Happy Day and turn on my Barry Manilow CDs and start on those kitchen cupboards that have been calling my name!!! God Bless you for the very subtle pep talk you give us each and everyday!!!!!

  72. Susan W says:

    The pink pj’s are my favorite. Wish you’d make more of them! So comfy all year long. I even take them on kayaking/camping trips. You’d better make more as mine will soon wear out!

  73. Sandy from New Vineyard says:

    What a breath of fresh spring air you are today! Thanks!

  74. Anne Branco says:

    Congratulations on the progress of your book Susan! I can’t wait until I have it in my hands. What a wonderful blog (as always!!). Perfect for this dreary, rainy day. Hope you enjoyed your walk. I was able to go for my first spring walk yesterday. Snow has melted off the sidewalks. It was still a bit blustery but was well worth the frozen ears. Have a great day!

  75. Jack says:

    PSS. Jeanie is going to come up with something to ship it with …….:~) !

  76. Jack says:

    PPSS the regular Cardinals are back -She with her regular grayish back and His Honor with his flaming red comb standing at attention!

  77. Bobbi Jo says:

    Dear Susan,
    Your blog is like a breath of fresh air in a hot, stuffy, room!!! What an uplifting message today. Thanks for taking the time to bring some sunshine into my day!!!

  78. Karen Saunders says:

    Growing up I was a tomboy….doing everything with my brother and his friends. My dear Mom would ask me what color I would like to paint my bedroom and I would say “brown” and she would paint it pink. (it was so un-cool). But secretly I was glad….don’t tell anyone. Now I love pink. Pink and orange, pink and green, pink and purple…..and just PINK!! I think it’s my favorite color, so I LOVED your blog. It’s my fav part of the day, reading with you.

  79. We’re ALL doing the happy dance with the thought of your new book and the new calendar in the works, whoot whoot!

    I just had the best vacation ever. We were in St. Lucia where my husband and I got our advanced open water diver certification (not bad for a couple of people who are a little, ahem, advanced in age as well!) We swam with about twenty spotted eagle rays circling us, and then a pod of humpback whales joined us and sang for about 40 minutes. They were so close, we could feel the vibrations in our chests! What a magical, special, awesome moment. Just wanted to share it!

    xo, from Pam in Montreal

  80. Susan ( an Ohio gal in SoCal ) says:

    I’m looking at the so, so pretty cover of your 2013 Heart of the Home calendar and wondering – why is mine blue? Is this a smaller size than the wall calendar that I bought? ( I should go look first before I ask, shouldn’t I? )

    Your blog today is such a treat! Pink is such a delight, isn’t it? It just charms the soul, I think. Enjoy this wonderful day !

  81. pat addison (cave junction,OR) says:

    good morning susan, hello girlfriends. i love that little dust bunny, reminds me to get busy and get that dustmop running around. its official, its peep season here. well its almost spring and time for the hens to get busy egg sitterin’, and its mating season for the turkeys and time for tom tom to get busy, we now have 2 wild turkeys (both hens) in the yard and tom tom is in heaven, 3 ladies to court and woo. we do have 15 new little peeps we got for free from the local grange, we buy our feed there so we get the right to have some free baby chicks when its peep season, 12 Plymouth barred rocks and 3 Rhode island reds. of course the cats are in heaven, new form of kitty entertainment around here. they love perching on the shelves or the top of the sofa and watching the baby peeps for hours. bet Girl kitty and Jack would love this as well. not to worry we have the peeps in a large box with a wire net over the top, they cats can’t get in and hurt them and they know what will happen if they try…mommy will spank. but the cats are fascinated with watching them, and i have to keep a sharp eye on the cats for now. i think its the peeping the chicks do that has their attention the most. but its fun having babies in the house, yes in the house and under a sunlamp as its too cold to put them in the barn right now. off to go feed the birds and check on the water tubs. you all have a great day today, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day, that is coming up quick. hugs….. 🙂

    • pat addison (cave junction,OR) says:

      good morning susan, hello girlfriends, just had the tractor crowd pass by the house on their way to the gas station, must be time for spring planting. definitely have to clean up the planters and get the seeds in them for this summers’ flowers. also time to get the rocker back out on the front porch, i love watching the tractor and lawnmower crowd go by on their way to the gas station, and back again to home. they are definitely a part of my life around here. love spending time in the rocker shelling peas or snapping beans and watching the tractors go by or the lawnmowers and wave to them. they got a turkey parade this morning, seems the 2 females decided to see what the excitement was about and join the parade which had me running after them to get them back into the yard. life in the country, never dreamed of this when i lived in Encino. have a great day today everyone. hugs….. 🙂

      • Carol Maurer from Eureka, CA says:

        Pat, I love hearing all about your animals, etc.. I always imagine that whole area where you live, although I can only picture going along on the highway and seeing only the houses on each side of it. I enjoy the Illnois Valley. I picture going over the river that drys up during the summer months.

