Archive for March 2016

Dishing It! & Digging It! #89

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Hi Everyone! Hope you're enjoying your first week of Spring. Last week I was able to finally crank out a Tutorial I have been wanting to get to for quite some time. It seems like my friends are always having issues with trying to figure out how to get started with Mailchimp so I'm hoping the tutorial I created will help!
 Mailchimp Tutorial
My co-hosts and I are loving the linkup we are getting each week, and we hope you feel the same way. It's like our own private version of pinterest coming right to us.  You guys rock!  Here's a review of the highlights of last week's party.

TIME WITH THEA  |  Tips for Painting Mason Jars

THE PAINTED APRON  |  Holidays - Happy Spring


FABBY'S LIVING  |  Holy Week & Easter Tablescape

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Dishing It! & Digging It! #88

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Welcome to this week's link party!  I'm Jenny at Days of Chalk and Chocolate and I am excited to be your host!

I have been getting excited for spring to arrive and for Easter to come as you can see by some of my latest projects.

Let's take a look our featured link ups from last week's party!

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Dishing It! & Digging It! Link Party #87

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New House New Home

Here's what I've been up to this week:
Spring! It's arrived a bit early here in Ontario, Canada. So I've been outside enjoying the sunshine and warmth. It's also been a time to put out some spring decor inside and prepare for Easter. I love anything birds and birdnests, so I made these birds nests from a hula skirt and a balloon.

diy birds nest
With the weather warming up, we're also thinking about outside decor and we recently bought a new outdoor rug for the deck. It's also got me thinking about some outdoor lighting for the deck. We had some great patio lights, but the squirrels chewed through the cords. So I'm looking for some charming outdoor lighting ideas like these mason jar lights.
mason jar outdoor lighting idea
Thank you, dear readers for linking up last week. There were so many terrific projects & ideas, it was hard to choose which ones to feature. This week's features are full of spring, Easter and St. Patrick's Day!!

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guilded eggs - link party I love how Eilis took some ordinary eggs from WalMart and turned them into something so special!!! I'll be copying this idea for my Easter table!
Irish Soda Bread from Thel's Kitchen

Irish soda fruit bread
Thelma sure knows how to cook! Her blog is filled with tons of great recipes - including this Irish Soda Bread. It's sure to bring the Irish out in all of us!
just the woods table

I'm a sucker for an upcycled piece of furniture, so I had to feature this awesome table re-do from Kandice. You have to see the "before" to appreciate the transformation!!

Spring Wreath With a Twist by Red Cottage Chronicles

spring wreath with a twist
With the official start to spring just days away, it's time to switch up your front door wreath. Maureen from Red Cottage Chronicles shows us how to make a spring wreath with a twist - actually a basket for your front door! Love it!

St. Paul de Vence

Lory's recent trip to France has got me yearning for a European vacation this summer. She shares her experience visiting the quaint village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Can we all say "dream vacation"?

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Easter Spring Decor Jar/DIY Chocolate Bunny

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Spring can't get here quickly enough for me!  I long for pastel colors, flowers, and warmer days and since I have no patience  I am forcing Mother Nature's hand. I have begun adding some spring touches here and there around the house. Just having the lighter, fresher decor around makes me feel happier and helps to banish some of the winter blues!  

Today, I used some thrift store and found objects to make sweet spring jar decor!  I can't wait to show you how that little chocolate bunny came to be!

Spring Jar Decor

I was cruising through a thrift store last week and snagged this bunny for $1. He was cute as is but I knew he'd look better drenched in "chocolate."


Using a sponge brush, I coated him with 3 coats of dark brown colored craft paint. I used a small brush to get into his nooks and crannies.

faux chocolate bunny

When he was dry, I nestled him in a jar with dollar store moss (I had leftover from my DIY spring topiaries) and the wooden speckled eggs I painted a few years ago. A rolled fabric flower added the final touch!  I think he likes his new home and color, don't you?




There are so many ways to fill spring jars. I am thinking of some pink silk peonies would be lovely or porcelain fairies with some little toadstools!  What would you put in a spring jar? 
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Easter Egg Chalkboard Place Cards

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Hi Friends!   I whipped up some Easter egg place cards recently and they were so easy and fun to make!  I feel like chalkboard is the craft/decor world's little black dress in that it is always appropriate and it will never go out of style! 


While browsing through Wal-mart the other day I came across these plastic eggs. I like them because they are dyeable with regular egg dye and they don't open so there is no little line around the middle. Brilliant!

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To spray paint the eggs with chalkboard paint, I placed them back in the egg carton but skipped every other section. This keeps them from flying away when the spray hits them. These eggs are very light.


I sprayed the top half with a good coating of the chalkboard paint. 
easter chalkboard place cards
Let them dry. Once dry, flip each egg over and spray the other side.
easter chalkboard place cards

Once that half was dry, I used a chalk paint pen, available at most craft stores, to write each name. 

easter chalkboard place cards

I think these chalkboard place cards would be cute for Easter brunch or an informal dinner.

easter chalkboard place cards
easter chalkboard place cards

The chalkboard theme gets carried to the centerpiece too. I painted a thrift store frame with chalk paint and sprayed the glass with chalkboard paint. It makes a cute tray for other little Easter decorations.

easter chalkboard place card

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