So I have a new tulip banner to welcome spring! Are you surprised? Of course not. If you're a longtime reader you already know that I'm slightly obsessed with banners and garlands. If you are new here, welcome! I'm Kim and I'm slightly obsessed with banners and garlands!
Why you ask?
Well, I'll tell you.
Banners or garlands, I find that people use these words interchangeably, are super easy to make, can be constructed out of virtually anything you have laying around the house (making them extremely inexpensive) and are a super easy way to add a little bit of festive decor for any season.
Even better, they are generally flat when folded making them convenient to store and can be hung up with a piece of tape, Command Hooks or a drop of hot glue ~ that's how I hang mine. It's a nifty little trick I learned from my friend Lisa. She's crafty!
No need for hammer and nails or holes in the wall.
Just like my new tulip banner!
Which I must confess I did not make.
I would love to tell you that I did, because it is totally gorgeous and all about me, my love of tulips and red and my Exquisitely Unremarkable site, but nope.
It was a gift!
My good friend Lorri, who blogs at Mom's Hobby Farm, sent it to me last week and I have to say, I was totally blown away. I have blogged about Lorri before. She is super creative and a great cook, something I envy, but have no real interest in doing myself.
She had offered to send me a sweet pastel colored rainbow spring banner (she is well acquainted with my banner
problem love), it was one she had featured on her blog. I was thrilled and said sure, but when I opened the package, I found a lot of red tulips inside, too.
Honestly, my mouth dropped open.
She sent me the pretty mini spring banner, some tulip gift tags, the aforementioned tulip banner and a bag of oats, so I could grow a little grass in a pot and plant my spring banner inside.
I haven't gotten to that part of the project yet, when I do, I will be sure to share, but you can bet I hung that tulip banner up lickity split!
I was truly overwhelmed by her kindness, her creativity and her craftsmanship.
And now my hood is perfectly dressed for the season and I didn't have to make a thing!
Thank you my friend.
I also would like to thank Maria Elena from Our Home Away From Home for the lovely giveaway prizes I won as she celebrated hitting one million views on her blog! Way to go Maria!
Wow. A million.
Maria hosts a link party on Mondays and it's always filled with so much great inspiration. If you are a blogger it's a great party to join and if you are not, it's fun to peek at all the creativity.
Speaking of...Maria has one of the most drool worthy craft rooms I have ever seen. I can just imagine her sitting in that room making the springtime pillow covers she sent along as part of my prize and wrapping the items up.
Her attention to detail is amazing. Notice the pearl seal on the envelope. My kids were very taken with this idea.
I am so ready for spring with all this loot! I received two tea towels, two custom made pillow covers, a candle and holder, hand crafted gift tags, two small mason jars, handmade labels for my pantry with instructions (thank you Maria!) and best of all...drumroll...a Happy Easter banner!!
My job for today is to hang that baby up in my living room and start decorating with the rest of my winnings.
The bill for my post office box is coming due soon and I keep thinking that I should get rid of it...I'm a frugal girl...and then just when I do, something fabulous pops up inside of it and I think, hmmm.
So for now, I'll pay that bill.
When banners keep showing up in there, how could possibly shut it down?
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