Brighten Up with Spring Inspiration

You know how I love spending time in nurseries.

The last time I was there, I heard a woman tell her friends how uplifting it was for her to be there.

I know exactly how she feels.

Any time I’m feeling a little sluggish or need a burst of creativity, I get myself to a garden center is fast as possible.

It really is food for the soul any time of year – but, especially so, when you’re waiting for winter to wrap things up.

Today, I wanted to share with you some of the fabulous things that struck my fancy when I was in the garden center last week.

(And, I managed to find some treasures in the bargain area which always adds to the fun)

Forsythia, Please!  Forced Forsythia cuttings or silks – are absolutely scream Spring and look cheery in glazed pots on your front porch or indoors.

Forsythia Silks 6ftmama.com

Forsythia silks are so good these days – you really can’t tell the difference between the silks and the real deal.

Forsythia Silks 2 6ftmama.com

I had to share this last one because of the glorious urn.

Forsythia Silks 3 6ftmama.com

These are my favorite kind of rabbits…. faux.

Rabbit Trio 6ftmama.com

I’m not sure I’ll ever get over my passion for botanical prints.  This little fella was just $3. He’s perfect for gifting – nestled in a basket.

Little Leaf Photo 6ftmama.com

 

Jen would love this Frog thermometer…
frog thermometer 6ftmama.com

 

Here’s something I feel completely in love with – these simple footed vases with fern fronds and grapevine. I was tickled to find it in the clearance area.

Simple Fern Votive 6ftmama.com

I was thrilled to find an entire grouping. They had been $25 a piece – but were marked down to $7. I’m planning to use them for my Easter table scape – with some eggs tucked inside.

Fern Votive Grouping 6ftmama.com

The sweetest Spring blooms often come in very small packages. I thought this miniature egg cup creation was a perfect bedside accent and it was marked down to just $2.

Spring Egg Cup 6ftmama.com

I spied this elegant botanical print on glass at the back of the shelf. I love these types of frames – the glass makes it fit in any room because the painted wall becomes the background for the print. Brilliant!

Glass poppy picture 6ftmama.com

Roped baskets were all the rage last summer and this pair was probably left over stock. I love how the rope adds some texture and heft – but it also makes the baskets more functional. I hang mine from an S hook in the kitchen. One is for onions, the other for garlic.

Rope Baskets 6ftmama.com

Printed French boxes make for pretty storage. Check out the snowy background…. Springtime in Minnesota!

Grand Jardin box 6ftmama.com

These silks are so soft and inviting. Adding silks into your home decor this time of year softens the entire room. It also provides the placeholder for real blooms come May.

Inspiring Silks 6ftmama.com

These faux stone votives would look great on the patio this summer.

Faux Rope Votives 6ftmama.com

Repurposed drawers become beautiful storage options. Now I’m kicking myself for passing up a curbside dresser a few weeks ago.

Drawer Repurpose 6ftmama.com

I will do this DIY project this summer. Tea staining and gluing in the liners is pretty straight-forward – but I’ll probably use text from old garden books or pages from old encyclopedias featuring garden terms.  The text on these didn’t appeal to me. 

Drawer Lining 6ftmama.com

This one’s for my boys… Green Lantern!

Lantern Green 6ftmama.com

I splurged and bought these dish towels. Couldn’t resist.

French Dish Clothes 6ftmama.com

Here’s the hefty rope again – this time holding cute cupcake signage. 

Cupcakes Sign 6ftmama.com

A little garden art for your gazebo or shed…

Garden Art 6ftmama.com

Here’s my new office inbox. Now I have serious incentive to get to the bottom of my paper pile!

Inbox 6ftmama.com

I’m convinced that anything with the lyrics to this song is appealing.

Sunshine Sign 6ftmama.com

I snapped this picture for some inspiration for our Easter Chalkboards. Wendy will be able to use this as a guide for drawing bunnies on our outdoor welcome sign.

Some bunny sign 6ftmama.com

These glass bird feeders were glowing in the sunshine.

Teal birdfeeders 6ftmama.com

Here’s a little eye candy for Emma – she loves yellow.

Yellow Containers 6ftmama.com

Finally, here’s another idea for your chalkboards – cute ways to say Adios!

Goodbye signage 6ftmama.com

 

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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