Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Simple Spring Decorating Ideas

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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!

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What about this centerpiece - how simple could it get? Slice some lemons or limes, float them in water, add some tulips...simple yet gorgeous. 

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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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40 comments:

  1. Love this post! I'm actually working on a mantle right now and I'm adding eggs. :)

    Happy day friend!
    karianne

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    1. Can't wait to see your mantel, KariAnne!

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  2. These are all such lovely inspiration ideas! Love the simple tin can with clothespins idea!

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    1. I thought that was just so cute....however, you'd need a short can like a tuna can to make it work. So only good for a small pot! Oh well!

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  3. Love the pictures
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  4. The beginning of spring can be so tricky..you can get snow on the spring flowers. But we know it will soon be so nice and pleasant. I am excited. I know you are eager to dig in the dirt too. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Beyond eager, Susie! We have some warm weather headed our way next week - can't wait!

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  5. Cut flowers from the grocery store are on my list every week from September through April. They make fall and winter so much easier! I can't wait to plant my own though.

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    1. Our little market up here has the most awful flowers - they aren't even worth it! They had such a horrible bouquet there yesterday and priced at around $10 - I just couldn't justify it. I miss my Trader Joes!!

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  6. What pretty snaps of springtime! I probably won't be able to do much decorating since I broke my kneecap because all my stuff in down in the basement! I could go down there but hubby won't let me! I'll just have to get my kicks out of what you do! It's gonna get cold here too. Take care.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. You could always send hubby down to the basement!! :)

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  7. Oh my goodness... a ton of cute ideas all in one place, thank you for doing the leg work for me! I'm sure I have an old umbrella somewhere... love that great idea! And the burlap candles, and tin can with clothespins... oh wow! Love it all! You have inspired me, and for that I thank you! We may not have spring yet, but maybe we can "force" it along a bit.... great ideas! :)

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    1. Isn't it great to force a little spring sunshine inside?

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  8. I just noticed that my crocuses have bloomed! Of course, they will be covered in snow this weekend (poor babies), but for now they have me dreaming of spring...and that lamb! ;)

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    1. Oh wow - that's early! Mine will get a good boost next week - we're supposed to have temps in the 50's and 60's!

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  9. I love the turquoise jars....they are my favorite.

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    1. They look so cute! Love that simple arrangement!

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  10. Great ideas! I think I may go and grab some branches off my budding cherry tree. :)

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    1. I'm going to attack my forsythia this weekend....

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  11. Some great ideas! Still very much winter here, too - nothing budding yet.

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    1. I had nice fat buds on my lilacs until the deer got hungry - :(

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  12. The forced branches sound perfect.

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    1. I always loved the pussy willows but I don't have a pussy willow on my property - drat!

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  13. Terrific ideas! I noticed that some of our flowering trees have buds on them. I think I will try this.

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    1. What have you got to lose? Go for it! :)

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  14. Thanks for some great ideas...I can use the inspiration! ;)

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    1. Glad I could inspire you, Donnamae! :)

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  15. Yes - spring inspiration is here. I just went out and racked my flower beds. Not for me really, because we move to Missouri next week. When in Mo. I saw a large Forsythia bush in the yard and I plan to pick some branches. Thanks for sharing spring ideas and inspiration.

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    1. You must be so excited for your move!! I can't wait to read all about it on your blog!

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  16. So many great ideas! I've got apothecary jars still waiting for something pretty.

    I realize I've been missing some of your posts! I'm working on a list that's on my sidebar. Adding you there. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Stacey! I do the same thing - I add all the blogs I love to keep up with to my sidebar so I don't miss a post....and yet, sadly, somehow I still miss a few. I need a clone!

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  17. Oh, so many lovely ideas! I'm headed outside tomorrow to bring in some branches to force. Thanks for some great decor inspiration!
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    gingerwroot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Ginger Wroot!

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  18. I pinned that beautiful picture for inspiration also. I wish I had all those beautiful glass pieces. You did a beautiful job creating lovely vignettes.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

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    1. I love finding these simple ideas online and gathering them in on spot...both for me and for my readers!

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  19. Perfect post for my sleepy eyes! Beautiful:)!!

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    1. I know that spring has sprung a long time ago at your beautiful home, Jemma, but we're still working on it up here in the mountains!

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  20. You have some clever ideas here! 9 degrees is miserable. I think we are long past that here in Alaska. I'm so over winter it's not even funny. But on the bright side, I do have tulips breaking ground. I call them old faithfuls because they come up every year and they are the first thing to bloom. People in our neighborhood are baffled at how I have them long before anything turns green. The secret is planting alongside the house where it has full southern exposure to sun. They come up even through snow and ice.

    Thank you for joining us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

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    Olivia co-hostess
    Reinvented Collection

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    1. Oh see, that's so smart - you've taken advantage of the microclimate on your property - awesome!!

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