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


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. It's so nice to see all of the beautiful flowers blooming Sarah! I love your bunny cookie cutter collection-Happy Spring:@)

  2. I always seeing your beautiful collections Sarah, especially those cast iron bunnies! Your Courtly Check bunny and chick are beautiful additions and make a wonderful vignette for Easter. I love seeing glimpses of your garden and flowers in bloom. It makes me wish I had a crop of Bluebonnets springing up! Kisses and warm sun puddle lounging to Miss Sadie. ♥

  3. What a stunning post talking to one's heart and warming it with the colors and the sun of the early Springtime, thank you, dear Sarah !

    Wishing you a most lovely remainder of your week
    with sincere gratitude

    XOXO Daniela at - My little old world - (Dany)

  4. I love the first hints of spring. Have a great week, Sarah! Reminder: you are scheduled for next week's What Makes Me Happy post. xo

  5. Oh Sarah your garden is such a delight for the senses. I wish I could transport you to my own backyard for advice. Your collection of cast iron rabbits are pure enchantment. The wool needle punch bag is a true work of art. It is such an honor for me to be on this lovely tour with you.

  6. Oh dear..such a vast collection of sheer cuteness..You are La Grande "collector"♥

  7. Sarah, your collections are stellar in every sense. The cast iron and garden variety really strike a chord with me, as does the textile - I love their durability. That majolica collection with the cast iron grouping is heaven for me, but each and every vignette just draws me in with a hopeless affinity for....well, for collecting! Patti's piece for you is adorable - lucky you to have that one, and to add it to the MC entourage, so handsome are they!
    Happy Spring, my friend, and thanks for sharing your wonderful collections. What a treat!

  8. Sarah, your home is just so beautiful! I love the flowers outside and the colorful collections inside. I'd love to see a tour sometime. :)

  9. Sarah, your bunnies are a lucky bunch to live in such a lovely home, inside and outside. Wonderful touches and details everywhere. Thanks so much for sharing. What an inspiration.

  10. It is so gorgeous. You have an amazing bunny collection. So many prized examples. Thank you, Sarah, for being part of our tour. What a wonderful stop.

  11. Everything is so stunning, I hardly know where to begin! I love the bluebonnets around your bird bath, so charming. You have so many magical nooks and crannies in your garden. Your bunny collection is enchanting too. What I love so much about your home is that it radiates with originality and love. Give your sweet Sadie a big kiss from me!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  12. Everything's fantastic !!! It's a wonderful blog tour ! I'm delighted with your flowers and bunnies. Hugs,Maristella.

  13. Sarah, I am such a sucker for bunnies and spring, I honestly couldn't tell you which photo I love most! Those pansies and garden flowers are fabulous and I love all your magnificent details. Maybe the photo I love most, though, is the one of you and your sweet dog because you can just feel the love.

  14. Sarah... your home decor is pure eye candy. You had me at the Herend bunnies. And all your MC accessories!! I scrolled thru 3 times because I didn't want to miss anything and then forwarded your link to my Sister for her to drool over. You have outdone yourself both inside and outside. Your flowers are so lovely and I adore the color combinations! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, dear Sarah, in your beautiful home. Love to the hubby!

  15. Thank you for reminding me to take out my French Faience salt cellar bunnies and add them to my leafy majolica! Happy Easter.

  16. Sarah, you have the most amazing collections and your bunnies are no exception. Happy Spring!

  17. Sarah, Your tour was delightful. Your garden is so lovely. I'm wondering what the plant was in the upper right in the grouping of four pictures just above your picture? Your french iris , specimum iris, and bluebonnets I recognize but haven't seen the one on the upper right. I'm hoping to see some real Texas bluebonnets next week while I am in Dallas.
    I enjoyed all your bunny collections and am especially liking the metal bunny with the little basket on his back full of azaleas.Your courtly check vignettes are adorable.
    Your french faience in your pine cupboard is intriguing. In a few weeks I will be sharing my neighbors collection of Quimper and french faience on my blog so stay tuned. I'm enjoying the sweet MC Garden Flower Market vase. I hope you saw my post on receiving your great giveaway.

  18. What fun and beautiful pictures! I really like spring. :)

  19. Sarah, your garden is looking so gorgeous! I am still working in mine for spring clean up, but things are coming along nicely. I love your collection of bunnies. The little metal ones are my favorite, but that courtly vignette is simply amazing! I'm still drooling over that chick and cart! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. Oh my goodness Sarah!! Your gardens are so pretty!! I have to live vicariously through all of you who are actually having spring weather, it was snowing here yesterday- so I am enjoying all the fresh flowers you have about your house as well as in your garden. You have a beautiful collection of unique bunnies. What a wonderful celebration of spring!!

