5 Reasons to Decorate for Easter…

We Heart It

We Heart It

Spring is officially here and Easter is on the way!  I’ve always filled the house with Spring decor but have never really been inspired enough to decorate for the Easter holiday itself.  This year, though, I’m going to give it a shot! There are just too many cute ideas to pass up, from wreaths to baking to egg decorating…if you’re crafty or a DIY’r the Easter possibilities are endless.  Here are 5 projects that have inspired me to get my house Easter ready this season.  I would love to hear from you as well…do you have a favorite Easter project or a new one you’re anxious to try out this year?

#1.  Easter Tree

The Creative Mint

The Creative Mint

The Creative Mint

The Creative Mint

Eggshells painted with a Spring floral pattern are secured to a cherry blossom branch with string to make this beautiful display.  The eggs were hollowed out as opposed to hard boiled.  Maybe you guys know how to do that but I’ve never tried it before…here are the step by step instructions courtesy of eHow:

http://www.ehow.com/how_15776_hollow-egg.html

#2.  Tea Cup Floral Displays

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

Emporio 74

This display is as much for Spring as it is for Easter and I love it! If it’s not practical for you to keep your table set all the time (for me it’s not) try putting together the place setting and displaying them on a bar or coffee table.

#3.  Coconut Nest Cupcakes

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

If you have a cake stand with a glass cover these can be displayed before they’re eaten.  The recipe yields 40 so maybe you can feed your family half and insist they wait a few days before eating the rest : )

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 recipes Basic Vanilla Buttercream
  • 3 cups shredded sweetened coconut, toasted
  • Pastel-colored candy-coated chocolate eggs, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with racks in the middle of the oven. Line 40 standard-size muffin cups with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Whisk together both flours, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 6 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  4. Reduce speed to medium and add eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate fully after each and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk and ending with the flour. Beat in vanilla. The batter should be smooth and very thick.
  5. Fill prepared muffin cups halfway full with batter; transfer to oven and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  6. Using a 2-inch ice cream scoop, scoop buttercream on tops of cooled cupcakes; sprinkle buttercream with coconut, pressing to adhere. Using your thumb, make a well in the center of each scoop of buttercream; fill with chocolate eggs. Serve.
#4.  Shimmering Ombre Easter Eggs
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glo

So very fashionable, right…ombre is everywhere so why not on your Easter eggs!  Glo has a great full tutorial on how to get this look right…follow one of the picture links above.

#5.  Colorful Deviled Eggs

Recipe by Photo

Recipe by Photo

I want to make these for our next get together or even on a Sunday afternoon for the family to snack on.  They’re almost too pretty to eat – take them to a church function or Spring baby shower.  They are officially now a must for Easter dinner.

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Decorating with White…7 Key Pieces for Spring!

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

I did some earlier posts on colors that are popular for the Spring 2013 season but one color (or lack there of) that never goes out of style is white.  It’s clean and crisp and provides the perfect back drop to let all of your other color loves pop!

It may not be practical to turn your whole home into a visual display of lily white but there are a few key pieces that can help you achieve the look on a smaller scale.

#1.  White Slipcovers

This is a scary piece to incorporate if you have kids, or pets, or wear shoes or like to sit but opting for fabrics that are more forgiving, like white denim as opposed to white linen, can help make this a reasonable choice for your home and family.

#2.  White Dining Table

Desire to Inspire

Desire to Inspire

If you’re a DIY’r this is a project you may have already considered more than once, right?  I have!  Painting your table white or bringing a white table into your dining space gives you endless decorating and redecorating possibilities.  From changing out the table linens to adding a fresh vase of flowers…there’s not much you can’t do with a white table this Spring.

#3.  White Accent Lamps

PB Teen

Inspiration for Home

Another easy to do DIY project.  Start with a white or clear base and a white lamp shade.  Add white ruffle lace or any other white embellishment to give your white accent lamps a custom look for Spring.

