Raindrops and Sunflowers!
I am seeing more and more signs of Spring, but a very slow ease into it around the country.
Here in Florida, we are getting raindrops while the northern states are getting snow.
Today I am joining a few of my fellow stylists…as we attempt to bring Spring into a cold weather pattern…whether ole’ man winter likes it or not.
Be sure to visit everyone, at the links below, throughout the week for inspiration and incredible Spring inspiration!
It is times like this that I really enjoy my Florida weather.
I must say it is a heavenly respite from the cold up north…as the warm breezes that accompany a gentle rain, caresses my skin.
Which brings me to my tablescape of Raindrops and Sunflowers.
So for today, it is sunny skies and prevailing winds with this sunflower tablescape!
Up north, sunflowers are considered a summer flower, but down here in the sunshine state…we can have sunflowers any time of year.
Florida is also known for afternoon rains (or monsoons as they call them here in Florida) that leave these little puddles of water, which remind me of my childhood days…when the need to jump and splash in each puddle was a necessary child-hood compulsion.
I mean, you just had to jump in them! Right?
The birds love the puddles of water and it is enjoyable for me to watch as the mockingbirds do their own splashing, fluffing their wings and feathers.
As I put this tablescape together, I remembered the four little bird figurines that I had purchased several years ago from an on-line shop.
I thought they were so cute with their little yellow raincoats and rainboots….and my fingers uncontrollably clicked on the “buy” button before I could give the purchase another thought. 🙂
However, all four of them sat on the shelf in my dish pantry, one of them holding his umbrella in anticipation…waiting for the perfect Spring rain and the perfect tablescape!
And here it was!
The perfect day with the rain lasting about 20 minutes…. as I excitedly pulled dishes from my dish pantry.
Why sunflowers of course….if I was going to capture my puddle splashing activities of my youth, Kansas sunflowers had to be in the mix, along with my sunflower salad plates.
Yellow bamboo flatware and “loopy” woven chargers…..started the stack of plates.
and sunflower drinking glasses were quickly added to the tablescape.
I tucked bright yellow napkins between the white dinner plates and the salad plates for a more casual look, no napkin rings needed.
…..And then I carefully placed my little raincoated birds around the white ironstone vase holding the sunflowers.
One little bird is holding the umbrella while two of the birds are drinking hot chocolate and the last little bird….well, he appears to be getting ready to jump into a rain puddle!
His wings are held back and I am sure he sees a puddle somewhere just waiting for his little yellow rain boots.
Perfect in my mind and eye…..nothing too fancy, just a simple little tablescape that makes me smile.
The simple things…that is what life is all about isn’t it?
Have a great and blessed day!
Thank you for your visit and don’t forget to visit the other stylists with their interpretations of Spring.
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Happy Spring Everyone!
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Kari, the birds in their yellow raincoats and umbrellas are the cutest things ever! Love how you used sunflowers ~ from the precious plates and glassware to the ones in the ironstone pitcher. Such a happy and bright theme for spring!
Thanks Carol, glad you stopped by. 🙂
Michelle James says
Kari, I am a huge sunflower fan, so I cannot say enough about your gorgeous Spring tablescape! I love all the sweet touches you added. You have so many pretty elements and I am always so inspired by your talent!
thanks Michelle…for stopping by. I know how difficult it is to get around to all the blogs and if one is ill, it is even more difficult. But better late than never, right? Have a great and blessed day.
Kari, you never cease to impress me with your tablescapes! I love your sunflower theme, and how lucky you are to have them available year round! I will be planting some this summer in my very first cutting garden! Those little birds in their coats and Sou’wester! Always a pleasure to share in this blog hop with you!
thanks Maureen. So glad you stopped by. 😉
Love those sunflower plates! So bright and perfect for spring!
thanks Sara, I appreciate your stopping by.
Kari, you are so clever to feature a raindrop theme…Spring is all about April showers bringing the May flowers! I just love your use of sunflowers and the birds with their matching yellow rain gear. You can see how much fun you had putting this table together. I can’t believe you found the sunflower glasses at Dollar Tree! And I really admire your bamboo flatware. It’s always a pleasure hopping with you. Happy Spring!
thanks Rebecca, every now and then we “score” big at the dollar store….I also found stemmed sunflowers too. Yay! Thanks for stopping by.
Liz @ Home and Gardening With Liz says
Well aren’t those little yellow coated birds are just the cutest! I love the idea of splashing around in the rain puddles after a spring rain! The yellow sunflowers add such a cheerful bright feeling to the table. I can hardly stand the wait for spring to arrive here! We’re melting down but have a ways to go yet.
Kari, your table is so lovely with the sunniness of yellow. Is that that word, sunniness. Sunflowers are always so pretty and cheerful. I love your little rain clad birds. I have never something so darn cute. Waking up to this table has to put anyone in a cheerful mood.`I am so sorry I am late here. I am fighting pneumonia and I have not been my pc or iPad.
