Monday, April 28, 2008

Sharing Natures Gifts

I think some of you may think that I am a bit obsessive about spring this year, but FYI, I am like that all of the time, I just LOVE flowers, and my garden! This is the front yard of our home, at least part of it, and I wanted to show you how pretty it looks with the petals falling off of the crab apple trees and the bulbs blooming. We have so may walkers in our neighborhood and I love to see their faces when they are on thier way past our home and the smiles on their faces as they enjoy the garden, and if we are out in the yard, most can't help but say something kind regarding it. My hyacinth's have had their day and are no longer bloomed, I wish I had photographed it then, but I did some close ups for you of what is left, so enjoy!
A pair of pretty pale pink tulips with wide open white behind them and peony tulips in the back, don't you just love the petals on the ground!
Blooming branches look gorgeous in a vase, so if you are trimming your trees, bring them indoors and enjoy them. I even made some arrangements for some of my neighbors and they were just thrilled!
I am so in LOVE with these peony tulips, I can hardly wait to buy more bulbs this fall!
My nod to the sea, it will always be in my heart!
These muscari are so pretty, they are always the first to bloom, and they last so long. These are so pretty in a bud vase in a large bunch, and look so lovely on a nightstand.
These white daffodils look so pure, and I am enjoying their late bloom.
This row of pretty tulips is on the other side of our yard, and they are so tall and gorgeous, the colors are spectacular!
A peek inside....
Our lawn looks as if there has been a light snow, and most likely by the end of the week, this will all be gone, and the blooms will be replaced by healthy bright green leaves, but for now, we are just happy to enjoy these gorgeous gifts of nature, and I hope you have as well.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Shades of Delight

(Jacqueline's whimsical beaded pink Chandelier)
I am pretty sure that some people will think that odd things are delightful to me, and that is okay, becuase I have to admit that I love a good shade. Not the kind that you get from the branches of a large old oak tree, but the ones that go on pretty chandeliers, sconces, and lamps! I thought I would share some of ours with you, so enjoy!

Tori's antique glass lamp with fun shade!
One of my all time fav's, the large oval in Rachel Ahswell's Shabby Chic fabric
Another pretty Rachel Ashwell shade graces Jacquelines room & shabby chic lamp
Pretty pink beads hang from these silk chantung shades in the kitchen breakfast nook
More pretty beaded silk shades in the dining room

These ivory silk chantung shades feature rosettes as well as beads
I love the way these antique reproduction beaded blub covers look on my antique glass sconce!
A flirty French fluff for the powder room is perfect against the traditional toile in the powder room!
This precious sconce shade is made of white tulle with embroidered pink roses, too sweet!

I would love to hear about your favorite shades, so send me a note!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pretty in Pink

I know that my last post was about flowers as well, but I just couldn't help myself. My mom brought these from her yard this morning and they look so pretty in the pink mercury glass votive vase that I sell on the website. It is just the pick me up that I needed today, so I just had to share it with you as well.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Spring Blooms

I thought that I would share these gorgeous spring blooms with you. My mom surprised me today with these branches from the Bradford Pear tree in our front yard in one of my antique pitchers and I just love it! All of the streets in our neighborhood are lined with these trees and it is such a stunning site to see! We have had 2 sunny days in a row (imagine that!) with temps in the high 60's so spring is just exploding here.
I am so glad that my mom did this for me so I thought I would share it with you so that you may be inspired to do the same thing so you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors inside.
I recently finished this arrangement for our front door and I am thrilled with the way it turned out! I used a large antique wall urn that I found at a flea market. I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I found it, but it was so large and unusual that I had to buy it!! It turned out to be the perfect piece for an arrangement for our front door and I like that it is not your typical basket or wreath. Here in Kentucky, Forsythia blooms are the first sign of spring. I made the silk arrangement above for a client and they placed in their very large and grand entry on an elegant round table. Normally I do not make a whole lot of silk arrangements, but I have really enjoyed doing them lately.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post and the pictures. I would love to hear about the different ways you bring the outdoors in and how you like to decorate your front door.