Five Beautiful Wedding & Anniversary Gifts

Hey, friends! For my weekly list of fun things to share, I wanted to dive into some gift ideas for weddings and anniversaries. June is the month for weddings, so you might be looking for some creative ideas.

Here are a few for us to consider!

{ONE} Pretty Address Book

If someone very dear to you has just gotten engaged, an address book would be perfect for a shower or early wedding gift. Here are two of my favorite finds:

{This book @ erin condren is so pretty – and it can be personalized!)

{This one is via Rifle Paper Co. – one of my favorite brands and has a cloth book cover with gold foil detailing and a ribbon page marker.}

{This is the inside cover of the address book above. Such pretty details.}

Any bride-to-be would love receiving a beautiful book that has been pre-filled with names and addresses of their family and friends.

They’ll be sending save-the-dates, invitations to showers and the big day, and then following up with handwritten thank you notes. So having addresses organized and handy is such a thoughtful gift. You could even tuck in a few “love” stamps as an added bonus.

P.S. This would also make a great gift for a high school graduate. My sister-in-law, Lisa, plans to do this for my niece when she heads off to college in the fall. In fact, she’s the one who gave me this idea in the first place!!

{TWO} Memory Keeper

Not to be confused with a high school trapper keeper, this memory book is a gorgeous place to record details of each anniversary from the first year all the way through the 60th. Details include writing prompts such as: how we celebrated our anniversary, our favorite things at the moment, memorable moments from the year and what we’re looking forward to.

My parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary next summer, and I was just thinking how cool it would be to read something like this…to see how their relationship grew and evolved over the years. They’re such an inspiration to me.

{THREE} Wedding Flowers

Fresh flowers are always a good idea when it comes to gifting. And if you can recreate the same wedding bouquet as an anniversary gift, that’s even better!!

Back to my parents for a sec…my dad loves giving yellow roses to my mom because that’s what she carried in their wedding. Isn’t that sweet?

{FOUR} Registry Leftovers

Many retailers keep wedding registries active for up to a year after a couple gets married, so you could shop for anything left on their list as an anniversary gift!

At the very least, you could double-check their china pattern or towel colors so you can coordinate a gift to match their home.

{FIVE} Save the Date

If you’re feelin’ up to a DIY project, you could tackle this super thoughtful idea. It’s a pillow that includes a copy of a marriage license. These instructions show you how to enlarge and transfer the image to the fabric. You could do this with a wedding invitation, too.

Another way to set the date in stone (or wood in this case) is to paint it on a rustic sign. This cute design includes the couple’s initials and wedding date. <3

That’s a wrap! I hope this gives you some fun ideas to think about this wedding season. Tomorrow I’m sharing a super easy recipe (and really cool jar) for homemade bug spray. Yes, it’s also that time of year. Sigh. We can manage, though, and smell good while we’re at it. See you back soon!

Blessings,

Kate

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All the Peonies, Please!

Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Haha!

Peonies have been a love of mine since the first time I saw and smelled their sweet layers of petals.

I’m pretty sure the nuns at St. Patrick’s had a few bushes next to their front porch. I would have been in grade school at the time, and the nuns lived in a small house nudged between the school and church. They had a modest garden right outside of their house. I seem to recall peonies, but I didn’t know what they were called at the time.

In college, during my days of unpacking and labeling flowers at the floral shop where I worked, I came across several bunches of peonies. The fragrance brought back memories of walking between buildings on the St. Patrick campus.

Lilacs and honeysuckles can bring me back to childhood, too. Summers in our southern neighborhood were always filled with warm, sugary air.

While peonies are reminiscent of my younger days, they carry specific meaning for others. >

Outside of how to pronounce the name, I didn’t know any of that!

After doing a bit more digging about my favorite flower, I came up with five reasons why I’m so obsessed with peonies!! >

{ONE} They represent good luck & love

There are many sources (Greek, Chinese, and even our Western culture) that describe various meanings of peonies. What I found was that they universally stand for love (romance, happy marriage, affection) and good luck (good fortune and wealth).

