Thursday, May 9, 2013

Home Tour: Spring Decor 2013

I love to craft! When I am crafting and being creative, my mind is free and I get lost in the creative process. With that said, over the years I have collected an abundance of craft supplies...you name it, I probably have it! I love to look at all of the pretty supplies that I have, but I always seem to convince myself to hold onto it for a "special" project. I continued saving my supplies for that perfect, special project to come along, but I never ended up using my beautiful supplies until recently...

Along came Pinterest...to satisfy a creative craving, I sit down and browse Pinterest for hours upon hours. All of the amazing projects that I pin to my boards inspire me to dig into my supplies and start creating! When I start a project, I look at what I already have. I have found all kinds of beautiful papers and embellishments to use that I totally forgot I had. Thanks to Pinterest, I have found those "special" projects that I was saving my supplies for! Since one of my goals this year is to use the things I have before buying anything new, this fits perfectly into achieving one of my goals.

Lately, I have been enjoying decorating our home for each season. In the past, I haven't rotated our decorations seasonally, but thanks to Pinterest I have collected a binder full of crafty, seasonal home décor projects! If you watch my YouTube channel, you might have watched my Valentine's Day Home Décor video. I did the same thing for Spring. I showered our home with lots of Spring decorations.

Take a look and watch as I take you through a guided tour of our home, pointing out the Spring decorations!

 

And now for a closer look at some of my Spring décor projects!
Let's start in the mudroom...
 
In the mudroom, I wrote a Spring message on the chalkboard globe. I also made felt flowers in different shades of pink and cream, attached them to skewers and put them in the small flower bud holder that I got it at Goodwill for $4. One of the wreaths I made is very simple, it is made using a styrofoam wreath form with fuzzy green yarn wrapped around to completely cover the wreath form. I added white flower embellishments and a "Happy Spring" pennant. This playful wreath looks great in the mudroom! The original wreath idea is from: http://bit.ly/grasswreath.
 
The second wreath in the mudroom, is the masterpiece, in my opinion. It's a multi-colored felt rosette wreath!
 
 
Believe it or not, this wreath was incredibly simple to make, but very extremely time consuming. I had a rainbow of colors of felt on hand, so I made tons and tons of rosettes while watching TV and movies. When I finally had enough rosettes, I started hot gluing them to a straw wreath form. I glued them very close together to get a full, dense look. To make it a little bit more interesting, I cut out small leaf shapes from green felt and tucked them between the rosettes. Voila! A beautiful, one-of-a-kind wreath!
 
Now, onto the kitchen...
I didn't add too many decorations in the kitchen, just a couple of simple crafts to bring a little Spring into the space.
 
 
Using October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker collection and stickers by Claudine Hellmuth, I created a Spring banner to hang above the sink. I love making banners...they can be simple or detailed, either way they make a big impact. To further embellish the fishtail chipboard shapes, I added some assorted trims from the Modern Homemaker collection. I hot glued each pennant to some cream ribbon and added some small bulldog clips for decoration. I think it is the perfect touch above our kitchen sink!
 
 
I also made some simple, paper pinwheels using the same October Afternoon Modern Homemaker collection, straws and brads. The pinwheels vary in size, I stuck them into vases with pink paper shred to keep them in place. If you want to make some paper pinwheels, just follow this tutorial: http://bit.ly/paperpinwheels.
 
Let's move into the room that we spend the most time in - the den...
 
 
The mantle is the focal point of the room. The color inspiration came from the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection. This paper collection embodied the colors and style that I wanted to capture for the den decorations. The wreath is another yarn wrapped wreath with several flower embellishments. This wreath was inspired by: http://etsy.me/17ON7M7. To finish up the top of the mantle, I used several of my small milk glass vases and some faux spring blooms. The garland that spans the mantle was a challenge for me. It was difficult to get the look I was going for based on my inspiration, http://bit.ly/hamblygarland. After fussing with it and adjusting the pieces, I am satisfied with the end result.
 
