June 17, 2019

D.I.Y.: Summer Citrus Centerpieces (with Mason Jars)

I'm all on board with the summer lemon trend this year--it has a refreshing and light feeling to it--just the way I want to (unrealistically) imagine these hot, muggy, mid-western, July days ahead of us to feel... At least a girl can dream with these super simple centerpieces for the season. They look cute both inside and out on the porch, are relatively cheap, and take only about 15-20 minutes to arrange.

Depending on what size jar you use will influence the number of citrus fruits you'll need, but here's a rough estimate of what you'll need to get started:

  • Large-mouth Mason Jars (Of course, other size and types of jars will work too)
  • 3 Citrus fruits of your choice per jar
  • Greenery clippings 
  • Ribbon
  • Floating candles (or flowers)

Slice your citrus up in various thickness and thinness. Just as a side note, I've found that limes tend to lose their coloring in these quicker than oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, so if you want your centerpieces to get the longest run, maybe avoid adding limes.

Then you'll want to fill your jar little by little as you layer in your citrus slices in the jar with the "meaty" sections facing out towards view. Doing it a layer at a time avoids the frustration of wrestling your fruit around as it tries to float in the water and overspill messes that happen if you fill it up all the way right at the beginning. It may take some maneuvering, but you'll want to stuff those slices in to keep them in place. 

Feel free to add in some sprigs of greenery in as you go to add more interest. Herbs look lovely in these, but honestly, use what you have in your backyard if you don't have a garden to pick from. I used boxwood trimmings because most of my herbs are not in abundance yet, and we had a storm come through that knocked some twigs off my bushes anyway. If it looks beautiful to you--use it!

I decided to put floating candles in these, but you could also stick some flowers in the center (just use fewer citrus slices in filling the jar with water) and have a bouquet look instead. Finally, add a ribbon around the top lip of the jar--and it is ready to go!

Typically, I can get two-three days out of these before the water starts to get cloudy or the slices start to lose their coloring. 

June 10, 2019

A Vintage, Baking-Inspired Fairy Garden DIY

In my opinion, the best dates--be they with friends or a loved one--are those that lead to new spots and places to explore unexpectedly. And that is how this first little fairy garden of mine started because even as an adult I need to give in to my inner whimsicality on occasion and I can also be easily manipulated into buying old farmhouse finds--especially when it is a shop going out of business. 

I might have also been talked into purchasing a barn door too. 

Andrew and I were on a date which somehow led to us poking around old thrift stores downtown, where we purchased a couple of tin pie plants and a tin measuring cup. I had been binging on Garden Answer's Fairy Garden videos at the time and decided to give it a shot using our thrift store finds.

To make it two-tiered, I had to use a couple of rocks to set the measuring cup on so it would be flush with the top of the plate. Both had holes in their bottoms, making them natural drainage containers.

In the measuring cup, I planted a creeping fairy moss, hens n' chicks, and some sedum. The sedum gives the arrangement some height, and with the moss spilling over, it provides more texture and variety interest to the overall arrangement for the eye. 

The bottom tray has more hens and chicks (Sempervivum) as they do just as well in shallow depths as they do in deeper containers. Then using sand and rocks I made a trail to frame the measuring cup which I wanted to be the focal point of this miniature garden. 

Little stone pebbles do just fine in lining out the paths.

The final step is adding in all the little tiny treasures to make it look like a "fairy" lives in the garden. I molded these using polymer clay, then baked and painted them.

Using scrap fabric, twine, and sticks I glued together a little bunting banner for the top tier.

For the bottom tier, using sticks and washi tape I made a tiny sign for one end of the garden; the other end has a little treat table with the clay donuts and cakes. 

Ta-Dah! The finished result--and it was super cute on display on the kitchen counter for that summer.

If you have made a fairy garden recently, share the link below in the comments--I'd love to see it! 

March 18, 2019

Gift It! Baby Bath Time Tub with an Eric Carle Theme

Rub-a-dub-dub it's time for an Eric Carle themed gift that can be enjoyed in the tub!

Eric Carle Bath Themed Items:

Rather than using regular bath products, like shampoo and bubbles, try something more fun, like these Crayola Bath Dropz--they dye the water different colors. Throw everything in a bath caddy or tin tub for storage purposes, and it's done!

March 12, 2019

Gift It: From Bath time Bubbles to Bedtime Snuggles Baby Basket

The theme that started this basket was the idea that I was going to gift items relating to bathtime and bedtime nightly routines for littles. So I came up with the tag first: From bathtime bubbles to bedtime snuggles. 

