Burlap 4th of July Wreath – DIY

Burlap 4th of July Wreath – DIY

Burlap 4th of July Wreath – DIY!  It seems that they are all over the place but scanning through pins on Pinterest, I found an idea for a burlap wreath which was very clever.   On Hometalk, Trace Stagg of Sea Trace Creations made a burlap wreath for four seasons using removable decorations.  Using her idea for the wreath base and burlap, I’ve created a patriotic 4th of July wreath!

The wreath form is made from a pool noodle.  You know those cheap ones from the dollar store?  Burlap is needed to cover the noodle.   You’ve seen the ones where people tie the burlap or fabric around them but this one had a twist.  Trace made a sleeve of the burlap and slipped it around the pool noodle!  This takes less than a yard of burlap.  The edges were left to fray.  I love this!

How To Make The Burlap Wreath Base

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  • pool noodle
  • scissors
  • burlap
  • wire for a hanger
  • stick from the yard
  • Duck tape
  • hot glue

 

First, cut the noodle diagonally on one end.  I used a serrated knife.  Pull the other end up and mark where to cut to match the diagonal of the first cut.  Cut the second end.

Find a stick about the size of the hole through the pool noodle.  The stick we used was about 5″ long.  This will be used to connect the two ends.Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Lay the burlap out and wrap around the pool noodle to decide how wide the burlap needs to be cut to cover the noodle and be sure to allow extra fabric for overhang.  If you want 1-inch overhang, add 2-inches, one for each side.   The ones cut for this project were cut 8-1/4″ wide.  You need to measure the one you have.  There are different sizes of the pool noodles.  Remember you will have to slide the noodle through the sleeve.  You don’t want it too tight so it will be easy to do this. Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Mark the fabric and cut 2  lengths of the fabric from the selvage edges to the fold.  You can cut additional lengths depending on how gathered you want your wreath to be. (This wreath has 2 lengths sewn together, end to end.) 

 

 

 

The burlap lengths can be glued together like Trace did or they can be stitched by hand or machine.  I decided to stitch these end to end with a sewing machine using a basting stitch.Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Next, I stitched each loose seam allowance to the burlap so they would lay flat.Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Then, with the seam allowances to the inside, the burlap was folded in half, long edges together.  Using straight pins, the long sides were pinned together, marking where the seam should be sewn.  (I used the pins as a guide for the seam.)

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After stitching the entire length and creating a sleeve, the pool noodle was slipped into the sleeve, gathering as it was pulled onto the noodle.  I used the seam as a guide to keep each side even.  The seam was lined up with the middle of the noodle.  I didn’t measure.  The noodle was just pulled together to make the circle and the middle of the bottom edge was marked with a straight pin.Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Both ends of the sleeve were rolled back to reveal the ends of the pool noodle to be glued.  Hot glue was applied to one-half of the stick and inserted into the hole of one end of the pool noodle.  More hot glue was applied to the remainder of the stick and the cut surface of the pool noodle on both ends.  The ends were brought together firmly and held for a minute.

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Using Duck tape or duct tape, the seam was wrapped and secured where the two ends come together.   Roll the ends back over the tape and bring together to completely cover the tape.  A wire wreath hanger can be fashioned from florist wire.  Additional threads can be removed from the outside edges and frayed more if desired.

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At this point, the wreath base is complete.  Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comIsn’t this so clever?

From here, the sky is the limit.  Add flowers, flags, ribbons, bows, and whatever speaks to you.  Trace made her decorations removable so she could change it for each of the seasons.

 

 

 

 

   As you can see in the picture, I added a flag, a red burlap bow, some silk hydrangea, and some silk leaves.  Believe it or not, this wreath was made with items and fabric I already had except for the ribbon.  That was purchased for 50% off at the fabric store!Burlap 4th of July Wreath - DIY on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration

Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration

Summer Mantel Ideas

Summer mantel ideas and inspiration were on our minds as Sophia and I went to our local Homegoods store.  I asked her to help me find some new items to add to the mantel.  These two large shiny gold pineapples caught her eye.  Yes, I had noticed and admired them but this nine-year-old was adamant that they were the very pieces needed to brighten the mantel.

You might have realized that my style is a little more subdued, as a sweet young woman once described it, ‘quietly elegant‘.  Whether that is true or not, I like the description!  Thinking that the rather large shiny gold pieces might be a little bit of a challenge to incorporate into our muted decor but what the heck!  They were purchased along with a pair of blue glass candle holders.  The blue and gold look nice together and they repeat the colors of a few of the throw pillows we already have.

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Before we left on this little shopping expedition, I had been toying with the idea of using a couple of white lanterns that we have had for a few years.  In my mind, they were larger than they actually are and weren’t quite as tall as I remembered either.  Blue, white, and the shiny gold make a nice color combination though.

