Autumn Bouquets


I am such a jar and bottle-saver! I save glass jars and bottles of all shapes, sizes, and colors. I was starting to get quite a collection and running out of space to put them, so I thought I’d make … Continue reading

Spring Fever

I had to make a quick trip to the mall and ended up staying longer than I intended because I was admiring some pretty Spring and Easter tableware and decor at two of my favorite stores, Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma! Teal, light and bright greens, and nature-inspired neutrals seem to be big color themes for the spring season. These happen to be some of my favorite colors–no wonder I was so drawn to the store displays! :) (Photos shown in this post are from Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma)


At Pottery Barn, I loved all the teal in the table settings displayed right by the front entrance. The tableware looked great with the natural color and texture of woven place mats, along with some burlap and twine accents–so springy and outdoorsy! The inside store display I saw looked very much like the set-up in the photo above, featured on the Pottery Barn website.


And I thought these bunny cupcake stands were sweet–they also work great for mini pies and tarts or cookies!


I also liked these nature-inspired basket fillers


…perfect for creating your own woodland baskets!

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The teal-green-neutral combination also looked great in other home accessories…


…like this brightly-patterned pillow.


I thought this embroidered butterfly pillow had a great spring feel, too.


And I loved all the glassware in spring colors, especially the teal!

img45cWilliams-Sonoma also had nature-inspired designs in some of their spring tableware


…and they have a new Botanical Citrus Collection which looks very springy.


You can always find fun baking accessories there, like this Buttercup Cakelet Pan. How cute is that?


And I saw these cookies later on their website–some great Easter cookie decorating inspiration!

Do you have Spring Fever like I do? Have you found any inspiring Easter and Spring decorating, entertaining, or gift ideas out there?

I’m linking this to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener.

33 Different Uses for Mason Jars

I’ve become a mason jar-saver, and I have a small but growing collection of different shapes and sizes that have held jams, jellies, pickles, sauces, and other homemade foods that friends have given me. So I was glad to find a helpful guide at on 15 Ways to Use Mason Jars. Then I found more ideas at a few other sites. These are all great ideas because they’re so simple!

Here are a few from Midwest Living that I plan on using…


Silverware holders–use each jar to hold a napkin and “silverware setting for one”–the jar can also be used by your guest as a drinking glass. Or organize spoons, forks, and knives in three different jars for a buffet-style arrangement.


Or you may just want to use the jars for serving your beverages in–they’re great for outdoor parties or picnics because they’re so sturdy!


Use as containers for forcing bulbs. I love this idea!


Make an easy centerpiece–just float a pretty blossom in a jar filled with water.

Other Midwest Living ideas include:

Using jars to store dry foods like oatmeal and other grains, rice, lentils, dried fruit, sugar, flour, salt, dried beans, pasta, etc. They come in handy if you buy bulk foods. Add your own homemade labels.

Keep your desk organized–use jars for holding pens, pencils, markers, paint brushes, and scissors.

I found more uses at a site called Care2. They list 50 uses for mason jars! These are the ideas from their list that I use or will use most:

  1. Storing cookies
  2. Storing homemade mixes
  3. Use for “recipe in a jar” gifts
  4. Storing saved seeds
  5. Use as containers for homemade soy candles
  6. Holding sour dough starters
  7. Storing homemade cleaners for the home (make sure they’re clearly labeled!)
  8. Storing cotton balls on the bathroom counter
  9. Storing bulk or homemade shampoo
  10. Storing bath salts
  11. Storing small office supplies
  12. Making sun tea
  13. Use as vases for fresh flowers
  14. Use as containers for homemade candy gifts
  15. Storing sewing notions-buttons and other small items
  16. Use as containers for loose change

These uses are from a site called Keeper of the Home. Here are some ideas I like from her list of 31 uses:

  1. Storing leftovers in the refrigerator–soups, stews, cooked rice, veggies–pretty much any kind of food that will fit in the jar (if you need extra lids, you can purchase some like these).
  2. Store leftover smoothies so you can drink later in the day or take to work.
  3. Keep track of how much water you’re drinking–if you drink from a quart-size jar, you can easily keep track of how much water you’re drinking each day.
  4. Sprouting seeds or grains (you can buy these special lids if you want).
  5. Storing homemade juice or iced tea in the refrigerator.
  6. Keeping herbs fresh in the refrigerator (like green onions, cilantro, etc.) by filling a jar 3/4 full of water, then placing your bunch of fresh herbs in it-the herbs stay fresh longer than if put in the produce drawer.
  7. Storing homemade spice mixes–use the 1/2 pint or smaller jars for this.
  8. Mixing and storing homemade salad dressings, marinades, and other sauces.
  9. Mixing and storing homemade syrups.

