Everything Home Magazine April 2016

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Dear Lillie Chats with EH Magazine!

Written by: Kelly Fellin

49 Pet Perfect EH Reader Pets

30 April Printable “Home”

14 Photo Corner Spring Photography

Do you and your family have a fun holiday tradition? We want to hear about it! Share your special or unique tradition with us by using the hashtag #myEHtradition on your social media posts and your name and 4 tradition could end up in next month’s issue!Note From the Editors 10 Ready, Set, DIY! Whimsical Hot Air Balloon

15 The Inspired Room: A Farmhouse Dining Room with Deborah at BVintage

20 Makers of the Month:

41 What’s Trending Now? Spring is Here

Simply French Market Wood & Button

63 50 Recycled & Re-Loved Pet Perfect Spring Patio Makeover

67 45 16 Crafty Kids Fall Printable Fresh Flower Photo Corner Bags

27 On the Cover

604 Tablescapes Note From the Editors

Charming Sunroom with Karen-Somewhere on Main

Al Fresco Dining with: Oscar 8 Bravo

Room Renovations Take a peek at a carriage house DIY renovation

37 Farm to Table Recipes

13 Ready, Set, DIY!

Double Layer Cheesecake

DIY Wire Pumpkins

44 Everything Found

17 The Inspired Room

The Art of Vintage with Lindsay Hill Interiors

Wood & warm nature tones at The Wood Grain Cottage

51 Everything Fashion

20 Makers of the Month

Swing into Spring: Top Picks

Simply Made by Erin Paint Me Pink Shop

57 54 52 Recycled & Re-Loved What’s Trending Now? A Husband/Wife Upcycling Duo See the Newest in Home Decor

25to Grow Room Feature: Whimsy Florals with Design

at the Farm LovesFall Detail A fun peek at Happy Days Farm

A Note from the Editors

Everything Home Magazine: Spring Has Sprung! Collette Osuna Editor-in-Chief

Happy amazing spring readers! Warmer weather is making an appearance, spring cleaning is underway, and many plans are being made for the warmer months ahead with family and friends. This time of year is perfect to reflect on last season and to renew your home and life for all that is to come this summer. Whatever you choose to do in the month of April, make it about fresh starts and new memories with the ones you love!

Daraka McCrackin Please visit the Our Contributors page to learn more about our wonderful contributors. Read their bios and Managing Editor visit the links to their blogs and Instagram accounts. Also, feel free to leave comments on the articles to share your thoughts or ask the particular author a question. They would love to hear your feedback. We appreciate your support and are so happy to have you as a reader of Everything Home Magazine.

From our homes to yours, cheers to a happy April!

Collette & Daraka info@everythinghomemagazine.com EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

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Editor-in-Chief Collette Osuna Managing Editor Daraka McCrackin

Cover Writer: Contributor Recycled & Re-Loved: Contributor Everything Found: Contributor Tablescapes: Contributor Room to Grow: Contributor Ready, Set, DIY: Contributor Crafty Kids: Contributor What’s Trending Now Contributor The Inspired Room: Contributor Pet Perfect: Contributor Farm to Table Recipes Recycled & Re-Loved: Contributor Monthly Printable: Contributor Everything Fashion: Contributor

Allison Meece Lauren Ashworth Wendy Durnwald Oscar Bravo Brooke Christen Jenna Gentry Loren Miller Keila Bernowitz Annie Anderson Chloe Wisner Prudy Blank Deborah Sommerlot Jennifer Reed Anneke McConnell

meet the contributors Pet Perfect


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Chloe Wisner

Jennifer Reed

Chloe is an avid beauty blogger and animal lover! She loves everything beauty and fashion and designing jewelry. You can find Chloe reviewing the newest beauty products at her blog Chloe Does Glam.

Jennifer resides in Forney, Texas and is happily married to a Firefighter/Paramedic and has 2 young children. She is the Owner & Creative Director of an online gift & lifestyle shop called The Sister Studio.

Wendy Durnwald

#EHpets & #EHbeauty


Wendy lives in Georgia with her husband and five kids. She has a passion to help others turn their house into a cozy home. Find Wendy at her blog Life on the Shady Grove. #EHfound

Crafty Kids

Trending Now


Loren Miller

Keila Bernowitz

Oscar Bravo



Loren is a wife and mother to 3 young children. She is an esthetician, make-up artist, and writer at The Society Letters. Find Loren on Instagram loren_miller. #EHkidcrafts

Keila is a lifestyle blogger Oscar is an interior decorator and currently resides in and blogger from San Diego, South Florida. She has a love California. He has a passion to for all things floral and classic. help people decorate their Find inspiration from homes on a budget. Find Keila at her blog Oscar at his blog Home and Hydrangeas. Oscar Bravo Home.

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Allison Meece

Allison has a passion for decorating & DIY. Currently turning a California house into a home while loving a furry little dog. She shares it all on her blog A House and A Dog #EHstyle & #EHcover

Farm to Table

Prudy Blank

Room to Grow

Brooke Christen

Prudy is a passionate home Brooke has 18 years design cook from Wheatfield, New experience and recently York. She shares delicious, moved to Connecticut. She beautiful, and easy recipes with enjoys working on her 1950’s her family and friends at her home with her husband and blog butter, basil, & 2 daughters. Find Brooke at breadcrumbs. her blog Nesting with Grace. #EHkidspaces #EHrecipes

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The Inspired Room

Recycled & Re-loved

Anneke McConnell

Annie Anderson

Deborah Sommerlot

Anneke resides in Seattle, WA with her husband and 3 kiddos. She is a designer, blogger at Coastal Collective Co., and life/biz coach that enjoys life on the water, reading, painting, and fashion. Find Anneke on Instagram @annekemcconnell.

Annie is a stay at home mom who loves cooking, painting, and decorating her home. She is passionate about sharing how to do it all on a budget. Find inspiration from Annie at her blog Zevy Joy.

