Thursday, March 22, 2018

Happy Spring!

Hello, Dear Friends! 
Welcome to spring! 

I know that some of you are still in the grip 
of Old Man Winter, but Spring is 
showing her frilly skirts here 
in western Washington State. 

The wild plum are waking the forests
with their lacy blooms, and the birds are singing 
once again. 

I have been very busy in the gardens, 
as we have had a week of lovely, early spring 
weather, but the temperatures are dropping
once again and we may get a flurry of snow 
by the weekend. 

I've been so busy outside, that I have neglected 
any semblance of Easter decorating 
except for this tiny ceramic basket filled with candy eggs,
 and a few fuzzy chicks. 

The truth is - my Easter decorations are buried in 
my storage unit.  I am not hosting 
an Easter dinner, so we won't mention it again......

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(~ )

I did have a very enjoyable shopping expedition 
to Hobby Lobby recently, with my daughter, Heather, 
who's dear husband watched all three babies 
so she could get away for a bit. 

Here she is with her hands full a couple of weeks ago. 
The twins are 2 mos. old now! 

'Big brother' is now 17 mos. 
I spend two afternoons a week helping out
with this little guy. 

We also spent time with this little one - 
my son Gabe's little boy who is almost 3. 

These little ones are the sweet reward 
for putting up with our teenagers. 

*  *

I meant to buy a few Easter decorations at Hobby Lobby, 
but I spied this wonderful gate,  
which completely blew my budget. 

There was a big sale and it was 50% off, 
which helped in my decision-making :)

I just fell in love with it..........

I put together these little pots 
from faux hyacinth. 

These are terra-cotta pots that I painted with a white 
base-coat and then lightly brushed Annie Sloan 
chalk paint over all (in Duck Egg Blue).  

I found these faux grape hyacinth
 and bags of green moss at my 
local Ben Franklin Crafts store. 

I just tucked the moss firmly around the plants 
to hold them up. 

I was pleased with how they turned out 
and they were so easy. 

I found this lovely urn at Hobby Lobby, too. 
It is very heavy, which I love for stability. 

This was my first visit to Hobby Lobby, as it is 
a 45 min. drive. My daughter did the driving :)
We are expecting a new store to open soon, only 
25 min. away!
One of the drawbacks of living so far off the beaten track......... 

Because the gate was blue, I 'shopped my home'
 for a few more items in this shade. 

I took the vintage laundry basket,
 filled with my garden hydrangeas,
from the armoire in the bedroom.

Greens and blues go so well together.

I am loving white flowers right now. 

 I took the blue, knitted throw from the chair in the bedroom. 

It brings out the colors of the pillow 
that I made last year from some vintage needlework. 

Some sweet soul put a lot of love into 
this pretty crewel-work. 

I made the Irish crochet sachet recently.

The work in progress is a baby sweater. 

The sachet started out as a practice square for 
a blouse, using a vintage pattern, but the hook and the thread
were all wrong and it came out too large. 

So I sewed it to linen and made a sachet with it. 

I filled it with rose/lavender potpourri
that I made a few years ago, 
and have kept sealed in a large glass jar. 

It is still just as viable and smells divine. 

When I need to make more, I will give a tutorial.  

I added a blanket stitch to crochet a shell border around the perimeter
and a large, vintage button.

It smooshes deliciously, releasing the heavenly scent
for anyone who settles into the cushions.

Speaking of settling into the cushions.....
this is Ramblin' Man's spot and I was worried
that he would mind all the flowers,
but he has been gamely 'breaking the cushions in',
as he puts it.

I try not to mention the tortured condition
of them when he is done relaxing. : o

I couldn't resist these sweetly stitched meadow cushions
and the price was very reasonable - almost a steal.
I kept looking at the price to make sure it was right.

Despite the 'breaking in' every evening, they seem to
be holding up just fine.

The room is so tall and narrow with all that rustic woodwork
that Ramblin' Man installed himself.
(After building the whole house :)

I can't seem to have enough flowers to soften it up!

The television and stereo hide in the cabinet.

A few angels are always nice.

I admit that I torment my pillows, too.
Comfort is what it is all about.

The vintage leaded glass window has its original
blue frame and perfectly matches the gate.

You can see that my Easter cactus is blooming in the window.

My son gifted me with the vintage seltzer bottle
a few years ago.
The fish compote was my dear Mum's.
The lid opens and there is a little glass spoon.
It's perfect for cocktail sauce.

