2/22/15

Spring is in the Air!

Hey everyone!  No, I haven't been away, nor have I been ill; just busy with life.  Several of you were so sweet to check in on me, and I find that so endearing and really touches my heart.  I did celebrate another birthday early this month and have definitely reached the age when I feel so fortunate to have actually made it another year.....lol!  To be truthful, The Man and I both feel healthier and in much better shape than we were a year or two ago.  We also feel extremely lucky and very blessed to be where we are right now.

I've been rather hesitant to do a post about Spring weather because so many of you are having such a cold, snowy Winter.  I truly feel so sorry for the hardships that the bad weather may be causing and wish you all the best.  You can get even with me this summer when we are scorching and you are enjoying the great outdoors, but for now, we are basking in glorious weather with temps in the 70's and 80's!  Having doors and windows open has definitely put me in the mood to lighten things up and bring some Spring inside.  So today, I thought I'd share some pics of my kitchen.

Some of you know that my "word" for the year is MINDFUL, and I have been trying to be mindful in all aspects of my life, including how I decorate.  The space above my kitchen cabinets is so much fun to decorate, but I am trying to be "mindful" of how often I have to climb up on a ladder to change that decor.  With that in mind, after the Christmas decor came down, I decided to be more selective about what went up there and how to make the space feel right for all seasons.  

This is a wreath that I purchased in Georgia on our Christmas road trip.  I know many of you would say this is a Fall item, but I'm perfectly happy with how this looks propped against my old window where it will stay for quite some time.

This big wire basket-thing is difficult to store, so I decided to make it a permanent decor item in this corner.  You don't even want to know what it takes to get something into this corner -- rappelling gear comes to mind!  I added some moss and natural balls to the bottom basket and some cute glass jars to the top. I love all the colors in this huge platter, too.  The only thing that will require a ladder is when the batteries go out in my auto-timer candle, but The Man won't mind taking care of that!

These have always been in my dining room and in the sitting room, but the colors really pop here in the kitchen.

You may also have noticed that I left space between items.  For the longest time I felt compelled to fill every gap with something -- either another decor piece or foliage.  Not anymore!  I'm telling ya' that foliage gets really dusty and is not easy to clean, plus it looked messy.  I like having some blank space to rest the eyes.

I even changed up a few things in my dish cabinet.  For the longest time, I have had this filled with all of my Fiesta Ware.  I kind of have two seasons of these dishes according to color.....Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.  I usually just kept them divided on two separate shelves, but after purchasing some pretty serving bowls from World Market, I decided to remove the Fall/Winter Fiesta to another cabinet.  I love it so much more now -- just looks so much more interesting to me.  I like the cake stand with some cups on it, too!

The doors are clear glass, which is why I had them open for the photos.

Some of you may remember my pompom wreath from my Fall kitchen decor, and even then I knew I wanted to bring it back out after the holidays.

I decided to beef it up a bit with more pompoms, and I could not be happier.

Seriously, pompoms are so much fun to make!

Okay, yes, I've already brought out some Eastery things!  I love the color of the eggs in the apothecary jar, and I also really like that this centerpiece is simple and easily contained in this galvanized tray for easy removal for a meal.

I cannot even remember how old this bunny planter is, but I remember finding it at Big Lots many, many years ago.  I just have a jar inside holding the cut flowers.  The heavy metal candle holder use to be dark brown until I hit it with FolkArt Home Decor Chalk paint in Yellow Crochet.  I sanded just a few spots to let some of the dark show through.

Until I find a preserved Boxwood wreath that is affordable (yeah, not likely to happen), my little faux one will have to do.  This is on the support post at my kitchen window.  I've had this little bunny forever!

Lastly, this little shelf which is located across the hall from my craft room and just around the corner from my kitchen, is always fun to decorate seasonally.  I have a chalkboard just below the shelf but haven't decided what to write on it yet, so stay tuned.  I am such a fantastic chalk artist ( believe that and I also have a bridge for ya') that you really won't want to miss it....I'll keep you posted!

Well, it is so much fun to have a post to share again.  I am very happy that you stopped by and hope you will come again soon!


I sometimes like to party with these lovely bloggers:

Sunday
Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Snickerdoodle Sunday

Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays



Tuesday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Wednesday
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday

Thursday
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Friday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 

Amanda at Serenity Now for Weekend Bloggy Reading

12 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Yes- it is certainly looking like Spring is coming your way- you lucky girl. Happy Belated birthday. I am glad you and hubby are both doing better than a couple of years ago.
I really love all the color you have in your home. It just makes me smile.
I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day- xo Diana

Shelia said...

Looks beautiful! Love all of the things on top of your cabinets!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim said...

Carol, we are buried in snow and dealing with subzero temps in my neck of the woods, but I love seeing your signs of spring, because that means it's coming!! The pom pom wreath looks wonderful. It's so full and festive and as far as Easter goes, I just picked up a few bunnies. They were too cute to pass up and made me smile! :)

Consider It All Joy said...

Hi Carol, I've been checking your blog every day or two, but I did remember that you have a busy few months ahead! I love your spring decor! I have totally been enjoying our weather, lots of outdoor activities going on over here! I just put all of my V-Day items away so I haven't gotten my spring things out yet, need to do that soon or it will be summer!! Love all of your Fiesta Ware, so colorful! Enjoy the days ahead! Blessings, Cindy xoxo

Dee M said...

It's great to see a post from you again, Carol! I love the top of your cabinets and the cute little bunnies. It's funny because I've been making changes so that I don't have to change everything for each seaon either, and I decided earlier today that the greenery on top of the kitchen cabinets has to come down too. Must be an AZ thing! :)

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love the cotton wreath and I think it looks great year round. I've GOT to try that FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint, thanks for the reminder! :) I love spring/Easter decor and your bunnies are so cute! Happy belated birthday! So good that you and the hubby are feeling healthier. I was just online looking up pedometers...gotta get in that 10,000 steps a day! :)

Traci said...

Everything looks so good! Happy belated birthday! Our weather is just weird. Yesterday the high was in the 70's & today the high is 43. Never know what's going on. It's so awesome that y'all are working out too.

Maria Elena said...

Happy late birthday, Carol! Your home looks so pretty. I love the decor over your cabinets! Our weather is like yours, one day in the 80's, another in the 40's. We can't really complain. Haven't had much of a winter this year. Love your Spring decorations and I am looking forward to do the same around here. :)

Feral Turtle said...

Sending special birthday wishes your way Carol! I love your colorful dishes. What a fun and cheery cupboard!!! I think your wreath is perfect for spring as is the rest of your decor! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

Hi Carol, I'm glad to hear you're both doing so well. I love seeing photos of your decor and your organizing efforts - you really have the knack!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

Such colorful dishes are so "happy". I hope we can get to Spring really soon

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Looks like Spring! Love your dishes.
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

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