A Blog Hop- Thinking outside the Basket


  Happy to be part of a Fabulous Blog Hop with the theme of Radiant Orchid, the color of the year. 
{Did you know there was such a thing?}  Well there is & even though I'm not a big purple person I'm looking for ways to embrace the purple feel into my home & decor.  Easter & Springtime seem to be the perfect time to start. 

First of all the exact color of Radiant Orchid is a bit hard to find but I tried my best & got pretty close.  This piece of material with the bright petals was the closest thing I could find, so I grabbed it & paired with some other purply partners for a project I wanted to share.   

I love Easter time, the traditions, fun & sweets that go along with it.  A celebration of renewal, life & happiness.  I've always created fun baskets for my girls to carry around at all the egg hunts that would take place with family & friends.  {Not plastic buckets or baskets in the Q house}  I tied big colorful ribbons on over sized or unique looking baskets.  I guess I've always thought outside the basket when it comes to be ready for a hunt or gift giving around Easter. 

 Why limit Easter gift giving to just baskets alone?  Use old wooden berry baskets 
{if you're lucky enough to find some- vintage treasures!}  
or place a chocolate bunny in a glass container with some treats, tie with a colorful ribbon & cute tag. 

Since baskets are the traditional way to go for Easter, why not dress it up a bit by tying strips of cut fabric, tied all along the handle of a woven basket.  Makes for a sweet accessory to accompany any little egg hunter or a pretty package to leave on the doorstep for a friend. 

For a cute embellishment to place on an Easter basket try making these dainty flowers out of rick rack.  
A charming touch & so easy to do. 

 All you need is: 
Rick Rack {medium or large size, whatever you'd like}
Hot Glue & a button
Step 1: Thread needle & the stitch through the bottom edges of the rick rack. The longer you stitch the larger the flower will be. 
Step 2:  When you feel like you have stitched through enough of the edges, gather together, by puling your string & see what the blossom will look like.  If you are happy with that tie the 2 ends of the string together, tight, to form your blossom-
Step 3- Once your flower is tied off you are ready to glue on a button, with hot glue, for the center & glue into place on your basket.  
Step 4:- Voila!  I added some little rick rack leaves to.  So charming & sweet!  Perfect touch to any Easter basket.

For more inspiration on Radiant Orchid go check out all these fabulous ides from my creative friends.  

Maybe I Will- 3 word Mantra
Crafted Sparrow- Radiant Orchid clay Earrings
The Benson Street- I love reading Bookmark
She's Crafty- Butterfly Wreath
Flats to Flip Flops- Accessorizing with Radiant Orchid
Among the Youngs-Radiant Orchid Iced cake
Free Time Frolics- Be radiant gift card holder

Thanks for stopping by. Hope this has inspired you to have some fun creating & giving for Easter this year.  
Happy Spring! 


Shout it from the rooftops


  Hope you've enjoyed the wave of posts that's been coming your way.  Sometimes I get in a bit of a blog drought & then ideas just come flying at me, of coarse all at once, need to figure out how to space them out better. I've sure been enjoying sharing lots of things with you.  

Excited to announce the WiNNERS from the couple of GiVEAWAYS I had going on last week.  Thanks to all those who participated I love hearing from you.  {Hint, Hint!} So without further adieu the winner of the 
I spy the Vintage Chicken Feeder in the post contest is... 
Aunt Barb
{we've actually not related but I call her that, long story} 
The Glittered Revival Necklace went to 

{Don't forget the coupon code, Hollybee, is good until the end of the month to get 15% off your order} 


Also with a flood of blog ideas lately I've also been hit with some unexpected inspiration & excitement for the next hive. I've devoted a whole wall in my craft studio to serve as  inspiration for the next few months.  I know it's not even Summer yet but I want Fall to hurry up & get here already! 
{My FAVORITE season of all} 

Oh, friends this is going to be a great show.  I'm going to put my heart & soul into creating for the next 5 months 
{that's going to be a lot of H&H stuff by then}  
& it thrills me to think about it.  You won't want to miss it!  
{plus, I have a few new ideas up my sleeve for Hive shoppers} 

