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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Quilt Guild Name Tags

Shortly after moving to Utah last year, I joined a quilt guild that a few of my long time friends belonged to. I've quilted for many years but my skills don't begin to compare with some of the ladies in this group. I've had great time learning new tips and making new friends. A few other ladies are also new to the group and we realized it's hard to remember everyone's name so I have made some fun name tags for this upcoming year. 

Here is how I did it with a little inspiration from Pinterest-

First I cut a rectangle of felt with pinking shears about 4.5 x 2.5 inches. Then I layered on a piece of scrapbook paper slightly smaller and topstitched around the edge. Did you know you can sew on paper? Use a large stitch length otherwise the paper may tear.

I made several fabric yo yo's to embellish my tags. Do you know how to make these? There are lots of tutorials out there but I found this one by Positively Splendid to be excellent. Aren't they adorable?

 I added some felt leaves to make my yo yo's look like flowers and hot glued them to the tag.

 Now for the name part. I printed a sheet with all of our guild members names on Avery transfer paper. You must do this in reverse so that when you iron it on, the names will read properly. I cut the names out and ironed them onto twill tape. It was easiest to do this in one long strip and then cut them apart.

To add the name to the tag I simply used double sided tape. So cute!
 I have one last step that I can't decide on. Should I attach more twill tape so it goes around the neck or sew a pin on the back?

I've got 12 done, 15 more to go!

By the way, here is a snap of one of the quilts we will be donating to this year's Festival of Trees to benefit the Primary Children's Hospital. It's been quite a project!

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Candy Buffet 1980's Style

My dear friend Leslie's daughter Abby got married yesterday. Abby grew up in Connecticut, so even though the wedding was in the mountains of Utah she wanted a classic East Coast theme for the reception.
 I was asked to put together a candy buffet. The bride and groom wanted old fashioned candy which to them means treats from the 1980's and 90's! Harrison LOVES all of the sour candies that were so popular then so we had a very tart but sweet assortment! 
I used Sour Patch Kids, Sour Patch Watermelon, Airhead Extreme, Sour Patch Straws, plus some classic Starbursts, gumballs, Ring Pops, Twizzlers, and some local 
Salted Caramel Chocolates 
(For those guests who aren't fans of candy that makes you pucker up!)

It did make for a pretty display with all of the bright colors on a crisp navy and white cloth.

 And here a just a few pictures of the flowers in whites and pink all arranged in crystal compotes.

The vineyard tables were lined with lanterns and bud vases filled with hydrangeas, ranunculus and stock. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Johnson! 
The weather was delightful, sunny and warm but not too hot. One couldn't ask for a more lovely wedding day!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Lovely Lavender

My lavender is bursting with blooms! Do you have lavender in your garden? I have found success growing it in the Northeast, Southwest and now the Rocky Mountains. Lavender is very easy to grow for a few reasons. It is a perennial meaning it will come back every year. It is drought tolerant and fairly low maintenance. It does well in herb gardens, formal beds as well as cottage gardens and rock walls. Lavender is also deer, insect and disease resistant, but is great for attracting bees and butterflies.
 If possible, plant lavender along a walkway or garden border where it will release it's fragrance as you brush by it.

 Lavender is also easy to harvest. Grab a handful of stems just as the buds are ready to bloom. Cut as long as possible and remove excess leaves or woody stems. Tie the bundles up with cotton string or rubber bands then hang it to dry in a cool dark location.
(Honestly, I have let it dry right in my kitchen with no problem.) Because I live in a dry climate it only takes 4 or 5 days to dry out. Each bush will yield 4 or 5 big bundles.

 Lavender is wonderful used fresh or dried in floral arrangements, wreaths, potpourri, sachets, soaps and even cooking!

Hanky Sachet Tutorial

There are dozens of different lavender varieties so check with your local nursery to see which do best in your area. I personally love the English variety Hidcote for it's fragrance and long lasting color.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Centerpieces:Fresh or Faux?

It's wedding season and there is nothing like gorgeous fresh flowers at a wedding. Or is there? When my friend's daughter got married last summer she spent over $2000 just for the flowers. Yikes! 

My son is getting married in a couple of months and I'm helping out with the centerpieces. The wedding is in California and I live in Utah. It makes sense to be able to make centerpieces ahead of time so we've chosen to use candles and a floral candle ring. I found these lovely eucalyptus wreaths recently. Nice, but they need more...something. 

First I wove in some lavender and white satin ribbons. 

Then I was offered some free silk flowers from Fake Palm Trees @

What luck! These little lavender bouquets are perfect for adding in some color  to the wreaths. Aren't they gorgeous?

Of course, they are charming by themselves. I merely plopped  a bunch into one of my favorite French pots and voila!  A bit of Provence in the kitchen!

But back to the centerpieces. I tucked the lavender sprigs into the wreath.  Ah yes, looking better.

The bride and groom are both musicians so I added some candles wrapped in vintage sheet music and tied on a tag with  their names and the date.

In the evening with the candles lit I'm hoping these provide a sweet romantic glow to the tables. 

Oh, and these cost WAY less than $2000. We'll go ahead and have fresh flowers for the bride and bridesmaid's bouquets, as well as corsages and boutonnieres. So what do you think?  Faux can be a very good option to keep your wedding costs on budget.

Commercial Palm Trees  carries a wide variety of faux trees and silk flowers. Their sister site Silk Plants Direct is offering a 10% discount to my readers. Use discount code BLOGGER10.

Disclaimer – I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and/ or its affiliates in any way.

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