Mossy Mossy Mossy

So, after the Easter eggs and bunnies are packed away, 
what does Spring look like for you?

Me? I'm partial to MOSS.

...and yes, just as my silly title above indicates, I can't say 'Mossy' without thinking
"Fosse, Fosse, Fosse" 
[ which is a funny line from the movie 'The Birdcage'... look it up ;) ]

 I don't go for that 'sanitized' & bagged moss from the nurseries & garden centers, however...
nope. I like my moss straight from the shadiest corner of the yard, thankyouverymuch.
Twigs and weeds and all. Just scoop it up (using a pie server or spatula, of course) 
and pop it into containers like terra cotta pots and brandy snifters!

I shared a tutorial on making FREE moss terrariums HERE last Spring!

I loved this 'moss handbag' planter when I saw it at Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach, CA.
It inspired the moss-filled wire basket that I just made for Mom's front door.
[ The moss is real, the roses are faux - salvaged from an old wreath ]

These hanging moss balls used as planters are at the entrance to Roger's Gardens this spring,
and they spin a bit in the wind. 

Very sweet - and EASY to replicate!
* Grab a grapevine orb from the craft or dollar store 
* Wrap it up with sheet moss 
* Fill the inside of the ball with potting soil
* Plant a little fern or begonia into it
* Attach a string or wire, and hang from your patio cover....
OR, simply place the moss ball into a martini glass to display it indoors or on a table!

 One of my favorite haunts up in Washington state was Christianson's Nursery in the Skagit Valley.
There is a little shop in the center of the nursery called 'Primrose',
and every season, they create charming displays with natural elements and vintage goods.
I was always inspired when I visited,
and looking at these images of a spring tablescape, you can see why!
They really know how to use the ABUNDANT moss in the Pacific Northwest!

I would even put up with sanitized moss to create a table like that ;)


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Now That's Spring Water!

One last 'Fast, Cheap & Easy' idea for your Easter Celebrations this weekend!

This one was inspired by something I've done before...

At the 'Summer Retreat' vintage show I hosted on my farm on an island in Washington state,
I created a container of flavored water for guests to enjoy.
Frozen blueberries sank to the bottom of the container, and red strawberries floated on the water -
creating a perfect 'Red, White, & Blue' striped effect.
And I snapped a photo of it because I thought it was pretty:

Then last summer, I shared it here on HOMEWARDfound.
Apparently, y'all liked it -
because this last-minute image is my MOST POPULAR PIN ever!

I thought it was time for an update on that idea for Spring, 
so I created flavored water using citrus and flower petals!

It's a bright, pretty Spring look for your beverage station at a brunch or luncheon.
[ Now let's see how THOSE pics do on Pinterest ;) ]

Here's how to get the separated floating layers:

 * Fill container 3/4 full of cold water. 
* Add citrus slices. 
* Add ice cubes carefully so that they float on top of the citrus.
* Then add in the flower petals, which will float on top of the ice cubes.

I used pretty pink geranium petals and bright yellow lemons...
but there are SO many color and flavor combinations you could try!

... and you know, you COULD put some plastic Easter eggs in the container, too ;)


 * * * IMPORTANT NOTE: * * *
 Some flowers can be toxic to humans. 
Make sure you research before adding them to water for drinking. 
Photos shown are for visual inspiration only - this is NOT A RECIPE.

Happy Easter, Everyone!
I am so thankful for the meaning of this day...
you can read more about the meaning of Easter here

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Fix It Up: FAB Folding Chairs!

You may have to break out the folding tables and chairs for Easter guests, 
but here's an option for doing it in STYLE:

 Give them a shot of color with a fresh paint job and new upholstery!

Take the upholstered back and seat cushions off of your chairs,
spray paint the metal chairs a bright, happy color,
cover the upholstered cushions with fresh new fabric and re-attach with screws.
Protect the fabric with Scotchguard spray - or use oilcloth fabric!

My Mom was inspired by this idea when she saw it on Pinterest
[ she loves a good project as much as I do! ]
and now several of her 'drab' folding chairs have been transformed into FAB decor accents - 
ones that most likely won't be going back into storage
because they match her colorful tropical decor out on the patio!
[ Have you seen my Weekend Makeover of her patio? Check it out HERE ]

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Not Just a Cookie Cutter!