Deborah is a lifestyle blogger who loves to inspire others in salvaging time, money, resources, and moments through upcycling. Find Deborah at her blog Salvage Sister & Mister.



meet the contributors Your photo could be here! Recycled & Re-loved

Ready, Set, DIY

Lauren Ashworth

Jenna Gentry

Lauren is a wife, mom, and dĂŠcor and organization enthusiast. Her family lives in Alabama where they are remodeling a 100 year old farmhouse. Find Lauren on Instagram @mrslaurenash. #EHrecycled

Jenna is a stay at home mom who loves DIY and home projects. Most days, you will find her dancing with her kids or in the garage working on her Etsy shop. Find Jenna on Instagram @rusted_design. #EHdiy

We are continuing to grow here at Everything Home and would love to hear ideas you may have for columns. We would love to know what you would like to see in future issues! Let us know by sending us an email at info@everythinghomemagazine. com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Want a chance to have your home, DIY project , or pet featured? Use the hashtag found at the bottom of each contributors bio on your social media posts! Our contributors use the hashtag to find future features!

Written by: Kelly Fellin

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DIY Whimsical Hot Air Balloon Written by: Jenna Gentry


We recently moved out of the city to a more remote part of Phoenix. Since moving up here, we’ve been spoiled with some beautiful scenery, crazy wildlife, and awesome views of the mountains. But we especially look forward to seeing the 20-30 hot air balloons that launch right down the road from us every morning. My youngest daughter has fallen in love with them, and asked me to make her some hot air balloons for her room. JoAnn Stores has a great tutorial for making one, and using their instructions (along with a little trial and error), ours turned out great! I thought you all might like to see how we made it, with some step by step photos of the process.

*Supplies Needed* • • • • • • • • • • •

1 latex balloon 7-10 large fabric doilies – I found mine at Michaels for $1.50 a piece Fabric stiffener – buy a few bottles because you’ll use a lot Large bowl Latex gloves for handling wet doilies (optional) Plastic wrap Needle Glue gun Scissors Rope, decorative ribbon, lace, bows, etc. Small basket or box

Step 1: Blow up balloon to desired size. To hold it in place, tape it to the table or put it in your basket.

Step 2: Pour fabric stiffener into a large bag or bowl. Dip a doily in and fully saturate it. Squeeze out the excess, and place it on top of balloon, making sure all edges are completely flat. Repeat this process, overlapping the edges until the entire balloon is covered. If doilies start to slide off, put plastic wrap around balloon to hold them in place. This will slow down the drying time, so as soon as the doilies seem to be set in place (a few hours) remove the plastic wrap. Allow about 24 hours for drying time. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016





5 Step 3: Make sure the doilies are completely dry. Using a needle, carefully pop the balloon and remove it. If any areas start to detach, hot glue them back together. You now have your balloon top ready!

Step 4: Starting at the top of balloon, measure 4


pieces of rope down to desired length for where you want the basket to hang. Evenly space and hot glue the rope to the top and down the sides. Glue the ends to the inside corners of the basket.

Step 5: Get creative and add your ribbons and bows. Use hot glue to attach everything.

Step 6: Thread a piece of rope through two holes in the doilies up top and tie it in a bow. I screwed an eye hook into the ceiling and hung it from there.

That’s it! You’ll need at least 2 days for this project from start to finish. If you decide to make one, tag Everything Home Magazine on Facebook and Instagram so we can see it. You can find more of my projects and home DIY’s on Instagram @_simplyjenna

Tag your pictures using the hashtag #EHdiy for your chance to be featured in an upcoming issue! EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

photo corner Monthly Photography Tips And Tricks

Written by: Kelly Fellin

(with Paula @paulagoff) We love this gorgeous floral photography from Paula Goff‌‌just in time for Spring! Check out her Instagram & Etsy shop for more inspiration!

the inspired room One Room Inspiration for All

A Farmhouse Dining Room With Vintage Charm


reativity and character fill Deborah’s dining room from B Vintage. As you enter the space you are greeted with significant letters that define the room for its exact purpose: eating. The wood tones that grace this room are varying in shade. They are weathered and loved, a feature that describes this room well. Many of the pieces have been thrifted


Written by: Annie Anderson and handed down, each carrying stories of their own. They are used and yet they are treasured, and as a result they are priceless. While shopping for her furniture on a budget, Deborah has found ways to make her house a home. She has thought outside the box with her design plans and created statement pieces that could not be bought.

One such example is the ladder/light fixture that so eloquently hangs above their handmade farmhouse table. Furniture has been restored or painted to perfectly fit in, as if it always belonged there. Specifically, her grandmother’s white hutch and the chicken wire that adorns it, which was a special addition from her grandfather’s farm. Or the intricate sidebar rescued before it was nearly thrown out by a sweet couple no longer in need of it.

Similar dining chairs found at Target

Combining metal dining chairs with a rustic bench helps define this spot, giving it an industrial farmhouse style. Romantic elements enhance the space allowing it to feel floral and fresh. Scrolling lines, pretty blooms and bright linens accent her place making it a heartfelt home. The table is fit for a feast,

but more importantly it is made to accommodate those whom she loves. Deborah has done a lovely job finding her style, rather than following rules or trends, it speaks of her likes and tastes. This is something to strive for when creating spaces of our own, that they may truly be ours.

Find Deborah at her blog B Vintage for more inspiration. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

Written by: Kelly Fellin

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maker of I love seeing an item that inspires me and then adding my own twist to it and making it my own. -Terri

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Written by: Daraka McCrackin

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely can never have enough throw pillows and blankets laying around. The more the merrier right? With over 500 different items in their shop, Andi & Terri, husband and wife owners of Simply French Market, will not disappoint when looking for the perfect addition to your sofa, chair, or wherever you need a comfy pillow! They are a power duo that can create just about any design you dream up!

