Spring into Summer Front Entry

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and traditionally a day of family and flowers.

I have been out all morning planting seeds and gardening. Love the sight of that little seedling poking up through the soil.

While I was outside I decided it was time to give the front entry some lovin’ and freshen it up a bit for the season.

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Did you know Costco has some lovely large white hydrangeas for $14.99 each ? They are fantastic ! I think I want to pick up a couple more they are so amazing.

Window Trim Update:   Construction is completed in regard to our window trim project, but we still need to paint. The bay window on the deck was a little tricky and took more work and time than we had anticipated. Now we need to pressure wash the deck and siding a bit and paint to finish it off. I will share when we are completely finished.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mommy’s, Mom and Grammie’s and Mimi’s out there. How blessed I am to have been called all of the above. Best job titles in the world I would say. As a mother of 4 and grandmother of 9, I wear the title with honor and humility. Grateful for the legacy and heritage from my Mom of how to love sacrificially and unconditionally and trust in Jesus. Living a life that passes that on to the next generation and the next and the next….. is what I’m praying for. Thankfully I see the blessing of that in the lives of my daughters with their husbands and children, loving Jesus and touching other peoples lives with generousity and compassion.               What more could a mother ask for?

So again… Happy Mother’s Day !

Linda

New Year A New Start

I have to admit I have been away from this for a while trying to decide if I had anything creative enough to write about or projects to share.

Well I am going to try and start again. Twice in the last 2 days someone I ran into said ” I miss your blog”. That meant at least 2 people were reading my little patch of blogland.

So here goes!

Off to a new year and a new start.

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Since my last post I have taken down Christmas and redecorated for the rest of winter, not quite Spring, but not all snowflakes and flannel either.

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Out came the yellow pillows to brighten things up a bit and the cozy throws still over the sofa to snuggle up in when land for the evening and read.

I trimmed forsythia branches 2 weeks ago and put them in vases with luke warm water, they are busting out with cheery yellow blooms,that remind me of the promise of Spring. I can’t ever have enough flowers, the amaryillis from my parents for Christmas is still blooming bright red on the window sill.

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I even have the touch of green and yellow in a bowl of pears, and yes they are real. I am not a fan of silk flowers or artificial fruit. Not when the real thing is affordable and brings life to a room. Not to mention little children tend to take bites out of things so why not give them the real fruit rather than a waxing imitation? Teagen( my little 1 1/2 year old grand-daughter) munched on 4 granny smith apples when she was here last week, tiny teeth marks in them all and I loved it. Granted she did eat half of one, but she thought it was fun that yummy fruit was sitting right out where she could get her little hands on it.

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I have projects started that are waiting for the final touches before they are shared. Sea glass bottle updates and some other fun DIY pojects.

It would help motivate me if you would take a second and leave a comment . I really appreciate feedback and knowing you are taking some of my ideas and using them in your home.

So let’s wake up our homes after all the holidays and winter chill with a fresh start by adding some fresh fruit and flowers to our rooms. That’s a change you can easily make today when you stop by the market on your way home.

Have a great day!

Linda

Stop and Smell the Flowers

The sun is slowly breaking through the overcast skies this morning as I took a little walk around the yard. I took a break from projects this week due to a minor medical interuption that has me less active for a few days. So I decided to snap a few pictures of what is blooming around here.

One of my favorites flowers are hydrageas. I have a few different varieties and they surround our home. Here’s a little peek around our house.

 

Lavender also is plentiful in my landscape as I love the fragrance and harvest it to dry and use in recipes and sachets.

Another fragrant flower I enjoy is jasmine and I have it’s entangling blossoms around the edge of our deck. It is especially fragrant in the evenings .

Here are some other pops of colorful blooms around my yard.

Even cut of few of those big white hydragea blooms to enjoy inside as well.

So I guess it can be said that I took some time today ‘To Stop and Smell the Flowers”.

When was the last time you took some time to slow down and do that?

Linda

Rolled Paper Flowers

This weekend I am co-hostessing a baby shower at my home and I have been fussing with the decorations. I have chalkboards and mason jars,along with fresh flowers and such. I am still gathering the details together and hope to share photos when it is all set up and ready for Saturday.

