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Sunday, February 19, 2012

VALENTINE'S DAY AND SPRING AWAKENING


Valentine's Day has come and gone.
Some of you might have stopped at Laura's .. Laura@52flea or
at Carole's at Maynard Greenhouse blog.
If you have, you will have celebrated Valentine's Day with us.
Both girls did such a wonderful post on this very special day.
Needless to say, as the hostess, I had little chance to
take pictures.
I appreciate both Laura's and Carole's post so much,
because we now have that lovely day in pictures to relive.
I had taken a few pictures before everyone came...
so I am going to share them with you too.


My little treat boxes were fun to make...but for me a bit of a challenge. It was the first time in my life that I got to use
mod podge. Still am confused what it actually is!
I think, I will stick to doll making!!!!


I filled them with chocolates and a tiny writing pad.


Here they are in all their "glory", ha ha.
They did look pretty on my "new" - old silver tray.


Hubby bought me these beautiful roses.
They even smelled like roses!!!
I adored them.


The table looked festive all decked out in
Valentine's Day colors.


I got each girl a little book to carry in their pocket books.
Nice to write things down when you are on the go.
The little pen is safely attached to the book...no more
looking all over.




We had a wonderful time sharing, laughing, eating
and just spending time together.
The time went way too fast!
To be repeated next year...God willing!


I have started to decorate our home for spring.
The weather this winter has been incredible!
No snow so far to speak of.
Some of the birds are already back from their
winter "vacation".
I heard the morning doves cooing for the first
time today.


Hubby calls me the "pillow queen".
It is so easy to change the look of a room with pillows and curtains.
Suddenly the whole room takes on a different  atmosphere...
no longer winter, but airy and spring-like.




There seems to be a lightness in the house, just like flowers
popping up new, eager to see the world.


I found these interesting branches with "pompon's"
on them.
As my girlfriend Debbie says....they are "whimsical".




I love the way they seem to bounce in the air.


Don't you just love this finial?!
It was given to me by my friends...
the "sister act".
As you can surmise, there are more than one...
three in fact....there used to be four.
We miss Greg!
They are the sweetest gals, you could ever meet.


And spring has come to the dining room too.
Out went the old...yucky carpet...in came a
new flax-colored jute boucle.
To get to this one, three others came home first....
one too big (I should measure before I buy),
one I was so smitten with, that all practicality
went by the wayside, (way to light!!!)
and one that had random stripes....
what was I thinking.
I am always doing this symmetrical thing.
But, I want you to notice...on the mantel are
two birds on one side and only one on the other.
I am trying to break my "Noah habit"!


I am ending this post with our kitty.
Unfortunately not a real one.
This is a lovely painting on wood and can sit on an edge.
I am sooo ready to have a kitty again!
Hubby is hesitating.
I already named him in my mind..
"Fluffy".

Hope you are all enjoying your days.
May they be filled with sunshine and promise
of spring to come!

God bless,
Evi

27 comments:

Patty Sumner said...

Yes, I did get to preview your party from one of the ladies who attended. I think it is just great how you get together. You home is just lovely.....I love all the "sweet" Valentine favors. Blessings!

oldgreymare said...

The perfect ending to the triad of photos..All equally lovely as the party was to be sure <3
xx
z

Blondie's Journal said...

I will have to visit the other blogs to "see" the party. What wonderful gifts you had for your guests!

I have to admit that I love having peeks into your lovely home. The pillows on your sofas speak spring, but are muted in color a bit to fit in with winter. Love the pom pom trees! And your new rug is perfect!!

Happy Valentines Day to you! Hope you are doing well!

XO,
Jane

Nella said...

Hi Evi, I loved to see your home all ready for Spring....I am waiting so patiently too, it has been a very mild winter here in Ontario, Canada! I especially loved your new sisal look carpet! It looks lovely, something I am hoping to add as well when we renovate...I like the natural look they bring indoors.
You are blessed to have such wonderful friends , it shows, though that you are too, in return. N. xoxo

lala said...

What a lovely day for your friends. The new rug looks perfect in your dining room. Can you please tell me where it was purchased as I am looking to also change out my dining room rug.

Andy's Attic said...

Evi, your home is so beautiful. I saw Laura's blog pictures. Love the branches with pom poms.
I hope you get a kitty..I don't know what I would do without one.

Sarah said...

