31 March 2014

Spring Ideas Indoors and Outdoors







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We are having a little fun with spring, and today, we have ten ideas for simple spring decorating.

There's spring festivity in the home and in the garden, and this
image is a sweet, little, inexpensive find in a frame from a vintage store.  I don't think the kitten can do any harm anymore :)







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Add a garland or a spring wreath.
 I added one of my handmade garlands beneath my fresh floral spring wreath and hung it from the bookcases in the music room.  Here's another.  Or one made of yarn...






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Rearrange some inexpensive, spring-colored bowls or plates.
In the kitchen, I arranged a few of the bowls.  It's my bowl obsession.
Love blues and greens!





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One does not have to bake spring cookies.
Here's a pastel bowl filled with Annie's gluten-free bunny cookies for our tea on the sleeping porch.  It's darling and a packaged cookie! Is it not?  Don't want sweets!  They have bunny crackers too, but not GF free ones.






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Make a banner with a special word.
This one is made of fabric, but I've seen pretty ones made of paper too.
This one is on the sleeping porch which was decorated last week, and this banner was just one of the festive touches we added. 





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Display rabbits, birds, butterflies, flowers, garden tools, a pretty tea cup...
Have a cup of tea.
Today, green tea is the choice  and the mint is picked fresh from the garden.





These are our "Alice" cups.




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If there are no flowers available from your yard or garden, display strawberries, blueberries, and tomato that can be snacked on.

And this sweet little cherry tomato is from our garden.





In a week or two, there may be a lot of them!





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Add a touch of spring outdoors.  
 The lettuce is so big and green, 
and we are picking our salads for lunch and dinner.
That's a bunny statue in the back. Can you imagine what fun he would have he came to life?







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Throw some wildflower seed down.  In some places in may still be cold enough that they will bloom in latter spring.  I put down this seed a couple of months ago.
There is even a lone wildflower.
Thank you for joining us for tea.


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58 comments:

  1. Oh your pictures are just lovely and just what I needed today, since it snowed again here!! I can almost taste that tomato and feel the warmth on my face from your garden! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I hope spring comes soon for you!

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  2. Oh, it's all so pretty and springy!! I'm going to be tracking down those GF bunny cookies! Aren't they sweet!

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    1. Thank you, Cranberry Morning. I always enjoy your visits. Sprouts sells Annie's. I don't know if you have that there. The other chain that sells them is Whole Foods, but Sprouts is less. xoxo

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  3. I'm guessing those little gluten free bunny cookies are good, Su, otherwise you wouldn't have them. I see them all the time at the store, but haven't bought them yet. I will pick them up next time I'm shopping; they look like they would make a good afternoon snack.

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    1. They are. My daughter likes them. The little chocolate ones taste like the cookie on an ice cream sandwich. xoxo

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  4. Visiting you blog today is just a splash of Spring and goodness. Every picture is great. I too love the color of your bowls, and what cute bowls. I have some Fiesta Ware, and that's my favorite color in the multicolor I have.

    That lettuce and tomatoes make me want to make a salad right now.

    Lovely post.

    Can't tomorrow is April 1st...

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    1. Thank you, Wanda, for your sweet visit and comment. I love blues and greens. xoxo

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  5. So pretty! Love those stacks of bowl-great colors!
    Susan

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    1. Thank you, Susan, for your sweet comment and visit. xoxo

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  6. I love your decorations and I always get such good ideas. I love the banners you make. The lettuce looks wonderful...but watch that bunny! I think he likes it too! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Lavender Dreamer. Isn't he cute! xoxo

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  7. So cute! Still hard to believe you have all those veggies and blooms.
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. We have two growing seasons: one from February to June and one from September to December. xoxo

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  8. Such a pretty post!! All those bunnies are adorable especially the ones in the lettuce! mmmmm...those cherry tomatoes and lettuce made my mouth water, they look DELISH!! My favorite though is your banner~~~~RISEN~~~~precious. Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Thank you, Roxie, for your sweet comment and visit. xoxo

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  9. Your home looks so cute and ready for spring. After having a surprise snow shower this past weekend I am so ready for Spring. Alaina

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    1. Thank you, Alaina. I hope spring comes soon for you! xoxo

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  10. How fun to use that porch - everything looks so sweet!

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    1. Thank you, Bernideen. The porch has been such a great space for us. xoxo

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  11. Hi Dear,
    it' always wonderful to be your guest!!!
    All my best
    Elisabeth

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth, for being my guest. xoxo

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  12. Love your decorations. I can`t believe that you already have vegetables in your garden.

