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Spring lilac simmer pot

Spring lilac simmer pot with lilacs and lemons

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There is just something about the smell of fresh lilacs, it brings me right back to my childhood as a little girl, picking lilacs from my grandmother’s lilac bush. I would love to bottle up the scent. I have been really into simmer pots lately and got the idea for this spring lilac simmer pot once my lilacs bloomed.

What is a simmer pot?

A simmer pot is a basically a pot of water, fruits, herbs and spices that you simmer throughout the day to fill your home with a nice aroma. Simmer pots are really nice around the holidays with warm spices like cinnamon and clove but they can be enjoyed all year long. In the spring and summer I like to do more uplifting scents like citrus and thyme or rosemary.  (Another one of my favorite simmer pot combos is rose petals, grapefruit, and peppercorn, you can see it here).

Spring lilac simmer pot

You will need:

Directions:

1.) Start by slicing a lemon.

2.) Add the fresh lilacs and lemon slices to the pot.

Spring lilac simmer pot

3.) Fill with water.

spring lilac simmer pot

4.) Put on the stove, bring to a simmer and then lower the heat.

Spring lilac simmer pot

5.) Allow to simmer for 3-4 hours, you can add more water as needed to avoid drying out.

Spring lilac simmer pot

Note – as the ingredients simmer, the lilacs will lose their purple color but will still hold their fragrance.

Linking my glass simmer pot below, click the photo

Glass Saucepan with Cover, 1.5L/50 FL OZ Heat-resistant Glass Stovetop Pot and Pan with Lid, The Best Handmade Glass Cookware Set Cooktop Safe for Pasta Noodle, Soup, Milk, Baby Food

This would also be a sweet gift for Mother’s Day or a housewarming. You can see my holiday simmer pot gift I did in the past here to give you some inspiration.

If you love lilacs, then you need to try my lilac lemonade. Sharing the recipe here.

And for more ideas on how to use lilacs, check out this post here. I’ve got lilac ice cream, beauty reigmens and more.

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10 In decor/ DIY/ Easter

DIY decoupage Easter eggs

DIY decoupage Easter eggs

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This is an easy DIY for decoupage Easter eggs. All you need are some eggs, napkins and a little Mod Podge! The best part is these eggs can be used year after year and are great in trays, bowls or a nice filler for a vase. Scroll down to see how to make these beautiful Easter eggs for your Easter and spring decor.

You will need:

  • Eggs (I used wooden eggs)
  • Decorative napkins
  • Mod Podge
  • a paint brush

DIY decoupage Easter eggs with mod podge

What is decoupage?

Decoupage is the “art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf, and other decorative elements.”

In the past, I made these decoupage Easter eggs with napkins and some faux flowers I got from the Dollar Store.

I was feeling a little creative over the weekend and wanted to do something a little different with these beautiful chinoserie napkins I got. Scroll down to see how they came out!

How to make DIY decoupage Easter Eggs

Start by taking your napkins and ripping them in smaller pieces. Depending on the type of napkins you have, they may be 2 ply or 3 ply. You will just want to use the top layer.

DIY decoupage Easter eggs with mod podge

When ripping the pieces of paper, you will want some smaller pieces and some larger pieces to form to your egg.

Next dip your paint brush in the Mod Podge and apply some on the egg. There’s really no right or wrong, my tip is just to apply a generous amount of glue underneath and over the paper.

DIY decoupage Easter eggs with mod podge

Next apply a piece of paper on top of the glue, using your finger to carefully smooth out any wrinkles. Then apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper, continuing to smooth out the napkin. Be gentle so as not to rip the paper.

DIY decoupage Easter eggs with mod podge

Continue your way around the egg being sure to overlap as you go and then fill in any spaces.

Allow the egg to dry completely.

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How to display your eggs

Use a nice decorative bowl, dough bowl, or cloche. I’ll link a few of my favorites below.

DIY decoupage Easter eggs for dough bowl DIY decoupage Easter egg bowl DIY decoupage Easter egg cloche

 

 

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I’m showing you another way to display your decoupage eggs here in this dough bowl arrangement. Click here

DIY decoupage Easter eggs and dough bowl arrangement

For more Easter decor ideas, check out

this adorable bunny door basket

and these DIY Easter treat jars.

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42 In DIY/ Easter

An adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots

An Adorable Easter Door Basket

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With spring hopefully around the corner very soon, and Easter next month, I was looking for a cute wreath or something to adorn my front door. I created the most adorable Easter door basket with some DIY faux carrots and I can’t wait to show you how I put it together!

But first, I am very excited to introduce to you The Cozy Creative Collaborative! A group of some talented women who love all things cozy home, a good DIY and delicious food. We will be gathering every month to share a themed idea. This month is all things Easter!

The Cozy Creative Collaborative

So be sure to give all of these ladies a follow!

