Easter is Coming!

I know it was JUST St. Patrick’s Day, but next week is Easter! While Easter is absolutely THE most important holiday in the Christian faith, I’m not going to get too into that today. You’re welcome. Instead, I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite springtime crafts and treats from Easters Past.

And so, without further ado…

I like to call this one, “Ode to that one time that Carli and I weren’t married yet and she didn’t have three baby girls yet and we spent a whole weekend crafting and baking and making marshmallows…”

I also don’t have a ton of Easter decor around my house – maybe when we are a little more settled down for the long haul I can buy some of this and this – but I make due! Last year I made this wreath, and bought some cheap but sparkly Easter eggs to brighten things up.

In lieu of an Easter basket for my hubby (he doesn’t eat a lot of candy, anyway), I filled each egg with a reason I love him. Call it a grown up version, I guess!

OKAY let’s talk about food… Breakfast is my favorite, and I’ve shared some of my favorite brunch items before. But my favorite FAVORITE FAVORITE treat, in general, are scones. I don’t know why, I just love them. I love their texture. I love how well they dip into coffee. I just love those little suckers. And here are my favorites, made for Easter a few years back with my roomie: Maple Scones. Happy Easter, Jesus is Risen, INDEED.

Then let’s talk about Easter 2011. This was my first holiday with the family that would later become known as my IN-LAWS. They are amazing, and of course, I really REALLY wanted to impress. How does one impress one’s future possible in-laws? One makes this cake, that’s how!!

And then finally, for Easter 2013, at which point my now-hubster and I were engaged, so now I like really REALLY want to make sure everyone likes me, I made salted caramel brownie parfaits. I think if they weren’t sure yet that I should be marrying their son/nephew/brother/uncle, they were sure then…

Can I get an AMEN? I know that Dennis the Obese Mini-Dachshund told us all that food is NOT love, and I understand that’s very true when it comes to loving your pet-child, but I’m here to tell you that when it comes to winning over future in-laws, FOOD IS LOVE.

The 614 Studio

Yes, I know, we’ve all done a million of these “wine and paint” classes. But still, I do really, truly enjoy these now and then. So when The Ohio State Alumni Association recently sponsored this class at the brand-new-better-than-whole-foods Giant Eagle Market District, I was totally in. The 614 Studio is a traveling version of these wine and paint studios, which is sort of cool since you can book them to host a party anywhere. And I really liked all the girls working with them!

Me and Tareya, rocking both the painting, and the wine-ing.

Me and Tareya, rocking both the painting, and the wine-ing.

What were we painting? Well, the Shoe, obviously. What else? And yes, the outline was sketched out ahead of time. VERY smart, if you ask me.

And here is the almost finished version of mine…I think it turned out pretty okay!

Not too shabby.

Not too shabby.

Childhood Photo Redo

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Okay, so I’m an only child which means that my childhood photos are pretty much just me. Solo. But my parents love me a lot – like, a lot – so a photo of just me is totally cool with them.

So for a gift this Christmas, to each of my parents, I recreated one of my more adorable childhood photos. I found this hat on ebay, and the glasses on amazon. And viola! Probably their favorite gift – a double frame with the old phot0 and the new, side by side…

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Do it. Your parents will love you even more. You’re welcome.

Felt Christmas Stockings

This was one of my favorite little projects last year, for our very first Christmas together. Later that Christmas, we received beautiful monogrammed stockings from Pottery Barn, so the felt stockings you see here will be retired. I just love the touch of gold on the green and red. Navy blue and/or plaid colors would be so pretty too! Be adventurous – make some new stockings with your family this year.

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Of course, I ALWAYS love this time of year. But there is definitely something special about our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs., especially being in a new home in a new city. We have really made our house feel like home over the last several months, and Christmas is no exception. This week, I will share with you my favorite Christmas decorations, starting with these simple felt stockings I whipped up over Thanksgiving weekend. I used a patter I still had from my sweet friend Julia, and after a little experimenting with the cuff, finally sewed the pieces together to get a few simple stockings for our fire place!stockings1

I hand stitched each of the letters on for a little extra homemade look (as if they weren’t already obviously homemade), and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! They may not hold up more than a couple…

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Christmas Countdown

We are T-9 days until Christmas! With the start of a new job, I admittedly have not had as much time to think about homemade Christmas gifts or new Christmas decor. My house looks almost identical to last year. My presents are mostly being bought on Amazon. But in honor of counting down to Christmas, I will spend the rest of this week and the beginning of next week re-blogging a few of my favorite Christmas posts from past years. I hope you feel inspired, and enjoy!

Let me start by sharing this lovely gem with you…an all-girls-cheesy-staircase-ugly-sweater photo. Merry almost Christmas!!

Rustic Wreath {Burlap and Pearls}

Today’s re-blog is my most popular crafty post: The Rustic Wreath. I sell them on Etsy, but this post has swept pinterest enough to give me over 6,600 views since I posted it two years ago. Have you made a wreath you’re proud of? Share it in the comments!

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Thanks for visiting!! Did you know you can buy this wreath on Etsy? Check it out!

This was one of my favorite weekend projects to date. I was inspired by this wreath over on etsy, and decided I wanted to make one of my own! The first step was to make felt flowers.

You need:
-a wreath (any kind you like! This could be pretting with a fabric-wrapped styrofoam wreath too)
-felt
-glue
-scissors
-a round object (a cd works perfectly)
-ribbon (for hanging)
-needle
-thread (needle and thread are optional – I used them to attach the burlap loops and also to add some pearls to the rest of the wreath)

Directions

Cut a circle of felt using the CD as a guide (doesn’t need to be perfect) and then cut in a spiral from the outside all the way to the center. Again, perfection is over rated…

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Bedroom Decor

FINALLY after living in our house for over a year, I feel like our bedroom is decorated. As I’ve mentioned before, we have left the walls in our rental white, partly because I’m scared of committing to color, but mostly because we don’t want to put in the effort to paint. That said, I’ve decorated our home with colors and fun items hanging on the walls here and there. And our bedroom was last on our list. It was SO WHITE and was really bugging me, so I finally cracked and went for it.

A few things that helped spruce it up.

1. Painted Canvases. Couldn’t have been simpler. I bought white canvases, and used blue, green, grey, and white paints to literally throw color all over them. Good enough for me! (I am NOT a perfectionist…)

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2. Curtains. WHAT A DIFFERENCE these have made. We have this big window, on a white wall, with white blinds, and it just always looked so naked to me. Now, I’m on a budget, so while I could have bought fancier curtain rod and such, I’m SUPER happy with this pop of color.DSC_0006

3. Random decor. These are things I already had, but didn’t have a place for. A few chalkboards from the wedding. An “R” that wasn’t being fully utilized. An embroidery hoop with random fabric in it. A sweet little paper Wisconsin from my mom on our first anniversary.

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4. My upgraded piano bench. Still one of my favorite projects, besides the house divided wreath, of course. I love this bench, and have used it as the color inspiration for the rest of the room. (It’s not in the photos above – sorry – but it’s in the room!)

Piano Bench Upgrade

Piano Bench Upgrade