Thursday, June 4, 2015

Palm Trees in Nevada

Well, yes there are palm trees in Nevada.....Southern Nevada.  Here in Northern Nevada, not so much.  Unless you count my small yet growing collection of items with palm trees.  I was born in Florida and lived there till I was 9 so was accustomed to palm trees, dogwood trees, fruit trees, pecan trees, etc.  I have also had the pleasure of enjoying the beautiful scenery of Oahu.  This might contribute to my love of palm trees and tropical decor.

I actually just happened into my palm tree craze.  A few years ago I found a plate with palm trees on it at my local Wal-Mart and on a whim decided to buy it.  A few months ago I was in a Dollar Tree store in Reno and came across a framed palm tree print and decided to splurge lol.  A few months ago I was browsing and came across a set of dinner plates that I loved!  White with embossed palm trees.  I added them to my wish list and for Mother's Day I received TWO sets of dishes.  Exciting!

I made a display on my China cabinet or hutch, whatever you prefer to call it.

Here is a close up of my dishes so you can see the embossed pattern:

They do get used most days.  I thought it would be fun to leave them out and make an arrangement with them rather than hide them in a kitchen cabinet.

Do you have a special collection or display?  Feel free to comment below and let us know!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Fruity Palm Tree

Since Staci and her fiance (now husband) Jon attend college in Hawaii, of course they had to have a tropical-themed wedding reception!  One of our previous posts showed the guests' table centerpieces--engagement photos of the couple and a vase with sand, seashells and LED tea light candles.  Staci wanted something tropical for the buffet table, too.  We had previously seen photos of palm trees made from fresh pineapples and decided to go with something similar.  We sat down and spoke with our caterer (who also happened to be Staci's employer at the time) and told her what we wanted--an eye-catching yet edible centerpiece for the table. Here is the finished result:
 Since it was summer most fruit was in season--watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple, mango, etc.  We bought an inflatable wading pool for the base or serving bowl.  Now that we look back, we should have bought a solid colored pool--this was in August so the stores had Fall supplies already out--whenever you are looking for something specific it is hard to find! The inside of the pool was washed and then a clean plastic table cloth was laid inside before the fruit was added.  Our caterer sacrificed a house plant to make the "palm fronds"....poor plant.  It was for a noble cause.
Skewers were used to hold the pineapples together to make the "tree".

The finished result had a lot of positive comments and it was certainly unique.  Planning, shopping and decorating for the reception was a lot of fun for our family.  It was a learning experience as well.  I think whenever you do something for the first time, later on you might realize there was a better or different way that you would do it.

More posts will be coming up on the reception preparations soon!
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Lovin' the Bloggin' Life

I work part-time so work on the blog as I can.  My daughter's are both in school--one in high school and one in college.  Looking forward to this summer and having some extra time to craft, cook, garden and POST!  We also have discovered blog hops or link parties.  So much fun!  We really enjoy seeing the creative work of bloggers around the world.  
Here are a couple of fun parties we recently discovered:

Blog hops, link parties, great ideas

More blog hops to peruse!

Monday Blog Party

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Heck, we even made a post there😊

Blog parties are pretty cool.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Simple Gift Updated

If you follow this blog or follow us on Facebook or Pinterest, then you might have seen my post entitled "Simple Gift" a few days ago.  I needed a gift at the last minute (not really needed as much as wanted) and purchased a chocolate mint plant in the fine mesh, not a pot.  I then decided to cut a paper bag with scrapbooking scissors, placed the plant in it and then tied it with colored twine.  Here is my original photo:

Well, I got to thinking what I would do with a little more time.  Here is what I did today:

Cut a household sponge into a circle, grabbed a stamping dauber, acrylic paints and cotton swabs.

I again cut a brown paper (obviously haha) lunch bag with my scissors and using the the sponge, acrylic paint and dauber, "artfully" decorated the bags.

It doesn't take long but less messy if you let the paint dry on each side before doing another.  I painted the sides of each bag as well for a "finished" look.  I then placed a plant in each bag and tied with twine.  I did cut off the bottom of the bags, unlike my original bag.

One more photo for good measure.  I didn't bother to buy new paint colors as you can probably tell.  
Anyway, if you need to "dress up" a plant as a gift, this might come in handy.  I just delivered two of the plants above as "welcome to the neighborhood" gifts.  The third will be a teacher end of year gift.

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