Random Acts of Kindness: May Baskets!

Holiday and Hearth Holiday & Hearth Lisa Anne Novelline craft blog May basket

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May Tablescape with a Touch of Victorian Elegance!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage roses blog festival celebration seasons nature blog spring equinox easter ostara oestre beltane may day tablescape table decor Victorian sterling silver silverplate silver plate elegant chic shabby cottage french romantic alencon lace napkin holders raised pedestal floral centerpiece dancing figures lefton candleabra crochet cameo hurdy gurdies toffees lace tumblers sugar cubes heart tea cups Victorian Trading beeswax tapers lovebird placecard holders

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ~Jean Giraudoux

May, oh May! Love and passion most definitely ring through our midst. Flowers bloom everywhere while birds serenade us with their joyful mating songs! This is the time to celebrate love and to honor our passions for life, creativity, and all that bring us joy! What better way to focus our energies and encourage loved ones to follow their bliss than to get together for a joyous May Fair?!

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Spring Photo Essay: My Backyard

Holiday and Hearth: green bough

  Even between holidays, there is just so much beauty in this season that sometimes it seems difficult not to become overwhelmed by its loveliness. Arboretums, flower shows, greenhouses, and public gardens are amazing, but true natural beauty sometimes sits right before our eyes unnoticed.

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Vintage Pearls and Hankies: Romantic Spring Dining Table Centerpieces and Décor!

Centerpiece Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity vintage roses blog festival celebration seasons nature blog spring equinox easter ostara oestre beltane may day tablescape dining table decor beads Bethany Lowe milk glass bone china bunnies chic shabby cottage french victorian romantic pearls china crochet crocheted cupcakes crystals decorated eggs decoupage

  Oh how I adore the spring!! Colors are returning. New buds are emerging. Time for all of us to bring forth our new thoughts, ideas, and imaginings, and let them blossom! Hope you love my spring-inspired table centerpieces and decor!

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May Dining Table Décor: A Floral Extravaganza!

May Day Place Setting

Celebrating seasons is about more than the look of the dining table. With that said, however, carefully thought out table designs can affect the moods of guests and help them to access emotions related to the season. In addition, table settings can help to show the care and effort that went into the holiday’s preparation, […]

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Bunnies! Bunnies! Bunnies!

Holiday & Hearth Holiday and Hearth Lisa Novelline Lisa Anne Novelline author writer The Dance of Spring craft blog creative blog creativity decorator blog festival celebration seasons nature blog spring equinox bunnies hare hares rabbit rabbits bunny peeps DIY crafts crochet crocheting crocheted yarn march gifts baskets

Spring is just around the corner, and I am so excited! I so love all the natural signs of rebirth and new beginnings! I love putting spring baskets together for loved ones too. In these baskets, I generally try to combine the vivid colors of the season with signs of growth, plant and animal life, […]

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Ideas for Dinner: Spring Festival Sample Menu

Frosted Egg Biscuit Cookies

Looking for ideas for dinner that are seasonally appropriate and indeed special for spring? This is a five course sample menu fit for a king! The operative idea here is new veggies, lots of colors, light, crisp, cool, and fresh!! YUM!! Also, you might find it wonderfully enjoyable and downright relaxing to take the meal […]

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Family Bonding in May

Forget me nots

  Spring is truly in the air! Flowers bursting with color and fragrance abound, and understandably attuning to their energy is a celebration of growth, fertility,  life, and love. This natural excitement is contagious and provides us an amazing opportunity to share the jubilance of the season with loved ones.

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Craft Ideas for Spring: Tissue Paper Flowers!

Tissue paper flowers

  Looking for craft ideas for spring? Nothing announces this particular season like flowers, and these beauties… where to start?! Tissue paper flowers are easy to make and lovely to look at. They also have many decorative uses, exercise our creativity, tap into the amazing natural color palette of the season, and reconnect many of […]

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Spring Egg Decorating!

eggs

Spring egg decorating is such a fun and honored tradition. Eggs symbolize new hatchlings and the fertility of the coming season. They have long been venerated as symbols of spring, and decorating them just adds to the magic. I love repeating the same loved procedure each year but I also think branching out can be fun.

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