Sunday, March 26, 2017

Floral Carrot Door Hanger

I've had this idea pinned to my Easter Pinterest Board for awhile and finally got around to trying it.  The original creator was Holly @  Here is the link to her door hanger instructions.
 I think hers looks more like a carrot than mine but I used whatever orange and green flowers I could find at the Dollar Tree so I had to go with fuller flowers than the tulips and ferns for the greenery.

 I didn't really follow a "plan" but just tried to cut apart the stems (removing all of the green leaves from the floral pics) and then wired them so they formed a tapered "carrot" shape.
 Since the Dollar Tree didn't have tulips I went with two different types of orange flowers, just pulling, bending and shaping them as I went.
I had a roll of this turquoise tulle so I just used that to make a bow for the door hanger.  The ferns aren't as "fine" as the carrot greenery but I think they convey the idea??
I like how bright it is and its easily seen from the street -- I think it really brightens up my drab door!
Total cost was about 15.00 because I needed enough of the flowers to make the carrot shape.  
Spring is "springing" here in Chicago after the mildest, most snowless winter on record so I feel like we cheated "Old Man Winter" this time around.  Nonetheless -- very happy to see green buds and flowers popping from the ground!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tea Cup Exchange

I just finished participating for the second time in the Tea Cup Exchange hosted by Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose. Stephanie is one sweet, very talented gal who graciously organizes and hosts these exchanges!  She has hosted nine of these so far (?) and here is information on the next one in September or October. Each participant is paired with another participant to exchange a cup and saucer or mug and whatever delights you want to include.  
My AMAZING gifts came from a new blogger friend, Deb who hosts the blog, Garage Sale Gal and is a woman after my own heart.  She makes beautiful cards, loves antiques (and has two booths where she sells her wares) and is a vintage lover like me.  
My box came FILLED to the brim with surprises!  Layer upon layer of boxes and tissue . . . 
Not only did I get the beautiful tea cup and saucer pictured above but note cards, notepad, stickers, gift tags . . .
 A gorgeous vintage pot holder that TOTALLY goes with my retro kitchen  . . . this beautiful tea bag holder and vintage, embroidered hankie (vintage linens are one of my many passions!)
 You can specify things like favorite colors, favorite tea, your "style" and Deb really went out of her way to fill my box with things I love!  Jasmine is my favorite tea and it came in this lovely tin accompanied by a cute, ceramic bunny.  And more vintage-style gift tags . . .
 Look at this exquisite hand made card!
I felt like it was Christmas morning  . . . the more I dug in the box . . . the more I found including chocolates, a book mark, pretty tulip tissues . . .
Be sure to stop over to visit both of these blogs and get lost in all of the ideas, recipes, crafts and more and don't miss out . . . get in on the next exchange!