Hello, friends! Today is Easter Sunday, and although it’s a very different holiday than anything we’ve experienced before, I wanted to pop in here to wish you all a blessed and joyous day. I heard a quote recently that I feel is particularly fitting for the time we are going through right now… every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. And I hope you all manage to find some of those good moments in your day today.
When the stay at home orders began coming in, I didn’t have much of a heart for decorating this year, thinking that I shouldn’t focus on something so trivial when the world is suffering. But with all of us spending so much time in our homes these days, I decided it was extra important, now more than ever, to bring out my spring decor and decorate for the season.
I find it really does help to surround yourself with beautiful things and things that make you happy when it feels like the world is caving in around you. I may not be able to control what’s happening outside, but inside I can create a comforting atmosphere for myself and my kids. And since they are both around taking online classes from home right now, they are able to enjoy the decorations as much as I am.
I am super sad that my parents won’t be able to visit this spring. They had airline tickets and were set to arrive this next week, but of course that can’t happen now. My sweet mother, who loves decorating as much as I do, has been asking to see photos of my spring decor. And that calls for another house tour. So these pictures are for you, Mom. And I hope that you all will enjoy them, too.
As always, my decorating style is a mix of vintage and antique pieces combined with new and modern things, with some of my own handmades and favorite prims thrown in for good measure. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I will let them do the talking. But you can leave me a comment below if you have any questions.
An overload of photos, that is for sure! And although that’s the end of the tour, I do have a few more pictures to share before I go. I know I’ve been sharing some cross stitch with you in recent posts, which is an old love of mine that I’ve picked up again after more than 25 years. I’ve completed both a Halloween and a Christmas project since I started up again in January… and just in time for Easter today, I’ve completed a parade of Easter chicks, and fully finished the piece this morning.
The chick pattern is from a very old book from the 80’s that I found at my local thrift store. The design was meant to be stitched in repeat several times, and was curved to go around in a circle once completed. But I modified the pattern to work in a single row, which feels more modern to me. And I stitched it on a scrap of coffee tea dyed Aida cloth using colors of my own choosing.
Over the years I’ve collected lots of trims and vintage millinery, which I’ve always hoped I’d find something special to do with… and I’m so glad to have that stash of goodies now. I gathered a bunch of velvet millinery flowers, and layered them onto a hand-stitched corduroy leaf that was leftover from one of my prim creations, and together they were clipped to the right corner of the stitchery with a big wooden clothespin. I can remove the clip and flowers to store the stitched piece flat at the end of the season.
The green pompom trim is some old Webster’s Pages ribbon that I’ve hoarded for years since my design team days. The adorable fabric is from an older collection by my friend and former Therm O Web teammate, Jennifer Jangles. Lots of happy memories there.