Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Pretty Pastels and Forcing Tulip Tree Branches

I'm enjoying decorating with a few pastel pieces this early spring, and Easter is the perfect excuse to gather up the pinks, yellows, and blues and have at it. I never plan to go all out for holidays, but often once I get things out and start putting vignettes together I just get carried away. I'm sharing a few soft sweet pastel bunnies here on the Baker's Rack, and my first attempt to force some branches from our Tulip Tree out front.

This little velveteen rabbit is one of my favorites
 with it's little pink ribbons and precious realistic face.

My vintage Wisconsin Mello-Creme wooden box
is holding a small clay pot with paperwhites and some decoupaged eggs.

It's a perfect size for a few tiny items.

This is the lower shelf on the Baker's Rack
out in the Garden Room. 
It's all pastel and pretty.

Paper covered chalk rabbit.

When I found the little white spice cabinet last year
I sat it here and it's just stayed. 
It's a fun way to display small things.
A few small bunnies and chicks may find their way 
in to a few of the drawers.

Last year the Tulip Tree out front caught me by surprise.
It blooms really early in Spring
and it had already bloomed before I'd even been 
out to see it.

This year I thought I'd sneak up on it
and so I had my husband cut a few small branches
to bring in to force.

Except there were no "small branches"
and I didn't know if I could even find
something to put them in.

They were covered in large "pussy willow" type buds.
I wasn't sure if they'd open up
thinking they might need better light.

Then they surprised me with the most amazing
tight pink buds inside.

The branches are a little hard to contain
because they definitely are a bit gnarly and wild.

This was yesterday afternoon;
now they're starting to blossom out.
You can see why they're called tulips,
even though it's a member of the magnolia tree family.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends.
I hope you're having a lovely week.
Rainy and stormy here today.
We need some warm sunny days to get some yard work done.
We have enough sticks on the ground
to make the 3 little pigs each a house.

Hope you'll come by and join with us on Monday evening...

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Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage  
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  1. I love your post. Your decoration is lovely.
    Do you do pastel? I love it. I am doing pastel myself.

  2. Debra, I love that little velveteen bunny. I never thought how beautiful the tulip trees would be for forcing. I would love to have a tulip tree. Spring looks so pretty at your home..Stay well..xxoJudy

  3. Spring looks so great at your house. Love those pink buds opening up for you. Happy St. Patrick's Day. xoxo

  4. Oh, how lovely....I'm resisting cutting the forsythia...because they haven't started to bud yet...maybe this week! hugs, Sandi

  5. Debra, what a great idea to force the tulip magnolia branches inside! Those are gorgeous, and I keep watch of those along our neighborhood walks. They are fuzzy buds, and should be blooming today or, more likely tomorrow. We have thunderstorms in our forecast today. I love your velveteen bunny and the others on the baker's rack. Vintage crates with graphics always attract me too. Very nice spring displays!

  6. Just beautiful! I cut some redbud branches that were blooming, but must have waited too long. They are all leafing out now. I don't have a tulip magnolia, but have considered planting one. The ones in the neighborhood are gorgeous!

  7. Debra you have a nice collection of bunnies. The smooth velvety one reminds me of my childhood Easter, and the paper one is special too. Isn't it fun to pull out collections and force branches to bloom. It makes the inside warm and welcoming even if the outside is still stormy!
    Thanks for sharing all your posts at the Friday with Friends Link Party.

  8. This post is lovely. All of your posts are, but the soft spring bunny look really makes me smile. I hope to try forcing again, I did it once before and you get to notice the blooming take place several weeks early.

  9. Those are fun. I finally have a tree that flowers but I had to cart the branches home in the car! I adore that velveteen rabbit. He is a cutie and so is the other one. Your collections never disappoint, Debra.

  10. Debra, I love all your pretty pastels! Your crate decorated for Easter is perfection. Thank you so much for the tips on how to force tulip trees - I have a tulip tree and although it's already done blooming this year, I am definitely going to put your tips to good use next year! Thanks so much for sharing this at Farmhouse Friday - we're featuring you at tomorrow's party!

  11. Just lovely, Debra!!! From the Velveteen Rabbit and his little garden of branches and crockery to the tour of the garden shelves and the forced magnolia tulips... Just lovely!

    Thank you for linking up two weeks ago at Share Your Style. I am happy to be back and feature your beautiful vignette this week at SYS #298. <3 Back home, over the Covid shots and their "reactions", and home for a while.

    Spring hugs,
    Barb :)

  12. So much pretty Spring decor. The branches are especially beautiful, and I need to go hunting for a little spice cabinet like yours. Its gorgeous.


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