Meet Lisa Shenkle from Magnolia Blue!

Meet Lisa Shenkle from Magnolia Blue!

Today I am delighted to introduce you Lisa Shenkle, Creator and owner of Magnolia Blue!

In Magnolia Blue, Lisa shares her love for celebrating the American Coastal South and she believes that every occasion in life should be celebrated. She enjoys traveling, eating out, and connecting with people in many different places!

Gathered around the table!

"Gathered around the table, stories are told memories are created and love is abundantly grown." ~ The Heaping Harvest via Lisa Shenkle @southernskiesnrisingtides (her Instagram handle)

Questions for Lisa

Q: Lisa, it’s truly a pleasure having you here on the blog. Can you tell us about yourself, where did you grow up and how did your childhood influence your life and your path? 

Hi, Ceci, thank you for your interest in Magnolia Blue and in me! I’m very excited to be part of a blog with someone who is so in tune with the southern coastal audience.

I was born and raised in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. We grew up in a neighborhood where we walked to our grade school and everyone knew one another – our school had Christmas Bazaars and bake sales, and in good weather we all road our bikes, played games and in the summer, my brother and I read all season long!

Both my mother and father are/were ‘detail’ people – they noticed everything from architectural accents on buildings to the colors of the sky to embroidery on clothing and textiles. Moreover, they included us in those conversations. They carried this penchant for detail into everything they did and I like to think that this influenced me in being detail-oriented in my public relations career, as well as in everything I do with Magnolia Blue.

Q: As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

My brother jokes about that by saying I wanted to be a “ballet-dancing-nun-nurse!” Haha! I did take classical ballet between the ages of 8 and 16. Next to writing, ballet was my first love. My father had other ideas, however, and he intended for me to attend college instead of joining a dance troupe.

Q: Where did you go to college and did you learn anything in there that helped you do what you are doing today?

I attended the University of Maryland as an English Literature major. During my time there, I reluctantly decided to join a sorority (I say ‘reluctantly’ because I had just graduated from an all-girls school!) – and that was one of the single best decisions, for myself, that I ever made. It really developed my team mentality and leadership skills. Those friends remain among those closest to me today.

Q: What inspired you to start Magnolia Blue? Do you have any experience in retail?

When my husband accepted a job nearly 10 years ago in northeast Florida, I would drive every six weeks or so between Maryland and Florida with our two terriers. At the time, I owned my own public relations business and had since 1998 and was quite busy with that – but I felt like I always wanted to do something else.

Lisa Shenkle interview on Diga Linda's blog

Along the drives, leaving Florida and entering Georgia, I’d witness the stunning beauty of the marshes throughout the seasons. When stopping off of I95, I’d experience some of the shops along the way, like Carolina Cider in South Carolina, or Peach World in Georgia, and the amazing garden center, DeWayne’s in North Carolina – all very different, but all an important part of the fabric of the south. My parents are originally from Pennsylvania and I was the only member of my family born south of the Mason-Dixon line. For me, being different in my family, suddenly southern, captivated me and I found that when I travel to places, I’m my most comfortable in the south. I have very strong MidAtlanticsensibilities, but I feel the most at home anywhere between Maryland and farther south. My obsession with the south, in nearly every way, from nature and vegetation to style and even cultures, from state to state, brought me to the concept of Magnolia Blue.

Lisa Shenkle interview on Diga Linda's blog

The only retail experience I have was pre-college, but I have my black belt in shopping! Seriously, over the years, one compliment that resonated with me from co-workers and was that I have a good radar for choosing the right gifts for people. That doesn’t mean I didn’t make mistakes! However, I think by being detail-oriented, like my parents, means that I not only listen to people, it means that I notice nuances with certain products that might make those items special. Magnolia Blue is the convergence of my love of the south through my writing and blogging, and my abilities to locate – I hope – products that create, or add to, a mood or sensibility that resonates “coastal south.”

Lisa Shenkle interview on Diga Linda's blog

Q: How do you define your style?

I would define my personal style as “transitional.” My roots are embedded in classic lines, both in décor and in my wardrobe – but I always try to look for something that gives it a more contemporary feel. Personally, my default is Navy blue, but I cannot stay away from pinks, greens and shades of blue.

