Spring Planter Arrangement

Spring Planter Arrangements aren’t hard to make with some purchased spring bulbs. Here’s how to make a stunning display for your tabletop.

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Spring Planter

Spring bulbs are here! They have finally arrived in the garden centers and it won’t be long before things are blooming outside! This pretty planter was put together with some purchase bulbs (in ugly pots) and a few items from the craft store.

Be sure to buy bulbs that are already growing and almost blooming rather than bulbs that have never been planted. Most spring bulbs require a period of cold weather in order to get them to bloom. Sometimes you can purchase pre-chilled, unplanted bulbs in your local garden center that are ready to plant and bloom.

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Supplies Needed:

•Metal urn or other waterproof container with a wide top (mine came from the thrift store)

•aquarium gravel or small stones for drainage

•Miracle Grow Potting Soil with slow release fertilizer

•Purchased spring bulbs that are close to blooming such as crocus, daffodils, tulips or paper whites

•Reindeer moss (from the craft store or garden center)

•Faux butterfly (craft store or dollar store)

•Fairy garden sized rabbits or other seasonal ornaments

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Directions:

1.  Place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the container, about 1″ thick for drainage.

2. Add a layer of soil to cover the gravel.

3. Remove the bulbs from their original pots being careful not to break the roots. You can separate the bulbs if they are clumped together. The roots will regrow and stabilize after replanting. Place the bulbs in the container, with the tallest plants in the center or towards the back of the container.

4. Cover the bulbs with more soil being careful to leave any growth uncovered.

5. Add reindeer moss on top of the soil to retain moisture and give the bulbs more protection.

6. Place decorative butterfly in the moss, as well as a fairy garden rabbit or other animal statue.

7. Water about once per week. Keep your planter near a sunny window. After the bulbs have bloomed they may be pulled out and planted outside. You can then plant other plants in the planter such as succulents or houseplants.

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Here are some more fun spring projects:

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Spring Porch Decor

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Succulent Cross

Kitchen Pantry Organization

Organizing isn’t my favorite thing to do, but it sure does help! Here are my top tips on keeping your pantry organized.

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Pantry too Small?

We are blessed with a big Kitchen Pantry storage space for our food supplies. This big pantry was one of the things that sold us on the house, since the kitchen is rather small. It is an illusion that a big space holds more stuff. I have found that it’s easy to fill it with junk and unnecessary items. More space isn’t necessarily better. After cleaning and organizing my shelves I know how much space I have been wasting.

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Top 10 ways to add storage to your kitchen pantry

  1. First of all, remove dry cereals from their boxes and put into tall plastic storage containers. The storage boxes are taller and hold more than a regular cereal box does. This one change has saved me a ton of space and money. My kids seem to eat less cereal (Why I don’t know), and the leftovers aren’t stale so everything gets eaten. Who knew it would be such a game changer?
  2. Dry goods such as flour and sugar can be stored in large glass jars instead of being left in the original packaging. This keeps them fresh longer and saves shelf space by going vertical.
  3. Stack cans in a wire can organizer. This works great for small cans, not so good for large ones, but it does help free up shelf space.
  4. Keep large items on the floor. Big bulk cans of food, large pots, big potato and onion bins, large paper towel rolls, etc. can be kept down at the bottom of the shelves or on the floor underneath them. It is more visual appealing and makes things easier to find.
  5. Group small bags or boxes together either in a wooden crate or wire basket type container to save shelf space. Grouping them also makes things easier to find, plus you can grab the entire basket off the shelf when you need something. Baking supplies are all in the wine crate in the photo above, when it’s time to bake it can be grabbed off the shelf and taken into the kitchen.
  6. Eliminate duplicate items. There are always a few of these lurking on the back of the shelf, forgotten and unused.
  7. Check expiration dates. We seldom remember to do this, but items on your shelves could be expired and need to be thrown away. If food has been sitting on your shelf and is older than 6 months, it’s best to just to get rid of it.
  8. Get rid of pots or pans that you don’t use. If you haven’t used it in the last 6 months, it’s time to let it go.
  9. Keep seasonal items in the basement. If you have too many faux flowers, empty glass Mason jars and other decor items on the shelves they can waste valuable storage space. It’s not so hard to go and get things from the basement when needed.
  10. Finally, be careful what you buy.  Keep a note pad in the pantry to write down things that are needed for the shopping each week. Much easier than guessing what’s needed at the grocery store and ending up with supplies you didn’t really need.

Other storage solutions?

Do you have storage idea that works for you? I would love to hear it! Share it in the comments below!

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Succulent Cross

Succulents are my one of my all time favorite things, and so are topiaries.  Here is an easy DIY project to add some green to your decor – a succulent cross! 

