Monday, January 20, 2014

Refresh, renew and an early Spring

I think of January as a month for new beginnings. Like many of you I've been recycling, repurposing, donating and basically taking stock of all the unnecessary  things that are cluttering up our house. I also have too many craft projects unfinished and magazines I've been hoarding,  so I've been going through all these things a little bit at a time and I've accomplished quite a bit.  

I don't really make resolutions for the New Year, but I do set goals, I don't always achieve all of them, but I have found it helpful to make a written list of things I want to accomplish. My organizing skills are lacking and I'm more likely to follow through on them that way! Some of those things are in relation to my blog and what I hope to accomplish.

 I'll be making a few changes to my blog content, although I can't promise I will blog more often, I have made that promise before and it didn't work out. We all know how time consuming blogging is and there are always those times I don't have anything to share. That has been happening more and more lately. 

I really just want to blog about what inspires me and not get caught up in creating projects all the time. When I do create projects I will be using items I already have and try not to clutter my home again with items I have no room for. 

Since I'm a longtime scrapbook paper hoarder, I'll be trying to come up with  more creative ways to use my paper, if that is even  possible since there are so many ideas out there already. I also want to use my stamps more often, I have a ton, many of them with a vintage theme.  I know better than to make promises on my blog so I'll just take it as it comes and hope my blog moves forward in a way that I want and will be interesting to my readers. 





I had planned on my next project having a winter theme but since I'm behind on my projects anyway I decided to do something for Spring. I'm ready for it already. I found this little shadow box on sale and painted it white and used my bird stamps to make a spring themed collage. I'm also showing a peek of my kitchen for the first time. I call it my mini kitchen or kitchenette, since it's so small and I'll share more about it in a later post. 

I've blogged before on how I like a clean, simple look and not a lot of clutter on my walls or in my home, especially since our house is rather small.  I just like simple little things that make me smile. I added the faux hydrangeas to my box and a botanical from the Graphics Fairy. 



I love green, so I found some paper with ginkgo leaves and ferns and used what I had in my stamp stash to create this simple little bird collage. 

I really like the window pane look of these collage style shadow boxes.I added some poems and inspiring words to the bird stamps and created a little story board type of theme. 

I've seen this popular poem by Emily Dickinson used many times over the years and wanted to share it again.  

I've had this floral paisley stamp for years. 

I love vintage postcards of all kinds. 



I added this Victorian Posy book of poems and I'll share more about it later. It has lovely illustrations and perfumed pages. 




I found it in a thrift store for a few dollars. It has a wonderful collection of poems with flower themes. 




A few more close ups of my birds and floral stamps. 




Even though it's rather small, the collage looks nice propped up behind the the flower box as well. I might have to come up with something else for this wall. I'll be sharing another post by the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by!


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16 comments:

  1. What a sweet little project.

    We haven't even gotten winter yet. But, I think that if I was in the midst of winter, I would want to be looking toward spring.

    I love the wooden box on the table with the flowers.

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  2. So pretty. I love all the green and you've done a nice job with the shadow box.

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  3. Love the shadow box...so pretty!!
    ~Cindy

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  4. A creative way to reduce your craft stash. I love the way the shadow box looks with the bird them. Blogging is such a personal outlet for so many, I do not think you can make a mistake by blogging about what is close to you. It is the sharing and being a member of this community that counts.

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  5. Diane what a great project! I too am a fan of green. Thanx for partying at THT!

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  6. I love using scrapbook paper like this. What a lovely spring vignette you have made. Thanks for linking to TTF!

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  7. This is such a pretty vignette, and so fresh! I would love to copy your window idea in my guest room and your flowers in my dining room. Perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Diane, I love the botanical feel of this project! You have some wonderful stamps. I love birds and am anxious to start pulling out my bird décor as soon as Valentines Day is over. I have a white shadow box similar to that waiting to be filled. Don't have any stamps nearly as pretty. Maybe I'll have to use some real dried ferns or something. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  9. So pretty! Looks crisp and fresh but vintage-y. Lists are a great thing !

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  10. Your shadow box is really pretty. Love those bird stamps and the poem. Great use of your stash! Thanks for sharing this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a super week!

    Deborah

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  11. Hi Diane, just hopping back to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  12. This is marvelously beautiful! I am honored that you shared at Home and Garden Thursday!
    Kathy

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  13. What a wonderful project! Love every thing!!! hugs...

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