 Lisa Shenkle interview on Diga Linda's blog

Q: Where do you find inspirations?

Inspiration comes in all forms, but I’d say most likely nature – and the creativity of the human spirit. I am in awe of artists and creators just like you. One of my goals with Magnolia Blue is to support southern art and artists, or those who have a southern sensibility with their art, no matter where they are.

Lisa Shenkle interview on Diga Linda's blog

Q: How do you decide where to travel next? Also what are some of your favorite places that you visit regularly and why?

Caregiving for my mother is my biggest priority and has been over the  last 2.5 years. Every day, whether it’s administrative tasks – banking, bills, medical follow-up, or if it’s more personal, running errands, taking her to appointments, working with the assisted living facility, my time is primarily focused on my mother, so my travel is not very extensive at the moment – mostly long weekend trips that are not too distant from her.

For many years, however, my family, including my husband, would set out from Maryland to the northern Outer Banks. We stayed there for several years, primarily in Southern Shores. One of our last trips, we stayed in Corolla. My husband and I have been to Europe several times, and I’m always humbled by the history, artistry and cultural beauty of European countries, which is varied and rich.

Q: What are some of your favorite treasures in your home, and why?

It would always be difficult, if not impossible, to part with my blue and white porcelain. My mother influenced me with her collection, and I have pieces from everywhere – the Netherlands, Mexico, Portugal, China. I’ve been gifted pieces from friends, too, who seem to associate me with blue and white. When my husband and I do travel, I feel that the other items are small pieces of artwork we have picked up – something from a street artist in Paris, or a signed watercolor from New Orleans. We’ve been doing that for 30 years and every time I see something in our home from Newport or Athens, I recall the trip and the moment we bought the piece.

Lisa Shenkle interview on Diga Linda's blog

Q: Do you have any favorite collection?

My blue and white, or my various Wedgwood dinner patterns – and Cavendish, a now discontinued pattern, remains my very favorite since the age of about 16.

Q: For people who don’t know Magnolia Blue, can you describe how you came up with that name and also the name for your Instagram handle ?

The name, Magnolia Blue, had to encompass both a southern, and a coastal, feel. I tried various combinations, but many of them were already taken (like Southern Tide). I eventually settled on Magnolia Blue, feeling confident that it captures the spirit of the brand. The tag line for Magnolia Blue is: southern skies and rising tides, which also serves as my Instagram handle. The reason behind this is the old saying: the rising tide lifts all boats. Part of the mission of Magnolia Blue is to ‘lift up’ others. To celebrate entrepreneurs and artists, give voice to small business and culture in the south. If we help one another, we all rise – that, right there is my philosophy and has been throughout my life. I want Magnolia Blue to be a community of all of us helping one another!

 Q: I understand that you like to eat out, can you tell us more about that? Which are some of your favorite restaurants and meals?

I enjoy dining out, but I’m not what I would consider a “food enthusiast” like others. I love a great cheeseburger, frankly, or crab cake, most any kind of seafood, or pasta - really. I am, however, obsessed with mixology, distilled spirits and cocktails. It’s less about the actual drinking than it is about the ceremony. Just like afternoon tea – which gives pause to the day, I love the concept of happy hour, whether the drinks are mock-or-cocktails. I like putting the pause button on, taking the moment to savor something delicious, whether that’s a lavenderlemonade or a botanical gin and tonic!

Q: When you aren’t busy working on Magnolia Blue, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

When I had more free time, I used to volunteer and I wish I could do more of that. I’m obsessed with dogs, and will be growing the blog to include a dedicated dog blog and retail section. I volunteered to help rescues, in the past, and organized fundraisers. I also enjoy going to museums, historic homes and décor or furniture stores.

Q; What are 3 every day luxuries you could not live without?

- time with my husband is a luxury, to be honest, and I enjoy every moment whether it’s running errands, watching a movie or cooking a meal
- my iPhone, which I definitely consider a luxury. It holds so many photos from so many southern, and other, moments
- a good cup of coffee

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

As a life-long publicist, my goal is to help inform, bring joy, share unique finds and be a voice. I also appreciate support from my followers, too, for my work. Every “like” or “share” matters – and as someone who places a professional value on publicity, it means my gratitude never forgets – I never forget someone who helps lift me up, and share my message. We are all in this together, right?

