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30 BRIGHT Easter Ideas

Spring is here! Easter is just around the corner, and those of you with crazy cold weather, it will warm up–sooner or later, right?  I’ve put a few of my favorite spring and easter posts over at the top of my sidebar, and pinning some fun stuff on my Easter Pinterest Board, but I’ve got something fun for you today, too! BRIGHT Easter Ideas!

Besides my aversion to the color RED, I’v also had a strange indifference most of my life to Pastels. As a child, Easter never much excited me because of the pastels, and I have another odd dislike for bunnies. Weird, I know. Maybe even heartless (for the bunnies sake). I’ve since allowed some pastels into my heart (did you see the PASTEL blog hop last week?) but my heart still belongs to the BRIGHTS.

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Fall Decorations at Pier 1

Is it just me, or is it tricky to decorate for Fall and Halloween at the same time? I think September and November are for Fall with October for Halloween, but some don’t “do” Halloween, and keep fall decor up the entire time!  So I’ve got a bucket full of fun that I put up in September, took it down for the month, then back up in November. Anyone else?  I’m sharing today some of my fall decor. I was contacted by Pier 1 recently to shop their Harvest Collection and share some of my favorite things. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.  I’ve also got a gift card giveaway at the end of the post!

Fall Decorations at Pier 1 Harvest Collection

I only have so many surfaces to place decorative items. On top of my piano and my mantel are the two main places. I was very excited about the tall wheat bundle in the picture above. I couldn’t find the official name from the Pier 1 website, but I think it’s pretty fab. I need height in my displays, I seem to have so many average/short pieces, it’s nice to go taller. What about the scented wire owl? Mmmm, brings the fall right into my house with the cinnamon potpourri! The raffia multi tone pumpkin came in several sizes, this one fit just right.… Continue Reading

Citrus Inspired Kitchen Makeover

I sure do love a little citrus in my life. I’ve had the colorful accents in my kitchen for several years now, but just with spatulas and bowls. My Citrus Inspired Kitchen Makeover brings me happiness, even it isn’t 100% how I’d like it. You see, my husband LOVES the cabinetry in our kitchen. The man doesn’t have much of an opinion about our home projects, but on my desire to paint the cabinets white (as we did in our last home) he has expressed his strong desire not to. I gotta let him have something, so this was one I decided not to push–for now. I’m thrilled with how the green planked wall turned out, we did the same concept as we did the pink planks in our Girls Fancy Bedroom Makeover.Citrus Inspired Kitchen Makeover

I’ve mentioned we are working on a room a month over here, and the kitchen was the month of May! We actually painted and planked the wall in mid May, but it seemed to take a few weeks to get the other details finished with school ending and travel. Besides the planked wall, I am SO excited about my colander light fixture! I’d seen it sold (as a light) somewhere a while back, and I thought it would make such a fun detail and DIY project in our simple kitchen decor. I was SO excited to find a GIANT ORANGE 7 qt. colander on Amazon for $30! You can find the same Calypso Basics Colander on Amazon, too. Lots of other fun colors and sizes from that link, as well. If you want to see how we made the colander chandelier light fixture, check out my tutorial: {DIY How to make a colander light fixture}

The space above my cabinets is so short, I had a hard time deciding what to do up there. I found some crates and painted them, and they were the perfect size! I’d still love to find hardware for the cabinets, but I can’t decide what I want. Also couldn’t decide if I wanted a window treatment to overshadow the planking and silverware, so for now, I left it very simple.… Continue Reading

Decorating with Pictures at My Sister’s Suitcase

Excited to share with you some Sisters with some amazing talent, whom I get to call friends. When I met them at SNAP last year, they shared their business card in a suitcase tag–how clever is that?!? I continue to be impressed by their creative talent on their site. 
Hi there! We are Nat & Holly: two sisters that love to create, and hate that we live so far apart. So we started a blog to stay connected and share our ideas! At My Sister’s Suitcase we share DIY projects, home decor, printables, and easy gift ideas. We met Kristen last year at SNAP and we LOVE her! She has been so kind and supportive in helping our little blog grow. Thanks, girl!
I {Nat} love having pictures of our family around the house. It’s nice to have the professional, Christmas-card type photos up and displayed on your walls. I also have a lot of pictures sitting on my computer that never get seen – the less professional type! Today I’m sharing a way to decorate with pictures that is perfect for birthdays (but can be left up long after the party’s over!)
My kids’ birthdays are 2 days apart. I didn’t know how crazy that would be until that first year that we had to have 2 parties back-to-back! My daughter had a girly Pinkalicious party, and then we had a combined family party for both of them. I wanted to decorate with something special that would acknowledge both of their big days! So I looked through all my pics on iPhoto and selected 13 pictures of each child.
For my son turning 1, that meant one picture from each month.
For my 3-year old, I started with newborn and did approximately 3 months apart to show how much she has changed over the years. It was so fun to look back and get all the pictures!
I used a circle punch on each picture (little tiny headshots!) For the pennant banner I used scrapbook paper cut into triangles, sewing them together to make one long chain. I added stickers to mark the months 3,6,9 and 12. I loved seeing the change in our baby’s first year of life!
For the other photo banner, I made a bunch of tiny accordion circles.
1. Cut your paper to desired width. I used 3×12 inch strips of paper.
2. Accordion fold.
3. Make into a loop and staple.
4. Push in the center to make the medallion. I used hot glue on the center to hold it together.
Add your punched out pictures and attach to ribbon, twine, etc. (Thanks, hot glue!)

We had a fun little “Hungry Caterpillar” theme and the photo banners were the perfect finishing touch!

And…I liked them so much they stayed in our kitchen for longer than I’m willing to admit. ;)
I think this may be a new birthday tradition in our house!
Thanks Kristen, for having us! We can’t wait to see the rest of the ideas. And we’d love for ya to stop by My Sister’s Suitcase or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!
Here are some of our recent projects:

{To see thumbnails of all of the contributors in this month long series, click here.}