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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hello, Spring ~ A Blog Tour

Hello, Spring ~ A Blog Tour

A big thank you to

Katie @ Let's Add Sprinkles

for organizing and hosting our 

Hello, Spring Blog Tour!


It's been a roller coaster of a winter,

but I do think spring is finally here.

Bluebonnets are blooming, and .   .   .

The tulips have popped up

to add some vibrant color to the garden.

Bunnies can 

be seen hopping about.

You'll find them in the garden   .   .   .

Where flowers are beginning 

to show their pretty faces.

Ahh .   .   .   Springtime in Texas!

The days are perfect for lounging on the

terrace in the warm sunshine   .   .   .

 Or perhaps a  

sunny spot inside the house.

Those who know me, know of my

affinity for most animals, especially bunnies.

You're sure to see these little critters tucked here and there

 around the house, much like they are out in the garden.

Herend bunnies gather on the shelves

in the living room.

These cuties too!

I seem to be attracted to the charm of

these little cast iron rabbits who have followed 

me home through the years.

The standing bunny top right is the most recent.

The dealer said when she found him he was attached to an inkwell.

Evidently the ink well was in sad condition, but she

knew someone like me would give this little fellow a home.

This group fits right in among some of the leafy

pieces of my vintage majolica on the living room bookshelves.

This big guy with his load of baskets sits on the shelf above.

He is very special because he once belonged to a 

good friend who is no longer with us.

The petite lapin with a basket of flowers on his back

was a gift from a friend who knows I like these little metal bunnies.

He is part of a vignette on the table in the kitchen sitting room.

The bowl is full of vintage rabbit cookie cutters,

and the jaunty rabbit on the stand was painted by a local artist.

Vignettes within the Irish pine cupboard in the 

kitchen sitting room include some French faience bunnies.

The wool needle punch bag that hangs 

on the door was an Etsy find.

created this darling bag using a Brenda Gervais design.

The work is exquisite, and I'm impressed with design's details.

Fresh cut flowers are a treat

that we give ourselves around here.

They don't have to be hyacinths to feed our souls.

A family of black and white majolica rabbits 

sit among silver containers on the Welsh dresser in the dining room.

Last year I scrambled to get Easter things 

out soon after Valentines Day.  

You can see a complete post on my 2016 Easter table here.

This spring, with Easter still a month away,

I'm not yet ready to pull out the Easter decor.

A single vase of flowers is all that is on the table for now.

Over on the sideboard is a Courtly Check vignette 

that hints of what's to come in April.

When I spotted this darling little chick in the

MacKenzie-Childs spring catalog, it was love at first sight.

 I just knew the little chick would make a perfect 

companion to the wonderful Courtly Check rabbit that 

my "personal shoppers" found for me at the

MacKenzie-Childs' Barn Sale last summer.

Thank you, Debbie and Patti!

See these adorable little chicks?

They are one of a kind, painted for me by the talented

Patti @ Pandora's Box.

I'll soon share more about Easter touches

around the house in an upcoming post, so please come back soon.

Thanks for joining me today,

If you missed the ongoing blog tour, be sure to visit the links below. 





The Dedicated House/ Ash Tree Cottage/ Hyacinths For The Soul/ Let's Add Sprinkles 

Also joining

Sunday, March 12, 2017

March ~ Celebrating Sadie


March is always a time to celebrate

here at Hyacinths for the Soul.

It's the month that our sweet

 Sadie Mercedes came to live with us.

When we adopted her on March 10, 2012,

our life was immediately filled with a new joy.

Here we are getting to know each other that first week.

She arrived a shy little girl,

having been left at the Austin Humane Society

by previous owners who for some reason 

could no longer care for her, her brother, and her parents.

Luckily for us, Wee Rescue

rescued her from the Austin Humane Society

and fostered her until we showed up at a 

Saturday Wee Rescue Meet and Greet.

It was love at first sight!

Sadie loves her toys and brings them

to us when she wants to play.  

She likes us to throw them for her to retrieve.

Then she brings them back and wants to play tug of war.

A girl after my heart, her favorite toy 

is her Courtly Check bone.

Sometimes she gets a bit mischievous and pulls

things out of the closet wanting to play.  

I'm always finding socks scattered about upstairs.

Sadie has the sweetest disposition, loves to snuggle,

and is always right where we are.

And this girl loves to eat!

Thanks, Wee Rescue!

Our hearts are full of gratitude 

as we celebrate five years!

I'm pleased to announce the winner of the 

MacKenzie-Childs Green Flower Market Vase is
  Bonnie @ Living With Thanksgiving.


Bonnie, please send me an email so we can get

this pretty vase to you for those spring bouquets. 

Look for the Traveling Totes to return June 1st

with new adventures and a new give away.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tales of the Traveling Totes # 10 ~ The Adventures Continue

Welcome to Tales of the Traveling Totes # 10.

When Patti organized our little group of tote travelers

in 2015, who would have guessed that we'd

be continuing the fun two years later

and adding new travelers along the way.

Yes, exciting news!  Another traveler has hopped on board.

Meet Katie and her traveling partner, Miss Daisy.

I first met Katie through her blog, Preppy Empty Nester

and have since had the fun of meeting up with Katie

 here in Austin as well as on Cape Cod this past summer.

With a header like this, Katie definitely belongs in this group!

Katie is a perfect fit for The Tales of the Traveling Totes series. 

Katie is the master of wit and humor with weekly musings on 

Hodgepodge WednesdayFriday Files, and other frequent posts

where she shares beautiful homes and places

of interest in and around Boston.

Chowdah and Chili, her faithful companions, 

will no doubt be involved in the fun.

As for Miss Merri Mac and the other Courtly Check girls here,

we've been staying pretty close to home of late 

with only a few nearby getaways.

An overnight Mah Jongg retreat with a group 

of twelve friends, took us to an amazing lake house 

on the shores of Lake LBJ.

Too cold to be on the water, but the view was spectacular.

Anyway, we were way too busy inside with a Mah Jongg

tournament, playing into the wee hours of the morning.

Mid January found Miss Merri Mac and me 

on the road with the CAMEO group

for antique shopping in the Texas hill country

as we made our way to the beautiful 

Frio Canon on the Frio River.

After a full day of shopping in the small hill country towns,

we settled in at this beautiful Frio River property.

Lots of delicious food and laughter as we stayed up late

enjoying the company of good friends.

Everyone likely knows about the fall and spring 

antique markets in Round Top, Texas 

and surrounding area, but did you know 

that there is a winter show too?  

It’s just one venue at the Big Red Barn.

The weather isn’t always the best,

but who cares when antique treasures await.

Our most recent jaunt was up to Dallas to 

meet up with  Quimper collector  friends.

You may recall the gathering last year that I shared here.  

I had conflicts for arriving in time for 

the beautiful sale and luncheon, but I didn't want to miss

seeing the friends who flew or drove in for the annual event.  

Miss Merri Mac and I hopped on one of the new Vonlane buses 

and headed to Dallas for a few days of fun with Dallas friends.

I didn't take many photos, 

but I saw a wealth of beautiful Quimper!

To Visit Previous Miss Merri Mac Adventures

Just click on number links below. 

#1#2#3#4#5 # 6#7#8, #9, and also
hereherehere, and here.

The Traveling Tote Girls are giving away

this lovely green MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market vase

just in time for your spring bouquets.

To be entered you must leave a comment on this post.

Giveaway is now closed.
Congratulations to our winner,  Bonnie @ Living With Thanksgiving!

~ Don't Miss the Fun ~
More Tales of the Traveling Totes
at the links below.

Join Us June 1st

for the next Traveling Tote Adventure.


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