Friday, April 7, 2017

Sharing Springtime Delights

A big brown envelope embellished with special stamps

 and watercolor treats, arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago.  

An early Easter gift, post marked ~ Canada!

Inside were two treasures 

that made my heart skip a beat.

The handmade card with this precious bunny

and sweetest gardening quote and

a darling piece of needlework stitched years ago.

(Needlework so special it will get a post of its own.)

Someone in Canada knows my heart.

I suspect she may have heard my squeal of delight

all the way up in Quebec.

Thank you Monique @ La Table deNana,

Spring Delights!

This cute guy came to Texas last summer,

secured at the annual MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale

by thoughtful friends who knew he was on my shopping list.

Patti and Debbie

Personal shoppers extraordinaire!

Handsome guy had been in my sights since Easter 2016.

I mean, not only is he a rabbit,

he's a Courtly Check rabbit, 

a Courtly Check rabbit holding a Nantucket Basket.

Need I explain more?

Yes, to Courtly Check Spring Delights!

Wouldn't you know, this year MacKenzie - Childs

added yet more to their Easter offerings.

So many temptations!

I couldn't resist this sweetie with the crown.

Delightfully Spring, wouldn't you say?

You know the saying, "How one thing leads to another."

Or the domino effect!

I found this Easter chick decor at TJ Max, 

but it wasn't too interesting with pastel eggs.

Lucky for me, I have a talented friend who 

agreed to "Kenzie" it up for me.

Patti @ Pandora's Box

worked her magic to create

this one of a kind piece for my personal clutch.

sent me this little chick in a basket last year.

Another friend gifted me this adorable peeper.

He's quite happy perched in my Courtly Check mug.

Are you beginning to see a pattern?

It's been delightful playing around 

with different vignettes for the dining room buffet.

Spring Delights ~ Delightfully Spring

Debbie @ Mountain Breaths

created this adorable vignette with the same pieces.

You can read her post here.

What delights has spring brought your way?



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. Love all your checks - they are beautiful. You have so many beautiful ones.

    What a wonderful gift from your Canadian friend. She is a very talented lady.

    thanks so much for sharing Sarah - everything is beautiful.


  2. Adorable! I love the contrast of the checks with the sweet bunnies and chicks. I have heard about the barn sale at Mackenzie-Childs but haven't gotten there yet!

  3. So amazing! I'm just totally jealous of your MC collection. You know I got to go to Mackenzie-Childs two years ago but missed the barn sale by just a few weeks. I'd love to go to that.

  4. Love, love, love all of your checked pieces!! You have such a flair of putting them all together for each season and holiday!!

  5. All those very thoughtful lovely gifts tells me you are very special lady and well loved. What special gifts to receive, better than Christmas? You are accumulating quite a collection. Love it all so much and you do it justice with your beautiful displays. Have wonderful weekend and lovely Easter.

  6. Dearest Sarah
    you're such a lovable lady surrounded by so loving friends adoring you, which testify the uniqueness of your heart and soul, blessed be !

    Wishing you the best of weekends,
    I'm sending my daerest love to you

    Happy Easter ahead !!!

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

  7. Sarah, I think MacKenzie-Childs would be lucky if they could hire you as a shop decorator. These vignettes are spot on delightful and just makes me smile. What sweet Easter and Spring eye candy. I wish I had planned ahead and ordered the chick and rabbit. I would love to hop on over to say hello but since we are so many miles away I'm sending my heartfelt wishes to you and the chef for a wonderful weekend. Hugs my friend......

  8. Sarah, what beautiful delights. You have amazing friends for sure! I love all the MC that you have collected and how you display!

  9. This. This is just one of many reasons why I love my tribe. What a wonderful display of friendship, love and love of the hunt. Yes, I see a pattern! Happy Easter tidings to you, Sarah!

  10. Beautiful displays, Sarah...thanks for sharing them.
    Wishing you a Blessed Easter!

  11. I love what transpired w/ the pastel eggs transforming into CC:)
    You are a very very special lady..and it is not hard to think of you so very often Sarah..
    I love all you girls MC fun to see..
    Happy Happy Easter to you..and Monnie!And let's not forget Sadie:)

  12. I am just oohing and aaahing over your bunnies! Gorgeous! Sheila

  13. What a delightful surprise Sarah! The card is adorable, and the needlework so sweet! I LOVE LOVE your spring vignette with all the special gifts and treasures and of course the Courtly Check bunny...I have my eye on the chick pulling the cart, soooo cute! I am crazy over all the frog prince stuff too...Have a wonderful Easter week!

