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Oct
27

DIY Fruit Garland

Here is a fun little DIY for a cherry garland, made from wooden balls.  It’s a good way to add a little dimension to a space, and it’s also a fun one to do with littles, as they  will have fun painting the little balls!

(Sources: Overcast Wall Shelf; Flora and the Flamingo; Play Camera, Wall color is Angelic by Sherwin Williams)

DIY Garland

Materials Needed: Wooden Balls (can be found at Michael’s or craft store; make sure they have holes!) | Twine  | Yarn | Paint | Paintbrush | Green Felt | Scissors

Paint wooden balls.  While they dry, cut leaves from the felt, in a variety of sizes.  Cut one long piece of yarn to hold the garland.  Next, cut 5″ pieces of twine.  Tie a knot in one end (making sure it is large enough so the balls don’t slip off) and thread two of the balls onto the twine, making a knot on the other end to secure them.  Then tie each 5″ piece onto the yarn, spacing them equally apart.  Lastly, stitch the green leaves over the knot securing the cherries.

DIY Fruit Garland

A fun pop of color, right?

DIY Fruit Garland

Can’t wait to share the rest of Vivi’s room – just have a few more details to finish up!

DIY Cherry Garland

(Circus Bear from here.)

 

 

COMMENTS

Carli"I love this--super cute! "

Stephanie"Oh my goodness I want to see a room reveal! My 3 y.o. soon to be 4 y.o. daughter just …"

Joni"Haha, thanks, Molly! Yes, Vivi has seen "Brave" and "RobinHood", so she is all about the arrows, too!! I …"

Joni"Thanks, Amy! We made it (you can find details here), but there are also individual book ledges at Land …"

Kitty"So cute! and sounds easy enough :-) "

Amy"Beautiful room! Where is the bookshelf from? I could use a skinny wall hanging bookshelf for my son's …"

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Oct
14

alice in wonderland costume

So, Vivi’s fourth birthday is just around the corner, and we’re doing sort of a “Vivi in wonderland” feel.  I’m working on some invitations, so I asked my talented friend Sara Harper to take some photos of the girls dressed up, and she was kind enough to indulge me.  I was so happy with what she captured (and impressed – because let’s be honest – taking photos of an almost 4 year old and a 20 month old is a bit like herding grumpy, albeit cute, little cats) that I had to share.

alice in wonderland costume

I also figured it’s some good costume inspiration.  Vivi’s outfit is really simple; I used a little chambray dress, a white tutu underneath, some striped stockings (I ordered some striped all the way, but they didn’t arrive in time), some black mary janes, and a plain black headband with a large black grosgrain ribbon tied to the top.  I made the little apron to go on top.

alice in wonderland costume

alice in wonderland costume

Brigette is supposed to be the little white rabbit, but really she was more of a “deconstructed” white rabbit.  She was totally not into wearing the ears (which is really unusual for her – she is usually all about the accessories!), but she was still adorable running around and chasing Vivi, although that’s really the opposite of how it’s supposed to work.

alice in wonderland

alice in wonderland costumeWe brought along a few books and a teacup for some props.alice in wonderland costume

alice in wonderlandAlways the performing!alice in wonderland costumeI think this one is my favorite: my two little bookworms.

alice in wonderland costume

alice in wonderland

Thanks so much to Sara for chasing my girls around all morning!  To see more of her gorgeous work, check out the playhouse and Vivi’s third birthday and Brigie’s first birthday!

 

COMMENTS

lesley graham"oh my goodness! perfection!! love the one of the two of them reading on the tree. can't wait! "

nole"This is just the cutest!! "

courtney"So precious, Joni! "

Gwen, The Makerista"I LOVE these! So beautiful and fun. "

Chazare’ Morrisette"Love love love this!! I love Alice and Wonderland, and my oldest shares the love. So talented! Love the …"

Jean Harrison"I love theses pictures! The setting is so peaceful. Alice and the little white rabbit are so cute! "

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bread and butter pickles

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of getting a little cooking lesson from Jason and Jamie of Homespun.  I love supporting their mission of creating community around amazing meals, and wish we could attend every monthly dinner!  (Read more about working with them here and here!)  They are doing a series right now called “From Scratch”, where they are visiting different homes, and teaching how to prepare different courses.  We worked on a charcuterie board together, which was so fun and surprisingly simple, and would be the perfect thing for entertaining guests.

