Good morning friends!
I'm so happy to be popping by today from Making it in the Mountains, where I write about our journey to renovate our first fixer-upper.
With Spring FINALLY on it's way, I couldn't help but welcome it in with some pretty flowers around the house…
Oh Spring – a breath of fresh (warm) air after 6+ months of freezing cold, snow-filled days. You know the type, when it's so cold icicles form on your eyelashes the second you walk outside. #welcometoCanada
Okay, maaaaaybe I'm exaggerating just a bit. It hasn't really been six whole months. So far, our 2016 has actually been pretty warm. I'm talking, sun shining, snow melting, I can leave the house without a coat in the afternoon warm! Though it never fails, the skies always seem to dump another 5 inches of snow on us while we're snuggled up in bed dreaming of those long Summer days to come.
Spring can be such a tease.
I've got to say, I feel pretty darn lucky to be getting these little glimpses of Spring-like weather in February … here in northern Alberta, it's rare to see any snow melting until April or May. In fact, I'd sooner expect to see a dinosaur out my front door than a Spring day in February.
But, boy am I going to enjoy it while I can!
And, when I can't, when our world is covered in a foot of snow again and I feel like crying…
Well, I'll just look at the pretty flowers scattered around my house and remind myself that Winter can't last forever. Even in Canada. #knockonwood
Now, tell me this doesn't put a smile on your face…
And now, I cannot wait to show you how I put it together!
I started with a plain piece of 1×6 lumber that I dug out of our scrap wood pile. I simply covered it with a bit of stain (I love this reactive stain from Leatherwood) and, because I planned to hang this thing on the wall, I nailed in a picture hanging hook to either end of the back.
To create the vases, I used 3 little glass jars. I'm actually a bit of a mason jar hoarder (who doesn't have a few extra mason jars lying around?) – they're just such a pretty way to store things that I just can't help but collect them. I covered each jar with a coat of chalk paint (my go-to is always Country Chic). I chose to paint each jar a different colour, creating almost an ombre effect, but obviously, this part is totally up to you. After letting my little jars dry for a half hour or so, I lightly sanded each one to distress it a bit.
Now, with my board and jars complete, it was time to put it all together. To hold the mason jars to my board, I used some adjustable metal rings that I picked up in the plumbing section of my local hardware store. They've got a bit of an industrial look to them, but I couldn't help giving them a quick coat of gold spray paint.
Honestly, I had no idea how I was going to attach these metal rings to the board until I came across some brilliant little picture hangers at the hardware store – I swear, you could almost see the lightbulb go on over my head.
After measuring and marking equal spacing between the three spots, I nailed the picture hangers sideways onto the front of my board. Then, I fished my gilded up metal rings right through the middle of of my sideways hooks to attach them to my board. Finally, I stuffed each jar into a metal ring, screwed it tight around the top of each jar and broke off the extra bits of metal overhang by simply bending them back and forth a few times (brilliant, right?).
Then, it was just a matter of hanging it on the wall and filling each little jar with some pretty flowers…
Seeing these lovely flowers every morning when I sit down at my desk to work brightens up even the snowiest of Spring days!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!