June Showers

purple and white iris blooms with water droplets on them from the rain

We’ve had a cold and rainy spring this year. While that means the weeds are getting watered as well as the seeds, I much prefer rainy springs to hot and dry ones. I haven’t gotten my camera out as much this spring as in past years; I’m having troubles with the focus, and need to upgrade to a new camera body (mine is 15 years old!) but until then, I’ll just keep muddling along with this one and hoping for the best. If the focus is a bit soft, I’ll just pretend it’s a vintage filter effect.

Anyway, the other day, when there was a pause in the rain showers, I ran out and took a few photos of my mom’s front garden which is currently a beautiful blend of colour, with even more to come in the next weeks.

fuchsia pink peony bloom covered in rain drops

fuchsia pink peony blooms and purple and white irises with rain drops on them

dark purple violas along a stepping stone covered in rain drops

white round blooms and a pink rosebud covered in water droplets

purple and white iris bloom with rain droplets on it

These are dandelion seed heads that have been flattened from the rain- don’t they look beautiful?

dandelion seed heads covered in water drops

 

Feeling Blue

navy blue knee length dress with a blue ribboned straw hat, navy blue shoes and a matching blue purse

No, I’m not “feeling blue”, but I thought it made a good title for this monochromatic blue outfit I wore on Easter! Which was three weeks ago…it’s just taken me this long to finally post these photos.

I had a fleeting thought of sewing a new dress for Easter, but then realized I didn’t want to try and hurry that, so back to my tried and true navy blue dress it was. Paired with my navy leather purse, some new-old shoes and a straw hat (which I sewed a matching ribbon for), it was the perfect classic look for the day. And that’s pretty much all I have to say about this outfit, aside from the fact that I look a bit red in these pictures because it was so cold when we took them- I was definitely wishing for a warm jacket.

We’re in that weird between-seasons time of year, where I’m no longer in the mood to wear wool and tweed, but it’s not quite warm enough yet for the wrap skirts. I’ve been wearing things from both my winter and summer wardrobe, but I’ll be happy when I can actually pack away my winter things for the season!

straw hat with a fabric bow detail on the back

easter bonnet straw hat with a fabric ribbon detail paired with a navy blue dress with cross patterns on it

hexagon resin earrings close up

Vintage inspired navy blue dress paired with a straw hat, blue high heels and a large blue leather purse

white hexagon earrings and cross necklace closeup

dainty gold cross necklace

Spring Cottage Bedroom Refresh

Amber glass bottles with feathers in them, sitting on top of three antique books

After I took down my Christmas decor, I left my room blank for a while. Aside from hanging a Valentine garland, it’s been rather spartan. It was nice to have a visual rest with blank surfaces for a while, but finally I felt the desire to put a bit of spring decor out.

glass and brass box with moss and a birds nest inside it

I found this glass and gold box last week on clearance, which was lovely since I’ve been looking for one for about a year now. I saw Sarah of She Holds Dearly has a box that she uses for seasonal decor. I loved the idea and decorated it with a little nest and eggs and moss for spring.

shelf styled with hats, purses, jewelry and spring decor, with a gallery wall above it

three antique books in brown, cream and green stacked together

I also received these beautiful vintage books from a friend who was decluttering, the colours work so well for this time of year. I love old books, but I usually only find ones with red covers in the thrift stores, and I don’t really decorate with red, so it’s nice to have some in other colours. The amber bottles worked perfectly to hold some feathers.

pink tulips and a stack of three antique books with bottles on the top

I already shared a sneak peek on the weekend of these beautiful tulips. I never get tired of tulips. I didn’t keep the bouquet in my bedroom, but just styled them on my dresser for a few pictures.

pink tulips in a crystal vase sitting on an antique dresser

jewelry, a straw hat and perfumes on a tray on top of an antique dresser

I’ve also shared a picture of my new quilt before; it’s the perfect colour for spring (though I’ve been using it all winter!), and I love how it pairs with the Battenberg lace pillows. I’d thought of going with blue and white for this room, but somehow that seemed too cold. The green is the perfect balance.

laura ashley green and white floral cottage style quilt with lace pillows

Spring is in the air, Dear Readers. I hope you’re enjoying it!

tulips and a glass box with a nest and moss inside

top of shelf with a jewelry stand, books, amber bottles and a nest

necklace stand on top of a shelf and a green and white floral quilt paired with lace pillows

bouquet of pink tulips in a crystal vase

pink tulips against a white beadboard background

Victory

bouquet of pink tulips in a crystal vase

Tulips are one my favourite flowers, not just because they are so fluid and delicate, but because they come at a time of year when I am most starved for the beauty of flowers. You can buy flowers all year round, of course, but there is something so special at this time of year, when Winter seems to stretch on forever with no end in sight, that you walk into the store and find masses of tulips for sale. Their vibrant colours- myriad shades of pinks, oranges, yellows and reds- remind me that Winter is not forever. And likewise, at this time of year when Easter arrives early on the calendar, they remind me that Death is not forever.

