“Springy” Easter Kitchen & Chandelier

There are a lot of black (accents) in THE SEASONAL HOME kitchen.  That creates a slight decorating challenge for me, especially during the seasons & holidays, but one that I absolutely love!  There are a ton of colors that go great with black (lime, lemon, pumpkin, ruby, cornflower, lilac, etc.) and I am enjoying exploring them all.

For Spring and Easter, I am using yellow and green as my accent colors, in the form of  chicks and cabbage leaves.  I began with my black cabinets that I filled with a green soup tureen and other “cabbage” accents, alongside my bunnies (the silver couple are my fav).  I just had to add a little jelly bean display because it’s not Easter without jelly beans!

And I didn’t leave out my chandelier!  A few (faux) cabbage leaves, some chick-filled nests, a botanical garland, daisies and some black & white checked ribbon have transformed an ordinary light fixture into a Spring-y delight!

 

 

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Bird Watching in my Springy Foyer!

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Old Man Winter has FINALLY left Florida and the birds have arrived!  Every day, I have the pleasure of watching them out in my garden, splashing in the bird bath.  They are so funny because when there’s not enough water, they just sit there as if to say “Hey Decorator Lady… you’re falling down on the job!”

I’m so happy when they choose a nearby tree to build their little nests too, but I feel absolutely privileged when I get to witness their babies arrive.  Last year, I got lucky (while their Mom and Dad were out gathering food) and had my camera with me at the perfect time; I caught these new baby Cardinal’s chirping away, wondering where their food was. 

So, with my neighborhood full of fancy fliers, I was completely inspired to create my own version of  nature’s aviary in my foyer for Spring this year.  And here are a few photos, of that creativity, for you to enjoy:

 

 

 

HAPPY SPRING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Photo Holders pull “Double Duty”

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A set of these sweet holders will be the 1st Prize in our Facebook EASTER CONTEST!

Now that the Easter decorations and kitchen cuties are beginning to show up on store shelves, don’t forget to check out photo holders because they can be decorative AND useful!  And many times, you’ll find several of them packaged together, which will save you a bundle (pardon the pun!)

Of course, you can use them for their intended purpose of displaying photos.  At THE SEASONAL HOME, we have a HUGE Easter Egg Hunt for the adults in our family, which they take very seriously.  When their hunt is over, I love to take photos of them counting their eggs.  It’s such a happy time for them (anticipating a potential WIN!), so a smile is easy to capture; plus, brightly-colored Easter Eggs make a beautiful accent in any photo!  One year, I realized I had several “similar” photos like this, so I utilized my Chocolate Bunny photo holders to create an “Egg Hunt” themed Easter display.  They loved it!

I also use holiday photo holders to label food & drink, to make sure my guests avoid potential allergy issues

or other special diet notations

to label any drinks (like coffee) that contain special flavors or caffeine

and if you make two (2) different versions of the same dessert, these make labeling them easy!

Check out my FRUIT COBBLER recipe under the RECIPE tab above

So, don’t overlook these always adorable and useful holders because they can help you decorate for the season or holiday, while also being considerate of your guests.  And best of all –  after the party is over, you can place them in a ziploc baggy to tuck away for next year or (if you keep the artwork generic) for your next party!

Birdhouse Wreath


This idea is a wonderful wreath design for someone who is a bird lover because its centerpiece is a birdhouse.    Check out the closeup view to see the tiny bird and eggs I added (with glue) to the bird house porch area, as the perfect accent to the birdhouse.

The base is a grapevine wreath, covered in silk ivy, fern, berries, preserved moss (found in plastic bags @ craft stores) & flowers.   You can either wire your birdhouse inside the wreath (securing it from the the top & bottom, inside the wreath) or you can hang the birdhouse and wreath on separate nails, measuring the appropriate distance to ensure the birdhouse displays inside the wreath when both are hung.

I love to shop inexpensive home stores, like Old Time Pottery or Hobby Lobby for reasonably-priced bird houses.  If you don’t have these stores near you, try www.PlowAndHearth.com or www.JacksonAndPerkins.com.

 

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Use your Easter Wreath as a Display!

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Most people display wreaths vertically on a door or wall. This unusual idea, however, demonstrates another creative use for your decoration-in-the-round! It was born from my need to display a grouping of sweet, spring ornaments. But, this design would be just as beautiful on its own or using some-thing like Easter eggs too! Since my ornament collection consisted of little animals, dressed up in their spring finery, I decided to create a tiny, flower-dotted forest. The following are the directions so you can create your own little bog:

on one side of a grapevine wreath, glue preserved green moss. Cut single stems of silk spring flowers, at varying heights.  With a touch of glue on the (non-flower) end, insert each stem into the wreath. Fill in between & underneath the flowers with faux baby’s breath or other tiny silk flowers to create a lower floral element as well. Space your ornaments (if you have a collection to use) equal distances apart. Keep them in place by using a tiny touch of (low temp) hot glue or tack-it gummy temporary adhesive (sold in office supply sections of most stores). This design idea would also be adorable stretched vertically along a fireplace mantle as a garland!
Another Option: consider featuring something in the center of the wreath, like a large candle, apothecary jar (full of glittery eggs or an Easter house on basket grass), etc.
If (like me) you enjoy decorating and celebrating during the seasons & holidays, please check out my book of traditions (Creative Family Traditions and Ideas).  It’s full of my creative and original ideas that I road tested with my own family and it covers the entire year!  It’s available for preview and purchase at www.CreativeFamilyTraditions.com.