The round black clock was the only item which remained for this makeover.  The gold Roman numerals on the clock was another gold element.  Everything else was removed.  The shiny gold pineapples were placed on the fireplace and yes, they were pretty much of an attention getter!  As I looked at the subdued colors of the room, the realization that more shiny gold was going to be needed.

The lanterns were retrieved from the basement, cleaned up a little, and placed on the mantel along with the pineapples.

If you introduce a new color to a room, it looks more intentional and at home, if there are little pockets of that color placed all around the room.  Your eye follows color and you can use that to your advantage.  There is gold in this room but not the bright shiny gold in these pineapples.  The blue glass candle holders were placed on the mantel, too.  No problem there, blue is also on the throw pillows and the blue and white Chinese vases, bowls, and knick knacks.

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At this point, there was a debate in my mind about whether the lantern should be between the pineapple and the blue candleholder or if the candle holder should be in between the lantern and the pineapple.  The easiest way to decide is to do both and take a look.  The straight lines of the lantern between the rounded shapes of the candle holders and the pineapple won out in the end.

Another gold item needed to be placed in the center of the arrangement.  Looking around, the brass pedestal bowl was spotted.  It seemed a perfect centerpiece.Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Although I had white candles which were a little taller, these candles wrapped in gold wire carried on the golden theme and seemed perfect.

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Yes, but the brass pedestal bowl seemed to need a little more height.  So, a blue book was placed under it.

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The blue book adds more of that color to the mantel but it seemed to need more weight, too.  A black book was placed underneath the blue book.  Yes, it needed that.  Then, it seemed something was missing from the ends.  Right?  Something blue to carry the color throughout the whole arrangement was needed.

I recalled seeing two little ceramic blue birds at the local craft store.  That was my plan.  Well, circumstances kept me from getting to that store but I did make it to another and these little birds caught my eye.  At the time, I thought they would have to make do for now.Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Well, don’t you know they were perfect?  The little birds not only pulled the blue together but also carried the white throughout the arrangement.  In fact, they seemed to bring it all together and completed the triangular composition.  The little birds also repeat the blue and white patterns of the Chinese vases and bowls placed throughout the room.

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   Using shapes to create a triangle is one of my favorite compositions.  The simplest of all polygons, the triangle base down, gives a visual impression of stability.

   Decorating your mantel can be an adventure.  With me, at least, you can see it is trial and error.  A bold triangular composition was in my mind from the beginning and this time it was also the end product. Fear is a road block to creativity.  Fearlessly plunge into it and see what is pleasing to your eye.  You might be surprised at what you come up with in the end.

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Maybe these ‘Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration’ will help you create a beautiful mantel arrangement, too.

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How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream

How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream

   How to make Lavender Macarons with Blueberry Buttercream Filling, doesn’t that sound good?  I have made these lavender macarons before but filled them with buttercream.  As I was making the lavender wand last week, my mind started wandering and I considered other things to do with the lavender.   Remembering the lavender macarons, I decided to make them again but use blueberries with them.  Lavender and blueberries complement each other nicely.

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   A pin on Pinterest caught my eye.  Ashley at bakerbynature.com made lemon cupcakes with blueberry buttercream frosting.  The frosting looked so delicious, I decided to use her recipe for the frosting to fill the macarons.  Obviously, these macarons did not need a large amount of frosting.  So, I simply cut her recipe in half.

The complete instructions for these gorgeous cookies follow.

Lavender Macarons

3/4 cup ground almonds

1 cup powdered sugar

2 extra large egg whites

1/4 cup lavender sugar *Recipe below

violet food coloring

1 tsp dried lavender**

1 pinch cream of tartar

 

**Dried food grade lavender ◄can be purchased through this link at Amazon if you don’t have any in your garden.  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.)


*How To Make Lavender Sugar

2 cups white sugar                                                     How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

1 Tblsp. dried lavender

   Place the dried lavender in a blender and blend for a few seconds to release the oils.  Add the sugar and blend for a few more seconds.

 Store in a glass container.

   Allow the lavender to infuse flavor into the sugar for two weeks.

    Place the almond flour and the powdered sugar in a food processor.  

(I used the Cuisinart mini processor for this.  I love this little processor for small jobs.)  Process for about 20 seconds.  (You can find one of these at this link.  We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of a sale at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this site.)

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   Sift into a bowl.  This will take a little while.  There will be some of the almond flour that will not sift through the sifter.  See picture below. Throw this away.

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   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or have the non-stick silicone macaron pan ready.

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   Using a stand mixer, place the egg whites in

 

the bowl and whip with the whisk attachment

until the eggs are opaque and foamy.

 

   Add the cream of tartar and increase the speed to medium-high.

 Beat until the egg whites are white and hold a soft peak. 

