Just a few more Easter decorations…

I know time is drawing near…
Church, Easter Egg Hunts, Dinner with Family and 

(ok, maybe I am looking forward to the nap part)

But, I just wanted to share a few of the final touches
I added around the house today.

Tomorrow will be dedicated to grocery shopping,
dying Easter Eggs with the kids,  cooking and baking and

Lunch with Shirley from Housepitality Designs!


We actually met in person a few months ago, but she is down for the day and we are gonna grab a quick lunch together.
I was the recipient of her “Pass It On” Gift.
If you did not see this wonderful and thoughtful project and
Linky Party, please check it out HERE.

This morning we woke up to rain. Buckets of it.
Pretty near to cats and dogs and frogs kinda rain.

So I decided to work on my front door wreath.

Its one of those projects that should have been done weeks 
ago, but they don’t call me Patty Procrastinator
for no reason.

Our front door is red.  So creating a Spring wreath has
 always been a bit tricky.

I started with this chippy-white painted metal basket.

Some of you may recognize it as an old 
Southern Living @ Home piece.
(now Willow House)

Here it is on my front door.
I told you it was red.

I started with a base of greenery…

Then, with a few tucks here and a few tucks there…

I ended up with this.

I found some great forsythia stems at the
Dollar Store.  $1 each! Score!

I have seen similar stems at Michael’s for 
3x’s that amount.

The other silks I already had, so I only have about $6
invested in this arrangement.

I added pink to play up the red door.

I love how it turned out.

Once that was done, I moved inside…

I had to take down the formal Dining Room Tablescape.


It just wasn’t practical with that big honking
centerpiece and layer after layer of plates.

I wanted a smaller centerpiece which would be 
conducive to conversation…

Lowe’s had these irresistible pink Gerbera daisies.

I added a few silk white hyacinth stems at the base.

More Dollat Store finds – pussy willow stems -
were added in a tee-pee design and secured with a 
mini-gingham ribbon.

I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I saw it on
(where else) Pinterest.

This one is incredibly more beautiful.  I just love this idea.

For the breakfast room table, I clipped a few white azealeas and added them to an egg-filled glass container.

Sorry the pictures are so dark, I took these while it 
was still overcast.

I added some stems of cut grapevine.

I hope these make it until Sunday.  eek!

I couldn’t resist adding some touches of Spring to
one of my fave Frenchy Roo’s.
I have basically “de-rooster-fied” my kitchen,
but this is one which I couldn’t part with.

I used real sprigs of ivy, silk daffodils, fresh rosemary 
and twigs. 

It sits on my kitchen island.

So can you stand a few more projects or are you saying
enough already?  :)

I borrowed the cute little cloche and bunnies from my
Inside Out Terrarium.  See that project HERE.

I placed it on a white cake stand, and it sits on the Dining 
Room sideboard where I will set up an Easter Dessert Buffet.

I just love those little bunny faces.

So, about 2 o’clock the rain finally cleared, and
my gardening partner and I made a wild dash for the
great outdoors.

Well, I dashed – Bitty Kitty kinda just sauntered.

My rosemary is OUT OF CONTROL!

This is what it looks like AFTER I trimmed it back.

I cut two armloads of rosemary.

This is the leftover pile.

I saved some for drying.  I also added some to the front door 
arrangement which I showed you earlier.

Along with some other shrubbery clippings I created this…

I have these two planters at the bottom of the front steps.  
They need a little something-something because the dead
 stumps of last Fall’s mums just didn’t give that “Spring” feel 
I was going for.

And do you see that ivy creeping across the steps?

I am training it so it will eventually cover the kickplate 
of each step.

I originally saw this in Charleston. 

Isn’t this the prettiest look ever?

I have a long way to go, but it’s getting there.

So that’s about all I did today.

Well, that – and pulled my back out really, really bad.


Thank heaven for Hot Tubs, wine and Bayer Back and Body.  That’s all I am gonna say.


Bitty Kitty was plumb tuckered out, too.

Thank you for letting me share my last-minute
Easter decorations with you.

One final little sneakie peakie -
this is a shot of my breakfast room with my “new”
Dropcloth Curtains.
(sorry, dark pic again)

I will go into more detail about them next week.
Trying to decide if I like that ribbon design at the top. 

I hope you are happy and busy and preparing for your
own Easter Celebrations.

Blessings, Barb

I am linking up to:
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch Met Monday

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  1. Barb I just showed my Mom all the pretties you have made for Easter and we both marveled at your creativity. Have fun with Shirley tomorrow, and tell her Hi from California!! Love you dear friend,

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  2. I like the design at the top of your new drapes, Barb. I was just wondering what you used/did to get that. It sounds like you had a real busy day! I love all the arrangements. I had a lot of evergreens at our old house and used to use cuttings from them to dress up some pots for Winter. This year I did it here with some faux ones I got at Hobby Lobby. Happy Easter and enjoy your visit with Shirley! Tell her I said hey! : )

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  3. Barb! You have been a busy girl! Wow! You do Easter/Spring on a really grand level. I love it all! You have put most of us to shame. That ivy along the steps is beautiful..AND…so is your sweet Kitty. Makes me miss mine even more- I love your drop cloth curtains, too.

    oh…and I LOVE that front door basket/floral piece. It is gorgeous. I am saving it to my files to steal the idea…er..I mean try to create for myself! xo Diana

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  4. The door is stunning I love what you did. All the other touches are just beautiful. Happy Easter!

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  5. What a great post this is! Love the front door decor (I use branch baskets and I always like to see how p[eople fill a door container). The pussy willow Pinterest idea is really cool. My rosemary is going insane also and I’ve been know to add it to my floral arrangements too. That idea with the ivy on the kickplates is going to be stunning. Happy Easter and thanks for all the ideas!

    Robin Flies South

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  6. Barb, I’m having so much fun looking at all your great arrangements. I love your front door basket and never thought of looking at the Dollar Tree for flower stems. I like your use of the rosemary clippings and training the ivy along the steps. Hugs and glad your back is better. Happy Easter!

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  7. Hi Barb! Never would I tire of seeing your marvelous projects! You’re are the smartest and most creative one! Love them all and I want to wish you and your family a blessed Easter.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. Barb, just love all of your easter decor! Happy Easter! laura

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  9. All of your arrangements are gorgeous. I just love them. The front door is my favorite, I love pink. Paula

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  10. Well, I had the pleasure of seeing everything in person and it was all so beautiful…yes, folks, if you think things are beautiful on the screen, you should see it in person!!!…Gorgeous…AND, those kitties are the best.talk about beautiful and gorgeous…

    We had lots of fun, talking and eating!!

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  11. Oh my goodness! First, I’m totally in love with all of your displays, especially the first one. But then, we get a sneak peek of your breakfast area! I’m in LOVE! You have such talent, my friend!

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  12. Wow, what a beautiful home. I’m a southern girl too, and I can’t wait to get home and have some real grits.I’m so glad I found your blog via Boogieboard Cottage. I’m a new follower so we can stay connected. I would love if you stopped by and followed too. Lori

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  13. You have a very beautiful home! The place was fabulous inside and out. :)

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