April 2014 archive

Mother’s Day: Gifting the one that made you

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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to start searching for the perfect gift.  She’s the reason you exist, so now isn’t the time to take gifting lightly!  Here are some gift ideas she can use time after time, will let her know you care, and she will adore.

Personal Touches:  Make your memories last forever in style; don’t let those family pictures gather dust in boxes in the back of a closet or an attic.  Use new frames with old pictures and arrange them on a shelf or scatter them around the house.  If you’d like to be a little less conventional, make her a collage or arrange a display wall of your favorite family photos.  Moms love gifts with sentimental value, so this one is fool proof.

Personal touches

Personal Touches

Link for frames here

Personal touches

Personal Touches

Link for hanging memo holder here

Personal touches

Personal Touches

Link for chain clip garland here

Kitchen Accessories:  She fed you for at least the first eighteen years of your life and probably still does on occasion.  Give the kitchen a quick sprucing up so she can enjoy her cooking space and then make her a delicious dinner!

Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Accessories

Link for all kitchen products shown here

Link for cutting boards and cake stands here

Drink with Class:  She didn’t drink for nine months because of you, had to tolerate you through your teen angst years, and made you who you are today.  Someone should get that lovely lady a cocktail!  So let her drink with class this Mother’s Day.

Drink with Class

Drink with Class

Link for cheers sign here

Drink with Class

Drink with Class

Link for rattan bottle holder here

Drink with Class

Drink with Class

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Like for cake stands here

Sensory Associations:  Find her the scent she’s been looking for; it might just be her new favorite.  Everytime she uses it, she’ll associate the smell with her favorite offspring.

Sensory Associations

Sensory Associations

Link to SoDelta candles here

Sensory Associations

Sensory Associations

Link to home fragrances here

Sensory Associations

Sensory Associations

Link to maroc candles here

However you choose to gift her this Mother’s Day, make sure it’s a gift that lets her know how much she means to you.  In my family, we always get our mom a card along with her gift and sign it “Love you to the moon and back.”  It doesn’t make up for all of the other 364 days of the year she puts up with us, but it’s a start.

For more ideas, see our Gifts for Her section

-Ainslea Hooton

DIY Burlap Spring Wreath

DIY Burlap Spring Wreath

After our last DIY wreath guide was such a hit, we let our Facebook fans vote on what wreath from our Creation Station they would like to learn how to make next.  Our burlap wreath with pink peony accents was the winner!  With Easter in just two days, there couldn’t be a better time to create new door decor for when the time comes to put the bunnies and eggs away.

Here’s what you need:

Burlap Spring Wreath Supplies

Burlap Spring Wreath Supplies

Step 1 – Cut your burlap into about 14″ strips.  Once you have a total of 44 strips, prep your work wreath by opening all of your sprig pairs.  When all of your sprig pairs are open, you’re ready to add your burlap.

Burlap Spring Wreath - Step 1

Burlap Spring Wreath – Step 2

Step 2 – Pinch one of your pre-cut strips at the center and tie it to your work wreath using the sprigs like a bread tie.  Remember to use this pinch technique through out your wreath-making process when tying in your burlap.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 3

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 3

Step 3 – On top of the mesh piece you just secured, take another mesh piece and turn it so that these two mesh pieces intersect at their centers like a cross.  Secure your second mesh piece.  You should have two different pieces, intersecting at their centers like a cross, secured to one sprig pair.

Spring Wreath Burlap

Spring Wreath Burlap

Repeat these same steps all over your work wreath, the bottom and the top layer, completing the bottom layer first.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 4

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 4

Step 4 – Now you’re ready for your flowers!  Remove the bottom leaves off of your stems (just pull really hard and they should come off).  Don’t throw them away, because you’re going to use them later!  Using wire cutters, cut off the “thorns” left from the leaves you removed so your stem is easier to work with.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 5

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 5

Step 5 – Time to insert your flowers.  Choose the area on your wreath where you want your flowers to sit.  Thread your first flower through the burlap so that the flower sits snuggly on the burlap and the stem sits next to the metal wreath wiring.  We like to start at the outer layer.  Cut your excess flower stem wire with wire cutters so that you can see about 5″ of stem wire sticking through the back side of your wreath.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 6

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 6

Step 6 – Twist the stem wire around the metal wreath wiring to secure your flower.  Place the rest of your flowers where you want them and repeat these steps to secure them.  If your flowers need extra support, tie the wreath sprigs around the stem wire to make sure the flower is secure.

