April 19, 2014

My Easter Decorations

Hi everyone! I thought I’d share my Easter decorations today. I recently took out the toile fabric panels that lined the back of my  living room china cabinet and painted the beadboard backing  a golden yellow. So instead of just putting everything back, I put everything back and added some of my Easter decorations. So it’s all in one spot instead of spread throughout the house (makes it easier for me to put it all away).

Easter China Cabinet | A Cultivated Nest

This might just be the last time I decorate for Easter (I only do it for my daughter) and she’ll most likely be out on her own this time next year (sob!). I don’t know…I’m always torn with wanting to live simpler and getting rid of everything and thinking it all looks really cute when I have everything decorated :)

Easter bottlebrush tree and blue plates

I basically use the same decorations every year but try to think of new ways to use them. I normally buy new decorations close to the holiday or after the holiday when everything is on clearance (unless it’s something I really love – because if you wait till the end the picking’s are slim).

I’m just going to post photos with no text because everything is pretty self-explanatory. Here are some close-ups.

Easter bottlebrush tree and pink  plates

 

Easter decorations

 

Easter decorations - bunny

Easter decorations - egg topiary | A Cultivated Nest

Easter decorations

Happy Easter!

Easter banner | A Cultivated Nest

Cheerfulness Daffodils from the Garden

I know this is odd…but I don’t really cut a lot of the flowers in my yard to bring inside. I do cut the hydrangeas and roses because I have lots of them but I don’t really do too many other flowers. I like to enjoy them in their natural setting I guess. Anyway….I have TONS of daffodils and tulips this year so I actually picked some for my dining room!

A spring centerpiece using Cheerfulness daffodils in blue Ball Jars

 I’m guessing it’s because of the cold cold winter. They finally had a proper chilling period.

Cheerfulness daffodils

These are Cheerfulness Daffodils. I got the bulbs on ebay about 8-9 years ago because I thought the name was so cute! They’re really pretty – they’re a creamy color with  a bit of yellow in the center and are nicely fragrant.

a spring centerpiece using Cheerfulness daffodils and blue ball jars

They’re in blue Ball jars in this pretty yellow plant carrier that I got at Burlington Coat Factory. I hadn’t been in there in years but I needed a light weight jacket and went in there to look (didn’t find a jacket but I found this). It sort of reminds me of TJMaxx except more clothes and baby stuff.

daffodils in blue Ball Jars

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

 

 

10 Cute Spring Printables That Are Free!

Are you all ready for spring? I know I am! Here are some cute free spring printables that you can print out at home. Put them in a frame, clipboard, or tack them to a message board. Either way they’re a nice way to get a touch of  spring in your home….for free!

A collection of 10 cute spring printables that are free!

A huge thank you to the bloggers that make these available for free! Please go to the linked source to print out.

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable from TidyLady

Free Spring Has Sprung printable from TidyLady

Spring Sign Printable by Hoosier Homemade

Spring Bloom Printable by Hoosier Homemade

free nest printable by Darling Doodles

Nest Printable by Darling Doodles

free spring chalkboard printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Spring Chalkboard Printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Hello Spring printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Hello Spring Printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeelu

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeedlu

free Easter printable - chalkboard egg hunt sign

Chalkboard Egg Hunt Printable  by Blissful Roots

Free spring has sprung printable by The Mombot

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable by the Mombot

free spring subway art printable by The 36th Avenue

Free Spring Subway Art Printable in 2 sizes by The 36th Avenue

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch

Enjoy!

Check out my Spring/Easter Ideas Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

DIY Fabric Wrapped Spring Wreath

This easy project is a great way to use up scraps of fabric! I made this fabric wrapped wreath for a  spring display that I’m working on in my dining room.

DIY fabric covered spring wreath

This is so easy and cute!

