Wooden Eggs, Part 1

April 1, 2014

Wooden Eggs | this heart of mine

Happy April!

I’m not much for Fool’s Day. Instead, I am loving on eggs. A few weeks ago, I visited a shop in St. Paul called Fox Glove Market and picked up these darling wooden eggs. I didn’t have a basket so I tucked them all in my scarf so I wouldn’t lose them. Felt a little like a mother hen. A really chic, stylish hen.

I used metallic paint and gold leaf to dress them up. Simple feels really good to me right now. Clean lines and simple designs with a delicate touch. Here’s Part 2, a lighter look for the eggs.

Wooden Eggs | this heart of mine

This one is my favorite. I thought I could achieve very clean straight lines with gold leaf and I did with the adhesive. However, the eggs really soaked up it up so I had to reapply and then I rushed to make it stick so the lines kind of blurred. But I love it.

Wooden Eggs | this heart of mine

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A Day in the Life: March

March 30, 2014

The day we made cardboard wings.

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

A Day in the Life | this heart of mine

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Spring Garden Party

March 26, 2014

Spring Garden Party | this heart of mine

This post is sponsored by Wayfair.com. Wayfair is an online store with a zillion options and the place to go for all your entertaining needs. Thank you for being supportive of our sponsors.

The first official day of spring was last week. We are so ready. Winter keeps hanging around here (we had snow on Monday) but we have hope it will eventually arrive. We might still need our winter coats, hats and mittens when we venture out but inside, we are thinking spring. Green plants, fresh foods and flavors and, when it decides to participate, lots of sunshine.

At this time of year, Iā€™m ready for a whole new color scheme. Gone are the deep, rich tones of the winter and in their place, light, airy tones (see below!). I’m also itching to clean every nook and cranny of my house and then afterwards, celebrate with friends. I thought a spring garden party would be fun to put together. Weather won’t be an issue if all the good stuff is inside.

The first part of the spring garden party is the garden part. I feel like everywhere I turn there are options for mini planters. Colorful pails, ceramic egg cartons, mini terracotta pots (which I painted and they look so much better!) and little bird cages. Despite my lacking green thumb, I have visited a greenhouse twice because I just can’t get enough of the green. I’ve lost a couple of the tiny plants but it wasn’t my fault. Seriously. It wasn’t :) For the party, guests can transplant plants into colorful pots or create a variety planter in a ceramic carton. A lovely green ceramic egg carton and little bird cages, perfect for mini plants!

Spring Garden Party | this heart of mine

Every party needs a refreshing drink and for a spring party, this grapefruit ginger refresher is the one. A blogger buddy of mine shared this last week and I made it almost immediately. It’s real grapefruit juice, club soda and ginger simple syrup. I used this recipe for the simple syrup because I wanted to make a larger batch. The drink is light and fresh and interesting and the color is perfect!!

Spring Garden Party | this heart of mine

The recipe creator served her drinks in mason jars (similar to these) and they were adorable. I used my faux milk bottles and dropped in bright colored paper straws to finish them off. Whatever it’s served in, it is delicious.

Spring Garden Party | this heart of mine

This spring garden party needs more than the everyday plates. I do love my white plates but these pinky peachy plates I scored at a garage sale last year are spectacular. I’ve been noticing light colored dishware in a number of places and I like it. With simple embroidered napkins and an embellished carafe, your guests will have everything they need. This kale salad is ideal. Colorful and tasty. I love this blue dish set.

Spring Garden Party | this heart of mine

Again with the plants. I really can’t get enough of them. If repotting plants is too messy, I put the steps together to create the sweetest little brown paper bags to encase mini plants. All that is needed is paper grocery sacks and a glue gun. The full details are found here.

Spring Garden Party | this heart of mine

And when the party is over, the little plants in the mini brown paper bags make the cutest party favors. Like ever. Right?!

Spring Garden Party | this heart of mine

So even if spring continues to make us wait, we will be pretend and enjoy the new season anyway.

For your own spring garden party, here are a few things I found just for you.

Wire Bird Cage | Mason Jar | Ceramic Egg Carton
Bead Dishware | Carafe

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Recipe: Blueberry Sauce

March 24, 2014

Blueberry Sauce - Perfect for Cake! | this heart of mine

Last summer, I had a cupcake I can’t get out of my mind. While on a long distance blog date with Tan from Squirrelly Minds, she in Pacific Coast time and me in Central time, I enjoyed a lemon cupcake with a blueberry sauce filling at a local eatery called Yum!. The lemon-blueberry combination seared itself on my brain. The bright, light, refreshing flavor of lemon with the sweet flavor of the blueberry was amazing. I ended up buying a few more to take home.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I was back at Yum! for a meet up with some friends. I devoured their delicious kale salad (which I copied to eat at home) and I was looking forward to the lemon cupcake with the blueberry sauce filling. Unfortunately, that flavor is more of a summertime treat. I was bummed. I did console myself with another delicious cupcake so it wasn’t all that bad but the lemon blueberry cupcake was still on my mind.

