Sunday, February 28, 2016

Birds..a springtime paper crafting project!

Our winter had been super mild this year. This last week has really felt like the beginning of spring with the birds singing, bright green baby leaves appearing on the trees with gorgeous mild sunny days! Living in the tropical south and knowing what lies ahead in the brutally hot summer months makes one truly appreciate spring! I woke up with the birds singing right outside my bedroom window and was inspired to paper craft embossed birds for my mantle and a Facebook giveaway:) Scarlett showed up to "help" which is always a crafting adventure! She loves to turn the handle on my Fishers fuse, declaring that "I can do it myself!" After we had quite a few birds cut I took a few in the next room to take a picture. Scarlett went home and after a few minutes I realized the rest of my paper birds were missing! After telling her mommy "No" when asked to tell Grammie were the birds were...I resumed my search, eventually finding them stuffed in that green vase behind Scarlett! Like I said... a crafting adventure!  




I decided to mix up the birds and wings for a more fun and whimsical feel:)




After laying out the birds in the color order I liked best, 3M was added to each wing for dimension. I prefer 3M to pop dots because it can be cut to any size and can be bought in these giant rolls which last forever!



I traced the embossing lines with markers and then added this glossy accent. This medium is self leveling and adds a nice emphasis to detail.



There is something satisfying about lining up my creations in rows..hahah! Natural twine was adhered to the back of each bird with hot glue for a springtime mantle banner.


For a fresh springtime feel to the mantle, I added natural field flowers (silk) to my favorite urns. Whimsical birds found at Tuesday Morning were a fun addition and gave me the inspiration for this paper crafting project. I am especially happy to finally have a giant and updated family photo above my fireplace! The little gold carriage clock was a gift from Michael many years ago, is a permanent fixture on the mantle and has the sweetest chime:)





My "spring" couch is even sporting bird pillows! A black Friday JoAnn's find this fabric made me smile. I had pillow covers made to go over my fall pillows hiding inside. Since last count of the 55 or so decorative pillows living in my house, it was time to make some covers instead of buying more pillows:) When I asked my hubby if he liked the way I decorate his only complaint was "Do we have to have so many pillows on our bed?" Hahahahahah...pillows are a decorator's best friend!




Since I never measure anything:)...I had too many birds for my mantle which was a bonus for the kitchen! This blue open cabinet is a favorite piece to display seasonal and holiday decor and best of all...pictures of my children and grandchildren!



Love the birds...I can almost hear them singing "Welcome Spring!"

You may enjoy these related posts...
 The re-do and stenciling of the blue cabinet
and the "Choose Joy" pallet project 

Posts about Spring!





Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Valentine dinner party!

A Valentine dinner party was on my wish list for the new year! Not just any old dinner party but a catered dinner party by daughter Brittany, who caters for Nellie's Cottage. I have done a fair bit of entertaining with all of the stress that usually accompanies events...this was much more enjoyable:)
Annabelle was excited to dress up in her sparkly red dress and serve part of dinner! 


Brittany solicited help from Megan to help prepare and serve dinner. Choosing the menu was part of the planning fun...
Menu:
White grape juice with fresh raspberries
Spinach salad with strawberries, pecans, feta cheese & red onion topped with poppyseed dressing
Garlic knot rolls
Grilled chicken over 4 cheese tortellini & alfredo sauce served with grilled asparagus


Annabelle has a very strong decorative opinion:) This red pashmina was draped over my couch until she covered the coffee table and arranged my Valentine scrapbooks:)



When I thought she wasn't looking I "scrunched" the pashmina under the scrapbooks...she was peaking around the corner and came right back "It needs to be perfect Grammie!"



I felt a bit lost in the moments before the dinner party while waiting for our friends to show up...normally I am frantically getting last minute details ready!  


Pre-dinner "drinks" made the dinner party feel official:)


All of our guests have been friends of mine since we were all teenagers:)

Monica & Benson 

Thomas & Melissa


This was my first year to decorate the mantle for Valentines!


Steve & Pam


Annabelle was thrilled to try on Melissa's "blingy" high heels...yikes!



Loved the look on Annabelle's face as she served the rolls!


The chicken was deliciously seasoned and moist, the tortellini with alfredo sauce creamy & satisfying, and the asparagus nicely grilled. 


Mississippi mud chocolate fondue for dipping strawberries, pineapple, apples, brownie bites, & pretzels capped off a lovely evening. 



Thank you Brittany for a perfect dinner party!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My Valentine door

I love front doors, the way you wonder what is inside, the message they unknowingly give about the people inside, and the pomp and circumstance of a holiday theme. I am having a dinner party for Valentines which calls for a "beef up" of my front door surround. Honestly if I didn't have events occasionally I wonder if these "not necessary but fun decorative" projects would even get done! In keeping with my mission of cleaning out and consolidating my craft & decorative hoard...I found a new use for a forgotten wreath from the  90's languishing in the attic:) A few styrofoam hearts wrapped with ribbon, and some glittery heart picks added just enough love to qualify for a Valentine's wreath. 







In addition to a wreath, adding silk ferns to my tall pedestal planters adds a touch of homeyness to my very long front porch. Silk plants help to keep mosquitos, and other un-welcome creatures away from the front door. They also survive without watering, and never leave dirt residue from plant watering by the door...total win for a front porch. Large thick plant foam was cut to "fit" and then I added pea gravel on top to hopefully hold the plant in windy weather. Bugs don't like rock:)





A few bright petunias went in the landscaping just around the front stairs for color. I am ready for my dinner party!





You may like my blue door & shutters post:)
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-little-bit-of-new-orleans.html