I love flowers. In the Spring and Summer I pick them in our yard, and in the winter and fall I buy $6 bouquets from our local grocery store.
For a beautiful Easter centerpiece, a Mother’s Day present, or a fun surprise gift for a friend, create a chalkboard vase.
1. Buy some chalkboard paint.
2. Choose your container: a glass Mason jar, empty wine bottle, or even a bucket.
3. Clean the inside and outside throughly.
4. Paint. Depending on the look you’re wanting you can choose to paint the outside or the inside of the container. You will probably need two coats for perfect coverage. (If you plan to write on the chalkboard paint, be sure to choose the outside of the container for your paint!)
5. Write your message-and enjoy!
Warm spring breezes are finally arriving, and many people are doing some cleaning and organizing around the house.
Lately, I’ve really been struggling to keep my children’s clothes organized. Or even just in their drawers! They were constantly spilling out. When I shared this with a friend she responded: “I find the less stuff I have, the less I need to do to care for it.” It was great advice. I gave away all the clothes they had outgrown, or never wore and now their clothes fit easily into their dresser.
So consider doing a throw away/give away culling of your home this month- and enjoy less “stuff” to take care of.
For the things you keep- I found two great lists of spring cleaning chores to guide your cleaning.
For cleaning painted walls or furniture:
1. Wipe off dust and dirt with a clean, damp rag.
2.Use a non-abrasive cleaner diluted in warm water to wipe off stubborn dirt and germs.
3. Keep a toothbrush and a few q-tips handy for getting into the crevices of furniture.
What are your best spring cleaning tips?
A friend of mine recently introduced me to the site houzz.com and it’s so fun, I almost wish she hadn’t! It’s a well designed site dedicated to interior and exterior home ideas. Oh the photos! The beauty, the ideas! (This is not a paid advertisement, I just really like the site.)
I did a quick search for “primitive decorating ideas” and got ten pages of photos to browse through. And when I like one, I can save it to an idea book that I can look through later. You can flip through the photos I liked in the slideshow below.
One of the things about primitive decorating that I love is the sense of timelessness and the peace that I have when I am in these spaces. There is a lack of clutter and distraction, an absence of excess technology and unneeded items. Do you have that same feeling when you interact with these spaces?
I hope you enjoy houzz.com, feel free to share some of your favorite photos with us!