Glass Vase Spring Arrangement with Bird Eggs

Hi Everyone! I was inspired by a Pinterest Post to make this glass vase arrangement. I had leftover eggs from another project and I wanted to also put some Spanish moss at the bottom of the vase. The eggs were shades of sage green, gray and beige. I bought them from Hobby Lobby. I was lucky to find three branch type stems at Hobby Lobby for only $1.24 each. The vase came from Dollar Tree last year.

Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird’s Eggs.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
This arrangement is perfect for a fireplace mantel or buffet.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
Take a look in your Hobby Lobby and you may find these stems/flowers on sale too.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
Here’s a close up of the vase with the eggs and moss.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
I like how the sage green of the stems match the eggs perfectly.

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Top 5 Spring DIY Decor Ideas

Hi Everyone! Here are my top five favorite Spring Crafts we made this year. These go beyond Easter and some can be used all year round. Keep reading for more details.

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SPRING Shelf Sitters

Spring Block Letters

One of the first projects we made was to welcome spring and make these block letters. I was ready to take down Winter and Valentine’s decor and put up something with bright colors. These letters were the ticket. We used 2×4’s and stained them. Then decoupaged spring time scrapbook paper on each one. I used ready made letters and flowers to embellish each block. This was a fun project. I am thinking about turning them around and decorating Americana “Summer” on the backside. I’ll keep you posted if I do this. More info can be found here: SPRING BLOCK LETTERS

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Spring Wreath

Nature Inspired Spring Wreath

Another favorite project was this spring wreath. I had a Berry Wreath on here for Christmas/Winter/Valentine’s. I love how simple and clean this looks for Spring. I used a ready made grapevine wreath and embellished with a birds nest and purple heather. I used my wooden tray as a backdrop. More info can be found here: NATURE INSPIRED SPRING WREATH

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Rustic Lace and Burlap Angel

This cute neutral colored angel can be a part of your decor all year round. Mom made here with a more rounded bottom and a round ball for her head. Except for the burlap flower, lace and raffia she is fairly primitive in design. More info can be found here: RUSTIC LACE AND BURLAP ANGEL

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Garden Angels

We made these garden angels before things started turning green. I love to put angels in my flower beds and flower pots. They are very comforting symbols to mix in your home and garden decor. We also made one with a stake to put in flower pots. More info can be found here: RUSTIC WOODEN GARDEN ANGELS

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Turquoise Jeweled Wooden Cross

Crosses are another year round home decor. This one is special to me since Mom made it and turquoise is my favorite color. I love the cross jewel in the middle with tiger’s eye and turquoise nuggets. More info can be found here: TURQUOISE JEWELED WOODEN CROSS

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Thank you for for reading about my top five spring crafts so far this year. I am going to be working on some chicken wire projects coming up. So stay tuned please. Happy Spring!

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Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny

Hi Everyone! Here is another decoupage project. Decoupaging is definitely a way to go to get a custom one-of-a-kind look. This may be our last bunny for the season. Easter is upon us.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

We decoupaged this bunny with fabric on both sides. The hardest part was choosing which two fabrics to use. Then choosing a paint color for the side edges.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

Mom cut the bunny out of some thick wood we had on hand. She also did the decoupaging. I then painted the sides and sanded it and put the bows on it. I think he turned out so cute! I had painted the sides white, then green…..then yellow won out.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.
The top ribbon with the flowers on it is extraordinarily beautiful. It is sheer with flowers and on top and around the edges.
Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.
Here is the green side. It has a smaller ribbon.
Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

This little bunny could be put on a kitchen island and seen from all sides. I love that it is reversible.

I hope this project has inspired you in some small way. That’s what this blog is all about. Sharing of ideas. It keeps Mom and I busy and filled with purpose. We don’t make a lot of money doing this but that is okay. It is just fun.

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Turquoise and Brown Wooden Cross with Jeweled Pendant

Hi Everyone! We are here to inspire you to be creative. Having a hobby can help you with grief and depression. Here is another craft idea if you are interested.

Turquoise is a very special color to me. It is my birthstone. So this is a very special cross. It has three layers of wooden crosses plus a turquoise and brown (tiger’s eye) stone embellished cross. The stones are faux but they are beautiful!! I will be keeping this cross. It is just beautiful and I don’t think the pictures do it justice.

Mom began with the bottom layer which has a very nice shape to it. But when she put the second layer it really began to look like a work of art. The third cross was added on top because the jeweled pendant didn’t show up against the brown background. It along with the jewel was the pièce de ré·sis·tance.

Here it is sitting on my buffet. It matches my buffet and painting perfectly.
Mom bought this pendant at Joann’s Fabric store. Luckily they were half off when we went. This was the PERFECT cross to put this jeweled cross on!!
Here it is at another angle on my Farmhouse buffet.

