Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Tablescape 2018

I am very busy with the Triduum with our church's three days 
of church service singing in choir.

During Easter Holy Week I sing 5 out of 7 days
(Palm Sunday, practice, then Thursday, Friday and then Saturday Vigil.)

It is incredibly Spiritual, but very demanding.
 The services are intense, long, but absolutely amazing.

And when it is all over and I get home at midnight or later after the Saturday Vigil Easter service, I am wiped out!

However, I am always up early the next day
 preparing for our family Easter feast.

 I have done this for many years - way too many years!

However this year my youngest daughter
has invited us to her home for the family Easter feast!

I cannot even begin to explain what a gift this is to me!

* To my mind to be at peace with prayer,  have more time for God.

* To my poor aching feet, as this is more than a bit tough physically.

* To my brain, so I can sleep a little more, truly rest.

* To my marriage, so I have some time for my husband,
 and am not stressed out  or panicking (or mean)
about my lack of time and energy to do anything more.......

SO, thank you, dear daughter Katie for giving us this gift.
 No words can convey what it means to me.

I had dressed up our dining table a while back, 
and taken some pics of it prior to being invited for Easter feast.

Place cards weren't even made for our little metal birdie holders.
 No need for it this year.


This bunny is  keeping a watchful eye over the table.

I like that it looks as though he's smiling.

(Or perhaps he's smirking, cuz he's seen me
 eating all those yummy chocolate eggs this year!)

I found these cute neutral bunny plates at Hobby Lobby 
a few years ago on after Easter clearance.

I noticed they had them again this year, too.

Little white bunny salt and pepper shakers:

For a centerpiece I used a simple burlap runner,
 twiggy chargers, and filled a moss lined bird cage
with birdies, faux flowers and a vintage glazed rabbit.

Each place setting has a little nest with eggs.

If you missed my spring/Easter home tour
you can find it here.

As always, thank you for your visit!

May the Good News of our Risen Lord
 fill your hearts with joy.

Love and prayers,



Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring Home Tour 2018

Welcome to my Spring Home Tour!

(Pic heavy warning!)

I'm excited to show you a few samplings of some
spring decorating around our nest.

It's still much too cold outside, so come inside
where spring has sprung!

Still being winter weather here,
 our front door entryway urns are still empty.
Hopefully it won't be much longer a wait to fill them!

Won't you please come out of the cold
and sit with me a spell?

I have really missed you!

A artisan stone bunny and some spring branch blooms
 await you on the table in the foyer.

You will find all sorts of bunnies,  nests with eggs,
birds and butterflies tucked around here in our home.
I like decorating with a relaxed earthy nature vibe.

But you already knew that, didn't you?

In early spring you will nearly always find
 some white tulips here in the house somewhere;
they're my go-to favorite flower
 till the pink peonies bloom.

See them tucked way in the distance
 in a small old ironstone pitcher?

Here on my antique table is my beloved bunny candy dish.
It should have mini Cadbury eggs inside,
but I can't seem to stop emptying it.

Hello, my name is Michele, and I am an eggaholic.

Our mantle is kept tidy and simple.

The forsythia branches give us a happy touch of color.

My hubs planted two bushes of them in the back tree-lined
area of our backyard. They've gotten so big that
they can give up some branches now and then!

But some of the faux ones look so real now
that it's difficult to tell the difference!

On the shelf under my little hand painted side table
is a chippy glass terrarium lidded box
 happily featuring nature's season.

Here are some real pussy willow branches...
that I have had to hot glue gun the furry bits back on.

Once they dry out they're meant to fall to the ground,
so it requires the "hotness"to keep it all together. 

Here we also feature a perfect REAL bird's nest
found dropped out of a tree a few years ago.

Its engineering is stunning.

Having 8 fingers and two thumbs
 I could never attempt make anything such as that!

We recently moved our wine rack
 from the dining room into the living room

I really love it here - found we're using it much more
as a "drink station" now that it is more accessible!

This "suitcase" that this wooded nest is sitting upon
 is actually a faux box - and it's actually a pull-out drawer!

Inside we keep our bar accessories:
wine corkscrew, church key, swizzles, wine glass identifiers, etc.

