Easter and Spring Decorating Ideas

I know I probably say this about every holiday and season, but I truly LOVE decorating for Easter and Spring. The colors are so pretty, the flowers are cheerful, and everything just looks fresh and new. I feel like Easter decor gives my house a breath of fresh air! My “mantel” aka piano, is pretty simple with a basket of colorful eggs, bunnies, and flowers all in a pretty pastel palette.
Easter and Spring Decorations in Living RoomAlmost everything I have is actually reused from last year, just arranged slightly different. Hey, if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it! The only thing I bought for this year was this “Think Spring” sign from the Target dollar spot.

Easter and Spring Decorations in Living RoomThe rest of the decor is a mixture of Hobby Lobby and the Dollar Tree. The flowers are all from the Dollar Tree, I love using their flowers for quick little displays like this, it definitely helps keep the cost low!

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Over in the living room I added a few more spring touches on top of our toy storage cabinet. The Hello Spring sign is from Walmart, I love some of the new decor pieces they have in stores for spring. I was tempted to buy several items, but thankfully I resisted and only walked away with this cute sign.

Easter and Spring Decorations in Living RoomOne great thing about these decorations is that once Easter is over it will be pretty simple to transfer them over to just Spring decor. I’ll have to remove the eggs and bunnies, but all the other pieces can stay.

Easter and Spring Decorations in Living RoomA few springy touches are all it took to make my home feel ready for Easter! Have you already decorated your house yet? Be sure to share a picture, I’d love to be inspired by your decor!

Easy and Delicious Chocolate Cherry Cake Recipe

A little while ago a friend and I traded some babysitting and while I was at her house she offered me a piece of cake. Of course I said yes and what followed was a super delicious chocolately treat! She told me that it is the cake her husband requests every year for his birthday, and after tasting it, it wasn’t hard to see why. I immediately asked if I could have the recipe, because I wanted it for myself, and then I also knew I had to share it here on the blog! I was surprised at how easy it was, which makes it even better! It is more of a semi-homemade cake which is my favorite kind of recipe. They’re quick, hard to mess up, and are made with easy ingredients. The perfect combination: Chocolate Cherry Cake!

The detailed recipe is below, but here are the basic steps! This cake starts with a boxed mix (devil’s food cake), a can of cherry pie filling, eggs, water, and almond extract.

Once all the ingredients are mixed together pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 40 minutes.

Then comes the really good part! Using butter, chocolate chips, milk, and sugar make a fudge frosting. In all honesty I could just eat this frosting all by itself. It is so good and the best part of this cake in my opinion.

The frosting goes on while the cake is still slightly warm and the end result is a gooey, yummy, chocolately cherry piece of deliciousness.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it makes several servings! Baked in a large pan this cake will go a long way when feeding a crowd. The detailed recipe as well as the printable PDF are below. When you make this yummy treat be sure to come back and let me know how it turns out!

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St. Patrick’s Day Decor

It seems like last year with Easter in March, there was hardly any time between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter so decorating for both holidays went a little fast. I am glad there is plenty of time in between the two holidays so I can decorate for both! I decorated on my piano again, my go to space since my house is sadly lacking a mantle, and then carried a few more details over into our family room. But first, the piano!

St Patricks Day DecorationsLike most holiday displays in my house, I start by gathering up anything in my rooms that fits the theme! So in this case, anything green and gold! Including 2 empty avocado oil bottles that were just too cool to throw away when empty. They are the tall bottles hiding in the back.

I also used pennants from this banner to decorate and add some more St. Patty’s day charm. Easiest way to add in a little lucky decor!

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Then I added a few extra touches in my family room with some fun pom-pom banners and a little more green and gold.

St Patricks Day DecorationsThese pom-pom banners were so incredibly easy to make, I think I am going to make some for every holiday for these shelves. They just look so cute! All I did was use a needle and some thread and make sure to poke the needle through the “thicker” center of the pom-pom ball.

St Patricks Day DecorationsAnd look! My gold mason jars showed up in the decor as well! And I just got a new letter board from a great group on Facebook, Dear Ruby Boards.  Look them up if you’re interested, I am having so much fun changing out the quotes on mine for all sorts of occasions!

St Patricks Day DecorationsAnd that finishes my touches of gold and green throughout the house! Have you decorated your house for St. Patrick’s Day yet? Share your pictures!

