Jar / Succulent / Dirt / Pebble / Sparkle / Moss / California Winter
Wind whipped hair wrapped in scarves and frosted hands bundled in knitted gloves, sun warm and breeze cold battled the California shoreline over a quick meal before project start.
PROJECT START: small succulents, pebbles, 1 dark dirt, 1 not as dark dirt, jar, moss, sparkle
PROJECT DO: pack dark dirt in side jar 2 in thick. Layer pebbles next, pour glitter/sparkle layer. Nest succulent in center. Pack not as dark dirt 1.5" thick top, securing succulent tight. Layer exposed dirt with moss, tucking into the bottom of succulent.
Inspiration Jar - From succulent in jar to Garden Brunch Bridal Shower invite (below.)
For the shower invite above, I painted the elements using the color scheme from the succulent jars. Scanning and placing the elements, text and texture once the paint was dry to complete the final invite. I printed it on heavy weight card stock with a slight linen embossing for added effect.
Clean, simple thank you notes for your personal use only! Easy Assembling. Download from my Etsy shop HERE
You will need a printer, scissors, 2" circle punch, double sided tape, and double sided foam stickies.
Print the included patterns on a color printer. Cut & fold to fit your desired card size. Using a circle punch, mix and match the patterns adhering with foam tape. Included in the package download are "thank you's" in different font styles. Choose and cut the perfect "Thank You" to stick to the front of your card for the finishing touch!
Click here to purchase and print out for your own personal use.
My family's tradition is to do something different each year revolving around our mutual gratitude for each other's presence. Last year we decorated the table, allowing guests to sit wherever they like, ignoring the beautifully written placecards (rule was that you could not sit at the placesetting with your name.) At the end of the meal, the "thankfulness" started with the head of the table's placecard. He shared something he was thankful for that person (named on the placecard.) We went around the entire table, taking turns reading our placecard's name and stating why we were thankful for that person in our lives. Laughs, tears and hugs were undoubtedly shared throughout the time of genuine gratefulness and encouragement.
Above - I folded a 10 x 8 piece of the bat pattern in half long-side. I cut a bat out of the extra scrap bat pattern, and foam-taped in onto the folded piece. With a white piece of paper I wrote "happy halloween" using a black felt tip pen. I used double-sided sticky tape to secure it below the bat cutout. - I lined the inside of a Paper Source cream-colored envelope with the turquoise spider-web paper. CARD DONE!
download the below designs (download click here) print, fold, cut and paste...stuff in envelopes and have a Happy Halloween - (on etsy - $2.50 for all 8 designs)
This is a simple project that is not only beautiful for your own autumn decor, but also as a hostess gift for all of your fall festivities.
The large one featured above was created/designed by my gorgeous, beyond-creative friend and new mom, Erin. She gave me a step by step that I mimicked and tailored to fit a quick hostess gift I was in immediate need of. Took me less than 15 minutes, and total cost was under $15.00.
I started with a small pumpkin, spanish moss, a 2" succulent, sparkly wire (found at local craft store) hot glue gun and clothes pins.
I first adhered the sparkly wire to the pumpkin with the hot glue gun. Liberally apply the glue, and the moss will stick to the excess (top/bottom glue from the wire-glue-job.) The moss follows the circle crown of the wire, leaving the center of the pumpkin stem area clear.
Insert the 2" succulent in that 'clear' area and fold it into the excess moss.
Hot glue the clothes pin to the wire.
Use the clothes pin to secure the note to your host or hostess.
...less than 15 minutes later you have a DIY completed hostess gift...
An evening full of my Halloween favorites, including the indulgence of sweet/spicy margaritas and fresh popcorn. This time of year in Orange County, creepy male tarantulas are out trying to find a mate, reese's pieces are abundantly stocking the local market's shelves, and the morning's crisp air hints at a mild weather change.
Skinny Witch Margarita Mix
In a pitcher mix one cup freshly squeezed lime juice. Add one fourth cup organic ginger ale (or more to taste.) Mix in 8 cups of your favorite sparkling water. Rim each glass with Tajin (instead of margarita salt: this is the Witch version.) Add ice to the glass, and pour a shot of tequila over the cold blocks. Add the mixture and stir once. Skinny Witch is ready witches!