Friday, March 30, 2012

SPRING DECORATIONS

Good morning everyone! It's a rainy gloomy morning in Chicago but I am feeling happy for some reason. I got up and had coffee with The Husband and decided to put together a post of some of my spring decorations. On the down side, I wanted to share more of my daffodils and tulips but right now they aren't looking too well. I don't know if it is because we had such a mild winter or if they bloomed too soon. They look stunted and the tulips are sparse. After this rain I will have another look and see if the situation has improved. What a bummer.
Emily and I made a trip to Pier 1 on Monday. It was pretty hysterical because she was at one end of the store and I was at the other and we would meet in the middle at the counter and load our finds up. With her designer eye, she can buy something knowing exactly where it will go and how it will look and I tend to just buy what I fall in love with! She found this little birdhouse with a glass door knob and knew that it would look perfect on a closet door that you can see from the living room. I have a necklace hanging off the knob that I won in a giveaway from Debby at Cozy Blanket. It's a key on a chain and it looks great here when I'm not wearing it. Thanks, Debby!
I have a small bunny collection and I thought I'd show you a few. This guy I've had for a few years. He's really darling.
And this one is my favorite. You have to love that little face!
This little pair came from Terry's Village. They have some really cute holiday things. I love their catalog. These guys sit on my island.
I found this tray at Pier 1. It goes so well in my living room. I'd show you my whole mantel but I am still working on it. I just can't get it right. I want to paint the wall a cream color...does anyone have a paint color that they are in love with? I am so tired of this mossy green and it really isn't a good backdrop for my pieces.
Emily gravitates toward the whimsical and found these textured bunnies.
This guy is riding in his own little Carrotmobile!
The word around Blogland was that Fifi O'Neill has a new cookbook. I went to Amazon and found it and I love it. I have been thumbing through it and marking pages that have recipes I want to try. There are some bloggers in here that you may have heard of, too. What a great book, I recommend it. I also just finished the book, Signs Of Life {It's on my sidebar} and I laughed and cried all the way through it. It's about a young woman who is widowed when she is five months pregnant with their first child. It sounds like a downer but it really is about her first year grieving and coming to grips with her loss. It's a memoir, and I just fell in love with the author. You will, too.

Well, on the homefront, temperatures fluctuated all week between 40 and 70 degrees. Crazy weather. It was sunny though and I got out of the house everyday, even if it was just a short trip to the grocery store or to walk around the backyard lamenting about my poor flowers. I would love to make a trip up to the lake but The Husband has been bringing paperwork home every weekend. I did find out that my sweet neighbor, Susie, has been watering my plants so I can stop having this vision of walking in to find dead ferns all over the place. Hopefully we will get there soon.

I found a great dessert recipe that I am going to make and take pictures of for you next time and I also have a tablescape going on at the table in the family room. It is still being tweaked and the lighting is so bad today, I didn't want to take pictures. I will have that next time, too. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for great weather wherever you are! :-)

57 comments:

Cindy said...

Hi Jane,
Hope your weather gets better. It's been so nice here. Love your tray! I'm going to go to Pier One and check that out. I need some retail therapy... The chubby bunny cracks me up. Have a great weekend.
XO Cindy

Debby said...

Love the knob for the necklace. Perfect.
My daffodils were nice for about three days. I went to cut them and bring them in as there was a frost warning for the night. They were laying on the ground and done for. I thought they would bounce back up like always and they didn't. I think that they were just too early. Sad.
But we have had good weather along with the a little bit of the bad, so I won't complain.
Have a good week-end. I am looking forward to a germ free week-end.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane... love all your sweet bunnies, and I really love that tray with the bird you got at Pier I... I may need to make an emergency trip there today!... the birdhouse with the doorknob is cute too... I also bought Fifi's cookbook and am loving it... xoxo Julie Marie PS Watch your mail today!

Rita said...