- Save the Date, circle in on the calendar, put it into your iphone & tell your hubby he's watching the kids -
 September 18,19& 20th



A planted project using succulents

I bought this colorful & in great shape vintage Coke crate last Spring at Fleattitude. I decided I wanted to plant it with succulents to set out on my porch during the Summer last year. I went to the local nursery to pick out the succulents I wanted, planted them. They did pretty well until I left them outside about 2 days to long & everything got frozen.  Cold temps & succulents don't mix well. So I lost everything in the crate that I had planted.  
-Posted this on Instagram 49 weeks ago- 
I thought of giving it another try again this year.  But was sad looking at that empty crate realizing that I had to start from scratch & really didn't know if I planted them the proper way for succulents to thrive or not.  

Well that all changed when I walked into Glassed Up 
{Did you enjoy reading that post yesterday? I hope so!}  
I was so excited with what I saw that I wanted to get my crate out & plant it full of some of the UNIQUE succulents that Lesa had in her shop.  Seriously, such a great selection.  Some of them I had never seen or heard of before.  What she has in stock is definitely not the normal you see other places.  

That's exactly what I wanted to create with this crate. 
A show stopper, a conversation piece, that would demand notice & look great set out for summer entertaining or welcoming friends & family into our home.  Lesa offered to plant it for me if I just brought in the crate. So I did. 

-The Before- 
-So glad this crate is still in great condition after all these years.  It's a beauty!-

-The After- 

That's me holding my crate of happiness right outside Glassed Up doors after picking it up!  I LOVE iT!  It turned out great & Lesa had such a great vision of the finished product.  I hand picked the little guys that I wanted planted & then she worked her magic.  I know it will thrive much better than the 1st one I attempted to plant. 
-Lesa was so nice to write the names down for me.  The 2 in the corners, kind of brownish looking & furry are called Chocolate Soldiers.  Fitting that they are on the corner, kind of protecting all the others.  That's how I think about it in my head anyway ;) - 
Isn't it delightful to look at.  I first fell in love with the cool varieties she had & then once she told me the names of each little plant that sealed the deal.  I adore a cute name!  So here are a few of my favorites. 
-Sunrise, just simple & sweet. Loved the color- 
-Baby Toes on the left.  The name really looks like & feels like this little plant.  Simply adored the name- 

-I talked about this plant in the last post but here it is in a sea foam greenish color, Split Rock.  Isn't that the coolest!  It grows & then splits & grows from the center.  Loved this little plant because it's like the Mom & a little sprout growing next to her. Isn't nature amazing!- 
Working with Lesa at Glassed Up was awesome!  Very affordable & quick turnaround to pick up my crate.  I would recommend her to anyone who's looking to buy or plant unique succulents for their yard or home.  She is very knowledgeable & has a great eye.  Hope you stop into Glassed Up sometime when you're up this way.  



Flight of the Honeybee- keeping it local!


  I love finding a new place that intrigues & inspires & when it's close to home, even BETTER!  I discovered this little store last week.  The minute I walked in the door I was inspired & immediately asked the owner if I could grab my camera to take some pictures so I could share it with you all.  But before I take you inside the shop how cool is this old vintage Cafe sign? 
{Oh, the American Pickers would be drooling over it.  Maybe they read my blog, Mike, Frank.. are you listening!  Come to Northern UTAH!} 
Just had to take a pic because it's just to awesome not too. 

Here are the charming windows to the shop, Glassed Up.  When I first drove past the windows caught my attention & I wanted to check it out. 
-That's my friend Terra inside, who came along with me, chatting with the owner- 
Ok, this is what really made me go running to my car to grab my camera.  The owner, Lesa, completely covered the exposed cieling with old grain sacks.  GEnius!  I thought is was such a clever & unique way to add some charm to any old space.  LOVED it! 
Glassed up just opened but  has a little bit of this & that.  Of coarse glass products that I'll show you in a bit.  But old furniture painted & refurbished, old mirrors {like the one here}, potted plants & more.  
-I spy Me & the owner of the store, Lesa- 
What really intrigued me was the wide variety {& I mean WiDE} of succulents that Lesa has.  To top it off she is very knowledgeable about each little plant.  I saw some there that I have never seen before.  Like these super cool purple & light green plants called split rocks.  The grow from the middle out so when it gets too big or another little sprout starts to grow it splits to make room, so cute is that!  It was enjoyable to sit & listen to her explain each little plant.  

