Curb Appeal Projects

What you hear about weather in the South is true- wait five minutes and it will change.  Turns out the buckets of rain threatening the weekend held off making it possible to tackle a few curb appeal projects.

Curb Appeal Projects

Repainting the rockers on the front porch has been a long time coming.  Dave the Builder made the call, I selected the paint, and here’s rocking proof  of our current curb appeal project in progress AND that semigloss and gloss finishes do tend to dry darker.

wet-paint-rocking-chairCaution: Wet Paint

Behr Grassy Savannah is the current star of our curb appeal show.

The color is I see shades of gray-green-brown perfection.

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Behr Grassy Savannah N340-5 Semi-Gloss Enamel Exterior Paint

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Soffit, facia board, and box end repair is the project Dave the Builder loves to hate.

Rotting (from tornado damage) soffit and facia is not only an eyesore and curb appeal deal breaker, it can allow squirrels and goodness knows what other varmints to gain entry into the attic.

soffit-repair

Dave won’t win any fashion awards, but what he does get is big time brownie points in the honey do division.

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Now that we’ve got the boards replaced, it’s ready for paint time.

house exterior front

We are seriously contemplating a total exterior refresh beginning with painting the brick which will be a rather large project over many weekends.

I played with paint color wheels, charts, and swatches Friday night into Saturday morning.

If we do this, I’m leaning towards Benjamin Moore Simply White for the bricks, Behr Grassy Savannah for the cedar shakes, and Sherwin-Williams Pure White for the soffit, facia, and columns.

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Another change will be changing out the painted wood shutters for louvered vinyl exterior shutters.

Sanding, scraping, priming, and painting the existing louvered wood shutters every two to three years (Louisiana heat and humidity takes no prisoners) is becoming tiresome and expensive.

Vinyl exterior shutters can be cleaned with soap and water and can be painted when and if needed.

Tauba Copper Finish MailboxTauba Copper Finish Mailbox

Nine years in and I’m still happy with the copper mailbox and address plaque.

1-Line Wall Address Plaque

1-Line Wall Address Plaque

The mix of metals with classic design and form creates curb appeal wow factor.

2e Architects

2e Architects

Classic curb appeal notables include wicker furniture and Boston or Kimberly Queen ferns displayed in decorative urns and/or hanging baskets.

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fern-rocker

The woven wonder that is wicker is one tough broad that gets better with age.

All Weather Wicker Capistrano Outdoor ArmchairAll Weather Wicker Capistrano Outdoor Armchair

modern French facade

Michael J. Siller Interiors

The shutters.

The lanterns.

The hardware accents.

The landscaping.

This is how we curb appeal.

And how lovely is the Spanish artichoke finial?

Spanish-artichoke

Spanish Artichoke

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Jay Blue Sherwin-Williams

Jay Blue from Sherwin-Williams

monogram H door knocker

Monogram Letter H Door Knocker – Brass by Michael Healy Designs

Thomson Cooke Architects curb appealThomson Cooke Architects

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I have it on good authority that a three day holiday weekend is upon us.

Three day weekends and captivating images come together to inspire curb appeal beautification projects.

Kadlec Architecture + Design

Kadlec Architecture + Design

Gorgeous!

Island Architects

Island Architects

Thomson & Cooke ArchitectsThomson & Cooke Architects

First impressions make lasting impressions.

Curb appeal projects lead the way to big returns, impressive results, and beautifully welcome style home.

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Home Accents Today Show and Tell

The May issue of Home Accents Today arrived this week which means it’s home accents today show and tell time.

Home Accents Today Show and Tell

The customized Mosaic welcome mat collection by Spicher and Company immediately caught my eye.

Mosaic Customized 8th Avenue 24x36

These customized mats remind me of the shop entry and restaurant foyer  Mosaic decor seen throughout New Orleans.

Napoleon-House-Mosaic

Napoleon House Mosaic 

The consumer spotlight is on the best social media platforms for info about home furnishings.

Facebook leads the way with 38%.

Pinterest captures 23% of the pie.

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Rounding out the numbers:

YouTube:   16%

Instagram:  10%

Yelp:  5%

Reddit:  5%

Twitter:  3%

Strategic Insights, March/April 2018 Furniture Today Study


Now for the good stuff we turn the style spotlight on selected items currently catching my eye in the feature Best of Market 2019.

