Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spring Flower Potting Party

Invite your friends over to plant their first flowers of the spring season by holding a potting party! #feelglade

Lately I have been dreaming of all things spring. I get giddy when I see flowers for sale outside the grocery store. I slow down when I drive past a tree in bloom in our neighborhood. Spring comes early here in Texas, and I am soaking up every sign of it that I can! So when Glade asked me to create a playful party inspired by their new Poppy Groove candle, I knew exactly what I wanted to do - a spring potting party for my girlfriends!

Invite your friends over to plant their first flowers of the spring season by holding a potting party! #feelglade

Never heard of a potting party you say? It is a chance to get together and plant a pretty flower arrangement to take home while enjoying some yummy food and conversation and friends - my kind of party! The bright floral scents of the Poppy Groove candle provided the perfect party inspiration. Not only does the candle smell like spring in a jar, its pretty pink color inspired the color palette for the decor and food (like these yummy pomegranate orange spritzers!).

Pomegranate orange spritzers

Since the weather has been chilly here lately, I decided play it safe and hold the party indoors by setting up this pretty serving cart from hayneedle.com with all the supplies next to our kitchen table.

Invite your friends over to plant their first flowers of the spring season by holding a potting party! #feelglade

I found these cute little pots at Dollar Tree (only a $1 each) and added a seed packet for guests to take home. I filled a jar with dirt and a small shovel, added some pebbles to the bottom of the pots, and set out a selection of pretty flowers for my guests to choose from.

Invite your friends over to plant their first flowers of the spring season by holding a potting party! #feelglade

To protect our kitchen table, I used a painter's drop cloth that I stenciled in a bold floral pattern (one of my favorite tricks for an inexpensive, custom tablecloth that washes up great!).

Make a pretty tablecloth from a painter's drop cloth and stencils! #feelglade

I kept food simple but delicious with pomegranate orange spritzers in mason jar glasses, and clementine goat cheese crostini - one of my go-to party foods thanks to a recipe from my sister-in-law!

Clementine goat cheese crostini - a touch of pepper and basil makes them SO good!!

Read on for the recipes and simple tablecloth tutorial!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Flowering Spring Branches with Martha Stewart Crafts



Spring couldn't come fast enough, could it?! While things are slowly starting to bloom here in Texas, I'm speeding up the process by making some flowers of my own! Last week I made flowers from encyclopedia pages, and today I've got a simple way for you to make flowering branches from crepe paper streamers.

Make these flowering spring branches from party streamers! | http://www.designimprovised.com #12monthsofmartha

Yep, you can use party streamers from the dollar store to make these delicate flowers with the help of these nifty fringe scissors from Martha Stewart Crafts.

Make these flowering spring branches from party streamers! | http://www.designimprovised.com #12monthsofmartha

My flowering branches are blooming in orange, green, and pink. One thing nice about making them yourself is you can invent flowers and color combinations that you wouldn't necessarily find in nature! I've finished them off in a Spring "grass" vase, using a Martha Stewart stencil.

Make these flowering spring branches from party streamers! | http://www.designimprovised.com #12monthsofmartha

I love how the branches look like they are sprouting out of the green grass! Here's what you'll need to make your own set of branches and Spring vase:

Supplies for Flowering Branches


  • Branches (grab them from your yard!)
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Martha Stewart fringe scissors
  • Darning needle or toothpick (not shown)
  • Glass vase (thrift stores are full of these for $1 each)
  • Martha Stewart adhesive stencils (I used a stencil from this holiday pack)
  • Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paint (I used the Green Pasture color)
  • Small brush
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thrifty DIY: Encyclopedia Flowers

Turn old encyclopedia pages into these gorgeous flowers! | http://www.designimprovised.com

The last time I was at the Goodwill, I found myself in the book section. You'd be surprised at how many good books you can nab there for 99 cents a piece! Then I saw a few lonely encyclopedias - some strays no longer with their original set. I feel kind of sad for these obsolete relics of the past, don't you? So I grabbed the G-H volume for 99 cents and got to work giving them a new life in flower form!

