I received a nice surprise on my doorstep the other day–a beautiful gift basket from GourmetGiftBaskets.com. It was carefully packaged in a box and arrived in perfect condition with a festive bow wrapped around the basket. You have a chance … Continue reading
With flowers starting to bloom and trees starting to bud, I’ve been enjoying all the spring color outside. And it put me in the mood to make something colorful! I saw some Trix Marshmallow Bars at BettyCrocker.com and just had to try them out! I … Continue reading
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that He will stand upon the earth at last. JOB 19:25 (The Living Bible) Wishing you joy at Easter as we celebrate the hope we have because our Redeemer lives!
Something that’s hard for me to resist when I see the long aisle of Easter candy at the store are those malted milk Robin Eggs–malt balls covered with a candy coating. I buy them every year and eat way too … Continue reading
Are you planning on dyeing some Easter Eggs this year? I’ve found several sites that show how you can use natural ingredients as dyes for your eggs–fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices like blueberries, oranges, red and yellow onions, paprika, and much more! I … Continue reading
Yesterday snowflakes were softly falling and it was looking more like a December winter wonderland outside than an almost-spring day, especially considering I’m in the south. My friends and I are so ready for spring to come–it’s just 3 weeks away, but … Continue reading
Dogwood trees are starting to bloom where I live and their blooms are so pretty! The Redbud trees are also blooming and their rich color looks so striking against the other trees that are just starting to produce small leaves. I decided … Continue reading
I picked these daffodils yesterday–they’ve just recently started blooming. They were growing by the side of the road, and I just had to pick some! I love the variety–some are bright yellow, some are soft yellow, and some are soft cream. My favorite, though, are the daffodils that have creamy petals with vivid orange centers.
Do you have daffodils in your garden and are they blooming yet?
I love the colors in this photo I took of hydrangeas, my favorite flower! I thought I’d call out some of these colors and make a spring color palette! These would be great colors to decorate with…or even create artwork or crafts with.
Hope you are enjoying the arrival of spring! :)
I’m linking this to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener.
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!
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!
…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?
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When I survey the wondrous Cross On which the Prince of Glory died My richest gain I count but loss And pour contempt on all my pride See from His head, His hands, His feet Sorrow and love flow mingled down Did e’re such love and sorrow meet Or thorns compose so rich a crown Oh the wonderful Cross, Oh the wonderful Cross Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live Oh the wonderful Cross, Oh the wonderful Cross All who gather here by grace draw near and bless Your name… From THE WONDERFUL CROSS
The lyrics to When I Survey the Wondrous Cross were written by the well-known author of many hymns, Isaac Watts in 1707 (he also wrote Joy to the World and O God, Our Help in Ages Past). The hymn was set to more than one tune; the most popular was written in 1790 by Edward Miller. An updated version of this hymn, The Wonderful Cross, has been performed by several contemporary artists including Micheal W. Smith and Chris Tomlin. You can listen to a version by Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman by clicking here.
Hope you have a blessed Easter Sunday!
See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come….
SONG OF SONGS 2:11-12 (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1994, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.
I’m always glad to see Spring arrive every year, with warmer weather and pretty flowers blooming! It’s a season of new life and new beginnings. All the beauty in nature at springtime reminds me of another verse, Psalm 33:5: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. (KJV)
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful first day of Spring!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.
I PETER 1:3-4 (NIV)
New International Version (NIV) Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, by Biblica
Praying you have a joyful, hope-filled Easter!
I always find great ideas on Martha Stewart’s website and thought I’d share some really fun, yummy-looking decorating ideas I saw the other day (all photos are from marthastewart.com). These treats are perfect for Easter and all through the spring season. Maybe you’ll have a chance to try some of these ideas out this weekend!
From the top, right to left, there are cute Butterfly Cupcakes with pretzel wings, candy-coated chocolate heads, and licorice antennae; Lollipop Cupcakes with mounds of buttercream covered in sprinkles, taffy leaves, and lollipop flowers; Chrysanthemum Cupcakes with beautiful buttercream flowers; Coconut Nest Cupcakes with chocolate egg candies; and Spring Cupcakes decorated with flowers using jellied citrus slices for the petals. And I had to include these bunny-shaped sugar cookies…I thought they looked so cute with the ribbon tied around each bunny’s neck!
If you don’t have time to bake, here are a few fun ways you can package candy…
I just had to include this item too…it’s not edible, but it’s definitely eye candy and very pretty…
Delicate flower arrangements in eggshells…really sweet!
Hope these ideas have inspired you! What’s your favorite Easter or springtime treat?
And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
MATTHEW 21:8-9 KJV
If you’re wondering what “Hosanna” means, I found a great explanation here. Hosanna comes from the Hebrew words Hoshiya na! (“Save now!” or “Save, please!”), an expression the people would use when asking a king to help or save them in times of trouble (see 2 Samuel 14:4 and 2 Kings 6:26). Over the centuries, Hosanna gradually became an expression of hope and exultation: “Salvation! Salvation! Salvation has come!” The crowd of people shouting Hosanna in the verse above were recognizing Jesus as their Savior and Deliverer, the prophesied Messiah. And believers use it now as an expression of praise and gratitude to God and His Son Jesus for the gift of Salvation.
I thought this would be a great time to tell you about a song I like called Hosanna. It’s by the Canadian group Starfield, from their CD I Will Go. Filled with hope and praise, it really expresses the meaning of the word Hosanna. Click here to listen to it.
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful, restful Palm Sunday!
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