Sweet bunny with white flowers

Earlier this year I found this sweet little bunny vase at the thrift store.
I kept picking it up and then putting it back.
Picking it up and putting it back.
Finally I told myself...it's only 75 cents, for crying out loud just take it home!

I filled the basket vase with flowering pear tree branches.
Part of our street is lined with them.
I am loving taking walks in this brisk spring weather.

I think here face is so sweet.
The little girl in me had to have her.

I love the delicate white flowers.
They look like they would smell nice, but alas they do not.
But they sure are pretty to look at.
I'm enjoying them everyday because I know they won't be around for much longer.

Botanical Lavender Easter Eggs

I always like to do at least one craft at Easter time.
This year I thought it would be fun to decoupage images from napkins onto paper mache eggs.

I already had these paper napkins with beautiful images of lavender on them and thought the lavender pictures would look really pretty on Easter eggs.
When you buy the paper mache eggs they are brown and a little rough textured.
I painted my eggs and when they were dry used some sandpaper to roughen up the paint a bit.
I like the rustic look, but you wouldn't have to sand them if rustic is not your thing.

It's ok not to cut out your image perfectly as long as your egg color matches the color of the napkin because it will soak right in as you are using the Mod Podge.

The background of my napkins is white so on this aqua egg I needed to cut out my flowers very carefully so the white wouldn't show.

Your napkin has two layers, but you only use the top layer.
Put some Mod Podge on your egg, lay on the picture and put more Mod Podge on top.
I like to use the matte Mod Podge because I don't like things too shiny.
If you like more shine then get the glossy Mod Podge.
I should mention when putting the top coat of Mod Podge on I did one whole side of the egg and then when that side was dry, I turned it over and did the other side.

Ok, I'm really feeling like my directions stink so if you'd like clearer instructions here is a link to the Martha Stewart website http://www.marthastewart.com/266690/paper-napkin-decoupage-eggs
They do a much better job than I am.

I'm still not quite sure how I'm going to display these in my house.
Maybe I'll just line them up on my kitchen windowsill.

I found this cute little trophy at an antique mall this weekend.
It was a copper color but I slapped on some white paint.
I knew it would be the perfect size for holding Easter eggs.

I got these ceramic egg cups from Jo Anne's a couple of years ago.

Please enjoy a few (wink) more photos....

My friend Heidi gave me the most beautiful vintage Easter postcards and like I mentioned in this post she didn't even know I was using lavender in my Easter decorating this year!

I've been trying to find some cute frames to put them in so I can make an Easter vignette, but have not been having any luck finding some. :(
I have a few more days to look I guess.

Here's what the paper napkins I used looked like.
I bought them at Stein Mart last spring.

Easter Vignette

Once again I really wanted to be part of The Lettered Cottage's Spring Mantel Party, but I don't have a fireplace anymore, so I've decorated the chest in my entry way instead.
I thought it would be fun to use lavender and aqua in my spring decorating this year.

I made this really easy banner.
I was inspired by a gorgeous Valentine banner I saw at Simple As That.

It was so easy to make...
I simply cut a "V" out of the bottom of a book page.
I have a tag punch, so I glued on a tag punched from scrapbook paper onto the book page.
Finally I couldn't find letter stickers in the color I wanted so I traced lettered stickers onto scrapbook paper and cut them out and glued them on top of the tags.
Then I folded over the top of the book page and glued a string inside.
The string of the banner is taped to the back of a chippy white frame.

We don't have fresh lavender in the nurseries yet, so I placed some faux lavender in an urn from
Pottery Barn.
A little nest with blue eggs is leaned against it.

My dear friend Heidi made me this gorgeous Easter egg!
I loooove it!!
She had no idea I was using purple for my spring decorating.
Isn't that cool!

Finally a little aqua pot with a fern inside.
One of the few house plants I managed to keep alive this winter.
I am good with outdoor gardening.....
Can anyone tell me why house plants are so difficult???

Here is a shot of the whole entry way.
The soft pretty colors make me happy!

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

My blog on BHG.com!

I was so excited when I was contacted by Better Homes and Gardens asking if they could show my spring mantel (from last year) on their website! I have subscribed to BHG for years and years so it is such a thrill to be on their website. They found me through Homestories A2Z mantel paty, so thank you Beth!!

If you'd like to check out BHG's mantel slideshow featuring lots of wonderful bloggers click HERE.

If you'd like to see my mantel post from last spring click HERE.

Thank you so much Better Homes & Gardens!

Copycat Spring Basket

I love this spring basket by Martha Stewart.
The bark basket is really cool.
The moss and mini daffodils look pretty too.
And the little chicks are adorable!

I decided to try and copy it.
Not surprisingly I don't like it nearly as well as Martha Stewart's.
But Martha is perfect so what do you expect? ;)

I found the birch bark basket at the thrift store.
I bought it thinking it will look really cute at Christmas time filled with evergreens and red berries.
I'm glad I've found a way to use it more than once a year.

The mini daffodils are from Michael's crafts store.
I think real flowers would be so much prettier.
I saw some mini daffodils at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago,
 but I wasn't sure if they were still carrying them and
 I didn't want to run all over town with my 2 year old looking for them, so fake will have to do.

I already had the moss rocks.
I got them several years ago from Z Gallery.

The little chickies are from Michael's.
You had to buy a package of six, so I will have to find some other places in my home to place them.