Love your bunny collection! These are our last days in Victoria where the daffodils are in bloom. Going back home where hopefully Spring will show it;s bright colours soon.
Rita

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I am lovin ALL of your bunnies..

The bunny door plaque is my favorite though- too dang cute.

have a great weekend sweetie.
Sonny

Theresa said...

Love your Spring decor! ALL of the bunnies are precious AND that tray is AWESOME! Enjoy your weekend my friend, BIG HUGS!

Phyllis@Around the House said...

Love your cute Easter decorations I especially love the gardening couple...soo sweet

Low Tide High Style said...

Jane I love your Easter decor, and that tray you picked up is so pretty! The weather has been a little crazy here too, but good all in all. I hope you get to the lake soon, but glad your neighbor is keeping things watered for you. And I will have to go order Fifi's new book, I didn't know it was out! Enjoy your weekend!

Kat

JoAnne Weisser said...

Your bunnies are too cute. Love the carrotmobile! Your tray from Pier 1 is so pretty ~ I may have to visit that place soon!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

We've got another beautiful day here, Jane, although we did have some rain this morning and I thought it was going to last all day. I hope it will stay nice; my son arrives tomorrow and will be here until Wednesday. I love your bunnies; I got a couple at Hobby Lobby at 40% off already. I'm hoping to pick up a few more on clearance. I collect bunnies anyway, so I am sure I will find a home for them.

laurie said...

what a great bunnie collection, I love them all .The bunny your daughter chose in the carrot mobile is so sweet.The bird house with the glass knob is lovely and the necklace is such a lovely touch, lucky you!.I hope the rain gives your tulips a much needed boost.Have a wonderful weekend!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Oh my gosh Jane those bunnies are SO CUTE!!! Love that pretty tray too! Enjoy your weekend!

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Oh, what sweet springness at your house! Love the bunnies and that tray is gorgeous! Hope you're staying dry and warm! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

NanaDiana said...

Cute Spring things, Jane. I am sorry that you can't get up to the lakehouse but at least someone is looking out for your plants.

I am out of the loop, I guess...I have not seen that cookbook yet. I am trying NOT to buy any more cookbooks--and am to the point where I want to get rid of some. Sad...sad...sad!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Jane! xo Diana

Olive Cooper said...

The bunny riding in the carrot car is too cute.

Kelly said...

Sounds like you had a nice shopping trip. I like shopping there too. We continue to have warm weather, but still have to keep up with possible changes here too.

Vintage Home said...

oh my the bunnie in the carrot mobile is adorable.What sweet reminders of spring...although we have had few spring like days!
Your tray is amazing...my favorite colour these days is Benjamin Moore Natural Linen! It can look greyish greenish or just plain FRESH!
Looking forward to your tablescape!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your tray is beautiful Jane and I'm lovin' the bunny in the carrot mobile! Weird weather in Philly too, it got cold again but I'm still glad it's the weekend-enjoy:@)

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
Love all the little bunnies hopping around your place. That little bird house hanger is so sweet.

Have a wonderful weekend.

hugs
Sissie

susan said...

Hi, Jane!
You have a nice little bunny collection. I had a little coffee for some friends this week, so I did some more spring decorating myself. It is fun, isn't it? Sorry your flowers have been disappointing to you. My tulips-pink and white-were just opening up today when we had a hail storm. I hope they weren't ruined. Have a great weekend,friend!

Debbie Booth said...

Hey there miss Blondie girl, how are you doing? Your post looks like you have some sweet bunnies to bond with, and I wanted you to know I have mossy green on my walls and I'm a bit tired of it too. I need something different but not sure what to go to. I love Easter decorations too. Very sweet in anticipation for spring! Yay...hopefully warm weather will stay!
Blessings,
Debbie

Gina said...

Your bunnies are so sweet and the tray from Pier 1 is so pretty!

I'm worried about the crazy weather doing damage to the flowers here too. Temps in the
80s one week, everything started budding up, then down into the
30s the next, can't be a good thing.

