Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bunnies and Eggs

It seem as though we just decorated for Christmas and now its time to bring out the Spring and Easter decor. Where did the time go? This year I was in the mood for a little whimsy for Easter so I bought out the tons of Easter bunnies and eggs I've been collecting for ever. I always buy things at the end of the season and literally pay a few cents for most of them. I busted the ole bunnies and eggs out and this is what I came up with after a lot of tinkering.  Sometimes things just wont flow, but eventually I came up with something.

 The vintage look bunnies in the egg and the bunny riding a bunny in the cloche both came from Marshalls, both clearance items a couple of years ago.


I liked the way the lamb picture looked with the Easter decor so I left it  in the vignette. I painted the carrots white, the orange just clashed with all of the pastel colors. The hobnail compote was a recent purchase from Goodwill. My lamb in the nest was a dollar store purchase and the nest came in a three pack on clearance from Marshalls a while ago, The fabric covered eggs came from Tuesday Morning last year.


My little Easter house was bought from Pier One Imports last year and if I'm not mistaken it was .99 cents.


The faux cherry blossoms are from my hoard, I mean stash of silk flowers. I bought the hurricane at an after Christmas  sale at Pier One Imports years ago.


I think these fabric eggs are really cute. I especially like the ribbon  flowers and embroidered stems.


The bunnies in the egg were clearance priced because one of the bunnies is missing a ear. I love the vintage look of it and the missing ear adds to the charm.




A lamb in a nest? Why not.


I'll be joining these great parties this week,



                                      On Sutton Place for the Spring Blog Hop






Dear Lillie's Easter Link Party
                                                     


                                                     

                                                   


                                                       Debbiedoos Newbie Reunion

                                                   Ivy and Elephants for Whats it Wednesday

                                               
The Lettered Cottage
Days of Chalk and Chocolate
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It's Overflowing
                                             
                                                 

                                                Photobucket
                                                Live Laugh Rowe

                                      Join me each Sunday for my weekly party                     
                                                       The Tablescaper


                                                 
                                                          The lettered Cottage






                                                      

Friday, March 16, 2012

Heaven Sent?

 I purchased this beautiful  statue of Saint Therese at The Good Will.  I was immediately drawn to it.  I bought her about two weeks before my mother died. I didn't know anything about Saint Therese or as she's more commonly known the Little Flower. I became curious about her after I received a beautiful sympathy prayer card from a friend and former co worker after the death of my mom. When  I received  the card and realized my mother had been made a member  of The Society of the Little Flower I realized that Saint Therese was the same Saint as my Statue.


I did a little research and found that Saint Therese is the patron Saint of  Florist,  loss of parents, flower growers and illness.She is the Patron Saint of many other things but all of these things pertain to me and my mom.


I worked as a floral designer, my mom grew a beautiful flower garden I suffer from a chronic illness and finally I lost my mother. It's as if she were sent to me. Now I understand why I was so drawn to her.



First I was drawn to the statue, I lost my mom, my friend sent me the prayer card inducting my mom as a member of  The Society of The Little Flower and finally the knowledge that Saint Therese was the Patron Saint of things that pertained to us.


I am amazed and awestruck by this series of events and somehow my soul is quieted.  If you want to read more about Saint Therese you can go here and here

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Jeanne D'Arced

Its time for another fun Copy Cat Challenge. I love this party. I look forward to it and I'm so happy to be able to participate this time. I copied an ad image from Jeanne D'Arc living. I had everything on hand and I love the images in this magazine.  Here is the picture that inspired me,


This is my interpretation.


 Everything in this photo came from the thrift store, with the exception of the picture frame and my decorating books. The print is a picture that I found on the net and printed.




I had a blast as usual and I cant wait to see everyone's copycats. I'm joining  Debbiedoo's Blogging and Blabbing for the Copycat challenge.
Also Joining My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Final Goodbye

 Hello friends, last Saturday my family and I held a memorial to celebrate the life of our beloved mother. It was a beautiful tribute to her. There were many heartfelt testimonials to mom from friends and family. We played her favorite music and served  the foods and treats she loved best. There was video of mom and family photos streaming throughout the memorial. It was our hope that everyone would leave feeling her love and spirit and not sadness. We were able to accomplish just that. Everyone remarked that they felt so much better after the service... the heaviness of grief was lifted, we were so happy for that. Mom's passion was gardening and she had one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen. In remembrance of her love of gardening we gave everyone a packet of Forget me Not seeds to plant in her memory. I made all of the floral arrangements for the memorial. I didn't photograph the actual arrangements but I did make some bouquets from the flowers that were left. Moms favorite colors were blue and white so we decorated in those colors.  I just want to share with all  of you some of the flowers from her memorial.


The centerpieces were mostly blue hydrangeas and white roses. I made these bouquets from the extra flowers.









I used hydrangeas roses and star of Bethlehem on the memory table.   Mom loved flowers, so I just wanted to share these with all of you as a tribute to mom and as a way of thanking all of you again for your kindness. I have been very busy these last few weeks with the planning of the memorial. I haven't had much time for projects. I hope to be back and joining in as many Spring linky parties as possible.  Love to you all, back soon! 
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