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DIY Gold Glitter Mason Jars

Hello my name is Brie and I have a problem. A mason jar problem. In that I currently have about 1,386 empty jars sitting in my pantry. It is a serious issue and I may need a 12 step program to help me stop collecting jars. Haha, who am I kidding? I’m never going to stop collecting jars. I’ll just find 1,386 new ways to use them in crafts instead. :)

This project was one of those perfect projects that was easy, cheap, and really quick! And I love, love, love the way these jars look.  I may have a new obsession…painted jars. Think of all the different colors! Oh so many possibilities!

The supplies are pretty straightforward. Empty and clean jars of some kind (old spaghetti or salsa jars work great!), tape, and spray paint.

I used two different types of spray paint for this craft, one solid gold and the other glitter. I love the touch that the glitter added to these jars, especially since I was making them with St. Patrick’s Day in mind, but it definitely isn’t a necessary step if you’d like to make it even easier.

I used regular ol’ painters tape to tape off sections on two of the jars with the plan being to paint the entire third jar.

The next step is…wait for it…PAINT the jars! What?!? I know, crazy right? I did two coats of the gold and one of the glitter, waiting about 15 minutes in between each coat.

After the paint dried completely I took off the tape to reveal my pretty, sparkly jars. I love how quick this project was and how great the results are.

These would be absolutely stunning for wedding centerpieces, to use in decorating bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, different holidays, etc. You can add stripes, do them all solid, glitter, there are endless possibilities to do exactly what you want!

So what do you think? Is this a possible craft project in your future?

 

 

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A New Venture…Darling Photos

Hello there Darling Readers! I hope you don’t mind if I take a moment and share something personal with you today. When I started this blog a few years ago I had no idea that it would become such a passion for me, or that it would be such a blessing for our family. Through your support I have been able to grow and learn so many new things about myself and the world of DIY and crafts. I am more grateful than I can say! I couldn’t do it without you!

One area that I have really felt myself grow is in photography. My pictures when I first started this blog were…well, frankly…they were terrible.  I had NO CLUE what I was doing, or how to take a good picture. And while I can always learn more, I do feel like my photo skills have increased greatly. And more than that, I found my love for photography also growing in leaps and bounds. I found that I LOVE to take pictures! My family can attest to the fact that I bring my camera nearly everywhere and am always clicking away. I have realized the importance of capturing these moments and memories before they are gone forever, and how much I will treasure them in the years to come. And all this has created in me a desire to help other families capture their precious memories as well. This is why I have started another outlet of my darling business, Darling Photos.

I have a brand new website that I have put a lot of work into where you can browse through my photo galleries, see my pricing, and reach out to schedule a session. It is still fairly new but I will be updating it often as I continue to do more photo sessions.Right now I am busy with high school seniors and I have to say, these senior sessions are so fun! The kids are game to try anything and I’m loving the images I have captured.

You can also follow my Darling Photos Facebook page, or find me on Instagram @briesdarlingphotos.

If you are in the greater Phoenix, AZ area and find yourself in need of a photographer, I hope you will think of me. I would love the opportunity to help you record your families and the memories you create together. And again, I really am so grateful for the many kind readers who allow me to write this blog and do what I do. Thank you.



Free Printable Valentine’s Day Bingo Game

The other day we were walking around the store and my little girl saw the holiday aisles with all the Valentine’s Day displays. Her eyes were so big as she gazed around and whispered, “Mom, this is amazing!” There were stuffed animals, flowers, candy, glitter, and most important of all SO MUCH PINK! What more could a three year old want?

I was trying to think of something that would be fun to use with all of that colorful and yummy candy and I came up with a Valentine’s Day Bingo Game! I’ve created the set for you, all ready to go! All you have to do is provide the candy to use to mark off the squares.  Chocolate is recommended, but not necessary. But use chocolate. Life is better with chocolate in it.

To play this game simply click the link below and you can download the PDF files, which include four playing cards and the game squares. Print at home or any copy store (you can even laminate them if you’d like to reuse!) and cut out the game squares. Printing on cardstock will help make the cards more durable, which is key when playing with kids. Then just grab your candy and play! Tons of fun for kids and parents, and a great way to spend some time together.

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I hope you enjoy these cards, and thank you for stopping by my blog!  I’d love it if you also hopped over to Instagram to follow along with me as I share more holiday ideas, home decor ideas, and behind the scenes pictures of our crazy and wonderful little life. And if you use these bingo cards, or ANY printable off this lil’ blog, use the hashtag #darlingdoodlesdesign so that I can be sure to see your creativity in action!

 

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