Yard to Table // Making your own flower + greenery arrangements from the yard

I've probably mentioned this a thousand times by now, but my mom is the queen of making what she has work. Her latest bent has revolved around pulling greenery from her yard and using it around the house. Sounds simple. And potentially unimpressive, right?

Soooo not the case. She was just in town for Rosie's 1st birthday and had fresh little arrangements from the yard sprinkled around my house by the time she left. So I asked her how she did it?! Lets be honest - I don't see ANY potential when I look at my front yard and yet, she threw together simple, fresh and cheerful little arrangements in, like, a minute! So what does she look for? How does she concoct her petite bouquets? She came back to me with her top tips for crafting arrangements from the yard:

  A sampling of the arrangements she has pulled together from our yards!

A sampling of the arrangements she has pulled together from our yards!

Mom's tips for creating arrangements from the yard:

  • Look for firm leaves, interesting structure and varied color. Buds, blooms and berries are always wonderful! 
  • I'm drawn to using a bunch of one thing in an arrangement - like a large bundle of branches, or a hearty handful of leaves in a jar.
  • Don't be afraid to put the smallest stem or single leaf in a tiny little bottle or bud vase. It's the perfect way to spruce up your sink or nightstand, especially when you're expecting overnight guests.
  • Teeny tiny arrangements made up of a few buds and greenery make for a great "pick me up" for a friend. The tinier the better. Everyone needs a little happy sometimes. 
  • Speaking of friends - if you are at a friends house and see something interesting, don't shy away from asking for a small cutting.  Chances are your friend won't miss a small branch or a handful of leaves. 
  • Scavenge your cabinets for pitchers, jars and tiny votives. I hardly ever use a classic vase.
  • Before having guests over, have a trial run with your pickings from the yard. Some wilt more quickly the others - you'd rather they wilt for you the day before then when your guests are arriving!

I'll will be capitalizing on these tips the next time we host a dinner part or get together at the house. Fresh arrangements always brighten up a home - and they don't have to cost you a thing! Head out to the yard (or the sidewalk, you New York folk) and start trimming!

Thanks Mom! 

For your toolbox - Chalkboard Tape

I was in Lowes last week and stumbled upon something interesting - chalkboard tape! Maybe I'm late to the game, but this stuff is awesome! What a great thing to add to your DIY toolbox! You can skip the drying time and permanence factor with this little product and jump right on over to using it around your house. Here are 4 ideas to get you started! 

Gift Wrapping

 I'm always scrambling around my house to find gift wrapping materials in decent shape, and rarely do I have cute ribbon on hand. Chalkboard tape saves the day! I wrapped this gift with leftover christmas paper and cut out a ribbon and bow to apply to the box. Then I scribbled a quick design to make it look intentional . 

I'm always scrambling around my house to find gift wrapping materials in decent shape, and rarely do I have cute ribbon on hand. Chalkboard tape saves the day! I wrapped this gift with leftover christmas paper and cut out a ribbon and bow to apply to the box. Then I scribbled a quick design to make it look intentional . 

Weekly Meal Plan or To-Do List

 I'm trying to get better about keeping  a calendar and having a weekly meal plan. The most simple way to keep myself on track is to write everything down! I used a clipboard I had in our office and cut out 5 equal length strips of chalkboard tape. I lined them up on top of each other to create '5 days'. Then I used chalk to write out each meal for the week. It helps my shopping list and and also helps my husband know what to expect.

I'm trying to get better about keeping  a calendar and having a weekly meal plan. The most simple way to keep myself on track is to write everything down! I used a clipboard I had in our office and cut out 5 equal length strips of chalkboard tape. I lined them up on top of each other to create '5 days'. Then I used chalk to write out each meal for the week. It helps my shopping list and and also helps my husband know what to expect.

Vase & Table decor

 Ever need to doll up an existing vase or glass for something you're hosting? I do! You could do a million different designs using chalkboard tape. You could personalize vases with a name, note or quote. You could do a large scale design or even cut the tape in different designs. Lots of options with this one! 

Ever need to doll up an existing vase or glass for something you're hosting? I do! You could do a million different designs using chalkboard tape. You could personalize vases with a name, note or quote. You could do a large scale design or even cut the tape in different designs. Lots of options with this one! 

Labels (DUH)

 I'll leave you with the most obvious, but worth mentioning, use for chalkboard tape. Labeling! We don't have a printer, but I like to keep things organized. Jotting a quick label down using chalkboard tape makes for an easy fix! 

I'll leave you with the most obvious, but worth mentioning, use for chalkboard tape. Labeling! We don't have a printer, but I like to keep things organized. Jotting a quick label down using chalkboard tape makes for an easy fix! 

once upon a time, i took a diy hiatus

It feels a little funny to be blogging and with a diy post of all things! I've certainly taken a little break from the blog over the past few weeks, or is it months? We've been in full baby prep plus work has been nutso for both me and Brooklyn Boy. So you know, the blog gets a little quiet :)

The diy bug finally hit me last weekend, though! My thrifty and crafty mother-in-law sent me some cute upholstery fringe from Joann's a while back. She sent a nice little variety of pinks, which I thought could work for baby girls room.  Plus, I had a left over barrel lamp shade from Target that made for a great blank canvas. 

