Monday, April 8, 2013

Door basket & Spring at the lake

Spring is in the air but you couldn't tell by the weather we had this weekend. It's been rainy, windy and cold the last several days. It wasn't a good day to take pics outside, but I did the best I could because I wanted to share my spring door basket. 

In my previous post this basket was white but it didn't go well with our front door, so I painted it a soft gold color. I made a small banner out of card stock that was lavender and green and decorated it with a floral background stamp. I then added some rub on letters. They were on clearance at Joann's and even though the adhesive backing was loose they still worked quite well. You position the letter over what you want it to transfer to and rub the entire design with the small stick and it transfers completely. It's just another easy way to add letters or designs to your projects. 

I love burlap but I don't always like working with it, so I bought some burlap flowers on sale at Joann's to decorate the basket. They had some multicolor cream and tan ones in the 3 dollar range, that might have looked better so I'll have to go back and get those too. So much easier than making them!

I wanted to add light green and soft blue to my basket so I added a combination of flowers from Dollar tree and Joann's. I took these pics between rain showers. April doesn't just bring showers to the Pacific NW, it brings overcast skies that can last awhile. 

The weather that we have now is in sharp contrast to our Easter weekend which had clear skies and temps in the 70's.

We were really fortunate over Easter weekend and had beautiful weather. After church we spent some time with friends for Easter and had a lovely dinner. I wanted to share some of these lovely  flowering trees. I love her pretty magnolia tree and the rustic porch swing. 

These flowers have an almost rubbery texture to them and a soft pink color with a light fragrance. When she said they were magnolias I thought I would love a small tree in our yard. Then she told me how they shed in two stages. First the lovely blossoms fall, then the stamens drop off later so I changed my mind! 

We also stopped at one of our favorite places, Lake Sacajawea in Longview and I found this lonely cherry blossom tree. It was the only cherry blossom tree in bloom and I liked the contrast of it with the lake and budding trees in the background. 

I love the shadows on the tree branches.You can almost see a few ducks on the lake too.

Love the soft fragrant flowers.

We always enjoy visiting the ducks. These two were quacking away before I took this pic. I love the rustic look of these rocks at the edge of the lake. 

These ducks were just minding their own business when I approached them and they became quite annoyed. 

They squawked a bit.

And promptly walked away. They were so cute!

Hope you enjoyed my little post of of things that I've been doing recently. Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. Hi Diane, I loved visiting the Pacific Northwest with you today, beautiful photos! I live opposite you in the Southeast, in Alabama, our trees are flowering and the birds are singing Happy Spring!
    Your basket is adorable, you reminded me that I have a flat basket I need to spiff up, thanks!

  2. Love your sweet basket Diane! Rub on letters are one of my favorites. The flower arrangement is just perfect. Your flowering bushes and tree pics are breathtaking. I know Magnolias are a bit messy (most trees are) but I still want one. The ducks may have gotten annoyed, but I'm glad you shared!

  3. Beautiful pictures of springtime in your area! The green grass and trees in leaf and bloom look so nice. Your spring basket for the front door is really sweet. I'm visiting from Mosaic Monday. Blessings, Pamela

  4. Love your is so cute!! Love the burlap flowers and the little Spring banner that you made.

  5. Diann,
    Stunning pictures and your basket is lovely!! Thanks so much for stopping by and I am now following you too!!

    So very pleased to meet you!!


  6. Your door basket is so pretty, Diane. Really looks like spring. And those flowering trees...gorgeous!!
    Mary Alice

  7. What a pretty door basket you created. The flowering trees are gorgeous. We're a little north of you, on Vancouver Island, and the trees are blooming here, too.
    I'm visiting from Mosaic Monday.

  8. What a beautiful door decoration! I love the idea of how you used the letters....this inspired me to do something with my scrapbook letters. I would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase.

    Just follow the link....


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, came over to follow you through GFC....have a great weekend!


  9. That magnolia is stunning! Great pix of the mallards.
    Have a wonderful weekend...

  10. I love your door arrangement. I need to get some of those letters. Beautiful photos too!

  11. Your door basket is beautiful, and I love the gorgeous photos! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share with us. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  12. Hi Diane,

    I love your door basket! So pretty. Those trees are gorgeous! I so love this time of year. Thanks so much for joining us at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  13. The basket looks lovely and well represents spring! Love the blooms and the sweet ducks! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  14. Hi Diane, So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by, your kind comment and new following. I just followed you as well in bloglovin, but GFC is not showing, so I will try back later and follow there too.

    Love your door flower basket. So charming in the pretty gold with soft flowers. I too have a Saucer Magnolia like the first tree pic you share. Mine is a 7 foot bush style and I keep it trimmed that way. They do shed, but not like the Southern Magnolias do. I have that also and it does shed terrible, but pretty when it blooms.

    All you pic are so pretty and springtime fresh.
    Have a great weekend.
    Celestina Marie

  15. Great Door Basket... It get's me thinking of Spring! I am so behind this year. Nothing but snow..snow... snow here!
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