Monday, March 1, 2010

Getting Ready for Easter/Spring!

Well, it's been a pretty good day so far! When I went to the Cartridge World to get re-filled printer cartridges, I spotted a store on the way that I hadn't noticed before. It was a bakery outlet. One of the signs said Orowheat on it. Steve is really big into the whole grain breads now and is slowly converting me. Years ago I switched to whole wheat bread for sandwiches and I'm developing a taste for brown rice. Another sign said Francisco bread...which to me means sourdough(my favorite bread of all time)! So, after I got my ink cartridges, I stopped in. Oh my! Such great prices and a pretty decent selection. I got my extra sourdough for $1.39, a package of whole wheat English muffins and whole wheat bagels and I spent less than $5! Yippee skippee!

And if you don't know about Cartridge World or places similar, you really do need to check it out. They refill your cartridges for you at half the cost of new ink cartridges. I got all four of mine for $25! That's black, yellow, blue and magenta for my machine. And I didn't have a non expired coupon and said something like bummer, I don't have a coupon. He was so very kind to add a coupon code to my order.  Yippee skippee!

I was bummed when I found out that the Sonic that I go down closed its doors forever yesterday. The lease was up and it was an underperforming store so they opted to close the store. Well, I went to one on the way to get my inks and got my drink. They didn't do the discount I was used to, so I thought, well, I guess I won't come back. But when I got to the window I asked about it, the manager said, from now on tell them you are a VIP customer and you'll get your drink for the price you got at the other store. He even gave me his business card. Yippee skippee!

Guess it sure doesn't hurt to ask or mention things in a nice way, huh? *Ü*

But I guess you don't really want to hear about my morning, do you? LOL I cleaned up a bit this morning, too and took some pictures of my "theme" as the girls call it. So, for your viewing pleasure...

This is a part of my new to me coffee table. I got it from Oma, across the street who didn't want it anymore. She gave it to me! For Christmas she gave us that glass plate with the roses. It's a Mikasa, I believe. She made a bunch of yummy treats and piled them on that little plate. So sweet! The other glass pieces I've been picking up at the thrift store. I just got the one with the eggs in it. I still need to clean it up a bit, but I couldn't wait to share. If you look to the left, you can see the bunny's head in a tray I picked up at the thrift store to house magazines and our remotes. And, well, I guess bunnies in progress, too! Under the coffee table I've added a couple of baskets to hold my yarn for projects I'm currently working on. Love it!

Here are a couple of bunnies I've picked up. I must share that not one of the bunnies I have picked up recently have cost more than $1.50! This tall one was originally going to be put on the table on the porch, but she looks so cute on my tea cart that I decided to keep her inside.

This is what I did for my breakfast bar. The placemat is from the thrift store, the eggs and ribbon from the Dollar Tree and the jelly beans and marshmallows from Target. There are extra smartie hearts from Valentine's Day, but the colors work, so I left them for now. 

This is what's on the windowsill over my kitchen sink. I have had this little bud vase forever, but never knew what to do with it. When I started doing my "themes" I've made a point to find something little to put in the vase. Last month was some of those glittered hearts. I found this little sprig at Joann's. It's a little bit of happy, isn't it?

This holder sits on our kitchen table. (I got the idea from Susi. Told you I wanted to grow up just like her). Anyway, I stuck a bud vase in the one compartment and I've been adding a little something to it as well each theme. I picked up two of the sprigs at Joann's and put one here. The butterfly is from a bouquet of flowers Steve gave me a long time ago. I had it in a plant that I managed to kill finally and when I threw the plant out, I kept the butterfly. Jessica loves it! (and so do I)

Here's the table on my porch. Yep, I've found several bunnies at the ARC thrift store. I just found the tall one this weekend. The felt butterfly was found at the Dollar Tree as were the eggs in the basket.

Isn't this gal (guy) adorable?? Love those shoes with the droopy socks. LOL Oh, an the original tag was still on it!

Here is one of my pots. I always forget to show this one. I keep the theme, but add a different but similar type of flower. It's that odd number thing I keep reading about. I have three hanging pots and this one on a tall plant stand. Anyway....the flowers and egg pick were found at the Dollar Tree and the butterfly pick was found at Joann's.

I took a picture of each hanging basket so you could see the butterflies. Those yellow flowers? Dollar Tree~a three pack! And I wanted something to soften the look. I had some tulle on a roll that I bought at Michaels a long time ago (like a year or more) and I cut off a bunch and used it. Love the look!

This is what I see when I walk out my front door and I smile each time. I'm looking forward to getting those eggs done and hung up, too. 

I thought Easter was that the end of this month. I was wrong. That's what I get for thinking! LOL I'm relieved to know I have time to get the eggs made and enjoyed before the holiday.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a happy Monday! *Ü*


mE said...


I love that you are soo gooda bout putting up your "themes", lol! Your house seems so cheery and happy with each season/holiday having a special theme. :)

I can't wait to see them in PERSON this week :) Woot!



Kim Burmeister said...

Wow, Jeanne! You had a great morning.

Oh, I love how you decorate for the holidays. I don't do much except for Halloween and Christmas, so I am living vicariously through you. So pretty!

Alanna said...

Your house looks fabulous Jeanne with all the decorations. I hardly do any decorating at all. A Christmas tree during that season and that's about it.

And how fun to hear about all your bargains. And I love those Sonic cherry limeaids. Super yummy.

Kathi C. said...

So, Erin is visiting you AGAIN this week? I am SO jealous. Why don't both of you hop in the car and drive north a few miles? Well ... maybe it's more than a few! LOL.

Your "theme" looks wonderful!! And, it's making me think I should go look for some of my stuff!

Thanks so much for sharing!!

Sparkle said...

I love all of your decorations! And yeah for great deals!

Sharli said...

Darling!!! I just love the pretty spring colors and you'll be ready in plenty of time! Sad that your Sonic is closing - I am saddened by the loss of businesses - recently we lost a favorite local scrapbook store. I know it's especially hard for them to keep up with the rotation of stock (scrapbooking is such an ever changing thing!) - and since we're all a bunch of emotional women, it was very hard to say goodbye. Lots of tears and hugs. I hope that didn't happen at Sonic!

Laurel said...

Love your decorations! I'm so ready for spring!

Carolyn Christie said...

WOW you have been busy decorating! Looks great!
Have a great visit with Erin. Hoe sweet!

Oh, and when you have time i have a little something for you on my blog.

stampmonkey said...

I'd say 'yippee skippee' about sums it up for you!! You're about the best bargain hunter I know, and I appreciate your sharing all your tips and sources with us. ;)

Love all your glassware, bunnies, and spring decorating, and I'm sure your girls are tickled pink by it. (Wonder what Steve's thinking.... I think my hubby would be rolling his eyes all the while. lol)

Thanks for the peek at your cheery decorating. ;)

Jackie said...

oh you have so much your easter decorations....makes me think i should do something too...HA!