I hear ya Linda…Get well soon!!!! I can’t seem to get over this head cold. I go one step forward and two back and I am not even trying to dance. LOL
It is never too late to respond, One of the negatives about posting on Fridays is only about half of the bloggers take the time to comment, but I still prefer to post on Friday. Example: I checked over the week-end to see how many were still outstanding and the count is almost half. However, I tell myself like I used to tell my kids, don’t worry about what others are doing,….just make sure what you do is right. 🙂
Kari, I adore the darling birds in raincoats and your sunflowers are gorgeous! Happy to be joining you for the tablescape hop this week! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
thank you Cecilia….it is such fun to be blog hopping with you.
Ann Krucek says
What could possibly be more springy (if there is such a word!) than birds with little raincoats on!! The sunflowers make this such a bright spot to cheer anyone’s day. What a cute table!! It is always such a pleasure to hop with you. I hope your spring is as sunny as your table!!
Thanks Ann! Have a great week end.
Hi Kari, I am writing this comment once again since I see the first one did not go through. I love your cheerful sunflower-themed tablescape, especially the yellow raincoat birds. How sweet and whimsical. It makes me feel like jumping a puddle when Spring finally (if ever) arrives in Wisconsin. So darling and festive.
Thank you so much Marsha for making sure your comment is “recorded” so to speak… but my friend, your original comment did come through, I just had not had the chance to approve it yet. In a way, that part of the comment process can be a drag. I know it is to prevent Spam, but I should probably check into it and see what I can do to turn it off, especially during a blog hop. But thanks again. I always comment on all the tablescapes, which is what Chloe asks us to do, but there are some who don’t, for whatever reason. Could be family emergencies or some other un-for-seen event. No judging here as Life happens. But I appreciate your thoughtfulness and diligence. Blessings Always
Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors says
Kari, your table made me smile! It is so happy and cheerful. I adore sunflowers, and you have beautifully adorned your table with them. Those sweet little birds are absolutely precious! This is the perfect spring table, sweet friend! Enjoy your weekend!
Thanks Shannon, I am sure so many up north are so ready for spring and birds scream spring to me. Thanks for stopping by.
Sandra Garth says
Oh Kari I am head over heels in love with the raincoat clad birdies! This table is so cheerful and styled beautifully. Looking at your cheery sunflowers makes me want to unearth mine. It’s always a pleasure to blog hop with you dear friend.
All that is missing from my table is one of your delicious cakes, Sandra….thanks for stopping by and I hope your spring is springing forth in your neck of the woods. Hugs Always
Kari, what a ray of sunshine your tablescape brought to me here in grey, cold Pittsburgh! Those adorable birds dressed in yellow with umbrellas gave me a nice giggle. At my bird table, my feathered friends probably would have appreciated knit hats and winter coats LOL! Love those sunflower shaped plates and envy that wonderful bamboo flatware. A delightful table! Pinned.
What a hoot you are Debbee, and I am sure your birdies would welcome mufflers, etc! Is there any relief in sight yet? I wish you wonderful Spring weather my friend and thank you for your kind comments. I can’t wait to see what wonderful inspiration you have on our next blog hop….it is always exciting.
Chloe Crabtree says
What a fun table you have styled, Kari! The little chicks in their raincoats and with their umbrellas are as cute as can be! Spring will be coming with blooms of all kinds (well for those that are up North). Your sunny yellow sunflowers are a perfect nod to the arrival of Spring! Thanks dear friend for joining us for another hop!
Thank you dear Chloe for all your hard work…I am sure you are missing the patter of little feet, but enjoying all your crafting and tablescaping time. Thanks again for hosting this event. Hugs!
Katherines Corner says
this is a cheerful table. I love the birds in their rain gear too. The sunflower plates are a wonderful addition to your spring table. Pinned. Hugs!
Thanks Katherine…we are so happy to have you join our little group of stylists. Your table was lovely.
Kari, I am so captivated by your stunning sunflower-themed tablescape, especially with those wonderful, whimsical birds in yellow raincoats and boots. How absolutely adorable, fun and cheerful. It truly makes me smile and makes me feel happy to be outside in the bright sunshine after a Spring rain. Looking at your collection of circling birds makes me feel like jumping into a puddle with rain boots on after the first season’s rain. I love how you contrasted it all with the looped bamboo chargers and flatware. So much fun to your beautiful table.
Thanks Marsha…. the kid in me still wants to jump in puddles. LOL
Kari your little birds are spring perfection! I love how they are dancing around the ironstone pitcher playing in imaginary puddles. I don’t think I could have resisted them either!
I did not realize sunflowers bloomed all summer in Florida. How cheerful to see! You have definitely created some spring sunshiny vibes in your home!
So happy to be hopping with you this week. Happy spring!
Amber, About the only plants we can’t grow in SW Florida are peonies, lilacs, tulips or any other plant that needs the cold to produce blooms. We still can have container plants of our favorites but alas they only last a season. Thanks for stopping by.
