spring has sprung!


happy good friday everyone! ok, something seems very wrong in saying that. maybe “happy” isn’t quite the right word. ummmm…. contemplative good friday? anyway, moving on: spring has sprung here in the cheney household. i am still in total shock that easter is on sunday. i don’t really prefer it to be as early as it is this year. but we got out our few spring decorations we have and cut some roses from the front yard, and voila! the house is now springy.


our little patch of hydrangea heaven looks to be very promising this year. oh, how i love me a big hydrangea bloom! they have almost doubled in size over the past couple weeks, looking very healthy.

here’s a project i’ve been working on for quite some time now. i’m in charge of the decorations for a women’s conference at our church at the end of april. i really wanted to do something fun, and funky, but still beautiful, so that all age ranges could appreciate it. i think i made a mistake. i do think these will fit into this criteria, but these have taken so long to cut out (along with some very helpful friends), and thats just the first step! above is a stack of enough petals and leaves for 25 flowers.

here’s the rest: enough for 125 flowers, plus more coming from my sweet helper, joy. each flower has 10 petals, 2 leaves, and 1 stamen. thats a lot of cutting!

next comes the stem stage. each and every petal and leaf and stamen need to have a florist wire stem glued to the back. glue that takes overnight to dry. in theory, this is pretty easy, not terribly difficult. but let’s think about it: 13 parts per flower, layed out on a table with 18 inch stems on each of them. thats going to take up a lot of space! so guess what i’m going to be doing every night for the next month? you guessed it – gluing flowers together. it should be beautiful when i’m done though. i mean, really, you can’t go wrong when you throw in some amy butler paper, right?

*note* go here to see the finished flowers.


the girls and i got a little crafty yesterday while the boy was sleeping. they had painted these canvases a while ago. lily didn’t get past painting the background (hers is on top) and gracie painted a rainbow on hers. so i cut out some stems and petals and leaves (you’d think i’d be sick of that by now!) and they glued them down while i restrained myself from guiding the process too much (very hard to do).

-lindsey

Comments

  1. 1

    I love your girls’ art projects. They turned out really fun!

  2. 2

    your roses are gorgeous! i LOVE the girls’ art work – it is so fun! Happy Easter!

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    Joyful Weddings & Events says:

    cute! Oh, how I love hydrangeas… maybe I can plant some eventually. I love the egg decoration & the girls’ paintings.

    good luck cutting my overambitious sister-in-law.

    ~love your equally overambitious sister-in-law who just spent 3 hours making and decorating 20 brownies for a simple little easter picnic tomorrow :)

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    Joyful Weddings & Events says:

    cute! Oh, how I love hydrangeas… maybe I can plant some eventually. I love the egg decoration & the girls’ paintings.

    good luck cutting my overambitious sister-in-law.

    ~love your equally overambitious sister-in-law who just spent 3 hours making and decorating 20 brownies for a simple little easter picnic tomorrow :)

  5. 5

    I have a feeling that I know what we will be doing next week!! And we have three teenage helpers too! I’m looking forward to spending time with you guys – and maybe you can give me some tips on hydrangeas cuz mine just keep on dying! XOXO

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    Brianna Heldt says:

    what pretty flowers! (i love hydrangeas too.)

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    Cathi Hamen says:

    We too look forward to seeing your beautiful home and visiting with you all next week! Thank you!

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