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Baby lambs, bunnies and chickens are all sure signs of spring. Pastel colors of lilac, yellow, pink and blue will surely make you think of spring bulbs sending shoots up into the warming spring sun, ready to burst into bloom. Add these elements to your décor to freshen up your home and welcome the sunshine. There is no easier way to chase away the winter blues.

Baskets are perfect decoration items for spring. Place your container plants into a basket and top it off with a spring inspired pastel color ribbon topped off with a matching bow. If you don’t have plants, use baskets to hold items that would otherwise clutter your table. It doesn’t matter what the basket contains, it’s the pastel colored ribbon that introduces the illusion of spring into the home.

Place tiny chick, lambs and bunny figures in and around your plants, along the window sill or even tucked between the books on the bookshelf. A bit of whimsy will brighten any dark corner and

Fill jars, clear flower vases and candy dishes with jelly beans. The color and shape are as appealing as a decorating accessory as they are for a snack. Place them in any area that color and texture is needed.

Fill your vases with tulips and daffodils. If you don’t have the real blooms, use silk bouquets.

As the clutter that has accumulated over the winter months is cleared away and replaced with the freshness of spring accessories, your home will take on a whole new look. The easy decorating makeover costs hardly anything.

The spring theme also lends itself well to the holidays that occur during the early months of the year. Guests who gather in your home for Easter dinner, Mothers Day brunch or even May Day will think the décor was specially designed for the occasion.

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Though we grow older, we never grow too old for Easter candy. Jelly beans, chocolate eggs wrapped in colorful foil wrappers and marshmallow hens and chicks coated in colored sugars are reminiscent of childhood for all of us. If you are looking for a light-hearted gift for someone like a neighbor or coworker, a collection of these candies, served up in a cup and topped off with a decorative ribbon might be just the right gift.

First, scout around the local second hand shops and antique stores in your area. Look for mismatched tea cups, coffee mugs and matching saucers if they are available. Focus on spring or Easter themes. Mugs with pictures of Easter bunnies or tea cups with floral patterns are an excellent choice for this project. If you have trouble finding cups there, you can try your local dollar-type store for seasonal cups.

Next, purchase a variety of candies, depending on the tastes of your intended recipient(s). You can fill the cups with alone type of candy or mix and match. It’s up to you. If you’re going to use marshmallow candies, get the kind that is individually wrapped. Opening a larger package and separating the marshmallows will cause them to dry out and become stale.

Cut a length of pastel colored ribbon. Center the bottom of the cup on the center of the ribbon. Bring the ends up and tie the ribbon in place. Slip a hand-printed gift tag onto the ribbon and tie again. Curl the ends of the ribbons and let them dangle from the cup. Set the cup on its saucer, if bought one. Your gift is ready.

Candy-filled cups make nice place settings for an Easter get-together too. You can use them instead of place cards by putting each guest’s name on the tag.

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Are you concerned about showing the one you love how much you care for them this Valentine’s Day because you live on a tight budget? If so, you’re not along. Many people are struggling due to the tough economy and buying expensive gifts is not always an option. Fortunately, that’s not a problem. There are many ways you can make this one of the happiest days of year for your sweetheart and be romantic on a budget. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Be a thrifty shopper and compare products and prices before you buy.
  • Start shopping early and you can often find some really great deals on the perfect gift.
  • Instead of roses this year, consider a different type of flower that is less expensive or a plant that will last for a longer period of time.
  • Make your sweetheart a Valentine’s Day card instead of buying one or write a love poem.
  • Be creative with your gift giving. For example, some people would rather receive a gift that you made yourself from your heart instead of an expensive store bought item. Consider putting together a photo album of the time you’ve spent together or simply spend the day together without interruptions.
  • Instead of going out to dinner to a five start restaurant, make a romantic dinner at home and serve it by candlelight.

These are just a few of the things you can do to make this valentine’s Day special for the one you love without going over your budget. You’ll be surprised at all the things you can do if you put your mind to it. The main thing is that you know your partner and choose something that would have special meaning to him or her. When you do this, you can’t go wrong regardless of price.

A lot of people who have the talent for making home make crafts are often reluctant to give them away as gifts. This could be caused by a lack of self confidence. In some cases, the memory of receiving an ugly homemade gift from a friend or relative keeps us from sharing our work.