  21. Beautiful post Sarah and I love all your bunny's they are all so very special. thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us.

    Have a wonderful weekend.



    PS - your dog sure looks like she is loving sitting on your lap.

  22. Love your beautiful post....I have the same affinity for all things bunny!!!

  23. Sarah,

    From outside to inside, I so enjoyed you sharing flowers and bunnies. You really have a green much blooming in spring. Is this peak time in Texas? And your statues are precious.

    Your bunny collection is awesome. Vintage?? How great! I absolutely love the wool needle punch (am I saying that right?) bag. Your Etsy friend is good!!. Oh...just outstanding. I'd treasure that for sure!!

    Your post made me glad you are on this tour, you have so much to share!

    Jane x

  24. You have quite a wonderful collection of bunnies and Majolica. Sounds like people who love you enjoy gifting you pieces they know you'll love,, how wonderful for you. Tells me you are very nice lady. Looks like you genuinely enjoy your lovely pieces.
    Hadn't any knowledge of Majolica until we moved to KY/Bowling Green area in 1999-2004. Still miss our wonderful house and 1 1/2 acres. Oldest son bought the place, completely redid house inside and out adding wonderful front porch to sell to us. Found out about Majolica at flea Bowling green, spent lots of time there on weekends. What a difference prices for property are in KY compared to CO. It's awfully expensive here in Grand Junction, CO area for us. Moved here to be closer to youngest daughter and family and climate in KY was bad for me with arthritis, allergies and asthma.
    We live about 18 miles west of G.J. Have 1/2 acre now out in rural area. Very quiet out here and our views are incredible.
    Your post is so enjoyable, loved seeing you and fur baby out in sunshine.
    Hadn't heard from you for while but our internet was awful for too long. Finally switched back to Century Link from Hughes Net which was horrible and expensive. We only have 2 providers out here so have to take what we can get. Neither one in my opinion is great.Enjoy your weekend.

  25. So sorry, forgot to tell you how much I admired your beautiful yard and so many gorgeous plants. You must have the golden touch.

  26. Sarah,

    It was lovely to have you drop in at LAWN TEA on my little post about BJ---isn't she just the sweetest, kind funny friend? And I've simply looked my eyes full of your Bunny collection and all the wonderful vignettes gracing your shelves and tables and nooks---what a fabulous salute to Spring, and what joy they must be to wake up to and live with.

    I've been dipping in and out of new blogs this morning, dropping off these little THANK YOU notes, and I've been gleaning such lovely new sights and sites to visit again and again---what an unexpected treat and such a bonus from a simple note to a friend.

    Thank you for visiting and for leaving such a sweet message for BJ---she's dropping in from time to time, and enjoys hearing from all of y'all so much. Looking forward to your adventures and creations to come!

    rachel and her friend Marthy

  27. Sarah, your flowers are so beautiful...the bunnies hopping around especially the Herend! I love the majolica and of course, the MC collections! Thanks for showing your beautiful collections!

  28. Sarah, your gardens are coming to life beautifully, I love the little bunnies living there. I have a few bunnies in my beds but the last frost seems to have taken it's toll! Your spring vignettes are stunning! Of course I love all the faience, the Herend bunnies grouping is so sweet and all the metal bunnies are a favorite of mine. There are a few hopping around here too. Of course the MC bunny and chick are jaw dropping gorgeous. Your home is spring ready and looks like a magazine spread. Love the pic of you and Miss Sadie. Beautiful post Sarah..............

  29. Ah Sarah, it was so nice to see a peek on the outside and then see the inside of your home with all the bunnies hopping here and there in pretty vignettes. Of course, a picture of Miss Sadie and you always puts a smile on my face. Happy Spring, Sarah!

  30. Happy Spring Sarah. Your home and garden are beautiful and all ready for Spring. It truly was a roller coaster winter. Love the bunnies.

  31. I always love peeking at your collections, Sarah. They are beautiful. I am smitten with that needlework bag.

  32. So many blooms, so many bunnies! It's all fabulous Sarah!! And of course the checked friends are my favorite! I have serious bunny envy, and that chick with the crown pulling the egg cart, swoon!! The chicks in eggs that Pattie painted for you is absolutely adorable!! Wonderful spring fun everywhere!

  33. Spring hasn't arrived in NJ yet, waiting. A wonderful collection of bunnies. Your blooms are beautiful. Longing for warmer days to plant and enjoy the outdoors.


  34. When we can't find hyacinths to feed our souls we can come here and spend a few minutes looking at the beautiful images and then leave quite refreshed. Such a lovely post, Sarah!

  35. Sarah your collection of courtly check is stunning!! Love all the bunnies and your garden flowers are just beautiful! Enjoy Spring!!!

