Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tea Cup Garden

Do you ever need a little gift in a hurry...
Something that's sweet and thoughtful and not fussy?

Just take a minute and put together a Tea Cup Garden

It's so easy to pick up orphan cups, sugars, and creamers when your out at the fleas. They usually are just a few dollars, and when combined with a little green plant or posie they convey a sweet and thoughtful sentiment.

I always like to give my girlies a little something for Easter, and since they aren't fans of candy, I try to come up with something that they can enjoy beyond the moment.

I found these little pint sized creeping figs, but in a pinch you could just divide a little Swedish or English Ivy, Angel Vine, or any houseplant that you may have on hand. Grabbing a little moss from a shady outdoor spot works too. Just make sure not to over water, since there isn't any drainage. A little something living and green that will brighten any windowsill or counter.

I have this one sitting on an iron pedestal with a bunny box
on the buffet in the Dining Room.

Don't you love the logo on the plant tag?
Rabbit Shadow

Keeping a little stash of small containers
 will give you the ability to say "Thank You", "You're Special",
"Happy Birthday" or "Just Because".
An easy and thrifty way to share the love...

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Hope you've had a wonderful weekend.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Be Inspired #133: "Flower Beds"

Hi Everyone, time for "Be Inspired"!
The place to share what's been inspiring you this week.

 Do you need a little (or big) dose of Spring?
Just take a peek at these beautiful floral bed sets and you'll feel like your surrounded by garden posies.
Anne from Fiona and Twig shared her photo shoot of "The Sweet Pea Collection" taken at Round Top during Antique Week. The fabrics in this bedding are just amazing...and the photographer ain't half bad either...

Lynn from Shabby Story used a pair of Garden Gloves 
from the Dollar Store for a little Spring Fresh decor.

Lara from Air Kissed used natural dyes to create these
pastel delights in her post, Natural Easter Eggs 

Yvonne from Stone Gable shares her Easy Easter Table
 with a formula for Tablescaping throughout the year.

Anne From White Lace Cottage used an old step ladder
 in her kitchen to tie her two cabinets together.
 LOVE this vintage look and great for display!

Carrying Crosses from Andrea at Town and Prairie is a beautiful post,
sharing her thoughts on Holy Week.

Thanks ladies for joining in last week!

Today's Sponsor Spotlight
 is on Lucy's wonderful "reborn" jewelry pieces
Run by her Etsy Shop and check out her fun designs!

Hope you'll join in today and share your inspiration from this last week. Please have a link back to Common Ground to be featured. I really appreciate each one of you who comes by and joins the party each week, thanks bunches!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Be Inspired Showcase

I always love going through all your links from Be Inspired Friday. We've had so many wonderful posts on Spring and Easter. Here are few, that were also top visited links from last week.

Mary from Home is Where the Boat Is has had changes in her Spring weather, like so many of us have had. In her post, "Hopping Up and Down the Bunny Trail" she shares her Spring and Easter decor in the Potting Shed.

OK, I want one of these stamped spoons!

Jennifer's Daughter's Wedding
 from Town and Country Living is such a beautiful event.
Here are mom and daughter. They could be sisters!

found a great new way to use beadboard wallpaper.
What a neat idea, on the Fridge!!

and Denise on a Whim gave us One Shutter Two Ways
Love this great turquoise for Spring!

See you tomorrow morning for Be Inspired!

Gotta question for you...
anyone else out there having issues with your "comment email"?
I'm having multiple emails show up of the same comments.
And it's making me a little crazy...
just wondering.

Oh, and Be Inspired will go live a little early tomorrow,
so just a little heads up!


Felted Birds

You've heard me sing the praises of the UK Edition of Country Living Magazine before. It's such a wonderful magazine that celebrates British country life with features on craftspeople and artists, recipes, farming, decor, fashion, and home; All things from the lovely rural areas of the United Kingdom. In the March 2013 magazine there is an article (being the bird lover that I am), I just had to share with you.

Eve O'Neill is a transplanted Londoner who now resides in Wales. An artist all her life, after her move, her love of nature and all things "small" were channeled into the creations you see here. Fforestfelt is the result of her amazing lifelike felted wool sculptures of birds and small animals from the Welsh countryside.

Eve gathers her inspiration close to home, as she sketches her tiny muse.

Eve also uses local wools and materials.
Here she is creating a tiny wren which usually takes a full day to complete.

A nest with hatchlings accompanies this little mama.

 You'll want to visit her Blog and Website to see more of her amazing creations.

I think this issue is still available at bookstores,
 but you'll want to see her lifelike creations for yourself
in her gallery on the website, where not only birds, but rabbits and foxes, 
and display cases are filled with tiny woodland creatures.

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.
(All photos are my own, snapped from the pages of Country Living Magazine, March 2013)

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Marketplace: Etsy and Online Boutique Link-up

Hi Everyone,
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.
Have you finished off all the chocolate bunnies?

Time to link up your Etsy and Online Boutique items,
and then stick around to do some shopping!

Here are a few great links from last week:

from Red Hen Home

from Vintage Goodness 1

from Lovely Bones Emporium

from La Croix Rosion

from The Butler's Pantry

And today Michele from Glass Bead Treasures has the Spotlight.
 Here are a few items from her great Etsy Shop.
 These just reminded me of Spring!

I can just see a bride carrying this beautiful
Voguemont Beaded Purse

Thanks so much Michele!

This linky is for items that are FOR SALE only. Please link up to three of your items, (with a direct link if possible). You don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do, I'd love you to grab this image above for somewhere on your sidebar letting people know where to join in on the shopping fun. This link party will be live throughout the week, so please come back to check on new listings. 

Thanks so much everyone,
have fun shopping!

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