Hey there, it’s been a while! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com. I am so excited to be invited back today “At the Picket Fence”! Are you all craving Spring as much as I am? I bet you are. It has been a brutal Winter in the midwest (like much of the U.S.) and we are all craving the sun and warmth so badly. I was just speaking to my 83 year old Mom who lives in New York, and she said that she and my Dad feel like doing absolutely nothing, but sleeping and eating. That about sums it up for me, how about you? I told her to make sure that they are taking their vitamin D supplements, and getting a little exercise to get those endorphins moving. She agreed that was a good idea.
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”
Ok, ok, so maybe it’s more like the second ‘most wonderful time of the year’ since I know that honor really goes to Christmas.
But, I honestly cannot properly convey to you just how much I love Spring and, most especially, when my lilacs are finally blooming. I snip them and bring them inside and literally bury my nose in the blossoms every time I walk by. It’s like they call out to me. My only complaint is that, like Christmas, it’s over too quickly.
So, I thought that I would celebrate this fleeting moment in time by putting together a little collection for you of lovely lilac inspired ideas and inspiration.
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“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley
One of our favorite things about blogging is getting to see all of the amazing talent out there in blogland! Last week we hosted the fun Swing Into Spring Blog Hop and saw so many fabulous spring crafts linked up to our party! Since today is Take Five Friday….
we thought we would share five features, from that party, that were cute, easy and take no time to make!
After the holidays and winter, sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to start new projects. I think bloggers are just a little burned out after all of the hustle and bustle of blogging during the holidays and we all get the winter blues.
So when our friend, Jennifer Rizzo, invited me to participate in a crazy, fun party to get our creative juices flowing… of course I said YES!
The ideas was for 21 bloggers to mail each other a thrift store find. GULP! I was so excited to find out the lovely Kim of Serendipity Refined, would be sending mine!
If you’re coming from Kim’s…welcome! I have to admit I was
very a little nervous when I received my box in the mail. Much to my delight, what lay within wasn’t horrible….they weren’t fabulous, but they certainly weren’t horrible and definitely something I could work with!
I knew I wanted to do something “springy” and didn’t want to just use them as candleholders! I had the perfect idea! A fun spring centerpiece for my coffee table! Something cheerful but subtle….
It’s the first official day of Spring! Here in Atlanta we woke up to the birds chirping and the sun shining.
Is it feeling like spring where you are? If not, than today’s project and giveaway will hopefully get you in the mood for flowers, spring colors and warmer days!
A few months ago, I shared this fabulous new Chalky Finish Paint from DecoArt Americana Decor. I used it to create a fun painted memo board and let me tell you the paint has held up amazingly! I started wondering what else I could create with this great product and I was ready to break out some of their fabulous spring colors!
Here’s how I made this fun tray and painted mason jar vases!
We were so inspired by all of your amazing spring projects, decor, crafts and recipes from the It’s a Spring Thing Party, we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorites!
Here’s ten fabulous spring ideas to inspire you!
Hello Picket Fencers!!! This is Angelina from JoJo and Eloise and I am so excited to be back here visiting with you again.
Spring! Spring! It’s finally here and I couldn’t be happier!
Seriously, this has to the most beautiful time of year. The temperatures are just right, flowers are beginning to bloom, the birds are Sweetly Chirping and the colors couldn’t be anymore prettier.
This Adorable Petite Spring Wreath, I think encompasses all those things I just mentioned above. It is so precious and perfectly sweet in every way. [Read more…]
I’m a word nerd.
I love words. Words, words, glorious words!
The entire time I’m working on a project I’m ruminating (great word choice right there don’t you think?) about how I’m going to describe it to you. What kind of catchy title to give it. How to infuse it with just the right balance of information and witty banter. Is it wrong to crack yourself up?
Because I do. All.The.Time.
I wonder if I should I use this word or that word? Do I share a little story or take a “just the facts ma’am” approach?
But then there are those times when my mind goes blank. Frankly it happens more often than I’d like to admit. In those moments of blankness, my mind tends to go into a strange default mode. This usually involves a variety of random thoughts and words flying around like bats in my brain.
Apparently when my mind goes blank while creating Muffin Tin Split Pea Nests the randomness takes the form of the same song running around and around and around. I’m humming it. I’m hearing it in my sleep.
I’m becoming one with the song.
And, after awhile, I start to wonder if maybe it isn’t so random after all. Maybe this song is actually supposed to be part of the post I’ll write. Maybe it should even be the title! I mean, it’s cute and catchy and appropriate to the project.
By then it has dug down so deep into my psyche that I know it is meant to be!
I absolutely MUST call this project “Oh, do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man?”
I sit down at my computer and start to feverishly write out those words all the while hearing the tune in my head.
Then, and only then, am I pulled out of my reverie (another fabulous word choice, no?) and realize just how close I had come to turning this simple post about a cute Easter craft into one about the muffin man “who lives on Drury Lane“.
Because, after all, I don’t think the muffin man would actually approve of the muffin tin being used as Spring decor. Especially being filled with dried split peas and topped with pastel eggs.
Thankfully the fog lifted and my mind cleared and I’m back to being a word loving fool!
And you were spared from reading an entire post dedicated to the “muffin man”.
You’re welcome! 😉
Hope to see you back here at the Fence again soon,
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What happens when fourteen fabulously talented bloggers collaborate together? They come up with some of the most amazing spring projects you’ll see this season!
It’s definitely been “a spring thing” around here for the last two weeks and we’re excited to wrap this blog hop up with a round-up of all fourteen amazing spring ideas, in case you missed any the first time, and an AMAZING linky party across 13, yes that is THIRTEEN, blogs! If you link it up we promise EVERYONE will see it!!
Here At The Picket Fence you often get “two for the price of one”, we enjoyed getting to show off two spring ideas during the party!
Heather’s Bird’s Nest Cupcakes in Mason Jars shows that “Spring really is…for the birds!”
Vanessa showed us how daffodils can brighten both a table and a mantel, and shared the beauty of being the daughter of a farmer’s daughter.
Here’s a recap of the other amazing ideas, recipes, crafts and home decor from these talented gals!
Mary Beth, of Cupcakes and Crinolines kicked off our blog hop with this GORGEOUS Lemon and Blueberry Butter Cake!
Jennifer, of Dear Lillie, set us a place at her beautiful Spring Tablescape in her decked out for spring dining room!
Kristin, of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, shared with us how to make this darling Scrap wood Spring Sign.
Our other Kristin, of Simply Klassic Home, gave us a lesson in creating an Easy and Frugal Spring Centerpiece!
Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage shared her beautiful Spring Mantel complete with a re-purposed pillow sham!
Debbie from Debbiedoos shared a round-up of 10 Fabulous Spring/Summer Crafts.
Heather from Setting for Four showed us How to Decorate a Mantel for Spring.
Angelina from JoJo & Eloise gave us a fabulous tutorial for making a darling Spring Chevron Tote Bag.
Maryann from Domestically Speaking showed us how to make this lovely Blue and Green Spring Wreath.
KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms shared her simply adorable Tea Stained Eggs.
Courtney from French Country Cottage shared the beautiful simplicity of Spring Blossoms.
Jennifer Rizzo of the Jennifer Rizzo Blog wrapped up the fun and showed off her lovely Spring Decor and a Sweet Kids Project.
Now it’s YOUR TURN!
You can also share your project on the It’s A Spring Thing Blog Hop and Linky Party page on Google+.
So, what are you waiting for? Link on up!
And thanks so much for joining all of us for the Spring Thing Blog Hop and Linky Party!