 

Vail Chandelier

Vail Chandelier – Arteriors

 

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Demoiselle Crane Watercolor by Edward Lear – Celadon Art

 

Vivi Swivel Chair

Vivi Swivel Chair –  Hancock & Moore

 

John-Richard Antique Gold and Blue Enamel Table Lamp

John-Richard Antique Gold and Blue Enamel Table Lamp

 

Infinity Cocktail Table

Infinity Cocktail Table

 

mystic forest Orian rugMystic Forest Soft White Rug

I enjoy being in the know when it comes to new and exciting products, home decor accents, and purchasing information.  Luckily each month Home Accents Today arrives to my mailbox keeping me in the design and decor loop from cover to cover.

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Celebrating the Nouns of Southern Living

Celebrating the nouns of Southern living comes quite easy to me.  Remember back during the holidays when I shared with y’all about receiving a surprise gift from my nephew and niece-in-law, Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture?

Southern-Living-50-years-a-celebration-of-people-places-and-culture

I finally found time over this past weekend to sit down with a glass of sweet tea rimmed in fresh mint and take in some southern exposure.

Derby-hats-pink-blackGetting down and Derby in all the excitement of the Kentucky Derby is a Southern socializing-first weekend in May tradition.

roses-Kroger

As horseshoe good luck would have it, the floral department at the local grocery store put a slew of red rose bouquets on clearance Friday afternoon just in time for Derby Saturday.

I love when the clearance sale stars align.

boiled-crawfishOur Louisville meets Marksville crawfish boil shakes a dash of south Louisiana into the c’est si bon.

Boiled crawfish with traditional fixin’s thrown into the pot makes for good eating.  Potatoes and corn have never met a crawfish boiling pot they don’t love to be a part of, but don’t stop there.

Back when Dave the Builder was in the corporate world, we would host the annual crawfish boil.  One of Dave’s coworkers introduced our taste buds to a new way of boiling crawfish.

At first I questioned the addition of cabbage, smoked sausage, onions, lemons, whole carrots, mushrooms, celery stalks, and eggs to the seasoned boil, but quickly became a flavor convert.

The vegetables, sausage, and eggs boil to perfection in the seasoned water, picking up the unmistakable taste of the South.bottle-crawfish

I’ll say this about celebrating the nouns of Southern living- you learn and taste something new at every event, festival, and boil.

blue-white-porcelain-entry-hall-Southern-Living

Southern Living

Blue and white is the classic color palette of choice of many Southern decoristas.

It is seen in the hydrangeas we plant, the china patterns we place upon the Southern dinner table, and the porcelain pretties we decorate house and home with.

Dolly Parton Southern Living

Going up to the mountains (my Tennessee family calls all of Sevier County including Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg “the mountains”) is part of the landscape when we go home to East Tennessee.

I fondly remember the days of family style meals served at Trotter’s restaurant, wild wild west afternoons spent at Goldrush Junction, and the stories of Dolly performing on the Cas Walker radio show.   

A proud daughter of Sevier County who has never forgotten the region, the town, and the county she calls home, Dolly Parton was recently awarded the FBI 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award for the work done to raise money for those affected by the Gatlinburg wildfires in 2016.

For this, the music, the voice, and the local love, we will always love you, Dolly.

Southern exposure

Antoine’s is Louisiana restaurant royalty-a French Quarter icon.

How gorgeous is this facade?

Antoines-restaurantAntoine’s Restaurant

Southern chefs

From pan to page, southern chefs and southern writers craft a delicious, unique, and enduring story.

Southern writers Southern Living

Summer suppers give a Southerner yet another reason to host a get together, not that we need one.

summer suppers

I’m seriously contemplating changing my rule of KISS- keep it summer simple to KISSED- keep it summer southern entertaining delightful.

Field Pea-Tomato Salad With Lemon VinaigretteField Pea-Tomato Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

We celebrate everything summer from a good crop of garden tomatoes to  a barbecue on the bricks music festival.

soul of true barbecue

Courtyards, patios, and porches replete in lush greens fashion and shade southern exposure.

lawn gate Southern Living

Chicken coops are a thing in the South.

People go nuts for these chic henhouses.

Planning, constructing, and styling is serious business, and rival that of the south’s most phenomenal architectural wonders.

chicken coop Southern Living

Distinctive, indelible, delicious, gracious, hospitable, and charming customs, styles, and traditions influence, define, exemplify, and celebrate the nouns of southern living.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Let the Sunshine In

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday opens up the window to let the sunshine in.  A glorious spring day sun kissed by nature and seasonally blessed with pleasant temperatures is made for open windows and a let the sunshine in attitude.

