The Spring Jelly Jar

The Spring Jelly Jar

I became a florist literally overnight. It was 1999 and my sister, Marcie and I partnered up to take over a local flower and gift shop in a small town near us. My sister had worked at the shop for a few years but I had never made a fresh arrangement in my life! One day I was an employee at Wal-Mart and the next day I was a florist and co-owner of a business. I learned a great deal in the short time I was a business owner. I like to refer to it as a CRASH course in the school of business. The crash part being a story for another day.   I can say that I learned, rather quickly, how to do some basic arranging.  What smelled good, what lasted a long time, and how to make something look full and pretty with little effort. You may think that flower arranging is too hard but I am going to share with you one of my favorite types of arrangements, the Spring Jelly Jar.   Here is what you need: A wide mouth jar A frog lid for a wide mouth jar (You can get this at Hobby Lobby. Click here.) Flowers (See buying directions below.) Water Towel Sharp Scissors Ribbon (Optional)     What Flowers to Buy: Buying flowers can be intimidating so let me give you the basics for this arrangement. 1: Buy something that is tall, lean and smells good. (Kind of like picking out a boyfriend.) This flower will be the center of the arrangement. I use a flower called Stock. Not a fancy...
Felt Nightmare Eating Monsters

Felt Nightmare Eating Monsters

My sister Sarah and I have been gone for the last two weeks on a 3,560 mile adventure from Nashville to Nebraska to North Dakota back to Nebraska and then home. We were able to see all 10 of other siblings, the majority of our nieces and nephews and celebrate our Mom’s birthday. We attended a huge Easter celebration, a soccer game of a great nieces and even took time for a movie. On top of seeing several of our loved ones we also got to eat at every one of our favorite places including getting an angel cream donut from a fuel station in a small town called Humphrey, NE. It was a successful trip.   This was our first trip to North Dakota. Our sister Deidre lives there with her husband and four children. We also have two brothers in that area and our parents recently moved there as well. We had never been to ND to visit so while we were in Nebraska we decided to make the trip.   Since we were visiting for the first time we wanted to take our three nephews and one niece a little something special. I love making things for children out of felt. It is a very versatile and forgiving medium. It doesn’t have sharp edges, no small pieces that can be eaten and it is pretty durable. Sarah and I decided on making Felt Monsters for the three boys. Deidre’s boys have trouble sleeping, they suffer from night terrors so she has to be really careful what they watch for TV and the stories they read. She...