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Monday Musings: 10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

10 Thing I'm Loving Right Now

 

Hello everyone! It’s a bright and sunshiny day and I am in such a mood to do some spring decorating and cleaning around here! Unfortunately I am just recovering from a horrid case of the flu with some autoimmune involvement which has been pretty rough going. I am not yet well enough to do any physical activity but I have so many ideas for spring decor!!! Luckily I have felt well enough over the past 24 hours to do some reading and a little blogging which has kept me from going stir crazy! To keep things on the bright side I am sharing some “Monday Musings” about 10 things I am loving right now.

 

1. All Things Jane Austen

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Currently I am reading Sense and Sensibility and I am totally lost once more in Jane Austen’s World! Last summer I read Pride and Prejudice which is now one of my all time favorite books.

 

Handgemachte stolz und Vorurteil Mr. Darcy von RosetteBelles

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While I was under the weather this week I binged watched the PBS series from the mid 1990’s and you must allow me to tell you how ardently I admired and loved it!  I highly recommend it for anyone who loves period dramas with beautiful costumes and scenery.

 

For lovers of Jane Austen, The list: The Best Georgian and Regency Era Period Films, from Willow and Thatch

 

 

 

2. Poldark

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During the cold and dreary month of February I got lost in the late 18th century along the coast of Cornwall when I discovered Poldark. This PBS series is based on a set of novels written by Winston Graham in the 1940’s. I immediately fell in love with the characters, costumes, scenery, plot lines and twists. Amazing!

 

 

Ross Poldark (First Edition) by author Winston Graham

For Valentine’s Day my husband surprised me with the first two books in the series. They were so good that I finished them both in a matter of days. I am hoping to get the rest of the books for my birthday at the end of March!

 

 

Poldark: Series 1-4 [UK Region]

Seasons 1-4 are available online and the final season is set to premiere in 2019. I can’t wait for season five!

 

3. English Cottage/ English Country House Style

Perhaps it is the influence of reading both the Poldark books and Jane Austen at the same time, but I am just loving English cottage style right now. Actually I always gravitate toward this style in the spring as I want to see more flowers and pretty things around our home after a long winter.

 

Victoria Classics English Cottage 2018 Special Issue

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As the title says this post spotlights blue and white buffalo plaid interiors but let's first have a history lesson to learn more of th...

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I actually like looking back at some of my older decor books from the late 80’s and early 90’s when referencing this style. I find that English cottage style hasn’t changed much, and that many of the design elements can be found in today’s modern country and French country style homes too.

 

Living Room Detail www.lindafloyd.com love the glass base for the lamp and the arrangement of furniture beautiful room

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Bookshelves♧

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A room filled with lots of books, blue and white pottery, fresh flowers, various textiles and patterns, and of course a bit of leather creates a cozy, quintessential English cottage look.

 

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Blue and White

Anything blue and white is on my radar right now. I haven’t really used a lot of blue in the past but I have been drawn to it more and more over the last few years. I especially love blue transferware which has been kind of hard to come by on my junkin’ adventures.

 

A color crush that lasts forever, Blue & White.

French Garden House

 

 

 

VIBEKE DESIGN: Treasure hunt in Sweden!

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Gorgeous Coastal Living Room Decorating Ideas 36

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I am looking forward to trying out some new looks with blue accents for late spring and summer.

 

 

4. Decorating With Moss

March is less than a week away and soon I will be adding more green around the house. I think moss is wonderful for use in decorating year round, but it is especially appropriate for March when all the rain brings out all the moss again.

 

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garden sphere, planter, ivy, moss

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I love the organic and elegant look of moss spheres in urns or bowls. Moss topiaries are beautiful too.

 

Antique European Dough Bowl Trencher Carved Wood by edithandevelyn

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Almost Huggable Moss Topiary Spheres with Bronze Art Pieces

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5. Embroidery and Needlework

I love that embroidery is making a big come back. Years ago I used to enjoy cross-stitching, but I never tried embroidery. Recently I have seen some of the cutest little embroidery kits and I have been inspired to give it a shot. I think it is important to keep the handmade arts of yesterday alive.

 

Старá каламáрка: Herb embroidery on linen

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I love the look of embroidered or crewel work pillows. Aren’t they so beautiful?

 

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Thistle Pillow | Coral and Tusk

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6. Raspberry Sorbet and Smoothies

I love frozen raspberries! They have to be one of my favorite little snacks. I didn’t discover how much I loved them until I was sick last year and I was on a very limited diet for quite some time. When I couldn’t eat anything else, the cold, slightly tart raspberries were so refreshing, and as result I really developed a liking for them.

 

Raspberry Sorbet Recipe on Yummly. @yummly #recipe

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Having the flu has meant resorting to raspberries once again and I had almost forgotten how much I love them! For my smoothies I just blend up the berries with half of a banana and a little unsweetened, organic fruit juice.  Yummy!  When I am not sick I might use a little coconut milk or almond milk for a creamier texture.

Raspberry Banana Smoothie

 

7. Gnomes

I am not a real “trendy” decorator, so  I never would have guessed I would have fallen for Scandinavian gnomes when I first saw them on the shelves at Home Goods last year. It wasn’t until I made my own that I really decided they are just too cute! DIY Gnomes are so easy to make and you can create different gnomes for almost any occasion.

 

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Spring is coming at he can't wait to plant flowers! See more cute gnomes at my shop flowervalleygnomes/shop/Etsy.com

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8. Daffodils

14 Facts Every Daffodil Lover Needs to Know

Town and Country Magazine

Spring is making it’s presence known as the daffodils are poking through the ground. Some friends have shared that their daffodils are starting to bloom. I can’t wait to pick a fresh bouquet from our yard. It can’t be more than two weeks!

