Sky Lark House: Monthly Unboxing March

The purpose of the “Sky Lark House: Monthly Unboxing” post is to highlight some of the more popular posts shared during the previous month. We are unboxing all the DIYs, vintage items, antiques, furniture makeovers and crafts shared during the previous month. Basically, I am “unpacking” information shared within the last 30 or so days.

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I am also collaborating with some other amazing bloggers and we are sharing our handpicked favorite finds with you.

Finally, I will also be sharing some posts, information and events from around the web that you may be interested in. So, let’s get started!

Sky lark house unboxing march 2024
Sky Lark House Monthly Unboxing

The Upstate Update

Just between you and me, we have had a mild winter in upstate New York and it has been such a blessing. I am afraid if I acknowledge the mild winter too loudly, mother nature may hear me and we will wake up to 6 inches of wet heavy snow. So I am sharing this information using a whisper. Shhh.

With the arrival of March, I have started to think about the garden. In a few weeks, I will be starting some seeds indoors so these little plants will be ready for the outdoor garden mid-May. Pretty soon, the dining room table will be covered with seed starting mix and seed starter trays. (Mr. SLH might be a tad bit grumpy about seed starter soil on the table) I don’t know about you, but starting plants from seed has always been a challenge. If history is any guide, there is about a 50% chance the seedlings will be successful. If you have any tips for me, I am all ears. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Easter is early this year! Frankly, it’s just an excuse to put out “all things spring” in our home a little earlier than normal. Here on the blog, in the month of March, I will be bringing you more ideas for spring and Easter.

In the mean time, here are some things you may be interested in from the blog.

My Favorite Items to Collect

Favorite items to collect

As some of you may know, I decided to close down my antique booth at the end of January. One of the most frequently asked questions was “What are your favorite items to collect?”. I answered this question in a post and linked some sources where you can find similar items.

How to Make a Vine Wreath for Spring

Easy Vine Wreath for Spring

This year, I have the honor to participate in the Handcrafted Society! Every month this year, some blogger friends and I will create a new handcrafted item using a common theme. These women are so talented and I feel so fortunate to be included in the society. The theme for February was “wood” and so I made a DIY Vine Wreath with birch bark hearts. This wreath was affordable to create and easy to assemble.

Easy Marbleized Eggs

Easy Marbleized Eggs for Easter

With Easter around the corner, I decided to update an old post on Easy Marbleized Eggs. This is one of my favorite ways to decorate eggs since it requires very few supplies. Marbleized eggs are also great to make with young children because you don’t need to use hot water. One more note, did you know you can now purchase DYEABLE plastic eggs? They are a game changer and are what I used for this project.

DIY Pine Side Table Makeover

DIY side pine table makeover

Finally, I had a vintage painted side table I took home with me when I closed my booth. I found it in Tennessee and thought it was charming. After I took it home, I noticed the table was made out of pine, which is my favorite type of wood. The older the pine, the better! In this post entitled DIY Pine Side Table Makeover, I show you how to remove paint from a small piece of furniture and restore it to a natural wood finish in one day. This is a perfect project is you are new to refurbishing furniture.

In related news

This warmer weather has me dreaming of spring, the garden and Easter. So here are a few things I found for you from around the web related to these topics.

Floret Flower Farm has released their own line of Floret Original Seeds. I purchased some Zinnias and Celosias.

If you want to grow dahlias, then Swan Island Dahlias has an amazing selection.

Here is a great post and video on the best cut flowers to grow from seed.

Have you shopped at the Tattered Magnolia? I love everything they sell. The offer so many antique, vintage and heirloom collectibles!

This Spring Centerpiece with Potted Flowering Bulbs is stunning!

This Spring Wreath with Live Bulbs is amazing! I love when real plants and flowers are used in a wreath. Jennifer shows you how to make this wreath.

Here is a list of The Best Things To Do in March. I had no idea there were so many things to celebrate in the month of March.

Finally, have you seen John Derian’s Easter Decoupage Collection? There are some beautiful and inspiring pieces.

