life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful

Sunday nights have been tough around here.


I mean Masterpiece is really trying.  They ended Downton Abbey and then to try and make it up to us they gave us like a Downton Abbey the remix and Downton Abbey at an awards show and the best of Downton Abbey the review.

And as many times as they repackage Downton Abbey, just between us…

….it hasn’t been the same.

But I think things may be looking up.

You might want to tune into PBS this Sunday, because I just saw that Mr. Selfridge is back in town. 🙂


One of my favorite spring home tours from this week.

Layers and layers of sunshine.

You can see the entire tour here.


The best gifts come from the heart.

Especially when they are easy to make.

See the DIY to make your own burlap sack here.


And then this happened.

Spring inspiration ideas and beautiful photography.

If you want to sigh today, check out the post here.


And for the table?

Love this easy 10-minute decorating idea.

She had me at tulips.


I’ve been wanting to pull out my watercolor paints again.

Best reason ever.

These trees are made with crumbled up paper.

Easy DIY tutorial here.

And in random news this week:

The prettiest eggs I have ever seen.

Super cute Spring hairstyle.

Free printable Easter baskets.

Best advice ever in the history of ever.

When to say thank you.

And I love a furniture shuffle.

dining room place settings

And one more for the road.

I’m posting my spring home tour on Monday.

Until then here’s my tour from last year.

Happy Random Saturday and Happy Easter. 🙂


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  1. I can’t wait to go back and see ALL this! I love, LOVE the colorful first photo of the flowers!!!! Be back later, have to go watch little Colleen at gymnastics then lunch!

  2. I was waiting on the edge of my seat…with a cup of coffee in hand for this post to arrive in my inbox!! And you never disappoint! Beautiful, as usual. Happy Saturday and Easter, sweet friend!

  3. Love everything in this post- but I always do:) Wish I inherited the “artistic” gene- let’s see your watercolors!

  4. Thanks for letting us know about Poldark a while back as well. I just watched all of season 1 and can’t wait for season 2.

  5. I adore you. Happy Easter.

  6. Oh my goodness. Those Easter eggs are gorgeous. So classy. And I think I need to print off the “thank you” advice and put it somewhere prominent–she was spot-on with all her comments and, yeah, I need to read that more often.

    I’ve never gotten into Mr. Selfridge but I am excited about Grantchester and Call the Midwives. 🙂

  7. I’m still catching up on Downton – try not to be jealous but we have 3 episodes left to watch!! 🙂 I’m going to miss it terribly!

  8. Buona Pasqua!! I wanted to wish you a Happy Easter and I hope that it is filled with sunshine. I know it will be filled with love and family — that’s a given at your house. Now I have a confession — I hope we can still be friends. *ahem* this is hard to say so I’ll just blurt it out, “I’ve never seen Downtown Abbey and I don’t know who and what you’re talking about!” 🙁 I know, isn’t that shameful? Every time you talk about it I swear that I’m going to take a peak but then I don’t remember what day it’s on or what time. *sigh* I guess I’ll just have to see if they have reruns or dvd’s or something. I feel like I’m the wallflower and there is so much going on and I’m clueless. I’ll try to see if I can get the Cliff notes on what is going on — I promise. Sending big hugs!!

  9. Nora linstrom :

    Don’t miss Granchester on Masterpiece . It’s statrs up again on Sunday night. Very good series.

  10. girl. your quote perfected my evening. I was just explaining this to my husband, and needed the extra affirmation! pinned to my quote board!!! hahaha!

  11. Mr. Selfridge – seriously!!!!!! I am super sad that Downton is done, but I am glad that Edith finally has some happiness in her life. Ready for Jeremy as Mr. Sefridge. Thanks for reminding me about this great show. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to two hoot owls talking to each other. I don’t know if they are battling for space or are talking about the weather. I love the sound of owls at night!

  12. Hoppy Easter!!!