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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!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Blooms

Ok, so it's not exactly spring yet in our neck of the woods, but it's beginning to look like it inside!
Isn't this rose amazing? Last week I treated myself to a bouquet at Trader Joe's.  For just $3.99, I couldn't pass up these beauties!
Pinky coral roses have always been one of my favorites.  What they lack in scent
(sadly, most of today's cultivated roses aren't fragrant), they more than make up in beauty!

 The buds were just starting to open when I bought them, and I've been amazed at how big they have gotten.  Each day they open more and more, and are actually bigger today than when I snapped these photos yesterday.
I also really love the hot pink roses.  The yellow alstroemeria have never been my favorite flowers, but they do make good fillers, and they last for weeks!

 I've put them in one of my favorite vintage milk glass vases, and placed them on our bistro set in the sunroom.  We eat breakfast and lunch here every day, and it's our favorite room in the house!
(well, my craft room is actually my very favorite!!)
And since my friend Diana loves multiple views of the same thing (I think she said "the more the better"), this post is dedicated to her, tee, hee:)
 Here's a view of part of the sunroom.  Sorry for the poor quality, with all of the light coming in the windows it was hard for me to get a good shot.
 Ok, now on to totally unrelated stuff!
All of the cold and snow from this past winter has left me longing for warmer days.
That must have been what inspired me to chose the bright and vibrant shades that I painted some of my latest Etsy shop offerings.
I was super excited to find this giant vintage wooden fork and spoon while thrifting on our Savannah trip!
 At nearly 2 1/2 feet tall, they are huge!
I couldn't wait til we got home to paint them this fun and cheerful aqua chalk paint.
 The color makes me think of the beach!
 And speaking of the ocean, while we were on our trip I had fun painting these cute cast iron sea horse hooks.
I mixed up a bunch of different colors to create this pretty aquamarine shade that I love.
Then hubby helped mount them on vintage wooden plaques that he found for me
(he makes a great picker!!)
which I also painted beachy blues and aquas.
 Aren't these little guys cute?
 Finally we are thawing out this week, with temps in the 50's.  That will seem like a heat wave for us!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Think Spring!!


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Your flowers are so pretty. Love the color you painted all your treasure that you found and they remind me of the ocean.
My cousin was in from VA over the weekend and he made a comment about the pretty faux flowers in the bathroom and I said they are from my garden. He was so surprised as they had a terrible winter. He sure was enjoying our lovely weather. He was off to Palm Desert for a conference. To short of a stay, but I'll take whatever time I can get from my family.
So glad that you are warming up and I bet Katie is glad to be able to get out and run around. Any nibbles on the house?
Have a wonderful week, Donna.

Felecia Cofield said...

Hi Donna! So glad your weather is warming! It's been much warmer here and today should be 70 or so. But rain! Lots of rain! All week! I'm glad for rain but ready for sun! Your items are so pretty! I hope the sell quickly! And the roses! Oh how beautiful! I can hardly wait to get my new rose garden planted this year! If we could only sell that great, big swimming pool! That's where my rose garden is going! They will be the heirloom kind with lots of fragrance! I love your bistro! What a great place to eat everyday! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

Musings from Kim K. said...

The newspapers have confirmed that we are getting a Trader Joe's in Grand Rapids. I can't wait! I just love your bistro setting. A perfect place for that bouquet of flowers. It's a gloomy cloudy day today but it's definitely warmer out. I'll take it!!!

Debbie said...

I've never been to a Trader Joe's.
Those roses are just gorgeous! I don't remember ever seeing your sunroom Donna. It's so warm, and delightful. I love it!!
It's warm up here today...I flew to the windows and threw open the sash!!! No Santa...but lots of sunshine, and warm air!

NanaDiana said...

OMG- Remind me to beat you when I see you! lol You are TOOOO funny....how about 300 pictures of John pumping out the motor home? lol

I could look at your sunroom all day long though and those flowers/roses are GORGEOUS. I so wish we had a Trader Joe's nearby.

CUTE little seahorse hangers!!! xo Diana

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I would love to find a fork and spoon...Love the color!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Gorgeous roses...LOVE the color!

hazel marec said...

Those are just gorgeous roses! I love the colors. I am glad that even though it is was a cold winter for you that you still remain so cheerful and keep spring in your heart.
I also think that the beautiful aqua blue you picked for your creations is very happy and beachy!
Your bistro is so French--lovely!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, Love your flowers and your bistro area is like a spot in Paris. Too charming. Never seen or been to Trader Joe's ether. Your new treasures painted aqua are gorgeous.
So glad you are getting some warmer air.
Love your new sidebar pics.
Have a great day and enjoy the warmer days.
Hugs, CM

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

OMGosh isn't Trader Joe's just the best to treat yourself to a bunch of flowers! They truly brighten and grace a home. I love your kitchen space, beautiful photo and to have your room flooded by light must be delightful. Cute utensils pretty in Aqua.
I posted last night, have a fun day, tonight I'm treating myself to some tulips from TJ's.

Tete said...

We don't have a Trader Joe's around here, but that price is awesome and so are the flowers. I am ready for some bloomers!
Love your sun room.
Love the bright colors. I had a fork and spoon like that many, many years ago...they are huge.
Love the seahorse hook. That is so cute.
Be careful on doing anything Diana suggest. She has been known to get people into trouble. Not bad mouthing her or anything, but I have a feeling she's just a bad seed! LOL
Have a fun day playing in your room.

Cynthia said...

Great treasures and gorgeous flowers. The color is so pretty.


Gail said...

Love the roses Donna and your bistro area is great !
Gail x