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the month Hi Terri! Can you tell us a little about what inspired you to start your business? Always being an entrepreneur and loving to create things for myself and my home, I decided to make that one extra, (which was a burlap and white cotton ruffled shower curtain) and see if anyone else would like it too and actually pay for it? Well, that’s all it took, and I was off and running. I began making items that I liked and thought if they didn’t sell, they would go perfect in my house. Much to my surprise, other people had the same taste in home decor as I did. It has evolved to over 500 items from burlap shower curtains to boxwood wreaths. Personalized items have been a big hit, from prints to pillows and family tree items. A lot of my inspiration for new products comes from my customers, they love to give me an idea that they have and let me create it for them. I love seeing an item that inspires me and then adding my own twist to it and making it my own. Every items gets that handmade feel. I opened Simply French Market in May 2010 and have had close to 14,000 sales to date. Needing some help with orders I enlisted my husband Andy to take over the shipping duties. Those duties turned in to teaching him how to sew and now he’s working side by side with me every day. He’s sometimes referred to as the “Burlap King”. Seeing as we go through hundreds of yards of burlap every month. People think we’re crazy but it works for us. We’ve been married for 25 years and this has given us the ability to be there for our three sons as they grow. Can you tell us a little about the products you offer? Here at Simply French Market, you can get your shower curtains, curtain panels or valances for your rustic, beach, cottage or farmhouse decor. Add a few personalized prints and pillows from a variety of fabrics, add a bit of green with a boxwood wreath and not to forget the family tree items for the person in your life who has everything.

Coming soon! Farmhouse Throws

Do you do custom orders/designs? Almost all my items can be customized to some extent. Everything is made to order! You can choose your fabrics, fonts, trims, lengths, widths, and more. What is the turnaround time for an order? My pillows and prints are usually 2-4 days, shower curtain and curtain panels are approx. one week. You can always ask if you need it for a particular time. Do you ship worldwide or just to the US? I do ship to Canada (not all items have Canada on them yet). Just ask, I will get it done for you. I also ship to other countries, just ask and I can get you pricing.

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Distressed Wood Easel in White/Rustic Brown

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Written by: Collette Osuna

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What was your main inspiration to start a small business? We are attempting to create a more back to basics lifestyle for our family through crafting, gardening, homeschooling, raising a few dairy goats and a flock of chickens and ducks. Audrey laid the foundation for Wood and Button about ten years ago. It happened gradually, like most things do, but she began making a few items to give as gifts, which lead to selling a few things, which started the ball rolling towards launching her own craft company in 2008. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

If you love to support small shops and handmade items, you will be over the moon with excitement to meet my feature Maker of the Month, Wood and Button! Rory and Audrey Joyce of Wood and Button operate a home based craft company specializing in handmade wooden and fabric items for your home and kitchen. They are a husband and wife team living on a small homestead in the foothills of North Carolina with two children. Let’s learn more about this amazing duo!

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Do you create all designs yourself? When it comes to sewing and even making spoons, it is difficult to create a design that is 100% original. Most of our designs have certainly been inspired by the countless other crafters from around the world that have perfected certain designs. We try to put a recognizable touch into everything that we make. The highest compliment that we get is when someone can recognize our work without looking at the tag. Audrey sews a number of high quality items including one of a kind bags, aprons, and baby blankets. She also created a line of reversible and reusable fabric coffee sleeves for those disposable coffee house cups. Each coffee cuff has two different designer fabrics and a button on each side which allows you to customize your daily cup and say “No thank you� to the disposable cardboard sleeve at your local cafe. Rory is creating wooden kitchenware using original and traditional designs. The goal is to be beautiful, functional and last a lifetime. Much of the woods that we use come from local Maple, Cherry and Black Walnut trees. A neighbor may need a fallen tree cut up and hauled off and we can use the wood for projects and also for fire wood. A win win! We also purchase some of the more exotic woods from local woodworking shops. Our favorite item is the wooden coffee scoop. A coffee scoop or spoon is created by splitting a log down the middle, removing the inner most portion called the pith, drawing the spoon outline onto the wood and cutting the rough shape out with a saw. From there they are shaped by hand and the bowl part of the spoon is removed with metal gouges and spoon carving knives. Each piece is sanded glassy smooth and finished with a homemade mixture of walnut oil and beeswax.

Do you have another job besides running your store? Audrey is now a full time stay at home mom, homeschool teacher, crafter and countless other titles associated with running a small family farm. She learned to sew and crochet as a child from her mom and grandmother and continued to use those skills mending and sewing when opportunities presented themselves. Using those skills to start her own business has allowed her to be “job free� for over 6 years. Rory is the wood worker of the team and creates coffee scoops, kitchen utensils, cutting boards and other wooden crafts from local and exotic hardwoods. He currently works a day job 4 days a week but hopes to one day become a full time crafter and homesteader. Do you create custom orders? We set up a craft booth at many festivals around the state of North Carolina as well as at the Hickory Farmers Market in downtown Hickory, NC during the months of April through November. We currently sell our goods online through our Etsy shop and are also very active on Instagram. We are happy to take special requests and custom orders. Many items may be created from start to finish within a week or so. Most items found in our Etsy shop or on previous Instagram posts may not be available currently, but can be always recreated.

Thank you! We know our readers love you as much as we do! Do you own a small business or Etsy store and want to be featured in Everything Home Magazine? Tag your Instagram product photos using the #ehmaker hashtag!

Charming Sunroom with Haneen Matt

Written by: Allison Meece

Spring is finally here and it’s my favorite time of the year! The smell of fresh morning air, blooming flowers, and the sight of green grass is such a joy. It is a new season for many things including spring cleaning, house projects, fresh landscaping, and even time for more DIY projects with warmer weather rolling in.

