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Sugared Blooms

February 10, 2015

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In the Kitchen
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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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Sun Printed Valentines

February 9, 2015

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How-To

Sun Printed Valentines

While red and pink hearts are Valentine’s Day mainstays, we're trading traditional greetings for cyanotype cards this year. Crafted by our Art Director using terrain's exclusive sun printing kits, these one-of-a-kind Valentines simply require a sunny day and a pretty arrangement of your favorite botanicals. We especially like feathery ferns, delicate vines, or scattered petals for creating the perfect heart print. Lay out your design and follow the simple instructions included in the kit, then leave the sheet square for framing or cut around the print in a heart shape to make a charming card. Finally, pen your own personal message on the back, and present it to your sweetheart!  

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Watch: A Heart Wreath How-To

February 2, 2015

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At Home
, How-To

As the new month begins, we're feeling refreshed thanks to an abundance of blooming branches all over the house. With Valentine's Day around the corner, we plucked some favorite branches and flowers from their vases for a super-simple DIY. In just a few steps, we created a lovely wreath to celebrate sweetheart season. Watch the video above for our how-to. 

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Ask Our Expert: Cold Weather Birding

From a bright-red cardinal against fresh snow to robins in early spring, we love spotting birds of all shapes and sizes in our gardens. During the winter months, we especially enjoy the color and life that winged visitors bring to our view from the window. For tips on inviting feathered friends to our landscapes this winter, we turned to our Creative Director, Greg L. To draw birds to the garden-- and encourage them to stay throughout the seasons-- Greg shared his essentials for birding during the coldest months. Above all, he stressed the importance of consistency and patience; offer food, water, and shelter throughout the year, and be aware that it might take birds a few weeks to find your garden. If you're just starting out, here are five more tips for a bird-friendly winter landscape.

Full feeders: Make sure to fill your feeders consistently throughout the year, not just during the colder months. If food is available in the spring and summer, birds will come to rely on your garden as a source of food and stay to nest and overwinter.

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With winter in full swing, we love the idea of brightening up the house with a delicate garland made from budding branches. The finished piece can be used to enliven tabletops and mantels with a touch of green. Read on to learn how to make your own in just three simple steps! 

What You’ll Need:
Blooming branches (pictured: white quince)
Angel vine
Floral wire 
Garden snips

1. Cut a mix of blooming and budding branches, choosing more delicate twigs.

2. Join the cut branches together using small wraps of floral wire.

3. Wrap angel vine around the branches for an added pop of green. 

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Whether showcasing indoor plantings or displaying a platter of pastries, we love the versatility of our Silver Footed Plant Stands. Available in a range of sizes from tiny to tall, the possibilities for incorporating these stands into your home are virtually endless. Click through the slides above to see some of our favorite uses, and find a complete list of what you’ll need to achieve each look below!

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Forever Terrariums

December 15, 2014

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Forever Terrariums

This Christmas, we're considering a new possibility for gifting with terrariums. Though we love a classic vessel filled with lush, living plants, we've recently started creating "forever terrariums"-- long-lasting displays of preserved botanicals and curios that don't require a green thumb. We especially like these everlasting creations as gifts for a holiday hostess or a friend who travels frequently. To create the forever terrarium above, we paired a Vintage Hungarian Storage Jar with a bed of sparkling snow and a few shimmering cedar cones, then added a battery-powered strand of our favorite Stargazer Lights for a warm glow. Finally, we topped off the display with some twigs of red winterberry for a holiday twist, and finished with a simple strand of baker's twine for gifting. Head to our stores to find a gorgeous selection of complete forever terrariums, or make your own with natural finds and your favorite vessel

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Handmade Holiday Ribbon

December 11, 2014

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Handmade Holiday Ribbon

This year, we're adding a handmade touch under the tree thanks to Maddie Flanigan, the blogger, photographer, and seamstress behind Madalynne. Maddie kindly took a break from her own holiday projects-- pattern making, sewing, and workshops, to name a few-- and shared a simple wrapping DIY with us. With just a few stitches, she transformed our Linen Ribbon into the season's prettiest topper for gifts of all shapes and sizes.

Maddie says, "To make sure your stitches show up, choose a sturdier thread-- like an upholstery thread or buttonhole twist-- for this project. If you have a sewing machine, the easiest way to create your ribbon is to sew straight down the center with your stitch of choice. To sew by hand, I suggest marking your ribbon with dots about 1/4" apart using a quilting ruler and disappearing marker, which can be found at any craft store. Then, choose a larger-size needle to match the heavier thread, and follow your markings with a zig-zag stitch." We paired the embellished ribbon with our favorite kraft paper and a few botanical accents for a sweet and simple package sure to make Christmas even merrier.

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