Kelly – The Tattered Pew

Heidi – Eleanor Rose Home

Charity – Mornings on Macedonia

If you are coming from my friend Kelly at The Tattered Pew, thank you so much for stopping by! I just love the way she transformed that little bunny figurine don’t you?

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Ok now for my adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots…

I love using door baskets because you can easily swap out some faux florals and things for each season. In the past I’ve done a door basket with some of my dried hydrangeas (click to see it here) and I’ve also done a patriotic door basket (linking it here).

The options are endless!

How to create an adorable Easter door basket

You will need:

  • door basket
  • faux greenery
  • styrofoam cones
  • fabric
  • ribbon
  • a bunny
  • hot glue gun

Start by making the faux carrots.

You can certainly buy faux carrots but I decided to make my own. I took each styrofoam cone and rolled it up in some fabric. I did not measure out the fabric I just rolled the each cone until it was covered and then cut.

an adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots

As you are rolling the fabric, be sure to fold down the top so that the whole flat part is covered completely. Same thing with the bottom, make sure you are folding up the fabric and tucking it in so that the point is completely covered.

An adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots

Then I used some hot glue to glue the edges of the fabric to keep it secure.

An adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots

A cut a little hole in the top of the fabric and punctured the top of the cone so that I could stick some greenery in for the stem.

An adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots

An adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots

Then group your carrots together and tie with a ribbon.

An adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots

These faux carrots are a great filler for a spring basket or dough bowl too!

Now you are ready to fill your door basket.

I filled my basket with my carrots first.  Then I added my bunny.

I liked this one with the cute flower crown but it was a little too wide, so I did have to trim the edges to make him fit. Good thing he’s made of styrofoam 🙂

an adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots

Then I filled in the spaces with some faux greens. Have you ever heard of the Thrill, Fill, Spill method? I like to use it when I’m making arrangements, whether it be in pots or baskets. You choose one item that will be the thriller, next choose some fillers, and then spillers. I love the way these greens trailed down the basket.

An adorable Easter door basket

So cute right? 

 

an adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I gave you some inspiration for this spring.

I’m linking a few things below to help you re-create this DIY.

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For more of my Easter ideas check out my

DIY Easter floral eggs

My Bunny Bait recipe which looks so cute in my DIY bunny treat jars.

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an adorable Easter door basket with DIY carrots

 

Next up on The Cozy Creative Collaborative tour is my friend Heidi. Head on over to her blog Eleanor Rose Home to check out her Easter candy jar.

 

An adorable Easter door basket with DIY faux carrots Easter DIYs

Sharing all of The Cozy Creative Collaborative’s Easter Ideas:

DIY Dollar Tree Easter wreath from Mornings on Macedonia

DIY painted Easter bunny from The Tattered Pew

Easter candy jar from Eleanor Rose Home

 

12 In DIY

Romantic Valentine’s Simmer Pot

Romantic Valentine's simmer pot with rose petals and grapefruit

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This is a romantic Valentine’s Simmer Pot that will fill your home with a spicy aroma and looks beautiful on the stove too!

I am obsessed with smells. And while I love burning candles and using my diffuser, simmer pots are one of my most favorite ways to make your home smell good and feel cozy and fresh too!

What is a simmer pot?

A simmer pot is basically a pot of water filled with herbs, spices, fruits or florals that you heat over the stove and makes like a natural potpourri for your home.

I’m sharing this romantic Valentine’s Simmer Pot and it’s a great way to use those leftover rose petals after love day <3

Romantic Valentine’s Day Simmer Pot

Ingredients:

  • rose petals
  • a few slices of fresh grapefruit
  • chopped ginger
  • peppercorns
  • cloves
  • water

Directions:

Start by adding some rose petals to your simmer pot.

A romantic Valentine's simmer pot with rose petals

Add the grapefruit slices, chopped ginger, peppercorns and cloves.

A romantic Valentine's simmer pot with rose petals and grapefruit

Fill with water.

A romantic Valentine's simmer pot with rose petals and grapefruit

Let simmer on low for several hours. You can add more water as necessary.

Romantic Valentine's Day simmer pot with roses and grapefruit

A few other things you could add to your simmer pot:

  • lavender
  • citrus slices
  • fresh rosemary
  • fresh cinnamon
  • all spice
  • vanilla bean or extract

My favorite winter combo:

  • fresh cranberries
  • orange slices
  • cinnamon sticks
  • cloves
  • rosemary

My favorite spring/summer/all year long refresh combo:

  • lemon slices
  • lavender
  • rosemary

 

You can use any pot but I think this glass one is just beautiful!

glass simmer pot glass simmer pot

 

For a spring simmer pot idea, check out this lilac lemon simmer pot I did! It’s fantastic!

It makes a great housewarming or hostess gift too! Click here to see my simmer pot gift idea.

 

So give it a try and let me know what you think! And let me know if you have any other favorite combos to simmer!

 

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