terrarium

Inspired by our beautiful new postcards from Quill and Fox, I created a 3-D version using real succulents and air plants.
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Because my husband Jeff is the artist of the family…I had him sketch out the terrarium using the postcard as a guide. I then mixed a few colors together to paint the outline.
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Now comes the fun part. I’m all for projects that require me to visit the local flower market. But if you don’t have a good flower market near by, you can always visit your nearest nursery. When choosing the succulents I made sure to grab ones that had different shapes and textures. Adding air plants and branches gave me the finishing touches my canvas needed.
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The obvious downfall to this project is that you can’t really glue the plants down onto the canvas since they probably won’t last long. You could use silk or plastic flowers as another option but I personally love using live plants.
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Absolutely loved the finish project…and absolutely adore our new Quill and Fox postcards…in stores now.
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popsicles

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The last day of summer is this Saturday, September 21…
I can’t think of a more perfect way to end the season then with these cute and healthy popsicles.
Personally I’m not a big fan of coconut milk or water but my husband Jeff loves it, so this recipe was inspired by him.
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 Recipe/Directions:
Add a mix of half coconut milk and half coconut water into each popsicle mold. Add your favorite berries or fruit into the mold. I used fresh raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. For extra flavor, I added some fresh mint into each mold as well. If you feel that your popsicle needs a bit of sweetness…add some raw sugar into each mold. Freeze for about 5 hours.

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Run each individual mold under warm to hot water to get the popsicle out of the mold. Serve immediately (of course) and enjoy!
Goodbye Summer!

vintage cakes

We love following our blog contributor and photographer on Instagram @coreyvillicana…one of my favorite posts are her made from scratch cakes from the cookbook Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson (found it at Anthropologie). The book itself is so easy to follow, even for a novice cook, great step by step direction and beautiful pictures that make the recipes so hard to resist.

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My favorite desserts are ones with alcohol in them so I thought that the Kentucky Bourbon cake would be a great one to make for my first attempt at a made from scratch cake. A few tips Corey and I discovered is that you don’t need a sifter, an electric mixer, or real buttermilk. Anytime I find tricks that requires less dishes to wash…I’m all for it! Because I didn’t find real buttermilk at the grocery store, I looked up ways I could substitute it, a difficult process since I didn’t even know what real buttermilk tasted like. A source I found called for 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 cup of whole milk, it was a risk but it worked!! By mixing the vinegar and milk together, the consistency began to thicken which is what you want. As you get all the ingredients together, you do want to separate the dry ingredients from the wet…combine the 2 sets of ingredients into a bowl and begin mixing them together. Bake it for about 40 minutes and you’ll have a delicious cake ready to serve or decorate.

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Decorating doesn’t need to be stressful and doesn’t require much at all. I decided to visit my local Whole Foods and see what was in season to top my cake. I was so lucky and thrilled to find that figs were available and in season. How could I resist the gorgeous colors? Adding a variety of sizes of the figs…whole, halves, and quarters and mini apples from Corey’s garden, the cake couldn’t have turned out more beautiful and more delicious. Hope you enjoy!

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Summer DIYs

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My favorite season is finally here and in the spirit of summer, here’s 2 simple DIYs that you can use for yourself and for your home.

Inspired by my favorite blogs, I wanted to try a simple all natural body scrub to prep my body for the beach. All you really need are 3 ingredients, regular white sugar, brown sugar, and olive oil, simple ingredients that most of us have in our pantry. If you want, feel free to add some coconut oil and some fragrant oils like tea tree or lavender.

Ingredients and Directions:

1 cup of white sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 of olive oil

Add the dry ingredients first and then the oil. Mix all the ingredients into a bowl and you’re done! Super easy scrub that makes enough for yourself and your friends.

Hanging Planters

When I was preparing for this DIY, I wanted to make something you could use for entertaining guests in the summer and that was again simple to do. I love fun DIY projects but complicated DIYs intimidate me and I don’t really have the patience for them. Here’s a no sew project you can do with a new line of products that we now carry at Fashion 5. I love these colorful twine from We Love Citrus! Not only are they great for wrapping gifts, you can use them for craft projects just like this one.

Materials and Directions:

Mason Jars

Dollies

Twine, yarn, or string.

Make 4 sets of braided twine. Tie the 4 braided twine to the corners of the doily, Put the mason jar into the middle of the doily and bring the braids up together. You now have a beautiful summer hanging planter for your home.

Have a beautiful summer and thanks again so much for taking the time and reading our blog LIV3.

 

mother’s day floral crowns

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Because I loved last month’s DIY so much on mini garden’s for Earth Day, I wanted to continue the plant theme for this month’s DIY. In honor of mother’s day and in honor of my truly fabulous mother, I wanted to make her something unexpected. For every mother’s day, she looks forward to a floral arrangement I make for her…but this year, I wanted to put a little twist and surprise her.

To start, you only need 3 items, floral scissors, thin floral wire, and flowers.

I made 2 crowns, 1 was inspired by my favorite flower, peonies, and the other was inspired by the giant blooms of my rose garden. When gathering your flowers and fillers for the crowns, make sure to find a strong filler plant that is going to be the base of your crown. Once you’ve found your base and main flowers, finding coordinating blooms to accent is easy.

Directions: To start out, form a crown base with a filler. After shaping it to the desired size, use floral wire to secure the ends. Keep adding fillers to get the thickness that you want. The large blooms are last. You can either center it or put them on the side. To hide the stems, layer it with more filler flowers and secure it with the wire. It’s really that simple.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

easter egg ideas

here are a few of our favorite ideas for easter egg decorating this year

from simple painting to natural egg dying, pinterest has so many amazing ideas for you to try

please follow the attached links for further details and instruction

have the very happiest of easter’s! xo- JinaEaster '

1.) modern easter egg

2.) rubber band easter eggs

3.) golden marbled easter egg

4.) ombre glitter easter egg

5.) natural dye easter egg

6.) polka dot brad easter egg