Tammy in Albuquerque says
Hi Kari! What a sweet tablescape! We are having lovely spring weather in Albuquerque; however, the winds have come as they always do in March. Have a happy day. 😊🌻
Hi Tammy! So happy to hear from you and I hope things are going smoothly for you. I remember those winds well…they can be so annoying sometimes. Thank you for your comments sweet friend. Hugs!
the Painted Apron says
Oh goodness Kari, those little umbrella toters are so cute! What a fun tablescape, and I do love sunflowers! You have so many sunflower pretties! This has certainly brightened this dreary rainy Friday, I could use some Florida sunshine!
Jenna, I wish you could come sit at my table and we could share the Florida sunshine….although you will soon have your share of sun visiting your state. For some reason I associate yellow boots, hats, rain coats and umbrellas with the sunny yellow color…even though these days manufacturers make every color on the spectrum. So when I saw yellow, I had to buy them. Thanks for stopping by.
Carole @ From My Carolina Home says
Kari, that table is just too adorable!! I love your little raincoated birds, just precious. The sunflower plates complete your yellow palette well. I like the glasses too. Sunflowers bring a warm feeling to the table, I am so ready for spring!
thanks Carole and can you believe those sunflower glasses came from dollar tree? They have some of the cutest drinkware don’t they?
I’m in deja vu right now. I typed my entire comment, clicked post, and it disappeared, so I apologize if you get it twice AND that it may not say the same thing because I’m old and can’t remember everything I typed…LOL
Kari, what a wonderful way to bring the sunshine indoors. Everything on your table is so bright and cheery! I love the big heads on those sunflowers…they are so pretty! I haven’t seen any here in Texas yet. Your little raincoated birds are adorable…I’ve never seen anything like them. They are perfect for your table. I smiled while reading your story of jumping into rain puddles, we used to do that all the time and if we could, while it was still raining. Your sunflower plates and stemware look great, another element of sunshine on your table! Your table is beautiful Kari! Love and hugs!
You did good girl! My memory is not that good. Hugs and love
Rita C. says
So stinkin’ adorable, Kari! Oh my goodness, those birds in rain gear are just too cute! What a sunshiny mix with your yellows for this spring tablescape. We woke up to snow (!#!@#) today, but warming and turning to rain later. As always, the birds tell us what season we’re in. I even like the overhead shots of your table with the rug and chair fabrics showing through – a nice coordination against the yellows!
It does break up all that glass and yellows doesn’t it?
I hope your snow melts quickly, it is almost time to plant potatoes, as my grandpa used to say. Rain or snow he planted potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day.
Hugs dear friend
Kari, what a beautiful way to bring the sunshine indoors! I love all the elements of your table! So bright and cheery! It made me smile with your story of jumping into puddles…I do remember that fondly, we did it all the time! And when we could, we would do it while it was raining. 🙂 Your birds with raincoats are absolutely adorable and I love the heads on those beautiful sunflowers in your centerpiece. I haven’t seen any out here in Texas yet. The sunflower plates and your flatware go perfectly together! Such a beautiful table Kari! Love and hugs sweet friend!
thanks Benita! Now, I think if I saw my grand kids jumping in puddles while it is raining, I would probably freak out. Lightning and/or bacteria! I don’t know how we survived but I can remember stepping on nails and no one panicked. We just grabbed the iodine or mercurochrome before we went to bed! LOL Thanks for your sweet words my friend.
Everyday Living says
Kari, what a fun tablescape. I am a fan of sunflowers and their bright yellow and happy faces! The sunflower plates and glasses are perfect with your rain-coated birds who are so delightful, love the one with the umbrella. It is raining here this morning, but no sunflowers to brighten the dark and gloomy skies. It is always a pleasure to blog hop with you. Wishing you a wonderful weekend dear friend!
thanks Pam, I guess my roots will always be in Kansas and Missouri with all the sunflowers.LOL My love of birds also came from watching the bright yellow breasted meadowlarks of the midwest…so I couldn’t resist these little birds with their yellow boots, hats and rain coats. Hugs always
Christine @ Rustic-Refined.com says
Beautiful table. I am in love with those sunflower dishes. What a cheerful way to start today, thanks!
Thanks Christine…I enjoy the sunflower dishes too.
Bonnie Morgan says
Kari, Your tablescape makes me smile too! Those little birds dressed in yellow raincoats, boots, and umbrellas are so cute. I love your creativity how your childhood days of splashing in the puddles and the Florida weather created your tablescape today.
The sunflowers are so cheery for your centerpiece, plates, and glasses. Fun and creative post.
Thank you for your sweet comment visiting my post.
Have a lovely day!
thanks Bonnie, I guess I am just a kid at heart when it comes to splashing in the puddles. LOL I am still swooning over your yellow primroses. Such fun we have blog hopping together. Have a great weekend my friend.
Love the rain coated birds.
thanks Margo, are you still keeping high and dry? I loved the pics of the dogs on your table outside. so cute.
Joanna Shumaker says
Hi! I was wondering where you got your sunflower plates? I have been trying to find some and can’t seem to find them anywhere! Thank you!
Hi Joanna, I found them on EBAY several years ago. The name on the bottom of the plate is Sketch Sunflower designed by Maxcera. I googled them and there are several sources for other sunflowers, though I didn’t see any just exactly like mine.Good Luck and thanks for stopping by.