Turn old encyclopedia pages into these gorgeous flowers! | http://www.designimprovised.com

While I'm not crazy about the idea of tearing up books, encyclopedias (especially single volumes) seem to be a good bet for not being used again. Plus their large sheets of almost tissue-thin paper make them perfect for shaping into delicate flowers.

Turn old encyclopedia pages into these gorgeous flowers! | http://www.designimprovised.com

You could use just the encyclopedia pages for a more vintage look, but being the color-loving girl I am I had to layer in some bright colored tissue paper as well! I like the juxtaposition of the two types of paper. Putting them in a bright colored vase (you can make one of these too!) makes for a pretty spring arrangement!

Supplies for Encyclopedia Flowers


  • Encyclopedia or other book with large, thin sheets of paper
  • Tissue paper (I found the particular pack of colors shown at Target!)
  • Floral wire (I used 16 gauge, but I would recommend going a gauge thinner)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Card stock (not shown)

Turn old encyclopedia pages into these gorgeous flowers! | http://www.designimprovised.com

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sprinkled Rice Krispie Hearts

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

I've got one last Valentine's Day project for you, and this is the perfect activity to do with your little ones this weekend - Rice Krispie hearts that are loaded with sprinkles and easy enough for preschoolers to help make!

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

These are actually a bit of a tradition for us. I started making these with Stella and Hazel for their first Valentine's Day party with their little friends when Stella was just two. (Please forgive the amateur photography and blogging in this post circa 2012!).

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

The reason these are fun for preschoolers is that they can go crazy with sprinkles but you don't have to deal with messy frosting. The sprinkles stick right to the treats and there is something about their crunch combined with the texture of the Rice Krispies! Also, the Rice Krispie treats are easy for little hands to cut with cookie cutters if you spread them fairly thin in the pan. Here's what you'll need:

Supplies for Sprinkled Rice Krispie Hearts


6 cups of Rice Krispies
4 cups of mini marshmallows
3 T. butter
Sprinkles
Heart cookie cutters
11"x15" baking dish 

Rice Krispie Sprinkle Hearts - the perfect preschooler activity! Let them go nuts with sprinkles and then cut out with cookie cutters!  | http://www.designimprovised.com

Friday, February 6, 2015

Doily Stamped Napkins & Tea Towels

Watch my video for making these doily napkins here!


Every Valentine's Day I always buy a pack (or two, or three!) of heart doilies at Hobby Lobby. For me they are quintessential Valentine's Day - sweet, delicate, and nostalgic all wrapped in one! I love them because not only are they inexpensive ($1-2 a pack) they can be used in so many different ways - from being scattered down a table, to decorating a wall, to lining envelopes. My latest use? Stamping!

Doily stamped napkins - the perfect addition to a Valentine's Day table! | http://www.designimprovised.com

The little holes in the doily make for the perfect stamp. I used a couple sizes of doilies to make some these Valentine's Day napkins and tea towels. If you're looking for a last minute Valentine's Day gift for a friend, this is it!

Doily stamped tea towels - a sweet Valentine's Day gift to give to a friend! | http://www.designimprovised.com

You can experiment with any number of designs or colors. I stuck with a few different shades of pink and red. For the tea towels, I stamped a vertical line down the middle so the hearts would be front and center when hanging in the kitchen. For the napkins, I kept it simple and just stamped two hearts on the part of the napkin that would show when folded.

Doily stamped tea towels - a sweet Valentine's Day gift to give to a friend! | http://www.designimprovised.com

Need a last minute Valentine's Day shirt for your little one? Just stamp a doily on the front of a white t-shirt! Here's all you need to stamp anything in sight with delicate doily hearts!:

Supplies for Heart Doily Stamping


  • Heart doilies (I used medium sized ones and small ones)
  • Fabric paint (I prefer Martha Stewart Multi-Surface craft paints)
  • Foam brushes
  • Flour sack tea towels
  • White cloth napkins

Doily stamped tea towels - a sweet Valentine's Day gift to give to a friend! | http://www.designimprovised.com


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