Romantic Easter

Dear Friends,

It’s end of day and I am just steeping a cup of chamomile tea.  Would you like to join me?  It’s hard to imagine that Easter has nearly passed, particularly since the ground here is still covered in a blanket of white.  It has been snowing on and off over the past few days. This morning the roads were icy and treacherous in places.  Today, it was less like Easter and more like Christmas with a long weekend, shovelling, church services, family gatherings, roast turkey, wrapped gifts and chocolate.  Lots of chocolate. Our family and neighbours were even exchanging tongue-in-cheek greetings of “Merry Christmas!”  It was as if time had stood still and we hadn’t moved past the 25th of December!  Sigh.



PHOTO:  Aren’t these Easter cookies glorious?  They are sugar cookies made by my new friend Maria.  She is a genius when it comes to creating these confections for holidays and special occasions.  They are truly ‘Works of Heart’.  I was so excited that she was able to make me a batch for Easter gift giving.  She even packaged them individually in cello bags and tied them with pretty ribbons.  

My hubby and I were grateful to be able to enjoy a delicious dinner with my sister, niece and her beautiful family.  We had lots of laughs.  My niece Janell’s children are Lily, age 2, and Victoria, age 9.  They are always entertaining and just a barrel of fun.  They LOVED their Easter cookies! Lily’s first word when she spied them was, “WOW!” And, she ran to give me a big hug!  I hope you celebrated and enjoyed your time with loved ones as well.


I am enjoying an Easter vignette in a teeny corner of my kitchen tonight while sipping a cuppa. My husband has gone to bed. I decided to stay up for awhile to wind down after the day’s festivities and savour the quietness of the house. Our cat, Monza, is nearby cozily curled up in his basket and snoozing away. I think I can hear him snoring!  The cat. Not hubby.

I am loving the way the chandelier prisms refract the light and cast shadows on the wall at this time of night. A lamp stands on the pine dresser re-purposed as a sideboard. The glow from it is almost ethereal and bathes the entire room in its warmth. I thought I’d share with you some photos of the Easter decor before it goes away for another year…
I love the soft colour palette, touches of lovely pale blue, celadon, peachy pinks and creamy whites. Rabbits and roses, birdhouses and candles are whimsical touches that are lovely at any time of year. The subtle sparkle from the chandelier really adds that touch of glamour to an otherwise simple spring setting. I hope you don’t mind that the light is low and I let the pictures do the talking.  I need to sleep now…

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I just want to tell you how touched I am by all the lovely comments you left on my last post, Easter Blessings!  I am so glad you enjoyed it. I was really quite surprised by the number of visits it received! And, thank you for coming to see me tonight, too! Sweet dreams of Easter…

Wishing you a beautiful start to a new week,


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Ultimate Blog Party 2013

  1. Patty
    2013/04/01 at 3:15 am

    Lovely display and pictures, a nice quiet way to wrap up my Easter here on Vancouver Island.
    I hope your weather improves soon.

    • 2013/04/01 at 8:52 am

      Hi Patty!
      I’m so glad you came by to see me again! Wish I was there on Vancouver Island at this time of year. A friend who is visiting Vancouver (Vangroovy as she calls it) sent me some pics she snapped with her phone of pink-blooming trees! Heaven.
      EnJOY you day!
      Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  2. Carolyn
    2013/04/01 at 8:42 am

    Hi Linda,
    You have a beautiful display for Easter.The cookies are beautiful and love those bunnies.
    I also love the magazine covers you made on the sidebar.
    Have a lovely day,

    • 2013/04/01 at 8:48 am

      Good Morning, Carolyn!
      Does the green decoupage bunny look familiar? I think you may have his twin. And, how do you like the way I used the Peace sign you sent me? I use it in all themes, not just at Christmas. Love it. Thanks.

  3. 2013/04/01 at 8:48 am

    Your Easter decorations look just lovely!

  4. Tamara
    2013/04/01 at 9:01 am

    Beautiful! My grandfather made birdhouses, as a child I wished I could shrink to Thumbelina-size and climb inside for a cozy nap.
    As always, great post, Linda.
    XO Tamara

  5. 2013/04/01 at 5:44 pm

    Oh, my! What a lovely post! You really do have a wonderful collections of bunnies! Your snaps are very pretty and you are really a good photographer.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  6. 2013/04/01 at 7:41 pm

    Hello Linda,
    What a darling collection of bunnies! Your chandy is stunning and really does lend a magical glow to the setting, and those bunny cookies are too cute to eat, aren’t they? So happy you could join me for tea today. Have a lovely week, Linda!

  7. 2013/04/01 at 10:27 pm

    Your Easter table vignette is lovely and Maria’s cookies are a work of art.

  8. 2013/04/01 at 11:58 pm

    Oh, how I enjoyed all of your pictures this evening! I love your vignettes with all your Easter and spring decorations, and the cookies are almost too pretty to eat! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!
    Fancy Nancy

  9. 2013/04/02 at 9:43 am

    How lovely!- everywhere you look something delightful! visiting from tea cup Tuesday-
    ps- I have cat that looks almost identical to yours 🙂

  10. 2013/04/02 at 12:59 pm

    Very pretty! The cookies are amazing! Love the teacup. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  11. 2013/04/02 at 9:15 pm
  12. 2013/04/02 at 9:21 pm

    What a lovely Easter post!

