I brought home a wedding center piece about 3 weeks ago and I've been creating new arrangements out of it as flowers wilt. This is the last one! These lilies have lasted for such a long time. I have cut them down and I do change out the water and clean the vase. This simple arrangement is pretty and inexpensive! Hopefully this inspires you to keep your wedding flowers going as long as you can!
Fish bowl vase, Hobby Lobby $5.99
Center tall vase, Dollar Tree $1.00
Lilies, $7.99 (at the florist nearby - I checked) ;)
Champagne corks, FREE (I've been collecting for awhile) Sometimes my hoard of oddities goes into something good!
My favorite season is fall, for lots of reasons! But the main reason is my favorite holiday, Halloween. The one night of the year I can really dress up and be something else. What's not to love about that? Haunted houses are romantic... and decorating the house can be fun and amusing. Here's what I'm putting together for this year's Halloween decor, PUNKins!
Here's what you need to start making your very own Punkins.
1) Gourds or small pumpkins
2) Studs of your liking that have the pointed tabs to secure them to your punkin
3) ribbon or string
I bought my gourds a the farmers market and picked up the pictured string/ribbon in the clearance section of Michaels. The studs I bought a long time ago from Aliexpress.com which is like a wholesale eBay type site where you can purchase items in bulk at cost. Everything comes direct from China however so you will wait 6-8 weeks for delivery. Worth it if you have the time I think I only paid $2.00 with shipping for 1,000 studs.
4) Imagination and a design that is simple to follow.
Once you've mapped out your design go ahead and start assembling your Punkin. It should be easy to push the studs into the gourde to secure ribbon or just to embellish the gourde. I'd love to see your creations!
Easy Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting...
I just thought I would share one of my favorite recipes for fall baking. Super easy and delicious! The frosting in the center is sinful and will be a crowd pleaser for sure!
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
What you need:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter NOT natural
8oz softened cream cheese (room temp)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tbs of heavy whipping cream
Use an electric mixer to blend together peanut butter and cream cheese
Add vanilla, and 1 cup of powdered sugar, mix together
Add 1 cup of powdered sugar, blend add 3 tbs of cream
Add final cup of powdered sugar and blend until you have a smooth spreadable frosting
COOL! I know you're tempted but throw that frosting in the fridge for awhile and allow for it to firm up a bit before you spread it.
Besides offering you orchards to pick your favorite variety of Apple, Jim's also boasts the World's largest soda selection inside of Minnesota's largest candy store. So, if apples don't fully appease your sweet tooth... Jim's offers you candy, pie, soda and more. The grounds are really fun to shoot in and the kids will surely be motivated to cooperate with a promised trip inside the shop once you're done with your photo session!
Irvine Park was the space that I hung out in during High School and still seems to be a choice spot for just taking a break. There are inspirational places throughout the park for photographing or enjoying the afternoon. The leaves are just starting to change color and the light is really beautiful here this time of year between 4:30 and 6pm. When you're done have a treat at Mickey's Dining Car just a few blocks away. Gotta love Saint Paul!
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