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Spring and Easter Decorating: Part 3

Hey y’all! This is Gabbie here on the computer. Mom is busy watching the Masters golf tournament.  So she said I could take over the blog post today! I am so excited to finally get my paws on this keyboard! 🙂

And I get to show you all around the porch.  Which is only right since I helped mom clean it last weekend! Do y’all get the yellow yucky pollen stuff all over everything where you live, or does that only happen here?

We had to vacuum and wash everything to get this place clean.  She says this is the only time of year that it is this bad. (Thank goodness!!)

There’s a lot of blue and green stuff inside the house right now, and after we got the porch all clean, Mom put some blue and green pillows out here on the furniture. She made that blue checked one on the rocking chair out of two napkins.  I like it the best. 🙂 (But I don’t really like rocking chairs because they move all around when I try to sit in them.)

Mom brought home those pretty flowers from a grocery store.  She never takes me there….not fair. 🙁  Anyway, we put some in that basket on the wall, and she hung those green plates there all around them.

(I  couldn’t reach up there.  That’s why she had to do it.)

Look at all those blue and green pillows! Let me tell you folks…they are great for jumping on. 🙂

Well…until somebody here tells me to stop. 🙁

Okay, now they are all straight for you to see how pretty it looks. 🙂

We put more of those grocery store flowers in a basket on the big table where my family serves food.  (I think Mom must have bought all of the flowers they had at that store!)

And she did some fancy writing with something called a chalk marker on that black thing on the wall.  She said the words were from an Easter song, and they are about Jesus.

Now you can see the pretty table that we set.  I think that long blue thing is really a tablecloth from some store called Target.  (She doesn’t take me there either. 🙁 )  Mom folded and ironed the tablecloth so that it would be skinny like that.

Then we put white plates, green checked napkins, and some smaller green plates together on the table (with more of those flowers!)

And the glasses are plastic so if someone knocks them off the table they won’t break.
(I think that is such a good idea!)

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you!  We also put little white egg cups with fake eggs in them beside each plate.  Mom says that if the weather is nice for Easter we will eat out here.  If we do, she will do her fancy writing to write names on those fake eggs.  That is what they are for.  They aren’t really going to eat them. 🙂

And that’s the whole tour of the porch!  Did I do okay? I hope you liked it!  Now I think I will take a little nap right here while everybody finishes watching the Masters. It’s soooo boring to me. 🙁

Mom said to tell you that she will be showing you a beautiful house in the next post.  She really really likes that house, so I know you are going to love it!

See you soon!

p.s.  Here are some blooper shots from Mom’s photography.
She said you might like to see my goofy faces. 🙂

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Linda - April 16, 2017 - 1:18 am

Last year I was blessed to go to a wedding in North Carolina during pollen season. I had no idea where all that pollen came from! My word, that’s a lot of pollen. Here in Washington state, we don’t have that beautiful yellow covering over everything. I hear I may be out there again for a certain little baby’s arrival. How is October for visiting?
Gabbie did a wonderful job taking over the post, she may need to make an appearance again sometime.
Yes it IS a lot of pollen in the spring, but you will be fine in October, Linda. Thank you for reading Gabbie’s post! Yes, she may need to take over again when I am busy. 🙂

Kathy P. - April 13, 2017 - 4:17 pm

Gabbie, you did an awesome job of decorating (and cleaning). I’m sure you really did need a nap afterwards. I love those blue pillows. Have a wonderful Easter and hope you get a lot of treats. Happy Easter to Mom and Dad also.
I’ll be sure to pass your sweet words on to Gabbie, Kathy. 🙂 She is very good at napping. I’m so glad you liked those blue pillows. I have had them a loooong time, but they still do well as an accent. Gabbie got a new collar and leash and some extra treats for Easter. Of course her new collar is gingham! Hope you had a very nice Easter Sunday!

Lori - April 13, 2017 - 9:07 am

Gabbie, you did an awesome job helping your mom out! The porch looks great and I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter. (Have you heard about the Easter Beagle?)
Lori, Gabbie says to tell you thank you for your compliments, and she is glad that you liked how the porch turned out. The Easter Beagle brought her a new gingham collar and leash and some new treats. 🙂 Hope you and your family had a wonderful day too!