  13. 2013/04/02 at 10:36 pm

    So many darling decorations! Very sweet! I’m so glad you linked to Friends
    Sharing Tea! Lovely buffet!

  14. 2013/04/03 at 12:07 am

    OMG! Gorgeous overload!!! Such sweet decorations! Love them!

  15. 2013/04/03 at 2:11 pm

    Such beautiful vignettes! We, too, are still gripped with winter freeze, although our snow is all gone. I cannot wait for spring! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!


  16. Gina
    2013/04/03 at 5:24 pm

    Hi, I am your newest follower. Gorgous Easter decorating and photos! I really enjoyed looking at them. Thanks for sharing and I hope you’ll visit me at my blog, too!
    Happy Wednesday!

  17. 2013/04/03 at 8:41 pm

    Such a sight, all that romantic Easter goodness. Loved hearing about your Easter Sunday as well. It’s always especially fun when the kids appreciate it, too. Glad you had a wonderful day.

  18. 2013/04/04 at 1:17 am

    Oh…my! This is a lot of pretty Easter stuff. I adore it all!

  19. 2013/04/04 at 7:06 am

    I am so happy to have you join me this week for Pearls and Lace Thursday! Thank you so much for dropping by and sharing your beautiful post. Your decorations are beautiful. I love that you used amber glass on your buffet! I have not seen much of it in blogland decor and know that it is not loved as much as it should be. I hope it makes a comeback because it is so beautiful and lends a quality that other colors do not.
    So nice to visit you!

    • 2013/04/04 at 10:30 am

      Hi Doni!
      Thanks so much for having me again at Pearls and Lace Thursday! I always enJOY the party!
      I’m glad you like the amber glassware. I just love it. If you scroll way down the sidebar of my blog to the ‘Christmas Past’ pics, you’ll discover a gorgeous amber bowl with ‘Egg Nog’ written on it in white lettering and 6 amber cups to match! I was so fortunate to find this set for a song at a local antiques shop about 15 years ago. I have used it every holiday since. And, it looks so pretty filled with delicious nog.
      Please come and visit again…Wishing you a beautiful day!

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  21. 2013/04/04 at 1:04 pm

    It was so nice to come by and see your lovely Easter decor, Linda. So pretty! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your message so I could find you.

  22. 2013/04/04 at 4:43 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous vignettes! Really really love the way you put everything together.Your sweet bunnies, burlap, birdhouses and chandeliers make me smile! : )

  23. 2013/04/04 at 5:57 pm


  24. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    2013/04/04 at 7:53 pm

    Your vignette is totally amazing. I love it. Stunning. Great pictures, too. Thanks tons for joining TTT.
    Hugs, Marety

  25. 2013/04/04 at 8:54 pm

    Your Easter decor is truly enchanting! And those cookies…well, let’s just say they look too pretty to eat.
    Mary Alice

  26. 2013/04/05 at 12:54 am

    You have so much to look at today. Everything is so cute. I can’t pick a favorite.
    Love the Carnival glass. You gave me a new idea. I only use it in the fall. It looks wonderful in your Easter decorations.
    The cookies look so good.
    Blessings, Martha

  27. 2013/04/05 at 12:56 am

    Beautiful Easter vignettes! Your kitchen corner is very festive. And a very pretty French/Botanical style tea cup and saucer! I love that!
    Easter did seem to come and go very fast for me, too. It was a lovely time with family.
    Thank you for joining in Tea Cup Tuesday! Yay!

  28. 2013/04/05 at 10:36 am

    What a lovely Easter vignette!

  29. 2013/04/06 at 1:08 am

    So many beautiful things.
    Thank you for sharing at the hop. Your participation makes the hop extra special.
    Big Hugs
    P.S. the new giveaway posted today!

  30. 2013/04/06 at 3:18 pm

    Oh, this is so sweet. I’d love to have you share this at What to do Weekends and any of your lovely posts.

  31. 2013/04/07 at 2:11 am

    Turn the lights down low and Whoa, Whoa, Whoa gorgeous! I loved the soft suble colors of these pictures! Your Easter decor was just lovely. The cookies are a work of art and I’m with you as far as needing a little winding down time at the end of a busy day. Hope you get warm weather soon! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  32. 2013/04/07 at 11:42 pm

    So many beautiful images. Love all of your bunnies!

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  33. 2013/04/08 at 11:26 pm

    Stopping by from A Stroll Thru Life. This is beautiful! So much lovely eye candy.

  34. 2013/04/10 at 7:57 am

    I hope you had a glorious Easter and rejoiced in the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. What beautiful photography and they truly are romantic!! Thanks so much for linking up with WholeHearted Home.

  35. lostinavalonor
    2013/04/10 at 7:49 pm

    This is my first visit to your blog. How pretty! Thanks for linking up with my Homemaking party. The new one will be up later tonight.

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  36. 2013/04/10 at 10:24 pm

    I feel like I’ve been on a little vacation visiting you today. I love beauty and I certainly found it in your chandelier, bunnies and oh my, the special cookies. I ooohed, awwwed and even drooled a bit. Thank you for such an inviting blog.

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