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Friday, August 31, 2012

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Lemonade ~ FFP#6

As you may know over the summer we moved into a new neighborhood. I think many of us long for a place where children frolic in sprinklers while neighbors sit and visit one another on their porches. In this busy day and age that can be hard to come by. But it is worth the effort. Over the years some of our previous neighbors have become our dearest friends.


Now that I am finally unpacked, I am ready to to try and build relationships with those I can borrow a cup of sugar from in the future. There are many ways a good relationship can be formed.

I found these darling printables by Eat Drink Chic on Pinterest.

I really wanted to make my own lemonade and fill it in glass bottles I found at the thrift store or these cute gems at Ikea.
SLOM Bottle with stopper IKEA Tight-fitting stopper prevents leakage.
The lemonade would also be so cute presented in mason jars.

Lemonade in Mason Jars

But I get that if a lady you don’t know shows up on your doorstep with homemade lemonade you probably aren’t going to drink it. So I purchased some bottled (and sealed!) lemonade at Trader Joe’s. Tags were signed and attached with bakers twine and we plan on passing them out on Labor Day.

Do you have a great neighbor? 


What pin made your heart leap this week? Do you have a board collection you love? Please share, I’d love to see it.
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Kelley Highway said...

I try to BE a great neighbor, but alas. I still do not know my neighbors in our townhouse complex in Manila. (I'm in Missouri right now.) They're all either movie stars, physicians, surgeons, you get my drift. Never see them. Only the maids and drivers. We're the weird ones because I'm the maid and my man's the driver. Anyway... You've inspired me to do better. I just feel so frustrated trying to FORCE my presence to be known. I pray for these folks on my runs, though. Prayer and patience I'm sure will do the job. At the right time.

Joani said...

I've lived in this neighborhood for 17 years and I only know my neighbors to wave at them. The lady across the street and I are the original owners and the rest are pretty well newcomers. One day I'll move to a community that wants to be involved with each other. Thanks for sharing. Have a great time.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

How fun!!!! You are just the sweetest!!!

openid said...


What a sweet way {literally} to reach out to your neighbors! Our neighbors aren't as close as most but we all watch out for each other {they were all searching for Buster when he disappeared for over a week; our circle driveway is plowed after each snowstorm; when hurricane Irene uprooted an old tree a neighboring tree farm had employees over to remove it before Thomas was home from work; we gather every Dec at a Christmas Party. I will be posting my favorite pin and linking up tomorrow. You inspired Fairfield House Reader Appreciation Giveaway #4 -- including Friday's Favorite Pin camera!
Your Friend,

Sandy said...

What a great idea! Yes we have fantastic neighbors. Last weekend our closest neighbor tried out his new rotisserie smoker and presented us with the most delicious smoked hen ever! I in turn sent over some homemade apple butter and fresh peach freezer jam with warm homemade biscuits.

We watch out for each others homes, pets, and children. We often visit over the fence when working outside. We could not ask for better friends or neighbors.

Linda said...

That's lovely!

I wish we had that kind of neighborhood but we don't. Every other house in our neighborhood is a rental and very transient. They're also not the type of people I'd like to hang around with for a number of reasons. Our town is very divided between poverty/drugs and well-off.

Thankfully, I have great neighbors on the east side of us (My Parents!) and to the west of us (Tess who makes the wonderful homemade egg rolls), and there is a nice neighbor directly across the street, and we've all shared in each others lives together, so that's the best we have to offer here and a blessing. ♥

Love, Linda

Connie said...

Hmmmm, I'm not sure how to share a favorite "pin" but I am going to participate with a favorite/recent post and show you a mosaic clock I've asked my daughter, who is a mosaic artist, to make me. Well, as close as she can. Hope that works!

linda t said...

Hi Laura,
I linked to your Friday Pin Party, but it would not let me post a pic with my post. Not sure what to do. I'll check back.

Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

What a cute idea! We are finally getting to know some of our new neighbors after living here for seven months. We are really enjoying this neighborhood and its friendliness. There are a lot of BBQ's and activities planned for families and kids throughout the area. I hope you guys find the same sense of community where you are.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

MMMMM. Love that lemonade from Trader Joes! And the tages are darling!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I tried to link up...but you can't see anything....just letting you know!

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

What a wonderful gift and I love the bottle and label! Wishin' we had Trader Joe's (or you for a neighbour)!!

We have wonderful neighbours; it makes all the difference! :)

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a wonderful idea, Laura! I hope you make long and lasting friendships!


Karena said...

Laura, a very simple yet friendly gesture to make as a new neighbor!

Art by Karena

It's All Connected said...

The best part of living in my village is the neighbours! We are all different in lifestyles and ages but there isn't one I would hesitate to ask for help. Everyone speaks to each other outside and some have become great friends. Your's are going to love you with your cute gift! ~ Maureen

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I wish you were my neighbor, for more reasons that this sweet sip of Lemonade.
So blessed to be your blog friend!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Laura, couldn't get the pic I wanted to load, sorry, please delete my link. You know there's a box to check on the linky that will allow all us goof-ups to delete their mistakes, LOL!! Hopw you're having a great week!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Laura, what a great idea for a "neighborly gift"! We knew all of our neighbors in our last neighborhood; but here, we only know a few. I much prefer the interaction when everyone comes out and visits with one another!

The Boston Lady said...

I'm in the same boat now Laura. We have had three neighbors approach us to welcome us to the neighborhood - I have been repeating their names over and over because I'm afraid I will forget them! I miss my old, comfy neighborhood where we all knew each other... but I'm determined to get that comfy again after I finish being housebound with boxes. Walking the dogs around always works for us! I like your idea very much and had to laugh about what people might think if you gave them homemade stuff. Ann

Craftymoose Crafts said...

We are blessed to have several really good neighbors! It is such a comfort (for all of us) to know that help is just a shout or phone call away.

I hope you make many new friends in your new home.

missroxor said...

What a lovely gesture! :) I'm a Brit currently living in the US and when we moved here I (with my rose tinted glasses firmly on my face) couldn’t wait to meet the neighbours, hoping they’d be like the super friendly, muffin baking, big smiled American stereotypes you see on tv, lol. Sadly the reality was the complete opposite to the point that we had to move to a different neighbourhood just to escape one of our neighbours who made our lives hell.

We've been in our new place about 3 months and introduced ourselves (with some apprehension) to our nearest neighbour who seemed friendly but only weeks later did a midnight flit and left her home empty! So here we are, 2.5 years into living in the US and we’ve yet to meet a friendly neighbour that we can invite over for a cup of tea! BUT... thanks to your post I have renewed faith that such a thing does exist and one of these days before we go back to the UK, I WILL have a neighbour round for a good old British cuppa! :p

PS I’m in the next state over so you kind of are the first friendly neighbour I’ve a comment to, lol.


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Love the lemonade bottles. So how do you link-up pins? Do you post about your pins first? I have been pinning away this week. ;P

Miss Charming said...

Such adorable tags! (And yes, I would be the one to drink the homemade lemonade.)

Vel Criste said...

I miss my old neighbor Barb - though we have met some of our neighbors, I still feel that we are not as close as neighbors should be. We were the ones who moved in recently but we did not get any welcome as with our other neighborhood moves. Oh well, maybe, I should start, and this lemonade is a good idea! :-)

Stacey said...

What a good idea! Like Vel Christe said, we also moved into a new house this summer. Our neighbors really have not been very friendly. It makes me sad because we've experienced some of the greatest friends ever in our previous 2 homes. We have new neighbors moving in next week. I can't wait to welcome them!!