Flower Banner: Skipping Ahead to Spring

It was in the 60’s here Saturday while the northern half of the country was being buried under snow, so I decided to give up on coming up with a late winter theme for the banner in the dining room and just go ahead and accept the early arrival of spring (thus guaranteeing 6 inches of snow sometime in the next few weeks).

Before Christmas, you’ll recall, the dining room looked like this:

And then on Saturday, a third of the way into February, it, uhh….still looked like that.

I thought about doing a quick and easy Valentine’s banner….I mean, a few hearts cut out of scrapbook paper or something….easy, right? But then I didn’t do it. And I thought about presidents for presidents’ day, but I never got around to tracking down fun printable president heads either. THEN I thought: chicken breeds! For spring! I love chickens! ….but I couldn’t find the right sort of printable chicken drawings, either.

So how about flowers? Flowers show up in spring, and they are nice. We just won’t mention to flowers that they were my fourth choice.

I turned again to Botanicus.org, where I found the plant art for Milo and Gus’ room and the birds for the master bedroom. I browsed around there for a bit and found Favourite Flowers of Garden and Greenhouse, with many lovely color illustrations.

I downloaded the file, picked out my fifteen favorites, and used up the rest of the ink in my printer printing them out. Printing them out was frustrating, since, unlike with the birds, I didn’t want them to print on a full sheet of paper. I tried various methods of getting them to print two per page, but it just wasn’t happening (or at least, it wasn’t happening in any way that wouldn’t take a hundred hours). In the end, I just flipped the page to landscape and printed one per page. This gave me the size I wanted, but it used up twice as much cardstock as I wanted. Oh well.

Anyway, the advent calendar is finally gone, and I don’t need to change out the flowers until fall unless I get inspired (Revolutionary War clip art for the 4th of July!). Now I just need to do something about that Thanksgiving/Christmas/Winter centerpiece that’s still hanging around…..


Linking with:
Tuesday’s Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
TwelveOEight’s Pretty Things Party
Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z
From Dream to Reality at the DIY Dreamer
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Hookin’ Up With House of Hepworths
Somewhat Simple
The Inspiration Gallery Link Party
Chic on a Shoestring’s Flaunt It Friday
The Shabby Nest’s Frugal Friday
Countdown to Spring Party at Sand and Sisal
Tatertots and Jello’s Weekend Wrap-Up Party
Funky Junk Interior’s Saturday Nite Special
Six Days of Spring Link Party
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Flower Banner: Skipping Ahead to Spring — 46 Comments

    • I’ll try to send some warm weather your way! I wouldn’t mind trading it for a couple of days of snow (particularly since we get to stay home until it’s all over when it snows here)

  1. We are expecting 80s, I hear, on Friday, which is a big departure from the 43 yesterday morning when I drove over to my local stone yard for some Mexican beach pebbles.

    Love these prints. I can’t wait to spend more time on that site.

  2. I am really in love with this. Banners are a bit over used lately, but this is such a fresh spin on it! I may have to do something like this at my house. Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven and say hi!

  3. I LOVE these flower images! And they look so beautiful in a banner I have a set of alphabet flower cards from EBoo that I do the same thing with. Thanks for the great tip on the website. I’m on my way over now to check it out. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day! Visiting from blissfulroots.blogspot.com.

  4. The botanicals are lovely! I did a DIY botanical chart a few weeks ago and I love it. I’m going to have to check out that website that you used. Thanks for sharing! Visiting from the Inspiration Gallery.

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    • Thanks, Cheryl! All the Christmas images were from The Graphics Fairy….I think I just searched things like “vintage santa” “retro Christmas” etc until I found enough. HTH!

  7. I am having an issue getting this to download so I can print them- any suggestions? I have also tried printing from the source, and it doesn’t work for me. Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks!!!

    • Hmm…I’m not sure. I just went and looked and downloaded it on to my computer and it worked fine for me (I clicked on the download button up at the top, then it gave me a captcha code to put in). I do remember that I could never get things to print from that site w/o downloading first. so I’m not sure what to tell you…maybe try another browser? Sorry I can’t be more help!

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    • oh good! I was feeling pretty sheepish that I had somehow been a bad enough blogger that I didn’t even remember to put in the link! 🙂

    • I didn’t! I’ve seen people with better photoshop skills than I have mess with them to make the background purer white, but I left mine as is

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