Happy Friday! Today I want to share with you a few items that I came across this week. Lots of pretty things to celebrate the arrival of Spring.
When on Pinterest earlier in the week, I came across this photo taken by June who blogs at Laughing With Angels. It still feels like Winter here in PA. No signs of Spring yet, but seeing this dreamy photos gives me hope that it will arrive soon. I love the mix of pink flowers, turquoise canning jar, and yellow. I don’t have much soft yellow in my décor, but this photo makes me want to add it.
Photo Credit: Laughing With Angels
Speaking of canning jars… If you like vintage blue canning jars and scour flea markets and yard sales to find them, you will be excited to know that Ball, the maker of the vintage jars, has just released a limited edition of the blue jars to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the “Perfect Mason Jar”. The American Heritage Collection jars are being sold 6 to a package and cost around $12. They are available nationwide and online.
I also put a few fake flowers in 3 of the 6 I received to bring some color into my family room. I even filled the jars halfway with water, so the fake flowers would look a bit more realistic. Can’t wait to put real peonies in them.
I also aged the metal tops so the jars resemble the vintage ones even more. To learn how to age the top, you can find the tutorial I did here: Faux Zinc Candy Jar Top
I love photos of pretty things – simple and pretty get me all the time and I came across a blog that is new to me – Everyday Occasions. I don’t read a lot of food blogs, but fell in love with Jenny’s style and I think she loves Ina Garten as much as I do. She posted about this table setting earlier this week.
Photo Credit: Everyday Occasions
Spring not only is about flowers, it also means: Time to clean! Clean and refresh all the spaces in our homes, air out, sweep, purge, and make things sparkle and come back to life.
When I saw this photo of Bea Johnson’s clothes closet in the April issue of Martha Stewart Living, I was instantly inspired to purge mine.
Bea believes that less is more not only in how many clothes she has, but about every aspect of her life. I agree with her 100% and over the past few years have been trying to get rid of the stuff that we just don’t need to have around anymore – like the recent attic purge my daughters completed.
Bea is so good at purging and organizing that she has even written a book about it, entitled, Zero Waste Home.
My closet is full of stuff. I only wear about half of what is in here – the rest is uncomfortable, needs mending (not happening), or I bought it on a whim and never felt quite right in it. When I go to my closet, I want it to feel light, so that making choices of what to wear is quick and easy.
While it is still cold outside, I figure tackling my closet will be the first thing to check off on my Spring cleaning list.
And last, but not least – this has nothing to do with Spring, but I want to thank all of you who have learned about the demise of Google Reader and are switching over and subscribing to my blog through, Bloglovin.com. I get an email every time someone subscribes. My inbox and I feel the love. XO to all of you!
If you read your favorite blogs using Google Reader and have not heard the news that Google Reader will be no more come July 1st, you can easily export all of your info from Google Reader into Bloglovin.com or Feedly.com.
Both are good and have phone apps which I LOVE, but I think Bloglovin has a more intuitive interface.
For all of you who subscribe to my blog via e-mail: You will still get my posts, but there is buzz that Google Feedburner – the free platform used to deliver posts by email is soon to follow in Google Readers footsteps. Hopefully that won’t happen.
Time to get out from behind my desk and start purging my closet.
What are you up to this first weekend of Spring? I hope it is enjoyable.