I like that it is now all neatly kept in this "self-serve" bar area.

In my quest to purge clutter, organize
and make sense of what we own,
 I am attempting to keep only things
 functional, used and loved.

(At least for things I am in control of managing.)

It's brutal to do it - but it is making a big difference!

I find it is getting easier and easier each effort I make!

To see my neutral Spring/Easter tablescape
just click here.

Thank you for leaving a comment,
I read and cherish each one!

As always, thanks so much for your visit!




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pretty Spring Items - BLOG SHOP!

Well, yes, by golly, there is snow covered ground outside,
but I am choosing to simply IGNORE it!

To me it is time to "spring up"
and celebrate everything new, pretty, fresh and Easter-y!

Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts the weekly
BLOG SHOP linky party
 and if you aren't shopping it or using it to sell your wares,
 -or both-
 you are REALLY missing out.

It is a great way to find wonderful items
usually gently used or hand made....
and it is an awesome way to sell items you need wish to let go!

For all you purging stuff out there-
hook a girl up, right?

Make a little mad money for yourself in the process.

Who  doesn't need secret guilt-free spending money for, say, um
pedicures? Massages? High-end Ice Cream????

If you are interested in anything I have below
 please don't hesitate to let me know.

For time's sake I am just showing one pic of seasonal items
and not pricing anything.

More close-up detailed pics are available upon request.

I am happy to answer all questions.

Everything below is either new and never used
or gently loved and cared for, in very good condition.

I accept all reasonable offers.

PLEASE please please don't be shy to make an offer-
the only unacceptable offer is the one not made. 
(No offers will offend me, I promise!)

Let my "letting go" become your happy find!

I will ship Priority - you pay for actual shipping
(price dependent on your zip code -
(no hidden charges, the $ printed on shipping label as proof.)

USA only please, this time.

Honest dealsSimpleUniqueAffordable

So without further ado 
here are some wonderful seasonal items
I have to offer up for you:

tiny woven basket with ceramic chick,
straw, and 3 green plastic eggs

vintage gilded plate with pink roses
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

twigs and nest nature floral with moss + 3 eggs

vintage hand painted egg vase with 3 legs

ceramic bunny basket-weave candy dish

full size twiggy grapevine basket

vintage chippy hand-painted large egg cup
with colored straw and plastic eggs
(all three eggs are light green)

made-made "wooden" decorated handled box
stuffed with raffia with 3 light yellow plastic eggs

full size pink carnations teacup and saucer
with a cute wee matching girl bunny

metal lidded canister + 3 handmade egg soaps (new)

unique wire "crown" with nest and robins' egg

(vintage?) wee calico country bunny with flower + straw hat

moss covered basket with 3 plastic speckled eggs (new)

(new) handled metal pocket vase with large daffodils
with burlap ribbon embellishment  
happily made by Finch Rest Creations

jam and clotted cream set with spoons
so perfect for those Easter and spring brunches!

brand new ceramic tealight holder (new)
is much brighter in person

set of two farmhouse chick egg cups (new)
is much brighter in person, too

As always, thank you for your visit!

God bless you! Hugs!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pretty in Pink

Well, I am a day late for Beverly's 
PINK SATURDAY linky party,
 but golly, late is better than not, aye?


If you haven't visited there,
 is a pleasant one to read.

It's been a while since I've had the chance to post,
sorry about that!

I have missed you all very much!

But I assure you that life is going well
 in every way - so no worrying about me, ok?

I am purging, organizing, crafting and keeping quite busy
 with Lenten choir music practice. 

♫ ♪

Oh, and we also have had (and will be having)
all sorts of birthdays in our family lately,
so there's that keeping me busy, too!

I have saved the best pink pic for last!

Here is my sweet girl posing
in her Mrs. Potato Head Pink Glasses!

Yes, those silly "glasses" are totally upside down!

Yes, she has such sweet glowing pink cheeks
and a pink tongue and pink lips, too.

And that smile - oh, be still my heart. 

As always, thank you for your visit!

Hugs, prayers and smiles


ps: anyone notice my new blog header?