Easter Entry

I don't know why, but we have lived here for coming on 3 years and have never opened our box of Easter decor. I guess when you have a lot of renos happening you just don't feel like doing any more cleaning than you have to... but yet I still find time to decorate for Christmas so this year I decided to stop making excuses. Getting our house Easter Bunny ready has been the mission this week!

When I finally cracked open that container of Easter stuff I liked about half of it and was scratching my head at the other half. So Wren and I did some digging and decided to repurpose various items for a look that was more fitting with our house. We have also been hard at work at a fun craft involving eggs... but it isn't quite at the unveiling stage.

Starting at the front door we decided to welcome guests with something that is bound to please: a chocolate, candy and poetry combo.

Our DIY chalkboard has served us well in so many rooms and seasons, but has taken a little hiatus over the last year.

I think that is my favorite part of DIY projects and upcycling, the frame cost me $2, the chalkboard paint was left over from another project and the mdf was just pennies out of the scrap bin at Home Depot, so you don't feel any guilt or remorse when it doesn't get used for a while.

The quote seemed quite appropriate until just yesterday, and if you live in Alberta you know exactly why I no longer agree with this sentiment. And you also understand why my pictures are so grey. Bleh.

Our box of Easter items had some sugar coated egg ornaments which ties nicely with our wreath on the front door, but I forgot how hideous the matching tree was. So we broke out our little book tree from Christmas Past.

Same tree circa December 2010.

And an assortment of goodies will keep 'em coming back for more! You know what's so hilarious to me? When I look back at all our past decor shots it always appears to be a perpetual "in progress" shot LOL. We definitely need to get our butts in gear so some of these photos don't constantly have unfinished business peeking out. It almost looks silly to be decorating around this stuff!

Ok, enough rambling about our half-finished renos and time to get back to them!

Spring, come out come out where ever you are!

I haven't done much shopping at all in the last 2 months. We have been busy as bees working on the house and filling custom orders with WhiteBerry, so decorating has taken a backseat. This weekend was my first trip out shopping since the holidays I think, so I was like a kid in a candy store! Here are a few of my spring finds, although it hardly feels like spring yet.
Egg wreath's ($20, HomeSense) have been something I've always loved but have yet to buy. I love all the colorful ones, but wanted to wait until I found a nice neutral one that would suit our house. As soon as I saw this one I immediately thought "Looks like Martha made it!". It has all her signature colors, and was simply elegant so I decided to throw it in my cart.
I like that it has a hint of bling with the "sugared" eggs.
Another Martha-esque item is my new apple bowl. I can already picture it on our future marble counters (no, we haven't officially started ripping out the kitchen but we are finalizing our cabinet order as we speak!!!).
Photobucket I love the mint color and with some lemons or red apples it will be the perfect pop of color in our white kitchen. But before then I think it will hold all our Easter eggs in the coming weeks.
And my 'favorite find of the day' award goes to my new hardware organizer for the office. It will be hung on my inspiration wall with my blackboard and paint swatches. I love it as it is (and for $40 I couldn't be more thrilled!) but I am going to be adding antique library card labels to help keep inventory of how many knobs I have laying around. I tended to stash them in various drawers around the house before this came along and never knew what I had or how many, so it is nice to visually see what is on hand.

If only they had 2 of these! I already have every bin full and have a feeling that it will be an ongoing battle to limit myself to these 15 bins.
I have also been working on updating my Spring wardrobe, so be warned that there may be a few fashion posts lurking in the near future. I have no hope of wearing this stuff for weeks it seems so I need to let out my excitement somewhere~