Sunday, March 3, 2013

Ladders in Décor • This one is for March

Last spring I built a ladder out of black birch saplings. I created it to add impact to my front entry area. There is a challenging yet very visible corner there. If you have been following my blog since you'll know that I have been working all year modifying this ladder to keep it seasonally current. That means it is past time for the valentine twig hearts to go.

But I have always thought March would be the challenging month. And it is. All I want is spring but it is far too cold for flowers to survive. I have tried to use natural materials all year but this month I caved and bought silk forsythia for my March ladder. I just needed the yellow! I did combine it with natural Mountain Laurel, although all that grows in this area is badly spotted.

Working in the IKEA pails which are suspended at and angle using twine, I made arrangements of the Mountain Laurel branches and silk flowers. Although we are getting close to the time for forcing forsythia indoors, they won't survive outside for quite a while. See the snow reflected in the door? Still quite a bit on the ground.

In fact, if you look carefully, the snow was starting to fall as I took this picture!


Spring will come in its own good time. For the short term, I am celebrating it starting now with forsythia to welcome all who visit.


The bright yellow just makes me smile! Happy spring everyone!

For those of you just joining my blog, here are links to a few of the other ways I have decorated this ladder over the past year.

Valentines Ladder

Christmas Ladder

Christmas Ladder with Lights:

Pumpkin Ladder




Daisy Ladder for June




A Ladder of Branches • DIY - This is tutorial for making the ladder.




This project inspired me to continue exploring ladders in décor. I collected them ll into a theme page with links to many, many different ways to use ladders in decor




©2013AshbeeDesign, Marji Roy

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34 comments:

  1. Show and Tell Saturday is still going strong at Sassy Little Lady! I'd love you have you join the party! :)

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  2. Hopping over from Pintastic Tuesday! I love this homemade ladder and all of the different ways you have decorated it! Pinning for sure! Wishing you a blessed day :-)

    Luisa @ http://www.livingandlearningwithluisa.com/

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Hope to see you do something with the idea one day!

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  3. I love this so much!!! I'm going to make one for sure! I'd love to have you link this to What to do Weekends also. Thanks, Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/02/what-to-do-weekends-8.html

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  4. Your ladder is so pretty. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/03/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-blog-hop.html
    We are also having a giveaway this week for a $50.00 Target Gift Card, so head over to enter.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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  5. wow. gorgeous! love the yellow against your home color.

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    1. I love the yellow as well. As much as I loved the twig hearts last month, they were lost in the dark corner. My house color seems to have been designed to go with yellow flowers!

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  6. Once again -- lovin' your ladder as always!!!

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    1. Thanks Cathy and thanks for visiting.

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  7. What a great idea! I've got a pile of straight thick black bamboo branches laying around - I think I might make a ladder from them! I've pinned this for later - thanks for sharing.

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    1. Meghan, send photos when you do make one and show me ideas for the different seasons. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  8. oh my gosh I love all of these! So pretty! and such a fun way to decorate for the different seasons!

    http://ikneadtobake.blogspot.com

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    1. I had been struggling with entry way vignettes when I made this ladder. Didn't recognize its potential until about month 3 and I've used it ever since. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  9. I love forsythia bushes! I planted one in my front yard last spring and I can't wait for it to bloom next year!!! The forsythia and wood slices are my faves out of all your gorgeous ladder-scapes! :)

    toddlindsey.com

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  10. I love the touch of vertical color this gives your porch!

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    1. Exactly. Needed both a vertical and color. A ladder was a perfect solution.

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  11. What a perfect way to welcome your guests to your home! It looks lovely!

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    1. It looks a little out of place with the new 6 foot snow bank just to the left of the door. But it is a wonderful reminder of spring. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  12. What a sweet way to greet your guests! This makes me wish I had more of a porch to work with. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday!

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  13. I love your seasonal ladder,Marji. I also love the color of your house, very similar to our old house on Dog Lane in Storrs.

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    1. Hey Yvette, Drove by Dog Lane, Storrs on Sunday. WOW. Such changes in the neighborhood. Haven't driven down it in a while though because it was closed for so long for construction. Went to the huge gas station where Kathy John's used to be as well.

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    2. We spent last weekend in DC with our son, Jay and his wife and talked about all the change in the old neighborhood. They had attended an E.O.Smith wedding this fall and drove through Storrs. We have been gone for more than 10 years!

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  14. First of all, nice to meet you. Secondly, I am so happy to see this post. I found an old vintage ladder similar to this style. I have ladders inside and know what to do with them, but I wanted to do something with this other ladder and use it outside. I wasn't sure quite what to do to make it standout. You have helped me tremendously. Thanks a bunch.

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    1. Nice to meet you as well, Amy. Glad to share. Please send along photos of your ladder after you have decorate it. I'd love see how others approach it. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment.

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  15. Your ladder is so gorgeous!! Love the yellow flowers in it. :) Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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    1. Yellow is such an uplifting color for spring time. It gives us the warmth of sunshine - even when there is still snow on the ground.

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  16. I love the ladder and flowers.. Looks like spring is almost here.. :)

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    1. Spring can't come soon enough for me. March is not my favorite month of the year for sure! But yellow flowers help!

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  17. I absolutely love this....how did you attach the ladder step?

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    1. Sheetrock screws from the backside. Quick and easy.

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  18. very nice and creative idea .. thumbs up

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