Have a great weekend!

mississippi artist said...

I wish you had some of our beautiful weather. I want a bird tray like that-so pretty. I need to drag out the Easter this weekend.

June said...

Jane your bunnies are so darling! I have such a love of bunnies and these are too cute!!!
I can just see you and your daughter having a bunch of fun shopping together. Don't you love it when they love what you love? I adore that tray!!!!
sending hugs...

Debbiedoo's said...

Weather is crazy all over Jane, warm cold, pollen you name it. Love your Spring decor. The tray with the bird on it is so pretty. I have one similar with a rose. Hope all is well. Not sure if you know where I am but I am over at word press now.
www.debbie-debbiedoos.com.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Hi Blondie, Those bunnies are just adorable! I now know where the Easter Bunny really lives!
Yvonne

Sarah said...

Looks like the bunnies are hopping about at your place. They are adorable. I've yet to get mine out. Better get busy! LOL

Paula said...

Love your cute bunnies. I think I need to stop in Pier One to get some new Easter things for my house.

Knitty said...

Love your bunnies! I have quite a collection too, and some that are specifically Easter-y reappear throughout the year just because they make me happy.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hey Jane, love all your adorable bunnies! and that bird tray is just gorgeous! It's just been way too warm for me this time of year. It seems we've skipped Spring altogther and have landed in Summer...
Have a wonderful Easter, Jane, xo

Leslie said...

I love all of your cute bunnies. The weather in Baltimore is wacky too... my gardens are looking strange. My neighbos alzalea bushes are blooming!

Gypsy Heart said...

Oh, Jane, your bunnies are totally adorable! The white one does have such a happy look on his/her face. I like the bird house too. The glass knobs are beautiful.

Well, our weather has been extremely warm for this time of year and more humid the past couple of days than is tolerable ~ more like June. We're supposed to be around 90' tomorrow and I think we were very close today. Yuck! Next week, 70's again and that's great.

Have fun with all your treasures and thanks for the book recommendations. I love cookbooks and can read them like novels.

xo
Pat

Donna said...

Sounds like you've been extra busy, Jane! I am in love with that gorgeous tray you found at Pier1. Love it! And your rabbit collection is just so adorable. Love the carrotmobile, how fun! I'm ready for some warmer days, kind of hard to get in a springy mood when it's been cool and rainy here! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Katherines Corner said...

So many lovelies! The pier one tray is sweet! hugs!

Karena said...

Hi Jane

I adore your bunny collection, I was in Pier ! the other day, they have so many darling Spring items!

I hope you will Come and enter my amazing Cross Bottle Guy Giveaway!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Such adorable bunnies, Janie! I love them and your birdhouse and other goodies! I have missed you SO much, and I scrolled back through your blog a bit and saw some wondrous things... the new sofas (fabulous new look... where did you find them???) and the cute table numbers for Emily's wedding. Just lots of fun things, and those napkin rings from WS. Soooo cute! You and Miss E have been busy, busy girls!

I'm on Mr. Magpie's computer (laptop) and am out rushing around as fast as I can to visit my friends who left comments so I can give him this computer back. This is awful not having my own computer, but hopefully that will change in the not too distant future.

Love you and miss you much...

XO,

Sheila

Elizabeth said...

I love the tray! What wonderful Pier 1 finds you came across.

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I have noticed the tulips are looking a little sad already too. Love your spring decor..thanks for sharing.

d e l i g h t said...

You have some great bunnies in your collection and I love the tray from Pier 1! Looking forward to seeing more when you have your mantle ready.

Laura said...

Hey Miss Jane-
I love your bunnies!
I think I need to go to Pier I.
Thank you for your visits to my blog Jane.
It means so much to me,
Laura
White Spray Paint

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your bunnies are adorable, Jane! Love the cute tray too.
xo, Sherry

bj said...

I love all your cute bunnies...and the tray.

