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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.

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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:

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  • Large bowl
  • Sewing needle
  • 24 raw eggs (keep cartons to use later)
  • Rubber ear syringe (available at pharmacies) or egg-blowing tool
  • Fine craft glitter in assorted colors and spray paint in matching colors (available at craft stores, Martha has some very nice glitter at Wal-mart)
  • Small bowls
  • Thin wooden skewers
  • Face mask
  • Rubber gloves
  • Spoons
  • Waxed paper

1. Working over a large bowl, use a sewing needle to carefully pierce both ends of an egg. Make hole at wider end of egg slightly bigger by chipping away at shell with needle. Puncture yolk with needle.

2. Gently insert a rubber ear syringe into smaller hole and blow contents of egg out through larger hole. Rinse egg shell with water. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with remaining eggs.

3. Allow eggs to dry completely. Pour glitter into separate bowls and set aside.

4. Slide an egg shell onto a wooden skewer and spray paint in a well-ventilated area while wearing a face mask and gloves. Hold spray can at least 6 inches away from egg to coat it evenly; rotate egg as you work.

5. Working quickly, place painted egg in a bowl containing glitter that is same color as paint. Gently roll egg in glitter before paint has dried completely. Use a spoon to sprinkle glitter over sparse spots.

6. Place eggs on waxed paper to dry (about 20 minutes). Store eggs in cartons until ready to use.

Wouldn't these be great as place card holders or favors for your Easter gathering?  You could buy letter stickers at your local craft store to use as initials on the eggs.  Or for favors you could place them in wrapped candy baskets instead of grass. These are also seen in the top picture in egg cups.  You could use them as little bud vases too.

(photos from allyou.com)


30th Birthday Celebration

Well the birthday party was a blast!  We celebrated three of my friends 30th birthdays at a cantina style restaurant.  My manzanita centerpieces were a big hit.  I would have done a couple of things different but I thought they turned out well for a first attempt.  I will definitely be using them again.  They are so versatile. 

Thank you to everyone for your interest and creative ideas for the centerpieces.  You all were a big help and I love hearing your ideas.  Hope you enjoy the pics. 


My First Manzanita Centerpieces

I had to work around orange tablecloths!  I thought they looked ok with the bright green moss. 

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My sweet brother-in-laws cut the 30s out of metal and we spray painted them black.

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I ordered the branches and containers from Blooms and Branches.  I ordered 24" natural and spray painted them white.  I was going to go with sandblasted but I read that the blasting causes a lot of the little branches to break off so it's better to order natural and paint them. The trick to spray painting them is primer!  I used one branch per pot.

I thought they were a good height.  The crystals were from Save on Crafts.

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I bought the green moss at Pottery Barn.  I also scattered some "crystals" I purchased at Michael's through the moss.

This next photo is a little blurry but I love how the crystals are glowing.

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Luckily the room was already fabulously decorated with natural branches with white twinkle lights and white lanterns hung sporadically.

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Check out these little beauties my friend Nicole made. 

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More on these later...


Big thank you to my husband for all of his help!  Mixing plaster=no fun.  Here is a tutorial on how to set your branches in a container.

If you'd like to see more pics please check out my Facebook page.  If you have any photos of manzanita centerpieces you've made I'd love to see them!  Just upload them to the album or shoot me an email.

I hope these give you some ideas for the next time you need a one of a kind centerpiece!  They were fun to make and you can really express yourself with them.  All in all they were not that expensive to make either. 


Sneaky Saturday

Here is a sneak peek at my 30th Birthday Manzanita Centerpieces.  I apologize for the picture, I need a darker background.  I'm hoping tonight at the party I can get really good shots with the candlelight and all.  I'm really happy with how they turned out.  I wish I had a few more strands of crystals but I ordered them and its too late to order more.  

Be sure to check back next week for more pics and details!

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Happy Weekend!


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!


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Modern Arrangement

Try grouping different sized cylinders filled with various colored jelly beans without the flowers:

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The possibilities are endless and FUN!


(top photo from allyou.com, bottom from jellybelly.com)


Easy Spring Craft

I'm so ready for Spring!  How about you?  Here is an easy wreath to get your home ready for the the season.  I got my original inspiration from my friends at No Fuss Fabulous with their Yarn Wreaths that I absolutely love.  Here are mine and my mom's versions!

Supplies: wreaths, butterflies, bugs, nests and some of the birds from Hobby Lobby (the rest I ordered from a wholesaler).  Ribbon, moss and "Family" from Michaels.  Glue gun and lots of glue!

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Various butterflies and bugs.  I used bees and lady bugs.

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Birds and nests.

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Moss and "Family".  I found the "Family" in the scrapbooking section at Michaels.  I was looking for "Welcome" but had no luck.

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The results: Mine

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My mom's:

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I am thrilled with how they turned out!  What do you think?  I love my mom's little bird with the nest.  We wrapped them in ribbon first then placed everything where we wanted it then started gluing.  Both only took about an hour and a half.  Be careful, they are very fragile!  Do you decorate your house for the different seasons?  Hope this inspires you to!


Dazzling Discovery

I'm loving that yellow is big for Spring this year.  If you aren't ready to dive head first into yellow, add small touches of this sunny color to your home decor and your wardrobe.  Try yellow throw pillows for your bed or sofa.  Purchase a yellow purse.

This bird clock is a great way to add a punch of yellow into your decor. 

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Isn't this cute?  SESAME LETTERPRESS BIRD CLOCK, 5"D, $32; cursivenewyork.com.  

Country Living.com has many other ideas for adding yellow to your decor. 


LOVEly Candles

These candles from Martha Stewart would make a great centerpiece for Valentine's Day or a wonderful gift.  I was actually thinking you could make candles like this for many different occasions.  All you need are different shaped punches.  How about bunnies for Easter or spiders for Halloween?  The wax sheets come in many colors.  Have fun!

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Tools and Materials
Chopsticks
Blow-dryer
Heart-shaped craft punches in various sizes
Sheet wax
Pillar candle

Candle How-To:
1. Punch hearts from a sheet of wax using heart-shaped craft punches.

2. While holding a single wax heart with chopsticks, heat the pillar candle and wax heart using a blow-dryer (this will soften the wax heart, causing it to adhere to the candle).

3. Repeat this process until you have attached the desired number of hearts to the candle.

Resources
Sheet wax is available at mannlakeltd.com. Heart-shaped craft punches are available on marthastewartcrafts.com.


30th Birthday Centerpieces

Well I think I have decided what to do for the centerpieces of the 30th Birthday I'm helping with.  All of you had such great ideas and I've gone back and forth trying to decide!  Thanks so much for sharing them with me.

With the rustic decor of the venue I've decided to go with Manzanita Centerpieces from HostessBlog  I love how you can dress them up any way you please.  I would like to hang crystals from them and 30s.  Does anyone have any ideas what I would construct the 30s from?  I also want to place tea lights around the bases so that the crystals and 30s catch the light. 

I ordered three sandblasted Manzanita 18" branches from BloomsandBranches, their prices seemed the most reasonable.  I hope they are pretty and come in one piece! 

Here are is a pic of what I hope mine turns out like with the addition of the 30s!

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