Potpourri Hat Boxes

Potpourri centered in a mesh hat boxes surrounded by colorful flowers. All able to sit any where or hang for a new scented style.

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Potpourri centered in a mesh hat boxes surrounded by colorful flowers. All able to sit any where or hang for a new scented style.

Pink berries, ivy and mulberry scent

Yellow freesia, ivy and vanilla scent

Pink orchids, ivy and apple cinnamon scent

Supply list:

  • 1 piece of tulle to wrap potpourri in and tie with string or ribbon. tulle allows the potpourri to be contained and still be smelled.
  • ivy garland about 3 feet long
  • one bunch of color, silk flowers to randomly place throughout
  • 1 mesh or tulle covered hat box to allow the fragrance through and color

Approximate cost to build: $10.00

Three Tier Mixed Flowers

Three tiered planter mixed up for a little variety, orange tulips, pink hyacinth, mini flowers white and yellow, based with greens and greens.

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Description:

Three tiered planter mixed up for a little variety, orange tulips, pink hyacinth, mini flowers white and yellow, based with greens and greens.  Approx. size 72” tall x 26” wide

Supply list:

  • 1 three tiered planter, this one found at Lakeside Collections
  • 2-3 large bunches of mixed green plants
  • 1 bunch tulips
  • 1 bunch hyacinths
  • 2-3 bunches of small filler flowers, silk baby’s breathe, small lilies, etc.
  • 3 blocks of dry floral foam
  • small bag of spanish moss
  • 1 bunch of ivy for filler to fill in holes at base around foam area

Approximate cost to build: $50 – $75.00

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Magnolia

Is it a swag or is it a center piece? Gold magnolias, gold silk baby’s breathe, frosted ivy and blue berry accents. Made special for a friends’ parent’s fiftieth wedding anniversary.

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Description:

Is it a swag or is it a center piece?

It’s Both!

Gold magnolias, gold silk baby’s breathe, frosted ivy and blue berry accents.  Made special for a friends’ parent’s fiftieth wedding anniversary.

A center piece was the order of the day for an 8 foot table, with my freedom to do what ever I thought would be good, I just added the extra perk for it to be hung up after, as a memory of the special occasion.

Taking into consideration that like most of us, table space is limited in our homes, yet wall space is a dime a dozen.  So to be able to offer the piece as a displayable memory after the needed event, a swag was the best option to attain this goal and this is what we got.

Supply list:

  • 20 inch grapevine swag base (looks like a bow tie)
  • 4 magnolias
  • 1 stem of blue berries with wooded twirls
  • 1 bunch of silk baby’s breathe
  • 2 med. bushes of ivy (2 bushes are required to get equal pieces of equal length to make the piece symmetrical)
  • 1 gold 50th anniversary medallion as accent for the special occasion and to mark the front/bottom so that it gets set and hung appropriately, definitely optional

Approximate cost to build: $50.00

Tip:  My greatest secret is that I would never pay this much to make this,  this cost to make is sticker price.  What I want to stress is, totally take advantage of craft store sales, I only paid 25.00 (plus tax of course) to make this piece.  Unfortunately, some of us either do not listen to free advise or don’t hit the stores during the best sales, so I list the sticker price so that you know what you could be getting into if you can’t find a sale.

Penne Salad

simple pasta salad

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Cook pasta according to box directions, cool pasta with water before adding mayo.

Add all other ingredients, stir well and chill till ready to serve.

This makes a lot of salad, can be halved.

The Sphere

Whimsical swag in greens and tans, wicker spheres projecting themselves from grasses and bamboo.

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Description:

Whimsical swag in greens and tans, wicker spheres projecting themselves from grasses and bamboo.

Approx. size 36”from top to bottom

Supply list:

  • 1 plastic plant saucer 4 inch (use the hard plastic ones that come with the colored pots from a local garden center, not the clear ones) this is used as your base for Styrofoam.
  • 3 inch length of dry foam
  • 3 green bamboo pole 2.5-3 ft in length
  • 1 wicker sphere 6 inches in diameter
  • 1-2 packages of small cream wicker spheres
  • 1 package of small green wicker spheres
  • package of green & tan grasses
  • cream, green and brown bamboo and sticks

Approximate cost to build: $15.00

Potato Salad

potato salad

Ingredients:

  • 10 lbs bag of potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c yellow mustard
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, diced
  • 1/2 c sliced salad olives, drained and optional

Instructions:

Boil peeled & diced potatoes for at least an hour or till soft and a fork can be pushed through easily. Drain, let cool before adding mayonnaise.

Add all other ingredients, stir well and chill till ready to serve.

makes a very large bowl of salad, can be halved for less.