May 072015
 

I am very fond of Malachite. I like the color, the patterns and the energy of this stone. I have several pieces of jewelry an orb and a pyramid. Imagine how thrilled I was to see it’s unique patterns and color used in decorating. Imagine using the pattern of this beautiful stone in small accents in your home.

This semiprecious stone has been turning heads since ancient times. See how to incorporate its emerald green swirls into your decor

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Houzz Editorial Staff; writer, design enthusiast, reader, softball player.
Malachite and malachite-inspired decor have long been popular interior design resources due to the mineral’s special characteristics. From antiquity until the 1800s, malachite was used as mineral pigment for green paint. In Italy malachite is called the “peacock stone” and is greatly valued for its intricate patterns. When sliced and polished, malachite is known for its intense green color and beautiful banded masses. The most highly sought after malachite has bands consisting of concentric circles. Polished malachite has been carved into ornaments and worn as jewelry for thousands of years; some ancient civilizations believed that wearing it warded off evil spirits. Find out ways this green gem is being used today and how you can incorporate it into your home.
At a Glance
Name: Malachite; named for the Greek word “mallow” (a green herb)
Category: Carbonate material
Formula: Cu2CO3(OH)2
Color: Bright green, dark green or blackish green

 

Malachite is a copper carbonate mineral most commonly mined in Africa. It is usually found in copper deposits around limestones, which is the source of the carbonate. Other places known for their malachite reserves are Russia, Australia, Brazil and Arizona.

Apr 302015
 

Create a greens-laden tablescape  for Beltane 2015 using   simple things to make your centerpieces and altar pop with green and white. Check out the video below to create the beautiful green and white tablescape. It is beautiful together but if your table does not have room then use the idea to create smaller tablescapes for altars, mantles and coffee tables. This idea is versatile enough to work for Beltane, mother’s day or any gathering where simple and fresh is your goal.

Pair lush greenery and flowers with milk glass for an arrangement that will make any meal memorable

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 Rikki Snyder- Houzz Contributor. Professional photographer and stylist specializing in food, products, still life and interiors. Contributing home tour photographer and writer for Houzz.

For a fresh and personal way to decorate your spring table for brunch, Mother’s Day or any day, combine special pieces from your china cabinet with a beautifully casual mix of fresh flowers and bright green foliage. Get the how-to from New York floral designer Dana Worlock here.

For this setting Worlock stuck with a green color scheme with a hint of pink. The greens include plumosus, hellebores, peonies, dogwood and, for just a little edge, tins filled with grass.

Tools and materials:

  • Clear floral tape
  • Scissors
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Permanent marker
  • Tins


Flowers and foliage:

  • Peonies
  • Ranunculus
  • Paperwhites
  • Plumosus
  • Hellebores
  • Dogwood
  • Flat of grass

Look through your dishes to see what pieces you can use. We opted for a variety of milk glass vases and a cream and sugar set from Ole Carousel Antiques in Stanfordville, New York.

greens-laden tablescape
Apr 292015
 
fresh-cut flowers

Beltane decorating is about flowers, garlands, ribbons and baskets it is a colorful, playful Sabbat.  This Beltane consider bringing spring indoors by decorating with fresh-cut flowers in every room. Look to the video and links below for ideas of how to use fresh-cut flowers through out your home.

Here is my favorite simple flower decoration for this time of year it allows me to add the colors of Beltane to my fresh-cut flowers and buds the easy way:Use a box of food coloring to add playful punch to an array of bud vases.

Fill assorted vases or recycled jars and bottles with water tinted to match a variety of flowers. You can also use white blooms (such as affordable supermarket daisies or carnations), but remember what you learned in elementary science class: Those thirsty petals will take on the hue of your water!

Graceful, lively or dramatic, fresh flowers make rooms of every shape, size and style that much lovelier

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Houzz Contributor. I cover topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz tours, and interviews with designers and architects, to the monthly home maintenance checklist. My favorite pieces to write tend to center around the emotional aspects of home and savoring life’s simple pleasures. Learn more, and follow my adventures in creating a warm and cozy home at http://www.lolalina.com/.

The weather  may be fickle, but we can certainly cheer up our homes with a bit of sunshine in the form of fresh-cut flowers. Let’s celebrate the arrival of spring with these inspiring ideas for displaying flowers in every room of the house.

These days, many flowers are available year-round, but because out-of-season flowers must be grown in a hothouse or shipped from afar, the price can be quite steep. For the freshest blooms on a budget, try these spring picks:

  • Daffodil
  • Crocus
  • Tulip
  • Hyacinth
  • Lilac
  • Freesia
  • Iris
  • Allium
  • Peony
  • Rose
Mar 162015
 

I chose the Ostara 2015 Decorating Ideas based on their simplicity and the ease that they can be used to decorate a table, mantle or altar.  In honor of the season the Ostara 2015 Decorating Ideas feature eggs, and seasonal flowers, vegetables, plain green fronds and plants as well as things you may already have on hand. If your straw hat is not the plain tan type but is one of the more lively colors that are now available still use it, mine is a dark blue, I will be filling it with pale blue eggs which will work just fine in my living room which is done in navy and a light blue gray. Let your imagination be the only limit to your decorating this spring season.

Ostara 2015 Decorating IdeasFlowers-&-Vegetables Display Carrots and lettuce leaves arranged around the inside of the wide vases create a unique look. Keep the vegetables propped up by placing a smaller vase inside the larger one and laying the vegetables in between. Wrap string around the vases for a homespun accent. Place a decorative bird or bunny nearby to give the display a Ostara touch
Split bouquetOstara 2015 Decorating Ideas
Split a single market bouquet among simple glass bottles and jars for a super-easy spring centerpiece.
Ostara 2015 Decorating IdeasCandle Holder Egg Tree
Most any type of candleholder can be transformed by using it to hold beautifully colored eggs. Consider setting eggs on a silver candelabra, brass candlesticks, or even inside little votive cups. Use tacky wax to secure eggs, if necessary.
Super-easy spring colorOstara 2015 Decorating Ideas
Flavored vinegar, olive oil and white wine bottles yield shapely, sparkly vases with delicate spring color for a mantel or tabletop decoration. Choose avariety of sizes, remove labels, fill with water and tuck in fern fronds, fresh from your spring landscape.

 

Ostara 2015 Decorating IdeasBottled up
Create an inexpensive centerpiece from single stems displayed in mixed glassware.

 
Bonnet BasketOstara 2015 Decorating Ideas
Wipe the inside of a straw hat with a dryer sheet to freshen it. Fill the base with wadded dry paper towels for height and tuck in greenery to cover. Fill it with softly colored eggs, either real or artificial. Hollowed-out eggs can be stuffed with paper ribbons that include spring wishes, egg-hunting clues, or even names for place cards.
Ostara 2015 Decorating IdeasSparkly  eggs
Pretty up your candlesticks by displaying glittery eggs.
To decorate eggs, take a damp sponge and coat an egg with white glue. Pour ultra fine glitter into a bowl (or use a paper coffee filter) and roll the egg in it. Ensure all spots are completely covered. Let the egg sit in the glitter until it’s dry.
Egg-cellent wreathOstara 2015 Decorating Ideas
Decorate plastic eggs with washi paper or decoupaged fabric strips. Poke a hole with an awl, then string on wire for a bright note on the front door.

 

 

Source BHG, Midwest Living

 

Mar 162015
 

Ostara 2015 craft ideas cover pom pom flowers and preparing the eggs for decorating.

Ostara 2015 craft ideas  will bring in a breath of freshness and spring to  your decorating. No Flowers blooming in your area yet? That is okay we will make our own from yarn to bring a breath of spring in. Choose your favorite spring color or one of the colors that correspond to Ostara, gold, light green, grass green, robin’s egg blue, lemon yellow, pale pink, anything pastel. Follow the directions below and create cute flowers that can brighten your home until you have the real thing blooming in your yard. We  will also learn how to blow out eggs so you have long lasting clean shells to decorate.

Ostara 2015 craft ideas Spring Pom-Pom Flower Decoration

Faux spring branches and homemade pom-poms crafted from yarn are the perfect Easter accent for a side table or a mantel. Dress up a mason jar with ribbon, fill with small pebbles or birdseed, and stick in branches.

 

To make your own pom-poms from yarn, you’ll need:

A few yards of yarn (we used bulky weight yarn)
A large serving fork with four tines
Scissors
1. Start by holding one end of the yarn toward you. Wrap the ball around the first two tines, then around the second two tines, as if you’re making a Ostara 2015 craft ideasfigure 8. You’ll come back through the middle of the fork each time you wrap the yarn.
2. Continue wrapping your yarn around the fork until the fork is full (or you have approximately 5 inches of yarn left).
Ostara 2015 craft ideas3. Slip the yarn up the center of the fork, and thread your remaining yarn through the middle gap in the fork. Continue to wrap around the middle of the yarn ball, cinching the center together, until you have 2 inches of yarn left. Tie both yarn ends together tightly, and slip the yarn ball off the fork.
4. Once your yarn ball is off the fork, check again to make sure that both yarn ends are tied tightly — this is what holds your pom-pom together!
5. Use scissors to snip the loops at both ends of your yarn ball. Fluff the ends, shaping your pom-pom, and trim as needed.

How to Blow Out Eggs
Use a Dremel Moto Tool or a pair of cuticle scissors to carefully cut a hole slightly larger than 1/8″ diameter at each end of the egg
Place a bulb syringe in one of the holes and blow the contents of the egg out through the other end Rinse the inside of the egg with mild soap, water, and a very small amount of bleach. Let dry.
Paint the shells or decorate as you wish.

Sourve BHG

Feb 012015
 
Imbolc Craft 2015

This edition of Imbolc Crafts 2015 is a family craft idea. We all use herbs in the kitchen and herbs in our magick. So why not decorate some small containers and prepare for your indoor herb garden. Your indoor herb garden does not have to wait until the weather is warm, you can start it as soon as you have seed and soil. I find that using small terracotta pots are ideal for growing herbs on my windows sill.  If you have never done this before you need to know that terracotta pots are likely to leave a damp spot under the water saucer. Painting and sealing them take care of that problem, It also make it possible to place your plants in any room that have ample sunlight for growth without concern for damaging furniture.

Imbolc Crafts 2015

What you will need:

• Clean terracotta pots
• Acrylic craft paints in assorted colors
• Small or medium foam brushes
• Plastic plates
• Cotton swabs
• Small artist’s paint brush
• Fine sandpaper
• Clear spray acrylic

So lets begin: To prep your new terracotta pot your will need to sand the pot lightly with fine sandpaper. Wipe the pot with a damp cotton cloth. This will remove all traces of dust and grit. Let the pot dry before painting. Seal the inside of the terracotta pot.To do this you will need to spray it with 2 to 3 coats of clear acrylic spray paint. The clear paint seals the pot and prevents moisture from leaching through to the ide after the pot is planted. [Do the same for the saucer that goes with the pot] Allow the paint to dry completely before continuing.

Layer the pot with primer paint as its first coatingPaint the outside of the pot. Apply a  coat of acrylic paint. Paint  the top 2 inches of the inside of the pot. There is no need to paint more of the inside because it will be filled with soil. Let the paint dry completely then apply a second coat. Allow the second coat to dry then apply a another coat. Do this until your pot is the desired color. When this is dry it is time to decorate your pot. You can use a sponge dipped in a contrasting color to add designs or you can paint the rim a contrasting color you can also use the cotton swabs to create a design such as dots or stars. The decorating with paint is only as limited as your imagination allows.

Imbolc Crafts 2015 ideas for the both the young crafter and the young at heart.

Here are a few idea for the young magick user to do using Modge Podge- Modge Podge Teracotta Pots the details can be found here:  http://www.selinakerley.com/2013/04/modge-podge.html Modification to the idea includes using comics, or magazine pictures that the little ones pick out themselves. Here is another idea for the young ones to craft their pots for Herb growing: http://www.mamasmiles.com/spring-crafts-for-kids-decorate-terra-cotta-pots/ 

Happy Decorating and planting

Jan 302015
 
candlescapes

The First of February belongs to Brigid, (Brighid, Brigit, Bride,) the Celtic goddess who in later times became revered as a Christian saint. The powerful figure of Brigid the Light-Bringer overlights both pagan and Christian celebrations. So in keeping with the traditions of the season, Light your candles on February 1st at sundown,

There are many ways to enjoy the ambiance of candle lights in your decorating.  This year try creating your own candlescapes. Here are a few tips to use in creating. First the safety tips, place your candlescapes on dining room tables, mantles or coffee tables making sure they can not be bumped or affected by drafts[opening and closing of the entrance doors]. Place your candles at least 2 inches apart and it would be wise as well as decorative to place them on glass tiles, silver tiles, plates or platters, this adds to the ambiance and protect your surface too.. You are not restricted to candles only in the dining room and living room, Imbolc is a time when candles in every room is appropriate. Even your bath room can have its own small candlescape, use votive and tea lights if your bathroom counter area is too small to comfortably place pillar candles.

Having your candlescape in front of a large mirror will double the light show in that room. If your candles will be in your dining room rely on color and not scent to make your decorations pop. Colors for Imbolc are White, Pink, Red, Yellow, lt. Green, Brown. In other area scented candles are a pleasant addition. Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Jasmine are some of the scents in keeping with Imbolc.  To build a truly eye-catching centerpiece, group several candles of varying heights together – at least 3 for a well-balanced look. Using same or similar color tones creates cohesiveness. If your candles are in holders feel free to add some natural components to the display. Yellow flowers,[artificial is okay], evergreen pieces, pebbles and decorative rocks scattered amongst your candlescape will give it and added pop of color and ambiance. Light candles in every room to celebrate Imbolc.

Decorate your altar with candles and evergreens for Imbolc. You may also decorate your hand gardening tools with ribbons in the appropiate colors, clear them, and bless them along with your seeds preparing for the coming planting season.

 

Dec 172014
 

2014 Yule decorations are simple to do, they add sparkle and honor the season of light with the use of candles to make spirits bright.

2014 yule decorationsCranberry candles
For a simple yet stunning centerpiece, place five votive candles (in a variety of Christmas colors) in a line down a red rectangular serving dish. Fill the rest of the dish with cranberries, garnish with a few pine twigs and dust with artificial snow.

 

 
Tray chictraychic
A fancy vintage silver tray becomes a standout centerpiece when dressed with glowing tea lights, several glitzy ornaments, fresh cedar branches and a single pine cone.

ballsoffunsBalls of fun
Create a colorful centerpiece by filling a silver bowl with an assortment of brightly colored ornaments. Place the bowl on a cake stand and cover the extra space on the cake stand with holly and evergreens.

 

 
Fragrant lightfragrantlight

Take advantage of holiday scents by making a fragrant red candle the center of your next Christmas centerpiece. Cut and weave together a bed of artificial evergreen branches. Place the candle in the center of the branches and scatter a collection of colorful ornaments, bells and pinecones around the branches. Garnish with ribbon if desired.
holiday-mantel-decorating-ideas-101713132Mantle
Extra ornaments
Turn surplus ornaments into an easy—and dazzling—holiday display. Decorate a mantel by coordinating colors of ornaments in urns, vases, goblets and bowls of different sizes. Finish with bright green pine branches for a woodsy touch.

Dec 032014
 

Three easy craft ideas for a Glittery Woodland Holiday display that can be used to decorate your mantle, your table or make a stunning statement in your entry way. The decorated candles will go beautifully on altars to for the Yule Holiday. Click on the links below for directions for this easy craft project.

Create a rustic but shimmery arrangement with inexpensive materials and little effort, for festive DIY holiday decor

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We’d been eyeing designer candles in patterned metallics all year when we realized we could create our own for a lot less. Simple white pillar candles in glass jars from the grocery store and leftover pieces of Christmas tree trunk are ideal candidates for a holiday overhaul. For some added color in your display, treat inexpensive glass ball ornaments to a glossy metallic two-tone finish. These three fun and easy DIY projects can add a festive accent to a mantel or table.

A found branch with hand-painted tree trunk ornaments and two-tone glass ornaments crowns this holiday display.

Dec 022014
 

Learn how to make a traditional fresh holiday wreath the easy way

I enjoy hanging fresh greenery in my home for the Winter Holiday season. I however am not the best one to teach the art of making a traditional fresh holiday wreath. So I bring you the next best thing, click on the links below and begin your adventure in wreath making.

Even beginners can follow these simple steps, layering greenery and bright berries to create a beautiful holiday welcome.

Traditional Fresh Holiday Wreath
 Houzz Contributor. Professional photographer and stylist specializing in food, products, still life and interiors. Contributing home tour photographer and writer for Houzz.
Whether  on a front door or above a mantel, few things convey the holidays better than a fresh wreath. Tracy Goldman of Sabellico’s Florist breaks down the process of making a wreath of mixed greenery into eight simple steps, perfect for beginners. Follow along to create your own fresh front door adornment.
Mixing common lemon leaves, available year round, with seasonal greens like huckleberry, incense cedar and boxwood creates a textured look that’s just right for this time of year. Bright red Ilex berries add just the right pinch of color.
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