Today, I’m going to share how to make the most delicious bread and butter pickles (seriously, it’s hard not to eat a whole jar of these in one sitting!) and Jamie shared how to make cider whole grain mustard (which was amazing – and incredibly simple!) on their blog.  It’s so wonderful to know how to make these things yourself, so you don’t have all the extra additives and preservatives.

Ingredients: 1 lb. kirby cucumbers, sliced 1/4″ thick (aren’t these gorgeous?) | 1 large sweet onion | 1/4 c. diamond salt | 1/2 c. sugar | 1/2 c. white wine vinegar | 1/4 c. purified water | 1/4 tsp. turmeric | 1 tbsp. yellow mustard seeds | 1 tbsp. whole coriander or 1 tsp. ground coriander | 3 whole allspice | 2 cloves garlic | 1/4 tsp. celery seed | ice

bread and butter pickles

Steps:

(1) Place thinly julienned sweet onions and cucumbers in a bowl and toss with diamond salt.  After the cucumbers have been coated with the salt, add ice to cover them for about an hour at room temperature.

how to make bread and butter pickles

(2) In a medium pot, pour in white vinegar, purified water, sugar, turmeric, whole yellow mustard seeds, coriander, allspice, garlic gloves, and celery seed.  Heat over medium heat for 10 minutes, just until it begins to bubble.

how to make bread and butter pickles

(3) Once the ice has melted from the cucumber and onions, strain excess water and rinse very well under cold water.  Place cucumber mixture in pickling solution and cook for 10 minutes just until the mixture comes from a boil.  Remove from heat and cool.

how to make bread and butter pickles

(4) Place in pickling jars with an air tight lid for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.  Makes such a sweet gift!

Then, if you would like to use them for entertaining, here are some tips!

Make some crostinis by slicing a baguette and brushing the tops with olive oil.  Broil them until they are perfectly browned.

Serve with cured meats (this is from Pine Street Market) and some cider whole grain mustard on a pretty tray (love this gorgeous piece from Honeycomb Studio!) and pair with crostinis, cheese, some locally made jam, and maybe some fruit for a gorgeous and super yummy spread that is relatively simple to prepare.

Easy is always a plus when there are little people around, right?  I want to entertain more, but it can be so overwhelming.  Great to have a simple go to!

how to make bread and butter pickles

What do you think?  You seriously have to try these – they are so delicious!  Be sure to check out Homespun and follow along on their blog as they share more recipes and tips!  I can’t wait to learn more.

You can bet this was eaten up right after the photo was taken.  And can you believe Jamie made those lovely dip dyed napkins?  Thanks so much to Erin Wood for taking all the gorgeous photos!  (tablecloth from here). 

 

COMMENTS

lesley graham"LOVE this post! So fun!! "

Joni"Of course - love your work, Courtney!! "

Joni"Aww, thanks so much, Jennifer! That really means a lot to hear - I'm trying to come up with …"

Jennifer"Hi Joni! I really love this post. I have followed your blog since the beginning and while I …"

Courtney, Honeycomb Studio"Thanks for the shoutout, Joni! My ceramics get to have all the fun and meet all the cool people :) "

Kimberly"Fun! The spread looks delicious. Would you mind sharing the source of your adorable shirt Joni? "

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Sep
24

DIY rock collection display

First of all, thank you SO much to everyone who subscribed to the newsletter!  I appreciate it so, and I’m excited to have another way to keep you informed about new content, and to stay in touch!  The winner of the circus bear giveaway is Sheri – I’ll be in touch soon!  And we’ll be having more fun giveaways via the newsletter, so stay posted!