    Hugs

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  13. Your place is all ready for Spring right down to the bunny cookies! I see we have the same Alice cup! I love it and the fun whimsy it gives. Your banner for Easter is just lovely. Thanks for the kind visit today!

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    1. Thank you, Winnie, for your sweet comment. We have the teapot too. It's such a whimsical design. xoxo

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  14. Oh I can't wait for fresh garden tomatoes. Well I guess I had better wait as it will be awhile yet,lol. That wreath is so pretty and the bunny cookies...how cute!

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    1. Thank you, Deb. We have two growing seasons. One that goes from February to June and one that goes from late September to December. xoxo

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  15. I just love these pics, Su! The bunny statue in the garden is darling! Homegrown lettuce and tomatoes are such a lovely treat! I love your dishes. Each and every one of them! xoxo Jen

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    1. Thank you, Jen. My daughter loves bunnies and cats. xoxo

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  16. I love th colours of your bowls. The wreath is gorgeous and the bunny cookies are too cute. Are you feeling better?

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  17. Yesterday was such a beautiful Spring day and today it's been rainy and cold...wish the weather would make up it's mind, Hee, Hee, Hee. But it looks like Spring is in full bloom over there. Enjoy! Love your little green ceramic birdies.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ❤️Ana

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    1. Thank you, Ana. Our springs are like summers, and our summers are too hot for anything. I hope spring comes soon for you. xoxo

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  18. I was reading Beatrix Potter's journal last night, and that bunny in with your lettuce looks just like Peter Rabbit! Those tomatoes and lettuce look so yummy, nothing beats home-grown! I can't decide whether the flying kitty in the first picture is cute or scary!

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    1. I thought the same about the kitty, but I didn't write it. I reconciled that he lost his life and couldn't harm those birds anymore, or the mother bird took care of him and he used up a life. :)

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  19. I can't b believe you have cherry tomatoes already! Wow! :D

    I love your bowl collection. I love the colors you chose!

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    1. Thank you, RJ. xoxo It's been so warm this year, except for tomorrow. We are getting a cold front and the high will be 69; we have not had temperatures like that since probably late January!

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  20. How lovely it all looks! The wreath and bunting are pretty. The veggies, I will not covet my blog neighbor's garden!

    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. Thank you, Laura, for your sweet visit. xoxo We can grow food until about June, and then it is too hot. We can start again at the end of September or beginning of October, and then take January off and start again in February. We have two growing seasons.

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  21. How wonderful that you have spring vegetables coming on! And tomatoes already! You are definitely doing something right. A great start to April!

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  22. Sharing a cup of tea with you has been a pleasure
    Love

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  23. Very beautiful post, especially the bowls and and the tea. I hope, you are feeling better and have found a good doctor!? Women with heart-diseases are taken care of less diligently than men, because doctors often think its"psychic" (I may say so, as I am a doctor myself...). So don´t be too patient!
    Yours Sarah

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  24. can't believe you already have tomatoes. We are in the process to plant them outside in a few weeks

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Daniela. I know. We brought in a big beef tomato today. In a week or two we will have many. Around here gardening goes from February until June, and then starts again in September and lasts until December.

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  25. Oh, it all looks so charming. And the bowls, the bowls!! :-) ~Angela~

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    1. Thank you, Angela, for you visit and sweet comment. xoxo I'm bowl obsessed!

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  26. Ohh...vegetable garden. Those are some big tomato! The girls and I are itching to garden. We will probably start our vegetable garden in a few weeks but our big project for this summer is a rose garden in the backyard. I showed Bella your sweet daughter's room and she loved it! She asked when she is getting a pretty room and my respond was when you stopped painting on wall and furniture....it is never going to happen.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria, for your sweet visit. A rose garden sounds wonderful to plant with the girls! I've planted two roses in the garden beds, and if they survive in this heat, my spouse will build a bed just for roses. I miss them from the Bay Area. Bella must be a budding artist like her mom. How about a chalkboard wall or erase pad wall? But maybe she prefers all surfaces. My sister's daughter drew on the walls too, she finally decided to give her only one area. I wish I had photos, but she is ten now and it is painted over. Tomie De Paola's Art Lesson is a lovely child story book. You might want to preview it first, because he drew on his sheets. xoxo

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  27. Love all the bunnies and the birds!! Especially the bunny in the lettuce patch. This is a wonderful garden tea complete with tomatoes :). Happy Spring!

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  28. Lots of great ideas and I love your Alice cups!!

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su