Saturday, February 16, 2013

"Mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat Ivy...




"a kid'll eat ivy too... wouldn't you"...  remember that little old song?... originally an old nursery rhyme...   kinda silly...  but then, I am a kinda silly girl sometimes too...  like today...  maybe because the sun is shining, the sky is blue... and our temps are going to be in the 40's today...  hurray!...  it finally feels like Spring really IS coming this year!...


Are these just the cutest little lambs "ewe" have ever seen?...


Spring is showing up all over our home today...  little lambs, birdies, nests...  pastel flowers...  (pastel M&M's!)...


This little cutie actually belongs to Tessy...  my sister brought it to her from Scotland a year or so ago...  but Tessy said mama could "borrow" it for a while... (no Tessy... don't take it...  let mama play with it for a bit... I promise I will give it back to you...  soon...  maybe) ...


Wishing "ewe" all a beautiful, sunshiny, blue~skies,  laugh and be~silly... happy Springtime kinda day...  xoxo...  Julie Marie


Friday, February 8, 2013

My "Fairytale Easter" Vintage Coffeepot for Spring...



I recently showed you a pretty little vintage enamelware coffee pot beautifully decorated for Spring I saw in "Fairytale Easter", the new book I got, that I wanted to make one like with my own vintage enamelware coffeepot... sooo...  here is my version...


Theirs had tiny real Violets planted in it...  since my own violets are still deep under mounds of snow, and our greenhouses and nurseries did not have any yet, I used silk flowers for mine for now...  as soon as the garden centers get them, I will replace my silk flowers with some pretty little Heartsease (Johnny~jump~ups)  planted in the nest...

(Fairytale Easter Jeanne d'Arc Living)

A flowery twig wreath around the top, a tiny  little moss~lined nest rests inside... and inside the little nest are three sweet little eggs...


I already had most everything I needed to make this...  only the flower wreath around the top is new...  I love creating pretty crafts out of things I already own... so I came right home and made it that day... 


When I was at JoAnn's Crafts that day buying my wreath, I also picked up some little craft supplies to help Filly and Ellie with a little birdcage they are decorating for Spring...  we were going to do it this morning, but had to change our plans for another day...  we'll get together next week for sure girls!...  I also found this darling little birdhouse plaque...  "Live life simply"... I think this says it all...  xoxo...  Julie Marie   PS  Thank you all so much for my sweet Tessy's birthday wishes on my previous post...  I read each and every comment to her and she wagged her tail and sends you all BIG doggie kisses!...



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Fairytale Easter"...


I love Easter...  and I love fairytales...  put the two together... and it's pure enchantment for me!...  I had seen this book "Fairytale Easter" on several blogs and wanted it...  I actually did not know it was a book, I thought it was a magazine by Jeanne d'Arc Living and the price seemed awfully steep... I debated about ordering it, but decided from what I had seen of it, that it would be something I would love to look at over and over again... so, I placed my order...   I was so surprised today when it arrived and I found out it is a beautiful hardbound book, not a magazine...  I couldn't wait to start looking through it...  but I knew I wanted to take my time...  to linger... as each page is just breathtaking!...  (I ordered my little bunny with handpainted pink roses from my friend Rebecca at A Gathering Place several years ago... sooo sweet!)...


I was mesmerized right away with the gorgeous Spring photos of flowers in the chapter "Dreams in Bloom"...  how could you not be mesmerized with a title like that...  the book is full of inspiring ideas on beautiful things to create for Easter...  right away I knew I wanted to make some of these eggs with pressed flowers on them...


I press tons of my own flowers from my gardens each year, so I began gathering some Pansies and Violets from my little stash I pressed last Spring...  I have three flower presses, but you can always press them in a book which I do as well when my presses are full... I decided this year I want to do alot more crafting, and making something beautiful  with treasures from Nature always makes me happy...


The next thing I saw that I knew I simply had to make, is this darling birdnest in a vintage enamelware coffeepot...


I already have the perfect vintage coffeepot...  and I have an entire craftsroom full of birdnests, eggs, moss... dried flowers...  everything I will need, except for the live flowers to put in the nest...  one of our local nurseries will have something pretty in their greenhouses already...  I can't wait to see what they have!...


I have so much fun seeing what you all create...  now I am going to spend the next few days creating something pretty and Springlike myself!...  I don't have alot of Valentines decorations, but I do love to decorate everywhere for Easter and Spring...  I have barely begun looking through my new book and already I am excited to begin...


Spring and Easter are such beautiful times...  Easter is the last Sunday in March this year, so I have plenty of time to create...  I'm not sure if this book is sold out or not, but I love it already and it's a keeper I will treasure for years!... xoxo...  Julie Marie