Friday, March 25, 2016

Setting up for Spring

March didn’t really come in like a lion, but last weekend he tried to throw a tantrum when he dropped a couple inches of snow on top of the early-blooming flowers and green sprouts that were attempting to make their springtime debut. 

It was a valiant effort, but the snow didn’t last; in the end there was only a wintry scene for a few hours, then the sun said “nope, you can’t stick around — you had your season and you chose to be lazy. Now you’ll just have to wait for next year.” And the snow melted away.

Although I love winter, I also love spring (actually I love all the seasons, which is why I live in New England) and although I kept my winter d├ęcor up until mid-February,  I  resigned myself to the fact that this year, winter was just going to be lackluster. 

“What are you going to put out front for spring?” my husband asked a few weeks ago, on one of the unseasonably warm days we had. Clearly he was ready for me to put the decorative ice skates and wooden sled away.

“Rain boots!” I responded. And that’s exactly what I did.

I took my pair of well-loved and well-worn pink-but-now-faded-to-a-kind-of-yellow rain boots, gave them a little makeover with some leftover spray paint I had on hand, and turned them into my spring stoop decor!

Don't worry old boots, I've got another job for you! #recycle

Leftover coffee table spray paint = pink boot makeover!

After they dried I put mini marble chips in the bottom for weight so they'd stay standing up on windy spring days. At $4 a bag you can't really beat this option; plus there's plenty left over I'm going to use elsewhere.

Next I added some pretty silk flowers. Obviously I prefer real flowers, but I wanted this setup to last all season so in this instance I opted for faux. Hermoine lent a paw with this part, haha.

Paw of approval: check!

Finally, I found this cute stone duck at T.J. Maxx for $10 to go along with the arrangement.

 And voila!

The project cost around $50. I had the boots, paint and welcome mat already but along with the duck mini green plant ($8) and bag of marble I spent around $30 on  flowers at Michaels — they were 20 percent off though so I'm okay with it =)

Now come on spring!

"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"

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