And then I found a few more ideas at Yahoo Voices:

  1. Start plant cuttings in jars filled with water (I do this a lot!)
  2. To be more eco-friendly, use mason jars instead of plastic containers for your lunch–they’re a great container for soups and salads.

So all together, that’s 33 different ways to use mason jars–plus all the other ideas at those sites that I didn’t mention!

Do you have a collection of mason jars? What different ways do you like to use them?

Decorating Ideas for Next Christmas

It never fails…when Christmas is over, I come across ideas I wish I had seen earlier in the season so I could have tried them out. Well, I’m saving these ideas for next Christmas! Maybe you’ll find something here you’ll want to try next year, too!



From My Picture-Perfect Life–Top photo: display ornaments in a variety of glass containers or covered plates or stands. Even larger vases work great! Bottom photo: Silver and gold are a great combination–add fullness to a silvery Christmas tree with decorative gold stems.


From A Fanciful Diversion–a Shabby Chic lantern filled with a collection of snowy, glittery treasures.


My artistic friend Eileen had a similar idea this Christmas, making such a pretty arrangement, above, on her table!


From Carpe Diem–Glttery gold ornaments paired with rustic and natural elements–and more lanterns surrounding the bottom of the tree.


Love this outdoor lantern on a vintage sled–from Self Architecture. Gives any porch a warm and welcoming look!


A great way to add a touch of Christmas to bedrooms–hang stockings at the foot of the bed and add a Christmas pillow on top! From Passion Decor.



Top photo: Pinecones go great with the other rustic decor in this Shabby Chic display, from Seda y Nacar. And from the same site, a festive bannister with gifts and greenery.


What a cozy entryway from Texstil Design!

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Cute little Christmas trees add a nice touch on tables indoors or out. From Jaynes Cozy Corner.


A glowing, golden vintage village warms up any room. From Old, but gold.

Well, we will sure be prepared for next Christmas, won’t we? :) Have you collected some ideas you are saving for next Christmas?

Autumn Lights


As the autumn days get shorter, you may be looking for different ways to add warmth and light to your fall decor. These ideas would fit right in! Like this one from iVillage–tie fall leaves around the outside of glass jars with twine and–to be on the safe side–add a battery-powered imitation votive candle or tea light inside the jar–that way you have “candlelight” that is safe as well as pretty!


Here’s a similar idea with a fall flower tucked into the twine wrapped around the glass jar. You could also use artificial autumn leaves and flowers–that way you could use your autumn votive holder from year to year.


This is a fun candle centerpiece idea! Miniature Indian corn is arranged around a pillar candle and kept in place with twine. Make sure you keep your bow small and away from the area of the candle flame.


Or, instead of Indian corn, surround your candles with cinnamon sticks!


Turn pumpkins and apples into natural holders for your candles!


Or use hanging lanterns for a warm, homey, rustic touch.

What favorite ways do you have of adding soft, restful lights to your fall decor?

Upcycling: Clever DIY Decor

I saw some very clever DIY decor projects at Country Living recently. They look pretty easy, too. There are lots of ideas, and I’m sharing a few of my favorites! Visit for complete directions.


If you like quilts, here’s a framed quilt design made out of paper! It’s a great way to use your paper scraps from other craft projects. This design was made from four different patterned papers, and they’re just glued onto an illustration board with a glue stick. Add a frame and you have a great quilt wall hanging with no sewing involved!


I thought these Lampshade Tables were a great way to upcycle old lampshades–maybe you have some in your attic you can upcycle! Or maybe you’ll find a really unique shade to use from a flea market. All you need is a little spray paint for the metal lampshade wire, the right type of glue, and a round-cut piece of glass for the top!


I love this pillow made from an old sweater–another great upcycling idea! It sounds pretty easy to make this–just cut two square pieces from an old sweater and sew together–you’ll need a pillow form, too. The flower is a bit more involved, but it’s a really cute touch!

Hope these ideas give you some upcycling inspiration! Are you working on any fun DIY projects of your own?

Shell Decor Ideas

I have always loved seashells and going to the beach! They add such a light summery touch to rooms! But I also like displaying shells year round, to help remind me of summer and the good times I had at the beach. So I keep my eyes open for new ways to do that. I found some ideas at several different sites that I really liked–If you went on a beach vacation this summer and collected some shells, maybe you’ll see some ideas here that will work in your home!

