Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Bit of Spring

I worked super hard to add some Spring touches around my home.  Like 20 minutes and a couple bucks hard;)  With a trip to the dollar store and shopping the house, here are some of the bits of Spring decor 2012.
I made a simply Spring garland from egg doilies I found at the dollar store.  All I did was clip the doilies to some jute twine with tiny clothes pins.  I already had the hooks up from my winter garland, so I just wove the twine through.  To dress it up a tiny bit, in the center I tied a bow out of some satin ribbon I had.
Nothing to fancy, but adds the touch of whimsy and Spring to our family room.
I hung my dollar store egg basket I made a couple years ago to the fireplace screen and wrote ‘Spring’ on the chalkboard tag of my $6 thrift store (new with tags from Target) basket.  Spring grasses I already had and the little yellow birdies were stolen borrowed from my little love’s bedroom.
I changed up my little vignette for Spring and added a new quote on my glass.  You can see my other season quotes HERE and HERE.
Love this quote.
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I added some Spring twigs & greens along with my Moss Eggs {tutorial HERE} and tied an egg doily on my lamp shade with jute twine. Oh, a little butterfly I bought at Joann's a few years ago for $2.  All I did was lightly paint it. 
Everything I used I already had (except for the doilies) and by simply using things in a different way or changing them up a bit I have a new look for Spring!
Is it feeling like Spring where you are?
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Wreath Tutorial

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I was cleaning out my craft room yesterday, became distracted (imagine that) and instead of organizing, I made a Spring wreath for my front door.  My winter wreath was looking a little sad and didn’t really go with the bit of Spring green that had started popping up in our yard.  Getting this cheery wreath up on the door made me feel excited for the upcoming seasons…
…and then, last night it snowed.  ???  Typical;)
Anyway, I thought I’d share a few tips for creating your own Spring wreath.
To create a Spring wreath similar to mine, you will need…
twiggy wreath base (I used a pussy willow, curly willow mix), spring berries, spring flowers, spring greens, ribbon of choice, moss, wire, hot glue
Some Helpful Tips…
1. First measure out your desired length of ribbon, loop around your wreath and tie in a bow.  *I used a green burlap wired ribbon & left enough length to clear the top of my twigs.
2. Next, stick in your berries and flowers going with the direction of the wreath.  Place them in a pleasing way, dispersing the color but not making them too patterned or placed.  Secure them with hot glue and/or wire. * I like them to look as if they are “growing”  right out of the wreath.
3. For added texture and color, fill in with sprigs of greenery in varying lengths. Insert the greenery at differing angles for a three-dimensional look.
4. Glue in bits of moss to add more texture and to cover any visible stems or glue.
5. To attach the birds nest, loop wire through the bottom of the nest and then wrap it around the wired base of the wreath to secure.
6.  If using a wreath hanger, loop a small length of just twine through your knot.  This will give you something to hang on the hook, but not cover up your bow. *You can use a shorter length than I have shown to minimize visibility.
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And there you have it. 
   There is no right or wrong, as long as you like it.  Have fun with it.  Oh, and don’t be too worried about making it perfect…there is no such thing;) 
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Happy Spring!!
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