Spring Burlap Wreath - Step 7

Spring Burlap Wreath – Step 7

Step 7 – Last step!  Once you have all your flowers in place, it’s time to use those leaves you removed in Step 4.  So your flowers don’t look like a big mush, add the leaves in between the flowers to create some separation.  Attach them to the wreath the same way you attached your flowers in Steps 5 and 6.  You shouldn’t need to cut off any excess.  We also like to pull some burlap in between the flowers and leaves so the flowers appear to blend effortlessly into the wreath.

Spring Burlap Wreath

Spring Burlap Wreath

Now you’ve got yourself a spring wreath that will last through the years!  The great thing about these wreaths, other than being super cute and stylish, is they preserve from year to year.  We intentionally do not use glue in our wreath-making process for this reason.  Just give them a good fluff and they’ll be door-ready every spring!  They can also act as framework for other seasonal wreaths.  Just remove your spring flowers and add other seasonal accessories.  Whether it be red and blue flowers for the Fourth of July or poinsettias for Christmas, these wreaths work well for any occasion.

-Ainslea Hooton

DIY Easter Egg Wreath

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Exactly twenty days until Easter and we love getting doors prepped and ready for the occasion!  Our new, spring items opened the gateway to one of our favorite designs from our Creation Station.  It’s super easy to assemble and it’s sure to impress everyone who sees it!

Here’s what you need:

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Easter egg wreath supplies

Easter Egg Wreath Supplies

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 1

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 1

Step 1 – Cut your pink and green mesh into about 12″ strips.  You should have 22 strips of each color (a total of 44).  Cut your orange jute ribbon into about 12″ strips, and decide how many you’d like to use.  You will put these strips sporadically around your wreath later, so there is no set number to start out with.  We like to use about 15.

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 2

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 2

Step 2 – Prep your work wreath by opening all of the sprig pairs.  Take one of your pre-cut strips by the center and tie it to your work wreath using the sprigs like a bread tie.  On top of the mesh piece you just secured, take a different color mesh piece and secure it like you did the previous piece.  You should have two different color mesh pieces secured to one sprig pair.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Repeat these same steps all over your work wreath, the bottom and the top layer, alternating colors each time.

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 3

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 3

Step 3 – Tie your pre-cut orange ribbon sporadically around your wreath, securing it at the center the same way you secured your mesh pieces.  Make sure you don’t forget to include pieces in both work wreath layers and not just one!

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 4

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 4

Step 4 – Now it’s time for your eggs!  We like to use egg ornaments because they secure to the wreath easier.  These will also be placed randomly around your wreath where ever your heart desires.  Pull the ribbon loop attached to the Easter egg against the metal work wreath frame.  Then take the wreath sprig positioned closest to the bottom of the ribbon loop and pull the end of the sprig through the loop.  Wrap the sprig around the ribbon loop to secure it to the wreath form.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

The mesh and ribbon will act as a cushion for the eggs so they won’t wobble on your wreath.

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 5

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 5

Step 5 – Run a piece of floral wire through your bunny legs.  Twist the wire around the outer most layer of your metal wreath frame to secure the legs to the bottom of your wreath.  Use your wire cutters to remove any excess.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath - Step 6

Easter Egg Wreath – Step 6

Step 6 – You’re almost done!  Now it’s time to add your top hat.  Use your floral wire to secure your hat to the wreath like a bobby pin.  Poke a pair of holes on each side of the hat’s brim just big enough for the floral wire to go through.  You should have a total of four holes.  Now make a u-shape with your floral wire and insert both ends through your holes, pulling the wire all the way through.  Twist the wire under the hat’s brim to secure your u-shape.  Repeat these steps at the other set of holes on the other side of the hat.  After you’ve chosen a position for your hat, twist the floral wire to the metal wreath frame to secure it.  Remove any excess wire.

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath

Voila!  Now you’ve got yourself an Easter egg wreath that will spark envy in all of your friends, family and neighbors!

-Ainslea Hooton