Q: Where can people find you, let us know your social media handles and any other ways people can get in touch with you.

I invite everyone to come over to what I call ‘the front porch’ on Facebook where I share alternative content and engage our community in discussions about everything from southern sunsets to favorite recipes to home décor

Thank you Lisa, it was a pleasure having you in this space!

For ongoing inspiration, please follow @southerndkiesnrisingtides on Instagram HERE  and Magnolia Blue on Facebook HERE

SHOP her website HERE  Lisa is giving a coupon code for 15% OFF her website with coupon code DIGALINDA through 10/15, enjoy!

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September 29, 2023 — Cecilia Mason
Casa Bela Serene Blue And White Tiles

Casa Bela Serene Blue And White Tiles

Bring the latest "Casa Bela" serene blue and white tiles print into your home!
August 30, 2023 — Cecilia Mason
Happy Hostess Podcast Interview " A Beautiful Culture of Hospitality"

Happy Hostess Podcast Interview " A Beautiful Culture of Hospitality"

Hi Friends,

I am so honored to be on the "Happy Hostess" Podcast with Kristie! We talked about my upbringing in Portugal, and how my culture influences my art and hospitality. You will enjoy our conversation and also the many tips to hosting and to live in a bright and colorful way.

Here is a coupon code HAPPYHOSTESS15  for you to save 15% off at checkout from all the table top decor at Diga Linda and also FREE shipping! Be sure to checkout my latest design "Rose Bows" and all my other timeless and classic designs. 

Listen to my interview HERE



You can personalize pillows, stationary and table top decor just email me at so that I can answer any questions. You can get the collection and more at the website "Gift Shop" tab HERE

personalized Rose Bows Pillow

Below is my latest "Rose Bow" Collection, if you are interested in learning this "Napkin fold to impress click on my Instagram Link HERE

Rose Bow Collection Tablecloth

Here is a little bit about Kristie LaLonde, the creator behind the Happy Hostess Podcast;

She is the hostess with the mostest and interviews creators of all kinds giving you tips and tricks to create the most magnificent tablescapes, plan a party, or she even teaches you to entertain at home in a way that you always make your guests feel welcome. 

Each week she helps people who love entertaining do what they love which is to connect with others and without the stress! She interviews entertaining and party experts as they share their secrets to creating and memorable and stylish event without all the fuss. So go check out her podcast and you will be very pleased that you did, not only will you learn a lot, you will be inspired to go plan something right away while having some fun doing it!

Thank you so much for listening, please follow Kristie @happyhostesscollective on Instagram HERE and me at Diga Linda HERE have a great day!

Xo Ceci Mason

Artist and founder of Diga Linda

July 30, 2023 — Cecilia Mason
A Royal Inspired Tablescape

A Royal Inspired Tablescape

I always enjoy making memories at the table and this time was quite special. See how I did it here with this napkin fold inspired by my travels to @cawdor_castle recently! This surely is a fold to impress! Link to tutorial is right below!

Napkin fold by Diga Linda

Rose Bows Napkin by Diga Linda

Here on this table you can see my linens with the print called “Rose Bow” and you can get 15% off my table top linens decor with coupon code HAPPYHOSTESS15 at checkout. Also I am so excited about being on the @happyhostesscollective podcast! Please visit her site and listen to my interview with Kristie on her podcast #37  - You can listen HERE

She is so talented and put me totally at ease! I hope you enjoy it and if you do this napkin fold please tag me, I would love to see!

 SAVE this post for inspiration and share with someone who might like tabletop decor!

 Here is the tutorial so you can do this easy napkin fold as well. See it HERE on Instagram

For the Rose Bows Collection and more go HERE!

xoxo Ceci 😘


July 30, 2023 — Cecilia Mason

Father's Day is coming, try this “Country Bread with Everything Bagel Seasoning”

This is truly a combination of the baker (me) and the cook (my hubby) the topping on the bread and you should certainly try it!

“Country Bread with Everything Bagel Seasoning”

2 tablespoons of active dry yeast from a jar

2 1/2 cups warm water

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

6 1/2 cups bread flour

Put the flour and yeast together in a bowl then add the warm water and knead it a bit then add the eggs, sugar, salt and vegetable oil. Knead it all together until it’s all blended well until its smooth into a ball (about 10 minutes).