Both are good things to have in life, so it’s no wonder so many brides (and apparently celebs like Drew Barrymore and Hillary Duff) love to include them in their bouquets.

PS. Peonies are also known as the 12th wedding anniversary flower, so tuck that piece of knowledge away for a gift idea!

{TWO} They’re a springtime special

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. And early April showers bring these May-June flowers to life in most parts of the country. That means you should be able to find them at your local farmer’s market right about now. Yay!

Or if you’re super lucky, you’ll have them growing in your own backyard. Btw, if you’re thinking about planting them, it’s totally worth the investment. One bush can bloom as long as 100 years! You can pass them along to your precious grand babies.

{THREE} They’re perfect in arrangements 

Just like that rockin’ statement necklace that completes your outfit, peonies can add a bold splash to an arrangement. Blooms can grow up to 10 inches, depending on the variety. Bam.

And they’re easy to work into pretty much any color palette since they come in shades of red, pink, coral, white and yellow. Apparently they don’t come in blue, but you could tuck in a few other flowers to add a blue or purple punch.

I love the arrangement above. They used ranunculus (another top five, most favorite flower ever) and wispy greens (that remind me of seeded eucalyptus) to surround two bright pink peonies. Doesn’t it look like a fresh-picked, country-garden bouquet?

Okay, and before we move on, I have to show you this arrangement above. Look how they included succulents and hydrangea in this darling bundle. I honestly can’t tell if they’re real?! Regardless, it’s simply gorg.

 {FOUR} They can be healing

In addition to simply making me happy, I discovered peonies can actually make you feel better. In ancient times, peonies were used to relieve headaches and help with asthma. A quick search on WebMD lists even more uses and benefits – like cramps. #thankyouverymuch

The suggested method is to use the dried root and boil it like a tea. I’m no nurse, so definitely check things out with your doctor first. It does sound fascinating, though.

{FIVE} They’re just so darn pretty with their layers of loveliness

While my preference is to enjoy peony blooms in person – like these stunning beauties from Pigmint that I received on Mother’s Day…

…I even love looking at pictures.

Take a scroll with me down this virtual walkway of flowers that are pretty enough to print and frame for your house.

Seriously, y’all. >>

Okay, now for the grand finale, because those are always the best. Here’s a glossary of peonies to help guide us in our shopping.

That’s a wrap, my friends. May your weekend be a bowl of fun with extra peonies on top. Yum!

Many blessings,

Kate

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Five Ways to Make May Day Baskets

It’s almost the first of May, which means I’ll be sneaking around the neighborhood delivering fresh flowers to my sweet friends pretty soon.

If you’re not familiar with May Day, it’s totally okay. I grew up in Arkansas and didn’t hear about it until I went to college in Nebraska. I think it’s a midwestern thing?! Anyway, it’s such a fun way to welcome spring and share a simple treat with others.

It’s been said that the tradition started when people would take all of the flowers that grew at the end of April’s showers, arrange them in pretty paper, and hang them on the doors of neighbors as a way of welcoming warmer weather.

Sadly, I think it’s becoming a lost tradition, but I’m not afraid to be a little old fashioned. I’m sticking with it and hope you’ll join me.

A few tips if you’re new to May Day basket deliveries.

  1. It’s supposed to be a secret. You deliver the basket, ring the doorbell, and run. My kids call it “ding-dong-ditching” which sounds very impolite. But the fact that we’re leaving goodies somehow makes it seem better to me.
  2. The baskets should be super simple. A few stems of flowers or a couple of pieces of candy is perfectly acceptable.
  3. Make each basket with grace and gratitude for your friends. Even though they won’t know it’s from you, they’ll feel your love the moment they open the door.

Here are five baskets to get your creative wheels spinning.

{ONE} Mason Jar Revival

I love Mason jars. They’re multi-tasking rock stars. Among many other uses, they’re the perfect, inexpensive vessel for May Day. Here are all of the supplies you’ll need for this first “basket”. >>

In addition to the Mason jar (with the lid) and some ribbon, you’ll see I raided the garden. This is a smart place to start this whole process so you don’t end up spending tons of money on flowers.

I snipped a mix of hostas, lilacs and some pink flowers that were growing in my hanging basket from Lowes. Lol! I ended up buying tulips from the store since mine have already come and gone. Tulips = spring to me.

To create the “handle,” you’ll want to slide the ribbon under the Mason jar lid. Notice I don’t have the top, just the outside ring. Next you just screw it on to secure the ribbon in place.

Fill the jar with fresh water, arrange your flowers, and then hang this lovely bouquet from your neighbor’s door. Ding-dong!

{TWO} Perfectly Sweet Planter

This might be the simplest idea in the batch. Here are the supplies, which I mostly got from the garden store. >>

I chose a pot of colorful zinnias for the focal point. For the basket I’m using Jiffy-Pots, which are biodegradable. You can literally plant the entire container in the ground. They’re basically thick paper cups, so it’s easy to punch holes in the sides.

And that’s the first step…punch holes on each side of your Jiffy-Pot.

Then you plant your flower of choice right into this earth-friendly little pot.

Lastly, thread the ribbon through the holes and tie knots on each side.

That’s it! You’re ready to spread May Day cheer.

{THREE} Aluminum Can-Do 

This sweet little number didn’t even require a trip to the store. Here are the only supplies you’ll need. >>

I used a can of corn in a recipe last night, so I upcycled an aluminum can. Then I “shopped” around my craft area for a pretty piece of paper and ribbon. The flowers were plucked from outside..white hydrangea and soft lambs ear.

First I covered the can with pretty paper.

Then I arranged my flowers. I kept this one pretty simple…tucking lambs ear down into the giant hydrangea blossom.

Here’s the back side where you can see the final step.

I tied ribbon around the top so I could create a loop to hang from the front door.

Note: An alternative idea would be to drill a small hole on each side of the can so you can create a more balanced arrangement.

{FOUR} Paper Plates & Goodies

For the candy lovers in your life, this would make a fun May Day surprise. Here are the supplies needed for this bright and sunny basket. >>

You’ll need a small paper plate (cut in half), a piece of pretty paper cut to the size of one of the halves, flowers, candies and ribbon.

I went with a “sunny” theme and gathered all kinds of yellow treats. The yellow pansies are from my front garden and the M&Ms were a special purchase. I had the paper and ribbon in my craft area.

To get the basket started, put the two paper plate halves facing each other. Staple the bottom to secure and punch holes on the sides for your ribbon.

I wanted to give the plate a facelift, so I glued a piece of decorative paper to the front.

The plate dips down on the edges, but I like having the paper cover the entire surface.

Here’s a better look. You can see how the paper is flat across the entire plate. It also leaves room for you to thread your ribbon.

This is a view of the finished basket with the ribbon tied to each side.

Now for the really fun part…filling the basket.

I used floral water tubes for the pansies to help keep them fresh and hydrated. You can get these at any floral shop. They also help bundle the pansies together, making it easier to tuck into the basket.

This is the final product with the candies and flowers ready to rock.

{FIVE} Triple Scoop Flower Cone

This is the most traditional style of all of the May Day baskets – with a paper cone. I also used tissue paper flowers so the entire thing is waterless. Here are the supplies. >>

In the upper left I have a stack of tissue paper to make the flowers. I also have floral picks with wire to help secure the paper flowers and give them “stems.”

The upper right is a piece of decorative paper for the cone. And in the lower right you can see I tossed in some greenery. It was actually left over from my front door wreath project. (More on that next week!)

I started by making the paper cone. I just rolled the the paper into the shape of a cone and secured the seam with clear tape.

As a tip, use double-sided paper so there’s a fun design peeking through the back.

Okay, now for the flowers. You’ve probably made tissue paper flowers before, but here’s a quick primer.

Fold a small stack of tissue paper back and forth (like a fan) until the entire thing is folded. Pinch it in the middle and secure with your wire floral pick.

Here’s what it looks like attached to the pick.

Working slowly so you don’t tear the tissue, gently pull and separate each of the layers. I like to work one side at a time.

Then work the other side until it looks like a full bloom! Repeat the process so you have several flowers for your basket.

Once you have all of your goodies ready, tuck everything into your paper cone. Finally, punch a hole in the back of the cone and thread your ribbon so you have a way to hang your beautiful bouquet.

That’s a wrap, my friends. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and give one of these baskets a try. Let me know how it goes.

Blessings,

Kate

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Decorating with Nature

Some of my favorite designers use earth tones in their color palettes and natural elements in their work. I just love this look.

And with Earth Day happening this weekend, I thought it would be fun to round up some beautiful and easy ways we can incorporate nature into our own homes.

{Another lovely print by Katie Daisy}

{ONE} Fresh Terrariums

Succulents and terrariums are all the rage right now, and we can jump on this trend with the help of this tutorial. I also have some inspiration for you on this board.

{TWO} Botanical Prints

Have you ever found a cool feather, leaf, or frond on a fern that you want to frame and keep forever? I love this idea. Sandwich your treasure between two pieces of glass and add it to a gallery wall for an instant conversation starter.

{You can actually buy these acrylic pieces of art at West Elm.}

{THREE} Herbs for Fragrance

Our homes should engage all of our senses…from the moment we walk in the door. Strategically placing herbs and fragrant flowers around the house can add a whole new vibrant dimension.

I particularly like the idea of adding fresh eucalyptus to the shower. The steam draws the oil out of the leaves and creates a spa-like atmosphere – not to mention clears your sinuses. (Much needed during this crazy allergy season.)

{This is a list of 12 natural ways to make your home smell good. Enjoy!}

{FOUR} Painted Rocks

Wouldn’t a stack of painted rocks be so pretty on a coffee table or in a clear vase on a bookshelf?

I have a feeling the process of painting rocks could be very meditative – like coloring books. But if you’d rather leave the painting to the pros, you can find plenty of options on Etsy. Like these lovely stones. >

{These mandala-inspired rocks can be purchased here.}

{FIVE} Driftwood Art

Pieces of driftwood are a lot like snowflakes and thumbprints…no two are alike. And this makes them a natural candidate for artwork.

I couldn’t decide on just one photo to share, so here are a few elements of inspiration for you. >

{Get the DIY tutorial here for this decorative orb. It looks so easy to make – and would make an interesting addition to any bookshelf or windowsill.}

{Get the DIY instructions here to make this gorgeous sea glass and driftwood wind chime.}

{Coming full circle to planters…get the tutorial for this rustic and on-trend centerpiece here.}

That’s a wrap for today, my friends.

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day this weekend – or any day? I’d love to know, so please share in the comments.

Have a beautiful day, with many blessings.

Kate

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An Easy Easter Centerpiece

Hello, sweet friends! As promised, I wanted to give you the quick rundown on this super easy centerpiece that would look beautiful on your Easter table. And it’s so easy, you’d have time to run to the garden store and assemble this for the morning. Promise.

I have lots of pictures, so let’s get right to it! >>

Start with a pretty basket. I found this metal basket on sale at Hobby Lobby. The scalloped edges and two little birds resting on the ledge are what sold me. <3

Add liners. This will keep any dirt and water from leaking on your table. I used two round, plastic liners to fit this particular basket. I’d recommend taking your basket to the garden store to be sure you find the right fit.

Gather your plants. I bought several six-packs of flowers from the store, and then I separated them (by cutting them apart with scissors) into single planters. You can see a sample below.

Arrange your plants. This is the fun part. Take all of your individual flowers and spread them around your mini garden.

I used a mix of dusty miller, petunias and colorful portulaca. The girls thought the bright colors looked like Easter eggs. (We’ll actually add some of those in a moment.)

