Pussy-Willow Cage Spring Planter

Saturday, April 19, 2014


So, back as promised with an easy spring planter that could be used as a centerpiece for your Easter table or elsewhere.   This is a project I've been wanting to do since I first laid eyes on it many years ago in a Martha Stewart Magazine.  Here is my inspiration - 

Source:  Martha Stewart
I didn't take the time to grow the wheat grass and I wanted to use this wicker basket planter, so I changed it up a bit.  I found these pretty blue grape hyacinths at a local greenhouse, so I used them  along with some alyssum.  I covered the remaining potting soil with moss, added a bird's nest and a few tiny eggs and the planter part is done!  See - so quick and easy.  If you don't have a basket that is lined, you can always line one yourself using the plastic from a heavy duty trash bag cut to size.  


Now, for the part that I love - the pussy-willow branches.  I picked up a bunch of these from a local grocery store and cut them all to the size that I wanted (keep in mind how deep you are placing the branches into the dirt when you make your cuts).  Whatever container you choose, I think the deeper, the better - the deeper soil gives the branches more stability.  Once your branches are cut - stick them into the dirt around the perimeter of your planter.  Now, find a pretty ribbon and tie it around the top of the branches.  Taaa - daa!    Easy, but interesting!  What do you think?  


Blessings to you this Easter weekend!


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Surprise Easter Egg Place Setting

Friday, April 18, 2014


Here's an easy place setting idea that can be done last minute for your Easter dinner table - A Surprise Easter Egg!  It's a simple egg with a surprise message tucked inside!  The first thing you need to do is blow out the number of eggs you need.  This is really the worst part of this project - Mark was a dear and helped me with this part!  If you've never blown out a raw egg - you just use a needle to make a hole in one end of the egg and then using the needle again, make a bit larger hole at the opposite end.  Then blow through the small hole and the egg inside will come out the other end.  Not my favorite thing to do - so that's why it helped that Mark did half of the amount I needed!  


Once your egg is empty, run some warm water through the holes and shake the water around inside the egg to clean it out.  Let dry.  Now it's time to paint your egg.  I used some duck egg blue chalk paint that I had left over from another project, but you can color your eggs the old fashioned way, use a natural dye like onion skin, watercolor, or craft paint.  


For my Easter table, I'm using a mix of vintage china and these old pewter dessert cups filled with excelsior to hold the surprise eggs.  I made little banners using a wooden toothpick and paper.  I just wrote each person's name on the paper and cut the one end to make it look like a pennant.  Now dip the tip of the end of the toothpick in some tacky glue and wrap the pennant straight end around the glued toothpick.   The excelsior holds the toothpick in place nicely.


Now, onto the fun part!  Write a special message on a thin piece of paper.  For Caleb's egg I wrote "so glad you are home safe and sound" (his band has been on tour this last week and he will get home in the wee hours of the morning Easter Sunday)!   If you do a treasure hunt with your kids to find their Easter baskets, this could be their first clue.  Or, just write an inspirational message - "He is Risen!" or an Easter Hymn lyric - "Hallelujah - Christ Arose!".  


Now tightly wrap your message around the end of a wooden toothpick and slide it into the egg through the larger hole.  


Before your meal on Easter Sunday - have your guests open their eggs to reveal the special message!  


Thanks for stopping by today - I'll be back tomorrow with an easy, last minute centerpiece idea!  If you like this idea - don't forget to "Pin it"!


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I'm Still Here - Getting Ready for Easter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hi, friends!  It's been a while - I've missed you.   It's funny how this blog has become part of my life and when I'm not active, I really miss it (and you)!   I had a minor surgical procedure the first week in April.  I didn't think it would interfere with me keeping up, but of course, it did.  What was I thinking?  And, because I'm a "fly by the seat of your pants" girl - that means I had no back up plan for my blog.  Lesson learned!   The good thing is - I'm feeling great now and can't wait to share a few last minute Easter ideas that you can do this week in time for Easter start!   I'll be here tomorrow with a quick, fun, and easy project for your Easter table setting!    For today, I thought I would go back into the archives of my blog and share some photos from Easter past with you!  Hope your week is off to a great start!


My absolute favorite little flower for spring - Johnny Jump Up - or Viola!  Love them!  This was the first sign I made for my Etsy shop.



You can find the free download for the chalkboard printable HERE.


 Easter 2013


Lancaster County Redware Bunny


Can't wait to share something NEW tomorrow!  Thanks for hanging in there with me!


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