Fall Centerpiece 2.0

One of the great things about using these hydrangeas when they’re past their prime, is that they don’t need water because they’re already dead, so as long as you are gentle with them, they’re good for as long as you need them!!

After gathering with family to celebrate my parents birthdays I couldn’t bear to toss the flowers out into the compost but because we only need six seats for daily meals, we needed to put the table back to its smaller size.

I had been thinking about what I wanted to do next with the flowers so I got to work dismantling the flowers and table. I have a thing for old wooden boxes, especially long ones. I just find them both functional and beautiful. I grabbed my favorite, okay I grabbed the only one that hasn’t been attached to a wall, and got to work. I lined the box with part of the packing paper from the table runner and started to fill the box until it was nice and full. Then I needed to dismantle the table and put the leaves away.

We purchased our table through Wayfair {they’ve got just what you need}. Our kitchen/dining space is long and narrow, and our previous farm table was extra wide so I never felt that it really fit well in this space. I knew that I wanted something a bit narrower but also longer. You can find the listing for the table here. It’s actually on sale at the moment at a great price! It’s sturdy, yet lightweight, and has self-storage for three leaves and is a easy to change up when needed. I was able to dismantle it on my own. This is not an affiliate post, I just wanted to share the information with you in case any one was interested.

Currently this arrangement is living on top of a shelf in the kitchen because we tend to do everything at this table; school, work, eat, play, puzzles, crafts, etc. Due to the constant activity, centerpieces don’t tend to stay on the table for very long. Although beautiful and fun, centerpieces on the table aren’t very functional for us.

Typically you’ll find our table looking more like this

I had wanted to post this last week, as of now, the box of dried hydrangeas is sitting on the floor in the garage. I still can’t bear to toss them and am thinking that tucking them into a Christmas tree may be the next step! I’ll keep you posted!!!



Fall Centerpiece

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed the pictures of my hydrangeas over the past few weeks. They go from white, to a lime green, then head into beautiful shades of pinks before they are done for the year.

If you just took a quick glance at them, you would cast them off as dying or dead. But upon closer inspection, you would find that their show isn’t over just yet.

We celebrated my parents birthdays in October and I decided to bring some of these beauties in so that we could enjoy them the night of the celebration. I got my garden scissors and started snipping.

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted the arrangement to look like, so I knew that I needed different size blooms and lengths of stem. Once inside, I laid them out on the floor to separate each stem and flower, I sprayed them with a little bit of Thieves household cleaner, hoping that it would encourage any critters to move out! I’m not really sure that it worked. {lol}

I also gathered some mini pumpkins from around the house to tuck in here and there and eventually added a few old bottles as well. Of course the concern was where we would put the food, but I was confident we’d work it out.

In the end, I was very happy with how it all turned out! We had plenty of space for the food and family and it was a sweet night of celebrating.









Gatherings: { T I F F A N Y }

This gathering was just about a year ago and now we're getting ready to do a first birthday for Tiffany's little man!!  It's crazy how quickly times flies!!

Typically Gatherings is about the special event and/or person that is being honored at the event but Tiffany wanted to share about her experience with How Sweet Cookies.

Hello all reading this who are considering using Lorraine for her extraordinary baking and cookie designs, do no think twice. I planned my baby shower from Florida with my mother and put my faith in Lorraine to create the most exquisite safari themed cookies for my shower. This is my first baby and I am very thrilled to be able to share this day with Lorraine and everyone else reading her blog. She truly made the day with the perfect touch of her cookies. We handed them out as favors for the guests, who were so honored just to even receive them! I know this blog post is suppose to be about me and my baby shower but I feel as though Lorraine did such an awesome job that she needs to be highlighted for her wonderful ability. Thank you Lorraine and I hope you can ship to Florida because I would love to use you time and time again!


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Tiffany thank you for your kind words, sharing your experience with How Sweet Cookies and mostly for putting your trust in me from hundreds of miles away!  I am so honored to have had a part in celebrating your little babe and to help make your day and your guests day a little sweeter.  I am looking forward to helping to do the same for his first birthday!!  I can't wait to hear all about his first year!!