Spring Feed

Unexpected Arrangements

For your Spring or Easter arrangements try using jelly bean centerpieces.  All you have to do is get two similarly shaped vases, one 3 inches narrower than the other.  Fill the space between with layered jelly beans.  These look great with tulips or daisies.  I've also seen this done with a row of bunny peeps and jelly beans. They just scream SPRING!


Tulips and Jelly Beans 

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Modern Arrangement

Try grouping different sized cylinders filled with various colored jelly beans without the flowers:

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The possibilities are endless and FUN!


(top photo from allyou.com, bottom from jellybelly.com)


Dazzling Discovery: Shamrocks

Did you know you could plant shamrocks?  I didn't, but what a great touch of green (or purple!) to add indoors.  I also didn't know there were different varieties!  How great would these be on your table or sitting around the room for a St. Patrick's Day party?

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Here is a link to a video where Martha tells you more about them.  Their history is as interesting as they are pretty!

You can purchase your own bulbs here.  Maybe they will bring you good luck!


Easy Spring Craft

I'm so ready for Spring!  How about you?  Here is an easy wreath to get your home ready for the the season.  I got my original inspiration from my friends at No Fuss Fabulous with their Yarn Wreaths that I absolutely love.  Here are mine and my mom's versions!

Supplies: wreaths, butterflies, bugs, nests and some of the birds from Hobby Lobby (the rest I ordered from a wholesaler).  Ribbon, moss and "Family" from Michaels.  Glue gun and lots of glue!

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Various butterflies and bugs.  I used bees and lady bugs.

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Birds and nests.

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Moss and "Family".  I found the "Family" in the scrapbooking section at Michaels.  I was looking for "Welcome" but had no luck.

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The results: Mine

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My mom's:

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I am thrilled with how they turned out!  What do you think?  I love my mom's little bird with the nest.  We wrapped them in ribbon first then placed everything where we wanted it then started gluing.  Both only took about an hour and a half.  Be careful, they are very fragile!  Do you decorate your house for the different seasons?  Hope this inspires you to!


Fresh Idea

We are getting closer to our "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree..." wedding shower.  I've shown you our ideas for the centerpieces.  Since then, I've found so many great ideas for using green apples in your wedding or shower decor on the web.  Below is another beautiful way to show off your apples.  We are serving Green Apple Martinis and this is perfect!

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Isn't this lovely?  You could even use this as the centerpiece.  This would be great for a Spring or Summer party too, it doesn't have to be just for showers.  Get creative, try serving lemonade or limeade this way!  How refreshing...

(photo from countryliving.com)


St. Patrick's Day Cocktails

Instead of green beer for St. Patty's Day, try one of these green Midori Melon Liqueur cocktails!


Midori Cosmo

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Ingredients Per Cocktail

  • 3/4 oz Midori

  • 2 oz  citrus vodka

  • Splash of white cranberry juice

  • Berries or green fruit to garnish

Directions

  • Shake and strain into a chilled glass.
  • Add an optional curly lime peel garnish.

Midori Lagoon

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Ingredients

  • ½ part Midori

  • ¾ part classic golden rum

  • ½ part fresh orange juice

  • Curled lime peel to garnish

Instructions

  • Pour into a tall glass over ice


Midori Sour

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Ingredients

  • 1 part Midori

  • 4 parts sour mix

  • Garnish with melon balls

Directions

  • Serve in a rocks glass over ice

(photos and recipes from thenibble.com)


Last Chance!

In honor of upcoming Spring and the beautiful butterfly, HostessJo.com is giving away this butterfly pitcher.  Enter for your chance to win this lovely white porcelain butterfly pitcher with purple sculpted butterfly attached to handle! 

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All you have to do is go over to HostessJo.com and pick your favorite item and tell us why you like it!  Leave your comment right here.  Contest ends Friday February 27, 2009.  Good Luck!

(retail value=$33.00, dimensions=8 1/4"H X 2"Opening, comes gift boxed)


Dazzling Discovery

I'm loving that yellow is big for Spring this year.  If you aren't ready to dive head first into yellow, add small touches of this sunny color to your home decor and your wardrobe.  Try yellow throw pillows for your bed or sofa.  Purchase a yellow purse.

This bird clock is a great way to add a punch of yellow into your decor. 

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Isn't this cute?  SESAME LETTERPRESS BIRD CLOCK, 5"D, $32; cursivenewyork.com.  

Country Living.com has many other ideas for adding yellow to your decor. 


Hostess Jo Giveaway!

In honor of upcoming Spring and the beautiful butterfly, HostessJo.com is giving away this butterfly pitcher.  Enter for your chance to win this lovely white porcelain butterfly pitcher with purple sculpted butterfly attached to handle! 

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All you have to do is go over to HostessJo.com and pick your favorite item and tell us why you like it!  Leave your comment right here.  Contest ends Friday February 27, 2009.  Good Luck!

(retail value=$33.00, dimensions=8 1/4"H X 2"Opening, comes gift boxed)