End of Summer

End of Summer 2015

As another summer draws to a close, I prepare for the harsh winter by counting my many blessings from the year. It's been a fabulous chapter in my life and I have so much to be thankful for. So as I take the time to enjoy these last days of vibrant greens and singing birds, the warm nights with dear friends, I prepare for what's ahead by taking strength from what has passed.

My heart is overflowing with motherly pride as two of my wonderful sons prepare for college. My boys have been an integral part of my life for so long now, I almost don't know how to handle the thought of two of them flying from the nest. Parenthood is the only kind of love where success means letting go. But any sadness I may feel is overwhelmed by how very proud I am of my sons as they step into the world to become men. I can only hope that I've given them all the tools they will need to begin building their own lives. And of course, I'll always be here for them no matter how grown they are!

Another huge milestone that happened this year was the 50th birthday of my husband and partner, Raul. We had a huge celebration and I want to thank everyone who was able to attend. I really tried to make the focus of the night all about him, right down to the decorations! Our beautiful niece made a ton of posters which we proudly hung around the room, and the twinkling lights and candles set the atmosphere perfectly. It was an evening I'll never forget and I'm so glad I had the chance to show my ever-patient husband how much he means to me!

As mother nature changes the colors outside, she also changes my palette and tastes. I'm excited to draw the curtain on my Summer 2015 Collection and begin thinking about new creations! I haven't firmly settled on the items for my upcoming Winter Collection, but I'm thrilled about new inspirations and creative energies! I'm excited to bring this year to a successful finish and I have nothing but optimism for the upcoming season!

Cinco De Mayo

I would first like to say thank you for all of your wonderful birthday wishes! Like I said in my previous post, to me it’s not about the big party or material gifts, what means the most to me on my birthday is spending quality time with my family and friends, and you all have made my birthday extra special!

For me, the month of May signifies the start of new beginnings. A new birth year, tons of new flowers in my garden, and the beginning of summer! And you know what that means- more time outside with my family and friends, barbeques, margaritas, and lots of summertime jewelry.

This month I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite around-the-house tricks that is so simple and so green. After a Cinco de Mayo barbeque, gather all of your liquor bottles, rinse them out, and use them around the house as flower vases! Simple, easy, and it gives a little personal touch to your floral arrangements. Sometimes I’ll even add a scrap of fabric tied in a bow and a pair of earrings or a necklace, just to give it that extra pop of Betty Badd.

As much as I try to recycle, I still always feel bad throwing away empty bottles. It feels like such a waste, and some of the bottles are actually really pretty. So, this summer I’ve resolved to keep more fresh flowers in the house and at my studio so I can re-purpose the empty bottles as flower vases.

It’s probably one of the easiest things you can do to bring a little of the outdoors inside, while not throwing away another bottle. Feel free to share your photos of your liquor, floral arrangements on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the #BettyBadd, and I’ll be sure to share some of my favorites!

xoxo Betty