Saturday, March 5, 2016

Fluffing on a rainy day . . .

With spring almost here, it's time for spring cleaning.


and I interspersed my cleaning with a bit of fluffing on this rainy day.


Flowers are my favorite way to fluff, but until the garden is in full bloom, I need the help of Trader Joe's.


One bouquet of asters went far - a few on the mantel,


a few in a bucket and


a big bouquet in the entry.


The bouquet is part of my Easter vignette


complete with chalk eggs in a wire chicken I bought in Tijuana 40 years ago.


Snips of flowers grace old spoons that have been passed down several generations.


 They are engraved with Carl and Bates - quite close to my maiden name - Carol Bates.


I stretch the life of flowers by drying them - the bunny salt and pepper shakers I just received from an Instagram friend Kim of @kimih801 keep the Easter theme going in the entry.


A few wooden and ceramic eggs found their way into the dining room - dried roses and hydrangeas add color to the shelves.


Flowers are all over the living room like these pink flowers I spotted at a vacant house - I just had to snip off a drooping branch .


Daffodils adorn the mantel


 and a bit of greenery


sitting on a scale adds color to a bare corner.


Yesterday, our walk was at Rincon (referred to in Surfin' USA by the Beach Boys) and all the shells and sea glass were found on the beach.


It's pouring down rain as I type this late at night and more rain is expected so it looks like I will be fluffing on a rainy day again tomorrow.

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54 comments:

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

How fortunate to have rain. We did not get any rain in February, apparently that was the first time in years. Today, it became overcast, but nothing developed. xoxo Su

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What a happy way to wake up today on my 34th wedding anniversary. Those bunny salt and pepper shakers are SO CUTE! I need to pull out my white bunnies and photograph them today!

Aren't flowers the perfect pick-me-up? Enjoy your Sunday dearest Carol!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

The dried flowers added a little whimsey to the adorable little animals. Every time I read your posts I can almost smell the sea breezes and salty air.

Susie said...

Carol, I love the flowers all over...even the dried ones. I use my dried flowers more than once . the wee mouse sitting in the bowl with greenery , so cute. Your day of fluffing with flowers has been a success. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Dawn said...

I adore all that sea glass and how lucky to find so much of it. How long before your garden will be blooming? We still have snow here :(

Jackie @travelnwrite said...

After the wettest winter on record, this gloomy Pacific Northwest is finally showing signs of spring. . .daffodils are among the bursts of color outside my window. You've inspired me to add some color inside as well.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I'm do for some spring cleaning and prettying things up around here. Your bouquet served you well and I like the touches of Easter here and there. I'd better retrieve the bunny from my wooden chest!

Have a lovely week, Carol.

Karen

Kathy said...

Gorgeous! What a clever idea to use the chalk eggs. I have seen them before but never thought of them as anything other than sidewalk chalk. Great idea!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Beautiful. Loved your closeups especially the silver handles. Visual treat Sunday morning. Thank you indeed.
Joy

Debby said...

The flowers are just beautiful.

bobbie said...

YAY for California rain!!!

bj said...

I love rain..and I love flowers...a perfect day.
Speaking of the Beach Boys, a grand and I are going to their concert here in our town tomorrow night and I am sooo excited.....

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Pretty Fluffin! I need to get my bunnies out today!
hugs,
Linda

Jeanna said...

It is definitely looking Springy at the beach cottage. I love all of the decor. You made great use of one bundle of Asters.

podso said...

It would be hard to choose a favorite image. Maybe the yellow daffodils in the blue bowl (love that color combination.) So I guess it does rain there occasionally!

Melanie said...

Love, love, love all your new touches! Isn't it fun to have the time to "play house" and fluff your nest? Glad you are finally getting some rain there.

Laura Lane said...

OH how beautiful! The Asters are a gorgeous flower. I have tan walls. Spring colors don't look good in my house. It makes me want to paint! Maybe someday I'll lighten the walls a bit. Love all your white!

Be blessed!
Thanks for visiting me at Harvest Lane Cottage

chateau chic said...

Rainy days are great for fluffing on the inside, and fresh flowers are a perfect way to brighten up indoors when it's gloomy! Your cottage Always looks so fresh and happy, Carol.
Mary Alice

20 North Ora said...

You certainly get a lot of fluffing done on a rainy day! LOL Everything looks so springy. Thanks for sharing.

Judy

Sarah said...

Carol, I read that a hugs system was moving into the west coast off the Pacific. Guess it is moving across the country as we are predicted to have 80% chance of rain all this next week. We can certainly use it!
I enjoy seeing your touches of fluff around the cottage. I've been fluffing with some Easter things over the weekend. Still a bit more to do. I seem to do different things most years, so I dilly dally around with ideas.
Enjoy the rainy days.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
How delighted you must be with rain ... I like your highs and low levels in different vessels for the Asters. The levels adds a punch of visual interest. Color is exciting too. Love your wire chicken and holy moly how many years I purchased those pastel side walk chalk eggs for the Grands Easter baskets and never did I think of displaying them! Hey live and learn.
xoxo,
Vera

Kim said...

So much pretty, Carol. Even on a rainy day!!

Laurie said...

Rainy days and fluffing....a perfect combination. Love your Easter vignettes!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Everything looks terrific Carol. I love rainy days, so relaxing. We really needed the rain, but we didn't get that much. More is expected tomorrow. Don't feel that we have had the El Nino yet.