Stephanie - April 12, 2017 - 11:42 am

Gabble, you did a wonderful job with the tour of your family’s screened in porch.
Can’t wait to see you next time.Happy Easter to all!
I’ll be sure to tell Gabbie you liked her post Stephanie. (She will be so happy! 🙂 )
Hope you had a happy Easter yesterday! 🙂

Donnie - April 12, 2017 - 9:56 am

Delightful! Yes, we get that pollen here in Tallahassee. But what a glorious Spring this has been. All the variations of green are so soothing and beautiful.
I think the pollen has been less this year…maybe because of all the rain? And I agree that this spring has been delightful…after that VERY cold late freezing snap. We are headed into the 90’s this week, so summer here we come!

Tricia - April 12, 2017 - 1:50 am

Hi Gabbie! How sweet of you to show us around the porch. You and your Mom have done a beautiful job, very pretty, and I’m glad you are able to jump up on the furniture to snuggle into those cushions. I hope it is pleasant enough for you all to dine on the porch this weekend. It is a very special time of the year. Easter Blessings to you and your Family.
Thank you Miss Tricia! I like jumping on those cushions…but it is hard to jump on the ones on the swing. It keeps moving! Thank you for writing your comment here so I could read it. I hope you had a happy Easter! We sure did. 🙂

DiAnne - April 11, 2017 - 9:08 pm

The porch is so pretty and inviting. I love all the green and blue and Gabbie looks right @ home on the porch.
I look forward to the house you are going to show us. The Masters was fun to watch.
Happy Easter!
Thank you DiAnne! The blue and green really brightens up the porch (and Gabbie really likes being out there. 🙂 )

Marlene - April 11, 2017 - 5:22 pm

Kelly, I absolutely loved the way both tables looked. The blue and green on the porch with pillows, flowers, your table set up and the wonderful printing just is such a happy place to sit and relax. Would love to sit on your porch with a glass of ice tea. You are so talented and always when I receive an e-mail from you I can’t wait to open it. Gabbie did a fine job too!
Thank you so much Marlene! You are too kind. 🙂 It would be fun to sit on the porch with you and have a glass of tea…especially now that all the pollen has been cleaned off of it! LOL

Beau - April 11, 2017 - 10:51 am

Hey Gabbie Beau here… I did not know you were such a good writer. By the way you looked fabulous on that wicker sofa. Loved the easter table with the Target table cloth! And….that darling arrangement above the desk with the plates! You are a talented decorator as well. I would love to meet you if you ever come to California. I like to lay on the sofa too. I don’t think my manners are quite as good as yours however.

P.S I am not allowed to go to any of those nice stores either but if you come out here you can go wine tasting with me. They like dogs…even me!
Oh wow! Hi Beau! You are so sweet. You must have good taste too if you liked the Easter table and the wall arrangement! I’ll tell Mom and Dad to get in touch with your human parents if we go to California so that we can meet. That would be fun! You keep working on those manners. You sound like you are one smart dog, so I know you will be able to get better with them.
Thank you for reading the post and leaving your comment here!!

Janet - April 11, 2017 - 10:31 am

Kelly — Gabbie is a great tour guide and so photogenic!
I love all the blue and green on your porch. We are just now getting to porch season here (at least we were — today it’s pretty chilly) in Chicago, and I’m thinking I should add some of the same to our porch! You always inspire!
Happy Easter!
Thank you Janet! I thought Gabbie did a good job too. 🙂 I hope spring has gotten to Chicago bringing you some warmer temperatures, and I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Nan, Odessa, DE - April 11, 2017 - 10:19 am

Gabbie, good girl! You are beautiful.
Your Mom has such an imagination. She is the best.
The porch looks lovely and I hope the Easter bunny finds your house. Happy Easter!
Thank you Miss Nan! I am trying to be a good girl. My mom says thank you for her compliments too. We think the porch turned out pretty good. The Easter bunny brought me a new collar, leash, and some new treats! I hope he came to visit you too. 🙂

