I Love a Good Find

After the usual shopping and errands, my husband and I decided to take a quick look at the nearby second hand store. I have a pact with myself that, unless I know right where something is going, I don't purchase it; even if it is just a few cents. I usually come away empty handed.

Today was different. I found a vintage green flower vase to add to my collection. It is the perfect size, so I will use it often. The big find was two vintage ceramic Easter pieces. I put the cute little ducks on the window sill next to one of my favorite candles.

Speaking of candles, I typically like to burn autumn scents year-round, but they aren't too spring-like in color and I also don't like looking at a big sticker on the jar. I tear a bit of seasonal fabric, tie it on with ribbon and within a few minutes have a no-sew candle jar wrapper. I think the frayed edges add charm. I use the dull side of satin ribbon to make it have an "aged" look.

I hope that you are enjoying a little spring, too...both inside and outside the home!

Winter's Goodbye

I'm looking out my window and there are large snowflakes gently falling against a backdrop of spring green. They are falling in slow motion without any wind, as if they know that when they hit the earth they, along with winter, will disappear.

Ice in the birdbath and a dusting of snow
I reverently savor this scene; it is the last goodbye of winter. Another season has passed and, although I am not a fan of winter's cold, I do love the seasons and even winter has a place in my heart.

A light dusting of snow on the daffodils this morning
Now the snow has trickled to a stray flake or two. Goodbye, winter.

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
-Percy Shelley-