Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Spring IS Coming, Meanwhile It's Wreaths, Egg Trees and Arrangements
In the meantime, it looks like spring here in the little yellow cottage. We are ready whenever it decides to officially warm up and trees begin to leaf out. Some trees are flowering, forsythia are blooming, and hyacinths and daffodils are looking jaunty. I know it's coming. Just bear with my complaints. I am getting older and impatient. I want it all now!!
Let's talk about the inside for a minute. The picture above is the top of the cabinet inside our front door that I like to decorate for seasons and holidays. I made a beautiful moss covered wreath to hang on my shutters that have found a home on top of the cabinet. It was so very easy to make.
Can you see my egg tree on the right? Let me tell you how it came about - quite accidentally actually. Our daughter moved to a new home about a month ago and she had some pieces she no longer wanted to keep and asked me if I wanted them. Sure. Everything is useful sometime right? Her older sister had given this candle holder to her as a gift about 15 years ago when she was in a different decorating phase than now. It came from Anthropologie and looked like this.
For the left side of the cabinet, I made a little arrangement that has a real earthy look to go along with the moss wreath. I filled a dollar glass vase with some black river rock for weight and added some moss covered rocks. Now, don't go and pay a fortune for moss covered rocks at some fancy schmancy store. You can get packages of them from my favorite place - the Dollar Tree - along with the river rock. Two dollars is all you need to spend. If you need the vase, then $3.00.
The flowers are some that I had in my stash. The spike gave nice height to the arrangement and looks like unmowed spring grass, and the little pink and green flowers added color. You don't need styrofoam to hold the flowers. Just stick them in the center of the where the rocks all meet and you are done! Maybe $5.00 total in the whole arrangement.
I used some more of the green burlap ribbon I found at Wal Mart to complete the vignette along with two little ceramic bunnies that I had. Flopsy and Mopsy. What story are they characters in? Done.
Things to Remember:
“A Robin said: The Spring will never come,
And I shall never care to build again.
A Rosebush said: These frosts are wearisome,
My sap will never stir for sun or rain.
The half Moon said: These nights are fogged and slow,
I neither care to wax nor care to wane.
The Ocean said: I thirst from long ago,
Because earth's rivers cannot fill the main. —
When Springtime came, red Robin built a nest,
And trilled a lover's song in sheer delight.
Grey hoarfrost vanished, and the Rose with might
Clothed her in leaves and buds of crimson core.
The dim Moon brightened. Ocean sunned his crest,
Dimpled his blue, yet thirsted evermore.”
― Christina Rossetti