Let it rise for about 1 hour until it doubles in size in warm place. I usually place a clean tea towel on top then place a blanket around the bowl.

Divide the dough in two and roll each half into a rectangle (big enough to fit in the pan you are placing in the oven, like 9x18 then roll it up tight. Press at the ends to seal after each turn. Place loaf on pan with a little flour on it and brush with egg white or a little vegetable oil. Let it rise for about 1 hour until double.

Heat oven at 350 and put “Everything but the bagel seasoning blend” (which includes sea salt, onion, garlic and salt) on top after you brush the bread with a bit of oil or egg white.

Bake until golden brown for about 1 hour.

The bread tastes amazing and it’s great as morning toast as well, enjoy!

It makes the house smell so good!


The bread is soft and so fresh!

I am enjoying a few slices at the table with one of my favorite table runners that I designed by hand the Tobacco Leaf Inspired table runner, which go beautifully with my hydrangeas and my blue and white. Well this is a runner that goes well with every decor. 

Since Father's Day is coming up if you did this bread, I know he would love it.

My husband who was a chef says it tastes delicious fresh or toastedl!

Rustic country bread 

For this darling Tobacco Leaf inspired Table runner click HERE

Please comment on the blog post if you have enjoyed reading, I truly appreciate your support in advance and have a wonderful Father's Day!

XO Ceci Mason Designer and founder of Diga Linda

June 16, 2023 — Ceci Mason
Blueberry Muffins and Gift Tags

Blueberry Muffins and Gift Tags

You are going to love making these easy blueberry muffins and gift them in style with these darling gift tags that I designed. You can just download the file and print as many times as you like. If you post on social media, please tag me. I would love to see it!

Here is the recipe:

1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

3/4 cups of sugar

2 heaping tea spoons of baking powder

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/3 of vegetable oil

1/3 of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries 

Combine all dry ingredients, then the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Fill muffin forms two thirds (you don't want them too high or they might not fit in your box that you are gifting) and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Don't over bake or they will become dry!

Blueberry muffins

It turned out so pretty, let me know what you think!

made especially for you

I hope you enjoy this recipe and the gift tags. For the tablecloth that I designed and you see above visit HERE. If you love hydrangeas, then you will love this one, just click the picture!

Chapple Chandler White Hydrangeas Tablecloth

Here they are below, so darling!

made especially for you

Find the gift tags on the link HERE just click and download. I find this scalloped design so Grandmillennial, elegant and delicate and it goes beautifully with my blueberry muffins!

Just print on card stock, trim, punch a whole on the top and attach with a little string. Then just do a pretty bow on the pretty box filled with goodies! I got my card stock, box, string and ribbon at my local craft store. 

Thank you so much for reading and I want to invite you to subscribe to my newsletter on top of the page for the latest and the greatest news and new inspiration, xoxo Ceci Mason

Designer and founder of Diga Linda 

Please follow me on Instagram @diga_linda

June 10, 2023 — Cecilia Mason
Meet Kristie LaLonde from Happy Hostess Collective!

Meet Kristie LaLonde from Happy Hostess Collective!

Today I am delighted to introduce you Kristie LaLonde, Creator and owner of Happy Hostess Collective!

Kristie teaches how to entertain at home, plan parties and make your guests feel welcome. Join her each week as she helps beginner hostess learn the tips and tricks of setting a table and entertaining guests without all the stress and worries. On her Apple podcasts, you can enjoy her interviews with party experts and learn their secrets to creating a memorable event.

Questions for Kristie:

Q: Kristie, it’s truly a pleasure having you here on the blog. Can you tell us about yourself, where did you grow up and how did your childhood influence your life and your path? 

I’m honored that you have invited me on your blog.  You know that I’ve been a long time fan of your work and it’s exciting to do this!  I grew up in Lexington, KY and have lived here basically all of my life. I grew up on a horse farm and remember being fascinated by all the fancy parties going on there.  I think watching my parents get ready for these big events and seeing the glamour of the horse industry at that time intrigued me.  As far as my love for dishes, I inherited that from my mother!