Spring is the best part of the year for this old house and it is when the curb appeal is in full affect. With the spring rain pouring in, the luscious grass and old trees turn a gorgeous green that surrounds the brick house. When the dogs aren’t running around and playing outside, they can be found soaking up the sun in the family’s sunroom. In fact, Who doesn’t dream of living in a charming the sunroom is one of the whole family’s old house? When I first laid eyes on Karen favorite places to hang out. Karen, her Wilshire’s 1908 home, I was in love with its husband and their children spend charm. Old houses always have a story to countless hours gathered around the tell and Karen and her family have a great table playing boards games, laughing, one. Karen has been turning this old little and making great memories. house into the perfect home for her four children, husband and their chocolate labs.

Karen shares her 1908 home with her four children, husband, their chocolate lab & countless other labs that have been rescued and fostered over the years. You can see more of her beautiful home on Instagram @somewhereonmain.

When dogs aren't trailing behind her, Karen can be found updating and DIYing her home. She started her sunroom transformation last year by updating it with white paint, new furniture and a DIY game table. The sunroom is perfect on a quiet morning with the bright sunshine pouring in through the windows. Karen loves to sit and enjoy the morning sun with a hot cup of coffee. She likes to keep her home neutral, comfortable, and decorated with lots of greenery. Fresh flowers can be found in almost every room, bringing the outdoors in. It is easy to enjoy an outdoor space and sunroom as beautiful as Karen’s but, I have a feeling most of us aren’t that lucky to live in a charming old home. However, adding greenery (real or faux), fresh flowers, flowing drapery, lightening up a wall color, and bringing in durable fabrics, and texture are great ways to bring life to an indoor space. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | April 2016

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There’s no better feeling in the world than coming home to those you love! Share this printable with your family and friends and enjoy the beauty of the spring season. Please remember to tag any photos of your printable using the hashtag #EHprintable for a chance to be featured on the Everything Home Magazine Instagram account. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

Created by: Jennifer Reed

@dearlillie If you are an avid lover of home decor, chances are you have come across the amazingly talented Jenni of Dear Lillie! Not only does Jenni have a loyal following of readers to her blog, Dear Lillie, she also has over 167,000 Instagram friends who turn to her for daily home decor inspiration. Jenni has a fun and natural way of combining unique textures and colors using pieces in interesting ways.

If you have a few hours to get lost on Jenni’s blog or drool over each of her Instagram photos, I encourage you to take a peek. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

Let’s learn more about this home decor powerhouse and see what makes her tick. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I loved writing it!


Christine Hebbring Jennifer Murray/ Painted Fox EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

Written by: Collette Osuna

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~How would you best describe your design style?

I consider it to be kind of a traditional style touches of rustic farmhouse with a handful of small more modern twists. I think most often I describe it as being kind of a casual elegance. I like each space to feel visually appealing, but also welcoming and soothing as well. ~Do you have formal design education? I studied at the New York School of Interior Design for a year before transferring and ultimately getting my degree in graphic design.

~What inspires you today? Oh goodness, I find inspiration just about everywhere - from just watching my kids, family and friends to exploring nature, our beautiful town, the beautiful towns in New England that we visit regularly, perusing magazines, Instagram, Pinterest, local shops and even places like Target - ha! ~How long have you been an interior designer?

Christine Hebbring Jennifer Murray/ Painted Fox

Because I don't have a degree in interior design I wouldn't consider myself an interior designer - more of a graphic designer who loves to decorate - ha! And I have been out of school and doing that for over ten years now.

~What makes a happy home in your eyes? Knowing that our little family and all of our extended family and friends always feel welcome and know that our home is always open to them. And because I am a little OCD sometimes, I'd say for me a tidy home is a happy home too - ha!

~Do you have any design rules? Honestly, not really. I mean I think focusing on scale, texture and color is all important. But ultimately I think you just want to focus on using pieces that you love or that mean something to you and not take it too seriously, or worry too much about it being or looking perfect. ~What are some of your favorite completed design projects? I am really happy with how our kitchen and family room turned out - we really updated the space and it's now the space we spend 90% of our day! I also am happy with our den which we just added some finished touches to this week as well as our dining room which we've been playing around with quite a bit lately. ~What is your favorite book or magazine on design? website you visit often? My favorite magazine is Country Living. I don't have a specific website I visit regularlybut I often find designers who's work I love on Christine Hebbring Pinterest or Instagram and then head over to Jennifer Murray/ Painted Foxof their work. their websites to explore more

We love how Jenni uses wicker trunks & fur throw pillows to create fun texture!

Stay the course. Don't let others discourage you. You will always run into nay sayers and doubters. You know the type.. glass half empty. Disregard this negativity.

~What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?

I guess just that I feel like I always have so many ideas in my head but am not always able to bring them to life due to time or budget. The most rewarding part of a project is definitely adding those final touches once you've finished a project - just those last little finishing touches and once it's done stylizing it a bit with fresh flowers and taking photographs of the finished product - that's definitely the most rewarding part I think! ~If you had no limit of money or resources, describe the type of space you would create.? I would love to either do a beautiful country farmhouse from top to bottom with a slight industrial twist with lots of beautiful warm woodwork mixed in with lots of whites and blacks for a elegant yet still warm look or do a very traditional historical type home and modernize it a bit with updates kitchen and bathrooms but still keep the traditional and classic type feel to it overall. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

~What are your favorite types of design elements to work with? (paint colors, textures, etc.) I love working with fabrics and rugs and adding as much texture as possible to a room and then using paint colors to accent and pull out the best colors from the textiles in the room. Where do you reside (general area)

family dynamic?

~What advice do you have for young designers reading this interview?

You want to make your clients happy and make the space feel like it is an extension of them but it's also fun to add your stamp to it as well, as that is why they hired you for the touch you bring to the design. Also, just have fun. Pretty much everyone has slightly different taste so what one person might absolutely love another could hate and that doesn't mean the design was bad or wrong. It's just a matter of taste so if you and your clients are happy with the space once it's done don't let any of the negative comments or opinions people have bother you! ~Where do you reside (general area) family dynamic? I am married to a college basketball coach and we live in Virginia with our two young girls, Lillian and Lorelei. We spend quite a bit of time in New England as well as our business is run out of New Hampshire and most of my family lives up there.

