DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

Northwest Pearls: DIY Tissue Paper Flowers For the wedding I was apart of last week, we made tissue paper flowers for the head table.

The bride, A, bought three packs of colored tissue paper from Michael's. She found this tutorial on Pinterest from Hey, Let's Make Stuff and we followed it to make the flowers.

It didn't take long to get the hang of making the flowers. We made around 18 flowers that were then sewn onto a ribbon to span the length of the head table. Of the four possible petal styles that the original tutorial explained, we created the first two, the rounded one, and the shredded one. There was two of each color in each grouping on the table and we had one of each of those be one of those two petal styles. The only grouping of three was the white flowers in the center. They were arranged from dark blue at the outer ends of the table to white at the center in front of the bride and groom.

Sadly I don't have a picture of the final arrangement on the head table, but here's what the flowers looked like after we created them. The satin ribbon you see is what the flowers ended up being sewn onto.

Northwest Pearls: DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

Have you ever created paper flowers? What have you thought?

U-Cut Lavender at Lavender Hill Farm

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm I love the smell of lavender and this week I got to go out to a lavender farm and cut my own. I've cut lavender before, but it's always been the lavender from my house or the house of a friend or family member. This was my first time at a farm.

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

We went to Lavender Hill Farm on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. There are 20 kinds of lavender at the farm, but because we went towards the end of the season, most of the lavender has already bloomed and been cut.

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

This didn't bother us though and we walked down the hill to some of the lavender and began to cut. The bees were everywhere but they didn't seem to mind us.

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

A bunch of lavender is the amount you can fit between your thumb and index finger when you touch them together. And a bunch of lavender was $5.

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

We didn't see the secret garden, but we did go in the farm store and look at what they were selling.

It was a very cute place and I had fun going with my friends. Have you ever been to a u-cut lavender farm?

Easter Flowers

I hope you're all enjoying spring and that you had a happy holiday weekend! I couldn't find any flowers I wanted in stores so I took a pair of shears and cut some of our flowers from our property for the Easter table. This weekend finally felt like spring was here. I wasn't sure what I was going to wear for Easter but while standing in front of my closet I saw my pink dress and yellow sweater. Pairing them with my favorite style of heels and a pair of sunglasses and I was ready for the day.

Northwest Pearls: Spring is Here!

Northwest Pearls: Spring is Here!

Northwest Pearls: Spring is Here!

Northwest Pearls: Spring is Here!

Did you do anything fun for Easter?

Dress: Loft (old, similar here and here)

Sweater: Loft (old, similar here)

Watch: Anne Klein from Nordstrom (old, similar here)

Heels: Corso Como 'Del' Pump from Nordstrom

Sunglasses: Target (old)


Gift Ideas For Those Who Don't Want Much

Most of my favorite gift ideas involve something that won't be around forever. If you can eat it, then it's probably a great gift. I don't have a very large living space, so displaying gifts and knick-knacks around is hard for me. However, in my opinion, some of the best gifts don't need to be stored. 1. Food. I don't see how you could go wrong with food. There's chocolate, fruit, meals, etc. You could buy them coffee or dinner and spend time with them. You could give them their favorite chocolate. You could make them their favorite cake. There's lots of ways you could give food. Plus, who doesn't like eating?

Cooked Cookie Dough Bowls for ice cream

Chocolate Strawberries are a cool food gift too. I made a blog post about them here.

2. Stationery. I have a little problem with how much I like stationery.  I use it  a lot and always want more. But, unless you know the person, or can find something classic that most people would like, you might want to shy away from this so you don't give them something contrary to their tastes. However, when I'm using stationery, I try to use the cards that I think the recipient would most like, so having  a few different styles isn't a bad thing.

3. Books. I don't usually buy books for myself but I'm always looking for something to read. You don't want to buy them something they already own or have read, but if you can find something good that they don't have and you like, then getting a book can be great. You're getting a gift that someone else likes and you get to try it. Now, to be fair, books take up a bit of space. I don't have any room for them in my room, but e-books are great and I use my kindle for most reading.

4. Flowers. Most people don't buy flowers for themselves so receiving flowers from a friend can be pretty cool. They can sit on your table, nightstand, or counter top for you to look at. They're a very pretty gift and can be from a friend, or a significant other. I always love to receive flowers and I can always find room for them somewhere.

A large pink peony flower

Do you have any other gift ideas?