Q: As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

 I went through many phases, at times I wanted to be a horse veterinarian, an actress or a gymnast.  But I should have known that I wanted to be an entrepreneur because I was always recruiting my friends to start a businesses with me.  Lemonade stands were my favorite but I starting selling friendship bracelets, friendship pens and handmade ribbon barrets over the years.

Q: Where did you go to college and did you learn anything in there that helped you do what you are doing today?

I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. I chose this major with the intention of having a bridal store with a wedding coordinating service. I never opened a bridal store but I did coordinate weddings for a while. The retail part of the major did help as I owned an online high end gift and dishware company for over ten years.

Q: What inspired you to start Happy Hostess Collective on your social media and the Happy Hostess Podcast? 

I really feel like there are a lot of women hesitant to invite guests into their home.  Either because they don’t feel like they don’t have time or are afraid that they just don’t know how.  These women are missing out on so much joy and connection that comes from entertaining in their own home.  I want to be able to show them how to do it simply, with style and in a way that makes them feel confident.

Q: How do you define your style?

Grandmillenial is probably the best way to describe my style in the home, even though I am way too old to be a millennial! I would also describe my party style as whimsical or a little over the top.  I am a “more is more” type of gal when it comes to parties!

Q: Where do you find inspirations?

I find inspiration from other creators like you and so many others on Instagram.  Inspiration can really be found anywhere from nature, the movies to books and magazines. It is so fun to create your own interpretation of themes that you see in everyday life.

Q: How do you plan for your next dinner or event?

I always start with asking myself why am I having this dinner, party or event?  I try to take that answer and ask, “Why is that important to me?” When I do that a few times in a row, I get a meaningful answer that naturally helps me make the rest of the decisions like the location, menu, guest list etc. The key is to plan, plan, plan and to do it in writing!  Planning takes the stress out of most any event.

Q: What are some of your favorite treasures in your home that you use in your tables, and why?

Some of my favorite treasures are my wedding china, family hand me downs, and vintage dishware.  Heirlooms that I have had for many years, hold memories and positive feelings that bring me joy.  I love vintage items because they have a history and bring unique character and charm to a table.

Q: Do you have any favorite collection?

Right now my favorite collections are majolica, cabbage ware, and cookbooks.

Q: For people who don’t know Happy Hostess Collective, can you describe how you came up with that name?

When people think of being a hostess, sometimes they picture a perfectionist like Martha Stewart.  A lot of times, the word hostess brings up feelings of not being enough or not knowing what to do.  I just want to give people the tools to be confident while entertaining so they create bonding memories with their friends and family.  I do believe that much lasting happiness comes from inviting guests into our home.  The Collective comes from the idea of all of us in it together, wanting to be part of a movement blessing others with genuine hospitality.

Q: When you aren’t busy working on the podcast or a party, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love to read, attend pilates classes and of course, listen to podcasts.

Q; What are 3 every day luxuries you could not live without?

Only three is hard!  But the first things that come to mind is makeup by Hourglass, a warm cozy bed and good coffee.

Q: Where is your favorite place to host and why?

My very favorite place to host is always my home.  There is an intimacy that is created when you host in your own home that is hard to recreate anywhere else.  Also, it is by far the most convenient place, because you don’t need to transport anything and you have all the time you need to decorate or cook.  

Happy Hostess

Q: Where can people find you, let us know your social media handles and any other ways people can get in touch with you.

My instagram handle is @happyhostesscollective and my facebook account is the same.  You can reach me by email at kristie@happyhostesscollective

Listen to my podcasts HERE

Thank you Kristie, it was a pleasure having you in this space!

Thank you for inviting me, Ceci  I feel so blessed to connect with you and your readers!

For ongoing inspiration, please follow @happyhostesscollective on Instagram and on Facebook.

We would be delighted to hear from you in the comments below, so leave a note or let us know if you have any questions below. Thank you! :)


May 04, 2023 — Ceci Mason
Tags: Blog Hostess
Church Point Manor in Virginia Beach

Church Point Manor in Virginia Beach

“Happy is the couple that finds a special place to get married and far happier are those couples who find the right people to work with them on their wedding”  ~  Ceci M.

I got so inspired learning about Church Point Manor and their darling blue and white Carriage House (which is on Airbnb).

Ceci and Kate at Church Point Manor

They are an event & retreat venue in Virginia Beach. This elegant and private place is not only filled with character and history, built in 1860 but it is listed in the Virginia Beach Historic Register!

