For a luxe accent in the Easter home, we're dressing up tiny egg tie-ons with a touch of gold. A gold leaf kit and stencil brush are all you'll need to craft these sophisticated toppers for a grown-up take on the traditional egg hunt. This simple DIY has a big impact on Easter decorating, adding lustrous shine to Easter trees, tablescapes, or baskets. We especially love pairing them with blooming branches and mixed material eggs in verdigris and natural hues, as shown above, for a striking spring arrangement.

What You'll Need:
Miniature egg tie-ons
Gold leaf
Metal leaf adhesive (may be included with gold leaf sheets)
Dry stencil paintbrush

1. Start by brushing an individual egg with adhesive. For a mottled look, brush sparingly; for a fully gilded look, cover the entire egg.

2. Press the golf leaf onto the egg, shiny-side down. Burnish with fingertips, smoothing any imperfections or seams. 

3. Peel away the paper backing and use the dry stencil brush to remove a bit of the gold leaf if you'd like a more mottled finish. For a fully gilded look, leave as-is.

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Our Best Baskets for Easter Gifts

Easter baskets don’t have to be for just the kids; this year, we're using these classic carriers as unconventional wrap for springtime gifting. Whether you're thanking a hostess, celebrating a shower, or simply surprising a friend, a bountiful basket is sure to be a welcome treat. Even better, the gift wrap is a gift in itself! Simply decide on a theme – we chose gifts for the food lover (left), and a spring celebration (right)—then create a base of fresh greens and flowers in your favorite basket, tucking all the goodies among them. Read on for our basket ingredients, or dream up your own springtime gifts.

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A Spring Giveaway

March 20, 2015

Tags:
At Home
, Outdoor Living

We're celebrating the long-awaited arrival of spring with an Instagram giveaway! For a chance to win (it's easy!):

1. Follow us on Instagram here
2. Post your own #terrainsignsofspring and tag us @shopterrain

On April 1st, one winner will be chosen for a $500 terrain gift card to spend readying her garden and home for the new season!

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Always the star of the table at our Garden Cafe, fresh-baked bread pots make a big impression at the beginning of any meal. To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we're filling classic, terracotta flower pots with traditional soda bread courtesy of Styer's Pastry Chef Kara Wisely. Kara shared her family recipe for a delicious bread dotted with currants that we're feeling lucky to enjoy from breakfast to dinner. 

Irish Soda Bread
(makes 1 bread pot)

7 oz. all-purpose flour
2.5 oz. oats
1 oz. whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon milk powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup currrants
9.25 oz. buttermilk 
Food safe terracotta pot (approx. 4"H, 4" diameter)

Heat the oven to 475°F. Throughout preparation, mix by hand for best results. Place all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Add currants and mix until combined. Slowly add buttermilk and stir until incorporated; dough will be moist. Sprinkle some flour onto the dough, then turn onto a floured surface and work with hands until the dough is no longer sticky. Spray a food safe terracotta pot heavily with baking spray. Roll the dough into a circle, then fit gently into the pot. Place the pot on a baking tray and bake at 475°F for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 450°F, then bake for an additional 15 minutes. Enjoy with fresh butter!

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While we love bunnies and blooms, undoubtedly the best part of Easter is a basket overflowing with candy. This year, we're welcoming a bigger confection collection than ever, filled with elegant eggs, playful critters, and delicate spring pastels. Some of our most exciting arrivals are from a local maker-- Delaware's Lock and Key Confectionery; we're beautifying our baskets with their indulgent, gold-topped chocolates and a cheerful crop of veggies. Recently, Lock and Key's Samantha Betley stopped by our office to make a batch of her spectacular sweets and chat about all things candy. 

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Bringing a hint of spring to the table as we await its arrival outdoors, our botanical napkin rings are a simple and impactful accent for seasonal gatherings. We started with linens in pale pastels and crisp neutrals, then plucked a few of our favorite sprigs-- dried cotton, roses, eucalyptus, and margarita flowers are pictured above. If it's warm where you are, garden fresh cuts would also make for lovely toppers. Simply tie your specimen atop the napkin with a length of delicate ribbon, then finish the look with a sweet Easter embellishment like a tiny, speckled egg.

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How-To: Tabletop Twig Nest

March 11, 2015

Tags:
At Home
, How-To

Not just for the birds, nests are taking shape as some of our favorite adornments for a natural Easter. In a few simple steps, you can create your own decorative nest to welcome spring around the house. Begin with a handful of moss-covered twigs and wet them for easy shaping. Weave the flexible twigs together loosely to form a rounded base, then tuck in your choice of foraged accents-- we picked dried grass, moss and lichensprigs of fern, and dainty angel vine clippings. Add a few blossoms for a pop of color, and top off your nest with tiny, speckled quail eggs. Place the finished nest in a favorite tray or dish as a sweet Easter centerpiece, or use it to enliven a spring basket or planter.

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