 
On the picture ledges that we have staggered on the large wall in the den, I used various subway art and a few other simple decorations. I bought all of the 8x10 frames at the dollar store, and found several free Spring printables online. The printables that I used are available at: http://bit.ly/springart, http://bit.ly/springart2, and http://bit.ly/springart3. I made the butterfly frames by framing a solid color cardstock, and punched out several butterflies using my Martha Stewart butterfly punches. I attached them to the front of the glass with small glue dots and lifted the wings up to add dimension. It was a simple and quick project.

 
The last project that I made for the den was a piece of wall art. Again, I bought a frame at the dollar store and framed a piece of kraft cardstock. I found an image of a butterfly online and traced it onto the glass using a permanent marker. I got out my button stash and hot glued them inside the butterfly shape. Another simple project for Spring, inspired by: http://bit.ly/buttonart.
 
Our entry and hallway are next up on the tour. I hope you are enjoying it so far!
 
 
I kept the decorations pretty simple on the entry table. I used the Sassafras Indie Girl collection to make the flower covered balls, inspired by http://bit.ly/topiaryball. I punched out lots of flowers using the different patterned paper in the collection. I used small head pins to attach them to the styrofoam balls. I added a few pearl stick pins to add dimension and define some of the flower centers. I displayed them on a few pieces of milk glass from my collection. I also made a wreath for the back of the front door. I used the Life is Good paper collection by Echo Park to make this paper curl wreath. I curled 1/2"x12" strips of paper and used head pins to attach the curls to the styrofoam wreath form. Paper curl wreaths are one of my favorite kinds of wreaths to make!
 
 
Continuing down the hall, I made a couple simple wreaths from embroidery hoops. I have a stash of mulberry paper flowers from I am Roses and Wild Orchid Crafts, which I glued onto the embroidery hoops with hot glue. A pin from http://bit.ly/hoopwreath inspired me. I made yet another wreath for the hallway...I think I went wreath crazy! The white wreath is another felt rosette wreath (a tutorial can be found at http://bit.ly/whiterosette). This time I used all white felt and added some purple flowers and butterfly embellishments that I had deep in my stash of crafty goodness!
 
 
To finish up the hallway, I changed the pictures and miniature artwork that hangs on the clothesline frame (seen here: http://bit.ly/framedisplay) that I made. I used elements from the October Afternoon Sidewalks collection and cropped some of our favorite pictures. I clipped the mini-masterpieces to the wire with some small bulldog clips, and it was an instant transformation!
 
Time to peek at our guest bedroom!
 
 
Using the October Afternoon Sidewalks collection, I made a paper rosette wreath and some plant picks to adorn the guest bedroom door, my vanity, and some plants throughout the house. To make the wreath, I made several paper rosettes and stacked them on top of each other to form a wreath shape. Stacking the rosettes gave the wreath more interest. I topped off the wreath with some flower and butterfly accents that I already had. To make the plant picks, I repeated the process of making the paper rosettes, but this time I glued them back-to-back on a skewer. After adding a few embellishments to the center of the rosettes, I had the perfect plant picks!
 
Ok, let's move on to the master bedroom...
 
 
The master bedroom door is decorated with the same kind of wreath as the guest bedroom door. The process was the same. The only difference was the paper collection. For this wreath, I used Crate Paper's Random collection.


 
My final project, are these faux flower arrangements using Peeps! I found this genius idea on...you guessed it...Pinterest...http://bit.ly/peepvases...This was a very economical project. I already had the clear glass vases, all I had to buy were a couple packs of Peeps and a few sprigs of springtime faux flowers at the dollar store. I lined the vases with the Peeps and arranged the faux flowers. These are one of Mark's favorite decorations!
 
 
Well, there you have it...a tour of our home decorated for Spring! I am already excited to dig back into my stash and start planning my summer decorations and crafts!
 
I hope that I inspired you to pull out some of your crafty goodies and start playing! I would love to know what crafts you are making! Post a picture on Audrey's Wife Life Facebook page or send me a tweet!
 
 

5 comments:

  1. Kudos to such amazing ideas! I want my new home in riverton square apartments to get decorated by these.

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    1. Thanks! I hope you are able to decorate your place for the season!

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