I have been reading Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s new book Incomparable and in the reading for Good Friday, she writes:

Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father into your hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46)

“Yet His dying words assure us our spirits will follow Him safely into God’s presence, where we will live with Him and with our Father forever. He died with resurrection- both His and ours- already in His eyes. . . For us who have trusted Christ for salvation, who have committed our souls into His hands, the fear of death can be overcome by the anticipation of spending eternity in His presence.”

This weekend I remember that Jesus claimed victory over death- and he still does over 2000 years later. I rejoice with the saints:

“Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15:55-57

I pray that this season you will remember the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and that you will accept the gift of salvation he offers to all that come to him.

Happy Resurrection weekend! He is Risen indeed!

This & That | Spring is in the Air

bright blue skies in Spring with bare tree branches silhouetted against it

Hello! I’ve decided to rename my “Social Saturday” posts to “This and That”. Not perhaps the most creative of titles, but I don’t always want to post these on Saturdays, and so a new name was needed.

Spring is definitely in the air… although today the wind is making it feel a lot colder than the thermometer says. A chilly day in Spring feels so much nicer than a chilly day in Fall, though, doesn’t it? And, the skies are vibrant blue, and the tree buds are beginning to swell. When it’s not too windy, I’ve been enjoying going for walks.

vintage 1970's blue floral patterned wallpaper

I’m coming out of winter hibernation and beginning to get in the mood for projects as well- last week I took down the wallpaper in the craft room. I loved this blue floral wallpaper- especially when this room was my bedroom. However, it was past it’s prime and curling around the edges. It wasn’t easy to remove, and I’ve only got the top layer off, but I am excited about giving this room a fresh coat of a paint and a bit of rearranging to make it function better as a work space. Right now it’s kind of got that haunted Victorian mansion look going on.

in the midst of pulling down vintage wallpaper off the wall

I mailed some floral postcards last week to herald the arrival of Spring. Flowers won’t be poking their heads up for a while, so until then, we’ll have to rely on photos and bouquets of tulips.

double petaled pink tulip in a bud vase and a pile of flower photo postcards

I was sick a while ago, and couldn’t read because of the congestion, so I listened to my favourite book, Jane Eyre. This is the version I listened to and the narrator was fabulous! Jane Eyre is my favourite book, and I loved listening to it for a change- it was a completely different experience.

stack of books to read and Victoria magazine beside a cup of tea

I discontinued my subscription to Victoria magazine, because it kept getting lost in the mail. However, I have been picking up the occasional issue off the newsstand. I really like the Spring issues of Victoria (so many beautiful flowers) and the March/ April issue was a good one. Jennifer L. Scott of the Daily Connoisseur is also their writer-in-residence this year, so I wanted to make sure to get a copy and read her essay.

scrapbooking binder for organizing stickers and papers

I’ve been looking for storage solutions for scrapbooking supplies, and came across this great idea on Pinterest- using a photo album for stickers and embellishments. It was so simple, I can’t believe I never thought of it before. I have been saving some business card page protectors for years, thinking that one day they would come in handy, and they finally did! I also have some 4×6 and 6×8 slotted pages and a few 8.5 x 11 pages for larger stickers, collected ephemera and paper scraps. I was able to condense several boxes down into one album and it’s so much easier to page through and find what I am looking for, rather than digging through boxes.

linen look photo mat for a silver vanity photo frame

I bought this photo frame years ago, and never really liked how it looked with a photo in it. It’s a 5×7 size, and the frame always seemed a bit too narrow. So I wrapped a photo mat with fabric and put a 4×6 photo in it and I love how it looks. It gives the frame just a bit of an edge, and I think the detail stands out better now.

Finally, for today, I haven’t made them yet, but I am interested to try this 1700’s recipe for Ratafia Biscuits. They sound very similar to a recipe I have for lemon cookies, and are naturally gluten free. Maybe it’s time to start planning a tea party…

Hope your week is going well!

❤︎ Nicole