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open-door-open-windows

Domino

French farmhouse Vivi et Margot

Vivi et Margot

open-windows-farmhouse3north

open kitchen window panes

Tara Hurst Design

open windows bedroom

Elle Decor

Henri Matisse, Fenêtre, 1911Henri Matisse, Fenêtre, 1911

Taylor & Taylor bay windows

Taylor & Taylor

open window sunrise

Flickr

blue and white cottage bedroomCountry Living

open casement windows

Traditional Home

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El Mueble

I hope your weekend captures the essence of spring, the comfort of home, and a little let the sunshine in time.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mothers unselfishly give so much of themselves to their child/children.

“Mother’s love grows by giving.”

– Charles Lamb

Haddon Sundblom printHaddon Sundblom

Mothers Day recognizes motherhood, the love a mother exemplifies, and sets aside a day to celebrate her through thought, word, action, tribute, and token.

mother and son paintingButterfly Kisses by Joe Bowler

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” 

—Unknown

mother kissing child

Fashion Gone Rogue

Our Mothers-Moms-New Moms-Mothers-in-law-Grandmothers-Woman Who is Like a Mother to Me deserve acknowledgement.

Perhaps these Mother’s Day gift ideas will lend inspiration and idea.

mother's day gift ideas

 

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Powder Pink Pattern Scarf

Wulofs Fashion Women Weaving Tassel Shoulder Bag Messenger Bag Crossbody Bag Beach Straw Bag (Pink)Wulofs Fashion Weaving Tassel Shoulder Bag (Pink)

 Sam Edelman Andy Leather Espadrille Sandals Sam Edelman Andy Leather Espadrille Sandals

Invicta Women's Bolt 28963 Rose Gold Watch

Invicta Women’s Bolt Rose Gold Watch

 

your-mother's-story

Your Mother’s Story

Bouqs Co. spring flowersSpring Style

Flora by Flora Nikrooz 2pk Knit ShortsFlora by Flora Nikrooz 2pk Knit Shorts

Lakshmi Kimono RobeLakshmi Kimono Robe

French linensVictoria Magazine

Vintage linens make a lovely keepsake gift.

Large Open Ended Pillow Shams

Large Open Ended Pillow Shams

Brunch Tartines and Crepes with Three-Citrus Compote

Brunch Tartines and Crepes with Three-Citrus Compote
Click HERE for recipe

French Dinner Napkins - Set of 9French Dinner Napkins – Set of 9

You know what pairs well with vintage French dinner napkins?

A gorgeous tablescape fit for a delicious Mother’s Day brunch.

White Linen Cutwork Tablecloth and Napkin SetWhite Linen Cutwork Tablecloth and Napkin Set

Moms of all ages love the gift of beauty.

After reading positive review after positive review for Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, it is now included as a must product in my morning and evening beauty regimen.

Mario Badescu 5-Pc. Glow Head To Toe SetMario Badescu 5-Pc. Glow Head To Toe Set

My mother swears by the benefits of the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Skincare System.

No wonder it is a consistent top selling beauty product.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Skincare System

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Skincare System

Welcome style home.

Ginger Jar Coir Mat

Ginger Jar Coir Mat

May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People's Houses by Wendy Goodman May I Come In?: Discovering the World in Other People’s Houses
by Wendy Goodman

The art of May flowers.

Waiting for Spring Canvas Art PrintWaiting for Spring Canvas Art Print

tea-Harney-Sons-Fine-Teas

It’s amazing the things you can learn and learn to cherish having tea, talking, and making memories with your mother.

Mother’s Day Duo Mother’s Day Duo

I hope one or more of these Mother’s Day gift ideas guides you to the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

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Pretty Spring Pictures All In A Scroll

Pretty spring pictures all in a scroll exemplify the beauty and wonder of Easter week.

Pretty Spring PicturesDuring this time I like to step back from the keyboard to stop and smell the roses.

spring-flowers-House & Garden

House & Garden

Garden roses in a simple vase placed atop a crochet doily, a stemmed compote dish waiting to be filled with the pear preserves, and family recipes handwritten on timeworn index cards and scratch pieces of paper spring to mind memories of Easter week travels over to Texas to visit my great-grandparents.