#4.  White Coffee Table

A Beach Cottage

A Beach Cottage

I am unintentionally promoting my love of DIY in this post but really…a repurposed door, a pallet, a new white coat of paint on a thrift shop find.  Freshen up your living space and get creative at the same time this Spring!  Besides, a white coffee table looks even better after you’ve stained it up with coffee rings and scuff marks.

#5. White Drapes

Centsational Girl

Centsational Girl

Framing your windows with white drapes can make the whole room look larger; that and they filter in the Spring sunlight in such a pretty way!  No matter what colors you having going on now, adding white drapes will instantly make your room feel fresher and ready to welcome in the warmer weather.

#6.  White Flowers

Jenny Steffens

Jenny Steffens Hobick

Put them everywhere!  Arrangements around the house lighten the mood and help bring the outdoors inside…there’s nothing that says Spring like flowers!  My favorite…white tulips.  If you haven’t had enough of DIY in this post…try making the flowers yourself!

House of Smiths

House of Smiths

Follow the picture link above for the complete tutorial.

#7.  White Accents

One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane

Home Made Simple

Home Made Simple

A Stylish Design

A Stylish Design

The Homesteading Cottage

The Homesteading Cottage

If you’re not ready to commit to painting or changing out your drapes try picking up smaller accent pieces to spread out around your house to welcome Spring into your home!

10 of the Best DIY Projects Online…

Here is a list of some of the best DIY ideas I’ve come across in the last few weeks.  I’d love to work on one and post the results…tell me which one is your favorite!

#1.  DIY Cubes

Ana White

Ana White

#2.  Chrysanthemum Spoon Mirror

Addicted 2 Decorating

Addicted 2 Decorating

#3.  DIY Lamp Shades

Teeny Blessings

Teeny Blessings

#4.  Fireplace Screen Headboard

BHG

BHG

#5.  Double-Stacked Coffee Tables

Somerset Bay

Somerset Bay

#6.  DIY Canvas Wall Art

Inspiration for Moms

Inspiration for Moms

Inspiration for Moms

Inspiration for Moms

#7.  Mason Jar Lamps

Joyzz

Joyzz

#8.  Repurposed Picture Frame

Becky's Blog

Becky’s Blog

#9.  Revived Bedside Table

Spoonflower

Spoonflower

#10.  DIY Shabby Chic Candelabra

Sissie's Chic Cottage

Sissie’s Chic Cottage

5 Steps to Create a Cupcake Paper Wreath…

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

In the previous post on the Crate&Barrel inspired candlesticks I mentioned that I picked up a pack of cupcake papers…and here’s why!  I’ve been seeing these wreaths all over Pinterest and decided it was about time to give it a try.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 – 12′ foam wreath

1- pack of push pins

1- pack of cupcake papers (100 count)

1- (optional) monogram letter

1- (optional) bushel of artificial Spring flowers

1- ribbon or wire for hanging

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

(my original plan was to add flowers to the wreath which I still think would be a great idea; in this case the push pins were not long enough to attach the flowers securely.  If you decide to add flowers, get sturdy pins!)

#1.  Flip Your Cupcake Papers Inside Out

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

#2.  Attach A Single Layer of Cupcake Papers to the Front of the Wreath

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Reclaiming Your Castle

#3.  Attach a Single Layer to the Top and Inside Area of the Wreath

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Reclaiming Your Castle

#4.  When all Layers Are Complete, Fold Individual Cupcake Papers in Half and Secure to the Wreath to Fill Any Gaps

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Reclaiming Your Castle

#5.  Use Several Pins to Secure Monogrammed Letter to the Underside of Wreath

(Michael’s sells these for $1.99)

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Reclaiming Your Castle

Crate&Barrel and Blue Candlesticks…

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

I hope everyone is having a good weekend!  I attempted to blog a bit last night but I fell asleep with the computer on my lap; it’s been a long week!

So feeling much more rested this morning I headed over to Crate&Barrel for a little inspiration and as always, it didn’t disappoint…see how happy I look! : )

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

One of the things I loved the most was all the blue in Crate&Barrel’s Spring collection.  From patio furniture to cookware it was everywhere and although I would have loved to buy it all, I left with $6 worth of Spring cupcake wrappers and decided to try and recreate the look on my own.

