April 28, 2016

This and That.

Over the weekend, we celebrated Emma's very last high school prom.  Sigh.  Such a beautiful girl, even if I'm a bit biased.
I also spent some time cleaning out my garden shed (which is more like an adult playhouse than a garden shed).   I chased out all the spiders and washed linens. Now, I just wish our weather would stay warm enough to enjoy it!

On Sunday, my mom, sister and I attended season opener of the Allegan Antique market.  Of course, I found another Chinese Checkerboard to add to my growing collection.  I'm addicted, I tell ya! 

Lastly, if you are out shopping this weekend and near a Dollar Tree, they are selling the prettiest paper lanterns and they even light up!  Wouldn't they be really festive as birthday party or Mother's day decorations?  I hope you find time to play this weekend.

XOXO

April 20, 2016

Porch sittin weather!

Only in MI can you go from 30 degree weather one Sunday to to 80 degree weather the following Sunday.
Over the weekend, we took some time to get the patio furniture out of storage, scrub down the deck, add new light bulbs to my estate sale lanterns and purchase a few pansies.
We've still got all kinds of spring cleaning to do in the yard.    

 Welcome warm weather, you've been missed!

XOXO 
 

April 10, 2016

Sand, surf, sun and lots of shells!

We've never traveled to Florida during the typical K-12 spring break.
 However, with this being the last spring break that Emma has the same schedule as the rest of the family, we decided we could handle a 18+ road trip (thank you for loaning us your car mom and dad).  
Chris did some investigating into condo rentals and found us a lovely unit near Laguna beach at the far west end of Panama city.



We couldn't have asked for better weather.  

It was in the upper 70s/low 80s with constant sun and amazing shell gathering opportunities.  
Playing in the sand is definitely good for the soul.
One of our favorite activities was renting a pontoon and spending the day at Shell Island.  

The shells were abundant.
We also enjoyed St. Andrews State Park, even though we didn't spot any alligators.
On the way home, we stopped in Tennessee and explored Rock city Fairyland Caverns.  
It's located on top of Lookout Mountain, just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga.
We also took a detour to Ruby Falls.
 
We're now back to a snowy MI,  but we are hopeful that spring is on its way!
Happy April, friends!
    

April 1, 2016

Sneak peek!

 
Emma's graduation cap and gown arrived this week. 

The senior year countdown continues!!

March 25, 2016

Hippity, Hoppity, Easter is on its way!

A few more Easter decorations haven't made it to my blog yet and I thought you might enjoy seeing what else has made an appearance this year. 
The rabbit that you see in my bedroom fireplace was formally part of an Easter display in my grandparent's children's and women's clothing store.  
The vintage metal Easter basket was found last year on clearance at an antique store.  It was a steal for $2.50 and the graphics are absolutely amazing!  

My grandmother's cookie rabbit cookie jar is back, along with a few candy containers from estate sale land.

The white bunny and yellow chick featured on the top shelf are special gifts from previous years of swapping with Viv (viv's whimsy).  I love them so!  

I also added this cute collection of 4 wooden Egg cups that I rescued at an estate sale earlier this winter.

As you can see, the top of my pie safe is nice and full this year.

A few blowmold Easter bunnies having taken up residence in our front windowbox.

I don't think the Easter bunny is going to have any problems finding our house this year.   
Wishing you a Happy and Blessed Easter!!!