It's fun to bring a little spring into my home.
Especially since we are getting beautiful spring weather here in Illinois!
Bulbs are starting to come up in the yard.
We haven't lived in this house in the spring so I have no idea what's been planted.
It's going to be a fun surprise to see what flowers come up!


There is a game of tag that's been going around blogland.....
I've been tagged by my friend Lisa from Lisa Roy a designer obsessed with pretty things, beautiful spaces, interesting places and...handbags!

The way the games works is Lisa has asked me 11 questions, which I will answer, then I "tag" eleven other bloggers and ask them 11 questions and so on.....

So without further adieu here are my q & a's:

1. What is the last DIY project you completed?

A makeover on this thrift store mirror.
 Sorry, I'm only going to show you the before picture now.
 You'll have to wait for a post on the finished project!

2. What do you love most about yourself?

It feels weird to talk about something you love about yourself!
I do like the ability I have to see the potential an object has.
For example this thrift store pot I gave a makeover to.

3. Dog person or cat person?

I love kitty cats!!!
We used to have three cats, sadly they all died of old age.
For now I'm done cleaning litter boxes, but maybe when my kids are older I'll get one again.

4. What made you choose your current home?




The thing I love most about my home is the view!!
When we found out we were moving to Illinois we knew we were going to rent a house.
I flew out there to look at homes and found one that I liked.
When we tried to rent it the people changed their minds and decided they wanted to sell their house instead of rent it.
We really couldn't afford for me and the boys to fly out a second time so I found a house on craigslist and asked my hubby to go look at it.
He liked the house and took photos and sent them to me.
Quite frankly they were terrible photos.....
I had a strong feeling that we were sopposed to rent this house.
So even though I was moving into a house I had basically never seen before I wasn't terribly nervous.
Thank you God, it is a lovely house and we are very happy here.

5. If you were single and could go on a date with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Well, I am a happily married woman and just don't feel comfortable talking/thinking about who
 I would date...
But, if I could choose a celebrity BFF it would be Bonnie Hunt.
She had a talk show last year and I was so sad when it was canceled.
She seems really nice, down to earth and she is so funny.

6. What room in your home would you most like to redo?

No question it would be my kitchen!
Our kitchen is very basic; oak cabinets, vinyl counter tops, white appliances, white walls.
When I saw French Larkspur's beautiful kitchen, I got a stomach ache.
Her layout is so very similar to mine and it showed me with a little (a lot!) of work what my kitchen could be.
I would just need to paint the cabinets white, get some butcher block counter tops etc. etc.
But since we are renting I'm not willing to spend the time or money to do it.
I'm just going to do my best to make our kitchen look as pretty as I can w/o making any major changes.

7. What is your favourite childhood memory?

I grew up in Washington state.
We had a house with woods in the backyard and if you went down a hill on the side of our house
 there was a creek bed.
 Huge wild ferns grew everywhere.
 Hmmmm, are you maybe getting a clue where the name of my blog comes from? :)
Anyway...my fondest memories are playing in the woods with my little sister.
I would love to live in the Pacific Northwest again.
It is so beautiful there and even though it's been over 20 years since I have lived there I still get homesick.

8. What is the most embarrassing thing you've ever said or done?

Many years ago I was driving my car and eating a taco at the same time.
As I was taking a bite my eyes went off the road and I crashed into a stop sign.
This was back in the day when Taco Bell had thirty nine cent tacos.
Well let me tell you...that cheap taco was very expensive!!!!
Don't eat while driving. Lesson learned!

9. Who has been the most influential person in your life?

I don't know her personally, but I would have to say Beth Moore.
Beautiful, funny, intelligent and loves the Lord so much.
I want to be here when I grow up!

10. If you won the lottery today, what's the first thing you would buy?

I think the mini coopers are just the cutest cars.
My 6'9" husband probably couldn't fit in it and I like to imagine that my kids couldn't fit in it either. :)
It would be my special toy to zoom around town in!
I saw one the other day that was pale aqua. So pretty!

11. Describe your dream home.
Tudor style

Fairytale Cottage


Stone Tuscan style

Spanish Colonial

Atlanta Home

I had so much fun thinking about the answer to this question!!
My favorite styles of homes are Tudor style, homes that look like they belong in a fairytale, stone houses especially Tuscany and Provence style and finally Spanish Colonial. So my dream would be some kind of combo of these styles. Maybe a plaster house with a turret with stone accents around the door and windows. I would love to have an arched front door,  large windows that let in lots of light and  inside dark hardwood floors and beautiful rustic beams on the ceiling.

So that was fun! Thanks for thinking of me Lisa.

Rules of the Game
* You must post the rules
* Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you; then create 11 questions to ask the people you have tagged
* Tag 11 people and link them in your post
* Let them know you have tagged them and they should acknowledge that they have been notified.

Here are the 11 people I'm tagging:
Dreams Intertwined
Keeping Up With The Kays
Growing Up Gabel
A Sort Of Fairytale
Lovely Beasts
Mid Life Makeover
The Poor Sophisticate
Patina Moon
My Wonderfully Made
Emerald Cove
Happy At Home

Don't worry ladies it won't offend me in the least if you choose not to participate.

But if you want to play along here are your questions:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. Bath or shower?
3. Where is your favorite place to travel?
4. If you won the lotto what would be your first fun purchase?
5. What room in your house would you most like to redo?
6. Do you prefer to eat in or out?
7. Would you prefer a good book or a good movie?
8. Who is your favorite comedian?
9. What is the first concert you ever went to?
10. Morning or evening person?
11. Describe your dream home?