"Can't see the forest for the trees".
Ever heard that?

Something has happened to me REPEATEDLY over the past three weeks.
At first, I thought 'huh?'. Then I laughed. Finally, I got creative.
And that's when I realized my brain was trying to tell me something....

So, here's the situation:
In my new position in retail at the Happiest Place on Earth, 
I see a LOT of certain products. The ears, for example. They are EVERYWHERE.
And there's this ONE item that is right by the registers, 
where people routinely pick it up. They look at it. Some buy it.
But many - and I mean MANY  - many more than you would expect -
pick it up and look at cashiers and ask 
'What IS this? What's it FOR?'

May I present said item?:
words FAIL me.
I just don't get how people do NOT know what this is.
I am not talking about people from far-flung foreign lands here, friends...
These are people from first-world countries with stores and books and web shopping.

It's a cookie cutter. 
In the shape of Mickey Mouse ears.
Pretty standard item. At least, I THOUGHT it was!

Anyway, after wiping the astonished look off of my face and replacing it with a suitable Disney smile,
I began to share different ideas for using this apparatus with those who asked about it.
I solve the mystery for guests and expound the versatility of said item,
sharing 'value added' uses with them.

The guests and my co-cast members have repeatedly told me that 
I have a very unique way of seeing things.
Is that a compliment???!

... and that's when I realized that the reason I HAVE this blog
is because I do not think like other people do,
and I need to take the things that smack me across the face on a daily basis 
and turn them into blog fodder!

So here are the ideas I had for the Mickey Ear Cookie Cutter
[ which are borne out of things that I've done for YEARS in my own home ]
because they are applicable to ANY cookie cutter at ANY time of year!
Presenting Deb's list of ways to use a cookie cutter:

* cut sandwiches into fun shapes - minus the crust!
* cut thick fruit like watermelon and apple slices into fun shapes.
* spray with cooking spray, place in a frying pan, and fry an egg in it to create a fun shape.
* spray with cooking spray, place in a frying pan, and fill with pancake batter to create a fun shape.
* cut already-made jello into fun shapes. (run cookie cutter in hot water first)
* frost a cake, cupcake or cookie, sit a cookie cutter on it, and fill the shape with edible sparkles.
remove cookie cutter, and you have a perfect silhouette!
* place on a small plate and fill with olives, nuts, candies, etc. for a fun single-serving.
gather a bunch on a tray for a party where everyone serves themselves.
* hang from ribbons on a chandelier, light fixture, or in a window as a mobile.
* hang on a Christmas tree or 'seasonal tree' branch (like the tree in this post).
* add to a floral or greenery wreath on your front door.
* slip on the flag of your mailbox each season to make your mail-person smile!
(on the day you change them, put a special cookie in the mailbox for them!)
* lay on a tray and place small tealight candles in each one for a low centerpiece.
* tuck a folded napkin through one to use as a napkin ring (like in this post).
* create a faux cake from stacked ceramic dishes and use one as a topper (like in this post).
* tie together side-by-side with ribbons to create a garland for mantel, window, or doorway
* use as a tracing tool for small children's art projects - use crayons, pencils, felt pens, etc.
* wear as fun bracelets. that Mickey one would be awesome! it's just a bit too big.
* place a hoop earring through each of two small-ish cookie cutters, and wear as dangly earrings.
* hang one on a chain and wear as a necklace.
* slip one through your keyring for a find-able shape in your purse.
* use different shapes on different key rings to identify what the keys are for on your key rack
(beach house = shell, boat = life preserver, etc.)
* add to a bow & tag as a gift tie-on. theme it to the occasion or holiday.
 * tie small ones to wine glasses as wine glass charms.
* fill up a clear canister or vase in your kitchen, and let them remind you of your grandma's kitchen.

oh... and lest I forget:
* roll out chilled cookie dough until flat, and cut out shapes. 
bake cookies in oven. cool. frost. eat. smile!

See? I told you they were more than just cookie cutters.
They are facilitators of creativity and imagination!

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