Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

Easter Blessings!

                                                              Hello everyone,
                             It has been awhile since my last post,but time just seemed to slip away on me. I am sure many of you have been busy as well with Easter preparations etc.
                               I gathered up some of my vintage china and washed them for our Easter table.
                                  I got some beautiful tulips and roses for our Easter table as well.Notice that sunlight streaming in-after several cloudy days we are now in for a sunny spell,
                             I spent some time setting our Easter tables for our family dinner tomorrow  evening.
                             I am using a mix of vintage china in soft pastel colors.

                                 The cross is a reminder of the sacrifice made for us and the reason we celebrate Easter.
                                  The bunny with little treats for the kiddo's.
                                                    Pretty roses.

Our usual two tables for our big family who all live close by.

            Wishing you all Easter Blessings!

                  I am joining The Rose Garden in Malevik for Easter Show-off .


Horse Art

I am afraid of horses but I love them in art.

I wanted to share these two new canvas pictures of white horses.
Fascinating creatures...
I hung them on this old window on the piano. 
I don't usually display photos of anything - unless it's my family. I have been wanting something new and I've looked for a beautiful picture of horses. My husband found these for me. I love them.

Easter Lilies & Orchids

I went to the grocery store today.

The floral department was so beautiful and full of color.
I picked up three mini orchids on special for $4.99. The boys want to give their teachers and our sweet bus driver (you wouldn't believe how nice she is) a small something for Easter.  I think these will be a sweet little gift.
My kids surprised me with an Easter lily this morning. Isn't it pretty?
I want to put it on the porch but it is so cold.  Right, Mazi in the window?
(she's my shadow)
I have never owned a living orchid.  For $4.99 it might be worth it to see if I could keep the tiny, pretty flower alive.

Happy Easter to all of you!

An Appreciation for Beautiful Photos

Living Room
I have such an appreciation for beautiful photography. This photo from Town and Country Living is so rich and pretty.  I enjoy visiting Jennifer just to see her wonderful pictures.  Isn't this living room a sweet cottage style?  Everything is perfectly placed.

Then there is my photo. I show you a clean version of how we live. See the toy basket? The remotes? I should pay more attention to detail and move those out of the way.  I don't take the time (keeps it real - I guess). Call me sloppy but...well, I am a 'project' girl! (and obviously NOT a perfectionist) My boy, Luke, used to tell his teachers that his mom is a "builder".  :)

This picture has Mazi's dog crate in it (at least her crate is fashionably black and white to match). I realize the quality of my photos is never not always great but look what I have to work with....
When I do any projects in the garage, around the house or outside - I carry along my Cannon Powershot camera so I can share with my readers "how to" steps. My Cannon teeters on the edge of my saw, lays next to open cans of paint and most always ends up on my garage floor. I go through cameras, drills and orbital sanders annually - at least. (I drop things) I am rough on my stuff, I know - it's embarrassing.
 For Christmas (2012) I was hoping for a Nikon D3100. Well, I got another Cannon Powershot and guess what? My Christmas (2012) gift is in the picture above (small shatter). The other one is from the year before (completely abused).  I purchased a new Cannon the other day. Sadly, I don't deserve a Nikon D3100.
So while I would love to be a great photographer, I am going to stick with my projects and decorating. I don't think a really nice camera is practical for the way I use them. I will visit Jennifer and many other beautiful blogs for amazing photos instead. Like...
and DaniellaWitte (I think white photographs beautifully)
I will rely on PicMonkey to help me out with straightening, cropping, brightening and making collages.
(It is so fun to play around with photos - I know I go overboard sometimes...a lot)
I'm not trying to apologize for my photos - they are what they are. I just recognize and appreciate amazing photography.
Funky Junk Interiors
(Now - Donna takes amazing photos AND she's a 'project' girl/"builder")
Maybe I can make this new camera last more than three months. And since I don't pay $800 for my camera every year, maybe I can get some new tools with the money I save. Let's see - brad nailer, router, another drill, hand sander, drill bits, saw blades...
ETC. - ETC. - ETC.
Thank you to all the talented bloggers and photographers that inspire me with wonderful photos.

If you want to meet my HERO photographer GO HERE.
Amy used to take our family photos - I miss her!

White Spring....

Do you remember my spring fireplace?

I found the 'spring' sign at Homegoods for $16.99. I love it but I didn't notice it much here on my old window under my mantel.
So...I painted the 'SPRING' part white!

The white accents along with lavender greenery make my 'white' spring day feel a little bit more 'springy'.
A Spring 'Snow Day' here in Virginia.
The kids are off school.
 I painted the twiggy sign white and lit candles. The boys watched too much Spongebob.
.....and we are all looking forward to a warmer & brighter spring day to come.
C'mon SPRING...you can do better than that! Don't let winter bully you around.
Please don't freeze our forsythia....
...or our daffodils.
Maybe we will have to keep our faux greenery around a little longer.
Happy Spring {Snow} Day!
Don't you think Mazi looks cute sitting next to Resolve carpet cleaner?

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