Tip For Baseball Moms

This post is a little random.  But, as I was doing this laborious, but somewhat rewarding. chore the other day I thought maybe this might be a useful post for someone out there so here ya go.  I have been doing a lot of this lately.
my boy playing baseball
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{Forced} Tulips

It’s rainy and gray outside today.  Don’t get me wrong, I love rain – but I LOVE the sun more.  So, I thought I would share with you a little sunshine and happiness today in the form of tulips 🙂
 
Tulips speak spring to me.  I haven’t planted bulbs in years.  I just can’t seem to remember!!  But when I saw this post by Kim at Sand and Sisal I knew I had to try it.  I love the looked of forced tulips in glass vases.  I love that you can see all the parts, and I love that you can have that early bit of spring inside.  But, you know I have told you that I am not a patient person….so when Kim also shared her “cheater” version I was on it.  I found my perfect specimen at Aldi for $3.99!! Love it.  Everything else I needed I had.  So, here is what I started with.

 

 

I wasn’t sure how many bulbs I would find or how big they would be so I pulled both vases, but in the end I went with the bigger one.  

 

 

The first step is to remove the bulbs from the pot and the dirt.  I was certain that I was killing them as I ripped apart the roots to free the bulbs.  But, I just had to try.  Hey, if it didn’t work – I only lost $4 ;).  

 

 

 

I did my best to get all the dirt off and trimmed the roots down as Kim instructed and then I started putting together the masterpiece.  First place a couple of handfuls of glass stones (or whatever you have or like – some sort of rock).  
 
Add water just to the top of the stones.

 

 

Then place the bulbs on top of the stones and voila…

 

Well, hmmmm.  That doesn’t look like Kim’s.  So, I used some stones that I had leftover and placed them around the bulbs to help them to stay in position.  There that’s better. 

 

 

 

And what glory I saw a few days later…
 

 

I’m soooo happy this worked!!  Please be sure to check out Kim’s post for the real way to force tulip bulbs and for her full instructions on how to do it the cheater way ;).  
 
 
Trying to get organized today on a plan for some spring cleaning.  Hoping to have warm, sunny, open windows kind of weather soon so I can get started!!
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Springified Mantel

Well, all the chicks have returned to the nest and we are back in our routine.  The weather here has been like a yo-yo.  One day in the 70s next day in the 30s.  Since I can’t dig in the dirt yet I decided to springify the mantel.  

 

I showed you last week my chevron backdrop project,

 

 

and showed you my burlap wreath here.

 

 

The rest of the things on the mantel I already had.  
 
You’ll see something different with the wreath – the accessory.  The cross was cute, but something about it was bugging me, so it found a new home.  

 

I just added it to the heart wreath that I keep on my door year around.  I can never get the color on the front door to photograph well, but it’s the same as the inside here.
 
I was at Hobby Lobby looking for something to put in its place and the feather just spoke to me ;).  

 

Most of the time when I have a weird idea I tend to avoid it, but this time I went for it and I really like the look, it brings softness to it all.  

 

 

 Here it is all together again.

 

Simple enough that it will most likely stay like that for a while!!  Very excited about the chevron backdrop and the potential.  The command hook works perfectly to hold up the wreath – and I’m already thinking of other things I could hang on there when I get tired of the wreath!!
 
Blessings to you this week!  Take time and prepare your hearts for the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord!!
The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”
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Burlap Wreath {Spring Craftiness}

Well, it’s March and I finally took down my Valentine’s decor this weekend :).  I have several projects that I have pinned that I wanted to craft for the spring.  I’m pretty sure these were there last year and I never got to them, so I was determined to at least get to one or two.  One of my favs are those cute burlap wreaths I have seen out in blog-land thanks to pinterest.  (I’m a pinterest addict – at least I can admit it.)  So I went to Hobby Lobby and bought my supplies.  Thankfully the ribbon was on sale 50% off.  As I’ve said before, I try not to buy many things at HL at full price because if you wait a week it will be on sale!
burlap wreath supplies
Then I checked out several of my pins to see how they went about making this cute.  There are two or three methods that I found and I tried a couple but this one was by far my favorite and pretty easy really.  Follow the link to Top This Top That and check out her tutorial.  
burlap wreath tutorial from top this top that
source: Top This Top That
All that is involved is weaving the burlap ribbon in and out of the metal frame.  Easy peasy – yes!!  The best thing is it doesn’t have to be perfect, because it is simple to fluff and adjust as you work with it and even when it’s done.  
burlap wreath tutorial
I wanted to add a little color and something for spring/Easter.  I found this fabulous CORAL ribbon at HL. (I had to take a picture with my orange scissors because the color just wasn’t coming through otherwise.)
coral grosgrain ribbon
I found some cute polka-dot ribbon too.  I also bought a wooden cross and some paint to match the ribbon, not exactly sure what I was going to do with all of it.  I started by trying to make a bow with the ribbon….I stink at making bows with ribbon that isn’t wired so I scratched that idea.  That’s when I came up with this.
ribbon cross
I decided I wanted the coral ribbon to shine because it’s awesome, so I painted the cross with the blue paint and then began layering the ribbon on the cross, simply hot-gluing it to the back.  {As a side note – I finally bought myself a big-girl glue gun!  🙂  I have been using one of those mini low temp jobbies for years, and I was tired of the glue drying before I got things in place.  Sooo loving my new one!!}  I added a bow to the front just for cuteness.  
ribbon covered cross tutorial
I knew I didn’t want this accessory to be permanent on my wreath because I knew I would want to use it at other times, so I simply made a big pile of glue on the back of the cross and stuck a pipe cleaner in the center.  I then used the pipe cleaner to attach the cross to the wreath.
how to attach an object to a burlap wreath
burlap wreath
The plan was to hang this above my mantle as part of my spring decor.  After hanging it up there I realized that it blended in with the brick.  A.  Lot.  
burlap wreath
So, I am thinking of ways to make it stand out.  A mirror?  A board behind it like this?  
source: MadeByGirl
Really love the chevron on this.  What do you think?  Ideas?  

Jump on over here to see what I came up with :)!!

Blessings and happy spring!!
 
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