Easter is early this year which means that it’s fast approaching. There are some decorations that are necessary for Easter, you really can’t do holiday decor without the egg. While I’m not a huge fan of traditional Easter eggs, I am a huge fan of anything indigo.
Why should pastels get all the fun? I much prefer a rich deep colour and I love the spontaneous feel of these eggs made with indigo acrylic paints applied to hard-boiled eggs.
Use these intensely coloured eggs as the jumping off point to a colour scheme for an Easter brunch or an egg hunting party. Accompanied by some fabulous blue hydrangeas, some hyacinths or muscari, some indigo and white table linens these would be stunning.
There are few things as charming as the book-share boxes movement. These little boxes create a sense of community, foster a love of reading and are something that can brighten a Monday morning.
“Take a book, leave a book” is the motto of the Little Free Library movement which has been spreading quickly over the last few years. Anyone can create a box, fill it with books and label them free. It’s that simple.
The movement started in Wisconsin in 2009 by Todd Bol in memory of his mother, a former school teacher. Todd built a tiny replica of an one-room schoolhouse, filled it with books and labelled it Free Books. The original idea was seen by Rick Brooks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and together the two created the enterprise as an agent for the common good.
The idea has caught on to such an extent that most boxes I see now are not part of the LFL organization but are spontaneous gestures of sharing. If you are having difficulty finding a box try the online resource littlefreelibrary.org for a map.
So clearly this photo was taken last year but one can dream. Spring is a time when I start to make all sorts of plans for what projects we’ll undertake at the cottage over the summer and building a book-share box to situate at “the turn” on the road is high on the list.
Tomorrow is the big day! Finally spring starts. There were times when I thought it would never come and I’m sure if you live in Nova Scotia or PEI you’re probably convinced that winter will never end. Ever.
As usual at this time of the year, I have been craving something pretty and floral. So I wanted to make a wreath using baby’s breath. We all associate baby’s breath with cheap grocery store bouquets but if you use any flower on its own it can be quite stunning.
I had the wreath form already so I went out and bought five bunches of baby’s breath at $3.49 each. So less than twenty dollars for all the supplies.
I made many little bunches of flowers and started building the wreath. The result is a perfect blend of frothy prettiness and monochromatic restraint. Used inside or out it’s a great, quick pick-me-up for dreary spring weather.