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Saturday, March 12, 2011

I am feeling Spring!

I had some inspirations this week and they were all about Spring, I know, I know, there is still 2 feet of snow in my yard but in other places I am seeing bare ground and even some little crocus buds poking through the dirt. I decided I would make my own flowers and after seeing some in the stores, I thought that it wouldn't be too hard with some scrapbook paper.
I used this as my pattern to see if it would work and if it was the right size.

Then I found this ball of deliciousness at Michael's in the yarn section, my head started spinning! Don't you love this color and these premade pop-pom balls already strung on a string. (Oh, the pillows, a scarf, a garland and just hanging them anywhere you want a pop of cute color!) Is your head spinning yet!
Here is the paper flower and I ended up using a glue stick to stick coordinating colors together and then the flowers could be seen from either side. The centers are actually some Styrofoam tarts that I had got a few years ago at a 90% off sale and hung onto them thinking they would be good for something. I just pulled out the Styrofoam berries and used one on each side of the flower.
It is hard to get a good picture when they are in the window because of the lighting, so sorry about that.
 Then with the help of my daughter in law, (thanks Jessica!) made some smaller flowers and then decided to use those on a banner. Do you see the cute pom-pom balls!
I made some folded paper circles to add to the banner and they are 2 sided as well.
I was going to hang these big flowers from the ceiling around my dining room light but decided there was waaay to many flowers in the middle of the room.
Here are some of the flowers I already had hanging. The flower heads are on a heavy gauge fishing line and then I just added some more of those cute pom-pom balls and hung them over the light. I had the white flower balls up in January to add to my white January theme and thought I might as well leave them for Spring.
I found these cute chicks at Tai Pan for $1.54! When you blow on them the feathers look like real chicks!
I added some twiggy moss that I found at a Pottery Barn outlet back in Pennsylvania and added some eggs.
More eggs that I have been gathering.
I found the bumble bee at Tai Pan as well.
Is is looking more like Spring?
I am thinking I am ready to paint my red accent wall.  What color do you think I should paint it and would you give the old brick a light wash as well?  I don't know if I want to paint the brick, so I would need a color that would go with the colors in the brick.
I was going to add my spring dishes, mm, maybe I will.

That looks better.

More flowers.
Before adding the place settings.

I also need to show you how I made the runner down the table.
I found this fabric at Walmart on the $5.00 bolt table. You know the one that has all of the bolts and whatever is on the bolt you just get the whole bolt for $5.00. This fabric was perfect for this because it was light weight and kind of crinkly.  I first started with some elastic thread on my bobbin but that didn't work out like I wanted so I just used a gathering stitch with normal thread and there is a line on my machine and I just made the gathering stitch that wide all the way down the runner.
Here is the fabric before and I cut it about 6 inches hanging over each end. I cut the fabric in half but I think I would have liked the runner a little wider and I could have used the whole width of the fabric.
Here is the runner after adding all of the gathers.
I then decided I needed to finish the edges so I used the rolled hem stitch on my serger to finish the edges. This helped as well to tie off the edges of the gathering stitch.
Can you see the rolled hem?
Here it is all finished.

I think it looks like Spring around here.

Ready for lunch!

Okay, Spring I'm ready! (Ready or not please come!)


Rebekah Lindenmayer said...

I love that runner it looks great and for $5 you really can't beat the price. Hears hoping spring comes soon for you <3 your newest follower.

Rachel said...

I love all the new projects. It really looks like spring has arrived..........inside the house and dining room!

DIYbyDesign said...

Your home looks amazing. I just love the eggs and all the other Spring features. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

Jennifer said...

Wow, spring has definitely arrived in your house! Love all the details, from the dishes to the little fluffy chicks! Very nice! Visiting from Sundae Scoop!

Robin said...

Your house makes me happy! I love how you welcome spring...and that runner! holy cannoli woman I love it, I'm now on the look out for fabric that will work... I'm seeing this as pillows for the bed...a throw for my favorite chair...oh I love it!
All Things Heart and Home

AllieMakes! said...

SO springy! Love the little chicks! Great job!
Beautiful! I Love all of the details in the mantel. Great job!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Jennifer said...

I love the table runner and all those sweet little chicks. Beautiful...thanks for sharing.

Be Colorful Coastal said...

Okay. I'm motivated. After reading your post I am reminded that I still have winter berries in a vase in the dining room and on the front door, my winter throw on the back of the sofa, and a winter centerpiece on the table. My house needs some spring too. Thanks for getting me inspired for spring and for sharing your post on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

It really looks like spring around your place now, Donene - at least indoors! ;) I know you must really have spring fever. I'm so glad to have warmer temps and flowers, trees, and bushes blooming around here. YAY!!!

Thanks for linking all that spring prettiness to my party.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Megan Gunyan said...

I love that runner! It's so simple and elegant. What a fun summer setting you created! I wish spring would come! Apparently, we're supposed to get some more snow this week. Grrrrr.

Megan Gunyan said...

I had to feature your spring goodness. Come grab a button!


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