My Last-Minute Easter Decorations

2-DSCF3645Last year we had just moved into our tiny rental and I didn’t even decorate for Easter. I also didn’t have room for hosting Easter, as is our tradition. When I sorted through things in our storage units for a yard sale this last summer, I purged a lot of decorations from all holidays. Our house is much bigger this year so now I am kinda regretting some of that purge. When I got out my Easter decorations the other day I only found one box. :( Since most store-bought offerings are not my style I decided to make more decorations with things I already have.

1-DSCF3639I started out with a small branch from a tree hubby was pruning. Using an old flower pot for the base, and middle son bringing me some gravel, I “planted” my branch to “grow” my Easter tree.

2-DSCF3645A stash of peat pots were transformed into little Easter buckets. I sponge painted white on the outside. Craft wire was used for the handles. Small vintage pictures were decoupaged to the front of the buckets and the handles were spruced up with buttons and ribbon.

3-DSCF3651I added them to the tree, but it still needed a little something-something.

4-DSCF3679I had just finished making crocheted flower garlands for my Etsy shop and decided mini version of the flowers would be just the thing to bring out the “spring” in my tree.

5-DSCF3661I simply hot glued them to the branches.

6-DSCF3664I wrapped some fabric strips around a couple of garden tools and added them to the pot to complete the tree.

7-DSCF3667I needed something for my dining table. I cut bed springs down a bit and inserted little flower pots. In this picture they have the grass, but I am still going to add jelly beans and a peep.

8-DSCF3675I saved two spaghetti sauce cans a couple of weeks ago and after a little paint, some scraps of burlap, lace and a tie of jute, they were restyled into flower vases. I’ll fill them with cuttings from the beautiful abundance of color that has bloomed in my yard.

I still have a few other things I would like to make, but I wanted to get this posted before it got to late. I’m off to the grocery store and then more decorating. 😉


Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!

Flower Bed Fencing Wall Decor

6-DSCF1525Flower Bed Fencing Wall Decor

1-DSCF1312I have never used this fencing for it’s original intent, but I had lots of it in my stash when we packed and moved. My husband and kids were going to throw it out, but I just couldn’t do it. I had me some ideas in my head. 😉

Since I’m still decorating our new home, and the theme seems to be repurposing and restyling the unusual, I decided the fencing would fit right in with my existing and evolving decor choices.

2-DSCF1313I have a place above my buffet that was still in need of a something-something, so I cut a length of the fencing to span just short of the buffet’s width.

3-DSCF1322After fixing the bends I curled the cut wires on the ends of the fence into decorative spirals.

4-DSCF1325The wire legs of the fencing were curved up to create little hooks.

5-DSCF1534With the addition of a wreath and my screen/spindle dragonflies, the display was complete.

7-DSCF1546Yippee! I think the wall area between the dining area and the living room of our rental house is done.


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Creative Corner Hop


Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
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Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
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A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
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The Project Stash Link Party
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Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
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I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays


Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party


Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Country Christmas Decorating

Donna may cringe if she sees my results, but I was inspired by her December 5th post on Funky Junk Interiors. I live in a 100+ year-old farm house in the Midwest. The rooms are small, and I don’t have a fireplace. My entertainment center (predictably) serves as my living room’s focal point. I use the top as my “mantel”.

This is the way it looks the other eleven months of the year.

I worked on a (failed) project to fill the wall, but I just didn’t have the items I was envisioning in the garage. The freezing temps and windchill prevented me from shopping the barn. I had a brainstorm, but I needed to run to the shop where I store my finished crafts. In the meantime, I created the “landscape”.

I added a wreath and a bit more greenery to the birdhouse.

Lastly, (drumroll please) the finished masterpiece! The window frame is the added piece I needed from the shop, and the barn star was already in the room, just in another location. No, my display is not all natural, nor all rustic, but it’s not supposed to be a copy of someones else’s work, just my interpretation of the idea.
Okay, Funky Junk Donna does it much better, but she inspired me to use the junk I already have. And, I like it. That’s really what matters.
I do love her blog and ideas, but the inspiration I am drawing from her is using things I already have to create a display. I am using things that I have out everyday, incorporating a few of my garage/finds, my crafts and Christmas decorations I normally use, but never have in this way.

I didn’t notice any snowmen, Santas or other Christmas characters in her displays. I love my collections, so that will probably never change. I did find a fun way to display my snowmen. The ladder tree on her post gave me the idea. I have a large decorative birdcage that I stuffed a tree into. I then squeezed my snowmen between the branches.

I love it, and a big plus is…the cage takes up a lot less real estate than the way I used to displayed my collection.

Thanks for the wonderful ideas, Donna!

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