Spring is Springing

Who’s happy April has arrived! 

Many things have been going on at Cloches and Lavender.

I have been working on some painting projects.  A project I started for our bedroom is taking longer than I anticipated.  I’m sure that happens to us all.

The piece  I designed will be over my dresser.  My first painting attempt didn’t please me.  I added gilding wax and wasn’t pleased with color of the or the colors of chalk paint I chose.



A little tease of a piece I already finished and repainted.

Wanting this to be a statement piece it also needed to be made larger.  Not wanting to start from square one my trustee handyman hubby John, came up with a solution to make it larger.

I will show the finished piece soon.  Waiting for appliques to arrive.  All the base work is finished.  I will do a wash of paint, waxing and a bit of gilding and it should be complete.  Stay tuned.

With it sort of feeling like spring here and there I have been putting spring touches around the house.  


Limelights dried in the fall.  Aren’t they beautiful?


This  year I am planning to dry as many as possible.


We will be planting Violas on the porch and I will put together a basket for the front door, I will share soon.  I look forward to Violas, they are petite and add much needed color for early spring.


A small vignette I put together using a small cast iron French urn with antique French books and vintage pots I have had for years.  Aren’t these carnations a beautiful color?  

Hope you are getting ready for spring where you live too!

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

13 thoughts on “Spring is Springing

  1. Your flowers , limelight’s and carnations are so pretty. I have never dried flowers but may have to one day. Enjoy your week!

  2. Love the dried Hydrangea’s in the bucket in the corner. So pretty. I am glad we are starting to see the temps begin to rise and maybe Spring to come soon. Have a great week.

  3. Your hydrangeas are so pretty! It’s funny you should mention violas, they are cool weather (winter flowers) here. I was actually out pulling up my pansies a minute ago. 🙂

  4. Hi Stacey hope you are doing well. Thanks for the visit. Yes, for us Violas are the beginning of spring. I would plant them in the ground to make them perennials so I was able to enjoy their beauty in fall. Rabbits and the occasional deer would have other plans, dinner.


  5. I LOVE dried flowers….
    I’ve been on projects too, but mine aren’t all the fun…cleaning and purging…and I’ve been told HOUSEWORK CAUSES WARTS but haven’t seen one yet….:)

  6. I’m so envious of your limelights. I get so few blooms on my hydrangea plants and the blooms never dry as beautifully as yours. Maybe this year with all our rain, my plants will thrive.

  7. Looks like you’re having fun working on spring projects. Love your dried limelight. They turned out gorgeous. Beautiful carnation bouquet Cindy. They are a lovely pink. Have a great rest of the week. cm

  8. Hello Cindy! I found your comment box, finally! It’s really hard to find, just in case you’d like to know that. I’m surprised that WP doesn’t just automatically have one right at the end of your post but only in the upper right-hand corner… Well, anyway! Not complaining; just thinking outloud. 🙂

    I LOVE your limelight hydrangeas and they did jump into my Pinterest Bouquet cart… I bought one little red hydrangea this year but need to go get a couple more to see if I can get them to grow now that we are in a house. Hope so as I miss my California ones!!!

    Lovely post! Sigh…

    Happy spring hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  9. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your feedback on my blog.

    I have to make a some changes. Between getting an infusion for my MS. Learning Instagram at 53 with not knowing any of it and trying to get my Etsy shop name changed and restocked I have many balls in the air.

    Thanks for the visit and enjoy your blog very much


  10. Love the dried Hydrangeas in the corner bucket. So pretty. We are seeing warmer days and back down to cooler ones but that just means Spring is finally coming!
    Have a good week and see you on IG!

  11. I love the dried hydrangeas! They are perfect for a sweet spring touch!!! Violas are one of my spring time favorites too!! Yay for spring!!
    ~emily @ LeCultivateur.com

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