Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Decorate Your House for Spring


Although the calendar says it is spring, it doesn’t look very much like spring around here. The trees and shrubs are bare but starting to bud. Daffodils are starting to peek up out of the ground. The robins are back and birds are busy singing and building nests. Spring is in progress. I have some ideas of to how to make your home look and feel more like spring. You need to bring in the sunshine after that long, cold, dark winter!

Welcome spring with a pretty floral wreath on your front door. If you are feeling creative, go to a craft store and buy a grapevine wreath and an assortment of spring flowers, ribbon, birds, nests, or gardening tools. Arrange the items on the wreath and attach them with a hot glue gun. An old rake also looks great hanging on a door. It can be painted and embellished with flowers, ribbons, and other springtime items. You can also buy a completed wreath in almost any department or craft store.

Decorate your yard with an Easter Egg Tree. Tie plastic eggs, bunnies, ribbon, birds, and flowers to a small bare tree or shrub. Fill an empty planter with plastic eggs and a plastic bunny or decorative wooden stake.

Buy a tulip or daffodil plant to use as a centerpiece for your dining room table or as an end table decoration. They can be planted outside after their foliage turns yellow and will probably bloom in a year or two. No guarantees!

You can also bring a spring blooming branch inside and force it to bloom early. Cut a branch and slit the bottom of the stem. Rinse in lukewarm water and arrange in a vase of water in a cool, low lighted room. Change the water daily until the buds are ready to bloom. You can then bring them out into a brighter room but they will last longer if you keep them out of direct sunlight. Change the water every other day and mist the blooms to keep them from drying out. It will take 1-2 weeks before they bloom. Lilacs, spirea, dogwoods, fruit trees, pussy willows, and magnolias are good for forcing blooms. Most will have a lovely fragrance too!

Spread some sunny yellow around your house: a throw, pillows, candles, a vase of flowers, towels, dishes, and potholders will bring in the sun!

Celebrate spring with foods that remind you of sunshine and spring. Brew some sun tea. Make some lemon poppy seed muffins for breakfast. Make a seasonal spring dish using asparagus, lamb, mushroom, sugar snap peas, strawberries, lemon, or rhubarb. Make a special dessert for spring like a daffodil cake, strawberry shortcake, or cupcakes decorated with pretty spring colors. There are a lot of awesome spring recipes for spring dishes at Family Fun (http://familyfun.go.com/spring/spring-recipes/).

The look, smell, and taste of spring will lift your spirits especially on those dark, cold, rainy spring days. Bring in the sunshine! I love spring!

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