Shopping with Friends

I got together with some of my favorite bloggers and we are sharing our recent favorite finds.

Anna from Sky Lark House

These are my favorite finds for the month.

  • Spring is my favorite season and I like to switch things up in our home to reflect the season. I love using the mint scented Mrs Meyers dish soap. It (almost) makes doing dishes enjoyable.
  • I also like to switch up our bedding. Now that the temperatures are in the 40s, we don’t need our heavy down comforter. This block print quilt by Studio McGee is perfect at the end of our bed. It is just warm enough to keep you comfortable during spring nights.
  • Now that March is here, I am so excited to start growing plants from seeds. Most notably, Zinnias and Celosias. I plan on using these seed starting kits from Burpee. Each kit is less than $12 for a tray of 36 cells!
  • If you like to grow your own veggies or flowers, this raised garden bed is fabulous. A raised bed is a great way to protect your plants from animals and you can place it in an area that gets a lot of sun.
  • I finally decided to replace my 15 year old tupperware with this set by Rubbermaid. Also, just between you and I, the teal lids are what sold me. The containers are BPA free, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. Oh – and they nest in one another so your tupperware is always organized.

Cindy from Reinvented Delaware

Cindy has a fabulous blog where she shows you how to refurbish furniture, repurpose thrifted items and gives you ideas for your home decor. Here are Cindy’s favorite finds.

Cindy of Reinvented Delaware
  • I’ve been on a copper cleaning binge lately. My handmade copper pots needed a little help and Earth Brite is the best copper cleaner I have found. It’s all-natural and easy to use. It works great on thrift store brass candlesticks too!
  • One of my good friends bought me warming slippers and I love them! As I age, my feet get cold while we are watching TV at night. Thirty seconds in the microwave and these cozy slippers warm my feet to the perfect temp!
  • Usually, I wear contacts but I still like to have readers around when I need them. I found these reading glasses on Amazon and I love them because they don’t look like drugstore readers. Let’s stay in fashion ladies! BTW, I just moved up to 2.5 🤓
  • My friend convinced me to get a wobble balance board. It’s a great tool to strengthen my core and my balance and that’s especially important as I get a few years older. I want to be steady on my feet for my grandkids!

Lora from Lora Bloomquist

If you love vintage and antique items, Lora Bloomquist has some inspiration for you. Her blog is full of ideas for repurposing and reusing these items. Here are Lora’s favorite finds.

Lora Bloomquist
  • Recently I went to our local Arboretum Spring flower show and picked up these beautiful resin earrings from a vendor. They’re so pretty! I gave a pair to Happy Girl for her birthday, too. I think they’d be perfect bridesmaid or Mother’s day gifts. Some crafters will custom make them, also. Check HERE for an amazing collection of styles and artistry. Perfect for Spring!
  • With Easter coming up, I love to pull out my few pieces of cabbageware. This bowl was my mother-in-laws, but I found the 2 cute bowls thrifting. Vintage pieces can be found HERE. You can find beautiful newly made cabbage dishes HERE and HERE. Such fun tableware to collect (or register for;)
  • Our mattress is old and I’ve not been sleeping good. Someone suggested we try a memory foam mattress topper and it has made such a difference! Every night I feel like I’m crawling into a hotel bed, it’s so comfy and cushy. So much more inexpensive than getting a whole new mattress. You can find the one we have HERE.
  • One of the best purchases I made through the years was a pair of green glass lamps. I swap them back and forth from our bedside tables to the living room depending on the season. Green is such a neutral. I still love these lamps years later. I can’t find my exact pair, but I rounded up a beautiful collection of green lamps HERE.

Lynn from Living Large in a Small House

On her blog, Lynn shares all the things that make a house a home. She has DIYs, recipes, home decor ideas, gardening suggestions and more. Here are Lynn’s favorite finds.

I don’t know about where you live but it’s been unseasonably warm here in Illinois (with a few days of snow sprinkled in).

Between the weather and the refresh we did by painting our great room area with Sherwin Williams Color of the Year, I have nothing but spring on my mind.