        Carol M

  82. Marianne says:

    This is so adorable and cheery – pink! – on a rainsoaking day – the sump pump is working overtime – thank you so much – and I love your teapot and the bunny under the hat.

  83. CarolK (NJ) says:

    What a lovely blog, it was worth the wait for it! With Spring right around the corner you’ve got us all thinking about flower gardens and such. Guess what! I’m so in the pink too and the reason why is a few weeks ago we were day trippin in PA again and I found a Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle figurine music box at a flea market. It plays “Oh, what a wonderful morning.” You would just flip your dust bunnies if you knew what I got it for. Then the following week I was in “The Junk Shop” ~ their name for the store, not mine ~ and I found another B. Potter music box. This one depicts Peter Rabbit shoveling snow by the door of his hutch. This one plays Fur Ellse. Sooooo sweet! Am I lucky or what!?!

    Hugs from sopping wet NJ……

  84. Susan Joy says:

    You are such a busy, busy lady so I want you to know how much I appreciate this new beautiful post. Thank you for just being you! Can’t wait for the new book! xo

  85. Debbie says:

    I love pink and it sure is a bright reminder that Spring is on its way! Pink is the color for my Mom’s 80th birthday party! Her birthday is the 21st and I am hosting a family birthday dinner for her this weekend . I am working on a book for her, “80 Reasons Why We Love You” and have collected these from my brothers & sister and all of the grandchildren and in-laws…I think she will love it!

  86. Angelique from MA says:

    Love that you mentioned the Angelique tulips… for reasons that may be obvious! 🙂 Also, it is always a joy to get your updates! Thank you so much!

  87. Suzanne Giljum says:

    Hi Susan, I have been getting Country Living for several years now and I too love it. Just never know what you will find in it. We have 7 granddaughters (each one more precious than the next), so the color pink is around a lot. In fact, I just bought a cookie cake with pink icing around the edge because the 7 year old granddaughter invited us to her art show tonight. I’m sure she did a good job and this is how we’ll tell her. I really am in love with Susan Branch
    and am always looking forward to a new post. Thank you!!!

  88. Jenny says:

    So much cheery pink goodness, I love it!

    I was astonished to see that you design jammies because I never knew they existed and I’m so bummed. I would’ve loved to snuggle up in pajama pants that you’d designed. Probably no sources here in Montana I’m guessing. *sigh*

    Sometime it would be fun for me to see how a page looks when it’s designed but not yet inked and all – maybe you could post a “life of a page in my book” series of photos someday?


    • sbranch says:

      You mean when it’s still in pencil? Or even before that?

      • Charlene H. (S.F.Valley) SoCal says:

        What a great idea, Jenny! “The Life of a Page in My Book”…from birth of idea/inspiration to publication…just one page! We all appreciate your hard work, Susan, and this would be a wonderful peek inside your lovely, creative, genius-self!

  89. Bonnie in New Orleans says:

    Which came first: the Bing-Fred version or Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?

    • sbranch says:

      My guess because of age, would be Fred and Bing. But maybe there was even someone before them. Cutest song!

  90. melissa quarles says:

    was feeling very blue today as my daughter nurses a broken heart, but your pink page made me smile! thank you for bringing sunshine to a gloomy day!!

  91. Linda Pintarell says:

    Such a lovely way to start the day. PINK isn’t my favorite color on most days; but today it will be just that. It’s so very lovely out and PINK is for the coming of spring…which we await with pleasure. Regarding your book tour, with a new girlfriend – having met through your site – we visited the most charming tea room – – in La Mesa (San Diego). It was so lovely – you would love it. Please check out the website and it seems the owners are more than willing to work with you. Also sending some other ideas we came up with through e-mail. We are really praying San Diego is on your tour list!

