Indoor Gardening with Grape Hyacinths

Spring bulbs are popping up everywhere outside and I love seeing them! But I want to see them inside too, so I bought a few grape hyacinths at the flea market with the intent of planting them indoors for awhile.  I've been picking up more plants lately for the house. Indoor plants help to purify and humidify the air. Plus studies show that plants can increase attentiveness by up to 70%.  And so I did a little indoor gardening with grape … [Read more...]

10 Favorite Flower Arrangements

When I look back on my years of home ownership and apartment renting, I realize that there is one decorating staple that's remained consistent in my life. Flowers. Pink, purple, yellow ... it doesn't matter what color. Having flower arrangements in the home is a sure way to perk up a room and lift the spirits. Today I'm sharing 10 of my favorite arrangements with you! My absolute, all-time favorite bouquets are created from flowers in the … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Spring Bulb Arrangement

Spring bulbs are some of my favorite flowers. They hold a promise of warmer, longer days to come! I found some pretty bulbs at the store and decided to group them together in one planting in my new enamelware bowl to create an easy DIY spring bulb arrangement. Narcissus, fragrant hyacinths, shamrock plant, and creeping moss come together for a pretty spring centerpiece. I love using the colors purple and yellow together for spring!   My … [Read more...]

How to Make a Eucalyptus Wreath

One of my favorite scents is eucalyptus. For as far as I can remember, I've always had a eucalyptus wreath in my home.  I think they're pretty all on their own and don't need further embellishment. But if you want to add a little color to the greenery, simple flowers or a bow will do the trick. Today I'm sharing how to make a simple eucalyptus wreath. For some reason I always thought wreath-making was too hard. Or rather, I always felt like I … [Read more...]

25 Ways to Enjoy the Color Pink

In case you don't know it yet, pink is my favorite color. I'm not a girly-girl though, I'm more of a tomboy ... who likes pretty things. It doesn't make sense and I don't try to figure it out. Pink isn't always frilly and feminine. It can even be used as a neutral color if it has enough brown in it. Today I'm sharing 25 ways to enjoy the color pink, with a little help from my friends. Are you ready to get your pink on?   We'll start with … [Read more...]

Why I Love Pink Gerbera Daisies

I love flowers in all shapes and forms but when it comes to favorites, my heart belongs to simple cottage style flowers. Impatiens are my favorite garden bed flower for their charming sweetness, ease of care, and variety of colors. Inside the house, one of my favorite cut flowers is pink gerbera daisies, among a few other top contenders. They're just so pretty! They have happy faces and their pink color is so cheerful. My mother is the one who … [Read more...]

Vintage Bottles ~ Two Ways

One thing I love about vintage bottles is they're extremely versatile when it comes to decorating. They look pretty all on their own, and they make a visual impact when grouped together. I have several types of old bottles ... clear, aqua, altered, milk bottles, etc. I change them out from time to time, putting some in storage while displaying others. After Christmas I pulled out my gray-painted bottles and created a couple of vignettes. I … [Read more...]

How to Make Floating Tea Light Candles

With the holidays around the corner and Old Man Winter approaching, I thought it would be fun to tackle another candle project. I love candles any time of year, but I especially love them when the days are shorter and darker. They make the house feel warm and cozy. Today I'm sharing how to make floating tea light candles and arrange them with flowers for a pretty centerpiece. Candles are really easy to make and I love that you can customize … [Read more...]

Simple Sunflower Arrangement

Sometimes in life, the simplest things are the best. I like uncomplicated days filled with beauty. Days that make me smile and fill me with peace. Flowers help me de-stress, and a simple sunflower arrangement helps to brighten any day. Sunflowers hold a special beauty all their own. I don't like to detract from their appeal by putting them in a fussy floral arrangement.   Instead, I like to display them all on their own so their … [Read more...]

Late Summer Vignette with Sunflowers

When I went for my morning run today I had to wear light gloves; it was that cold. I wore shorts, but my fingers would've been too cold without a little protection. I am so mourning the departure of summer, as I do every year. Luckily the store still has sunny yellow sunflowers to brighten my home. I created a late summer vignette with sunflowers and a spray of tiny yellow flowers. I love these beautiful, sunny flowers and decorate with them … [Read more...]

Rummage Sale Wooden Tote Gets a Makeover

Our little town has a huge festival the weekend before school starts. The whole town along with their friends and families swoop down to attend a 2-hour parade on Friday night. On Saturdays, there are oodles of rummage and yard sales. The local Catholic church has the biggest selection and that's where I found my rummage sale wooden tote to make over. Here's what my rummage sale wooden tote looks like after its makeover. It now wears a coat of … [Read more...]

A Nature Walk with the Butterflies

Hubby and I don't live in the nicest house in town, but we do live on a quiet street that empties into a winding meadow path leading to the forest preserve. We often take a nature walk on the path into the forest preserve making me feel truly blessed to enjoy such easy access to God's beautiful nature. This past Sunday I grabbed my camera and hubby and I took our familiar walk. I was hoping to snap a few photos of butterflies like this … [Read more...]

Enjoying My Garden in July

Wow. I can't believe we're more than halfway through July. I want summer to slow down because I'm a warm weather gal and I feel so alive during the summer months. The earth is bursting with flowers and plants, the birds are singing, the butterflies are winging, and I feel like Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder! Almost every day I take a little walk through my gardens because they're always changing. So without further adieu, here's my garden in … [Read more...]

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