Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 2

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Today’s tour of the Spring Idea House takes us through the dining room, kitchen and small bathroom. This is an old house so some of the ideas are unique to this house, but certainly can be altered to fit other places in your home. I love that it gets the creative juices flowing!  Some ideas are trendy and some are timeless just by incorporating vintage items. 

 Upon entering the dining room area of the Spring Idea House, your eyes are immediately drawn to the white sideboard.  Above it,  squares of garden art with mirrors are hung in repetition on the wall! The mirrors are an addition to the back of them.

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The same garden art is hung in the windows and used under the glass top table.

 

 

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Here’s a better view of how it is used under the glass top table…..

Notice the candles wrapped in twine! Great look and easy to do!

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The napkin rings on the table are like “beaded bracelets”.  I found a beaded bracelet in my jewelry box and used it, too! For a women’s luncheon, wouldn’t these be a fun favor to make for your guests to take home!

Their version…..

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My version…..

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Here’s a unique dining room light tied with macrame cord. This might inspire you to try something like this with a lamp shade you own. The macrame cord is supported by a wire ring both on top and bottom of the shade. This is above my patience level! How about you?

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Next on to the kitchen…..

The window treatment was awesome! What a simple and cute idea to secure coordinating kitchen towels with a colorful napkin ring! Do you have a small window where this idea would work?

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Open shelving in the kitchen shows off the color scheme.

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There’s a small niche’ in the kitchen.  A cute hand-painted, whimsical tree gives life to this space. Attached to the tree are three-dimensional flower magnet accents.

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Here’s the secret of how they stay in place……

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That’s right! They put a screw in the wall! The magnets now stick! So clever!

The bathroom off the kitchen used a unique wire piece as shelving storage.

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Here’s another easy accent idea for a small window…

 

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They used rebar for the rod and set it on hooks! Another easy idea!

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 Which decorating idea, from the Spring Idea House, inspired you today ?  There’s lots more to come!

Happy decorating and thanks for stopping by!

Phyllis

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Easter Napkin Ring Clips

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I like to coordinate my table for all seasons and holiday occasions. With these easy Easter Napkin Clips, you can use any Easter or seasonal theme. They are quick and easy to make. No special skills necessary. With a glue gun in hand, you can do it! (Tacky Glue works fine, too.)

I found several cute Easter themed felt stickers made by Creatology. They had bunnies, eggs, chicks and other related Easter and Spring items. I, also, found small clothespins. The clips happened to be colored, but plain works, too.

Materials:

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The felt stickers had a paper backing, but I just left it on and glued the clothespin on the back. (I may want to change them and use them in a different way at a later date.

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Even if you aren’t crafty, you can do this. On a scale of 1-10, these easy napkin ring clips rank as a #1, for easy!

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  Use a variety of napkin ring clips for a fun, whimsical tablesetting.

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Another idea….

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Instead of using clothespins, make your own Easter napkin ring with ribbon and place the Easter Stickers right on them. Go to DIY Napkin Rings for complete instructions.

The bunny napkin ring clip was used in the Easter Bunny Placesetting for Kids post.                                                                                 You might want to check it out, too!

 

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Phyllis

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Birch Bark Napkin Rings

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While planning my Christmas table for our Christmas Extravaganza at our church, I decided to do a “up-north cabin theme”. It needed some woodsy napkin rings and wanted to try to make Birch Bark Napkin Rings! We live in a wooded area so a short walk produced lots of birch bark from downed trees nearby. It was pretty dirty and stiff! If I tried to bend it, it would break.

I came home and put the birch bark in bleach water. I wanted to be sure to kill any bugs, etc., that may be attached. Also, I scrubbed the inside of the bark and let it soak for 1/2 day.

After soaking, it was more flexible, but it was still hard to work with in such a flat state. I curled the birch bark and put it into a plastic container.

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After a few hours, I transferred it to glasses so it would be curled even tighter and let them dry.

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When they were workable (the next day), I cut them just a bit larger than the cardboard tube.  I formed the napkin rings by hot gluing the bark around the tube. Doing it in small sections and securing with paper clips worked the best. Let a section dry and then do the next section while each time curling the bark around the tube. Be sure to cut it long enough to overlap quite a bit.

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I love the green moss on the bark !

When dried, I added a little greenery and a small pinecone (bought these).

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The Birch Bark Napkin Rings looked great on the “up-north” table setting!

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Each one is unique!

You probably know this, but don’t take bark from a living tree. It will kill it! Use only bark from dead trees or cut logs!

Thanks for stopping by,

Phyllis

Complete “up north” table setting is shared on the post entitled “Awesome Christmas Table Settings – Part 1” along with many others. Don’t miss it!

 

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DIY Napkin Rings

DIY Napkin Rings

Easy and inexpensive to make! #napkin rings #napkin #holiday

One of my favorite things at holiday time 

 is setting a beautiful table.  I have a love of dishes (inherited from my mom) and have several sets.  It is fun to use them and coordinate the table setting with the occasion. With each table-setting, I like to use napkin rings. They can get expensive when you multiply times eight-twelve settings.

The following ideas give you a great look for your table, are inexpensive and take very little time to do! I’ll share just a few …..

Supplies Needed:

Cardboard Tubes

Tacky Glue

Wire-edged ribbon

Scissors

Bows, trims, or other decorations to use on your napkin ring

Paper Clips

  Supplies

Directions:

Choose a wire-edged patterned or plain ribbon. The wire-edges give a nice finished look and curves around the cardboard tube easily. I purchased my ribbon at Dollar Store. There are so many ribbons to choose from that will give a great look.

Just be sure it is the width that you prefer.

1. Cut the cardboard a tiny(and I mean tiny) bit shorter than the width of the ribbon.

2. Cut a length of ribbon about  1/4″ longer than needed to go around.

3. Put glue on both of the outside edges of cardboard tube.

4. Wrap the ribbon around the tube. Overlap the ends of the ribbon and glue in place. To hold it until dry, use paper clips.

5. When dry, add the details or leave it plain.

Here are some examples:

This one needed nothing extra because of the design on the ribbon! This ribbon was $1.00 for the entire roll at the Dollar Tree! For a $1.00, I made all the napkin rings needed!

Pretty easy, right?

Same with this one!

It looks nice with my Lenox china!

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The next one needed something extra.  I tried three different variations.  I felt it needed a band across it, so I glued a band of felt as I didn’t have a plain ribbon. Then I put the little gingerbread man cut-out on top of it. This will be cute with a gingerbread table theme.


 Another variation…. a snowflake!

And another….  holly!

The original leaves were too large for this napkin ring.

I  cut down the silk leaves in size and glued a small bit of berries on top.

Sometimes I like to use an ornament as a napkin ring.

I found these ornaments on sale at 90% off last January for $.20 each! Such a deal!

I will use them with a gold, green and red table!

Along with ornaments, I also look for floral picks that I can twist and use as a napkin ring.

The Dollar Store is a good place for inexpensive ones.

You see, the possibilities are endless! All of these ideas are so easy and quick to do!

Just save those paper towel and toilet paper rolls and you’ll have lots of napkin rings! Look for items at the after Christmas sales, too, for next year!

What unique creations will you make?

I’d love to see them!

Have fun setting a beautiful table!

P.S. This is not just for Christmas. This idea is useable all year-long for any occasion….birthdays, weddings, Valentine’s, Easter and so on…..

I appreciate your time and comments!

Phyllis (Oma)

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