Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring is in the Air . . .

Waking up to the cheery melody of a sweet little songbird is one of the best ways to start the day.

We enjoyed a most beautiful weekend with temperatures in the upper 70s. The windows have been opened and the fresh spring air has been perfuming every room in the house.

After breakfast I took a little walk around the yard and couldn't resist bringing a bouquet of daffodils in with me.

While my sister was visiting last week we did a little bit of shopping. We each bought a few of these clear birdie vases. We thought they were just the thing to add a bit of spring cheer to a special spot in the house, a desk top in the office or a nice little gift to take a friend. After my sister had left to return home I discovered this darling little book called "The Bluebird of Happiness" on the guest bed. What a nice reminder of our time together, not to mention it fits in perfectly with my garden style decor.

Every year in Charlotte there is a special event called The Southern Spring Show. Highly talented landscapers transform an indoor building into many beautiful themed spring gardens. If you didn't know better you would swear you were outside.

If you don't already have spring fever when you go, you will have it for sure when you are done visiting.

This small fountain made from smooth stones and surrounded by moss and daffodils was just as sweet as it could be.

This picture turned out a bit blurry, but I thought the pie cooling in the window was too cute to miss.

In addition to breathtaking gardens there were also some themed tablescapes. This tea party in the garden was beyond precious. Whoever designed this has some beautiful dolls and the details on the table were gorgeous.

There was even a little baby doll enjoying the tea party.

~ Breakfast with the Bees ~

~ Mother's Favorite Things ~

I bought some of these large leaves at a garage sale last fall, so I had to take a picture of this clever idea.

Here's another clever idea!!

Look at the birdseed sprinkled around the table. This might not work too well outside :-)

Some of the local garden clubs designed themed windows. This was my favorite. I just love the window box with the signs saying "Imagine a Simpler Thyme" and a dear little grandma figurine tucked in with the geraniums.

Wouldn't you love to attend a picnic with this picnic basket?

This was a cute Alice in Wonderland themed window. Here's another clever window box covered with playing cards.

This one with the fresh herbs made me want to cook something yummy with some freshly cut herbs. Mmmmm...

One last clever idea. Wouldn't that cup of tea taste better if it were served this way?
I hope that wherever you live you are starting to see the signs of spring. If snow is still on the horizon, hang in there ~ it won't be too much longer.


  1. I probably will forget something I want to just know I LOVED this post. First of all those bird vases are soooo cute. Oh, I would just love to find one. And the little book from your sister is so sweet. I love your header. It is so springy... and I wish I could have gone to the garden show. Every one of the displays is just adorable. The idea of the nests behind the chairs is too cute..I really have to try that! Again, just a wonderful post!

  2. What a lovely post. I loved it all. How nice to have flowers from your yard in the house already. I haven't seen any here by me yet but we did have a nice warm weekend. I will miss the yard I don't have any more. But I will have flowers out on my deck.
    Great Post!!

  3. Hi Kim. What a pretty post you shared. Your birdy vases are so cute..I've never seen any of those.

    The home and garden show you went to looks beautiful. Ours is always just a lot of hot tubs. You got some great pictures and ideas.

    We are definitely seeing signs of spring here but there's chance of snow later in the week. It's the time of year when anything can happen.

  4. I could so use a vacation in a warm place right now. If I don't see something green real soon, I think I'm gonna just get in my car and head south! Good photos. Sounds like you had a good time with your sis.

  5. By the time I finished reading your post and looking at the perfectly photographed pictures...I am ready for Spring. Our daffodils are not blooming, in fact I haven't seen any flower, not even the Crocus...but it is coming. Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers...thank you for sharing those with me. The garden show was an event I wouldn't want to miss if I lived in your area.

  6. I loved the little sketch that opened your post ... and everything that came after.

  7. It has been wonderful weather in the Carolinas the last few days. Your flowers are beautiful. I enjoyed getting some ideas from the pictures.

  8. Such a lovely post! I totally enjoyed it.

    Barb/Bella Vista

  9. What lovely pictures of spring! I love your little birdy vases and the little bird statues that you have. That shop looks so awesome! I wish I was there with you!

    Hugs, Sharon

  10. Oh, I can't imagine picking daffodils! Mine are just poking through the ground. Loved seeing yours!

  11. I am yearning for spring. Winter seemed so long this year.

    The dafffodils are so pretty and make it feel like spring is here.
    You got lots of great inspirational pix from the garden show...thanks for sharing.

  12. kim...thank you so much for leaving a note on my is so much fun to see who is stopping by for a remind me of me... with your love of blue birds....i really love those sweet bird vases and it is so nice to see some spring flowers...we are so far behind up here...our spring flowers are just poking out their heads tulips will not be blooming for awhile yet. I must run off to work but will be back to read some more of your lovely blog!!!

  13. Those sweet little bird vases are just darling. I'm quite envious of your beautiful daffodils from your garden. I have several more weeks until mine start to bloom.

  14. What a beautiful show! (Our little flower show begins tomorrow. The locals are hoping it will do better this year now that the big Boston Flower Show is no more.) It's wonderful to see that they're still being done in your area. We sometimes really need the inspiration and there was so much there. I loved the birdbath being used as an end table!

  15. Your daffodils are so pretty! Ours have just started to bloom. I love spring!

  16. Hi Kim! How pretty the daffodils are in your garden. I just got released from the hospital and there was the first of our miniature daffys peeking its little yellow bonnet out to say hello. What fun vases and the garden show looks like it was a joy to go to. All the tablescapes are fabulous!

    Hugs ~

  17. Oh, it is so cold here. Your post was so refreshing to see. What darling little tablescapes your shared.

  18. This is the perfect place to come for a little 'spring fix'...since we have reverted to winter weather here this week!

  19. I definitely have spring fever after reading your post! So lovely. Thanks for sharing everything with us. Twyla

  20. Hi Kim, I happened upon your blog today and saw your lovely post. It certainly made me think of spring. It was wonderful. I hope you have a lovely day ♥

  21. What wonderful photos! Have to go back and look at the dolls at the tea party again! We came back to daffodils and forsythia blooming! Hope it warms up soon!

  22. SO much fun...we are so ready for spring!
    kari & kijsa

  23. Kim,

    Lovely flowers!!!!!!!! Great pictures. Enjoy our spring... in Malaysia we have abundance of sunshine throughout the year except on rainy days... flowers bloom all the time.

  24. Kim,

    Thank you for sharing these photos. They have given me a hint of spring fever.


  25. Hi Kim,
    How wonderful to see all the signs of spring. I brought some daffodils in the other day too. I know you and your sister had a wonderful time together. The bird book she left is sounds just perfect.


  26. So glad I stopped by. Such a springy post!!

    Your banner is lovely!


  27. Hi Kim
    I live in Charlotte and have never been to the Spring Show. Seeing your pictures makes me wish I'd gone this year!
    Your new banner for spring looks lovely.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  28. Hi Kim,
    Thank you for stopping by and sending get well wishes and thank you for sharing your Spring! I'm so excited for the flowers to start to bloom here.
    Your pictures are just beautiful! What a lovely garden show. They added so many cute touches. Loved the scattered bird seeds!

  29. Hi Kim,
    What beautiful pictures...spring is definitely in the air in your area! Everything is darling...glad you shared these pictures.

    Thank you very much for stopping by to visit me and for leaving me such a sweet comment...come back again soon!

    Love, Kim

  30. I too loved your little bird vases. Have never seen any like them. Everything looks so nice and springy.
    The the chair and nest idea.


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