Sunday, March 25, 2012


I mentioned awhile back that I had ordered some new pillows to freshen things up in the living room.  I've had them for weeks now and just realized I hadn't shared them with you!  So, here they are ~

I've been trying to incorporate a little more color in this room and I think the coral and navy/indigo do the trick.   This is what I've had for the past two or three years ~

And here it is now with a little more color and pattern ~

Ah, pillows.... a girl's best friend.  Have a great week everyone!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Easter Egg Roundup

I'm staying in Easter mode today with this Easter egg roundup! If you missed the Spring/Easter Wreath roundup I did a few days ago, you can go here to check it out.  So... let's get to it!
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Easter egg grass design from Better Homes and Gardens~

Better Homes and Gardens

Watercolor eggs from Alisa Burke~
Alisa Burke

Doodle eggs, again,  by Alisa Burke (both designs were so cute I couldn't choose one!)~ 
Alisa Burke

Decoupage eggs from Dizzy Maiden~ 
Dizzy Maiden

Leaf print eggs from Family Fun~ 
Family Fun

Rubber banded and dyed eggs from Real Simple~ 
Real Simple

Fabric Easter eggs from Retro Mama~ 

Sweet little eggs from Stylizimo...not sure if this is done with paint or marker - I'm sure either would work~

Silhouette stenciled Easter eggs from The Shopping Mama~ 
The Shopping Mama

Oh, and did I mention it's Friday? Can I get a Ya-to-the-Hoo?!?!?!? YAHOOOOOOO!!!! Have a great weekend!


Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring/Easter Wreath Roundup

Hi all! Well, now that St. Patrick's Day is behind us it's time to start thinking Easter/Spring! I've rounded up some wreaths that caught my eye while I was looking for inspiration. Take a look ~
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 According to Laura at Top This Top That, this is the easiest burlap wreath you'll ever make~

Top This Top That

An elegant tea stained coffee filter wreath from Design Dining and Diapers~

Design Dining and Diapers

Check out this recycled spring wreath from Cheap Crafty Mama.  See the flowers?  Those are recycled cans!

This wreath from Corner House just screams spring with its fresh colors~

Corner House

A fun, non-traditional rectangular shaped wreath from Delightfully Noted~

Delightfully Noted

I love, LOVE this chocolate bunny wreath from The Baker's Daughter~

The Baker's Daughter

Nothing says spring like moss, eggs, and burlap. A sweet simple wreath from Butterfly Above~

Butterfly Above

Such a fresh look with the eggs and grass from A Diamond in the Stuff~

A Diamond in the Stuff

Love the fuzzy little chicks used to make this wreath from Design Editor~

Design Editor

A sweet bunny wreath from Everblooming Original~

Everblooming Originals

Could this wreath from Fake-it Frugal be any cuter? I think not! It's inspired by Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden from the story 'Peter Rabbit.' The veggies are made from coffee filters~ 

Fake it Frugal

I love the message on this 'Hybrid' wreath from Rhonna Designs~ 

Rhonna Designs

I am constantly amazed by all the creativity and talent that can be found here in bloggy land and on Etsy!  Which one is your favorite?


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Decorative Serving Tray

Hi Everyone!  Today I'm sharing how I transformed an old wood tray into a customizable decorative serving tray.  When I bought the tray (years ago) it was a cherry color wood with silver handles.  Unfortunately I don't have a true before picture because I sprayed it white before I started this blog.  This is how it's looked for the past few months ~

I thought it needed to be warmed up a little...the bright white paint just looked like primer to me. I also didn't love the way the silver handles looked with the white.  As you can see I just had a scrap of fabric in the bottom which wasn't very functional.

So I sprayed the handles with my new favorite spray paint ~

It's Rust-Oleum metallic brass.

The tray itself also got a fresh coat of paint in a warmer heirloom white. I wanted to add some color or pattern to the inside of the tray but I also like to be able to change things up depending on the season, holiday...or my mood. So instead of painting or decoupaging, I picked up some scrapbook paper and cut a piece of glass to size.

Now I'm able to easily change the look of the tray just by switching out the the decorative paper ~

The glass protects the paper, is easy to wipe clean, and gives it a nice finished look.  You can pick up a piece of glass very inexpensively from your local frame shop or hardware store.  Just make sure the measurement you give them is around 1/8" to 1/4" smaller than the actual opening so that you can get the glass in and out without any hassle, and to avoid scraping up your paint job.

And there you go ~ a decorative serving tray that is completely customizable! A super easy way to bring different accent colors and pattern into your room whenever the season, holiday, or your mood changes!

I hope your week is off to a great start! We are loving this taste of spring we've had here in the Midwest this week, it's been wonderful!


*I'm linking this project up to some of these great blogs... 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lucky Horseshoe

Wow!  I took a bit of an unintentional break there!  Norah was sick for a good week followed by Isaac being sick for almost the entire week after that which didn't leave me a whole lot of time to focus on much of anything else.  But Norah is back to her feisty self and Isaac is getting close to his old happy self again, thankfully!

So anyway I'm back to share a fun St. Patrick's Day decoration I made for my front door.  I was trying to think of something I could make other than the usual wreath and a little light bulb went on in my head....a lucky horseshoe!  Once I figured out how to go about making the actual horseshoe shape it all came together quite easily.  Ta-dah......

Here is how I made it:
Start with a foam wreath form ~

Using a steak knife, cut off the top 1/4 of the wreath ~

Use the piece you cut off for the top portion of the shoe...cut to size ~

I bought some wood letters to spell 'lucky' from Hobby Lobby ~

I gave the horseshoe a coat of gold paint and the word a coat of green just in case the glitter didn't give me full coverage ~

I attached the little bits at the top of the horseshoe with toothpicks and glue ~

Then, just go to town with some Mod Podge and glitter ~

After I covered the horseshoe and letters with glitter I gave them both a coat of clear acrylic to help keep the glitter in place ~

Then just hot glue your letters to some ribbon and attach to your form.  I made some felt flower rosettes to add some color.  You can see how I make them here.  Finally, just attach some ribbon to the back of the horseshoe, hang, and enjoy!

I'm hoping to have a somewhat productive week, so hopefully I'll have more to share soon! If you haven't already, I would love it if you'd follow Picked by Jane either via email, Google Friend Connect, Linky Followers, or subscribe using the RSS feed in your bookmarks tab, these options can be found in the sidebar.  Feel free to follow me on Pinterest as well - that button is toward the top of the sidebar.
 Happy Monday!


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