A walk through any craft bazaar or flea market will show that when it comes to homemade items, there is no accounting for taste. People will be standing in line to snap up a high priced item that would cause you to cringe if you received it as a gift, while the finely crafted and fair priced items are ignored.

Knowing the tastes of the recipient of the gift will be an indicator of how the gift is appreciated. Like all gifts, the handmade gift should be something the recipient will enjoy getting, rather than something the giver enjoys making or giving.

If you’re looking for gift ideas, check out the local craft stores. They will often offer classes to introduce new products that they sell. Many of these classes are free and the participant only has to pay for the materials used.

Keep your eyes open for free patterns as you browse the aisles of the craft store for items that you think that you can make that the intended recipient will enjoy.

Once you find the materials for the homemade gift that you will enjoy making and the recipient will get pleasure receiving, let the creativity flow. Gifts created out of love hold a special place in many hearts.

 

A unique and well-accepted Valentine’s Day gift that anyone would enjoy receiving is a plant. It’s a gift that you can give to anyone regardless of age or gender and it’ll be appropriate. Most plants are very affordable and there are many different types available that would make the perfect gift for someone on your list. They look great sitting around the home and you can choose from ones that flourish inside the home or outside, whichever is the most appropriate.

Before you choose a plant for someone on your Valentine’s Day gift list, take a few minutes to think about which type of plant would suit them the most. Some people have allergies to certain types of plants and flowers so this is something that’ll you need to find out before you choose one. You don’t want to give someone something that could make them sick.

You also want to give a plant they will surely enjoy. To do this you need to find out what type of plants they like and would prefer. Size is a big factor because you don’t want to buy a plant that grows large for someone who doesn’t have the room to accommodate for this growth. The type of person you buy for will also determine how durable the plant needs to be. For example, don’t give a high maintenance plant to someone who has little time to care of it.

To make sure your unique Valentine’s Day gift plant makes the best impression on the receiver, choose a vase that is attractive and something they’ll want to show off. You can always buy a new vase and transplant it if you happen to find the perfect plant but don’t like the pot it’s in. Make this Valentine’s Day special and give a gift that’s practical and something they won’t expect. Give a Valentine’s Day plant for someone on your gift list.

It is easy to get a new look for a room by only changing the curtains.  It only takes a small amount of time and can drastically improve a room.  All you need is the time and the imagination to make it happen.

You do not even have to use regular curtains that cost a great deal of money when you get a curtain rod with pinch clips.  Regular material from the fabric store can be used to create many different combinations for window treatments.  Simply clip the material onto the rod and adjust it until it looks the way you want it to with no sewing.

Another choice for window décor is to spend the extra money for premade curtains and regular rods.  It only takes a few minutes to put the curtains on the rod with their premade loops.  If you are inclined to sewing, you can make these same kinds of curtains with material by sewing strips of fabric to the top of the material that loops over the rod.

For those who really want to put some money and thought into their window treatment, hand painted ones are the best option.  There are those that are premade and some places create them to custom orders.  Create your own by using regular blinds and decoupage to make a great custom blind.

Having great window treatments can improve the look of the entire room.  You can make your own or buy them predesigned.  The only limitations are your imagination and your budget.

It’s that time of year again and if you are looking for something great to do with the kids or as a family, then creative Halloween decorations may be just the thing. If you walk around the average neighborhood at Halloween time or in the fall, you’re likely to see most of the same types of decorations floating around. You will find pumpkins, witches, jack-o-lanterns, black cats and more.

If you want to do something really different this Halloween season, you’ll need to focus on some creative ideas and crafts that can be used as decorations. Even the Halloween costumes that you or your children wear can be made uniquely.

Here are some ideas of creative Halloween decorations that you can do as a family:

  • Glass vases are great to decorate around the inside of your home- fill them with goodies and display then wherever you choose
  • Masks- hanging a creepy mask on the front door or using it to decorate a scarecrow are great, unique ways of decorating for the season
  • Small accents- small accents can be a great subtle way to decorate for the holiday without going overboard
  • Spider webs- these can be made of many materials around your home and they are a great deal of fun for Halloween décor. You have many options on where and how you can use them.

These are just a few creative Halloween decorations that you can try this season. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, you might also want to be sure you allow them creativity to think of some of their own ideas.


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