Spring Decor + Easter Weekend Plans

HELLOOOOO LONG WEEKEND!! I am so excited for Easter this weekend and that it is finally feeling like Spring and therefore we are one step closer to summer! Although I always express my love for fall, I really do love all the seasons and look forward to the change that comes with each one!  The days are a little longer, the sun is shining (hopefully) and we can open up the windows, finally! Lately I have been working on spring cleaning and de-cluttering and also got our yard cleaned up and the patio furniture out to enjoy over the long weekend. Fingers crossed for sunshine and warm weather!!

I love incorporating colour back into my home décor come Spring! My winter pallet is pretty neutral so I always love pulling out some pastels that have been hidden away for a few months.

DIY twine + carrot  from my craft workshop

DIY twine + carrot from my craft workshop

I like to pick up some grocery store tulips before Easter ($5, yes please) as well as a new spring candle. I also love the faux forsythia from the dollar store which can be styled in a vase or easily added to a wreath.

My favourite Easter décor is using faux eggs, like these twine ones I made for my craft night. I also found these pastel and gold leaf plastic ones also from the dollar store.

This weekend will be spent with friends at the annual broomball tournament in Port Stanley as well as a family celebration on Sunday which of course involves lots of food! As always with holidays and long weekends, it will be spent eating and drinking too much and enjoying the company of our favourite people! Here are a few festive food and drink ideas for the weekend- recipes can be found on my Pinterest board;

Lavender pear vodka lemonade

Lavender pear vodka lemonade

 I am very hopeful it will be nice enough out to enjoy our backyard. Come on, sunshine !!

Happy Easter, friends!! Enjoy your long weekend :)

Jess xx

DIY Twine Easter Eggs + Carrot

Back in December, I hosted a couple of Christmas wreath workshops at my local library. My friend Erin, the librarian kindly asked me to return to do an Easter craft. I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found tons of idea, ultimately choosing rustic twine Easter eggs paired with a carrot. When I host these craft nights at the library, we try to keep cost in mind for people to attend. I was able to get all of my supplies from the dollar store therefore the cost was only $5 per person.

To make the eggs, I picked up a package of foam eggs in two different sizes from the dollar store. Initially, I started by covering the egg in mod podge using a small artist's paint brush and started wrapping my twine from the middle. I found that the mod podge made a mess and the twine was not adhering properly. I got my glue gun out and started from the end which worked much better you just have to be careful not to constantly burn the tips of your fingers. I wrapped the twine tightly adding a dot of glue every so often and also trying to make sure there wasn'twhite showing through.  I made 3 eggs, 2 larger and 1 medium. For the craft night at the library, I wasn't able to find enough of the foam eggs for the entire group so I used large plastic eggs that open at the middle, which also worked just fine!

For my carrot, I used a few stems of faux greenery from the dollar store. I taped the greenery pieces together for my steam and then used newspaper to create my carrot form. I wrapped the paper around and crumpled it until it started to resemble a carrot, then I wrapped it in twine. I loved the look of it in the natural twine colour but because I was using it as an example for the library craft, I decided to paint it orange.

I also grabbed a little wire basket from the dollar store and green craft grass. I displayed my eggs and carrot atop the grass and added a bow using leftover ribbon from last year's Spring wreath.

This is a really easy and inexpensive craft and perfect for Easter + Spring!! The ladies that came to the craft night loved it and were excited to go out and get their own baskets to display their new Easter décor. You don' have to style it in a basket, this would be great as an addition to your tablescape or as shelf decor. I made a second set of eggs as well as another carrot at the craft night that I plan to style differently or possibly give as a hostess gift at Easter next weekend :)

Jess xx

$10 DIY Christmas Wreath

My girlfriend Erin works at our local library and asked if I was interested in running a Christmas craft night. I love Christmas and any opportunity to DIY so I jumped at the chance!!

I chose to make a holiday wreath, the challenge being to make it for $10 or less. I used this wreath from Etsy as my inspiration.

I purchased the grapevine wreath for $5 at Walmart and $5 worth of greenery and Christmas stems from Dollarama. I also had burlap ribbon on hand to make a bow.

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I attached the greenery by threading the stick between the vines of the wreath and used wire to secure it.

Close up of the wire

Close up of the wire

I adjusted the placement and branches of the greenery prior to securing with wire. I thought I would need hot glue but found the wire to be sufficient.

I used this tutorial to create my burlap bow and attached it to my wreath again using wire.

Keeping the materials under $10 was less challenging then I originally thought it would be. I could always add more materials if I wanted but I am really happy with the simplicity of it.

I was so thrilled for the opportunity to host this craft night. We had an awesome night with a great group of local people. We enjoyed hot chocolate and Christmas tunes while we created our wreaths and everyone left happy with their new decor. The advertisement for it turned out to be very popular so the library asked me to host two more events!! I am so happy to be doing something I love for the community. This has really put me in the spirit for more Christmas crafts and seasonal décor. Tis the season!

Jess xx