Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Spring Captured"

I have always loved miniatures, things under glass, and SPRING! This weekend I combined all of these loves and "captured spring" in a jar!
It was really simple to make and I will tell you how I did it. You will need: -a glass jar with a lid out of your recycling bin -moss or paper grass -spring miniatures of your choice -spray paint -ribbon -scraps of paper -small flowers -and of course a hot glue gun :) How to put it together:
1-Clean the jar and remove the label with warm water, a scrubbing sponge and some goo gone (not the most fun part of the project :)
2-spray paint the lid in the color of your choice ( I used a light green)
3-use hot glue to affix paper grass (or moss) to the bottom of the jar
4-use hot glue to affix your miniatures to the bottom (the egg with the bunny I used is from Joann's) you might need to use long tweezers to place your miniature.
5-place small flowers around in the grass, I didn't glue mine down, I just tucked them in
6-cut a small piece of scrapbooking paper or other decorative paper to use as a background, tuck it in at the back of the jar, I didn't glue this either
7-make a little flag out of a tooth pick and scrap of paper, use a small dot of hot glue to keep it secure
8-place the lid back on, hot glue a ribbon around the rim and then top the jar with a scrap of decorative paper, I trimmed mine with scalloped scissors and hot glued it on to make it look more finished.
I hope you have fun making your own "spring captured" project. If you make one email me a picture at I would love to see what you do!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Look Back

I went back and looked at some pictures from Easter at our house last year. I wasn't blogging then so I thought I would post some pictures to share with you. This is the centerpiece I did for our dining room table. We had the whole family here for lunch after church. Doug and I love hosting the holidays at our home. I love this topiary. I grew it and formed it and kept it for a couple of years but it died this year :( I have to start another one. This picture makes me miss it. The pansy table cloth was my Granny Dot's from the 1950's. She used it for her bridge table I'm sure. I picked up the flowers from Micheal's last year. They are silk but they look SO real! I made these little chenille stem baskets for each place setting. The tutorial is from Martha of course. Easter wouldn't be complete without an Easter Bonnet! I made the one below for Lilly. I bought the hat for $1 at Target in the dollar spot and added some ribbon and silk flowers to embellish. She wore it for like 2 seconds so I don't have any great shots or her modeling it, but it looked cute hanging on her little chair.

I hope ya'll are having as much fun as I am fluffing your nests for Easter.

Have a blessed weekend~Molly

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day!

May the road rise to meet you,May the wind be always at your back,May the sun shine warm upon your face,The rains fall soft upon your fields and,Until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Happy St. Patricks Day~Molly

Monday, March 15, 2010

Our Easter Tree

Our Easter tree is up in all its spring finery...
The delicious glittered eggs below were my Mimi's. She was a lovely and special lady with some lovely and special holiday treasures. I love looking at her beautiful decorations and remembering them in her home when I was growing up. She really fostered my love of holiday decorating. I miss her dearly but cherish the memories I have of us decorating for all of the holidays together.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Inspiring Me Now...

These two beauties from Anthropologie...
I will make a doily bowl like this one from Martha Stewart if it is the last thing I do... This dream boat from artist Ann Wood...
She has a tutorial for this papier mache boat on her blog.
And last but not least, anything and everything from...
Have a great week! ~Molly

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Our Kitchen Decked out for Easter

This weekend I searched the depths of the garage for my Easter decorations. I love uncovering the bright and cheerful spring colors. It is like opening a box of saltwater taffy. All of the pastels, glitter, chicks and eggs make me a happy girl. One of my favorite treasures are a set of vintage chicks in their original package that I found in my Mimi's Easter stash (pictured at left). Aren't they so much fun? Below is a picture of my kitchen ready for spring! I thrifted the vintage table cloth a couple of weeks ago.
The centerpiece is comprised of a metal tray I picked up while thrifting with my mom a few weeks ago, a candle holder/hurricane from Michael's new Paris collection, a vintage tole candlestick, vintage crochet napkin holder, a bunny and chicks from Home Goods, and a thrifted metal basket with blue robins eggs I made using this tutorial. The birdcage in my kitchen window with more of my robins eggs in a nest I made from grapevine with wire and long dead grass from the empty lot behind my house :)
Bunnies I made using this tutorial over at Martha's. I made them 3 years ago for Lilly's 1st Easter. The juice glasses are Martha Stewart from Macy's last spring. The candy egg holders and chicks were my Mimi's.
I thrifted this beauty years ago. This momma bird has to be one of my favorite thrifting finds ever. I also thrifted the vintage doily with yellow roses and all of the vintage glasses.
My lily chandelier dressed for spring in vintage paper lanterns I won on ebay. Aren't the roses on the bottom sweet? I want to leave them up all year!

I'm signing off now. I've gotta go do my lesson plans for the week. I'll be back soon to share more thrifty goodness and Easter in my Dining room! Love and Blessings~Molly


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