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