  92. Ann Beirne says:

    Well, Susan, today I found out we have more in common than liking Zooey Deschandel! I absolutely love, love the color pink!! It hasn’t been a lifelong love affair…but a rather slow friendship that has grown as I have gotten older. I plan on redororating our guest room to pink. It seems whenever I look at decorating magazines, I am always attracted to anything pink. Last year, I was able to get some pink depression glassware. I love your pink dishes. I might have bought them if they were in the store when I bought my Johnsom Brothers Devin Cottage dishes, which happen to be blue.
    So thank you, Susan, for all the pink photos today. They brightened my otherwise dreary rainy day.

    • sbranch says:

      I do love Zooey. My 22 year old niece looks very much like her (only prettier of course 🙂 ) I didn’t know if she liked Zooey or not, but I took a chance, I texted her, “On a scale of 1 – 10, how much do you love Zooey Deschanel?” She wrote me back, “350.”

  93. Sweetmormor says:

    Oh, how pretty – your PINK photos and artwork just made my day and may I suggest you could write a new book (just what you want to think about now!) themed with “Pink”! The Morning Thunder recipe sounds and looks delicious! After 9 inches of snow I need to see pink tulips as soon as possible!

  94. Marie (Williamsburg, Virginia) says:

    Hi Terri, Neighbor, Cyber-Girlfriend! Aren’t we the lucky ones to be living in Williamsburg? Love this small world of ours. Now, how can we get Susan here for a book signing? Imagine a book signing in Colonial Williamsburg? I’m breathless at just the thought of it.

    Marie xo

    • Margot in Virginia Beach says:

      Bribery??? I’ll be there Marie. And I think our girlfriend in Richmond wouldn’t mind driving down.

    • Terri says:

      I would absolutivily drive to the “Burg” for a visit with Ms Susan! What a perfectly grand idea! That is where I grew up (lucky me!), and now I live in Richmond. But I miss my home town. 🙁

  95. belinda says:

    How can I ever say there is not enough time….you are a great time manager! Thank you for keeping us posted on how your book is coming. Was one of the beautiful “Pinks” a peonies? Don’t worry we have 7 days till Spring…
    I think I can
    I think I can
    Get the winter “To Do” list done

  96. My birthday happens to have been this week so I’ll take a slice of that coconut cake. Actually, I had chocolate mousse cake courtesy of my daughters, which was divine. Since I am the only one in my house who likes coconut so I’ll enjoy yours virtually.

    I also love your theme of pink and signs of spring. It’s so lovely to focus on loveliness. Thanks, Susan.

  97. Glendell "Sam" Campen says:

    Pink, another love we share, Susan! Years ago, about 1989, I believe, I found a Clayton-Marcus sofa being clearanced for $1500 and it was pink cabbage roses with blues and greens on a beige gingham polished cotton background, skirted and flounced with a curved back and rolled arms and everything plush and cushy and PINK! So my husband, tolerant of most of my whims, papered below the coordinating cabbage rose border I found with a pink awning stripe paper and painted above with PINK! The living room looked like a garden with the southern sunlight streaming in. I loved it and even now it makes me smile thinking of it. But styles change and the couch grew worn and threadbare but when we got rid of it at an auction, I heard many people comment that they loved it and wouldn’t it look good on a sunporch, not knowing that it had been mine. I may have another pink living room in my future. . . . . . . . . .

  98. Jamie from Doty Island, WI says:

    Love, love pink and adore those British Country Living magazines! The one you showcased is particularly yummy! I had to do a study of color for the retail industry once and pink is what makes most complexions look good, besides making us happy, so perhaps that is why we gravitate towards it. I even like a guy in a pink oxford cloth shirt in summer along with a tan 🙂
    Your Miss Dust Bunny is so cute and wish I could say the same for the real ones floating around my house. Spring cleaning is a recipe for the soul isn’t it? One gets to toss out the old and worn and make ready for the new.
    I’m with you, lets get those windows open, fresh air in, flowers in vases bringing back floral memories, and even welcome in fields of dandelions!
    Congrats on the book, well done!
    PS Now go out and get those pink sheets as a treat for yourself!

  99. Faith rose says:

    This is so wonderful ! Now you got me in the spring mood! Although i’m not feeling good I think I might be getting sick which stinks! But I can do spring things while I lay down so i’m good!And the sun just came out so another plus!Blue skies from now on!!!

  100. Jennie says:

    Loved your ‘magazine’, Susan. Good fun and cheer. I especially love your french knot pillowcase. How could anyone sell such a treasure? Lucky for you, they had different taste. Lucky for us you share it in photos! Have a wonderful day and happy designing!

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