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On a cold, blustery day back in February, I decided to force grass to grow in a container for an upcoming gathering I planned to host.

Unfortunately, the gathering was two weeks away and my grass was nowhere near ready by the time the party rolled around.

But it did provide a bright spot through the remainder of the dreary winter days and gave me the perfect centerpiece for some Easter ideas!

You could easily use wheat grass (available at most grocery stores) to recreate the same thing without spending weeks tending faithfully to growing grass!

Line a tray or container with garbage bags or plastic.

Line a tray or container with garbage bags or plastic.

 

grass tray full of dirt

Fill the tray almost to the top with potting soil.

 

I used a bag of grass seed we had left over from last summer and threw in a few flower seeds.

I used a bag of grass seed we had left over from last summer and threw in a few flower seeds.

 

And liberally sprinkled over the potting soil. Cover with a thin layer of soil then water thoroughly.

Liberally sprinkled over the potting soil. Cover with a thin layer of soil then water thoroughly.

 

It took almost two weeks for little shoots of green to begin appearing. The keys to making the grass grow are water, warmth and light. Keep the soil moist , and if you don't have a warm place to sit the grass in natural light, you can use an electric light or  heat lamp.

It took almost two weeks for little shoots of green to begin appearing. The keys to making the grass grow are water, warmth and light. Keep the soil moist , and if you don’t have a warm place to set the grass in natural light, you can use an electric light or heat lamp.

Once it started to grow, it really took off.

Once it started to grow, it really took off.

And become the perfect place to tuck a few eggs.

And became the perfect place to tuck a few eggs.

I love the contrast of the grass, the metal tray, and the soft colors of the eggs.

I love the contrast of the grass, the metal tray, and the soft colors of the eggs.

I think even the Easter Bunny would approve.

I think even the Easter Bunny would approve.

She Who Enjoyed Watching the Grass Grow

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Although I’m more than ready for spring to arrive, there is something about Winter Tablescapes that is altogether lovely.

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Like these frosty pinecones from Kirtsy.

Love the white snapdragons with the white twigs from Stone Garden.

Love the white snapdragons with the white twigs from Stone Garden.

 

This design from DigsDigs is beautiful. The white on white tones are awesome, especially with the silver accents.

This design from DigsDigs is beautiful. The white on white tones are awesome, especially with the silver accents.

This table from Rachel A. Clingen Wedding Design is lovely, although there aren't enough layers of thermal to get me to sit outside and dine.

This table from Rachel A. Clingen Wedding Design is lovely, although there aren’t enough layers of thermal to get me to sit outside and dine.

She Who Will Not Be Having A White Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I feel the need to confess this morning…

I’ve found a new love. It’s that round, creamy skin that drew me in.

Yep. I am, like, so totally over orange pumpkins as decorations.

White pumpkins are currently making my heart pitter-pat.

They are so dreamy.

Ethereal.

Elegant (if pumpkins can be elegant).

Lovely.

And perfect for fall.

She Who Love White Pumpkins

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Just before Thanksgiving, I received an email from a representative of the Wrigley Jr. Company. You know Wrigley, as in the company that makes all that wonderful gum. As in the company that makes Big Red, which I can’t go a day without having at least two pieces.

Anyway, I was asked if I would be interested in receiving a box of their product and doing some kind of fun food art with it. No compensation, other than the box of goodies,  is involved in this – it is all voluntary.

So of course I said yes. I’m a little crazy that way.

When the box arrived a few days later, I first pulled out the letter:

Then I quickly got sidetracked by the box full of sweet treats.

There were Starbursts, Skittles, rolls of Life Savers, Life Saver Gummies, Altoids mints and gum. Lots and lots of gum from 5 Vortex to Orbit Bubblemint.

My head started spinning with ideas. What to do with all these fun things? The first thought I had was to make a tree out of the 5 Vortex gum.

But the tree needed something to go with it.

So I decided to make a gingerbread house using the rest of the goodies.

And being short on time with 36 projects going on at the same time, I cheated and bought a gingerbread kit.

Sometimes cheating is a good thing. This kit comes with a gingerbread house and a frosting mix that serves as glue to hold everything together. It also had candy, but I set it aside, instead focusing on the candies sent by Wrigley. Captain Cavedweller found me a piece of wood to use and I wrapped the whole thing in foil to serve as a base for the project.

The kit directions were easy to follow. If I can put it together, anyone can. Just mix up the frosting, fill the included decorator bag and go to town.

Once I got the roof stuck on, I added fruit Life Savers for windows, two sticks of Big Red for the door and then chopped Life Saver Gummies in half and marched across the top of the roof.

The two sticks of Big Red that made up the door worked really well. Of course, the W stands for Wrigley!

I used Skittles on the roof. Here you can see the beginning of the picket fence, made from Extra Smooth Mint gum.

I cut the sticks of gum in half then cut a triangle at each end. I also cut a few of the halves into thin long pieces. These little sections would become the cross pieces between the pickets.

The finished fence looked pretty good, if I say so myself. I used the frosting to glue the cross pieces to the pickets.

I made gum bushes by using the 5 Vortex gum. I cut each piece in half then, using kitchen shears, cut thin strips not quite to the end of the piece. I wrapped the piece around itself and then fanned out the cut pieces.

