Happy Easter!

I hope anyone celebrating Easter today had a lovely day! The hubs and I had an absolutely fantastic meal with the in-laws at one of our favorite local restaurants. It was delicious & low-key, and now we’re kicking back and enjoying some relaxation time.

Yesterday, I went home to PA to visit my family, including my cuter-than-cute nephew Silas! He and his parents have been visiting on and off for a few weeks now (they live in California), and I’ve just been jumping at every opportunity and free afternoon to spend with him.

SilasWateringCanI gave Silas some Easter presents – and the big hit was a set of two little plastic watering cans – a blue elephant and a yellow duck – that came from the dollar section at Target.

SilascansIt just goes to show that the price tag in no way correlates to the fun that little ones can have!

WateringFlowersWe spent the morning walking around Grammie’s garden and watering all of the flowers, bushes, trees, and pretty much everything else out there. It warmed my heart to see these little flowers poking their way up – spring has definitely arrived!

SilasPlaygroundIn the afternoon, we played in a nearby kiddie playground. Here are Si and his daddy (my brother) braving the ladder. I love that look of determination on his little face.

SilasAdorbsThis kid has just stolen my heart. I can’t even deal with how cute he is.

SilasRunningI mean it, guys… I’m obsessed.

We dyed some Easter eggs, too. I lived in the purple & pink range. Not too creative, I suppose, but I think they’re purdy.

Eggs2I hope everyone enjoyed quality time with family & loved ones this weekend! And if you’re feeling crafty, why not make some wooly sheep pals like these?

Easter Egg-scape

No, not EScape, but TABLEscape! I took a package of paper mache eggs and a few supplies I already had and threw together the easiest egg decorations ever – which, when paired with some gorgeous spring tulips, is simplistic decor at its best! EasterTable2We just have a little round dining room table (purchased two years ago from Pier 1). We rarely have guests or dinner parties, since our place is pretty small. But that doesn’t mean I can’t decorate our table each season just for the hubs & I to enjoy!

EasterTable4I wanted to get my table ready for Easter – and I had a pack of paper mache Easter Eggs purchased at Michael’s LAST spring, and never used. I’ve been super busy this week, and needed a quick & easy way to prep my eggs for display. I did not have time to go to the store – and didn’t need to spend money, anyway. So I opened up my craft cabinet, pulled a few things out, and got to work.

Egg2The first, and easiest, project was to take 6 of my eggs & wrap them in some orange baker’s twine. This took all of two minutes to finish, and I think they are rustic & adorable! (Any excuse to bust out the baker’s twine is a good one, in my opinion).

Eggs2I made these over the weekend, and they spent the past couple of days hanging out in my ceramic egg-carton dish, which I bought at The Farmhouse Store (my fave!) and typically use to hold my favorite earrings & rings in my bedroom.

EggsEasy Egg Project #2 took a bit more time, but equal amounts of effort & skill. I painted my 6 remaining eggs white, and then speckled them up using some light brown craft paint. (The trick is to mix a tiny bit of water in with the paint, and then use your fingers along the paintbrush to ‘flick’ paint onto the eggs in a light spattery-pattern. And yes, I just invented the word “spattery”. You’re dealing with a pro here, people.)

Eggs6Soon I had a dozen eggs, decorated with minimal effort & ZERO cost!

Eggs5I put a few eggs into my Pottery Barn Bunny Dish – on a little bed of moss.

Eggs8I am obsessed with this dish. Look at those bunny feet!

Eggs9The rest of the eggs went into this little yellow container (bought for $3.99 or so from T.J. Maxx) – which is actually intended for a candle, but I went rouge.

EasterTable1See that adorable bunny? I’ll give you one guess where he came from.

EasterTable3The thing is, tulips are amazing. Nothing says spring like a yellow tulip. Oh how I love them. And daffodils. And daisies. And every other spring bloom known to man.

EasterTableWhat does your Easter table look like? Will you actually be serving Easter dinner on yours? ‘Cause I sure won’t be – so props to you!

Tulips

Small Spring Touches

Spring has officially arrived – can you feel it? If you’re here on the East Coast with me, it sure doesn’t feel like Spring at all. Nevertheless, the days are getting longer, the birds are getting chirpier, and the bulbs are growing taller!

I’ve added a few Spring touches to our home decor so far – with loads more to come. Here are some of the simple (and affordable) changes I made to brighten things up for my favorite season!

LivingRoomI love fresh flowers – I want them everywhere. The adorable goat pillow & our gorgeous new barnwood coffee table both came from my fave local shopping spot.

LivingRoomSpringEmma loves looking out our front window (which needs to be cleaned- sorry) and people watching!

SpringLantern2I have a pair of metal lanterns (used in our DIY Wedding) that I’ve filled with moss and little speckled eggs (plastic cheapies found at Target a week or two ago).

SpringLanternI also made a little display using the same moss + eggs that I think is just darling. You can see how I made that burlap & felt Spring bunting right here.

EggDisplayI guess I was a little Easter-egg-happy, as I took a few painted craft eggs & stuck them into some of our house plants. Just a silly little touch that makes me laugh.

EasterEggAnd I love this cheery runner found at Target (on sale!) w/ a yellow cake stand, my Pottery Barn cow creamer, and some little egg cups filled w/ plastic glitter eggs (also from Target- dollar section!) Remember Rosie, my little succulent? She’s doing well!

SpringTable2Even Emma got spring-ified this week, with a new Easter collar. Isn’t she cute? 🙂

DSC_0406What little changes have you made around the house to prep for Spring & Easter? Anyone else going egg-happy this year?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Easter Egg Wreath

Last week I shared my Lazy Decorator’s Guide to Easter Decor with Jelly Beans. This little project stepped it up a bit, however was still a super easy, 20-minute craft.

During a recent Target trip, this little felt Easter Egg garland found its way into our cart. (Translation: I am an impulse shopper and Target’s dream customer).

If I were not a lazy decorator, I could have made this myself w/ some felt in pretty colors & very patient cutting abilities. The cost of the felt would surely have been more than the $3.99 I spent on these pre-made, brightly colored eggs.

They came strung on some ribbon, but I cut them off the ribbon & grabbed a wooden wreath form (Michaels- $2.99).

Then I whipped out my trusty hot glue gun & went to town.

I did lay out the eggs before gluing to determine the arrangement/color order/how many would fit.

In about five minutes, my Easter Egg wreath was complete. I hung it on the pantry door in our kitchen.

Total cost of this project: $7.00!

I love the way the pretty spring colors look in our yellow kitchen.

What super easy & inexpensive Easter or Spring projects have you tackled so far this Spring?