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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fresh Blooms & Other Fun Things

There's nothing like getting fresh flowers to lift your spirits, especially this time of year!  So today, I thought I'd share with you some of the gorgeous blooms that I've been given since having surgery last week.
 Hubby brought me the most beautiful bouquet of yellow roses! I adore yellow roses, though I don't think he realized that, he just made a lucky guess!  I am doing to dry them and save for a special project!
 I love taking close up photos of flowers.  It's so easy to miss all of the beautiful details if you don't take the time to really look at them!
 My sister sent me this gorgeous bouquet of spring time flowers, I love them!  Pink and white flowers are my absolute favorite!
 I wish you could smell the stock!  Their spicy scent is absolutely amazing!
 And just look at that stunning lily!
My mom sent me this lovely basket filled with a beautiful pink azalea, and a kalanchoe (I think that is what it's called??)
 How pretty!

My sweet friend Cindy over at Cindy Adkins Whimsical Musings sent me this gorgeous card that she made!  Cindy knows how much I love blue!  Just look at all of the details that she put in it, love the key and the mannequin!
 Cindy also surprised me with this beautiful bracelet, I love it!  More blue:)  Can't wait to wear it!  Thank you, Cindy, you are the best!
 My sweet neighbor lady brought me down a couple of primroses today.  Aren't they pretty?
 Now our house is looking so cheery, it almost feels like a greenhouse here:)
Yesterday I went to the doctor and had my stitches removed.  It was my first big outing since the surgery.  As a treat to myself, I stopped at several thrift shops for some much needed "thrifting therapy".  I didn't find alot of goodies, but I did manage to find several small pretty picture frames that I'm going to paint and put in my Etsy.  Picture frame collections are one of my biggest sellers, so I'm always on the hunt for more!  I also am always searching for wood items that I can transform.  I found these two pieces below.  They may not look like much now, but wait til you see their "after" shots!  I thought the vintage wooden box had great potential, and I was super excited to find the jewelry organizer, as I'd been looking for one for quite some time.  I'll be sure to share their transformations with you!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!


Kim K. said...

Such pretty bouquets and what a gorgeous card and bracelet. I hope your appt went well and your leg pain has eased. I'm glad you were able to muster some thrifting.


NanaDiana said...

Your flowers are beautiful and that Cindy is something else, isn't she? She puts most of us to shame!

Can't wait to see your finds all prettified. I think that round one used to hold measuring cups or spoons, didn't it? xo Diana

Debbie said...

All of your floral arrangements are so pretty, Donna! So glad to hear you are feeling well enough to do some treasure hunting.
Have fun with your projects.

Myric said...

Oh what gorgeous flowers and gifts from Cindy! I adore that basket of pink azalea! Those would surely make you feel better!


Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
Oh the flowers are so beautiful!!! And I hope that you will be feeling better from day to day. and I just know that you will be up and doing all your awesome repurposing projects soon!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling better and even felt good enough to go treasure hunting!

All your flowers are so pretty...they show how much you are loved!


Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Well, aren't you just the lucky gal ... getting all those BEAUTIFUL floral arrangements and jewellery to boot! I am thrilled to hear that your stitches have been removed and you were even 'up' to do some thrifting! Good for you! xox

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Hope your leg is feeling better. Glad you felt like some shopping therapy!
The flowers are gorgeous, you are loved by so many.

Karen said...

Donna, your flowers are all gorgeous! Glad you were able to stop at some thrift shops for a bit! We women need RETAIL THERAPY.

Got to get back to my new project for you.

Love, Karen

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such lovely flowers and thoughtful gifts! I'm glad you are out-and-about and able to do a little thrifting!

suzan c said...

I think using the teaspoon stand with the 4 hooks as a jewelry organizer is a good idea. I registered and received one just like it for my 1977 wedding!!! Wish I saved it for such a modern use!!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Donna, forgive me but I didn't know you had surgery. I am so sorry. I just haven't been blogging too much because I've been working long hours. I am just so thankful to hear it all turned out ok and that you are beginning to feel better. A little thrifting is the best medicine! The bouquets and gift are gorgeous and I'm quite certain help lift your spirits. You are so loved and appreciated. XO

Suzann said...

Your flowers are all so beautiful!!! And also the sweet card and bracelet Cindy made for you!!

I am glad to hear you are doing well after your surgery

Suzann ~xoxo~

Tete said...

Yellow roses are my all time favorite, but the others are so wonderful, too! Makes everything smell so good and who can't smile around that?
Glad you got your stitches out!

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

Hi Donna- Just caught up. Sounds like it went better than expected since it was done laproscopically(sp?)I think i just made that word up like a desperate housewife! My results were fine and I enjoyed the great sleep after the procedure. laura@imnotatrophywife.com

thank you again for your sweet emails!

Cindy F. Adkins said...

What a lovely post! I agree about pink and white flowers - pink tulips and pink roses are my favorite flowers! Such beautiful gifts from Cindy - she's a doll, isn't she? I hope you're feeling much better, Donna.
Hugs, Cindy