Spring in Ohio is so tempermental. One day it can be beautiful, sunny, and warm and the next day it can be gray, cold, and snowing. Right around this time every year I start longing for sunny spring days filled with green grass, flowers blooming, and blue skies with fluffly white clouds. As I type this post and look outside my kitchen window, I can see a dreary sky, wind blowing, and big icicles hanging from the tree. So, to brighten my spirits, I decided to do some quick decor projects this weekend to bring a few touches of spring into our house.
First up was a quick decor change to brighten up the fireplace in our living room. When I was Christmas decorating I had filled this vase with pinecones, so it was definitely in need of a change. A few spring blossom branches from Hobby Lobby and some stones as filler and it instantly brightened up that little corner of our house.
The next change was super fast and simple....the addition of a spring quote to our chalkboard wall (excuse the terrible quality of this photo. I'm not sure what happened to it!)
I used my Cricut to cut butterflies out of fun, spring colored paper using the PaperDoll Dress Up cartridge (I cut them at 5 1/2 inches). I also cut butterflies (same size) from plain cardstock and then adhered a patterened butterfly to each so they would be more sturdy. Then I punched a hole at the top of each wing, strung them together with twine (Honeydew from The Twinery) and hung it on the china cabinet. Instant spring!
Another place that needed a touch of spring is this antique cabinet in our family room. I change out the decor seasonally, but didn't really have anything I loved for spring. Two quick projects later and it is dressed for spring!
First I added a little details to a pillar candle to give it a little more personality. I bought a spring green candle at Target and then using my Cricut , cut a branch and bird from vinyl (both shapes from Storybook cartridge) and stuck it onto the candle. The candleholder is actually a favor from a friend's wedding many, many years ago.
Then I made a spring print to sit next to the candle. I used scraps of patterned paper and cute the banner using my Cricut (Sports Mania cartridge). I used twine (Lemondrop from The Twinery) as the string for the banner and then adhered each little triangle to the twine. The letters for the word "spring" actually came from my stash of rub ons. I haven't used rub on alphabet letters in a long time, but I thought this font was perfect for spring. Using more scraps and a few punches, I added the details of the butterflies and flowers.
I orginially was going to frame the print, but I didn't like how the frame overpowered it. Instead I used a thin 6x8 canvas that I painted robin's egg blue. When it was dry, I used glue dots to adhere the white clip and then clipped up the print. I loved how it looks with the springy blue border!
I love how each of these little projects has added a touch of spring to different spots in our house. It's hard not to smile and be excited about sunny days with green grass, flowers blooming, and blue skies when I look at each of them! Hopefully those days are just around the corner!! THINK SPRING!!!
RANDOM FACT ABOUT ME: I have very small feet and have to buy my shoes in the children's section. Yep - girls size 2! At times it's awesome because I can find some cute shoes....and other times it's just plain humiliating and frustrating. It is the one thing about my body I'd change in a heartbeat if I could!