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Springtime is a celebration of flowers. And now that Spring is in full swing there are flowers abounding everywhere we look. There are daisies, daffodils and, one of my favorites, lilies. Lilies come in so many diverse varieties, but they all have an unique beauty that makes you stop and stare. This week I was excited to see what kind of lovely lily treasures could be found on Etsy. Here are a few Etsy finds that made me do a double take.
This white gold necklace is adorned with a calla lily pendant. It is so simple, yet so elegant and unique. It could be just the thing to perk up a ho-hum outfit.
I love this modern yarn wreath! I tend to lean towards live wreaths. The fake flower ones always feel so cheesy. That is until now. This wreath adds a touch of sophistication and style. And it can adorn your door or wall year round.
This throw pillow is so pretty and chic. It brings a grown-up flowery feel and because it is so neutral it can blend with almost any decor.
For the most part, I have a mature style. I like a clean, sophisticated look. But there are times that I fall for something that is just unadulteratedly girly and dainty. Such is the case with these darling little earrings. One could not help but feel pretty from the moment they grace your lobes.
Here is an eclectic take on plant markers. This seller added original artwork and writing to vintage spoons so that there will be no doubt what is springing up in your garden. I have highlighted the lily marker, but there are several other flowers to choose from as well.
This ring will be quite the conversation starter. It is so original and eye-catching, every person you see will want to know where you got it. I just love pieces like this. The ones that I have are never very expensive, but they are priceless to me.
Who ever thought that white could make such a statement? This hair clip is so exotic yet so understated. I love this for dressing up a simple bun or braid. It exudes effortless sense of fashion.
The first word that comes to mind when I see this coin purse is ‘zen’. It just looks so relaxing and spa-like. And if there is ever a time when you need a little extra zen these days, it is when you are forking over your hard earned cash for life’s necessities.
I happen to always be around a rambunctious 1 year-old beast. She is so wild that she gallops like a horse everywhere she goes and walks up and bites ankles and wrists for fun. Like normal cats, she kills flies, scales anything she can get claws into and stalks anything that moves. The problem is that she is an indoor cat that lives in an apartment, where her playroom is confined and her damages have to be limited. How can you let out your cat’s wild side that wants to hide in tall grass and chase birds, while still keeping your house intact? There are a few simple things you can do and buy to help your cat love their home.
What cats crave the most is the wild of the outdoors. This could be as simple as letting them in the backyard, but if that’s not possible, you must bring the nature to them. Even the most comfortable house cat needs to go outside. To help your cat, keep plenty of plants where they can reach them. The more the better. They will add some life to your house, make it prettier and smell better on top of giving your cat a taste of nature. Choose leafy plants that give off a good scent. That way cats can gnaw on the many leaves and easily hide behind them. The smell will also peak the cat’s curiosity every time they go near it just as it would outdoors. If you have space, put a few large pots together to create some great hiding spots, because cats can never have too many.
There are a plethora of cat toys out there, but cats are the epitome of finicky. The best toys are those that mimic real prey. Feathers are always a clear winner as they bring out the bird hunter in felines. As house cats are the most efficient hunters on the planet, a nice canary here and there is perfect. But since you don’t want them to kill birds, get a string wrapped in fur with feathers along it or on the end of it. A cool toy I found is a fur glove with feathers on a string at the end of each finger. Your cat will have a ball and you will actually play with your cat yourself rather than just giving them something to play with. Another thing that may spur their inner hunter is cat nip. If you can find a a bird covered in feathers with catnip inside which you can pull on a string, then, you have found the ultimate toy! Your cat is an animal with instincts and wants to act like one, so choose toys that make them believe they are hunting a worthy opponent.
Lastly, give them a perch. Cats love to climb trees and scope out the area from up high. They love getting to impossible spaces, so let them. They ideally want window space, so always have at least one windowsill for them (that opens preferably). If you have a high window, make sure they have a way to reach it. It may seem dangerous, but don’t worry, cats are resilient and can handle themselves. If they can’t reach the window they crave, they will get creative. Cats often sit on the tops of doors if that’s all they can find, but that can be dangerous. If you don’t see them there, you may get their paw or tail stuck in the door when you close it. And a doorway isn’t satisfying as they want to survey nature, so have a window for them, preferably one high up that opens :) If they can’t go outside, they can at least watch it and listen to it. Cats usually stalk birds from the windows and make warning attack noises as they do. It’s cute and entertaining and is just letting your cat be a cat.
Everything else you can provide for your cat is homely pampering, which they may like, but the tips above they will love the most as it feeds their wild side. Don’t let them become a cooked up or lazy house cat. They will be confined and won’t be as happy as they could be. Always do what you can to let your cat be a cat first and foremost.
Since the Spring has sprung and I have not been sharing crafts that will make your home florally, colorful and all together more fresh I’ve decided to step away from the scrapbooking layouts for now. As I was trying to turn my home into just what I mentioned, I have been trying to find a spring table runner. Most runners these days are either way too expensive or cheap and cheesy looking. So, I wanted to make one. But how to make one that is pretty, simple and casual? Well, Kaboose.com has some super simple and easy instructions for one that I think is soooo cute! So lets grab our paint, flowers and runner to get started!
What You’ll Need:
Hemp table runner
Washable fabric paint
Daisy Mum flowers with stems attached for handling purposes
How To Create It:
Put your paint color choice on the plastic plate
Dip the flower face down into the paint making sure the petals and center get an even amount of paint but don’t put too much paint. It would be too heavy and thick.
Firmly press the flower face down onto the runner in whatever pattern you wish. This image shows straight lines down each sides, what do it however you’d like! If you want to test your action or ability (I know I would) bust out some newspaper or another paper plate to try it out.
Let the runner dry completely. It should only take about an hour. Then put it in the dryer for about 10 minutes to set the colors. Once you’ve used it and then if you desire to wash it, you can do so as you usually would.