I was blessed to be able to go to England with my sister a couple of years ago. This was on my bucket list and it was everything I thought it would be and more! I love teapots and bought this classic ironstone teapot from a quaint little tea house that we went to for tea. I didn’t want to just leave it hidden in a hutch as it has so many fond memories. I figured I’d pair it with my love of topiary’s. I used sticks from the yard along with styrofoam balls, moss and spray adhesive. I attached the teapot lid to the side along with a little bird. Now I can leave it out on my buffet with fond memories of my trip!
My daughter and I had a girls trip to NH this weekend to tour her new College and of course had to get in some shopping. While she is a Mall girl, I still managed to drag her to the Thrift Store with me and I think she was surprised by how much they had. She even snagged a few items. I was on the hunt for Easter items and scored a ceramic bunny that was in great shape, but wasn’t really my style. Amanda looked at me like I was crazy when I showed her. Apparently the bunny had freaky possessed looking eyes (it kind of did). I told her to wait until I spray painted it. For $2.99 it was a steal. I am sorry I didn’t take a before picture, I was so excited to paint it. I wanted a ceramic chocolate bunny for my centerpiece but they were really pricey, even on Ebay. I picked up a can of espresso spray paint and gave it two coats and it looks so real. Amanda couldn’t believe it was the same piece. I also sprayed plastic eggs and will hopefully have my decorating done this weekend.
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.