Decorating Tips and Ideas + HM #228

It’s National Decorating Month! Find awesome decorating tips and ideas. Plus, link up at Home Matters. #DecoratingTips #DecoratingIdeas #HomeMattersParty

Decorating Tips and Ideas + HM #228

It’s National Decorating Month! And, no matter your style, here are some helpful tips and ideas to creating a beautiful atmosphere in your home. The gals of Home Matters have a fabulous roundup all about decorating this week, so be sure to check it out!

 

12 Common Decorating Mistakes and How To Avoid Them from LaurenBless’er House

 

5 Tips for Mixing Fabric Patterns from AnnOn Sutton Place

 

Decorating 101: How To Style Vignettes from  Lauren @ Bless’er House

 

12 Tips on Choosing the Right Paint Colors from  Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Last Week’s Theme: Easter Dinner, Decor, and Games

Next Week’s Theme: National Pecan Month



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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots from Jen @ Cincy Shopper

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Mango Pineapple Smoothie Bowl from Nicole @ Mama of Many Blessings

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DIY Tiered Raised Garden Bed from Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life

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Classic Ambrosia Salad from Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

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Tiered Tray Decorated for Easter from Lori @ Dining Delight

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Easter Dinner, Decor, and Games + HM #227

It’s time for Easter dinner! Let’s celebrate with yummy recipes, decor, games. Plus, linkup at Home Matters. #Easter #EasterDinner #EasterDecor #HomeMatters

Easter Dinner, Decor, and Games + HM #227

It’s time to celebrate Easter! Let’s have some fun with delicious, beautiful, and creative food ideas, decor and decorations, and even some fum games and activities. Surprise your family and enjoy the  Easter roundup from the gals at Home Matters. You might even check out my Easter Edition – Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial it’s perfect for Easter!

 

90+ Easter Brunch Recipes from Surup @ Hike – N – Dip

 

Simply Perfect Vanilla Shortbread Bunnies from JinaPink Picadilly Pastries

 

Three Minute Easter Fluff from TrishMy Recipe Magic

 

9 Easter Cocktails Every Bunny Will Love from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Sloppy Joe Nachos from Brandi @ Home Cooking Memories

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Easter Bunny Racers from Erin @ My Mommy World

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Classic Green Bean Casserole from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Pastel Easter Brunch Tablescape from Bird @ Bird’s Party

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DIY Farmhouse Chick Feeder Candy Dispenser from Tiffany @ Tee Diddly Dee

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Easter Celebrations and Decorations + HM #176

What do you have planned for your Easter celebrations? Let us help you with some great food and decoration ideas for your parties, fun traditions for kids and adults. Find everything you need for Easter. Plus link up at Home Matters with recipes, DIY, crafts, decor. #EasterCelebrations #HomeMattersParty

Easter Celebrations and Decorations + HM # 176

Spring is here and the Easter bunny is on his way! The gals of Home Matters have pulled together some fabulous and fun ideas to help you celebrate Easter with great food, decorations, traditions and more. Enjoy!

Carrot Crescent Rolls Filled with Egg Salad for Easter Brunch or Lunch from Beth @ Hungry Happenings

 

Easter Egg Fruit Pizza from Elizabeth @ Sugar Hero

 

Easter No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes from Elizabeth @ Sugar Hero

 

9 Easter Cocktails Every Bunny Will Love from Lorelai @ Life With Lorleai

 

Easter Celebrations and Decorations Blog Hop

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Last Week’s Theme: Spring Season

Next Week’s Theme: Spring Cleaning Tips and Ideas



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Spring Pastel Meringue Cookies from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Quilled Topiaries Tutorial from Suzy @ Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom

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Strawberry Souffles with Fresh Strawberries from Liz @ That Skinny Chick Can Bake

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DIY Emoji Squishy Stress Balls Filled with Slime from Crystal @ Hello Creative Family

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Basil In Eggs from Heidi @ My Sweet Cottage

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Easter Chalkboards – Creative Inspiration For Holiday Decor

Find creative inspiration for your own Easter Chalkboards DIY, or get a printable! Holidays are always fun for decorating, make this Easter special.

