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Friday Five: Branching Out

March 9, 2012
by thenestinggame

Can you feel it? Spring is just around the bend! It hasn’t been a very rough winter, and according to the news we’re doomed to hoardes of mosquitos, tons of pollen, wildfires and drought. I guess they’re looking for natural disasters to replace the lack of Snowmageddon coverage this year. Not sure anything can be done about the giant rack of gloves and scarves at Target marked 75% off. But Daylight Savings starts tomorrow, so goodbye winter!

I’ve been clipping leaves from our gold dust woman bushes and camellia blooms since January. But this week our tangle of forsythia started blooming and it didn’t take 2 seconds before I was out there with my nippers. I relocated my dusty silk hydrangea in the front hall for a big sprig of spring.

I also put some on my dining room table with our (SPOILER ALERT) new-to-us chandelier! (More on that Monday.)

Looks like I’m not the only one falling for it. Floral designer Christina Louks hung forsythia branches on an open light fixture for a centerpiece from above. This was shot by our awesome wedding photographer, Julia Davis and appeared on 100 Layer Cake.

I love the yellow and green together in this room.

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And soon, very soon, the dogwoods will be blooming.

photo by virginia macdonald

Gang, it’s Friday! This was a fast, but packed week. I feel like I went from a long to-do list at work to a long to-do list at home. I am looking forward to seeing the kiddos, doing some spring cleaning and celebrating a good friend’s birthday with margaritas and guac. (If there’s a better way to turn 30-something, I don’t know it.)

Also, I’ve been writing for Curbly for 3 weeks now. I forgot to include my posts last Friday, so I’ll list two-weeks’ worth here. If any strike your fancy, don’t hesitate to click.

A painted and stained campaign trunk table

How to DIY rustic industrial shelves

Awesome planes, trains and automobiles (and bikes!) art

10 drool-worthy kitchen pantries

An outdoor deck daybed

Minimalist Pixar Posters

How to paint and glaze like a pro

Have the best weekend ever and remember to spring forward! Yee haw.

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  1. March 9, 2012 9:03 am

    Good post. I branched out during winter by putting snippits of greenery in big vases in various rooms.

    I love dogwood blooms!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 19, 2012 2:10 pm

      Our dogwoods started blooming this weekend! I will soon be snipping them!

  2. Martha Hopkins permalink
    March 9, 2012 2:15 pm

    I did the same with mountain laurel here in Austin. It’s a beautiful little tree with crazy sweet-smelling purple blooms. (Smells like it would taste like a grape sweet tart.) Is it bad that I ripped the branch from an elementary school yard? (It’s a big tree; the loss could not begin to be noticed.) It’s stayed lovely on my kitchen counter for 4 days; only this morning are the blossoms starting to fall. I need to walk to the grocery this afternoon and will be passing four more of these trees. What to do, what to do?!!

    What’s curbly? I can’t keep up with all this stuff! Is it because I’m 40? Don’t answer that.

    • Martha Hopkins permalink
      March 10, 2012 1:45 pm

      So, I have now investigated Curbly. Clearly, I should’ve heard of this about 3 years ago. It is a BFD. Congrats! Go Molly! When I get more twitter followers I’ll let them know! : )

      • thenestinggame permalink*
        March 10, 2012 4:49 pm

        Thanks, Martha! I met the Curbly crew when I was in Salt Lake City for Alt Summit. It’s been really fun writing for them.

        I have totally cut branches off public trees. Maybe even snatched a magnolia or two from a neighbor. Shhh…

  3. March 9, 2012 6:37 pm

    Thanks for the DST reminder! I missed it once – just once, I was something like 24 – and it was Easter Sunday and I showed up late for church so just ran away a-scared to my parents’ house. Oops.

    Also? Whoa … death. Mmm.

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