Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Vignette and a Pottery Barn Hack

I always love/hate getting the spring Pottery Barn catalog. It's full of so many fun, but expensive ideas. It never fails to ignite my inner creative-cheapskate though. This year I was inspired to re-create one of my very favorite Pottery Barn spring vignettes.

This image is all over Pinterest this time of year, and with good reason… it's cute as a bunny. I am certainly not the first to recreate it either, but it was a fun jumping off point for my own little vignette.

I only had enough eggs to write "spring" but I figure I can get more mileage out of that than "Happy Easter." They may still be hanging there in June! I just wrote the letters on with a sharpie and hot glued on a loop of ribbon. Embarrassingly simple and far from perfect looking, but better than paying Pottery Barn prices!
The other big difference between my vignette and the original is the number of bunnies. Now there is no shortage of bunny figurines in my house at this time of year, but rather than group them all in one place, I let them hippity-hop all over.  Let's take a look at a few of them!

This guy is the biggest of the bunch, and although he is quite handsome, he's not quite my favorite.

 This little fella, all snuggled in his mossy nest, is my favorite.  I found the pretty scalloped bowl at Pier 1, and painted the little blue eggs with some craft paint. The candles are from Target (they smell delicious!).

I know there is no bunny in my coffee table vignette, but that's only because he has since moved outside. I will share some of my outdoor decor later this week… that is if they're not covered in snow! It's 50* outside today, but we've got a winter storm watch on for tomorrow. I wish spring would be here to stay. This teasing is just cruel!
I'm linking up here: My Romantic Home A Stroll Thru Life French Country Cottage My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Savvy Southern Style DIY by Design Between Naps on the Porch DIY Showoff Jennifer Rizzo Under the Table and Dreaming

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Natural Spring Mantel

With snow on the ground and sub-zero temps still on the thermometer, it can be tough to get into the swing of spring. I can't do much about the appearance of the world outside my front door, but in order to brighten things up inside, I went with a fresh, natural spring mantle in my kitchen.
As the focal point of my kitchen mantel, the burlap wreath has to be a workhorse; she's been dressed for fall, Christmas, Valentine's, and St. Patty's Day so far this year. She got yet another makeover to welcome spring.

I took out the green ribbon and replaced it with some more natural-looking elements. A bird's nest, ferns, and pussy willows are perfect for spring and Easter.
 The burlap bunny made an appearance again this year, albeit in a new frame. You can see him in a Pottery Barn inspired vignette here {my most-viewed post ever, thanks to Pinterest!}. 
The chalk art in my firebox was inspired by this beautiful Easter card I found on Pinterest. You can still see the shadows of my previous drawings, but from a distance it's not too noticeable.

Decorating my mantel for each new season may seem like a bit of a chore, but I have found a formula that works for my space. By sticking with the same basic elements and just changing out the colors and small accessories, I can enjoy a fresh look every few months. 
 Even though winter is still hanging on outside, I am ready to welcome spring indoors! 
I'm linking up here:
My Romantic Home A Stroll Thru Life
French Country Cottage My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Savvy Southern Style DIY by Design
Between Naps on the Porch DIY Showoff
Jennifer Rizzo Under the Table and Dreaming
At the Picket Fence

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What I Wore: Chambray + Denim

I finally got myself a chambray shirt this week! Now, I realize I jumped on this fashion bandwagon about two years after everyone else, but I was pretty proud of my trendy self. That is, until I realized the multitude of outfits I had pinned featuring this wardrobe staple almost all paired it with colored bottoms. I own zero pairs of cute, pastel-hued skinny jeans. I don't even have any black jeans.