Here's a close up of the split rock plant.  Now do you understand.  What an amazing little thing! 
Another gorgeous tray to feast your eyes on.  Lesa, has these for sale or you can buy a planted succulent in the shop or she will even plant them for you in containers that you bring in.  
{I'm taking in something for her to work her magic on. Eeeeee... can't wait to see the final product.} 
Thought this was a pretty cool idea too.  You know I love vintage pop bottles & succulents so when I saw this I thought, genius!  A self watering planter made from an old glass bottle.  See it?  The wick is planted in the soil & the comes out the bottom of the bottle to suck up water as it needs it.  Smart! 
A pretty display of vintage goods holding pots of Aloe plants & variations of Aloe.  
I forgot until I saw this shot that she also has variety of cactus' too.  This building used to be an old saloon/bar back in the day.  The mirrored back wall & the long wooden bar are examples of its former life turned into a charming, unique store.  
Just had to take a pic of this cluster of glass bottles, well... just because I admire old glass.  I wish things were made like the used to be. 

So there you have it!  A new fun little spot up in my neck of the woods you should come & check out on Commercial Street in Morgan.  Once you do be sure to get back on the freeway & head to East for 5 more minutes to Taggarts for a piece of carrot cake as long as you're up this way.  You won't be sorry!  
{Heads up though, they're closed on Mondays} 

Thanks for coming along on this Flight of the Honeybee. If you want to discover more unique shops & stores I've found just search Flight of the Honeybee in the search bar on the right hand side. 
*The Grand Opening for Glassed Up is happening next Saturday the 19th.  "Like" their facebook page to stay connected to this great shop & the upcoming festivities. 



Conference Weekend Tradition-Sweet Petal Roll


  Hello.... one of my favorite weekends of the year is here!  It's a stay at home, be together with family kind of a weekend.  I love it!  Being inspired, uplifted & of coarse eating yummy food the whole weekend long.  

If you follow this blog regularly you are very familiar with this next recipe.  It's a H&H classic the Sweet Petal Roll. It's the cinnamon roll of all cinnamon rolls & it is delicious! 
{Plus, it's big enough to feed your whole family!} 

*The key to making this gigantic cinnamon is to either have a large pizza sized baking round with a edge on it or using 2- 9 inch cake pans. You NEED to have something with an edge around it to hold the Petal Roll all together, if not you're going to have a mess in your oven. {sorry!} 

Sweet Petal Roll 

Scald:  1  1/2 C. milk 
Add to warmed milk:
        6 T. shortening 
        1 T. salt 
        4 T. sugar
Cool & add: 5 cups of Flour 
Dissolve 2 T. yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Let rest a few minutes & then add to dough mixture & knead for 5 minutes 
Let raise for 1 hour. 

After dough has risen melt 1 cube of butter & place into a shallow bowl.  In another shallow bowl combine 1 c. Sugar, 2 T. Cinnamon, 1/2 C. Brown Sugar. 

Rip off a ball of dough & roll into a worm shape, about 6- 8 inches long. Dip into butter & then into sugar mixture.  Put them round & round in a pizza pan. {or you can divide the dough & make 2 -9 inch rounds}  *if you have extra dough after making the petal rolls, just roll a piece of dough into a ball, toss in the butter & sugar & then place them in a muffin tin to bake while the rolls are still raising.  {I usually get about 5-6 cinnamon balls when I use the 9 inch cake rounds} 

Raise for 45 minutes, pre heat oven to 350. Bake for 20 min & then ice with a powdered sugar glaze {powdered sugar, milk & vanilla}

Hoping this vamped up spin on the cinnamon roll becomes a family favorite in your home as much as it has become one in our home.  Always such a treat to make the Sweet Petal Roll.  You can also watch a clip {hereon how to make it 
if you'd like.  
{just keep in mind everything on camera & live TV doesn't exactly go as planned ;)} 

*Be sure to also enter The Glittered Revival necklace giveaway & get the coupon code for H&H blog readers to get  15% off your order. 