I pulled my spring/Easter decor down this past weekend and everything is looking pretty worse for wear. I really need a new wreath for my front door. Here are the ones that I have my eye on.

Diane from South House Designs

Diane shares information about entertaining, recipes, outdoor living and DIYs. She is known for her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Here are Diane’s favorite finds.

Spring is really trying hard to take over, so let’s get ahead of our Spring chores and outdoor fun with our shopping today.

  • I’m treating myself to garden kneeler and seat. to save my not so young knees and back. I chose this one because it a good value for the deeper seat/kneeler. Many seat/kneelers are only 6 or 8-inches deep (that’s like the kneelers in church)! This one is over 10-inches deep. Plus, it comes with two bags. Perfect for bug spray, water bottle and phone in one. Garden tools in the other.
  • This is the year to add irrigation to this house like we had in the last house. This is the irrigation kit I’m going to use for the large balcony we have across the back of the house. And this irrigation kit is for the large in ground bed we have surrounding the crushed granite patio. And no irrigation system should be used without a timer. This one is perfect for us because it can run the two irrigation systems independently.
  • Good clippers or pruners are essential. This pair is designed for ease of use, specifically for arthritis sufferers. Fortunately, that’s not me, yet. But I’m not one to turn down any ease of use. They are at a good price right now, but if you are just getting started with gardening, or don’t really have that much to clip, here is a good pair that is a bit more budget-friendly.
  • It’s important to celebrate a job done! Cold beverages anyone? Love a rolling cooler patio cart. This one is my favorite. Why? The extending shelves on the sides for pouring, mixing and having nibbles at the ready! The lid even has a glass shelf for glasses, garnishes, etc. The inside is divided for the option to keep food cold, but dry on one side and ice and beverages on the other, or all ice and beverages. If that’s a budget buster for you, then here’s a great option. I prefer this one because the bottom shelf is easier to clean than the lipped shelves on most of the others.
  • I discovered these fly fans at the outdoor tables in Dallas restaurants. They work!!!! So to keep our guests, and ourselves comfortable outside, I LOVE can’t survive without these fly fans. Run on battery or usb. Great for camping too. TIP: set one on the floor around your ankles. No more biters. You’ll be amazed!

Cindy from County Road 407

Cindy has a blog that focuses on pursuing a country life and her love of decorating in a vintage, repurposed, farmhouse style. She offers decorating tips, DIY project and recipes among other things on her blog. Cindy can’t join us this month but she will be back in April.

In Closing . . .

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Just a friendly reminder, on March 10th we “Spring Forward”. This means we will have an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

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9 Comments

    1. Hello Jim – yes, for some reason Mr. SLH isn’t a big fan of soil on the dining room table. Thanks for the kind words.

  1. I ordered Zinna’s and Celosia from Floret too! I can’t wait to be able to get them in the ground. Love the quilt at Target. I wish it came in a few more colors 🙂

    1. Hi Lynn- I am so glad to hear your ordered seeds from Floret too! I can’t wait to see how they do! We will have to compare notes as the season progresses.

  2. Ok, you’ve sold me on the starter trays! I am hoping to plant zinnias of all kinds in my cutting garden this year! Have a great weekend my friend. I LOVE the new look of your blog!!

    1. Hi Cindy -Thank you for stopping by. Zinnias are some of my favorite seeds to plants because they are such good performers. I bet your cutting garden will look great.

  3. You reminded me I really wanted to start seeds indoors this year; I need to have cuttable flowers earlier. If I could just figure our where to do it…like you said, the dining room table is not ideal, but is the sunniest spot in my home. Hmmm…

    1. I am in the same situation. Dining room table isn’t the best place for seedlings but as of now – its the only option. Maybe in the future I will build a real seedling set up complete with lights.

  4. It’s always so much fun to see what you guys are finding from month to month, Anna! I’m excited about all the garden and seed inspiration. We usually do big container gardens on the front porch but I’ve always wanted to try to grow seeds in tiny trays so I’m excited to check out your links and learn more about it. I swear coastal zone 9 feels subtropic sometimes 😂 Big hugs and hope you have the best month, CoCo

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