Sunny days are (mostly) here to stay and now is the perfect time to brighten up your front door, dining room or mantel with a little color. Whether you add some fresh green or bright pops of pink and yellow, the new look is sure to be a breath of fresh air.
Today's inspiration comes from some of our favorite bloggers, and you're sure to find something to tickle your fancy. Let's spruce up for spring!
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We love grapevine wreaths and there are so many ways to dress them up for the seasons. The ribbon rosettes in this project are a bright reminder of spring blooms coming soon! Visit My Two Butterflies for the complete tutorial.
When setting a table, the sweetest, simple touch can make a difference. What better time to get out Grandma’s dishes than for big family celebrations? Here are 8 easy ways to make your table special for Easter Sunday!
Pretty posies make for an old-fashioned welcome on a front door. Large blooms like peonies or lilacs can be tucked into water-filled vintage-style bottles, then wrapped in wide ribbon and secured to a wreath hanger.
A can’t-go-wrong mix of vintage and new tableware is always a fun and different way to serve up dinner...so go ahead and choose all your favorites.
Look for vintage-style seed packets next time you’re at the flea market or garden store. Cut a small hole in the top and bottom and thread onto short twigs. Poke down into tiny terra cotta pots and hold in place with a little potting soil. They’ll make great place markers or, when grouped together, a clever centerpiece!
Fill a few different sized jars with colorful jellybeans or pastel candies and then nestle a tea light inside for a warm glow. Works great with dried beans or rice too for a natural look.
Eggshell plantings take a little planning ahead, but what better way to welcome spring? Carefully empty the eggs into a bowl, being sure to leave most of the shell intact. A spoon tapped on top is an easy way to accomplish this. Once empty, rinse and dry the shells. Fill with a few spoonfuls of potting mix and they’ll be ready to sit in the center of your table.
Kids coming for dinner? Set up a separate table for them and use a sheet of butcher paper for the tablecloth. Place a bucket filled with markers, crayons and stickers in the middle...they’ll have a blast!
Use mini cookie cutters to cut toasted bread into charming shapes to serve alongside savory dips, spreads and salads. A fun way to cut cucumber slices too!
If you’re setting a long table for a big family gathering, several small centerpieces will break up the length. Tuck in mini baskets holding a colored egg or a bunny peeking out from behind candlesticks. A sprinkle of jelly beans down the center is a whimsical touch.
Halloween is fast approaching, which means pretty soon all those little ghouls, ghosts and goblins will be out and about, trick-or-treating and laughing with delight. Whether you're having a spooky soirée or a ghastly get-together, there are so many creative treats to try this Halloween season!
We've rounded up some of the most creative, creepy and delicious dishes we could find. From a petrifying punch to some munchable mice, we've got the treats that will turn heads and make them scream with delight. The only question is...are you brave enough to try them?
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Okay, who put a hand in the punch? This Witches Brew from A Ghastly Good Halloween will really wow your guests. Serve it in a cauldron-style punch bowl and the witches will surely waltz right in. Click here for the full recipe.
The leaves are putting on a show of red, gold and burnt orange, so why not bring some of that color home too? One of our favorite times of year to decorate, fall is the perfect time to add some warmth to your cozy home, whether it's with a new wreath on the door or a tablescape to welcome guests all season long.
In today's slideshow, we're sharing some of the most inspiring ideas from our favorite bloggers. With so many inspiring ideas out there, we can't wait to get started!
Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin
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Leave it to Rachel of Surviving the Stores to turn something as everyday as canning jar rings into something so clever and cute. Click over to get the full tutorial and make your own Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin.
Now's the time of year when bright beach towels can be found almost anywhere you shop...we love their whimsical patterns and happy colors. Even if your linen closet has been freshly restocked, today's slideshow will give you a handful of reasons to treat yourself to a few new ones!
This collection of clever beach towel reinventions have been dreamed up by some of our favorite bloggers, and no matter your skill level, you're bound to find something that will spark your creativity. Grab a big, fluffy towel or two and let's get started!
Inspired upcyling projects from some of our favorite bloggers!
If you're anything like us, your flea market and garage sale adventures always have you bringing home lots of new treasures...but what will you do with those one-of-a-kind finds? Let today's slideshow inspire your creativity. We're sharing some of our favorite DIY transformations!
Gathered from a few of our favorite bloggers, these upcycles are sure to inspire you to take a fresh look at your garage goodies. One gal's trash is your next treasure, right? Let's get started.
Whether you celebrate with a picnic, a potluck or just a little get-together with family & friends, Memorial Day is right around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited. Not only is it the unofficial kickoff of summer, but we get to celebrate and honor all those heros in our families! Whether you're going to a bright & cheery parade, hosting a cookout or picnicing in the park, we can't wait to hear what's on your menu.
So, tell us...
What are your favorite MEMORIAL DAY recipes? Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!
If it's nice outside, you can bet that we're going to fire up that grill, mix up some lemonade and invite family & friends over to celebrate. What better way to enjoy the season that by whipping up a batch of these incredible burgers from 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches?
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Backyard Big South-of-the-Border Burgers
The chopped green chiles really add some flavor and zing to these scrumptious sandwiches. Looking to spice it up even more? Add a little bit of diced jalapeño or chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.
