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Saturday, March 26, 2011

A $7 Easter Egg Makover Project and our BIG SALE




Last Easter we got four egg topiaries and two egg wreaths as a gift from someone. This year  I thought I would make them over to match our decor a little better. I think both Lillie and Jon were a bit disappointed in my decision as Lillie thought the colored eggs were "sooooo pretty", but they were a little bright for me.  As they had been boxed away since last Easter I had forgotten exactly what they looked like. In my mind the eggs were smooth so I had planned on spray painting them either a pale blue or an ivory color and then speckling them. Well, when I pulled them out of their boxes I remembered they had raised dots and swirls on them so that sent my natural speckled look out the window. Instead I just decided to spray paint them an ivory color and fill in all of the spaces with extra spanish moss and some other moss I had. (Although I did buy new moss for the letter project in my last post, I am quite cheap and generally reuse the same moss over and over for different projects, which is what I did for this project. And for that same reason, I didn't glue the moss in any spots, I just tucked it in so that when Easter is over I can pull all of it out and put it back in the two big bags I keep it in and save it for the next project. It would probably sound better to call myself thrifty but in this instance cheap is probably more appropriate seeing how moss isn't very expensive to begin with =) !) 

Here is what we had to start with:
(I only photographed 1 of the topiaries but there are actually 4 of them)

And here it is after a coat of spray paint and some moss tucked in:





And here is one of the wreaths:


We did three of the topiaries with the more brownish colored moss and the spanish moss and then did the fourth one with the leftover brighter green moss from the letter project because it is in a different room and thought the brighter green would look nice next to the bright limes.


So, for just $7 (two $3.50 cans of spray paint) we were able to makeover 4 topiaries and two wreaths!

I have a few more finished Easter projects to show you all and am also still working on a couple so once everything is done will show how the whole rooms look versus just the close-up shots in this post.

 I also wanted to say a big thank you so Traci, from Beneath My Heart for featuring us! She is so sweet and has a wonderful blog that you should definitely head on over and check out if you haven't before!


beneath my heart


Also I want to wish my father-in-law luck! He is a high school basketball coach in Indiana and his team is playing in the state championship game tonight. We all were able to go two years ago when they won it, but as I am not allowed to travel only Jon will be able to go this time. Lillie and I will be cheering from home, though! Go Panthers!

Alrighty, that is it for now! 

I hope you all have a blessed weekend 
 and be sure to check back Monday for our BIG GIVEAWAY!



53 comments:

  1. Fantastic idea to spray paint the eggs.... I love it... of course the million dollar question will be "what color and brand?" lol

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  2. The egg topiaries and wreaths are beautiful in the ivory! What a clever idea to spray paint them. I hope Lillie is on the mend and you take good care of yourself too, Jenni. It'll be nice to have your Mom there for the weekend.

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  3. If you can reuse, reuse! Why spend a little extra and have "left overs?"

    Just Better Together
    come check out the prom shoe giveaway!

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  4. Sorry to hear you have been ill I hope the next few months gives you time to recouperate. I know what you mean about having your mum around when you are ill, it doesnt matter how old you are does it sometimes we all need someone to look after us & theres nobody like your mum. Anyway love what you did with your egg topiaries & wreathes they look fabulous. Take care & have a good weekend...get some rest x

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  5. I laughed when you said hubs and Lillie thought the bright colored eggs were sooooo pretty! So funny! Well they look soooo much better painted. Good move. Take care and rest up and have a good sale!

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  6. What a terrific idea. The eggs look perfect! Congratulations on your feature!

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  7. Wow you've got such talent to make things Absolutely beautiful! Maybe I should get you to do my makeup? hahhaha

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  8. These are absolutely gorgeous...I just can't get over how amazing your style is!!! I hope you feel better soon!!!

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  9. Beautiful! And, yes, inquiring minds would love to know what brand/color spray paint. Have a great weekend ... hope Lillie feels better. *Becca*

    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  10. Oh does he coach for Bloomington South? I live in Indiana and went to IU we're a huge basketball family!