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Flower Magazine – House / Garden / Lifestyle

My mother came across a handwritten letter from my great-grandmother while spring cleaning.   I’ve asked my mother many times if she remembered the address of their house, but she couldn’t recall what it was.

calm-collected-kitchen

Country Living

When she found the letter, there it was in the top left hand corner of the envelope.

One Google search later and we were home again on 8th Avenue.

Texas-bluebonnets

They say you can’t go back, but for a minute it was Easter in Texas at Mama and Papas.

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island – Midwest Living

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blooming-bedsPinterest

rooster-spring

Pinterest

painting-roses

Scottsdale Fine Art

Spring’s arrival boasts a reawakening of colors on Easter parade and inspires a renewal of spirit.

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”

-Harriet Ann Jacobs

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Rainy Days and Mondays Blues DIY Easter Basket Project 

Rainy day are made for indoor activities.  Good thing I love thunder and lightening and find them intensely beautiful ’cause we’ve seen a boatload of beauty over the last few days.  Rainy days and Mondays blues took on a whole new meaning with this DIY  Easter basket project.

Ceraunophilia

Today’s blogging soundtrack is courtesy of the Spotify Discover Weekly  playlist which changes every Monday.   First in line on this week’s list is Laughter in the Rain by Neil Sedaka.

Serendipity plays here.

rainy day

The DIY projects I do tackle are born out of necessity more than enjoyment. When the antique shop was open, I didn’t think twice about upholstering, repairing, or refinishing DIY projects.  Bottom line profit played a huge role in those decisions.

A fond memory of a beloved Easter basket and the futile search for one like it accounts for this DIY Easter basket project.

moving day

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When the big move of 2010 took place, I left the packing and moving from the old house to the new to us house to Dave the Builder while I packed up my parent’s house for their move.

Three houses.

Two moves.

One colossal undertaking I do not recommend to the faint of heart.

In the moving mayhem, Dave made the executive decision to part ways with soooo many things I would have kept.  Whatnots and doodads can easily be replaced, but certain items qualify as irreplaceable.   One such item is the handmade Easter basket my mother bought me in 1974.

A group of ladies residing at a local care facility made the most beautiful  Easter baskets from plastic dry cleaning bags.  The plastic was pulled through a simple green berry basket, knotted on the inside, and trimmed.  An undone wire hanger shaped to fit and tightly wrapped with plastic dry cleaning bags became the basket handle.

I loved the basket, and kept it all these years.

The more I thought about it, the more I knew I wanted an Easter basket like it.  Ebay, Etsy, and the local treasure shops did not have anything even remotely close.  I saw several tutu baskets, but that’s not what I want.

As Patsy Cline said to Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, anything we can’t buy, we’ll make.

Hello, DIY Easter basket project.

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Begin with A bamboo Easter basket from the dollar store.  I figure if I mess it up I’m only in for a dollar.

bamboo-Easter-basket

A few pieces of scrap tulle left over from Christmas allowed for me to practice.  Once I mastered the cut and feed, it was on to the fabric department at Walmart for four yards of white net and eight yards of light blue tulle.

The texture of the white net makes it easier to fill in gaps and when fluffed out give a nice full coverage of the area you are working with.

blue-white-tulle

Supply list:

Bamboo Easter basket
8 yards light blue tulle
4 yards white net
1 roll 1½” wide white grosgrain ribbon
Easter grass
Speckled Easter eggs
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue stick
Binder clips

pink-Easter-grass

 

I worked with two lengths of fabric and multiple layers.

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I cut the tulle and the net into 12″ strips for layers 3, 4, and 5, and  8″ inch strips for the layers 1 and 2.

More layers make for a fuller look, and shorter layers around the basket rim beautifully cover and conceal the bamboo.

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Feed a strip of tulle or net through the spaces in the basket with half the strip on the outside and the other half of the strip on the inside of the basket.

After an exhaustive and empty-handed search for my crochet hook, I just used my fingers to feed the fabric through the basket.

Yes, I made a couple of larger than need be holes in the basket.  You may notice the blue and white ribbon in the image below.  If you make the same uh-oh simply cut a piece of ribbon, feed it through, bring it up catching the layer above, and tie with a knot.  Trim the excess ribbon and problem fixed.

Tulle and net are forgiving, and when fluffed and fanned out cover a multitude of DIY sins.

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Work with a two blue tulle strips to one white net strip repeat all the way around each layer of the basket.

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Fluff and fan out each side of the fabric to desired fullness.

