Workin’ With What Ya Got- Creating Spring For Less

 

I love spring so much.
So very much.
For many reasons but at the top of that list is that it is no longer winter.
AND Winter isn’t for six more months!
So spring is my happy dance season.

In honor of my happy dance season, let’s do a little decorating, shall we?

 

The galvanized tin I got for free a few years ago from my neighbor.

The galvanized tin I got for free a few years ago from my neighbor who was going to throw this away.
The hydrangea was one of the centerpieces I made for my wedding almost seven years ago.

 

I just plopped the centerpiece into the galvanized tin.

I just plopped the centerpiece into the galvanized tin.
But it was too short for the tin so I added a ramekin to the bottom to give it height.

 

For our dining room table centerpiece, I used a plant I got at Target for my sister in law's baby shower four years ago and plopped that on top of the faux grass I got at Goodwill a few years ago.

For our dining room table centerpiece, I used a plant I got at Target for my sister in law’s baby shower four years ago and plopped that on top of the faux grass I got at Goodwill a few years ago.
Add some old Easter eggs I have had and two little flowers I also got for the same baby shower at Michael’s and voilà, I have my go to spring centerpiece.

 

Add some old Easter eggs I have had and two little flowers I also got for the same baby shower at Michael's and voilà, I have my go to spring centerpiece.

You are about to meet a very special member of our family.
I don’t like to share picture of my family on here but he is close to our hearts and deserves a mention on the blog.

Meet Chuck.

Meet Chuck.
Chuck as in we almost chucked him in the trash 5 or so years ago.
Long story short:
-I bought Chuck at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx (not sure which) about 7 years ago.
– I loved his vintage look
– And so did our then cross between Marmaduke and Marley dog Riley.
– As evidenced by the chunk he took outta Chuck’s arm.
– A few years later, our then toddler knocked him off the table and his ears cracked in half.
-After some more gluing, his arm came off again in a suspicious basement storage incident.
– I finally told my hubs, leave him be. I like armless Chuck. It gives him character.
He is like a living memento of our crazy, chaotic past.
And I can’t wait to pull him out when our youngest begins dating.
Nothing to scare off a would be suitor like a reminder of how terrifying she was as a toddler.
They don’t call them suitors anymore, do they?

 

Dollar Tree tulips in an old metal door hanger I have had for years.

 

Dollar Tree tulips in an old metal door hanger I have had for years.

 

Hi bunny! This guy I got at a cute little store in central Illinois when my parents lived there. The green "rocks" inside him are from Dollar Tree. A buck for a bag of these.

 

Hi bunny!
This guy I got at a cute little store in central Illinois when my parents lived there.
The green “rocks” inside him are from Dollar Tree.
A buck for a bag of these.
 I did buy one spring-y thing this year:

 

I got this banner at Target for six dollars.

I got this banner at Target for six dollars.
A lot less than it would have cost me to ever make it.
And we all know how unskilled at cutting I am.
And this could’ve looked pretty horrid if I tried to do this myself.
So accounting for the felt mess, materials and years of therapy, I think six bucks is a bargain.

 

See? If it SAYS Spring, it must be SPRING. Yes. Yes, that's it.

See?
If it SAYS Spring, it must be SPRING.
Yes.
Yes, that’s it.

16 thoughts on “Workin’ With What Ya Got- Creating Spring For Less

  1. Leslie Harris

    what a great way to use those moss rocks! And they're such a bargain, I need to pick some up. I like all your little spring touches Kari.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

  2. Marissa Peterson

    I think my favorite part of your decorations is 'Chuck'! I love it when a single item possesses so many family memories!

    And, I LOVE the chalkboard – I have no less than 7896 chalkboard ideas from Pinterest…and I have yet to execute even one.

    We are going on Monday to hit up Goodwill stores and my all-time-favorite: Dollar Tree, to give our new home some Spring love! I already have a few things from years passed, but I need/want MORE!

    SO, SO happy that SPRING IS HERE!!! 🙂

  3. srpprcrftr

    Aw, poor chuck, good for you, keeping him as is. His buddy is pretty cute with the moss rocks in him. Chucks buddy has a cute little handle in case those rocks are too heavy. Your decorations are so cute, enjoyed seeing how you decorated. Everybody has their own special little items to use, makes them so personal and sweet. If i can find the place I'll subscribe. Happy Easter

  4. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    Leslie- Thank you friend!

    Marissa- the BEST place to find an old chalkboard is a flea market but they also have them at Hobby Lobby in the kids craft section!!

    Anne- I read your blog this morning and I can't wait to meet you!

    Lizzy- this just means we are THAT much closer to meeting baby!!!

  5. Just Jen

    Michelle – I was thinking the same thing. I totally need her to come decorate my house too!

    I love the affirmation board – it's beautiful. Did you do it yourself?

  6. Just Jen

    I was totally going to say the same thing – need decorating help too!

    I love the affirmation board – did you do that? It's beautiful!

  7. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    Lol- yes ladies, I would love to come decorate your homes!
    And yes, I made that board! Out of an old door! 🙂

  8. Jeanette Nyberg

    Chuck WILL be accompanying you to Blogher. And our ladies' night out. I wanna buy Chuck a drink.

    You've got amazing taste, by the way. Gorgeous stuff, and it makes me excited for Spring!

  9. Marianne

    Out of all the beautiful things and crafty ideas you post on your blog, I FINALLY found something that would be well-suited for our house. Chuck is a Walsh. In case you were wondering. My lost son.

  10. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    Jeanette- Chuck has plans that night. He wouldn't say with who. I am suspicious.

    Emily- thanks for having me! No spring here….snow in forecast.

    Lauren- thank you!

    Mar- he did say he was Irish….and that he lived in Chicago….hmmmmmm.

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