I love when things happen completely out of the blue. It was literally 5 degrees this morning when I left for work and as usual I didn’t have any gloves. My steering wheel was freezing! I have made several finger knitted scarves-see picture below. I happened to have my favorite purple one in my car and grabbed it to hold onto the ice cold wheel. As I was driving I thought I should buy a steering wheel cover, then I had an epiphany (love when that happens) why not wrap my extra long really pretty, not to mention free, scarf around the wheel! It fit perfectly as if made for it! Plus it makes me smile when I get in the car. Happy Friday!
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Even though we are expecting yet another snowstorm Sunday, I am determined to bring Spring to my house, at least indoors anyway! I’ve been working on a bunch of projects this week and will have a little Spring Tour this weekend. Anyone familiar with me or my blog knows I love me some chicken wire 🙂 I have been seeing a lot of moss projects this Season and picked up a big bag with a 50% off coupon. I also found this awesome urn at Goodwill for $2.99. I was planning on just using moss for the topiary, but then saw this little piece of chicken wire left over and the lightbulb went off (it does that sometimes). I didn’t want to pay for a cone and decided to just use newspaper and duct tape, then spray adhesive to add the moss. To be honest, I was really trying to make an egg shape, but it was taking too long and the chicken wire was cutting my hands so I settled for a cone shape. I really like the look. While I had the supplies out I made some moss eggs too, covering plastic eggs.
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.
I had a day to myself, which is rare and was on the hunt for a bookcase for my son’s room and thought I’d hit some local thrift stores to see what I could find. As is normally the case, I end up finding all kinds of things for great prices. One find was this table for $10!
It was solid, had cool legs and when I saw it I immediately wanted to paint it in stripes. Luckily I just received some sample sizes of Annie Sloan in Old White and Chateau Grey.
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.
My Dad is probably my biggest fan in my crafting/blogging adventure, which is a great feeling! You’ve heard me talk about “Pepe” many times, as he is the one who gets me all the free pallets for my handmade signs, not to mention all the chicken wire and farm fresh eggs a girl could want! He always dreamed of having a farm and now that he is retired he is living his dream raising chickens and rabbits, building rabbit coops-which he sells on Craigslist if you are in need of one- not to mention an amazing garden! Anyway, he saw the candy bouquet I made for Sean and asked if I’d make one for my stepmother for him for Valentine’s Day. He told me her favorite candy (hello, have you tried raspberry ghirardellis?, yum) and I put it all together. If you look closely you will see little bottles of White Zinfandel peeking out. You must have wine with chocolate! Enjoy Cindy!
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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: