Holiday Decorations

Thanksgiving Centerpieces and Table Decoration Ideas

November 21, 2016
Fall Wreath Centerpiece DIY

Pear Table Place Setting

Think of your tabletop as a blank canvas on which you will create your “tablescape” art. You choose your mediums as any artist would—your surface, linens, flowers and candles. The layering of colors and textures, adding personal touches, all play a part in the delight and ambiance that a beautifully designed table brings to a special occasion. Go as big or as simple as you want! This is your masterpiece, and should represent you and tell the story that you want told.

Let’s start with simple! Here are a few easy, creative and inexpensive ideas that I hope will provide some inspiration to get you started on your tablescape art.

Fresh Flower Wreath Centerpiece

Floral Wreath Centerpiece Close-Up

Wreaths are one of my favorite design styles for a more traditional centerpiece. Having the center of the wreath open provides endless opportunities for additional personalization. Here I used a beautiful amber Fenton glass vase as a candleholder. I think the amber glow is the perfect complement to the rich hues of the seasonal flowers in the wreath.

Recipe for Floral Wreath Centerpiece

When creating a fresh floral wreath I like to use flowers that air-dry nicely. Using flowers such as the varieties featured in this photo can extend the “life” of your centerpiece by weeks.

Succulent Wreath Centerpiece

Some varieties of hydrangeas dry better than others. The variety that dries the best and is featured in the wreath pictured above is known as an “antique hydrangea”. It is typically soft moss green with burgundy edging and works beautifully with all of the rich colors of autumn.

Fall Wreath Centerpiece Top-Down View

This wreath is all about the vibrant and saturated colors of the season. In order to create the perfect backdrop for this intensity I chose to keep everything else very neutral. A burlap table runner on a natural wood farm table and wooden chargers holding amber depression glass plates let this centerpiece take center stage!

How to Make your Flower Wreath Centerpiece:

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Fall Decor

Thanksgiving Ideas We Can All Get Behind

November 15, 2016
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Spice Up Fall with Moscow Mules

The Moscow Mule is the perfect drink for the fall season simply because of the beautiful copper mug that it is traditionally served it.

Moscow Mule Recipe

This Moscow Mule recipe print is from www.lilyandval.com and is made from an original chalkboard drawing by Valerie McKeehan.

Moscow Mule Drink & Chalkboard Printout

I had the pleasure of taking a chalkboard lettering class from Valerie during Sweet Paul’s Makerie, a weekend long creative retreat this past spring in Philadelphia.  She is so charming and talented and really breaks the process down so that it is easy to learn – and so much fun to do! Continue Reading…

Fall Decor

Creative Ideas on How to Reuse Fall & Pumpkin Vases

November 11, 2016
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Last year, 1-800-Flowers.com introduced this gorgeous ceramic pumpkin container with a removable lid. It was such a hit that we’ve brought it back again this year. I love the naturalness of the color, and the matte finish gives it a sophisticated look that works throughout the entire fall season. It’s a keepsake container that you’ll look forward to using every year in many different ways, filling it with candy, plants or flowers. Even if you don’t have this exact pumpkin container to reuse, these tips below can help spark ideas for any similar container to decorate for fall.

Pumpkin Flower Centerpiece

Look how easy it is to set a festive table! Pick up a bouquet of orange roses, cut the stems short, fill the pumpkin with water and drop the flowers in! Make sure you change the water every other day to ensure the flowers have a fresh supply for a longer life.

Using a bright floral table runner with mere touches of orange lets the pumpkin and roses really pop!

Pumpkin Vase Close-Up

 

Lifestyle

Smile Farms Wine & Paint
Sunflowers Event

October 7, 2016
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I get to work with some incredible people at 1-800-Flowers.com. They’re the kind of team players who are always happy to help out and who jump at any opportunity to give back. So where else would I turn when I was organizing the Wine and Painting portion of the second annual Golf and Wine & Paint Classic benefiting Smile Farms.

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Golf fundraisers have been around forever. They provide an excellent opportunity for corporations to give back to communities while also rewarding employees and clients with a beautiful day on the links. We decided to add a new twist to this year’s event by including an afternoon wine tasting and painting session that would wrap up at the same time that the golfers would be finishing their game and heading back to the clubhouse, where the evening’s festivities included cocktails, awards, a silent auction, and dinner. Adding the wine tasting and painting turned out to be a huge success! It was so relaxing and everyone had so much fun. Our goal was to make everyone feel like I imagined these two women must have felt when I took this photo of them in La Jolla, CA this summer. Continue Reading…

How-To's

Flower Jewelry: How to Make a Fresh Orchid Necklace & Earrings

September 1, 2016

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this stunning blue orchid necklace and earring set!

I don’t know about you, but I have tons of costume jewelry. I can’t help myself! When I see a great piece at a great price, I buy it. I find great deals at garage sales in particular. (Maybe after this post, when people see how simple it is to transform these vintage finds into stunning one-of-a-kind accessories, those deals will be harder to find!)

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How-To's

Flower Jewelry: Techniques Used for Making Flower Crowns

August 17, 2016

I am in love with flower crowns of all styles and sizes. Sometimes, the bigger the better.flower-girl-with-flower-crownLike this one that my granddaughter Juliette wore for my niece’s wedding on Block Island!

It was so much fun watching Juliette and her cousin Abigail enjoying all of the magical moments of their cousin Jenna’s wedding. They were living their own fairy tale! When Jenna placed the flower crowns on their sweet little heads, it was truly their “crowning moment”!

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