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How to make simple arrangements with grocery store flowers

Houseplants and fresh greenery are key to my neutral decorating style … but first came my love of flowers. As a teenager, when other girls were covering their bedroom walls with cute boys and fashion tips, mine were filled with magazine tear outs of flowers. Martha Stewart Weddings was my first subscription and I couldn’t wait […]

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learning how to be kind to myself

Be Kind.  The quality I admire most in others, the one character trait I wish for our children and the word I’d love for our family to be defined by is kindness. My friend just told me this weekend that in a study of what makes marriages last, the biggest factor was kindness. Honesty, communication, love – these […]

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a naked birthday cake

Sounds like a bit of a risque title, yes?! No, none of that here. Just a gorgeously rustic, very delicious carrot cake. Have you seen this trend of naked cakes (basically a cake that is not covered in frosting)? I find them to be so pretty and wanted to give it a try for my birthday […]

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how to make grocery store flowers look fancy

If I could, I would have fresh flowers in every room of my house. They add color and texture and scent and life and always make a room feel more lived in and complete. Gorgeous flower arrangements can be super expensive so I typically just find what I like at my grocery store and use a […]

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Springtime Succulents (planted in an unexpected way)

Succulents are having a moment right now, and rightfully so. They are uniquely interesting, drought tolerant and rather inexpensive – a great combo if you ask me. When in Austin, Texas last month, we ate at this darling restaurant/flower shop and right away I was taken by the display of pretty succulents in brown paper. […]

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how to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting

I learned the best secret for keeping hydrangeas from wilting and I can’t wait to share it with you. Ryan brought me home these gorgeous white hydrangeas a few weeks ago. I would have been thrilled with roses or tulips or whatever flower he presented, but I love that he chose hydrangeas. They are my […]

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crepe paper poppies (tutorial)

Paper flowers are just so pretty. There are many different versions, different materials, different methods and each one is as charming as the next. (via instagram) Yesterday I pulled out my very old crepe paper flower kit that I bought as a college student from a mail-order-catalog called Martha By Mail. Remember that little gem […]

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things I like: ferns

I have a slight love affair with ferns.  Their bright, fresh color, delicate texture, slightly wild arms going every which way … they add just the right feel to my otherwise neutral rooms. {in my office} {on the front porch} {in the kitchen} {in my favorite little nook of the house} {and on the coffee […]

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enjoying the lovliness of nature

It’s instafriday on Life Rearranged and so I thought I’d link up once again. I have had my iphone for just about two months now and I’m pretty much in love. Mostly because the camera is so. darn. good. And super easy.  It is fun to snap photos in an instant of things that catch […]

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flouncy flowers {two tutorials & more}

Well, today is the final day of flower week and I can say that I’ve loved it! I hope you have learned a few new things, have been inspired to create and maybe even finished a few of the projects. Like I said earlier this week, I could probably keep going for days and days […]

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rolled fabric flowers {tutorial}

Perhaps you’ve seen this flower elsewhere : it is a popular one.  There are many different ways to roll and fold the fabric for different looks, but today I’ll show how I make these rolled fabric flowers. Here’s what you’ll need: :: fabric :: scissors :: hot glue gun {you could also hand stitch if […]

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button flowers {tutorial}

Today’s flower is the simplest of them all {perfect for a mid-week spurt of creativity}. I saw this project in the April 2008 issue of FamilyFun magazine {yep, I still have the tear out in a binder}. I didn’t changed much from the original how-to, other than using silver wire instead of florists’ green.  These […]

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gathered flower {tutorial}

A few months ago my sister found a really cute burlap table runner with three fabric flowers on each end. She loved it, but didn’t really love the crazy-expensive price tag. So she asked me to re-create the flowers to attach to her handmade burlap table runner and this is what I came up with. […]

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rolled paper flowers {tutorial}

Welcome to flower week – five days of simple and delightful flower projects. I could probably do three weeks of flowers because there are so many different ways to create them, but I’ve limited it to five of my current favorites. Before we get started, let me make a few disclaimers: 1. I find inspiration […]

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Today I have three things to talk about. Each has a little something to do with flowers. Thing One: Meet the Butterworth family {how cute are they?!} I went to college with both Jesse & Marisa {Azusa Pacific University, in case you’re curious} and have just recently been back in touch with them. Jesse is […]

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evergreen wreath {tutorial}

First off : thank you for all of the sweet birthday wishes. You all are too kind and I feel grateful for such nice reader-friends.  By the way, did you know October 5 is the most common birthday in America? Go back 274 days {the average length of a pregnancy} and you’ll get New Year’s […]

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moms & flowers

I am so very thankful for the mom’s in my life.   My mom {left} is young at heart, fun to be with, adventurous and the best person I know at opening a present and making you feel like it’s the greatest gift ever received. My mother-in-law {right} is as creative as they come, smart, […]

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details . details

The day before the boutique my sister called to say that many of her friends were interested in coming but they didn’t really know what it was.  Ryan and I had a vision for what we wanted it to be, but explaining it was a little challenging.  Store? Cocktail party?  Art gallery? Craft show? None […]

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