In case you hadn’t noticed, we have a pretty serious thing going for plants. We’re constantly on the look out for new plant babies to add to our collections; and with that comes the need for more pretty planters. I recently spotted this simple wooden flower pot at Target, and for just a few dollars, couldn’t pass it up. Since I’m needing to spread my plants around the house, without taking up more shelf/table space, I thought I’d turn it into a hanging planter. This project is really simple and pretty cheap too – I had everything I needed except for the pot!Materials:
– wood flower pot
– measuring tape
– drill
– leather lace
– paint + paintbrushDirections: Measure and mark where 3 holes will go. Drill holes using 3/16″ drill bit. Tape off bottom of planter and paint. Once paint has dried, remove tape. Cut 3 pieces of leather lace to length desired and put leather through holes, knotting each end on the inside of the pot and then tying the 3 pieces of leather together at the top. Add your plant and hang!
Tip: I put a plant in a plastic container inside the wooden pot (with a smaller plastic container lining the bottom for catching drainage) so that the wood does not get wet.Anyone else guilty of buying too many plants?!

-Manda

  • Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:01 am

    Cathleen - The pot is cute … but I *have* to know where you got that adorable watering can! I need a cute way of watering my way too many plants. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:05 am

      Manda - Hi Cathleen – it was actually a thrift store find! I’ve seen similar vintage style ones on Etsy or new ones from places like Williams-Sonoma and Amazon. Hope that helps! 🙂ReplyCancel

      • Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:07 am

        Cathleen - What a lucky thrift store find! Thanks 🙂ReplyCancel

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Birthday season is upon us, at least here in our family; seems like we’re celebrating a birthday every week through May and June. So birthday projects are on my mind. Last year when I was making rolled beeswax candles for our advent holders, I thought it would be fun to try making some tiny ones for birthday candles (Caitlin shared a DIY for how to make your own rolled beeswax candles here). Then I read an article about hand-dipped candles and wanted to try that – and that brings us to today’s DIY!I had so much fun making these, and once I got my method down, it was pretty simple & easy. I first tried making these with a washer attached to the bottom of the wick to add some weight to keep the wick straighter, but found that just made the process longer and more difficult. I also tried hanging a few from a dowel and dipping them together (with the washer attached on those), and found that made it more difficult as well. Just dipping one at a time, and using my fingers to straighten the wick was the fastest and easiest method for me. Of course you can just pick up a package of already made candles for a few dollars which is the easiest (ha!), but I love the challenge of trying to do something myself and the slightly imperfect look to homemade ones. Plus I’m on a kick with using beeswax for projects right now!Materials:

beeswax pellets
wick
– scissors
– tin cans (or any old container that can sit in boiling water)
– water
Directions: Pour beeswax pellets into a tin can (the can should be a little taller than you’d like your candles to be, tall and narrow cans work best). Set can in a small saucepan of simmering water and let wax melt. Once the wax has melted, make sure it’s the height you’ll want your candles to be (add more pellets and let them melt if needed). You can remove the can from the saucepan and keep it in a bowl of hot water or just keep it in the saucepan of warm water during the next step.
Fill another can with cold water and set the two cans together. Take a piece of wick (I just used a really long piece and cut it to size after the candles were dipped) and dip it into the wax, letting it sit for just a second or two. Remove it, let cool for a second and then straighten the wick as much as you can – yes it will be warm, but shouldn’t be burning hot, and yes, you’ll get some wax on your fingers. Once it’s straight, dip it back into the wax for a couple seconds, remove and dip it into the water for a couple seconds. Straighten the wick again. At this point, the wick should be fairly straight and you can just keep dipping into the wax and then the water without needing to straighten the wick anymore.
Repeat the process until the candle is as thick as you’d like. Trim the wick and set on wax paper to completely cool.Once you’ve got your candles made, you can make this cake to put them in, this cake stand for your cake, this candle display for extra candles and this garland for decor – ready to party! 😉

-Manda

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:03 pm

    Ivory - As always, fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, May 22, 2017 - 3:52 am

    Julia - what a lovely and cute diy! would be so awesome to have homemade candles on birthday cakes, thanks for the idea!ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:48 pm

      Manda - So glad you like the idea! We’re having fun using them here! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 5:03 am

    Karen Compton - Great, making candles for birthday is a great idea, thanks for the idea!ReplyCancel

