Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lovely Little Baskets

Lately I have been quite busy making these adorable little baskets. Everyone seems to be loving them and wanting them. How could you not, they're not too bulky, they look fantastic on your door, your wall, or just standing on the floor in an empty spot. I've been busy making some samples for custom orders to list on my etsy shop to try and reach a broader audience. The first is one in pink and white flowers.

I love these little baskets and love making arrangements in them, it just adds to the charm.

I love adding dried florals in a number of the arrangements, they always give off a nice scent.

I enjoy making these baskets, they always put a smile on my face and it's so easy to create beautiful arrangements from them.

I love using higher quality artificial flowers, because they don't look, how do I put this....fake. Plus they definitely photograph so much better.

This purple and white basket is one of my favorites, it would look great on a chippy white door.

I intertwined some antique white satin ribbon in the basket. However, there is the option of choosing a different color ribbon, or no ribbon at all.

From baskets to wreaths, I finally completed making this lovely vibrant wreath that welcomes spring for sure.

Lush greens, and sweet bright pink flowers with touches of purple here and there fill up this round beauty.

More wreaths and arrangements are to come, now I need to tend to my garden since the weather has been so beautiful. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed my creations!
Warm Hugs,
Melissa :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

What a Find!

After weeks of searching on Craigslist for something to catch my eye, I came across this piece.

The glass on the main door was broken, but I saw that as an easy, inexpensive fix. There was no knob, however that did not bother me at all because that would be an easy fix as well.

This piece was moldy and just screamed to be taken home by somebody and given some TLC, and apparently it yelled out my name loud enough because for only forty dollars, yes you read that correctly, forty dollars how could I walk away from this piece, how?
After a lot of cleaning and painting, the finished product turned out........

The lock that previously was on the door was removed and replaced with this pretty crystal knob.

As you can see the glass on the door was replaced with new glass, I really wanted to replace it with beveled glass but this piece wasn't made with a thick enough depth to hold a beveled piece. Oh well, I'll take this over the broken taped up piece.

There are still parts on the wood that are chippy and a bit broken, however I feel that adds to the charm and I kind of like it. It took a while for me to decide what to paint this piece, at first I was thinking cream, but lately I have really been liking pale gray colors and noticed I did not have much furniture in that color.
It took a while to complete this piece and I must say I am satisfied. Now I am off to tackle my next project on my list and once I complete it, you bet I'll post and share it with you.
Warm Hugs, Melissa :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Welcome Easter/Spring Tablescape

Easter is pretty much knocking on our doors and so is beautiful spring. I swear the holidays and seasons keep creeping up on me faster and faster each year.
I am so excited to share with you my Easter or spring tablescape. Here in the northeast the Bradford Pear trees are blooming up a storm and are so lovely, how about cutting up some twigs and using them as your centerpiece?

I love the cloud of white and the exposure of the twigs, giving the look a more natural feel.

This look is so easy and inexpensive to change up for Easter, you can go with a spring theme on your plate settings and just tie the napkins up with a satin ribbon (color of your choice), and some boxwood and spring flower of your choice. Here I chose grape hyacinths because they hold up pretty well without water for an extended period of time.

Now it's so easy to turn this plate setting into an Easter setting, simply place a decorative nest of your choice and voila!

You can certainly add some tiny artificial eggs into the nest to give it an even more Eastery feel, however I chose to keep it very simple and sweet.

The wired urn I had purchased from Aidan Gray. It has a top to it, but I decided to remove it for this particular arrangement. I lined it with a moss mat and also added the moss mat onto the scrunched burlap I laid on the table. I wanted to give this look a little more of a garden feel, and I feel that moss is a great way of incorporating that look.

You can purchase moss mats at any of your local craft stores, and the nice thing is you can cut them to fit your needed size or leave as is!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and got some ideas for decorating your next Easter or spring tablescape. I wish everyone a Happy Easter!