My Easter Decor, a Turquoise Chalkboard Frame & Why I’m So Blue

Spring or Easter display and a bunny boxwood wreath

I really tried to wait before showing you the pictures of my Easter decor. I really did.

I had all intentions of showing you one sneak peek DIY project at a time.

But the tutorial on how to age flower pots will have to wait…

Tulips in an aged flower pot. Spring decor.

Aged terra cotta pot and a jute twine covered letter

…and so will the instructions on the bunny boxwood wreath.

Bunny boxwood wreath

You see, I have the patience of a toddler in a grocery store (sans the temper tantrums).

Spring glass cloche

Unlike a toddler, I like to share. I just couldn’t wait another day to share what I’ve been up to.

Easter or Spring decoration

Progress has been made on the board and batten hallway redo. My husband and I have made plans for a “DIY date” so we can build the gallery shelves and the air return cover together.

board and batten hallway in progress

The work on the hallway was held up a couple of days because Mother Nature brought us our first (and probably only) snow fall of the season. It just happened to be on my birthday!

1st snowfall 2013

I should have relaxed my birthday weekend, but decided to take a hand-me-down picture frame from my Nannie and give it a little transformation. This is what I started with.

frame before

I took the picture out of the frame and gave the frame a good cleaning with mineral spirits. I painted it with primer and finished the frame with a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Provence. The picture was spray painted with flat black spray paint. Don’t worry! It wasn’t an expensive piece of artwork. Although, it is priceless since my Nannie gave it to me. I think my crafty Nannie would have been proud.

Spring or Easter decor

Have you noticed that I have an affinity for the color turquoise? There is a reason why I use the color blue so much in my home. You see, four years ago on Easter weekend, I found out that I had a half-sister that lived in Austin, Texas. This is my beautiful, half-sister, Tifani.

Tifani

We found out we had a lot in common, such as our favorite color, turquoise. A year after finding out I had a sister, she lost her battle with cancer. So, the turquoise, or as I like to call it, Tifani Blue, is not totally random. It is a tribute the strongest woman I’ve ever met, my sister, Tifani.

tricia tag

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I’m linking this up so some of my favorite blogs, such as:

Tater Tots and Jello
It’s Overflowing
Sand and Sisal
Uncommon Designs
Home Stories A to Z
Coastal Charm
Under the Table and Dreaming

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  1. First of all, I love the bunny wreath, that is just adorable, but the whole display is beautiful.

    The story brought tears to my eyes. It’s amazing that you found out about your sister before she died, but so sad you didn’t have more time to spend with her. Tifani blue is such an appropriate name in so many ways.

    Hugs,
    Julie
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  2. The Tifani blue is perfect…

    The entire display is gorgeous but that bunny is SO Stinkin’ cute!! LOVE IT!!
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  3. That bunny wreath is adorable!! Pinning & sharing this on FB page today!!

    How fun that you found your sister – love that you have the same favorite color!
    Kelly

  4. I love everything about this! The bunny wreath is especially cute! It’s great that you use turquoise in your house to honor your sister! You are helping to keep her memory alive.
    Allison
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  5. First of all, turqoise is also my fave color. Your sister was beautiful! That story just brought tears to my eyes.

    Great job on all the projects.
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  6. What a beautiful tribute to your sister Tricia. I love that you call it Tifani Blue. Cancer is a terrible thing that touches too many of us sadly!! I’m just so glad that you got to meet her before she passed.

    I love your vignette…all of it. I look forward to the tutorials. And your hallway is looking fabulous. :)
    xo
    Nancy
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  7. This is so funny…I pinned this darling bunny earlier today…then found that it was YOURS!!! Sorry that you didn’t get to spend more years with your sister. Congrats on winning those MMS tickets…you are one lucky gal:)

    Blessings,
    Linda
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  8. What a beautiful story…she was beautiful as well. So glad you can remeber her when you have your Tifani Blue out! Such a stunning display. Thanks for sharing over at Monday Funday! So happy to have you share!
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  9. This vignette is just way too adorable not to pin!! I love the bunny shaped wreath! And the bright red tulips play so beautifully against the turquoise frame. Simply lovely!

  10. What a sweet little way to remember your sister every time you come and go, by seeing “her” color. I’m so sorry for your loss Tricia. I really am… Shannon

  11. There are a million details I’m loving in those photos!
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  12. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. It’s wonderful you found each other, but sad you didn’t have more time together.
    Your Easter vignette is adorable! I love the colour you painted the frame. A lovely tribute to your sister.
    Debbie :)
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  13. Tricia,

    What a precious and darling post! Your have created and then inspired your readers to get busy and
    decorate!! Love, Love!!
    `Jemma

  14. I love your Spring display. Soooo cute. I need to get myself busy.
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  15. This is a beautiful post. Loved seeing your Easter decor, and thank you for sharing about your sister as well.
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  16. You’ve made everything look so pretty and spring. I absolutely adore your bunny. The turquoise is beautiful and a great way to remember your sister.

  17. The green plants and beautiful flowers can be the best decorations of the house! Love them and the cut DIY thing.

  18. That little boxwood bunny put such a smile on my face today! Thanks for linking it up to our Countdown to Spring Party. I’ll be featuring it tomorrow! ;)

    • Thank you, Kim!!! I’m so excited that you’ll be featuring it! That will work out well because I’ll have the tutorial for the bunny wreath up by then.

  19. This is just gorgeous! I’ll be featuring with Kim as well :)
    XO
    Kristin
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    • Sweet! Thank you so much! I will go back to your blog and thank you again later. (I’m on my phone right now.) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  20. Beautiful mantel and beautiful tribute! So bright and pretty!

  21. May I ask who makes the paint that you used? I love that shade of turquoise.

  22. Love your spring vignette… that bunny is so sweet & that blue is gorgeous. I’m going to be featuring them during the Countdown to Spring round-up @ Domestically-Speaking. Thanks for joining the party!

  23. Your entire spring set up is precious! I love the bunny wreath! I am definitely going to have to make one! I have one question, where did you get the precious Happy Spring Banner on your plant! I love it!!

    Thanks!!

    • Hey Meggie! I made the little spring banner with Picmonkey. I will add it to the post soon, but for right now, I will email it to you. Glad you like the Easter display!

  24. So sorry about your sister! I just loved your Easter decoration, though – it’s a really nice tribute to include her favorite color.
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  25. the design looks so awesome! Thank you for sharing this!

  26. Love the frame redo! Makes me think of some of the old wall art I’ve gotten rid of. Wonder what I could have done with them? I lost a sister to breast cancer four years ago, so I totally understand your special affinity for the love of a color that the two of you shared. Glad you at least got to know one another ~ something to treasure!
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  28. Thank you, Lolly Jane!

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