Spring blooms, seasonal snaps, and a heavy dose of Easter tradition ushers in Easter week at Places In The Home. What’s hoppin’ around your house this Easter week?
Red and pink beauties are beginning to bloom offsetting the brown and greenish gray color holdovers from winter’s grip.
From the I ♥ garden roses collection. I’ll enjoy the arrangements for another day or two, and then use the petals for rose petal ice cubes.
My brother dropped by yesterday bearing gifts of gardenias. The spring beautification process is a slowly but surely operation, but we’re getting there.
Dave the Builder’s latest pet project, the taming of the squirrel, is proving successful.
Maybe too successful.
This crazy thing perches itself on the main branch of the crepe myrtle tree right outside the kitchen window and peers through the window. Evidently watching me washing dishes is wildly entertaining. We are one wild and crazy crew, animals included.
I dug this photo of Dave, the Canadian snowbird and Cottontail the rabbit out of the Places In The Home archives. If you think the photo quality is horrible in black and white, you should see the color version. Mama Places In The Home snapped this circa 2005 pic with a throwaway camera. Annie Leibovitz she is not.
Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the bunny backstory:
Dave and I were checking out the newly planted flower beds late one spring afternoon. I was in the color in bloom zone, laser focused on the budding design features detailing my mad lawn and garden skills. Dave on the other hand was channeling his inner Dr. Doolittle with the just discovered addition to our flower garden menagerie. Cottontail the baby rabbit hopped right up to Dave in are you my father fashion. We brought him inside that evening and set him up in a toilet paper box direct from the discard bin at the local Kroger. We lined the box with newspaper and grass clippings hoping to emulate a natural surrounding, and placed a water bowl and rabbit food over to one corner. Cottontail was in high cotton for the evening. The next morning it was back to the outdoors where he thrived and frolicked, nested in our yard and flower garden, adapted to the daily comings and goings of our schedules, and waited in the driveway each afternoon to greet Dave. As mysteriously as he appeared he disappeared, leaving a hole in our hearts. We got so attached to that silly rabbit, so much so that I cried for three days when he went away. Dave stills tears up when he talks about that silly rabbit.
My Easter Eggstravaganza centerpiece is a build upon canvas. Deconstructing the Mardi Gras King Cake centerpiece, it dawned on me that by adding to instead of taking away from the existing tulle a shimmering color rich nest effect would be created.
What nature does not provide, the Walmart-Michael’s-Hobby Lobby floral department will. Faux flowers serve the purpose in certain decorating for the holiday situations, and when quality stems are selected the finished result can be faux fabulous.
The incredible, dyeable, edible egg.
Easter week sets spring into motion. Another season, another wonderful reason for decorating, planting, entertaining, and gathering round dining and picnic tables of stylish tablescapes and delicious dishes with dear loved ones and great friends. Dave and I hope your Easter week, weekend and Sunday is one of blessings, love, laughter, and making wonderful traditions and memories time spent with family and friends who are like family.