Right before Easter, I was in Pottery Barn and saw this arrangement. I loved it and quickly realized, I could probably pull that off myself for much, much cheaper than the $226.50 price tag attached to it.
So, I went home and got to work, recreating this look for just $27.80!
- I found a similar vase at Target, that was around $10, but I had a gift card so it was free to me! You can easily find this same shaped vase at Michaels or Hobby Lobby (Make sure you have a 40% or 50% coupon for a great deal.)
- I purchased the flower stems at Michaels when they were 50% off. I bought 8 of them for $2.00/each. I didn’t buy nearly enough, so I waited until they went on sale again, which this time they were 60% off and I got 7 more for $1.60/each.
- The green grass appearing stuff I got also got at Michael’s and used a 50% off coupon on it, so I paid $2.00 for it.
This is a super easy project. Just three items involved and it took less than 15 minutes to create!
The stems were too long, so I cut them in varying heights. After I had arranged about three-quarters of them I added in the grass. I was concerned how that was going to go, but actually found it very easy to just slide chucks of it between stems and then push it apart.
In order to get the right look, you have to bend the branches, making them go in different directions, especially straight out in to get the same shape as the arrangement I saw in the store.
I just love the finished product! I’ve found about five places around my house this would look great, but for now I use it as a center piece on my dining room table.
If you like Pottery Barn then you’ll love to see how I got my dining room table, buffet and wine bar from Pottery Barn for 50% off!
I threw my sister a baby shower back in November and a little over a week ago my adorable nephew Easton was born. I just love him to pieces!
This is my sisters first child and I was concerned I wouldn’t be around to help her as much as I’d like to. So, last month I started to prepare by freezing meals so she would be well stocked with meals after the baby arrived.
Here is what she found in her freezer when she returned home from the hospital:
What items do you like to freeze or share with a new mom?
We were just talking about how much we love Arby’s jamocha shake at work this week. Now through December 31, 2011 with this printable coupon you can get one for free!
I think it was about five years ago that my sister and I started our annual holiday baking extravaganza.
At the time I had just moved home and Hillary thought we needed to institute some holiday traditions. That first couple of years we got all in the spirit and made actual cut-out Christmas cookies and traditional stuff.
Then we decided that actual cut-out cookies took way too long to make and decorate. Plus, items with chocolate taste way better than Christmas cookies any day:)
So now we focus on things that taste good and are easy to make. Each year we try to make something new and sometimes just put a holiday twist on a favorite recipe.
We take the day off and spend all day making our creations and then package them up for our family, friends and neighbors and then head out and deliver them. Friday was this years baking day and I think we both just recovered. It is exhausting! Over the next few days I’ll share a couple of our most popular recipes.
This delightful mixture pictured, known as white trash, became a regular in our lineup a couple of years ago when we got the recipe from Hillary’s mother-in-law. As soon as someone taste it they immediately ask for the recipe, which is why I’m posting this one first. I’ve already been asked for the recipe a handful of times in the past two days!
If you can’t tell from the photos, it makes a bunch.
Recipe: White Trash
- 4 cups Chex
- 6 cups Cheerios
- 2 lb salted peanuts
- 2 1b M&M’s
- 3 cups thin pretzel sticks
- 2 lb white chocolate
- Break chocolate up and melt on low on saucepan on the stove and stir often.
- While the chocolate is melting, in a large bowl mix together the Chex, Cheerios, peanuts, M&M’s and pretzels.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the mixture and toss until everything is coated.
- Spread out to dry on wax paper.
- Let dry for a couple of hours and then break apart and package into a resealable container (or cute bags).
I think this would be a super cute way to package the mix for gifts.