Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pretty, Pretty Peacock

I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to do a peacock themed mantle for the summer.  I was so excited to take down my Spring/Easter mantle though that I couldn't wait to get started on it.  So I decided just to go for it.  I'm sure I'll think of some other way to decorate my mantle in a few more weeks.  But right now I'm SO in love with this one!  Take a look!

The large peacock feathers came from Hobby Lobby.  The green and blue flowers I had left over from my niece's Candyland Adventure party

The blue glass vase I also got at Hobby Lobby for 40% off of $7.99!  The flower arrangement were also pieces from London's Candyland party.  Because the flowers were so bold and glittery I felt like they needed a vase that was a litle neutral.  I didn't have anything like I was wanting so I wrapped one of the cream colored vases that I used in my Winterscape mantle in a brown napkin and tied it with a silver ribbon.  The candles were the same from my Easter mantle.  I tied a brown ribbon around them and secured it with a decorative tack.  The candle is an old cream colored one that I had some discoloration on it.  I put a coat of glitter on it and then hot glued green/blue glass pebbles on it.
I also created a candle from another old discolored candle that I had.  I hot glued a green ribbon on it and then glued turquoise sequins on it.  The plate came from Wal-Mart and was only $1!  I used blue/green glitter glue to decorate it with swirls.  The candlestick holders were clear glass ones I had bought at the Dollar Tree a few years ago.  I painted them with Topaz metallic craft paint.

I'm so happy with how it turned out!  I reused several elements from my previous mantlescapes so it was a very affordable mantle.  The only two things I purchased were the peacock feathers, the blue glass vase on the end, and the blue/brown vase pictured above from Kirklands (on clearance for $4.99).  I feel like this mantle is the perfect punch of color balanced with the rich, dark browns that I love so much.
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Final Easter Post

I definitely took on more Easter projects this year than I ever have before.  And I'm exhausted!  There have been many late nights this past week working to finish everything in time for Easter.  My last and biggest projects was to create my own versions of these fabulous Upcycled Easter Baskets that I saw on Sweet Something Designs blog.  They were made from containers of Crystal Light (or in my case Great Value).  I thought they were the coolest project and I happened to have 4 containers in my pantry.  So I made Easter baskets for my mom, sister, aunt, and boyfriend's parents.  You can see all of the steps by clicking on the link to Sweet Something Designs.  Here are my finished projects:

And here are some pics from the best part of my Easter:
The Hop-a-Long Easter basket was a hit.  As was the lip gloss and nail polish that it had in it.  :)

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Follow Me Friday

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I'm participating in The Trendy Treehouse's Follow Me Friday blog hop again.  I got a few followers last week and I'm so excited!  So I'm going to give it another try.  If you follow me I'll follow you too!  But now I have a problem.  I've some how ended up with 2 Follower boxes and I don't know how to combine them.  If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!  I'm still new to this "Advanced Blogging" stuff!