 

Daffodils Flower Meanings

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For more beautiful images of daffodils, check out my post Dreaming of Daffodils: Early Spring Decor Inspiration.

 

Early Spring Decorating Ideas With Daffodils

 

 

 

9. Plantlife Soap

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I have “a thing” for all natural  and handmade soaps and I am always trying out new kinds. For a few years I have been using Plantlife Aromatherapy Herbal Soap and I absolutely love it. I have bought several different scents and they all have been wonderful. I find mine for $3.99 at TJ Maxx or Marshalls but I will include some affiliate links at the end of this post if you are interested in trying them out.

 

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I usually buy a few bars at time to keep stocked up. I store them in the linen closet at the top of the stairs and the whole hallway smells so good!

 

I am very sensitive to chemicals so I have to use all-natural bath and beauty products. The lavender Plantlife soap is one of my favorites.

 

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10. Biblical Prophecy 

Current world events have had my soul disturbed for quite some time and have led me into more in- depth study of Biblical prophecy and how it relates to current world events. It may seem strange to list this as one of the ten things I am loving, but I do love that the more I study God’s word, the more I find it to be the only truth I can depend on in the midst of trials and turmoils. I love knowing God is in control. It is important to be aware of what is going on in the world around us, to have a spirit of discernment, and to stand firm on the Word of God.

 

Bible Journal- the end

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10 Thing I'm Loving Right Now

 

Well friends, I hope you found something of interest of among the ten things I am loving right now.  Maybe this random bit of Monday Musings will become a regular series where I share something totally different each week depending on what I am thinking about.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the things I shared today. I bet some of you like many of the same things too!

Thank you so much for visiting today!

 

Amber

 

 

  

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply Kristin

    Love all these things Amber! Beautiful 10!

    February 25, 2019 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Kristin!

      February 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm
    • Reply Tiffiney

      Hi Amber, the gnomes are really cute, and the raspberry treat looks amazing! I love so much of what you shared here! And I may even give the Poldatk series a try. ????

      February 28, 2019 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    So glad you’re feeling better, Amber. English Cottage has always been my favorite “style”. It’s a wonderful mix of pattern and woods, with a little bit of clutter thrown in for good measure. xo

    February 25, 2019 at 8:57 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Debra!

      February 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Myrna

    I love the blue and white check sofa. Glad you are feeling better. Allergies are getting me down.

    February 25, 2019 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been ill! I hope you’ll be feeling better again soon! I enjoyed reading this fun post!

    February 25, 2019 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    Amber,
    You really hit it on the head with all the things you love as i too love all those things!! Are you watching Victoria on PBS??? One of my favorite shows!! Thanks so muchf or stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

    February 26, 2019 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Chloe Crabtree

    I am so sorry you have been ill. I lost a few days last week myself with a stomach issue, but it was due to too many medications on an empty stomach all because of an oral surgery. I am loving so many or the things you are loving, too! The moss accents are always on my radar and your little gnomes are just SO cute! Hang in there, feel better and get back on your feet! I am looking forward to your spring tablescape next week!

    February 27, 2019 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Vikki

    I also love the English home décor–the look that it has evolved over time with many generations contributing their bit to it. No matchy-matchy there. The 1990s version of Pride and Prejudice is my favorite too. It set the bar for all past and future versions of this wonderful book.

    February 27, 2019 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Marlene Stephenson

    These were really great. glad you are feeling better, i am so glad God is in control and i don’t need to worry to much. Spring won’t come too soon for me and i love gardening.

    February 27, 2019 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Melena Schlote

    A woman after my own heart! I love all 10 things in this blog. Hoping you are up and running soon. Also happy that you are reading scripture, there is a bounty of information and advice in the bible!!

    February 27, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Ahna @ Hammers N Hugs

    Oh so miserable. I hope you are feeling better! I LOVE Jane Austen and the BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries is my favorite. I even have my 6 year old daughter hooked. Ha. #raisingthemright My second favorite is the adaptation of her book “Mansfield Park” with Jonny Lee Miller. Also BBC miniseries “North and South” with Richard Armitage based on the books by Elizabeth Gaskell. It is lovely. Another recommendation (huge fan of period drama if you can’t tell) is the 2011 BBC miniseries version of “Great Expectations.” The best adaptation I have seen. Maybe just keep coughing until you can see them all! 😉 I am sure you deserve the rest!

    February 27, 2019 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Florence

    This was a good reminder that God is in control. Thank you for mentioning it. I’ve been disturbed too by what’s happening in the world around me & it gets me down sometimes. Then I remind myself that Jesus wins in the end.

    February 27, 2019 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Paula

    Hope you feel better very soon!

    March 1, 2019 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Mother of 3

    Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather. The TV series and books reminds me a bit of a Danielle Steel novel I read recently where the main character became so taken with one period drama in particular that she booked a trip to the little town in England where it was being taped and ended up working on the set. It was neat to see the behinds the scenes of a period drama.

    March 1, 2019 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Thanks for sharing your ‘love list’ at Homestyle Gathering. Amber, is this the first time you’ve seen Pride and Prejudice for BBC? It’s amazing!

    March 3, 2019 at 11:00 pm
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    Lovely inspiration. I’m loving blue and white right now. I had it early in our marriage and then I took a break from it. I pulled it all back into the kitchen last year. It’s so fun for spring. I’ll have to get back into Polldark. I think we watched 2 seasons and then quit. I hope you are feeling better, Amber.

    March 5, 2019 at 2:37 pm
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