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It’s finally warm enough to spend some time out on the porch. My first priority of course, are plants and accessories. Never mind that there is no where to sit, or that my pile of rummage sale junk still sits in the corner of the porch. A pretty front door is so welcoming, and something green by the door just makes it so much more inviting.Succulent Cross on door

Succulent Cross materials

Succulents are my one of my all time favorite things, and so are topiaries. I used to work in a green house and we planted dozens of topiaries early in the season. Topiaries were always hot items and they really aren’t difficult to plant. Succulents work well in them because they have shallow roots and don’t need a ton of water. I found this cross topiary online last year and thought it would be perfect for my Easter decor. This would also be a nice project for a grave site planting, as the succulents don’t need a lot of maintenance.

The first step is to soak your topiary in a bucket of water for 10-15 minutes until saturated. Then it’s ready to plant. I only used 6 plants for this project, but I broke them down into smaller pieces as I planted them so they wouldn’t be too big for the narrow parts of the cross.

Succulent Cross close up

I used a screw driver to poke holes into the moss, then inserted the plants. The plants filled up the cross quite well and will grow into place even more over the garden season.

I used a Command Strip to hang it on the glass door.

whole door with cross

I will have to take the cross down and soak it in a tray of water when it is dry since I don’t want to mess up the wooden finish on the door by watering it directly.

cross on the door

I found the blue hydrangea plant recently at Costco. My cross dripped a bit after it hung for a while, you can see a bit of moisture on the lower part of the door. I will have to remember to let it drain for a bit before hanging it up after watering. I have planted the Bunny Topiary in past years, you can read that tutorial here.

Now that my door is ready, perhaps I need to go out and look for an Easter Bonnet?

Enjoy your Holy Week!

 

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10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom, Budge Friendly

10 Steps to a Fixer Upper style bathroom, budget friendly! Bring out your inner Joanna Gaines and get the farmhouse look everyone wants for their bathroom! This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

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Everyone loves Chip and Joanna Gaines. Not a day goes by when I don’t see an article about them or a room that they have designed. They are a hot, hot topic on social media!

I find myself glued to the tv regularly watching their reruns on HGTV.

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Hometalk’s hashtag this week is #Fixer Upper Style. Each week Hometalk has a different trending topic on their website and social media. We bloggers love to keep track of the trending hashtags and post relevant material for maximum readership. Fixer Upper made the hot topic list, and this week we are posting about how to bring out your “Inner Joanna Gaines”.

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Bathroom Before

The Bathroom Before

The guest bath in our new house is rather simple. It is a windowless room, with a standard cast iron tub and plastic tub surround. The previous owners updated the sink and vanity with a new pedestal sink and also up dated the toilet. Modern porcelain tile was added to the floor, but they left the dated wall tile. Other than that, there is really nothing special about this bathroom. It is rather lacking in character and design.

The recessed medicine cabinet was removed and the bath was staged with a vintage mirror. I know this because the medicine cabinet is sitting in our basement, and there is a giant hole behind the mirror where it used to be. I am not sure I love the old mirror, it’s rather hard to see yourself in that worn off mercury glass, but it is within the character of our old urban farm house and we will keep it for now.

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So, how do you get a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom? It is easier than you think! There are a few simple steps to a beautiful trendy Joanna Gaines bath! Here are my top tips and tricks!

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10 Steps to a Fixer Upper Style Bathroom

1)Use the bathroom you have. Not everyone can afford to gut their entire bath. Most people just use what they have got. This isn’t that bad, as you can see we haven’t made any structural changes to this average bathroom. Remove all your current decor and clutter from your bath to make room for some vintage style.

2)Paint your bath a beautiful powder blue. Fortunately for us, this room was freshly painted and we didn’t have to do this step. There are lots of beautiful pale blue shades out there, it is Joanna Gaines’ signature color. Almost all of her renovations have a shade of powder blue in them, it’s a wonderful choice for any bathroom.

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3) Find one or two vintage wooden pieces to use for bathroom storage. This honeycomb crate came from a local antique mall. It was scrubbed and varnished and hung on the wall as is. There are holes in the screen, a crooked wire and many worn imperfections in the wood. The dark brown color contrasts nicely with the light blue walls and gives a rather sterile bathroom a bit of timeless character. You can find similar crates here on my Amazon Affiliate page.

4) Add a galvanized container with faux greenery. This little galvanized bucket came from the craft store for about $1.00. Joanna often uses containers like this to stage her rooms. The faux greenery adds color and texture to the display.

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5)Add some faux cotton branches. These branches can be purchased here through my affiliate link. Joanna frequently uses branches like this for texture interest. Mine are sitting in a green mason jar along side the tissue box.

