winter blues

I’m feeling a bit blah lately and it’s really not about the weather.  It’s crazy warm in northern California.  Dare, I say, too warm for this time of year?
We have 5 pear trees in the backyard and they bloomed unseasonably  early.  now I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, ‘Cuz I’m not.  I’m SO not.  I feel terrible for all the folks under so much snow.  Growing up back east, I get it.  And I very much appreciate the good weather I enjoy now.
These trees are beautiful in bloom but sadly the blooms have come and gone already.
I enjoyed them thoroughly but now I feel in limbo.  It’s still too cold overnight to start planting my containers outside although it’s in the 70s during mid day.
 Aren’t these blooms gorgeous?  I love how delicate they are.  So since I can’t really plant outside I’ve brought some nature inside.
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 I added some succulents & lemons on my coffee table in the living room to jump start into spring.
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I got the mini succulents at the home depot and put them in some of my silver plate pieces, lined with spanish moss.
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 I used a silver plate gravy boat, a creamer and a small pitcher, using three different individual succulents in each container.  I used three different shaped containers but their profiles all compliment each other.
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The fact that they are all succulents, in silver plate containers with Spanish moss accents unifies them although they are all different styles.  It’s the balance I love between contrast and compliment.  I have them on my wooden capitol with some old books to add different heights.  Balanced on the other end with a bowl of lemons.  Another natural element.  I’ve started drinking a cup of hot water with lemon juice & honey every morning so I’m using a lot of lemons.  I’ll share more about this in a later post.
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I added some fresh ivy plants to my a cast iron planter on the mantle as well.
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I love greenery.  I believe it’s one of the best ways to decorate and liven up a space.  My mom always said homes should have books & plants.  And I agree 100%.
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Fresh greenery just makes  me happy.  Nothing livens up a room as quickly & economically.
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This has helped chase my winter blues | blahs away, starting my spring inspiration process.
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I also added some stock to my green bottle collection on my kitchen table.
What do you do to chase away the winter blues | blahs?
sharing @:
feathered nest friday @ french country cottage
morning cup of joe @ the cottage market
sweet & simple friday @ rooted in thyme
amaze me monday @ dwellings the heart of the home
making monday @ grace langdon art
masterpiece monday @ boogieboard cottage
motivate me monday @ keeping it simple
motivational monday @ burlap & babies
inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia
show & share @ coastal charm
the scoop @ stonegable
on display thursday @ table & hearth
tweak it tuesday @ cozy little house
what’s it wednesday @ ivy & elephants
something to talk about @ karen’s up on the hill
a bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive
saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes
winter blues wednesday @ diy by design
wow us wednesday @ savvy southern style
wordless wednesday @ oh my heartsie girl 
treasure hunt thursday @ from my front porch to yours
home & garden thursday @ a delightsome home
share your cup thursday @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson
home sweet home @ the charm of home
sundays at home @ love of home
shabbilicious fridays @ shabby art boutique



  1. Love those succulents in tiny pots! Thanks so much for linking up at Motivational Monday! Hope you will link up again tomorrow.

  2. thanks for stopping by becky and yes i’ll be there again next week. mj

  3. I love the succulents! I have been wanting to plant some in an old frying pan. Wondered if Home Depot might have some. I adore the smell of Stock and they are gorgeous in your bottles! I too welcome Spring and chase away winter by bringing Spring indoors as well as planting early bloomers for the porch. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. hi jann- hope you found succulents at your home depot. they have from mini 2-3″ pots to 4″, 6″ and i think 8″. so plenty to choose from. a frying pan would be totally cute. make sure to post it if you do it. i’d love to see it. c ya next week. mj

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