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   Beat slowly and very gradually sprinkle the lavender sugar over the egg whites.  Continue beating until the sugar is combined, the peaks are stiff, and the egg whites are glossy.   This should take about a minute. Add enough violet food coloring to make a lavender color and beat to blend in the color.  Don’t over beat.

      With a spatula, gently fold about a third of the

How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comsifted dry mixture into the beaten egg whites until the dry ingredients are combined.  Repeat the process with a third more of the dry ingredients and repeat once more until all of the dry ingredients are folded into the egg mixture.

    It will look like the picture below before it gradually all comes together and then will look more like cake batter.

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    You will know it is ready when it flows ribbon-like from the spatula.  (The first time I experienced this, I have to admit, I was excited!)

   Transfer the batter to the pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip.  Pipe circles onto the prepared baking sheet.

   Tap the baking sheets firmly on the counter to release air bubbles.  Using a toothpick, quickly pierce any bubbles to pop them.  

   Sprinkle a little of the dried lavender on half of the piped macarons.

   Leave the piped macarons on the counter to dry for one-half hour.  

 Then preheat the oven to 325°. 

    Let the oven heat for another half hour.  The tops of the macarons will be dry.

   Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.  The bottoms should be dry.   Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes on a rack.  (I slid the silicone pan off the cookie sheet and onto the cooling rack.) Carefully peel the cookies from the parchment paper or the silicone pan and let cool completely.

Fresh Blueberry Buttercream Frosting

3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, (If using frozen, don’t thaw.)

1 Tblsp. lemon juice

1 stick unsalted  butter, very soft

1/4 tsp. salt

1 – 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (more if needed), sifted

1/2 Tblsp. heavy cream (more if needed)

   Combine blueberries and lemon juice in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil.  Turn heat down to low and simmer, stirring constantly smashing the blueberries smooth.  Simmer about 10 minutes until a thick, deep, dark blueberry reduction is made.

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Remove from the heat.  Using a fine mesh strainer, push the puree through the strainer, leaving the skins and large chunks in the strainer.

Allow the mixture to completely cool.

After the blueberry puree has cooled, place the butter in a large bowl.  Using a mixer, beat the butter on medium-high until smooth.  Scrape the sides as needed.How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Add 2 tablespoons of the puree (the blueberry reduction will make just about 2 tablespoons.) and beat for about one minute until combined.

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Add about half of the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed.  Then, add the other half and mix on low again.How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Add the cream and salt and beat on high for 2 full minutes.  

The frosting should be thick and fluffy.

How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com   Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag with a decorative tip.  Pipe frosting on the flat side of one of the plain macaron discs and add one of the discs with the dried lavender sprinkle on top of the frosting.How To Make Lavender Macarons With Blueberry Buttercream on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Lavender macarons with blueberry buttercream frosting – these are really tasty and how pretty?

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How To Make A Lavender Wand

How To Make A Lavender Wand

  Lovely Lavender

The lavender is blooming right now and I thought it would be nice to share how to make a lavender wand.  

 

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The Victorian Age was such an era of opulence and I have always had a fascination for this period in our history.  They made everyday items so beautiful.  In one of the books that I read long ago, there were instructions on how to make a lavender wand.  I had never even heard of such a thing but decided to make one with the lavender in our garden.

These lavender wands were also referred to as lavender batons or bottles.  You can understand why when you look at the shapes.

The picture below shows the first lavender wand I made.  Believe it or not, this wand is over thirty years old!  Surprisingly, if you pinch the wand, a lovely lavender scent is still released!

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  How To Make A Lavender Wand

 

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Supplies Needed:

Lavender stems

1/4 ” or 1/8″ Satin ribbon

Scissors

                                                                        Large blunt needle

   Cut an uneven number of stems. Seventeen stems were used for the smaller wand above. Thirty-four were used for the one shown in the featured picture at the top and the following directions, seventeen were encased in another ‘cage’ of seventeen.

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    The first thing to do is to remove all of the leaves from the stems of the lavender.

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    Gather seventeen of the stems together just below the flower heads and tie securely with a ribbon.  Cut the ribbon tails off close to the knot.  Secure the bottom of the stems with a rubber band.  (This will make it easier to discern which stems to be used when the remaining seventeen stems are added.  It is the voice of experience speaking here!)

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   Place the remaining seventeen flower stems and position evenly around the flower bundle.  Tie another ribbon securely around the base of the flower heads, knot, and trim.

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 Carefully bend and fold the loose stems down over the flower heads encasing them.  Try to position them evenly around the flower heads.  (I found that placing my thumb or finger right where the stem would bend and bending the stem gently over it helped bend it without breaking it.)

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   Secure those seventeen stems with another ribbon, tied, knotted, and trimmed.  This will form a cage containing the flower heads.