 

16 Easter Chalkboards

Creative Inspiration for Holiday Decor

 

I love holidays. So, I am always looking for creative inspiration and holiday decor ideas. And with my love of chalk art, I decided to gather some amazing Easter Chalkboard ideas for you. I hope they will inspire you and add a little holiday fun to your home decor.

So, let’s hop right in…

Easter Bunnies and Teacups – Printable Haven

Egg Hunt – The Painted Apron

Bunny and Tulips – source

He Is Not Here For He Is Risen – Dear Lillie

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way – HelloSugarMint Etsy

Hoppy Easter Bunny – source

Happy Easter Wreath – Ellis Home and Garden

Hippity Hoppity Bunny Silhouette – Clean and Scentsible

Happy Easter Tulip Wreath – Printable Haven

Rabbit Face – source

Easter Egg Garland – A Thoughtful Place

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today Alleluia – Less-Than-Perfect Life Of Bliss

Happy Easter Bunny Silhouette with Eggs – source

Happy Easter with Eggs – Freepik

Happy Easter Eggs – Printable Haven

Easter Blessings – Printable Haven

Aren’t these the cutest chalkboards? So pretty! I hope you have enjoyed the festive display and are inspired by these to bring a little chalk art into your Easter decor. Embrace the holidays!

If you are looking for another chalk art idea or a fun Easter tradition, check out my Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial.

Here is an Easter treat perfect for class parties, Sunday School, and more — Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem.

Perhaps the adults would enjoy a festive libation or two. Here are 9 Easter Cocktails Every Bunny Will Love!

Celebrate with your family and friends. Enjoy the beautiful freshness of spring, and have a happy and blessed Easter!

 

 

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9 Easter Cocktails Every Bunny Will Love

A collection of 9 recipes for festive Easter Cocktails that every bunny will love. Celebrate in style this spring with these fun holiday themed drinks.

9 Easter Cocktails

Every Bunny Will Love

 

I love celebrating holidays and making them special. Decorations, great food, and family traditions are always fun. But sometimes, it seems, the holiday focus is more geared around children. So, today, I am putting some adult into Easter with some fun and tasty Easter Cocktails for those who are 21 and over.

You will be amazed at how clever and simple these recipes are. I can’t wait to wow my guests.

Bunny up to the bar and give these holiday cocktails a try!

Click on the Cocktail name below the photo to get the recipes.

Cottontail Martini from Michael at Inspired by Charm

Buzzed Peeps Easter Cocktail from Melissa at The Farm Girl Gabs

Cotton Candy Margarita from Darcie at Such The Spot

Speckled Egg Mimosas from Erin at Style Me Pretty

Chocolate Creme Egg Easter Cocktail Shots from Laura at Little Stuff

Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktails from Kirbie at Kirbie’s Cravings

Peeptini Easter Cocktails from April at April Golightly

Easy Chocolate Creme Egg Martini Recipe from Katie at A Fork’s Tale

Carrot Mimosas from Kare at Kitchen Treaty

 

There is a recipe for every bunny, whether you are looking for something elegant and stunning or sweet and adorable, we’ve got the Easter Cocktails for you. I hope you have a lovely Easter celebration!

Are looking for some other fun ideas or maybe even new traditions for your family this Easter? You will definitely want to check out these awesome Easter Ideas…

Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem

 Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

What every you do, have a Happy Easter!

 

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Create A Gumdrop Topiary – A Sweet DIY

This adorable gumdrop topiary DIY is great for home decor and parties, as well as being a fun craft for kids highlighting math skills and textures.

Create A Gumdrop Topiary

A Sweet DIY

Who knew math could be so fun? Your preschooler or kindergartener will delight in this counting activity that results in a beautiful holiday decoration for the whole family to enjoy. Your child can count out loud as he adds each gumdrop to the topiary, and as he sees how high he can go, he will be practicing important math skills! This activity will also help your child practice color recognition and learn about different materials and textures.

Beauty and the Beast – Lumiere_and_Cogsworth_Topiary – Disney Wiki – Wikia

Topiary is the art of trimming and shaping trees into sculptural, ornamental shapes. Disneyland boasts some of the most famous American Portable style topiaries. In the early 1960’s Walt Disney used the theme park’s landscape shrubbery to recreate his beloved cartoon characters. They continue to be a highlight today!