  36. Sarah! Your garden is gorgeous and I'm drooling over your Herend bunnies! They are stunning! Thank you for letting us see your beautiful world! Happy weekend to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  37. Sarah,
    Your flowers and bunnies outside and inside say spring has arrived. Bluebonnets are the flowers that truly announce a Texas spring, and yours are in full bloom. This week I saw huge patches along the highways going into Dallas. There were far more flowers than there were for the past several years. It's a good year for bluebonnets in our area.

    I always enjoy being on a blog tour with you. Your post is always one of my favorites. Happy Spring!


  38. Sarah, your house looks so lovely. Love your wonderful collection of bunnies. Such a delight to see them all, a happy place indeed. Your gardens are beautiful. Seeing such pretty blooms is a wonderful sign that spring has arrived. Of course I am loving your MK piece. Who could resist that sweet little chick with the egg cat. Patty did a fabulous job painting those chicks. Happy spring.

  39. Darling Sarah, will you please stop with all the wonderful collections! Here's another gorgeous post that has me yearning to start collecting bunnies and you know I'm supposed to be downsizing! The CC bunnies and new chick are fabulous but your ever growing rabbit warren of cast iron bunnies wins for me.
    Thank you for sharing them and some of your majolica and faience pieces with the MM crowd today.
    Maggie Xx

  40. Your garden is so beautiful! Love the sweet bunny sculptures

  41. I love the bunnies in the garden! And sitting in the sun! Enjoy your week sweet lady. Hugs, Diane

  42. Wow! What a lovely Spring tour. So many things to look at and enjoy. I think I'll put some Spring up around here. I'm visiting from Mosaic Monday. Hope you have a good week! ~The Happy Wonderer

  43. Your pansies are gorgeous! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  44. Spring is looking mighty fine in your corner of the world. And your bunny collection is incredible! Wow!

  45. Your collection of bunnies means there is whimsy at each turn in your home. I'm attracted to the cast iron ones, as well. Thanks for the tour.

  46. I adore all of your bunnies and chicks! And your garden plantings look wonderful. Happy Spring. Sheila

  47. Oh Sarah, your collection of bunnies made me swoon! They are ALL so special. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the black and white majolica ones! OMGoodness! I am longing for the weather to really break here in Pa. and Spring to get here for good! Your flowers are beautiful.

  48. Sarah, I love blog tours as I have found several blogger friends through that process. Thanks for sharing your bunnies with me. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

  49. Hello Sarah
    Wishing you happy Spring days!
    Your bird bath is one of the nicest I've seen and the Blue Bonnets flowering beneath are charming.
    Your collection of rabbits is wonderful - my favourites are the red patterned family (with blue ears)!!!
    A gorgeous post and I'm leaving with a happy smile on my face!

  50. Hello Sarah :)

    Oh my goodness.... I love all the bunnies and the bluebells... I so wish we had them here, but I don't know if they'd grow in this climate. I really need to check if they will.

    Anyway, I was snooping around your blog as well and I believe we're kindred spirits with our love of old and especially our love of pups. Miss Sadie Mercedes is adorable! What a personality :)

    I cannot for the life of me figure out how we've never met, when we have so many friends in common! Anyway, I want to give you my most heartfelt thanks for all your sweet words. I was truly touched.


  51. Sarah,
    All the flowers that you showcased here look so lovely!! We will not be seeing any type of flowers until the end of April or beginning of May here in the Northeast.... And I love your collection of bunnies!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!

  52. Oh Sarah! It has been too long since I have visited. Your blog inspires and delights. I am so happy you have continued blogging and I am actually envious. I have fallen off the "blog wagon" and it truly makes me sad at times. I am not sure why but I unless I am passionate about a post it seems false to me and of course so much in life gets in the way. Thanks for making my day.

  53. We still have snow on the ground, Sarah! So lovely to see all of your beautiful spring flowers though :) Your indoor and outdoor bunny collections were a treat to see as well. Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm--

  54. oh Sarah, I'm late coming by to your Spring Home Tour! this is bunnie heaven, for sure! I love them all, you have some precious collections. LOVE the punched needle piece!

  55. Sarah it's alway a treat to see your gardens in bloom. You have a wonderful collection of MacKenzie Childs items. Love that new little chick from last year and the standing rabbit. Patti did a wonderful job on the little chicks she painted for you- how fun!

  56. Sarah all your beautiful spring flowers, antiques and McKenzie Childs pottery make you home looks so spring time elegant! A feast for the eyes!

  57. I loved seeing all your bunnies, especially the one with the metal baskets and the one with the tartan scarf tied on his neck! Happy National Tartan Day, Sarah!

  58. so pretty! those bluebonnets are my favorite :)


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