Mar 31, 2012

Sure signs of Spring...

There’s a spring in my step...
 there’s spring In the air…
there’s blossoms, and children
 and bunnies everywhere…
There’s weeds to be picked…
there’s flowers to plant…
I’m having some trouble 
with my pest...friend the ant!
There’s shutters to paint…
the front door too…
I should finish the dining room…
but it’s more fun talking to you…
So just for a moment…
I need to share…
these signs of spring…
I see everywhere…



A spring walk with Buddy Boo...
we're having such fun...
then eating bright yellow cupcake's with sprinkles...
right  after we're done...






Tator Tot sitting
on Great Grandma's lap...
on a beautiful day…
on the porch out back





On the ground sitting...
is little Sweet Tator...
holding cousin Jenn's pup...
which we'll take to her later...



 Tree's are a-bloomin everywhere...
Flowers are coming up too...
Just one of many blessings...
 God gives to me and you! 








Out at my friends...
where horses abound...
which one of you threw...
this ole gal to the ground?? 
Now...


A new mantel to show you...
the tulips died...
orchids and a bunny...
on my mantel now reside...

If you won't to see the Tulip Mantel you can see it here






My vases of flowers...
well they withered as well...
so I replaced them with fake green plants...
I picked up on sale

now this picture is bad...
even picmonkey's at a loss...
but I wanted to show you...
after all...I'm the boss

if you want to see the window with the flowers you can see it here 


Enough is enough...
my poetry stinks...
but I wanted to tell ya...
spring is here to stay, me thinks!


Sharon


linking to:
funky junk interiors
a rosie sweet home
french country cottage
chic on a shoestring 

Liebster Blog Award!!!


I am so excited to share with you!!
 I have been chosen for the Liebster Blog Award!




Karen from Bargain-ista chose my blog, along with 4 others to receive the award! The Liebster award is given to up and coming blogs...by other bloggers.
I am so honored...Karen...thank you so much!!!
Please check out Karen's amazing blog!
bargain-ista


Now it's my turn to pass along the Liebster Award to 5 other up and coming blogs. That's not as easy as it sounds as there are so many wonderful blogs out there! 


The first one (and I mean first as in the first one I'm telling you about cause these blogs are all good and are in no particular order)




Leslie has the best recipes ever...the cutest kitchen vignettes...and she is so funny!  I always enjoy reading her posts! She is as sweet as the sugary recipes she shares on her blog so please check her out at:
sugar and spice and everything nice




 Michele at the nest at finch rest is so inspiring. She has LOTS of beautiful china...and lots of beautiful tablescapes. Check out her blog, as well as her tutorial for a sweet little floral arrangement, inside a real egg shell...so cute!




I just found Sara at Sara's Closet this very morning!
 I spent a lot of time looking through the archives, and I very much like what I see. You really should check out the black and white striped chair she touched with her amazing style. (That I just might have to copy on a project that I am in the middle of...hmmmm) black & white chair




Shelley from calypso in the country
loves the Caribbean...and is able to vacation there every year!...you can take  the girl out of the Caribbean, but you can't take the Caribbean out of the girl.  She has a beautiful home in Jersey...and you can see those Caribbean  touches everywhere! 
Love, Love, Love her house!




Shannon from rusty and redone
does it all...she is a mom, who home schools her children...and on her blog she shares a plethora of crafty projects, along with vintage finds, home decor, home school days and family time and anything else that that might cross her mind!  She also hosts the Keep It Simple Saturday linky party!




All of these ladies have amazing blogs, and I hope that you will check them out and congratulate them while you are there...I know they will appreciate it!

Thanks again Karen for choosing me for the Liebster Award!

Sharon

Mar 23, 2012

Picnik Replacement!

If you're like me...you've been crying over Picnik's impending closure. 
 I'm talkin literal tears over here!
 I only just discovered Picnik a month or so before the big announcement that google was closing it down, and I have grown very fond of it very quickly!
So I have been searching for something I like as well...and had not been successful...and I have tried several...but last night I heard the angels singing... Halleluiah!
Some of the Engineers that were involved with creating Picnik...
(along with a monkey)



have created another great photo editor!  It is very similar to Picnik...it looks very familiar...but it seems even easier to use...and has great features!

Right now it is free to use...though as they continue to add more features and continue to improve it, they will...I'm sure...add a fee... for at least the advanced options...just like Picnik did. Right now the collage is not available, but it's coming soon.



Maybe you have excellent photography skills...or have a very expensive photo editing program...
I have neither of these!


This program is very good, and I am so excited about it! 

So...I was playing around with it a little last night...
I took this picture of my sister-n-law and myself

 She is an awesome sister-n-law...and a great friend...but for now....

oops...

She's been cropped...out
(Sorry Sista this is just for demonstration)


Just me now...zoomed in nice and close...
WAY to close!
You can see every flaw on my face!
I can't believe I'm really gonna put this on the internet for the whole world to see when I am getting nothing from picmonkey to do so!


You know they say to hold your mirror at arms length...because that's the distance most people are really looking at you from.

Any way, back to my demo...whith just a couple clicks...I was able to get this...



Me likey...but lets keep going...


Yowzers Baby!
ya think if I keep tweaking...I can be 18 again??



