April 20, 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


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!


  • 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

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!

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


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 Cheap & Cheery Valentine’s Day Mantel

Here’s my  Valentine’s Day Mantel that I put together over the weekend.  It didn’t cost much and I love how cheery it looks!

Valentine' Day Mantel - red truck filled with felt hearts

The only thing that took a little bit of time was the pom pom heart wreath. Everything else was really quick and easy.

Valentine's Day Mantel

I got some Valentine’s Day socks and covered my planters with them. I cut off the bottom of the socks and pulled them over the planter and just tucked the cut part under the bottom.

faux ivy pot covered with Valentine's Day sock

Target has Valentine’s Day socks in their dollar spot. I got these at JoAnns and all their Valentine stuff was 40% already when I bought them so they’re probably even cheaper now!

Pom Pom Valentine's Day Wreath

My pom pom heart wreath  was made by recycling a heart shaped wreath form that I’ve used for several years.

Yarn Valentine's Day Wreath

This was this the first time I used that wreath form in 2010 when I wrapped red and white yarn around it.  I do something different to it almost every year

how to make a pom pom Valentine's Day Heart Wreath

My wreath form was already wrapped in white yarn but you could wrap it in anything – burlap or ribbon for instance. Then I made a bunch of big red and white poms. Those get glued to the front of the wreath form. You could add even more pom poms and do the sides of the wreath form but I was lazy.  So. I. didn’t.  You can get a heart shaped wreath form any craft shop.  I’ve seen them many times at the thrift store as well  (especially the grapevine ones). Or you can cut out a heart shape out of a cereal box or foam core like I did here when I made a burlap Valentine’s Day Wreath. 

"Be Sweet" handpainted Valentine's Day Sign

The “Be Sweet”  sign is one I made many years ago (I painted over a sign I already had that said something else).  My red truck is stuffed with felt hearts. Love my red toy truck (wish I had a real one)! I get a lot of use out of it since the open back is great for filling with all kinds of decorating things.

Red gingham heart garland

The red gingham heart garland I’ve had forever.

Cheap & Cheery Valentines Day Mantel - cute inexpensive ideas

Like Christmas, Valentine’s Day is easy for me decorate for since it uses so much red!

A Cultivated Nest's Valentine Pinterest Board

I have a great Valentine’s Day pinterest board if you’re looking for more ideas!

Let It Snow Chalkboard Art

I’m sure quite a few (maybe many)  of  you are probably sick of snow! We haven’t seen any yet. Well we did see a few light flurries but it didn’t stick. So that doesn’t count. We had a gloomy rainy day yesterday so I played with my chalkboard in my dining room and created some snowflake chalkboard art!

let it snow chalkboard art

Making a big chalkboard has proven to be one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done. It’s so easy to change around – since it’s chalk!

Let It Snow! - Chalkboard Art

To recap how I made the chalkboard itself – I  already had the frame – just took out the print and then my husband told me that Home Depot sells MDF chalkboard for under $10.00. I made two big chalkboards with that one piece of  MDF!  I’ve also made them by painting over the existing print with chalkboard paint. Either way is good – the MDF is less messy and quicker.

burlap chandelier cord cover

I’ll probably move the “Winter” burlap banner to the fireplace soon (unless I think of something else to put there). In the mean time I thought it would work nicely with the burlap I have wrapped around my chandelier cord. 

Next week I’ll have a post on my meal planning binder.  I’m saying it so I’ll really do it.  I’ve been working on that post for about 2 months now!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Easy DIY Winter Scarf Wreath

I  recently  made this really easy (I mean super easy) scarf wreath. I think it’s a cute transitional winter wreath and it’s very inexpensive to make!

Easy DIY Winter Scarf Wreath

I actually got this cute lined scarf at Goodwill for $1.99 (maybe you have a ratty old scarf you’re not using)  and the wreath form is one I had (you can find these straw wreath forms at basically any thrift store, the dollar store and of course craft stores). Your scarf doesn’t have to be white – it’s more the knit texture that makes it a winter wreath than the color.

materials needed for a scarf wreath

Of course, fit the size of your wreath form to the size of your scarf. You also need some straight pins or safety pins.

how to make a scarf wreath

Take your wreath form and wrap your scarf around it.  Once your wreath form is fully covered, pin the scarf to itself at the back to secure it.  You might need to put a couple of pins in strategic places so it stays put. If you have a scarf with fringe you can just tuck the fringe in the back or let the fringe hang at the bottom of the wreath and make it part of the design.

make a transitional wreath for winter

I added a pom pom to the wreath and put a little vintage brooch in the center. It’s hung with some white yarn.

White Winter Wreath on red halltree

I decided to hang this on my red hall tree in my foyer.  Love red and white – it’s my favorite color combination (surprise!)

easy DIY winter scarf wreath

Hope you give it a try – it couldn’t be easier and it’s a great wreath to put up once you take your Christmas wreath down.

upcycle a knit scarf into a wreath for winter or Christmas

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I’m so grateful of your support of this blog that has grown so much this past year and I wish you all happiness and great success in this New Year!

Happy New Year Chalkboard in the dining room

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards:

they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more

of what they want so they’ll be happier.

The way it actually works is the reverse.

You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do,

in order to have what you want!

-Margaret Young

(from Simple Abundance A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach which I’m starting to re-read today)
Happy New Year Chalkboard

The Last Little Bits of Christmas Decor

I have just the last little bits of Christmas decorating to share with you guys. Even though I didn’t do a lot this year, I’m so ready to take it down already (except the tree – love that).

Christmas Decorations
So here are a few more photos!

Home is where your heart is print and bottle brush tree

My globe collection with a little red plaid reindeer and bottle brush tree.

Here are some photos of my ” holiday shelf” which I think I’m going to rename to “seasonal shelf”.  These are just little bits that I wanted to put out but didn’t have one particular place to put them so I just grouped them all on one shelf.

ginger bread house and mushroom tree

This is my favorite part! So cute!

two toned bottle brush tree


red truck with Christmas tree

Can’t forget my red truck!

mini toile Christmas stocking

This mini toile Christmas stocking is from my good bloggy friend Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions. Isn’t it cute!

Well that is it for Christmas decorating!

I will be taking a break until after Christmas since my daughter is on Christmas break now. I do have a few posts scheduled and I’ll be by to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

See my red and white Christmas Mantel here

Christmas mantel decorations


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