In the meantime I played around with an idea of using some of my birch branches and paper flowers. It may lay on the food table or lean up against the wall behind it. That is still to be determined. Around here you can’t finalize your plans until the morning of, because the weather is so unpredictable.

I know rolled paper flowers aren’t a new concept, but I thought I would share my take on the idea for those of you who haven’t done it before.

You will need :

Scrap book paper ( 2 sided works the best, but I used what I had on had for this project)

scissors

hot glue

That’s it! You probably have all that on hand.

Instructions: Cut out a circle any size you like, I cut it about 8″ in diameter. I did it free hand but you could trace around a bowl if you’d prefer.

I then drew a spiral wavey line to cut along. I also freehand that but wanted to show it what I meant.

Then just cut along your line or freehand it in a wavey spiral.

Then begin rolling from the outside end.

You can adjust the size of your flower by letting the tension from rolling a bit. Looser the twist the bigger the blossom.Then hot glue to the last bit of the paper in the center.

Add a leaf if you’d like, and optional button or jewel in the center.

 

I then attached them to the birch branch. I have glued floral wire on them before and wrapped with floral tape to make a bouquet, equally cute.

Hopefully it will all come together for the shower on Saturday, and we are praying for sunshine so we can celebrate outside.

I’ll let you know how it all turns out .

Linda

 Linking up with

Happy Trails

No it’s not the rain forest, just our property here in the Pacific Northwest. It has been pretty rainy the past couple of days and the grass is green and the foliage spilling over onto my husbands groomed trails and pathways. He is always mowing, burning fallen limbs and making new trails around here. He loves it when the kids are around and they run and hide amonst the ferns and trees. You can hear them giggling from the house as they make forts and spend hours in Papa’s trails.

I often refer to ‘out back’ or ‘ on our property’ so I thought I would give you a peek into what I’m talking about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood pecker nest, could hear them calling the parent birds for food this morning.

We do have beautiful natural surroundings and keep our landscaping to around the perimeter of the house. The garden area is new this year and we are enjoying the fruits of our labor in fresh greens at the moment. We are still waiting on sunnier and warmer days before tomatoes and other veggies are ready.

I’m not sure even Popeye could eat all the spinach we’ve been picking lately.

Peas are finding their way up the trellis.

Arugula, first time we have tried to grow this…. evidently it likes our cool PNW weather.

Waiting to put the rest of our outdoor furniture and hammock out once the nice days out number the rainy ones.

Have a great weekend!

Linda

What I’ve Been Up to Lately

Seems like I sort of fell off the grid for a while and haven’t sat down to blog for a few weeks. So pardon me while I ramble and try to catch up.

The garden is up and going with peas, beets, spinach, lettuce (  a few different varieties), potatoes, artichokes, planted in the raised beds. In the greenhouse, tomatoes , peppers, squash of 3 kinds and 2 types of pumpkins are getting their starts. Had a little mouse problem, but I put some wire mesh down at the base of the greenhouse floor and haven’t had a visit from them since.

Peas starting to sprout:

 Greenhouse is my plant nursery at the moment:

Clothes pins work great for plant markers, inexpensive and hold down a bit of plastic if I need to cover a pot to speed germination.

 

The squash and tomatoes need to wait for warmer days to be planted outside, sometime this month if the sun shows up more often.

Also when we start getting warmer nights I can plant the beans in the raised beds. The garden is filling up and if the slugs would find other places to munch I may be eating lettuce in a few weeks. I plan to plant the squash and pumpkins on a slope we have so they can sprawl out and cover the ground. They would have taken up too much space in the raised beds and from the looks of the starts I have ,providing they produce well, I will be sharing with family and friends.

It will be fun to see if all this hard work pays off and we get fresh, organic produce to enjoy this summer and fall. How’s your garden going? Depending on where you live and the weather conditions you may be well ahead of mine . I’m just waiting on the sun and some warmer days to see things really start growing.

Happy Gardening!

