Now that Valentine’s Day is over I thought I’d start working on some Easter and Spring projects. As we continue to get hit with snow, it is nice to think that warmer weather will be here soon! I picked up these peat pots on clearance at the end of the Season and thought I could put together little Easter baskets. I printed out the adorable bunny images, as well as the beautiful little angel from the graphicsfairy.com and modpodged them to the pots after giving them a whitewash. I added a doily to the angel and punched holes through the sides adding floral wire for a handle and finished it with seam binding ribbon and lace. I figure I can fill it with candy for my nieces and nephew when the time comes. You could even add a gift card.
We have been getting a ton of snow in RI and lucky for me I had a snow day today! For me that means a craft day. Since I host Easter I like to decorate the main rooms of my home for the Holiday. I have many things that I have collected through the years and once Valentine’s Day is over, I start putting out my Easter decorations. I like to add new things each year and who am I kidding, I just like to create! I was in my garage getting my stuff together for my starburst mirror and saw a little pile of scrap wood blocks from some project. I brought a few in and thought about what I could do with them. I immediately thought of the graphicsfairy and went to her site to check out the Easter images. I fell in love with this Bunny. He just signifies Easter to me. I painted the block in black, cut the image to size and used modge podge to attach it.
I love the look of a sunburst mirror, but not the price! They looked simple enough to recreate so I checked out Pinterest and sure enough there were all kinds of diy ideas. Some used paint sticks, Popsicle sticks or bamboo skewers. I opted to go with bamboo skewers as I liked the sleek look.
My sweet daughter, Amanda, has been with her adorable boyfriend Sean, for 15 months now. They are both 17 but while Amanda will be leaving for College in August, Sean still has another year. All you Moms know how tough it is on 17 yo young adults. They have a great attitude about it and she will only be 2.5 hours away so she can come home often, which of course is good for me too! I have not even begun to process not having her smiling face around here everyday. This picture from her prom says it all:
A friend of mine gave me this old chest that had great potential, but needed a little update. I gave it a quick coat of black paint and decided to surprise my daughter by covering it with images of her all time favorite band, My Chemical Romance. I still need to get a couple of knobs that are missing, but she loves it. Trash to treasure!
I was so excited when I saw the Dollar Store Challenge at http://www.oursouthernhomesc.com/2014/01/dollar-store-challenge-smores-station.html. Each month there will be a new item featured from The Dollar Store to showcase the creative ideas you can come up with. It’s amazing to see the creativity. I actually saw a cake plate idea when Pinterest first became popular and as is pretty standard practice for me, I promptly ran to the Dollar Store and bought about 10 candlesticks and made cake plates galore. I actually used several varieties for my Thanksgiving dessert buffet. Excuse the grainy photo as I tried to crop the photo unsuccessfully. You can see I spray painted one yellow and simply used E6000 to glue it to a matching plate. On the left I used a large serving platter and matching bowl. I was having so much fun mixing and matching thrift store dishes.
Thank you to http://www.nelliebellie.com/homemade-coffee-syrup-recipes for this great idea! My friend and I are both big iced coffee drinkers and love to try the new seasonal flavors at DD. I wanted to put together a “favorite things” basket for her for Christmas and knew I had to incorporate coffee. I was searching for ideas on Pinterest and was psyched to see the recipes for homemade syrup. I chose Caramel and Maple Vanilla, yum! I also picked up the bottles at The Dollar Store and added burlap to the front with little coffee cup tags from Stampin’ Up! Of course! I created a little paper basket filled with her favorite candy, a box of assorted Yankee Candles and a shell ornament complete the basket.
I’m always amazed when I see all the creative ideas on Pinterest and in blog land for old windows and never pass up a good one, especially a 6 pane window like this one! I added old photos with glue dots making it easy to change them out if I get bored, which I know I will! I have this in my purple bedroom and it makes me smile seeing my “babies” when they actually were babies!
My friend Elaine loves horses and unique pieces for her beautiful home. I wanted to try to incorporate both for a handmade gift for her and thought I would try a horse silhouette using a method similar to my deer art. I had one pallet sign left so I painted it in a whitewash to keep it rustic, then used block posters to print the image I wanted. I covered the back in pencil and taped it to the board, then traced it in pen. See the third picture showing the printed image. It is so simple to do, then I just painted it in acrylic paint. I love how it came out and am thinking of other images to try. You can also use chalk as a transfer instead of pencil. I hope she likes it!