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While waiting for it to stay consistently warm, I’ve been out in the yard digging up tons of weeds all while not-so-patiently waiting for the peonies and wisteria to bloom!! So after lots of late freezes and just chilly days in general, I’ve finally been working on prepping the veggie garden! My next step was to get my raised garden bed set up in an area of the yard with lots of sunlight. I put together a pretty basic frame because it’s way back in the yard and honestly it’s just supposed to hold dirt together, right?! I’m so excited for the next steps and seeing what veggies actually grow! Below there is a tutorial on how to put together a raised garden bed and then after that I’m talking about the next steps/updates from our first gardening post! So you can pass over that if you’re not interested in gardening or just stick around to see pictures of me planting a sweet little lavender plant! Ever since we went on our California trip and visited Carmel Valley Ranch, I’ve needed my own lavender plant – dreams coming true, friends! 😉What you need:
-Three 8′ pieces of untreated wood
-Saw
Corner Braces
-Drill
-Cute gardening gloves to inspire you to get to work…

How to make it:
-Take one of the 8′ boards, measure to the center and cut in half into two pieces.
-Secure boards together using corner braces on the inside of each corner. I added one corner brace to the middle of each inside corner and brackets on the top and bottom of each outside corner.
-Fill with nutrient rich soil and compost. Don’t pack down the soil too tight!
Next steps:
-I’m starting to transition the seeds that I’ve been growing indoors to the outdoors before planting them in the garden. So I’m bringing them outside in the morning and then bringing them back in before the afternoon light is too intense for them. At the end of the week, I’ll transfer them to the garden.

-I’m planting the carrot seeds, rhubarb, asparagus, and garlic directly into the new garden bed as well as the sweet potatoes that started sprouting in the water.

-I couldn’t get my rosemary or lavender to grow so I bought some organic plants and planted them in the separate herb garden that I dug out.
xo. Caitlin

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:56 pm

    Mary - Hi, Can I plant corn in this GARDEN BED?ReplyCancel

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I have been indulging in way too many chai lattes, iced teas, and just sweet drinks in general lately – normally I’m just a water all day type of person. I’m trying (barely) to cut back a bit, but with our floral shower party ideas, I thought it would be fun to make a recipe for a floral tea latte to share with some edible flowers as a garnish to tie your whole party together! And then I just happennn to have ingredients on hand to make these for myself… 😉 Below I’m sharing how to make a large batch that you could use for an event but I’ll break it down so you can just whip up a glass for yourself!Ingredients:
-5 hibiscus tea bags (I tried both this and this.)
-5 cups water
-3 tbsp sugar
-2 1/2 cups milk
-Ice

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Steep tea bags in water for 5 minutes. While it is still hot, add sugar and mix in to dissolve. Remove tea bags and cool tea in fridge. (You can mix with ice and serve immediately, it will just be more watered down.) Once it has cooled, add milk and ice and serve immediately. Top off with frothed milk & edible flower if desired.

For a single serve – 1 tea bag, 1 cup water, sugar to taste (about 1/2 tbsp), 1/2 cup milk, ice.
xo. Caitlin

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 1:31 pm

    Phyusin Myint - Can you please please share where you got the glassware.ReplyCancel

    • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:45 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - They’re Bormioli Rocco from West Elm! You can find them here.ReplyCancel

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Sticking with our floral party theme we’ve had going for the past couple weeks, we’ve got some natural floral confetti coming at ya today! If you’re going to have florals all over your party or wedding, you’ve got to have some flower petals to toss up in the air in excitement! Or to have guests throw at you so you can be dusted in colorful petals – how much more magical can confetti get?! We made fresh floral confetti pouches that you can whip up in no time and give out to guests.What you need:
Pouches
Stamp
Ink pad that works on fabric
-Flower petals
How to make it:
-Stamp bags and let dry completely.
-Fill with floral petals.
*You can purchase petals, try dried petals, or buy bundles of flowers with small petals and tear petals off. We left our petals in the bags for three days to see how they would hold up and they all held up very well!
Now go grab some flowers and find a reason to throw confetti!

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  • Monday, May 15, 2017 - 7:30 am

    Ci-san - It’s a great idea. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:27 am

    Lisa - This is lovely! At my cousin’s wedding the confetti was bits of lavender which worked really well. And it’s bio-degradable so you don’t have to worry about mess if done outside. Bonus!ReplyCancel

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