Spring is here! (If only in my mind…and now my house)

Before I address the rather trivial but fun topic of decorating for spring, I want to thank everyone who gave me encouraging feedback on my previous post about discipline. It was definitely the hardest post I’ve written yet, and even after agonizing over the wording for hours I still found myself wishing I’d said some things differently or done a bet job of elaborating our decision making process. If you’ll indulge me, let me just clarify a couple of points that I’m afraid were a bit muddied:

1. I absolutely love and adore my baby girl. She is a sweet, social, generous baby who is full of enthusiasm and curiosity about the world around her. It is because of her insatiable need to explore that my husband and I have begun discipline training so early. If we don’t start teaching her to obey boundaries right away we are afraid her adventurous spirit will lead her into harms way.

2. We do not use corporal punishment exclusively. We do a lot of redirection, distraction, intervention, and verbal instruction first. Corporal punishment is reserved for cases of willful disobedience, for example when she grabs for our large and heavy TV which she absolutely knows is a “no touch.” There are many, many times that I will simply pick her up and move her when I see her crawling toward the TV while I say “no touch,” but if I can’t make it there before her I want her to respond to my words too.

3. We are just beginning to figure out how to best discipline our baby. We know that it will take a lot of work and trying of different methods. We have so much to learn, and will make plenty of mistakes along the way, but we have to start somewhere. Hopefully our parenting techniques will improve with time and practice. πŸ™‚

Thanks for letting me get those thoughts off my chest. πŸ™‚ So I don’t know about you, but I eagerly await the chance to turn the calendar page from February to March so that I can pack away my winter decor and brighten our home with springtime colors. I don’t care if it’s still thirty degrees outside and the first day of Spring isn’t technically for several weeks yet, for me the start of March means winter is over and spring has begun!

I realized that I never posted pictures of the framed chalkboard that I made for our entryway. It was quite a lengthy project, full of trial and error, and which I will detail for you in a later post. For now let me show you the final product, which I am so happy with!

I’m working on my chalkboard lettering and embellishment techniques, so it’s nothing fancy for now. I’m planning on changing out the verse or quote according to the season or holiday. I chose this verse from Song of Solomon for my Valentine’s Day quote, and kept it through the end of February.

Here’s the console table decked out for winter…I went with cobalt blue as the accent color, because I think it’s kind of wintery. Plus I have a lot of stuff that color, so I didn’t have to buy anything else. πŸ™‚

And here it is transformed for spring! I picked a pastel aqua color for the accent, and threw in some lace, ribbon, and burlap for texture. I know it turned out a bit on the girly side, but I’m hoping my hubby doesn’t mind. πŸ™‚ I chose an Easter verse for the chalkboard, one that also happens to be my favorite Scripture. I’m so glad Easter is early this year. πŸ™‚

I thought featuring our Willow Tree family was appropriate, since we will be celebrating Charlotte’s first birthday this season (!!! Not ready!!!). Some candy eggs and fake but pretty blooms finish of the little vignette.

I made this mini bunting with scrapbook paper, twine and a glue gun. I love how it lends a touch of color and whimsy to the display.

Of course I couldn’t stop in the entry. I also redid the dining table in a similar style:

And did a total revamp of the mantle!

Painting and distressing the shutters was another recent project…I’m discovering a love for sandpaper that may turn into an addiction if I’m not careful…I will try to restrain myself from sanding the corners of all our furniture to give it that “timeworn” look.

I love that spring is in the air…at least inside our house! I’m ignoring the cold wind that’s blowing right now, and counting on the sunshine and warmer temps promised for the end of the week.

Has anyone else started breaking out the spring decor yet?


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