Which resulted in these cute little gum bushes.

I used three packages of the 5 Vortex gum to create the tree and bushes.

Again, cut the gum sticks in half, then cut the halves into triangles. These will become the tree branches.

Use frosting to glue gum to a styrofoam cone. I used one about six inches tall. Just layer the triangle pieces around the cone, starting at the base and working your way to the top.

Stand a triangle upright to make the top of the tree.

Of course, a tree needs some packages.

Starbursts were the perfect size for presents. I sliced a piece of Big Red Gum lengthwise into four strips to make the ribbon and bow.

Get the gum wet before you try to work with it. It makes it much more pliable. And sticky. Very sticky.

Wrap the gum around the package like a ribbon. Do one on each side.

Make a bow out of the gum by folding one of the long strips. Attach it to the top of the package with a drop of frosting.

Then place beneath the tree.

Although I failed to take photos of it, we (we being Captain Cavedweller) placed Skittles around for a sidewalk and pathway.

As a final touch, I made a little sled to sit on a pile of snow in the yard using a stick of Big Red and a stick of 5 Vortex. Again, get them wet to make them easier to work with.

I used about 3/4 of the length of the Big Red and the full length of the 5 Vortex. Just press together. They stick well when they are damp.

A finished view from the top.

And the finished project, which took about 3 hours and 45 minutes.

I think my favorite part of the whole thing is the tree. Probably because I spent the most time working on it!

So to make this you need:

a board to set it on

1 styrofoam cone

a gingerbread house (I  highly recommend the kit!)

3 packages 5 Vortex Gum

1 package Extra Smooth Mint Gum

5 sticks Big Red Gum

1 package Life Savers Gummies

1 roll 5 flavor Live Savers

1 family sized bag Skittles

1 package Starbursts

She Who Likes Wrigley Gum

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Sorry for my lack of detailed photos today. I could give you 17 excuses why I don’t have any, but we’ll just go with the fact that it has been a bit of a crazy week so far.

Today, I wanted to share with you a fun and simple idea for Easter entertaining.

If you have no talent for arranging flowers or want something different as a centerpiece, find three or five wide mouth jars or vases (you can use however many you like, but keep the number odd).

Put a glass votive holder in each vase and put an unscented votive candle inside. Pour jelly beans all ready the votive holder, right up to its edge. Spread this out down your table or group together in the center. Use a strong fruity or spicy flavor of jelly beans. When you light the candle and the votive warms, the scent of the candy will fill the room. I don’t know about you, but some fun candy scents definitely make me think of Easter and baskets filled with goodies!

You could also use a large, flat shaped bowl and place in several votives then fill with jellybeans. This could also work with a hurricane vase and a larger candle.

Have fun with this and see how simple and fun entertaining at home can be!

She Who Needs to Find Some Jelly Beans

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When I saw this centerpiece idea from Good Housekeeping, I was intrigued. Finally, a good use for asparagus!

I love the color combination of the purples with the green and it is just simple, beautiful and the raffia gives it a touch of country whimsy. If you follow the link above, you can get complete instructions on how to make it.

As you may have guessed, I am not a big fan of asparagus. As a matter of fact, I think I was probably 10 the last time I was forced to take a bite of it.

Asparagus used to grow wild along the ditchbanks on the farm and it was a great rite of spring to go find asparagus to pick. In my little 6-year-old head it was quite an adventure to wander along and pick the asparagus with mom or to tag along with dad irrigating and pick it while he worked.

For whatever crazy reason, my mom thought I should want to eat it once it was brought home and cooked. I hated it.  It was slimy and mushy and so green. Over the years she tried to get me to eat it but rarely could I choke down more than one bite.

I know most people think it is delightful and delicious and perfectly wonderful. I just wouldn’t be one of them.

So for me, this fun little centerpiece is a perfect way to utilize asparagus!

She Who Won’t Touch the Slimy Green Stuff

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Ever wanted a show-stopping centerpiece but just didn’t want to spend a small fortune or know how to make one?

Let me show you how! It is so easy. I spent about $5 on the materials on the day after Thanksgiving sale at our local craft store.

The materials you will need to make this centerpiece. A wreath, poinsettias (I used velvet), fake berries, some sparkly stems and ribbon. And don't forget the hot glue!

First, fluff up the greenery so it looks a bit more natural. If you are using a live wreath, make sure you set it on top of something that will catch sap and needles. I like artificial because there isn't any mess involved. After you've got your wreath all flouncy, start placing on the poinsettias.

Get them situated where you want them then hot glue them on (you can wire them, but glue is so much faster!).

 

Once you have the poinsettias glued on, start adding in little sprigs of berries. You can keep it sparse or go with my theory that more is better! (I use that theory with chocolate... a lot!)

The next step is to add some sparkle. You can use glittery branches, sparkly stems, whatever tickles your fancy.

Ribbon is the final touch to your centerpiece. You can weave it around the wreath, or just tie a big bow and attach to the front. I would recommend wiring the bow on because it is easier to handle than trying to glue.

Finish with a hurricane and a candle. If you don't have a hurricane, use a footed bowl. If you don't have one of those, just put in a clear glass bowl and filled with ornaments or nestle in some votives.

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