Cindy - April 11, 2017 - 9:40 am

Gabbie! What a great job you did as moderator; you have a great teacher, “Mom”. I hope you got extra treats.
Yes, we do have the yellow/green pollen that gets onto everything but we are still a few weeks away from that.
After seeing the nice colors, I may be changing up the colors on our porch.
You seem to have found the perfect “napping” spot. I would be spending lots of time out there (every home should have a porch).
(hope we hear from you again)
Gosh thank you Miss Cindy! I did get some extra treats (and they were yummy!) I am sorry you have the yucky pollen stuff too. I bet blue and green would look good on your porch too. And yes ma’am there are several good napping spots around here…especially on the porch. 🙂
Thank you for reading and leaving such a nice comment for me.
Gabbie - April 11, 2017 - 8:48 am

Such a sweet post and Gabbie did a great job!! Love seeing her and your beautiful decorations! Those “blooper” shots are precious, Kelly.
Thanks Debbie! I am glad you liked all the blue and green out on our porch! It really made it look like springtime out there!
And I am glad you liked the blooper shots. They were just too funny to not include. 🙂

Rosemary - April 11, 2017 - 2:01 am

Hello Gabbie! Great first post …you deserve a treat! Do you have a favourite dog biscuit or maybe a bone?? Don’t worry about your mum not taking you to the shops … not much fun for you, better to be snoozing on a chair in the sun. I’m wishing I lived nearer as I’d love to have gone for a walk with you whilst your mum watched the golf!
Thank you Miss Rosemary! I really like Milk Bone dog treats..but I never turn down any treat. 🙂 So you really think I’m not missing anything by not going shopping with my mom? Well that is good to know! Going for a walk with you would have been fun!
Thank you for stopping by the blog!

Linda Miller - April 10, 2017 - 9:31 pm

Your Mom has done a wonderful job with her blue and green!!! So pretty!! No, living in Ohio, we don’the have that yellow fairy dust that you have. But spending the last two winters in Georgia we got to experience it’s effects. Such fun!
Thank you Linda. 🙂 You are lucky you don’t get the blanket of yellow pollen there in Ohio. And yes, if you were in Georgia, you did get to see its effects. The car washes here stay extra busy during this season!

Sherry - April 10, 2017 - 9:04 pm

Hey, Gabbie, Stormie the Pomeranian here. My mom says to apologize for misspelling your name in her last comment. I like the “ie” spelling just like my name! We love your house and all the spring green and blue. The porch has always been one of our favorites. The table decor is great. Now, I think I’d complain about no treats. We love the gingham and the blue floral pillows on the swing. Thank your mom for sharing all her fab ideas with us. I know I am partial, Gabbie, but you definitely stole the show!! You are so cute! I am as happy as you about a pollen free porch. That yellow stuff has cramped my style far too long. Your porch looks perfect for a nap or a party! We hope you and your mom have a great Easter and get to relax a little after all that work! Now, we will sit right here and wait for that pretty house tour. Can’t wait!
Hi Stormie!
No worries about the spelling. 🙂 I’m just so happy you got to see my post. Glad you liked all the blue and green on the porch and the Easter table setting! That pollen is no fun, is it? 🙁
We did have a great Easter here. I hope you had a good one with your family too!
Thank you for stopping by my mom’s blog. It was nice to meet you!

bev - April 10, 2017 - 7:23 pm

Your screened porch is my favorite room (I love them all but this is the fav). What do you do when it rains?
Your table colors are really “springy”…perfect after this extra long winter in Michigan.
thanks for sharing.
I think our porch is my favorite room in the house too Bev. It is a screened in porch…no Plexiglas here. But only small portions of it get wet when it rains, and that is when rain is accompanied by wind. There are big overhangs at the eaves. All the upholstered pieces are coated with Scotchguard, so it is okay if they get wet.

Dawn - April 10, 2017 - 2:41 pm


You did a wonderful job of posting for your Mom and I appreciate you showing us around! You’re such a sweet girl and I hope to see more of you in the future. Take care.


