Friday, March 30, 2012

Springification Part Deux

I am back with more springifications happening around La Maison de Horvath.  :)  (Apparently it’s write in French day.)

While I was visiting my parents the other day I spied this darling little footed bowl laying in a mess outside.  I immediately imagined it filled with my cutie little bird's nest!  After I cleaned off the dirt (and it still looked dirty ha!) I put my little nest and some green sprigs inside.  Perfect fit.  Then I added six tiny eggs that I got at a craft store.  Now my Mama bird has a happy little perch for her nest.  Except Mama bird is too fat and might squish the baby birds.  oops. :)


Love.  Just in time for Easter. :)


I also swiped this bouquet from my Mama’s garden.  Her forsythia is prettier than mine, so I had to steal some.  And she has geraniums blooming in her greenhouse and tulips in the yard!  The cool vase is an old milk jug (or something) that she got an estate sell in a bunch of mason jars.  I told her that people actually collect stuff like that…  And so she gave it to me.  Score! :) 


Since taking this photo, the forsythia blooms fell off and green leaves popped out to give a second life to my arrangement.  Hooray for neglecting your flowers. :)  I added fresh tulips and some pink azalea, too.

The front porch also got a spruce since it’s planting weather and there is no excuse for urns filled with dirt.  Not very springlike.  So I added a bucket of pink dianthus, some creeping trailing plant of unknown identity, and a pink ranunculus.  My first time with ranunculus, so let’s hope I don’t kill it… on the porch, in the dark.  Sounds like good odds, right? ;) 


Since I am nothing if not dedicated to symmetry, I repeated the scheme in the second urn with a darker pink ranunculus.  They are looking so pretty! :)  Hooray Spring.


I’m hoping to find some time this weekend to photograph all the beautiful blooms in my yard.  Stay tuned for an update!

Happy April!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Spring is here! Hooray!  And to celebrate I’ve got a Spring mantel reveal for you.  The weather has been so nice here lately that I’ve been outside spray painting thrift store treasures.  And mulching the flower beds, blowing leaves and planting bulbs.  But inside, it was starting to feel like Spring had not sprung.  :(  So, I whipped my mantel into shape to showcase some of Spring’s hues.  


I started with a thrift store candleholder-turned-vase filled with dogwood and forsythia.  It’s the one on the left with the cutout design.  I think it was meant to hold a tealight, but I envisioned it as a vase for faux floral.  (Wouldn’t hold water for the real stuff).  Plus it’s architecturally interesting enough to stand alone as sculpture.  I think I deleted my before picture of the vase, but it was a dingy off-white before I hit it with some gloss white spray paint. 

The other side features a white ceramic vase from Michael’s.  I love it.  I stuffed it full of waxy green stems from a tree/bush in my English garden.  Just the other day I was saying how I might like to get rid of said bush/tree because it is weird looking.  But after stealing it’s leaves for my vase, I think maybe I should keep it.  It does have nice foliage. :)  In the center of the mantel is a tray of wheatgrass stuffed with daisies to bring in some color.


The left side is joined by a bird with matching cutouts (from Michael’s) and my silvery candleholders.


While the right side is sporting a white ceramic bird (stolen from upstairs) and my mercury glass votives.


Across the room, I added a pitcher of Spring blooms and a tiny bird’s nest along with a couple of photos.


The tiny bird’s nest I found in our driveway and I’ve been storing it (out of Bandit’s reach) until Spring.  I’m still looking for some tiny eggs to fill it.


How is Spring shaping up at your house?  Hope you are enjoying the warmer temperatures… I know I am!