Spring HOPE Collage

Doesn’t Spring feel like it’s taking forever to get here? In some parts of the country, it must seem like it’s still winter because the snow is still melting. Here in northern Arizona, our daytime temps hover between 50-60 but the ever-present winds make it seem much colder. No matter where we live in the U.S., I think we could all use a bit of Spring hope!

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring. —Bernard Williams


Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the Lord.
—Psalm 31:24


Sweet William


Aren’t these gorgeous? On this Sweet Saturday, I’d like to introduce to you Sweet Willliam if you don’t know “him” already.

Sweet William (aka “Dianthus Barbatus”) is a perennial, sweet-smelling flower that is usually planted as an annual. I remember buying these as Dianthus, where I included them in one of my flower beds way back when. They do enjoy some shade so if you live in a particularly hot and sunny climate—like I do in the southwest—plant these babies in areas where there is at least partial shade for a good portion of the day and keep them well watered.

I just thought I’d share this sweet flower with you seeing as it is Sweet Saturday!

DIY Mason Jar Frog Lids


On this Frugal Friday, I want to share a really easy, frugal and great DIY crafty thingy project with you. Can you tell my brain doesn’t want to work well right now?

I came across a great site, Smashed Peas and Carrots, and found the tutorial for this cool and easy project for mason jar frog lids. Maggie from SPandC shows in great detail everything you’ll need to make these lids plus step-by-step instructions for assembling them.

So, go check this easy and frugal DIY project for yourself!

Yellow Flower Mishmash


Crochet Sweetness


I came across this pattern for a sweet crochet bouquet while browsing one of my favorite crochet pattern sites, Lily SugarnCream. Their cotton yarns are wonderful to work with and come in a variety of yummy colors.

I think this bouquet is so sweet and cute that I might just make it myself! Unless I buy flowers at the grocery store (which my frugal self only does a couple of times a year), the vases in my home are filled with silk flowers because I no longer have the urge for a flower garden. And even if I did still garden, I have a notorious “brown” thumb, so it’s better that I stick with silk.

So, please check out this pattern and take the time to browse the site for more ideas at Lily SugarnCream. For you knitters, they also have many knitting patterns!