Weekend Reading

This week has been crazy busy. I was on spring break, but managed to clean out closets, paint the living room, clean out the out building, and wash the porch furniture. I also got to volunteer at my daughter’s school for her Easter egg hunt. 


Isn’t she cute? She’s growing up way too fast. 

This little stinker fought a nasty virus this week but is feeling much better.


Here she is modeling her sister’s rain boots.

We are off to an Easter egg hunt at church today, and then back home to get ready for Easter Sunday. I hope the Lord blesses you and your family. 

Here is what I’m reading this weekend:


Country Living: Old fashioned plants you need in your garden right now


Country Living: Small Mountain Towns to Visit this Summer (#1 is Jackson County, NC, which is home to my alma mater)

Southern Living: 21 DIY Easter egg ideas

BHG: No-dye Easter egg ideas
Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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Simple Summer Wreath 

My summer wreath, which I love, was getting a bad case on the dingies.

And when you live on a dirt road, it isn’t easy to keep your wreath clean.

I decided to create a simple Summer Wreath for my porch.

I took apart the old wreath, as the letter and the wreath form are still good. After I took it apart, I decided to try an oval wreath.

I attached some white hydrangeas and this pretty burlap bow.

I love how this looks on my porch.

A butterfly even decided to visit.

 

What summer wreaths are you displaying?

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Spring DIY Round-up!

Spring is quite possibly my favorite season, aside from fall. I love how everything is fresh and green, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and baby animals are being born. I also really love crafting, and there are some wonderful spring crafts that you can make. The following is a round up of previously published spring crafts that I have done. Hope you enjoy them!

    1. Bird Foot Art 

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If you have little children, you should definitely make some of these cute little birds by dipping their feet in some washable finger paint. I love displaying these birds each year 🙂

2. DIY Faux-nests

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These are so fun and so easy to make! My husband actually thought it was a real nest that I’d carried in from outside, until I showed him how I made it.

3. Spanish moss balls 

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So much cheaper to make than to buy! Really easy, too!

4.   DIY Recycled Flower Wreath

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This was so much fun to make- I’m actually in the process of making another.

5. Free spring printable 

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Quite possibly one of my favorite printables EVER!

Stay tuned for more spring crafts soon! Happy Friday!

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Spring home tour

I didn’t do much this year for spring decorating. In fact, I’ve had a lot of transitional decor out since Christmas so I decided to keep using it. I did add a few things, and some of it you’ll likely recognize from last year.

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First off, I made these moss balls and put them in a basket on our office book shelves. I love the simple way they add some green to the room.

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Also in the office: this green topiary with some burlap covered books.

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These are some DIY apothecary jars on our front entry table. I used some leftover Spanish moss from the moss balls to surround the candle (it won’t be lit), some dried grapevine to make a nest for this cute little bird, and some more grape vine to put under the eggs.

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These cute little bunnies and this cute little nest live in my kitchen.

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Remember these tea towels from Target? They’re in my kitchen too.

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My “fake mantle” in the dining room. It has a cake plate with a DIY nest and some eggs, a glass bird on a nest under a cloche, a bird print, a hobnail candle holder, and a boxwood in a galvanized pail.

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This is my dining room. I have a burlap runner, some topiaries on the china cabinet and in the window, and some more boxwood in galvanized pails. Apologies for the poor picture quality 🙁

This concludes my very toned down Spring decorating. Stay tuned for more.

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DIY Decorating

I love burlap and I love old books. I’ve got both of these items in almost every room at my house. I’ve seen many bloggers cover books in fabric, so I decided to cover mine with burlap.

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Won’t these be super cute in a vignette? I can’t wait to find new and interesting ways to use my burlap covered books.

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Spring Crafts for Kids: “Foot birds”

I found the cutest little Spring craft for my kiddo on Pinterest this week! It came from a website called “C.R.A.F.T.: Creating Really Awesome Free Things!” This website contains massive amounts of cute activities for kiddos, and the title contains three of my favorite things: creative, awesome, and free!

My precious little girl is three and a half. She will be four in June. I love these handprint and footprint crafts. They’re so cute and they create such a neat little keepsake for us mamas. I’ll keep doing them as long as her little hands and feet fit on the paper…or as long as she lets me. Whichever comes first.

By the way, how cute is she trying on hats during our trip to Michael’s this past weekend?

I just “painted” the bottoms of her foot with whatever color I wanted to use and “stamped” her foot onto the paper. Then, I used a brush to paint the breast of the bird where her arch is. I then used a smaller brush to add the a little crest onto the bird’s head, the feet, and the beak. Then, I added her initials and the year to the bottom.

I thought these would look sweet in her playroom, so we made three of them and hung them on her wall.

They add a little spring time to her playroom without being overwhelming. I can also keep and display her cute little bird feet for years to come.

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Spring crafts: DIY bird’s nests

Bird’s nests are a big part of my spring decorating. I really like including natural elements in my decor. While I have several bird boxes and trees around my house, I’m not too keen on the idea of taking a real bird’s nest and bringing it in to the house. I wouldn’t want any bird parasites to hitch a ride and come into the house.

There is a realistic, simple alternative, though. You can make your own bird’s nest with just some moss or grapevine, aluminum foil and glue.

Just take your aluminum foil and wrap it over the base of a bowl or cup. You will end up with a shallow “bowl.”

I then took out my grapevine “moss,” shaped the vine into a nest shape and glued it into the aluminum foil bowl. Then, I shaped some more of the vine into long strands, which I twisted almost like a rope. I glued them around the edges to hide the foil. I then filled in any spots where the foil was showing through. I ended up with this cute little nest, in which I put some cute little eggs.

I made about three of these and I am planning to display them on my “mantle,” and in a vignette in my entry way.  Don’t you think they look neat? My husband said if he hadn’t seen me make these, he would have thought I’d brought them from outside. My daughter liked them, too.

What really cute spring DIYs are you working on?

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Spring crafts: DIY bird’s nests

Bird’s nests are a big part of my spring decorating. I really like including natural elements in my decor. While I have several bird boxes and trees around my house, I’m not too keen on the idea of taking a real bird’s nest and bringing it in to the house. I wouldn’t want any bird parasites to hitch a ride and come into the house.

There is a realistic, simple alternative, though. You can make your own bird’s nest with just some moss or grapevine, aluminum foil and glue.

Just take your aluminum foil and wrap it over the base of a bowl or cup. You will end up with a shallow “bowl.”

I then took out my grapevine “moss,” shaped the vine into a nest shape and glued it into the aluminum foil bowl. Then, I shaped some more of the vine into long strands, which I twisted almost like a rope. I glued them around the edges to hide the foil. I then filled in any spots where the foil was showing through. I ended up with this cute little nest, in which I put some cute little eggs.

I made about three of these and I am planning to display them on my “mantle,” and in a vignette in my entry way.  Don’t you think they look neat? My husband said if he hadn’t seen me make these, he would have thought I’d brought them from outside. My daughter liked them, too.

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