Their lush gardens, old growth trees and the fact that they are by the water creates the ideal and most magical place for the perfect event!

Church Point Manor

However I have to say that the best part was working with Tyler and Kate. They showed me around and I got to personalize a blue and white tablecloth the “Grandmillennial Botanical Garden” for them. It fits beautifully with their decor!

It was truly a pleasure meeting this sweet and busy couple!

 Scroll down to see more pictures and how you can find them.

Church Point Manor


Church Point Manor

Church Point Manor

Church Point Manor

 Church Point Manor

Find out more about them at

Instagram @churchpointmanor

Facebook @church Point Manor


April 21, 2023 — Ceci Mason
Meet Erminda from Erminda Celebrates!

Meet Erminda from Erminda Celebrates!

Today I am delighted to introduce you Erminda Dominguez, Creator and owner of Erminda Celebrates!

In Erminda Celebrates, Minda with over 25 years as an educator and a degree in Interior Design, she shares her love for creating a beautiful home inside and out and also for creating tablescapes. She also enjoys cooking, baking and celebrating life’s everyday moments.

Q: Minda, it’s truly a pleasure having you here on the blog. Can you tell us about yourself, where did you grow up and how did your childhood influence your life and your path?  

Thank you so much for having me.  I was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico but moved to California when I was just 11 days old.  I grew up in the Los Angeles area where I currently reside.  I come from a long line of creative men and women, so I as a child, I was surrounded by the arts.  My parents always had a flare for decorating our home and that greatly influenced me to carry on that tradition.

Q: As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to be teacher.  One Christmas, I recall getting one of those stand alone chalkboards.  I was thrilled and I can still remember gathering all my younger siblings around it to give them my first lesson. 

Q: Where did you go to college and did you learn anything in there that helped you do what you are doing today?

I attended California State University upon graduating from high school, but soon put that on hold to raise my children.  When they were school age, I went back to get a degree in interior design.  I worked briefly in that field, but soon discovered that working hours of an independent contractor weren’t ideal for family life, so I went back to college again to earn a California Teaching credentials. Starting in  1996 I worked as elementary school teacher until I retired in 2021. Teaching was a perfect career for me to express my creativity and I loved decorating my classroom and designing lessons that included art appreciation and crafts.

Q: What inspired you to start Erminda Celebrates?

I was inspired to create Erminda Celebrates so that I could document and share how I celebrate even the simplest of moments in my journey.

Erminda Celebrates

Q: How do you define your style?

I would say my style is filled with lush and layered creations. I am more of a maximalist and fill my home and stylings that are full of colorful patterns and palettes.

Erminda Celebrates

Q: Where do you find inspirations?

Nature inspires me everyday.  I also take inspiration from old world cultures and motifs specifically, Italian, French, and Mexican. 

Erminda Celebrates

Q: How do you decide what to style next in your home?

I enjoy seasonal stylings.  So, with that in mind, I will look for ways to refresh my home, garden, and even meals with the seasons in mind.

Erminda Celebrates

Q: What are some of your favorite treasures in your home, and why?

Of course, some of my favorite treasures are the original art pieces that my daughter has done for us.  I also treasure the vintage dishes and glassware that have been handed down to me from my mother.

Erminda Celebrates

Q: Do you have any favorite collection?

I do love collecting Bordallo Pinheiro earthenware and Majolica from Europe and Mexico.

Q: For people who don’t know Erminda Celebrates, can you describe how you came up with that name?

The name perfectly describes this chapter in my life.  My motto is simply create and celebrate.  So that is what I want to share with our community.

Erminda Celebrates

Q: When you aren’t busy working on Erminda Celebrates, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy being with family.  My young grandchildren live just 4 doors down from me, so I keep busy with them.  I know one day they will be off busy doing their own thing, so I make sure my husband and I make to time to create as many fond childhood memories for them as we possible.

Q; What are 3 every day luxuries you could not live without?

I cannot live without flowers, pretty food, and color!

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

Yes, if there is one thing I have learned in my 65 years of being on this planet is that we create the life we want.  Yes, there are times when our journey seem out of our control, but in reality, we are always in control of how we respond.  For now, my intention is to enjoy my family and take as many opportunities to express myself creatively as possible.

Erminda Celebrates

Q: Where can people find you, let us know your social media handles and any other ways people can get in touch with you.

People can find me at my website and at ermindacelebrates on instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and TikTok.

Thank you Minda, it was a pleasure having you in this space!

For ongoing inspiration, please follow @ermindacelebrates on Instagram

April 08, 2023 — Ceci Mason
Decoupage Easter Eggs

How to make decoupage Easter eggs.

You are going to absolutely LOVE this! Learn how to make the cutest ginger jars Easter eggs. You can do these by yourself, but when you have friends or family doing them with you, then you multiply the fun! These have so many uses and make great gifts as well. You can put them on your dishes like I did or simply style them inside a basket or give away!

I am an avid crafter and when I have a bit of extra time, you will find me making all kinds of crafts!

I just used blue and white tissue paper and found all my supplies for you linked at the bottom.

ALL products that you need are linked below!

Decoupage eggs

1 - Paint the wood eggs with white craft acrylic paint and let dry.

2 - use Mod Podge on the egg where you will put the paper napkin. I used matte, but you can use gloss.

3 - Separate napkin and use the design part only which is very thin and place the cut out ginger jar on top of egg covered with the Mod Podge.

Decoupage eggs

4 - Brush the ginger jar napkin gently from the center out so that you erase any bubbles.

5 - Let it dry.

6 - After it's dry, I go over again with Mod Podge and let it dry again.

Decoupage eggs

You can find all your essentials necessary for this fun project right here on the link below. Please follow for more Grandmillennial ideas!

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If you like this blog post, please comment below, thank you and happy crafting! xo Ceci Mason

PS: I made it to the finalists in the Cottages and Bungalows Tablescape Contest. There's only a couple of days left to vote! Please vote for me HERE on this link then you can come right back to this open page. Thank you, Ceci

Tablescape Contest for Ceci Mason


March 13, 2023 — Ceci Mason


How to clean silver:

Silver is one of the most precious metals on earth right next to gold! Jewelry, coins, flatware, so many things contain silver and when this beautiful element is cleaned it reflects it's luster and beauty!

Believe it or not the Egyptians used to prize silver over gold! Silver begins to tarnish as soon as it is exposed to air and then it becomes dull and discolored! One of the keys to cleaning silver is that you never want to scrub with carbon fiber cloth as these will cause permanent damage, use a microfiber instead. Also never put your silver in the dishwasher! 

There is a very simple way to clean silver and it just takes a piece of aluminum foil, soap and water!

- Place a piece of foil inside a bowl ( I actually put a couple of pieces of foil inside a big pot or use a foil tray (some people wrap their silver in the foil because it needs to touch it).

- Put boiling water and baking soda inside the bowl (for each cup of water add one tablespoon of baking soda).

- Add the silver 

- Let silver touch the aluminum foil and let it work (about 10 minutes) or it could be done faster than that!

- Unwrap the silver (if you wrapped it). You will see that the tarnish has transferred to the foil!

- Take it out, rinse with soap and water then clean with microfiber cloth.

Thank you for reading my blog. If you enjoyed it, please comment below!

PS: Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be having a vintage sale going LIVE on my site at 10a.m. ( click the Vintage Tab on main menu). I hope you can join me. 

Also have you seen the latest additions to the "Famille Rose" newest print? See them HERE!

Also the NEW Tobacco Leaf Placemats that I just designed? They just landed on the site, check them out over HERE!

Have a great day, xoxo Ceci Mason artist and founder of Diga LInda

January 27, 2023 — Ceci Mason
Getting organized part one! FREE Weekly Meal Plan Instant download!

Getting organized part one! FREE Weekly Meal Plan Instant download!

Hi friends,

The New Year is coming and it's time to get organized and be surrounded by lots of vintage inspired blue and white and Chinoiserie!

classic chinoiserie collection

Chinoiserie classic ginger jar pillow 

The link for the Weekly Meal Plan is HERE

weekly meal plan

Weekly plan menu

Get organized with this free printable, just click the file and print!

Thank you for your support. Please let me know in the comments if you like this printable and if you would like to see more printables from me. 

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

xo Ceci.

December 27, 2022 — Ceci Mason