We're in the first week of March and this morning the snow and sleet were swirling around in the high winds. The March winds. In like a lion, out like a lamb.
Tonight we're going down to 9 degrees.
It's still winter here....despite all my yearning for spring.
But there are simple and inexpensive ways to bring a little spring into my world even though the calendar...and the weather report...are fighting against me.
Now, I know a lot of you have some extra time on your hands because you've already retired. Kudos to you!
And some of you are just super creative and motivated and love tackling DIY projects and get a billion things done every day of the year. I envy you!
I'm not either of those people. I work full time and when I go home at the end of the day I make dinner, have a cocktail, and putter around doing a bit of this and a bit of that.
On the weekends, when I do manage to get two days off, I'm a busy little bee....cleaning the house, sorting things out, you know the drill.
So what's a girl to do? I want to bring in some spring decor....without going overboard. Without taking up too much time.
Without stressing myself out.
So, I did what I always do....I turned to the web for some inspiration.
Let's start with forcing spring branches.
If you have a pair of gardening shears or a sharp knife and a vase you can force some spring branches. You can either buy branches from a local florist or go out to your yard and cut a few. Look for branches that have some good bud action going on - bring them indoors, carefully slit the end of the branch up the middle about 2 inches, and insert in some lukewarm water. The branches will bloom in anywhere from 1 - 8 weeks, depending on how soon it is to their normal bloom time. I'm going to go out and grab some forsythia branches from the garden and do this asap!
Just look at how simple this is! Even I could accomplish this in a matter of minutes! A few beads or peas, a white pillar, a vase, and a burlap bow - easy peasy! Ha ha....PEASy - I know....sorry, I couldn't help it!
What about this centerpiece - how simple could it get? Slice some lemons or limes, float them in water, add some tulips...simple yet gorgeous.
Houseplants do amazing things for a home. They nurture both your body and your soul. Let's face it, one of the best way to banish the winter blues is to bring in some life in the form of a green plant. Here's a super cute idea to decorate a small can to dress up that little plant - how adorable!
If you have a tall vase you can fill it with faux eggs....or river rocks....and some tall branches and you've got instant spring decor. Love it.
Divvy up a bouquet among three mason jars, plop down on a wide piece of ribbon or a place-mat, add a couple of little decorative birds...or eggs....or whatever you've got. Simple yet gorgeous.
This one is just too cute for words. An umbrella, some faux tulips, ribbon, Spanish moss, eggs - I just adore this spring door decor! Be creative!
This display is so simple yet elegant and ever so fresh for spring. Great mantle or windowsill display for sure!
There are so many ways we can bring a little spring into our home even if we may be short on time or cash.
Look around...what do you have? What's outside your window that you can bring in?
What makes you smile? At the end of the day, that's really what it's all about.
Bring on the smiles.
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