Take a look at the many containers you can display shells in…


Above, from Pinterest, a large round basket

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Stoneware and pottery ideas from Stone Gable


Glass container ideas, like this fishbowl, from Coastal Living, with a candle nestled into some white sand, shells, and sea glass…

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Or a rimmed glass cake plate shown on Roses and Rust



Glass canisters of different shapes and sizes found on Pinterest


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Glass vases, simple or elegant from Pottery Barn and shown on Habitually Chic


Or crystal goblets and vases, for an elegant look, featured in House & Home


Simple vintage glass jars seen on Better Homes and Gardens always make great decorative containers…


As well as pretty bottles, from Country Living, filled with sand and shells from your vacation and labeled if you like, so you’ll remember what beach they’re from!


Here’s a very creative way to display shells–fill a bird bath and cover with glass for a striking side table, from Completely Coastal.


And a very practical way to use shells–as a soap dish! From Martha Stewart.


These shells glued to candle jars are really pretty, shown on homedit.


Other ways to use shells in decorating…I love this wreath featured on Coastal Style


And this shell garland from Better Homes and Gardens–the wreath and garland make great decorations year round as well as for Christmas!

That’s a pretty good start for some shell decor tips!

Are you a shell collector? How do you display shells in your home?

Wedding Flowers and Songs


I took these flower pictures awhile ago…the daughter of a friend of mine had pretty bouquets in mason jars displayed at her wedding reception and I couldn’t resist taking pictures of one of them. As I was going through my photos last month, I came across these pictures and was going to post them, since it was June…because June is the most popular wedding month, right?


Well, I discovered that is changing…July has been the most popular wedding month in recent years, followed by August, September and October. So it seemed appropriate to post these pictures in July!


As I was thinking about some of the weddings I’ve been to, I remembered some songs I really liked that were sung at them.


None of these songs I’m mentioning are very new, but they are beautiful songs–maybe you’ll remember some of these.  Click on the song titles if you want to listen to them.

God Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts; this was also recorded by Selah, and their version is more like what I heard at the wedding I went to.

The Prayer by Josh Groban, performed with Charlotte Church

I Will Be Here and Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

Remember Me by Mark Schultz, performed with Joy Williams (sung when the bride and groom took communion)

What are some of your favorite wedding songs? What songs were sung at your wedding?

IKEA Inspiration

When I was on vacation recently, I had the chance to stop in at one of my favorite stores–IKEA! They have all kinds of home decor and kitchen items, wonderfully designed and so reasonably priced! I can’t walk into an IKEA store without buying anything, so it’s probably good that I don’t live close to one! :) When I do get a chance to shop there, though, it’s a real treat.

After I got back home, I browsed a little more on their website, I wish I had seen the tumbler pictured above when I was at the store…I definitely would have bought that! Here are some other great things I found…guess I’ll have to add these to my wish list for my next visit!

A fun, graphic rug…


A cool teapot (only $12.99!)…

A nifty serving bowl–I think this was just $2.99…

Colorful potato peelers…

A great chandelier…

A white chairbed…perfect for smaller living spaces…

Cupcake liners…I can always use those!…

And last but not least, ice pop makers…perfect for summer!

Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse of the kinds of things you can find at IKEA!

Do you shop at IKEA? What types of things do you buy there?

Dreamy Headboards

Thinking of doing some redecorating in your bedroom? Maybe you want a fresh new look for spring. A new headboard is a great place to start! If you’re wanting some inspiration, you’ll need to check out the great ideas at HGTV. They have 12 wonderfully creative headboards…made with everything from old salvaged doors and window shutters to vintage metal gates (like the door and gate shown in the photo above). I love how these rustic objects are upcycled and transformed into very appealing and unique looks for the bedroom. Even if you don’t need a new headboard, many of these ideas could add interest to other walls in your bedroom or different rooms in your home.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite ideas from the site here, and you can visit to see the others! (All photos shown are from

I love old shutters and never realized how great they look as a headboard! The letters perched on top are a fun, whimsical touch, too! Shutters also look great in other rooms–they add interest and texture to a bare wall. And you can hang framed pictures or photos on them, or even bunches of dried flowers, for a homey cottage look.

I’m such a Shabby Chic fan…I love the look of these rustic doors as headboards, and I love all the white! The chandelier looks wonderful in this room, too…it completes the look so well. Such a dreamy combination of rustic and elegant!

The photo above shows another salvaged door upcycled as a headboard. The style of this door reminds me of an antique mantel–I think a mantel would work great as a headboard, too! I love the vintage mirror hanging above the headboard and the vases displayed on the ledge. The room feels so cozy!

Hope this gives you some inspiration for decorating in your own home! Do you have ideas of your own for upcycling some worn but wonderful treasures?