Thursday, March 9, 2017

Starting on Spring...

Last week I mentioned a trip to my favorite local floral store. I guess they're sort of a local wholesale supply store for florists, designers, and shop owners. You never know for sure what they will have and if you're not an early seasonal shopper you just miss out. They're never sure if they'll get more in, so if you want it, you get it when you see it.




I'd been thinking about a larger rabbit for Spring and Easter, but I wanted him to be "realistic". I found this guy, (only one left other than him) but he was a little splotchy. He was truly "distressed", and I'm a firm believer that all those manufacturers of decor in China just don't get the whole concept of "distressed". It's more like "painful".




A little paint session covered up the blotchy job
and I think he's much more handsome with all the "holes" covered.



When I go to the trouble of getting out my paints and brushes and making a big mess, I always have to make my time worthwhile by searching for other decor victims items in need of sprucing up. One of the mega sized PB lanterns got a little gray/griege combo, and now it's not quite so eye jarringly "white". In the past I only used it at Christmas, and each time I'd look at it I'd think if it was only a little more muted I would use it more often. Now, I just have to hunt the other one down and give it the same treatment.



Then the bigger deal was staring at me... this little black wagon, which is the perfect size for a table-top vignette, except for the fact that it was black and it just wasn't matching other table-top decor options. slop, slop, swish, swish... it's now gray/taupe/mushroom. I used a mix of ASCP and some interior wall paint samples from the move and it took several coats to get it covered, especially the metal wheels and handle.




 It was cute black and good for Fall and Halloween, but that was about it.




Now that I have the basics all painted out in similar hues of grays and neutrals, I'm ready to get started on the decorating part. Not sure where I go from here, but I think it probably involves some moss, nests, and eggs.




so handsome...




Be watching for upcoming Spring Home Tours.
I'm excited to be joining in...

the Spring Home Tour March 20-24



and Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles 
is having a group the same week
March 20-23.





How about you...
are you getting a start on Spring decorating?

joining in here:

Share Your Style at The Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Sundays at Home at My Soulful Home
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

21 comments:

  1. OMG... HE IS ONE HANDSOME HARE!
    Sharon

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  2. I never really got into the whole distressed thing. I like your bunny more now. I notice you're now with Mediavine. How do you like them?
    Brenda

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  3. Debra I love your new profile pic. You are so cute. Love Mr. Rabbit. I too am curious about Mediavine. Let me know.

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    1. I'd encourage anyone to talk with the Mediavine people! They have a great website to get acquainted with them. So far I'm seeing almost twice as much revenue as my previous ad group. There are no "tiers" so everyone gets the same treatment and advantages. I think they'll be good to work with.

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    2. <3 If anyone has questions we are happy to answer. You can reach us at publishers@mediavine.com or on our site, www.mediavine.com!

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  4. You are just really so skilled at seasonal decor. Your bunny and the wagon are perfect!!

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  5. I love how your "decor victims (lol)" turned out Debra!
    You always have the most wonderful tabletop decor!

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  6. Such a sweet rabbit and wagon. Love it Debra. This is such a beautiful table decor for Spring and Easter.
    Have a great rest of the week and weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  7. Wonderful job ! I can't wait to see how you spruce up that awesome mini wagon.

    You have the midas touch and I just know how awesome it will look when you are done.

    How exciting to be part of a home tour - should be wonderful to see, too.

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  8. What a very handsome rabbit. Love the wagon a lighter color and I know you will transform it into a spectacular vision of Spring!

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  9. He is precious. I can't wait for our tour. So excited about Marty's too.

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  10. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the handsome rabbit and wagon. I have my spring stuff out on my dining room table--now I just need to start putting the elements together.

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  11. Your little cart has taken on a much more cottage look with its new neutral color and Mr. Rabbit has a much more pleasing appearance, too. Now you're ready to layer on the spring greens! It's bitterly cold here, so I haven't unpacked any spring/Easter decorations just yet. I have a 6 year old itching to get into my holiday bins, so I guess we'll be decorating later. Hoppy day!

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  12. Well he certainly is a handsome bunny...I think the cart looks better lighter and works in al season. I'm just starting to do Spring decorating and am struggling so which is really unlike me....Can't wait what to see what you do..

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  13. Love the rabbit Debra! And yes, she does look better with her fresh coat of paint. Love the wagon white as well. I have a large lantern like that and I think it needs some freshening up. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. It's amazing what a little paint can do Debra!! I'm totally smitten with your handsome new bunny and he really is much nicer with his new coat of paint. Thank you for sharing this week at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather. Hugs, Kerryanne

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  15. More beauty! I wish I had my spring decor out of storage.

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  16. Your rabbit is adorable and looks so much better after you gave him a coat of paint. I'm starting to get some bunnies out around here. May not do as much as usual this year. I'm eager to see the wagon all finished. I know you'll do a terrific job.

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  17. Dropping back in to let you know that I'm featuring your gorgeous bunny at today's Create, Bake, Grow and Gather Debra.
    Have a great weekend xx

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  18. Sweet rabbit and you did a great job...healing his boo-boo's!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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