Saturday, March 16, 2013

"Fairytale" Inspiration for Easter continued...

Last weekend I shared with you a beautiful new book
by the people that bring us Jeanne d'arc Living magazine,
 entitled "Fairytale Easter". 

I fell in love with all the wonderful 
Easter and Spring inspired creations that grace each page.

Little did I know when I visited Leola's Vintage Home and Garden Spring Open House last week, that someone else had been inspired to create these same lovely decoupaged eggs. My friend Pam, who always has some of the most amazing creations and displays around, had crafted her own version of these Easter lovelies.

So a few came home with me 
for my own Easter display in an old cardboard suitcase.

They joined other bits and pieces of vintage ephemera,
 baskets with moss, and a nest or two for a little vintage Easter vignette.

Aren't these embellished vintage Easter postcards 
just precious with bits of twine, tulle, and feathers?

 One of my collection of old church fans in the background.
Jesus with the lambs are my favorites.

A hyacinth bulb and old book wrapped in stamped cotton ribbon.

It's times like this that I remember that my true love is 
"all things vintage".

Joining in on these great parties this week:

Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Hope you have a wonderful week,

Friday, March 15, 2013

Be Inspired # 130; Artistically Speaking

Welcome to Be Inspired!
 I have a beautiful and one-of-a-kind amazing transformation to share with you today. Judy from 20 North Ora, talented seamstress and designer that she is, has a new companion; Introducing Miss Begonia.

Just when you think it's all "been done" with dress forms, you find this talented lady who has brought this to a new artistic level. Judy took scrap laces, doilies, ribbon, fringe, and even chandelier crystals and waved her magic wand to create this vintage masterpiece. You'll want to go see her process and what she started with. Judy, you need to add "dress designer" to your credits. Just heavenly...

Perfect for Easter and Spring, Kimberly from Serendipity Refined has created this adorable Reclaimed Wood Bunny ArtShe even shares a tutorial. Don't you just love that butterfly?

Tricia from The Little Cottage on the Pond
has been restyling her bedroom,
what a wonderful relaxing space!

love this plate display, too!

Anita from Cedar Hill Ranch has had a great series on "What I wish I knew before blogging"  that you'll really enjoy. Anita tells it like it is with all the ins and outs.

Vickie from Ranger 911 will really brighten up your day with her Spring Flowers and her wonderful mirror that she changes with the seasons.

And in honor of St. Patrick's Day, Mary from At Home on the Bay shares her delicious recipe for Irish Soda Bread...yum.

Thanks gals!

Today's Sponsor Spotlight is on Dee from French Bleu Vintage. Dee's shop is overflowing with wonderful antiques and hard to find vintage goods. If you're looking for that special piece for a gift or for your own home, please browse through the shop. French Bleu Vintage is offering a generous 20% discount by using the code ComGr20, and with any $20 purchase you'll recieve a Free "Roses" Shopping Tote. To stay up to date on what's new in the shop and new promotions you'll want to join French Bleu Vintage on Facebook, and join the mailing list for updates at French Bleu Vintage Blog.

These are my picks from the shop,
Hope you'll take a minute to browse all the pretties.

Thanks Dee, I always love coming by to see what you have new in the shop!

Time to link up all your inspiring posts and projects to
Be Inspired

(and as always, please "Pin" from the original source)

Please have a link back to Common Ground within your post to be featured.
and please check out these other Friday Parties for some Springtime fun!

Hope you're having a great week,
Hope you'll join in for the party!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Be Inspired Showcase and a Winner

Today I'm starting something just a little different...

I've decided that instead of just posting the top visited links from the previous week's Be Inspired, I'm going to showcase three blog posts that I feel are worthy of just a little extra attention here in the blogging kingdom. Many times the top visited links are posts of Pinterest images or other images that are not the sole "inspiration" of the linker. While these are often inspirational and are gorgeous photos, I want this space to be dedicated to a few more posts that are the creation of the blog author themselves. Believe me, I love a great home tour or Pinterest post as much as anyone, I'm just going to be sharing a little more "original" inspiration in this spot. I'm still welcoming your wonderful home tours and Pinterest posts, I'll just be showcasing links in this spot that are original to the blog author. 

And today I have three that are exceptionally inspiring!

 from A Rosy Note

from Vintage 541

Don't you agree?
These three posts are inspiring me for Spring!

The winner for the $30 Gift Certificate for Bel Monili is

Thanks so much all of you who entered the Give Away!!

See you tomorrow for


Seeing red...

I have a little case of Spring Fever. Last week when it was gray and gloomy my wheels started turning about doing something to change up the downstairs sitting area.  And when I say "most of my attention" that means the sofa. Yes, the sofa that's had a slipcover on it for the last almost three years.  It was boring me, and it looked a little "sloppy".  This is one of those areas I'm just never happy with, but it's not a place I want to put the big buck$ into.  

Enter 2 wonderful linen toile thrifted pillows...
yes, with fringe and real feathers.

I know there are several of you that have these, and you know how fabulous they are. I could not pass them by at $25 dollars a piece. I actually had to go back the next day, the whole time crossing my fingers and saying a selfish prayer that they would still be there. Yes, I can be selfish and self absorbed at times. ( I know, totally hard to believe...)

I passed them by the first time, because I didn't know what I would do with them...where to put them...because they're BIG. B.I.G. Back to the sofa... so a few years ago I bought the off-white slipcover for this monster red fruit and floral couch. I loved this sofa when I bought it 10 years ago, but as you can's RED. R.E.D. and my "red" days were numbered. I broke my cardinal rule in decor. Only buy neutral big ticket items. Save the flowers and color and prints and busy-ness for the accessories. I broke my own rule, because I thought I was in love, and that I would be... for eternity. I think in 10 years it's been sat on a sum total of maybe 25 times and is in pristine condition.

OK, so maybe I was secretly wanting to try out having just a teensy bit of red back. maybe... just a teensy bit. I know that sounds silly to some of you, but when you've spent the last three years going "whites" and "neutrals" then it can be a little intimidating (and bright).

So out came a vintage quilt that has a fun little plaid on the back.
OK, that helped tone down the red.


So, I'm kinda, sorta, getting used to the little bit of red again.

coming up...the Holiday Cupboard for Easter.
Thank goodness it's much easier, 
and less expensive to change than sofas.

joining in for these weekly parties:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
TTT at Stonegable


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