Leila Jane - April 10, 2017 - 2:02 pm

Hi again Kelly ~ Just want to thank you for providing the 2 links to your calligraphy tutorials. So glad to read these again. This time, I’ve bookmarked them for future reference. Also in re-reading them, I’m struck by how much information you impart to us and how much time you take to explain things to us ~ and this is all AFTER you have taken the time to create a project yourself. Only someone who is creative AND organized could do all this. You must have made a wonderful teacher with your skills of creativity combined with organization and your energy and positive outlook. I bet kids all loved you! Do you miss teaching or are you completely happy with the time to travel and work more on your creative outlets now? Anyway, Kelly, thanks again!

Gina - April 10, 2017 - 1:04 pm

What a cute post!! I love a dog around the house and Gabbie seems like the perfect little addition to your home. 🙂 Your porch will always be my favorite around the blogosphere. The green and blue combination is so pretty!! 🙂 Your chalkboards are always the best too. 😉

Peggy Z - April 10, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Awwww, Gabbie what a great tour guide you are! I bet your Mom made your matching kerchief. Your Mom’s porch is my favorite place to visit and I love those blue and green pillows she has on the couch. What a site for spring starved eyes. Hope you enjoyed your nap after all that hard work.

Marsha - April 10, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Good job Gabbie! I enjoyed your tour! What a wonderful display of setting the table and the flowers!! Wow…so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Lynn A. - April 10, 2017 - 10:47 am

Gabbie – you did a wonderful job hosting the blog while Mom was busy watching golf. We have the yellow, sticky stuff down here in Florida as well. It is a mess. You were such a good girl to help Mom clean. Enjoy your extra belly rubs for doing such a good job.
Gabbie says to tell you thank you for all your sweet comments here, Lynn. 🙂 Yes, that pollen is a MESS! Ours this year has not seemed as bad as it has in the past though. Perhaps we have had more rain than usual to wash it away. Fingers crossed we are at the end of “pollen season” for this year!

Anita - April 10, 2017 - 10:31 am

Oh my! Gabbie is such good pup allowing you to watch the Masters! I want to take her home! She must feel right at home on the sofa waiting to have some attention. She looks very sweet wearing gingham.
Great idea on folding a table cloth to use as a runner. I never thought of doing that. I love the idea of using children’s gardening tools. Ideas galore as usual Kelly. So beautifully done!
She is a good pup most of the time. 🙂 I’m so glad you could find ideas in the post Anita! I really wanted a runner out of that fabric, so I folded it to test it out, and I thought…gosh this looks fine. Just iron it. And that is what I did. 🙂 So I still can use it as a tablecloth if I decide to do so!
Have a good week!

Donnamae - April 10, 2017 - 10:13 am

Oh Gabbie…thanks for the tour! I’m so glad you were such a big help to your mom…she’s good for the tall stuff, isn’t she? Tell her, everything looks great…spic and span! Sorry you don’t get to go to Target with her, or the grocery….so I think you should demand a treat! That’s what my cat does…Bowser! He begs and begs for a treat before I go shopping. And you’re right…I think she did buy out the flower shop! Loved your post Gabbie! 😉
Have no fear! Gabbie got lots of treats for her hard work cleaning the porch and writing the blog post. 🙂 And although she does not get to go with us to Target or Kroger, she does get to go with us to Petsmart…where she promptly puts lots of cute things and many treats in the shopping cart. LOL 🙂
I’ll be sure to tell her that you liked her post Donnamae!
Happy Monday!

