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The Real Simple Way to Dye Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Dyeing Easter eggs is a great activity for adults and kids alike. Have an Easter egg dyeing party beforehand and incorporate the eggs into your spring decor, or offer it as an activity during Easter weekend as your family and friends gather around.

Easter Egg Race SculptureThere are a variety of Easter egg dye kits available, as well as fun food coloring options, but you can also use natural ingredients to make your own dyes. We like Real Simple’s ingredient list and related video, which offers instructions for making a handful of fun colors to decorate your eggs with.

For blue, you guessed it, blueberries come into play. Turmeric makes yellow, and a paprika mixture gives eggs an orange hue. Raspberries are perfect for pink, and coffee grounds can give a white egg a traditional brown exterior. Find the complete ingredient lists HERE, and let us know if you try any of them out this year!

Real Simple All Natural Easter Egg Dye

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DIY Flower Arrangements – Part III

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Welcome to the third installment of our DIY Flower Arrangements series. This week, it’s all about web exclusive flowers that you may have seen propped in the catalog but are only sold online – the Peony Bouquet and Ranunculus Stems. Learn how we arranged them below, and get caught up on Part I here and Part II here.

Peony Bouquets

Peony Bouquets in Wire Scroll & Glass VasePeony Bouquet

This pale pink floral bunch can be found on pages 26 and 68 of our Spring 2017 catalog. As you can see, its simple stem supports large blossoms that add a full look to any display, whether you use multiple in a large vase on a table, or in a small Iron & Glass Vase as a centerpiece or in a smaller space.

Get the Look(s):

Ranunculus Stem

Flip to page 71 of our Spring 2017 catalog, and you will see a flower arrangement of white Cherry Blossoms and Ranunculus. The fresh look of this arrangement is perfect for a bedroom or a welcoming entry. Also available in pink, the web exclusive Ranunculus also make beautiful additions to a bouquet of Calla Lilies. The combination of whimsical shapes (including the shape of the vase) enhances the flair and style of these blooms. For an even more lush look in both quantity and color, multiple Cherry Blossoms and Ranunculus do the trick.

Get the Look(s):

Calla Lililes and Ranunculus

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DIY Flower Arrangements – Part II

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

This week, we’re taking a closer look at some of the flower arrangements found inside of our  spring catalog.

Follow Silas down the page to learn a little bit more about the components of the arrangements, and learn some behind-the-scenes tips for when you create a floral look using blooms from our collection or those from a spring garden.

And if you missed Part I last week, you can find it here.

^ When putting our Calla Lily Stems (shown in the three available colors) into a vase, keep the raffia tied around the stems for a bunched look, or untie them and let the blooms expand.

> The same goes for our Tulip Faux Floral Bunches (shown in both available colors), which also come tied with raffia. The color variations of each bloom offer your arrangement even more color. You could also use ribbon or even scrap lace for enhanced decorative appeal.

< Longer stems need a little more support than most vases can provide. When this is the case, foam, sand, rocks and even marbles can be placed in the vase to keep it from tipping over as well as securing stems in place. Moss or faux grass can then be layered on top to cover the material inside – as seen in this arrangement of ten pink and red Parrot Tulip Stems.

^ Our Wire Scroll & Glass Vase is a customer favorite, and while it’s a beautiful vase for flowers on its own, we recommend varying its look by filling the glass vase with decorative items: a Cabbage Leaf Mat, decorative grass, sea glass, rocks, leaves and other nature-inspired items.

Wire Scroll & Glass Vase filled with Decorative Grass


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