Don't you love it when you drive down the road on a beautiful breezy day when the sun is shining bright and you see one of those bigger-than-life American flags waving out over the road with all its might?  Or how about passing a house with the front porch festooned with red, white, and blue bunting, and giant urns filled with red geraniums and lots of small American flags?  These are the kinds of sightings that make my all-American heart beat faster. I wanted to create that same kind of feeling for the Fourth of July with mason jars and flowers. And I'm pretty happy with the … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was picture perfect!  I even enjoyed spending some time at the beach checking out the flying antics of some expert kite flyers at our local kite festival.  The wind was mostly perfect and the sunshine warmed me to my core.  My face got a little sunburned... but it was so worth it. Can you believe that this coming weekend is Memorial Day?  Boy did that sneak up on us quickly!  If you're a little behind... you'll want to check out these inspiring red, white, and blue ideas curated from this past week's edition of Project … [Read more...]

    Mother's Day comes at one of my most favorite times of the year... flower planting time. If I could give Mom the ultimate gift for her special day, I'd create an English cottage-style garden with a white picket fence filled with all her favorite pretty flowers. It would be so fun to design, shop for, and create. Around Mother's Day all the garden shops and greenhouses are brimming over with the most beautiful flowers and plants of the season.  All that goodness makes my heart swell with joy and anticipation.  I don't know that there is anything I like better than to go greenhouse … [Read more...]

  One of my favorite things about Spring and Easter is seeing the huge displays of flowers at the supermarkets.  Oh my heart!  I want to take them all home!  Easter lilies, hyacinths, tulips, daffodils... I can't get enough!  Unfortunately they don't last long.  But, today we've put together some fresh ideas for adding a little spring to your home decor from this week's Project Inspire{d} that WILL last! It would be hard for me to choose a favorite.  What catches your eye? Whatever you have on the agenda this weekend, have a blessed and Happy Easter!     10 Fresh Ideas for Adding … [Read more...]

  I'm so excited to share this quick, easy, and so pretty Mason jar floral arrangement.  It's Eggstraordinary!  Seriously it's so simple you don't need a tutorial... but just for fun... I created one for you... because that's what I do.  I can't stop myself!!!     Here's how it all came together... Last year I was blessed to participate with a group of my blogging friends in a Mason jar blog hop for Mother's Day.  As part of the event, each of us received aqua blue, amethyst, green, and clear Ball pint jars.     I created this cute hanging Mason jar with a … [Read more...]

  With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner I wanted to inspire you to create some mason jar happiness to dress up your little corner of the world.  And throw in a few riddles... just for fun!     What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck.   Last year I received some lovely green Ball mason jars for a Mother's Day blog hop.  I also received blue, and purple, and clear jars, and never got around to doing anything with the green jars.  I knew I wanted to use them for St. Patrick's Day. My plan wasn't to do anything … [Read more...]

  We were so impressed with all the bright and colorful ideas for spring and Easter at this week's link party.  These are just a few that caught our eye.  Be sure to check them out, pin them, and have fun getting your creativity on. Have a great weekend my friend! Colorful and Stylish Ideas for Celebrating Easter   Color Blocked Easter Eggs by Simply Designing Tissue Paper Spring Wreath by Ilkas Blog Pastel Easter Mantle Vignette by Pastels and Macarons Floral Crown Inspired Spring Wreath by Making it in the Mountains Carrot Grahams Easter Treat for Kids from About a Mom Roly-Poly … [Read more...]

  You know how it goes... you're out shopping... on a hunt for something specific... and out of the blue... IT calls your name! How does IT even know your name? How does IT know you are a lover of all things earthy and natural? How does IT know you would LOVE a basket that can do double duty for St. Patrick's Day and Easter? Especially a lovely mossy Easter basket! How does that happen?         IT has been one busy but smart basket! I can't say that you'll have a basket speak to you like IT did me when you're out and about. But, on the … [Read more...]

  I woke up to a fresh coating of snow this morning.  After a gorgeous sunny day yesterday... well it's a damp blanket for the day... but I know spring and sunny skies are coming soon. Whatever your plans are for the weekend, I hope you take time to exercise your creativity.  I'll be giving it my best shot.  Because at our house we'll be working at getting over the flu.  Ugh!  It totally put me out of commission yesterday.  Hopefully, I can push through it today.  I'm praying for an extra measure of strength as I have several posts that are in the midst of being completed for the weekend and next … [Read more...]

    Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? I know you'll want to at least decorate a corner of your space with this Easy to Make St. Patrick's Day Basket.   With Swedish and Dutch roots, I had never gotten into the celebration of St. Patrick's Day.  In fact it was hardly on my radar... until I moved to Buffalo.  A large Irish community resides there. Many of my non-Irish friends became Irish for a day or weekend enjoying corned beef and cabbage, the big St. Patrick's Day parade, and of course the wearing of green. For some, it's a time to party and enjoy good food and drink. For … [Read more...]

  Have you noticed?  The days are getting longer!   The sun won't set tonight until 6:30!  That means I can go for an after-dinner walk in twilight and not pitch darkness.  I LOVE twilight... it's such a beautiful and peaceful time of the day.  And as the days get warmer... it will be even better.  Though I think we're in for a roller coaster of weather these days.  Snow and school closings and then three days later... 50 degrees!  Whatever!  Spring is around the corner and for some of you... she's already arrived in all her beautiful finery.  I can't wait to greet her. I'm working on some … [Read more...]

  With Easter and Spring right around the corner, I wanted to put together a super fun little mason jar project that would perfect for the season. It also needed to be colorful and a bit whimsical. Because I'm always game to experiment with something new, I decided to try something I've never done before... Mod Podge fabric to glass. Oh my! I am sooo happy with the results!     Isn't this  Easter egg mason jar the cutest thing ever? I know you'll want to make one, or three, or ten.  Okay, maybe not ten.  They would be darling for your Easter decor, or as favors, or even … [Read more...]

It's Valentine's weekend... and we've got 25 lovely ideas for making it special. This might be the Valentine's Day weekend to stay in.  With blowing snow and white-outs in my neck of the woods, it was evident that there wasn't much celebrating going on as we traveled the treacherous roads this evening. And BRRRRRR is it cold. "They" say it's the coldest weekend of the year.  Where is that early spring Punxsutawney Phil promised us? No worries... check out these lovely ideas to make your Valentine's heart sing!! 25 Lovely Ways to Make Your Valentine's Heart Sing   Heart Gumdrops from A Mitten Full of … [Read more...]

Do you decorate your home for Valentine's Day? I don't decorate like Christmas, but I do enjoy filling a few Mason jars with treats, setting a pretty table with red, and using my red and white towels in the kitchen.  It's not a lot, but it's enough to infuse some much-needed red into our dreary gray wintry days. If you need a few ideas for adding a little Valentine sweetness and charm to your home, then you are at the right place!  Check out these inspiring ideas... Clever Decorating Ideas for Valentine's Day   Thrifty Valentine's Day Decor by Dagmar's Home Baby Food Jar Bud Vase by Mommiez on a … [Read more...]

Have you finished decorating your home?   I haven't!  Tomorrow we'll fill our window box with greens and winterberries.  And then there are all those ornaments I still have to make for the tree.  Yikes!!  Where does the time go? Wherever you are in the realm of decorating... from just thinking about it to finished and gathering ideas for next year... we've got some truly fabulous and festive DIY Christmas decor ideas waiting here for you.  If you're a cookie baker... you'll want to revisit this week's link party for inspiration.  There are tons of cookie recipes waiting for … [Read more...]

  This year I'm going coastal for Christmas. My focus is Simple to Make Coastal Christmas Decor.   For this year's fabulous Home for the Holidays Blog Tour, hosted by my amazing friend, Sondra, I decided to focus on a little corner of my home where we spend a lot of time. It's filled with handmade Christmas items like this poinsettia pillow I created with a coastal flair.  And I put together a super easy tutorial so you can make your own coastal Christmas poinsettia pillow, too.  If this is your first time here... Welcome!  Be sure to take a minute to introduce yourself and sign up to receive more … [Read more...]

That four letter word that begins with 's' is in the forecast.   I confess that I really thought that the white stuff would come much later because this has been the best fall I can ever remember.  We'll see how correct the meteorologists are... 6-10 inches.  Ugh!! Now on to a warmer note.... You're going to love all these fabulous ideas to make your Thanksgiving extra special. Get your "pinning finger" ready for these all Great Ideas... Lovely Details to Make Your Thanksgiving Extra Special   Fall Centerpiece by The Painted Red Cottage Be Thankful Window Decor by Giggles … [Read more...]

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