Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Tablescape Chevron Table Runner

  Greetings from MarvinsDaughters! Are you looking for some quick Easter ideas? Maybe I can inspire you. Today I have my own Easter tablescape to share with you.

I decided to go with a more vintage look for my Easter decor this year. No little ones hunting eggs here this year....but that didn't stop me from decorating some eggs.

 Vintage Easter Eggs

 The whole display started with an old wood CD holder. I spray pained it white. Pulled out my Spanish moss, and went to work. I already had the cute carved bunny, I have been doodling with the eggs for a few days and I purchased the berry garland at Real Deals last week.

I guess I should back up and start with the burlap table runner.

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I cut a long, 15" wide piece of burlap for my table runner. I knew I wanted to stencil a chevron pattern onto the table runner. So I got out the cream acrylic paint and well you know, I went to work!

In the photo below you can see how I frayed the edges on both sides.

I sewed a ruffle onto both ends of the table runner.

As you can see in the photos above I did both ends of the table runner a little different. One end I left plain just attaching the ruffle. On the other end I added some lace, ribbon and three burlap flowers I made. I just rolled up a long strip of burlap and glue gunned the bottom of the roll to make the flowers. I snipped them on the top too.

Next step in the tablescape project, clipping the berry garland up. I can't just buy garland and lay it down...I need to clip it! I find it easier to arrange that way.

Now for the eggs. These are plastic eggs, that I "aged". I saw this really cool egg display on Magia Mia (blog) and I knew I would be making my own version of them! I love these!! I am not going to do a tutorial for them because you really need to visit Magia Mia. This was her clever idea and I deserve no credit for this unique craft!! Click on the link at the bottom of this post to visit Magia Mia  for a full tutorial on how to make the eggs..

I did my eggs, using some fabric paint for the swirls, cream acrylic paint and brown acrylic paint for color. And that's all I am saying!!

Well I hope you have found some inspiration here. I am pretty happy with the way everything turned out. The only purchase I made was the berry garland and I got a 15% discount on it! Go ahead take a fresh look at your Easter decos and see what you come up with!

I want to say WELCOME to all my followers, old and new! I appreciate all of you!

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the table runner, do you like the plain more simple end or the shabby chic flowered end? And please visit the Magia Mia blog for the egg tutorial.

Have a great day, Lori

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Easter Spring Mantel Decor

  Welcome paper lovers! Is Easter hoppin up on you? I have a few simple ideas for you today to add some Easter joy to your home.

Check out this simple banner I made in an afternoon. With the Silhouette die-cut machine I cut some bunnies out of chevron printed paper.

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  Glued the bunnies to some small pieces of wood that I had previously sprayed with chalkboard paint. You could just use some black paper to glue the bunnies on, I already had the wood pieces ready to go, but paper would work just as well too.

I clipped each bunny to some twine and I was done!

Below I tried the bunnies on a display rack....but it wasn't quite working for me.

Then I remembered this frame (below) and gave it a try. I like this.

   Mmmmm I like both the banner and the frame, going to have to pick one! Or make more!

 Since there are no little ones wanting to dye eggs this year I decided to go simple.

 I painted the short candlesticks (below & above) white, and turned them into egg stands.

 Got that bunny at the dollar store!

Chevron Bunny Banner

   So now that the mantel is decorated and ready for Easter I have been working on the menu....haven't made my final recipe decision yet but the Hash Brown Quiche I found on the Better Homes and Gardens website is a serious contender!

Hash Brown Quiche

 Our puppy Dexter wanted to show off his bunny this cute picture and our sweet bunny....I mean puppy!!!

   A special welcome and hello to each of my new blog followers!! I appreciate each and every one of you!! Please leave a comment and let me know if you prefer the bunny banner or the bunny frame? I am leaning towards the banner myself.....

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day! Lori

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

One Wreath 4 Ways

  Greetings from MarvinsDaughters...are you feeling spring yet? It is still early spring here, but at 70 degrees today we are getting there.

