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Oooh Say Can You See

To celebrate Independence Day, today I am sharing with you some patriotic home fronts from homes nearby the base The Hubs works at.  Not only are the houses stunning, lots of them proudly wear their colors year round—this is a military community after all! If you take a close look, many of the homes have other (and less obvious) flag inspired decorations like pinwheels, pillows, and wall art.  Enjoy!patriotic home 2patriotic home 7patriotic home 1patriotic home 5 patriotic home 3patriotic home 4 patriotic home 6Have a fun and safe Fourth of July Holiday!

Do you break out your flags for the fourth or do you display them year round?

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An Egg-citing Wreath for Spring

diy egg carton wreathWhen I came across this bright and intriguing wreath on Pinterest, I had to do a double take.  A wreath made of egg cartons?  Genius!  After heading over to the corresponding blog for directions, I thought, What an easy project and one that my son will enjoy creating, too.  Sound the buzzer.  Wrong!  But in the end, it was such a cute wreath and a present I’m sure oma (grandma) will enjoy : ]egg carton wreath materialsAs for materials, you probably have all of them on hand already (aren’t those just the best projects ever?).  I used four egg cartons, some leftover cardboard, acrylic paints and hot glue.egg cartons broken upTear the egg cartons apart using your hands.  You will have plenty of time to get creative with your scissors.  Plenty. of. time.  Two blisters in I sorta realized this was one of those projects that was deceptively time consuming.  And the shapes of the egg cartons are difficult to maneuver around so all my flowers were basically wavy egg cartons.  Oh, and save the lids to cut petals out of.anak painting egg cartonsAfter nights of cutting flower shapes, I was totally stoked to let Anak loose on em.  I pictured us painting together and me giving him little lessons on mixing paint.anaks painting contributionsThis was about as much interest as he could feign.  You win some you lose some and those couch cushion fortresses will not build themselves.anaks contributionI picked up where he left off so I could incorporate his creations.painted egg cartonsAnd then I painted and painted and painted the rest of the flowers.  I watered down my acrylics just a bit but I don’t recommend diluting them too much as the cardboard is so absorbent and will get soggy easily.painted cardboard wreathI cut out a cardboard “o” and painted it green.  After the flowers had dried I hot glue gunned them onto the wreath.wreath mishapMidway through washing dishes Anak’s interest in flowers suddenly returned :Pegg carton wreathHere’s our finished wreath.egg carton wreath sideviewAnd a side view.egg carton wreath indoorsSince the wreath is just cardboard, I recommend hanging it inside.egg carton wreath on white doorLinked to Lines Across, Mad in Crafts, Keeping it Simple, Design, Dining + Diapers, House of Rose, The Gunny Sack, Shabby Creek Cottage, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Somewhat Simple.

Do you have any other fun project ideas made from egg cartons?  Have you ever underestimated how easy a project would be?


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Spring is in the Air…and in the Home

bringing spring indoorsChanging seasons outside is a great reason to change up your decor inside—isn’t so much of decorating about bringing the outdoors in?  I’m starting to feel little inklings of spring in the air and have begun adding in and swapping out details here and there to bring the season to life inside our home.simple blooms for spring decorNothing quite says spring like cheerful flowers.  Like my decorating mantra, I like to keep it simple and this concept extends to my floral arrangements.  Group together a handful of one type of bloom for maximum impact—it’s a great (and cheaper!) alternative to purchasing a whole bouquet.
cheerful and bright dish towelsAnother of my go-to’s for seasonal decorating is swapping out the dish towels.  While it was tempting to indulge in some cute bunny towels, these bright chartreuse towels evoke the mood of the season to me (think little blades of grass peeking through snow).  It’s important to stay true to your own design aesthetic even when decorating for a holiday or season so pick items that speak to you personally.cheerful and bright pillowcasesIn the bedroom, I added in some blue quatrefoil pillow cases that I picked up during the holiday season.  Trust me I wasn’t thinking about spring decor in the thick of Christmas shopping but $4 for two pillowcases—I’m all about low cost items for seasonal accents!  Buying out-of-season often helps you get the best deals so always shop with an open mind.

Linked to Thistlewood Farms.

Are you ready for spring?  How does your home transform for the season?

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