Trim each layer of tulle and net down to the desired lengths to create extra fullness.

tulle-net-speckled-eggsFire up the hot glue gun.

Use caution when using a hot glue gun so you don’t burn your fingers.

glue gun

Use a binder clip, clothespin, or hair clip (you get the idea) to hold the ribbon in place.

clipped-ribbon

Wrap the basket handle with the ribbon.  Secure the ribbon to the base of the basket handle with several drops of hot glue.

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Trim each layer of the tulle and net to desired lengths to create extra fullness and correct any unevenness.

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Complete the look by filling the basket with Easter grass and decorative Easter eggs.

DIY Easter Basket Project 

I’m very pleased with the finished product.  Dave swears it’s prettier than the original one I had, and I think he may be right.  Isn’t it funny how a memory of a beloved Easter basket became such a source of inspiration.

It really is everywhere.

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Easy Easter DIY Decorations

If today’s blog post could talk, it would say look at these wonderful easy Easter DIY decorations I found on some of my favorite internet sites.

seed-packet-easter-wreath

Country Living

Springtime is the right time to adorn your entry door with a spring and Easter door decoration.  Welcome spring, friends, and family to the Easter party with this seed packet Easter wreath.

foam-floral-wreath

You’ll need about a dozen seed packets.  Using straight pins, secure the seed packets to a 12-inch foam wreath.

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Easter ribbon

Tie a bow with ribbon in a zippy spring color and pin to wreath.

faux-flowers-wreath

Tuck, pin, or hot glue faux floral stems to fill in and complete the look.

Chinoiserie Easter Eggs

Elegant in presence and easy to make, these Chinoiserie Easter eggs DIY from Yvonne at Stone Gable blog instantly caught my eye.

Click here to be redirected over to Stone Gable blog for her DIY tutorial.

moss-egg-decorating-ideas

Moss covered DIY Easter eggs capture the natural essence of spring is sprung.

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Easy is the idea here, and it doesn’t get much easier than using a hot glue gun to glue strips of moss to plastic eggs.

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I love these easy-to-download free printable Easter gift tags from the talented Ann at On Sutton Place.  These will enhance any Easter basket or gift, and make a wonderful addition to the Easter table as a napkin tie or place card.

Click here to be taken over to On Sutton Place for download instructions.

bath-body-Easter-basketA dear friend has an April birthday, so I thought a grown up Easter basket with a rose theme a fun way to go with the gift presentation.

Easy Easter DIY Decorations

Begin with a yard or two of tulle in your color of choice.  For this demonstration, I’m using a vintage pressed glass basket.

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Willow Basket With Flip Lid

For the actual gift basket I’m leaning toward using the willow basket with flip lid as shown above and rose tulle as the filler grass.

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speckled-eggs-crate

Working with the word rose turns out to be an easy a-tisket, a-tasket,
a grown up Easter-and-birthday basket theme.

I found the porcelain powder shaker at a vintage store, and knew immediately it would make a lovely addition to the gift basket.  I’m also including rose water, a rose rollerball perfume, rose facial oil, rose and honeysuckle body lotion, rose colored nail polish, rose hip oil lip gloss, and a bottle of Chandon California Rose.

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A bouquet of rose colored faux peonies and rose colored speckled eggs placed here and there complete the look.

bowl-of-pastel-dyed-eggs-in-Instant-Pot

I like a one stop-one bunny hop Easter DIY project.

Instant Pot Duo 6qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

These Easter easy DIY directions from Better Homes & Gardens for dying Easter eggs in the Instant Pot.

In about six minutes you can cook and dye one dozen eggs.

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food-coloring-chart

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Click on the link for step-by-step directions How to Dye Eggs in an Instant Pot.

Easy Easter DIY Decorations

An ample handful of wheatgrass seeds from the local feed and seed store is all you need to make a live grass Easter basket centerpiece.

Fill the container or basket you will be using for your centerpiece with potting soil.

Add a thick layer of wheatgrass seeds spreading evenly over the soil.

Fill a plant mister or spray bottle filled with water.  Generously mist and soak the planted area.

Place container in or near window so it can get a good amount of daily sunlight.

Water your newly planted crop daily, and in seven to ten days you’ll have a living Easter basket.

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DIY projects bloom beautiful at this time of year.  Here’s hoping you are inspired by these ideas and inspired to project with these easy Easter DIY decorations.

Happy spring, happy midweek, and as always, happy decorating.

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