Spring mash-up

 It's a beautiful day outside.
The sun is shining and the temperature is rising.
With spring here, there is a lot to do.
Gardening, spring cleaning, projects, crafts, holidays, etc..
I've been working on a little bit of everything.
Our youngest son bought me this gorgeous galvanized tray. Isn't it wonderful?!
It's really quite large. I placed it on the table and put some spring-ish items on it for display....
little hen and rooster, angel vine, faux fluffy orange flowers in a large glazed clay pitcher that I bought last weekend for just a dollar!
Yard sales have begun again, and there are all sorts of treasures out there just waiting to be snagged up.

I've been doing a lot of reading, and making a good dent in my personal reading challenge for 2015.
Have you read the book " All the light we cannot see" ?
Such a good book; a real page turner, with an ending that came as a surprise!
I love the following quote by Gladys Taber... sums up books and the love of reading in a great way.

 “And whether rich or poor, well or ill, happy or sad, books can be a refuge, they do not change with changing circumstance, they are the open highway to yesterday, today and tomorrow wherever you will to travel.”
Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook

The mantle has been decorated for spring with a gardening theme.
An absolutely adorable fluffy sunflower yellow wreath is the centerpiece... a sweet friend gifted it to me, and it is even more adorable than a picture can convey.
Our youngest son, Spencer brought me over some of the old junk wood from his place and built me a miniature garden fence.  I really love that little piece!
The seed packets are actually seeds that we will be planting later this spring..... once it warms up some more.

 We've been slowly collecting these little stained glass stars.
I bought four of them when we moved to Mill Hill Meadow, and just last week, we added two larger stars to our collection.

The aqua blue star and the red star are about 8-11 inches in diameter.
I am hanging all of them in the transom window above our entry way.
Lastly, a picture of the library doors, now that they are painted black.
I have never second guessed myself on painting them black.  So much better for our house, than the wood tone natural stain that they were previously.
Maybe it's all the British mysteries I've been watching recently, but I love the rich, dark color of the doors now, and they have so much more character now.....they look older and more substantial. Love the result of a little black paint.
Now they look like library doors.

Hope you are all enjoying this spring.

Attitude of gratitude:
~Feeling grateful for a wonderful family celebration. Celebrating my husbands birthday with all of our children. So happy that they were all able to be here with us!
~I'm grateful for daily devotionals with my sweet husband.
~Feeling happy and grateful to have gotten all the hostas divided and re-planted this past weekend.


  1. Your mantle looks so much like Spring. The tray looks good on the table with your items.
    Love the black doors and your right they looks terrific.
    Have a Very Happy Easter.

  2. I'm so excited for the colors of spring! I really like the beautiful flowers on your table, and I like your mantle too...the seed packets are a great idea!

  3. Hi Kerin. Your mantle looks so cute. Love that you did the garden theme. The library door came out perfectly, they look so pretty with the bright chairs behind them. I'm going to add that book to my every growing list of good reads. Thank you my friend and have a great week..Judy

  4. Absolutely LOVE the black french doors! So classy. :)

  5. I love that tray!! That is so awesome and does look like spring with your seed packets. That fence is so cute. Your son did such a wonderful job. I love it. I also love those stars. So glad you posted a picture I saw them differently in my head. :) Your doors a perfect. I love them black. I am so impressed that you painted them, I would have made such a mess. You must be quite a painter!
    I loved your bright flowers and wreath too.
    So nice, so is your list!

  6. Hi Kerin, wow love it all :) Those faux flowers are pretty. Love your doors and mantle too. Very creative. Sweet hen and rooster too.

    I like your stars. I'm wondering if I can find some barn stars around here.

    We are having nice days here. Almost don't need a jacket on. Wish we'd had snow though.

    Have a great week. If I don't see you here before the weekend, enjoy conference. I can't wait. I always learn and grow. It's a wonderful time.

    Take care, Janet W

  7. I like your spring mantle. . . very nice of your son to help with it too . . .
    And your French doors in black for the library are just perfect.
    And I always look forward to your gratitude!

  8. Your son did good! That tray is awesome. I love what you have on it too. I also love those stars. Your whole place is looking wonderful!

  9. So enjoy all of your pictures, especially your library. What a good place to cozy up with a book. I read "All the Light.." last year and it might have been my favorite book of the year. I think you would enjoy the serial I'm reading. Not to give anything away, but the action heads west. Take good care!

  10. Loved your post, dear.. Your stars and tray are lovely... I, too am so glad Spring is here... Once our snow is gone things will seem more Spring like.. I too love that quote as it is so true.. I borrowed her books from the library and read them last Winter... Happy Easter, my friend. xo

  11. Hi Kerin!

    What a pretty Spring post! I just think your mantel is so pretty, and the seed banner is such a cute idea . . . very practical. I have so many boxes of seasonal decorations, so anything that I can use after displaying is a great idea!

    I love the black library door - I personally think that a fresh coat of paint makes everything look better, and I love the black. I also think the stars are just gorgeous, I have never seen these before, they are so pretty!

    It sounds like you are keeping very busy with all the things you love!

    Right now, it is snowing here in my neck of the woods - hurry up Spring!!


  12. Everything looks so "Springy."
    That vase is great, you got it for a steal!

    That quote is perfect, love it.

    M : )

  13. I love that tray in your tabletop vignette! And what a buy on the vase with the pretty faux flowers.
    The black really makes the doors look wonderful. Your home is lovely, Kerin!
    I also love the quote by G. Taber. I often jot down quotes from her books. She was such a wonderful, wise author. The kind of person you just know you would love if you met them in person!
    Have a wonderful and blessed Easter!

  14. I really do like those library doors. What a nice springy theme for decorating you mantle.

  15. Love your Spring mantle- especially the cute little fence and the wreath. Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter!

  16. Beautiful spring decorations! Love the black french doors! Wishing you a blessed Easter! xo Heather


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