celebrate spring with beautiful blossoms

April 1, 2014
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Are you a big fan of flowers? As we enter into the season of budding bulbs and fragrant blooms, we’d like to share some of the coolest flower crafts that we found on the web.flower crafts

These clever bloggers reveal how to make everything from a dreamy floral crown to the perfect pom-pom posey…

Caitlin from The Merry Thought crafted this DIY Floral Crown using a vine wreath from the Dollar Store–such an enchanting accessory for your favorite woodland fairy!

Brighten up a boring desktop with some Daisy Flower Paper Clips–they’re also great way to use up some fabric scraps you’ve got laying around the house. Get all the details on A Pumpkin and a Princess.

Craft your very own bouquet that’s guaranteed not to wilt. Crepe Paper Flowers make the perfect surprise for Mother’s Day and are easy enough for kids to make.  Rebecca from The Art of Simple shares her  tips and tricks for creating your own unique bunch of blossoms.

Gather up some fabric scraps, a few random beads or sequins and you’ve got some super sweet flower hair pins.  Visit CraftStylish for step by step instructions.

These fluffy Pom Pom Flowers look like they came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book! Sarah from Dill Pickle Design created these for her wedding centerpieces and has now incorporated them into her home decor. They’re uniquely modern and whimsical.

Update your outfit with a snazzy Fabric Flower Hair Clip.  We found the easy directions for this project on the Capitol Romance Blog (photo by Gabe Aceves).

Breathe new life into barren branches by converting them into a vase full of  flourishing flowers.  Haeley from Design Improvised will show you how easy it is to create these Paper Flowers and bring a little Spring into your home right now.

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quick trip to the tropics

March 31, 2014
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Since the forecast called for yet another cold Saturday in March, we decided to head west to a warmer climate.  There’s no need to fly down to Costa Rica to get your tropical fix… you can just mingle with a few hundred of butterflies for an hour or two at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids instead.

frederik meijer gardensIn addition to the greenhouses, there are loads of sculptures all around the park.  Iitu and I did not venture off to see many of them since it was a bit chilly but you can’t miss this marvelous marching band parallel to the parking lots.

arid gardenBefore you make your way to the tropics, you travel though a desert area filled with cool catci that look like they belong on a different planet.

meijer gardensThere are many great places to take photos.  We both took our fancy cameras and brushed up on our photo skills.  There were lots of those big beautiful blue butterflies pictured on the sign in the gardens but boy-oh-boy they are hard to capture with a camera so this is the only photo you will see of them.

butterfly exhibit

It’s fascinating to see all stages of these stunning creatures.  The annual Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. For the months of March and April you can experience tropical butterflies from around the world flying freely in these gardens.

butterfly exhibit meijer gardens

There’s beauty packed from head to toe in this place… the flowers, trees, plants and of course the star of the show ~ the beautiful butterflies.  Plus did I mention that it’s a balmy 85 degrees in this sweet smelling conservatory?

meijer gardens

If you’re going on the weekends, I would recommend getting there earlier in the day.  The gardens open at 9am.  We arrived around 10am and by 11am it was already getting pretty crowded.  There are lots of spots you can just stand or sit to soak everything in.

butterflies are blooming meijer gardensAnd I do recommend just hanging around… you never know when a butterfly wants to stop by and say hello ~ like it did on this gentleman’s hat.

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six ways to update your home for spring

March 26, 2014
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Last week we were counting down the days until Spring, and here we are a week later counting down the days until it actually FEELS like Spring here! It’s coming–butterflies, warmer temps, and beautiful blossoms. Also, for many, time for a little spring cleaning and freshening up things around the house.

diy spring wreaths

Check out these easy and creative DIY spring wreaths that you can assemble in an afternoon to add a little punch to your front door or wall…

dahliaYou can make this colorful Dahlia Paper Wreath  for under $10.  Just head over to Mommy of Two Little Monkeys and Amanda will walk you through the easy process.

Abbey from The Cards We Drew took a few sheets of scrapbook paper and a straw wreath form to make this cute and colorful Spring Pinwheel Wreath. We love the possibilities of endless color combinations on this one!

Burlap isn’t just for fall. Laura from Top This Top That  not only shows us how to use it to make this cheery Springtime Wreath with it–she also includes ideas on how to change the base wreath from season to season.

Take a simple grapevine wreath to the next level with the addition of blossoms and a bow. Melissa from Polka Dot Chair shows you how easy it is to whip up this Tulip Wreath here.

Chelsea from the Making Home Base Blog used an old wall planter to assemble this lovely Spring Floral Door Hanging. Take a look in the basement or garage to see what treasures you could transform in the same way.

A Peeps Wreath! Again, the possibilities here are endless as far as color…mix and match your faves or stick with one shade, it’s your call! Take a trip over to Tried and True where Vanessa will show you how to convert these confections into a new way to decorate your home.

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I'm April McCrumb ~ a creative gal from Michigan that loves to share clever gift ideas, simple recipes, my favorite tunes & all things crafty.  Thanks for stopping by my whimsical world. I hope you enjoy your visit.

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