What You Need:

  • Large Styrofoam ball (this will be the “canopy” of your topiary)
  • Wooden dowel, up to 1” thick and approximately 15” long
  • Green spray paint
  • Flower pot or vase
  • Moss, faux grass, or shredded paper
  • Floral foam (available at your local arts and crafts store)
  • Toothpicks, broken in half
  • Gumdrops in many different colors
  • Ribbon (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Spray the dowel green with the spray paint and let it dry completely overnight.
  2. Cut a block of floral foam to fit inside the flower pot or vase and place it inside.
  3. Help your child insert the dowel into the center of the Styrofoam ball about 3” deep.
  4. Help your child insert the other end of the dowel into the floral foam all the way down so that it touches the bottom of the vase. Make sure the dowel is stable.
  5. Have your child sort the gumdrops by color.
  6. Have your child stick a gumdrop onto one end of the toothpick and push the other end of the toothpick into the Styrofoam ball. Working in rows, continue placing gumdrops all the way around the ball.
  7. As your child works, ask him to count each gumdrop out loud. Occasionally ask how many of each color he has used or has left.
  8. Once the Styrofoam ball is completely covered, assist your child in placing moss, faux grass, or shredded paper into the vase to cover the floral foam.
  9. Tie a bow around the dowel with the ribbon (optional).
  10. Now stand back and enjoy your new Candyland-inspired table topper!

Isn’t this a fabulously fun and festive DIY project? What a bonus that it provides practice with math skills, dexterity, and textures for your little ones too. This would even make a cute Mother’s Day present!

 

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DIY Roundup – Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016

It’s time for a new year, and that means it is time to reminisce and look back over 2016. Today, we want to revisit the top 16 DIY projects of the year and bring you an inspirational DIY roundup in the process. Rev your imagination and let your creativity flow!

 

Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016

A DIY Roundup from Life With Lorelai

 

We’ll start with number 16 and work our way to the number one DIY project on the blog this past year.

 

16.

Origami Card Holder

 

15.

Custom Wire Basket

 

14.

Farmhouse Scale Makeover

 

13.

Discount Store Vase to Outdoor Lighting

 

12.

Solar Lamp – Beautiful Outdoor Decor

 

11.

Guest Room Charging Station

 

10.

Wooden Garden Sign

 

9.

Easy Table Runner

 

8.

Hoot Owl Craft & Centerpiece

 

7.

How To Loom Knit A Scarf

 

6.

Wooden Beach Marquee Sign

 

5.

Car Care & Basic Road Trip Kit

 

4.

Loom Knit Yarn Ball Cat Toy

 

3.

Sports Button Display

 

2.

Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

 

1.

Haunted Mirror

 

2016 has been a creative and crafty year! We look forward to sharing more wonderful DIY projects and craft ideas with you in the coming year. Happy New Year to you and yours!

 

 

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Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem

Easter is a joyous celebration for Christians around the world, and in this happy remembrance I wanted to share a special little treat with you today, the Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem.

Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem

An Easy DIY Sweet Treat

 

This  DIY project is perfect for handing out a special little Easter treat. Think, school treats, party favors, and more, plus it is super easy. You just need to gather a few things and devote a minimal amount of time.

 

 

Here’s what you need:

  • Container (bag, box, or jar)
  • Jelly Beans
  • Printable Poem
  • Paper and / or Cardstock
  • Glue Stick
  • Ribbon or Stapler

 

This is how you put them together:

You can use bags, jars, or even cute boxes for these treats.

 

Cutting and Trimming the Paper and Cardstock:

  • Print off your Easter Jelly Bean Prayer Poem printable
  • Cut out the poem (I used decorative scissors).
  • Using a paper cutter, cut the cardstock in half vertically.
  • Take each vertical piece, and cut in half horizontially. (This will be the size you use for bags).
  • If making tags for jars or boxes, you can cut each piece in half again.

 

For Bags:

  • Trim cardstock with decorative scissors (if desired). Make sure the cardstock is longer than the poem so you have room to fold it to fit over the bag.
  • Glue the poem to the cardstock (again, leaving blank space at the top of the cardstock).
  • Fill bag with jelly beans (be sure all colors mentioned in the poem are present).
  • Fold the top of the cardstock to fit over bag.
  • Staple  cardstock to the bag.