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Crate&Barrel

Crate&Barrel

I had a set of cheap candlesticks that I picked up from a thrift shop for $2.99 a piece.  They’re a sturdy metal and have, as I’ve heard it referred to on many a design show, “good bones.”  They seemed like the perfect thing to bring all that pretty blue into my house!

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

I would add in the step by step here but all that it really involved was picking up a spray paint suitable for metal in a color inspired by my trip to Crate&Barrel.  That’s what I did and here’s what I ended up with!

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

It’s amazing what a little paint can do, right?

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Using spray paint is a really cheap way to bring new life to old pieces.  Get a little color inspiration; find out what’s trendy and if the color fits your personal taste use it to update a few things around your house!

Easy Weekend DIY Chalkboard…

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

This was a busy weekend!  Saturday I had a bridal shower in the afternoon and my friend’s birthday party in the evening but Sunday was DIY day!  I posted the buffet style serving dishes yesterday that I turned into a Spring centerpiece for our table, but I also decided to try out some chalkboard paint and repurpose a frame I picked up at Goodwill.

I neglected to take a picture of the original frame but once I had it pulled apart I started painting. 

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

I used Krylon for both the frame and the chalkboard; firstly because they were on sale and secondly only Krylon had the exact color of obnoxious pink that my daughter was insisting on. Start by cleaning the glass with alcohol.  Allow to dry and spray on one coat of the chalk board paint.  Let that dry for about 15 minutes and spray on a second coat.  I stopped here at 2 coats but I think spraying on a third would be even better.  Remember that there’s glass underneath so the sharp edge of a piece of chalk could scrape the paint off. 

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Reclaiming Your Castle

I thought spray painting the frame would be the easy part but I was wrong…for one reason.  If the frame is finished with a wood gloss remember to go over it lightly with sand paper to prime the surface for paint.  I used like 5 coats but finally we got here.

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Reclaiming Your Castle

Allow the frame to dry and insert the painted glass back into the frame.  Technically you are supposed to allow the chalkboard paint to set for 24 hours but the waiting was unbearable!!!

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Reclaiming Your Castle

I will definitely need that third coat of paint…but I suppose it can wait until next weekend : )

Thrift Store Centerpiece DIY…

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

Hi!  I hope everyone had a good weekend!  I did some shopping around and ended up in Pottery Barn (yesterday’s post) and Pier 1 Imports today and came across this caddy of buffet style serving dishes for $18.95.  Cute, right?  But these strike me as the kind of thing someone gives you as a house warming gift and then ends up at the Goodwill a year later.

 

Case in point…today at my local Goodwill I found these!

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Reclaiming Your Castle

Honestly, I know I would never use this set up to serve snacks or food and the colors aren’t great but I couldn’t help myself…I bought them for $4.99.

First thing to fix; the colors! Martha Stewart makes a line of paints for glass and ceramics sold at Michael’s for $3.50 a bottle…a little of this goes a long way.  I picked up yellow and blue in an opaque finish to achieve full coverage on the dishes.

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Reclaiming Your Castle

To begin, I washed and dried them.  I painted a single coat on each dish and allowed them to dry for about an hour.  After a second coat the painting was done!  To set, Martha Stewart’s craft team suggests that you either cure the dish for 21 days or bake in an oven set at 350 for 30 minutes.  I considered waiting a month to set the paint but then decided 30 minutes in the oven sounded a lot easier : )

Still not convinced I would use these for food service I started thinking about what else I could do with them.  I did a post on centerpieces a few days ago and I love the blue and yellow color combo for Spring, so I came up with this…

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Reclaiming Your Castle

My husband was kind enough to grab me a few small plants from our local Lowe’s store and they fit perfectly into the serving dishes!  I love it!  Bringing plants into the house and onto the table instantly makes it feel more like Spring.

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle