Despite the snow that fell here in Ohio yesterday, it is indeed springtime and you can tell by the brighter, plumper produce at the stores that everything is warming up a bit. There are so many flavors and scents that make me think of spring, so as soon as the temps start to heat up, I’m usually quick to try a new flavorful recipe. That is why today me and a few other bloggers are showcasing some fresh, spring recipes for you to try out (links below!)
I am not a huge sweets person, but if I do indulge, I like light flavors like lemon or coconut. I made these beautiful little petits fours to share at Easter dinner this weekend and they’re so easy I thought you should know about it too. The trick is that I use frozen poundcake to make construction a bit easier. The poundcake is firm and not too fluffy which makes it easy to work with for people who don’t love to bake. Be forewarned, I went a little photo crazy on this one!
Although the pound cake isn’t lemon flavored, a tart filling and a creamy glaze – both laced with lemon – are all it takes to get some big flavor out of these little bites! Ready for the recipe?
This recipe was inspired by some lemon sticky rolls (which look amazing) but also require making dough from scratch… not my thing. So, I thought about how the same fillings would be great with pound cake. Since pound cake has a soft butteriness to it, using it combined with the tartness of the lemon creates balance.
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Don’t they look delicious? Don’t take just my word for it though, whip some up for your weekend!
Looking for other spring-y dishes? Look no further than a few of my favorite friends who are all sharing their favorite spring recipes today!
Clara – Orchiette with Kale Walnut Pesto & Lemon Broiled Asparagus
Victoria – Pea, Pistachio, and Mint ‘Pesto’
Julia – Strawberry Paleo Ice Cream
I gave you guys a sneak peek of this arrangement yesterday when I was teaching you how I made this vase (and for under $6). But today is the day we learn how to make this floral design. You could use any low, wide vase if you have one on hand, however. It’s absolutely perfect for your Easter table centerpiece. You’ll wow your family with this one. Aren’t you guys excited? I am.
I purposefully sought out flowers that had a more romantic, english garden type look instead of the very traditional spring, but if you switched out the roses for irises and the trailing greens for something tight like lemon leaves, you’d have a totally different look.
For a color scheme, I stuck with a monochromatic pinky purple theme. My flower choice broke down as above. Recall from my previous posts on floral design that I like to choose a few greens, a focal flower (here the dahlias because they’re the largest), a tall flower (here the larkspur), some irregularly shaped flowers (tulips and roses for me) and the filler which is wax flower here.
Putting them together in a really shallow vase could be a disaster without my favorite floral tool… foam. Don’t be scared, if you’ve never used floral foam before you’re going to love how easy it is. Let’s start with the step by step shall we?
Let’s start with your materials!
A little side note before we get started. I start from scratch teaching how to cut, store, and arrange simple designs here. This year, we’re getting a little more difficult, but still totally do-able. That being said, these are floral designs… meaning they’re totally up for interpretation! Make my steps as a guide, but do what feels natural to you! Here we go!
Start with a collar of greenery in alternating varieties. This layer of greenery should be almost perpendicular to the table so that in drapes below the rim of the vase. Then fill in the center with the greenery evenly throughout.
Once you’ve filled in all your greenery, go back in with your filler and evenly distribute.
It already looks nice, right?
Next, take one of your focal flowers with the most straight stem. Stick in straight up and down into the very center of the arrangement.
From there, put three focal flowers in a triangle around the center flower. These should be placed about halfway between the top/center and the rim of the vase. Then, take your remaining three focal flowers and place them almost perpendicular to the vessel (like your first round of greens) staggered in between your previous three flowers.
Then, come in with the tall flowers, and place them in between your top triangle of focal flowers and then also in between the lower triangle of focal flowers.
Get out your irregularly shaped (wildcard!) flowers and place them intermittently between the focal and tall flowers. Look for a bare spot and place them there! Make sure they’re evenly spaced from all sides/angles.
I used the roses more as a small little accessory in one corner rather than all over, but you could do it either way. Since spray roses come in little bunches, they look nice just here and there.
You’re all done placing flowers, but if you still feel like there are blank spots, you can place a few extra flowers where you think the blank spaces are, or you can cut some pieces of greenery really short and surf these down in the under layer to hide the foam like a forest floor.
How do you feel? Do you think you’re ready to give it a try? Let me know if you have any questions and we’ll get you into this arrangement in no time.
Happy designing, friends!
So, this has turned into a bit of a preview for tomorrow’s post, but sprung up out of total necessity (which is how ideas for most of my projects are born). I was searching around this weekend for a footed fruit bowl or parfait dish for this weeks’ spring floral series post, which is clearly about large, shallow arrangements and how to put them together.
Onto the dish… I went to no less than 5 stores looking for the footed dish I had in mind and still was at a total loss. everything was plain looking and too large. Although I know some of you probably have dishes similar to this already in your arsenal, I don’t, so I decided I’d make something. I’ve seen so many DIY candles and cake plates online, so I thought I’d put this knowledge to use and make myself a fruit dish for the arrangement (or for fruit, or candy, or anything). Are you ready for this tutorial?
Want to know the best part about this project? It cost me less than $8. And that includes the paint and the glue. Keep reading for the full tutorial!
ONE liberally apply super glue to the top of the candle stick. TWO firmly place it on the bottom of the glass bowl and set it aside for 1-2 hours. THREE turn the bowl upside-down and spray paint it the color of your choice (I chose gold)
That’s all. Can you believe it! I went to the Dollar Tree just this weekend and found the bowl, candle stick, and glue. Score!
Didn’t it turn out just lovely?
AND the best part is that I’m showing you how to make this exact flower arrangement tomorrow. Are you excited?
ONE the perfect spotted pillow isn’t too wild, but is just the right bit for a subtle hint of glam. $45 from Society Social. TWO Crane flower candle from Voluspa mixes grapefruit, geranium, lavender, and nectar inspired by the bird of paradise flower… to me, it just spells like a heavenly vacation. $38 from Anthropologie. THREE a nice little reminder from Sugar Paper to sit above your desk or display in your bedroom. The gold foil print is 11 x 14 and is $50. FOUR handmade and so pretty, this gold border ring dish from The Object Enthusiast is lovely and makes a gorgeous gift at $34. FIVE how darling is this mini bow cord keeper? I want one for every charger in my arsenal, and at just $6 from Oh Hello Friend, I can afford to!
Happy Friday friends! You know those weeks when you feel energized, optimistic, and on top of all your ‘to-do’s'? Well, it’s been one of those weeks for me. I’ve been able to think ahead on some projects, get a couple fun dinners in, and overall just breathe a little.
How has your week been?
I have SUCH a treat for you guys today! For this month’s ‘Meet & Greet’ I want to introduce you to Amanda from A Hammer & Heels. I have known Amanda in the blog world for several months, but just met her in person last weekend at Go Blog Social in Kansas City.
Amanda is possibly the most grounded, stylish person I’ve ever met. She has an amazing knack for fashion and for creating her own original DIYs and does this all while still in college…. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a college apartment look this good.
Amanda even gave me a few style secrets while we hung out drinking wine and chatting about blogging. I can’t wait to share my new purchase that she inspired! Until then, Let’s learn more about Amanda.
Learn more about Amanda’s tree stamp pillows here and tie dye pillows here.
Can you believe this apartment? Here is Amanda’s Sourcelist or head over to A Hammer & Heels to get mega inspired and meet this sweet girl for yourself!
photos by Justin Salem Meyer for The Everygirl
Ok, so was it killing you? The wait to find out what in the world I painted red in my home that consists of no red whatsoever? No? Ok, well, I’ll show you anyway.
I confessed last week that I strongly strongly dislike (possibly bordering on hate) the color red. But I also challenged myself in my yearly goals to push myself a bit more outside of my typical grey, black, brown comfort zone. I like style that is earthy and relaxed with classic lines and a tid bit of glam. I know it doesn’t all seem to go together, but I think my living room is a great example of the looks combined.
Red, in my opinion does not fit into this look. BUT I had a super ugly piece of furniture that needed a new life so I decided in honor of National Painting Week (SWPaintingweek.com) to offer myself up for something that made me a little uncomfortable. I volunteered to paint it red.
side note: do you ever volunteer to do things that push yourself because you know that you’re held accountable for the end product? Like, volunteer to cook for a work function when you’re learning to cook or something? So you can see why I did this?
so here was the culprit. I’d painted these table legs from Ikea green for some reason but never put them on anything. They were sitting in my guest-bedroom-turned-crap-storing-room which I am desperately trying to clean out and turn back into a guest bedroom. I decided that a super quick console could be made just by attaching them to a plank of wood from the hardware store.
A shiny new coat of paint (Sherwin-Williams Tanager Red (SW6601) from the Sherwin-Williams and West Elm collaboration) and this was a completely new piece. I do think that I meshes well with the natural vibe in my house. It totally leans more toward global and away from glam, since the red is spicy and earthy, but it actually looks cool and is something new for me. Small steps.
I have it styled here in my dining room, but it’s actually going to work into my new guest room design as a desk once the guest room is cleaned out (I’m making progress there, but not enough to actually show the piece in its new home).
Do you think it meshes with the rest of my style? I am going to make myself live with it for a few months to get over this issue I have with red, then maybe I’ll regroup with you guys at that point!
If you are up for seeing more red today, visit both Thistlewood Farm and I Heart Naptime to see these ladies’ take on the hue. Tomorrow, be sure to head over to Decorchick and Home Stories A to Z to see what they’re doing with PINK! There are tons of painting projects going on ALL week at SWpaintingweek.com so go check them all out!
Disclosure: This is part of a two post series sponsored by Sherwin-Williams. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that keep us stretching our limits, learning new things, and providing awesome content!
This week marks my fourth wedding anniversary and although the traditional fourth year gift is flowers, I decided to make a little customized watercolor art. We hardly ever buy each other real gifts but instead do a nice dinner together or go on a trip, so small little tidbits are more my style.
This watercolor quotation art doesn’t require any actual watercolors, which is why it’s so easy for anyone to do! It uses a bit of a trick that I borrowed from technology which makes it all the more foolproof!
Get your iPhones and home printers geared up for this Tuesday tutorial!
ONE draw your quote onto plain white paper using a marker. TWO snap a photo of your drawing with the app Waterlogue, then transform your photo into a watercolor masterpiece. THREE print the photo out onto watercolor paper and frame!
You can choose any quote you’d like, even really simple drawings turn out really cute… I drew this heart and look how darling it looks!
There is literally nothing you can do to mess this up. Just give it a quick print on regular paper before stocking the printer with watercolor paper to get appropriate alignment, but it’s pretty foolproof.
What way could you use this tool to DIY some art you’ve been eyeing?
Graciousness. Something we may not think about a lot these days. A lot of other qualities have come to displace grace, and sometimes grace is even seen as submissive, or as an enemy of strength.
I’m here to tell you that graciousness is the epitome of strength.
After a few trying weeks, I’ve thought about graciousness quite a lot. In all that has happened, I have been thinking about how unexpected life can be and how the only control we really have is how we handle ourselves. Showing graciousness in the presence of irritation, or adversity, or hopelessness, isn’t that the face of strength?
It’s so easy to think about the big picture and forget about the day-to-day when it comes to grace. There was a moment in January when a popular magazine columnist advised a reader to ‘practice her graciousness’ when she has to deal with abrasive people at work. Now, the columnist didn’t say, “be gracious”. That would be too over-arching… too abstract to use in everyday life. But, practice being gracious. What a thought.
I took this idea to practice immediately. I had some flight dilemmas and instead of showing visual irritation to a gate attendant (which is what I normally would have done), I literally said to myself, “use this opportunity to practice your graciousness”. Like practicing free throws or painting. Just practice it. Following the gate agent incident was the robbery in Palm Springs, then a few other super frustrating, want-to-throw-in-the-towel moments in Atlanta. I reminded myself at each junction to practice my graciousness. What would graciousness look like in this situation?