Hope your weather gets better soon...am sure it will.
We've had lovely spring days...but today is windy.

No flowers blooming around here but a few little roses...:)

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

No wonder you feel happy...your bunnies are so darn cute! Hope your weather gets sunny soon!

podso said...

You have had the crazy weather, but here too. Maybe everywhere this spring. Your bunnies are adorable. The way you describe you and your daughter at Pier One is humorous ... how different we can be, even mother/daughter! Have a great week!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

HI Jane! Cute decorations....we finally had a moment to put our's out last week ~ lol! Looking forward to seeing your new dessert..yum! Enjoy your week!

Pondside said...

That must have been a fun trip to Pier One, Jane. I'll have to head on over there later today. I don't have a single Easter decoration out yet - can you believe that!? I'll have to get busy tonight.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Jane, Every year I say I don't need a thing but who can resist buying a cute bunny or two? Love all yours! Although the mild winter and early Spring was nice I think it played havoc with the plants. My dogwood trees hardly have any blooms this year...just all green leaves and I have roses blooming. I usually am lucky if I get a rose by Mother's Day. I haven't planted my marigold seeds yet but will real soon. I hope yours does well. They should come up with a sign on it that says "from Lynn in Va."......just kiddin'

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I love all your Easter collection! Sounds like you and your daughter think alike! I love to shop with my daughter too. Fun times!

Marydon said...

That door knob has me ... darling! Your bun-bun's are too cute! Our weather has been SOOOO warm this winter everything came in a month early ... the daffodils are long gone, the tulips are profuse ... the frost bit the early blooming rhodies horribly ... sniff!, petals on the ground.
We mowed twice this past week ... a first in 40 years ...

Have a beautiful & blessed Easter ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Jane,

I am still decorating and fluffing my home. I have that same white bunny holding the basket! I love bunnies too. I happen to have a real one named Brownie. Come by and visit, the bunnies are having a tea party. Have a blessed Easter!

Debbie

Pat said...

Lovin' the bunnies, Jane.

We are headed home from the lake today. Spent a wonderful time doing nothing much at all. Isn't that what you do at the lake?:-) It's the best.

Happy Easter!

koralee said...

It does look like Easter in your home....what fun. I love that bunny in the carrot car! So sweet.
Sending you oooodles of blessings for this Easter week. xoxoxo

Maryrose said...

Good Morning Jane,

I loved all of your bunnies...I love bunnies and am always so happy to be able to bring them out in the spring. You and your daughter scored at Pier 1. I will have to check them out on my next outing.

Hope your weather gets better and the lake is in your near future....sounds like so much fun!!

Hugs
Maryrose

Debbie said...

Your little bunnies sure add that little touch of Easter to your beautiful home, Jane.
This weather has been goofy for the plants. The tulip leaves are all curly. I hope we get flowers this year.
Boats are showing up slowly, here at the lake. Ours will be in soon.
Have a great week!
xxoo

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jane...

It sounds like we are having the same kind of weather, my friend! It has been cold and rainy here the past couple of days. But we are really needing the moisture...so no complaints from me!

Girl, you have the sweeeetest lil' bunny collection! You know that I just adore all sweet bunnies! Hehe! Ohhh...and your new tray...GORGEOUS!!! It's sooo ME! I would have picked it up in a heartbeat...should I have seen it! It will be an awesome piece for your spring mantel. Can't wait to see it!

Well dear friend, I just wanted to come by to say hello and wish you and your sweet family a Happy Easter! I just read your sweet note that you left over at my place! Sooo good to see you, sweet lady!

Warmest Easter wishes to you!

Love ya,
Chari

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I love your bunnies and that tray is wonderful. I could go shopping in your house!

I just saw that parts of Illinois have a freeze warning!! I think we miss it by a few counties, but how can this happen now???

Daniella said...

I love all of your bunnies! Your spring decor must be beautiful!
I hope your bulbs survive!!
xxDaniella