Linda

Add a Hint of Coral

I am partial to the color blue in my home decor, but I have been known to experiment with others from time to time.

Spring green has been another favorite and it too graces my home on a regular basis.

However for some reason this year I was drawn to add the color coral into the mix. While orange and tangerine are this seasons hot color trend they can be a bit bright for my neutral palet. So I played with the color in the more subtle tone of coral.

I have used it in small doses as a fresh change of pace and bit of sunshine.

Rolled paper flowers so fun and so simple.( tutorial: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/flowers/rolled-paper-flowers-tutorial/ )

You can never have too many tulips and they come in the most delicious color of coral.

Maybe you’d like to pop a little coral into your color scheme, it seems to go with just about every other color. For example pair it with blue, lime green, gray, yellow, or aqua. It is such a ‘happy’ color you can’t help but smile when you add a dash of it somewhere.

Try it and have fun breaking out of your usual color scheme for a little while.

( coral bowl and area rug found at West Elm)

What’s your accent color of the season? I’d love to know what you’re having fun with in your home Spring

Make it a great day!

Linda

Front Entry

Your front entry is the first thing guest see when they come to your home. It should be welcoming and inviting . When I decorate my entry I try to look at it like I am the guest and ask myself” Would I feel warmth and hospitality from the first impression?”

Many times the front door has a wreath adorning it and while that is lovely,I have a glass door and sometimes a wreath blocks the light coming through to the inside of my foyer. So this year I opted for an arrangement that greets you at the base of the door.

Today I am linking up with http://southernhospitalityblog.com/fresh-spring-floral-door-bucket/ to share my front entry. It has changed slightly a few times already this spring as I play with the arrangement. I will share some of them with you.

I like a mixture of garden item and candles to grace my doorstep and welcome my friends.

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Lanterns are everywhere you shop and a wonderful additon to the entry . In the evening I light the candle and a gentle fragrance greets my guest as well as the added glow of the flame. You could use those new battery candles as well, some even come with remotes or a timer.

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I tried the flower cart but it was just a bit too much so I moved it to the greenhouse and went back to the doorstep arrangement.

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It doesn’t have to be elaborate to create that inviting greeting , just enough to evoke a cheerful welcome.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Linda

 

Take Time to Chase a Butterfly

It only takes a couple of warm sunny days in a row for the first blossoms on the trees and wild flowers to start appearing.

I had a little fun with my camera this weekend taking pictures around our place.

We had some of the grandkiddos here and spent most of the time playing and exploring outside. They love to trample through the trails and climb on stumps and logs so we had a blast just being together. I asked them if they wanted to go to a park after church and Canyon( my 5 year old grandson) said” No , Grammie, I’d rather just stay at your house and play outside”. He’s a joy to my heart, well they all are, but he says the sweetest things. So we did just that and we had a great time around our place. They are happiest with simple things and just your time and attention.

Sometimes we can get so busy with the work to be done that we forget to just stop and play. I think that is one of the reasons why God gives us grandkids. They make you take time to snuggle, read a story, walk a trail , chase a butterfly, pick a flower, find a bug or salamander, laugh until your sides hurt and sing a silly song. We did all of that and more this weekend.

I thank God everyday for the little ones He has blessed our family with they bring us more joy than they will ever know.

I pray you take some time soon and just see the day through the eyes of a child and be blessed as you slow down and study the petals of a flower or the wings of a butterfly. Believe me it will be so worth it.

Make the most of this Monday!

Linda

Found Them!

Another craigslist find.. WhooHoo! Just what I wanted for $10 and a little fuel to meet the lady selling both of them.

The little one I have had , but the large one  I purchased from craigslist as well.

They will be a charming addition to my garden and greenhouse. Now if the sun would just stay out a while so I can get out there and finish what I’ve started.

I would like to find a little cart to add to the whole outdoor theme. Something like this:

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I have an old radio flyer wagon similar to this :

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Other outdoor carts I like:

Vintage Garden Wheelbarrow

So I will be on the search for one of these beauties and let me know if you spot one in your treasure hunting adventures.

Have a great first weekend of Spring!

Linda