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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, showing Mom how much we care is at the forefront of our minds. We love the idea of finishing off the perfect present with a handmade tag like the ones above. We created them using the technique of hapa-zome, which literally translates to “leaf-dyeing” in Japanese; artist India Flint coined the phrase when she began hammering the natural pigments of plant specimens to create an image transfer onto cloth. Stylist Alli M. used this process to create beautiful gift tags that are the perfect a topper for a Mother's Day gift or bouquet; the technique can  also be applied to card making and any number of paper or cloth crafts. Read on to learn how to make hapa zome gift tags in just a few easy steps!

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In our region, spring has been cooler than usual. Though we can't wait for the arrival of warm weather, we're loving the longer season for pansies. Available in a dazzling array of colors, these cheerful blooms have been a spring garden favorite since early 19th-century England. Once thought of as weeds, these humble flowers experienced a striking wave of popularity during the Romantic period, when they became a garden staple and a fixture in poetry. During a recent visit to our Styer's nursery, we admired the color stories created by rows and rows of pansies in bloom, ranging from pure white to deep purples and crimsons. Stop by to pick your favorite shades before pansy season ends!

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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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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

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How-To
, At Home

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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The Easter Tree: Floating Flower Ornaments

As Easter approaches, trees and bushes in gardens across Germany will come alive with colorful decorations as citizens carry on the centuries-old tradition of the Easter Tree. In Germany, many Eastern European countries, and the Pennsylvania Dutch communities of the United States, Easter is celebrated with trees decked in colorful eggs that symbolize the return of life and arrival of spring. Indoors, cut branches decorated with bright, spring accessories take the place of trees. Traditionally, the Easter Tree is covered with painted eggs, but we chose our fillable glass ornaments for a fresh take on this cheerful display. Filled with a bit of water and just-plucked blooms, these one-of-a-kind ornaments make for an ephemeral Easter when suspended from blossoming branches.

Get the Look
Tulip Magnolia Branches
Fillable Glass Ornament
Spring Chicken Clip Set

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Sugared Blooms

February 10, 2015

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How-To
, In the Kitchen

Ideal for topping springtime treats, we think the sugared blooms above will be our favorite accent for desserts and drinks all season long. A sprinkling of sugar lends just a touch of sparkle to edible flowers-- we love dried violas or rose petals-- while keeping their natural colors in sight. While making the flowers above, we added a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to our wash, pairing a hint of bright, citrusy flavor with the sugar coating. Atop baked goods, fresh fruit, or a favorite cocktail, these natural beauties make sweets even more special.

What You'll Need:
Edible dried flowers (we used violas)
1 egg white
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
Superfine sugar
Parchment paper
Small, soft-bristle paintbrush
Clean tweezers

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper before beginning. Whisk egg white and lemon juice in a small bowl-- since the egg whites won't be cooked, please be sure to use fresh eggs from a trusted source. Gently hold a single flower with clean tweezers and brush all surfaces with the egg and lemon wash. Sprinkle with superfine sugar, then transfer to the baking sheet. Once all your flowers are sugared, let them sit at room temperature overnight. Use as a sweet garnish for cakes, cupcakes, cocktails, fruit, and more!

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