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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spring Shots

 Pssssssssssst...time to stop hibernating!
 You...yes, you!
 I know it's been a long winter, and you're sick of snow...
whatever that is.
 Wake up and come start Spring with us! We promise this is all stuff you can do no matter what the temperature is outside.
This last weekend was completely crazy, but a ton of fun. I cooked a huge Valentine's Day dinner for the family and some friends to pamper Chef Sam, and then he did the same on Sunday night for me.

In doing so, we went through a lot of scallions.
Do you like using those delicate little green onions?
We do too, but they aren't cheap, and their shelf life is ridiculously short.
Try growing your own next time you pick some up- for free!
Slice the root end off of your scallion, leaving an inch and a half. Stick the roots in dirt. Water. Done.
You can handle that, right?
And as you need them, just trim off the tops with kitchen shears. They'll come back fast.
How fast?
I planted these Saturday while we were cooking. The photo was taken Tuesday morning. That little shoot coming up the middle is all new growth.
These are enjoying the view from my kitchen window, so they should do just as fine on yours.
Especially if you're just dying to get your fingers in the dirt.
See? It's not too early for a garden!
(Is this really working? Click HERE to see!)
Dress your hutch for beach weather, and break out some tropical artwork!
 
 This is just an art festival poster cut to fit a clearance frame that I already had, but doesn't the vibe make you want to samba with a margarita?
 
 And yes, that deliberate green wall is color matched to vibrant shades.
Simplest of all? A $5 pack of feather butterflies from the craft store on long wires that you can perch on almost anything.
  My mother, who was the curator of a butterfly garden, was ecstatic.
Just put complimentary colors together. Or if your house is not painted to resemble a kaleidoscope, use them as fun pops on your neutrals.
Then enjoy your subtle fling.
 
 Don't look out the window. This is our secret.

28 comments:

lisbonlioness said...

I love everything about this post, from Kitty to plants, but most of all the tidbit of info that your Mum was the curator of a butterfly garden. I mean, a BUTTERFLY garden? There's a certain mental image of your mother forming in my head, and I really like it!

Kim K. said...

Beautiful pictures. A great way to start my morning. How fun that your mother was a curator of a butterfly garden. It sounds very romantic. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

PS. I've got snow pictures on my blog this morning. Rumor has it that we may see 50 degrees by Friday!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

I never thought to plant the scallions! cool!!! I want to know what you made in all those heart shaped ramekins!!

Sherri B. said...

Your wall color looks great, love that shade of green.

I will be trying your great tip with scallions, perfect timing with produce prices set to go up!

Sharon said...

Planting scallions now, huh? Okay, I'm gonna be giving this one a try! Your Mom continues to fascinate me...a Master Gardener AND a curator of a Butterfly Garden??? I'd love to meet her! I'm going to try working on my cold frame this week, cause although it's in the high 50's to low 60's it'll be cold again. I want to set some things out though for an earlier start this year!

Michelle L. said...

Many nifties here! But my favorite - I feel like a dummy - I never knew you could plant scallions like that. I thank you, Sunny!

Heather said...

I always feel like doing the samba with a margarita :) Your house would be the perfect place to do just that.

Chelsea said...

I love it! The butterflies are a great and easy spring touch!

P.S. What are scallions?! (obviously I'm not the chef in our family, haha!)

~Chelsea

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

How fun! Happy Spring!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

It's like you are speaking directly to me. Yes! I must get my fingers in the dirt. I am planting paper whites tonight just to 'get my fix' Your scallion idea is a great one too!!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

oh my goodness, the scallion trick is amazing!

Judie said...

This is a terrific post! Full of great ideas and great art! I love that poster. I am going to try the scallion thing asap!!

Cheryl said...

This had me laughing. Thanks for the scallion tip and showing how easy it is to create a springish feel when we're still buried.

Jingle said...

furry, cute, and elegant spring shots.
love your take.
smiles.
:)

Donnie said...

Cool post. Looks like you have been busy.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love the scallion idea, great in a sunny window:@)

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

LOL, LOVE this! I bought that same multi pack of butterflies to scatter around and cheer me up. Love your attitude and style!

Teresa said...

I am so ready for spring! I'm thinking of starting to plant a few seeds in hoping that spring will eventually arrive. Love your butterflies!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

So ready for spring--thanks for the spring inspiration! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picking Fence.

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

Having unseasonably spring-like weather here in the midwest, know it is only a tease but enjoying it anyway. Thanks for sharing your spring lovelies at my Flaunt it Friday party! Come back soon! :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

You kitty looks so sweet sleeping away and your butterflies are charming! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Jenny said...

What great spring-spiration you shared with us here.

This whole post made me smile.

The cat pictures at the first were so clever...and planting scallions like that...who knew?

Thanks for linking all this specialness to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "S".

You are soooo cool.


A+

AllieMakes! said...

Cute! It really is a cute touch of spring!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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Meg said...

Ah, where is spring where I live?!? I love and envy your growing plants! Really?!? Augh!

H said...

I'm afraid I'm still with your cat - curl up and sleep until the sun is warm enough to entice me out! (I do love your butterflies though!)

At The Picket Fence said...

Beautiful spring touches Sunny! Thank you so much for coming over and linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week! :-)
Vanessa

Cristie said...

Love the bowl of kitty and everything else! happy spring!!!

Sonja said...

OK sorry, but the scallion idea has me hooked. Are these you picked up from the grocery store?? If not where did they come from?