Materials:

  • straw or styrofoam wreath form
  • 1 inch wide strips of fabric
  • push pins
  • other embellishments you might want to add like lace, rick rack, flowers, brooches etc

materials needed to make a fabric covered wreath

I used a small  straw wreath – 8 inches I believe. The 10 inch straw wreaths are $2.99 and I think the one I used was $1.99?(can’t remember).  You can find them in any craft store as well as thrift stores.

I made 1 inch wide strips of fabric since my wreath was small. I would use 2 inch wide strips for a larger wreath. The strips varied in length but most were at least 15 inches long.  You want to wrap your strips around at least 3 times.

pin fabric to wreath

Wrap your strip of fabric around the wreath and pin it at the back. Continue until the entire wreath is covered with our fabric strips and then add any other embellishments if you wish.

That’s it!

easy to make wreath using fabric scraps

Actually I think it would be just as cute for summer too!

Linking to: That DIY Party

Adorable Rain Boot Planter Ideas

We’re slowing decluttering our garage  and I found a pair of striped rubber boots that my daughter doesn’t wear anymore. I planted them with some faux forsythia until I can plant some real flowers in them. They’re out on the front porch and I think they look really pretty as they go nicely with the forsythia wreath on my door.

rain boots with forsythia branches

I think flower boots are so cute! Here are a few more planted with real and fake flowers.

red rain boots planted with red Geraniums

Now I want to find some red rain boots! Aren’t these cute planted with red Geraniums! via Trash 2 Treasure

flower boot door wreath

I really love them used instead of a wreath like this one from Red Hen Home. She had boots that were a color that wouldn’t work for her front door so she spray painted them! Now that’s smart!

rain boot bouquet

This bouquet in rain boots is so beautiful! via Violet Skiles

pink flowers planted in rain boots via Hometalk

These cute pink and black rubber rains boots look so pretty  planted with pink flowers via Hometalk

flowers planted into rubber boots

This is a cute way to re-purpose your kids rubber rain boots when they get cracks and tears by Rosy~Posy

flower boot centerpiece for spring or Easter

Here’s an easy flower boot centerpiece for spring or Easter by Midwest Living

rain boot planters

These rain boot planters are filled with chrysanthemums by The Kim Six Fix 

rubber boots with phlox by Aiken House & Gardens

Aiken House  & Gardens uses these cute rubber boots as vases for some phlox.

rain boot planter tutorial

Check out this tutorial from A little something in the meantime… if you want to find out how to plant rubber boots with live plants.

10 adorable rain boot planter ideas

“Welcome to the Farm” Pillow for the Kitchen Windowseat

I guess you could say I have a farmhouse style vibe going on in my kitchen. So when I went to TJMaxx and saw that they had a whole bunch of farmhouse themed pillows…well I just had to get one. It was hard choosing just one especially since they were so reasonably priced!

farmhouse style pillow - kitchen window seat

So I got “Welcome to the Farm”. They have a whole bin full of farm/rooster themed pillows at my TJMaxx!

farmhouse style kitchen | www.acultivatednest.com

I do have a couple of cow prints and other little touches without being too themey ( I hope!).

red rooster and gingham plate

Above the window seat  I have a plate holder that’s easy to change the plate out since it just slips in. Right now I have one of my favorite plates from the thrift store in it.

farmhouse wall decor

On the opposite side I have a window sign and a bulletin board that’s just decorative. I  pin different things on it depending on my mood. Right now I have a little sign made from a printable in my daughter’s etsy store.

welcome to the farm pillow

I think I may have to stop with the “farmhouse” theme now!

 

Linking to: Feathered Nest Friday

Welcoming Spring In My Foyer

Happy Spring everyone!  I thought I’d share a little spring decorating that I did in my small foyer (which basically means doing something on my halltree). :)

Spring Easter egg wreath

I don’t plan on doing too much this year since we’re busy with house and garden projects. But as you know, I like to celebrate the seasons and most holidays by doing a little something!

Forsythia branches in a blue glass vase

I glued a few fake Easter eggs onto a grapevine wreath that I already had (it was on my cute little garden shed before and  I spray painted it blue at that time).  I also took some fake forsythia branches and placed them in a blue glass vase (see how I used them on my mantel a few years ago here).

red halltree decorated for spring

It’s simple yet says “spring”!