4-oz. can chopped green chiles, drained 1/4 c. picante sauce 12 round buttery crackers, crushed 4-1/2 t. chili powder 1 T. ground cumin 1/2 t. smoke-flavored cooking sauce 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. pepper 2 lbs. lean ground beef 1/2 lb. ground pork sausage 6 slices Pepper Jack cheese 6 sesame seed hamburger buns, split Garnish: lettuce leaves, sliced tomato
In a large bowl, combine first 8 ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Form into 6 patties. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until no longer pink. Top with cheese. Grill until cheese is melted. Grill buns, cut-side down, for one to 2 minutes, or until toasted. Serve burgers on buns, garnished as desired. Makes 6 servings.
We can never pass by the baskets filled with vintage linens at the flea market, can you? There's just something magical about the worn-soft feel of the towels, aprons and, our favorite, handcrafted doilies. Far from musty-dusty, these delicate beauties can be floral or geometric...sometimes there's even a touch of sweet embroidery in the center or along the edges.
But what to do with your collection? Today, we're sharing a DIY table runner that'll make those darling doilies the star of the table once again...just in time for Easter! Get all the details below.
Vintage Doily Table Runner It's easier than you'd think to put a modern twist on these old-fashioned table-toppers!
Before you get started...
Choose doilies from your collection that are in the very best condition. You can choose a variety of shapes and sizes or select similar sizes for a more uniform look. Before working with them, hand-wash, line dry, and gently press with a cool iron all doilies you've chosen.
Here's what you'll need:
• An assortment of doilies • Matching all-purpose sewing thread • Hand-sewing needle
1. Arrange the doilies into any shape: a strip, a square for a square table, or a circle.You can leave spaces between some of the doilies to add visual interest, but it isn’t necessary to do so. Start by laying out the largest doilies first, and then fill in with smaller ones.You can overlap them or sew them edge-to-edge. To connect them, simply use a needle and thread to hand-tack the doilies together on the underside.
2. If you’re making a piece for a round table, start with a center doily and work outward in a spiral shape. To give a circular piece maximum visual effect, size it to leave 3" between the finished edge and the edge of the table.
The dimensions of your runner will depend on the size and number of the doilies you have and the dimensions of the table or other surface where you want to display it. Our sample, which we made for a 24" x 50" rectangular table, is about 16" wide and 70" long. This allows about 8–10" of overhang at either end of the table.
Keep on sewing! Here are a few more stiched projects you'll love...
We're getting started a little early here on the blog! Scroll down to view the 10 contenders and VOTE for your favorite in the comments below. We'll share the winners in a FREE download this Friday!
1. Pulled Chicken & Slaw Sandwiches This
recipe was shared by Barbara Cooper of Orion, Illinois. She writes,
"These sandwiches are super easy because you start with a roasted
chicken from the deli. The creamy slaw adds a nice crunch...yum!"
2. Family Favorite Pork Tacos This recipe was shared by Carol Lytle of Columbus, Ohio. She writes, "My kids liked to order tacos just like these at our neighborhood Mexican restaurant, so I recreated the recipe to make at home."
3. Too Much Zucchini Stovetop Dinner This recipe was shared by Maria Kuhns of Crofton, Maryland. She writes, "This is a recipe my mom created when she had an overabundance of zucchini in her garden. I’ve been eating this since I was a little girl."
4. Honey Chicken & Carrots This recipe was shared by Coleen Lambert of Luxemburg, Wisconsin. She writes, "This takes about 15 minutes to make and is so good. Whip up some instant rice for a side, and dinner is ready in the blink of an eye!"
5. Spicy Sausage & Rice This
recipe was shared by Brian Johnson of Gastonia, North Carolina. He
writes, "This spicy sausage dish is quick to make on busy evenings after
a long day. It’s so simple...just combine everything in one skillet and
you’re ready to eat!"
6. Delicious Pot Roast This recipe was shared by Nancy Girard of Chesapeake, Virginia. She writes, "Pot roast is always a favorite at our house, and I have many different recipes, but this one is most requested."
7. Lucky-7 Mac & Cheese This
recipe was shared by Tina Vogel of Orlando, Florida. She writes, "This
homestyle favorite has seven kinds of cheese...sure to be one of the
cheesiest, tastiest mac & cheeses you’ve ever had!"
8. Pork Chops Olé This recipe was shared by Julie De Fusco of Las Vegas, Nevada. She writes, "This was one of my favorite dishes to make when I was just learning to cook...it’s so easy and so tasty. Make it spicier by adding a little chopped jalapeño."
9. Beef Porcupine Meatballs This recipe was shared by Terri Lock of Carrollton, Missouri. She writes, "As a teacher, I need fast homestyle meals to serve to my family of five before I leave for school events...this recipe is perfect."
10. Creamy White Chili This
recipe was shared by Janelle Dixon of Fernley, Nevada. She writes,
"This chili has such a fabulous flavor with its blend of green chiles,
cumin and chicken...a perfect change from the same ol’ chili."
Vote for YOUR favorite in the comments below and we'll share the top 3 winning recipes in a FREE download on Friday, August 16, 2013.