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Deck Decor

While looking for ideas to spice up our back deck I found this picture of a deck very similar to ours.

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Most everything is the same except we don't have benches.  I would love a rug like this!  It makes it so cozy along with the floor cushions.  The web is full of inspiration!  Hope this inspires you to spruce up your outdoor spaces.


(photo from myhomeideas.com)


To Paint or Not to Paint...

THAT is the question.  I've been looking for another project and I think I've found it!  The inside of the house is pretty much done for now so I'm moving to the outside.  In the front of the house I always do monochromatic colors of flowers, chairs, etc.  In the back I decorate with all kinds of colors.  Multicolored tablecloth, chairs and flowers.  I love color. 

My chairs have seen better days because they are totally exposed to the elements.  I've thought about buying cushions to spice them up, but then the cushion would just get dirty. 

Then I found these ideas from BHG for painting patio furniture!  They are so colorful and bright.

Love love the polka dots and daisies below!

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I have a beverage tub like this.  I think this would be a lot of fun to paint.

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The cool blue stripes below go great with the pool.

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So I've painted designs on wooden furniture for indoors.  My question is would this sort of thing work on chairs like this??:

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According to BHG you use acrylic paint then seal with a varnish.  I've heard of plastic paint too.  Anyone ever painted outdoor furniture before?  Mine would be in the sun and rain so I'm wondering if the designs would fade and/or come off.  The chairs are not expensive so I'm thinking it will be fun to try it and if they get messed up it won't be a huge loss!  Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated!


Reaching New Heights

I am constantly amazed by all of the different ways to arrange flowers.  Especially when they are arranged in easy to find, inexpensive containers like these little fishbowls.  I just love the simplicity of these arrangements.  Bonus-I have both zinnias and hosta in my yard.  If you don't have them in your yard they are available at most any nursery or hardware store.

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These fishbowls are filled 2/3 full of water.  A hosta leaf is then curled around the inside of the bowl.  Add any flowers you like.  They used three to five per bowl here.  Then stack at varying heights.  Now you have a bright summery floral display. 


(photo from myhomeideas.com)


Patriotic Lighting

Memorial Day is just around the corner, can you believe it?  I can't.  Here is an easy way to make your plain candle holders look more patriotic for the occasion.  Also great for the 4th of July.

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Tools and Materials
Assorted cylindrical clear-glass containers
Glassine sheets in red, white, and blue
Tape measure
Rotary cutter or edgers
Double-sided tape
Glue stick

Patriotic Votive How-To
1. Measure the height and circumference of the container, adding 1/2 inch to the circumference. Cut a piece of glassine to these measurements. Wrap the glassine around the container, and adhere using the double-sided tape.

2. Use the remaining colors to create patterns and decorations on the votive, such as stripes of colored glassine. Cut the stripes with the edgers or rotary cutter to give them an added visual appeal. Affix the decorations to the votive using the double-sided tape or glue stick.

Watch a how to video here.

For even more patriotic flare check out Hostess Jo's Patriotic Section!  Get 15% off with coupon code "memorial" now through Memorial Day!

(photo from marthastewart.com)


Interesting Arrangement

I love how everyone is filling their flower vases with all kinds of objects these days.  You can use basically any kind of candy, we found out at Easter.  All you need are two similarly shaped vases (one narrower than the other) and a little creativity and you've got a one-of-a-kind arrangement!  The one below uses Mother of Pearl buttons in water to appear like baubles.  This would be a pretty idea for Mother's Day don't you think?

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Small iridescent seashells would look nice too. You could also coordinate the button color to the flower color.  The smaller the interior vase the larger your objects can be.  What have you used to fill your vases lately?

(photo from marthastewart.com)


Graduation Party Ideas

I recently had a reader email me for graduation party ideas for her husband graduating from college.  I'm so glad she did because I realized I've never written about graduation parties!  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures yet, but maybe you can use some of these ideas...