This has clearly had an impact on me.
I’ve started thinking about it this way: survival in life using grace and courage means that we own our actions and choices are ours – not governed by the people who surround us. We choose how to react and we choose grace. The funniest part is that using graciousness in my recent dilemmas has made a world of a difference. The aforementioned gate agent did everything she could to help me after I showed no signs of fluster. A few people I met in Atlanta while at my most frustrated moments turned out to foster major networking opportunities – all because those were the moments I was in full force practicing mode.
Practicing graciousness has been a constant in my life now. I’m not always awesome at it. Sometimes I talk too much about myself, and drink too much, and say inappropriate things. I’m human after all, but I want the majority of my life to be intentional actions of grace. I don’t think the word ‘gracious’ is first on the list when people think of me now, but I want to be that kind of woman in the future. So I’m practicing.
Any qualities you’re practicing?
p.s. I made this fresh floral statement necklace photographed above be the amazing Mary Costa! Is this something you’d be interested in learning? I don’t do any fashion related posts here, but I do a lot of fashion DIYs in my everyday life, so if you’re interested, I pop a few into the rotation here and there!
ONE just last week I shared Joy’s line for Target, then this week she surprises us with a line for Land of Nod. Not only is the line gorgeous, but I’ve begun thinking that Joy is my newest business idol. #isthereanythingshecan’tdo? This floral doodle art is so pretty, and at $20 who wouldn’t want this – kids or not!? TWO how am I just (this week) finding out about Block Chromatics? A mid-century german line that is colorful and too cute. This site has a set of six mugs for $75. THREE Have you seen Rebecca Atwood’s newest? The Williamson collection is full of bright tangerine cushions, which I love starting at $150 (shown is $225). FOUR this simple black and brass sconce is high on my fave list… now just for someplace to put it! $110 from onefortythree. FIVE is it possible to fall in love with a rug? That is clearly what’s happened to me. This silver metallic border jute rug from Serena & Lily is my favorite thing I’ve seen all year. and maybe last year too. Starting at just $48 for the 2×3, this will make an appearance in my home, and stat!
Wow! Happy April, guys! Can you believe it? I’m so so so so happy that spring is finally coming out to play. This week I even drug out my patio furniture! Goodness knows, there are still cold days and rain in our future, but things are definitely looking up!
Today I’m in Kansas City at Go Blog Social speaking on DIY blogging! Follow on Instagram for tons of glimpses of the event and if you’re in the area, hit me up!
Have a great weekend, y’all!
This easy DIY is a scenario where I saw these little white dishes at Target and thought, “blank slate!”. I had no clue what I was going to end up using them for, but they were the perfect size, so I couldn’t pass them up. They’re been sitting on my desk for a few weeks and since I’m a doodler, I whipped out my gold sharpie and started scribbling right on the plates.
There is tons of sharpie art out there on the inter webs, but I just loved how easy, but impressive this one ended up. It actually makes me think of this little teapot at C. Wonder – which wasn’t my intention, but ended up being pretty comparable… and all for just $2!
If you’re not good at free handing a design, keep on reading to see my easy way to get all those scribbles nicely placed.
Start by scribbling one parallelogram in the center of the dish down an imaginary center line. Following its lines, make one above and one below your first shape. Keep the sides all in a line.
Then, make the same four parallelograms like a mirror image. I staggered mine slightly so that it wasn’t an exact mirror image.
It helped me to make the two side lines, then fill them in so that the angle was consistent. Tilt the dish a bit to get into the dips, but other than that, just keep making more parallelograms that are all parallel to each other! It’s like a throwback to geometry class! If you mess up, just make some artistic scribbles and keep going, once it’s done, it will look good!
To make it dishwasher safe, set the dish in a COLD oven and then turn the head up to 200. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then turn the oven off and let the dish cool down. I probably wouldn’t use it for direct food contact, but for some jewelry, wrapped candies or mints, you’re golden… literally!
I’m actually pretty surprised that something which started as a desk side doodle ended up being one of my favorite things.
Any accident DIY’s in your neck of the woods? Care to share?