Recently I have seen a lot of beautiful terrariums in the blogosphere and have wanted to make my own. I don’t want to have to take care of additional plants so I decided to make a butterfly jar instead. I can set this arrangement on a shelf and not have to worry about whether it is getting enough sunlight and water as it needs neither.
I hope that you all had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Jaime and I spent a couple of days in Charleston, SC over the long weekend catching up with friends and exploring the city.
I am feeling refreshed and inspired after seeing the arts and crafts exhibits at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and having several delicious meals in Charleston.
The weekend inspired me to add a few items to the very long list of crafts and recipes I’d like to try. At the top of my list of additions are printmaking, paper magnolias (take two — see my original diy paper magnolias here), and shrimp and grits.
Also, please check back later today for a post about one of our favorite southern desserts that we often pick up when we are in Charleston. Any guesses as to what it is?
As we all know, fresh flowers can instantly brighten a room. I would love to have fresh flowers in every room of my home, but since that can get expensive I often use handmade flowers instead. Handmade flowers can bring a pop of color and visual interest to a room and unlike real flowers have a long “shelf life.”
Today, I’ll show you how to make a bouquet of fabric poppies using vintage buttons. These poppies were inspired by my grandmother’s collection of brown vintage buttons that my mom gave to me. The designs on the buttons remind me of the centers of poppies. My goal was to create a project to display and highlight the beauty of the buttons.
No, we are not unpacked yet (I wish!). We still have mountains of moving boxes. I’d show you a picture, but I don’t want any evidence of our current mess.
Earlier this week I blogged about my re-blooming orchids and my recent visit to the U.S. botanic garden. That post, while about one of my favorite types of flowers, admittedly related to neither cooking nor crafts. After writing that post I started thinking about whether there were any orchid related projects that I could do (after all this is a craft and cooking blog) and came up with these coffee filter orchids.
Here is a side by side comparison of one of my real orchids (L) and a coffee filter one (R):
I think that these orchids would be nice on a gift in place of a bow, or incorporated into a boutonniere or a bouquet of coffee filter roses.
One of my orchids (not shown in the earlier post) is dropping its flowers. I wanted my coffee filter orchids to look as real as possible so I dissected one of these dropped flowers to make a template.
Earlier this week, I shared with you some photos that I took of this year’s cherry blossoms near the tidal basin in Washington, DC. Today I want to share with you some sugar cookies that I made to celebrate the arrival of the blossoms.
This recipe is quickly becoming one of my go to cookie recipes. These are soft, almost cake-like cookies. I often find myself turning to this recipe when I need to make themed cookies as they hold their shape pretty well. I used this recipe (with green butter cream frosting) to make the leaf cookies to accompany my chrysanthemum cupcakes.
I’m just beginning to explore the world of decorative frosting (and as you can see I still have a lot to learn), but I have found that a little effort goes a long way when it comes to cake/cupcake/cookie decorating, even if the end result is not altogether perfect.
I am still on a quest to find the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe, but in the meantime I thought I’d share this super easy and beautiful cupcake topping. I’ll share the the recipe for the accompanying sugar cookies next week.