Leila Jane - April 10, 2017 - 9:47 am

Hi Kelly ~ I love Gabbie’s post and all of the pretty blue and green touches on the porch for Spring. I have a couple of questions about the script writing on the blackboard. Do you write it “freehand” or do you have to plan it and draw lines first? I love the intricacy of the lettering. I think you did a post on calligraphy quite awhile back but I regret I don’t remember what you said about it now. I’m amazed at how beautiful the finished project is but can’t imagine the time you must spend creating it – or at least, it looks like quite the project to me. And then, is it erasable? Is that what chalk pens do? I have some calligraphy pens called “Elegant Writers” by Speedball that I use for birthday cards but my writing with them is not nearly as beautiful as yours! Sorry to ask so many questions. If you don’t have time to answer them all, it’s okay. (Maybe assign them to Gabbie!) Just know that I’m so impressed with your beautiful handwriting and how often you create one of these boards with recipes with your beautiful script. (I remember you used that beautiful script on your red storage bins, too!) Enjoy your beautiful porch in this wonderful Spring weather! Gabbie, too!
Thank you for all the compliments Leila Jane! I do all the lettering freehand…which is not always the best idea. That last line that is off center on the chalkboard is really bugging me…but I ran out of time. 🙁 It is indeed erasable. I use wet paper towels and if that doesn’t do the trick good enough, I then use a wet Magic Eraser. The lettering posts that you want are here: and here:
Hope this helps!

Julia - April 10, 2017 - 9:28 am

Gabbie you are a wonderful tour guide! Your mom did a great job decorating the porch. Thank you for sharing your family’s spring porch with us.
I will pass along your sweet comment to Gabbie, Julia. She appreciates it!

kathy - April 10, 2017 - 9:11 am

Great job, Gabbie! You are one pretty dog! Kelly, I love the pillow made from a napkin. Everything looks so springy and happy! I always enjoy reading the comments everyone leaves. How did I miss that lamp Linda loves! I am glad you got to watch The Masters while Gabbie did the post. And, as always, I love the reference to an upcoming post!
Gabbie said to tell you “thank you” Kathy. 🙂 We did enjoy the Masters here! And the house in the next post is absolutely beautiful. (Makes me want to start over here!)

Cheri - April 10, 2017 - 8:01 am

The porch looks GREAT and Gabbie did a good job…I hope you gave her a treat. ha ha
I agree with Gabbie…The Masters is boring. I would just sit out on the porch with a book and Gabbie instead.
Thank you Cheri! I did give her SEVERAL treats during the Masters. 🙂 Wish we had a television out on the porch so that we could have watched it there.
Have a good week!

Karen - April 10, 2017 - 4:26 am

Your porch looks fabulous! Love the blue color you used. Can you tell me where you bought your other blue pillows?
I’m so glad you liked it Karen! The blue windowpane one on the swing is from Pennsylvania House and came with a sofa we purchased 25 years ago, and I made the blue floral ones with some Waverly fabrics about 15 years ago. So they are old!

Ruth - April 10, 2017 - 12:39 am

Great job, Gabbie!!! I know that your mom appreciated your letting her have a break to watch The Masters. She certainly deserved one after cleaning and decorating the porch so beautifully! And you deserve a doggie treat for your fine work! Thanks for the tour!
Gabbie says thank you so much Ruth! You can be sure she got some doggie treats for all her hard work. 🙂
Thank you for reading her post and taking the time to comment. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Jae - April 10, 2017 - 12:20 am

Gabbie, you are one precious pup! Great job by you and mom!
Oh you are so sweet Jae! Thank you bunches!

Linda Blakely - April 10, 2017 - 12:18 am

Gabbie, I got a real kick out of the tour you so expertly led around your porch. Great job! You’re taking such good care of your family.

Kelly, I’m absolutely loving your porch. The colors you’ve used are truly exceptional and just not at all the expected colors one usually sees on a porch. And the blue and green accents are absolute perfection.

I do have several questions (you said to ask…..), and since I recently bought a country house in Litchfield CT, if you can share some sources I’d be eternally grateful! 1) I’ve got two awful fans (kitchen and porch) that I must replace. The one you’ve used on your porch has just the perfect old-fashioned look I’ve been searching for. Do you remember the brand of the fan?
2) The wooden (at least it looks like wood) lamp with the drum shade that’s sitting on the wicker tray – is that a wonderful old lamp you refinished yourself or could I obtain a lamp like that?
3) Your arrangement of the small garden implements with the green plates and hydrangea is stunning! Thank you for being so creative.