Evi, your treat boxes are darling. I'm going to remember this idea for next year. I may need a tutorial. Such a pleasure to see your home. How thoughtful of you to host these girls. I'm off to see their photos too.
All the best for a wonderful week. ~ sarah

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Mmmmmm.... just gorgeous! Suzy x

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Everything is just beautiful Evi...
The light reflection in the room adds such a peaceful aura.
A kitty named Fluffy eh... I agree life is too short to spend without a kitty on one's lap.
Have a wonderful week.
Susan x

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Love the new rug Evi!
It looks perfect and just the right color. Now that I see it down...I can see that the striped one would not have worked. Still basking in the glory of our wonderful day together! Lots of love, Laura :)

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Your have such a beautiful home Evi. Love how you have decorated for spring. Those branches are very cool.

......Thimblefolk.......Barb McNamara said...

You have such a lovely home, always a treat to take a tour.

Barb

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh evi thank you much for your visit to my opera theatre's you know how much I love your cottage decor it feels a bit Irish and country French to me, maybe it's the French, Irish in me :)

I am going to enjoy all you create truly.
xx
Dore

Dorthe said...

Dearest Evi,
your home is so full of light, and beauty.I love how it comes shining in from the outside garden and surroundings, making your home so bright- And together with your greenery it really speaks of spring, dear friend.
I also LOVE the pompon branches in the barck pots- and the finials, also the wooden one is so beautiful.
And Evi, you just go ahead making more paper lovelies- your boxes are amazing, and the table decorated so beautiful, with the gorgeous roses from your husbond.
Thankyou my dear ,for inviting me inside your amazing home, I so enjoyed it- and also visiting with Carole, and Laura, they both show so many lovely photoes from here.
Wish you a relaxing and cosy evening-
Much love and warm hugs.
Dorthe

Scrap for Joy said...

I have come here by way of Laura's blog and have enjoyed seeing her photos and now yours, of your beautiful home. Every corner is so thoughtfully decorated and you have wonderful taste. I'm so glad I stopped by~
Joyce

marie said...

You decorate so beautifully...what a wonderfully bright and cheery home.
I love the pretty boxes you made for your party!
I shall visit regularly - you have so much inspiration here!!

Carole said...

Hello Pillow Queen!!! I'm glad you had a chance to take a few shots before we arrived. We're all over the place snapping away while you slave over us. Not fair!
I love the new rug. We just replaced one but not really happy with it.
Whatever your formula 2 by 2 or whatever number? it works. Your house is magazine worthy.

Chris said...

Hi Evi, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Lisa said...

Evi,
I enjoy your blog so much! Your home & your dolls are absolutely beautiful. I am particularly taken with those wild pom poms. How lucky Laura & Carole are to be a part of that fun luncheon.
Lisa

A Cottage Muse said...

It's been so fun to look at the photos you, Carole and Laura have shared! Your home is absolutely beautiful Evi! Aren't we so spoiled this winter!!

The Summer Porch said...

Oh my Evi! Your treat boxes turned out so lovely. I still mod podge once in a while too. Your home is beautiful and so serene. Your pillows just add more coziness to your home. We had a messy snowy day here with quite a nip in the air, and me on the roads not a good idea for the other drivers. ;)
Have a wonderful week,
Hugs Rosemary...xx

margits bastelstube said...

hallo liebe evi,
deine boxen sind wunderbar. so schön gemacht, so originell.
die fotos deiner deko sind hervorragend....
ganz liebe grüsse
margit

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Yes, I saw the posts of the Laura and Carol. Great ladies:) Your home is just sooooo lovely. Love the pom pom plant and everything you make is magical. It looks like you ladies had a lot of fun:) Thanks for sharing more photos with us today:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Jade said...

Meine liebste Evi, grade eben war ich bei Laura und hab dort auch so himmlische Bilder von deinem Zuhause gesehen......ist das schööööööööööön, ich bin völlig hingerissen, ein absoluter Traum!!!!! Jedes noch so kleine Detail ist mit so unendlich viel Liebe gestaltet, sag, wie machst du das nur?!!!!! Allein schon dieser herrliche Platz vor dem Kamin und das wundervolle Badezimmer, der so liebevoll gedeckte Tisch.....es muss betörend sein, bei dir zu Gast sein zu dürfen!!! Muss gleich noch mal überall umherwandern und die bezaubernde Atmosphäre bei dir genießen, bevor ich gleich zu Bett gehe! Dir noch einen herrlichen Tag und allerliebste Grüße,

bis bald, herzlichst Jade

Simple Pleasure said...

Evi
It was so nice to feel part of your Valentine celebration!
Your home is elegant...so inviting.
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

The French Bear said...

Evi, all your goodies are so thoughtful and beautiful!!! I love those whimsical touches!! I too have a Noah thing......and a fairytale thing, and a sheep thing.....you know what I mean!!!!
I have dreamt that I was lucky to be at your lunches and that it was wonderful and fun, lol.
Hugs,
Mags
xx

Jody and Stan said...

You have such a beautiful home and have a talent for designing. Great photos. New follower.


Jody