Just Bloom: A Daisy of a Post & Free Photo Download

Recently I visited my sister's wildflower garden, camera in hand. It was a great place to practice with camera settings and composition.

The daisies have taken over a bit, as you can see, but I think they made for some striking shots. I thought I'd share some of our favorites here.

Flowers in the garden provide countless opportunities for exploring composition. And, since flowers don't look away, frown, or need snack breaks, there's time to try out new or varied camera settings too!

Did you see how this shot changed? Similar composition and perspective, but the depth of field is much shallower. I like the painterly quality that the background took on.
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Last-Minute July 4th Flag Jars

I don't know about you, but it's like summer has been on fast-forward. The 4th is only two days away. How can that be?

I realized recently that it's been ages since I posted here. Some of you might follow me on Instagram, but for those of you who don't, here's a little glimpse of what I've been up to. 

So there you have it in a nutshell. I might post more detail on some of my projects later, but for now, back to preparing for Friday's festivities.

With only a couple days left to get ready, simple decorations save the day. Here's a great idea for decorating your table or buffet that couldn't be easier. You could even line them up on your mantel!

What You Need:
Blue Vintage Ball Jar(s)
Wire Lid Inserts (I found mine at Michael's)
Small Flags (I used 3 per jar)

Assemble and admire:)

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Easy DIY: Surprise in a Can Grad Gift

June isn't very far off, and around here that means Graduation Time. Cash and gift cards are popular gifts for grads, but sometimes I like to wrap them uniquely rather than using a traditional envelope.  If you're looking for something a little bit different for your graduation gifts this year, give this a try. It's sure to get a smile out of the recipient:)

What You Need:

Fruit can with pop-top lid (unopened)
Can opener
Double-stick tape
Paper shreds or other filler
Cash gift or gift card
Congratulations Graduate Label (Get yours here)

Start by removing the bottom of your can (I used a 20 oz Dole fruit can). Use an opener that breaks the seal and doesn't leave a sharp edge. (Save the fruit for lunch!) Wash and dry both the can and the lid. Remove the fruit label.

Print and cut graduation label. Wrap around the can and secure with double-stick tape.


Make It: Hand-Stamped Pendant for Mom

What mom wouldn't enjoy receiving an adorable hand-stamped pendant made just for her?

With Mother's Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to design a new washer pendant for the occasion. I'm sharing the how-to here today.


Make It: Egg-cellent Crayon Cookies

Crayon cookies are a fun and easy way to make dull or broken crayons new again. You've probably seen them before. We made our first batch of crayon cookies well over a decade ago (not to date myself or anything) after getting a copy of "Don't Move the Muffin Tins" by Bev Bos. Since then we've made them several times, including in heart shapes to give out as Valentines. We might've even done some Halloween shapes one year for a non-candy classroom treat.

So, call me crazy, but when I spotted this Easter Egg shaped cookie pan, I immediately thought crayons not cookies!

What You Need:

Egg-shaped baking pan
Crayon pieces