Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spring. Show all posts

Monday, April 1, 2013

Extra Credit: spring cleaning inspiration

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After the holidays I was gung ho on spring cleaning. I tackled some big jobs like the wood blinds that are all over my house, the screens that have been collecting dirt and dust all winter and dust bunnies that keep multiplying and hiding.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Celebrations: spring flower inspiration

Today, I’m tag teaming with the lovely Kari at Ucreate to bring you some spring inspiration. Kari has some pretty floral Mother's Day ideas. And I’m showing you some different ways to display flowers.


Spring Flowers 14 aTo me, nothing says spring like fresh cut flowers. Even the tiniest vase with a single flower is an instant mood brightener. For this project, I bought inexpensive flowers to create several arrangements and had enough left over to use the odds and ends to create the floral frame above. Inside the frame I added an inspirational quote that Kari shared with me. I'm going to print it out and hang it above my craft table.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Inkling: paper mache confetti bowl

Confetti Bowl 7I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s very hard for me to throw away scraps of paper. I wouldn’t exactly classify it as hoarding but it could become a problem if I don’t use up the bits and pieces. This bowl wasn’t made out of paper scraps but paper catalogs. When I attended CHA in January, I came home with a lot of catalogs. The paper catalogs have pages and pages of pictures of pretty paper. How could I throw those away?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Celebrations: bright & cheery yellow for spring

ChooseSmart Spring (12) AIt’s time to cheer up! Put away the snow globes, pinecones and winter décor and lighten and brighten with spring crafts and accents.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Celebrations: spring fling {link party}

Welcome back friends. Did you have a wonderful first day of spring? In case you didn’t have a chance to stop by yesterday, Bev from Flamingo Toes and I launched a Spring Fling event to celebrate the first day of spring.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Etceteras: pausing for spring

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It's Memorial Day here in the United States. A day that we remember the men and women who died while serving our country.
 Since it's a holiday here, I thought I'd share some pictures and pause to reflect on the day and enjoy the season.

I was noticing {and thoroughly enjoying} the sprinkling of summer projects that I’m starting to see around the various blogs and creative sites. Shell, nautical and beachy creativity is always so inspiring.

Even though Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer, I thought I should take time to enjoy spring. Here are some of the pictures from my yard that I snapped that say spring to me.


Bursts of color like these blue flowers are always a welcome sight after winter.


A ladybug enjoying the afternoon sun in one of my succulents.


Bright red geraniums make me happy.


Nothing says spring like butterflies in your garden.


Hip hip hooray! My first tomato!


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A baby blue jay perched on the trellis and finding a little meal.


Lemon buds… hopefully a bounty of lemons will follow.



A sweet little baby bird waiting for mama bird.

I hope you're enjoying the beauty of spring. Thanks for visiting.


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Carolyn



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Monday, April 30, 2012

Celebrations: mother’s day centerpiece

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I found these sweet pink birds at the local dollar store. I was at the checkout and had already paid for my items when I saw a box of these by the register. Yup – I was that person – I held up the line so I could buy some of these birds.


I wanted to make a topiary birdcage like the one above but ended up creating a simpler project that I can use as a centerpiece for Mother’s Day.


Since I already had an ivy plant in a pot, I decided to make a scaled down version of my tomato plant cage. You can see that post here.


Once the cage was constructed out of twigs, I gave it a light coat of white spray paint.


I love how the natural wood still shows through but the twigs are now lighter and brighter.


Since I may want to reuse the birds, I used a little dab of Quake Hold to secure them. Quake Hold or Collector’s Hold is a putty that secures items but is removable. It’s great for plates or décor items that are breakable – especially if you live in a quake zone like I do.


A little piece of vintage ribbon softens everything up.


Once the ivy starts growing up and into the cage, I think it will look even prettier.





Thanks for visiting.

Carolyn

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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Dirt: newspaper seedling pots

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A few weeks ago I posted about my DIY tomato cages made from branches. You can see how I made them here. I’m still working on my spring garden and want to plant some herbs to go with my tomatoes.



I’m going to start the herbs in pots and then transfer them to the garden once I clear out {uh, weed} an area. I was intrigued with newspaper starter pots that I had seen around various websites and wanted to give them a try.



The nice thing about newspaper starter pots is that once the plant is large enough to be transplanted, you just plant the entire paper pot in the ground. You can rip the bottom open a bit so the roots easily spread out. Your plant will be protected until the newspaper breaks down and composts.



To make these newspaper pots, you’ll need:
  • Newspaper
  • Masking Tape
  • Optional: paper for labels and scraps of fabric
I found a nice, easy to follow tutorial here. I added little labels that I cut out on my Cricut and stamped with the herb names. I also reinforced each pot with a little scrap of fabric.



Once your pots are done, fill them with potting soil and add your seeds or little starter plants.



The pots are sitting on a bed of pebbles and paper shreds in this galvanized container.


Now I just have to buy the herb plants, clear out an area of the garden and get ready for some delicious fresh herbs.


Thanks for visiting.

Carolyn

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