Have a great week and hope your hand is feeling better.
Mary

Consider It All Joy said...

We may Possibly get a few sprinkles tonight/tomorrow but it looks like your rain will go north of us. Hoping it stops by here!! I love all the fluffing you have done on a rainy day, I actually like rainy days now and again! May the week ahead bring sunshine and more flowers! Blessings, Cindy xo

Laura said...

There is nothing I love more than seeing the beautiful things someone does to add beauty to their home-
especially on a quiet rainy day.

Thank you for sharing this at TOHOT!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I'm glad you're getting the rain. Are daffodils blooming there? It's hard for me to get too excited about spring décor. We've still got snow everywhere. Love your Easter touches.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I'm glad you're getting the rain. Are daffodils blooming there? It's hard for me to get too excited about spring décor. We've still got snow everywhere. Love your Easter touches.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Glad you finally have some much needed rain. March in Brittany this year means hail storm after hail storm, ruining my daffodils!

Helen Philipps said...

Such gorgeous images, Carol...you are an expert fluffer! I am just getting my Easter decorations out and maybe will make a few too :)
Happy new week!
Helen xox

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a nice way to spend a rainy day. You have a Spring garden inside your lovely cottage. Was wondering about the wall behind the red scale. Is that how it was when you moved in or did you "create" it Looking for ideas for my cracked dining room walls!

craftyles said...

I love all the spring touches Carol. The little mouse peeking out of the teacup is my favorite, though. A little surprise. Hope you get more fluffing done.

Jen Kershner said...

All so pretty and springy! Makes me wish the sun was shining here today but at least it will be warmer out and I'll take that! Have a beautiful friend!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I so adore all your sweet touches of spring. Thank you so very much for linking up on Thoughts of Home on Thursday. You truly added a sweet sparkle of sunshine.

handmade by amalia said...

I have to say that your home always looks so spic and span, Carol. And very lovely.
Amalia
xo

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I just love all your touches of spring and beautiful vignettes. Such an inspiration!

Rue said...

I'm glad you're getting more rain. We finally got some last night, after 4 weeks without it.

Have fun fluffing and I hope your hand is doing better.

xo,
rue

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Your displays and photos are beautiful! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments. Enjoy your week!
Stop by my blog party, "Let's Talk Vintage," beginning Tuesday mornings at 9 EST.
~Jill

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh a lovely post. I love the flowers. Trader Joe's does have pretty ones. Your photo's are beautiful. I love the extra's you did to them.
I would love you to write and link a post. I'm going to try to push it a little more this week. I'll have the tour going through March and maybe longer. Thanks for coming by and visiting.
Have a beautiful week.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Carol, I love your "fluffing." Need to do a bit of that myself!

Art @ Home said...

We were driving to South Alabama for a horse show on Thursday and we had thunder sleet! It was crazy. But tomorrow it will be 78 degrees.

I can't wait to get home....I want to decorate for St. Patrick's Day!

I love your flowers, and your vignettes are so pretty. I'm ready for spring, too!

Pondside said...

Such pretty results from your 'fluffing'!
I have just seen that coastal California is experiencing some wild weather. I hope you're snug and cosy and out of the storm.

Jeanne said...

Looks to me as if you had an amazing fluffing day and your shots and flowers are awesome!!

Carla said...

I like how you've added a touch of flowers all around. I really like the mouse in the bowl on the scale. My fav.

Your rain has hit the Houston/Tomball area today.

Down by the sea said...

You are so well organised Carol, I haven't even thought of Easter yet! Your fluffing is so lovely and special! Sarah x

Pamela Gordon said...

Rain in California is good isn't it? I enjoyed seeing all the spring flowers around your home along with your Easter decor. Have a cozy day!

Liz SimpleDecoratingTips said...

Hi Carol, stopping by to visit... saw you're the featured blog from My Repurposed Life! So nice to see you... Where abouts is your little cottage by the sea? We have a cottage on the southern coast of Maine, are you close by? :)
Liz from SimpleDecoratingTips.com (a/k/a HometoCottage)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, we are having lots of rain too, in fact we have bad storms and tornadoes!! But I know the rain is truly welcome for you in California.
Love your home and all the vignettes. You so inspire me when I visit. Every photo is like a piece of artwork!!
Have a great evening. xo

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Carol, I loved seeing what all you've been up to on your rainy day! You have a lot more flowers blooming at your house then I do here. Just mini daffodils and mini iris. How nice to be able to take a quick trip to the beach for a walk, seashells are one of my favorite things. Your wire chicken basket looks adorable with those chalk eggs in it! The spoons are fun too, to have them so close to your maiden name. :)
Happy day to you!
gina

Trina Grandinetti said...

Between you and Jann I simply had no choice but to get motivated and spruce up my home for spring and Easter. Thank you for your fun inspiration. I'm totally with you when it comes to fluffing with flowers and I rely on Trader Joe's as well.

One More Time Events said...

Everything is just beautiful ...love it all

The Happy Creations said...

Beautiful, everything looks so chic.
I love the flowers.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I enjoyed seeing all your pretty Spring fluffing around your home, Carol. I have St. Patrick's Day decor out, but am anxious to have some bunnies hop into some vignettes.

Sue said...

I'm thinking it's a great thing to be getting the rain there. The mouse is adorable sitting in the bowl and it is nice to see daffodils. I can almost go out and do some little gardening so we are getting there.