Her email:

Hi Joanna,
I have recently found your site, and I LOVE it. I was
wondering if you could give me any ideas for a graduation party. My husband is graduating from college in May, and I'm having a hard time coming up with the decor/theme
for the party. His favorite color is green, and so are the
school colors. I was thinking of doing all green, but I
don't know what to do to not make it look too
kid'ish or girly. Can you help?? Any suggestions??



My response:

Hi,

I've got a couple of ideas for you...I was thinking you could do a "Past, Present and Future" theme, like have pics of him as a child, pics of him now and pics of whatever he graduated with- say it was architecture-drawings of buildings, etc.  Then you could frame them in green frames.  Depending on how many rooms you are going to use you could separate them among three rooms.

For centerpiece(s) you could turn a graduation cap upside down, place a vase inside of it with Bells of Ireland.  Here is a link: 
http://tinyurl.com/d9bwvp.  I think they are a more "masculine" flower and they are the prettiest color green.  If there is space between the cap and vase you could fill it with green colored gems-they have these at Wal-mart in the craft section. 

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I always say to serve cupcakes for dessert or snacks because they are easy and mess free and now you can do any decorations you could imagine on them.  Everyone loves them.  My favorite place to go for decorations is Fancy Flours.  Here is a link to their graduation page http://tinyurl.com/dd6ofz.  These http://tinyurl.com/c2qyzuwould be PERFECT for your party because they are adult and not girly!  They are a bit pricey so I would suggest just doing a few in these wrappers and doing the rest plain

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I was also thinking that you could roll up little scrolls then tie green ribbon around them to look like miniature degrees/diplomas.  Have them sitting in a basket with pens as your guests come in and instruct them (with a small sign) to take one and write either a well wish or piece of advice to your graduate.  Then have another basket to drop them off in.

If you want to do favors, I would keep it simple like green M & M s in little cellophane bags...food favors always go over well.

Well I hope this helps!  Let me know if you have any questions or need any other ideas!  I'd love it if you would take pics of the party and I could feature you on the blog.  Have a great party and congrats to the graduate!

Thanks,

Joanna

I think she really liked the ideas and I'm hoping she will send us some pictures of the party!


Under the Sea

Are you daydreaming of days on the beach, hearing the crashing waves with a fruity concoction in your hand like I am?  Ahhhhhhh...   Then you will like these pictures.

I'm loving the new more natural look of beach/sea life decor.  The creams and tans are just so clean and fresh.  Plus you don't have to live at the beach to incorporate them into your existing decor!  These new neutrals go with everything.  Not only is it great for homes but also looks amazing at parties and weddings.

These are a few of my favorite sea things:

Sea Life Pillows

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Japanese Float Table Lamp

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Natural Starfish

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Shells on Strings

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Mini Recycled Glass Tealight Holders

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And my favorite of all!  Seascape Table Setting

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EGGcellent!

For your Easter table centerpiece, try this twist on the traditional Easter egg tree.  Your children will love it!  Bonus:  this would also be cute for a "Mama Bird/Baby Bird" or "Nesting" baby shower.

Swinging Birdie Egg Tree

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First find a branch in your backyard and set in sand or pebbles.  You will also need:

 

Egg carton
Hole punch
1/4-inch-wide ribbon
Colored tissue paper
Pinking shears or decorative-edge craft scissors
Blown eggs
Glue stick
Colored feathers
Colored card stock
Marker

Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours

Rock-a-bye Birdies - Step 1 1. For each, cut a cup from the egg carton and punch 3 holes as shown.

2. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon, each about 9 inches long. Thread an end of each piece through a hole in the carton and knot it, then tie the other ends of the ribbons together.

3. Cut two 2- by 6-inch rectangles of tissue paper, one with the pinking shears. Lay the pinked rectangle on top of the other. Wrap the papers around a blown egg so that the pinked edge peeks out from behind the straight edge. Secure with the glue stick.

4. Place the wrapped egg in the cradle. Use the glue stick to attach a small tuft of feather and a card stock beak and eyes to the egg. Make pupils on the eyes with the marker.

(photo from familyfun.com)