Tuesday, March 2, 2010

So, time for Spring Cleaning?

Nah! Not really... But a bit of re-arranging in the garden and inside! These little irises popped into bloom today and make a wonderful welcome by the front door.
Inside, it's March on Niki's calendar, so the welcome is...
... yellow and rosey? Ah, that's a bit of a challenge...This sweet little girl is surely too good to be true... and she is... she's not vintage, but she was still worth 1€ the town Vide Grenier last year. Isn't she pretty?This is a little sewing kit my mum gave me.And here you see that I really don't have much yellow at all, at least much vintage yellow. Less is more, though.Upstairs I've done some button sorting. Glittery little wonders in this unworthy jar...And February's red tins crept back upstairs to join this cute little set of drawers, rescued from a sort-out in the boys' room, and now holding threads and sewing notions sorted according to colour. I've put the boot pin cushion on the topmost tin now - can anyone remember what that Chinoiserie tin contained? Answer available on Feb 1st's post, I think...
Spring is coming indoors with a selection of three hyacinth bulbs (known as jacinthes in French) in a vintage bowl surrounded by garden moss. No, I haven't grown them and forced them - I'm rubbish at that. But I shall plant them in the garden when they've finished, so it's OK!Today was another beautiful spring day, and I got loads of washing dried outside...... because tomorrow and Thursday it's due to pour all day.


Sarah said...

There must be a bit shortage of yellow items. Remember I was short of yellow fabrics for my string quilt too? STrange really as it's such a sunny colour.

Glad to hear you have sun at long last. Dry washing should put a big smile on your face.

Your spring bulbs are beautiful. Unfortunately I only found acorns yesterday. Not a good sign at all.

Love your little displays especially the red one. Those gingham lids are just too cute!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have some pretty treasures. I should have forced some bulbs this year, but did not. I love the smell of hyacinths and paper whites. Enjoy your week.

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

I love the way you decorate using Niki's calendar for inspiration! And thank you for the reminder... Niki's calendar still shows February in my kitchen! ;)

Shabby Chick said...

Oooh pretty flowers! I really liked seeing your treasures as well. Love the glass buttons.

Mel xxx

Lorrie said...

Your irises are so pretty. As are your other treasures.

Enjoy the sunshine.


Mami said...

Oh glad to hear from spring news,so i imagined that you had a lot of snow and cold weather.

And you're getting better day by day actually.
Have a happy spring! :)

VintageVicki said...

Good old Spring - how good its starting all over Europe at the moment.

I've been buying hyacinths - just loving them this year. Need to plant them out one sunny day too.

Anonymous said...

Oh look at those sweet blooms popping out! They are so lovely there is a heart swelling up behind them.

Isobel said...

Hi Floss,
Thank you for your visit to my blog. Your pictures are lovely and the blooms coming up is just adorable!

Kissed by an Angel said...

What lovely Irises, doesn't it make you feel better when you see beautiful spring flowers in in sunlight!! I love Hyacinths too!! I love that vintage look tin too!!!

Lululiz said...

How lovely to see your beautiful flowers blooming. The irises are such a gorgeous colour. It really doesn't matter that the tin isn't true vintage, who cares, it looks so very charming.

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

your iris' are lovely, I have some too popped up today from a free newspaper offer last year, forgotten I planted them. Are French garden centres like ours? I imagine they would do a very tasteful display.

Carol said...

I just knew I would regret not ordering one of Nikki's calendars.
The irises look wonderful. I've been out doing a bit of gardening this morning, can see the snowdrops much more clearly now and, at last, the hellebores are joining in the display. Love this time of year.
Carol xx

Temps perdu said...

Spring is so much ahead for you. Looks just wonderful. All the colours are so bright and alive, I do enjoy spring. I enjoy drying washing outside, first of all, I can sit for ages and just look at the clothes and bedlinen dance in the wind. And best of all, is the scent of fresh clean clothes, sheets, towels.
Floss, I hope you feel better, that you slowly find your strenght and your health. Please take care of yourself. You are so sweet, so kind and so beautiful. I also think you look like a very aimable character of any Jane Austen novel.
I send you warm thoughts. Nina

Emma said...

Hello Floss,
Love the flowers in the bowl, thanks for your help on my post about the new name.
Hope it's sunny in France today.
Emma x

Rubyred said...

Such pretty things Floss!
Hope you get your dosage sorted soon!
I'm the snuggler in my house, I just put down the needle when I want one!
My hubby has found many needles over the years!Oh yes, usually in the bottom of his foot, he adds drily!!
Rachel x

Cottage Garden said...

Such pretty little irises - they look lovely in the sunshine. Talking of sunshine, we too had a gorgeous day yesterday but now its gone all wobbly again. Hope its sunny for you again today!


Cottage Creature said...

Hi Floss! First, thanks for visiting and commenting.

Your irises are so pretty, gotta love those first little blooms coming out in Spring...unfortunately it's still pretty cold here and there are not even any Krokuses out yet. You have lovely collectibles, my favorite is the tin with the girl, she's a beauty.

The magazine swap sounds great, I've never been involved in one, but it sounds like a lot of fun...count me in when the time comes!

Will be visiting often....I love France. I'd move there if I could speak the language at least somewhat. That's another thing on my list to learn!

Lola Nova said...

It's looking so lovely and spring like over here!
I love those Iris, I have promised myself that this fall I will finally plant some bulbs!

andamento said...

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm very taken by your irises in the sunshine - lovely!

A Bun Can Dance said...

What a lovely hint of Spring!
I had that very tin with the picture of the little girl when I was a student 25 years ago! No idea where it is now.... probably still at my Mum and Dad's with lots of my other 'stuff' - ooops!
Wishing you a happy and healthy Springtime!
Denise x