My Alpine Home


We have lived in our new home in Alpine, Utah for four years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

TIME for Spring!

This is a post I did a while back, but I wanted to share my subway art with the Springtacular party that is going on now.

As I was putting away the Valentines décor this past week I started contemplating about what
exactly I wanted to do now.
It’s A bit too early to decorate for Easter, and I no Longer do the St. Patty’s décor.
I pulled out some of my pastel green and yellow dishes to go on my bowl stand.
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Look at this cute polka dot trio that I picked up a while ago at ‘Train Wreck”.  I almost passed it up, thinking I didn’t need any more dishes.  So glad I didn’t .
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I thought, “Now if that doesn’t look like Spring”.  That’s when it hit me, I’ll do a “Time for Spring” thing.  I am such a theme person.  Give me a theme, and I’ll go hog wild. lol!
Even though it’s been a mild Winter, I am counting the days till Spring!
I started gathering clocks I had around the house. I was having so much fun. Then I decided that I needed to make a craft project I had been thinking about.
I wanted to make a dimensional ‘Subway Art’.  I bought a 16 x 20 canvas a while ago for $4.50. I went to my stash and started laying out letters and a few Spring odds and ends.  At first I thought that I would cover the canvas with scrapbook paper or vintage sheet music. But as I saw how much was going on I knew that would be too busy.  I decided to water down some blue paint left from my kitchen island and wash it on the canvas.  I then glazed it with a brown glaze.  Got just the look I wanted.  I had so much fun inking, stamping, and glittering letters. I had come up with words I wanted to use but needed a few more.  I googled Spring subway art.  From there I got the words Tulips and daffodils. I  added A few embellishments. (well maybe a bit more than a few) hopefully I didn’t get too carried away. This is what I came up with.
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I didn’t have to buy anything for this project. I had it all.  Don’t you love that?  Well, actually I did have to go borrow the big SPRING chipboard letters from my sister, Jeanne.  I do have some, just couldn’t find where I had put them. UGH!  She was nice enough to let me use hers and I’ll give her mine.  Guess I’d better get lookin!
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The Spring and the S on the word sun look like they are the same color.  The Spring is green and the S is golden yellow.
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Notice the glare from the sun?  Ha-ha, couldn’t pass up that opportunity! Best put on your sunglasses.
Spring is my favorite season!  I love the renewal of ‘time’ and how the earth comes to life again!
Here is my subway art now that it’s found a home on my mantel. I made a nest banner last year.  Wondering if I should pull it out.
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joining my subway art are my nest plates, my birdhouse I bought on a road trip in Idaho, a nest, a red robin, and a few of my clocks.  Put them all together and what do you get?
A “Time for Spring” theme!
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I don’t know about you, but I am so ready!
I will be sharing a bit more of my theme this week.
Hugs,
Jann
Linking my “Time for Spring with:
http://randomthoughtsfromanincoherentmind.blogspot.com/2012/03/springtacular-craft-link-party-parade.html


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33 comments:

Marilyn said...

Very good ideas! I'm also good at knowing that I have something SOMEWHERE, but then can't find it. Lucky you have a sister...I just have to go to the store.♥♫

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

Your mantel is so pretty! I just love the birds and clocks together. Very creative subway art too. I've been thinking about doing a Spring mantel also. Now you've got my wheels turning, lol.

Shasta

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Cute, cute!! Love subway art! And the birdhouse is just too cute!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Jann, What a great idea! It looks so cheerful. What a great way to look forward to Spring!
Blessings,
Susie

Grammy Goodwill said...

What a great spring look. I like how you displayed the dishes - I love the polka dots! The spring art is wonderful, too. I might copy that, okay?

eileeninmd said...

Great idea, I love your Spring themed mantel. I am so ready for Spring. Have a great week ahead.

ellen b said...

Ha! I'm always ready for Spring. Such a wonderful season. Love your polka dots! What is it about polka dots that just make you smile. Have a great week.

Snap said...

Love your subway art and spring! I love polka dots. I'm glad you didn't pass it up, too!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Love the polka dot dishes...now, you know we can't have enough dishes! I love your spring display, so lovely. Have a sweet week.
FABBY

Lavender Cottage said...

I'm a theme person too and I and like your 'getting ready for spring'. The poster turned out awesome, very inspiring post.
Judith

Diane Writes said...

Oh my! I just love those shabby vintage pieces Jann. I particularly love that wooden bird's house.

Happy Monday!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your mosaic and the Subway art is great! I may try to make one! And I'm doing the same thing...making projects out of supplies I already have! Feels great, doesn't it! ♥

black eyed susans kitchen said...

you are so good at putting together these vignettes. I came away with some really good ideas!

Mary said...

Oh, I'm so looking forward to spring, too! I love your cute polka dot dishes. Those soft greens are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your talents at MM. :) xoxo

Pondside said...

I'm looking forward to spring too, so I think it's a great idea to focus your decorating efforts on the season rather than a particular holiday - you'll enjoy it right through until the season well and truly arrives.

Lorrie said...

Those green polka dishes look so fresh and springy. I think we're all longing for spring's arrival.

Ann said...

I'm lovin the "Time for Spring" art piece. I do a lot of scrapbooking so all these emblishements are right up my alley. Your clocks and nest look spectacular on the mantel with the picture. Just great. I also love the polka dots in the dishes-perfect. Thanks so much for becomming a follower-right back at ya.
Ann

camp and cottage living said...

Jann
I love your original spring subway art. I've been wondering how to bring some spring into my house,
I'll have to try this!

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Very cute!
Have a wonderful week,
Markus

Porch Days said...

Beautiful colors in those dishes. It all looks spring like. Thanks for the boost.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful images. I can see that you are very creative person.

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

Those new dishes are so pretty! I love anything pastel, so I think those would be wonderful to use year round.

The new artwork is very nice too. I love making art to work with my home decor, so it's nice seeing how other people do theirs. You did a great job Jann!

Thanks for stopping by my blog this weekend.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

The subway board is very creative and inspiring. I loved the polka-dot bowls. They are the green of spring. V

My Little Home and Garden said...

I would have to say that spring is my favourite season as well. Everything comes to life again and seems so full of promise!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Such a crafty lady. :)

Shannon said...

The Spring colors are just beautiful..and the birdhouse is super super cute!

Olive Cooper said...

The pale green dishes do beckon spring...

Joanne said...

I am sooo ready for Spring! I love you artwork!
I have tagged you today in my post!
Blessings, Joanne

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Stopping by from Savvy Southern Style, you have some great ideas, and your mantel is so pretty! Really love the birds and the clock too and they look good with each other. Your subway art is very unique. Today I was at the dollar tree and seen all the spring items in the store, so got me in the mood. Following you on Linky and hope you'll follow back.

Gina said...

I think your subway art turned out beautifully! It has color, it has texture, it has sparkle...how could you go wrong?

Thanks for joining my party!

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

That is fantastic! I love it. Will be pinning ;) I adore it!!

reFresh reStyle said...

Happy Spring, love it all! You can send me those dishes :)
Debbie

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love subway art, and yours looks great!

Linking from Random Thoughts :D

xo,
Ricki Jill