A French pitcher and vintage books
bring more subtle blue into the room.

The blue 'car-boy' bottle belonged
to my dear Mum.

We have been using the woodstove in the evenings, still,
as you can see by the sprinkling of ashes......

I really do love a little touch of blue.

Just a touch.....

Thank you, my dear friends for the kind condolences
on the loss of our little 'grand-pup', Weenie Baby.


"Kind words can be short and easy to speak
but their echoes are truly endless."
-Mother Teresa-

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Irish Spring

Hello, Dear Friends, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, 
and the first day of spring, I have put away 
the roses of Valentine's Day in favor of 
a little 'Irish Spring'.

It's also a special anniversary for me. 
March 18th I will celebrate the start
 of my 7th year of blogging.  

Where does the time go? 

I feel so fortunate to have 'met' the sweetest, most 
creative and wonderfully interesting people through blogging. 
I've learned so many things, but most importantly
I feel privileged to share so much friendship 
with some of the kindest people on the planet. 

I've hung my banner to celebrate :) 

I've always loved the color green. 

It's such a hopeful, soothing color. 
The color of spring. 

Every year I find some new green treasures to add to my collection. 

This year I found a green glass luncheon set for four, 
complete with plates, saucers and tea-cups
in perfect condition. 

I found this Staffordshire creamer and sugar bowl, too. 

The goblets were last year's find. 

I also found these St. George, bone china mugs from England.

I found these at The Pink Rose Cottage

They fit perfectly here...... 

and work so well with my everyday china. 

This vintage needlework hangs above my coffee pot. 
It states, 'Glory in each morning'.
I painted the ugly, brown frame, green. 

I was with my dear Mother when I found this
many years ago. 
We loved to go to flea markets together. 

I had no idea the day that I started my blog, that my 
Mother would never get to read it. 

She passed away suddenly just a week later. 
My dear Father left us a year after that
after battling Alzheimer's for nearly a decade. 

Some days it was the kind encouragement of my readers 
that kept me going........


I crocheted the shamrocks a few years ago. 
I wish I had used a brighter green. 
Oh, well! 

I painted and stenciled the rolling kitchen cart 
last spring. 

This vase reminds me of my Grandmother,
Beatrice Euphemie.

It would be something she might like, I think.
It was certainly her era - 1940's, when
she was a young wife and mother.

Maybe she would keep it full of flowers from her garden.
Perhaps lilac, gladiola or geranium;
 flowers that I remember in her gardens when I was a little girl.

I can still hear her yelling down to me and my sister from the front porch,
"You can play where you like as long as you stay out of my flowers!"

Do you have childhood memories of a loved one's special garden?

I love vintage crochet pot-holders, especially in green :)

This vintage runner has a sweet, crocheted edge. 

I found it at Pam's Etsy shop.
You can find her shop on her lovely blog, Virginia Retro.

More vintage potholders hang out by the stove. 

My daughter, Jennie made the shelf with drawers 
in a school wood-working shop. 
Not bad for a girl who was afraid of power tools! 
I love its charming imperfections. 

Ramblin' Man gifted me with the pale green tea-kettle 
for Christmas. 

Tiny landscape paintings and vintage cooking untensils
bring in a wee more green :) 

The solid green teapot was a gift from my sweet Sis-in-law. 


The tiny drawers hold tea and spices. 

A painting with a cottage scene. 

Irish lace. 

Simple vintage stitching with its original 1940's 'blonde' frame.

Speaking of dogs.....
Whitey Bear looks out at the thin spring sunshine. 

Kai prances by. 

A 'garden folly' that I found at the 
Northwest Flower and Garden Show. 
Don't even ask me what it is.....
I just knew it would be perfect right here :)

You can see that the wild plum is starting to bloom,
(on the left) 
while we still have snow in the mountains.
The bears are coming out of hibernation. 
They announced it on the local news, 
complete with video of a big, black bear 
walking through someone's pretty back yard
to get to the bird feeder. 

One of the reasons I stopped feeding the birds. 

We are flirting with warmer temperatures,
 in the 50's and 60's during the day now, 
but the nights remain cold - near freezing. 

So while I wait for things to 'green up' outside, 
I will have to be content with a bit of 'Irish Spring' inside. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day, dear Friends!
And Happy Spring!  

An Irish Blessing for you! 


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