Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Blue Crabs on the tree and a wonderful Florida artist!

We drove out to the Gulf Coast last weekend


to eat at our favorite restaurant!


We had Almond Fried Grouper, fries, coleslaw

and the best hushpuppies I’ve ever tasted!


They had the neatest tree...


don’t you love the blue crabs...


and fishing lures?


Everything was decorated for the holidays!


And I received a wonderful package from

Brushed by an Angel.


Don’t you love the name of her blog?

I really love this little guy!


She has an Etsy store HERE filled

with her beautiful hand painted items!


Thanks Brenda...a sweet Florida blogger...for the gifts!


I’m linking with Sally Lee by the Sea

for a Coastal Christmas!

So now I have to ask...

do you have a Blue Crab  SMDSCN9038

in your holiday decorations this year?


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh thats the cutest tree, amazing, where do people find these things, are they really ornaments or did they just create them.
What a beautiful name for a blog and her work is truly angelic, lovely!

Unknown said...

That's my kind of decoration! Wonder if I could crochet one up... Ha! Anyway, thanks for sharing. It makes me nostalgic for Montauk.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Great idea for a tree. But those ornaments from Brenda are ADORABLE!!!

Unknown said...

Congrats on your win, Diane. I loved those ornies & could see them being fun all year long.

The blue tree is marvelous. Looks like the food was plentiful, too.

Have a beautiful day ~

PS GIVEAWAY ends 12/9

Della said...

Those ornaments from Brenda are so cute!

I don't have a blue crab on my tree, but I'll start looking for one! Exactly where is this favorite restaurant? I'd love to check it out!

LindyLouMac said...

Almond Fried, that sounds good :)

Caty said...

Good morning, Diane

I hope you are very well.

Your friend Brenda made a good job painting this ornaments.

I hadn´t ever seen crabs and shells like ornament Christmas tree, They really like me.

Next week my family come to my home for the Posada or Piñatas.

Diane, I send you a great hug,


Anne said...

Love it! that meal sounded delish... i loved hush puppies when i lived in florida! We'd go over to Cedar Key and have the best, cheap seafood dinners...

joyh82 said...

what a neat place and love their christmas tree. what a nice pkg you received...enjoy!

Completely Coastal said...

I want to go to a restaurant like that... such a cool tree!!! Thanks for sharing! Will post on my Facebook!

Freckled Hen said...

Yum seafood! I love that tree and those handpainted ornaments are amazing!

Barbara F. said...

Diane, I really enjoyed this post. I adore nice seafood restaurants and blue crabs are my favorite. There won't be one on my tree but perhaps one on my dinner plate :) Thanks for the link to this blog, I will be visiting there. The ornaments are beautiful. xo

Cyndi said...

Hi Diane! Oh, that tree is sooo that at Peck's? (It looks like Peck's!). I love those blue crab ornaments. And the gifts you received from your friend are precious. Enjoy decorating with those!

Have a wonderful day, sweet friend!



Jane said...

Cute crabbie tree! What is your favorite restaurant..and where is it? We're always looking for new places to try....and we don't mind driving down the coast (or up!)

It's me said...

What a beautiful christmas things here from

Vee said...

What a nice gift you received. Love those handpainted treasures. You'll cherish them for years to come. I didn't know what to think about the blue crabs just reading the words, but on the tree they certainly are cute. Your meal sounds delicious!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

That restaurant sounds like my kind of food! I miss the great seafood restaurants in Florida.

Unknown said...

Id love to have a meal at that place ! Love fresh sea food ! The blue tree is very pretty and witty. Brushed by an angel will get a visit from me I love the ornament wow it is so special looking Best Santa face I have ever seen !

- KAT -

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I don't have any blue crabs on my tree but that one is surprisingly pretty. Blue is a favorite color of mine for Christmas. In fact, I have a tree decorated with all blue birds and ornaments, just no blue crabs. Those hand painted ornaments are gorgeous. She is very talented. Am looking forward to your next gingerbread item. What could it be? ----------Shannon

Amy said...

Such a cute restaurant. I love their decorations on the tree. :)


Were you in Cedar Key, love that area, food is great! Love your ornaments from your friend.

Cindy said...

Very cute tree! I wish I could have enjoyed that good meal with you guys.

Lila Rostenberg said...

Cute ornaments!
I don like the blue crap Christmas tree!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You guys take such great trips!!! The meal sounds yummy and the blue crab tree is perfect for a coastal Christmas! Those hand-painted ornaments made by you friend are gorgeous...lucky you!!!

Pam B said...

No, Diane, I do NOT have a blue crab on my Christmas tree this year. In fact, even when I lived in Sarasota my Christmas tree was very traditional.

I did get a chuckle peeking at that tree, though. It was awfully appropriate for the restaurant! LOL

BTW, the ornaments you received are absolutely lovely. Where do all these people get this outrageous talent from?


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love that blue Christmas tree! Those hand painted ornaments are so cute! I'm going to check out her blog and etsy. hugs, Linda

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The Florida Gulf is so pretty, Diane, and I bet the seafood food was so delicious. I love the restaurant's Christmas tree!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE that tree--and the ornaments on it! and your special angel ornaments...THANK YOU so much for stopping by and sharing my awesome news with me--I'm so excited--no, shocked! lol

I hope you're enjoying sunny days and warm weather.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diane, What a fun day and awesome place to have a wonderful dinner. Love the blue crab tree. So creative.
Congrats on your win from talented Brenda. She paints devine and a very sweet friend. You surely received some lovely treasures from her.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments. Wishing you a wonderful season building up to Christmas.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Shelia said...

HI Diane! OH, that looks like a great place to eat some seafood! ;) Love the tree and I do like the little crabs! The little painted pieces are so sweet!
thanks for popping in to see me.
be a swetie,
Shelia ;)

BECKY said...

What unique and cute ornaments! And the items you rec'd from Brushed by an Angel are just adorable!

bj said...

Glad you enjoyed your dinner.
A really cute tree. :))

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

So sorry, but I just can't resist. My first thought was, "I'm glad that it's only the tree that has crabs". Naughty me. The tree was cute, but let's talk about that red door. It stole my heart. Your food sounds great! Wonderful treasures from a wonderful angel.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What lovely orniments! Such a lovely gift.
I had to laugh when I read about the Blue Crab! I have one but not like you might think. My daughter dressed up as Blue Crab and took part in a festival in Oregon. She danced down the street and ended up on the front page of the local paper. I have that photo somewhere.. lol
She is a free spirit, my Blue Crab!
Love'n hugs,
P.S. She is the one on my sidebar playing a little Uke or guitar.

Ricki Treleaven said...

LOL the tree with the blue crabs is hysterical.

Kitty said...

I soooooo would love that restaurant!! What a great themed tree and it's so pretty!

Arabella said...

LOVE, love, love those blue crabs!!! So adorable :O)