Monday, March 25, 2013

Birch Bark & Moss-French Bunny Picture

I was brainstorming on a cute idea for an Easter picture and decided to use the rest of my moss and some birch bark wrapping paper I bought a while back to create a mossy bunny picture for our foyer.

I used this birch bark wrapping paper I found on sale after Christmas along with this cute pink and gold crown print. I LOVED them both, and they were dirt cheap since they were part of the Christmas clearance so I got both! 

For this project though I am using the birch bark paper to achieve the look of old distressed wood.  

Start off by cutting out a piece of wrapping paper the size of your regular 81/2 x 11 piece of printer paper.

Run your paper thru your printer just as you normally would.....ours prints on the side facing down......

Here is the image right out of the printer.

Then I took a thrift store frame and hot glued moss around it.

While I did this I let the ink on the bunny print dry.

Then just insert the print into the frame as you normally would a picture.

And Voila! Instant Easter art with a natural touch.

You can find the bunny printable HERE.

This picture turned out so much better than I had expected so I had to share it with you.

I really like the thickness of this birch bark paper and it made it easy to get a woodsy look without having to distress real wood, but this project can be done with any paper or card stock of your choice.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Mantel

 Hello everyone! So how is Spring coming along in YOUR neck of the woods? Here in the Mid-West we are getting ANOTHER Spring snow storm. Sigh.....
Regardless of the bipolar weather we are having, I want to show you the updates I have made to my Spring mantel.  
But before I get deep into my post I would like to introduce you to my new BFF Angela.
WHY would I want to introduce you to my new BFF before showing you my mantel?
Well, that is because Miss. Angela works at Pier One and she sold me these GORGEOUS floral stems for $0.98 cents! YES! I swear that was the price of most of these large and beautiful Spring flowers.
They look SO real and even have nubs on some of the stems as if they have been freshly cut.
Oh and see the price tag?! These pink peonies were originally $8.95 and I got them for $0.98 cents!!!

So Miss. Angela rang me up and on my way I went to redo my mantel.  
First things first. I wanted to redo the lantern display I had earlier with something that was a bit brighter and fresh that coordinated with my urn filled with moss covered orbs.
And remember the dried roses I displayed HERE?
(You can read about the moss covered orbs HERE) 
....Well they have been replaced with this white pot filled with what appears to be lily of the valley with some mossy rocks and stones.
I just love how fresh the white and green colors look against our neutral walls and the black metal in the lantern.
As for the other side of the mantel where I am displaying my new flowers from Pier One, I decided to use this large ceramic vase/urn that I found a while back at a local thrift store.
See the shine of the glaze? This is a nice piece of old pottery and I was going to redo the front to cover up the fruit but I decided to just turn that bad boy around so that the fruit was hidden.  Yes, I am tricky like that. :)

So here is the jug with my new flowers. Again, I am keeping with a white and green color motif with pops of black and yellow.
I used an old black candle stick to display a small potted fern. This is nestled behind a plate rack with a daffodil platter, and of course a grapevine ball for texture and a little birdie to tie it all together.
Its not Spring time without flowers and little birdies, right?!
Here is the detail of the daffodil platter.

Down below, on the hearth, I have displayed a collection of various lanterns with a vase of fresh flowers.  

I love lanterns and use them all throughout the house.
On this side of the living room I am keeping the white, green, and black color pallet and primarily used thrifted items, or things I already had on had to achieve my look. 
Thanks to Miss. Angela for being such a great help at Pier One as I rummaged thru all of the floral in hopes to grab up all of the $0.98 cent items! :)
I have plans for the pink peonies whichy you will see later and wanted to use the white flowers on my mantel.

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