For more decor inspiration please visit the Dear Lillie blog & follow along with her Instagram! EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

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Delectable Written by: Prudy Blank EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

Imagine this... A beautiful March day, a bright sun shining from blue skies. There were no sounds coming through my windows (because it was so beautiful out, I could open my windows on what was technically still in the winter season!). And then I heard her. I stopped and listened. And there it was again. I ran to the window to try to see her, because I knew that song well, a song that I hadn't heard in quite a few months. And even though I couldn't find her, I knew that there was a little robin somewhere in my yard... content to stay where she was, out of sight, safe, and from the sound of her song....happy. Happy to be back home, enjoying and rejoicing in what turned out to be a most perfect day.

I think you know that pure joy, pure excitement that I felt the moment I heard her song. It meant that the end of winter was near, and if the robins are back in my area, I could not blame them. It has been a gorgeous January through March so far. Don't get me wrong, we've had snow. We've even had ice. But it has been so short lived, that even a sweet little robin probably could have lived through it unscathed.

After hearing that little robin's song, I became more aware. Aware of the smell of the earth in the air. Aware of the buds on the trees, and the parsley...yes, my parsley...coming to life on the 50 degree days that we've had. Perfect.

I can honestly say it has been a perfect winter. Mother Nature did what she had to do, but got it done quickly, and painlessly. Perfect. Mr. Webster defines the word as: "having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be" And that's exactly how I can define this past winter. It had all of the required elements, but on the more desirable side. Perfect. And with the onset of spring, my mindset moves to the lighter fare of spring and summer...eating light meals of fresh vegetables...and desserts with fruit. Like cheesecake and berries. The perfect cheesecake with berries, to be exact. The trick to this cheesecake is to take it out of the oven while it's still a touch jiggly in the center. Too often, we hesitate to take it out of the oven for fear of it being raw in the middle, but trust me, that's the time you want to take it out. Think of jiggling a bowl of gelatin. That's the consistency you're looking for. It will finish baking after it’s been taken out of the oven! And while I made this a double layer cheesecake for looks, I found that I really love a double layer cheesecake! Topped with a variety of fresh berries, it's not only beautiful, but the light and fluffy sweet cheesecake filling is the perfect dessert for a perfect spring evening. My wish for you, my friends, is the joy of a perfect spring day, with the sun shining in a blue sky...and the happy song of a robin filling the trees.

coming in may

Our new floral column “by arrangement� will debut in our May issue next month! If you love floral arranging, but need a few tips & tricks, stay tuned for endless inspiration starting next month!

Handmade Mason Jar Designs

Written by: Kelly Fellin

what’s trending now Using The Latest Trends In Home Decor If you’ve envisioned what a springtime wonderland is like, then get ready for the real thing. Meet Brittany Robertson, a home decor blogger whose creative design revolves around this season. “Spring is my favorite time of year and I always get bit by the decorating bug”. Brittany’s impeccable choice of spring inspired details makes her more than your average homemaker, she is a visionary. Brittany fills us in on this season’s must haves: Floral Fun: Blooms are the foundation of spring. Incorporating floral design will add sustainable amounts of light and freshness to any space. While floral prints were thought to be aesthetically dated, Brittany Robertson brings them back opting for a softer, more sophisticated approach. Muted tones are beneficial as they readily stand out without overpowering the rest. “I balance the flowers with geometric patterns and lots of white to keep everything from being too much”. When using floral, think to utilize a color palette you are comfortable with in order to keep a cohesive scheme throughout. Expect to see wallpaper, matted floral/fruity prints, bold rugs and even reupholstered furniture. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

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Spring is Here With Oh My Dear Written by: Keila Bernowitz Photographed by: Brittany Robertson

Stylish Shelving: Think of them as a personal exhibit. Gather up your seasonal treasures and put them on display. While we primarily think of open shelves in kitchen, the possibilities around the home are truly endless. Open wall shelves allow us to show off spring inspired accessories. Like Brittany effortlessly shows, it’s important to mix and max heights to keep the eye moving. She suggests to “keep them simple”. Adding different layers and elements will define your sense of style. Whether you follow a more traditional or modern genre of design, let your shelves reflect just that.

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Pastel Palette: Consider showcasing your favorite spring items, such as eggs, bird’s nests These delicate tones are sure to soothe your senses. Accessorizing with and all things moss!

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powdery turquoise, peach and pink will add sophistication and coziness to your concept. Brittany uses pastel colored essentials around her home permitting them to stand apart from her overall white scheme. Her kitchen necessities are brightened up by the mere use of unexpected turquoise. In her living room, you’ll find pretty pops up of pastels brought on by the use of pillows and flowers. “I love bright white decor that leans towards the feminine side with touches of any pastel color”.

Bunny Love : “I love using bunny decor in our home any time of the year.” Rabbits are a trendy commodity each spring, but their versatility extends beyond the season.

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To Brittany, there’s even a deeper sentiment. “My husband’s grandma used to call him and his siblings Rabbitsons and I just thought that was so cute. I started collecting rabbits and have them all over our house”. As symbols of love and nature, using rabbits in decor will add that special bit of whimsy certain areas may yearn for. Integrating bunnies that are white highlights the feel of spring and dabbles in a bit of elegance.

Go Green: Time to bring the outdoors in! The essence of spring will come alive when using various greens and flowers. Brittany elegantly styles her modern side table with a plant that is under stated and subtle all the same. Not only does the Eucalyptus make for a hearty filler, its wondrous scent brings us a step closer to nature. Displaying an assortment of plants around your home will emit a sense of calmness and serenity. Don't shy away from faux, as many times they give the real thing a run for their money

Undoubtedly, Brittany’s home is evidence of thoughtfulness and raw talent. Her love for spring not only stands the test of time, but transcends beyond the ever changing seasons. For more on Brittany please visit her blog and Instagram page.

everything found Inspiring Ideas For Antique & Vintage Finds

Similar mirror found at Pier1.com

The Art of Vintage How to decorate using modern and vintage pieces, while keeping a clean, fresh look!

