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DIY Spring Decorations

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I know we are technically still in winter but I don't care. I'm springafying our house in drips and drabs with some easy DIY spring decorations. We are enjoying gorgeous weather her in Jersey and we are spending tons of time outside watching the daffodils pop up. I'm ready!  So I got out my paints and some other things and made some pretty eggs to fill a homemade nest!







There is a little story associated with these eggs. My mother-in-law passed away somewhat unexpectedly 4 years ago. I had known her for a long time since Jim and I knew each other a long time before getting married. But it wasn't long enough. I feel like we would have become even closer and I feel like she could have taught me so much about being a strong woman.  Aside from raising my sweet husband, she was a nurse, mother of 5, animal lover, and an O.C.  You know, Original Crafter.  She crafted before most of us knew Mod Podge from a glue gun. She loved making ugly things beautiful and creating a pretty home with homemade pretties.  


This summer I was thrilled and touched when my father-in-law invited me to go through her massive boxes of craft supplies and take what I wanted. So I happily inherited a huge amount of acrylic paints with a snazzy rotating rack and some other things, including a set of wooden eggs.  I knew then what I would do with them!  So I feel like my sweet mother-in-law would be happy to know her paint, brushes, and eggs were all used to make something pretty just as she would have!


I used blue, white, ivory, and dark brown acrylic paint. I just used the white to lighten the blue and the ivory.  The eggs are just wood and I didn't need to prime or anything.



I applied several coats of paint and tried to make it as smooth as possible. They aren't perfect, of course.



I used a small, short paint brush to apply the speckles. I just dipped it in the paint and ran my thumb over the bristles so it splattered on the eggs. Um, don't do this in your kitchen on the counter next to your china serving dishes. Just trust me. Do it in a box or the sink.




Remember the bed crown I made out of a planter?  Well, this was the coco liner that I removed to do that.   I just cut it into a circle that would fit inside my container.


I squished it in and tucked in some sticks to make it look more "nesty."


Sweet and springy!





And here are a few other little snips of spring!

A few soft blue and white plates and a bird print in the entry


A new springy excerpt from a poem for our hallway chalkboard


A blue mason jar with some hot pink roses on a pretty silver cake plate with my little Ellie
from two springs ago when she was just a month old.   This is sitting by my sink
so I can see her as I wash the dishes. Really though, all I need to do is look down because
all she seems to do is tug at my pants right now.

Have you started adding bits of spring to your decor? 
Cheers!
Jenny

27 comments:

  1. How cute!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  2. Beautiful! Especially the nest with that wall! I'm longing for spring!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  3. So pretty! What a great way to honor your mother in law too. She would love that, I'm sure!

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  4. Love this! Totally gets me in the mood for spring! So cute!

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  5. Gorgeous - I love anything bird-related. What a great way to use that liner - see, that's why we save EVERYTHING!

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  6. Sometimes spring decorations look cheap and plastic. Your decorations look so classy and elegant- nice!

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  7. Love it! Those eggs are so cute. I have been trying to find pretty ones but haven't had any luck. This might be on my to do list this weekend!

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  8. These are stunning, I love the colors you chose. Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday and I hope you'll stop back soon :)

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  9. Jenny-

    This are so beautiful! I love the simple yet elegant look they have to them. Utah's weather can't seem to make up it's mind but I am SO ready for Spring. I think I'll be joining you on the Spring bandwagon soon enough. Thanks so much for sharing at this week's Tutorial Tuesday!

    Kari
    Newlyweds on a Budget

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  10. Beautiful! Love it all. My daughter is named Ellie :)

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  11. those eggs are beautiful!!! i'd love to have you link this up at our Sunday Best link party. http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunday-best-fashion-crafts.html
    -marie

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  12. Bring on Spring! These are beautiful!! Love the colors you chose! Would love for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours link party! Bonnie ;)

    www.uncommmondesignsonline.com

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  13. I always LOVE your projects! I am thinking spring, so this just makes me happy. Love the colors you used, and your speckling technique! Lovely! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  14. Love those eggs. I also love the story behind them. It's going on the FB page tonight :)

    Thanks for linking up @ Creatively Living!
    --Katie

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  15. I adore those eggs... so doable! And the back story - just lovely.
    Shannon
    (www.akadesign.ca)

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  16. Beautiful I love the colors you choose. I'm getting excited about spring too.

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  17. Awww, thanks for sharing the story. I inherited a lot of great-aunt's craft stash (my grandmother passed it all on to me), and it means so much more to have those items. I love what you did with the eggs! She would be proud!

    I found your post at Pininspirational Thursday. :)

    Gabby
    The Late, Young Family

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  18. Beautiful eggs, and beautiful story, our memories keep our loved ones close for ever... I'm now a follower

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  19. Thanks so much for linking up to the Stache Party! I love your homemade nest and the eggs! It was so much fun reading this post - how nice that you can have a piece of your mother-in-law in your home. She sounds like an amazing lady.

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  20. I'm ready for spring too!! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday! www.bearrabbitbear.com

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  21. Everything looks so pretty! I love spring! :)
    Pinned this to my spring pinboard. Thanks for the inspiration! ;)

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  22. These are amazing.. Thanks SO much for linking to Pin'Inspirational Thursday.. Sincerely appreciate it.. Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend.. Hope you are back again next week.. ;)) xo~ Marilyn

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  23. very sweet looking project, love the splatter effect. thanks for sharing.
    JoAnn
    sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

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  24. just letting you know we will be featuring this tomorrow if you want to stop by and grab a button. thanks again for linking up. :) http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/p/grab-button.html
    -marie

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  25. SO pretty!! I love love love the Spring touches!!

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  26. This is so charming and one of a kind art. I love that nest :) Big thanks for sharing and I should say that I will try this at home.

    Khear

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