Friday, April 15, 2016

Welcome Spring!


Hello friends.
I have been out of the mix now for a few weeks.
The weather is getting so nice here in Iowa and we have been getting outside a lot more (and away from the computer) Those walks after supper are not possible with my thin southern blood during the winter!! I just can't handle the cold. Well, it's not so much the cold but that WIND!
It just cuts right through me and I can't get warm afterward. So, I stay indoors and hibernate like a bear.
I know it's pretty late (shame on me) but here are a few pictures from the very little Easter decorating I did.
This basket was in our office holding various items that really don't have a home and I thought it would look nice on the coffee table in the living room. I filled it with shredded gift paper from Dollar Tree added a small dessert bowl and then some M&M eggs. The doily underneath is another my granny made long ago. It adds some color to my otherwise very neutral living room.
Next was creating a nice table setting with what I already have.
This tablecloth was crocheted by my Auntie Thelma and presented to my darling and I as a wedding gift. She made it to fit the dining table when the leaf is in but this time it seemed better to keep the table round as it was just 4 of us for dinner. I did some creative folding to make it fit and....ta da!!
The china was something I found packed in a corner of the basement shortly after moving in... it's service for 4 and perfect for Spring! The set has dainty gold trim so my gold chargers complimented them very nicely.

The pink goblets were Mama's that she received at her bridal shower in 1962! She gave them to me as I always loved looking at them in her lighted china cabinet when I was growing up. Plus, she said that her entertaining days are over and thought they would get more use with me. She is right, they get used quite often. There are also little matching dessert goblets that will be part of the table setting for a later holiday or celebration.
Some candlesticks with linen scented candles were added... they just smell fresh and clean like spring.
I found this dainty birdhouse many months ago at Goodwill. It has a vintage feel and needed nothing but a good dusting and a place to fit in. My stash of silk roses and hydrangeas were easy to tuck under the edge of the birdcage and two flameless tea light candles inside finished the look I wanted.
So... that's pretty much the extent of my Easter decorating.
It was easy to set up and easy removal once dinner was finished.

In case you are wondering, we are still working on the pink bathroom remodel.
 Yes STILL!
 I am sure many of you know that with older homes come all kinds of wonderful little surprises along the way. Those little surprises sometimes stop us dead in our tracks, but not for long as we keep pressing forward and learning patience. I will show you some of the accessories and hardware that are almost completed soon.
 We have made it to the point the bathroom is functional again but there are still a lot of finishes to be done and I want to reveal it completed.
I have also been working on some surprises for my darling. He will be turning the BIG 50 next week! Keeping things hidden and trying to work on them is TOUGH! He is like a small child at Christmas.
I am making invitations since there were none like I wanted.
His big day will be done in a vintage theme and maintain some level of masculinity so that means ONLY one vase of flowers :)
Party supplies and gifts from family are coming in the mail and I have let him know he is not to open or ask about anything addressed to me...LOL!
Yeah right, like he won't ask. So far though, I am the only one breaking this stuff open...and yes, that is bubble gum. I told you he is like a kid!
I am so looking forward to this big day for my love. I will let ya'll know how it turned out.
Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting today :)


19 comments:

  1. Karen, I love the birdcage and your pretty pink glasses--those will look great all spring!

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    1. Thank you Cecilia, I am on the hunt for a nice hutch to keep the goblets and some other stemware in. I will probably use them even more when they don't have to unpacked from a storage bin :)

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  2. Hello Karen, your table is so pretty and I love that you are using your Mama's goblets. The birdcage is darling, what a great find. What a great theme for your love. I know he will be surprised. xo

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    1. Thank you Linda, I was really happy to find the china in the basement that has so much pink to go with the goblets. Have a great weekend :)

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  3. Karen,
    The tablescape is so pretty!! Love the colors!! So pretty!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Our weather is just starting to warm up here......
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you Debbie, I am glad for everyone that winter is coming to an end!Enjoy the sunshine :)

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  4. Your Easter basket is very pretty. I love your table setting - gorgeous! Your Aunt made you a wonderful gift, what a treasure to have. Your Mom's goblets are very pretty, they go perfectly with the dishes. Happy future 50th birthday to your hubby, looks like you'll be making it a very special day for him. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Kelly, yes, just one more week till his big day. Hopefully I can keep a few things hidden from him till then. I hope your weekend is going well :)

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  5. Hi Karen - good luck with the 50th party - sounds great. I'm sure there'll be some good photos!

    Best wishes, Dawn (Cornwall, UK).

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  6. I hate the cold, too! I am a northerner, but hazy, hot and humid is what I love. I hope the party is a success!! :)

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    1. Oh Goodness Kim...you would love living in Florida then!

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  7. Love those pink goblets!! Hope hubby's party is awesome!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, The party is gonna be in the garage (my darling's favorite place) and we are praying the weather cooperates :)

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  8. I threw my hubby is first surprise party ever back in Feb. and it was so much fun. I just love your tablescape.

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  9. I threw my hubby is first surprise party ever back in Feb. and it was so much fun. I just love your tablescape.

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    1. Thanks Valerie, I hope it turns out good...I always stress over these kind of things :)

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  10. Karen, I adore your beautiful tablecape. The heirlooms that you have there just melt my heart. Just knowing that they once belonged to family or that family gave them to you is just precious. Hoping your man has a wonderful birthday celebration. Can't wait to hear about it. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy, yes...these heirlooms become more precious over the years. Enjoy the rest of your week with that beautiful new grandgirl of yours :)

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