    The topiaries and wreaths turned out way cute!

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  11. As stated above, of course we want to know what color spray paint and brand...also, this may be dumb to ask, but I'm guessing you didn't remove the eggs? Just sprayed over them? I have a couple of those "colorful" topiaries and also a basket of eggs that I'd love to tranform like this.

    Hope you and Lillie are on the mend soon....nothing like mama to help everyone feel better!

    Judy

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  12. I have been your follower for awhile and your pictures always take my breath away...I was planning on doing a post on Easter soon and gathering beautiful inspiration would it be ok for me to use some of your pictures and linking back of course?

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  13. That's like a thousand, million times cuter! I love the little swirly grapevine twirls sticking out all around too.

    Cindy

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  14. They are so pretty, I love the eggs in white and the moss is the perfect touch. I hope Lillie is feeling better. Hope your FIL had good luck.

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  15. your house looks fabulous for easter!! I wouldn't have thought of that! great job!

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  16. Oh it's so pretty all spray painted! Enjoy your time with mom and feel better!
    XO
    Kristin

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  17. your topiary and wreath transformations are just dreamy! i love the way they look in the silver-plated bowls! they went from "thrifty-looking" to "oh-so-chic-looking"! will have to find me some of those topiaries @ Home Goods! TFS!

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  18. Jennifer, I LOVE these and may have to copy them. I just need to find egg topiaries first.

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  19. Jennifer,
    I am so relieved that you are finally able to get some rest and quit your up to 3 or 4 nights. I didn't see a link to email, but before you take a break I wanted to thank you and let you know what an inspiration you have been to me. I recently had my first son in January, and have since made the decision to stay home and be a full time mom. Again, you have set an example of the kind of mom and homemaker I strive to be. Someone who is first a mom, but able to keep an incredibly beautiful and organized home, and run a successful etsy site without interfering with that time with your daughter- all on a budget. Thanks for all the fabulous ideas and tutorials, I can honestly say I've used them ALL and link back to your blog all the time (I'll be doing the easter egg topiary tomorrow....)
    Anyway, thanks again, please take it easy for the rest of your pregnancy!
    lots of love
    Bianca

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  20. love the idea of spray painting the eggs! what color/brand did you use? i like that it's matte.

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  21. Thank you guys!

    Antique Chase, Becca, Judy, and Momofonediva - I used Valspar's Antique White which I got at Lowe's. I am pretty sure it was $3.49 a can. However, I have to say the color was a lot more creamy than I had wanted (it's hard to tell in photos). I had wanted more of an ivory color so I am not sure I would recommend this color. In fact I probably will try another color next time.

    Stacey - Haha, I laughed out loud when I read your comment. You would NOT want me doing your makeup. Most days I am running around like crazy and barely have any on. It's definitely NOT my area of expertise.

    Sarah - Yes he is the coach at Bloomington South! What a small world. That is where Jon played in high school.

    Judy - yes, I am the queen of shortcuts (which often gets me into more trouble although fortunately it didn't on this project!) so I just left the eggs right on there and spray-painted away!

    Kathy - of course! Thanks so much.

    Bianca - you are so sweet!

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  22. Never knew those ugly eggs could look so beautiful...but then again, anything you decorate turns to gold!

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  23. What an excellent idea! Another wonderful decorating idea! I LOVE your house...and good luck with feeling better. I am sorry you guys are sick. My kids just got over the 'whatever' bug! {It was not pleasant}. Can't wait to see what's next!

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  24. What an amazing makeover! I love it!

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  25. love the tulips in every room of your home!! Are they fresh or faux? Beautiful nonetheless!!

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  26. Jenni I am LOVING these posts and projects........ What kills me is you have time to do these cool DIY. I am so trying the moss one and the egg one too. HUGS!