My forsythia is in bloom, all my spring bulbs are up, my Bradford Pear is covered in white blossoms and the sun feels soooo good!

forsythia in bloom
So glad spring is finally here! I hope it’s sunny where you are and that the snow is melting!

A Thrifty Find For The Screened In Porch

I hadn’t been to Hobby Lobby in a while (it’s in another town) but my husband had to go to Lowe’s  yesterday (same town) so I popped in to HL to see what’s new and walked out with a big fabulous sign for $4!

Thrifty Find - Farmer's Market Sign - screened in porch decor

The cashier thought the price was too good to be true and called the manager over (which was annoying ) but he confirmed that it was indeed on clearance and the right price.  I have to say that they really do have the best clearance prices on home decor stuff out of all the stores I shop.

Hobby Lobby sign price tag

So I took down the sign I made out of an old fence board (I’m going to repurpose it in the garden) and put the new Farmers’ Market one up in my screened in porch.

$4 Farmers' Market sign above porch doors | www.acultivatednest.com

I think it looks nice with the black of the curtains that you can usually see through the patio doors.

decorating a screened in porch | www.acultivatednest.com

It’s been a while since I’ve found such a good thrifty find!

Easy Dollar Store Daffodil Wreath

Here’s a super easy spring wreath I recently made from Dollar Tree daffodil bunches. It’s so quick and easy you don’t even have to use hot glue!

Daffodil Wreath - made from Dollar Store flowers and grapevine wreath - super easy to make!

Who doesn’t love daffodils and don’t they just say “spring”!

Materials needed for daffodil wreath

Materials:

I made this wreath with daffodil stems from The Dollar Tree  (I bought 6 but only used 5), a grapevine wreath which I already had, ribbon and wire cutters for the stems. That’s it!

cut daffodil stems

I cut each flower off the stem and then all I did was stick the stems into the grapevine. No hot glue needed! If your stems are too long and poke out the back – just trim them shorter.

DIY Spring Wreath from Dollar Tree flowers

My original plan was to do the whole wreath with daffodils but since 5 bunches took me half way around this wreath I decided I didn’t want to buy more stems and that I would just do half (but it’s a very full half).

Also,  my grapevine wreath was already painted (one I used last year). I would keep it unpainted though. Painting made some areas of the grapevine stick together and made it hard (but not impossible) to insert the flowers.  Even so it was a really quick spring wreath to put together!

Daffodil Wreath for spring made from dollar store stems

Hope you give it a try!

 

 

My Cheerful Yellow Spring Decorating

Yellow is such a happy color! I decorate with yellow all year long (almost all of my walls are yellow) but I particularly love using yellow for spring decorating.

decorating with yellow for spring Here are a few ways I’ve used yellow in my home.

Spring decor - faux yellow tulips in a white pitcher

I wasn’t sure what to do with my fireplace mantel (until I decorate for Easter) so I  kept it simple and popped some faux yellow tulips in a pitcher for the time being.

china cabinet with vintage yellow scale

I have my vintage yellow scale in my living room china cabinet.

decorating with yellow - yellow accessories

My favorite yellow lamp from Target gets moved around the living all the time.

yellow gingham kitchen curtains with red trim

I have yellow curtains in my kitchen.

yellow & red toile fabric in kitchen cabinets behind chicken wire

I also have yellow and red toile in the cabinet above my microwave.

yellow accents in a bookcase

There’s a few little yellow accent pieces in the the living room boockcases.

yellow home decor accents

and of course can’t forget my news yellow addition….

A Cultivated Nest Yellow Accent Chair

…my yellow accent chair from Target

Yellow is always cheerful!

 

My Cozy TV Room

We just finished up a project in our TV room and that in turn snowballed into me updating the room with some new curtains and pillows. So I thought I’d give you all a look at our cozy TV room (it’s also husband’s office but I won’t show you that part :) )

Cozy TV room in blue and brown

 

To give you some background below is a photo of our old TV room downstairs.

