Easter and Mantels and Disney…Oh My!

Happy Easter! Yes, I know it’s a little late - but I wanted to share my Easter mantel with you before I take it down.

 easter mantel

Remember that Robin’s Egg Blue paint/ 4-alarm crafting emergency I talked about in this post? There’s the finished product in the photo to the left. All glittery and tied up with a bow!

Annie made the blue glove bunny in the photo on the right. So cute!

And see those green, blue and purple “bowls”/baskets? Here’s the skinny on those. They are doilies that I bought at Michael’s and were on sale for 50 cents a piece. I used a solution of sugar and water and shaped them over a small blown up balloon until they dried. Presto - a cute little basket. The best part? Now that Easter’s over all I have to do it rinse them out in the sink then wash them and I have cloth doilies to use for another project or decoration. Seriously - brilliant!

I have a feeling the white coffee filter wreath I made at Christmas is going to be around for awhile. I’ve changed out the bow three times to fit the holiday/season. It’s such an easy decoration.

I can’t wait to modify it for my next mantel display theme….Disney!

disney badge

I was invited to attend this year’s Disney Social Media Moms conference in Orlando. I am so excited I can’t stand it. It is such an honor to be able to go and I can’t wait to meet the speakers and participants. I’ve already had the awesome opportunity to be a guest on Disney Mentor Moms and to share my life lessons on the fabulous Rene Syler’s blog, Good Enough Mother.

I know I’m going to learn so much and I’m beyond thrilled to be able to take my family along with me to experience Disney World (Life List Number 19!)


We shared our big news to the kids on Easter through a scavenger hunt. Clues led them to a big poster, Mickey Mouse t-shirts, signs for their bedroom doors and a countdown display.  They were completely surprised and are so excited to be going to Disney World for the first time. It’s been a blessing to have this to look forward to as we have faced some challenges this season we’ve struggled with at school.

Annie is in awe of Cinderella and can’t wait to meet her “at her own house!” - the castle at Magic Kingdom! She’s already written her a letter to tell her we are coming to see her!

We’ve been pouring over information about visiting each of the four parks at Disney World. It can be a bit overwhelming to plan a visit - there is so much to see and do!!

Have you been to Disney World? What is your best advice for planning a vacation at the happiest place on earth? Anything we have to see or do? Do you have tips to making the most of each day at each park? What is your favorite memory of your Disney vacation? Come on, share! I want to hear it all!!

I paid a conference fee to attend Disney’s Social Media Moms Conference in May. I was not asked to post about the trip nor have I received any compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Valentine’s Day Mantel

It’s a work in progress, but I’ve got a new mantel to share…this one celebrates love just in time for Valentine’s Day.

I love reviving projects I’ve made in the past. All of the items I used this year, I actually made last year including the Hugs and Kisses garland and Valentine’s Lollies….because sometimes life is crazy and there’s just not enough time to make new projects. Sigh. I really wish there was!

I repurposed the white coffee filter  wreath I made at Christmas by changing out the junk bow and put up a couple of my aunt’s old vintage doilies for contrast. The coffee filter flowers with edges dipped in glitter on a real stick from my back yard and pink glitter bird are back just in time for spring (unlike the thousands of doves in my front yard tree, this cute guy is pretty to look at but silent!)

On the other side is my last year’s Target find  - “Be Mine” sign with added bow and the heart canvas I made at Spark two years ago. I added a Parisian-themed candle to get me excited about my upcoming trip abroad this summer with my mom and sisters. Oh la, la!!


Do you save your holiday crafts and use them again and again?