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Reaching New Heights

I am constantly amazed by all of the different ways to arrange flowers.  Especially when they are arranged in easy to find, inexpensive containers like these little fishbowls.  I just love the simplicity of these arrangements.  Bonus-I have both zinnias and hosta in my yard.  If you don't have them in your yard they are available at most any nursery or hardware store.   These fishbowls are filled 2/3 full of water.  A hosta leaf is then curled around the inside of…

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Twisted Nests

Change is Good   Large peonies sit in nests instead of eggs!  I love the simplicity of the white flowers in the nests.  What a pretty table setting for Easter, Mother's Day, weddings or "Nesting" baby showers.  These open peonies are sitting in a shallow plastic bowl of water then in a basket of twisted fern vines.  If you can't find fern vines, I think you could buy two medium nests at your local craft store and set one on top of the…

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EGGcellent!

For your Easter table centerpiece, try this twist on the traditional Easter egg tree.  Your children will love it!  Bonus:  this would also be cute for a "Mama Bird/Baby Bird" or "Nesting" baby shower. Swinging Birdie Egg Tree   First find a branch in your backyard and set in sand or pebbles.  You will also need:   Egg carton Hole punch 1/4-inch-wide ribbon Colored tissue paper Pinking shears or decorative-edge craft scissors Blown eggs Glue stick Colored feathers Colored card…

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Easter Table Inspiration

I love love this table setting!  The colors are bright instead of pastel.  Not to take anything away from the pastels but I love the brights.   It looks simple to duplicate also.  You could purchase a turquoise tablecloth and hot glue ribbons down the center.  Fill a basket with tulips or your favorite spring flower.  Coordinating plates and napkins and you're set. Here is how to make the adorable glitter eggs in the baskets:   Large bowl Sewing needle 24…

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Peep Show

Check out these adorable Peeps cupcakes from Fancy Flours! Easter Peeps Cupcakes   You will need: • Assorted Solid Colored Muffin Cups • Assorted Colors of store bought peeps (at your local grocer) • Cupcake recipe of your choice • Icing or frosting recipe of your choice Instructions: • Make cupcake recipe. Bake and cool as directed in colored muffin cups. Frost as desired. • Place all of the cupcake on a tray (or wherever they will be stored) Adhere a…

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So Cute

Welcome Spring with the cake of your choice decorated with these pretty colorful flowers!  It's easy to do and your kids will have fun helping you make the flowers and leaves. This would also be great for a wedding shower or baby shower. Gumdrop Cake    You'll need: Shredded coconut Green food coloring Spice drops Mini M&Ms 1.Place coconut in a ziplock bag; add a few drops of food coloring. Seal bag; mix until coconut is tinted. Pat coconut on sides…

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It’s Strawberry Season!

Here in the South strawberries are coming into season and there are so many delicious strawberry recipes out there!  Here is one I saw this morning on our local news.  It is gorgeous! Strawberry Pie   Ingredients 1 recipe Old-Fashioned Pie Dough (or store bought) 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted 1 cup boiling water 1 teaspoon strawberry extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (3-ounce) package strawberry-flavored gelatin 2 quarts fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced in half Directions Preheat…

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Unexpected Arrangements

For your Spring or Easter arrangements try using jelly bean centerpieces.  All you have to do is get two similarly shaped vases, one 3 inches narrower than the other.  Fill the space between with layered jelly beans.  These look great with tulips or daisies.  I've also seen this done with a row of bunny peeps and jelly beans. They just scream SPRING! Tulips and Jelly Beans    Modern Arrangement Try grouping different sized cylinders filled with various colored jelly beans without the flowers:…

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