6) Add a sign or a wooden box with vintage graphics. The vintage box in this photo was originally used to hold hardware for horse shoe repair. You can find similar items on my Amazon affiliate page. It’s so interesting to read the label that you entirely forget about the ugly square tile behind it. Also, the deep brown color adds contrast and make the yellowed tile look warm and pretty.

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7)Fresh, contrasting towels make the room inviting.  I love these towels because they are a deeper shade of grey/blue that works great with the wall color. They also don’t show stains which is a plus if you have kids in the house. The towel bar here is not that big, so I used small and medium towels, the bath towel made it look crowded. The illusion of space in the bathroom is achieved with minimal clutter.

8)Look for some natural elements to add to the room. Joanna often uses vintage prints of birds or flowers in her rooms. We didn’t have any so I opted for a some curly willow sticks and a few butterflies to make the room have that farm house feel. I also used a sea shell for a soap dish. Repurpose flowers, branches, rocks or shells from the beach. These items can be changed with the seasons, I may add some thing more wintery next year.

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9) Opt for darker cabinet hardware. We don’t have any cabinets in this bath, but if we did I would use black or dark bronze handles. Our door knob is just the right color for this room, and ties in with the vintage look. I would love to replace the sink faucet, toilet handle and tub faucets that are currently chrome with new fixtures in the dark bronze color to add contrast and have a more modern farmhouse feel.

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10)Add a stool for seating in a contrasting color. This little foot stool is a dark chocolate brown which balances out the room visually with the other wooden decor. A couple of blue towels add color and the loofa sponge adds texture and contrasts with the towels.

More Bathroom Tips and Tricks

•The white waffle weave shower curtain ads more light color and covers up the otherwise ugly shower and tub. My wooden handled makeup brushes are displayed in a brown vintage flower frog for more visual interest.

•Use rugs or bathmats in subtle neutral colors. Why detract from those gorgeous walls?

•If you have ugly old tile in your bathroom, you can paint it a neutral color. This is a great option for staying on budget. Check your local home improvement store for paint products that are made for painting tile.

•Keep prints to a minimum. Large scale prints are very busy and visually unbalanced. If you must use a print, use a small one with a botanical theme.

What do you think? It’s pretty simple when you break it all down. I love how it turned out, this room feels so chic and modern now!

I would love to see how your bathrooms turn out! Can’t wait to see how you got your own #Fixer Upper Style! For more ideas, follow the #fixerupperstyle hashtag on social media and Hometalk!

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Silver and Gold Holiday Decor

 teal sectional sofa and christmas centerpiece

This post is sponsored by Gordman’s. Any opinions given are completely my own.

The last minute decorating is done. The last minute shopping is done. Time to kick back and relax for the beginning of the holiday week. Can you believe it’s here already?

I did my last minute shopping at Gordman’s this year. It was fun to pick out a few new Silver and Gold accents for our home.

Actually, I picked out more Gold than silver.

 

gold pillow and center piece

This season, gold is the color for me!

I loved this huge gold and red gazing ball. It’s not really a Christmas decoration, but I love how it reflects warm light around the room in this big bowl of greenery on the coffee table.

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The sunshine comes in the window and hits the gazing ball, it warms up the entire room with it’s gold, orange and red tones. I must admit I completely underestimated how much I would love this ball, I think it will stay on the table well past the holidays!  In the spring, it will find a new home out in the garden. I love things I can re-purpose!

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I was thrilled to find this Moroccan Ginger candle, I love the gold mercury jar that it came in.

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When the candle is burning, it sparkles and the light reflects off the gazing ball and the jar and the other ornaments in the bowl. I will definitely find a home for this beautiful jar after the holidays! Did I mention that the candle smells amazing?? AMAZING!!

Well, it does.

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The gold ornaments came from Gordman’s, too. I love ornaments that are non-breakable. They are pet proof and child proof and work great for a million reasons. Mostly, I love them because they are sparkly and full of bling. And they look fabulous in the candlelight.

We all need a little bling during the holidays!

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I snatched up this gold printed pillow for accent on the sofa. I love it! It works great with my hand knit afghan.I also couldn’t resist the gold polka dot notebook.

“Happy Thoughts” was exactly what I was looking to focus on over the holiday season. Sometimes we need a little reminder of the season to focus our mind on. I love these inspirational notebooks for writing down New Year’s resolutions and goals. I fill several notebooks a year with my writing and notes, but it just seemed right to start the New Year with a new notebook! Goodman’s had lots of coordinating gold desk accessories, I may need to go back and stock up after the holidays!

My last find at Gordman’s was in the kitchen isle, I spotted these stemless Champaign flutes and loved them immediately. They are swirled with gold trim around the glass, and I think they would even make pretty vases for a flower or two after the holidays.

For now though, they hold champaign. Dipping into the bubbly already, can’t wait for a holiday celebration!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!