Friday, March 7, 2014

Be Inspired #179

Hi Everyone, and welcome to
  Be Inspired!
If you can see the ground through the snow then please join me in a loud
"whoo hoo"!!!
If March is here then Spring has to come...eventually.

Thanks for all the BirthDay wishes, I've always loved having a March Birthday because it's starting to green up and signs of Spring are all around...but not this year. Dressing like an Eskimo isn't a lot of fun. I'll be hitting the mall to celebrate when I don't have to wear layers and layers of clothes.
Here are some great links from last week. Each time I see Anita's wonderful Dining Room, I sigh. It has such an Old World quality to it. Love those antlers above the sideboard.

Collecting Creamware
from Anita at Far Above Rubies

Pamela From My Front Porch to Yours found a wonderful mirror,
but it needed a new finish. Check out the post,

If you haven't enjoyed the current Simply Shabbilicious Magazine
from Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique,
 then head over for some beautiful inspiration!

Sherry from No Minimalist Here shares another amazing way
 to use a transfer with her DIY and tutorial Cheese Slab.

A breathtaking Garden Angel is now adorning the pergola Garden,
from Betty at My Cozy Corner.

This was a new one on me. Did you know that there's a product that turns ANYthing into a chalkboard surface? Check out D.D.'s Cottage and Design Chalkboard Breadboard. pretty cool.

And if you're needing a breath of fresh Spring Air then take a look at the Simple Spring Wreath from Christy at Confessions of a Serial DIYer.

thanks so much gals!

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    thanks so much for joining in
    and making this party so much fun!



    Say Hello to Common Ground's newest Sponsor,
    Debbie from Ribbonwood Cottage,
    who loves to create, and sees a lovely world of miniature things.

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    When will it be Spring?

    This last snow and ice storm threw a lot of us off kilter. Just when we had been teased with some warm days and sightings of crocus and daffodils pushing up, we got hit hard. But they, (the powers that be in the weather world) say we'll be back in the 50's by the weekend. So many people south of us had ice instead of sleet, so I'm grateful for just the cold and snow, not loosing power. Missouri is notorious for March snowstorms, heck, it snowed in May last year!

    This week is my Birthday Week. Yes, I celebrate all week, especially when it's so yucky outside that no restaurants are even open! My Birthdays have been "low key" for awhile, just the way I like them. A certain sweet hubby brought me home an armful of tulips in lovely Spring colors, but I didn't even have an ironstone pitcher here to put them in, so they found their way to my little galvanized bucket. 

    This was the first time I have used a flower frog. I have several vintage ones, but only one with the metal grid design. It made for a much prettier arrangement, instead of all of them falling over the sides.

    I have this little journal in precious pinks and lavender.
    "Very beautiful flowers".

    This is a little wreath I found last year,
    and a few of my old garden tools.

    My tiny friend is joining us.
    She thinks she's hidden in the twigs.

     I love collecting vintage embroidered tea towels. Now, in the times of disposable "everything", I admire the time and creativity that went in to decorating them.

    The light here in the sitting room is northern, 
    but in the morning it's just perfect.

    I hope "Spring" is closeby, wherever you are...

    Oh so tweet!
    You can check out more wonderful tulip ideas, 
    on my Pinterest Board, HERE

    A Big Thank You to everyone who took the time to enter the Give Away last week. The winner of the $35.00 gift certificate to French Bleu Vintage is Cathy from My 1929 Charmer. Have fun Cathy!

    I'll be joining in on these wonderful parties:

    Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
    Inspiration Exchange at City Farmhouse
    Treasure Hunt From My Front Porch to Yours
    Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
    Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
    Sweet and Simple Fridays at Rooted in Thyme
    Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
    Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
    Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
    Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

    Hope you're having a great week,

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    The Marketplace: Etsy and Boutique Showcase

    Seriously, I think this has been the winter from Antarctica. I could have said another word, but "Antarctica", is closer to the description. Snow, ice, name it we had it this last weekend. I'm so ready for Spring! Seeing all your wonderful items here, gives us a place to shop that we don't have to brave winters' ugly attitude. Here are a few great picks from last week:

    Must Love Junk


    Parisian Fleamarket

    Decorative Bird Plates

    Vintage Retrievers


    thanks everyone!

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    This is a linky party that is for items that are FOR SALE only. You don't have to have a blog to link up. If you have a blog post about your items that's great too, but they need to be available to purchase. Please try to link to the individual item that you are selling if possible. Please be a follower of Common Ground and if you have a blog it would be so nice for you to grab the image below to share somewhere on your blog. (not mandatory). Remember the link is up all week, so please stop back by to check out new items being listed. Thanks so much for sharing all your great items with us!

    Hope you'll join in with your own items.

    Happy Shopping!

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    Gray Sideboard...

    Between crumby weather and us packing, I haven't gotten out and about much, but recently I ran by Robin's Vintage Suitcase, here in Springfield. I had my camera with me, so I took a few pics of the store that's starting to show some Spring colors. I just fell in love with this amazing antique gray sideboard. Robin mixes her own chalk-y type paint, so can't tell you the color, but it highlighted in white and if I wasn't downsizing it would have come home with me. Gosh, I couldn't stop looking at it, so I thought you might enjoy a little salivating yourselves.

    (click on image to enlarge, and another time to make it REALLY big)

    Here are a few more pics from around the shop.

    Here's my cheese sign.

    isn't this tole chandy just perfectly "Spring"?

    Here piggy, piggy...

    OK, one more look...

    Robin is hoping to get an online shop started soon,
    I'll keep you posted.

    See you tomorrow for The Marketplace

    joining in for Grey Day Thursday at Petite Michelle Louise

    Have a great Sunday,

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