 Here's what you need. A few yards of upholstery trim / fringe. 

Here's what you need. A few yards of upholstery trim / fringe. 

 My inexpensive left over Target barrel lamp shade

My inexpensive left over Target barrel lamp shade

 Legitimately, the only other supplies you need: scissors + a hot glue gun.

Legitimately, the only other supplies you need: scissors + a hot glue gun.

 First step - pull the thin piece of thread holding the bottom of the trim together. It should pull away easily.

First step - pull the thin piece of thread holding the bottom of the trim together. It should pull away easily.

 Then fray up the ends a little bit to relax them.

Then fray up the ends a little bit to relax them.

 Next, lay the fringe out and decide on the color order. I'm was feeling a variation of ombre!

Next, lay the fringe out and decide on the color order. I'm was feeling a variation of ombre!

 Using your hot glue gun, pick your starting point (I usually go for a seam) and slowly apply the hot glue to the top of the trim and press into place. Continue around circumference of shade. Repeat with each color.

Using your hot glue gun, pick your starting point (I usually go for a seam) and slowly apply the hot glue to the top of the trim and press into place. Continue around circumference of shade. Repeat with each color.

 Voila! SO simple. The project from start to finish took about 15 minutes. My kind of diy. 

Voila! SO simple. The project from start to finish took about 15 minutes. My kind of diy. 

I'm trying the shade in a few different places at the moment. I think I'm going to pick up a smaller shade and make something for baby girl's room. Speaking of which - is almost DONE! We've got moms and sisters coming in town this weekend and I plan on fully utilizing their skills to get everything completed and ready to go for baby girl! 

A little news from Norma . . .

Norma had some fun news to announce this weekend!

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Brooklyn Boy and I are expecting Baby V next May! We are beyond thrilled and somewhat relieved to be done sharing news! (I.E. Car wrecks & babies!) We are all feeling great and are finally getting back into the swing of things - I went back to work last week - woo hoo! 

I'll be returning to a regular blogging schedule this week - starting with How To transition your Halloween Pumpkins to Fall / Thanksgiving / Winter Pumpkins! 

For now, I leave you with a few behind the scene shots of our girl Norm :)

  So I just have to sit here and you give me treats? Cool.  - Norma

So I just have to sit here and you give me treats? Cool.  - Norma

  This d*amn wooden sign. - Norma

This d*amn wooden sign. - Norma

  Guys, I'm kind of over this. - Norma

Guys, I'm kind of over this. - Norma

  Please can we be done? Puuuulleaaase!  I promise I'll stop eating loaves of bread and left over chocolate off the counter top! - Norma

Please can we be done? Puuuulleaaase!  I promise I'll stop eating loaves of bread and left over chocolate off the counter top! - Norma

  Hey, maybe that guy over there can help me get this necklace off. - Norma

Hey, maybe that guy over there can help me get this necklace off. - Norma

it's a baby shower! (and a little diy)

Hold up. Not for us, silly! For my dear friend Krista. 

A few months ago I helped host Krista's baby shower with a handful of other friends. We hosted at my Brooklyn Apartment and had a 'Texas Forever' theme going, as Krista LOVES Friday Night Lights and Texas and really Austin and boots and well, you get the idea.

Here's mom-to-be and most of the hosts!


Do you remember my friend LeighAnn? She is one of my wonderfully talented graphic design friends from college who just happens to now live in New York with her husband. She was in charge of type & print and went to town on this baby shower! Check out the "Luke Worksheet" she made for us to fill out during the shower! Not only is this a great shower activity that isn't cheesy and awkward, but the responses everyone left were just hilarious.

LeighAnn also made labels for everything, which makes the most mundane stuff (i.e. fruit salad) a little more adorable. 

These little flags are my favorite! As well as those San Pelligrino's back there . . .

A few weeks before the shower, we set up a google doc with all the pertinent details (menu, location, attendees, etc). All of the hosts filled in the spots they wanted to handle (drinks, food, cutlery, etc!) and brought accordingly. It made our prep super easy and organized.

Forget the cupcakes, Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding is where it's at! 

There are those little flags again!"We Love Luke" is so collegiate to me, which is totally fitting for football loving Krista!

Lots of blue balloons . . .

 The one diy project I incorporated was a Onesie Garland (or whatever you want to call it). 

All I did was spell out L-U-K-E using mailbox label stickers and cork coasters. I painted a few coats of yellow paint and then peeled the letters off. 

After securing some bakers twine to the mantle with pushpins, I attached the onesies and cork coasters with clothespins and voila! A baby shower onesie garland. And that is a mouthful!

We had a great time celebrating our friend and baby boy! Would you believe that baby boy is now over 3 months old!  Love you Luke Hudson.