Monday, March 5, 2012

Spring Cleaning

I hope everybody had a great weekend!
Ours was busy, as always,

The weather here finally cleared up and we had a gorgeous weekend of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 70's, so we did some Spring cleaning on the front porch
and flower bed, which, after over two weeks of dreadful weather,
it looked like a jungle.

After everything was cleaned, I was able to add a little bit of Spring to my front porch.
I am sure I will be adding some more things here and there as the 
weeks go by, but for now, it is all cleaned and refreshed.
 These are the pillows I made a couple of weeks 
ago while the weather was so bad. 
Had to keep myself busy!

I used canvas painter's drop cloth for this pillow and then just 
stenciled the numbers and design.

 I added Forsythia flowers to my planters for a little more color and painted and stenciled the bird houses in matching colors.

After all that was done, I worked on making the wreath.
I sprayed painted in a soft ivory color and just added some flowers, spring ribbon 
and a couple of Easter eggs that I can take off after Easter and still keep the wreath up for a little while longer. Maybe! LOL

Oh, glorious sunshine!

On my lantern, I just put a white candle and wrapped it
with some leftover material from the pillows and added a little raffia.

But, before all this could be done, we did some serious cleaning!
It took us six hours to clean the flower bed, we trimmed all the bushes,
added brand new black mulch and planted some pretty flowers.

So you can get an idea of how much work this was, here is the
Two weeks of rain!

Found these beautiful Iris at Lowe's on special for two dollars each.
Aren't they pretty?

And some white and yellow on the side of house.

I also painted an old pot I had and I used it on the side of the door with a new plant

We still have a little more work to do on the front yard, but, for now, 
here is our home, all ready for Spring!

And, at the same time all this was happening, I got all ready for Debbie's copycat 
party coming  up next week.
I can't wait to share it with you all!

Happy Monday to you all!
Thank you for visiting!

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  1. Maria, this is so pretty! You have been BUSY!! I just LOVE all of your Spring decor! The pillows look great on your bench; and you've tied all of the colors together beautifully!

  2. Everything looks so pretty, Maria! I love your bench outside I want to add one to our front porch too. It is such a big job trimming all the plants I feel your pain!!

  3. How pretty! I love spring and your spring decor just makes me long for it all the more. Thanks for showing the 'before' photo - haha! Totally there right now, but looking forward to getting to the front yard (backyard is another story) when the weather finally breaks here in GA. I think I'd like to get a bench now too, loving how you change out the pillows! :)

  4. oops - looks like my original comment didn't post? Anywho, just mentioned that I love spring and your beautiful spring decor and flowers makes me yearn for it all the more. My 'before' is a lot like yours, haha! Lovely pillow and birdhouse accents. Looks great!

  5. Maria, love the pillow with the #s... You have inspired me now for what to do with an odd pillow I have. The rest is so pretty, great job!

  6. Your porch looks so lovely. I envy you. We had our first big snowfall for the winter here. Just could not beleive it. We have been having crazy weather.

  7. Everything looks lovely. I especially love the drop cloth pillow!

  8. Your porch looks very pretty! It just screams Spring to me. I love the address number pillow!

  9. You sure are ready for Spring! I am in love with your pillows! What a super great idea that I just might have to steal... New follower!
    XO Cindy

  10. Maria, I love your front porch! The pillows you made are so pretty and then you pay such attention to detail and used the same fabric around the candle :-) I also love your wreath :-) How did you put the flowers on there? Where did you get the ribbon? I found your blog from over at Debbie's.

  11. I love the address numbers stenciled on the pillows!

  12. So much eye candy! But I especially love the 2603 pillow.

  13. Your porch is so pretty! I love all of the pillows that you made - the stenciled one is really cute and I love the fabric that you used on the others. Everything looks very fresh and spring-like!

  14. Oh I adore your truly welcoming front porch!

    I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Kirklands gift card.

  15. Everything looks amazing! I love your bench and pillows. Your gardens are so lovely. Thanks for visiting Magnolia Cottage. I'm your newest follower...hope you will follow back. Have a wonderful day!


  16. Your front entry looks so welcoming. The bench with the pretty pillows give an inviting touch to come sit and enjoy your beautiful front garden. Thanks for stopping by.
    Mary Alice

  17. Maria, Everything looks like it is shouting "Spring is over at Maria's" and I love it all. Our leaves are starting to return.

  18. Hi Maria Elena, I really love your porch! all the Spring touches you have added are very cute! especially the stenciled pillow. I'm following your blog, it would be great if you follow too!

  19. i loooove this! the address pillow, the yellow pops of color! i wish i had a space like this. i always get entrance/front porch envy this time of year!

  20. How beautiful! It looks so nice and fresh! Love your pillow, I may have to try that for the front porch!
    I am your newest follower, thanks for stopping by! I am going to browse some of your older posts.
    I'd love you to join in my 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day party on the 13th. Do you have something green to share?

  21. What a beautiful entry! It looks very inviting and very fresh. The pillows are beautiful!..Christine

  22. Your home is stunning and you have created the most inviting and lovely entry. Fabulous. I need to get mine refreshed. Love it all, so pretty. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  23. I'm envious that you get to do your gardening already! Although we've had a few warm days, you can't trust the weather where I live for a few more months now. One day it will be sunny and warm, yet it will snow the next. How nice it would be to have all the pops of color and be able to decorate the porch. I love the fabric you made your pillows from. I've stenciled before, so know you had a fun job with that. Thank you for linking up to my party!

  24. Your porch looks beautiful and the flowers are so pretty. I can't wait until it warms up and stays warmed up here.

  25. Your porch is just beautiful, love the pillows, especially the stenciled one and your birdhouse. Great job and great post. Your days must be very warm to have flowers like that already. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a message.

  26. You all have been busy! Your whole entry way is just beautiful. I love your stenciled pillow. Now you can relax and enjoy.

  27. What true treasures! Your home is ready for spring I would say. Love your custom pillow! Thanx for coming to party!

  28. Love, love everything about your front entry!! I would love it if you would link up at my party going on now!


  29. Wow! Your porch spring display is gorgeous! Love the stenciled pillow. Very inspiring!

  30. Beautiful entryway. Love the egg wreath! Hope you can stop by and visit, when you have time!

  31. Hi Maria, it's Janice from Mykirklands. Somebody just posted you had a blogspot so I thought I would check it out. I love it. I think I am the only one who doesn't have one. It's soooo cool. I love the stenciled pillow with the house no. on it. I think Iam going to try and make one. My house is 2604, just one off. Isn't that crazy. Well, I hope all is well, we miss you at Myk. and hope to hear from you soon! Janice

  32. Hi! YOur entry way is so welcoming! You did a lot of work and it is inspirational I wanna run out right now, despite the snow.:) Your choice of colors are perfect. The blues and the yellow pops are terrific! Then ..pillow-with-house number genius. Have a great day, Sunny109

  33. Hi, Your home, porch, pillows, wreath and flowers are so pretty. You are a creative gal. I will be so glad when the weather really feels like warm springtime.. You have inspired me to get busy with my decorating.. Have a happy, sunny day.. Charlotte

  34. I love it all but my favorite is the pillow. I just became your newest follower. Come check out my blog when you have a minute.

  35. OK Your pillow is way too cute. I just may copy you, so how it that for you!~ Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  36. I love your Spring Porch! So fresh and inviting!

    I'll be featuring this later today! :)


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