Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Rest of My Easter Decorations for 2013

The only Easter decorating I did this year was in the dining room.  I showed you my chair backs a few posts down. Today I will show you the rest of the dining room.

Bunnies and carrots on top of this cabinet.

A white fenced real egg Easter tree on top of this curio cabinet.

The cabinet with the bunnies on top has quite a few real eggs inside it.
 Here is a cluster of three green eggs.

 Look at these spikes!
  I like the spike decorations and put them a number of eggs. Here is another one:

It almost looks like a medieval weapon!
This old sugar shell has a much less sinister-looking egg tucked inside:
 This egg reminds me of  a ballerina.
I decorated this room when I was contemplating having an Easter brunch at my home.  Then I decided that I did not feel like doing all that work.  So nobody but my blogland friends will actually see it. :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Lamp Shades Lengthened with Fringe

I had a stay-home-clean-cook-bake weekend.

I  finished the two lampshades with the fringe I bought earlier in the month.  You may recall that I purchased two shades which were too short for the lamps.  Instead of returning the shades, I decided to find some fringe to add to the bottom.  Here is a side-by-side of the too short shade and the fringe I added to lengthen it.
All I did was hot glue the fringe on. Super duper easy!
DH had the taste for a raspberry jello poke cake, so I  made him one on Saturday.
Jello poke cakes are so moist and colorful!
Since I was baking a cake, I decided I may as well make a few  Snickerdoodle cookies, too.
It has been a while since I have cooked, baked & cleaned as much as I did this past weekend. Sadly there is still a ton that could be done to keep the orderly home I like to have.  It really never ends, does it? :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Proven Winner Site - Great Inspiration

I found a great site to while away a few weekend hours.  It is the Proven Winner site and there are a number of clickable magazines with tons of inspiration ideas for your garden.

All of the issues can be found here.

Have fun! I am heading back to read another magazine.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spring Fever

Once the calendar says spring is here, I get antsy to work out in the garden. I have spent a bit of time seeking inspiration in the wee hours each morning before going to work.

Love these giant tropical containers!

I love alliums and thought this grass combination was unique.

Alliums and stipa tennuisima
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Just 3 alliums in each container really bring this planting to life.Pinned Image

Wouldn't you love to stroll this path on a warm spring day?
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I know many of you are already able to begin your 2013 season. For me, it will be at least another six to seven weeks before I can plant anything.  All I can do now is ogle the gorgeous pics I find on the net.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What a Unique Container Planting!

The first day of spring makes me think of container plantings.  When I got home from work today, I searched Pinterest for container gardening pics.  This one really made me smile.   I have seen the blue jean planters before,  but never in mass like this one.  If I lived in an apartment with a teeny tiny balcony, I would so do this!

What a great privacy screen!

Photo credit goes to this Pinterest pinner.  I have no idea where it originally came from.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Denim & Diamonds

Today I wore the big bold diamond-like flower necklace that I showed you in my last post.  I wore it with black pants, black top and a white denim jacket. 
 I bought this jacket at the same time I bought the necklace, hoping they would work together.  The combo looked just the way I imagined it would and I loved it!  I think the Bling-bling from the necklace added just the touch I needed to elevate a jean jacket to wear-to-work status.

I even got a few compliments.  After work I went to get my hair done and two hair stylists commented on how much they liked it, which made me feel good. 

I also wore a CC belt with silver accents that I bought a few years ago.  I needed some silver on the belt to go with the silver snap buttons on the jean jacket.
I am planning to wear this exact combo again this weekend.  It is always nice when my purchases turn out to be exactly what I had planned in my mind when I hit the order button!

That is not the only good luck I had today.  I had 15 min. to spare between leaving work and my hair appointment.  Last week I bought two new lamp shades for my living room.  When I got them home, they were a tad too short.  I have been trying to find lamp shades for months and there is just NOTHING in my small town.  So I decided to keep the too-short shades and just add some trim to the bottom. 

The only place I have to buy trim in my town is JoAnne's Fabric store. I ran right to the back of the store to see if they  had any trim in the close-out section.  They had only one---it was exactly what I wanted!!  No kidding............look at this..................

I could not have had a better match if I hand dyed it!  It was $6/yard less than the same fringe in other colors.  I really should forget about this post and go buy a lottery ticket!  My luck just does not get better than it was today.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Last week I received a few pieces of jewelry that I ordered from *C*oldwater *C*reek during their closeout sale.  You all know I stalk the CC site daily and pounce when I see a great sale event!
   I left the price tag on this necklace, aptly named 'Brilliant Blossoms', to show you what a great bargain it was. I would never pay  $100 for costume jewelry .  Fortunately it was at the outlet price + 60% off  and I found a coupon code for $30 off a $100 order. .................   .................   ...................... .........................................................drum roll please.................................................................

This big ol' hunk of bling was mine for just $17.55.
This is more the true color:

I also bought  a few other bold pieces:
Love this one!
Not sure about this set-- the pic on their site showed a totally different color - I thought I was ordering the aqua color below.

 Every now and then I get something that is not as I expected. I never return anything.  I am sure I have something in my closet that will coordinate with the more green color.

I also bought some cute gloves (for next year) & a couple of belts:


 This morning I added these  Easter chair backs to my dining room .
Today we are expecting rain and snow.  It's a good day to stay inside and finish up the Easter decorating. 

Life is good in my little corner of the world this weekend. :) I hope it is in your corner, too

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Vase of Real Eggs and Ornamental Grass

I did a bit of spring/Easter decorating today.  I removed my winter burgundy sofa covers to reveal the lighter spring/summer color palette.  Then I replaced the pine cones in my sled coffee table with Romantic Home magazines with covers in colors to coordinate with the sofa and love seat.
  I also replaced the pine cones from the vase of ornamental grass heads with real eggs that I decoupaged years ago.

I am liking the lighter look.  It's about 40 degrees and sunny today...feels like spring is in the air....kind of nice..........

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Still Itchin' to be Stitchin'

Saturday morning I decided to design some type of border to put around the six witch blocks I showed you last week.

I am trying not to buy new fabric, so I raided my stash and found these green and purple pieces that I thought would work.

After a day or so of contemplation I came up with this 3" x 7" block to add to all four sides of the witch:
Here is the completed witch block:

Now I just need to make 20 more of these frame blocks and all six witches will be framed.

Saturday morning I also added a polka dot fabric binding to this little tabletop quilt:
 I had a very productive Saturday morning!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Spring is Almost Here

You would never know that by looking outside where I live. We have been getting heavy wet snow for the past few days. I hate driving in this stuff.

 Here I am pulling into work yesterday morning.
That's a big snow bank directly in front of where I park.  Yes, it's quite early - 6:30 a.m.

In the late afternoon light the snow looks much prettier.

All of my flowers are finally able to enjoy a warm winter covering. 

I hope the weather is a bit nicer where you are.
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