I hope we have inspired you to go out and be creative. Even if you don’t have wood to work with you can recycle and repurpose items you do have. Think outside the box and create mixed media which is a combination of painting, collage, decoupage, ink stamping, etc. The possibilities are endless! Just have fun!

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Cutie Potootie, Egg Bunny, Creating is Therapy

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Are y’all looking forward to SPRING! Mom and I sure are. Here is a cute little Bunny with FEET. Mom did get her inspiration from Pinterest. I searched to give that person credit, but could not find the inspiration picture again.

Home Decor, Cutie Potootie Egg Bunny

Mom stained the wood with acrylic paint mixed with water. Regular stain has such an odor and takes so long to dry that we frequently use this type “stain”.

The ears and whiskers are made from fairly heavy duty wire. The eyes are tacks and the nose and teeth are wood.

At first the bunny had only one wire whisker, but it look more like a mustache, so Mom put three on each side and Voila’ WHISKERS. He is so stinking cute. I love his teeth and feet.

He looks good sitting on my fireplace mantel.
Spring is in the air…..It was 70 degrees yesterday! Yippee!

Scrap wood really comes in handy when making DIY woodcraft home decor. Making these projects makes my Mom so, so happy! It defeats her depression and is great therapy!

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Enchanting Garden Angel, “Just an eye blink…”

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I had made three different angel like creatures for my Garden Fairy. I only needed one so this was an extra and she looked best with doily wings. So she became a GARDEN ANGEL! Keep reading if you are interested in knowing how she came to land in my garage.

I wasn’t brave enough to draw the body of my garden fairy right onto my canvas. So I practiced in my mixed media pad first. That is the great thing about practicing in a sketch/paint pad first. If you like what you create, you can always cut it out and decoupage it onto a canvas and use it as a mixed media project.

Here I was laying out all the flowers and butterflies that I had in my stash that blended well with the Angel and her wings. I do not put faces on my angels or fairies.

I had painted three angel/fairy girls trying to match their dresses with the wings I had on hand. This particular angel girl looked best with this heart shaped doily that I coffee stained. I cut the doily in half so her wings would look bigger.

Here I had everything glued down. But It still needed some pizazz. You can tell by this picture that I had used some metallic sheen paint.

The quote I decided to use is a partial quote I have heard from many people. I had just used it that week when my husband was commenting about someone on TV and how they had robbed a bank. Yes, they got away with it and that money would help them in THIS LIFE, but what about their eternal life?

Chaim Potok was known for a similar quote.

There is a key in the bottom right hand corner that is kind of hidden in the flower. I love mixed media, because it can have so many hidden messages and meanings.
Here is the quote before I added glitter.
Here it is AFTER glitter.

Below are some closeup pictures so you can see the glitter better. The overall affect of the glitter is not overwhelming. But it does add so much depth and fairy like qualities.

Flowers and butterflies and glitter and shimmer. These are a few of my favorite things.
I outlined her with gold glitter. The rest of the canvas has twilight glitter.
Don’t put your projects away when you are finished. Display them in with seasonal decor or everyday decor.

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Adorable Bunny Family, Home Decor

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My Mom has to keep busy. She is from the old school of believing that staying busy is the best therapy to ward off depression and anxiety. The winter season is hard on her because being outside is another way for her to beat depression. Thank goodness spring is coming soon.

Here is a project she worked on during a bad weather spell that kept her inside. I didn’t get many pictures because she finished them before I knew she was even working on them.

She had put button eyes and noses on them. But the buttons made the bunnies look mean and beady eyed. So we decided they would be faceless and flowers would go next to their bows.

I have a collection of flowers but I needed quite a few so I went with the pastel ones because I had a whole full package of them.

These flowers looked the best with the ribbon I had on hand too!
They look so spring time!
Black, white and aqua with a little pink and yellow thrown in!

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Swirls Bunny, Charming Home Decor

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Mom cut out this cute little bunny from some leftover wood we had. Please keep reading about how this little bunny gave Lexi and I a run for our money.

Home Decor, Swirls Bunny

We tried to use one of our Chalk Couture transfers but it was the large buffalo print and we had trouble with it.

I asked my Chalk Couture Facebook Page which size buffalo print. My sister and I voted for the large one. So we went with it….but…..

I had to wash off my buffalo print even after Lexi helped me set it down straight. So I went with PLAN B.

I love Chalk Couture because it washes right off. I had waxed the surface too and that helped. I am an independent Chalk Couture Designer.

Long story short, I washed off the Chalk Couture and stenciled swirls on this bunny. I bought this stencil at Michael’s. I love swirls and polka dots.

When I work with stencils I love to blend my colors. I always use a sponge dauber. Dip into your paints and then blot off before applying it to your project. Dot it on lightly. Do not press down on the stencil or your paint will probably bleed through. I used to use brushes to stencil with. But no more. Sponge daubers work much better for me. I get mine in a three pack at Dollar Tree.