Blueberry Sauce - Perfect for Cake! | this heart of mine

We have had an incredibly long winter here although recently, finally, we’ve had a few spring-like days. The change in temps gave me a craving for the lemon cake with vanilla whipping cream I shared last year. After buying the ingredients and dreaming about the cake before I made it (yes, I do that), I had a light bulb moment: find a blueberry sauce recipe and use it with the lemon cake. So I did just that.

After a bit of searching, I landed on the one below from My Baking Addiction. It can incorporate both fresh or frozen blueberries, includes lemon juice to brighten the flavor and it’s so simple I whipped it up in no time at all. And it’s perfect with the cake. MJ and I have been trading commentary on how delicious it is. I finally have my lemon blueberry combination again. All is right with the world. :)

Blueberry Sauce - Perfect for Cake! | this heart of mine

Blueberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp cold water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Zest of 1 lemon, approx 1 Tbsp

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and the 2 Tbsp of cold water.
  2. Combine the blueberries, 1/2 cup water, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Bring it to a low boil, making sure to stir it frequently.
  4. Slowly add the corn starch and water mix into the blueberry mix. Stir gently, making sure not to crush the blueberries.
  5. Turn down the heat and simmer until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of your spoon or about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and lemon zest.
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Baby Shower Garlands

March 19, 2014

Garlands for a Baby Shower! | this heart of mine

Today, some friends and I are celebrating two soon-to-be-born babes and their mommas, Carla from Small & Friendly and Lacy from Living on Love. Because our residences are spread throughout the country and abroad, our celebration has to be virtual. Luckily, we are all pretty handy with a camera and html. And even though we cannot be together in person, our love, care and joy bridges the gap and makes it seem like we are near. We love you Carla and Lacy!

For my part, I chose to sew up some paper garlands for our baby shower. I love making garlands. You know that. I went through the make it tab and I have a section just for garlands I have made so many. Now to be honest, while I’m in the middle of it all, the prepping, the sorting, the sewing, I do question my sanity and resolve, especially with the itsy bitsy ones. But then, when I string them up, I fall hopelessly in love with them again.

Garlands for a Baby Shower! | this heart of mine

It’s nearly impossible not to.

For the babes and mommas we are celebrating, we settled on a celestial theme. From that, I chose stars, clouds and the waxing and waning moon, plus dots, because I just love them and they work all the time.

Very light pink, aqua and white for Lacy and her baby girl.

Garlands for a Baby Shower! | this heart of mine

A variety of blues and silver for Carla and her baby boy.

Garlands for a Baby Shower! | this heart of mine

I’ve explained and reexplained how to make garlands a number of times (see tab and section link above). But, just to refresh your memory, here are a few tidbits:

-I used both my Cricut and a paper punch to get the shapes – Cricut for the stars, moons and clouds and a circle punch for the dots.

-I use a demin needle to sew the paper together. It’s stronger and holds up to the paper better.

-Sometimes I use contrasting thread, sometimes I don’t.

-When sewing together shapes I want to hang in a certain way (the moons and the clouds), I make sure the line of stitching is across the top third of the shape, not the center.

-The waxing and waning moons were the most challenging. To make it easier (read, possible) to make the garland, I used washi tape and stuck the moons on at the widths and angles I needed them. Then, to cover the space between the shapes, instead of starting and stopping my machine each time, I laid strips of wax paper. It worked well because it stuck to the washi tape. The wax paper provided something for the machine to stitch between the shapes and it pulled away fairly easily afterwards. Much easier than feeding each piece through separately.

Then, I spray painted the shapes with a flatter silver color and then spritzed it with a shinier paint to give it the crater look.

Garlands for a Baby Shower! | this heart of mine

I love how they all turned out and even though I really want to keep them all, I am so excited to get these in the hands of our creative mamas in time for the arrival of the babes. Love you so Carla and Lacy!

Garlands for a Baby Shower! | this heart of mine

There is more than just me at this party! Here are my participating friends!

imagine gnats / Casa CraftyMade / With Moxie / Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!
petit a petit and family / Rajovilla / Kids Stuff World / Elsie Marley / Buzzmills
A Golden Afternoon / My Life at Playtime / Salsa Pie / this heart of mine

Check out their posts here!


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