Blue and White Spring Tablescape

If you’ve been around here for even a little while then you know I love navy! So, this table might be my favorite!! I’ll be honest, I was struggling coming up with inspiration. I had been to Hobby Lobby, Target, TJMaxx, Micheals, searching for some sort of spring inspiration to hit me, but it just wasn’t. I finally remembered I had this silver trophy vase I had bought at Vintage Market Days last year that I have been dying to use. That was a start at least. I opened my craft storage closet looking for fabric. I had actually purchased some light purple daises while at Walmart the day before. So, I started to look at my lavender fabric stash. Then I spotted the navy gingham I had left over from the euro shams I made for our master bedroom. And then the creative wheel finally started to turn! If I had gone the lavender route, I would have had to make 3 more napkins, but navy – I had plenty of those! Win, win! (and besides I went the lavender route last year haha)

Blue and White Spring Table

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Moving On

So, Friday was my last day at my job.
 

 

(have you seen this new app???  Beautifulmess – love it!! So many possibilities!!)

 

Remember when I shared here God’s new direction for my life.  Well things are moving on.  As it came closer and closer I realized the one thing I would miss most of all would be the people.  I have made sooo many good friends over the past 18 years.  Many I will still see at church – but an occasional passing in the hall, or 2 minute conversation if we are lucky, is just not quite the same.  I managed to hold back tears until our Children’s Pastor presented me with this beautiful gift

 

 

from all the teachers – who had left sweet notes of encouragement on the back,

 

of course on stage at our spring program in front of hundreds of people – choked-up, eyes filled with tears.
I just wanted to take a moment and give a shout-out to someone who has blessed me professionally and personally over the past 5 years.  She has been my rock, my sounding board, my sanity, and so much more during my time as Director.  This lady

 

She and I knew each other when we started working together, but we have become great friends over the years and I appreciate her so much, and I will miss seeing her every week.
 
Also, a shout-out to this lady

 

She is a long time friend who taught Pre-K next door to me for several years.  I am soooo thankful that The Lord was moving in her heart at the same time He was moving in mine because she is taking over the reigns of the program!!  I cannot even begin to tell you what a comfort it is to me to know that she will be the one watching over this program that I have held so close to my heart for these 18 years.  I know that she, with The Lord’s direction, will take it places I never even dreamed of!!
 
Now for me today I face a mountain of laundry

 

 

I promise you I have worked on this all weekend and still have all this to do.  (I hadn’t done laundry in a week!! – with 6 people in this house that is just crazy!!)
 
And some “landscaping” in desperate need of attention (I say “landscaping” so loosely because really it’s not)
 
I started with this, this morning

 

 

And this is how far I got.

 

I found a wasp nest in the nandina, and by the time I got done with the initial trim on the boxwoods, I was pouring in sweat and worn out.  (I’m in really bad shape and it is incredibly humid today…) So, I still need to clean up the bottom of the bushes – I really prefer that they are up off the ground a bit.  
 
 
Hoping to be more regular on the blogging, except of course for when I am in New York!!!  (more on that later:))
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Tip For Baseball Moms

This post is a little random.  But, as I was doing this laborious, but somewhat rewarding. chore the other day I thought maybe this might be a useful post for someone out there so here ya go.  I have been doing a lot of this lately.
my boy playing baseball
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{Forced} Tulips

It’s rainy and gray outside today.  Don’t get me wrong, I love rain – but I LOVE the sun more.  So, I thought I would share with you a little sunshine and happiness today in the form of tulips 🙂
 
Tulips speak spring to me.  I haven’t planted bulbs in years.  I just can’t seem to remember!!  But when I saw this post by Kim at Sand and Sisal I knew I had to try it.  I love the looked of forced tulips in glass vases.  I love that you can see all the parts, and I love that you can have that early bit of spring inside.  But, you know I have told you that I am not a patient person….so when Kim also shared her “cheater” version I was on it.  I found my perfect specimen at Aldi for $3.99!! Love it.  Everything else I needed I had.  So, here is what I started with.

 

 

I wasn’t sure how many bulbs I would find or how big they would be so I pulled both vases, but in the end I went with the bigger one.  

 

 

The first step is to remove the bulbs from the pot and the dirt.  I was certain that I was killing them as I ripped apart the roots to free the bulbs.  But, I just had to try.  Hey, if it didn’t work – I only lost $4 ;).  

 

 

 

I did my best to get all the dirt off and trimmed the roots down as Kim instructed and then I started putting together the masterpiece.  First place a couple of handfuls of glass stones (or whatever you have or like – some sort of rock).  
 
Add water just to the top of the stones.

 

 

Then place the bulbs on top of the stones and voila…

 

Well, hmmmm.  That doesn’t look like Kim’s.  So, I used some stones that I had leftover and placed them around the bulbs to help them to stay in position.  There that’s better. 

 

 

 

And what glory I saw a few days later…
 

 

I’m soooo happy this worked!!  Please be sure to check out Kim’s post for the real way to force tulip bulbs and for her full instructions on how to do it the cheater way ;).  
 
 
Trying to get organized today on a plan for some spring cleaning.  Hoping to have warm, sunny, open windows kind of weather soon so I can get started!!
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Springified Mantel

Well, all the chicks have returned to the nest and we are back in our routine.  The weather here has been like a yo-yo.  One day in the 70s next day in the 30s.  Since I can’t dig in the dirt yet I decided to springify the mantel.  

 

I showed you last week my chevron backdrop project,

 

 

and showed you my burlap wreath here.

 

 

The rest of the things on the mantel I already had.  
 
You’ll see something different with the wreath – the accessory.  The cross was cute, but something about it was bugging me, so it found a new home.  

 

I just added it to the heart wreath that I keep on my door year around.  I can never get the color on the front door to photograph well, but it’s the same as the inside here.
 
I was at Hobby Lobby looking for something to put in its place and the feather just spoke to me ;).  

 

Most of the time when I have a weird idea I tend to avoid it, but this time I went for it and I really like the look, it brings softness to it all.  

 

 

 Here it is all together again.

 

Simple enough that it will most likely stay like that for a while!!  Very excited about the chevron backdrop and the potential.  The command hook works perfectly to hold up the wreath – and I’m already thinking of other things I could hang on there when I get tired of the wreath!!
 
Blessings to you this week!  Take time and prepare your hearts for the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord!!
The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”
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