Written by: Wendy Durnwald EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

I know this sounds crazy, but

from the very first moment I saw Kathleen’s home on Instagram, I just knew that we would be instant friends! I could tell from the photos that Kathleen loves a bright white interior, pops of beautiful colors, and special heirloom pieces. Now that I've had some time to get to know Kathleen better, I was right from the very beginning, we have become fast friends! Come on in and let me introduce you to this precious woman and her gorgeous home!

Kathleen grew up in a very modest home and is one of 9 children! She learned at an early age how to love things that didn’t cost a lot of money. She enjoys reading lots and lots of books and playing the piano. I love the way she has incorporated those loves into her decor. Kathleen shared, “I only choose things for my home that help to make my home feel like a warm, happy place to be”. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

White pumpkins and moss set the neutral tone

A collection of vintage floral art makes for beautiful, eye catching décor!

Kathleen and her husband have had quite the busy life! They are parents to five children, seven beautiful grandchildren, and have lived in 16 different homes in 7 different states! They now live in Utah so they can be close to their children and grandchildren. Family is very important to Kathleen and number one on her “favorite things to do” list is getting together with her siblings, parents, and her own children and grandchildren. Sounds absolutely perfect to me! With all of the moving and home building that Kathleen has experienced, she has learned quite a few things about decorating. She and her husband have either built or renovated 13 of their homes! Kathleen believes, “Beauty can be found or made no matter where you live or what style of home you are in.” Because of her many years on the east coast, and all the history there, she developed a love for antiques and vintage items. Having said that, she appreciates a chippy, banged-up vintage piece as much as a beautifully preserved antique piece, just because of the history it carries with it. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

Kathleen's design sense was honed through lots of practice, formal design classes, and experimenting over the years with different styles. Because she is so talented and has so much experience, I picked her brain to get great design ideas and tips for all of us! Kathleen shared, “I like to group my selected objects together for display - I think they have much more impact that way versus being sprinkled around a room. Even though I love vintage objects, I think they need to be balanced with clean and fresh decor to keep a home from looking like a dusty old museum.”

She also shared that she loves to use lots of white in her home because it keeps the rooms looking fresh, modern, and clean, even with the vintage pieces mixed in. She also added that to keep a room looking fresh, don’t fill every available surface. Kathleen believes a home feels most like a home when the personalities of those who live there shine through. When she is designing a room for someone else, she tries to find out THEIR interests and passions, so that she can make sure the room exudes their personality instead of hers. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

Beautiful way to store and display treasured quilts and linens.

Kathleen is a collector of many beautiful items. She absolutely loves old books and uses them ALL the time in her decor. In addition, she loves vintage items, especially textiles. Her favorites are quilts, embroidered pillowcases, and towels. You will see clocks, milk glass, scales, and vintage floral paintings scattered throughout her beautiful home.

As you can see, Kathleen’s home is absolutely stunning! But the best part, is that she is a beautiful person as well. Her love for her family, her faith in God, and her kind welcoming spirit are all displayed in the house that she calls ‘home’.

You can see more beautiful inspiration from Kathleen by following her on Instagram at @lindsay_hill_interiors and at her blog, Lindsay Hill Interiors. Follow along with us every month as we show you how antique and flea market finds can make your house a home. Be sure to tag your antique/flea market Instagram photos using the #ehfound hashtag for a chance at a possible feature in one of our future issues! EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

pet perfect Lovable Pet Friends That Steal Our Heart



Rosie @freshandvintageliving




Theo @shericc1

Sugar @happydaysfarm


Thank you so much to all of our Everything Home Magazine readers who share their adorable pets with us using the #ehpets hashtag. Be sure to check out these sweet fur babies (and their owners) by clicking the links above. If you have a pet that you would like to see featured in a future issue, be sure to tag your “Pet Perfect� photos using the #ehpets hashtag! Written by: Chloe Wisner


Spring Vintage Home Shop OK Turn your handwritten family recipes into a treasured keepsake! Wood burned recipe cutting boards make the perfect gift for loved ones!

everything fashion Featured Fashion Trends & Finds

Swing Into Spring

Maxi Style!

The epitome of effortless style is a flowy maxi dress, and now is the time to snag some favorites for the upcoming days of warmer weather. The good news is there are a variety of options to suit your preferences: tank style, long sleeves, solids, prints, cottons, and chiffon. They can be dressed up or down and can take you from day to night with a few accessory swaps!


Top Picks For Spring!

The Solid Flowy Maxi This colorful solid is a favorite for easy style on a warm sunny day. You can easily add a soft cardigan layer when the weather cools.

Roxberi Elle Keyhole Maxi Dress $54

ONE by Pink Stitch Resort Maxi Dress $92

The Pretty Print Maxi A colorful pattern on a maxi dress with a bit more structure is perfect for a night out with friends, family, or special occasion. Jessica Simpson Women's Halter Blouson Donna Morgan Maxi Dress Women's Laura Strapless $79 Long Chiffon Printed Dress


The Long Sleeved Maxi A longer sleeve with either an off the shoulder top or side slit is a great alternative that looks great on anyone. Brigitte Bailey Emma Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress $68

Burgundy Floral Maxi Shirt Dress $52.80

Complete the Look It’s easy to pair any maxi dress with warm weather sandals and accessories.

San Diego Hat Stripe Straw Tote $68

Minnetonka Liberty Sandals $39.95

BP. Mirrored Aviator 57mm Sunglasses $12

BP. 54mm Round Sunglasses $12 EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

BaubleBar 'Bali' Tassel Pendant Necklace $32

recycled & re-loved New Ways To Re-Purpose Salvaged Items

An Upcycling Duo!

An old door turned candle holder!