Above is the DIY rock collection project on white – it’s just as fun, and gives it a little more of a glam edge.

We are nearly done with Vivi’s room – just have a couple of small projects and some artwork to finish.   Vivi is thrilled with her pink walls (Angelic by Sherwin Williams) and it’s really nice to have a change.   It’s amazing what some fresh paint will do.  Everything feels so clean and neat, and I’m just loving it!  Chip and I had a fantastic time painting it, too, which I never thought I would say.  The grandparents graciously kept the girls while we worked on it, and we stayed up late, playing 80’s music too loud while we painted our hearts out.  I’m finding that working together on something is one of my favorite ways to spend time together.  In this stage of life where there is too much going on all the time – the girls truly do keep our hands full! – it’s hard sometimes to really connect, even when we have a date night or try to be intentional about talking.  However, when we are working side by side, there is no distraction of screens or otherwise, and the conversation is better and the companionship even sweeter.  Not to mention the reward of just plain hard work.  It’s just so good!

DIY rock collection display

I had planned to have a painter do it for us, but the timing worked out where we couldn’t make that happen, and I’m so glad!  We would have missed out on a really fun adventure together.  Can’t wait to share the rest!

 

COMMENTS

Joni"Aww, thanks, Gina! That makes me so happy to hear! "

Rachel"The lamp is from the land of nod. "

Joni"Hi Joyce! It's from the Land of Nod here! "

gina"I magically found you today via your adorable play house. I am in love with your overall ambience and feeling! …"

Joyce"I'm so in love with the lamp. May I ask where you bought it? "

Kitty"We grandparents had fun playing with the girls as well. A win/win for all :-)! Can't wait to see how …"

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DIY rock collection display

This little project is based on the arrowhead display I worked on with my dad in the girls’ shared room at the farm.  I just loved how it turned out, and I think it can be easily applied to displaying other collections as well, from rocks to shells, and it’s a sweet way to commemorate a summer’s worth of adventure choosing the perfect pieces to add to a collection.  The custom shadow box my dad created is much more of an involved project, but here is a simplified version.

Materials Needed:

Rocks or other small objects (these are a mix of some from our backyard, some from Chip’s childhood, and some purchased from one of my fave children’s shops, Treehouse)  | pegboard (you can even get them to cut it to size for you at the store, if you need – there are smaller 2′ x 4′ sheets available!) | two 3/4″ square dowels | Four brass screws | two packs of 3/4″ middle hinges | 10′ copper wire (they sell it by the foot at home depot – just ask for help!) | philips head screwdriver | drill and tiny drill bit | picture hanging bracket | jigsaw or hacksaw | black paint (I used chalkboard spray paint)

DIY rock collection display

First, lay out your items on the pegboard to determine how large it needs to be.  Cut it down to size, using a jigsaw or hacksaw (or get the guys at the store to do it!).  Then paint the board and trim the dowels to size.  I made the vertical pieces shorter, and the horizontal pieces longer.  Next, attach the hinges to the pegboard, two on each side.  It helps if you pre-drill!  After this, attach the other side of the hinges to the dowels.  It’s easiest to do this if you just lay it out on the table to keep the dowels in line with the back of the pegboard.  Then, I screwed the brass screws into the top of the horizontals, to keep the dowels in place.   Be sure to predrill, and do this carefully and slowly by hand, because this wood can split very easily!  Then comes the fun part!  Lay out the rocks, and twist the copper wire around them, through the peg holes and twist in the back to keep the rocks in place.  The copper wire I used came as a strand of 7, so I divided it into two or three strand pieces.

DIY rock collection display

It’s a really fun way to display a little collection – and I think labels would also be sweet, saying where they were found and when.

DIY rock collection

DIY rock collection display

So fun, right?  Also, don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter to enter the giveaway for the circus bear print!  Winner announced tomorrow night!

DIY kid art

 

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