One of my sweet online friends who lives in Arkansas just went through a horrible hail storm.  It decimated all the fresh green leaves and plants in her area.  My heart goes out to her and others who will have trees without lush green canopies overhead this summer.  It's truly a gardener's nightmare. You know the saying... when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.  If you're like Betty and all the blooms have been stripped from your trees and shrubbery... make paper blooms.  I know it won't be quite the same... but when I did this a few years ago... they turned out wonderfully. Grab a few sticks from the … [Read more...]

I love this time of year! I know I've said it before... Spring is my favorite time of year! The colors brighten my spirits and make my heart sing for joy!! This week's Project Inspire{d} links were both colorful and inspiring. Take a peek at these extraordinary ideas to feather your nest!  And be sure to leave a comment to let me know your favorite spring home decor ideas!!   9 Delightful Spring Home Decor Ideas   Please "pin" this image and stop by those featured and "pin" their great ideas, too! A Spring Inspired Table with Ranunculus from Simply Suzanne's Refurbished … [Read more...]

March is always a windy month and this week has been like a roaring lion.  It's so good to see the snow melted completely away.  Almost all the ice has disappeared from the small lake here.  I've even seen Snowdrops on my walks and the daffodils are starting to push up their green shoots.  It's been fun hearing and seeing the Sandhill Cranes fly over too.   What a great month!  There's so much anticipation of new life all around us. Though really we only have a hint of spring here, I know many of you are seeing pear trees and tulips blossoming.  So today, let's celebrate with...   20 Spring Fresh Home … [Read more...]

Yesterday, it hit me... Easter is less than two weeks away!!! Why is it that the holidays always seem like they are a long way off and then, BAM! suddenly the day is upon us? Today I'm sharing last year's Easter tablescape idea.  I love how fresh and natural it is.  If you are hosting Easter dinner this year, hopefully it will inspire your creative juices.   Just in case you missed all the extraordinary goodness from this past week... JoyDay! | What Happens When You Get Off the Beaten Path?   When Did You Last Make Time for a Good Friend?   5 Quick and Easy Ideas to … [Read more...]

This post contains affiliate links* As the seasons change, I like to feather my nest in small but big ways.  Creating little vignettes in the areas where we live, or major traffic areas in the house go a long way to making our homes and their inhabitants feel loved.  Today I have 5 easy steps to help you make a spring vignette. How to Put Together a Simple Spring Vignette.     First... Choose a theme for your vignette. Because we're so anxious for spring after a long cold winter and because we also want to give a nod to St. Patrick's Day, today we've chosen a green and white theme for … [Read more...]

What are your favorite spring flowers?     I confess that I'm a traditionalist. I love forsythia and tulips and daffodils and hyacinths and anemones and hellebores.   Yeah.  Pretty much everything.  [wink] Which pretty much explains why I created this spring tulip wreath with forsythia.     Although I made this wreath a while back, it's still perfectly in style today. All the details on how it all came together are here.  Just in case you want to try your hand at making a spring tulip wreath. And if you missed seeing my crisp white spring mantel...click … [Read more...]

  What colors elicit the feeling of Spring for you? Yellow is one of my favorite colors, so when the Daffodils begin blooming, it's like I see happiness popping up all over my world.     Several years ago as I was going through my parents' cupboards....you know the way-up-high kitchen storage that once an item goes up there, no one ever sees again?   That's where I found this yellow Crocus planter.  As I was trying to decide what to put together without spending a dime, I remembered that bright yellow pot I had taken home with me.  It was the starting place for this yellow, blue, and … [Read more...]

Do you have a mantel? Though I snapped my fingers, for some reason, a lovely fireplace and mantel fail to appear in my great room. So what's a gal supposed to do? Improvise.     You might remember last fall I wanted to decorate a mantel for...um... Fall!   What did I do?  Decorated my sideboard.  It worked. Now that Spring is on the horizon, and no fireplace or mantel is gracing my home, I picked the top of the piano to be my imitation mantel. I think it works.     I know that most people choose to decorate for Spring with daffodil yellow, springy green, and just peachy … [Read more...]