This basket was for a mamma who was expecting twins--so double everything! Double quilts, double books, and double the amount of bubble bath. 

The main fabric used in these quilts is Foxtail Forest Treetop Party by Dear Stella, which I purchased from Mountain Fabric on Etsy--they're a great little fabric store if you're looking for charming prints and great customer service.

Add a fun tag with ribbon (you can copy and paste the image I created below to make a tag) with ribbon as the finishing touch!

March 11, 2019

Baa Baa Black Sheep Baby Gift Bin

Baa, Baa Black Sheep, have you any wool? When I saw this fabric inspired by the old nursery school rhyme, I just knew I had to make a baby quilt with it for my best friend, who's expecting. I paired the quilt with a stuffed lamb and baby book and found a bin at dollar tree which I then spray painted teal.

I loved the modern visual print design by Jill McDonald! I combined it with the traditional country plaid in bright teal for this quilt.

A great board book option to pair with this gift is Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and Other Rhymes by Tomie DePaola. It, of course, contains this classic sheep poem, but it has a few of the other classic nursery rhymes in it as well. 

Here's a collection of some other sheep themed goodies that you could add to your bin or basket...
1. Baa-bs Teether 2. Bunnies by the Bay Plush Sheep 3. Sheep Booties 4. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and Other Rhymes by Tomies DePaola board book 5. Stuffed Sheep and Windmill Playset

March 6, 2019

A Honey Themed Baby Basket

Spring is in the air, and so are many new bundles of joy for mammas to be (or mammas-to-bee)! I had so much fun creating a couple of honey/bumblebee/honey bear themed baskets this past year, and wanted to share how I put them together. 

Always start with a great container of some type--for this theme, a wood bucket or basket would be perfect!

Then comes the fun part--hunting down the gifts to fill your container in keeping with a theme. There's a jar of treats and goodies for mom-to-be along with a couple of baby hygiene products. Two stuffed toy options to go with the theme is, of course, a honey bear, or another nice option is this lovely stuffed bumble bee. For the handmade gift, there's a quilt stitched with love and then a children's book about honey bees. Finally, I threw in this adorable bumble bee chewie for teething and play.

Anybody who knows me and my baby baskets knows that they most certainly will be getting a baby quilt without a doubt. I did a simple block quilt with primarily the following fabric patterns:

I LOVE giving books to help build children's libraries, so I try to include one in all baby baskets. This new story from Kristen Hall called The Honeybee is just absolutely charming in sharing about the importance of bees in gardens with the sweetest illustrations to match with this basket them.

One nice addition along with any baby gift, in my opinion, is something for the mom-to-be too. Packaging up some goodies, in this case, Burts Bees products and some honey spoons for tea with our theme separately helps to personalize any baby basket a little bit more.  

Wrap each item up individually with twine and parchment paper then stuff them all in a mason jar topped off with scrap fabric and, of course, more twine! (I love lots of twine...)

Add a fun tag with ribbon (you can copy and paste the images I created below to make a tag) with ribbon as the finishing touch!

If you have any baby bee related gifts you love to give, share with us below in the comments!

February 13, 2019

Last Minute Honey Bears for Valentines Day!

I think most crafters would agree that they would love to get some small little supply goodies to try out in such a cute container--I know I would. Here are a couple of ideas to get you going on filling up those honey bear jars:

For starters, I found different textiles that acted like ribbon in a traditional Valentine color scheme. 

Find little bits and bobs to add in as well such as differently shaped paper clips, mini doilies, heart-shaped brads, and buttons.

Add a cute tag with a bow of some kind and your craft-loving friends are sure to enjoy a couple little Valentine goodies in upcoming projects. And if there are no crafters to be found, just use these to fill up with your sweetheart's favorite candy or treat!

Happy Valentines Day!

February 12, 2019

Valentine Honey Bears Decor

Lately, I've had a bit of an obsession for honey bear jars with my crafting. I found some in bulk to use for a few different projects this Valentines Day, starting with some vases and centerpieces. 

I started off by spray painting each of the honey bear jars.

Then using a combo of colored chalk paint and acrylic I painted each one's face and a couple of details on.

To cover over the twisted plastic top where the lids would've gone, I used some jute to wrap around the top to give a nod to jute honey skeps. To finish them off, I tied a bow on with bakers twine.

They make cute, affordable centerpieces or you could even use them in a variety of size as vases for the holiday or other events.
© Natalie Grimm. Made with love by The Dutch Lady Designs.