This is a close up look at how I arranged the planters. I just plopped them down into the liners.

Add some green moss. To fill in the empty spots and give the centerpiece a cohesive look, I decided to use preserved moss.

You can get this from Hobby Lobby, Walmart or any craft store. If you’ve never worked with it before, it’s easier to use when it’s wet. So run it under the faucet, squeeze the excess water, and then you can pull it apart without it shedding everywhere.

Here’s a top view of the arrangement with moss.

Here’s a close up of the moss so you can see I tucked it into the corners. Since my basket has wide openings on the side. I also tucked some along all of the edges.

Decorate with eggs. You can use any Easter decorations you have on hand. I happened to have pastel eggs that I bought at Walmart last season. I just scattered them around the arrangement.

Enjoy! Here’s a picture of the final arrangement.

Once the Easter celebrations are over, I plan to pull the flowers out of the arrangement and plant them directly into my garden. That way I can enjoy them all summer long.

I hope you’ll give this a try. Let me know how it goes – and what flowers you end up using. Have a beautiful day!

Blessings,

Kate

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5 Ways to Arrange Flowers Like a Pro

Don’t you love how fresh flowers instantly brighten a room? It’s no wonder they’re used to celebrate special occasions or come attached with an apology or condolence. Flowers are our little messengers…expressing love, joy, hope, sorrow.

As special as they are, I try not to treat them like my China, though. I make them part of my every day life. For example, I keep rosemary next to the sink, so steam from the hot water releases its fragrance. Blooms always beam from our dining room and kitchen tables. And every now and then I’ll put sprigs of lavender on my night stand to soothe me to sleep.

My love of the garden certainly comes from my mom, and any knowledge of arranging flowers comes from this trendy little shop where I worked in college. The designers were crazy amazing, and I tried to soak up every ounce of inspiration.

My five favorite flower arranging tips

{ONE} Keep it Simple

lillies

Whether you’re snipping flowers from the garden or picking up a bunch from the store, think about choosing all the same color. Monochromatic designs are so simple – yet pretty.

For this arrangement I grabbed a bunch of white Alstroemeria lilies. I cut them all the same length and tucked them into a small vase. (We’ll talk about the vase in a bit.)

Another approach is to get different types of flowers that have the same color. That way you get a variety of textures in your arrangement.

{TWO} Play with Scale

sunflower

When you cut a long-stemmed flower really short, it gives it a more dramatic look. Take this sunflower for example. It’s not every day you get to look down on a sunny face like this. Wouldn’t it look cool to line up four or five of these down the middle of a dining room table?

I paired my sunflower with a few hostas from the garden, which gives it a fresh twist.

Speaking of hostas…I saw an episode of Fixer Upper where JoJo put single stems of hostas in tall clear vases arranged on a mantel. It was the perfect touch without being too fussy. It looked a little like this >>

{THREE} Branch Out with Your Greenery

greens

Most people think of leather leaf fern when it comes to greenery. But it can be way more fun to shop in your backyard for things to toss into your bouquet.

{Believe it or not, I did learn this from the flower shop. The owner would come back from a weekend in the woods with baskets of greens, pine cones, and twigs. He was so creative!}

Anyway, take a look at the picture above. You’ll see the top two plants are actually herbs. Sage is on the left and lemon thyme is on the right. They add not only texture, but also a nice fragrance.

The lower left was clipped from my boxwoods. These are full on bushes, you guys. And they make such pretty greenery. Then the lower right is a giant leaf from my Black-Eyed Susans!

arrangement with greens

Here’s how I pulled all of them into a small bouquet. BTW, this was just one of those $5.99 bouquets from Walmart. Look how the greenery makes it feel more like a true garden bundle.

{FOUR} Contain Your Blooms

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For a word or two about vases…

They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. And they play a big role in how you pull your arrangements together. A square vase can give you a modern look, and a super tall vase can create an elegant display.

I have to say, though…if you’re not a work-at-home-florist with tape, wires, or frogs to help hold your flowers in place, you’re pretty much going to want a vase that has a small neck to hold your stems upright.

The one shown is my go-to because it has a narrow neck and flairs out at the edge to help the flowers fan out. That way they don’t look like I just shoved them down inside a vase.

{FIVE} Think Outside the Vase

vase with hostas

Okay, remember the vase from the first arrangement? Here’s a better look. I covered it with two hosta leaves, then secured them in place with raffia.

Below is what my leaf looked like to start. I cut the stem off the bottom before layering it around the vase.

hosta leaf

You can use any large leaf or even a row of sticks to line the sides of your vase. This helps cover any messy stems. Oh, you can also use ribbon or pretty scrapbook paper. Can you tell my wheels are spinning?

I think I’ll do another post sometime soon about the many ways to cover vases! In the meantime, I hope that was helpful.

Enjoy your Labor Day. And I’ll be back on Tuesday with a fun post about “new uses for old things”.

XoXoXo,

Kate

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Friday Wrap: Diggin’ the Dirt

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{In case you haven’t noticed, I adore Katie Daisy designs.}

We’ve had sunny days with 60-degree temps this week, which means this girl has been totally diggin’ the dirt. It also means this week’s Friday wrap is all about gardening in some form or fashion.

Here are a five faves from the week that fell into the “must share” category.

{ONE} Feeding the Hummingbirds

hummingbird feeder

My glass hummingbird feeder somehow cracked over the winter, so I knew the day was coming that I’d need to replace it. I found this darling mason jar feeder at Lowe’s. It was the only one on the shelf, but you can get them here. Once I got it home, I boiled up some of this sweet nectar, filled the jar and then hung it in the garden with care. Now we wait for those magical birds to appear. <3

{TWO} Repelling Bugs – Naturally

bug repellant

I love a good natural remedy when I can find one – especially if it enables me to keep Deet off of my skin. Remember the time I posted this recipe for homemade bug spray? Well, I found essentially the same thing in the Handmade Market here in Fayetteville. I went ahead and bought some of this, since it was already brewed and bottled. And I’m stocking up on it now, because I have a feeling we’re in for a bugpocalypse this year. We had such a mild winter, the bugs didn’t freeze. #winterthatneverwas

{THREE} A Bee & Bug House

bee and bug house

Okay, so not all bugs are bad. The girls are in a garden club at school, and when I spotted this interesting-looking house near their project garden, I asked Avery what it was. She had all of the details. “Each of the spots attract different kinds of friendly bugs that are helpers in the garden – like ladybugs. They go in the smaller hole, and things like bees go in the bigger holes.” Very cool, and P.S. someone was listening at school.

Speaking of friendly bugs and bees, I spotted this sweet bumble in Mimi’s garden yesterday. He’s so fluffy!!

bumblebee

He was so busy drinking from all of the flowers he didn’t even care that I was this close.

{FOUR} Fresh Veggies

fresh carrots fresh lettuce

While I was in Mimi’s garden yesterday, we pulled up a handful of carrots and snipped some fresh lettuce. Oh, so yummy! It made for such a delicious lunch. I actually didn’t intend to hop right into her garden and bunny-nibble through all of the produce. The real reason for my visit was to gather some Black-eyed Susans for my front garden. Mimi offered to share some of her spouts, and I left with three boxes full of plants. Such a happy day all around.

{FIVE} Garden Hands

hand cream

The only real “side effect” of gardening (other than a few bug bites, potential sunburns, and gardening elbow – which is a thing, but we still love gardening anyway!!) is the dirty hands. I use a natural nail brush to scrub the dirt away and then treat my skin to some luxury hand cream.

While I was in the Handmade Market getting the natural bug spray, I found this “perfectly perfect hand creme” made in London. The girl in the store said it reminded her of a spring day. I completely agree. And I’m a sucker for good marketing.

That’s a wrap! Here’s to a fantastic weekend, my friends. If you need me, I may be back in the garden – or at the garden store…

garden happiness

XOXO

-Kate

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A Blooming Warm Winter

Can you believe I’m writing about gardening this time of year?! It’s because this warm weather has tricked my plants into blooming already! Where I live we don’t usually see blooms for another month or so. But this has been the winter that never was…no snow days or long stretches of freezing temps that require cups of delicious cocoa. I’m sure the garden was like, “If this is how it’s gonna be, I’ll just bloom already.”

And so it did.

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Well, hello there!

What does this mean?

If plants are in fact blooming, like mine are, we’ll just enjoy their fresh faces a little sooner than normal. Now, if the weather decides to dip below freezing or dump snow, the flowers will probably be damaged for the season. Sad face.

The redeeming part is that a bloom-freeze shouldn’t have any adverse affects on the bulb’s performance in the seasons to come. For now, though, there are a couple of things we could do.

{ONE} Cut and Enjoy

For any flowers that have bloomed, we could simply cut and bring them in the house. They can’t survive the cold temps outside, but we can extend their life inside – where they’ll brighten up our kitchen tables!

{TWO} Protect the Buds

plants with mulch

These are actually garlic buds that are protected with straw.

Once we’ve taken care of the blooms, we can protect any unopened buds by covering them with dry leaves, straw or mulch. As soon as the weather warms up again, and the threat of frost is gone, just uncover the plants and allow them to continue to grow as normal.

Pretty simple, but worth thinking about so you get the most from your bloomin’ beauties. I’ll have more pre-spring gardening tips tomorrow. See you then, my friends.

-Kate

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Easy Easter Flower Arrangements

It’s almost time to break out the Reece’s peanut butter eggsJelly Belly Beans and Peeps! That’s right. Easter is a just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Ever wonder how some of the traditions, like dyed eggs and the Easter Bunny, started? This interesting article from Real Simple helps shed light on some of the folklore, such as the term Easter itself. Some claim the word derives from Eostre, a goddess of spring and fertility. I never knew that.

Okay, so other than treating myself to a bit of extra candy this time of year, I enjoy decorating the house with spring flowers. And when I say enjoy, I really mean L.O.V.E. Not many things brighten my day like a bundle of fresh, spring flowers from the garden – other than my sweet family and fuzzy bunnies.

Here are a few simple, yet beautiful arrangements to try on your Easter table this year.

Eggs Three Ways 

Easter arrangement with egg planters

I made this grouping of planters out of hollowed out egg shells and other items I found around the house. Keep reading to see how I pulled it together.

{1} Egg Cups

Check this out, I bought a set of egg cups at a flea market several years ago and have always found interesting ways to use them – outside of holding poached eggs, which I have never made. Here’s one of my faves: make egg planters.

Egg cups

Hollow out an egg (just crack the egg on the pointy end, drain the egg through the small hole at the top, and scramble for breakfast), let the egg shell dry, then fill it with soil and add your plant. Now it’s a mini flower pot! It might sound a bit fussy, but it really isn’t. Pinkie promise. And it will look so cute on your table.

{2} Nest Egg

For idea number two, display an egg planter on something unique that you have around the house.

Nest egg Easter flower arrangement

This adorable nest is actually a candle holder my SIL gave me one year. I filled it with a piece of moss and nestled my egg planter inside.

Tip: Look around your house for inspiration and get creative with how you display things!

{3} Egg on a Pedestal

Egg planter on a candlestick

I spray painted a clear candlestick holder from Dollar Tree with white gloss paint to give it a cohesive look with my egg cups. Then I used the holder as a makeshift egg cup! It adds height to my overall grouping. I actually used all three of the ideas I just shared on my table this year. I created multiple groupings and arranged them down the center of the table on a burlap runner.

{Bonus} Egg Cup Vases

I couldn’t help myself. I had to give you at least one more idea for jazzing up your egg cups. It’s not that often we get these things out of our cabinets.

Fill a hollowed out egg with water and tuck in a few dainty blossoms like lily of the valley, lilacs, and violas. Several of these would be gorgeous lining the center of your table. You could add a few tealight candles and sprinkle some jelly beans between each of the vases to give it an added Easter touch.

