Umbrella Wreath – Full of Blooms

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The weather is starting to change; you can feel it in your bones.  You can hear it as the migratory birds start to return, filling the sky with their birdsong.  You start to see your fall bulbs push through the earth, bringing a bright array of colors to your still-winter stark yard, enticing a smile to spread across your face.  Maybe it’s still cold and gloomy six days a week but that one day, that the sun comes out and shines on your white winter skin, brings you a feeling you can’t quite describe.  Perhaps it’s hope or excitement; maybe it’s just the increase in vitamin D.  Whatever it is, you know that spring is on the way and with the long dark winter you have had this year, you couldn’t be more excited to help usher it in.

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To help bring it closer I have a fantastic craft idea:  an Umbrella Wreath – Full of Blooms!  I wish I had seen this sweet idea when I lived in an apartment.  I always longed for spring bulbs.  With this craft you can bring the spring inside!  I also love how simple this craft is and it can be done quickly with supplies that are easy to get.  You can hang it on your front door or inside if it’s still a bit too cold in your neck of the woods.  No matter where it hangs, it will certainly escort spring into your life with vibrancy and enthusiasm.

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Painted Toe Valentine’s Heels


Painted Toe Valentine’s Heels

It’s all in the shoes, as any fashionista will tell you.   They make the outfit, they turn heads, they can make you feel like a million bucks.  As Bette Midler has touted, “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world. “I mean look what they did for little Cinderella!”

Now, if a new pair of shoes can do so much, just think where a refurbished do-it-yourself pair could take you?  Let me tell you from first hand experience that when I stepped out in my “Painted Toe Valentine’s Heels”, I felt on top of the world.  I was walking on cloud-nine.  The complements seemed to appear from nowhere, “where did you get those?” I heard more than once and I got to reply, smile-wide, “Well I was going to toss these old heels but I decided to give them a few more miles; I painted them myself.”  Not only are you stylish and thrifty but crafty to boot! (Pun intended!)


I choose a sweet cherry red on a pair of old kitten heels I was getting ready to send to the big ol’ shoe closet in the sky.  I wanted to have something special and fun to wear when I dance the night away with my love on Valentines Day.  But don’t let my pictures box you in,  this craft would look stunning in any color!  After I was done I immediately wanted to pull out my paints and find another pair to do in a neon hue to usher in the summer.  This would look fantastic on flats, platforms, rounded toes or pointed.   What a fun way to show a little painted toe when it’s oh so cold out!  So raid that closet and lets have some fun little a little peep of color in the last days of winter! [Read more…]