Spring Summer Autumn

 Do you decorate for Spring? Now that my boys are older....I don't really pull out the Easter decos anymore.  As I am writing this though I am thinking .....mmmm maybe I should pull them out!

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 This is where the wreath comes in. Our grapevine wreath is usually my first official outdoor decoration of each year.

 Last year I went with forsythia as you will see in the pictures below but I decided to update this year. I kept seeing these giant silk flowers at Michaels and I wanted to use them for something. So when I saw them for 50% off I got three! They had a really long stem so I cut it down to about 4 inches. I also trimmed the leaves off the stem, then I arranged the flowers and the leaves to my liking on the wreath. All I did was work the stems into the grapevines. Oh and hang it on the door.

   The wreath hangs on an easy to remove 3M Scotch Command Adhesive Hook. I like the brushed silver look and it matches the door handle.

 Below is how I decorated the wreath last year. Also note the door was white then.

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 Next are a couple of pictures of the lilac silk flowers I added to the wreath in the summer.

   I love the cream, purple and green color palette for the summer wreath. It matched the purple flowers I had out front.

       Next is the autumn version. This time I used some pretty glitter autumn garland from Michael's, half off again!

   I just wrapped the garland around the wreath. No trimming necessary when using garland!

   Below is what I did for the front door at Christmas. I copied my friend Paula. Well I bought the same basket as she did, my "stuffins" were different than hers though. It was so thick I had to hang it outside of the storm door! I used the silver hook and it stayed up fine for the month of Dec. It also came off the door not leaving a mark.

 I picked up this frame below at Hobby Lobby on our trip over the hill last month. It was white when I bought it, so of course I sprayed it silver. I always loved the peephole frame on "Friends" so this is my "Monica frame" a decade later. Just setting trends here at MarvinsDaughters!!

   It is easy to store the flowers, I just put them in different plastic grocery bags so that I have each season separated. The autumn garland is in a bigger bag so I put all the other bags in that one. Everything is together and easy to find when I want to change it up.

Spring Autumn Fall Summer

 I think a festive wreath is so welcoming on a front door. Please leave a comment below and let me know which one of my wreaths you like best!
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chevron Heart Banner Cards

Welcome paper lovers. Today I have a couple of pretty cards to show you. Like I mentioned a few weeks ago I am hooked on the chevron pattern trend. And I love a simple heart banner.

Handmade Card

   To start with I cut four manila folders to make four 5" x 7" cards. (I was out of large cards!) I used the fold of the folder for the card fold. Next I stenciled the chevron background onto some cream colored cardstock with light turquoise acrylic paint. I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process. I tried to mist some ink onto the chevron background.....but it ended up more like a spray! I still love it. Spray ink in every color, that sounds like a good idea for me!!

Handmade Card
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 I knew it was a good time to dig into my scraps of printed paper for the hearts. I just punched them with my heart punch. Then I stitched them onto the chevron background paper. I thought the phrase could work for different occasions, so I stamped it on with black ink.

Handmade Card

Same game plan for the next set of cards just a softer color palette. I love gray, yellow and cream.

Your Special Day

It has a modern timeless look to it.

Your Special Day

  You could always skip stenciling the chevron background and just use some scrapbook paper already printed. Skip the sewing step too just glue some hearts and stamp a phrase. I rubbed some black ink on the edges of the background papers. I then matted the chevron backgrounds onto black paper then attached them to the cards.

Your Special DayI am pretty happy with the way these cards turned out.

Your Special Day

They a simple and pretty cards.

Your Special Day

   Our puppy Dexter is now one year old!! He has several hobbies he enjoys, like chewing sticks he brings in the house, running, chewing on my craft stuff, jumping, did I mention chewing and he tries to get some barking in each day!! What an active guy!! We are all completely wrapped around his....paw?
Cute puppy

 Leave me a comment and let me know if you are feeling the chevron trend? A rug is next on my list!Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day, Lori

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