Moving on to other fun types of planters and arrangements…

Moss Pot and Pansies

I love the look of moss. It adds such a woodsy feel to any pot of flowers. This one uses a combination of ferns, English ivy, pansies, and violas. I’m actually going to be making a moss-covered pot later this week, so check back for the DIY instructions.

Rustic Hydrangeas

Isn’t this charming? For this rustic look, cut 30 to 40 twigs to the height of a glass vase. Hot-glue them to its surface and finish with some twine tied in a bow. The flowers featured are Queen Ann’s lace and white hydrangea blossoms. This would be gorgeous as a centerpiece or on an entryway table.

Daffodil Delight

This is probably the easiest way to Easter-up your table. Snip several bunches of daffodils from your yard – or the yard of your very kind neighbor who who will let you have some in exchange for Peeps. Arrange several vases in the center of your table. Egg cups work, too! Be sure the vases are varying heights, but all the same color so the look is more of a “collection.” Then fill each vase with as many daffs as you can stuff in there. Remember not to mix them with other flowers.

Carrots and Daisies

Why, yes. This arrangement just screams Easter – in a lovely kind of way. Find yourself some big, juicy carrots with their tops still on and stand them upright in a vase with a bit of water. Add a fresh bunch of Shasta daisies (mums would work, too) for an instant arrangement. I totally love this. I could wash the carrots and feed them to Rosie the rabbit after Easter!

I hope some of these ideas inspired you to try some fresh flowers on your Easter table this year. Let me know which one you like best or if you have another favorite bouquet to share. I’d love to see it.

As always, wishing you the best day, yet!

-Kate

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Friday Wrap: Spring Break!

Spring is in full swing around here. Soccer officially started, more flowers are emerging in the garden, our first wave of storms just passed through town, and this week was spring break!

For this year’s break, we took a short trip to Kansas City and then drove on to Lincoln, Nebraska to visit family. Before we knew it were were pulling back into our driveway. It went entirely too fast. That’s a sure sign of a good time, though, right? Here are some of the highlights of the week.

{ONE} Sporting KC Soccer

Sporting KC Soccer Game

Look at that cute cheering section. And when did Evan get so tall?!

We attended our first Sporting KC soccer game! The kids love the sport, including my biggest kid (Brandon), so everyone was excited. Even though it was a tie game, the experience won us over. We’ll do that again.

{TWO} Bunny Cards

Cards from PaintedBliss

Cute cards from Painted Bliss

While we were in Nebraska, one of my incredibly thoughtful nieces, Mallory, gave me these hand-painted cards. Aren’t they precious? Not quite as precious as Mallory’s triplets, though. They definitely take the cake. I loved my snuggle time with those sweet babies!!!

{THREE} Homemade Dog Treats

Once we got home, we had the pleasure of dog sitting Mr. Frito, who belongs to one of my other nieces. (I have a big family – and I love them all.) Frito is THE most relaxed dog around. I even taught him yoga (proof below). I decided to spoil him a bit and make homemade doggie treats. I think they turned out okay. Frito gave them two paws up as far as I could tell.

Frito

{FOUR} Origami Tulips

With Easter on its way, the girls and I decided to get crafty. Avery bought an Origami book and decided to make paper tulips. They turned out so cute, I put them in vases. I’m thinking anyone could do this for a longer-lasting centerpiece for your Easter table. Or you could make a flower for each person’s place setting. Tissue paper flowers would be gorgeous, too.

{FIVE} Pretty Egg Planters

Speaking of centerpieces, look at this beautiful display using egg shells as planters that contain little succulents and violets. I’ll be doing this project later today.

I’ll post more flower arrangement ideas for Easter on Monday. Be sure to stop back. In the meantime, check out the other great blogs through Five on Friday with April, DarciChristina, and Natasha.

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Cheers to a wonderful weekend, my friends!

-Kate

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