 

For Jars or Boxes:

  • Trim the cardstock with decorative scissors (if desired).
  • Glue the poem to the cardstock.
  • Punch a hole in the corner of the tag.
  • Run ribbons through the hole.
  • Fill the jar or box with jelly beans (be sure all colors mentioned in the poem are present).
  • Tie the tag to the box or jar.

 

 

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Share the joy of Easter with a sweet little treat!

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Easter Mantle Decor 2015

 

Easter Mantle 2015

 

My life during the past two weeks has been turned upside down, literally. Rory and I are having to move out of our home. A home in which, I grew up, and have lived raising my children for the past almost 23 years.

So, yesterday, when I was moving boxes of holiday decorations, I came across some of my Easter things. It was just what I needed. The happy Springy decorations put a smile on my face, and reminded me of the many blessings that we do have. Luke was gracious enough to let me festoon his mantle…

Those are real roses from the yard. I love how they grew with a curve… perfect for my mantle display. I know I’ll have to change these out, but I love the way they look right now.

I just love vintage Victoriana!

These little egg-shaped boxes with their vintage images are fun to decorate with.

Some cute little Easter train pieces…

Beaded and Glittered Easter Eggs…

This lovely Easter Wreath was a clearance sale find at Armstrong Nursery last year just before Easter. Rory and I couldn’t resist the $12 price tag! It is what I have always been on the look-out for–beautiful pastel colors, glittery shine, and simple. I think it’s gorgeous.

Every time I see this mantle it lifts my spirits, and a little stress flies from my shoulders. I hope you have enjoyed my Easter Mantle 2015 too.

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Do you have any favorite Easter decorations?

 

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Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

 

Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

An Easter Tradition

 

It has been a long-standing tradition at our house for the Easter Bunny to leave a chalk drawing in the driveway. The kids would find this surprise first thing Easter morning, as we left for church. That silly bunny always manages to hop through the drawing leaving his colored footprints behind, as he hops up to the house and away again.

I hadn’t done a drawing in years; but last year, Luke’s two grandnieces where coming for Easter dinner. That meant our tradition had to be resurrected–and this time I was recruiting some help. So, after everything was ready inside the house, Rory and I put on our figurative bunny ears and hopped on out to the driveway–armed and dangerous with sidewalk chalk.

Here are the Steps to Creating Your Own Chalk Art:

  1. Decide on your Design.
    I found my inspiration for the drawing online…
Photo found at Gainsville Apartment & Condo Guide Blog
  1. Draw the basic Outline for your Design.
    You can see that I used white chalk to draw my outline. You can use a different color, but be sure that you will be able to blend it into your design. Try to keep the outline as light as possible.

  1. Draw in the Details for the specific area in which you are working.

  1. Color in the Design.
    Use lighter and darker colors to create shadows and depth to your drawing. Mix colors to make new colors.

  1. Take your Chalk work from Drawing to Art.
    This step will transform your drawing into a work of art! It will also give it some real lasting power. Use water and paint brush to wet down the chalk. Paint over the chalk, filling in any missing areas created from the rough canvas. Be careful NOT to mix your colors, unless you intend to do so. This will create a painted type of artwork versus the rough and grainy look of a regular sidewalk chalk drawing. As you paint over the chalk with water, your colors will darken and change, do not worry, they will dry and be beautiful.

Notice how vibrant and solid the colors of the painted bunny look.

Here are Some Additional Tips:

  1. Wear Disposable Gloves while you work. This will keep your hands cleaner, and not dry out your skin. They also change easily when they get dirty.
  1. A Kneeling Pad is your best friend!
  1. Have a Towel or Rag for leaning your hand on. This will help keep you from getting “road rash” from leaning heavily on the concrete.
  1. Paper Towels will come in handy.
  1. Use different cups of water for differing colors, so you don’t muddy the colors of your creation.

A couple of sample photos will show you the different types of sidewalk chalk art.. Be sure to notice the color layering for depth and interest, as well as the rough and smooth textures. One sample is a regular chalk drawing, while the other has been water painted.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial. Now, go have some fun creating Sidewalk Chalk Art.

 

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Did you paint your drawing with water?

 

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