Decor 101- Use what you have!


  Sharing one of the decorating rules I live by here on Lilac Lane.  It is my go to every time I change things up each month.  It's a simple basic easy way to decorate your home in style, YOUR style & here it is.... 
-Taken from A Beautiful Decorated Life class I taught last Nov.- 
You might be asking yourself, "What do I have?" or "I don't have anything to decorate with"  Oh, yes you do!  I'm sure of it.  What I'm about to show you I didn't go out & buy one single thing, I just walked into my pantry & started to look around & pull things off the shelf to bring out into my kitchen & family room. 

This wire rack was where I started.  I wanted the "kitchen" theme of coarse since this nook is right off my kitchen.  I love to incorporate vintage items into my everyday decor.  There is such a story, back ground & conversation built into anything you decor when you use vintage items.  

This whole set up started with this amazing  red popcorn seasoning tin {that my sweet friend gave me, thanks H!} & went from there.  The old tin honey container I dug out of an old barn up by my parents last month & the rest I've found or collected over the years.  It was all just in my pantry!  The giant cupcake tin I just bought from Vintage Whites, maple syrup container from Maine, old spice tins, berry baskets from Bake it Pretty, adorable honeybee can a birthday gift from my friend a few years ago, the brown pottery bowl came from my Grandma Hall's house, my beloved & well used scale & my Grandmother's old, I mean old wheat tin anchors the space.  I just love how it turned out. Again just using the guideline of using what you have. Taking the time to look around & bring items together, based on a theme of coarse.  That always seems to help. 

When decorating be open to inspiration!!  I had a wire cubby still to fill so I walked back into the pantry & pulled out some vintage Ball jars, glass milk bottles & just cool glass jars I've collected over the years with the intention of placing them in my wire rack.  Well..... I set them on my table until I was ready to place in the wire rack & inspiration struck!  I started laying them down in my trusty vintage chicken feeder 
{if you're keeping track I think this is use #42} 

I just adore the combination of glass & wood, I always have!  So this was just a perfect fit & display to have out on the kitchen table. Love the simplicity of the centerpiece, the different heights, shapes, colors & patterns of glass in the chicken feeder.  
Such a pretty display of things that I love.  Put together in a charming & interesting way.  I think the two separate displays play off each other & tie in beautifully together.  Says to me, this is a home that loves to eat, bake & spend time in the kitchen together. 
 A wide shot of all of it together.  Swoon!  
Another decor spot I've wanted to change around for awhile now was the top of my china hutch.  It has had the same thing on it for awhile now & that all came down & these fabulous new "picker" finds went up.  It's really a highlight in our family room now. I love how it all came together & turned out. 
The big mustard wooden spool came out of an old barn that sits across from my parents home.  I "picked" it a month ago with my Dad, brother & sister. What a cool find!  The large metal wheel of sorts came out of the Smith & Edwards yard that my friend, Staci & I picked through last year.  Grabbed it just because I thought it was cool.  Haven't really found a place for it until now.  

Glad that they take up the space above the hutch because I needed something large to go there. 
I love anything that has peeling paint, patina & a lot of personality to go along with it.  Just look at those cool rusty old bolts.  Glad this made it through the test of time in an old barn to get a new life inside Lilac Lane.  Love the color! 

Now for the fun part of decorating your home.... 

Make your house your home, own your space, fill it with things you love.  You don't have to go spend a ton of money to create a happy space.  Granted I've had some of these things for years but it's all come together over time.  Find your passion, what you love to collect & then show it off!  This is why I love to decorate because it's putting together what  I love.

Hope this post has inspired.  For other inspiring ideas check out One Kings Lane
*By the way... Did you see the vintage chicken feeder again?  If so leave a comment & let me know. 

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