How about some fun with the grand babies...

My little Sweet Tator...



to this...




this would be a great poster!


and now Mr. Buddy Boo with Grampa...Pa Pa...or Pop Pop (depending on Grand child)




let's make him the star of the show!







 and Tator Tot snuggling with Gramma...NanNa...or Neena...(depending on Grand child)




Anyway...I could go on and on...
picture after picture...
bottom line is...
It's awesome...check it out!

http://www.picmonkey.com/



and if I am so 20 seconds ago...


never mind...



Linking to:
2805 potpourri-friday
at the picket fence
funky junk interiors
a rosie sweet home sunday-round-up

Mar 13, 2012

Tulip Time Spring Mantel

Sunny and 76 degrees here today!!


What??  

This is Indiana!

average temps for March are 32-51 degrees

What does this mean for us Hoosiers? 

Will it be a 100 degree, hot, humid summer?

Beginning in April??


Is there still another blizzard hanging out in shadows...

just waiting to make it's surprise entrance?

Who knows?

Right now I'm just thankful for the gorgeous weather God is blessing us with! 
So Spring Fever is abundant around here!

Today I'm Sharon with you...my mantel!





I love tulips...Spring flowers of all kinds...
but again good ole Kroger...
had the tulips...
3 bunches for 10.00...
you just can't go wrong!




The boxwood balls, I bought at Hobby Lobby
50 percent off




The brown wicker balls, I already had...and keep using them...I guess I'll keep em!





 these tulips are just springing up all over the place




The mantel looks so cheerful!

It makes me happy!



I hope you enjoyed my Spring Mantel!

God Bless

Sharon

Still counting my Blessings...


61-65

The beautiful shining Sun

The Bright and Morning Star

Enjoying dinner out with a friend

The flowers popping up all around

Mar 12, 2012

At Vase Value

This morning as I stalked my regular blogs...
I saw that is was time for 
Debbiedoo's Copy Cat Party
Darn!
 I didn't have anything ready...
 or even in mind...
and I had a list a mile long of things I wanted to get accomplished today...
so I just kind of forgot about it...
 and went about my business.

Then...while in my creative junk space...looking for a stencil...I happened upon this...



Check out the date on this magazine



I said to myself...
"Self" (as I thumbed through the pages) you really need to clean out this room...and get rid of some of these old magazines"

Then I saw this....


I knew I was hanging onto these for a reason...
today is the reason!
I can do this...I can Copy Cat this!

Yes...it's the kitchen window...again
And yes I have posted many a post looking though this window...and last time I went to the copy cat party I did this window! You can see that  here 

BUT...

I'm inspired...

I can go to the party!! 

Without thinking...

without leaving the house...
(Thank you hubby for bringing me
 flowers again yesterday!) 

without buying a thing...
(thank you self, for picking up all of those 
cool little jars at yard sales last summer!) 

I can copy this...
and go to Debbiedoo's party!
Yeah!!!

so...
here is my version...


all 247 pictures...

























I just had to take one at night...cause I like the color against the black of night

do you see my little visitor?

Here, lets get a little closer...


See that beautiful butterfly...
trying to get to my flowers!

Oh...what?
it's a moth?
trying to get to the light...
whatever...

Here they are again...side by side


Hope you enjoy my copy cat spring window...as much as I do...and what fun I had getting it together!

Thanks Debbie!

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Mar 8, 2012

A Spring Vignette

Springing on up in here!


Kroger had these bee-U-tiful tulips the other day...and I had to get some! I love tulips...and these are such a pretty color! I wanted to make a little springtime vignette for the kitchen table...

So I grabbed my cute little silver birds...who will flitter and flutter into each and every season with me...cause I love em that much...




This one is nestled in some mossy rocks.....

Don't you love how he picks up the pinks and the greens from the flowers...and yours truly...twisting and turning as I try and act like a photographer...

I picked up this old silver candlestick at a yard sale years ago. I Threw some moss on it, to give my little friend a post to perch upon...


  
doesn't he look comfy!




Back in October or November I ordered
some Paperwhite bulbs from a local school fundraiser. I had always wanted to try them indoors. When they came in...I didn't have any potting soil...and just never planted them...but a week or 2 ago, I discovered via somebody's awesome blog, (sorry, but I don't remember who's) that you could actually grow them in rocks and water...which I did have on hand....



I purchased and planted them at the same time...but their not growing at the same rate...but they are so fun to watch...you can almost see them grow!

You probably already knew you could plant them this way...but in case you didn't...and would like to try some yourself...you just put your rocks in your container, set the bulbs on top...add a couple more to stable the bulbs...and then add water just to the bottom of the bulb...easy breezy...and less messy than dirt!


Anyway...I put it all together on a silver tray...and my kitchen table is dressed for spring. I love the combination of the pink, green and shiny silver...LOVE!





Here's a couple more pictures...just because...
I know you're excited for spring too...
and I know...





because a little birdie told me!


Have a great day!


God Bless!




Sharon


linking to:
savvy southern style
my uncommon slice of suburbia 
at the picket fence
 potpourri friday
home is where my story begins
french country cottage
nutmeg place
funky junk interiors
the delectable home
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