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  27. Painting those topiaries and adding the moss is such a great idea Jennifer and so easy too. I hope Lillie gets better soon, that's awful when a little one is sick. Have fun with your mom :)

    ~Tricia

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  28. this is so clever Jennifer!! I love the eggs in all white! fun. Hope Lillie is feeling better...

    joan

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  29. Thanks! Anonymous - I am addicted to the tulips at Trader Joe's and get a bundle just about every time I go there!

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  30. I LOVE what you did with the topiary and wreath. I agree with you and like them much better with a more neutral coloring! GORGEOUS as usual Jeni:)

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  31. I would have passed over those "bright" egg displays and never seen the potential. what a transformation!

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  32. What a great idea! Do you know where the egg topiaries are from? I need to do this!

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  33. Jennifer!!! along with everything else you do, i love these. i'll be hitting up the clearance at the craft stores for whatever i can get my hands on that some spray paint will make lovely for next Easter.

    i had the same question about your tulips! i've thought to myself before, "she must have a garden of those things!" :)

    a quick question: where is your master bed/headboard from? and, do you love it? i have a blog post up asking opinions on which route i should go and one just like yours is the option i'm leaning toward, although everyone else seems to like the opposite option. i'd love to know what you think!

    relax while you have your mama's help and you and Lillie feel better real soon. :)

    xo-
    Amanda

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  34. love, love, love them!!! So pretty!
    -Jamie

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  35. Love this project as I do all of your projects!1

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  36. Jennifer, you make everything look so beautiful and elegant! Hope Lillie is feeling better. Jemma had a stomach virus and I laid with her for two days. I hate when they are sick. I just want to take it all away. Hope you are all doing better! My nieces are headed to Williamsburg this week for a week long field trip. THey are so excited!

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  37. This is sooooooo beautiful!!!

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  38. Awesome, awesome. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I could visit your blog for hours. And this evening I plan to do just that!

    New follower from a link at The Table.

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  39. This is the first time I have responded to a blog - I hope it goes through! I really love the photos of your home and little girl! She is precious. I've gathered the supplies to make the moss letters - can't wait to do them.
    Would love to win the pillows! Thanks for the great ideas! mmbartoe@zoominternet.net

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  40. Your blog is just greatness!! I would like to award you with the stylish blogger award! You can check out my blog here, http://lesley-ward.blogspot.com/ for further information! Thanks for the great blogging!!

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  41. I adore this makeover. They are so pretty now!

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  42. Great idea! You have a beautiful home! I'm your newest follower.
    Cheers!
    Rita

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  43. Amazing what a bit of paint will do!

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  44. Oh my goodness, they are stunning!! Amazing what a bit of paint can do to change the feel of something. Huge improvement!!

    Bravo,
    ButterYum

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  45. I just found your blog. You are so talented. Your little girl is beautiful. I also would like to know where you got your headboard. i am looking for something similar. I can't wait to read moreof your blog.
    Jacque@bjavant@hotmail.com

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  46. Thank, Jacque. I honestly can't remember where I got our headboard, it was so long ago. My sister Jamie got a very similar one at Hayneedle.com not too long ago though.

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  47. Where did you get those siver handle urns?
    I just found your blog today you have my taste and even better ideas....so talented

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm got them at a store called Seasons here in Williamsburg.

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  48. I saw these on pinterest and just love then....I'm also your #4300 follower....

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  49. I just found your blog tonight and I am in LOVE! Subscribed in my reader, and I lost count how many of your projects I pinned to Pinterest. Working on a spring inspiration post for tomorrow and I am sure I will be featuring some of your projects!

    Especially loved this one! That multicolored topiary is not my style either but your spray painted version - looks designer or Pottery Barn! I am SOOOOO going to look for a topiary this year after Easter on clearance to do this next year.

    Thanks for the great inspiration!

    (This is my home/decor blog - http://www.thefrugalhomemaker.com) - my google login points to my coupon blog :)

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  50. I realize this is a post from last year but I had to say I just LOVE your topiaries and wreaths!!! They are so pretty!
    Shannon
    (www.akadesign.ca)

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