I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old - maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. It was a fantastic gift that had me hunting for leaves and petals to collect and keep forever. Whether you're making one as a gift for a kid who loves getting outside, or you want to give yourself an excuse to explore the outdoors, a DIY flower press is a quick and easy project to make.
Spring is in the air! To me, spring is always, first and foremost, about color. It's also my favorite time of year to keep flowers in the house, but this can be a very expensive habit. Instead, I've committed to getting my flower fix by picking one or two flowers from my daily walks to display in small bud vases. To honor each bloom, I wanted to whip some special bud vases to give them just-the-right place to live.
Photo: Faith Towers
Now that springtime has officially arrived, that means that those of us who celebrate Easter are probably starting to think about decorating our homes for the holiday. My mantel has been empty since I removed my winter décor, so it was begging for some festive embellishments. So I whipped up a few paper flowers to add some beautiful pastels to the room. Click through to find out how to make your own...
Eggs are inherently feminine, right? They are a direct manifestation of a female creature walking around, just doing her female thing. Easter, back in its day, was pretty feminine too. Originally a celebration of the spring equinox, it's a day that used to be set aside in reverence of the Sumerian goddess of love and fertility, Ishtar. You know what else is pretty womanly? Me! The author of this post! With all of these elements combined (plus a dash of energy from the influx of female empowerment that I'm feeling everywhere around me), I decided to decorate my Easter eggs in pink and symbols of power. Girl power.
What sounds better: Soaking in a hot, bubbly bath? Or eating chocolate out of a plastic egg that used to be sitting in your backyard? Yeah, we thought so. These Easter eggs definitely have the better treat inside - DIY bath bombs! Bath bombs are easy enough to pick up at the mall, but are much more affordable to make at home. Plus these Easter egg bath bombs come with a little surprise chick inside. I mean, c'mon. That's adorable.
I'm always on the hunt for fresh tabletop decor. With spring around the corner, I'm looking for something unique and elegant, and I'm ready to bring the outdoors in. This simple spring candleholder combines all sorts of fun elements like fresh greenery and upcycled glass. I played around with different design options to add a bit more personality to each candle. It's so easy, you can make a few in no time to spruce up...
Trees are flowering, bulbs are blooming, and it's finally feeling like spring! This hanging garden is a great way to bring the season's colors and plants into your home or would make a wonderful gift for any occasion!
Spring. Color. Coasters. In that order. These fabulous floral coasters are easy to make and are perfect for your next brunch party! Can you tell what they're made of?
Now that April is here, and we're about two weeks into spring, it's finally starting to feel like the seasons are changing. If it's still chilly in your city, though, you can at least warm up your home with some bright hues and colorful DIYs. Here are 12 ways to bring spring into your home.
Spring cleaning. You either love it or hate it. If you love it (like me!), then that's great! If you hate it, here are 11 tips to help ease you into the art of freshening up your space!
One of my favorite things about spring is watching the world come alive, from new buds on the trees to a flurry of avian activity in our yard. Celebrate the season and gives all those birds something to really talk about with one of these unique houses or feeders!
First, um, I didn't know you could eat dandelions! Hibiscus, yes, but dandelions?? You learn something new every day, I guess. Anyway, this new knowledge has made me fiercely curious about trying this flowery frozen treat!
The last three days I showed you how to start the evening off right with a fabulous little cocktail hour. On lovely nights outside like this, I like to serve an easy main course that's more of a continuation of appetizers - Steamed Clams and Mussels are perfect.
The last two days I showed you a fabulous...
These Easter eggs are the prettiest I've seen in a very long time. Delicate yet humble, they're a snap to make, thanks to Anne's detailed tutorials. As she says, they'd look lovely
Downloads, templates, and printables -- oh my! We've rounded up some of the best free-for-the-printing Easter crafts all in one spot. Enjoy!
Yesterday, I fixed a charming little cocktail and today, an appetizer to go with it: Goat & Fig Pizza. A homemade pizza makes a really fast and easy appetizer. I love making little pizzas with a homemade crust and seasonal ingredients from the garden or the farmers market.
This super simple appetizer is really delicious and can take as little as ten minutes. Which means you have no excuse not to entertain! Have fun, have a party!
If you thought Christmas was the highlight of the baking year, just look at these Easter treats! Colorful and full of life, I can't think of a better way to usher in the season.
Pops...is there anything cuter? Certainly not if we're talking about Bakerella's sweet creations. Start