  14. What a nice surprise package from Monique, Sarah! The card is a work of art and the cross stitched piece is so beautiful. Your CC vignettes are just so darling, and I love what Patti transformed for you. She's so talented! Thanks for sharing with us.

  15. That rabbit! He is the star of your vignette for certain! Lovely!

  16. So sweet Sarah. Your spring vignette is lovely, especially your gifted items. I am always admiring your MKC collections piece. looks like a lovely spring at your house. Happy Saturday.

  17. Everything is so sweet and precious Sarah. Isn't it so exciting to get a gift in the mail? Such an uplifting thing. All of your pieces are so Springy!!

    Happy weekend.


  18. What a sweet gift!

    And all your MacKenzie Childs pieces are fabulous.

  19. That little peeper is a cutie. You have some adorable MacKenzie Child's pieces. That care package is a sweet gift.

  20. You have some beautiful spring decor. The row of chicks in the gussied-up eggs is adorable!

  21. These are lovely gifts from Monique! I love her watercolors. I'm just getting to know her after meeting on Instagram. Lovely lady!

    I always love seeing pieces from your MC collection. I'd have a hard time walking away from any one of them! The bunnies are darling. You have a wonderful way of accessorizing the pieces in your vignettes.

    Happy Easter, Sarah!

    Jane x

  22. What beautiful gifts, sweet Sarah! I positively adore all your Easter decor. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  23. Such a gorgeous Spring time display of bunnies and chicks and what talented and clever friends you have to help with your collecting. The gift from Canada is something you'll cherish forever.
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

  24. Dearest Sarah,
    Monique surely managed to send you some happiness. Anxious to see the rest of it in one of your lovely posts.
    Your Easter rabbit is so very elegant.
    Enjoy all your special collectibles and hope the weather will be friendly for you this week.

  25. Wow! Aren't you so lucky having so many generous friends who give the most thoughtful gifts. You created a beautiful vignette with all your pretty items, Sarah...Christine

  26. Sarah,
    Love all your Easter pretties!! Beautiful Easter displays!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! The green bunny dish is not vintage. i bought it a few years ago at The Christmas Tree Shop...Happy Easter!!


  27. Sarah, Love the large rabbit. A great friend to make adjustments so the row would fit in better. Great eye to see the potential. Have a great Easter. Sylvia D.

  28. What a beautiful Easter display -- love the black & white checks. The chicks and bunnies have such personalities of their own!

  29. What a great Easter gift you got! Treasures indeed! Your Easter decorations are so joyful with their b & w checks. Happy Easter to you!

  30. Beautiful easter gift. Happy easter.

  31. Happy spring, Sarah :)
    Such beauties arrived there. That watercolor is a treasure. And it looks like you are all set for this Sunday. Have a wonderful Easter.

  32. My home is totally undecorated for Easter but you certainly have given me lots of inspiration. Very cute.

  33. Sarah, I love your collections. That rabbit is especially beautiful. Anything in black and white always captures my attention and all your pretties are so special. Great job on making the sweet eggs match it all..Happy Easter..Judy

  34. Oh what a wonderful collection of MacKenzie-Childs! I don't own any myself but always drool over it when I see a fun display like yours!

  35. Looks pretty and ready for Easter! Love the checked pieces. Very inspirational! Happy Easter!

  36. Sarah, such sweet friends for sure! I still can't get over that crowned chick with the cart. I have that same little chick in your teacup. Now why didn't I think to do that with mine? :) You are the Courtly check Queen! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  37. Sarah,those courtly check rabbits are wonderful. I don't do Holiday decorations any more, but your post is making me wish I did! Too many people in my elderly age range try to bring back their childhood . I loved that time... and loved making the Easter Bunny live for our kids ... but now is the time for something different. I've chosen is to ignore decorating altogether ...(as I write, we are out camping for the weekend.). But if I were as talented as you are, I would re-invent my decor and stay home)))

  38. What a charming vignette! I adore your dapper rabbit. I hope you are enjoying a lovely spring and may you have a wonderful week.

  39. What dear friends you have, Sarah. Your Easter decor is delightful :) Thanks for sharing with us at Vintage Charm!

  40. I love it all, Sarah! MacKenzie-Childs always makes adorable things, but I didn't know she had Easter items as well. Too cute :)

    I hope your Easter was glorious!



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