Now, remove the rubber band at the base of the reserved seventeen stems and bend them over top of the stems forming the cage.  These will be the stems used to weave ribbon over and under.

Cut a length of ribbon about 54″ long.  Leave a tail about 12″ long and begin to weave the ribbon over and under the loose stems.  Weave the ribbon somewhat tight and flat against the stems.  The weave should not be loose since the flowers and stems will dry and shrink a little.

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When the first row of ribbon has been woven all the way around the top and the second row begins, the ribbon should be woven the opposite, (either over or under), of the first weave.  If the ribbon is under the stem on the first row, the ribbon should now be over the stem on the second row.  Otherwise, it will not hold together.  That is why you use an uneven number of stems.  Check the picture above.  Continue weaving the ribbon over and under taking care to keep the stems straight.

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   Continue weaving until the flower heads are completely encased in the woven stems.  Thread a large blunt needle with the 12″ satin ribbon tail left at the top of the wand and thread underneath the woven ribbons down to the base next to the end of the ribbon at the base.

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   Wrap and secure with a knot.  Continue wrapping the ribbon around the stems an additional inch and tie into a pretty bow.How To Make A Lavender Wand on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

    These can be used to scent drawers or nestle among your linens.  Hang in a clothes closet to repel moths.  Isn’t this gorgeous?  I love the plumper shape of this wand.

Now, you know how to make a lavender wand – another reason to grow lavender!

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30 Minute Meal For Two – Shrimp In Wine Sauce

30 Minute Meal For Two – Shrimp In Wine Sauce

   30 Minute Meal For Two

   We have entered another stage of our life.   After cooking for a hungry family for so many years, it has become necessary for us to cut back on the family sized meals and prepare more meals for just the two of us.  I don’t know about your husband or significant other but Dave does not like leftovers that much.  That was not much of an issue when the boys were here!

      This post is about a method not really a recipe!  You decide the seasonings and flavor to make it your own.  This time we used blackened seasoning but I have also used the Cajun spice created a few weeks ago for the paella.  On another occasion, we went with an Asian flavor.  You can use whatever spices and flavorings you like.

How To Make A Perfect Sauce

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   My favorite way of making a sauce consists of blending butter and flour together and whisking into the hot liquids and pan drippings.  The butter and flour both whisk into the hot liquid almost effortlessly.  The result is a foolproof smooth, lump free, sauce.   How easy is that?

Shrimp in Wine Sauce

 

  Place fresh shrimp, or if frozen, thawed shrimp shelled, deveined, and rinsed, into a glass bowl.  Add olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, and blackened seasoning to the shrimp in the bowl.

   While the shrimp is marinating in the olive oil, dry white wine, lemon juice, and your selected seasonings for a few minutes, combine 1 tablespoon of soft butter and 1 tablespoon of flour in a small bowl.   Place the bowl next to the stove so it’s within reach when you’re ready to thicken the sauce.  Cooking this is so fast, you want everything ready!

   We enjoyed this shrimp dish over thin spaghetti.  Water was heated and boiling before the shrimp was placed in the pan to saute.  The Barilla thin spaghetti was placed in the boiling water, brought back to a boil,  and the timer set for 6 minutes.

   By the time the shrimp was cooked and the sauce was prepared, the spaghetti was perfectly al dente.

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   Drizzle olive oil into a hot pan and saute the marinated shrimp on one side.  Once the shrimp turns pink and opaque on the edges, turn over and saute the other side.  This only takes a couple of minutes per side.  Remove the shrimp from the hot pan, place on a dish and set aside.

   Pour a splash of dry white wine (We used our favorite Chardonnay.) into the skillet to loosen any of the good flavors in the pan.  Add the cup of chicken broth and bring to a boil.  (You don’t have to use wine but the wine gives the sauce a velvety quality.)30 Minute Meal For Two - Shrimp In Wine Sauce on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   Using a whisk, add the butter – flour mixture and whisk into the broth.  The butter – flour mixture will melt right into the liquids and begin to thicken the sauce.  Whisk and simmer for a couple of minutes until the sauce is thick and creamy.30 Minute Meal For Two - Shrimp In Wine Sauce on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

   Place the shrimp back in the pan and cover with the hot sauce.   The hot sauce will heat up the shrimp.  Serve immediately over thin spaghetti or rice and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.30 Minute Meal For Two - Shrimp In Wine Sauce on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

  We have prepared the shrimp like this several times now, using different spices and herbs.  Each time we are amazed at how simple, quick, and delicious these dishes are!   What flavors will you be bringing to the table?

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   In truth, this should be titled

 ‘Less Than 30 Minute Meal For Two – Shrimp In Wine Sauce’!30 Minute Meal For Two - Shrimp In Wine Sauce on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

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