How to Make Peonies Last Longer

How to Make Peonies Last LongerIf Instagram has taught me anything within the last few weeks, it’s that peony season should be year round. Really, I don’t know if there’s ever been a more beloved flower on social media. Before those beautiful blooms go out of season, you’ll want to follow these five simple steps for making your peonies last longer. That way, you can be sure to enjoy (and photograph) them enough to tide you over until next year!

How to Make Peonies Last Longer

1. If you don’t have plant food (that comes with most flowers), you can add a bit of sugar to your water.

2. Peonies are affected by the heat. At night, place them in the fridge, or outside (if it’s cooler) to keep them from opening further.

3. Cut the stems at an angle, under water, every other day. This allows for the flower to absorb more water.

How to Make Peonies Last Longer

4. Replace the water every two days; you’ll notice the water getting a bit brown even after 1 day.

5. Use cold water when refilling the vase. If you need your blooms to open up quickly for a photo shoot or event, warm water will open them up in no time.

Another tip– you can also find cheaper peonies directly from the grower. Check your surrounding area for farms! I went to two about 40 minutes outside of Portland that were packed full of different varieties, plus the price was about half of what you pay for in stores. And if you really want your peonies to last forever, I recommend pressing a few of the petals to turn into dried flower coasters!


How to Make a Dishwasher Safe Mug (and what not to do)

Time: 45 minutes (includes bake time)
Materials: ceramic mug, Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pen, oven

How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)Last year I shared a tutorial for how to paint ceramic and make it dishwasher safe (also used on this ring holder). I recently discovered that the same company makes the specialty ceramic paint in marker form, which opens up what you can do design wise completely! For my first attempt, I decided to do polka dots. Sounds easy enough right? Well, I ran into a bit of a snag along the way and thought I’d share it with you, because hey, who doesn’t love a good craft fail?


How to make a dishwasher safe mug (plus what not to do!)


All you need to make your design permanent is the porcelaine 150 pen and an oven. You can use any ceramic mug and may even find good ones to makeover at the dollar store. Continue reading…

How to Paint Wooden Beads

How to Paint Wooden BeadsAfter sharing the recap of my bead decorating workshop yesterday, I thought it was only fair to share some tips and tricks with those of you who couldn’t make it!

How to Paint Wooden Beads

What you’ll need:

Acrylic Paint + Brush
Wooden Beads

How to Paint Wooden BeadsWrap a bit of tape about 2-3″ down on your skewer. If your beads are larger than that, position the tape lower on your skewer; you should have skewer visible from the top of the bead. I’ve found that it works best when you wrap the tape a few times around and then wind it down the skewer, that way the bead fits snuggly over the tape rather than resting on top.

Paint with acrylic paint. You will most likely have to give your beads a second coat. To dry, place skewers in a glass! Be sure not to overcrowd your cup so that the beads don’t touch while they’re still wet.

How to Paint Wooden BeadsYou can either leave as is when you dry, or then seal them with a layer of ModPodge. If you want your beads to last without scuffing, I recommend sealing them.

Remove from skewer when completely dry and do with as you please! I love making wooden bead necklaces because the possibilities are essentially endless, not to mention it’s so much cheaper than buying something new. You can also make really cute keychains, like this one Becky made!

How to Paint Wooden BeadsSo fun don’t you think?! You can also rearrange your beads at anytime, making it super easy to mix them up depending on your outfit or the occasion.How to Paint Wooden Beads

How to Line Envelopes

Time: 40 minutes (for set of 10)
Materials: envelope, paper, tape runner, bone folder, scissors, pencil

How to Line Envelopes As if I haven’t said this enough, the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Part of why I love the season so much is because of the cards. I love to receive them (especially the funny ones), but I also love sending them. To give mine a little extra oomph this year, I lined the envelopes! Here’s how:

How to Line Envelopes Depending on your envelope, you may be able to buy an envelope liner template. I decided to make my own, by opening up an envelope and measuring/tracing the space I wanted to line. Once you have your template, it’s pretty easy!

Trace and cut out your liner. You don’t want the liner paper to be too thick, otherwise it might be hard to get the envelope to close. Place inside your envelope and fold as if you were sealing it. Press the outside with a bone folder to get a crisper/cleaner fold.

Open back up and secure the liner in place with the tape runner. You don’t need to worry about the paper further down, just the visible part. Press with a bone folder and you’re done! It’s such a great way to add a personal and beautiful touch to any card, don’t you think?

How to Line EnvelopesI ordered our cards from Minted this year LOVE them. If you’re short on time, but still want your envelopes lined, Minted will do that for you! They will also address your envelopes for free, which honestly was a huge help considering how busy things are around this time of year. How to Line Envelopes

How to Line Envelopes