How to Make An Easter Sock Bunny

For the last few years I’ve set a goal to do at least one pin from my Pinterest collection each season. I don’t always reach that goal, but am slowly trying out pins. Today I’m sharing my DIY Easter sock bunny. There are several posts online for a sock bunny. I used a Dollar Tree pair of white socks. I could not find an all-white pair of men’s socks and had to buy a women’s pair. It works fine but is a little smaller than those shared elsewhere.

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Create An Easter Candy Centerpiece

For spring and Easter this year, I wanted to try the simple craft of a candy-filled vase.  Florists have used the 2 vase technique for years.  Get a clear glass vase that is wide and tall enough to hold a smaller vase.  Then fill the area between the 2 glass walls with candy.  You can use jelly beans, candy corn in fall, or pastel mints for Easter and spring.  I bought a simple glass vase and pastel mints at Dollar Tree.  I added a plastic glass for the insert.

 

 

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Making Christmas Special & Unique

Next week is the  beginning of October, and many of us are looking ahead to colder weather and all the holidays to come. Well, just it’s just cooler weather here in Florida, but I like that.  The next few months are filled with special times: Halloween with treats and decorations, Thanksgiving to remember to be grateful, and Christmas a time to share our joy.   The last 6 months have been far from normal, and I must admit, I’m not as enthused about the holidays as normal.  So today I am doing positive affirmations and remembering the reason for the season.  Even  after recent events of the pandemic and the worries about tomorrow, we need to  start thinking ahead and planning what we can do to make this Christmas a special one even if it’s different. With that in mind, here are some of the things to consider.

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Rustic Pumpkin With Cotton Bolls, Flowers & Burlap Leaves

For the last few years there have been lots of decorations with cotton bolls. Cotton is grown in 17 southern states stretching across the bottom half of the United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.  I remember the first time I saw a cotton field from our car as my family drove west across Tennessee to Memphis.  It was a remarkable sight, a field filled with white cotton bolls. Now buying real bolls for decorations can be expensive if you don’t get them locally. Read More

How To Make A Twig Frame

I love the twig crafts I’ve seen on Pinterest and other blogs. For fall I am going rustic by adding texture with wood and burlap with lots of neutrals  and tans to my living room and dining room.  A twig frame would be a great addition. There are several reasons I love this craft.  First off the little sticks are free out of my yard. Second they are natural and rustic with such texture.  The frame is perfect for fall, but I know I’ll be using my twig frame year-round. Whether I need to frame a small Santa or spring flowers, a twig frame works beautifully. Read More

Fall Shell & Flower Arrangement

Living in Central Florida, I have touches of coastal decor in my home year round. Last spring I added pastels to my living and dining rooms. Summer I went with hot tropical colors.  For fall I am going rustic by adding texture with wood and burlap with lots of neutrals  and tans.  On www.beallsflorida.com,  I saw a bunch of faux shell arrangements using succulents and  on Pinterest, there are amazing shell and floral arrangements.  I don’t want to spend $30 or more and was inspired to try making an arrangement with one of my real conch shells from Key West.

 

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Updated Thrift Store Bird House

Toward the end of last year when I was browsing in my favorite thrift store, I saw a dirty little bundle of ribbon and what looked like a bird house.   I got it for practically nothing and brought it home. I put it away until the new year.  I meant to redo this bird house several months ago, but life has been a bit wonky.  I’m finally doing it in August.  I must apologize for not taking photos when I first got it.  When I emptied the second bedroom for the new floor, my crafting supplies were stacked in the living room. My friend helped me move things and then we were sitting across the room from each other (safe distance) for a while.  I absent mindedly picked up the dirty mess and started taking it apart while we talked.  When I first picked it up, my friend Vickie asked why I even bought it.  It was covered in lots of dirty sheer “white” ribbon.  I think it must have been bows maybe originally but at that point it was lots and lots of loops and glue all over the bird house.  As I picked it off Vickie suddenly said now I like it.  She couldn’t stand the ribbon.  I’m not one to waste anything and I handwashed the ribbon to use on something else. The bird house had been hand painted and lots of details were glued on.  I liked the bird house except for the roof. The roof was a green/peach striped tape with 2 additional details glued on.  I really felt there was too much green with the house body being solid green.  I peeled the tape and details off.

 

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