Written by: Deborah Sommerlot

Doesn’t the saying go something like, “The couple that up-cycles together, stays together?” This contractor’s wife, Patty, @1greenacreslane on Instagram, believes her husband’s junk pile can be seen from Google Earth! He brings home everything from every job. Since she doesn’t like to waste anything, she needed to find a way to use it. What started as a way to eliminate waste, became a fun hobby for the both of them. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

Patty believes her up-cycle inspiration is found just about anywhere, but her father, the “Upcycling King”, was reusing way before it was the trendy thing to do. As the youngest of nine children, this art of creating something new from something old often becomes a necessity.

“I learned, early on, that with my husband’s help, we could have fun together and create some really neat pieces.” -Patty

In her husband’s junk pile were two large pieces of wood. The first piece they added some coat hooks to and it is now hung by their front door. It’s beautiful and functional. The other, she painted her Instagram name on and proudly displays it in the kitchen.

An old, weathered piece of wood gives a rustic, farmhouse feel!

If you have a neat piece but not quite sure what to do with it, check Pinterest for tons of upcycling and DIY ideas!

The local salvage shop supplements their “junk” pile. After a recent trip she found the top portion of an old door. They crafted and attached some candle holders under each window. It was then finished with a custom mix of chalk paint.


At the same shop, she found a mirror that needed a lot of TLC. He created a shelf to go under the mirror and she painted it. They attached three smaller hooks to complete the piece. The pieces they create together, not only use up their surplus construction debris, but also challenges their creativity. This has resulted in beautiful projects and a stunning home.

Bright idea!

Patty is a Cape Cod girl, builder’s wife, and a lover of all things beautiful! She can be found on Instagram at @1Greenacreslane. For a chance to show your upcycling talent in a future issue of Everything Home Magazine, tag your photos on social media using the hashtag #EHrecycled. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

room to grow Functional Spaces For Our Little Ones

Whimsy Florals A girls room designed by thrifting and DIYs!

Written by: Brooke Christen


ollie, from Design Loves Detail, daughter’s bedroom caught my eye when I saw her statement painted floral walls. They stopped me in my tracks and I shared the photo on my Instagram. It got so many compliments, I had to find out the details of this kids space. Everyone loved the floral wall that was inspired by Rifle Paper Co. She wanted to use their wallpaper, but none of their prints were large enough scale, so she made her own hand-painted version that was inspired by their florals.


Mollie believes kid’s spaces need to be imaginative and colorful. She wanted to create a space that was girly, but would also be fun for a toddler or even a teen so that she wouldn’t have to redesign in a year or two. Her daughter loves lots of color and spending time outside in nature, so the floral wall made a great backdrop and she loved the idea too. She provided plenty of solicited and unsolicited feedback since she’s quite opinionated, even at the age of 3. Her daughter has been pretty thrilled with having her own “flower garden wall”!

Mollie incorporated a lot of cute baskets & boxes into the room to keep the space clean and organized. Her daughter is at an age where it’s fun to put things inside of boxes or baskets, it works out quite well to hide the less “pretty” stuff. She actually calls the little suitcases on the shelves her “treasure boxes” so that worked out perfectly.

This room is 90% second hand! Mollie shopped yard sales all summer and picked up a lot of the pieces, and also found some on Craig’s List. The beauty of that is that this entire room cost about $500. Even the vintage light fixture was purchased from an estate sale for just $10. The only things Mollie bought new were the sheets, pillows, and rug!

Similar rug found at Target

For more inspiration from Mollie, visit her at her blog; Design loves Detail EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

Tag your pics with #Ehkidspaces for a chance to have your little ones room featured in upcoming issues!

tablescapes Inspiring Ideas For Every Tabletop

Romantic Al Fresco Dining A quick & easy picnic in the backyard Written by: Oscar Bravo Photos by: Oscar Bravo

- One of the perks of living in Southern California is that we usually have pretty good weather. My family loves to take advantage of that and eat outside whenever we have the chance. Most of us will start to experience some pleasant weather this spring (hopefully) so I want to share with you an easy way to set up a small table for two out in your own backyard.

Simple touches make the difference!

I don't have a backyard in my home (just a front yard) but while my family and I were visiting my parents, I noticed how beautiful and fragrant the orange tree was out in their yard. I immediately thought how enjoyable it would be to have lunch under that tree. I grabbed a blanket, pillows, wine glasses, dishes and a couple napkins and took them outside. I created a small table using an old framed painting on top of two plastic crates I found in the garage and just covered it with a sheet! You could also use a coffee table or wooden pallets; especially if you want to fit more people around the table.

For my centerpiece, I made a runner by tying together some branches that I collected in the yard. To make my table feel a bit more luxurious I added a pair of crystal candlesticks I found in my mother's bedroom. For some unexpected interest, I decided to tape some foliage to the stems of the wine glasses. It was a great experience being able to eat under that beautiful tree. I especially enjoyed my makeshift table. Having a flat, raised surface made it a bit more comfortable to eat on the floor. But, the best part about this lunch is that I used what was readily available to create a fun outdoor picnic for two.

I encourage you to take advantage of the great outdoors. It can be your local park, your backyard, front yard or even the beach. There is no need to go out and buy anything fancy, either. Start with what you have, get inspiration from your surroundings, and create something special for you and your loves ones to enjoy!

recycled & re-loved New Ways To Re-Purpose Salvaged Items

Trash to Treasure Patio Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces


Written by: Larissa Haynes & Lauren Ashworth


ave you ever read that sweet children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? The story goes, "If you give a mouse, a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a straw"... and so on. It's a circular tale about a series of events happening all because of a cookie. Our patio makeover is titled, "If You Give a Lady a Patio Set". Seriously. You see, my parents gave me their hand-me-down patio set complete with rust and rot and so began the entire patio makeover. I am always up for a challenge and this one would add an outdoor space to our home that my whole family of 8 and I could enjoy. After repurposing and building most everything in our design, it just goes to show that you don't have to break the bank to get a custom look.