On the sides, I pounced on polka dots with the same pouncer/dauber that I used for the stencils. I was hoping this would make my white bunny stand out against my white garage door. It did help. Keep scrolling to see where I decided to give him a home.
The picture does not do this bow justice. The hot pink looks too red. But in real life it does match and look good.
Here is how I glued the ribbon to the bunny to make him a door hanger.
Here he is against my white garage door.
Here he is a against my front door. The swirls look pretty good with the wrought iron scroll work. But……

Here is where I like him best. He is made out of fairly thick wood so he does stand up on his own. So he can be a door hanger or a shelf sitter. Or you could prop him against the wall on a shelf. So many option. I love his little tail on the side. Mom hit this pattern out of the ballpark. He is so cute!

My favorite location. Here is where he will stay until Easter. He has found a home for the season.

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Spring Block Letters, Home Decor

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Hope all of you are fairing well during this blast of cold weather. We are even feeling it here in South Louisiana. STAY SAFE!

Needless to say, I am looking forward to Spring weather. So Easter, flowers, green grass, butterflies, and birds are on my mind. I needed to spend time crafting and creating something for SPRING!

Easter Home Decor, Spring Block Letters

I got this inspiration from Brooke at Re-fabbed. She is one of my marketing coaches. I love all her crafts. With this project, everyone’s project will look different because we will all have different scrapbook paper, different letters and fonts, and different embellishments.

To begin, Mom cut some blocks out of a 2×4 we had leftover from building her “little house”. Then Lexi and I stained them. (Lexi is my sweet granddaughter who helps me especially with my Chalk Couture creations.)

This is the WAX/stain we used in DEEP BROWN. So easy to clean up and no smell like the oil stains have. It dries really quick too. In about 20 minutes we could have started the next step.
Here they are all finished. You can add more coats for a deeper, richer stain color.

Next we decided on which letters to use from a precut letter package I bought from Hobby Lobby.

Lexi and I selected the fonts we wanted to use for each block. Later we will decide on the backgrounds.
This is the alphabet stickers we used. I had got them on sale for 50 percent off at Hobby Lobby. There are quite a few in the package. It also has small and capital letters. Perfect for fall.

Next we chose which background scrapbook paper we wanted for each block. So many colors and patterns to choose from. I love spring time colors. (I love spring, but FALL is still my favorite season.)

I love all the spring colors. But we decided on just 3 different patterns.
I had a hard time selecting which embellishments to use. I used the ones on top. I got these 50 percent off too at Hobby Lobby.

I hot glued all the embellishments at the top of each letter block. I wanted part of it to stick up and look more three dimensional. I outlined each alphabet letter with my graphite pencil and brushed a tiny bit of water on the outline. It creates that smokey, hazy look. They really stood out from the background that way.

For the photos, I had to raise them up on more blocks. I intend to paint all those black.

This faux fireplace has added so much to my garage workstation. I am so glad I bought it and revamped it.

These letters are great on a fireplace mantel. I love the greenery in front of them. But you could put the letters in the front too.

I hope you stay warm! Take care, God Bless, Kathy

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Revamping a Chifforobe (Wardrobe) and Losing a Loved One

We remodeled our Metal Office Building into my Mom’s Little House. I haven’t blogged specifically about the remodel yet, but I have mentioned this process in some of my other posts. We didn’t want to use precious floor space for a closet…..so Mom and I went out thrifting to find a chifforobe small enough to fit into her Little House but large enough to accommodate some of her coats, clothes and shoes. We found a really cute, small one at our local “antique shop/flea market”.

Unfortunately I cannot find a singe picture of the BEFORE status. I spent over an hour looking through my phone. But it was ugly white and beat up. What we liked about it was it’s size. We also liked the rounded shape. It fits in so well in her living room/hallway area. And the bookshelves on either side just fit perfectly. She can still have all her favorite knick knacks and pictures which makes her little house feel like home.

Mom painted it the same black as the kitchen island and the trunk that holds her TV. Black and red are her colors!

Losing a loved one is so hard. It has been really hard on my Mom. She battles cancer (and wins), then her husband dies the very next month. Not only did she have to contend with missing him, but her whole life was turned upside down.

This turned out so perfect with the bookshelves next to it.

She could have stayed in her home she shared with him for four years here in Louisiana. They had lost their Texas home in hurricane Harvey’s flood aftermath of 2016. But she decided she didn’t need a home and yard that big. We came up with a plan to remodel her a Little House on our property. A mother-in-law suite. God will open a pathway even when you feel surrounded by briars.

It matches the little kitchen island we made out of a dresser.

Read about how we re-purposed a dresser into a kitchen island here:

http://townandcountrystylebykathy.com/2021/01/09/converting-a-dresser-into-a-kitchen-island/

I think the remodel and continuing to work on crafts has helped my Mom through these very rough times. She does believe in keeping busy that’s for sure. If you are going through a rough period of time, please try being creative and see if it helps. Take care, God Bless!

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