CLICK ONHOME (above) to view all of my current ideas or choose your favorite season/holiday from the categories in the column on the right side of this BLOG Page. I’ll be adding ideas, photos & videos all the time, as each season approaches!

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Spring BURST ‘O FLOWERS Ball ~ for hanging!

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This design is a very large ball of cheery flowers that will be “the unexpected”. Consider hanging it from a chandelier, in multiples along your front porch or suspended from the ceiling on each side of your fireplace.  I also think making 2 or more of these out of small styrofoam balls would give you the perfect size daisy balls to place on top of candlesticks.  These could then be used, in varying or same heights, along the center of a table, buffet, or simply clustered on a fireplace mantel or room accent table.  I can also picture several of these large floral balls suspended from the ceiling of a reception hall & repeated below, on tables, for the perfect Spring wedding.  You could actually use them for a wedding at any time of year by varying the flowers, i.e. roses, hydrangeas, etc…. the possibilities are endless!  This is one of my best designs (other than my Christmas ones, of course!) because of its versatility.  There are so many uses for this 1 design; it will give you tons of options from year to year or for different occasions!

You will need:

8” sytrofoam ball (make
sure you take your 40% off
coupon with you!)
48 – 4” silk Gerbera Daisies
Apx. 30” of ½” wide ribbon (for
hanging)
4 yds. of 1-1/2” wired ribbon (for
bow), glue, pipe cleaner & u-
shaped wire (to secure ribbon)
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Begin by tying the ½”ribbon into a knot, placing it on the top-center of the ball & securing it with a “u-shaped” wire & a little glue.  Using a wire cutter, leave apx. a 3” stem on each flower (see above photo) & push each stem into the styrofoam ball. Continue covering ball with flowers. Make bow, secure with pipe cleaner & attach to top of ball at the base of the hanging ribbon.  Below are 2 photos, showing 2 slightly different looks, featuring my daisy balls suspended in front of a fireplace for spring!

If you are enjoying my creative ideas for Spring decorating, you may also want to check out my book.  It features many more seasonal & holiday decorating (like an awesome tree idea!) along with creative original traditions to try.  You can preview the book in a short entertaining video on my website www.CreativeFamilyTraditions.com.  At the very least, you’ll get to preview 4 FREE awesome traditions… enjoy! 🙂

BONUS IDEA, from my book:

When you make your flower choice, buy a few extras for this BONUS idea.   In my book, you will see how much I enjoy recycling everyday things and (inexpensively) turning them into something special.  In this idea, you’ll see just ONE of the ways I use glass jars… here, I filled my recycled glass jar with inexpensive jelly beans (from a dollar store) and placed a couple of extra flowers, from my daisy ball creation, down into the center.  It makes an adorable coordinating centerpiece or accent to your favorite holiday figurine!


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Versatile Table Centerpieces for Spring and Easter

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This display idea can be used as a organic-style decoration on your dinner, buffet or coffee table at Easter. The squares of faux green grass are available at many craft stores (from 4”- 12” square) and range in price from $5-$14.

This fun green grass creates so much versatility for your Spring & Easter decorating! As you can see in the photo, I have loaded up 3 clay pots with the green stuff as a low centerpiece (low to create ease of conversation across the table.)
DIRECTIONS: If your container choice is deep (as in the clay pots pictured on the right), first fill them with green styrofoam blocks (cut to fit) to use up the excess depth. Place a 4” faux grass square in the center of the pot. Fill in any spots, where you can still see the green foam, with individual pieces of the faux grass, pulled from a spare square of grass. You can also add ribbon around the lip of each clay pot or even paint them. For a final decorative touch, tuck in flowers & Robin’s eggs throughout the grass.
BONUS IDEAS: position the pots on top of large faux leaves, usually available @ craft or floral supply stores, for an extra touch. Other faux grass container options: clay pot saucers, baskets, (handyman) rectangular aluminum mud pans (found in D.I.Y. stores) or planters of any shape or size.  If you want to add the faux chocolate bunnies into your design, they are easy to find at www.LillianVernon.com.
DON’T FORGET!  If  you’re like me and enjoy decorating and celebrating during the seasons & holidays, please check out my book of traditions (Creative Family Traditions and Ideas).  It’s full of my creative and original ideas that I road tested with my own family and it covers the entire year, plus MORE decorating ideas!  It’s available for preview and purchase on this site – check out the BOOK tab for a preview.



 

 

 

 

 


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