So what's a girl to do but don double-denim?
What do you think… is it a fashion faux-pas or an acceptable substitute till I can invest in some colored bottoms?
Shirt, shoes: Old Navy
Jeans: Silver
Pin: Claire's

I have one true, kelly-green item of clothing, so of course I had to wear it for St. Patty's Day.
Cardi: Mod Cloth
Top: Boden
Jeans: Target

I love the drape of this Target cardi. It was tucked in the back of my closet, so when I found it, it was almost like finding new clothes. Maybe I'll start hiding things from myself more often, just for the thrill of finding them.
 Cardi, turtleneck, jeans: Target
Shoes: Born
Pin: The Pleated Poppy

The next two are just cozy, lazy-day outfits, but I think the pop of color in each made them feel a bit more fun and special.
Cardi: Old Navy
Jeans, flats: Target
Scarf: Macy's

Top, flats: Old Navy
Jeans Target

I'm linking up here:
pleated poppy

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Top o' the morning' to ya!
I'm wearing the green today in honor of my teeny-tiny bit o' Irish blood. Also? I don't like getting pinched. In fact, I might react rather badly if you were to pinch me.
Fair warning.
We are going all-out with the Irish fun, albeit in a family-friendly way.
I'm making this Guinness beef stew for dinner.

Along with traditional Irish soda bread.

And these yummy St. Patty's Day treats for dessert.

I made the cookies last night, and they are super easy and dangerously delicious. 
As opposed to magically delicious, like the collectors edition Lucky Charms my kids had for breakfast, courtesy of the good folks at General Mills.

Thank goodness for Pinterest… my source for all this lovely Irish inspiration. If you'd like to see more of what I'm pinning, you can follow along here.

It is also where I found this lovely Irish proverb. 
So true, don't you think?
Hope you have a blessed St. Patty's Day!
Erin Go Bragh!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WIWW: The Cardigans Continue

I have a love affair with sweaters. Turtlenecks, pullovers, cardigans… I love 'em all. Lately, I've been all about the cardigans. Specifically, the boyfriend cardigan. I love their longer length and slouchy, casual look. I'm a slouchy, casual kind of gal I guess. 

My favorite cardigan right now is this one from Target. I'm loving all the pretty spring colors they have available. I might need to pick up a few more!
Cardi, jeans, flats: Target
Scarf: Nordstrom

Cardi, jeans, flats: Target
Tee: LL Bean

Cardi: Target
Jeans: NYDJ
Scarf: Old Navy
Boots: Born

To button or not to button, that was my question with this sweater. It got thrown in the dryer and is a bit  shrunken and misshapen now, so it didn't want to lay right. I kept fidgeting with the buttons all day.

Cardi: Target
Tee: Banana Republic
Scarf: Lands End
Jeans: NYDJ
Boots: Madden Girl

Cardi: Lands End
Tee: Boden
Scarf: Nordstrom
Flats: Target
I am completely enamored with this scarf. The colors are perfect for spring. You can find it here.

I broke out a dress for church on Ash Wednesday, but the weather demands I still pair it with wool leggings. 

Dress: Shade Clothing
Scarf: ?? it was a gift
Leggings: Smartwool
Boots: Madden Girl

And just for fun… 
Here's a peek at what my kiddos wear when left to their own devices. I'm calling it prairie chic meets detective ballerina… with athletic-wear accents. Tres chic? More like tres weird!
I'm linking up here:
pleated poppy

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spring Break Doings

I've been pretty spotty with blogging the little things lately, but I do try to share everyday doings on Instagram. I'd love it if you followed along… you can find me here. We just finished up a week long vacation from school… and I wish I could say we spent this spring break lounging on a beach somewhere, but unfortunately we stayed pretty close to home. That doesn't mean we didn't have a few adventures and lots of fun though! 

 We took advantage of our lazy days with lots of late night movies, followed by sleeping late the next day. And WAFFLES!

It finally warmed up into the 20s, so we wasted no time and headed out to the local sledding hill. It was great to finally enjoy all the snow we've gotten this year.

We did have one school-related adventure and went to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a field trip on medieval art. However, the kids were much more entertained by the nudes. The museum was pretty quiet, so they had free reign to giggle and goof around.

After the museum we went to a local British pub for fish and chips. My two little anglophiles absolutely loved it.

 I had the fish and chips, while Caitlin had bangers and mash. Hunter, however, had grilled cheese. Even British food is too exotic for his taste it seems.

We are finally getting new neighbors in the house across the road, so I put together a little welcome gift for them. It was so sunny and cute, I had a hard time parting with it!

What's spring break without some spring cleaning? I've never shared my upstairs bathroom here, but since I spent half the day Saturday scrubbing every inch of it, I thought I better snap a picture and share. 

Have you had spring break yet? Do you travel or stay home like we did?