Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dreaming of Spring


We are having some beautiful spring like weather around here. And it is making me long for spring cleaning, spring flowers, spring decor, and YARD SALES. I am pumped for the yard sale season to start back up. I need a fix of second hand frugal bad! Since it's not quite time for that, I had to go digging in my closets and drawers for things to repurpose. I love that feeling of finding something you'd forgotten about and pretending like I just went shopping for something new!



These neutral candles were packed away in a drawer waiting to be cutesified with some scrapbook paper scraps. My kitchen is drowning in beige right now and needed some rich bold color to save it. I love this combination of aqua blue, apple green, chocolate brown, and red. But that's not what sold me on this paper. Look at that adorable little bird up there...isn't he precious?



I made another monogrammed frame for our family with the extra paper. I LOVE this paper! I applied the vinyl lettering directly onto the glass so that when I get tired of this paper I can switch it out for another pattern or even a scrap of fabric. This one is busy, but I like it for now. I needed some pizazz in here!


Add in a chippy white iron bird, some red pears, a little nest, and you've got the perfect touch of spring.



Everything looks better by lamp light...it does a great job hiding flaws on people and decor.




And just because I think this adorable...I had to share my 4 year old's centerpiece she insists on putting out. Last week I was working on science projects with my boys and she got into my closet full of home accessories. She put together this white candlestick with a giant pink gerbera daisy on top. When I first saw it I thought...awwwww, how cute. Then I put it back in the closet. Next thing I know it's popping up all over the house. Every time I turn around it's in a different spot. It's become quite comical and something I look forward to finding everyday! But, the Legos in the corner of the picture...not so much. They are seriously taking over my whole house. They're everywhere I look. We need a room just for them. Here's hoping and dreaming of a massive playroom addition in my near future!




33 comments:

Leanne said...

I've been meaning to wrap my candles and then I forget and them I see it again and remember how pretty it looks. I should just do it now so I don't forget again. Yours look so pretty. I love the paper you chose.

Blondie said...

This looks fantastic honey! I love that monogram. I wish I was creative and thought of things like that! Your blog looks wonderful. I will be sure to visit more often. Kori xoxo

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Love the update! I especially love the bold paper - so gorgeous! I really need to work on my decor... I still haven't decorated after hubby took down my Christmas decor... something about a newborn & 2 year old that have slowed me down. :)

Deanna said...

I am barely getting my Valentine's projects finished and you have me dreaming of Spring decor.

That monogram frame is to DIE FOR! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

Kristina P. said...

I love that paisley paper.

RomIn said...

I love it! Amazing! I especially love it since it is -3 degrees right now. Spring sounds wonderful. I'm already dreaming of what to do in the spring time. You are my biggest inspiration!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think her flower is cute! You better watch out though or you'll be hearing that the Lego creation is a centerpiece, too!

Love that paper, Amanda! Very bright and cheery. The pears pick up the red beautifully, too.

Jeanette said...

Very pretty ...all the pieces together just makes everything cheery and beautiful.

southerninspiration said...

Very nice touch!! and those legos??? yes, I remember the days. I had had enough of them and got rid of all of them when my boys outgrew them...now I am a little sorry I gave them ALL away! Oh well.....

Suzanne

Cindy said...

Wha...what? Do you live in shangrila? Spring like weather? Great post!

Carmen said...

Love that paper! That flower centerpiece is too funny. She has the decorating bug already. :)

Treasia Stepp said...

Love the look you achieved. Especially the framed monogram. That's really cute about the daisy popping up.

Nocona said...

You amaze me! I want a monogram machine now.

jenjen said...

So pretty Amanda! I love that frame with the initials too! I got a Cricut for Christmas. I really need to figure out how to use it :)

XOXO
Jen

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

As always, I love your crafty, thrifty decor!! It seems like your little mini me has the same gene. ;)

I hear you on the yard sale fever. I am hankering to go find some bargains. But I need to get rid of a lot of JUNK first. ;)

shoestringliving said...

Very nice, I need to restock my home decor box with some candles, love it. The frame is awesome, you should do a tutorial on the vinyl lettering.

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

Love the colors in the paper Amanda!

Richella said...

I live in Legoland North Carolina, so I know how you feel. Don't fight it, sweetheart--it will drain all your energy. Make friends with the bricks.

I like your touches of spring!

Heather said...

Those candles are adorable! I have so much scrapbooking paper coming out of my ears. I think I'll find some alternative uses for it!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Love those candles and the monogram!! I am am sooooooooo ready for a good yard sale!!

Heather said...

oooh, I love that paper too! I'd totally pick that out for myself.

And that tablecloth? With all the rick rack and the pink and the green? DELICIOUS!

The Rural Socialite said...

Fun fun fun! I've very rarely had a yard sale venture worth the trip, but I hope to enjoy some good rummaging this spring!

Katy said...

Yes, I'm ready for rummaging around at yard sales and such myself. Just love it! I really like the frame you made w/ the vinyl letters AND I too, go "shopping" in my own home. Sometimes, it's just a must. :)
If you feel led, I'll love to have you come to my blog for some bathroom color advice. It'd make me smile!

Grace said...

The nest and pears on the sideboard do give you a good spring-fix - lovely.

That is so cute the gerber daisy is popping up all over the house. Now it is your turn to surprise your daughter with it on her bedside table so she wakes up to it.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh how I love that paper!! Where did you find it?

Nicole said...

Love the new touches. Cute gerber daisy :)

mx2mommy said...

The paper is great but my FAVE is the monogram OVER glass - genius!

FrouFrouBritches said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the paper you chose! GORGEOUS! I love the monogram on the glass. You are so smart and that is so stinkin' cute!

Pam Walter said...

You've just solved my problem of what to do with several very blah candles I have in the closet. Thanks! www.satisfiedsole.com

Katie said...

LOVE that bird paper -- and great idea wrapping candles!! I have soo many stuffed in a drawer because I get bored with them after awhile. Will have to try wrapping!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Pretty candles!! I love how quickly the paper can just change up the look of your space. And I know what you mean about yard sale season. I'm dying for it to begin!!

Louise said...

Wow, I am SO impressed, Amanda. I have no crafty talent, whatsoever. Your web site is wonderful!

Porch Days said...

You are doing cute things with the lettering and vinyl cut outs. I gave my daughter-in-law a cricut for Christmas. You are being very creative with yours!

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