We built our harvest table and benches using online plans and our patio furniture was the up-cycled set paired with a coffee table made from pallets, siding, and a couple of antique wash tubs. I even created a corner table to look like it had been made of shipping crates. All of this was completed on a tight budget. You can see more of our makeover in my patio reveal complete with tutorials.

I will have to say that aside from the furniture, my favorite quirky addition to our space was the orb candle fixtures I made from four hanging flower baskets I found at a garage sale for a couple of dollars. My passion for junk and being thrifty came from my parents and grandparents. My family has humble roots and worked tirelessly for everything they have. When they achieved their goal and were living comfortably, they still continued to shop thrift stores and estate sales to look for the good in treasures otherwise deemed useless. Try thinking outside the box when shopping at thrift stores and garage sales. These planters turned orb candle fixtures are brilliant! EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

To me, there is nothing like taking a cast-off item and giving it new life. It is the epitome of the "waste not, want not" mentality that everything can be useful to some degree. So you most definitely will find me checking out curbside treasures (I call it trashure), thrift stores, and the like. You can see what I do with such things on my blog and in my shop. I have no doubt you will come away inspired!

Connect with Larissa Blog: Prodigal Pieces Instagram Twitter & Facebook

About Larissa Larissa Haynes is a Christ-loving, homeschooling, sewing, junking/thrifting, cooking, gardening mama to 6 children and wife to her best friend! She has a passion for creating and is blessed to have an outlet on her blog to share the redeemed pieces she creates along with the antique and vintage finds sold in her shop. EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

crafty kids Simple And Creative Crafts For The Littles

May Day Fresh flower bags

Written by: Loren Miller pril showers are sure to bring May A flowers, but why wait a whole month for

If you do not know this fantastic flower queen, you will definitely fall in love after that? There are so many things to love learning more about her. Not only is she about spring, but there is definitely wonder woman with fresh greens, but something special about flowers. Those she is also a Martha Stewart in the bright blooms are sure to turn around kitchen. After meeting and marrying the just about anyone's day. love of her life all in a matter of four months, she owned a culinary school When thinking of flowers, there is one called "The White Apron School of woman who comes to mind: Janice Morrow. Culinary Design ".

There, she taught cooking classes for children and adults. She also has been a food stylist, and featured for several years on The Fine Living Channel for Children's Cooking segments, as well as taught classes for Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table. Janice said she "sort of " retired to be able to spend more time with her grandson. When speaking to Janice, you can instantly tell her passions are her family, and being creative in the kitchen as well as garden. Everything she touches seems to have beams of sunshine sprouting from them. She completely loves what she does, and it radiates off of her. Completely infectious. Janice wanted to bring something so special to our readers. Something new, and fun, that you can keep, or giveaway in hopes to make someone else's day. To help ring in spring she is showing us her May Day Fresh Flower Bags. These little cuties are sure to leave you and any one around them smiling. I know when she told me her tradition she had with her mom, it left me feeling all warm and fuzzy. This is what she had to say: "When I was a little girl I always looked forward to the evening of April 30 th. May Day flowers were to be arranged and delivered in celebration of May Day…May 1st! My mom would help me make little bouquets of flowers from our garden to hang on our neighbors’ doors or gates. After dark we would quietly sneak up to their doors and tie little cloth baskets filled with garden flowers with ribbons and twine. Traditions are varied from country to country but according to my mom if I delivered May Day flowers to a boys’ home and he caught me delivering them …he had the right to kiss me! Needless to say, when I was a little girl I avoided the boys and delivered to “just the neighbors” instead! May Day traditions have almost disappeared over the years, I still enjoy this old tradition and I hope maybe this will encourage you to make your own May Day baskets with your children to share with friends and family! " Now let's get to the fun part! EVERYTHINGHOMEMAGAZINE.COM | APRIL 2016

SUPPLIES NEEDED • An assortment of fresh flowers and greens

• Poly bags 4” X 6” (heavy duty 6 mil. Is best. I order mine from Paper Mart)

• Fabric pieces cut to 8 ¼” X 11 ¼”

• Fabric glue (Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue works well)

• Pom pom trim cut to 8 ¼” X 11 ¼” • Ribbon cut to 20 inches (2 pieces per bag)


• Scissors ***All of these supplies, except the fresh flowers, can be found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores.

Step 1.

Cut your fabric and pom pom trim into 8 1/4” X 11 ¼” pieces Cut your ribbon into 20 inch pieces

Step 2.

Fold and glue the long side of the fabric down ½ inch.

Step 3.

Glue the pom pom trim along the top edge of the fabric. Allow glue to dry for about three minutes.

Step 4.

Fold the fabric in half, pom pom trim facing inside. You may now either sew or glue the sides and bottom of the fabric together to finish the bag.

Step 5.

Glue the pieces of ribbon to the inside of the bags, 2 inches deep for strength. Tie the ends of the ribbon together to form a handle.

Step 6.

Place a poly bag (water tight plastic bag) into the fabric bag.

Step 7.

Choose some fresh flowers with your kiddos from your garden or farmers market. Choose an assortment of colors to mix and match with your fabric. Snip them into lengths of about 10 inches.

Step 8.

Have your little ones place little bouquets of fresh flowers into the May Day bags. Add about ½ cup of water to keep the blossoms fresh!

Step 9.

On the evening of April 30th deliver these adorable May Day Fresh Flower Bags to your friends or neighbors’ front doors!

I just love that this EH Kid Craft is meant to be given away. You could even hand these out to teachers, family members, or anyone else special in your life. Of course, I will probably keep one or two of these beautiful bags for myself! I hope you have a wonderful time creating these masterpieces, and maybe even adopt a new tradition.

Great for teacher gifts too!

You can find Janice @figandtwigs on Instagram Figandtwigs@gmail.com email She offers custom floral arrangements, Floral Craft Workshops, and Private Cooking Classes in her home.



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