My house was built in 1780 and a porch was added about 20 years ago. The interior is knotty pine and has a slightly pickled or bleached finish and I really don’t like it! Thinking of having it painted white (much more traditional), but you’re so creative you’ve given me a real lift and stirred thoughts of greater things to come!

Thank you for your blog, I get a huge kick out of all the different curtains you put up. Your husband must be so appreciate of the lovely home you’ve created.

Best, Linda Blakely
Gabbie says to tell you thank you for her compliments, Linda! And I say thank you as well. 🙂 Now to your questions…
1. We bought our fans 25 years ago from Lowes, and I do not remember the brand. But I do remember three things…first, I absolutely wanted a 4 blade one..not a 5. Secondly, it had to have a schoolhouse light kit on it. And finally, it was white, and I have since painted it dark brown.
2. The wood look lamp on the tray came from Target, and I think they still carry it. 🙂
3. Thank for you the complement on the wall arrangement. It was easy to do using children’s gardening tools from Lowes (that I also painted brown.)

Your house sounds amazing! Good luck with it. Sounds like a fun project (but a lot of work I know. 🙂 )
Happy Monday!

Katrina - April 9, 2017 - 9:34 pm

Gabbie….. for a first time blog writer you did awesome!! Your mama is one smart decorator! The porch looks great. I hope you at least peeked at the Masters ’cause it was pretty exciting at the end! Keep up the good work helping Mom! 🐶🐕 🐶🐕
I thought it was very exciting at the end Katrina! And I loved Matt Kuchar when he made the hole in one. How sweet for the little boy that received his golf ball! Gabbie is currently napping, and I will give her your sweet message when she wakes up. 🙂 (And thank you for mine too!)
Happy Monday!

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - April 9, 2017 - 9:00 pm

Gabbie, you are just adorable! Thanks for helping our your mom on this post 😉
I’ll pass along your comments to Gabbie, Kim. I know she will appreciate them, as I do too!

blondchick - April 9, 2017 - 8:40 pm

Gabby has grown so much and is such a beautiful pup especially with the blue check. She did a great job of showing off the porch. Love the green and blue!
Thank you so much! It is amazing how fast puppies change just in the first few months! I know she will continue to grow because she is only about 1/3 the size she is supposed to get to. She is gonna be a big girl!

Louvina - April 9, 2017 - 8:16 pm

My goodness! Gabbie really did a good job on her blog today!! What a delight! And what a Masters!! Hope all the pollen is over for this spring. I think the blue/green will carry right into the warmer weather and keep you cool as a cucumber!! Busy today planning Easter Menu and will jump into the deep cleaning, table setting and finishing the baskets. Lovely time of the year– thinking about the plan of salvation and how thankful we are for Christ and faith and hope that we have — May His living presence touch all your days with peace and happiness. Happy Easter! ✝️ Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, to the end of time.” Amen!!
Thanks Louvina! She worked hard on her post! 🙂 Yes, what a Masters! And they could not have had better weather for the final round. It was gorgeous in Georgia! The blue and green does seem like a good combo for summer…but you know I can’t stay away from red for a long period of time! 🙂 So glad you have been having fun planning your Easter celebration. It IS a wonderful time as we celebrate the risen Lord!
Have a wonderful week as we make our way to Resurrection Sunday!

Sandy - April 9, 2017 - 8:14 pm

I loved your tour of the porch, Gabbie. It would be hard to pick a favorite thing and yes, cleaning up all that yellow sticky stuff is not fun. I have to say you are adorable in your little blue gingham neck wear.
Sandy, Gabbie says to tell you thank you for all her compliments! She really did not like having to clean the porch…nor did I! But once that pollen is gone we can all enjoy sitting out there. With all our hollies around it, it seems almost like a treehouse. 🙂

Jayne - April 9, 2017 - 7:50 pm

Oh, I can’t stand it. You are such a honey. Now we know your mom can take a break from writing and you will be able to fill in for her. I’ve been eagerly awaiting that pretty porch that you and your mom decorated for Spring. Great job. It was worth the wait.
Thank you Jayne! I will pass your kind compliments on to Gabbie when she gets up from taking her morning nap. 🙂 And thank you for following along on Instagram!

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