 

Media room with red sectional & movie posters

the old media room downstairs

This house is a split-foyer plan. 4 years ago we renovated the downstairs so that our daughter could have her own space while living at home while going to college. So basically we live on the top half of our house.

Louvered bi-fold closet doors

This is the project we finished.

I still need to paint some of the trim. We replaced the sliding doors to this closet with white louvered bi-fold doors. Besides looking nicer, it makes accessing all of the space of this  small closet so much easier!

Ikea Ektrop sofa with brown slipcover

I had to stand IN THE ClOSET to take this photo to give you an  idea of how small this rooms is!

Home Cinema Sign

We still need to do a little more work in there.

black tv stand

Our TV room used to be my daughter’s bedroom. So it still has her light blue walls and blue carpeting. We’re  debating on whether to change out the carpeting before we sell this house or give a carpeting allowance to the new buyers or do nothing and hope they don’t mention it :) .

Ikea ektorp sofa with chaise

Part of making the most of what you have is using rooms in such a way that benefit you and your family. Like my office/craft /husband’s dressing area room, this room is our TV room and my husband’s office (he offices out of the house one day a week so he doesn’t need much space).

Hope you enjoyed at look at something besides my living room or dining room!   :)

 

 

Bring Spring Indoors

Here’s a  little easy to care for indoor spring garden to cheer the soul that I recently made! I went to Home Depot and got some primroses and a pot of daffodils to plant.  A container of forget-me-nots would be pretty too!

Bring spring indoors by potting up some spring blooming flowers

I placed some little rocks on the bottom of this fabulous punch bowl (that I found at Goodwill last summer) for drainage.

rocks for drainage in the bottom of bowl

I didn’t add any extra dirt. I just took the plants out of their pots (but you can leave them in their pots depending on the container you use), placed them where I wanted them and used moss to cover any exposed areas.

Indoor spring garden planted in a thrifted container

I’m so glad I made this little garden since were supposed to get another snow storm in Atlanta. Ugh! Which means we’ll be house bound  (again) for a few days if it really happens!

primroses

Plus it was soooo good  to get my hands in some soil.  Can’t wait for spring!

Indoor spring garden of daffodils and primroses

In the mean time we’ll be staying warm and cozy at home!

 

Thrifty Find & Gift From a Friend

Happy weekend everyone!  First I want to share with you a little item that I found at Goodwill last week. I’ve been looking for a little ceramic bust of a woman for a while now and haven’t been able to find one in the size that I want.

yellow bust of woman bookend

But I did find one bookend that has a bust of woman on it and it was the right size (so I get what I wanted and have a cool new bookend)! I spray painted her yellow and now it looks like a little statue.

books covered in plaid scrapbook paper

I looked through my scrapbook paper and found some plaids. So  I used that paper to recover some books.  I’m quite happy with my little thrift store purchase!

I got the most marvelous surprise in the mail the other day!

heart garland

Carol from Art & Sand sent me the cutest heart garland!

Valentine's Day Mantel

She made it for me in the colors that I use most yellow, red and black. Isn’t it cute!  Thank you Carol!

You have to go visit Carol if you’ve never been to her blog before.   She’s always up to something new and  has the cutest  home ever!

I just wanted to share this story with you.  My husband and I walked into Kroger and they had a huge table filled with Valentine’s Day cookies and cakes by the door. I went over to take a look and said to my husband how I was surprised they hadn’t marked down the Valentine’s Day stuff yet.  He just looked at me quizzically.

So as we’re leaving Kroger I said “I wonder when they’re going to finally mark down those Valentine’s things”.  He turned to me and said “Just because you posted your Valentine’s Day Mantel doesn’t mean that Valentine’s Day is over!”

LOL! You know,  people are already pinning Spring and Easter stuff on Pinterest. I guess I’ve already moved on in my mind :)

 

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