Friday, March 24, 2017

Change of Season: Spring Decor

With two days left of spring break, it was time to get out the spring and Easter decor. 

Bunnies, eggs...




A wreath full of happy pastels...



Some mock chocolate rabbits for the kitchen island...


... and prettily patterned metal eggs near a sunny window.


After sorting through a tub full of spring goodness, a sizeable amount will be taken to my classroom on Monday for my kindergartners to enjoy.

Oh yes, I decorate for them too.

~Michaele~

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bunny Collages in my Etsy Shop

This week's bunnies-on-the-brain symptoms aren't dissipating.  I went to bed two nights ago, not terribly thrilled with where I had left off with this fellow:


The torn paper at the top... yuck.

The next morning, I wondered why I couldn't make more tulle pom poms to soften the look of the paper.  Soft green, pink, white, fun little fluffy poms.  I switched out his tail too.



MUCH better!

Displaying him on the wall above my desk, I thought it would be fun to try a few more.



Canvas boards, acrylic paint, bubble wrap, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, tulle, ribbon, buttons and twine filled my craft table, and three collages were born.  Traditional pastels...


... peachy coral and turquoise...


... and my favorite, rad plaid.


These are going to hippity-hop their way over to my Etsy shop, along with two spring paper buntings exactly like the one displayed across the chalkboard on my desk.

HOPPY Spring!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Bunnies on the Brain

Day 3 of Spring Break, and I've got bunnies on the brain, which is probably appropriate as it's the first day of spring itself.... understandable, as I distract myself in order to avoid jinxing my forsythia... it might have survived the winter!  And well...

... they're just cute.

Yarn, paper, paint, ribbon, beads, floss, felt, felted balls, needles, scissors, thread, hot glue, all in a pile.  Disorganized inspiration for the afternoon.

Pompom bunnies first, a craft I've been wanting to try for several years. Yes, years.  I'm a kindergarten teacher, so I pin a lot of crafts to Pinterest, and promptly run out of time to try them.

But ~not~ on spring break.

White yarn, gray yarn.  Cute little pink pearl beads.


And ta-daaaaaaaaaaa!  A white chinchilla-looking fuzzball.

"Bunny" it is!




Then I tried some floppy ears.  I think I love them.



I told a friend that the pompom bunnies were cute, but weren't singing to me.  Time to move on to paper and paint.

I printed out a template of a rabbit shape that I liked, but couldn't decide between sheet music or black paper with white polka dots.


Why not play with paint while I decide, I thought.




I even tossed some light and dark gray on there and smeared it around.  Tearing some floral scrapbooking paper seemed like a good idea too, at which point I decided on the black and white polka dot bunny silhouette.

Here are the piles now, paint drying, coffee gone.

Just enough time to blog.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15: Confession

I have a confession to make.

**cough**

IstillhaveaChristmastreeup.

~orTWO~

*C-O-U-G-H*

I know, I KNOW!  And it's ~so~ unlike me, honestly.

The "big" Christmas tree was taken down and all of the upstairs decor was packed away before New Year's, but my silver tinsel tree with its vintage-y ornaments and the felt ornament kitsch tree in the downstairs den... well... I just haven't felt... done with them.

We've had bipolar weather here in Oz since Christmas, ranging from wind chills of -11 degrees to highs of 50+ with more thermal mood swings yet to come.  I'm also forty-seven years old now and am not feeling terribly inclined to continue to impose rules upon myself.  Maybe I'm entering a new sparkle phase.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, perhaps I'll feel the urge to catch up with the calendar.

Perhaps.






Just another example of that's-just-so-NOT-like-me being...


... me.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Oh Christmas Trees, Oh Christmas Trees...

... how sparkly are thy branches.

One of my longest delayed decorating whirlwinds ever (thanks to an overwhelmingly busy school year that has had me beyond exhausted) finally occurred on Monday and Tuesday, just days before Christmas.

Houston, we have TREES!

 There's one on the front porch:


 ... and one upstairs between the living and dining rooms, being kept company by two Norfolk pines (not pictured) that hopefully won't go into shock after I replanted them into larger ceramic pots.


 The Fifth Grader helped me decorate our kitschy tree for the downstairs den, full of felt ornaments and glittery bulbs, with Abominable greeting us each time we congregate for a holiday movie:



... and I couldn't resist putting my ever-growing collection of vintage ornaments on display in my crafty nook:




Better late than never, and there's an ever-so-significant-SLIGHT chance that the trees will stay up past the New Year.

Can you blame me?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Blooms

After a few weeks away from school, blooms are beginning to appear:



Tomato blooms...




Petunia blooms...

... and the blooms that promise pumpkins:



I do love summer blooms.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Simple Summer Porch Decor

Summer has started, which means it's time to summer-clean, summer-sort, and summer-decorate.

I don't go hog wild because hey, it's this teacher's ~vacation~ after a surprisingly difficult school year.

Simple is good.  I have books to catch up on, recorded mini-series to binge-watch, crafting to do.

I found a beautiful hanging basket (flat, pouch-style) on sale a few weeks ago at Nell Hill's, a glorious home decor shop, just waiting for some faux flowers... white cherry blossoms and blue hydrangeas, maybe?


The cherry blossom branches are on long wired stems and were easy to bend:


The hydrangeas were in a bush, and needed to be cut apart.  I spread each stem away from the base:


... and then snippity-snipped.  My continued use of highly technical terms likely indicates to you that my summer break really has just begun.  Give me a week or two.  I'll relax.  I promise.




Then it was time to tuck and arrange the branches and stems.  I thought I'd need the green floral wire to attach the stems to some of the woven basket sections, but I ended up liking the floppy arrangement well enough to not use it. 


No...


Not quite...


Ding ding ding!  We have a winner!



Go ahead, blame the inner-Alaskan in me for using spring flowers for summer porch decor.  I won't mind.


I'll be busy reading, watching, and crafting, after all.