by Chelsea Costa
On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I came across the most incredible flower market. It was floating in the middle of the Amsterdam canals, and the shops there had rows and rows of dried flowers hanging upside down from the ceilings. I thought it was the coolest thing I’d seen in a long time, and I came back home wanting to experiment with upside down flowers! So what better to do than make a floral arrangement that you can hang?! This little flower chandelier is perfect for hanging over the dinner table, in an entry way or any place that needs a little brightening.
- Long floral stems, like these Snapdragons and Bells of Ireland
- Inner ring of a 10″ embroidery hoop
- Washi tape
- Clear thread
- Small metal ring or clip
Start by wrapping the embroidery hoop in washi tape. Wrap the tape around until the plain hoop is covered with your favorite washi color.
Next, clear the leaves from the stems of your flowers. Then trim each stem to about 4″ from where the blooms end.
Thread a needle with clear thread. Insert the needle through the end of the first stem. Pull the thread all the way through.
Tie the thread around the embroidery hoop so that the flower hangs a little below the hoop. Secure with a double knot and trim the ends of the thread. Continue in this way until you’re happy with the amount of stems tied to your hoop.
Cut three long pieces of clear thread. Tie them around the hoop equidistant from each other so that the hoop is supported at three points. Bring the three pieces together at the top and tie them to the metal ring or clip, being sure that the hoop of flowers stays level. This will ensure that the chandelier hangs evenly.
Hang your chandelier wherever you like! These would be perfect for a Mother’s Day or Easter brunch. Ours stayed fresh for a full day, so you can make it in the morning and enjoy it all day long! xoxo
[Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Stork Scissors from Gingher
Embroidery Hoop from Joann Fabrics
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After a weekend of pouring over paint chips, it’s safe to say I’ve got color palettes on the brain in a big way right now. Yes, even more so than usual. While we’re gearing up for more snow and cold this week, let’s talk sunshine shall we? Because this color scheme is a huge dose of said sunshine! Yellow paired with these punchy shades of green is like a big ol’ bear hug from Spring, don’t you think? While you feast your eyes on all this happy yellow goodness, I’m off to officially start painting the living room and dining room. I’ll share progress soon!
[Photos, from top: Giddy for Paisley | Idha Lindhag for Elle Interiör via SF Girl By Bay | Stephanie Fay from Southern Weddings.]
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With St. Patrick’s Day coming up next week, ain’t no doubt a whole lot of us are thinking about picking up a bottle of Irish cream in the next few days. From sipping it on the rocks to mixing up a classic Irish coffee, I always make a point to slip into the liquor store and leave with a paper bag holding a bottle of that yummy goodness this time of year. But what about Irish cream cupcakes? Or Irish cream ganache sandwiched between little shamrock cookies? Oh man. Too good, I’m telling you. So today I’m sharing 8 delicious Irish cream recipes that seriously have me drooling. Sign me up for an Irish cream milkshake!
[Irish Cream Cupcakes | Irish Cream Trifle | Shamrock Macarons | Irish Cream Cheesecake | Irish Cream Milkshake | Irish Cream Blondies | Irish Cream Mousse | Shamrock Cookies.]
Ready or not, St. Patrick’s Day is on its way! In our town St. Patrick’s Day is some kind of a big deal. There’s a whole lot of dancing and green beer drinking and general leprechaun antics that go down every year. Maybe it’s for that reason, but I have to say that I’ve always loved St. Patrick’s Day! If nothing else it’s such a great excuse to celebrate. This year I whipped up these fun little straw toppers perfect for adorning everything from cocktails to milkshakes to iced Irish coffee. (Or green milk for the kiddos for that matter!)
You can make these sweet DIY shamrock straw toppers with the most basic of supplies. I use metallic green gift wrap (although construction paper would work just as well) and otherwise you just need some cute straws, a piece of cardstock, scissors and a pen or pencil. So easy! They’re the perfect way to add a festive punch of green to your St. Patty’s Day. Pop over to Momtastic for the how-to and happy shamrocking!
[Photos by Cyd Converse/The Sweetest Occasion for Momtastic.]