Spring Has Sprung

It’s time for a picnic in the park, or a walk in the nature preserve to observe the budding flora and fauna. These beautifully designed accessories make for a well equipped and fashionable outing. For toting, hunting, birding and biking, these natural and handmade items will make your day.

Clockwise, Image 1   The Opinel Mushroom Hunter’s Knife is for mushroom hunting. The 3″ curved blade cuts stems with ease and features a serrated section to scrape off larger bits of debris, while the natural bristle brush finishes the cleaning job.

Image No. 2  This sweet little bell, made of solid brass,strikes a clear and friendly tone with each strike of the lever. Brass is rust-proof and will mellow over time to a rich patina.

Image No. 3  Hand made from Appalachian white ash—the same hardwood that baseball bats are made from—this bike basket provides a place for light cargo as you pedal around town. The wood is left natural and will darken with weather and time, or it can be finished to help preserve the original appearance. Vegetable tanned leather loops are designed to fasten to handlebars.

Image No. 4  Carefully hand crafted by a small workshop in France, each of the wooden calls accurately duplicates the songs of birds in the wild, and comes packaged in its own wooden box. The set of six includes: Robin, Mourning Dove, Owl, Common Gallinule, Warbler, and Mallard Duck. Birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor hobbies and no wonder–what other language can be learned as easily?

These spring-time inspirations were found at CANOE in Portland.

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Time To Buy: Modern Quilts!

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If I Could Save Spring in a Bottle

With Valentines Day almost here, which means Spring can't be too far away, I am finding myself drawn to soft, romantic styles of decor and vignettes.  In my book, nothing could possibly be more romantic than wispy flowers delicately balanced in glass bottles.  I can't put my finger on it – maybe it is the ethereal quality that a light-filled bottle can have, contrasted with its usually utilitarian purpose, paired with the grace of a flower stem; but whatever the reason, I just can't get enough of them.  Fortunately I don't have to since there is so much beautiful inspiration out there.  Just take a look at this collection of photos I have recently found that highlight this enchanting trend.

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Two Floral DIY Ideas

I know, I know. Winter is barely here and I'm already pining for spring. Grass is truly greener, yes (especially when donning glorious florals!).

Regardless, when spring does arrive, at least I'll be ready. I've got my eye on two simple, five-minute tutorials that are sure to brighten the doorstep of a friend, neighbor, or… ahem, myself.

Care to see?:

1. Paper Basket Bouquet
How sweet do these daffodils look when sprouting from a simple paper bag? Cutest idea ever, and so, so cheap.

2. Fabric-Covered Pots
Have some spare fabric and a hideously outdated terracotta pot? You're in luck! Fabric covers a multitude of sins so your blooms can really blossom. Lucky you!

What do you think, friends? Can you wait until spring to try out these sweet ideas?

I didn't think so.

[Image Credit: Lavender and Lime]

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